Attitude, Complaining, Goals & Dreams, God's Promises, God's Provisons, Growth/Maturity, Marriage, Obedience, Patience, Purpose, Restoration, Singleness, Stress, Trusting God

Living in the Microwave Age

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6 NLT)

I heard an author last week speak about how this is the ‘Microwave Age’ because everybody wants everything to happen quickly. I thought about life and how God has worked on my anxiety. I was a right now person; if I saw something I wanted in a store, I bought it; if I wanted to say something, I said it; if I was feeling a certain way, I reacted; if I wanted to lose weight, I took plenty of weight loss medicine. I know that was a reckless way to live life. Even my prayer life had turned microwavable. Every time I would really need God to do something I would pray, get up and wonder why He didn’t answer my prayer.

I started to question when was I going to get my blessing? When was I going to get a promotion? When was my marriage going to be the marriage I pray for? When was I going to lose weight and have the physique that I want? When? When? When? When?

How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted. (Habakkuk 1:1-4 NLT)

The prophet Habakkuk sounds just like me! I found myself saying, “Why is God not answering me? Is He not listening to me? Why don’t I have the promotion? Why am I still overweight? Why is my marriage still not thriving? Talk to me God!”

The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.I am raising up the Babylonians, a cruel and violent people. They will march across the world and conquer other lands.” (Habakkuk 1:5-6 NLT)

The Lord spoke to me and told me He is working my situation out for my good. He is building up relationships and even things I thought were not repairable, He is repairing them. He has placed me in a new job that requires that I step up and become a leader very quickly- promotion. He is teaching me discipline when it comes to food and that in order to live a healthy life in Him and on earth I need to exercise. As of today I have lost 30 pounds with many more to go. As for my marriage that God joined together, we are under construction and He is molding us into the people of God that He wants us to be. God told Keviyona I am about to blow your mind!

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:1-3 KJV)

I decided that the microwave way of doing things wasn’t what God wanted for my life. I decided to wait and even though it seems like an eternity to me, it is not a long time in God’s eyes. I did not give up waiting for the Lord. And He turned to me and heard my cry.  (Psalms 40:1 NLV)

Dear Daddy,

I want to thank You for teaching me that fast and quick is not always what is best for my life. Thank You for teaching meBut they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) God I am being patient and waiting on You to lead and direct my path because I am nothing without You. God I want You to continue to teach me that patience is a virtue. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to pray and ask God for the desires of your heart and wait. If you wait and lean not to your own understanding, God will show up and show out. I dare you to be patient on your job, in your home, with your marriage, with your family and friends, with your prayer request and watch God do the work. I EMPOWER you to unplug the microwave in your mind, relax and let God work it out. I know we live in a fast paced society but God works in His time and His time is always the best!

Take a moment to share how waiting on God has blessed you.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Confessions From An Impatient Christian

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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

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Attitude, Complaining, Growth/Maturity, Speech, Trials

It Could Be Worse!

Do all things without complaining and disputing. (Philippians 2:14 NKJV)

Hi, my name is Keviyona and I am a complainer. I complain when things are good and I complain when things are not so good. I complain about my husband, my family, my job, my weight, my church, my friends, I complain about everything. I am very good at encouraging everyone else, but when it comes to my situations I am always praying and then complaining. I noticed I was a complainer one day when I had just finished praying about my job. I told God that I was going to wait and depend on Him for answers. I also told Him that I would not be stressed out as long as He guides me. The devil made a liar out of me that day; my phone rang and one of my co-workers was on the other end. She started talking about how messed up the school was and I instantly chimed in. I started ranting and raving about how I don’t like it and I’m tired. I started to complain about everything I had just moments before prayed about.

About a week later my cousin called me and told me she had been laid off. Before I could complain I was convicted and God told me, “It could be worse.” I listened to her discuss how she would have to move and how she wondered how she would be able to take care of her kids when her salary had been cut in half. I quickly thought about my pay cut this year and how no one would even know I had taken a pay cut if I didn’t tell them. God has blessed me with an abundance to the point that my lifestyle did not have to change because of my pay decrease.

There was another time that I was complaining about my husband and all the things he wasn’t doing. I was so infatuated with what he wasn’t doing that I was missing how he was growing. I was so busy kicking and screaming about every negative part that I was missing that this marriage was ordained by God. While I was complaining about my “terrible” marriage I talked to someone whose mate fights them and takes their money. The man doesn’t come home for days at a time and flagrantly disrespects his wife with other women. Again God spoke and said, “It could be worse.”

Now these little scenarios are not to build myself or my character up with other people’s issues, but to give an example that your situation could be worse than what it is right now.

After reflecting on my complaining issue, I thought of the children of Israel. They were complaining and saying they should have stayed in Egypt because at least they had food and other things.

Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the Lord, the fire was quenched. So he called the name of the place Taberah,because the fire of the Lord had burned among them. (Numbers 11:1-3 NKJV) The children didn’t understand that they had to live in the wilderness in order to get to the Promised land. I do not want to feel the wrath of God because I am complaining and not trusting Him. It is important to remember that there are going to be issues in our lives, but complaining is not pleasing to God.

As women of God we need to learn to be content in whatever situation we are in because we know who holds the final say so. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4: 11-13 NIV) Instead of complaining about everything that doesn’t go according to “my plans,” I am learning to be content and not complain. After all, it could be worse!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for protecting, keeping and granting me with Your favor despite my many complaints. Thank You for being patient with me despite me doubting what You can do by complaining about my right now. God, continue to teach me how to seek You instead of complaining. God, continue to teach me to be content in whatever situation that I’m in and to remember that it could be worse. Thank You for reminding me of Your patience and love for me. Thank You for not giving up on me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Women of God, I EMPOWER you to be content in whatever situation you are in and remember that it could be worse. I EMPOWER you to get on your knees or go to your secret place and pray the next time you feel like complaining. Fill your mind, body and soul with positivity and ask God to remove complaining from you because it is negative. I EMPOWER you to remember that every time your bills are late, your rent or mortgage is due, your spouse is acting crazy, your kids are messing up, your job is stressing you out, or everyone is getting on your nerves that it could be worse!

It’s Good Friday so let complaining die in your life today! Jesus never once complained as He hung on that cross. Vow today to stop complaining about at least one thing. Share it with us in the comment section.

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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”