What will you do? It’s your choice. 

Can I be honest? Today was a day I had to choose to hold on to Jesus. Yes, choose. We have a choice to trust God and His word or not trust.  When we trust, we wholeheartedly believe that God sees us and hears us when we make our request known to Him. Our choice to trust Him in the midst of the storm builds endurance and faith. When we choose not to trust, our storm seems to be a bit longer. Why? Because we now have taken our focus off of the King and placed our vision on what is going on. Instead of worshipping, we whine and complain. We look at other people’s lives and compare. When we get out of the posture of worship, our problems aggressively pounce on us leaving us feeling defeated, worried, stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. But when we stay in the posture of prayer and worship, we are renewed. We are given peace, joy, and endurance to keep us going. We are now depending on God and His infinite power to see us where we are and save us as His Word says He does. When we worship, it shifts our lives and causes it to align with Christ. Our worship produces change. Our worship keeps us sane. Our worship draws us closer to our Creator. When we are this close to Him, we have no choice but to focus on Him and His greatness. Our problems can’t live in His presence. 
So while you wait on the Lord, I encourage you to be of good courage and keep walking with the Lord. He is making a way for you even now. Trust Him and believe that He will come through. When He does, it’ll be right on time. Don’t give up. Don’t complain. Don’t compare. His glory will be shown. Remember, His thoughts and ways are above ours. We may not understand the delay, but we understand that God has our best interest at heart. He loves us. Don’t be weary in well doing. Trust God. ❤️

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“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I’ll forever Claim That You’re Still Good

Dear heavenly Father,
I come before You interceding for Your people. Someone is going through. Someone is having a hard time. Someone is down. But I come before You, God knowing that nothing that we face, is too big for You. Nothing that we face is too hard for You to fix. Nothing that has happened or is happening is news to You. You hold our world in Your hands. You know our endings from our beginning. You are a good Father. Help us to look beyond our fears, hiccups, and pain and push to give You the praise in the midst of it. Help us to worship from a deeper place. Help us to honor You with the fruit of our lips. Help us to hold on to Your word knowing that it won’t return void. Many things will change in this world, but one thing is guaranteed, You will remain the same. No matter what is going on, You remain good. No matter how we feel, You remain good. No matter the test, You remain good. In lack, You’re good. In sickness, You’re good. In sadness, You’re good. In the midst of the storm, You’re good. You’re good when all is going well and we will claim the same when we hit a trial. Lord, how mighty are You. Your thoughts and ways are higher than ours. Give us the patience that we need for you to complete a perfect work in us. Give us the joy that will be our strength. Give us the endurance to remain in the race. Give us the peace that will surpass all understanding. Give us Your Word, for it is true and dependable. We will forever give You the praise and the glory. In Jesus Name. Amen. 

He’s able. 

It was a little after 12 midnight on the last day of the month of May when God woke me up. At first, I thought I was making a restroom run. But, it turned out to be a moment with God. A moment to listen. A moment to witness His greatness.

I opened my Bible app and began to scroll through John. As I read, my faith increased. I read about His miracles. I read about His love. I read about His awesome power. The power that lives in me.  

It was then that He spoke “Believe” . 
I encourage you to believe as well. God will perform on your behalf.

Sharing Is Caring

Lord, I just want to share the beauty of Your love with everyone I encounter.

May Your words spoken through me kiss their soul.

May Your Spirit smother every hurt, every pain.

Bring a peace that will flow like a river and wash every fear and doubtful thought away.

Encamp around them through  their daily journeys.

May the dipstick of their joy read “full”.

And Your comforting power bring that racing mind to a complete stop.

 

That’s all.

He’ll heal the hurt

The statement “Hurt people, hurt people” is very true.  If you don’t allow yourself to grow and be healed from the past, you’ll carry that hurt, frustration, guilt, and pain to your future.  Allow the healing process to take place.  Allow God to do a perfect work in you.  Walk in forgiveness.  Walk in greatness.  #OperationMe #LoveYourself #LovePeople #LoveGod #WalkInForgiveness

We can’t worry and trust God

T R U S T  G O D
Even when it looks like all hope is gone.
Even when everything is going contrary to what you’re speaking.
When it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
When you can’t see a way out.
When friends and family turn their backs on you.
When nothing makes sense.
When nights seem long.
When all you wanna do is cry.
When it’s hard to smile.
When it’s hard to get out of the bed in the morning.
When you feel like it’s getting worse rather than better.

Because truth be told, God is with you every step of the way. He said that He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. So, keep speaking. Keep believing. Keep trusting the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and He’ll direct your paths. He is making a way for you. All things are working together for your good. Don’t doubt. Don’t fear. Jesus loves you and He cares. Trust. Trust. Trust. He won’t let you fall! His glory will be shown. It’s not your job to understand/know how He’s going to do it, but its your job to TRUST that He’s going to do it. He’s not a man that He should lie. His word will not return unto Him void. He’s got you! Be still and know that He is God.

Suggested Reads:

Deuteronomy 31:6
2 Corinthians 5:7
Proverbs 3:5-6
Romans 8:28
Numbers 23:19
Isaiah 55:11
Psalm 46:10

Remember…Jesus loves you and He cares!

 


If you’re reading this and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, there’s no better time like the present to invite Him into your heart and life. If you’d like to do this now, genuinely and sincerely pray this prayer…

Lord Jesus,
I truly believe that You are the Son of God. I confess that I have sinned against You and cannot save myself. Please forgive my wrongdoing and let me live in a relationship with You from now on. I receive You as my personal Savior and believe that You have died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead and are alive and can hear my prayers. I invite You to rule in my life and in my heart from this day forward. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Thank You for saving me.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

God said “go” & I said “no thank You”

You ever have that moment in life when you feel like God is literally pushing you to do something and be something you just aren’t ready to do or be? Well, I am currently living this moment…it’s called growth. It all started three years ago when God said “go”.  I said “no thank You. not now”.  Again, I heard “Go”. and my response was “no”. Mighty bold of me, huh? Yes, I know. Some nerve I had!  But thank God for His grace and mercy!! After hearing Him say “GO” the third time, I reluctantly packed my car with all of my belongings, left my world, and drove 600 miles just to end up in the unknown.

Once I arrived at my destination, I unpacked my vehicle, sat on the edge of my bed, and started crying.  I mean balling like a baby!  I had no idea what was happening and WHY this was happening.  I had put on a front for most of my friends and family and acted like this was an awesome opportunity, but now while I alone, the pressure of all that had just taken place (all within a month might I add) overwhelmed me. Questions filled my head…Had I heard God correctly? What have I done? What is going on with my life?

I was 26 working a good job, with good benefits, had my own apt and car, wonderful friends, attending church regularly, trying to grow in my walk with Christ.   (*pause* as I wrote the last sentence, God showed me that the details of the sentence actually listed, in order, my priorities at the time. Wow! Yes, I put Christ on the back burner way too many times.) Anyway, I had more going on in between these things that I may or may not address in future posts.  But all in all, I was pleased with my life and as I think about it now, I understand every question that flooded my mind as I sat on the edge of the bed.

Little did I know, this move would be the second best decision that I made in life.

FYI…deciding to live my life for Christ was the first.

Stay tuned. To be continued…

 


 

If you’re reading this and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, there’s no better time like the present to invite Him into your heart and life. If you’d like to do this now, genuinely and sincerely pray this prayer…

Lord Jesus,
I truly believe that You are the Son of God. I confess that I have sinned against You and cannot save myself. Please forgive my wrongdoing and let me live in a relationship with You from now on. I receive You as my personal Savior and believe that You have died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead and are alive and can hear my prayers. I invite You to rule in my life and in my heart from this day forward. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Thank You for saving me.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

I see you

I see you
I see the smile you wear to cover up the pain
Maybe if you smile hard enough no one will know you are going insane
You’re physically and mentally tired of putting on a front
When will someone hear you screaming “help”
I see you
You’re hurt, frustrated, and depressed
But you can’t even talk to anyone because you’re afraid of them finding out you’re a mess…inside
I see you
So you silently drown in your sorrow
Suffocating
Grasping for air
I see you
You decide enough is enough
I’m ready to exit this life
I can’t take another day of pretending and living a lie
How about I overdose on meds and just die
I see you
Life isnt worth living
It’s a constant struggle
No one understands
Man, where is this bottle?!
I see you
But before you pop that top to the bottle
Let me say
Jesus Christ is the way
Popping pills won’t heal the wounds
Taking your life isn’t cool
What if I told you Jesus sees you too
He’s waiting with outstretched hands to receive you
When will you realize that battle isn’t yours but His
Lay your problems on the altar and leave them there.
He will heal the hurt
He will mend your heart
He sees you
Run
Run into His arms
He’s waiting