“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
Have you ever been house hunting before?
House hunting as a single woman,
Is probably one of the most exhausting,
Yet FUN things to do…
This particular Saturday was no different…
Opening the door,
I walked into one of the most GORGEOUS condos,
Fresh sunlight streamed onto the beautiful,
The hard wood floors were clean enough..
To lay a newborn baby on to play.
Opening the back door,
I walked out onto the patio,
And took in the view…
Excitement caught in my throat..
City buildings, and fall leaves, surrounded me.
I tightened my red trenchcoat,
I looked at my realtor,
As the crisp, air, toyed with my hair..
My eyes sparkled with happiness…
She knew it.
I knew it.
At 26, I had found my new place.
We put in the offer the same day.
The offer was accepted two days later,
And all was well,
We started running into hurdles..
And finally the deal didn’t go through.
When my realtor called to tell me the news,
I lay in my bed crying…
Questions such as,
Will I ever find another place that’s better?
All filled my head.
That was THE ONE.
The place of my dreams,
The home I had been praying for..
I didn’t want another condo,
I wanted THAT ONE.
If you’ve ever been through a similar situation,
You probably know the feeling,
When you don’t get the condo,
Or answer that you want.
You know what I mean?
Like right after everything ends…
There’s this intense feeling of hurt,
And feeling like you’ll NEVER recover,
You’ll never find BETTER.
Well that’s how I felt sis…
I was blindsided.
My dream place was gone…
I had no plan B.
I was devastated.
A few months later…
Guess what sis?
God gave me DOUBLE for my trouble.
I DID find my house,
And when I entered it,
Not only was it bigger than I imagined,
But it was even MORE beautiful than the first place,
It boasted of brand new fixtures,
Beautiful, BRAND-NEW, appliances,
And ALL the things I had desired…
But never had even thought to ASK for!
It was beyond anything I could have IMAGINED.
God not only met my prayers,
But he EXCEEDED them!
And guess what?
That beautiful house,
Is now mine!
And today sis…
I want to share with you,
How many times…
God’s NO simply means,
He has BETTER in store for you!
You didn’t get your DREAM job.
You were laid off unexpectedly,
He broke your heart,
You were faithful to him,
And he played you like a GAME of monopoly…
But sis, I want to encourage you,
God has BETTER in STORE for YOU…
That dream job?
Well, it didn’t have the salary…
God wants you to have,
So he’s going to bless you with one that pays DOUBLE.
Was just an opportunity…
To step into full-time entrepreneurship,
And start your own business.
Which you’ve REALLY been wanting to do all along,
And that man?
That was God putting a period,
At the end of a messy, PAINFUL, chapter,
So he could introduce you to a WHOLE new chapter,
Full of happiness, love,
And the MARRIAGE you deserve,
As a Daughter of the KING.
Jeremiah 29:11 says,
“For I know the plans I have for you,
Saith the Lord,
Plans of GOOD and not of evil,
To give you HOPE,
And an EXPECTED end.”
God has BETTER in store for you…
A BETTER job…
A BETTER opportunity,
and a BETTER relationship…
In closing sis…
My point in writing this is simple,
TRUST GOD when he says No.
I know you may be laying in a puddle of disappointment right now,
You feel REJECTED…
Your dream feels FAR WAY…
Your heart is BROKEN…
Your MONEY isn’t adding up right…
But know that eventually,
You WILL get through this,
I know you’re probably like,
“But Djuana how do you know this?”
Listen to what Isaiah 55:8 says sis..
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,”
Says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond
ANYTHING you could imagine.”
Which means God’s plans for your LIFE,
Far EXCEEDS even your BEST plans!
God has so many beautiful surprises in store for YOU…
Sis, even though it hurts right now,
and feels HOPELESS right now…
You will come out STRONGER.
You will emerge from this WISER.
And you will come out of this BETTER!
This is a NEW season..
And God’s plans for you…
Are far more BEAUTIFUL,
Than what you “think” you lost…
Or what you’re contemplating going BACK to..
Trust God for GREATER.
And believe that God not only is
LISTENING to your prayers…
But he’s getting ready to bless you,
With a BLESSING so great,
That it EXCEEDS your expectations,
And answers EVERY prayer.
Sis, God’s seen your tears.
He’s heard your cry.
And He’s working behind the scenes.
Even as you read this…
Don’t lose hope…
God has a BLESSING with your name on it.
And it’s better than ANYTHING you’ve experienced before…
Praying you fall deeper in love with Jesus,
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