If Not Now, Then When?

Do you feel like you are keeping your head down, working hard, and not seeing any results? Others around you seem to have all these wonderful blessings just falling in their laps, whether they are deserving or not. All you want to know is if and when it will be your turn.

At different periods in my life, I have felt this way. I would start down the dangerous path of comparing myself with others and the bitterness would slowly creep into my heart. Satan would use every tool he had to make me feel as if something was wrong with me because my life looked different from peers around me. I can choose to let the bitterness take control or I can do three simple steps to help me get back on track.

First, when you pray, God listens. God wants us to come to him with all of our problems, no matter how small we may think they are. The Bible is packed with verses telling us to pray to God for answers. God uses prayer as a way not only for us to receive guidance for our lives but to also draw closer to him. The power of prayer is amazing and once you are invested in a rich prayer life, you will begin to see God all around you. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Secondly, when you listen, God talks. Once you are committed to prayer, you will begin to see God all around you. When you are reading his word every day, you will be able to hear his voice guiding you in every decision you make. He will make your paths known and straight. It doesn’t mean that we will never face troubles, but it does mean that God will never abandon us and he will always guide us to where we need to be. God’s voice should be the guide for every decision in your life. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Lastly, when you believe, God works. By praying constantly and beginning to listen to God’s voice, your faith will increase, and God will continue his great work in your life. God wants the absolute best for his children. He wants us to be happy and successful. He wants us to be lights in the world to help draw others to him, and by us fully believing in him, we will bring others to God. “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:12-13

So when you find yourself asking God, “When?” just remember that when you pray, God listens. When you listen, God talks. And finally, when you believe, God works. Pray, listen, and believe. God wants the best for us and will guide us through this life.

This week’s recipe is a super yummy and healthy dessert. October is here and so is pumpkin season. This delicious pumpkin pie is crustless and guiltless as well. It is a great addition to any fall meal and perfect to bring to your next potluck. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18