Praying to God is the first Priority

Proverbs 16:3. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

This verse means a lot to me. God, in His goodness and mercy lets us go our own way. So that we find we do indeed need to rely on God for everything. Many times we mess up our own lives, because we fail to pray that God will give us direction and bless our activities. I have for so long tried different things only to fail, because I haven’t consulted God first. I finally given in and are now asking God for direction and perseverance to stay on track. So that I will accomplish Gods’ Will for me. It is never easy handing your will over to God. We want to be in control. To hand over our reigns means we have to trust God completely. God wants to stretch our faith and trust in Him. We need to believe in miracles many times throughout our lives.

Prayer life is so important. This truth can never be exaggerated. We often dive right in and not take the precaution to pray to our Father, who loves us so much that He wants to bless our lives with good things. But we have this tendency at times to think we know best. And we think sometimes we know better than God, what will make us happy. You see this in families. Parents trying to guide their children in the right direction, only to find their children can be quiet rebellious at times.

I believe in so strongly only when we do this from love, our prayer life is the most important part of serving God. I believe in doing good works comes second in importance. If we try to serve God without praying about it first, might prove to be unsuccessful. Because we are relying on our own strength and our own so called wisdom. But when we turn to God, we give God great pleasure in doing so.

I can remember when my mother and I were in the middle of moving house and we were terribly worried, how to get our animals up to our new home. So I turned to God for help and He showed up, as they say. And He was so honored that I asked Him for help, that it shocked me. I said to myself who can I turn to, but you God. God showed me by that experience He is so, so honored when we ask Him for help. Even if it is the most natural thing to do. Nothing can be wiser than to turn to God for help. There are great many things about Gods’ character that will both surprise, delight and amaze us if we only knew about them.

Doing Gods’ Will fulfills us

My father lived a good life. He was a carpenter and he helped the family and friends out when they needed help using his skills as a carpenter. When he was dying he said over and over again I wasted it, I wasted it. Meaning he wasted his life on earth. He had an encounter of the Crucified Christ and I believe he felt he could of done a lot more to please God in his lifetime. I am bringing this up because even though he was a generous man in many ways, he still saw that he could have done a lot more for God. I want us all to live fully for God and be happy with our lives, that when we die we know we have made the best use of our opportunities to serve God. God was very gracious to my father, He heard his prayer and I believe He extended his life a few more months longer, to make up for lost time.

Both my mother and myself was told by God, that what my father went through in those few months, is what saints usually take a life time to reach. So I am proud of my father the way he became so holy in such a short time. After great tribulation we also can become holy, compassionate, merciful, forgiving and affectionate to one another, just like how God wants us to be. I know realistically we wouldn’t be entirely happy. The more we grow in love with God, the more we want, which is excellent. That is a sure way to grow more pleasing to God.

I want to be great in heaven, and I want us all to be great. We are working for a whole eternity. The closer we are to God here on earth, the more intimate we will be with God in heaven for a whole eternity. We can all do it if we truly want it. Like my fathers’ cry to God was answered at his death bed. Lets’ not wait until then. Lets’ start crying out to God now. God does have favourites. The more we resemble Jesus on earth the more we are loved by God. Many people will disagree with that. We all can get there, we all can be Gods’ favourite. There is plenty of love to go around. We are so unique and so is our calling, if we choose to follow Jesus to become great in heaven. Don’t be lazy and really reach out to God begging Him, to make you great in heaven. If you do, expect trials that will purify you, and if you hang onto Gods’ reassuring promises you will prosper. Anything that is worth something is hard work, but you won’t be saying on your death bed I wasted it, I wasted it. But enter into His glory.

You know in heaven there are all different levels of spiritual wealth. The more pleasing you are to God on earth the more spiritual wealthy you become in heaven. One thing I am glad to hear in heaven there is no jealousy among the inhabitants of heaven as they are here on earth.

One guy went to heaven and he told his brother who was his guide, that he wanted to see the cities in heaven, and his brother told him they aren’t cities, but mansions. I want a mansion in heaven. Many people in heaven, haven’t got a mansion or a home, because basically they didn’t use the many opportunities God gave them to grow in His Spirit, and do the works that Jesus did.

God is inviting us all, even the worst sinner of all time, are invited to come nearer to God and be Gods’ favourite child. Jesus has paid the full price for all our sins on the cross, and is willing to give us graces that will cleanse our hearts from the desires of this world, to a holy desire in pleasing only God. The closer we come to Him the more we desire Him. He is so beautiful. Our eyes are open more as we get closer. Often we have encounters of Jesus while we are still on earth that strengthens our desires for Him more. There is a price to pay and that is learn to surrender to Gods’ every wish. Of course we fall many times, but we get right back up again and repent and all is forgotten by God our Father. Thanks to Jesus paying the full price for our salvation.

I am ever so grateful for all the saints that have inspired me to follow Jesus more closely than I would of otherwise have done. I would have missed out on so much.

Love Yourself as God wants you to

Very few of us love ourselves as we are called to. We listen to, too many lies from the devil and the proper gander of the world, and not what God is trying to tell us. The opinion of the world is back to front from what God is telling us. We judge ourselves too harshly as a genuine rule. We tend to expect ourselves to live up to an impossible task of what the world and those around us expect of us.

God wants us to be ourselves, and know the difference between loving ourselves the right way from the wrong way. We are allowed by God to be kind to ourselves and know it takes time to get our spiritual house in order. We fail many times before we can break bad habits, but if we keep persevering with Gods’ help, we will break bad habits with a positive attitude. Too many times we expect instant success.

I wasn’t very good at many of the subjects that the school was teaching me. Because God gave me different gifts that that school didn’t teach. So I had an inferior complex which should have never happened. My mother use to go to different schools when she was young. One school, sports was all important. If you were good at sports they made a great fuss over you. Another school my mother went to, the academic studies were more important. So if your talent was sports they weren’t impress with you. You see what I am getting at. Depending on what crowd you are in, they expect you to win their approval, but not Gods’. And God is the one who made us. He is the one who hands out gifts to His children. Not one gift is less precious than the other. They are all important to serve Him in His Kingdom purpose. God has a perfect plan for all of us.

 But we need to listen to the Holy Spirit and ask God to direct our lives where we should go. I believe if you have a dream that doesn’t go away, God has put it there. Usually it is impossible without Gods’ supernatural help to accomplish it. Because God wants all the glory. I was told by God He has a greater dream than I do of myself, and that includes you also. It requires believing in Gods’ special love for you alone and are willing to go after your dream with much prayer and waiting for the right time, place and people to help you arrive. And also doing what you can to make it happen. We need to speak positively about ourselves and our future. Declaring and decreeing as much as possible. Like the Bible says there is power in the tongue. And like it also says, “decree a thing and it shall be established.” I am not sure where that is in the Bible, but it is in there.

Don’t be harsh on yourself when you can’t be the person you want to be. You are in Gods’ eyes the perfect child of God all ready. You and I need to really know that all the time. If we doing our best despite of our failures that is all right. Jesus spoke to a nun called Sister Josefa Menendez that He prefers someone who has fallen many times, but humbly repents, from someone who hasn’t fallen much, but is full of pride. Remember Gods’ love is nothing like mans’ love. We love most of the time conditionally, but Gods love is never ending. And we are in love with God, serving Him the best way we can, is very pleasing to Him. We must remember we are the head and not the tail. Shows on T.V. makes out they are the smart ones, but in truth they preach from their shows lies. Only truth will stand. When the storms of life hits, lies will crumble and fall down with a loud noise. But those who are righteous in the Lord will be able to stand through any storm, because they trust God with all they have. They don’t lean on their own understanding, so that makes them teachable and bendable for the Holy Spirit to work through them. When God fights for us, we always win.

Because I failed to fast properly for a couple of days I got upset with myself. This is what some of the things God had to say to me. “How I wish you would consider how many times you have completed a fast? Sue you are wrecking your chances when you address yourself as a failure. Are you not my child? You awakening to your faults. They always were there, but now you see them better.”

In other words the more light is poured into us by the Spirit of God, we are going to see faults that we didn’t know about. So we can work on that area. Just imagine if God was to show us all our faults at once, it would kill us. So sometimes we are actually advancing when we see more, to work on. I have to warn you that not always this is so. The more you see doesn’t always mean you are advancing, only when you are truly fighting for Gods’ Kingdom to come. There are of course those who don’t want to improve and they live in sin, because they choose to do so.