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There Is A human limitation on God-size promises

Separating The Actions Of Man & The Capabilities Of God

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I don't know about you, but I find it a lot easier to encourage the promises of God to the people around me than to believe them for myself. Not only is it easier for me, I feel somewhat of a moral responsibility to be the voice that reminds others of the incredible things to come for them. I believe it with my whole heart that no matter the situation, it is always going to get better for the people my life.

So why is it so hard to believe that for myself?

We become jaded by our own disappointment from people, that we expect God to let us down in those areas, too. When we live with this approach, we give people entirely too much power, and ultimately, put a human limitation on our God-size promises

Think about an area in your life where you have experienced disappointed. Maybe it was a friendship that didn't last, a romantic relationship ending or a job that didn't work out. Honestly ask yourself, do you doubt God's ability to fulfill his promises in that area of your life? Do you really believe that He has a plan for you, one that promises a hope and a future? (Jeremiah 29:11) Are you expecting God to fail you, in the same way that person failed you before? I know in my own life, I've struggled to believe there was more for me than the letdowns that I had experienced.

We have to make the conscious and deliberate decision to separate the actions of man and the capabilities of God. God's promises are not contingent on the ability of others. Thank God this is the case because I feel like I am constantly letting others down. Honestly, I am not comfortable with the thought of others feeling like I could even come close to limiting God's amazing plan for their lives. When we accept how much bigger God is than us, it allows us to take the pressure off of one another. After all, we are all just doing our best.

It is vital that we destroy this way of living because if we don't, we are putting a cap on our potential. Simply put, we are allowing the mistakes of others define our hopes of tomorrow.

We have to consider ourselves as more than candidates. God is not walking around with a bucket of blessings, passing them around like handouts to whoever walks by. You have blessings that have your name written on them. They are not for anyone else. God's blessings for you line up perfectly with the exact way your life has gone up to this very moment.

You have permission to walk in confidence. God has been and always will be in the details of your entire existence. Live in anticipation.

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A Letter From God To Help You Finish The Semester

God sees your struggles and He's here to give you strength and motivation.
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My Child,

The lack of motivation towards the end of the semester is normal. You are mentally and physically tired, but you are almost at the end. Don’t stop walking down the perfect path I have for you. When you’re going along and you come upon a speedbump, I want you to go over it and keep driving. The paper you have to write and the test you have to study for are just small speedbumps I have given you to make you wiser. You can write that paper and you can gain motivation to study for that test. I am here to give you strength, and am here to open up your mind and give you motivation.

You are so loved. You have such a beautiful mind. The light of Jesus shines through your eyes and your smile brings comfort to the world. There’ll be times you feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. There’ll be times you feel like the task I have given you is impossible to perform. But remember this: I would never put anything upon your shoulders that you cannot carry. If I put you in a certain situation, it’s because I know you are strong enough to go through it.

When you feel like crying, cry to me. When you feel like a failure, remember how much I love you. You are not a failure and you are not going to give up. I will hold your hand through every second of your life. I will seek your heart through your darkest moments. I see you, I see your heart, and I see your burdens. And remember that I have your heart which means I also have your burdens. Follow my footsteps and you will be free from the doubt. Remember Mark 4:40-41: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” I have the power to calm any storm and wave. I have the power to calm YOUR storms and waves. Set your doubt, anger, and tiredness in my hands and simply be patient.

Romans 8:14-15 says,“For those who are led by the spirit of God are the children of God. The spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, rather the spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.” Nothing can separate you from my love. Not even your lack of motivation. You have no motivation because you do not feel good enough. You are more than good enough. You were perfectly made by me and when I look down at you, I think of how proud I am of your heart.

Throughout the last few weeks of this semester, you will stumble upon speedbumps. But hold the hand of my son Jesus and you will be able to go over that speedbump with ease. Go write that paper, go study for that test, and go get an A in that class. I know you can because I have given you power.

Love,

God

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.

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After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

Tyler Reid

Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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