When God Hears you & Answers

Good evening everyone!!

 

Sorry it has been quite some times since I last posted. My Month long adventures brings new articles and plenty of great insight that I had received to share and pass on to you guys!

 

While I was away on a work trip, I went through a lot of challenging situations that God provided me opportunities to  overcome and learn from.  So without further ado let’s jump right in!!

 

When we Pray

 

Whenever we go through challenging situations we always end up giving God the most shout outs  but what about all the times he has provided the direction and insight we needed?? We have more good days then bad but for some reason we choose to only get close to God in the hard times.

For myself, I choose to thank God through the good and the bad days, times, and situations. With this kind of mindset and relationship you reduce the amount of mundane days and prayers you have with God.

While we are enjoying all the good times , we get use to the good and forget to thank God for the times that He gives us to enjoy and instead focus on how He will get us out of the bad. To me that doesn’t seem like a relationship, in fact I feel as though it distances yourself between God.

When we pray we should have the mentality of always thanking God first for everything He has done for us, providing a path, successful careers, being a shoulder to lean on etc. You can also thank God through the adversity in your life. Adversity is one of the vary reasons your relationship grows with God because it allows Him to test you and refine you as a whole.

Praying with a purpose

 

I’ve learned throughout time how to pray more effectively. At first we all sound the same, praying for all the things that we want in life followed up by a quick thanks for everything and so on. To me prayers like this are useless and have no substance. First off, God is not some genie who grants you three wishes.. Not even close!!

God is the creator of the universe!! He created man and women, the air we breath every living thing that crawls and inhibits the earth that he also created! And with all the wonderful things that He implanted, created and embedded in each of us, this God of ours chooses to allows us freedom to follow in the foot steps of his son Jesus or to live out an earthy life. What he wants is for us to WANT to be with Him and serve with Him , to be a light to a fallen world and it all starts with hoe we approach Him in prayer.

God wants to have a relationship with all of us, and if we desire the same with Him then we should give Him the time of day, treating our time with God like if it were a gym session; focused, purposeful and completely engaged. When we pray we should pray with a purpose , starting with giving thanks for all that He has provided (success, job, finances, health, etc.) and for guiding and directing our paths.  Then we should follow up with asking Him to continue to guide us through whatever event, obstacle, or situation that you are going through and ask that He PROVIDE the STRENGTH, GOOD JUDGEMENT and PEACE OF MIND to get you though that time.

When we pray with purpose it allows us to rely on God and all that He provides, it gives us a more grateful and thankful attitude , and give the honor , glory and power back to God.

God & Guidance 

 

“Adonai is good as a refuge in the day of distress, and he knows those who take refuge in Him.” – Nahum 1:7

God knows us more then we know ourselves and all He wants is for us to truly trust him and seek him with all the desires of our heart. The more we can connect to God the more He can guide us and open our eyes to new growth opportunities and ways to positively  impact others for His cause.

For me , I was able to truly dig deep and know without a doubt that God is here for me through the good and the bad and that when adversity shows up at my door step, God is trying to pry open my flaws and refine me so that I can be a better me in order to help those around me to get in touch with Him. This vary foundation all boils down to trusting God wholeheartedly with every aspect of your life.

When we pray purposeful prayers, we allow ourselves to put God in control of every situation and provide us the strength and guidance needed. Praying in the good times by giving thanks lets us remind ourselves daily of all the things He has pushed us through, helped us attain, and overcome.

 

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All the best,

Janelle Joy

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Be You, Be Original!

Hello Hello everyone!!

Do you ever wonder why you do what you do everyday? Do you ever feel like sometimes you don’t want to participate in a certain activity, or wonder why you listening to that song, or acting that way?

Do you ever feel like your just not yourself more often then not? I feel like we have all felt this way at some point in our lives or are feeling these feelings right now.

So why is it that we feel these feelings? Lets dig in!

Influences in Society &Your Surroundings

I’m no expert but I’m pretty intuitive and I believe wholeheartedly that our surroundings play a huge role in the way we act or view ourselves. If your surrounded by lots of people who are well educated and sophisticated you will start taking some of those qualities as well. Same goes for the exact opposite, if your surrounded by people who are unmotivated and lazy then sometimes you start taking on some of  those qualities too. 

They way we dress and act towards each other, male and female is primarily influenced by your family but society does play a role in influencing you through T.V., music, and magazines . On one spectrum your family has a way they raised you, the taught you how to treat one another, the way you should dress appropriately, how to speak to each other and how to live your life. Then on the opposite side is society, That scandalous is the new way to live your life, be a little crazy, act a little reckless , to whatever you want , no regrets, etc.. 

In the jumble of all these opinions really comes down to one simple thing, your God given right to CHOOSE. God didn’t make us robots so that we did everything a certain way, not even close! God gave us a choice. Just like is says in Galatians 5:13 – For, brothers, you were called to be free. Only do not let that freedom become an excuse for allowing your old nature to have its way. Instead, serve one another in love. God wants you to judge each situation with wisdom and righteousness. He wants you to have a good time, be you, express yourself, but just like the father He is, He wants to make sure your living your life to fullest and wisely. Just like the Bible says in Romans 12:1-2 – i urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, To present your bodies as a living sacrifice-holy and acceptable to God- which is your spiritual service. Do not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God- what is good and acceptable and perfect. Do not follow after the things the rest of the world does (a.k.a society) because He has called us to do greater , make a difference , and be a light! You can’t really be a light or make a difference if you don’t allow your self to be you and step out of your comfort zone.

 When I was in High School struggled with this vary problem I didn’t know who I was really, or what I followed in my heart. Sometimes the noise of the world distracts me form God and I get caught up in the mix of things. I figure it’s better to be like everyone else because we’re all on the same page. But eventually I decided to just let go and listen to that tug in my heart telling me to stop living a mediocre life and to just not be afraid to be me! It was hard at first, I felt insecure , like everyone was wondering why I wasn’t wearing the latest fashion, listening to a certain song, or going out all the time on the weekends.  I quickly began to realize that the people I CHOSE to surround myself didn’t have the same beliefs as me, they cared about things I didn’t care about and they ridiculed others for being different. 

No wonder I felt that way!! I was surrounding myself with people who didn’t like being different, who didn’t want to make a change, they enjoyed being mediocre. Slowly but surely I started being me and getting more and more comfortable with expressing my differences with my friends and everyone around me. The people I was surrounding mysef with would take a notice and most thought it was weird, some ridiculed me for it and a few appreciated it! Eventually I CHOSE to only be around the people that were different from the bunch. I lost a lot of friends, but in the end I realized that they were not there to appreciate my individuality and expressiveness, which means they were never there for me to begin with.

Its hard at first for anyone taking the step to step out of there comfort zone and just be yourself but I’m telling you , it’ll be worth it later on. Not only is it good for you so you can be comfortable in our own skin, but your not giving in to the mediocre way of livng like the rest of the world. This can work for any aspect of your life, such as they way you speak, dress, and act towards people. Making this change in your like if completely your own CHOICE, but if you choose to live in fear and just not want to change, just know you could have been dong something better with your life and making a change for others in a way only you can express to the world. 

Living A Life Of Calling..

Mathew 5:14-16 says, You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lampstand so it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” You were called to be different , make a difference and be YOU! That’s Gods ultimate plan. Not to be like everyone else, but to express yourself , your individuality and creativity in a way that’s good and unique to you , and that can be a positive outlet for others for God to work in there life. You can’t do the fixing, but you can help guide others to the one who can!

Even if you work at Mcd’s and ask everyone through the drive through if they would like to add fries with that? You can be a positive influence to someone. You never know what effect you have on another person, so make is count and make it meaningful!  God will do the rest. Even if you are not where you want to be in life, Wrong job, wrong city, single , no family of your own, widowed, divorced.. The list goes on! Just know that everything in life is temporary. So while your in each transitioning phase, make the best of it! 

I know it’s easier said then done, I’ve had many incidences where I didn’t my job, or I wanted to get out of my city but couldn’t accomplish that goal until I had enough funds or found a particular state I wanted to reside in, but you can’t just hate your life while your waiting for something better. You have to embrace the transitioning phase until you arrive to the next chapter in your life. 

Embrace the Transition, Live a Life of Calling & Be YOU

Have you ever noticed that one person around you who seems to just be happy to be themselves and doesn’t mind being different? Can you see the way they act and live life? They always tend to be more positive, reflective and creative. Almost like they know how much they are loved , they know deep down that they were called to be different and they chose to act upon it, and they feel free! That my friend can be you! Will be you! All you need to do is CHOOSE.

 

That’s all I have for today folks! If you enjoyed this post please like below , follow my social media and subscribe to my blog! Hope you all have a wonderful day and CHOOSE to be a light! 🙂

All the best!,

Janelle Joy

*Psalm 119:105- Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. *