Pray before you speak in anger. If you be still and allow God to move on your behalf, you’ll be amazed by how God chooses to bless you. The person you may be impatient with could be the person who shows you the kindness and compassion you need to smile again. That petty issue that you’re upset about, could be a misunderstanding, and if you remain humble for God, and listen to His voice, something beautiful can be birthed from you not giving in to your anger. It’s easy to feel and give into those feelings, whether they’re justified or not, but don’t act out of feelings alone.

Respond with truth and respond in love. Sometimes we must be silent, in order to hear God clearly. So, quiet those thoughts, words, anxieties, and learn to be still. You may help lead someone to Christ, or the person you’re upset with could have a powerful testimony you need, or you may have the patience and gentle spirit they need to get inspired and put things into proper perspective.

Everything happens for a reason. You may not know that when a situation arises that you can’t make sense out of, but know this, you will be surprised at how God moves in your life when you don’t react in anger, when you stay patient, and when you remain humble. Doing these things allows you to put yourself and your feelings aside, and allow God to not only fight on your behalf, but allow His glory to shine on you. I challenge you to be at peace the next time you want to act in anger, and watch the good that comes out of the situation. You can’t go wrong when you choose to fight the right way.

What’s the right way to fight when you’re triggered? You fight by being still. How to be still? By not giving into your anger. Don’t allow anger to control you. Control it, by letting letting it go, and allowing our Awesome God to fight for you!

Ephesians 4:26 (GNT)

“If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.”

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Anxiety will cause a hopeful person who’s in dire need of peace, to rush out of a bad situation into something far worse. Which is why God wants to be our peace in the midst of the storms in our lives. If we can’t find peace in Him, even in a bad situation, then we will never find it. As long as you lean to your own understanding, rely on your own strength or capabilities, or look to other people or things first, then you leave no room for the wisdom of God. A part of the wait, is learning to trust God and being a good steward over your current blessings. We show God that we trust Him and we show Him that we’re good stewards by being obedient to His Word. Listen to that still small voice. Pay attention to what He reveals to you. If you don’t understand what He is saying or showing you, then ask for wisdom. Do not allow anxiety to cause you to take matters into your own hands, outside the will of God. If you’ve ever asked the question, “What am I supposed to do while waiting on God?” The answer is, “Be obedient.” There’s nothing harder than being obedient when you have to wait. Especially, when you don’t understand why you’re waiting or you’re unsure of the future. In times like this, remember, speak and meditate on Jeremiah 29:11, “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.”
Nothing can stop God’s great plan for those He has chosen; however, impatience and doubt can make things harder for that individual as well as prolong the wait before reaching their destiny. I talk about this more on my Podcast, listen here for more insight ➡️ https://anchor.fm/shubricca-bell/episodes/Dont-mess-this-up-The-rewards-of-obedience-ebaia4

Can I just be transparent for a moment? Listen, I live to encourage people through writing because I know what it’s like to lack. I know what it’s like to be betrayed. I know what it’s like to have your heartbroken. I know what it’s like to feel helpless, frustrated, anxious, confused and depressed. I know what it’s like to lose someone you love. I know what it’s like to have your dream shattered. I know what it’s like to be rejected, neglected, talked about and frowned upon. I know what it’s like to be faced with an impossible situation… BUT GOD! 🙌🏾 So, I know how the man in the Bible felt who told Jesus, “Help my unbelief.”

We know God can, but sometimes we go through some things for so long, the struggle becomes all we know. We get used to being broken. We get used to being sick. We get used to insufficiency. We get used to settling. We know God can, but things have been looking so bad for so long, we start to feel hopeless or we feel like maybe it’s God’s will. Listen, I want to encourage you today. It is not God’s will for you to live life broke, busted and disgusted. God has said in Jeremiah 29:11, “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.” God’s will for your life isn’t for you to live miserably and die. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27. God wants us to walk by faith and not by sight (see Corinthians 5:7). God gets excited about our faith! Faith is our love language to God and He not only understands it, He responds to it immediately. I know our timing doesn’t always seem like this is the case, but God is always on time. We worry about tomorrow but Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34. God wants us to focus on today because who promised us tomorrow? This is why Jesus taught us in the Lord’s prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread.” -Matthew 6:11. Most of our worries and anxieties would fade away if we focused on today. God always gets us through today so stop worrying about tomorrow. I don’t care how long you’ve been battling that addiction or illness, or how long you’ve prayed for a come up but your bank account is saying insufficient. I don’t care who walked out on you. Who turned their back on you. Who told you that you weren’t good enough or who said you’ll never make it. News flash: You’re making it! Despite the hell and high water, you’re still here by the grace and mercy of God! 🙌🏾 So, don’t stop believing God can. In fact, go around with an “It’s already done,” mindset! Thank and praise Him in advance. Jesus said, in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” It’s already done y’all! Continue to faith your way through! Whatever you believe will manifest. Believe God! Matthew 9:29, “Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Somebody need to shout, “It’s already done!” In Jesus name. ❤️

“Lord, why can’t you make it easier?” This is the question I asked God today, and He immediately replied, “Why can’t you trust me?” I hate going through, and currently that’s exactly what I’m doing… GOING THROUGH! It seems like my faith is constantly being tested, and I’m just going to keep it real, a lot of times I literally freak out when I believe for God to come through one way, and He doesn’t. Just as I was typing the previous sentence, He came through in a way that said, “Everything will be okay.”

He didn’t come through my way, but He came through His way. He didn’t come through in my timing, nevertheless, He was right on time. You see, if it was up to me, I’d never have any issues. I’d never have days that I cried, or felt lonely, hurt or afraid. Life would be smooth sailing. Instead this is what my life feels like…

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Yeah, I’m the man who got kicked in water… As if getting kicked in the butt with two feet isn’t enough. 😒

Jesus be a life guard, a life jacket and a rescue boat, because truth is I’m tired! I feel exactly how the disciples felt when Jesus was asleep on the boat, and the wind and waves came and tossed the boat about and they woke Jesus up saying, “Lord! Save us! We’re going to die!” I know that He is with me, but I don’t like being uncomfortable. I don’t like when the storms of life comes raging.

I’m going to keep it one hundred… I’m the bratty child of God. I want him to always tell me yes and I always want him to give me what I want. 🤷🏾‍♀️ But like a good good Father, He doesn’t always say yes, and He doesn’t always give me what I want.

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You know why, because if He did, there wouldn’t be a need for faith. It would be too easy for us as people. We’d forget about what God has done and begin to think we’ve accomplished everything we have in life, on our own. We wouldn’t be appreciative. We’d think it’s what He supposed to do.

But His grace is sufficient ( 2 Corinthians 12:9), and it keeps me humble. I know one hundred percent that on my own, I don’t deserve any of the blessings He’s given me. So, why do I throw a temper tantrum when He doesn’t come through like I want Him to? Because I become afraid and anxious. I encourage thousands of people across the U.S. everyday, but that doesn’t mean I’m not human.

I experience the same things that everyone else  experience. 1 Peter 5:9 (NLT) “Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.“ I fall short and spiritually, I’m pretty sure that I fall out like a two year old having a fit when his or her parent takes something from them or tells them no.  I know God probably be like, I can’t take you no where child! 🤦🏾‍♀️

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Which is probably why I keep going through the same type of test. I know He’s trying to strengthen my faith, because He literally can’t take me anywhere if I let every obstacle that I face, get me upset. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m only upset for a second, and then the Holy Spirit gets me in check, but I believe God wants me to be more consistent in my faith. When my situation looks impossible, instead of getting upset, He wants me to pray for wisdom and direction.

He wants me to trust Him that He already knew I’d face that obstacle, but He wants me to believe, and I do. I just have to learn to stop making things that I go through all about me, and learn to ask Him, “God, what do you require of me?” Hopefully I ace this test soon, because I’m tired of taking it. I know that once I past this test, there will be another one that I need to pass, but once I pass this one, I will have the wisdom to know how to deal with the next one. Thank God for Jesus, because I’m a hot mess with Him, so there’s no telling what or where I’d be without Him.

If you are going through like I am, repeating the same tests, and it feels like you’re stuck. I want you to know that God is only trying to strengthen our faith and teach you to exercise patience. The thing about strengthening one’s faith is, or learning patience is, you must be tested. 🤷🏾‍♀️ There’s no way around it. But we can do this, be encouraged! Romans 5:4, “And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.”

I know it’s frustrating not knowing what God’s going to do in your personal situation. The anxiety is real when facing the unknown. But it’s okay not to know, because He knows what’s best, even if we throw a fit! Sometimes we believe too small, so He allows us to face a challenge, so that our faith becomes bigger, bolder, brighter! You’re not really believing God, when you can clearly see a way.

Faith isn’t about everything going good and having everything under your control. Real faith is not seeing a way, but believing God will make a way. Real faith facing situations that’s out of your control but believing no matter what God is in control. Real faith is believing God can, but even if He doesn’t, you continue to trust Him anyway. Real faith is believing that God knows and wants what’s best for you even when He tells you no or doesn’t come through like you expected Him to.

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In Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, definition 2(a) of the word construction means the process, art or manner of constructing something. I’d like to focus on the very first word, which is process. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t rush the process. Trust the process.” Usually “the process” is the wait…

How many of you know that construction takes time? Especially if we’re talking about something that’s built to last. 1 Peter 2:5 (NLT) “And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.”

Listen my good people, construction takes time! Putting you together, takes time. Putting me together, takes time. Putting the body of Christ together… TAKES TIME! We’re not magically transformed because we’re saved. When we give our lives to God, He begins a great work in us!

Philippians 1:6 (NLT), “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Us learning, growing and becoming doesn’t end when we say yes to God. It continues for a lifetime. God is building us up and won’t stop His work within us, until Jesus comes back! We won’t reach perfection until we reach Heaven.

However, just because we’re not perfect, doesn’t mean that God is going to leave us in our mess. He’s going to construct us, and construction takes time. So, if you’ve been waiting on God, it’s for good reason… He’s working on your heart. Even if you think that you have little or no issues, please believe that there’s always something that you can improve on, and as a child of God, our Father wants us to be perfected.

He wants us to have all the tools that we need to navigate through life favorably in His will. How many of you can honestly admit that there was a time in your life when you got tired of waiting on God? 🙋🏾‍♀️I’m not ashamed that in the past, I’ve most certainly had these moments, so you know what I did? I took matters into my own hands and do you know what happened? I end up setting myself back even further than I was before…

So, needless to say, I learned to depend on God, and truly wait for Him. Instead of leaning on my own understanding, wisdom taught me to wait in faith. Listening with an open heart and mind to the voice of God. The more I listened, the more direction He gave and the more knowledge I attained. So, if you’ve been waiting a while, it’s because the reconstruction of your heart is going to take a while.

It is not God’s will to throw you into something you’re not ready for. How would you feel if you had no educational training or experience as a surgeon, and someone just threw you into a surgery room and said, “Perform open heart surgery on a certain individual”? You would probably have an anxiety attack! You wouldn’t know what to do! The pressure from being put into a situation you’re not ready for, could cause these same things to happen to you, IF you rush the process and don’t allow God to work on you!

Sure, your feelings will say you’re ready. Your situation may cause you to say, “Enough is enough.” People may pressure you into doing whatever… but listening to anything other than God’s voice will set you back, not help you move forward. The Word of God says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Change your perspective.

It’s not about you… It’s about what God wants to do through you! Think about all the great things you want God to do in your life… Now imagine His plans being even greater! Can you imagine it?

It’s true. His plans are even greater! But He has to build us up, and develop us into, so that through Him we are able! Life is deeper than attaining the things of this world. God is building something within us that’s not only good for a lifetime, but it will also last forever.

Psalm 27:14 (ISV)

Wait on the LORD. Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait on the LORD!

 

Comparison cripples purpose. I’m going to say it again for the people in the back… 🗣🗣🗣COMPARISON CRIPPLES PURPOSE! If a person is too busy comparing someone’s else’s strengths to their personal weaknesses, how is the scale balanced? If a person is too busy dissecting someone else’s life, how can they get their own life together or walk in their God given purpose?

Oftentimes when we compare our life to others, we do it on an unbalanced scale. For instance: Jill is a natural born singer. She practically came out of the womb singing and has been in talent competitions since she was two years old, later it gained her a decent following base on social media, and now that she’s 18, she has a record deal and it appears as though she’s living the life. Kara is also a natural born singer who has been in talent competitions since the age two. She was also a baby model, and as she grew she became a promotional model for commercials, and by six, she had a regular role in a television series.

Kara is now 18, and is known all over the world for her singing and acting roles. If Jill compared her life to Kara’s, instead of counting her blessings, she’d see that they both have the same talent, but she’d wonder why things worked out better for Kara, when she’s been working just as hard. She’d wonder why it took her eighteen years to get a record deal, and Kara got her first gig at the age two. Jill wouldn’t be comparing their lives on a balanced scale, because although they both can sing, Kara’s also an actor, and because of the early exposure to the entertainment industry that she’d had as a baby, it has gained her much success. Kara also worked hard for her success, and it cost her years of childhood that she couldn’t enjoy.

Jill on the other hand, had a fulfilling childhood, and also worked hard to compete in talent shows, but she didn’t have the same exposure as Kara. It took her longer to get discovered. From a pessimist point of view, they’d only see that Kara has it made, and that they’ve worked hard all these years and don’t have anything compared to what Kara has. They’d look at Kara’s house, salary, and other material things and get depressed. An optimist on the other hand would first count their blessings, instead of compare.

They’d understand that life is meant to be a journey, and not a competition. They’d be thankful that their hard work is paying off, even if it took longer than it takes others. They’d understand Ecclesiastes 9:11 which says, “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” In other words, this scripture is saying just because you’re the best at something, it doesn’t mean you’ll be in a high position or attain success quickly. Life happens! 🤷🏾‍♀️

The story above is just an analogy, because sometimes it’s not what a person knows, it’s who they know, but the same principle applies. You really don’t know the sacrifice. Oftentimes we see a person’s glory, without knowing their story. I believe that if we had a peep into some of the people’s lives that we compare our lives to, we’d thank God more for what we have and complain less about what we don’t. You don’t have what it takes to live their life, because it’s THEIR LIFE (journey) to live, not yours, and vice versa.

We all have a price to pay for the life we want, whether we have to give up something to make room for something else, or even give up someone, who’s been holding us back from becoming who we’re meant to be. Becoming oneself takes sacrifice! Comparing your journey to others will only upset and depress you! You don’t know what a person had to sacrifice to become who they are, so count your blessings, focus on your strengths, and know your true value. I can guarantee you that you’ll be much happier with who you are, and where you are in life if you do these things.

Lastly, don’t let things be your goal. The real goal is Heaven! Be blessed. ❤️

Hey y’all! I’m currently on vacay, but as always it’s TEAM JESUS, and today I wanted to share a little something, something with you all that’s been on my heart, and I believe it will bless you. If any of you have teenagers, then you know that teenage years are the most challenging years of parenting! I mean seriously, give me a newborn and zero nights of sleep any day, over a teenager and their attitudes and raging hormones! 0D998732-D24B-4877-A22A-DED978EF0BE2

 I’m just kidding, all jokes aside, I love my teenagers, I have four, well one just turned twenty, so three, but it’s basically the same difference.

Anyways, God is teaching me to be more compassionate. Sometimes when one of my teenagers push my buttons and I want to ring their neck, God has taught me to change the way I look at the situation. Instead of making things worse during certain situations, thank God that things aren’t as bad as they could be. I believe it’s important to walk hand and hand even though you don’t always see eye to eye. Our children need us.

There has been many instances where my child or children have made mistakes, but I don’t dwell on their wrongdoings because guess what? I make mistakes daily and God’s grace and mercy still follows me all the days of my life! I go out of my way to be good to my children and I show them compassion daily, even if they wreck my nerves, because my love for them isn’t contingent upon their behavior. It’s the same way with God! The Word of God says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God loved us when we were His enemies and sent Jesus to die for us WHEN WE WERE HIS ENEMIES! John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” I couldn’t agree more! Anyway, the Holy Spirit moved me to share this with you, and you may not have a teenager, you may be in a relationship, or dealing with an uncompromising boss, or relative. When someone presses your button, simply respond with love. DE2C042E-EABF-4D23-82BC-4C0E2FA05651

Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you what to say, because in the heat of the moment if you aren’t lead by the Holy Spirit, you will speak out of anger and say something you’ll later regret. God wants us to respond with love. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom isthe principal thing; thereforeget wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Ask God to help you properly assess the situation so that you’ll know how to approach it.

Remember, 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV), “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” Another very important scripture to help you keep things in perspective is this, Proverbs 17:9, “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” God wants our relationships to thrive! C22056ED-7230-45F7-9E5B-D56738396F1E

Yes, it’s true. It ALWAYS rains on Thursday’s. I’m not saying it only rains on Thursday’s, that would be absurd, but you can bet your bottom dollar that if it doesn’t rain all week long, it will rain on Thursday. I’ve never noticed it until I got a job which requires me to be outside 80% of the time. The first time that I worked in the rain, it was pouring down so hard, that I had a serious talk with God about quitting. 

Mind you, I’d only been on the job for maybe two months. Before I got the job, I’d been believing God for a great job for months. I’d turned down other jobs, because I knew that God was going to give me something better. I think it’s important to remember that if you pray for something great, and God gives it to you, or even exceed your expectations of what you’ve prayed for, you need to fight to keep it. I think there’s a misconception in the body of believers that better means easier. 

Better doesn’t always mean easier. Sometimes we have to fight to protect and keep that “better” whatever it is. Anyway, after I went on a rant about the rain on the job, God told me not to give up so easily. He told me that He blessed me with the job, and He will give me strength to endure it. Maybe a couple weeks after that I got bit by a spider and a week later a bumblebee! 

Are you kidding me? I hadn’t gotten bitten by a bee since I was like ten! I was angry! God why?  Back swollen looking like Quasimodo…

First it rains cats and dogs on me, then I get attacked by insects? I was getting tested in all kinds of ways, not to mention a lot of the bugs I saw while outside, looked as if they should’ve had a role in Jumanji! These bugs were huge! I can’t make this stuff up! So my patience was being tested, but my faith was being strengthened at the same time. 

I am not an outdoorsy person, but I like my job a lot, so I make it do, what it do. Anyway, I look at the forecast every night so that I’m prepared in the morning, for whatever the weather brings my way! I believe in all things preparation is key. Prepare for the rain. Prepare for the bugs. 

Prepare for what you’re praying for. Prepare for life. Now the rain doesn’t bother me, at all. After my first talk with God, I now work in the rain as if it was sunny skies and 75 degrees. God did exactly what He said. 

He has given me strength to get through it, because personally, I wanted to give up. I can’t count how many times I’ve worked in the rain since, including today, which is Thursday by the way. It just makes me think about how often we give up on the very things we’ve prayed for. When things get hard, we think it’s not of God, but what if He allows these things to happen to test your faith? I believe He does just that, and He also does it to see if we are faithful with the blessings He’s given us. 

Oh, I forgot to mention that Thursday is my last workday of the week. I have a long weekend, every weekend, but it makes me think of how inconveniences or “rain” oftentimes comes pouring down on us when we’re so close to reaching a goal or a dream. In those situations, it feels like when it rains, it pours. However, I just wanted to encourage you not to give up when things aren’t going as planned, because we cannot see the eternal scope of things, but God can! He knows our ending before our beginning, and if He brings you to it, He will bring you through it. 

Don’t give up now, you are closer to reaching your destiny more now than ever before! Just remember when you get there, things may be better, but they will not always be easy, but as long as you fight in the strength of the Lord, and continue to trust Him to guide your steps, you will live life purposefully being everything that God created you to be.

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

This is Angie. Angie is going through a ruff patch in life as you can see but, she hasn’t always been this way. It all started a few months ago…. Angie was on her way to work an hour ahead of her scheduled time when all of a sudden she found herself in traffic. “Oh no problem, I’m just a couple of exits away. I should make it to work on time. After thirty minutes Angie’s eyes began to twitch. She thought about her boss and how he’d gotten rid of anyone who was ever late for work even once. Angie called her boss to explain the traffic situation. “Get here as soon as you can, otherwise I don’t know what I will do,” he said. To Angie that meant, “be on time or otherwise…” Angie wasn’t about to find out what otherwise meant so she began to drive down the shoulder of the highway hoping a police didn’t see her. When she got to her exit it was blocked off due to an accident and Angie had to drive up to the next exit and turn around. When Angie arrived at work she was one minute late and her boss warned her that if it happened again then she would be terminated. So from that day forth Angie would leave even earlier but she always forgot something. At first she forgot her cup of coffee so the next day she made sure to have it but she forgot to comb her hair. Thursday she remembered to comb her hair and make coffee but she forgot her shoes so she “Fred Flinstoned” her way to work until she got out of the car and her barefoot hit the concrete in the middle of July. Angie planned to get up early so that she could remember to do everything on Friday. The weather forecast said that a severe storm was coming and Angie knew that the traffic would be horrible so she left home two hours early. The rain was pouring down hard and Angie was barely able to see. Angie was stuck in traffic again because many people stopped on the highway because they couldn’t see where they were going. Angie got to the job and not a single car was there. Angie looked in her purse for her cell phone so that she could call her job to see if anyone was inside. She’d left her cell phone at home. 😑 Angie quickly let up her umbrella and ran to the front door to try and open it. There was a note on the door that read. Closed today because of the inclement weather. Angie was furious. She had did all that only to get rained on. Her heel broke off one of her pumps as she ran to her car and she became angry and threw them. Her umbrella flipped up and so did her perfectly brushed hair which now exposed her ball spot on the left side. Angie felt like the Hulk. She was amped up on tons of caffeine and ready for work with no job to do. When Angie got home she checked her cell and her boss had left her two messages. One message was right before she’d left home for work.

 

Morale of the story: Anxiousness will get you nowhere fast…. Stop worrying. Change what you can and accept what you can’t.

Scripture reading: Matthew 6:25-34