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Written by Yvonne Galindo
I wrote in my previous blog “Intimacy I” with regards to being a single Christian Women in the church today and your relationship with Christ. It’s no surprise that more and more people define themselves as being lonely. Some suffer from loneliness because of losing a spouse or child. In most cases it’s divorce; someone you have been intimate with for years of marriage and then one day the happiness you both have shared is gone! I believe we use the word lightly, and don’t realize loneliness can be a serious ailment for some. Loneliness will manifest itself in many forms like using drugs to try to cope with your depression which sometimes can lead to suicide. This truly saddens my heart because I experienced the loss of a loved one who truly suffered from loneliness and depression. It’s not that she wasn’t loved it’s because she never loved herself or forgave herself for her past mistakes. Women not learning to love or forgive themselves are a number one cause of loneliness in the church.
Mother Teresa said it best ~ the most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved ~ anyone who has been divorced knows the feeling of inadequacy or feeling incomplete and unloved which sometimes can lead to unhealthy relationships. I myself have experienced feeling incomplete and unloved, because of those feelings I made some BIG mistakes, some that I have learned from and others I have regretted terribly. I needed to stop looking for someone and find myself in Christ. I needed to seek Greatness and find the good in myself by the renewal of my mind-Rom 12:2. It was a difficult process and I learned to place all my desires before God; to pray about them and trust God to give them to me if and when they’re right. Remember place all the good, bad and the ugly in His hands. There is no room for shame at the altar of God.
The story of your life has many chapters. One bad chapter doesn’t mean it’s the end of the book.
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Written By Mashani Allen
As a student of the Bible it’s amazing to me how I can read a chapter in a few minutes and not really consider the years that happen from one chapter to the next. To see a promise given by God take years before its answered. The time frame of manifestation does not disregard the fact that there was still a promise given. Unfortunately the time in between is where the real battle exist. Do you still believe although its been 5, 10, 20 years since the promise was given? It takes so much effort to still believe while the clock ticks and the years come and go. A decision must be made in spite of everything else to still believe. I heard a minister say, “Does it really matter how long it takes if you get it?” Let patience be the order of the day and dust off your promise. When God makes you a promise it’s a done deal. Don’t allow life, people or circumstances to cause you to let go. Hold on to your promise, remind yourself of your promise, remind the enemy of your promise. God is faithful and just, we must be patient and trust. Let the words below bless you as you pick up every promise.
It runs through your DNA and flows through your veins, My plan for your life to rule and to reign, The Promise.
It comes with much battle, it come with much fight, it is not for the faint at heart, or those quick to take flight, The Promise.
It was a mystery that only I knew and now I’ve revealed, it silences doubt and causes fear to be still, The Promise.
A plan only the ultimate architect could design, transcending cultures, gender and time, The Promise.
A gift I gave you when I released you into the earth, it confirms your potential, your value and your worth, The Promise.
I’ve shown it to you in visions, I’ve shown it to you in dreams, it causes you to smile and your eyes to dance and beam, The Promise.
It is not empty but overflowing to the full, it is not limited by external factors or man made rules, The Promise.
I fulfill it to the righteous those in right standing with Me, and I do it in the open for all the world to see, The Promise.
I place My honor upon them, I show them as My prize, I endow them with wisdom, upon them I rise, The Promise.
It comes with great anticipation, it comes with great delight, it brings open shame to the enemy and puts demons to flight, The Promise.
For the promise fulfilled cannot be denied, its full of my majesty and glory which cannot hide, The Promise.
It beams in their confidence, it shines through their grin, the promise fulfilled causes others to turn from sin, The Promise.
For the carriers of the promise understand the weight of the call, they have humbled themselves completely, they have surrendered all, The Promise.
I am the God of reward and My promise is with me, blessings of abundance in the natural and a crown of glory in eternity.
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