Count The Cost

For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?
Luke 14:28‭-‬30 NKJV

Some weeks ago I decided to start training online to be a health coach. As with going to college or trade school it costs. The verse I shared above tells me I really should have counted what it would cost me to start this training. What it would cost me financially and time wise.

I wish I had more time and less concern or worry about paying for this training. In the end I pray on Jesus’ name that what I learn will benefit me in many ways as well as those I interact with. Lord, I pray to make better choices about what I eat and drink and how I spend the money You have allowed me to make through work. Thank You for being with me always Lord and Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

T,

Age 26,

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Comparison of Verses

A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely; He leads the prisoners into prosperity, Only the stubborn and rebellious dwell in a parched land.
PSALM 68:5‭-‬6 AMP
https://bible.com/bible/1588/psa.68.5-6.AMP

To the fatherless he is a father. To the widow he is a champion friend. To the lonely he makes them part of a family. To the prisoners he leads into prosperity until they sing for joy. This is our Holy God in his Holy Place! But for the rebels there is heartache and despair.
Psalms 68:5‭-‬6 TPT
https://bible.com/bible/1849/psa.68.5-6.TPT

A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Psalms 68:5‭-‬6 KJV (similar to NKJV)
https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.68.5-6.KJV

[Merriam-webster dictionary definition of solitary

  • : without anyone or anything else : not involving or including anyone or anything else
  • : done by a person who is alone
  • : separate from other people or things]

In these past months, I have noticed that I am a solitary kind of person.

I have wondered if it is God’s will for me to be so now, in order to draw closer to Him.

T age 26

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Psalm 68:5‭-‬6 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.68.5-6.NIV

Music: Your Great Name Todd Dulaney

This song reminds me of my home church which I have not been to in such a long time!

Jesus has a great name. Hallelujah! It gives me joy praising Him and praising Him with this song. Despite what I’m thinking about, joy comes when I focus mainly on the Lord, my Lord.

*T has a relationship with music…it is growing. 🙂

I’m free when I call You Jesus

I’m free when i call Your name

Hallelujah!

Reviewing What Was

Actually, I looked back for a minute. To remember what I saw. Now it seems as if it is confirmed.

Looking back, maybe he wasn’t ready to be married.

He didn’t seem as excited to be married.

He was not excited about getting official engagement photos done.

He was happy about the story of engagement that was shared.

He wanted to wait to be married though. I thought there was good enough reason. But I look back and sadly, I compare. Those who have gotten engaged got married within the next year, not 5, 3 or 2 years later.

I do believe there are some cases where a couple may wait for two years, but personally I have not seen that with the many people I know who have gotten engaged and are now married.

Lastly, he seemed to be surprised I found a wedding dress.

Perhaps me finding that dress did something, yet, I don’t know what it did. God knows though.

Sadly, but thankfully, my story is different. God is still the author

People tell me that God has someone better and different. Someone I won’t be unequally yoked with.

Can I tell you all something?

I will. It is that I never thought that the relationship I was in was one that was unequally yoked.

He was a Christian, but he was Catholic. I am a Christian and I choose no denomination.

I’m at this place where I’ve prayed for something and I think it is just between God and I. I’m still waiting to hear what God has to say…

Another Devotional 

Good morning  readers, so I’m going to share another devotional that I’ve been reading. I get it through the choir I am part of. 

“I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭140:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:25-37‬ ‭NIV‬‬

JUSTICE FOR THE POOR

Jesus is the justice for the poor that the psalmist, possibly David, wrote about here. Throughout Jesus’ teachings there is constant mention of the poor and Jesus’ intention of saving them. Luke 4:18 says, “He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Jesus told the rich young man that if he wanted to inherit eternal life, he had to “go, sell everything you have and give to the poor” (Mk 10:21). And in the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed how in order to be obedient to God and a good neighbor, one must help those in need (Lk10:25 – 37). Indeed, what the psalmist wrote in Psalm 140 was confirmed through Jesus and is continuing to come true today. Jesus used his ministry to show how important the poor are to God, and he encouraged believers to treat the poor as he treated them — with love and care.
Jesus, thank you for caring about every person, regardless of economic status. Please help me to see others through your eyes and to show compassion, patience and generosity toward those in need. Amen.
From “The Jesus Bible Devotional”

Sometimes I think I am poor, but actually I am not. God has been providing for me in multiple ways. Like I’ve maybe shared before God provides my needs, but at times I want and not all of us need what we want.  I wanted to try a new restaurant called Wild Ginger, my fiancé said if was expensive  and it is not close to where I live. Besides, I am in the midst of eating the Daniel Plan way. Wich I think is far better than the yo-yo dieting I’ve tried within the last year. 

Jesus shows us that we should care for the poor.  This I don’t mind doing.  It had been a struggle because I have not had a job in almost 2 years. I prayed about what I should give and to whom I should give to.  I’d have to keep depending on the holy Spirit  to discern who to give to and what to give them. I say this because on Thursday I was accepted to be an associate for Paradies Lagardère. I’m so thankful to God and excited! Before it felt like a struggle getting a job or getting hired. But I thank God I have been hired! So, this is why I need to continue praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in whom to give to and what to give them.  Thank You Father for answering my prayers.

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