Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I truly hope and pray that your day is off to a great start…and I also pray that no matter what you may be facing right now; that you will ALWAYS know in your heart that Jesus will NEVER give up on you…Amen!!
This morning, as I was listening to a song titled… “Never Gave Up;” I began to think back to over 25 years ago, when my life seemed so unrepairable. There were so many things happening at the time; that the plate of problems that sat before me, just seemed to overflow, until I could barely keep up with it all. At the time, I was facing multiple knee surgeries, while the painful moments of the past seemed right before my very eyes…to the place where the weight of each problem only weighed heavily upon me, until my head actually felt as if it was dragging on the ground.
Even though these times in my life seemed so out of control and hopeless; God had another plan…one that I just couldn’t see at the time, while standing in the midst of all that rubble. It was through these difficult times that He began to reveal Himself to me…and truly stand on the promises He made to me personally and through His word. Now, as I look back…I see how He never gave up on me. Yes…there were moments, when He had to wait for me to catch up with Him; but He never grew impatient…and He definitely didn’t walk away; for that same presence that was with me over 25 years ago…continues to walk with me each day.
You know…just like me; we can feel as if life is just so overwhelming…to the place where all our problems seem to hide us from the presence of an almighty God. Like I’ve said before…it’s not only Satan’s desire to afflict us; but to use that affliction, as another means of removing us from the presence of God…and if he can get us to see these moments, as moments that seem almost impossible to get through; then maybe he can also convince us that God has given up on us to.
A very special Bible verse that God has used numerous times in my life is found in John 14:18, which reads… “No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you.” This is the Bible verse that actually helped me to see that God wasn’t going to give up on me. In fact…I saw myself at the time, as though my problems were this enormous storm…one with blackened skies and a raging sea; but as I stood on what seemed to be the broken moments of my life, I began to call out to the Lord for help…and in His own way; He came to me on that troubled sea and He held me close…and from that moment on…life began to take a new turn…one that gently walked me out of the storm and unto a new path…a path that I have been walking down since that time.
You know…the one thing that has been a reminder to me for quite some time, as to how Jesus will never give up on us; is when I think back to an old rugged cross. Just stop and think for a moment…would Jesus go through all that suffering, pain and agony; only to turn His back on us right now? I don’t think so. The way I see it; is that His love for us was so real at the cross; that the only thing that seemed to matter; was what He could do for us. Now if Jesus’ love for us was so great…that He was willing to sacrifice His own life for us; then why wouldn’t He sacrifice some time for us now? I think that sometimes, we just become so buried in our circumstances and what they are attempting to convey to us; that we begin to let them have control…to the place where it feels as if Jesus has walked away and given up on us completely.
You know…over 25 years ago, I never thought I’d be where I’m at today; but as I look back, over the many traveled miles of life; I truly see where Jesus stood on His promises and never gave up on me, which only gives me hope for the moments I’m facing at this time…a hope that truly lifts me to a place that is closer to Him.
No matter what you’re facing right now…please don’t ever give up; because I know a God who hasn’t given up on you. Maybe His timing hasn’t allowed your circumstance to change for the better; but through my own experience, I can say that it will change…and while you are waiting in the waiting room, for Him to walk in and help you; just rest assured that He is with you and will never abandon you or leave you as an orphan in the storm…for He will come to you; because He is a God that hasn’t and will never give up on you…Amen!!
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS know that God will be there for you, until the very end. (Matthew 28:20)
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! I am so happy to have you with me today…and my prayer is that we will ALWAYS remember that we can do ALL things through Christ…despite what may be happening in our lives at the time…Amen!!
Lately, I have been struggling very much with my health…and I don’t say that as a means of complaining…but only as a means of sharing what God teaches me through these troubling times.
Yesterday seemed to be a little more difficult for me…and by evening, I found myself in tears…crying out for God’s help. You see…when a person is hit with every blow that Satan can bring her way, as a means of stopping God’s encouraging words; then those blows have a way of overwhelming a person…to a place where they find it even more difficult to cope. Let’s face it…we’re all human…and no matter what…we have our moments of weakness, where the struggles seem to become even more real than at other times.
Last night, after finally getting myself under control, I just decided to go to bed and get some rest. Before falling asleep, I said under my breath… “Please help me Lord”…knowing that when we find it too hard to speak a word; that He can read the tablet of our hearts and know every little thing about the moments that we are experiencing.
Anyways…after talking with God, I fell quickly to sleep and before I knew it…it was morning. When I first woke up, I sat on the side of the bed and Satan was already at work…trying to convince me that I just couldn’t make it through the day; but then a strength entered my body…and it was as if I was being lifted to my feet.
As I began to get around for the day; God was already at work too, as He gave me the words to today’s writing… “When I Say I Can’t – God Says I Can.” For a moment, I just stood there and soaked in those words…and before I knew it, I was already feeling a bit energized.
You know…I think that we can experience times, when we become so caught up in the overwhelming and discouraging moments of life; that we completely forget that when we can’t make it…we really can…and how…with God’s help.
This morning, as I was listening to some music and preparing for today’s writing; God led me to a well-known Bible verse that He has used many times in my life…and it’s found in Mark 10:27, which reads…“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible; but not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
You know…I think that if we could just stop and remember that we are only human; then we would see these difficult times in a different way that would bring hope into these moments. We must also remember that since we are only human; that we don’t hold that perfection within us that God holds within Himself; so this alone should tell us that there may be times, when we just aren’t strong enough to get through the moments, when weakness can seem more powerful than our own human strength. Even though we can’t make it…we should never give up; but instead, we should turn to the One whose strength can be made perfect through our weaknesses.
Maybe you too, are facing moments that are attempting to make you want to give up; but remember one thing…that is only because you can’t do it on your own. Instead of giving up for this reason, may I encourage you to turn to the One whose strength can override your weaknesses and cause you to rise above the so-called strength of a circumstance. One thing I know for sure…when we stop saying...“I can’t”…and start saying… “God can;” that is when hope will once more spring alive within us...to carry us through these times that just seem so overwhelming…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and may you ALWAYS feel the Spirit of God rising up through the troubled times in your life…Amen!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! I sure hope that your day is going well…and I pray that as we begin this time together; that we will truly come to know in our hearts that God will ALWAYS be there for us…no matter what we may face in this life…Amen!!
First off…I would like to say that I am so blessed to be with you today; because actually I shouldn’t be here…and why…because today is normally a grocery shopping day for me. In fact…I have a story to tell you about this, which actually began last week.
Lately, I have really been struggling with the pain issues in my legs and feet, along with being tired, which has made it even more of a struggle for me to leave the house. As most of you may already know…Keith and I were taking a taxi because neither one of us is able to drive. Anyways…on shopping day, I would have to wear uncomfortable clothes…get in a car, with one leg that doesn’t bend anymore; then I would have to go through the entire store and shop…and then wait maybe a half hour or more, for the taxi to pick us back up. Don’t get me wrong…I have been very thankful for the transportation; but at the same time, it has gotten to a place where I have truly been struggling to do this.
Anyways…one night, as I talked with Keith…I became so discouraged; that I actually was willing to give up food, just to be able to stay home. That night, as I sat quietly alone with God, I did like King David and poured out every thought and feeling before God and asked Him to help me. I knew that He could truly see into my heart, as to how I was feeling…and so I just opened up my heart completely before Him.
I would say that within a few days, I began to get an idea that maybe I could order the food online and then have Keith pick it up in a taxi; but you know what…God had something even better in mind. As I went on this one particular site, I came to see that they not only had a pickup service…but a delivery service to. I’ll tell you…my heart was astatic…and immediately, I knew that God was at work…answering my prayer.
To make a long story short…I ordered everything I needed on Saturday, in the comfort of my home…and yesterday, a lady brought everything to our door. I’ll tell you people…when God does something like this; it’s as though the heart can’t contain the thankfulness and expression of love that is automatically being offered up to this great…loving and mighty God…a God who can truly do all things…praise Him!
This morning, as I was thinking back to all that God has done for me; He began to lead me to a favorite Bible verse in Psalm 34:6 and we read… “In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” I found out that in the moment of my desperation, the Lord was listening to every word, while looking deep within my heart…and once this connection between Him and I began; from there, He began to go into action and save me from all my troubles.
You know…there is one thing I know…God is always ready and willing to listen to the needs of our hearts; but in order for Him to help us, we must choose to let our needs go into His loving and powerful hands. Now isn’t the time to hold tightly to what’s wrong…or expect God to just do it on His own; but rather, now is the time to open up ourselves before Him…and be willing to sit before Him…and lay every thought and feeling at His feet. As we sacrifice everything before Him in this way; that is when He can truly pick up the rubble and brokenness and piece our lives back together…only this time, in a much better way.
As we close this time together, I pray that no matter what you may be facing; that you will stop right now and cry out to a God who is already listening…One who can save you from all your troubles.
Have a very blessed day…and remember…God is waiting to help you right now! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Tuesday to you all! Praise God for another new day, where we can begin anew…a time when our yesterday can give way to a new day of new hope. As we begin this time together today, my prayer is that our hearts would be ignited and brought alive with the thought…that with God, there is always hope…Amen!!
This morning, as I’ve been looking out to a beautiful sunny day, I began to seek God, as to what He would have me share with you today…and one of the first words that crossed my thoughts, was the word “hope.”
You know…I just wonder how many times we judge hope, by what is taking place around us. In other words…are we so caught up in what is going wrong; that we begin to convince ourselves…by what we see; that there is no hope of ever overcoming these difficult moments in our lives.
As I was looking through some Bible verses on hope; God began to lead me to a Bible verse in Proverbs 13:12, which says… “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
There was a time in my life, when I was struggling for hope. The road that I had walked down in life was already tiresome…and what I was facing at the time wasn’t making the road seem much better ahead; that is until God showed me how to discover a true and lasting hope again.
That day, as I was looking out my office window…listening to some music, while searching for a piece of hope to hold to; God began to take my eyes to a specific place in the back yard. As I looked up to a tree that had at one time been hit by lightning; I began to see for the first time that another tree was growing in the place, of where a section of the tree had been struck down.
As I continued to stand in awe, as to how this had happened; God began to speak to me deeply and show me, as to how my life was like that tree; because for so many years of my life, I had been struck down through pain and deep heartache. Even though I had felt completely brought low that day; God was giving me hope, by reminding me that He was using the hard and difficult times of life to produce a new growth within me; just as that tree was doing…only in a different way.
Like the verse states above… “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” In other words...the only way that we are going to find a true and lasting hope that can bring us through these hard and difficult times we face; is when we truly desire hope. Just think…when we give up on hope; that is when life begins to wither away; but when we choose to seek hope, until it can be found; then that desire becomes a seed…that when watered with tears, can spring up and become something new…something that only God can give us, during what seems to be the dark and dormant moments of life.
No matter what we face in this life…there is always hope, when it comes to God; but when we stop pursuing hope, by what we see and experience around us; then we will never come to experience what can take place through hope. In Romans 8:24-25, we read… “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25) But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” We must remember that hope isn’t found in what we see around us; and sad to say...this is where we sometimes take a wrong turn. Instead of automatically expecting to see hope, in the way we feel it should be seen; why not go beyond the problem and look for hope…with a heart that doesn’t stop searching, until the answer can be found. In this way, we will be heading in the direction of God, rather than in the direction of the problem, which only leads us to further moments of hopelessness.
Today, as we close our time together, may I encourage you to not become so caught up in the moments that seem hopeless; but rather, get caught up in a hope that can free you from these moments…a hope that you can truly take hold of…and a hope that will help you to patiently wait on God…Amen!
Have a very blessed day and always remember that there is hope in God…we just need to look for it, with all our hearts! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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