Rerouted…

This morning is as cold as a freezer and the air is crisp and gripping. Did I also mention it feels like another Monday, although it is Tuesday. So, I struggle to get out of the bed a bit. However, I awake grateful to God for a new day, read and listene to His Word, worship Him, and talk with Him. A day started with the Lord is a day better yielded to Him.

Upon leaving home, I miss my bus so I decide to catch the bus headed towards the Metra train to make up for lost time. The train tracker schedules for my train to stop at the stop I need to get off at to catch another bus. I have a lengthy commute. Anyways, one stop into our ride we hear that the train will run express all the way to the end stop. Ah man! I can get off at this stop and wait for the next one but it is too cold. So, I stay on and am going to have to ride all the way to the end.

No problem. I will just have to do what I have had to do before, just travel back. I just have to take another train. So, I walk to the Red Line and go downstairs and my train comes. However, this train confuses me with the fact that its route labels state not what it normally says. I get on because although the train states something different, this is where I am literally heading. The Red Line stays on the lower tracks (ground level) but this morning this train is riding on the higher track where you can see the roofs of buildings and blocks of homes and businesses lined up on our Chicago streets. I hate riding high up because of the height but God gets me safely to my destination and drives away my fears with this message.

I feel like I just took the long way around just to get to my destination. I have been rerouted twice but still heading to my destination.

What happens when you are rerouted? You have to take the long way around. Your journey gets interrupted.

Moses and the Israelites were rerouted. They had to take the long way after God led Moses to free them from slavery. In fact, God took them the long way and through the impossible.

The people got impatient. They murmurred and complained. They even wanted to turn back. Oh, I had that feeling this morning.
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17

Yet, God took them the long way because had He led them the short distance they would have easily went back. Fear and discomfort makes you run back to comfortable situations even if they were horrible situations. They had to learn to trust God step by step, day by day. They had to learn to depend on God. They had to learn to persevere and develop patience. Prayer and patience go together. Faith and perseverance goes together. You can’t have one without the other and we need all of the above in life and through our faith walk.

So, when you get rerouted, be patient. Maybe God is protecting you from something. Maybe God wants you to develop patience. Maybe God just wants you to trust Him even on a routine day heading to work.

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Get To The Finish Line & Help Someone Else Get There Too

Okay that is a long title but every word is imperative.

I remember when I was a little kid (I don’t remember the exact age, I was maybe 8 – 10) and enjoying a day at my grandfather’s job picnic. It was a picnic of food, family, friends, games, and guided horse rides.

It was one particular game the kids had to partner up and get to the finish line with one of each of our legs in a sack together with our partners. My partner was my cousin.

The race started and we took off, hopping along the way. However, I lost my footing, stumbled and fell. Instead of stopping, my cousin continued to press to the finish line. Go ahead and laugh. I am laughing right now myself! From what I remember, he dragged me almost to the finish line, but I managed to get it together. I don’t even think I was mad. I was just as determined as he was for us to win and for me not to hold us back. 😂

I said all of that to say it is okay to laugh at yourself. Okay, what I really wanted to say is don’t give up on someone that God has called for you to water the seed (come along and help someone grow based on God’s Word) and be a light in their world, whether it be a family member or someone else God sends into your life. There will be people God removes from your life but the ones He has for you to impact in this season or several, give them words of encouragement, build them up in the Lord, disciple them, let them know they matter, and then hold them accountable. You may have to give them a loving push at times. You may also have to drag that someone along that needs you to believe in him/her. And be determined to see any little evidence of a leaf sprouting out, a rose petal budding and lifting its head. Sometimes you need to remind someone that it doesn’t matter if you finish last–as long as you finish with determination, persistence, and with a friend called Jesus.

Next, encourage yourself to get back up after you fall. Expect trials and tribulations to come and know that you are an imperfect creature. But if you have been born again through our savior Jesus Christ, then you have a new nature and a whole lot of help to surely get you to the finish line. Don’t give up and do trust God to get you to the end. He is our present help in the time of trouble, our redeemer, and our hope.

Oh, I think my cousin and I made it to third place but I have to ask my cousin to be sure. And I wasn’t hurt.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus

Have a blessed day,

Tannika😘

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Share a time when God gave you the grace to get back up or a story when someone helped you get back up.

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Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV).

You’d like to quit, wouldn’t you

And succumb to your fears

Throw yourself a pity party and invite your tears

You’d like to give up and make excuses

Why you can’t win

And contribute your failures with where you’ve been

You’d like to tell God, “I’m not quite right

And although you’ve helped me before,

I just don’t have the strength to fight.”

 

Times are hard and this world is rough

Instead of carrying heavy loads, you trying to lift trucks

You are burdened, you are drained

Frustrated in every way

You’ve reached the point where it’s even hard to pray

I feel you when you say, I’m tired

I face those times when I want to quit too

But God posed this question to me

That I will ask you….

 

“What if quitting was an option?

An Opportunity Present To Ignore Or Neglect God’s will for your life

So think about it, if quitting was an option right….

Ministers would change careers

After dealing with serious declines of character, teamwork

And faithfulness among their peers

Your assigned angels would have resigned

After having multiple slow workdays

And Jesus might have left the cross and took a loss

Because some people refuse to be saved

But let’s go back further….

 

If Quitting was an option,

Joseph would have ignored the angel of God and bailed on Mary

He would have left her to raise Jesus alone

Mary would have told God, “I have no strength to carry Jesus. This is just too big of a role for me to take on.”

 

Job would have cursed God and died

After being afflicted, tested and tried

And although Ruth loved her mother-n-law, Ruth would have left Naomi and missed the chance of new love, happiness and prosperity

Joseph, son of Jacob, would have had no charity or integrity. After being persecuted and oppressed,

He would have forsaken others, especially his family, and would have also been depressed

Noah, like many of us, would have procrastinated, half-obeyed or even failed to complete the ark

He would have let the people or even the size of the assignment discourage him so

And what if Moses never showed up for his meeting with Pharaoh?

And how about Jesus’ disciples?

They would have left Jesus standing

Because the job was too demanding

How about the Canaanite woman? She would have backed down

after Jesus didn’t answer the first time around

and her daughter would not receive healing

 

So if Quitting was an option

and God quit as well

Prisons wouldn’t be the only overcrowding place,

It would be Hell

But God is a god that cannot fail, nor lie

His righteousness is forever, His grace is sufficient

His mercies are daily

His word is bond and if He woke you up today,

God has not given up on you

You’ve already been reconciled

Already granted the opportunity to be saved

And set free, your price paid

How could we think of quitting,

When God is the God of victory

He is the author and the finisher of our faith

 

How could we quit

When God is working on our characters and our hearts

And always finishes what He starts

And how could you say you’re done?

Quitting on the Lord

Is like walking off the battleground

After your Team wins

Looking defeated

Not knowing you already WON!

from Setting The Captive Free by Tannika Moore

 

So fellow sisters and brothers in Christ, do not give up; God has not given up on you.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9 NIV). Persevere and trust God with the results of your obedience and your holding fast to your faith. Encourage one another and share God’s love and Word with others who may not know God’s unfailing, sincere love for all of mankind.  Jesus persevered all the way to the Cross so that everyone would have the opportunity to be saved eternally and reconciled back to the one true God.  Trust God and set the captive free!

Are you getting weary? Do you feel like throwing in the towel? What does God tell us about pressing in? What things do you do to get over feelings of despair, hopelessness and defeat?