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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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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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How Incorporating Organization In My Daily Routine Single-Handedly Changed My Life

And how it can structure yours.

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It would be a complete fabrication of the truth if I pretended that my life in any way has been picture perfect. Things are messy, life is messy, and my life becomes an endless cycle of self provoked destruction.

I've had short bursts of motivation as a last expedient to seize control of the downward spiral I have endured. But mostly they have diminished along with any motivation I have left.

None of these short term solutions have yet to salvage my mental, physical, and academic state. SO, as an attempt to overhaul my life, I decided the best way to strive for control, is to organize every aspect of my life.

Yes, this could become unhealthy if I used this tactic as a way to tear myself down or over analyze my accomplishments, or lack thereof. But I try to view my life as something I have a say in while considering that not everything will be perfect or completely satisfy my goals for myself.

To successfully enact this measure, I try to never go into a day unaware of what I must accomplish, what tasks/work I have to attend to, and stocked with a full calendar and set of alarms that prevent me from missing deadlines. Although mildly time-consuming to detail my life in advance, it is greatly beneficially outweighed through the amount of time this tactic saves me.

Recently, I have noticed how much happier I have been, and feel as if my life is back on track and it's future in my hands. This has allowed me to work an upwards of 50 something hours a week, see and manage friends, read and keep up with hobbies, as well as give me peace of mind and time to relax with loved ones.

I am grateful for the role that organization has played in my life and suggest that everyone incorporate some type of underlying structure in their lives, to realize that anything is achievable with proper organizational preparation.


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