When things do not go the way you planned…

This week has just been one of those weeks…

I usually try to start off every week with a week to-do-list which I break down into daily tasks throughout the week. It helps me stay accountable and make full use of my time and I love the feeling of checking off the to-do’s…I know, I know it’s rather extra… but it works for me. I don’t always get everything done and sometimes my emotions get the better of me and Netflix or the latest K or J drama take up my “free” time… And other times life just happens and I’m unable to do anything on my list.

Anyway… back to this week! I was supposed to have had this blog up by Thursday, start working out again for the uptinht time this year, finish my research proposal that’s been glaring at me from the desktop and last but not least start an online course- all which I’ve been putting off for a while now. Why am I sharing this? Is it because I’m conceited enough to think that my life is interesting for everyone who frequents WinnieMCares? Absolutely not. It’s because as I was reflecting on this week’s blogpost and vlog (something else that I’ve been putting off) I started thinking about faith.. (more specifically) my faith…my faith in God when things do not go the way I planned or hoped or even prayed for.

Have you or anyone you know gone through a “faith crisis”? I totally have! More times than I’d like to admit actually. It’s not until I read this article that I realized that we’re not alone in fact we’re in good company. Many of the greats in the Bible, Prophet Isaiah and Jeremiah and even Peter went through their fair share of faith crises too. Of course they had assignments from God and the stakes may have been much higher for them… regardless of the circumstances “a faith crisis is a faith crisis…” right?

I don’t know what you’re going through, maybe there’s something you’ve been waiting for a very long time that just isn’t materializing [a house, a business, a baby, marriage, a grant, an approval, a financial breakthrough]. Or maybe you’re doubting whether God can really come through for you concerning something He’s assigned you to do or something you truly desire. I’ve recently had a prayer request answered after around 12 years of prayer…. yes you read correct a decade plus two more years. And I can say that the answer was not what I prayed for but much better than my original prayer.

Here are my thoughts on faith crises…:

1. Do away with doubt

According to God’s word in Hebrew 11:1, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…” This essentially means believing in something that you cannot see, something that is not tangible! That’s a big ask right? And if you’re anything like me after a while of not seeing what I’m believing for doubt comes creeping in, eventually taking up residence in my mind, heart and even tongue! It’s easy to justify doubt and such thoughts are commonplace… “how long should I wait for? Seriously why does He (God) expect me to wait when He already knows it’s not my strong suit…”

In as much as you may try to justify doubt it is the exact opposite of what faith is… Why go around circles when Hebrew 11:6 clearly states that “…without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”?

2. Focus on diligently seeking God as opposed to the “thing” you’re believing for

I think it’s very easy to get caught up in the “thing” you’re believing God for… It’s easy to get so caught up and gung-ho  that in some cases it may even become an idol or unhealthy obsession/addiction. What if God has something else in store for you? Something even greater but because you’re solely focused on that “thing” you miss it? I get it, I really do sometimes the desire for something can be so strong that it overcomes you, but we often forget that God knows what is best for us far more than we do. Remember 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.” He has good plans for us and wants us to prosper. He is a loving father despite contrary belief! I for one am so grateful that in addition to being a loving father, He is also very patient…. I’m still working on seeking Him diligently with the right motive and to fully accept His plans over my wants and desires.

So this is where I am so far in my faith journey. If you’re going through a faith crisis or have gone through several in the past please share your thoughts and lessons in the comment section below.

I have been avoiding this video this past week too… ( I told y’all it’s been one of those weeks) I am just now getting round to it. I pray it will bless you!

 

Video Credit: Heather Lindsey

Photo Credits: Google Images

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