Single in Purpose

Sister Felicia serves as a Christian Blog Contributor for The Ministry of Linda L. Johnson where her anointing and assignment is to blog concerning singles and relationships. We offer this blog series to encourage and bring hope to believers and unbelievers, especially singles.
The Love of My Life is the first from the Singles Relationship Series, a series consisting of 12-monthly blogs at: http://www.theministryoflljohnson.org/blog/the-love-of-my-life

 

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The Love of My Life In my season of singleness, I sometimes have feelings of loneliness. I have met and spoke to other singles who have similar feelings. One of the weapons I use to fight off these feelings of loneliness is writing/journaling. I pour out whatever is inside of me on paper. Sometimes those feelings are positive, in a state of thankfulness. However in my periods of loneliness, the writing tends to be in a sad, “woe is me state of mind”. Towards the end of my pity party, God shows up and reminds me, I have everything I need in Him.

One day not too long ago, the lonely feelings came upon me, so I decided to write a letter to “The love of my life”, which in my mind equated to the man that God is preparing for me. In this writing I was sharing how I missed him and how my heart was ready to love him. I shared that I was preparing to be a selfless partner and friend. Midway through this letter, I began to recount all of the times God had delivered me from areas of bondage as He was preparing me to be a wife. Then I recounted the times God blessed me by answering my prayers or simply blessing me beyond anything I could ask or think. I began to recount the love God had poured out to me and how He loved and accepted me in, as a sinner. Despite all of my filth and faults, God accepted me as I am, loving me unconditionally. As I pursued God, He began to teach me His ways and He worked on my heart, in the quest of showing me the princess of the King that I am.

After I recounted all of these things, joy filled my heart! I was no longer sad or lonely. It was in that moment I realized, that I had already met “The Love of my Life”! Jesus! Jesus, is the love of my life! I know many people say this and it can sound cliché, but when you take the time and write down on paper ALL of the things God has done for you, you cannot help but to feel special. Truly loved. If you recount the time He saved you, the countless times He’s delivered you, the times He’s blessed you, you can’t help but to feel joy! To make it personal for me, I recounted the very day He saved me, when He delivered me from the health scare of cervical cancer, when he delivered me from the enemy’s attempts to take my life, when He delivered me from fornication, when He loved my son so much that He would save his life when the enemy told me to abort him 16 years ago, when He allowed me to graduate from college in 4 years despite having a child, how He blessed me to have a successful career at multiple fortune 500 companies despite being a single mother, how He’s blessed me to travel with my son, how He has provided me with more than enough despite the fact that I’m supposed to be a statistic and most importantly, the fact the He loves me unconditionally, just because. He has shown me true love. He’s never left me or forsook me despite the times when I’ve chosen to leave Him. He is still faithful!

Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, before you seek the love a man or woman, desiring to develop a relationship with a person, ensure the true love of your life is Jesus. No man or woman can ever love you with the love your Father God has for you. It is from Jesus that we learn how to love another person. We’re required to love how He has loved us. We must love unconditionally even when we don’t feel “loving feelings” or feel we have been wronged by our mate. Why? Jesus still loved us despite of all the times we’ve sinned against Him. We must possess the fruit of the spirit with the mate God has called us to, being loving, patient, kind, etc. towards them always (see Galatians 5:22-23). If you have experienced true transformation with God, which I pray you have, then God has shown you true love. It is our responsibility to love in the same manner.

May God bless and keep you! ~Felicia   Email:  fmland32@gmail.com

“Single in Purpose” interview Link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theministryoflindaljohnson/2017/07/15/linda-l-johnson-presents-blogtalk-interviews

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Divine Appointments

Events and circumstances in our lives are not always just mere common occurrences but rather divine set-ups and many times they unfortunately go unrecognized. Hence, you did not recognize your answer or your blessing that you have been praying about.

The book of Samuel (Judge, Prophet & Priest) sites a clear situation in the case of Saul who had no idea he would be chosen as KING over Israel on a very ordinary day “going about” doing an ordinary task.  Saul was as a common no big deal kind of person much like you and I.  The difference was that unknown to him he had been chosen for a kingdom purpose and it was the perfect (divine) time.

The book of Samuel (Judge, Prophet & Priest) sites a clear situation in the case of Saul who had no idea he would be chosen as KING over Israel on a very ordinary day “going about” doing an ordinary task.  Saul was as a common no big deal kind of person much like you and I.  The difference was that unknown to him he had been chosen for a kingdom purpose and it was the perfect (divine) time.

In scripture we find Saul in the middle of doing a very mundane ordinary task, of all things just seeking his father’s missing donkeys, nothing necessarily exciting. The truth is many times we are oblivious as we shop, attend events, catch a taxi, bump into a stranger, or out for a meal, that our divine appointment may show-up! Notice we don’t have to be doing anything special or big!  Many times it shows itself among our mundane tasks.

I’ve had recognizable divine appointments; two in particular immediately come to mind through one person per occurrence that brought me to a higher dimension in my life and mission.  That divine appointment may be your new job, it may be your wife, your new car, or like a person in my family who received a full ride college athletic scholarship as a result of a coach (her divine appointment) who happened to be seated next to her on an airplane.

I want to caution church goers that your divine appointment is not just limited to your church.  It may show up anywhere, anytime!  This is why it is so important as you live a life of prayer that your sensitivity is heightened and your spiritual eyes illuminated for possible situations involving the Lord’s guidance, or people as potential divine appointments for God’s next phase for your life.

The biblical book of Ruth is another excellent example of a poor and broken woman and her incredible story of marrying a very wealthy man named Boaz to whom she once gleaned from his field and evidently married and bore his son, Obed.  This all happened due to the Lord’s guidance by way of divine orchestration and divine appointment.  (Beloved To build your faith, I highly urge you to read this brief book of Ruth for the full account of this dramatic and amazing story.)

May this blog bring due season exhortation to readers who thinks, who me? I wish. Don’t let the devil fool ya, because truth be told, like Saul, God does direct your pathway as well as set’s perfect conditions in order to bring you to the place he will’s for you to be at the right time. You need only be sober and alert!

Bible References:

– I Samuel Chapter 9 (Learn more about Saul’s divine appointment)

-The Book of Ruth (Learn more about Ruth’s divine appointment)

By The Ministry of Linda L. Johnson http://www.theministryoflljohnson.org

The Beauty of Affliction

So what’s so beautiful about affliction? Just think, without affliction we may not of had our current President, Mr. Obama. So disturbed by the United States troublesome state of affairs, it moved him to toss his name on the presidential ballot with a mission of making change.

So what’s so beautiful about affliction? It was because of injustices and hardships, amongst classes of people that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., came from behind his pulpit of preaching; compelled to advocacy. Becoming a prolific voice on behalf of equality and civil rights.

So what’s so beautiful about affliction? Without affliction the world may not have ever heard of individuals such as Helen Keller, American author, activist, and lecturer. Additionally, the first deaf blind person to graduate from college, or, Anne Frank, Diarist.

It was at the expense of affliction, and/or their concern and connection to pain, adversity, and distressing situations that these individuals brought about great gains on behalf of others. Without affliction, chances are you may not be reading about them on this page today.

It’s human nature of the beast that people lust for money, power, fame, a mighty anointing and glory. But these things many times often come with a sacrifice, or a great price, that price is called affliction. It is rarely a pain free ride to greatness.

So what’s so beautiful about affliction? Christ, the (anointed one) endured severe affliction. Thank the Lord he did. Yes indeed, because he endured affliction, and ultimately death and resurrection, you and I, as Christ followers, have become benefactors thereof.

So what’s so beautiful about affliction? Biblical scripture indicates a writer (possibly Ezra) of Psalm 119, who drifted from the commands of his heavenly father. It was only because the father loved him so much that he apparently used affliction to draw him back, close, to himself. In so doing, the writer now concludes, before I was afflicted I went astray, but now have I kept thy word.” A few verses after which he further adds, “it was good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your ways.” Wow! He said that it was “good” for me.

In scripture we clearly see that at times the children of Israel went through much turmoil and affliction. Because of it, they understandably would become discouraged, discontented and even complained.  Was it God’s fault? Or, had they somehow forgotten they made the choice not to adhere to the leadership, commands or ways of the Lord, nor hearken to the voice of his priests and prophets, his ministers if you will.

So what’s so beautiful about affliction? Sometimes it is the “only” way to learn the Lord’s ways, which is always for our overall good. Yes, like it or not, his ways are always best! Through it, may we learn and maybe even echo the writer of Psalm 119 in saying, “it was good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your ways.” Now this is indeed, the beauty of affliction.

Psalm 119:67,71 Jeremiah 29:11 Genesis: 41 Romans 8:28

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