Happy Friday, Wanderers!
Today, I wanted to continue my quarantine lessons series. This will be my third and final post in the series, and I personally think I saved the best for last.
Today I’m sharing the spiritual lessons I’ve learned these last few months.
LISTEN. 2020 has been a year. A YEAR. Honestly, it feels like ten years wrapped in one.
With so much going on in the U.S., and even the world, it is important now more than ever we keep our faith strong and stay prayed up.
In more ways than one, my faith (and maybe even yours) has been stretched, pulled, tossed, and turned more times this year, especially in the last few months like no other. However, as much as our faith has been tested, I’m here to remind you God is still God and we’re not in this alone.
1. You can’t worry and pray.
As I always say, if you’re going to worry, don’t pray. If you’re going to pray, don’t worry.
You can’t say you have faith and then question if God is going to come through for you. That burden you’re carrying is not yours to carry, sis. Say your prayer, release that worry, and exhale.
And because I believe in backing up everything I say, here are also a few scriptures you can refer to:
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-8)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You need me to keep going?
I say all this to say, don’t second guess God, sis. Say your prayers and let him work his magic.
2. Vision = Provision
If God gives you the vision, he’ll give you provision.
Before we were born, God had plans for us.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
God already has a plan (vision) for our life. We just have to seek him for wisdom and He will let it be known.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
But please note, God may only give you the vision initially. He won’t give you everything all at once. He wants to see you do some of the work first.
And while you may not understand this vision God has given you, you just have to trust that He will provide (and He will). All you have to do is ask.
3. He’s always with you.
You are never alone. That’s it. That’s the message.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Whatever you’re going through sis, you are not going through it alone. God is always with you.
4. He knows what you need before you even ask.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:8)
God is omniscient.
He knows exactly what you need and when you need it.
It can be intimidating, maybe even a little defeating to admit you need help. But I’ve learned that whatever I talk to God about, whatever I bring to him in prayer will forever stay between us.
It brings me peace to know I can be completely honest, completely vulnerable and no one will ever know.
So go ahead, sis. It’s time for you to empty that load and receive the best help around. All you have to do is…ask.
5. His plans are greater than anything you could ever imagine, you just have to trust Him.
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. -Woody Allen
Listen. I’m a planner. Every detail of my life has been planned out.
I like to know what’s ahead and prepare for any and all possibilities.
Can you relate?
But I realized my dreams, my plans, my goals were small, safe, and honestly, laughable compared to what God has planned for me.
Sis, what aspect of your life do you have completely planned out?
That’s a cute and great job.
BUT it’s time to put the pen and sticky notes up and go consult the Master.
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)
I get it. It’s scary not knowing and not being in control.
Hello, my name is Atiana and I’m a control freak.
Trust me I get it.
But also trust in Him. Let him blow your mind. Stop playing it safe and let God take control. I promise you won’t regret it.
That’s it! Those are all (well, most) of the lessons I learned throughout my quarantine and this COVID-19 experience.
What lessons have you learned while in quarantine? Whether personal, professional, or spiritual, share them down below!
Love + Light,