Follow Your Heart

“Follow Your Heart – Anthem Light”

Some say follow your own heart
And it will never lead you astray
Some say chase your own dreams
That’s all that matters anyway
Well I’ve been there, done that, tried that, lived that
Way like it was all for me
And I came back, found out, truth is, turns out
To get me where I’m meant to be

[Chorus:]
I gotta follow your heart
If anything is gonna count in this life
I gotta follow your heart
If I’m ever gonna make a mark on eternity
So let heavens heartbeat always move me
Let my only prayer be
To follow your heart
Help me follow your heart

I don’t need a second opinion
You just say the word I’ll go (you just say the word I’ll go)
And I don’t need any convincing
To walk along a narrow road (walk along a narrow road)
Cause I’m all in, sold out, can’t turn back now
These are more than empty words (these are more than empty words)
For the things that, I want, I trust, you God
I’ll just keep the first thing first

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
I count it all as joy
To give this life away, away
There’s not a cost to high
Or price that I won’t pay

To follow your heart (follow your heart)
Follow your heart (follow your heart)
Gotta follow your heart (follow your heart)
Help me follow your heart

I gotta follow your heart
If anything is gonna count in this life
I gotta follow your heart
If I’m ever gonna make a mark on eternity
So let heavens heartbeat always move me
Let my only prayer be
Your heart
Follow your heart
Help me follow your heart (follow your heart)
Help me follow your heart
Help me follow your heart
Help me follow your heart
Follow you heart


The above is the lyrics to one of my favorite songs by Anthem Lights titled Follow Your Heart. Initially, I used to listen to it just like any other song, I loved the rhythms, harmony, beat and everything else you can think of. However, I paid little attention to the words of the song.

One morning, as I was listening to my usual playlist and this song came up. Holy Spirit prompted me to pay attention to the words. And I was amazed! It is such a beautiful song that addresses an issue most people tend to face. So today’s post is aimed at sharing what Holy Spirit drew my attention to when He prompted me to pay attention to the words. I hope it blesses you and gives a different perspective on certain things!
N.B: For the purpose of this post, I will be looking at only the first verse and the chorus, which is the part in bold.

Many times, as children especially, we are told to follow our hearts, to do what we want and chase our dreams. That’s alright because sometimes, without such motivation, we give up because these dreams or heart desires appear to be greater than ourselves even. But as one wise person said: “You’re not dreaming big if your dreams do not scare you.”
However, one thing these motivational speakers in our lives often forget to add is that, whatever our dreams are, whatever we aspire to do or whatever it is our heart longs for, we have to pray about it and ran it by Our Father in heaven. He’s got a plan for each and everyone of us, the inception of that plan was even before we were formed in the wombs of our mothers.
But when He, Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), saw fit and was pleased.
Galatians 1:15, AMPC
Sometimes, our dreams and heart’s cries are far from the plans God has for us. They are our own plans, which we develop as a result of society, mostly, from what we see or what we hear. Other times, they are planted in us by God Himself, through our thoughts or through the people around us. How can you differentiate between the two?
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Start a relationship with God, talk to Him about everything, pray about everything, and most importantly, listen to what He says and obey His words to you by surrendering your will.
Sometimes, our dreams are the best. We’ve got it all planned out, how to go about it, when to start or how much benefit we’re going to reap from it. How many times are we successful when we decide to leave God out of it? When we refuse to go out of God’s  will for our lives?
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Plans outside of God’s will and without Him usually fail because we only see what is before us whereas He knows the end from the beginning. So with Him, He can direct you on the right path and in the successful direction.
Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose,
Isaiah 46:10, AMPC
It isn’t easy always letting go off what we want to take on God’s plans when we realize what we want is different from God’s plans for us. But really, looking at the reputation and background of you and God, whose plans will you go for?
Let’s see, Abraham followed God’s plans for his life and he and his family was prosperous(Genesis 12). How about David? (1 Samuel 13), King Solomon(1 Kings 1-11), Paul(Acts 9). These are just a few people who lived their lives for Christ, who let go of their will.
They are times when you may have gone through with a plan which succeeded, but just compare your successes to God’s.
He knows the end from the beginning, wouldn’t you rather trust His plan instead of yours which to an extent involves try and error?
So basically, today all I want you to know is that God’s plan are greater than ours, God’s plans are better than ours, God’s plans will succeed more often compared to yours.
The point is, inasmuch as your plan and dreams seem beautiful and well thought out, with a high possibility of success, God’s plans, if well followed and listened to will end up in a success and where He wants you to be.
So, please take a moment, think about your plans and dreams, and if you already haven’t spoken to God about, please and seek His advice and thoughts on whatever they are. Afterwards, be obedient and be willing to surrender your will for His, any day, anytime!
And as the chorus of the song says, “Let your only prayer be to follow God’s heart, instead of yours” always.
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Hold On Tight…

I lay in bed with my tear-streaked faced. Where are these tears from? Why are they falling? What caused it? Or who did?

Unfortunately, I’m blank on the answers to those…
As I lay here, thinking deeply, hoping I’d eventually come across the source of the tears.

He gently whispers in my heart and soul:
It’s alright.
It’s okay.
Allow me to wipe away those tears.
I know it ain’t easy, I didn’t say it would be.
But as I promised, I’m right here with you.
We’ll get through this together, hold on to Me.
Hold on tight.
I know you’re eager to find out the source of those precious tears…but think about it, does it really matter? What will it change?
Let it go.
Always remember, what matters is Me and what we have together, our precious relationship.
I’ll take you through this.
Keep trusting Me and hold on tight.

There are times when life hits us hard with trouble after trouble, pain after pain, heartbreak after heartbreak and whatnot.

It gets overwhelming and it seems our world is crushing, with no one to turn to…with no help in range…with no way out.
We’ve all experienced that at some point in our life.
Often times, we just pray that it all comes to an end, sooner than later.
Often times, we just pray that we get a way out of it.
Often times, we just pray and ask that our smiles be restored.
How many times do we ask that God teach us what our current circumstance is to teach us?
How many times do we ask God that “May His will be done” in our circumstances?
How many times do we ask God  “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”(Luke 22:42) in our circumstances?
All trials and troubles have a lesson hidden in them. Look out for them.

I’ve had my share of difficulties so I know how it feels.

I know it isn’t easy to look for positivity when everything else says otherwise.
I know it isn’t easy when it feels as if God isn’t hearing our prayers.
I know it isn’t easy to keep holding on to God when everyone says abandon Him.
However, a great reward awaits you when you reach the end of your race (Philippians 3:14).
There is always light at the end of the tunnel.
God is with you on this journey. He hasn’t forgotten you.
Don’t keep your focus on your circumstances or on what the world says.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith(Hebrews 12:2).
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So my dear friend, irrespective of what you’re going through, irrespective of what the world is saying, irrespective of what your feelings are telling you, keep your eyes on Jesus. Keep trusting in Him. Keep leaning wholly on Him. Don’t give up on Him because He won’t give up on you.
Go on your knees, say a prayer to Him and leave all to Him, including your emotions because He cares about it too.
Afterwards, smile widely like the winner and conqueror that you are! (Romans 8:37)
Oh and God loves you. Do not let those trials tell you otherwise!

Move On…With God

Disclaimer: This post isn’t intended to blame anyone. Neither is it meant to make you feel validated because only God can do so. It also isn’t intended to give its readers a leeway to live in sin nor the gateway to blame other people for their choices. All the people spoken of here are wonderful people in their own ways and I blame neither of them for my experiences. Own up to your choices and work together with God and make better ones. I thank God for using them to lead me to Him in one way or the other.

The year 2015 was a very rough one for me – my then boyfriend whom I thought I loved dearly and loved me too cheated on me. I was broken.

Around the same time, I met a nice guy, who became a very good friend. I opened up to him so easily and could talk about anything with him, I was myself with him. Unfortunately, he hurt me too…so fast lol.

With my broken self, I was vulnerable and made wrong choices – moving from boy to boy in an attempt to heal –  which only catapulted me faster down the spiraling lane of darkness. You know the statement about attracting people like yourself and birds of the same feathers? Yeah yeah yeah, I believed it after this season. I got to know that almost all those I entertained were like me – hurt, in pain, vulnerable and trying to mask these emotions by living in the moment and having fun, rather than seeking help from the Most High.

Lesson: Not every happy face has a happy heart/soul.

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I got more and more broken with each day.

My 2016 began with another guy in my life. He had had his share of being hurt too and his own kinda brokenness. I thought I had finally found “THE ONE”. He was different. Along the line, I realized I entered that relationship because he had been good to me and didn’t want to hurt him, not because I loved him or had any feelings for him. So I ended it.

After this, I realized boy after boy after boy meant pain after pain after pain so I made the choice to follow Jesus and build a relationship with Him. Also, God had been sending me messages through His children which began to get to me.

I started spending more time praying and studying the Word and hanging around less people who were living the life I was letting go and spending more time with those who were living the life I was desiring now. Lesson: Our desires/goals shape our choices. Define your desires or goals.

As time went on, I met a guy (yeah, too many guys lol). Now this guy was living the life I was desiring and even more. I was immediately interested in him (hold on, just as a friend and someone I could learn from). We became friends, spent time together, went to fellowships together, prayed for one another and everything else you can think of when it comes to a relationship to help build one another in Christ. The last thing I wanted was a boyfriend after all my experiences but unfortunately, emotions came into play.

We failed to deal with them properly, thinking we were strong enough to overcome all temptations while inviting them in freely and easily. We literally gave the devil a seat to relax and did his work for him…all of it!

Lesson: Don’t blame the devil for everything, you need to take responsibility sometimes.

Rather than helping each other grow, we helped ourselves live in sin. We justified our actions with love mostly…it didn’t make it right though. Still wrong.

The Bible never said “sinning in love is right.”

Lesson: Sin is wrong irrespective of what the reason is. Don’t try to justify it, flee from it and repent from it.

This went on for a couple of months. I was slowly going back to the life I lived before and I realized I needed to do something and it had to be quick…so I walked away. Very selfish but very needed.

Lesson: Love your neighbor as yourself not more. Sometimes, that means being selfish and unfair in the short run.

I’m pretty sure you’re wondering why I’m writing this today. I asked the same question lol.

When one of these relationships ended, the guy involved began to create an impression to anyone who was ready to listen that I was a bad person, came into his life and messed him up and left. I was hurt because I thought it was a two-way thing, well, except the break up part lol.

I prayed and let it go. I kept my focus fixed on God again and this time for real. I was tired of going back and forth.

Lesson: Sometimes, you only make firm decisions when you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Recently, I found out he still does it…make me look bad in all of this. And that’s alright.

Am I proud of what I did then? No. Do I have regrets? Sometimes. (When I’m not having regrets, I’m thanking God for using all these to lead me to Him). Am I the same person? Definitely, not.

The reason I say it’s okay if he talks about me that way is because I live to please God now. I’m no longer that person. I have been freed and set free from my past life. Hearing these only makes me realize how good God has been to me and how far He has brought me. It shows me how abundant His mercies and grace have been in my life. I’m not sure why he does it, but I do pray that God will vindicate me.

I was led to write this because many youths of today are being held captive by their past.

Many are letting their past get in the way of their present.

Many are allowing their old lives to get in the way of seeking God and His will.

Many let what people say define them rather than what God has said about them.

Many have lost their identities because they slipped once or twice.

I’m here to remind you that you are who God says you are.

Not what people say or what your mistakes and temptations say.

I’m here to remind you that it’s never too late with God.

Come back to Him and He will wipe your slate clean and begin a new life with you.

Let Him in and trust Him.

It isn’t easy but with God, you will get through it.

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Our life without Christ is the reason He came to die for us, to make it possible to live a life with Him. A life filled with His Glory. He loves you just the way you are, He isn’t going to judge you but rather receive you in His arms and engulf you with His love and saving Grace.

If you haven’t given your life to Christ already and you would want to do so, say this prayer with a believing and repentant heart…

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross to save me and to wash away my sins. I take You as my Lord and Personal Savior today. Come into my heart and make it Your home. Take control of my life and lead me daily. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

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If you have already given your life to Christ but find yourself living in sin and want to get right with God, say this prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross to save me and to wash away my sins. I’m sorry for the living a life void of You. come back into my heart and take Your place. I let go the reigns of control and let You in to lead me. Take absolute control of my life from today onwards. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Join a Bible-believing and Spirit-filled church if you’re not a member of one already and build on your relationship with God, together with others. (Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching. – Hebrews 10:25, AMPC)

 

Here are some scriptures to meditate on, to know how much God loves you and the sacrifice that was made on Calvary for you: Zephaniah 3:17, John 3:16, Ephesians 3:17-18, Romans 10:9, 1 John 1:9.

 

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…To the Source

I realized last night that I still didn’t have anything written for today…no post, nada. So, I asked Holy Spirit, and He didn’t say anything. So, I go to bed, wake up in the morning, spend time with Him and ask about it again, still nothing. And so, I go on with my day, go for lectures and return to my room. Still nothing at this point.

I decided to take a nap then do what I’ve got to do. Before I did, I felt the need to take my laptop and type out something, so, I picked up my book and began to comb through my notes…trying to find what to share because I thought it was something I had in there I was going to type. But after a while, I hear a whisper telling me to type out my experience with blogging this week. I realized that He being silent was for a reason, not just because He didn’t wanna give me the words to write or the piece to share, no. It was to teach me something.

During the weekend and the latter part of last week, I tried writing for this week’s post. I did write some things but I just knew it wasn’t for this week, I just knew it. What did I learn? Why did Holy Spirit make me go through this? Read on and I pray you pick up a thing or two to answer those questions.


First off, I don’t blog my words/pieces, I blog God’s words Whatever is put on here and on any other page of HSinspired is solely what God wants His children to know. I tried writing but I didn’t get a post for today because that wasn’t what He had in mind then, because He wasn’t ready to reveal what He had for me. We sometimes try to rush God into working with our times and plans, forgetting His is better than ours because He knows the end from the beginning and knows which times will result in His ultimate best for us.

Also, had I posted any of what I wrote, it would have been totally inspired by me, instead of the Holy Spirit. Whenever we walk outside of God’s timing and will, we have no reason to blame Him when we fail because that’s totally us. We may think we heard His voice leading us, but if you’ll be honest with yourself, it most likely wasn’t Him or it was Him but you went at your own time.

My gifts are subject to God’s leading and His Will. I depend on Him totally when it comes to how I use my gifts, who I use it with, where I use it and what I use it for. Failure to heed to His directions lead to failure in whatever I have planned. He gave me this gift, He knows why He gave it to me, I don’t know why He gave it to me, although I know the primary reason is to bring glory to His name. It only makes sense to lean on and rely on the Source of my writing in the first place because He knows more than I do. He has a greater purpose than I do.

Another thing I learned from all this is not to worry, leave it all to God. I know this is cliché, it’s said over and over, it’s not good to worry, makes you look older, blah blah blah. I was thinking of what to post, it became a worry. I forgot it’s not about me, I forgot I am just a vessel being used by God, I forgot whatever I have in me is what He placed in me. If He hasn’t placed anything in me, there’s nothing to share. I can only share what I have.


 So today, I just want to remind you that your abilities are gifts from God. He placed them in you for a reason, a reason only He knows, unless He’s revealed it to you – that’s why you need to stay in contact with Him to know His plans. Whatever you use your gifts for should be to the Glory of God but also in line with His leading and will. You may do something, which brings Glory to His name, but is it His will? Is that what He asked from you?

Do not seek to bring honor to yourself with your gifts, it’s all about Him, not you. What He uses you for and what He does through you is only possible because of His power at work in you, not because of anything you did or do. It’s all Him, never forget that. Give Him all the Glory and Honor He deserves.

If you haven’t discovered what gift(s) He has placed in you yet, seek Him, spend time in His presence and He will reveal them to you. When He does, be willing to make the sacrifices it requires to use them.

 

Always remember to depend on God and go back to Him for the operation of your gift(s) because it is made possible by Him in the first place. It is very dangerous to operate in your gift(s) without Him.

 

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