Category Archives: Hard times

Second Chances

Don’t you love that God is a God of second chances? Because some of the people who have had the greatest “God” experiences have also had the most ugly dark screw ups in their lives too- King David the adulterer, Rahab the prositute, Moses the murderer- but God saw something great in them and he saw beyond their mistakes and He saw something beautiful, something that he could work with and He sees that in you and me too. I’m so glad that God is a God of second and third and fourth chances aren’t you? I’m so glad he’s called us out of darkness and into the light! I’m so glad he saw past my ugly and saw something beautiful. No matter what you’ve done, no matter what you’re going through today God still finds you worth the ultimate sacrifice. Aren’t you thankful for the cross?

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Excuse Me, But You Have The Wrong Family!

When something rises against you and you know that you have been redeemed from it, keep standing against it. Now is n o t the time to quit and give up on Gods promises. The waves may crash all around you but when your eyes are fixed on Jesus YOU WILL NOT SINK! I woke up at 4am this morning and said to the devil, “you’ve messed with the wrong family!” And I’m not talking about my 5,  I’m talking about the fact that my family is in the bloodline of

CHRIST  JESUS

Where the blood is there’s h e a l i n g and there is l i f e and there is  h o p e and there is r e s t o r a t i o n and an amazing future! I’m keeping this vague because instead of focusing on what woke me up at 4am, think about what the devil’s been gnawing at your gut about and tell him “You’ve messed with the wrong family! I’m in the bloodline of Christ and you of all people know what that means!” And then thank God for whatever it is you need in your life, whether it be healing, restoration of marriage, your child to come home, depression to leave your mind, your financial situation to turn around, a loved one to see the L i G h T.  Thank Him in advance for it coming to pass and go about your day with J O Y or if you’re in bed, close your eyes and go to sleep in peace knowing that it is DONE.  And everyday till you see the manifestation of your promise you keep thanking God for your answer and your keep reminding the devil of his place.

Jesus said to them,  I am the bread of Life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever B E L I E VE S  in me  shall never thirst.   John 6:32

 

Happy Sunday friends.

Let Hope Rise

Remember this morning I posted the scripture “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14”?

Well I’ve been waiting on him 8 months for something. EIGHT MONTHS!! 8 months when most days I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt He was gonna come through for me and some days I felt like maybe He didn’t hear my prayers at all and through all of those days I still picked up His word and reminded myself that He is God and will move Heaven and Earth on my behalf if need be to come to my rescue. 

And today He did… and all I can do is cry and give thanks over and over because it’s not something small it’s something HUGE. And it didn’t come in the way I expected (and it usually doesn’t) but it happened and is happening and He is faithful and that’s all that matters. Thank you Father! This heart is dancing at your faithfulness. 

And they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony
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Choose Joy

When we start counting our JOY and stop counting our SORROWS the Greater One who lives in us can start a mighty work in our lives. More of Him and less of us always equals the power of God being unleashed on the scene of every circumstance.

Why in the world would we count all things, even the hard ones, JOY?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,  NOT LACKING ANYTHING. James 1:2-4 NIV

I think it’s time to start Ann Voskamps #1000gifts A must for my soul indeed!
#joy #40lessmemorehim

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Be Still

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)We all have moments where things get heavy, the waves of life get rough. This week has been one of those for me. We are having to address some medical issues that are still causing Tasia some issues and it makes for some rough days sometimes. But every morning I feel like God whispers to my heart “Be still and know that I am God” and it instantly soothes me and reminds me that I can rest and I can breath and let him handle all things because he is in control, not me. It’s a perfect anxiety eliminator to meditate on that scripture and it’s been on my heart and on my lips because he sent his word to heal us.

And my little girl has come through so much- God has brought her through the big battle and we are still gonna make it through this hiccup as well. Because…The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5 NIV)

So whatever is troubling your heart today, whatever is overwhelming you or stressing you out, just repeat quietly and slowly to yourself as many times as you need, “Be still and know that he is God.” And then know and believe that he is in control and will take care of you.

God bless friends!

I’ve been playing this song on the guitar and listening to it on repeat all week. It’s perfectly soothing to my soul.

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I read a line today “What was intended to tear you apart, God intends it to set you apart.
What has torn you, God makes a thin place to see glory.” -Ann Voskamp

Oh I love that! So true!! We all have had deep hurts in our lives that seem at times too much to carry, but God never meant for us to carry them because he sent his Son to carry our burdens for us. And those delicate places in our hearts that we are left with that feel so fragile, should not necessarily be looked at like scars but as little places for God’s infinite mercy and grace to shine through our lives. In our greatest trials He demonstrates his greatest miracles. Through our deepest heartache he wraps us in his never ending love that our earthly minds cannot begin to comprehend. In our greatest disappointment Jesus stands at the open tomb and says, I am your greatest victory!
Don’t over bandage and cover up what what feels like a scar or injury in your heart that is actually His glory trying to shine through.

The Raging Storm

The Raging Storm

Isn’t it amazing to know that no matter what we face in life that God is ever present? When life is easy and no obstacles are in your way, it’s easy to just casually say, “yep God’s good.” It’s almost as if it’s a pleasantry these days.  Isn’t it? We say it as easily as we say “hello” or “nice weather today”.   But once you’ve been through a storm you know that God is more than just good.  I’m talking about the kind of storm that rages in your heart and threatens to destroy everything you hold dear.  The kind of storm so dark you don’t know if you’ll ever see the light of day again.  It’s those dark, angry clouds that roll in over your heart when you lose a child, when a marriage fails, when pain and illness are lingering day after day.  I’ve not only been in the middle of several of these storms myself but I’ve weathered through several of them with the people around me.  I’ve clung on to life when it wasn’t just the stinging pelts of sorrow hitting my face but the powerful current of doubt, anger and sorrow trying to pull me under.

Once you’ve been in a storm that has rocked your world to the very inner core,  you know that there is only one way out.  There’s only onesure thing that remains and never ceases to be there.

And that is God.

When my daughter was rolled into surgery and her very life was on the line,  I had to give her over to a stranger, also know as the surgeon.  I had to place her in this (wonderful) man’s hands and let go.  At that very moment I wanted to scream a scream that could be heard round the world.  I felt like that scream would wilt flowers and trees and cause sky high buildings to crumble.  I felt like if I let that scream, from deep inside my heart escape my lips, that it would never end.

Do you know and have you felt that kind of pain and anguish? Where you feel like you’re underwater waiting to gasp for air?

The best way I could describe it would be that part in the movie Twister where they are in the eye of the storm and all they can do to survive is to take horse reigns and strap themselves to pipes that were buried deep in the ground.  Do you remember that part?  The wind was unbelievable as it tore down the building that was sheltering them.  Their bodies were tossed up into the air like rag dolls as the storm raged.  But funny, if you should watch that movie again and see that very part, their faces are calm.  There’s no screaming or wailing but just a sense of peace.  I know it’s just a movie but it’s so true to the storms that rage in our lives.  When I kissed my little girl on the forehead, instead of letting that scream escape my mouth, I spoke lifeover her.  I called for the King of Heaven to fill up that operating room and to have His angels encamp all around her.  Honestly I could not have walked out of that room and left her lying on an operating room table and taken my sanity with me any other way.  Was there an unbelievable amount of fear? YES! But there in that hospital waiting room a peace washed over us like a rushing mighty wind.  Until that moment in time I had no idea that the peace of God could shake a place silent.  My heart, although aching for my little girl, becamecalm.  I was the one who was being secured down in the middle of the storm.  Jesus was what I tied my heart to because He is what I am rooted in.  This is how I kept that horrible storm from emotionally destroying  me.

Once you’ve been through a storm as intense as this one (or worse) you are left with two choices.  You can try to out run the storm, but we know that it’s pretty hard if not impossible to outrun somethingthat intense.  Or you can tether yourself to the Almighty Healer and Protector of your heart.  You can count on Him to hide you in His shelter and not let anything by any means harm you.

When storms like this hit, there can be a lot of devastation left around you. There might be pieces left to be picked up and many things that have to be rebuilt – but with Him you can rebuild and restore your life.  I will not pretend or portray in my writing to you that life is full of happy easy road at all times.  But I can tell you that once you’ve been in the eye of an incredibly intense storm you know that you areat all times in the presence of the king of Kings.  You may not see Him but when it hits– you KNOW Him, you FEEL Him and you have the opportunity to let Him sweep His power over your entire situation.  These types of storms don’t leave you the same, do they? They change the entire course of your life. Once you let Him help you rebuild and restore, you are a new, incredible person that is not easily shaken by storms.  Your hope has become eternal and your life has new focus and new direction.

If you are currently in the eye of a storm in your life, whether it be a death or depression, illness or the ending of a relationship — know that He is there to protect your heart and give you peace that passes all understanding.  He will guard your mind from the stress and hurt of the situation that might other wise leave you emotionally broken.  Rest in Him and let Him take over battling the storm for you.  You in yourself cannot fight it but He can cause the winds to calm and the storm to stop raging. Take a deep breath and let his peace enter your heart.

I have been through many storms and because of what He’s brought me through, I have never been more confident in my King.  And what He has done for me, He wants and aches to do for you.