In the last few months, I have learnt: (NB:YOU=ME not anybody's toolkit just one i need to remind myself about)
Choose wisely what you pursue because it will determine your character. Choose wisely how you pursue it, that reflects your personality.
Perseverance produces character...Perseverance can just mean continuance in prayer. Battles/wars can be won on your knees.
Falling in love involves a lot of self control and wisdom. I am pretty sure that it is possible to disengage the lust gear before it is too late. if you find you are falling, use WISDOM as your landing gear. You always know better.
God knows you better so He should tell you what to do...
Habits can be broken.
One must desist from insisting that they are entitled to something.
Asking/Requesting produces humility, absolutely refines the character, demanding on the other hand....well
Wrestling and waiting for His blessing, for His hand to open strengthens one's resolve and faith. Its almost silly to give up when you know that He has heard every cry and seen every tear you have shed then to just walk away in hopelessness/defeat is 'like a kick in His teeth'. Why ask God for anything if you do not Expect it? He most certainly answers fervent prayers from earnest/righteous persons.
Why bother pursuing Plan B if you are praying for Plan A? Faith is like putting your eggs in one basket. Then asking God to carry it....His hands are rock steady. What may seem like your everything crashing down could just be Him spring cleaning...
Align your will to God's so you know what to ask for, or pursue or say or enjoy...
By engaging in conversation with Him from the OT through to the NT, He is constantly revealing Himself...His mercy, His humor, His love, His grace, His plan...
He says knock and it will be opened. He knows to give better gifts than our own earthly fathers so Trust Him when you seek Him. Trust Him when You ask Him.
Remember His will is Perfect. Ask for His will to be done. It is a sure thing!
There may be pain/breakups/tremendous soulshaking changes but it is designed in a way that you will rise from the pits and be prosperous. Have faith in your Almighty Father.
Never stop loving or believing that He has begun His work in you and He will as sure as day finish it! Your desire, dreams, ideas are by His design-now if you only let Him use this tapestry for the purpose for which He created it...WOW!
Have hope. Hope is the cord that keeps one moment attached to the next, much like the umbilical cord from a foetus to the life supply (mother). Hope keeps you close to God.
Faith is a reliable "currency". To speak to God, you have to go by faith that He hears you right? By faith we are saved. Faith is a strong belief. Faith sometimes feels like it has its own bloodstream. In the worst conditions, faith allows you to see past them, gives you strength and draws out a path along which you can reach a good place. It is important that your faith be full ALWAYS! Feed it. Don't inflate it when you know you feel like your hanging from a string or its waning. Nourish it with verses, prayers, stories from your past/others' stories. Ask God to add on to it that you may be encouraged in all things...Faith really is the substance of things hoped for! This faith is in the Lord who never fails..like how the USD used to be-a reliable medium of exchange. If you go to God with faith, well, just remember the woman who bled for 12 years. Her faith saved her when she touched Jesus' garment. Faith is a powerful currency.
Fasting focuses your mind on God. It allows you to feel weak in the flesh and feed your appetite spiritually. How we should be everyday really..knowing our weakness and strengthening ourselves with the Word.
Remember that we are all unique. Give place to respect rather than gossip.
Feel free not to judge. We are, after all, different.
I know now that I do have hope! I have crossed bridges that weren't even erected yet. I have won the fondness of otherwise rigid hearts. I have received forgiveness from non-contrite and non-repentant people. I have received gifts from the stingy. I have been blessed by heathens. Do I have hope? I have a penny with a hole in it and I am looking to buy. Do I have hope? straight up, I have hope! I have hoped until TOD was announced and hoped even after that...as long as I am breathing, I will hope.
There's a child brewing in a a girl's tum..she has never earned a dime and a prayer is all she is fined. A son has lost his mother, and father and yet his family grows still. A husband lost his way and his wife stood 27 long years so he can find his way home. A jobseeker has gained some change because he just put his cigarette and JW down. A pauper has made a woman feel like a queen. Do I have hope? A friend has a new lease to life because you raised her above her dilemma and removed the chaff from the grain so she could harvest what You had so righteously prepared for her. A sick body has been restored to wholesomeness and health, joy and peace. Straight up I HAVE HOPE!
WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF YORK MISS T. KEEP HOPING AND WORKING HARD. THE JOURNEY AHEAD IS PAVED FOR YOU. JUST ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER..BY FAITH YOU HAVE ALREADY MOVED MOUNTAINS..KEEP GOING! REMEMBER YOU ARE a being of purpose more accurately revealed when THE LOVE POURED INTO YOU literally cracks YOU open and you share it with others.
remember too that hope does not disappoint because it is invested in God who has never let you down.
and that those who wait on the Lord will soar like eagles..and He will make you as surefooted as the deer...pay attention to His commandments and teachings. Allow Him to instruct you on the way you should go.
LOTS OF LOVE