Hello everyone…and how are you doing today?! I truly hope and pray that your day has been going well…and that you will truly experience God above anything you may be walking thru at this time…Amen!!
Well…we’ve reached the end of another week and as I look back on the week, I see where the footsteps of Jesus have definitely been…and I praise Him so much today, for all He has done for me!
During this past week, I went through a time of great disappointment. In fact…these moments made my life feel as if I had gone through so much for nothing in my life. I can actually say that there was a moment when I wanted to give up, especially as I have felt so tired and drained lately from pain. As I look back on these moments, I see where Satan must have seen me as wounded prey…one that could easily give into all that God had taught me over the years.
I would say that within a day or so of this disappointing news, I found the strength through Christ, to get my head up and off the floor, from where I had fallen so low…and from there; I began to let God lead me away from this disappointment in my life. As I let go of everything except for God; that is when I began to see Him pick up every broken piece and turn my life around. He not only fixed what had been broken; but He made it into something even better…and today, I am praising God for His love and faithfulness to me!
I have many favorite verses in the Bible; but the one that is standing out in my thoughts today, is found in Isaiah 43:19…and we read… “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
You know…there can be times, when all we feel is the wilderness of despair and the barren wastelands that seem to take us nowhere in life; but one thing God has reminded me of this week; is that when we let go of what we see as a failure…to look to the One who is greater than failure; that is when we will see what God truly longs to do through the broken moments in our lives.
One thing I have definitely come to see about God; is that He doesn’t just repair what’s been broken within us; but He repairs these moments with brand new parts…parts that are stronger than before…and parts that can carry us through life and last for a lifetime.
No matter what you may be facing right now, just know that there is a God that is greater than these moments you’re walking through…and once you are willing to let go of everything that seems to be spelling out defeat; that is when you will once more experience a powerful God at work…One that will spring up something new within you!
Have a great day…and a great weekend too!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Thursday” to you all! I truly hope and pray that you are having a nice day…and that you will ALWAYS experience the presence of God, above every problem you may face in your life…Amen!!
This afternoon, as I’ve been sitting here in my office, I have been reminded that even though bad times may come…God is ALWAYS faithful. I think the problem we face; is that we find ourselves continually overwhelmed by what is going on around us…to the place where we stop looking for the things that could remind us of God’s faithfulness; the things that could give us a lifeline of hope to hold to.
Today, I would like to share a very special Bible verse with you; that has truly helped me over the years and it’s found in 2 Timothy 2:13, which reads…“If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”
I will never in my life forget the moment, when I was going through a very hard time in my life…one that brought me down to nothing. Yes…I had been through multiple knee surgeries and the loss of many things; but this moment made it even more difficult to believe that there would ever be a way of escape for me. As I sat in a room to myself, I just stared at the floor and thought to myself…how are you ever going to overcome these moments that are now standing before you. I would say that within a short time… the spirit of God began to work with my heart, as if to say that He was making a promise to me; that He would bring me out of what seemed so impossible to overcome at the time. As I got up from where I was sitting…I wanted to believe and take hold of that piece of hope that He was offering me; but somehow, the thoughts of what I was facing at the time seemed to be overpowering. Even though I didn’t quite believe in what God was conveying to me at the time…He did keep His word…and He was more than faithful to me. As I think back to these moments in my life, I know one thing… “That which He promises to do; that will He do!!”
As we face these very overwhelming moments with the pandemic; it’s so easy to get caught up in the virus and what it is doing; that we soon find ourselves getting up each morning with no hope…and why is that? Because we haven’t searched hard enough, to take hold of the faithfulness that God gives to us each day. I know that when I’m in a lot of pain, it can be so easy to not see anything but the pain; but when I begin to see how God is caring for me thru the pain; I soon see that His faithfulness is there and that His sustaining love does surround me.
Maybe it’s time for us to start sifting through the things that take place in our day; that we may pick out the moments, when the hand of God was truly there with us. I’m sure that once we do this; that we will come to see that even though God hasn’t healed our land; that He is there…suspending us above a pit that could take us to destruction.
Don’t we realize that this powerful God we serve can allow His will to be accomplished, while keeping His own children safe and secure? I think that it’s time for us to stop imagining the worse and begin looking for God’s faithfulness thru the worst…for when we choose to do so; that is when we will see the sunlight of His faithfulness…shining brightly in the midst of the storm.
Have a great day in the Lord…and God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very “Happy Wednesday” to you all! It’s so good to have you with me today…and my prayer is that you will come to see that hope can be found, even in what seems to be the worst moments of life…Amen!!
As we begin our time together, I would like to ask you a question. What can help us during this pandemic? The only answer I know; is to just let God have it His way, rather than exhausting ourselves, while we try to fix what can only be fixed by Him.
Yesterday…and even most days, I seem to get a hint of what it’s like to just let God have it His way. As I begin my day…it’s God that goes before me and walks me through every unknown moment of my day…and you know what…it’s amazing as to what I come to see and experience…things that I never thought would ever take place in my day.
As I’ve been sitting here this afternoon, I came across a Bible verse that truly brought my thoughts even deeper into this writing and the Bible verse is found in Proverbs 16:9...and we read… “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
Do we realize that we can perceive a way out of the problems we face; but until the steps are actually formed before us…steps that can lead us in the direction we desire; then we will never truly find the way of escape?
Right now, I’m thinking back to a time in my life, when all life seemed to be for me was going in circles. You see…I was trying to figure out the way and not only that; but I was attempting to create my own footsteps to walk in…one step at a time. The only bad thing about that; is that I became exhausted and my own footsteps never lead me anywhere, except for in a circle. I remember seeing in my mind’s eye, a dark and dingy forest. I was standing by a big tree, where ugly moss hung from its branches…and it didn’t matter which direction I tried to take; it seemed that I always ended up at that tree once more. It was when God began to speak to my heart and show me that He could be my sunlight by day and my moonlight by night; that I began to follow Him, rather than the way in which I thought was best…and before I knew it, I began to walk out of that wilderness of despair.
For most of us right now, we can find it so tempting to want to figure a way back to life…one where there is no Coronavirus; but one thing we must remember…only the One who allows these moments has control over these moments, which means that no matter what we try on our own…it just won’t succeed.
If I was to give you a piece of advice right now, I would suggest that you get up in the morning and ask God to walk you through the day. In this way…you will always be in tune with Him, rather than what is taking place around you. I have truly come to see how amazing God can work…and in ways that I could have never imagined…and why…because I chose to let Him do it His way. Also, when we let go and let God have His way; then we are truly learning how to place our trust in Him, rather than the things that are attempting to get us to believe otherwise.
As I was preparing to write you today; God led me to an old hymn titled… “Have Thine Own Way Lord”…and a few of the lyrics go like this… “Have thine own way Lord, have thine own way; thou art the potter I am the clay. Mold me and make me after thy will; while I am waiting yielded and still.”
You know… we need to slow down and focus on where God is longing to lead us, during these hard and difficult times. One thing I know for sure…He knows the way…and once we are willing to walk in His ways, rather than our own; that is when fear and other negative thoughts will be exchanged for a perfect peace…one that will truly help us to rest in Him.
Have a great day everyone…and many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Tuesday” to you all! I hope that your day has been going well…and even more, I pray that you are experiencing God…Amen!
Well…today has been a pretty nice day! In fact…it’s been cool, with a breeze in the air, which made it nice for prepping my dinner this morning.
Even before coming into the office, I’ve been thinking on something that I haven’t thought of in quite some time. As I was washing my face this morning, I was reminded of a small scar that remains from when I was a young girl. You see…my brother and I had been sledding down our road after an ice storm and even before going down the hill, I said… “Ok Don, should I go straight or turn, when I get down to the bottom of the hill”…and he said, “go straight.” I do remember mentioning to him that the ditch that I was about to cross didn’t look quite frozen; but he still seemed to think that everything would be alright. Yeah…it was alright for sure…as I went through a somewhat frozen ditch…and as I passed through the waters…all I could see was ice flying on each side of my face, as my nose plowed through that supposedly frozen ditch…lol.
Anyways, as I was thinking back to those moments this morning; God was reminding me that this scar was truly a sign that I had overcome those painful moments of the past. You know…each day, we need to remind ourselves that the hard and difficult times we face and overcome…become scars that aren’t meant to remind us of defeat; but rather of God’s faithfulness.
As I look deep within my own heart today, I see many scars that came about through the hurtful and healing moments of the past; but even though those moments weren’t always easy…and even though they don’t contain good memories; those scars on the heart do remind me of a God who has always remained faithful in my life.
A couple of Bible verses that have truly stuck with me over the years are found in Lamentations 3:22-23 and we read… “Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23) They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
You know…even though a scar remains deep within us, from the moments that brought us pain or great heartache; these scars are there to remind us that we weren’t consumed or defeated within the moments that once seemed so hopeless…and even now, as we face some different and difficult days, we can live with the hope that God is not only faithful to us but that His love and compassion for us becomes new every morning. In fact…as I was sitting here this morning…beginning my day, I was thanking God for bringing me a new dawn…one where I could begin again. You see…yesterday was a good day; but not quite up to its best, due to pain; but as I sat here this morning…a new hope overflowed my heart…a hope that was reminding me that yesterday was gone and a new beginning had now arrived.
No matter what you may be facing…or no matter how difficult of a life you’ve had; these scars and new beginnings are God’s way of loving and reminding us that He has and will ALWAYS be with us, even to the very end…so don’t give up; but rather focus on the One who has always been there for you, even when you didn’t seem to feel His presence at the moment.
As we close our time together today, just remember that nothing can defeat you or consume you…for the God that is looking out for you; is the God who has control over all things in your life…and nothing or no one can supersede His awesome power.
You know…I have come to see that it’s at times like these; that we just need to look at the scars that are buried deep within us…scars that remind us of where a powerful God had once been…and scars that will also become a reminder to us; that this same God will once more become faithful, for the difficult moments we are now facing.
Have a great day in the Lord…and many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Monday to you all! I truly pray that your week is off to a good start…and that as you walk through your week…one day at a time; that it will be even better than last week…and that you will truly experience the loving and powerful presence of God above all else…Amen!!
You know…while facing the Coronavirus, we can find it so easy to fall into a pit of depression…one set up by Satan himself; but one thing God is reminding me of today; is that we must keep our eyes clearly focused on Him during these troubling times, rather than what is stemming from this virus…and why…because the choices we make and the roads we walk down, will determine where these thoughts and roads lead us.
As I’ve been sitting here…listening to some music; God began to speak to my heart about the negative thoughts and words that can truly sidetrack us in life and take us down roads to further problems.
You know…let’s face it…during times such as these, we can find it so easy to get caught up in what we see on the news…and even the different kind of lifestyle that now surrounds us. After days of viewing this new way of life, we can begin to focus on the negativity of it all. In fact…the virus not only affects us physically; but emotionally too…to the place, where it sickens us within the heart, which can eventually take us down a road of no hope…that is, if we let it do so.
Today, you may be wondering…how can I rise above this despair that surrounds me, to focus on God, rather than the intense thoughts and feelings that seem to stem from this virus? First of all…if we are going to view these difficult times in a different light…and if we are going to find ourselves completely attached to God, rather than the virus; then we need to let the negativity and “what if’s” completely go. You see…we tend to let this obstacle of a virus stand in our way, while Satan attempts to keep reminding us, of the things that are already happening around us, which only keeps this alive within us…to the place that we gradually do lose hope and fall prey to depression.
One of my favorite things about Paul in the Bible; is that His focus was so deeply on God and the prize that awaited Him; that nothing seemed to distract him or take him away from God. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 we read… “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25) Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26) Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27) No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
I think that rather than having our eyes clearly fixed on the hope that awaits us; we allow ourselves to get caught up in what surrounds us at the time, which only slows us down and removes the hope away from us that we once had.
Especially at this time, we need to run in such a way that the obstacles of this life will never keep us from the prize that Christ has awaiting us in heaven. I believe that when we focus on what we truly believe in and long for; then the things of this life will never slow us down or cause us to come to a halt.
As a person who has lived with depression in the past…one thing I know; it’s the negativity that enters our thoughts and speech; that leads us down detour roads…roads that only long to imprison us within the problem. When we are willing to go beyond the negative thoughts and feelings that stem from this virus…and even other things that we may be facing; that is when the road before us will make way for us to continue the race…a race that will take us further away from this world and closer to the prize of eternal life…Amen!!
May your day be truly filled with thoughts that will keep you pressing onward in God’s direction! Have a great day & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone...and a "Happy Sunday" to you all! I truly pray that you will experience God in your day...the One who will ALWAYS be greater than anything you endure in this life!
You know...isn’t it amazing how our circumstances can attempt to make us believe that they are greater than the One who lives within us? I don’t know about you…but in the past, while I was going through one circumstance after another, it seemed as if the so-called power of a weak circumstance began to rise up within me, while attempting to make me believe that it was the biggest thing and the most powerful thing in my life…one that could even possibly bring me down to total defeat.
How is it that we find ourselves turning our attention to a weak problem…above a strong God? Could it be that we have come to know our problems more than God? Could it be that we have allowed ourselves to become caught up in what is happening around us…to the place that we can’t take our eyes off the problem long enough, to look up and see how big God could truly be for us?
After walking out of pain, loss, abuse and much more, I can truly say that God is bigger than anything we may go through. Even though pain can attempt to control the mind and bring us down to nothing; I have truly seen where God’s perfect peace can calm the storm that rages within…and even though moments of loss can make us feel alone and in a world of our own; I know a God who can fill the emptiness within and make life more complete…and even though abuse or deep heartache can make a person feel worthless; I have experienced a God who can make us feel worthy of His love.
You know…as I’ve walked through 21 knee operations…chronic pain…abuse and a dysfunctional home life, along with many years of loss and depression and a worthlessness that I can’t even describe, I’ve truly come to see that I only came out of those overwhelming moments because of a big God. I can honestly say that no one could have broken the chains that bound me up for many years, like He did for me!
As I look back on the many painful moments of my yesterdays; I also think back to moments when I used to see them as though nothing or no one could have been more powerful or greater than what I experienced at the time; but then later, I placed them on a scale with God on the other side and that is when I truly saw how big my God had been for me. Words cannot describe the hopelessness He brought me out of. He didn’t have to do that either; but His love for me became greater than the evil that was attempting to bring me down for good…and that in itself shows me how big of a God I serve.
Even with all that I have experienced in my yesterdays…God continues to be the biggest one in my life for each tomorrow. One thing I’ve truly come to see about God; is that He is a God that never wavers…weakens or becomes less of a God in my life. I think that sometimes, we just need to take a tight focus off of a circumstance and place a tighter focus on God. When we can see how God can be greater than what we may be experiencing at the time; then hope will always remain alive within us…just knowing that nothing will ever be able to rise above this big God!
Blessings on your day…
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.8) He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. 9) He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. 10) He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. 11) The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke.12) By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.13) By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent. 14) And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” Job 26:7-14
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Wednesday” to you! I hope that you are experiencing the presence of the Most High God in your day!
Lately, I have been going through what seems to be one thing after another. It seems as if Satan is increasing in strength…but you know what…he will NEVER be as strong as the God that lives within me!
Yesterday, as I was facing a situation in my early evening; these are some words that God shared heart to heart with me… “Who are we labeling as greater in our lives…the problem or God?” You know…it’s so true that we as Christians can be so bombarded by a problem; that before we realize it…we have labeled the problem as something greater than God, which only weighs us down in spirit and makes it that much more difficult to press on.
This afternoon, I was looking through some Bible verses and I came across a few verses from Psalm 147:4-6, which reads… “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. 5) Great is our LORD and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. 6) The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.”
You know...I think that there are times when we are trying to figure out where the label “greatest” belongs…because a circumstance has a way of making us believe that it is the one who should wear that label. Let’s stop for a moment and think on how a circumstance can attempt to make us feel this way. First…the power shown through the circumstance not only comes through the circumstance alone; but mainly by what it is attempting to convince us of. In other words…we can see sickness as a circumstance that will soon go away…that is, until it has lasted several weeks. As time and the circumstance takes a toll on us, we begin to believe in what it is attempting to do to us…and second, it can even make us envision something even worse…something that just may never go away. Just because these circumstances attempt to do this to us; that doesn’t mean that it has control over us. In fact…if we were to slow down and acknowledge God’s control over all things…and His awesome power; then we would be reminded that even though it is being allowed by God…that He will not allow something like this to defeat us.
One thing I’ve learned through time; is to not allow my imagination to go wild with a circumstance that I’m facing…because when we do this; then guess who is longing to fill in the blanks…yes, Satan.
These days that we are living in are definitely not easy at times…and if we attempt to look way down the road, we find that moments such as these just might not have an end to them; so today, I would like to encourage us all, to put the label “greatest” on God and focus on who He truly is and what He truly longs to do in each of our lives. When we can get situations such as these back into perspective…with the right label in place; then we will quickly come to see that everything will be just fine.
Have a great day…and may God truly bless you in all you do!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…I truly hope and pray that your Tuesday has been going well! This afternoon, I thought I’d stop by for a bit and spend some time with you before doing some other ministry work.
Let’s see…this morning, I did some cooking and I made chicken cabbage rolls for dinner tonight. It’s a recipe that I kind of put together on my own, which Keith and I enjoy…so that and some chicken flavored rice is what is for dinner tonight. Once I finished in the kitchen…Keith and I had an early lunch and now I’m writing you and Keith is getting ready to mow the yard before it rains.
While having lunch, I was thinking on what I should share with you today…and God was reminding me of one thing that He has been working with me on, while going through the struggles of arm and leg pain. In fact, last night…before going to bed, I truly had my eyes opened, as to how these ailments are more about what Satan is up to, as a means of keeping me distant from this ministry.
You know…I remember many times, in the past 18 years of ministry work, when I would press on through pain and tiredness…and it was amazing as to how the pain would simmer down, after the work was completed. Anyways…lately, God has been reminding me of those moments, when I truly did rise above the despair in my life, to accomplish much for Him.
Today, as I’m sharing my heart with you, I would also like to share some of my favorite Bible verses with you from Philippians 3:12-15…and we read, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15) Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
With all that is going on in this world right now, I have come to see that we can easily fall prey to what we are experiencing; but one thing I have truly learned…we will never make any headway in life, if we sit in the midst of it all and let the problem control us. Maybe we may lack strength…and maybe we are finding it difficult to have the desire we once had to press on; but I definitely know a God who will be strength for us…that is, if we are willing to let Him do that for us.
You know…through all that I have had to endure lately; I have also been reminded that we can find ourselves focusing too much on every symptom of the problem…to the place where we completely bypass the One who longs to help us…walk with us and lead us away from these moments of despair. Maybe we aren’t perfect in our ways…and maybe we haven’t taken hold of everything in life; but when we can let go of everything except for God; that is when our focus will be on Him, rather than everything else that surrounds us, which will make it that much easier to press on and focus on the prize that will soon await us in the end.
Today, the problems due to this Coronavirus may be piling up high around you…or maybe you are going through a personal problem; but remember one thing…even though life may change…God never does…and He is more than able to help you and give you the strength you need to keep pressing on; so let go of everything that is attempting to make you give up on life.
Have a very blessed day and God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone...I hope you are having a nice day...and that you are experiencing the loving presence of Jesus! This morning, Keith and I were spending time with God and He led me to this beautiful writing of hope...and oh how we all need to feel loved, especially during these hard and difficult times we are living in. As we share these words together today, I pray that you will ALWAYS know that you are loved...and that you will also know that Jesus accepts you...just for who you are! God bless...Diane
A love that accepts you...just for who you are...
I remember a time in my life, when I didn’t feel worthy of anyone’s love, including Jesus’ love. The circumstances I faced at that time...especially the moments I dealt with, while dealing with a past sexual abuse only made me feel like a rag that was tied behind a car, while being dragged down a dusty and dirty gravel road.
Isn’t it amazing how Satan not only afflicts us but uses these moments of affliction to bring us so low that we don’t even feel worthy of Christ’s love or help. When I think on this…that is when I see Satan’s plan in action…a plan that can make us feel so put down in life; that we will never turn to Jesus, which only keeps us trapped within a pit of total despair.
There was a time in my life, when I felt so down and out; that when my husband would attempt to convince me that Jesus loved me…I would just say… “How could anyone love someone like this?” The overwhelming circumstances that had taken my life hostage, were now dictating my feelings…to the place where I felt as if I would just remain in the muck and mire of my despair forever.
For the longest time, I continued to hold onto a thread of hope…my own so-called hope…thinking that I could keep myself afloat, while struggling to hold my head above the troubled waters. Finally one day, my strength failed me and there was nothing more to hold onto…and that is when I began to test the waters with Jesus and see if He would truly listen to my cry for help. As I looked up from where I was sitting at the time, I began to tell the Lord that I couldn’t do it on my own anymore and from there, I laid my life before Him…just as I was…a woman that had fallen beneath the weight of her circumstances. From there…that is when Jesus came along and picked me up into His loving arms and held me and loved me in a way that I had never felt before…a love that I truly experience, even to this very day.
Many times, we can feel so put down by our circumstances…and even feel unloved by those around us because we tend to follow after the feelings that had at one time become so embedded within us, due to these very overwhelming circumstances. When I grew up, the only so-called love I experienced, were two parents that fought continually or lived a life that attempted to hide the dysfunctional life I was caught up in…so I had to learn how to experience real love for the very first time. Later, I came to see that this was why I felt so unworthy of Christ’s real and genuine love. I guess I felt that the only love I was worthy of, was an artificial love…that was abusive…a so-called love that only made me feel like a piece of nothing.
You know…I came to see over time that we don’t have to be this perfect person in the eyes of Jesus, to experience His perfect love. He just wants us to come to Him as we are…broken and in need of repair. One thing I know…Jesus isn’t mad at you and He will never be disappointed in you, for your imperfections and weaknesses; but rather, He will take hold of you, in such a loving way and He will lift you into arms that will hold you close and love you through the problem…in a way that you have never experienced before.
As we close…let Jesus gently push you through the darkness and deceptive lies that surround you…lies that are attempting to keep you distant from His love, while placing you deeper in despair…and let the light of His presence bring these dark moments in your life to light; that the chains of despair may be broken; so you can experience a love that will keep you free and close to Him…a love that will never let go, for all of eternity. Come now to Jesus…He’s waiting to accept you…just as you are!
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Hello everyone…and how are you doing today? It’s been another great day for me…and even though last night was a rough night…God has once more proven Himself as a God that is greater in strength than my weakness…praise Him!!
As I began my day, I went into my kitchen and made a cold chicken pasta salad, as today was supposed to hit 90 degrees. You know…some people who deal with pain seem to like the warmer weather, rather than the cold winter months; but I’m actually the opposite…yeah…I’m one of a kind for sure…in fact, I was not only born with two bad legs; but also one kidney that is pointed, rather than rounded off. Anymore, I just laugh at life…and moments like these only make me long for heaven even more.
Anyways…after I was done in the kitchen and a few other things were accomplished; Keith and I had lunch…and as I was relaxing for a bit; I was thinking on something that Keith and I were talking about earlier this morning. I don’t know what brought this to my thoughts; but I was saying to Keith, as to how we tend to make God seem weak during the difficult times of life. In other words…we either want Him to do something our way…or we don’t seem to express our faith in a way that says that we serve a strong God…One whose strength is far greater than weakness.
Earlier in my life, I was going through some very difficult times and one thing God showed me; was that even though we are weak…and even though our prayers aren’t always answered according to our timing; there is a God whose grace is sufficient to carry us over the rough times in life, until we can be permanently free from them. In other words…His strength can enter our weaknesses and go into overdrive and take us far beyond the pit of destruction that Satan longs for us to fall into.
These past few weeks for me have definitely been some difficult times, as I have felt bombarded by Satan. You see…I believe that his aim is to do whatever he can, to take me out of commission with God, so others won’t find the encouragement and hope, to help them press on; but through it all, I have come to experience a God who is truly strong…one whose strength is sufficient for times such as these.
A few of my life Bible verses are found in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10…and we read… “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8) For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
I wonder how many times we have begged God to help us…thinking that a healing would be the only way out, of what we were experiencing at the time. Don’t we realize that at the moment, when God isn’t quite ready to relieve us of these trials; that He will be there for us…for His grace is sufficient? One thing I have learned; is that safety isn’t always found through the absence of danger or trial; but rather, safety can be found in the presence of God…even through the darkest trial; for even though the trial has weakened us…to a hopeless state of mind; it’s His strength that can step in and be made perfect through our weakness.
No matter how hopeless life may seem today…and no matter how long you have been waiting for God to answer your prayer; there is a way…a place of hope that can brighten a darkened path and that hope can be found through Jesus Christ…for He can take hold of you and the weak moments your facing…and sustain and hold you up above these pits of defeat that have been set up by evil. Instead of accepting thoughts of defeat…why not accept help from a God who longs to be a perfect strength for you…One who can take hold of the weakness in your life and exchange it for a strength that will never fail or forsake you.
Have a great evening…and many blessings on your day!
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