It’s time for college.
The start of a new journey and a new educational environment. Not many people can go to a university or college, but it is a great opportunity for those who do. It has its pros and cons, but college is still a big deal. The changes may be a bit overwhelming and you probably have mixed emotions about them, so I encourage you to stay strong and trust the Lord.
It's quite intriguing how much we can learn from observing the world around us.
Society has conjured a contemporary definition of what God’s desires are for us whether by likening it to wealth, titles, possessions or the equivocal of modern-day success. Standards have been cushioned with clouds of just having or possessing and not “being”.
We have neglected analysis of our lifestyles according to God's Word and instead analyze according to what another Christian is doing; partaking in 2 Corinthians 10:12, “but them measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
The standard of the world has become the bread and butter of society, a norm for this generation and an “SOE” on the agenda of our lives.
Proverbs 21:20, "There is a treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man spendeth it up." There is a saying that "a nuh the same day leaf go a water bottom it rotten." Similarly, debt is something that builds over time. Therefore, coming out of a financial rut requires careful planning and considerable time.
“The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description.” -Steve Maraboli
An empowered female can be described as having a sense of self-worth, someone who understands and utilizes their right to have and determine choices. All women deserve the right to feel and express empowerment. Our society has cultivated various female role models that embrace their right to be phenomenal individuals. This encompasses standing for change, lending a hand to those in need, encouraging and supporting growth and positive change or simply being a positive example for younger generations.
Sub-topic: My Current Situation does not determine my final destination.
In order for you to not succumb to your environment you must first know who you are in Christ, and it is of great importance that you know your identity in Christ.
If the word succumb is confusing you, another word for succumb is yield or submit.
Let us use Joseph as an example, yes Joseph the dreamer boy. Joseph’s brothers had meant to do harm to him by throwing him into a pit and then selling him as a slave.
In life obstacles, hardships and challenges are guaranteed. Inevitably, things will not go as planned or how we hoped, but that does not mean that we give up and stop trying; that we throw in the towel and beckon towards death or a quick distraction.
Hardships should not limit us but encourage us to evolve as our circumstances change.
Overcoming challenges are never easy. Many times these roadblocks seem incessant, unmovable and lonely. It is natural for us to want to give up and call it quits, but in most cases, the second we decide to stop trying is when we miss our breakthrough.
This reminds me of the fable, ‘The Farmers Donkey.’ It is a well-known tale that goes like this:
Have you ever felt demotivated when it comes on to praying because you think you aren't praying the correct way or your prayer isn't long enough so God will not hear you? I have experienced that same feeling too, and it was because I was making prayer too hard. I later learned that God doesn't hear my prayers based on my perfect choice of words or how lengthy my prayer is (not saying that praying for long periods is wrong).
For this long time, I only prayed when I had a request or was in immediate need of rescuing from danger and crisis when prayer is simply communicating with God. Often time we think prayer is just talking, but prayer includes staying quiet and listening as well.
Psalm 46:10 tells us,
Sometimes, all we need is to sit still in the presence of the Lord and allow him to refresh us. Being still also enables us to reflect on the goodness of God, his power, grace, and faithfulness towards us.
“My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?” “Why are You so far away when I groan for help?” Psalm 22 vs. 1-2.
In times of peril, distress, pain and sickness we sometimes question our faith in God, we doubt our relationship with Him, we become uncertain of His plans for us, we become weary, frustrated, angry and disheartened.
When the reality of our infirmity becomes vivid to us, our first thoughts are
Sickness, like all things derived from sin, causes us to lose our faith and trust in God and to instead revert to fleshly thinking. We wonder why would God allow me to become ill. Doesn’t He love me, has He forsaken me? Why should I be faithful when He has abandoned me?
All these thoughts and negative emotions are stirred within us and we look for a human solution to ease the pain and to live in denial for a while longer.
In our time of despair we turn to medical personnel, we turn to our friends, we turn to our co-workers, we turn to the internet and sometimes a ‘spiritual healer’ and for some we do this to reject God for rejecting us and allowing us to become sick.
When we hear the word sin, we think of biblical terminologies like transgression, iniquity and wrath. So how do we strike a balance between religious ideologies, 21st century recreated fallacies and what God's displeasures are? Is it that we become blinded by victory/wealth inheritance preachings from the pulpit that we disregard the order of the world that "cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (St. John 10:10).
To know what sin is and when you're doing it, you must first identify it.
My name is Serena Richards and I, along with other helpful contributors, and of course the inspiration of God have written these posts as a source of help FOR YOU <3