Head games

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. – Romans 8:26-27

Funny how the worst battles you’ll ever face, can be inside your head. This week was rough. It was the anniversary of my dad’s death, but of course, not a lot of people know that. So, life just keeps moving along. It’s weird how those can be some of the most supernatural and other-worldly days of your life. Because inside your head, you’re like, How can everybody just be doing life? How can everyone just be walking around like everything’s ok? But in retrospect, how often do I just walk around, doing life, on days like this for other people? Because we have no idea. And because on the outside, I still look like me. I still look like it’s just another day in life, and so no one knows. And, really, it is just another day. It’s just your brain that says that it’s not. I used my techniques of quoting scripture on Thursday, and a couple other days this week, when I was completely freaking out, on the brink of an anxiety attack. It’s incredible how calming that can be. And, how the Bible helps us to wage this war, inside our mind.

As Ephesians 6:10-18 states,

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Today, I’m just focusing on the helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit. The helmet of Salvation to protect your mind. As I discussed weeks ago, we are continually “Working out our Salvation”. Yes, we acknowledge that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and died for our sins. But that’s not where our Salvation is supposed to end. In order to become a new creation in Christ, we are supposed to be working out our Salvation. And part of that, is learning to “think right.” Thinking with the mind of Christ. So, on weeks or days or months like this, we have the ability to grow A LOT, if we just take advantage of it. We have to replace our habits of worry, anxiety, and foul thoughts, with “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–” Philippians 4:8 These are the thoughts we are supposed to be having. God doesn’t want you to feel tormented or anguished or grieved, he wants you to have the mind of Christ. To think about the good things. And, I kept telling myself, that my Dad would not want this day to ruin my life. I just needed to think about good things. I still got caught up, I still had moments where I was completely in my feelings, but I just remind myself of the best quote I’ve ever heard:

And, although, this week, it was mainly grief that I was struggling with, this applies to everything that scours your mind. It applies to all the moments gripped in fear, and turmoil, and angst. Memorize a scripture, recite it to yourself, start singing praise music, push the devil out of your mind. 2 Timothy 1:7, For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. We learn to wield these tools, by using them. We have to actively work out our salvation. We put on the helmet of Salvation, we take up the Sword of the Spirit. See how both of those – call you to action? You have to actively pursue your Salvation.

I sat down to write this morning, and absolutely could not. I had something on my heart that was plaguing my mind, and I was trying to push it away, but I just couldn’t shake it. I had to make a phone call, to talk to someone, because my mind was eating me and I was afraid that something was going horribly wrong, because of course, it’s not just my dad that died. And, I needed to touch base with someone who had also suffered this loss. And, I had missed their calls on the day of, and I had tried to call back yesterday repeatedly, with no success, and I needed to know, everything was ok. So, first I made this phone call. And, everything was fine. It was all in my head. I had tried to battle this spirit of fear, but it was still creeping in there, and with this phone call, everything was washed away. Yep, Saturday morning, living life, no worries here. And, low and behold, here was what I needed to be talking about this morning. God always knows what we need, and he is the good, good Father who provides. He has given us all the tools, we need to simply use them. We have an entire Bible of scripture and the Word, to help us with this battle. He sent his Son to save us, and to give us a way to receive the Holy Spirit, who is our greatest battle-mate. He’s like our General. We need only to turn to him, and he will direct our path. He stands at the top of the hill, and surveys the whole battlefield, to tell us where to go and what to do. We need to trust him – with our lives. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27. We put on the armor of our Salvation, to help protect us against the spirits of fear – because they are never from God. Our armor is built to battle the other-worldly things that are happening all around us and to us. But, God has given us everything we need to win in this battlefield, out here and in our heads.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you!!! Thank you for all that you are, and all that you would have us be. Thank you for the tools of our Salvation. Thank you for sending your Son, and your Holy Spirit. Thank you for the opportunities to work out my Salvation. To continue to make me a better creation, to be more like your Son every day. To help me hide your word in my heart that I may win life. Thank you for all that you are, and all that you would have me be. Thank you for saving me, on the day of my repentance, and every day for the rest of my life. I pray today Father, that you help everyone reading this to know of your deep love for us, and that you wish to save us from the world, and from ourselves, from the spirits of fear – because they are not from You, Father, and we only want the good, good things that come from You. Thank you for this day, and all the days of the rest of my life. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!!

Missions’ Circle

What an appropriate ministry again, Teen Challenge. A ministry that helps people overcome addiction and all the spirits of this world. Who gives people the tools, to win life. This is a ministry program that helps people learn about and utilize the tools that the Bible and our Father gives us to come back into the fold. To fight off the devil’s hold on their lives, and learn that God only wants good things for us. Please take some time to read about them here.

And donate here.

Eyes Wide Open

The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous; – Psalm 146:8

So, I’ve heard a lot this week about testimonies. And, it has compelled me to share a piece of my own. Now, I’ve shared bits and pieces throughout my blog entries, but I’m particularly compelled to share a certain part of mine this week, and dig a little deeper.

Here is the “Year of Great Loss”, with a little more insight.

2017 was one for the books. Literally.

My brother-in-law was falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit (detained in December of 2016), then his wife moved in with us for a time, another brother-in-law was already living with us, and another brother-in-law moved in with us due to relocation and health issues. My husband’s grandpa died from old age. My husband’s Step-Father died. We inherited a dog that was very ill and needed a lot of medical attention because my husband’s Step-Father passed away from complications of his alcoholism. We got a new landlord overnight in January because the house, that we offered to buy, was sold out from under us, and then 8 months later (still in 2017)-the new landlord came and told us we had 45 days to move out because the house was getting demolished. We moved into a new house, only to find that the landlord was crazy and trying to triple the rent. So, we moved into another new house within 30 days of moving out/in to the other one. My brother-in-law was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to 10 years in prison. And, in between, some of those, we had some major family rifts and fights because life happens. My Uncle’s house burned down and he was in the ICU from the burns and complications from the fire, and remained there for almost 2 months. All the while, we’re trying to work, and our son is trying go to school. Then, when everything finally looked like it was starting to calm down. My dad died.

Now, I know that doesn’t look like much because it’s written down, but of course, I’m leaving a lot of the in-between out. All of these things happened in a period of 10 months. I literally felt like I was still dealing and trying to cope with the last thing, when the next thing would happen. If you would like to see a “time-line” that stretches them out a bit more – you can read “The Year of Great Loss” here.

I told you all of that, to tell you this. I don’t know how people survive life without leaning on God. During that time, I was really trying to grow in my faith. I was burning for the Spirit. I was going to church, I was growing my Christian friendships, I was praying daily for long periods of time, I was doing devotionals. And, I was lost. Why was this all happening?! What was going on?! I had moments of feeling like it was penitence for my previous life of partying and madness and anger. I had moments of feeling like God had abandoned me. I had moments of feeling like giving up on this whole faith thing. I mean, what was God doing up there? But, I just kept going through the motions, I stuck to it. I really didn’t want to go back to the “old me”. That person was so angry, and hateful, and lost, and dead. I just kept praying, asking God what I was supposed to be doing down here? What am I supposed to do about all these things that are just happening to me? And, somewhere around getting evicted, and my brother-in-law going through his trial, and the family fights happening, is when, I was praying one morning, and once again asking God, “What are you doing?” “What is this?” “WHY?!?!?” I was so completely broken. I was so crushed. So devastated. So completely hopeless. This “still small voice” said – “It’s not me.” I think I actually gasped. The veil was torn from my eyes. WHAAAT?!?! #Godshowedup

All of the sudden, so many things made sense. It wasn’t God doing anything. I think this is one of Satan’s best tricks. Having a bunch of stuff happen to you, so if you do have faith, you seem to remember that you have God, but you almost forget that there’s a devil. And you start blaming the wrong “person”. Please believe, if you think God is doing terrible things, or “allowing” terrible things to happen to you – YOU ARE BLAMING THE WRONG PARTY! Satan does this to help separate you from the only thing that can save you – God. He does these things to make you feel alone. We forget that our adversary is the same party who can convince people to murder, who has been around since before man was created. This is not his first rodeo. He knows exactly how to get you, exactly how to play you, exactly what buttons to push, and who to use to push them. We have to remember that it is not God doing these things. We love to quote that the “devil has come to steal, kill, and destroy”, but as soon as stealing, killing, and destruction start happening, we’re like, “God, why are you doing this?” He’s not! We live in a world where Satan reigns, we are to bring God’s kingdom to earth. We have to speak life to our situations. We have to walk over, open the door, and tell Satan to GET OUT!

Ever since this time, I have had my eyes wide open. I literally had one day, where I had been sharing my faith at work, and having several conversations about God, and I was so excited, and on cloud 9, here I was sharing the gospel and helping people grow in their faith. And, I got home, and my husband jumped down my throat. He just started saying all sorts of nasty things (which is not like him), and after a few moments, I just said, I’m going to go run an errand and cut the conversation off. When I got outside the house, I prayed and prayed that Satan leave my house. That was not my husband in there. I ran my errands, and right before I stepped back in the house, I prayed again that the devil get out. And, when I walked back in, my husband came and hugged me, and told me he had no idea where that came from, and he was so sorry for all the stuff he had said…. And my husband doesn’t believe in any of this stuff. Oh, I knew where it came from. My eyes are wide open.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you!! Thank you for being the good, good Father. Thank you that you save us from ourselves. Thank you that you care SO MUCH, that you sent your son to die for us. That you gave us a way to have a relationship with you, that we might lean on you, and that you may hold us up with your mighty right hand. That you are our strength, and our comforter, and everything that we could ever need. I pray today Father, that you remove the veil from everyone’s eyes. That they may see the devils in their lives. That they may truly understand the hand that moves all these pawns down here, and that we know in our hearts who is truly doing all these things to us. I pray Father, that you bless us. We are the head and not the tail, and may we step on the serpent and crush him with our heel. That we are victorious in you. I pray that you give all these people eyes to see the tricks of the enemy and not fall prey to him. That we may always lean on you, Father. That you always protect us, we just need to lean in. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission’s Circle

This week, I’m going to focus on Teen Challenge. Talk about trying help people remove the veil. I think they’re mission statement says it pretty well, ” For over 60 years, Adult & Teen Challenge USA has operated on a holistic model of drug and alcohol recovery. This means that we are concerned with the body, mind, and spirit of those who come to our addiction recovery centers. Our vision is to see all people freed from addiction through the power of Jesus Christ!” Please take some time to read about them here.

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Letting it go

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

I’m circling back to Mercy and Grace this week. I’ve heard a lot of people this week talking about being offended. How they’re offended, how someone has done them wrong. And, I know, we say that they need to “let it go”, we tell ourselves that we need to “let it go”, but how? How do we let it go? How do we get over it? How do we extend that mercy and grace. How do we stop drinking the poison of anger and pain and suffering (and expecting the other person to die)?

Well, I will share of my experience of getting past a major offense. Something major and traumatic had happened between a family member and myself. And, every time, I started to think about what that person had done and how mad I was about it, I picked a scripture, and would replace those thoughts with that scripture. I started to retrain my brain. Every time I got mad, I would start reciting that scripture to myself. Now, this was not easy, and sometimes I had to recite that scripture for hours in my head, and sometimes I would dwell a little while before I started reciting that scripture, but eventually it just started working. It got easier and easier to stop thinking about how angry and hurt I was, and it started closing that wound up. It started to change my heart of stone, to a heart of flesh. It started to change the way I think. And, I believe that was one of the most powerful things I’ve learned as a follower of Jesus.

For several reasons:

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Phillippians 4:8

“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. – Ephesians 4:26-31

11 Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. – Proverbs 29:11

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. – James 1:19-20

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. – Psalm 37:8-9

And, here was the verse I memorized, the scripture I recited repeatedly, the one that helped calm me and retrained my brain to stop living in the past, to stop giving the devil a foothold, to letting someone else steal the peace that God has given me and that no man may take away:

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for peace today. I pray that we learn to “think right” that we clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. That we forgive those who have offended us as you have forgiven us for all of our sins, and continue to forgive us. I pray that we meld ourselves more to the mind of Christ. That we love our brethren. That we believe in the mercy and that grace that you have for us, and that we extend that incredible grace and mercy to those around us. That we claim the peace that you have given us for ourselves. That we continue to bend our hearts to walk like you Father. And that you reach inside us and give us healing. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission Circle

Operation Christmas Child! This particular mission, is very near and dear to my heart. What an incredible opportunity. For less than $20, you can make a shoebox for a child, and drop it off at a local collection center, and spread love and the good news around the world. From right where you’re at. In every shoebox, Samaritan’s Purse puts a leaflet that gives the Salvation Story in their language, and as they’re distributing them, they share the story of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child

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Work in Progress – continued

So, as I was getting ready to post the most recent blog entry, I kept having this nagging feeling that it was incomplete. Kept feeling like there was more to that entry. More than just me admitting that I struggle too, that I’m still completely human sometimes. The reason I don’t post those things as often is because I’m trying not to focus on those moments. It’s kinda the same philosophy as: you are what you eat. This blog is to be lifting people up. It’s how God is working in my life, and those around me. And, if I sit here and focus on all the bad stuff all the time. I could go on for days and days.

My life is not perfect, by any means, I have my own struggles, I help people with theirs, other’s lives are so intertwined with mine that theirs become mine. But, that’s not the point. I’m sure you do too. That’s life, I’m pretty sure that’s the definition of life. It’s not our cars, or what we have, or where we work, or any of that. It’s our experiences. It’s the problems we face, it’s the problems we fail to face, it’s where we succeed and where we fail. I admitted my problem because it’s still a problem. I still battle it. It’s been over 2 years since I’ve been there, but it doesn’t mean that I’m not still overcoming it. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve battled some of my other issues, it doesn’t mean that I do not still constantly battle them. It doesn’t mean that Satan doesn’t still use them to try to make me bend or break. And please believe, some days are harder than others. But, I’m on team God now.

And, I have my eyes on the prize. I’m about my Father’s business. I will be attacked, I will be persecuted, but I am more than an overcomer. I am the secret weapon of God.

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Romans 8:37

We had the prophetess Crystal Jones speaking at our Women’s Alive Conference this weekend, and she spoke these words over us, and now I’m speaking them to you. You are God’s secret weapon in someone’s life. You are more than an overcomer. You are here to be about your Father’s business. May you be emboldened with the Will and Strength and Desire of God to be about his business, as I am. May you reach out where you’re at, and beyond where you’re at, to be God’s secret weapon. To shine His light so brightly, that men will know that You work for the Almighty God.

Something else that was said this weekend, was where she admitted that she had called our Pastor Jeanne in a moment of turmoil and grief to ask for guidance. And our pastor told her, “Lean into Easy”. God’s yoke is easy. Lean into God’s yoke. Read your bible, pray, minister to others, go to church, fellowship, call or text your fellow believers and tell them to pray for you. Lean into Easy. Take your yoke off and throw it at his feet. It is not yours to bear, you are to lay yours down and pick his up. Lean into Easy. When life is too much to stand, kneel. This week, when I could’ve let the devil win, I just turned on praise music instead. I just started overwhelming myself with podcasts of victory and overcoming. I buckled down, and reminded myself who I belong to. I ran to my Daddy and told him to take this away from me. And He did. Because He never fails. He makes me more than an overcomer. I am a victor. I am royalty. I serve the Almighty God, and I bend to no man, and I definitely don’t bend to the devil. God loved me too much to leave me there. And, He loves me too much to leave me here. I’m going to continue to go further, to be more. Because God is more. He is so much more. He is more than I could ever think or imagine, and He wants me to have it all. And You. I’m not special, by any means. I don’t have anything different than you. I just love God, and know that He loves me back, and with Him I CAN DO ALL THINGS.

You know, it was funny, I told a couple people that the only reason I don’t like going to conferences or big spiritual events like this is because then I get attacked. And, I hadn’t even made it home from the conference, and I was being attacked. Then, I got home, and here was another blow. But, I just reminded myself that, “If you’re never getting attacked, it’s probably because you’re going the wrong way.” I was warned in podcast that if you ever wanted to be a preacher, or a mouthpiece to God, you were going to be attacked. It’s not an easy life. But, God makes it easy. His yoke is easy. The devil isn’t attacking me, he’s attacking God in me. He’s trying to shut me up. He’s trying to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the source of all lies. And, I believe the one true, good God. And Satan is never going to shut me up, he can’t have my joy, I will win life. Every day of the week – because I’m on team God.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you!! Thank you that your yoke is easy. Thank you that you take all my burdens away. Thank you that you have removed the veil from my eyes, that I may always see my true enemy. Thank you that you love me too much to leave me where I was at, or to leave me here either. That I may continue to go above and beyond. That you may give me all you have, that I may bless others with your gifts, and may show your light to the world, that no man may deny you. Blessed be the name of our ALMIGHTY GOD!! IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

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Work in progress

” He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” – Mark 5:34

I realized this week, that I may have painted this picture for my audience that has me being “holier than thou” sometimes. And I want to take a moment to make sure that I completely understand that this is not the case.

I’m so broken sometimes, so very, very human. I simply choose not to focus on that part so much, not because I want you to think I’m good or perfect or anything really. What I want to focus on is that God is, that he has things to teach us, that he knows we are a work in progress, and loves us anyway, forgives us anyway.

This week, I was very human, very me, but in the midst of all of it I was putting on a garment of praise.

“And provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. I was praising God for giving me the strength to not be me, or the old me anyway.” Isaiah 61:3

I had a couple tough days this week, but I was praising God in the midst of it, because thank God I don’t drink anymore. There was a day this week that I would’ve crawled into a bottle before 10am and called it. I was done. But instead, I didn’t. Because God didn’t leave me there, he has given me the strength to move past that. And please believe, the devil knew I was struggling, he just kept piling it on, but I buckled down. I thanked God that he is good and that alcohol is not my answer anymore. I have to be about my Father’s business.

I am a work in progress, if I’m still breathing -he’s still working. And that’s ok. I’m never going to be perfect. I’m just trying every day to be more of who he wants me to be. One step at a time, one day at a time, sometimes one minute at a time. Less of me and more of you, God. Sometimes, I’m my biggest reader. I write this blog with some incredible insight that has been given to me, sometimes I don’t even realize what I’m writing until I go back and read it, and I’m like, “wow, good stuff” (and I’ll admit, sometimes not so great- but I’m a work in progress!)

I’m just walking by faith, letting my Savior lead me. Trusting that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, praying for guidance and understanding, praying that I am about my Father’s business.

Because that’s what all of this is really about. A journey, a relationship, both of those things are messy, not perfect, not always exactly what you think, and may not take you where you were expecting to go, but unlike any other relationship or journey, I can promise that they are absolutely worth it. Thank God that he loves you enough to save you from you. He loves us more than enough. He wants more than enough for all of us.

He wants to make us more like him, and less of us.  That’s the incredible thing about this relationship, it’s God who defines us, not our situations or our circumstances or anything like that.  It’s what the Bible says we are, what God says we are, we are the Sons and Daughters of the Almighty God! We are His children, we are royalty, we are heirs to the throne, we are his beloveds, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  God loves us for who we are.  He created this whole big wide world and galaxy, and decided that the world needed one of you too.  Don’t ever forget that! 

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, THANK YOU!! Thank you, that you don’t leave us where we are. Thank you that we can boldly come before your throne. Thank you that you give us a garment of praise, oil of joy, and beauty for ashes. Thank you that you are the incredible GOOD GOOD FATHER! Thank you that you watch over us, guide us, and protect us. Thank you that you are the Light! That others may see your light through us. Thank You for all that you are Father. Thank you for this blessed life. Joy for the morning and life all of our days. Thank you for giving us the victory. That you have already won. That we may stand with you as victors in Christ Jesus. That you are the SAME GOD who rose Christ FROM THE DEAD, and that you will raise us too – that all we ever have to do is ask. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission’s Circle

Operation Christmas Child! This particular mission, is very near and dear to my heart. What an incredible opportunity. For less than $20, you can make a shoebox for a child, and drop it off at a local collection center, and spread love and the good news around the world. From right where you’re at. In every shoebox, Samaritan’s Purse puts a leaflet that gives the Salvation Story in their language, and as they’re distributing them, they share the story of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child

Donate here

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Funny how that works

20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 
21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. – Hebrews 13:20-21

God prepares you

I really had no idea what I was going to write about this morning, but as always, God provides. As I sat down at our computer desk, I was flooded with the thoughts of how things come full circle. Of how, God prepares you for what you’re going to need later. As I spoke these last two weeks, first on Mercy, then about how I had needed to apply mercy that very week. It’s all just so incredible how God works.

It’s true though. Another great example, is one of my Pastors, was recently moved to write a book, like couldn’t shake the urge. And, when she sat down to really start writing it, she started going through her notes from previous years, and realized, she had practically already written it. Now, her book is available to everyone, and it’s a message of Goodbye Panic, Hello Peace. You can find it for sale here. #Godshowedup!

I have another friend, who started a home business in the past couple years. She’s a home & life organizer, she helps people declutter their houses, and their lives with creative and positive solutions, while being understanding and supportive. And recently when she was going back through some of her paperwork and different things she had collected (articles, documents, etc.) , she realized that this had been a passion of hers for years. And, here God had helped her make it into a business. #Godshowedup!

Even with the example of my mercy story, and the many, many other stories I’ve related to you over the almost 1 year I’ve been writing this blog. I felt compelled this week, in the fact that 1) I’ve been writing this blog for almost a year (?!?!? What?!) and 2) this week, I had yet another miraculous series of events that has compelled me to reflect in awe and wonder as to what the future will hold. Many, many moons ago, my husband and I had a candle business, and in our first real year of running the business, we turned a profit. But, then, life got in the way, and we focused on various other things for a long time, but as a lot of things have calmed down, and we’ve had the ability to refocus some efforts… here we’ve come full circle. Now, over the years, it’s been very tempting to restart the business, but it’s never been a good time, or we couldn’t focus our efforts. But now, it all seems right. And, with the internet businesses better than ever, I’m more optimistic than ever. I also had a girlfriend recently who was getting rid of a bunch of candle stuff, that I took off her hands for her ;). I mean – #Godshowedup!

It’s really incredible, when you leave everything in God’s hands, you do start seeing God’s hands in everything. I could go on and on, but I’ll just share a recap of this year’s areas where #Godshowedup. Because when you let him, He’ll show up, every time.

The Bible Study

Spoons 1 & Spoons 2

Light

Plans, plans, plans…

The God who provides

Don’t quench the Spirit

My Grace is sufficient

The Year of Great Loss

Full Circle

Best You

Worry

God’s Plans

How Great is our God?!

Timing

Working Out My Salvation

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you!! Thank you for being the incredible, amazing, Good Father that you are. Thank you, that you show up! Thank you for being faithful. For wanting the best for us. Thank you that you are the Good, Good Father, who slowly shows us all the things we need to work toward your will for us. Thank You for laying your hands on our lives. Thank You, for all that you do Father. My words cannot express my gratitude for your will and hands in my life. I pray that everyone reading this experience the amazing awe and wonder that I have experienced at watching you work my life, for your good. I love you Father, and I appreciate all that you’ve done for me, and I ask that you show everyone here how much you show up. I pray that they let you work your hands in their lives. I know that you are the ALMIGHTY GOD WHO SHOWS UP, EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK! And, I’m so grateful for that. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission’s Circle

Women’s Alive Conference is this next weekend! This is held in Brookings South Dakota, every year in October. A time for refreshment and renewal. A time for women to get together and encourage each other, and to soak in God’s word, and make lasting relationships with each other, and God. It’s October 18th & 19th. Crystal Jones is the guest speaker this year.

If you would like to join us, please register with the Holy Life Tabernacle. (Click here) It’s only $20!

Or if you would like to donate, click here, and chose Women’s Alive Conference in the options.

Working out my salvation

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, -Phillippians 2:12

Work it out

God’s got a sense of humor. And, I had one of those moments this week, where I really felt like I had it all together. You know? Like, yes, I’m really understanding this. Really drawing closer to God. Felt the Holy Spirit and I really making strides. Just mmm, I got this. Then, the past snuck up on me. Came out of left field…. And, I just had to look up and laugh, because I knew God was giggling. Looking down on me, “Really got this all worked out, do you? Let’s see how you feel about this.” And, suddenly, I was all human again.

That happens though, doesn’t it? We feel like we’re really doing things, really getting tuned in, really growing. And then, something comes up where we have to apply what we’ve learned. Ugh! What?!? C’mon! But, that’s why we’re told, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” Phillippians 2:12

We’re supposed to be working out our salvation. We’re supposed to be learning new things about our salvation, about the plan that God has for us and what that means in our lives. Then, we’re supposed to be applying it. And, He gives us a clue as well, “with fear and trembling” – doesn’t sound like it’s going to be easy, does it?

So, last week, I wrote on Mercy. First, we have to understand Mercy, to extend grace. We have to embrace the concept of being merciful, because even as the old antic says, “forgive and forget” – first we have to forgive – then, we can forget.

Many, many moons ago, I had someone in my life, who was a nightmare. Someone, who I went to school with, so it wasn’t like there was a lot I could do to avoid them, but for whatever reason, we did not get along, and lots of bad things happened because of it. And, I had told myself that I had forgiven them. I had let all of that go. But, then, this person had grown up, and is now involved with a relative of mine. And, in part of me saying that I had forgiven them, I had refused to tell anyone what had happened so long ago, since I didn’t want to skew anyone’s feelings about this person. Everyone has the capacity to change, so I was trying to give them a chance with everyone else. But, I personally, kept my distance. In hindsight, that sounds super-forgiving right? 😉 But, this past week, my relative was in dire trouble, and there was no way that I could help without having to talk to this person. And, I talked to them, very chill, conversation was very matter-of-fact, helping get the situation handled, and moving on. And, then, because they now have my phone number, they texted me…. Here’s where God started giggling. This person, couldn’t even remember what all had happened, but was very sorry for whatever it was, and was hoping that I would forgive whatever it was and genuinely hoped that we could have a relationship. This person couldn’t even remember what they had done, and I’m over here holding on tight. Oh mercy me, time to work on my salvation.

“If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:23 How can I hold onto someone’s sins, and condemn them, when they don’t even remember what happened? Why was I holding on so tight? I had done things far worse, remembered those things, and hoped that as I asked forgiveness they would find it in their hearts to forgive. Why am I acting differently? Because I’m human. But, more of you and less of me, God. Time to grow, time to apply what we’ve learned, and practice what I preach…. <— Ha, see what I did there 😉

So, I will be putting all of this down. Laying it at the feet of my Savior, and asking him to heal my heart, and let me grow. Let me know what it’s like to be more like him, and less like me.

Another thing that happened this week, and maybe you’ve seen it. Is this incredible video. This kid, who takes a moment to testify God’s mercy and grace to the world. Who publicly forgives his brother’s murderer, and says that it’s what his brother would want, and what God wants. As many comments state, we wish we could all be a little more like this guy, I challenge us to try.

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/03/766866875/brandt-jeans-act-of-grace-toward-his-brother-s-killer-sparks-a-debate-over-forgi

God bless you and keep you.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your mercy. Thank you for being such an incredible example for us. Thank you that we have the opportunity to continually work out our salvation. Thank you that You are the good Father who forgives all, and challenges us to do the same. That we may bless those around us with your eternal mercy and grace. That others may see your light through us. That this man’s testimony of your forgiveness and your grace may soften people’s hearts and lead people to you. And that it may have the ripple effect, that other’s may challenge themselves to be more like you Father, and forgive and forget and only want the best for all. More of you, and less of us. Every day of the week. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission’s Circle

Going to take a short break from promoting Operation Christmas Child, to promote the Women’s Alive Conference! This is held in Brookings South Dakota, every year in October. A time for refreshment and renewal. A time for women to get together and encourage each other, and to soak in God’s word, and make lasting relationships with each other, and God. It’s October 18th & 19th.

If you would like to join us, please register with the Holy Life Tabernacle. (Click here) It’s only $20!

Or if you would like to donate, click here, and chose Women’s Alive Conference in the options.

Mercy

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) …” Ephesians 2:4-5

Mercy & Grace

Some time ago, I heard the best explanation for mercy and grace that I have ever heard. Grace is giving someone what they do not deserve, and mercy is not giving someone what they do deserve.

I feel today that we focus on grace a lot. Sermons on grace, discussions about grace, books about grace. Lots of focus on grace. Which is good. Grace is important. But what about Mercy? Maybe it’s easier to focus on being able to give people what they don’t deserve. It’s easier to give what they don’t have, or give more abundantly of what they need. But what about Mercy? What about not giving people what they do deserve, or at least, what we feel they deserve?

Maybe, we first need to understand God’s mercy for us?

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) …” Ephesians 2:4-5

“Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23.

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:8-9.

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.” Psalm 89:14.

“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments …” Deuteronomy 7:9.

“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful …” 2 Samuel 22:26.

“But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” Psalm 86:15.

“All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.” Psalm 25:10.

Let’s note for a minute that many of these notes about God’s mercy come from the Psalms, mostly written by David. Who we know was first introduced right before he slayed Goliath, which would be one of our favorite stories about David. But let us not forget, that he is an adulterer and a murderer. And, yet, in Hebrews 11 – in the “Hall of Faith” is listed as one of our great leaders of Faith, and titled the “Man after God’s own heart.” Why? Because if anyone is going to appreciate the Mercy of God (not receiving what you do deserve), it would be someone who is an adulterer and a murderer. Especially during a time, when both of these crimes were punishable by death. By all rights, David deserved to die. Even in this day and age, we believe that most people who commit either of these sins, could be punishable by death. And, yet, he was a man after God’s own heart.

How can that be?!?

Because God has mercy, in abundance! Because “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:8-9. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments …” Deuteronomy 7:9.

Because in order for God to show us grace, he must first show us mercy. He must first, not give us what we do deserve. If God didn’t first have mercy, He would be so busy punishing us, He wouldn’t have time to show us grace. And, in our ever present struggle to grow in our faith, and become more like Jesus, we have to take hold of this. We have to understand that to move into the realm of over-abundant, unrivaled grace, we first have to understand that we have to understand this mercy. We have to understand this relentless, abundant mercy of not giving people what they do deserve. If we’re so focused on trying to make sure that people know how wrong or bad they are, how are we supposed to extend grace?

God’s mercy is that if we commit sin, and ask for forgiveness, it is forgiven. Not, He’ll think about it, not He has to go deliberate, decide if you’re sin wasn’t too bad, not have you done enough after asking for forgiveness to determine that you receive forgiveness…. It’s just, you are forgiven. Simple. You are forgiven. You just have to ask for it.

But, let’s also look, at the fact that we had fallen away from God. We had broken our covenant in the garden, and were doomed to wander the Earth apart from God. God was separated. We were sinful things, who couldn’t follow 1 rule. #youhadonejob 😉 But, even after we had fallen, and were cast out of the garden. Did God give up? Well, obviously not. He started a series of complicated events to get us to where we needed to be again – back with Him. He began working everything together for His good, to get His son here, to get us back into His proverbial garden, by sending His son. Why? Because He has mercy. Because He created a God-shaped hole in our hearts, and He knew that we will do ANYTHING to fill it, but He knows that He’s the only thing that can fill it. So, in His Mercy, He sent us the answer to the question all of creation was begging for – where is our creator? What is our purpose? And, that answer, came in the form of Jesus Christ. But, think about that mercy, we didn’t even know how to ask for it, and He knew what we needed, and how to get us there. Also, the mercy involved, in not forsaking us and leaving us to perpetually wander without Him. This mercy, that we take for granted today. Because we do not know what’s it’s like not to have this option available to us. David did. David understood how hard it was to get back to the Father. Jesus Christ hadn’t come yet, so he was perpetually battling to get back from his fall. We simply need to ask.

But, yet, as we continue to grow deeper in our Faith, we also need to understand that some people are never going to ask, or maybe they don’t even know how. So, we need to dig deep, and tap into the Father’s mercy to extend that to them, without their asking as well. We need to understand, that we can’t grow deeper in grace, until we stop focusing on how much punishment everyone needs and how they need to get what they do deserve, because they don’t. And, that punishment, is not ours to give anyway. May He without sin, cast the first stone. For we are all sinners, and have fallen short of the glory of God. And, if we want to understand Him better, and grow deeper in our relationship with Him, and shine His light for others. First we need to start trying to tap into His form of mercy, so that we can extend grace.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, THANK YOU!! Thank You, for being the good, good Father, who sees where we are, and doesn’t leave us there. Thank you for Your INCREDIBLE MERCY. Thank You, that you love us so much, that You have sent us the answer. In Jesus Christ. That you have given us the instruction manual of the Bible. Thank You, that you gave us a way, back to You. Thank You, that You make it so we ALL can come back into Your garden. That we all may walk with you, and talk with you, and be called Your own. That you yearn for us so much, that You look past all our transgressions, every time we make them. That you forgive our sins so thoroughly that it’s, as if, we never did them at all. Thank You for being our Father, and the best example of mercy and grace that we can all strive for. May Your blessings rain upon us, in overflow, and may we all draw closer to you, and grow deeper in Your love, grace, and MERCY for all. That we may see mankind as You do, and see ourselves as You do. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission’s Circle

Going to take a short break from promoting Operation Christmas Child, to promote the Women’s Alive Conference! This is held in Brookings South Dakota, every year in October. A time for refreshment and renewal. A time for women to get together and encourage each other, and to soak in God’s word, and make lasting relationships with each other, and God. It’s October 18th & 19th.

If you would like to join us, please register with the Holy Life Tabernacle. (Click here) It’s only $20!

Or if you would like to donate, click here, and chose Women’s Alive Conference in the options.

Not about Us

If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:23

So, one of the other things that was really driven home last week, as I was listening to our guest speaker, Bill Vanderbush, was, this guy gets it. He understands one of the biggest things that has changed my Faith. The way I talk the talk, and walk the walk. He gets one of the biggest things our world today is trying to smother. What the world today cannot afford to let people know.

What if, we loved others-the way God loves us?

This is so incredibly important, let me repeat myself, What if, we loved others-the way God loves us?

Now, in order for us to get this from our heads to our hearts, we have to understand how God loves us. So, let’s take a moment to think about how God loves us. He loves us: when we don’t pray, when we don’t worship him every day with all our hearts, when we don’t say thank you for all the amazing things he does for us -every day, he loves us…. Even we don’t know that he’s there (before we become believers or understand the concept of God.) He loves us, even though we still sin. He loves us when we hurt those around us, intentionally or not. He loves us. He loves us, like you love your child. That swelling deep inside your bones, love.

Now, imagine-loving others that way…. Ok, I love my kid when he’s ungrateful and defiant. I love my spouse, even when they lie, whether it’s a little, white lie or something a little more serious. But, what about someone who’s done me wrong? Ok, I forgive that co-worker who stole my project idea… I forgive that jerk who ran into my car because they were careless and texting and driving…

But what about…. Someone who doesn’t believe the same things I do? What about someone who’s a different social/economic class than I am? What about a criminal? What about an addict? What about a murderer?

What about these people? Are we practicing God’s love here? Have we really reached down to understand the depth of God’s love in these situations? It’s all fine and good, when it’s suits us. But what about when it doesn’t? What about when we’ve been hanging on to our hate and prejudices for so long, we don’t know how to let go? To forgive. To love. Those who have wronged us, wronged those we love? What then?

We have to get to the end of Us.

It’s not about us.

You have to get over yourself. It’s not about you. It’s about God. And God loves ALL OF US. ALL OF US.

You have to remember, sin is sin, no matter how big or small. Lie is the same as murder, it’s all sin in God’s eyes. You are no better or worse than anyone else. We all put our pants on the same way, and we all go in about the same size hole at the end of this life. Holding onto that hate and hurt is just closing a door that doesn’t allow God’s love in. And, let’s all just take a moment to act like life’s too short for all that hate. Well, because it is.

In order to understand and exercise God’s love, we need to tap into his grace and mercy. And to understand his grace and mercy, let us remember that he tells us to forgive our brother seven times, and seven times seven, and seven times that. Why? Because if we forgive that much, we’ll lose count. That’s the whole point. God does that for us. How can we expect that God will extend that grace to us, but not to Joe-schmoe over there. Nope, he’s just too bad. Not worth saving… Saying it out loud hurts, but it’s true. That’s what you’re doing. You are saying that, that person is not worth saving. And you need to admit that, to yourself and to God, and ask that he forgive you and let you see that person the way he does. Because you can’t experience everything that God has to offer, until you get past the fact that this is not about you.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You. Thank You that you save us from us. That you have made each and every one of us with a God shaped hole in our hearts that we want to fill with you. That you love each and everyone of us beyond comprehension. That you forgive us seven times seven times seven. That you have an abundance of Grace and understanding that we can tap into to move past ourselves. That you can give us that grace that surpasses all understanding, so we can give it to others. I pray today Father that you overwhelm us with that grace, that we may truly understand how much you love us, so we can love others the way you do. So, we can move past ourselves and be more like you. So, we can shine Your Light into the world that others may want to come to You and know You by Your love, shone in our lives. I pray that we all become shining examples of Your love and understanding and tolerance and grace. I pray that we all become more like you, each and every day. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission’s Circle

It’s the beginning of Operation Christmas Child! This particular mission, is very near and dear to my heart. What an incredible opportunity. For less than $20, you can make a shoebox for a child, and drop it off at a local collection center, and spread love and the good news around the world. From right where you’re at. In every shoebox, Samaritan’s Purse puts a leaflet that gives the Salvation Story in their language, and as they’re distributing them, they share the story of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child

Donate here

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How Great is our God?!

“How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
    His understanding is beyond comprehension! ” Psalm 147:5

Breathe on me, Oh breath of God

As I have been overwhelmed this past couple weeks, with all the things. Fun things, enjoyable family things, life things, I have struggled to get to church on Sunday morning. Ever since I hurt my back, I’ve noticed that I tire easier. Get worn out. And, have to take life a little slower. Which is a blessing-since I’ve lived a good portion of my life at Mach 3, but sadly these past two weeks, I didn’t wake up in time to get to church. So, then when I heard this past Wednesday that we were having a guest speaker – who I listen to their podcasts – was speaking. I knew, I had to go. And, I wanted to go. But Satan pulled his old tricks, and started making me feel guilty about not spending time with my family during a weeknight, when we’ve been so busy. He also made my work absolutely crazy that day, so I would be dog tired by the time I got off work. And, I had forgotten to do anything about supper and now I had no time to make it. But, right at the last minute, I dug my heels in – and said, I’m going to church. And, my pastor’s voice rang out in my head, “If you don’t go, you’ll miss an opportunity.” I had to attend. Those small words were just confirmation that I was going to be blessed, and I was meant to hear the words that night. And, I was not disappointed. Because, did we ever doubt it, #Godshowedup!

This past Wednesday, Bill Vanderbush was the speaker at my church. What a blessed word!?! Revelations were made and had, and #Godshowedup. Without a shadow of a doubt. I’m sure everyone had their own revelations, but as I have digested these things for a couple of days, I will share what was revealed to me.

It’s been bothering me for some time, that we have Religion. That when people ask what I believe in, and I say Jesus Christ, they then ask what church I go to. Or what denomination I am. Or whatever. I don’t fit in a box. I don’t necessarily believe what any of the “religions” are teaching. I believe the Bible. I believe in the feeling I get when I’m praying. I believe in Jesus Christ, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit that lives inside me. I believe that God is alive and well, and working in my life. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and was resurrected to make a new covenant for man and God, and that I have the Holy Spirit of God living inside me that is my connection to my God, and that enables me to do all things. I struggle with the fact that humanity has fallen so far away from God, that they believe you can put Him in a box. That He is this clearly defined thing that we can sum up in words like, “Catholic, Lutheran, Non-denominational” to know what it is I believe.

Oh my goodness. I just want to shout it from the mountaintops. I believe in GOD. I believe in the Almighty Father, who is the Alpha and Omega. I believe in the God, who raised Christ from the DEAD. Who raised Lazarus from the DEAD. Who healed lepers, and paralytics, who knows all things, and sees all things. Who is the VICTOR. Who defeated SATAN. Who saves me from me, and you from you. I believe in the GOD who removes your sins so completely from your life that you can be a new person. Like, literally, a new person. A NEW CREATION. I believe in the God, who after man had broken his covenant (Adam & Eve) made a way to have a new covenant that we couldn’t break – because Jesus would make that covenant for us, and we can’t break something that we don’t have. I believe in the God who performs miracles. Who created us. Who created everything we see. I believe in the God who breathed life into us, and spoke creation into existence.

It just breaks my heart that so many “believers” out there, seem to miss the mark. They’re like, “Yeah, I believe in God, and that Jesus died for my sins.” But DO YOU? Do you really? Do you understand that the God you believe in, LIVES INSIDE YOU? He’s not somewhere out there. He’s INSIDE YOU. You and Him are one. And I’m one with Him. Do you truly understand that the SAME GOD who raised Christ from the DEAD, lives inside you??? That if You believe, that you will receive, that what you give, will be given to you? I ache that I seem to be part of this small faction that understands the amazing, awesomeness of the fact that God wants to have a personal relationship with me, and that He lives inside me. And, that we are ONE. That I am sent to bring others to this revelation. That if you truly understood that God LIVES in YOU, You would be on fire too! That it would bother you that not everyone seems to be getting it! They have not truly received the Holy Spirit, to understand that God has re-established this connection that we lost for thousands of years and was only reconnected after Jesus came and re-established it. That we can feel everything God wants us to feel. Love, peace, joy. They’re all ours to be had.

Months ago, someone revealed to me, that Jeremiah, was nick-named the “weeping prophet” – and in that moment, something rang true in me. I identified with Jeremiah. I then began to read Jeremiah, and I wasn’t understanding why I had identified with him. But, for months, it’s been nagging at me. The weeping prophet. But, just now, as I’m writing this to you. It all makes sense. I have this connection with God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ. I have this incredible, amazing feeling, deep down in my bones whenever I’m reading the Bible, or praying, or just walking around living life. Because I know, that there is a God, and he loves me, and you, and wants us all to be saved, and to understand what it’s like to have this relationship. And, yet, here’s the rest of the world, living in depression, and hate, and sinfulness, and despair, and they don’t seem to have any idea, that there’s a God out there that wants you to feel Amazing! That wants you to be happy, and have the best things in this life, and the next. And, that if people truly understood the connection that God wants to establish in you, that you would feel that way too. I ache and I weep because I want to airdrop this feeling into everyone. I just want everyone to get it! On every level. Just like Jeremiah. I’m not weeping for myself, or for God, but for everyone else.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your wisdom and your understanding. Thank you for imparting your Holy Spirit to us, and for saving us from ourselves! Thank you for speaking to us. Thank You that You sent Your Son to save us, and to make a new covenant that cannot be broken. That You don’t leave us where we’re at. That You are the Great, Amazing Father who blesses us. That you watch over us and guide us. Thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit that You may live inside us, and give us this amazing connection to You. Bless Your Holy Name Father. May we live forever in You. IN JESUS NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission’s Circle

I’m going to be promoting this one for the next several weeks. It’s the beginning of Operation Christmas Child! This particular mission, is very near and dear to my heart. What an incredible opportunity. For less than $20, you can make a shoebox for a child, and drop it off at a local collection center, and spread love and the good news around the world. From right where you’re at. In every shoebox, Samaritan’s Purse puts a leaflet that gives the Salvation Story in their language, and as they’re distributing them, they share the story of Jesus Christ.

Operation Christmas Child

Donate here