The Devil Is Busy?

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.

                                                                                      -Jeremiah 29:11 

 

It is said that God already knows your path.  He has already planned out your every move, your every mistake, your every accomplishment, and your every moment of success.  We may not always know exactly what his plan is but sometimes it is not for us to know.  Sometimes I believe that he wants to test our faith and make sure that you believe in him and that he will always see you through.  Sometimes those obstacles that we constantly face and can’t seem to get through are none other than the devil at his best.  It goes without saying as diligent as God is in seeing us through our obstacles, the more obstacles the devil creates and the harder they get.  That is when we have to work harder to remain on the path that God has set out for us.  We can’t deviate from the path and we can’t stop in the middle of our path either.  That is something that both I and my best friend are struggling with.  We both have a vision and a goal for our future that we know is meant for us.  A course that we know we are destined to travel on and are never supposed to deviate from.  However, we seem to keep getting these obstacles thrown at us that seem almost impossible and speaking for myself, some obstacles that seem to have me almost crying defeat.  Almost.  I am nothing if not resilient and I don’t think that my resilience is even due to my own strength, but rather to the knowledge of knowing that God would never allow me to go through anything that he didn’t think I could handle.  I want to convey the message to anyone who is going through what seems like a truckload of obstacles and who is allowing themselves to get knocked off course.  If the devil is busy working on you, then you must be doing something right.  Don’t let life knock you down so hard, to the point where you don’t get back up.  Remember that your path has already been laid out and trust that you will soon see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Stick to your vision.  It’s the vision that God gave you.

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Published in: on August 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM  Leave a Comment  

The Victorious One?

Have you ever had those moments in life when you know that your goal of success is right around the corner but it seems like everything wants to come crashing down on you all at once first? 

Well it’s been like that for a few weeks now for me and either this means that this is the beginning of my downfall (which I know it’s not) or I can look at it as ‘boy my success must be about to come through in spades’.  I choose to look at it from the positive prospective rather than the negative one because there is enough negative thoughts and vibes being circulated in the world today and I am not going to add to it.  I know in my heart that I am destined to live a great life and even more than that, a successful life full of wealth and riches beyond strictly monetary means. 

I think that the obstacles that I have been going through lately and the hurdles that I have had to literally pole vault over (not just jumping or climbing over) are better preparing me and instilling in me the drive that I need to remain focused so that when I do come out on the other side of these tough times and am firmly placed on top I can remember exactly what I went through to get there and so I know exactly what not to do in order to stay there. 

I will remain focused and steadfast in my goals and no matter how many negative nay-sayers that I come across (be it my own family) in this life I will remember that God has given me this plan in life to fulfill and that aside from myself, he is the only one that I have to make proud and the only one who I have to please.  I don’t mean to get all preachy but the devil is not going to steal my joy and he is not going to win this battle that I am fighting.  The victory will be mine!

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Published in: on August 19, 2010 at 1:27 PM  Leave a Comment  

Getting Over The Hurdle

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

Often times, things happen to us in our lives that we don’t understand the reasoning for. We go through so many hoops and have to jump over so many hurdles that we sometimes just want to stop dead in our tracks and ask, why. Why is all of this is happening to me? We profess to ourselves and anyone else who will listen that we just can’t take another step because it is all too much. Yet even after making such a statement we continue to take one step at a time and finally manage to make it to our destination. So why do we even waste all of that time being bitter over what obstacles we had to go through?

The trials that we go through in life are so often frowned upon and griped over that we sometimes miss the bigger picture of it all. We don’t want to see these trials as the blessings that they truly are. Instead we let them become our excuses to not do better for ourselves and excuses for not being in the place we feel we should be. That job that you lost, and moped over for six months of your life, could very well be the opportunity that you needed. Had you not lost that job, which you hated to go to anyway, you may have not found that extra motivation to start the business you’ve been longing to start for years. You may have still been stuck in a job that you hated for twenty years, never actually pursuing what your dream really is. The illness that you have just overcome and that you are so depressed over because it took a year off the plans that you were headed towards. Instead of looking at it as a curse that happened to you and that derailed you, try looking at it as a blessing that opened up your eyes. Now that you have overcome that obstacle, you are more aware of just how precious actually living your life is and you can allow yourself to be more motivated to stay on that path to your dreams.

So many dreams die because of a person who stops cold at every single obstacle that appears to get in their way. They are not seeing the obstacle for what it really is; a test of their determination, and their passion. Obstacles are not placed into our lives simply just to get in our way. There is always a reason, and there is always a lesson that is being taught. The challenge is in understanding what the lesson is and figuring out how we can learn from it. If we don’t learn from the obstacles and struggles that plague us, then we are destined to repeat the same struggles over and over again.

 It took a long time for me to realize that it really is true that what ever I go through that doesn’t kill me will in fact only make me stronger. I still do the griping about why this and that is happening to me right after I have just struggled with something else. However, even though I feel that I sometimes can’t make it through those moments that feel like every thing is stacked up against me, I somehow manage to come out on the other side of things in one piece and I can still see my dream right there waiting for me. My obstacles will not become my downfall and they will not be the end of my dreams. At the end of all the struggling, there will be a lesson to be learned and in learning that lesson comes the blessings that you would never have seen had you stopped dead at that hurdle instead of jumping over it.

Jimmetta Carpenter

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Published in: on August 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM  Leave a Comment  
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