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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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Monday, May 20, 2019

God gives us the desires of our hearts

God gives us the desires of our hearts. Sometimes I forget this truth. Especially, when the devil magnifies my heartaches. But oh how I love it when God shows me that He is God—and besides Him, there is no other. I love it when He works out a problem for me and overflows my heart with His blessings in the process. 

Our precious Lord looks into the depths of our hearts. He sees the heartache and understands our tears. We can’t fool Him or lie to Him and tell Him everything is okay when our hearts are really breaking. It is His great pleasure to give us the desires of our hearts. 

We just need to trust Him to work it all out. In His time, when everything is just right, God will move. And everything will just fall into place. God makes everything so easy that if we are not careful, we may overlook His blessing. 

A while back, I made a list of things troubling my heart. Then as I was looking through one of my journals, I discovered the list. I stood there in amazement as I realized that God had taken care of so many things on my list. It would have been so easy for me to write off those blessings as something else. But I am so incredibly thankful that God revealed it to me. I love it when I can see Him move in my life. I want to give Him credit and praise Him for all the ways that He blesses my life daily. 

We have such a wonderful God. I don’t praise Him enough for all that He does for me. God is so good to me. I love it when I can feel His wonderful spirit move in the deep recesses of my heart. Nothing compares to the joy of when God speaks to my soul. The joy is unspeakable. 

Psalm 37:4-5 (KJV)
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

My scars are a blessing

Some people look at my scars and view them with pity and shame. While others see the pain and a broken body. I’ll admit, for a while, I felt the same way. I felt as if I was burdened with scars. 

Until one day, God changed my perspective. I am alive to love and be loved. In the womb, as the bands attacked me, God spared me. He gave me favor. I am forever grateful for His love and mercy. 

Therefore, I see my scars as battle scars. The enemy attacked me, but he did not defeat me. He challenged my life, but he did not take it. I am a warrior for God and I fight on His battlefield with love, kindness, and gratitude. I love my life and I love my scars. They exemplify God’s love and mercy for me and my life. 

If you see a broken, scarred person when you look at me and feel pity and sadness for me, then you’ve never fully seen me. I am strong, determined, and inspired to use my gift to do God’s work. Nothing is missing in my life. I have a family that loves me and a God that loves me unconditionally. 

Please don’t weep for me. My life is blessed abundantly. Cry for someone who doesn’t know the Lord. 

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Having favor with God

God doesn’t make deals. When we go to Him trying to work things out and offering Him certain things if He will just answer our prayers, then it doesn’t work out. All God wants is for us to be honest with Him. We have to approach Him with an honest heart and tell Him about our heartaches. Then, we just need to allow Him to be God and do whatever He tells us to do. 

I can tell God that if He will only answer this prayer for me that I will do anything. But He knows the truth. God knows the moment He answers our prayer that the majority of us will fail to even praise Him. God makes things so easy that we often overlook His presence. 

When I go to Him with my face to the ground, with tears rolling from eyes, truly desiring His help, then He will help me. God listens to us when we are humble and obedient. That’s all He will accept. Everything else is just trying to manipulate Him. 

But oh how I love it when He answers prayers for me. I love that moment when I just know that my Lord stepped in on my behalf, and made the impossible possible. Every time He answers my prayers, I feel so loved by Him. If He doesn’t answer my prayer, then I know the time wasn’t right or He has something better for me. 

Having a real relationship with God is so wonderful. It is such a blessing to have favor with Him and get to pray to Him and to praise Him. And to be blessed by Him.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Accepting God

I remember very vividly the moment that changed my life forever and for all Eternity. The church was having a revival and I didn’t want to go. My parents made me go and I was mad about it. At the time, I hated church. I really didn’t see the point. I didn’t understand the Bible. None of it made any sense to me. 

For years, the devil had been lying to me. He had told me that Hell wouldn’t be that bad. At least I wouldn’t have to go to church anymore. The devil painted me an ugly picture of Heaven and God. 

During the day, I was fine. But at night, when the house was quiet my fear consumed me. I couldn’t sleep. I was so afraid that I would die during my sleep and never wake up again. Therefore, I held my eyes open as long as I could. Living like that was miserable. 

That night at the revival, God asked me one question. Do you want to be saved? His one question tore down all of my beliefs. I could feel His power in my heart. At that moment, I knew He was real. He spoke to my soul. I ignored the chatter in my mind, telling me all the reasons to not be saved. My soul cried out. Yes, Lord! I want to be saved. I stepped out of the darkness and moved toward His marvelous light. As I kneeled down at the altar, with a broken and humble heart, I asked Him to save me. And He did!

Being saved by God’s amazing grace is the GREATEST thing that has ever happened to me. He took all the fear and hatred in my heart and replaced it with His amazing love and peace. I still don’t know everything about the Bible. But I know the Spirit of the Lord when it moves in my soul. It is the Spirit that teaches me and comforts me. 

We don’t have to know all about the Lord to know that He loves us. He sent His Son to die for our sins. It all comes down to this one thing: accept Him or reject Him. Accepting Him was the greatest decision of my life. I have NEVER regretted accepting God’s gift of Eternal Salvation. The older I get, the sweeter it gets. Now I know that when I close my eyes in death that I will open them in the presence of my Lord. I don’t know what Heaven will be like, but I am satisfied with it because God created it for His children. 

One day, I will get to live Eternally in a place of peace, joy, and love. My soul rejoices at the thought of how wonderful Heaven must be. If you feel like it, please share your experience with me in the comments. 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Enjoying the moments

One of the greatest things that I have learned recently is to how to enjoy the little moments. Every day is a new beginning. This brand new day is filled with possibilities and it’s ours. We can use this beautiful day however that we want to use it. 

I love to watch the sunrise or sunset. It is a beautiful process. The little birds are so joyful. They sing and create such harmony. I love to walk and just take it all in. The process of walking helps my body and the stillness of the morning revives my soul. It prepares me for the day. If I have my coffee with God, and then go for a walk, I am calmer all day. I can better handle the stressors of life because I am centered. 

Recently, we built a garden area with a fire pit. I love to build a fire at night and sit with my family. It is so peaceful and the time around the fire is precious. We talk and laugh and just enjoy being together. 

Every day I look for moments to appreciate and to enjoy. Sometimes the little moments can bring us the greatest joy. I am learning to slow down and appreciate the moment I am in right now. For so many years, I wished my life away. I was always looking to the next moment, without enjoying the one I am in. But this moment will never come again. So I am learning to enjoy it all. Every day God gives us an abundance of gifts. I believe it pleases Him when we are grateful for them. 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Love deeply

One day it will all be over. My life will come to end. God knows the date. He knows the exact time. Right now my life is on a timer and it is counting down the seconds, minutes, hours, etc. And yet, I live like I have all the time in the world. 

If I knew that tomorrow would not come for me, it would change how I decided to live today. It would change my list of things which I deem important. Piddly things would not matter to me. So why do I allow them to matter today? 

My death will not affect the world at all. Everyone will still go on as usual. Wars will still happen. Hatred will still be. Problems will still exist. Therefore, I shouldn’t allow the problems of the world to affect my life or my ability to live fully today.

In order to fully live today, we need to love without restrictions. We can’t change reality. People will do things that we don’t like. But we get to decide how we want to react. Do we really want to allow small, insignificant things to prevent us from loving others as we should love them? 

Love should rule our lives. It should direct our every decision. When I am gone, I want my family and friends to know that I loved them deeply and that I loved the Lord. Therefore, I have to live each day in that truth. Every day I want to find as many ways as possible to express my love. I want to make others feel loved just by being in my presence. The more that we give to others, the more love that we feel in our hearts. 

Every night as I close my eyes, I want to know that I lived fully and loved deeply that day.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

The goodness of the Lord

God is so wonderful! Sometimes I fail to tell of His greatness. When I just pause in my life and look around for my blessings, I can see them everywhere. I wish that I could show you where I’ve been in my life and where God has brought me. He has wiped away every tear from my eyes and given me a solution to my every problem. In the depths of my sorrow, the sorrow I created for myself because of my disobedience, God held me as I cried. He has never turned His back on me. Even though I have left Him many times. 

When life is especially tough, if we will just hang in there, then God will show us how to overcome every hardship. We are His precious children and He wants to help us. God also wants us to desire His help. He wants us to put Him in the very center of our lives. When we allow God to be our Shepherd, then He will lead and guide us in every part of our lives. 

I love it when I’m aligned with Him. When my heart is yoked with God, then my soul sings. I will find myself singing His praises all day long. It makes me want to pray and do His will. I love the joy of the Lord, and I want to walk with Him. I want to spend my life doing His will and worshiping Him. 

Nothing in this world compares to His sweet spirit. There is no substitution for the spirit of God. When He moves in my heart, then I am satisfied and joyful. Even in the midst of heartache, my God can bless me with His sweet spirit and cause my soul to sing. 

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

God is so great! He knew the exact mom I would need to help to mold me into the person that He wanted me to be. Growing up, my mom was tough on me. She never allowed me to use my scars as an excuse. Anytime I tried, she reminded me that I can do anything. As an adult, when things get hard for me, I can still hear her voice of strength and encouragement and feel her love. 

Being a mom is the most challenging job that I have ever had. My heart desires to do a great job and to raise respectful, loving,  kind, compassionate, amazing children. Honestly, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. I go to God so many times and ask Him to help me. God reminds me time and time again to just love them. 

When I love them, then I am not judging them. My love covers them in prayers every day. My love wants them to succeed and cries with them when they fail. My love tells them about God and then turns them over to God because He knows what they need. He sent His Son to die for my children. God loves them more than I do. Knowing that truth sets my heart free. I don’t have to be a perfect mom or to try to raise perfect kids. I just need to be a loving mom. 

My kids will mess up at times and make mistakes. During this time, I can be mad at them and punish them, or I can show them about grace and unconditional love. As a mom, I don’t need approval from the world. I just need the love of my children. When we can walk in God’s unconditional love, then that’s all we need.

For my kid’s birthdays, I put Happy Birthday sticky notes all over the house. When I woke up this morning, my kids had put Happy Mother’s Day sticky notes all over the house. It was a reminder to me that they are watching me. And the love behind their precious sticky notes brought me to tears. Every day I hope I can be the kind of my mom they need and love them as God loves them. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Consumed by God's love

God’s love is the greatest gift bestowed upon us. Love has the power to heal, to end wars, to mend broken hearts, to comfort us, to help others, and to give us eternal salvation, etc. It is such a beautiful gift, and yet we don’t use it as we should. 

1 Corinthians 13:2-7 (KJV)
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity is the love of God. We need to allow God’s love to lead us and to guide us. What if we allowed this great love to inspire our lives. Can you imagine how great our lives could be? 

I desire for God’s love to consume my life. I want this charity to be in the center of everything that I do. Every day I want to walk in God’s great love and to share it with everyone. The same love that held Jesus on the cross is in my heart. I want to learn to use it as Jesus did. 

I want God’s love to help me to bear all things, believe all things, hope in all things, and endure all things. Then, I will know the true power of God’s love. I know that regardless of my problem love is the answer. 

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