So What Happens Next?

“We prayed walking in and prayed walking out, and will continue to pray regardless of who’s elected. Our faith is in Jesus Christ, not man, and now more than ever we need to be praying for our nation.”

I wrote these words nearly a week ago, and now that our new president has been announced, my perspective on the matter remains the same.

We prayed walking in and prayed walking out, and will continue to pray regardless of who's elected. Our faith is in Jesus Christ, not man, and now more than ever we need to be praying for our nation. • We also need to be seeking God as to how He would use us, in action, not just words, to be the good within our communities.. • Don't allow all the negativity that's been at the forefront of this election season prevent you from shining your radiant light..the prayers of the righteous availeth much! 🙏. • First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1‭-‬4 ESV. • WE VOTED!!💙❤💙❤ #vote #rockthevote #imwithJesus #lifeofaministermom

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My thoughts are swirling this morning, along with many others. For me that would have been the case regardless of who won the election, because whether he won it or she won it, the question I have to ask myself is “what will I do next?”.

How will I respond?

Today there are many of you mourning and grieving the state of this nation. You feel a profound sense of loss, mistrust, and hurt. It’s shocking to you that this really, actually happened, and trying to make sense of it only makes matters worse.

Then there are those of you filled with a renewed sense of hope. Your candidate won, and your optimism shines brightly as you believe this means a new dawn and a new day for America.

You may want to cry.

You may want to boast.

You may want to smile.

You may want to panic.

You may want to celebrate.

You may want to sulk.

You may want to fight.

You may want to flee.

The sea of emotions is vast on this one, and I truly believe we should all be given the space to feel how we feel in the aftermath of this election. But as you process your feelings my question is this:

How will you respond?

Are you still slinging mud and calling each other names?

Are you telling your friends to “get over it” and “move on”.

Are you being an ambassador for peace and love, or a vessel for harboring hate?

Dear brothers and sisters of Christ, who have you put on the throne? 

Have you made Trump your idol? Clinton your idol?

Has this election been your idol?!!

Do you believe Jesus is who He says He is?

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I know it’s still fresh. It’s fresh for me too.

A lot of people have been hurt over these last several months, and some words, thoughts, and opinions don’t scrape off so easily.

It may take some time to get to that place of peace and restored belief, and that’s ok. 

But in the meantime, don’t negate the power of prayer!

Don’t forget that He is our rock.

Don’t forget that God hasn’t changed.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)

Whether you find yourself on the winning or losing side of the votes today, or perhaps somewhere in between, we only truly win when Jesus reigns supreme! 

Continue to stand up for what you believe in, and do what the Lord has asked all of us to do.

Pray for our president

Reflect the love of Christ!

Rejoice in the hope we have in our Savior!!

And maybe, just maybe, we can all add some more grace and sensitivity to our speech, and really examine ourselves to see how we can make a difference in America.

Who have you placed on the throne?

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20 thoughts on “So What Happens Next?

  1. This is EXACTLY what I needed to read today Patricia. So beautifully written and so true. We all just need to put our faith back in God and pray pray pray.

    1. Absolutely Erin. These are hard times we live in but nothing catches God by surprise! My faith remains in Him!! Thank you for reading!

  2. Ummmm yes!!!! I have gone back and forth about posting a blog today about this…. but you said a lot of what has been on my heart. The only way America will be great is if our people stand united. If we love despite political differences and pray for our president and nation. Pray that God uses him….. because despite what we think, God has used some pretty messed up people before…. Samson, Paul ( previously Saul), and David to name a few. And he has swayed the hearts of kings according to Scripture. God’s got this. Nothing surprises Him!

    1. Exactly!!! And God doesn’t need to be viewed as powerless or on the back burner in the shadow of any situation! He knows!!!! Praying with you friend.

  3. As always you shined a light on a good place in our hearts for love & kindness. I love your words, they always speak so truthfully but always with grace. I along with so many others thank you for this beautiful piece. Now we all need to unite and spread the Peace & love our country needs!

  4. I love this post so much! Jesus is King and it’s in His hands. All we can do is keep praying! I couldn’t have said any of this any better!

    1. Thank you Aly! You’ve encouraged me so much as I continue to seek the Lord through this challenging time for our nation.

      Blessings,

      Patricia

  5. Thank you for graciously pointing us to the light and lovingly reminding us of the truth. I have been struggling with the election results and what I perceive to be their implications. I have also become convinced that — more than ever — we need to listen to eachother’s stories and try to see eachothers perspectives. All of us.

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more Kelley. As I wrote this and even as I go back and read these words, I fight to stay focused on the true ruler of our land. I pray that we can continue to be honest and kind and loving as we feel the weight of the world, and truly attack the struggles we face as a nation.

  6. This is such an awesome read after a crazy couple of weeks, lots of division and this is just a good reminder that at the end of the day our hope doesn’t rely on man or woman. Thanks for this

    1. Thank you Tola. It has been tough but I do hope we may remain encouraged by the Word of God. Jesus has never failed us!

      Blessings,

      Patricia

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