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Genesis

I was reading in Genesis and it hit me anew how blessed Adam and Eve were. The garden produced food that they didnt have to work for, just harvest. I am so awed by those with a green thumb because i am one of those people that just cannot seem to grow plants so this knowledge is just awwing to me.

Another is that after they eat of the tree of good and evil, you come to realize that in their faith and acceptance of things they were as small children, even though they were adults. Eating that fruit paved the way for doubts and insecurities of the mind and body. You don’t see scripture anywhere that says “Eve thought she was fat” or “Adam worked out to have abs” No, they were ok as they were because that’s how God made them. Not that there is anything wrong with working out, I am just saying body issues were not a thing.

Even though they ate of the tree that they were told not to, before banishing them what did God do? He made them garments. HE MADE THEM GARMENTS!! After they didn’t listen God still covered their nakedness before punishing them. This nailed me right in the mom heart.

You also read that they had access to the tree of life. God wanted to protect them from good and evil knowledge so they didn’t sin. That is the only thing he withheld from them out if a GARDEN of trees and fruit and such.

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The Woman With The Issue of Blood

for she had been saying to herself, “If I only touch His outer robe, I will be healed.”

Matthew 9:21

This woman had had a blood issue for 12 years, can you imagine hemorrhaging for 12 years!! Isolated because her blood issue made her unclean. Having spent all she had on doctors who could not help her! Just IMAGINE it! How lonely it must have been to always be on the outside because of something she couldn’t control or fix. How hopeless she must have felt after seeing ALL those doctors and spending, we don’t know how much, money to get help or be healed only to be told they can’t do anything?!? Would you have given up? In those times? So many probably would have, even in this day and age.

Along came Jesus…..the Messiah….the healer! The desperation she must have felt knowing that He was probably her LAST chance for healing. The desperation that must have coursed through her! The hope as the hem of Hid garment was just within reach…..a hand stretch away…..if she could just reach it….

In a crowd, hoping she can just reach the hem of His garment…can you imagine it? Feeling such desperation and hope all at the same time??

And then it happens….

Immediately her flow of blood was dried up; and she felt in her body [and knew without any doubt] that she was healed of her suffering.

Mark 5:29

Immediately! Bam! Healing!!! The relief! The elation! But Jesus turns and looks for the one who touched Him. This woman who had probably spent the last 12 years isolated and seeking all the help she could afford, she was fearfully aware that just the touch of His garment had healed her when NOTHING ELSE could.

And the woman, though she was afraid and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.

Mark 5:33

She fell down before Him and confessed the truth, probably trembling with so many emotions; fear, relief, exhaustion from a 12 year search for healing.

Your faith made you whole.

WOW! Her faith must have been something else. Something borne out of hopeless desperation when ALL else has failed. Imagine that? We’ve all probably felt that way or something akin to it. Sick family members or kids, sick in our own bodies, when we aren’t leaning on Jesus desperation is not so far away.

Y’all I am still learning how to lean on Jesus and I have been to desperation SO many times. I know though, now, how to lean on Him a bit better than what I did in the past. My life is kinda turbulent right now, I have a teenage daughter very possibly facing surgery for another cyst, but y’all I am smiling. I know that my God has it under control and I am touching more than the hem of His garment! Let me encourage you to seek Him! Reach out! Do not delay! Anytime and anywhere you feel like you need Him, in any and ALL situations! Reach for God! You will never go wrong in crying out to the Lord!

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How much we see……

You know, we think we see what’s going on in life or situations only to find out later that we had no clue or only saw a small portion of a much larger picture. I have absolutely done this. I have went through some situations where I thought I had things figured out only to find I truly didn’t know what was going on within the whole of the situation, only what I saw. I am learning to lean on God and not myself.

God sees that much larger picture, the whole of it is visible to Him. This is why we must trust God and lean on His understanding and not our own. God will navigate us through all the times of our life and He doesn’t promise that’s its gonna be sunshine all the time, He warns us. He will also lead us and be with us and His spirit will comfort us in troubled times as well as on the mountaintops. Lean on Him and always praise Him and give Him thanks.

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Carrying Secret Sins….

So many people in the world live with secret sins, thinking if people don’t know that they won’t be judged. Sadly it’s not the judgement of people that we should worry about. God sees us, truly sees ALL of us, which means we aren’t hiding anything from Him and it’s Him who truly matters. God wants us to be with Him in Heaven, but He can’t make the choice for us, we have free will. We also can’t pull the wool over God’s eyes so whatever you’ve been hiding, He knows. You aren’t fooling God.

Stop. Take a good look inside you. Is this really who you want to be? Talk to God. He can help you be a better person. He can give you compassion and love for those around you. He can make you the person you dream of being and more. Jesus loves you. Never forget or doubt that.

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When You Ask God to Use You

When you pray and ask God to use you, when seek to be used to further the kingdom of God, be sure not to turn away when He calls you and gives you what you asked for.

I recently asked God to use me, I wanted to do more for Him and His kingdom and His glory. Then…..an opportunity came up that made my anxiety kick in and I asked “Me, Lord? For that? But what if I can’t?” And He brought my prayers back to me, my asking and seeking Him to do more for His kingdom. So I prayed and sought God and He showed me that in all my anxiousness that it wasn’t even about me. I wasn’t going to do this for me, I was going to do this for HIS glory and while I still have a little anxiety I find that it isn’t nearly like it was. When I feel anxious I pray and I remind myself that it’s not for me or about me. I am doing what I can and what I feel lead to do so that I can glorify God and be a light for His kingdom.

God loves me enough to let me do works for His kingdom. I feel like I am special and chosen…..His word tells me I am. You see, I also struggle with self worth and always feeling as though I am the ugly in the room. So God has taught me a lot with these recent lessons. He made the sun, moon, and stars, among loads of other things, things with such great beauty!! He knot me together in my mother’s womb…..He didn’t make me ugly. I am chosen and special, unique and beautiful. I am a child of the King.

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Too Far Gone???

It’s happened to lots of us at one time or another, you are not alone in thinking this sometimes. The enemy would have you think you have gone too far, too far to be saved. The enemy would have you think that you aren’t godly because you can’t pray pretty prayers like the other church members. Satan would have you think that your past is so ugly that the church would surely fall down on you if you attempted to go in. The devil is a liar and he wants to steal, kill, and destroy anything and everything you have.

Truth time. I do not pray those pretty prayers, you know the ones. I pray. That’s what God wants me to do. I have to remind myself, daily sometimes, that God does love me and He has forgiven me for my sins. The devil tries hard to bring me down but that doesn’t mean I am doing something wrong. He is trying to trip me up because God has a purpose for me in His kingdom. If he is trying to trip you up, call on the Lord, and if words fail you like they sometimes do me then just call out the name of Jesus. There is power in the name of Jesus. You have authority in the name of Jesus. It’s your turn to smile and tell the enemy “Not today.”

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Such A Time

I have been struggling a lot lately, parenting is hard when you have a daughter who is fighting adhd and struggling to overcome depression. I have  struggled with depression since losing my mom. I recently have fallen away from God for a time, lately He has been calling me back. The scripture He gave me was Esther 4:14, the latter part stuck with me so strongly. I have been praying and when things go wrong or sideways, as they tend to in life, I find myself saying “for such a time as this”.

 

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Struggling?


Father, we face struggles each day. Some of our struggles are great and some are small. I come to You now on behalf of all who are struggling right now. I pray Your peace be within them, Your mercy upon them, and Your favor over them. In Jesus name I pray, Amen 

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Armor of God, The Belt

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Be still , listen:

I am going to study the belt.

Stand (strongs g2476 – to make firm, to cause a person or a thing to keep his or its place, to uphold or sustain the authority or force of anything)

Having, having on (strongs g1746 – to sink into (clothing), put on, clothe one’s self)

Girt (strongs g4024 – to equip one’s self with knowledge of the truth) (Vine’s Expository Dictionary – figuratively, of the condition for service on the part of the followers of Christ)

Truth (Nave’s Topical Bible –  Is Part of the Christian Armor)

 

 

Uphold, keep your place; sink into a condition for service as a follower of Christ with Christian Armor!

 

 

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The Old Rugged Cross

The lyrics to this have been on my mind all afternoon. 
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,  The emblem of suff’ring and shame,

And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best

  For a world of lost sinners was slain.

  So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

  And exchange it some day for a crown.

2

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

  Has a wondrous attraction for me;

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,

  To bear it to dark Calvary.

3

In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

  A wondrous beauty I see;

For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

  To pardon and sanctify me.

There is a 4th verse to that song.

4. To the old rugged cross, I will ever be true.

It’s shame and reproach gladly bear.

Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away;

Where His Glory forever I’ll share.