His Plan. His Way. His Timing

“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for
every delight and event or purpose under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Beloved, God holds all time in His hands.

For every activity He has purposed for your life, He also knows the “when”.

The Bible tells us, “For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand] ..” Romans 8:29

Before He laid the foundation of this world, God loved us and chose us.

That is beyond my comprehension, and I imagine yours too!

King David asked of God in Psalm 25:4, “Let me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.”

You can ask the same thing of your Father in heaven.

What are His ways?

What is His path?

Remember, He foreknew, loved, and chose you.

There is a perfectly designed way and path just for you.

That way and that path has a time attached to it.

That time is not your timing.

And that Beloved, is where the frustration of the heart and mind sets in.

God sees what you do not see.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9

He sees the intricate threads of your life and the lives of others and how they connect.

He knows that your purpose is not about you but for His glory and the edification of others connected to you.

He knows the relationships, career choices, even where you live require His perfect design and not yours.

He knows that what you are praying for and hoping for is on the horizon.

He also knows if you are spiritually, emotionally, and physically ready for it.

In the wait, you are learning to endure with grace, hope, patience and to pray with expectation.

“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’
says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for
disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Trust in the gentleness of the Father’s hand upon your life.

He takes care of His children with such great compassion.

He is purposeful in every second of your life.

He loves you so much.

Rest in His timing.

Obey Him in the things you know to do.

And await with the expectation that He indeed makes everything beautiful in its time.

© Sharon Pankey 2022

In the Shadow of the Almighty

The writer of this psalm tells us that in ALL seasons of life, God is our safe place. Even in the darkest valleys, He is there to guide and protect. God does not promise a life without trials however He does promise to protect us as we walk THROUGH them.

Hear God’s Word,

“Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

He is the one who will rescue you from hunters’ traps and from deadly plagues.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor.

You do not need to fear terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day,

plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon.

They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side.

You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people.

You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your home.

No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house.

He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.

They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.

You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes.

Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you.

I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.

Psalm 91

© Sharon Pankey 2022

Move Forward

On January 1, 2022, I wrote my first journal entry of the new year.

It read: “January 1, 2021, Happy New Year!”

And every day over the course of that week, my journal entries read 2021.

I knew it was a new year of course, but out of habit, I was still writing 2021.

No harm done. I simply crossed out the 2021 and replaced it with 2022.

Listen to God’s Word: “Here I am, doing a new thing; Now it is springing up—do you not know about it? I will surely make a way in the desert, rivers in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

The old IS gone and the new HAS arrived.

Beloved, what is it in your life that has become a habit to you but is old to God?

What has He asked you to let go of so that He can open your eyes to the new that He has already ushered into your life?

Are you unknowingly making what was meant to be temporary into something permanent?

What causes us to not recognize the shift that God is asking us to make?

Is it fear?

Is it disobedience?

Is it procrastination?

Or is it simply the feeling of comfort?

God says, “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. ” Jeremiah 29:11

Beloved, do not fear what the future holds, trust the One who holds your future.

When He changes seasons in your life, you can rest knowing that what He will bring forth will be for your good.

Do not stay in a place or season that God says, “It’s time to move.”

Do not linger simply for the sake of comfort.

Comfort is not always a healthy way of living.

God is full of surprises and what He has planned for your life is beautiful and good.

Get into alignment with what He is actively doing.

Stay close to Him through the reading of His Word and prayer.

As He leads, follow.

Even if you are trembling as you follow, that is okay because He promises to you, “The Lord is the one who is going ahead of you. He will be with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you. So don’t be afraid or terrified.” Deuteronomy 31:8

Remember, you can trust the One whom sent His Son to die so that we may have life.

He holds that very life in His loving hands.

© Sharon Pankey 2022

Happy New Year

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not trust in your own understanding. Agree with Him in all your ways, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6

“May He give you the desire of your heart, and make all your plans go well.” Psalm 20:4

In His Love, Sharon Pankey

© Sharon Pankey 2022

Merry Christmas

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9:6,7

In His Love, Sharon Pankey

© Sharon Pankey 2021

That You May Know

The Creator of heaven and earth. The One who holds eternity in His hands. 

The One who was, who is and who is to come wants you to know Him. 

God wants you to receive His love. 

He wants you to be so sure of who you are in Him that there is no room for doubt. 

When the storms of life come upon you, He wants you to have full access to His grace and peace. 

When life surprises you with a change that you were not ready for, He wants His love to hold you steady. 

When people walk into your life and then walk out, He wants you to know that no matter what, His love remains. 

This love experience is eternal. It is life-changing, and it is life-sustaining. 

His love offers hope in times of uncertainty. 

There is not one person or circumstance that can bring you to a place of being complete. 

Only in Him is there a fullness of life.

Your power comes from Him alone. 

He is inviting you to partake in all that He is. 

Start now, do not delay. 

No matter what you have done, where you have been and what you may have believed before, now is the time. 

Now is the time to know this awesome love, for it will transform you into who you were meant to be. 

It will be all that you need to live out the life the Creator has created for you. 

Take His hand and walk with Him, you will be so glad you did.

“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:14-19

© Sharon Pankey 2021

Spirit of Endurance Ebook!

♥️ EBOOK RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT♥️

I am so excited to announce that “Spirit of Endurance” is available NOW on Amazon!

In this E-book I will share with you seven encouraging principles to guide you along this faith journey that we are on. I pray it encourages, blesses, and inspires you.

https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Endurance-Grace-Filled-Principles-Destiny-ebook/dp/B09KJL25PN/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3QMNRDZNLKVX8&dchild=1&keywords=sharon+pankey&qid=1635603730&sprefix=sharon+pankey%2Caps%2C54&sr=8-2

God Bless!

© Sharon Pankey 2021

Rejoice

The following is taken from my book “Hidden Treasures”. I pray this blesses you today.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7

In this life we are going to face hardships of every kind. There will be seasons of difficulties that we must endure. In the midst of these times it is comforting to know that there is a God who is in control. Unlike us, God sees our lives from a different perspective, one that is higher than ours. He has an eternal view, one that puts to death our limited human wisdom. I remember sitting on a plane headed to sunny Florida and looking down below at the landscape. It truly amazed me at just how perfect everything looked from on high. The land looked totally different than what we see in our everyday existence. We take for granted that every part of the land is carefully grafted and plotted. The perfect order of squares, rectangles and carefully put together subdivisions gave me a different view of the land we live in. Beloved, that’s how God sees our lives: intricately knit together for a purpose that we cannot yet see. Even the messy part of our lives, even the trials that seem to take us under, while we see in them a jumbled mess, He sees a masterpiece being put together by His design. This is why He says to rejoice when we face various trials, trusting that He is doing an invaluable work in us that only He can do. He is carefully refining us into something more precious and valuable than we could ever envision for ourselves. When gold is heated, the impurities rise to the surface and are taken away so that only the purest of gold remains. When we go through the fire, we are naked before our King and He will take away all that is not of Him. We will be refined, tested, tried, and ready for the purpose to which He has called us. Take heart and know that He who started this work in you will not finish until you are made complete in Christ Jesus…and this, my friend, is why we rejoice! 

Spend time in prayer and thank God for the trials of this life. 

Thank Him for being in control even when we cannot see the whole picture.

Finally, thank Him for having a perfect design for our lives.

© Sharon Pankey 2021

Morning by Morning

“The reason I can still find hope is that I keep this one thing in mind: the Lord’s mercy. We were not completely wiped out. His compassion is never limited. It is new every morning. His faithfulness is great. My soul can say, ‘The Lord is my lot in life. That is why I find hope in him. ‘The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to anyone who seeks help from him.” Lamentations 3:21-25 

Beloved, no matter what you are surrounded by, great is His faithfulness.  

He can deliver. 

He can forgive. 

He can restore what has been lost. 

He can make things new for He is Lord of all creation. 

So that is why you still have hope. 

That is why you can rejoice in a new day because there are fresh new mercies that await you. 

Surely, He is your strength for today and your hope for tomorrow. 

© Sharon Pankey 2021

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