November 16 2015 I began a new chapter in my life. I opened my own business GraceDays Boutique. Grace is an online Christian gift store. I sell Christian t-shirts, books, jewelry and all kinds of gifts. I love the concept of the store. I visit stores like mine all the time to buy gifts for my family and friends. So when I was thinking of a business to open it made clear sense to combine the two things I loved Jesus and gifts. So I embarked on making this store a success. I learned all that I could, tax laws, marketing, how to set up the website and who to buy quality merchandise from. I learned how to ship the merchandise by trial and error. I have put in countless hours to make Grace successful. I also started blogging consistently every week. Needless to say I have been busy. Did you notice how many I’s are in this paragraph?
I have been praying to God to bless my business since the conception. He has been faithful to me in my request. Recently I had to realize that I was not going be able to do all that I do by myself nor do I want to any longer. I heard a message last week by Lysa Terkeurst called “God is Good.” In her message she talked about how good God is but there was one statement that she made that helped me with my situation. She said, “God is good at being God”!!!!!!!!!!! God is good at being God, He does not need me to be worried, overworked or stressed. He just needs me to rest in Him to do what He says He will do.
You see God is the one who will do the ultimate work not us. He uses us to be His messengers in the earth. We are just that messengers. In Exodus 6 God demonstrates that He is good at being God. God tells Moses I am God. He states He will be the one to deliver Israel from Pharaoh; Moses is the messenger not the deliverer. It is God that will perform the miracles; it is God that will take Israel to the promise land not Moses. So what I am saying? Anything that we do we have to trust God to handle His part. He is faithful, trustworthy and good at being God He does not need our help in being God. God just needs us to be the messenger.
When it comes to Grace I have to trust that God is working as I continue to be the messenger. That is my part to do what He tells me to do and trust Him for the outcome. I pray that you will be empowered to release your dreams, hopes, families, jobs, business and ministries to God and let Him be good at what He does in your life.
6 Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7 I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord
Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do? Circumstances that should be one way but the results are such that you just cannot explain how it happened, whether good or bad. Have you ever had a Joseph experience where the enemy meant one thing but God turned it around for your good? Or when you look back over your life and you wonder God after all the things that I have done how can it be that you did not allow my past to overtake my future? Despite my mistakes God continues to bless me. The cultures standards say that because of my background I am not suppose to be in the place that I am today. When I reflect upon my past I am in awe of how God continues to amaze me.
We all have felt the weight of sin, the guilt and shame has made us feel that we are not worthy to lift our hands to the one who is Holy. Many people feel unworthy to serve God. I know I have felt this way, where the burden of not being perfect made me feel inadequate to serve God in the capacity in which He has called me to serve. My life story has not been perfect I have done some things that I am not proud of . Shame caused me not to own my past.
But here is some encouragement. God loves us unconditionally. He does not hold our past sin against us. When we come to Christ He forgives our sins to never remember them again. The great news about amazing grace is that you do not have to bear the weight of sin. God has taken the weight for us, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He took our sin to the Cross and now we are free from sin. Jesus pleaded our case, he righted our wrongs, and he broke the chains so that we could be free.
Why would he do that? Why would he give His life for ours? Love is the answer. God so loved us that He gave His Son for us. I want to encourage you today that you do not have to carry the burden of your past, when I look back at my life I have had to ask this questions many times and I sit in awe of my life now. Certain things that have happen in my life according to the world’s standards I am suppose to be a high school drop out, living in poverty but that is not my story. In recent years have gotten to a place where I own my past but understand that yes I was not perfect and I made some mistakes but my past does not negate who I am now. My past experiences have helped shape who I am today. Jesus justified me and made me righteous GRACE IS ALL HE SEES now.
Grace is your answer Jesus does not see your sin anymore, but He sees the Grace that He has poured over you. Do not be broken by the weight of your past let it go. Accept the free gift of GRACE. My prayer for you today is that you always stay in awe of God’s mercy never forget what He has done for you but don’t let your past guilt you out of what God wants to do for you now. “You are highly favored and blessed of God.”
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God has graced us to make it to a new year. We are thankful that our families are intact, thankful that God has blessed us with good health. We are thankful for God’s hand of mercy. I must say that we are a blessed people. But I must ask this one question now that you made it NOW WHAT? What are you going to do with the gift of life that God has so graciously given to you? What is your NEXT?
Many times we become satisfied because we survived a thing that we become content with just surviving. God does not want you to just fight for survival. He wants you to thrive!!!
Survive: to remain alive after the death of someone, the cessation of something, or the occurrence of some event; continue to live. To thrive means: to make steady progress; prosper. To grow vigorously; flourish.
I do believe that in order for us to tap into the good thing that God has plan for our lives that we must move from survival to thriving. So how do you begin to thrive you may ask. First stop making excuses to move forward. So many times we allow our limitations to stop us from thriving. The truth is that we serve a limitless God and He is well capable to use what we think is a limitation to produce greatness. Do not allow past mistakes or limitations to hold you back from THRIVING. Secondly you have to stay connected to the source, which is God. How do you stay connected? Stay in the Word of God, the Word gives direction. It is God speaking to His people. The Word gives light and understanding and this is how you will know what is next. Pray to the Father. Develop a consistent prayer life. Prayer is our way of communicating with God. Remember that in prayer God hears you and you hear God. Lastly let your life be one of worship. In this New Year I hope that you will flourish, I hope that you will prosper in every thing that you set your hand to do. God has blessed you to survive now prosper, now THRIVE.
Ezekiel 16:6-7 6 “And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ 7 I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare.