Monday, 1 April 2013

Going on a Prayer Walk

As you can tell from their facial expressions, It was freezing.
Today I went on a walk with a few members of my Church in Harlington, all the way from Boston Manor station, to Greenford Park. What a great way to start the new month! No ordinary walk though, but one packed with singing and praying to God! Today also really got me thinking about many aspects of my life, which is probably the best thing about taking a long walk... You get A LOT of 'reflection time'. One of the biggest questions I asked myself, was 'Am I giving enough of my time to God?' or am I making him sit on the sidelines, waiting to 'get his turn'? After the homework, and the chores, and the events... By then, the day has ended and I'm already worn out from all the stress and struggles of my life.

But that's not the way it should be! 

 Joyce Meyer  asked in one of her recent sermons: "Do you know what makes God really laugh?, when we have a plan." By this I took, that if I am constantly planning every second of every hour of every day with my 'to-do lists' or social agendas, then I am limiting what little territory that God already has over my day, rather than allowing myself to be led by the Holy Spirit in every situation that may be too overwhelming (e.g. studying, pressure of succeeding, bad influences, relationships - all sound familiar?), even circumstances in school, church, or home, where I feel at my weakest, and usually are times that I tend to rely on my own understanding. 
#Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." You see, God doesn't want us to worry about the future or what's to come, because he tells us he's got it all under control. Worrying won't get us anywhere! I mean "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" #Luke 12:25 (NIV) No. They take them away, they eat away at our peace of mind. God wants us to "meditate on his word, by day and by night" #Joshua 1:8 (NIV), so that it builds our trust in the Lord! I want to end with this verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take." #Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

I hope this word has benefited you in some way, and if you're like me, still in High school, starting your A-Levels soon, or GCSE's even, and still a bit unsure of where God wants to lead you, then I just want you to remember, that whatever it is, whether it's music, arts, sciences or psychology ... Do not aim to be the best at what you do, because life is not a competition as some people may seem to think, but always do everything you do to the best of YOUR abilities, for the glory of the One who made you.

Just marching in the light of God

P.S If you ever get the chance to go on a prayer walk with your church or even a friend's church, I highly recommend it!

Lots of love from me and my peeps, Peace out xxx
 ~Jen and the HBC Gang (below)
Look who we found just hanging around...

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