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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Lord, I will trust in you

Sometimes we don’t even know that it is happening to us. The enemy slips in one bad thought and then another until we are completely distraught. Once he weakens us, then he attacks. Yesterday, my mom gave me a good reminder. She told me to remember that all of my bad thoughts are not of God nor from Him. They are of the enemy. Once we recognize this it makes it easier to put him in his place. 

The moment that I went to God in prayer, with a humble heart, then He put the enemy in his place. Satan cannot stand against the cries of God’s children. When we began to pray, then he has to flee. 

I am so thankful that God fights my battles for me. This morning my mind is calm. While I don’t know what the day may bring, my God knows. And He already has a plan to help me. I can’t fix things. It’s the trying to fix it on my own that causes my distress. Honestly, I don’t have a clue what is best. But my God knows. Last night as I was journaling He reminded me of one of my favorite verses. 

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.

My favorite part of this scripture is all things. It all works for my good. So today, I will walk in this truth. Every time the devil tries to sweep me away with my negative thoughts, I am going to center my thoughts on God’s word and recall His beautiful promises. 

Scriptures to help me:

John 14:27  (KJV)
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Luke 18:27  (KJV)
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

Proverbs 3:5  (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Ephesians 6:13  (KJV)
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Joshua 1:9  (KJV)
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Choose to have a Godly perspective

It’s all about perspective. Two people can have the same circumstances and yet they can see the situation differently. We get to decide how we want to look at things. I choose to see things with compassion and gratitude.

I could look at my left hand and weep for the fingers that I am missing. But I choose to see my hand with a grateful heart. I am so thankful for my one finger and thumb on my left hand. And for all the things I am able to do with my hand. Someone, however, with a normal hand might see my hand with pity. While someone without a hand might see my hand as a blessing. It is all in how we decide to perceive it. 

Anytime we focus on our hardships, then we magnify them. The same is true, however, for our blessings. We need to be so careful with our thoughts. If we look the right way, we can always see some good in our days. Complaining about our life is one of our greatest addictions. At any time, however, we can change this about ourselves. We can choose to never complain again. We can ask God to give us the right perspective on every situation. And learn to be truly grateful for our lives. 

So often we allow others to control the way we see our life and our world. The news is filled with doom and gloom. Some people love the attention of being dramatic. They thrive on the fear of others. When we become fearful, then the enemy wins. I have turned off the noise. I don’t even have a television in my living room. I don’t watch the news or absorb the negativity from other people fighting constantly. Instead, I read encouraging books, listen to podcasts, and read my bible and pray. And, I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. 

This is our lives, dear friends. God gave us all the freedom of choice. Therefore, we get to choose what we want our lives to be like. If you are miserable, then it doesn’t have to be that way. Don’t allow the things of the world to steal your peace. God is in control. He loves us unconditionally. Choose to see the good. Look for it at every moment. And then thank Him for it. I love the days when my gratitude is so great that it bubbles up inside of me and pours onto others. 

We can be a light or a stumbling block. But we can’t be both. We can complain about everything or we can praise the Lord. We can’t, however, do both. The good news is that we get to decide which one that we will be. What kind of person do you want to be? 

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

You don't have permission to quit!

You don’t have permission to quit! 

When I heard these words yesterday, tears pooled in my eyes. The enemy constantly bombards us with excuses and reasons why we should quit. At any given moment, we could all come up with several reasons why we should just give up. After all, life is hard. Giving up, however, won’t make it any easier. 

This is our life. God gave it to us. It is such a blessing to be alive. So often we overlook the magnitude of this gift. We allow inconsequential things to overshadow the important things in our lives. God should be the most important part of our lives. 

When we allow God to be the center of our lives, then He directs our steps. As our hearts seek Him, then He comforts us and encourages us. So many times I have been on the edge of giving up. Heartbroken and fearful, I could feel the hope slipping away from me. But in the darkness of times, God would always show up and deliver hope. 

When I was lying on the bathroom floor sobbing because Zippy had been rejected again, God wouldn’t allow me to give up on my dreams. He encouraged me. I went to sleep every night imagining kids all around me listening to my Zippy book. When the pain was so bad in my body that I could barely move, God gave me hope of a better day. When I fell and hurt my elbow and I couldn’t sleep for days, God whispered encouragement to me. He would tell me to hold on that good things were coming. When I sat in the room with the surgeon and listened to the possibility of a thumb, I was so thankful that I didn’t give up. When I laid awake because my new thumb was throbbing inside the cast, God reminded me that my pain would be temporary, but the blessing would be great. 

Before each really big blessing in my life, the urge to quit has been overwhelming. Lately, it has been so strong. Yesterday, I had my breakthrough moment. I WILL NOT QUIT! I will not give up on myself.  I will cry if I have to. I will crawl if needed. I will pray without ceasing. But I will not give up on my hope and dreams nor on the promises of my Lord. 

So, if you’ve been battling with something in your life, let these words speak to your heart as well. Friend, you don’t have permission to quit. 

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Pro Life: Love is the answer

I believe in love. Regardless of the problem, God is the answer. He knows exactly how to help us. When we go to Him, with our hearts shattered into a million pieces, then He is the only who knows how to help us heal. The enemy, however, always has a lie to give us. Satan sells us hope through destruction. He tells us to do the evil thing and all of our problems will suddenly go away. After he persuades us to do the thing, however, then he disappears and we are left to deal with the consequences of our choices. 

I imagine that many women find themselves in this state after an abortion. The enemy sells the lie that an abortion will end the pain. What he doesn’t explain is that afterward, the pain will be intensified. But it will be too late. 

Some time back, I had a woman message me on social media. She had just found out that her baby was affected by Amniotic Band Syndrome. She was distraught and wanted to ask me questions. Even though I did my best to answer her questions and reassure her that many people not only live with Amniotic Band Syndrome, but they thrive as well, she still decided to have an abortion. I even offered to take the baby from her once it was born, but she stopped responding to me. 

I was devastated. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that at any time someone can just decide that they don’t want a baby anymore and then end its life. I grieved for the little baby who was rejected by the very person who was assigned to protect it and care for it. 

For months, after she had the abortion, I was angry with this woman. Holding the anger in my heart, however, was not pleasing to God. So I released it and prayed for her every day instead. Those who hurt others or take another life are not well. They need God to touch their lives. And they need our prayers. 

When I was pregnant with my oldest son, my doctor wanted to do extensive testing to see if there was anything wrong with him—since we still didn’t have a name for my condition. I refused. It didn’t matter to me either way. While I didn’t want either of my children to have my condition, it would not have changed my love for them.

Having a baby is one of the greatest gifts from God. I can’t even put into words what my children mean to me. So, if there is anyone out there contemplating having an abortion, I beg you to reconsider. God can help you every step of the way. Then, once you have the baby if you don’t feel that you should raise it, ask God to help you find the person who should. Right now, there is a woman praying for the gift of a child, who can’t conceive or carry a baby full term. Your problem could be her greatest blessing. Please, make the best choice and give your baby the gift of life. 

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Which wolf will you feed?

Have you heard the parable of the two wolves? I love the story. It reminds me to be careful what I feed in my life. Since I want the good, I need to make sure that I am intentionally focusing on the good every day. Since the beginning of time, there has been a war raging inside of us. Satan is evil and he wants to destroy us. Therefore, we need to make sure that we are giving our power to the good. 

The only way the devil can increase his power over us is if we listen to him and allow him to draw us away from God. He is sneaky. Therefore, he doesn’t announce himself to us. Most of the time, he sneaks into our daily lives without us ever recognizing him. He’s the anger, the jealousy, the judgment, the guilt, the ego, etc. If we seek the Lord, however, and draw closer to Him, then He will draw closer to us. 

When I start feeling bad, then I look at my behavior. What is making me feel bad? Usually, if I will just pause, and start reviewing my life, then I will be able to find the problem. 

The enemy loves to use guilt on me. Especially mom guilt. Last night, I was feeling guilty over things I had done years ago. In my turmoil, I asked God to forgive me. Then, the still small voice spoke to me. God told me to forgive myself and let it go. At the time, I did the best that I could do with the wisdom and knowledge that I had. So often we carry burdens that don’t need to be carried. It is such a blessing to lay it all down at the feet of Jesus and just leave it there. He has grace for our every need. 

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

We can't pour from an empty cup

It’s no secret that I love to help other people and to take care of them. Nothing makes me feel as close to God as the blessing of helping one of His children. It is such a gift. But, the only way I can recognize the gift is if my own cup if full. We’ve all heard the statement that you can’t pour from an empty cup. My friends this is so true. 

When I’m emotionally and spiritually exhausted and empty, then I don’t have anything to give anyone else. Therefore, I feel angry, everything hurts my feelings, and I feel resentful in taking care of others. Instead of feeling the joy for caring for someone else, I feel taken advantage of. In that state of mind, I become hateful. Why? Because my cup is empty and I am trying to give others what I don’t even have for myself.  

Then, I become angry at myself for being hateful. Instead of dealing with my feelings, and trying to find a solution to my problem, I just stuff all of the things down inside of me. I continue to stuff down my anger, heartaches, disappointments, fears, etc. day after day. Until I come unglued. 

Life, however, doesn’t have to be this way. If I learn to live intentionally, then I can set aside time every single day—just for me. When I have my coffee with God, then my whole day goes better. God pours into me so that I can pour into others. When my cup is overflowing, then I have plenty to give others. 

I made this mistake a few years ago when my book first came out. My schedule was crazy. I was always going from even to event without any time for me. I would speak at events and then cry on the way home because I felt so drained. Going at that pace burned me out. Some days, I left before my kids went to school and got home when they were already in the bed. Even though my career felt successful, my family was suffering because of my schedule. When I was working I felt guilty for not being with my family. And when I was with my family I felt guilty for not working. 

As a working mom, I don’t know if there is a way to balance it all. But I am learning to be present in whatever moment I am in. If I am working, then I want to focus on my work. Then, when I’m with my family I can focus on spending time with them and loving them. 

I’ve also learned to prioritize my time. So often the enemy throws everything at us because he wants us to feel overwhelmed. When I can write it all on paper and then look at it, usually I can see that it is not as bad as it seems. While I may have lots of things to do, each one might not take me long. Once I can see what needs to be done, then I can create a plan to do it. 

God doesn’t want us to live our lives stressed out and hateful. He wants us to spend time with Him so He can help us. Spending just a few minutes each day with God can give us clarity in our lives and help us to look at things differently. Sometimes all we need is just a little talk with Jesus. 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Zippy has hope for those who are being bullied

I remember the bellyache and the dread of going to school or work the next day. It invaded my thoughts and was like a dark cloud that loomed over me. The emotional abuse of it all destroyed my self-worth. It made me feel worthless and as if I really wasn’t good enough. 

Looking back now, I can see that person bullying me had her own issues. Someone had been mean to her and her circumstances were difficult. Therefore, she probably felt powerless. In her attempt to regain power, she put others down. That kind of power thrives off of hate. 

While we can’t control our circumstances or how other people treat us, we can decide how we are going to react. If we truly want to feel powerful in life and important, then we need to be kind and compassionate. When we help someone else, then it helps us as well. 

We don’t have to attend every fight that we are invited to. Regardless of how someone else treats us, we have the ability to treat them good. The world does not need more hate. What it needs is more love, more compassion, and more kindness. 

God hears our prayers. Go to Him with your troubles. He will show you how to deal with them. Talk to someone. It is not your fault that other people are mean. Their behavior is not a reflection of you. It is a reflection of the hurt inside of them. Let’s pray for those who are being mean to us. We might be the only one who cares enough to pray for them. 

Suicide as a result of bullying is becoming more and more popular. As a community, we need to do what we can to help the kids who feel hopeless. I am ready to get back into the schools and share my message of hope. Sometimes kids just need hope. They need to know that someone else has endured the hardships and learned to overcome them. 

My Zippy books are so much more than just a story. They offer a new perspective and hope for tough issues. Ask your kid’s school to contact me about coming to their school ( Share this message. Buy one of my books for someone struggling. And, let’s pray so hard for these kids. All of them. The ones being bullied and the ones who are bullying others. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Overcoming my suffering with joy

Some people call me strong. Every time I hear the word, I cringe a little. I don’t feel strong. So many times I am covered in tears, with soaked tissues all around me. I know the times when I'm lying face down on the floor, drowning in my tears, because I don’t have the strength to get up. My Lord is the One who is strong. Most days He carries me. 

Lying face down in the trenches of life has taught me a few things though. We always have a choice. Sometimes the bravest thing that we can do is get up and keep going—when we really just want to quit. The breakthrough and answers to our prayers could be in the next moment. If we give up, we will never see the victory. 

Lately, I have been absorbed in my pain. All day long I am looking for a way to end my suffering. I turn to food. Talk to other people. Pray. Read God’s word. Write. Walk. I try so hard to cover it up and make it go away. But, if I will just sit with it and feel the pain, then something wonderful happens. 

The first few minutes the tears are for me. My victim mentality kicks in and I cry for the harshness of it all. I feel the self-pity. But I only allow this to happen for a moment. Then, I cry out to God. He knows exactly what I need. I ask Him to help me. While He doesn’t always just fix my problem, He does give me a glimmer of hope. The hope helps me to find the joy in it all and a new perspective. Joy and pain cannot exist at the same time. Therefore, I nurture the joy. 

The joy renews my strength. It comforts me. This is how we get through our hardships. As long as we have a hope of a better day, then we can get through the challenges. After my surgery, when the pain was unbearable I focused on my new thumb and the gift of receiving it. While I was focusing on the blessing of it, I was able to withstand the pain. When I turned my petitions from suffering to joy, then God blessed me to rejoice in the midst of the pain. 

Whatever we focus on will expand in our lives. Therefore, I want to focus on the joy. Even when it’s hard to breathe, I can still praise God for each breath. Every moment of our lives is a precious gift from God. And we get to choose how we are going to live. 

In this picture, I was still battling the emotional pain of this kind of surgery. I was having phantom pain and struggling so hard to use my hand. I felt defeated and even wondered at times if I had made the right decision. But, I focused on the joy of having a thumb. I put all of my energy into learning to use my hand and for praising God for the opportunity. And now the joy of having this thumb is not even comparable to the pain. The pain was temporary and the joy is new every morning. I am still so very grateful. My thumb changed how I do things. Therefore, it changed my life.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

God's word is comfort to our soul

Yesterday, I had an aww moment. The author said, “You can’t just read the Bible, but you have to believe it.” For a moment, I just stood still and allowed those words to soak in. If you asked me if I believe every word of the Bible, then I would, of course, say yes. However, when I read it I am not entirely sure that I read it with the faith that I need to understand it. 

God uses the Bible to talk to us. If He was sitting in front of me and He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) Then, I wouldn’t be afraid because I would trust Him to take care of me. However, when I am reading the Bible, I don’t always see it as God talking to me. 

Sometimes my mind rejects God’s word. My mind doesn’t always believe that God will take care of me. My mind struggles to see how my problem can be resolved. Therefore, my mind reads the words and skips over the message behind the words. 

But, what if, I actually took each word into my heart and believed it. Can you imagine how our lives would change?

We would do that thing that we’ve always wanted to do because we would believe that God could make it so. 

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

We would rejoice in tribulations because we would know that it ALL works to our own good. 

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.

We would let out light shine so that we honor and glorify our Lord. 

Matthew 5:15-16 (KJV)
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

From now on, this is how I want to read my Bible. I want to read it truly believing each word, as if God is speaking directly to me. I want to take God’s promises into my heart and allow them to nurture my soul. I want to read each word as if it was written just for me. 

So often we stand in our own way because we don’t believe certain things apply to us. We think God has healing for others, but not for us. We believe that He gives others faith, but not us. And, so on. What we need to believe, however, is that our God has an abundance just for us. He loves us—individually. He wants a relationship with us. He has exactly what we need, and He will give it to us when we need it. We just need to ask Him. 

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

I am thankful for peanut butter

My three-year-old niece, Aubrey, thanked God for peanut butter during her prayer. I couldn’t help but smile. She loves peanut butter and she is thankful for it. We can learn so much from kids. What if we all just looked for the simple things in our everyday life and offered thanksgiving for them. Can you imagine how much better our lives could truly be?

We often wait for the big things in our lives to be grateful. Then, we rush by so many moments of potential praise and never even see them. Our minds are usually so focused on the problems that we fail to enjoy the little moments of our days. So often I allow my mind to wander. I fail to enjoy the present moment because I am so absorbed in my thoughts. Lately, I have become more aware of this and it breaks my heart. Most of the time, I live on autopilot. That is why we struggle to remember events and moments. Our body was in the moment, but our minds were a million miles away. 

Children live in the moment. They don’t know how to use their brain to multitask yet. That is why they are so joyful. They know how to truly live in the present moment, and to enjoy it. 

I want to get back to living in the present moment. I can do it for a time, but my mind always drifts away—back to my thoughts. If my thoughts were good it might be useful, but most of them are filled with worry and fear. 

Thinking of gratitude is different from actually feeling it. I want to experience life more. I want to feel the joy instead of thinking about it. Therefore, I am working on this every day. One thing I am working on is focusing on what I am doing in the present moment and giving it my full attention. This helps me to be more fully present. 

Live is meant to be enjoyed and not just merely endured. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Aligning with God

Reading through the Bible, I have noticed that when the people followed the Lord they prospered. However, those who choose not to follow the Lord brought hardships upon themselves. I want to prosper in the Lord. I don’t want to bring hardships on myself through disobedience. 

Therefore, I have to check in with myself daily. The enemy is so sneaky. He doesn’t just pull us away from the Lord. But rather he gets us off track with one action at a time. It can start with one negative thought. Then that thought can lead to negative feelings. Before we realize it, our actions are negative as well—which gives us negative results. 

Some of the questions I ask myself to know if I am on the right track:

1. Do others get on my nerves?
2. Do I wonder what is wrong with everyone else?
3. Do I feel discouraged, overwhelmed or helpless?
4. Am I living in the present moment or in the past/future?
5. Does my situation seem hopeless?
6. Am I being intentional with my time or wasting it?
7. Are my conversations and thoughts positive or negative?
8. Am I following the Lord?
9. Do I talk and think more about the things of the world or my Lord?
10. Do my hardships seem bigger than my Lord?
11. Do I feel the spirit of the Lord?
12. Am I focused on myself or others?
13. Am I justifying my bad behavior? 
14. Am I judging others?
15. Do I have negative feelings toward others?

When I can be honest with myself, then I can see where I am at. We can’t fix something until we know that it is wrong. Then, I can make the necessary changes. When I am properly aligned with God, I can be joyful in my trials. Because I have hope and know that He is on my side. 

Ignoring the little nudges from the Lord gets me in trouble. We know, in our hearts, when something is off and we are going in the wrong direction. Other people can brag us and even tell us how great that we are doing, but we know if we are walking for the Lord or not. We know when we get connected with Him or not. We know if we are following Him or stumbling around on our own. 

When I am following God, I can feel His spirit guiding me. The devil may fight me, but God will always show up and bless me through it. But if I am doing it on my own, then there is disappointment and frustration. As hard as I try, I just can’t do it. Nothing comes together and it causes me so much stress. 

However, when I am walking for the Lord, He blesses me at every turn. And I enjoy my salvation and my life so much more. At some point, we will all find ourselves on the wrong track. Thankfully, God allows us to turn around and go back to the place where we ran off and left Him. It is so much better to walk side by side with Him than even one step ahead of Him. 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The blessing is in the giving

Happiness is a choice. No one can make us happy. Things can’t make us happy. While they can certainly add to our happiness and bring us joy, outside forces cannot create our happiness. That is our job. Happiness is inner peace. We are the ones who get to decide how we are going to feel. Therefore, we need to decide the emotions that we want to feel each day. And then work to create those emotions. 

Every day I want to feel love, peace, and joy. Therefore, I do things that help me to create those feelings. I do acts of love for my family. I think loving thoughts toward others. I give and receive hugs. I write sweet notes for my family. In all the things I do for others each day, I do in love—not because I have to do the things, but because I want to do them. 

I used to hate cooking. The whole process was stressful for me. Until I was able to see it as an act of love. Now, I cook with love because I want to nourish my family and show them love. As I do laundry, I am grateful for each person as I fold their clothes. Because their might come a day that I don’t get to fold their clothes anymore or share meals with them. When I decide to be grateful, regardless of the circumstance, then my whole life becomes better. 

At the office, I see each patient as someone I get to serve and care for, instead of just a job. I do my best to make each one feel welcomed and cared for. I want them to leave feeling better than when they arrived. 

When I stop thinking about myself all the time and turn my attention to others and how I can help them in some way, then my life is so much better. The Bible tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). 

I don’t worry about other people taking advantage of me. It is my pleasure to serve them in some way. I try to be the kindest person that I know and give as much love as I can give. The first person it helps is me. The more I give the more God blesses me, and the more I desire to give. 

Of all the things I have been blessed to buy, nothing compares to the gift of being able to help someone else. When our heart is connected through the spirit of the Lord is the most precious moment. Nothing compares to that kind of joy. I have learned if I want to help myself, then I need to help someone else. 

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Monday, January 14, 2019

An Ambassador for God

There is power in our words. We can either use them to give people hope and help them along their journey, or we can use them to hurt others and discourage them. I pray that my words are always filled with hope and love. I hope that when others read my words they feel the love in which they were recorded. 

I am an ambassador for God. It is my job to tell other people about His greatness. Therefore, I need to be careful about what comes out of my mouth. If I am always complaining, then that is not a very good reflection of my Lord. It may be interpreted by others that God is not taking very good care of me.  If I am always talking about evil in the world, then I am magnifying my fear instead of my faith. My words should be filled with so much love and faith that they give others hope and encourage them. 

God is love. I could write every day for the rest of my life and never be able to fully express how amazing that His love is. When His spirit stirs in my soul my heart overflows with joy. The joy is so great that I can’t find the words to explain it. It helps me to love everyone. It helps me to see the good in other people. It helps me to pray for others. It makes me want to be a better person. And to tell others of the goodness of my Lord. 

I want everyone to experience this amazing love. Therefore, I want to do my best to talk about it every chance that I get and to show it with every opportunity. I want to hold hands with those who feel hopeless and tell them about Jesus. I want to them to feel Him through me. 

Friends, I don’t write for my own honor or glory. I write because the hope and love in me are so great that I want to share it with others. Every time God teaches me something new I want to share it with you. When He helps me through my hardships I want to share it with you, in hopes that it might help you, too. I’ve been in the trenches of life. I know what it feels like to be consumed by pain. I also know the amazing feeling of overcoming it all through God.  

In my self, I would choose to never write again. Getting up two hours earlier than I need to, just to read my Bible and write is not my idea. God put it on my heart. It is His gift to me. So, I sit here morning after morning and try to be obedient to Him. Sometimes I cry the whole time. But in my heart, I am so incredibly thankful for each experience. I am so thankful that God allows me to do His work. If my writing helps anyone it is because God blessed it. He is the One who deserves all the honor and glory. I’m just honored to know Him for myself. 

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Author shares message through Zippy the zebra