The Questions We Ask Ourselves, and God (Part 6): Is There Anything Too Hard For God?

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is there anything too hard for me?”

–Jeremiah 32:27

I know this may not be a question many of you out there ever feel the need to ask, nor is it one that I ask too often, but I have asked this question.  I have had times that were just so dark (at least it seemed so at the time) and made me fall into such a deep depression and I just thought there was no way to overcome it.  I had people tell me to give my burdens to God but somehow I always felt like what I was going through was too much for him to handle.  

I joke now to my best friend Ms. L that sometimes I think I ask God for too much and that he may be tired of me coming to him with such little problems.  She always told me that there was no such thing.  I know that (in my heart) that is true now but there was a time when I really wondered if my requests were too much of a burden on God.  I thought to myself that he has sick people to heal, wars to end, homeless people to help, hungry people to feed, there’s no way that he would have time to deal with my petty problems (even though they seemed like the end of the world to me) because there were people more important than me.  Ms. L made me understand one day that I was just as important to God as anyone else in this world because he created a purpose for all of us and that there was no problem to great for him.  

A lot of times I don’t ask God for help, not because I don’t need it, but because I feel someone else might need him more.  I still sometimes feel selfish to think that my minor problems are worthy of pulling God’s attention away from those that really need him.  I have to remind myself that I am just as important as anyone else and that he not only can hear their cries for help but that he hears my cries too.  I’m not going to lie and say that I am never going to have that question again but I will continue to remind myself of what Ms. L and so many others have told me when I asked aren’t there some things that are just too much for God; that there is nothing that is ever too powerful, too hard, or too small for God to handle.  For God nothing is impossible.     

Jimmetta Carpenter

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The Questions We Ask Ourselves, and God (Part 5): Why Not Me?

“Don’t put a question mark where God has put a period.”

~Joel Osteen 

I know you’ve had those moments.  You get yourself all excited about this new opportunity that is waiting for you.  You just know that it will be the start of something amazing for your life.  But then it doesn’t happen.  Not only does it not happen for you but then you keep seeing other people get what they want and you feel slighted.  You feel let down and defeated and you think to yourself, why not me?  

It is very easy to slip into the land of doubt when you have to stand by and watch everyone else alongside you accomplishing all of their goals and achieving the success you want.  You put in all of this work and most of your time, added in with all of your blood, sweat, and tears, and you still seem to never get ahead of the game.  Even worse, that person next to you, who more than likely didn’t put in nearly as much time and effort (at least in your mind), is taking steps towards the next level that you feel you should be at.  But instead of counting everyone else’s blessings around you, you have to be grateful for your own.  

Just as there is a reason for everything to happen, there is also a reason why things don’t happen.  Everything that we want in this life is not necessarily meant for us to have.  Many times when we are rejected or when the things that we want fall through it is God’s way of protecting us.  Those things were not meant for you to have and they were not a part of your journey.  You won’t get your blessings longing for the ones that belong to someone else.  Your blessings are on their way, you just have to be a little more patient.  

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The Questions We Ask Ourselves, and God (Part 4): How Do I Know I’m On the Right Path?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

–Jeremiah 29:11 

It’s hard to know if the direction you are headed in is the right one.  It is even harder to know if the path you are on is the one you are destined for when it seems you continue to make so many mistakes (some mistakes repeatedly).  You want there to be some way to know if that dream that you are chasing, and have been for years now, is the right one for you.  You want to make sure that when you get to the destination that you are seeking, that you won’t regret the choice you made in picking that particular location.  The thing is that you already know, deep down inside of you, if you are on the right path or not.  

For a long time I questioned whether being a writer was really my destiny.  I still question it sometimes when things seem to be hopeless.  But what lets me know that this is my purpose and that I am on the right path is the fact the no matter how many mistakes I have made, they have somehow still all led me right to where I was always meant to be.  I am making a living (admittedly lower then what I would like it to be at the time) doing what I love to do more then anything in this world.  I am doing what calms me and what heals me.  I am doing what God put me on this earth to do, and I am doing it with all of the mistakes I have made included.  

Along your journey sometimes you get diverted, redirected, and turned completely around.  You go in different directions then you originally saw yourself going in.  But are those diversions really unplanned or were they just not a part of your plan.  We make plans but our plans always get rerouted when they are not the same as God’s plans.  This doesn’t mean that your destiny isn’t what you thought it was.  It just means that the mistakes you think you made along the way were God’s way of getting you back on the right track.  

The path you take isn’t going to be all on the straight and narrow, nor will it be without experiencing some bumps (and bruises) along the way.  That doesn’t mean it’s not the right path for you, just that the right path is not going to be an easy one.  You have to remember that you are on the path that God has chosen for you, for whatever reason.  Don’t try to reroute God’s path with your own.     

Jimmetta Carpenter

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The Questions We Ask Ourselves, and God (Part 3): When Are Things Going To Change?

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” 

~Mary Engelbreit 

When you get stuck in a period of your life where nothing seems to be going the way that you think it should be you will start to question when things are going to change for you?  The answer to that is simple but we tend to make it much more complicated then it has to be.  Things will change when you make the decision to change them.  

I know how it feels to be in that place where everything is going wrong.  You think that things are going so bad that they can never get better.  You start to wonder what you did to bring this kind of ‘bad luck’ your way.  You even go over in your head things you could have done in a different way so that maybe things wouldn’t feel so impossible.  You start to contemplate whether you will come out of that bad place long enough to make your dreams a reality.  It’s a place that nobody likes to be in.  But you don’t have to stay there.    

Your attitude towards whatever your circumstances are determines the outcome of those circumstances.  If you stay insistent that nothing is going to get better, that nothing is going to change, then why would you be surprised when they don’t.  You attract what it is that you want so if you want to gain control of that situation and you want things to turn around then you have to change your mindset.  Nothing is going to change if you don’t believe that it can. 

Whatever your dreams are, it is never too late for them to come true.  You may be down but you most certainly are not out.  If you know that there are some things in your life that you need to change, all you need to do is take that step to change it.  When you take that step that is when things are going to start to change for you.  You just have to believe that they can, in fact, change.     

Jimmetta Carpenter

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The Questions We Ask Ourselves, and God (Part 2): How Did I End Up Here?

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

~ Unknown  

The way our lives unfold is due to a series of choices.  We wonder to ourselves how we ended up in whatever rough spot we are in but it is often because of the choices that we have made over a period of time.  Not just one choice, because one misguided choice would be simple to bounce back from.  Sometimes it is a succession of choices made that lead us down the path that landed us at that point in our lives. 

But you must then take into account where here really is.  We often get so caught up with the struggle we are in the midst of that we aren’t focusing on realizing what it is we need to do to get out of that moment.  I am extremely guilty of wallowing in whatever overwhelming mess my journey seems to be taking me through.  Sometimes it takes me awhile to stop dwelling on the obstacle long enough so that I can see a way through it.  I usually tend to waste a lot of time asking ‘How did I get here?’ instead of realizing that maybe, for that particular part of my journey, here is exactly where I needed to be.   

Everything happens for a reason and as many times as you will hear that saying, it will probably always take a while for it to sink in.  We give so much energy and time to what we can’t change, the obstacle that is sitting dead center in the middle of our journey.  It’s time that is wasted.  It is time that you can not get back.  And all the while, as you stare at that obstacle wondering why you chose that path to begin with, the obstacle is still sitting there.  You staring at it and questioning where it came from does not move it out of your way.  

Wherever your ‘Here’ is, make sure you don’t waste too much time questioning the obstacle instead of moving through it.  And don’t forget to take the lessons you’ve learned with you to your next stop in the road.  

Jimmetta Carpenter

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The Questions We Ask Ourselves, and God (Part 1): Why Me?

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”

~ Jewish Proverb 

I have a ton of questions that I asks’ God on a regular basis.  These are questions that I probably know the answer to already but for some reason I never listen to that voice inside of myself until I go to him.  All he does is amplify that voice inside of me so that I actually start paying attention to it.  Have any of you ever found yourself asking God question after question and then wonder when you’re going to get any of the answers you’re waiting for?  I’m discovering that maybe the answers to our questions are already answered but we just aren’t paying close enough attention. 

The most common question that I find myself asking is why me?  There is so much that we go through in life and sometimes it starts to weigh you down.  Naturally the first thing you want to know is why do you have to go through this.  Why is this happening to you?  It just seems sometimes that things get really hard really fast and they take a really long time to get better.  It makes it even more difficult when the person next to you (figuratively) seems to have everything falling right into place just so neatly.  But their story is not your story.    

God puts us through things, not just for the sake of doing so, but to strengthen us.  He gives us tests so that we have testimonies to share so that we can be an example for others.  If you think about it you will realize that you already know the answer to why me.  It is because without your experiences, without those trials that you have been put through, your life story wouldn’t be the same.  You wouldn’t be the same person that you are without those moments that made you stronger.  You might not be as appreciative of your successes if you didn’t have all of the obstacles thrown in your way just to get to them.  

I’m not going to sit here and say that when I have a rough day, or a rough week, or even a rough month, that I won’t ask why me again.  However, I think that I won’t be waiting as long for the answer because I know why me.  I know that my story, my struggle, has a more profound meaning.  I know that my experiences will eventually be able to help someone else cope with their struggle and that I will be proof that for those that have been broken down, it was only so that you be built back up.  

Jimmetta Carpenter

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