Hello everyone! I want to let you know that I won’t be on Twitter or the website, until Monday…May20, 2019. There have been times in my life, when God calls me away to Himself, as He prepares me for a new path to follow…and this is one of them. You know…when we travel; one road doesn’t always take us to our destination. In fact, I have come to see that many roads eventually lead us there; so as of this time, I am feeling as if God and myself are about to take a new exit together…onto a new road and I need to be alone with Him…to be refreshed and renewed in His Spirit; so the days ahead will be spent deeply with Him.
Please feel free to come back to the website and read the many words of encouragement that have posted, until I return. May God truly bless you in all you do…and may He crown every effort you put forth, with His success! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Friday” to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to have you here today…and just think…we made it through another week! God is just so good! As you begin your Friday, I pray that your day will be truly filled with the loving and peaceful presence, of a God who loves you so much!
Well…yesterday was quite the day for me! The day seemed to start out good; but then Satan tried to step in unwanted territory…a place where he just doesn’t belong. Even through the struggles of the afternoon…and even into the early evening, I kept talking to God and giving Him my every thought.
You know…I remember a time, when I would have never taken my needs to God. In fact, I would have fallen to pieces, while sitting in the rubble of my own self-despair…but over time, I have learned to either “sink or swim”…and I’ll tell you; there have been many times, when I swam with everything I had in me…but as you can see, I’m still here.
How many times do we give in easily to our problems? How is that we pay more attention to how bad things seem to be, rather rising above it; to take hold of a God, who can keep us afloat, while in the midst of troubled waters.
I remember a time, when I had some major decisions to make in my life…which I never thought I’d have to make…and believe me when I say; that these weren’t easy decisions to make…but then Jesus took me to a verse in Matthew 16:24, which reads… “Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” From there, I began to see that I was either going to follow Jesus all the way…or not at all.
You know…it’s so easy to trust God, when everything is going well; but the real test is when we are faced with dilemmas and decisions. In other words…will we choose to walk through these times with God or just fall beneath the weight of our despair? There is one thing I’ve truly learned…and that is this…falling beneath the weight of our despair only places us deeper in despair…where hope can’t be easily found; but when we choose to walk with God; then that act of faith sends a message to God that says that we are waiting for His next move. Personally, I have come to see that a relationship is not only formed, by walking with God in this way; but as we see God work through our faith; then our faith becomes stronger…our love for God becomes deeper…and a lasting relationship forms; that causes us to lean on God, for every other thing we may face in our lives.
No matter what you are walking through today…may I encourage you to walk through it with God? Don’t try and muddle through on your own…or give into the symptoms of the problem; for moments such as these, will only take you deeper into other moments of despair.
As you begin another brand new day; take God with you and no matter what obstacle may cross your path…just know that He will be close by, to help you through these difficult times in your day! Have a great Friday…take care and I will hope to see you on Monday morning! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
PS…don’t forget to stop by Sunday Inspiration this weekend…beginning Saturday morning! This week’s writing is titled…“A Love that Shines through the Darkest Circumstance.”
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Thursday” to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I’m so glad you stopped by today…and my prayer for you; is that you will truly feel the loving presence of God…walking close beside you…through every minute of this brand new day!
As I’ve been sitting here today…enjoying a peaceful view outside of my office window; Jesus began to place some words in my thoughts, from an old hymn titled… “Does Jesus Care?”…and a few of the lyrics goes like this… “Does Jesus care when my way is dark, with a nameless dread and fear? As the daylight fades into deep night shades, does He care enough to be near? Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares; His heart is touched with my grief; when the days are weary, the long nights dreary…I know my Savior cares.”
As I was thinking on these beautiful words…I began to focus on the part of this song that says… “…when the days are weary, the long nights dreary…I know my Savior cares.” After experiencing a rugged night of sleep…it was time to get up and do the grocery shopping, along with much more in my day. The pain that was still in my legs from a busy Tuesday, was starting to relay a message to me; that it was going to be a long, hard and difficult Wednesday; but as I began my walk through the day; I began to see where Jesus was feeling my pain and the busy day that was still ahead of me; because everything that seemed impossible to get through at the time; was now beginning to show possibility.
A Bible verse that has truly come to mean a lot to me; is found in I Peter 5:7, which reads… “Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” When I first found this verse…my heart came alive within me; just knowing that Jesus was always thinking of me and watching everything that I was walking through. Just think…there is a God up in the heavens; that is watching your every move…One, who is not only observing what is happening in your life; but One who truly cares about you. I’ll tell you…this has been a verse that has stuck with me and has allowed me to turn to Him…even more than the problem.
You know…it’s amazing, as to how a problem can make us believe that we are all alone…and that no one cares…or could even understand what we are facing at the time; but I have come to see that Jesus not only says He cares…but actually works in a way; that helps us to see and understand, as to how He truly does care for us.
The other day, I was sharing a moment in my life on Twitter; that I will never forget…which reads… “There was a time, when I was recovering from surgery and my husband was at work and I was all alone. I looked up to Jesus and said... "You know...it’s bad enough that I have to go thru all of this...but to be alone?" Within a couple minutes...the phone rang and someone had called to see how I was doing and said..."Thought you would like someone to talk with." What a quick surprise that was…but through it all, I came to truly see how Jesus cared about my every word, thought and feeling!
No matter what you face in life…and no matter how alone you feel; just know that there is a God up in the heavens…looking down on you right now…a God, who longs to love and care for you! Turn to Him right now…in your hour of need…and I know that He will be there for you…just as He has for me!
Well…I truly enjoyed this time with you today…and I pray that you will be able to find the strength through God, to go way beyond whatever you are facing; to experience a loving and caring God! Please take care…and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Wednesday” to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to be back with you…and even more…it’s so good to have you with me today! As you prepare to begin another new day; I pray that you will truly experience the complete fullness of Christ in your day!
Well…yesterday was quite the day! I finally found a little spare time in my schedule, to deep clean my office…and boy did it ever need it! Thanks to my husband…I was spared some time because he took all the curtains…linens and throws and washed them for me. I’ll tell you…he’s gotten to be quite the laundry man!
Anyways…now I have a clean office, with a brand new look for summer, as I redid my window treatment a little and organized things a little better than what it was…and even more; those dust bunnies under the daybed are no longer in existence!
After finishing all the work; that evening, it was time to go back on Twitter and prepare to write another blog post and as I was sitting in my nice clean office…I was thinking back to all the moments that God truly walked me thru, during those hours that I was on my feet.
As I went from cleaning the window…to cleaning the carpet and furniture; I began to think on all that I was able to get done, on two bad legs. You know…I remember a time in the past, when I would talk myself into defeat…even before I went to do something; but through time…and this long journey I’ve been on with God, I have learned to go beyond those thoughts…and through my actions; I have truly come to see how God crowns every effort with success.
How will we ever know how far God can take us in life; if we only go as far as what we feel He’ll take us? Why do we limit a God…who is truly God? When I look out my office window each day and watch the clouds pass me by…or when I watch the colors of a sunset turn from one color to many beautiful colors; how can I not know that this is a God, who has control over every living thing, including myself…and if He has the power to move a cloud through the skies and become the artist of a beautiful sunset; then how can I not see this same God, as being a powerful and loving God in my life.
I think that sometimes our strength is limited; by the way we limit Him. When we stop believing in the distance He can take us; then these become the moments, when we don’t experience the complete fullness of a limitless God.
When I see two legs struggle to walk, while one of them can’t even bend….but yet they carry me through a busy day, like yesterday; then how can I not help but see a strength that goes way beyond my own strength…a strength that enters the weakness of these legs and helps them to function…and how does this happen…because of a heart that has faith…and truly believes that all things can be accomplished through a strong and mighty God.
Well…I’ve really enjoyed this time with you today and I pray that you too will come to see and experience a limitless strength; that comes from a limitless God…one that can take you beyond anything; that you could ever imagine or think. Take care…have a great day and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! Well…we made it through Monday…and I just can’t help but think that God will bring us through Tuesday too! As you begin this brand new day; I pray that His loving presence will be very close beside you…and that you will feel Him, in every part of your day!
You know…I remember a time in my life, when I would focus so much on every day of the week…all at one time. I had so many thoughts racing through my mind; that I couldn’t even find time to enjoy the day that God had just placed before me.
One thing I love about my mornings; is looking out my office window to a brand new day. Everything seems to feel alive…refreshed and renewed, as though everything from yesterday is truly gone, while something brand new is standing before me.
How many times do we miss out on the blessings that God has for us, in a brand new day…all because we are focusing on days that haven’t even arrived yet. I remember times in the past, when I would worry myself to death over something that never even happened. Seems like we look too far down the road, while thinking that this may go wrong or that may happen in a different way…and then by time that day arrives; we see where all those moments of worry were for nothing.
I have come to truly see that the only way to remain in sync with God; is to walk through one day and let the other days follow, as He opens them up to us. Many times…as the sun sets and darkness takes over the earth…I see that darkness, as if it’s a blind that’s been pulled down by God…a place where He works to create another new day. Then as the darkness turns to sunlight; it’s as if the blind has been drawn back up, to reveal the artistry of a God who longs to give us a new beginning in life. Just think…no matter what we do wrong…or no matter what happens; there is always another new day…filled with His loving mercies…a time, when we’re given another chance, to experience something new.
One thing I’d like to say; is if we are way ahead of God; then how will we ever experience the newness that God is offering us? Instead, I think we will find ourselves lost in the darkness, of a day that hasn’t even come into existence…and I don’t know about you; but I would rather anticipate a new day…filled with new blessings and new beginnings, rather than walking deeper into darkness.
As you prepare to walk through another new day with God, may I encourage you to take it one step at a time? Look for the footprints of where He may be leading you and walk in His ways. Anticipate His very best and then let Him lead you to His very best. I have truly come to see that when we take life one step at a time; then we will never find ourselves distant from God…or even closer to evil…but just right where we should be.
Well…it’s been another great visit with you today! I pray that you will have a very blessed Tuesday! Take care and I will hope to be back again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Monday” to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! Well…last week has been put to rest…and now we face a new week, with new possibilities! I don’t know about you; but I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me, in this brand new week!
You know…lately, it seems like God has been slowly bringing the pieces of a broken life together…in a way that is now allowing me to see what each piece of my life was purposed for. I remember a time, when I would have never seen my life, in the way I see it now…for my past life was only filled with pain and deep despair…to the place, where only darkness surrounded me.
Yesterday…as my husband and I were spending some time alone with God; we were talking on how some people never really reach this place in life…like I have…and that is because people tend to limit God. They seem to test the waters with God; but once they reach the deep end…that is when they regress and turn back…to only wallow in despair.
One thing I’m going to tell you today; is that my life was never an easy one…and it still isn’t to this day. Even though God had a plan for my life…a plan that would bring me out of the past, to where I am today; there were still many battles along the way; as Satan was out to keep me from what God had in store for my life.
As I walked down…what seemed to be endless paths of pain and heartache; I never really knew where it was leading me at the time…that is, until God walked me out of it all. I’m no different than anyone else…and just because God wanted to use me in the end; that definitely didn’t mean that He was going to make the way easy. In fact…the road had to be hard and difficult because there was much to be learned and etched within the heart.
One thing I now see, as I look back on the journey I’ve been on…for so many years of my life; is that everything I went through at that time, had to serve a purpose now…and that is what I’m seeing more and more in my life. God definitely equipped me in areas that I could have never made it through…and even though I felt as if He had walked away and left me to face the hard times alone…I see now; that this wasn’t what was really happening; for He was preparing me for moments that I would have never made it through…if it wasn’t for the training I received then…and that’s why I call that time in my life, a spiritual boot camp.
Today, I’ve been thinking on how much Jesus did for us at the cross. There was no limit to what He went through for us…and He didn’t limit His own suffering…even though He could have done so; but instead, He gave His complete all for us. How is it that we can’t go the limit for Him? Don’t we believe that He will keep us afloat, as we dive deep with Him? Don’t we feel that He is powerful enough, to get us through the tight spaces…and even more; don’t we love Him enough, to suffer for His cause?
One thing I’ve learned; is that we will never really know what God has in store for our lives, if we only test the waters and size up the mountains we must climb. My life has been a very difficult one; but what has come forth from each moment of suffering, has been worth it all; for I have come to experience a love that I never thought I’d experience…and even more, I share a relationship, with a God whom I continue to journey with every day.
As we close our time together…may I encourage you to never give into what stands before you…or even limit what God can do in your life; but rather, start each day…truly connected to God…trusting Him, for each step that lies before you!
Well…I’ve enjoyed the visit once more…and I pray that you will have a great Monday! Take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone! Happy Friday…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s sure good to have you with me today…and my prayer for you; is that you will have the best day with God!
Well…this has been quite the week…with quite the God! I’ll tell you…I just don’t know how anyone makes it without Him. I don’t know how many times I went running to Him this week…and you know what…He never failed me or walked away once!
One thing I’ve learned over the years; is to let the problems I face serve a purpose. In other words…don’t let your problems beat you up and abuse you; but rather, let God turn them around; so He can use them, to better your life.
As I look back on my life, I see many times, when I would let quite a few of my circumstances have their way with me. I would listen to every negative word…and even believe some of those words, which only opened a door for me to suffer needlessly. You know…God never intended for us to suffer at all; but we seem to be the ones who put ourselves in that position…just by the way we react and respond to each problem.
Every day, I praise God that He is in my life…always on alert, for whatever I may face. He never promised me an easy road; but He sure has a way of making it easier to cope with. Just think what it would be like, if God’s hand didn’t have control over each circumstance we face. Believe me when I say… “I wouldn’t want to know!”
As I look back on each day of this week…I see some days that seemed almost impossible to get through…but yet, I made it to where I am right now. I also remember moments, when I never thought I could get out of bed or even do my work…due to pain and extreme tiredness; but everything got accomplished. In fact, as I walked through a busy yesterday, I was thinking even more, on the strength that has held me together this week…physically and emotionally.
You know…sometimes, I think we focus too much on what we’ve been through in life; that we don’t take the time, to see how far we’ve come in life. I don’t know about you…but if I get my thoughts focused on every little thing that’s going wrong…or has gone wrong; then it’s as if I am stacking each problem on top of each other, until they come crashing down on me…and this again, is what I call needless suffering.
As we begin a new day…maybe it’s time to count our blessings and remain close to a God, who can truly be everything…for everything we need. Yes…some storms may come…and some dark clouds may form around us; but instead of running directly into the storm…why not turn the other direction and allow God’s arms to be a safe haven…a place where we can find safety and rest, until those clouds move on.
One thing I know…life can be easy or difficult; but the choice is up to us. Will we sit in the muck and mire of despair and allow these difficult moments in our lives to beat us up and place us in a pit of needless suffering…or will we turn to a God, who can use each difficult moment, to strengthen us and produce a new growth…one that will take us one step away from evil, while drawing us one step closer to Him.
Well…it’s been another great visit! I truly hope and pray that your day is its best! Please take care and I will hope to be with you again on Monday! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
PS…Don’t forget to check out “Sunday Inspiration” this weekend…starting Saturday! The writing for this week is titled… “I Can Make It!”
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Thursday” to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to be back with you, for another days visit…and my prayer for you today; is that you will truly experience a powerful God at work, within your life!
With all the physical problems I’ve been facing lately, I have been thinking on how God works through our faith…but also on how He has a plan and purpose behind everything we experience in life.
Since God led me to this ministry 17 years ago; I have talked to others over the years, who were so discouraged because they hadn’t been healed. In fact…they had been pressured by those in churches…saying… “Your faith isn’t strong enough”…or “You must have some sin in your life”…and in my opinion…those are some of the worst things you could say to someone who is hurting.
When I went through the long and drawn out years of knee surgeries and pain, I remember those who would pray for my legs to be healed. In fact, they were pretty much demanding God to heal me. The only bad thing about that; was when I wasn’t healed…I began to feel as if God had left me and no longer loved me, which only made the situation much worse.
One thing I’ve come to see…through all the pain and deep heartache I’ve faced in my life; is that we should always have faith; but then, we should leave it with the One, who already knows the plan of action…one that will serve a real purpose, for which it was allowed within our lives.
You know…I have truly come to see that God’s purpose for my life began at birth, when He allowed these two legs of mine to be born without the right kind of joint surfaces…and I’ve also come to understand that He didn’t choose to heal me because He stopped loving me. In fact…He has shown a real love to me, as we have journeyed through the hard times together. What an honor and privilege to suffer for Christ…that others may learn the truth of what He has taught me over the years…that others may find hope and a sustaining love, as they face their own difficult times.
No matter what you walk through…and no matter how discouraging it can seem; just know that God is in charge and will always have the control stick to your life in hand. Stay strong in your faith…connect deeply with God and trust Him, for the rest of the journey. One thing I know…He won’t disappoint you.
Even now, as I face some uncertain times in my life…I know that God is there…because He was there before…and what a comfort to know that even though Satan may attempt to bring me down…God is in control and will always be there, to control each situation…no matter what I face.
Well…it’s been another great visit…and as we close our time together; I pray that you will have the courage to let go and let God have everything that is troubling you in your life; that His perfect plan and purpose for your life may be accomplished in His holy name!
Take care...and have a great Thursday...and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…