Changed & Transformed

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We do not have to wait until the end of our journey to see what we have learned. Learning is a process that happens over time which is why people usually say elderly people are so wise. They did not wake up one day and magically grow wise… it happened a little every day over the course of their life.

This past week, we had a guest speaker come to our church. I had been studying the portion in Wendy Blights beautiful book, Living so That, about John 17. I had never read that quite as in depth as during this study. I had never realized it was the longest recorded prayer between Jesus and Our Father in Heaven. When spoken, it only lasts a few minutes tops, but how intimate and beautiful those few moments between them were. We cannot even fathom some of what is said, we can just imagine what we think it could mean for us.

I went to church for a special night of service, and much to my surprise, God was working on the little details as usual… the title of our sermon that night was,

wait for it…

 

drum roll please…

 

THAT THEY…

Yes which means we read some of our very, SO THAT, verses…

My heart started racing, screaming out inside, “HEY, I JUST READ THAT !!!!!”

It was like the Lord was placing his hand on my shoulder saying, My child, LISTEN….

Then when he told us that the passage we would be digging into was John 17… I just knew that God really wanted me to pay attention.

Isn’t it funny how sometimes you can be thinking of a song and it comes on the radio? I don’t think that its chance, I think that the Lord sometimes knows YOU NEED something and answers our silent prayers. Even if we did not go for the whole, “Please Gimme, Get Me, Me Me Me.”

Sometimes, it is the words left unsaid, are the words God hears the loudest.

I have been in moments in my life, where I have been shaken, and something or someone immediately comes to my rescue.

Thank You Lord for answering my prayer.

I have been in moments of pure joy, when I am so excited that you think the excitement could burst if someone poked a pin at it. God has sent people in my life to rejoice with me.

Thank You Lord for answering my prayer.

I have had a lot of pain through my miscarriages, but God has given me the most amazing little boy to hug every day and teach about the Lord. And maybe just maybe, one day my knowledge of what I have gone through, may help just ONE person.

Thank You Lord for answering my prayer.

So sometimes, trials come so that we may grow in our faith with God, and truly test the waters of our faith to make sure we are not going to throw in the towel and be like, “Pshhhh, God is sending these things to me, so he must not love me.”

WRONG

Quite the opposite my friend, God is testing you sometimes to prove how much he DOES love you and I. Sometimes we make a choice, and it may be the wrong one. God has not taken our free will away. The Spirit guides us to make the right choice but they do not make it for us. So sometimes we end up living through a consequence of our own foolish actions. However, even when we make that foolish choice or even just a not so good one, God does not forsake us. He promises to never leave nor forsake us. And all of us who are weary shall come to Him, and you know what he promises us?

To give us REST.

How comforting. So fear not, my friends, God is with us on this journey… He is in the drivers seat ready and rearing to take us on the ride of our lives… He does not promise there will not be bumps on the road. He does not promise that there will not be mountains to climb, or valleys to endure. He does not promise there will be sunshine the entire way, there could be a few storms on the rise. However, He does promise us that he will be there, the entire time with us.

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Lets Bridge the Gap

April.. The month my beautiful daughter Sarah was born... My Bear she will forever be my bear bear...Even though she has become a beautiful women! I love her and miss her tremendously!!!!

Perseverance bridges the gap between the trial and the blessing of becoming mature and complete, not lacking anything” (page 126) – Lysa Terkuerst.

What exactly does it mean to persevere?

PERSEVERE (verb) = To persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

I really loved this definition, thank you pinterest. LOL

do you see the second part of that definition?

We are to “MAINTAIN A PURPOSE” despite what life is throwing at us; or the devil, No matter the obstacle.

We are to continue steadfastly on our route or journey.

Over the past 11 weeks of Made to Crave and the Action Plan, I have seriously had ups and downs, endured a pregnancy loss, had great weigh ins and some not so great. However, the difference this time is that I have stuck through no matter what came my way and even if I had a rough week, I did not let it derail my progress. We are always going to have a little time in our life when we cannot focus due to things in our lives, but if we try to keep our focus on God and what truly matters and all the little successes, then I think we can persevere and maintain our true purpose.

No matter what fiery arrows are thrown towards us, we need to put our shield up and let God battle those arrows.

(Hebrews 12:1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

I can tell you that if I did not have God in my life, or my faith was not as strong as it is, and my will to continue craving God more than anything in my life was not there, I could not have gotten through anything that has come my way. But because I do have Him in my life, and My faith is continually growing and getting stronger every day, I can face anything.

Sometimes our bridge is shaky,

The Tibetan Bridge -- I don't know if I'd be brave enough to do this walk, but it certainly would be interesting and adventuresome.

sometimes our bridge has shelter,

Pretty covered bridge leading to a beautiful country scene

Sometimes we feel like we will never see the end of our bridge,

The Causeway - The longest (continuous) bridge in the world. Louisiana

Sometimes we feel like we are stuck between a rock and a hard place,

The Bridge of Immortals, China

But no matter what our circumstances, Our God has built us a strong foundation

to walk across, and THAT bridge can not be shaken, crumbled, knocked over, or broken.

From the Ming Dynasty built "Rainbow Bridge", one of the most beautiful bridge in the world.

Foundation of Christ: Laying the foundation, building the house, and what we should do with it.

*I found the images on Pinterest and do not take any credit for any of the images posted today. Blessings !!!!! What beautiful photos!!! thank You to the true photographers or creators.