CHOOSING to Praise the Goodness of the Lord

You are GOOD!

You are wonderful!

You are amazing!

You are my breath!

Without YOU I cannot make it!

I don’t always understand why you allow the things you do but I know you are SOVEREIGN

Then You remind me that challenges are allowed in our lives because it will make us into WHO we need to be. If we overcome large adversities then when smaller ones come along they will not be as hard. We wouldn’t want to go through pain or abuse but it creates the potential to form us into people WHO know our God. We learn He is the rope that holds us as we climb and even though we might lose our footing we do not fall off the mountain because he is there holding us. He may not take away the mountain but he does provide the safety equipment we need in order to climb it.

There is a song:

YOU RAISE ME UP WHERE I CAN STAND ON MOUNTAINS

YOU RAISE ME UP TO WALK ON STORMY SEAS

I AM STRONG WHEN I AM ON YOUR SHOULDERS

YOU RAISE ME UP TO MORE THAN I CAN BE!

Adversities make us who we NEED to be if we allow God to use them to our benefit and not allow the devil to use them to destroy us.

The other day, I was waiting for my car to be worked on and the reading material was very limited. I scrounged through the magazines bypassing the hunting and mechanicing issues and deciding on one called Essence. God put an article in my path I wouldn’t have normally read. It was an amazing interview with two of the most influential people on the planet at this moment: Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. I don’t believe everything they say or do is godly or inspirational; but in this article they were talking about the abuse they both had suffered in their lives and even though they don’t think anyone should have had to endure such things they realize without it they probably would not be where they are right now. They have become people who could endure hardships better than most people and people with more compassion for the hurting than most people. God has been able to lift them to a position with power because they will not abuse that power but use it for good in this world to help others who are struggling instead of using it to tear people down. They have a voice because of their right response to the abuse they suffered. The abuse, inadvertently, has been their stepping stone to success while others have let it be a slippery slope into things that destroy them and others. It all boils down to choices!!!

Everything is based on choices! We can make EXCUSES all day long but that wil never help us overcome adversity or sin, for that matter, in our lives. Jesus died for us to MASTER it. If we do not let him help us to do so then we are saying his death was in vain! God never gave us excuses! He says ” This is the WAY walk in it”!

God wants some of us to have a VOICE in this world. It is nothing we’ve done. It is something HE did IN us even before we were formed in our Mother”s womb. YES! WE EXISTED EVEN BEFORE WE WERE PLACED INSIDE OUR MOTHER!

The Lord knows you have a voice, but guess what? So does the devil and he will do the best he can to silence that voice which God has given to you. Don’t let that happen!!!! Choose WHO you will serve!! He sits before you blessings and cursings. LIFE or death. Choose LIFE! Choose to be that VOICE!

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