Life on my own Terms

images (6).jpgI’ve heard it said many times, “I’m going to live life on my own terms.” Well, I do not wish to live life on my terms but on God’s terms. Even when we think we know what is best for us, many times we do not. I want to be where God wants me to be and when He wants me there.

I do not wish to arrive too early or too late. My timing often is off, but His timing is always perfect. When we try to do things on our own, we struggle for years trying to accomplish what could have been done in one day. Have you ever experienced something just open up to you? Something that you have been trying to work out on your own and it suddenly works. Timing has everything to do with us accomplishing our dreams in life.

Isaiah 40:31“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” God will renew the strength of those who wait for His perfect timing. Stop worrying so much is easy to say but not always easy to carry out.  Many times when people say “I’m not going to worry about it,” what they really mean is I’m not going to talk about it. I can tell you from experience, not talking about an issue does not mean you are not worrying about it.

We all can agree that worrying does not change anything. I recommend that you go to bed, get a good night sleep and allow God to work things out in His time. Many times while we are resting, He is working. Things tend to look better in the morning. His timing is not our timing but His timing is best. Make a decision today to stop living life on your own terms and live them according to the plans that God has laid out for your life.

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……Over the years, I have been accused of being in denial regarding his condition. I have never been in denial; I simply do not want my faith to waver. To keep my faith strong, I have had to be careful who and what I allowed in my ear.

My advice to caregivers is when your faith seems to waver, reaffirm what you know to be true about God. Read the Word to see what the Scripture teaches us about who He is. The Word of God teaches that He is a healer of all manner of diseases. Tuberculosis was not too hard for God.

When we do not see the manifestation of the promises in our own lives, it doesn’t mean that God is not able. I made the decision to believe the Word knowing that God knew the situation we were in. I had to believe He was able to bring us out and that He would provide whatever we needed during this time. Trying to process it all in my mind overwhelmed me. I had to trust God and stand firm on my faith in Him knowing that He was able……………………….

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I have watched over the past few days as my hometown of Lumberton, NC is making national news headlines.  This community has experienced great devastation as a result of Hurricane Matthew.  Even now the flooding continues to be a threat to this close knit community.
Many people have never heard of Lumberton, but I graduated nursing school from Robeson Community College located in Lumberton. My first job as a nurse was at Southeastern General Hospital now called Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.  In 1991, although I had not lived in Lumberton for nearly ten years, I returned there to be married at St. Mary Church in Lumberton.
I have strong roots and close ties to this community.  Many family members and friends who still reside in and around the area were affected by this storm and I have great love for the people of Lumberton.  While some of them have lost everything, I hear constant praise and thanksgiving to God in the midst of their tragedy.  They are not focusing on what they have lost, but on the goodness of God.  They are focusing on the many provisions that have been made to accommodate them during this time.  There are many volunteers who are bringing the necessary help to the community.
This tells us a little something about the people of Lumberton.  They are strong and resilient people.  They are people who care for each other and many of them have strong faith that will not be shaken by Hurricane Matthew.  Join me as we pray for this community and others who have been affected by the hurricane.  Even in times when we do not understand the reason, we know that we can trust God.
Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” God is sovereign, He has all wisdom and, above all, He loves us.  Even in the bad times, God does not change, His great love for us remains.
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Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor