Have I Done my part?

I am so excited to introduce and present to others Mrs. Sequelia Erskine. I have watched her grow and develop over the years and she has grown into a remarkable Woman of God. She is always posting great food for thoughts about life, family, love, and the Christian Faith on Facebook and Instagram. She is transparent, and balanced. She loves her family and friends, and she is a great example for young women. I asked her to be a guest contributor this week, and she obliged. Thank you Sequelia for being a yielded vessel! God Bless You! ~ Miranda

Judges 2:1-3

“The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’”
This event marked a significant change in Israel’s relationship with God. At Mount Sinai, God had made a sacred & binding agreement with the Israelites called a covenant. God’s part was to make Israel a special nation, to protect them & to give them unique blessings for following him. Israel’s part was to love God & obey his laws. But because they rejected & disobeyed God, the agreement to protect them was no longer in effect. Yet God still refused to abandon his people. They would still receive all the blessings if they asked God to forgive them & if they sincerely followed him again. Although God’s agreement to help Israel conquer the land was no longer in effect,  his promise to make Israel a nation (through whom the whole world would be blessed) remained valid. God still wanted the Israelites to be holy people (just as he wants us to be holy), and God would often use oppression to bring them back to him. Has God ever had to oppress you, just to remind you to never forget who he is?
The bible tells of so many times where God allowed his people to be oppressed so that they would repent of their sins & return to him.
Do we resemble the Israelites, today?
Too often we want God to fulfill his promises while excusing ourselves from OUR responsibilities. Starting today, challenge yourself that before you claim God’s promise ever again, that you will always first ask yourself, “Have I done MY part”?
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This was awesome! Thank you so much Quelia! This really hit home for me. Let’s get our houses in order people! Obedience is better than sacrifice! God love sometimes includes chastisement. As parents (and aunts, lol in my case) sometimes you have to disipline your child. You do this only out of love because you know what they can be, and you only want the best for them. God wants the best for you! I am thankful for a God that loves me enough that when I get out of order, he thinks enough of me to check me! I don’t want to be like the Israelites were, they had a Sheree moment off of the Real Housewives of Atlanta…the way they acted they were saying to God, “Who’s gonna check me boo?” And guess what, He showed them who was….and HE CHECKED THEM! LOL. I love you all, thank you again Sequelia for your awesome and on-time post. Please comment, and feel free to email me at abundantheart14@gmail.com. Until next time….
In His Abundant Love,
Miranda
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The Loneliness Part 2

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That loneliness caused me to get into another painful relationship. I was too busy trying to be what I thought he wanted me to be. I was seeking love and validation in the wrong place. I went through and did things in that relationship that I never thought I would do. I lost my faith, I didn’t pray like I used to, I didn’t read like I used to. That man and that relationship became my Idol. I began to be isolated from my family and friends.I accepted treatment from him that was unimaginable. I literally went through Hell, all because I did not value myself and I did not want to be alone.

I was a late bloomer. I didn’t get my first boyfriend until I was 20, and to this day I have only had 3 serious relationships. Growing up, I was bullied by peers and family members…for a long time I thought no one liked me. I’ve dealt with thoughts of suicide. I have been called ugly, fat, even been told I stunk to my face. I was talked about because of my hair, my clothes, etc. And I never bothered anybody. That was the thing that I never could understand. I just thought I was unwanted, and unloved.

That’s the way the enemy wants you to feel. He is strategic in his moves. He studies each and every one of us closely, looking at our weaknesses and strengths. He attacks you where you are weak. This is why it is so important for us to recognize where we are mentally and emotionally…and work on that. Own up to your stuff! Deal with it, and then move on.

So I have been owning up to my stuff. I have been dealing with my stuff. I STILL have stuff to work on. But I am so thankful that God is faithful to complete the work that he has began in me.

Phillippians 1:6-“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

I am so thankful right now for God’s chastisement, because I know that he loves me. He wants me to make it! He wants YOU to make it!

Hebrews 12:6-AMP-“For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.

So let God try the reigns of your heart. Let him clean you up…let him Show you, YOU! Its not always easy, but I know that it is worth it. He is ironing out my wrinkles, healing my blemishes. This time in my life is not easy…sometimes it hurts. But, I look at it like this…if you think of a child who is going through a growth spurt…their bones ache, because they are growing. My soul is aching because the SPIRIT is growing inside of me…and those things that are not like God are being pushed out. God showed me that I had to forgive…it hurt me to realize that I had been harboring that, but as I went through the process…pushed it out…the pain subsided. When God showed me that I had anger issues…it hurt me because I didn’t realize I did…but as I let things go…that pain subsided. Now, as God is freeing me of this loneliness….the pain is subsiding…..Thank you Jesus. So, if you are lonely, angry, hurting, holding grudges….remember that God still loves you, and he is the Healer of all. He already took care of that on the cross, all you have to do is receive it. I want to leave you with this scripture…its actually one of my favorites….but keep this in mind as you go through the pain of the process…it won’t last always…..

Romans 8:18-“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Listen to this song by the Clark sisters….

God Bless you. If you want to talk, or just vent. Feel free to hit me up in my email….abundantheart14@gmail.com.  Feel free to comment below!

In His Abundant Love,

Miranda