How Can We Trust God With The Changes In Our Lives?

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Sister Sharon Ellen Jones-Hudson gave a message in church yesterday that has really been resonating with me. Today, I watched Joyce Meyer and her message was about not being afraid of change and that God has a plan, but you have to trust Him and give in to the changes that have to occur in order for better things to come to you. Then, I looked up scriptures to meditate on and this came up as the first one in the list!!!

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

I was SO AMAZED!!!! I KNOW that God is telling me that change is ok. Now, I have to work through the fear that accompanies changes when things have been the same for so long. I have always learned that God confirms things in threes. This is one of those circumstances!

I’m working on allowing God to help me to be excited about the changes that are coming and need to be made and the only way to do that is to learn to trust Him more and more each day. I’ve been serving God for the better part of 26 years now and, let me tell you, we will NEVER learn to FULLY trust Him without fail while we are on this Earth. Doubt is part of being human, but to be the kind of Believer that God wants us to be, we MUST get better and better at putting everything in His capable hands. I’m so thankful that I, now, know that He’s telling me that it’s going to be ok.

I pray that, if you’re struggling to trust Him with the unfamiliar in your life, you will join me in learning to let go one fear at a time.

May our God bless you immensely as you endeavor to follow Him with ALL of your heart!!!

All my love,
Nik

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This Morning’s Insights From God

This morning, I was reading a book called                                    Praying Through The Scriptures and this caught                        my eye. As I read it, God began to speak to my                             heart about  this very topic. I pray that this                                 message feeds your soul too!

                              Love, Nikki

 

“If we have too much of what we want before our hearts are conformed to the Lord’s, we will be fleshly and contrary to His character. But, if we learn obedience through the things we suffer, we will have a heart prepared to abound properly. For even Jesus was tested this way.” -Adam Houge

We often wonder what is taking God so long to answer our prayers and this is the answer. Paul said it, himself, in Phillippians 4:12.

American King James Version
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Here, I have included the same scripture in the GOD’S WORD® Translation so that we can see the concept put another way to understand it more thoroughly.

“I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.”

I love this because we so often wonder what is taking God SO LONG in giving us what we ask for and this is why. He is preparing our hearts for what we want because if He gives it to us too soon, then we may very well lose out with Him and NOTHING is that important.!

So, the next time that God tells you to wait, remember that He tells you this BECAUSE of His everlasting and deep love for you! No good parent would want to give something to his or her child before the child could use it responsibly and in his or her best interest.

God’s not mean. He’s just preparing us to receive His gifts in a MUCH MORE meaningful and satisfying way!!

Have a great day, Loved Ones!!!

Love, Nik

Relinquishing Control

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since my last post. I’m doing well. I’ve been dealing with some health issues, but KNOW that they are NOTHING that God can’t handle!!!! You see. I know that My God is ABLE and that ALL that goes on in my life is in HIS control.  And rightly so! Who could handle our lives better than an all powerful, omniscient, omnipotent, LOVING, and FAITHFUL God? I think that just about covers it!

Some people think that they are not perfect enough yet to give their lives over to God. The thing is that the longer that we DON’T turn it over to Him, the WORSE it is destined to become!!!! That, my friends, is the truth!  In my devotions today, I came across this chapter in Hebrews. We don’t have to be perfect to comet to Him. We come to Him because we AREN’T perfect and THAT’S a fact!

Enjoy this reading! I pray that it comforts your souls and gives you the confidence and the faith to just jump in and trust Him. He REALLY DOES love you!!!!

God bless, All!

Nikki

Now, here’s the reading that I promised!

Hebrews   AMPC

1 THEREFORE, WHILE the promise of entering His rest still holds andis offered [today], let us be afraid [to distrust it], lest any of you should think he has come too late andhas come short of [reaching] it.
2 For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).
3 For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest, in accordance with His declaration that those [who did not believe] should not enter when He said, As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest; and this He said although [His] works had been completed andprepared [and waiting for all who would believe] from the foundation of the world. [Ps. 95:11.]
4 For in a certain place He has said this about the seventh day: And God rested on the seventh day from all His works. [Gen. 2:2.]
5 And [they forfeited their part in it, for] in this [passage] He said, They shall not enter My rest. [Ps. 95:11.]
6 Seeing then that the promise remains over [from past times] for some to enter that rest, and that those who formerly were given the good news about itandthe opportunity, failed to appropriate it anddid not enter because of disobedience,
7 Again He sets a definite day, [a new] Today, [and gives another opportunity of securing that rest] saying through David after so long a time in the words already quoted, Today, if you would hear His voice andwhen you hear it, do not harden your hearts. [Ps. 95:7, 8.]
8 [This mention of a rest was not a reference to their entering into Canaan.] For if Joshua had given them rest, He [God] would not speak afterward about another day.
9 So then, there is still awaiting a full andcomplete Sabbath-rest reserved for the [true] people of God;
10 For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. [Gen. 2:2.]
11 Let us therefore be zealous andexert ourselves andstrive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall orperish by the same kind of unbelief anddisobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].
12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposingandsifting andanalyzing andjudging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
13 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open andexposed, naked anddefenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.
14 Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended andpassed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him].
15 For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand andsympathize andhave a shared feeling with our weaknesses andinfirmities andliability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.
16 Let us then fearlessly andconfidently andboldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

 

The Nikki Jordan Life Coaching Chat Room

Hi, All! In case you missed it, I am, FINALLY, getting my Nikki Jordan Life Coaching Chat Room set up!!!!! I’m SO EXCITED because I’ve wanted a way that we can discuss live! I have so many things that I want to share with you and have great hope that you, too, will share with me! So, this is the first step.

Also,  I’m not getting many comments or much feedback about what you all are enjoying or not or even what you think. I REALLY want to know!!! Maybe the chat room will be a place that we can do that. I’m praying that it will.  Tell me. What topics would you like to see me cover? I specialize in relationships and communication. I teach about self esteem and how to overcome negative thinking. There’s so much more that I’m qualified to help you figure out.

If you like what I have to say on here, then maybe you’d like to go further into your self actualization by working one on one with me. For those of you who don’t live close enough to see me face to face, then we can, certainly, work over the phone or even online. The choice is yours. My rates are reasonable and my hours are flexible for the most part.

I’m eager to have the opportunity to help you become all you were created to be!!!
God bless,

Nikki

 

You can reach me at 765-243-0507. If you can’t reach me by voice, then you are welcome to text. Even if I don’t have minutes, then I DO always have texting. Thanks again and I look forward to talking with you!!!!

 

The Story of Amy Carmichael

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Nikki gives this film a rating of 5/5 stars.

Hi, everyone! I know that it’s been a bit since my last post and I apologize for that.

I’ve just finished watching The Story of Amy Carmichael on Pure Flix. I loved it! It’s done in documentary style, but highlights the work and the trials in the life of Amy Carmichael. She was a very giving woman who wound up in India and taking in kids who needed care. She did a POWERFUL work!

I, highly, recommend this documentary! It’s inspiring and uplifting. You’ll end the film wanting to do SO MUCH MORE for God!!!

Enjoy!

Nikki

The Hiding Place

 

Nikki gives this movie a rating of 5/5 stars!! If you like biographical movies, then you will love The Hiding Place!!!

The Hiding Place was a wonderful movie based on the life of Corrie Ten Boom and her family during the Nazi invasion of Holland. The Ten Boom family, being dedicated Christian people started taking in Jews who were living with the threat of death at the hands of the Nazi regime. Ultimately, the family is betrayed and they are separated and placed into concentration camps. This story is sad, but also hopeful. There’s much hope in knowing that a family would place their lives at stake to prevent the death of countless Jews.

I HIGHLY recommend this movie if you are history, biography, or auto-biography buff. It’s a story of hope and miracles!!!

Enjoy,
Nikki

Having Hope by: Nikki Hodson

 

As a Christian, I’ve read about hope and heard it            mentioned many times. We say we HOPE in The Lord,    but what is hope really? What’s the difference between hoping to obtain something and wishing for it? Why does the Bible so often talk of the believer as someone who has hope as opposed to wishing to go to Heaven or obtain favour from God?? Well, here’s the difference.

The original 1828 dictionary by Noah Webster tells us that hope is defined as:

Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises; a scriptural sense.

As a believer, God doesn’t want us to WISH He would answer our requests or that He would allow us to make Heaven our home. He wants us to have HOPE in those things. According to the Webster definition of hope, we don’t have to blindly wish it would happen, but we can truly EXPECT it to become a reality with a great degree of certainty! How reassuring is that?!

The Greek word, ἐλπίς or elpis simply means that the word hope as used in 1 Peter 1:3  is derived from the primary word ἔλπω or elpo which is defined as:

(to anticipate usually with pleasure);
expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: – faith hope.

So, in order to hope for something, we must have confidence in that thing or the materialization of that occurrence.  I like that Webster defines this anticipation as being one with pleasure. Why would we hope in something that wouldn’t be pleasurable?

The truth is that we wouldn’t. By definition, if we hope for something, then that something is by definition something that we want. So, when we hope in God, that means that we desire God and believe that He is good and will give us good things.

Now, we can read 1 Peter 1:3 in a whole new light and with even greater anticipation of all that The Father has for us!

1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

So, let’s revel in that hope!!!  Let’s praise Our God for His goodness! He REALLY IS a GREAT GREAT God!!!!

Until next time, God bless and be sure to put your trust in Him!

All my love,

Nikki