Category Archives: Trusting God

The Lord Directs Our Steps

Good morning beautiful TOG readers. Hope you are doing well. I think we are finally starting to cool off here in Bama, 87/88 degrees 😳 Could Fall just get here already.

Do you ever wonder why things happen or why they turned out the way they did in your life? I would have to say of course, it’s only human nature too.

My friend, I want to let you in on a little secret you may or many not know….your steps are ordered by the Lord. He directs us every step of the way and He delights in every area of your life! That doesn’t mean he likes everything we do, it simply means He delights in YOU. That can be life changing if you let it. You don’t have to come to him all fixed up, just come as you are. He loves YOU regardless.

That also means that nothing comes our way that He did not first filter through His hands.

Do You Feel Like You’re Being Sifted?

Sometimes he allows these hard trials and circumstances to test us and produce faith in us so that we would be a testimony for Him and his amazing glory in our lives, as well as to others.

See when someone knows what you’re walking through and they see you do it with unshakable trust in God and that you’re not moved by what you see and what’s going on around you because you know your God is bigger. Some people just can’t wrap their brain around it. Who am I kidding sometimes I can’t either. Then they also see you living with JOY while you’re going through and waiting it speaks volumes….and just FYI joy isn’t the same as being happy.

“Happiness is an emotion in which we “experience feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure,” whereas joy “is a stronger, less common feeling than happiness.” We experience joy when we achieve selflessness to the point of personal sacrifice. We feel joy when we are spiritually connected to God or people.” Unknown

I’ve learned so much with my walk with God, that the bad things that have happened in my life, the trials I thought I’d never make it through…..He had a plan all along to use it for my good. His Word says “No weapon formed against you will prosper” and “He will work ALL THINGS, NOT SOME BUT ALLLL THINGS OUT FOR YOUR GOOD” and you can take that to the bank my friend. It may take some time and waiting in the process. It may even mean you have to let something or someone go. Or you might have something you need to do or not do. In my experience, often times we take on things that aren’t meant for us, we take on other peoples responsibility and God didn’t give you the grace to do someone else’s job, but He WILL give you the grace to do what he’s called YOU To do. Whooo! That’ll preach! That was a word for someone!🙌🏻

It’s funny because while you’re going through or even on the other side of something, he will bring someone else in your life that’s going through a similar trial and because of where you are or where you’ve been you are able to encourage them and have empathy for them. But had you not been there, you wouldn’t be able to help them through to the other side.

God doesn’t waste our pain, that I know with ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME!

Someone needs what YOU have….your experience, strength, and hope. That’s something no one else can offer, something that will help them reach the other side.

“Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others.”

God is looking, longing and searching for someone who He can bless!! Someone who is stable in the storm. Someone who will help and encourage others along the way.

Precious one, God absolutely will not leave you nor forsake you,

Your greatest testimony in the storms of life my friend is that YOUR STILL STANDING! YOU HAVEN’T GIVEN UP!! YOU TRUSTED THE LORD, AND HE HAS YOU RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE….IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND!

THE LORD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE!!

God bless you, and have a blessed and wonderful day! Remember YOU are a Trophy Of Grace!

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

Bloom Where You Are Planted

God’s Word says to bloom where you are planted!

My friend you are not here by mistake, you are right where you are suppose to be. You were born for such a time as this.

If you let him, God will use you to impact the lives of others around you.

Wherever you are, whatever circumstance you are in, God can still use you. Just because you can’t see Him working or you can’t see the harvest….yet, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

God says, “Come to me precious one, trust Me with things you’ve been holding onto. Trust Me in the darkness. Trust Me when you think there’s no way. Loosen your grip and release it all to Me. You were not meant to carry this burden alone. Trust I have placed you were I wanted you, so bloom where you’re planted. Have faith in Me, I cause ALL THINGS out for your good.”

God bless y’all and have a wonderful day!

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

Hope against Hope

HOPE!! What is hope? It’s a confident expectation; it’s an attitude that something good is going to happen.

Have you ever felt hopeless?

Like you’ve believed, prayed, been on your knees, cried out to God for something and it still hasn’t come to pass and you just wonder, “God do you hear me?” “Can you see me?”

I think if we’re honest we’ve all been there. I know I have, maybe I am still in some areas “Hoping against hope.”

I think it kinda hit me today in my prayer time I’ve heard the story a million times. Abraham and Sarah were believing God for the impossible. God promised to “bless them with descendants to numerous to count.”

Abraham was a 100….A HUNDRED YEARS OLD Y’ALL!! Sarah was 90….Can you image that??? Giving birth at 90 YEARS OF AGE! Nope, I can’t imagine it in my my 40’s or 50’s lol, not that there is anything wrong with it I was just a young chickadee when I started having babies. But God honored His promise to them, IN HIS TIME and gave them a child in their old age.

“Even when there was NO reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping.” Hoping against hope, he believed God. That’s for YOU today!

God is no respecter of persons, if He did it for Abraham and Sarah, He can surely do it for you and me.

So what are you believing for or hoping against hope for?

It doesn’t matter what it is or even what your situation looks like….hope, believe, and trust in God like Abraham and Sarah. He is Almighty God, nothing impossible to Him. He is more than able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and way beyond what you can imagine. He is the Waymaker and the Promise Keeper, and He will keep His promise to you. He loves YOU precious one and He sees your pain and although at times it may not seem like it….but He has a great plans for your life! Plans to prosper you and not harm you, to give you hope and future.

Whatever it is your going through Gods got you in the palm of His hand and He will work all things out for your good. Keep hanging in there my friend and hoping against hope! You are His treasure and Trophy of Grace!

Love and hugs,

Nicole💗

Be Expecting God to move….

Expect to see what’s been declared over your life. Expect God to show up in your circumstances! The blessings of the Lord are on you, there is a BULLSEYE on you waiting to bless you, heal you, set you free, and restore what needs to be restored. I believe there’s a shift coming for God’s people. I believe Gods promises for my life and yours.

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it .” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

“He that began a good work will complete it.. “Philippians 1:6

Whatever you need, look to His Word, His promises are for YOU! Live life expecting good things instead of expecting the bad like“Ok what’s going to happen next?” Just waiting for the shoe to drop. I’ve been that way myself about things in my life. I believe for other people but I don’t always believe that God will do it for me. I’ve been anxious and fearful about things, not fully trusting God to take care of me or whatever is going on. But I’m here to tell you God is NO respecter of persons!! What He does for someone else believe He WILL DO FOR YOU PRECIOUS ONE!!

All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances. Proverbs 15:15

So we must live with a cheerful and expectant heart. That doesn’t mean everything is going perfect in our lives it just means we are trusting God to perfect that which concerns us. SO BE EXPECTANT THAT SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE, YOUR MARRIAGE, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FINANCES AND HEALTH.

Whatever it is your going through, or whatever you need look to His promises, His Word and believe that! Cling to that! For we walk faith and not by sight. We may not see it just yet or circumstances may look awful and but we “Call those things that be not as though they are.” Live your life expecting that something good is going to happen because God is for you. He has a hope and future for you and what the enemy meant to harm and destroy God WILL WORK FOR YOUR GOOD precious one! Amen!

Be blessed and big hugs🤗

Nicole💗

Let Go and Let God

It’s time for repositioning yourself. Let go of the things that you have held on to for so long. The things from your past that keep haunting you and holding you in bondage. Maybe someone spoke horrible things over you like”You are no good” “You’ll never amount to anything” “You’re ugly” and maybe worse. Then you believed it and came into agreement with it, well those are LIES FROM THE ENEMY straight from the pit of hell!!!!

Let me just say YOU are chosen, beautiful, holy, righteous, victorious, justified, redeemed, set free, a new creature IN Christ, FORGIVEN…..I can go on.

When our lives get turned upside down, God is still there, he’s with you. Have you found yourself thinking God, I wasn’t expecting that or I was expecting this and something else happened? I sure have. But sometimes, the very thing that is so bad, the thing that is so painful, the things we think that is coming against us is really what we need and it’s going to work out for us if we let it. But it’s up to us, letting go, and letting God have his way in us.

Releasing old ways of things or thinking and trusting God. It’s not always comfortable and it’s not always easy but embracing the new and allowing God to do what He needs to do to get you where you need to be will be worth it all.

What are you holding onto today? Is there something you need to let go of and let God in so you can make room for what God wants to do in your life? God only wants his very best for you precious one, don’t settle. Whatever you need, He has it and him alone can only truly satisfy. Jesus I need you more❤️🙌🏻

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Trust in the Lord…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” I love that verse and yet it’s one I have struggled with in some areas of my life. It’s like Lord I trust you with this and this but not this and yet I think that’s what he’s asking “Will you trust Me with that thing you’ve held onto for years? That thing you’ve tried to change for so long and nothing changes. That thing you think is hopeless, with Me nothing is impossible! That thing you think I can’t do anything with. Yep THAT’S the thing I want, that’s what I’m asking for precious one, give it to Me, trust Me with it. I can turn it around. I will give you beauty for ashes. I can breathe Life into it. I am bigger than any circumstance or problem you encounter. Don’t continue to believe the whispers of the enemy he is not for, he is against you. He seeks to destroy you. I came that you may have abundant life and I will work all things out for your good. You may not understand it all but I do, I see the beginning from the end. Trust Me, I am with you always! I love you and have plans for you, let Me guide you sweet one💗