I used to think a vision was something you wrote down, prayed over and kept safely like some very sentimental memento, now I know better. Having a personal vision may get you started, but going back to it as often as you can will keep you going – You’ve Got To Put It In Writing !
This is because the journey to the actualization of your dreams will not always be smooth. When you encounter bumps on the road, your vision will serve as a reminder of the need to keep going. Studies have shown that when you write things down, you’re more likely to remember and act on them. When everything seems hazy such that you don’t even know why you do what you do, going through your vision will also renew your clarity and keep you on track. Those words will scream at you ” Don’t Give Up !”
You’re also likely to be more disciplined and focused when you know what you want and where you are headed in life. You’ve got to be careful that your voice is not drowned out by the voices of others or you may find yourself dumping your own course and taking up the course of another person because theirs suddenly seems more attractive. The Bible puts it this way : Without prophetic vision people abandon restraint, but those who obey the law are happy. Proverbs 29 : 18.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2 : 3
Tweak or review your vision to reflect changes like growth, new experiences or even a new perspective and as days turn into years, never become impatient to the point of turning your back on your purpose.
I know of many who use vision boards, which is a combination of words, images and photos that describe very clearly the future you desire – which is what a personal vision simply is – A Picture Of Your Desired Future. Images are said to stir up emotions and resonate on a deeper level. Whichever you choose, the general rule is to keep it concise, simple but exciting. Look at it, read it everyday ! What better way to motivate yourself – Your vision is your divine energy booster, revitalizing you and spurring you to action.
Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Luke 2: 10
Christmas is good news! That’s the true message of the season and it’s something to cheer about but somewhere along the line, things have gotten complicated. We shouldn’t be carried away with how Christmas has been commercialized that we forget about how really simple it should be. The world shouldn’t tell us how to celebrate Christmas because it’s not about how much we have but how much we can give. It’s about sharing the good news and spreading joy. It’s not a time to be afraid or worry and fret about the things we don’t have or can’t afford. Hey, we’re not counting losses, we are celebrating the events surrounding the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, someone wonderful who was given to us as saviour, counselor and friend. That’s a plus and that’s why it’s good news!
REFLECT: In what ways can you let go of the rush rush and keep things simple this season?
1) Psalm 23:4 NLT : Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
2) Psalm:21 KJV : Thou shalt increase my greatness and comfort me on ever side.
3) Psalm 119:50 CEV: When I am hurting, I find comfort in your promise that leads to life.
4) Psalm 119:76 NLT : Now let your unfailing comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.
5) Isaiah 40:1 CEV : Our God has said: Encourage my people, give them comfort!
6) Isaiah 49:13 KJV : Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
7) Isaiah 51:3 KJV : For the lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places. and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the lord; Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
8) Isaiah 61:2 KJV : To proclaim the acceptable year of our LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn;
9) Isaiah 66: 13 KJV: As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
10) Jeremiah 31:13 NIV : The young women will dance and be glad, young man and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
11) Matthew 5:4 KJV : Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
12) John 14:16 KJV :And I will pray the Father,and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.
13) 2 Corinthians 1:3 KJV : All praise to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful father and the source of all comfort.
14) 2 Thessalonians 2:16 – 17 CEV: God our father loves us. He treats us with undeserved grace and has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father will encourage you and help you always to do and say the right thing.
God’s Promise: For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:3 KJV
During Sunday service yesterday, the pastor mentioned repeatedly that ‘God is too faithful to fail’ and I was particularly blessed. Don’t we all need this reminder from time to time? It made me remember Eve’s journey through motherhood:
Eve must have felt all hope dashed when she lost her sons – She had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain, driven by jealousy because God had accepted Abel’s offering, killed Abel his brother, and was himself banished forever. How deep her sense of loss must have been. One minute, she was the proud mother of two lovely boys; the next minute, she was mourning their loss. The circumstances surrounding the loss of her sons would definitely shatter the heart of any mother. God had blessed Eve to be fruitful and multiply but it seemed like the exact opposite was happening. Thank God the story doesn’t end there, God eventually blessed Adam and Eve with another child named Seth, and he was faithful in calling upon the Lord and serving him. Genesis 4:1 -25
Today’s promise offers hope that there’s going to be a comfort, turnaround and there’s going to be restoration. Things may look gray and bleak but I want you to trust in the faithfulness of God because you can have a new beginning. He is too faithful to abandon you or to forget His promise to you. It doesn’t matter who or what you’ve lost, or how bad your situation may seem, you may be staring at a wilderness where a garden once was but I want to encourage you to hold on because God has promised to step in and turn that situation around in your favour.
Jesus was in the back of the boat with his bead on a pillow, and he was asleep. His disciples woke him and said, ” Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to drown?” Mark 4:38 CEV
The Bible(Mark 4: 35 – 41) recounts the story of how Jesus lay sleeping, soundly and calmly in a boat that was being rocked violently by a crazy storm and was just seconds to sinking. So the frightened disciples ( who wouldn’t be?) ran to wake him; urging him to do something and even suggesting that maybe, just maybe He didn’t care.
When we go through seasons where everything seems so dark and frightening, we try to find our way through even as we wonder (like the disciples did) where God is and if He really does care.
Jesus got up and rebuked the storm, the weather steadied it’s rage, peace was restored and a vital lesson was learned; which is that Jesus does care and also that He is with us when life throws up a storm just as He is when everything is cool and calm. Here is one of the most loving invitations from God to you; Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. (1Peter 5:7 KJV).
I love this verse because it reminds me that God wants to be involved in my day to day; everything about my life, absolutely everything matters to Him. His concern for me stretches far beyond the salvation of my soul, He also longs for a close and personal relationship with me. It is an invitation to release all those fears and cares on the altar of prayer. We pray and we praise even when it’s difficult. We open our hearts to Him in prayer, and allow Him to pour His balm on the pain and the hurts He alone can see. He calls you to trust Him. He is waiting with open arms, saying; ” Give me all your worries, those anxiety filled thoughts that wake you up at night. Give them all to me and I will replace them with faith, peace and victory.”