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Friday, May 31, 2019

I am loved

I am loved. 

My mind cannot even comprehend the love of God. It is such a beautiful gift. The Creator of the world loves us and cares for us. While I know this truth, it is such a blessing to be able to feel this magnificent love in the depths of my soul.

When my soul feels weary, I like to think about the love and goodness of God. He gives me everything that I need, when I need it. Even my trials are blessings. God is the only One who can take our heartaches and turn them into blessings. When we humble our hearts and go to Him, then He can show us how to overcome our hardships.

I remember when I used to cry over my scars. The pain in my heart was so great that I didn’t always feel loved by God. In my mind, I felt as if He had forsaken me. That it what the enemy wanted me to believe. Satan wanted me to think that God had turned His back on me and that He didn’t care what happened to me, but it was a lie. 

God gave me a new perspective on it all. The day I realized  I could have died, as the bands entangled me, changed my life. I could have died, but God spared me. I am alive to love and be loved. That day I stopped seeing my scars as a burden and started seeing them as a precious gift. They exemplify God’s love and mercy for me and my life. 

We are His precious children. 

1 John 3:1 (KJV)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.




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Thursday, May 30, 2019

I am overcomer

I am an overcomer. 

John 16:33 (KJV)
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Regardless of what happens to me, I know that God has the power to help me to overcome it. Sometimes, without even realizing it, I put Him in a box and limit His power in my mind. When the tidal waves of hardships wash over me, I believe the hopelessness of the situation. For some reason, it is easier to believe that the worst case scenario of my mind, then it is for me to believe that God will work it all out to my benefit. 

This verse, however, assures me through each hardship that God will work it all out to my benefit. 

Romans 8:28 (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

God has helped me so many times. It shames me to admit that I still struggle with trusting Him and believing that He is in control of it all. But when my doubts emerge from my fears, I can revisit previous battles with Him. He has left me speechless and in complete awe of Him so many times. 

I love it when my God moves and helps me. Nothing can separate us from Him. God loves us and He wants to help us. We are so blessed to be loved by Him. The hardest battles are the ones that have the most glorious testament of His power. 

The God who parted the Red Sea for Moses, slew Goliath for David, protected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace, and protected Daniel from the lions is my God, too. My mind cannot even fully comprehend His amazing power. But, I know that He can help me overcome whatever challenge that awaits me. My mind might struggle with that knowledge, but my soul believes in His power. 

Through my amazing God, I am an overcomer. 




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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I am strong



The devil torments us all and fills our heads with lies about what he perceives us to be. Instead of listening to him and allowing him to defeat me, I want to focus on the positive affirmations of my Lord, and who I am in Him. 

I am strong. 

Even though this statement is true, I don’t always feel the truth of it in my life. More often than not, I feel weak and broken. I try so hard and yet, at times, I feel as if my life is a mess. Sometimes I just want to give up. 

I want to quit. And declare my own defeat. Because that how my life feels at times—defeated. But, in the midst of my sorrow and pain, I always manage to keep going. God is my strength. He might allow me to get knocked down, but He won’t let me stay down. When I am lying on the bathroom floor sobbing, feeling defeated and scared, He reminds me of our previous battles. God has been victorious in every single one. 

I love it when He gives me the proof that I am strong in Him. God lives in me. Therefore, He is my strength.

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Exodus 15:2 (KJV)
The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV)
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.

The enemy has never been able to defeat my Lord. Therefore, I want to rely on the great strength of my Lord. He can help me to make the impossible things in my life possible. 




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Friday, May 24, 2019

Use me, God


Sometimes I can be so selfish. Especially when I make my life all about me. When I take a step back and examine myself, then I can usually see where I am at. 

Are my thoughts centered on me and what I want or on God? 

Are my prayers all about me or am I praying for others?

Am I doing what God wants me to do or what I want to do?

I hate it when I make my life all about me and what I want. Living in a me-centered world makes me feel bad. Then, I start expecting other people to act in a certain way and get mad when they don’t cater to my plans. I usually feel overwhelmed and unfulfilled because my soul desires more. My soul desires connection and the blessing of helping someone else. 

Therefore, I want God to use me—according to His will. I love it when He uses me to pray for someone else. I love it when God uses me to give someone else hope. I love it when He blesses me to serve His people. I love the blessing of working with God. 

With a humble heart, I love it when I can whisper…please use me, God. 




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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Is it true?



I am a storyteller. All day long, my mind narrates my life. Only it doesn't just tell me the things that happen. My mind likes to tell me what other people are thinking about. And it likes to argue with reality by being dramatic. 

When my mind starts running crazy with made up stories, I like to take a few moments to just breathe and to look for the truth. Without the pause, then I just accept the stories as truth. In doing this, I cause myself a lot of heartaches for myself. Especially, if someone else is mean to me. It is so easy to go inside myself and make up a story about why they are being mean. My default story used to be that I am not good enough. Then, I would allow the hurt of the thought to blow the made-up story totally out of proportion. 

It always helps me to ask myself this question: is it true? That simple little question gets my mind to stop making up stories and to look for the truth. If I can just slow down and ask myself to search for the truth of each statement, then I can see the situation with a new perspective. 

I also like to ask God to help me see the situation as it is, not as I perceive it to be. I want to interpret my circumstances with the lens of kindness and love. I desire to see the goodness in everything and everyone. 

The majority of the time, when someone else is mean to me it has nothing to do with me. Their anger is another form of fear. Inside, they are hurting. Therefore, I want to react with love and compassion and take the situation to the Lord in prayer. God can help us with all things. He has grace for our every need.  


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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Victory in Jesus

God doesn’t always answer my prayers like I want Him to answer. Most of the time, I want my answer immediately. Regardless of how hard I try, I have discovered that I can’t rush God. He does things in His time, according to His ways. 

Sometimes the greatest blessing is not in the answered prayer, but who I become while I wait on Him to answer. The waiting increases my faith and brings about many wonderful blessings. Through every hardship, I can see some type of beautiful gift. 

For one particular prayer, I have been waiting for over twenty years for God to answer. During this time, I have learned so much about faith, unconditional love,  and how to be patient. Kicking and screaming do not make God move any faster. It only steals my peace. However, when I can surrender to Him and be willing for Him to teach me what He wants me to learn, then I can grow through what I am going through. 

When we learn that each trial is for our benefit, then we can embrace each one, and get just as close to God as we can get. He is our friend and guide. God wants us to do well. He wants us to walk in His marvelous light and to be a witness for Him. Sometimes when I’m in the depths of the fire, I just remind myself that God is going to show me how to overcome my hardships so that I can help others to do the same. I want my life to be a living testimony of what is possible with God. 

Therefore, we have to keep fighting our battles with faith, love, and patience. My sweet friends, we have victory in Jesus. 



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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Somebody prayed


Somebody prayed me out of harm’s way. What a blessing it is to know that we are not alone in this world. Not only do we have a Father who loves us unconditionally, but we also have a multitude of spiritual brothers and sisters to help us along our journey. During the hard times, when our hearts are broken and we are in the trenches of life, then God burdens someone’s heart to pray for us. We don’t even have to ask for the prayer. God always supplies our needs. He gives us exactly what we need when we need it.

I am so grateful to be His child. God controls it all. Nothing is too hard for Him. Even the toughest battles are easy for God. When we stay humble and seek Him with our whole heart then He will help us. 

God even takes care of us when we are going in circles in the wilderness. He doesn’t just leave us there to figure it out for ourselves. Once we have learned what He wants us to learn, then He will deliver us out of our troubles—just like He did the children of Israel. God will give us instructions to overcome our hardships. When we turn our hearts back to Him and become obedient, then He will deliver us. 

While it’s so great to get to go on the mountain with Him, the work is done in the valley. My daddy says that prayer is the greatest tool we have. When we humble our hearts in prayer, then we get to talk to God. Sometimes that truth still amazes me. The Creator of the whole universe will listen to my pleas. 

I desire to be a prayer warrior and to fight my battles with love. The greatest gift of love that we can bestow upon another soul is the gift of prayer. When I was lost, desperately needing a savior, someone prayed for me. I want to pay that gift forward. And every single time that the Lord blesses me to pray for a lost soul, then I want to desire one more. 




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