Meet me Here, Lord

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Do you know when you hear a certain phrase over and over? It is on repeat in your mind. You hear it on the radio, you read it in books, you see it in the newspaper. I feel like sometimes I am not paying attention and the Holy Spirit is like “AMY! HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?” And on rare occasions, haha, I hear it quickly yet more often it takes a few times for me to say, “duh! I hear you God”.

This weekend, while watching a sermon on the computer, the pastor spoke about having the Best Year yet. I loved how she said, in order to have the best year, we need to keep getting better. We aren’t going to wake up tomorrow and have it all together right? We may like that but its not practical because there isn’t much in life that we don’t need to work at or practice to become better. Even the most skilled folks need to practice. You know that old saying, Use it or Lose it. It is so true.

Then one of my very best friends, soul sisters, shared with me that she felt the Word of God was like a muscle that needs to be used or we lose it. It is active and real and if we are not in the Word, how do we expect to hear Gods whispers? And sometimes for me, God may be using one of those huge megaphones. Sometimes we need to just be quiet and listen. When my friend and I were talking, we both felt in agreement that if we are not meditating on Gods word and the things that He is telling us, it is far too easy to forget those lessons.

See God rescues us and molds us and uses us but we have to believe and we have to be in communication with Him or else we may miss the mark.

Some days are harder and we are stumbling over ourselves and tripping through life. But God is always there to reach out a hand and help us up because He is such a loving God. He doesn’t want us to go through it alone. As I sit here and type, its raining outside and what a beautiful sound! As the rain pours down onto the garden, I am reminded of that word, “pour”… because I have felt a nudge this week from the Holy Spirit to remind myself that God is pouring His grace on us all the time and we are not alone. We need to get out there and out of our comfort zone and see what God has in store for us. He does not call us to a place…. He calls us to follow His word and His purpose for our lives. He will not leave us and He wont make us go through it by ourselves but He wants us to get out there and start living the life he has given us unafraid and willing to take a chance for Him because He took the ultimate chance for us.

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So my beautiful friend, if you are reading this, will you delight in your heart that you are not alone. You don’t have to run after anyone other than running towards our Good Lord. Let Him rescue you from whatever is burdened on your heart. He does not want you to grieve by yourself. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, sick or healthy, rested or frustrated, suffering or in a season on the mountain top, because God is our Amazing Grace. We can praise Him through all things because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Jeremiah 29:11).

Ask God to meet you where you are… no matter where that may be… and ask him to cleanse your heart from any burdens you are carrying and do not be afraid to share them with Him because His Word tells us that He is our Rock and our Rescuer. We can be free from sin forever because of Christ.

Blessings my friend,

Take heart in the beauty of our God.

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Free at last…

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, some fifty five years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stood and spoke one of the most influential speeches to date. “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty, we are free at last”.

It is a funny coincidence when something comes up in our homeschooling that my Bible Study has me learning about as well. Freedom is a unique word. A lot of times we know we are free, yet we live as if we are still chained to the floor with shackles. We live in constant fear or panic and our hearts are always in a state of worry. And for what? Worrying doesn’t solve one thing. In fact, Christ tells us to give all our burdens to Him.

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Galatians clearly tells us in chapter 5, verse 1 that Christ has set us free. Dr. King fought so hard for freedom for everyone, not just select few, not just for his family, but for everyone. He had a passion that was evident when you read or listen to his iconic, I have a Dream speech. It brings chills to your backbone, to think that sadly some still live in that state of segregation and pain. I always remember that childhood song that said, Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Jesus doesn’t look at us and see the color of our skin. He sees the quality of our heart, the words that we speak, the thoughts that we think, the actions that we do (or sometimes the ones we don’t do).

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Amen to this quote above. In the end, we are all going to the same Heaven if we have accepted Christ as our Savior. There is not going to be an African section, an English section, an Australian section or even a Vietnamese section. We are all going to praising God in the same church pews, and on the same gold lined streets.

Be proud of your differences. Be proud of the things that make you uniquely YOU! Meryl Streep once said, “The things that make us different or weird, are our strengths”. How very true. I don’t have to be like you and you don’t have to be like me. We can  have differing opinions, and we can still love each other. I think we need to make a stand as children of Christ and empower and encourage each other. We need to not live in fear or constant worry of the past that doesn’t define our future or of the future that is not yet written. Our scars need to be celebrated because it tells our story. We may be bruised from our past but we can celebrate our future. We have a choice and we need to take a stand today. Take a stand for our children. Take a stand for our future. Take a stand to stand tall even if we are battered and bruised. Take a stand and get back up.

We need to drown out the negativity and be brave enough to stand tall in our quirks and differences. We can march to the beat of our own drum and still stand together holding hands as Dr. King envisioned no matter our race, our beliefs, our language, our bruises, our scars.

Will you stand with me today?
Will you take a stand for yourself and celebrate our differences?

Let us find freedom together.

Look out world, because here we come.

 

Grace in the midst of Mess

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In the middle of your mess,
God is busy writing your message.

Time moves on whether we like it or not. Look at any clock and the hand is ticking by so fast. When the New Year arrived, I knew in my heart that something needed to change and that I needed to get back to some of the things I used to love doing in order to continue transforming myself into who God intends me to be.

2017 was a big year.

I turned 30!
I got rid of those pesky wisdom teeth!
I homeschooled my son!
I got in touch with my inner artist!
I lost 50+ pounds!

2017 was also filled with so many messes and clutter that I had to sweep out.

It was hard.
There were many tears shed.
I said goodbye to a lot of people, bad habits, expectations and failed attempts.

However, no matter how messy my life just happened to become, I knew God had my back. Not every day was peachy, but there was definitely joy in every day. I don’t believe that God intended us to walk around with a fake plastered smile all the time. He does intend for us to live full of joy even in the midst of sorrow. You know a lot of times we get ourselves into theses messes and expect God is just going to pluck us out of the middle of this crazy, messed up mix of life that we find ourselves in and I think that sometimes He must sit in his throne and just say, “My child, You made your bed” but He is a God of pure love and grace. It doesn’t mean we wont get disciplined or we wont weather any storms. It just means that we always have a shoulder to cry on, and we can always trust that no matter how deep of a mess we dive into headfirst sometimes, He is always there to pull us back to the surface.

See the grace of God is a gift that is undeserved and yet never runs out. Grace has nothing to do with us and so much to do with what an amazing Creator we have. God doesn’t just give us a second chance, he gives us a third, and a fifth and a tenth because let me tell you, sometimes WE NEED IT! I know I sure do.

This year, my word of 2018 is “Shifting Balance” because I want God to keep me grounded when the world shifts. It isn’t a matter of IF the world will shift, its a matter of when because God promises us that we will have trials and that sometimes the more we are doing what we are supposed to, The enemy is sneaking around ready to attack because he wants to see us fumble in the dark in our mess. The enemy is cunning but we need not be afraid because God will hold us and stand above any mess that we could ever create. He tells us that we can move the mountain ahead of us with the faith of a mustard seed.

Anne Lamott once said, “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace, only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.” How beautiful! What an amazing thought that yes we may be dirty and dark and down in the well but Gods grace lights up that darkness and shines the light where it needs to expose things in order for us to recover completely and to be saved by grace. See grace is a gift that nobody deserves but everybody can have just by simply asking Christ to come into your heart. And it isn’t a one stop shop where you will never need to ask again. I think the true meaning of being a Christian is realizing that in order to have a true relationship with Christ amidst the mess of life is that we need to be asking for Gods grace to cover us each and every day and spending time with Him in the word. His word is alive and it brings joy, true joy, to our soul. It gives you a pair of rose colored glasses to view life through… so that things don’t seem quite as dark when we are standing in the middle of our messy lives.

Step into the light of Grace…

Encourage, Empower, Enlighten
Blessings,

Amy

Changing my mindset

Sometimes, we need to change the way we think because if we keep on doing and thinking the same way, how is anything supposed to ever change?

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ‭‭[Romans‬ ‭8:37-39‬]:

In the past, I have allowed myself to get into a bitter mindset when it came to my infertility journey. I tried, I lost, I tried again, I lost another, I tried yet again, I lost yet again. You see the cycle was not becoming something I enjoyed enduring. I got the distant “I’m sorry’s” and the “Again?” and the best one, “You really shouldn’t try again”. And I would get that into my head and wonder, ‘should I really never try again?’ ‘Why do all these other people get more than one baby?’ However, that’s a dangerous place to be living in the land of why’s and what if’s and how come’s. That land is no mans land and sometimes its hard to return from that destination.

And as horrid of a place that was to be, I kept finding myself creeping there in the depths of my heart after each loss. Each time, I pulled myself out because I didn’t want to be there feeling that way. I like being optimistic and life full of rainbows and happiness but I admit there have been times, when the rainbows felt like they were never coming and the happiness was just a façade for the world.

Once I returned from that ugly trip for good, I decided enough was enough and I would give myself time to sort out my feelings. I would be happy when someone was pregnant and expecting and I would truly get excited to share in their successes and joys and not ever return to that fretful place in my heart ever again. Because hope is a magical thing that leads us to the land of rainbows and glass half full kind of outlook on life. Hope gives us back what was taken away when we were in despair.

So because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfilment. Rom 8:25   Richard Rohr writes, “IF YOU ARE NOT trained in how to hold anxiety, how to live with ambiguity, how to entrust and wait—you will run—or more likely you will “explain.” Not necessarily a true explanation, but any explanation is better than scary liminal space. Anything to flee from this terrible “cloud of unknowing.”  CLICK THE IMAGE TO KEEP READING:

With true joy, my heart began to heal from all the things I had been through. I returned home and went on an amazing vacation to my favorite happy place, Disney World, which always just puts me in a good mood. I came back from that trip with a renewed sense of hope and faith in my Creator. It is far too easy to book a one way ticket to No Mans Land and have bitterness and ugly build up in your heart. I made a conscious effort to never go there again.

I started searching for verses and talking to the Lord each morning and the more I talk to Him, the more I talked and listened, the more I heard. Something changed in my heart and I started not only just talking with Him, but I found myself having meaningful prayers with God like never before. Its vulnerable telling others about things that trouble us but I felt a sense of need to share my stories with the world in this way. I have been a believer since I was a little girl, baptized since I was a teenager and have always tried hard to study and learn as much as I can, but for the first time in my life, I feel a yearning and a sense of peace talking with God and I am glad I found this place of contentment.

During one of my studies, I have been reading and writing out Romans 8. There are so many treasures tucked inside these verses that I have read before yet never truly “heard”.

This week, if you have a difficult conversation coming up, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with his power. If you have a lot to do or if there's something that makes you anxious or stressed, pray, "Holy Spirit, fill me with your power." #UnstoppableGod: See the Bible tells us that we are not set aside. God is with us all the time. He has not forgotten or will never forget us, especially when we are in need. But this verse, Romans 8:26, goes a step further to tell us that not only is God never going to leave me or you but the holy Spirit PLEADS for us and PRAYS for us when we don’t know what to pray. I always would sit back and look at others when they were praying and say, “Wow, Lord,  THEY SURE KNOW HOW TO PRAY”. But all the while, when I couldn’t the right words, The Holy Spirit was finding the words for me and praying them for me in a way that words cannot express.

I will take it even one step further… a few verses down in this same chapter…. it tells us that Not only is God for us, not only is the Holy Spirit pleading for us, but Christ sitting at Gods right hand is praying for us as well. Jesus Christ is taking the time to PRAY FOR YOU and for ME. Take a moment and think about that.

Romans 8:28 God works all things for good:

God has not forgotten me. God has set me apart for a reason. Gods reasoning is far better than my own. And Romans 8:28 tells us that we should KNOW that ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love Him. You see, I may have lost babies and pregnancies but all the while, God is working something magical and It is not my time yet.

Maybe its your time right now. Maybe its your best friends time. Maybe just maybe my time is coming very soon, but I know that no matter when or if it may come, God has a plan and a purpose for me and for your life that we cannot see right now.

As I write this morning, Hurricane Matthew is approaching the Bahamas. He is a big one. But my God is bigger. Matthew is strong, yet my God is stronger. Matthew is unpredictable yet my God knows all. I pray for the families that have lost their loved ones in this massive storm. I pray for the islands and the land and the earth that Matthew will affect over the next few days. I pray he continues to weaken and to pick up speed and go out to sea where he would not be a bother to any lives. In all this we pray, in Jesus name, Amen.

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Peace be with you. Peace be with my Bahamaland as we get hit with this storm. And as I travel the uncharted waters of my infertility journey, I pray that these verses will comfort you in whatever deep waters you are facing in  your life too.

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting…

Waiting; described in Merriam Webster dictionary as

  •  to stay in a place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, etc.
  •  to not do something until something else happens

  •  to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon

 

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James 5:7 tells us, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain”.

Is it just me or does everyone find it hard in the time of waiting?

I really love how one of the definitions was to not do something while we wait for something to happen. When I think of not doing something, I think of being still and perfectly at peace doing nothing, not a lazy type of nothing just a serene type of nothing. But it also is difficult to just sit around all full of peace and serenity while we want things to be happening. Right?

Then we think of what James writes in the Bible, ‘waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain’. We are to think like a farmer waiting for the precious fruit that he has worked over. My Dad is a farmer and I watch him with grace tend to his trees as if they are his children with patience and love. I think it is why he grows so many different amazing things. His trees never for an instant doubt that he is going to water them or not prune them when they get too bushy.

Jesus is said to be our gardener and our farmer. Sometimes we are in the grove of our lives just waiting to be watered and pruned as the weeds grow up around us. However, if we do not practice patience, we may wither just as the tree would if not tended to properly.

Sometimes in these seasons of waiting, we look around and we let envy creep into our hearts and we need to weed that out right away or it can choke us like a weed chokes a vine in the garden. Envy can fester inside our hearts and just look ugly.

I don’t know about you, but I know I do not want an ugly heart filled with envy and weeds growing up around me choking the joy and life out of my body.

There has been much on my heart lately in this time of wait. I have to embrace this time and spend more time with God watering me with his words and filling me with his presence so that the time passes without worry and envy.

There is a time for everything and God is good ALL THE TIME.

Are you in a time of waiting as well?

Are you looking at others lives and thinking, Why not me? or Why me? Let us weed our hearts today to make sure that we are truly living a life of joy and peace in our time of wait.

God already has a plan for you and for me and it is in these moments, he wants us to turn to Him and to rest in the assured faith that He is with us.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible says,

“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven

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This may be my season of waiting.

I embrace it and give it all to God.

Silent Prayers

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Six years ago, at this very moment, I was sitting in a hospital bed mightily uncomfortable. At 38 weeks 5 days, I remember the nerves radiating throughout my entire body as I had been in labour for quite some time already. Things weren’t working quite as they should and we had to wait till morning to see the doctor. Every moment that went by, I whispered silent prayers for my body to hold out and start to work properly. I thanked the Lord that my baby was still bouncing around in there and just not wanting to come out yet. Little did I know, it would be many hours longer and into the next morning when the doctor came to check me, only to tell me that I was not dilated even a centimeter. I felt defeated and discouraged that I was not going to have the picturesque textbook birth that I had dreamed of with my doula by my side and my husband on the other with the smell of coconut breeze burning on the candle by my bedside. However, the prayers that God answered came at 1:38 p.m. on August 15th, 2008 when amidst the harshness and frigid temperatures of the operating room, I first heard my baby cry.

 

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When I looked into those beautiful blue eyes for the first time, those silent prayers that I had been praying, God had answered in the most magical way.

The bond that a mother shares with her child cannot even be described; having them grow inside of us is a true miracle from God and I think he wanted a mother to have her baby and feel that love so that we can truly understand the love that he has for us.

Over the past six years, I have watched that beautiful newborn grow and mature into the most amazing little boy. He is charismatic and full of life and just is a barrel of curiosity and love. His compassion for the world and all those who live inside it teaches me every day and reminds me to take a deep breathe and stop living in a rushed manner. He does things his way and I love that he seems to be a born leader except not in a bossy way, in a strong and confident way that I can just tell he wont get taken advantage of in his life.

He loves to tell jokes… His favorite one right now is:

Knock Knock,

Who’s there?

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you glad to _____________________.

sometimes he fills that in with give me a kiss, get me a drink please, give me a hug, get me ready for bed etc… And then he always ends it with “Get it?” HAHA

I love the things he comes up with and I seriously sometimes wonder if he has been around before because let me tell you, they crack me up. However, being a teacher, I have found that this age is filled with testing the limits and seeing what they like best because the world is just at their fingertips. He is heading into first grade in two weeks and I get to be his teacher. I am blessed to have gotten the past three years as his mommy and teacher and so incredibly blessed that I get to teach him this year as well. I get to watch him grow in leaps and bounds this school year as he heads for new adventures, new challenges, and new friends.

I love him more and more every day and I never think it could be possible to love him more until the next day arrives and I have surpassed my expectations and the love has just exceeded and continues to grow.

So tomorrow, I will not be writing or online because I will be spending the day with my beautiful, vibrant, amazing little boy, Wyatt; but for now, I will enjoy every moment that we have left of my little five year old, because this moment, this day, this night, this mark of time will never come again and when I look back on this day, I will remember having the most fabulous day with him preparing for his sixth birthday party; Curious George Extravaganza at the beach.

Happy Birthday my love.

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So before I close this out tonight, I will say another silent prayer to the Lord and thank Him for every day that He has blessed me with over the past six years and for sending me such an amazing little boy to raise and nurture and love.

Free “a prayer for my children” printable! This prayer is based on Colossians 1:9-11 and is a beautiful prayer of blessing and empowerment for your children.

Blessings to you,

God is Here

-- C.S. Lewis

As life has been so busy lately, I sit here and just think back to try and remember just a few weeks ago before the hustle

and bustle of getting my new job, before I started decorating my new classroom, before when all I had were hopes that I was clinging on to, and it is so hard to remember.

Isn’t that something how at one moment in our life we can be in the midst of the greatest chaos every and yet not remember the times of stillness. When these moments

of chaos grips us in our life, we need to remember this quote from C.S. Lewis;

Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.

When my days have been numbered, I want to be remembered for others seeing the Lord through my life.

I want the Lords goodness and mercy to shine through me each day from my life and into those who surround me.

Some days I can feel it and some days I feel like I am far off from this goal; However, no matter if I am close today or not, as long as I am striving toward my goal, I am doing great.

No matter what you are going through today, just remember that the Lord is with you, YES YOU, He is with you right now.

Sometimes we want to question ourselves and ask why things happen or why we go through things and sometimes things don’t go as we had planned.

Today, I had planned to take a new friend and her kids down south on our Island for the afternoon. She got an unexpected call, and had to take her mommy to the doctor. Sometimes our plans get thwarted and that is OKAY.

God has your best interest

We don’t know what God saves us from.

But God knows.

God knows us and our life plans and he will not put us through unnecessary harm. Sometimes we make choices and those choices lead us down roads where we learn a life lesson, but sometimes our choices lead us to a better place even if the beginning part of the journey is tough on our hearts.

So when the going gets rough, and you feel like you keep getting a door shut in your face, don’t quit. God has your back, and he wont ever let us down.

Its like sometimes when you are paddling out in the ocean, and you repeatedly get knocked down by waves, You push and fight your way to get to surface so that you can get OUT of the water. When your life is heading for big waves and you are getting knocked down over and over again, KEEP FIGHTING back and you will get back up. Sure, your feet my hurt from the rocks or your head may pound from all the salt water, but in the end, You managed to get back up and walk to shore!

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So don’t worry. Whatever it is you may be going through today, God is with you! God is good! God is listening! Go to Him right now and thank Him for the blessings you have around you and sleep well knowing that you are not alone. We all have days when we are treading water, but there will come a moment when this too shall pass.

Be brave.

Be strong.

Be filled with Gods courage and love, because he will shelter you beneath his arms like the wings of a mother dove.

Blessings to You,

 

 

 

Time Flies…

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Where does the time go?

I cannot believe it was April 27th when I last wrote on my blog. 

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The last few weeks have just been so busy but filled with wonderful things. In May, we were busy with my 85 year old Aunt who travelled all the way from the Aussie-awesome land down under.

Here are some cute critters from Australia:

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She is so awesome and I cannot believe she is still such a world class traveler.

After she left, I was wiped right out but we had finished my little ones schooling for Kindergarten. Hello First Grade…. He had his placement test for a little school on the island that will suit his transition into the world of Elementary school. He passed it with flying colors… I was Super PROUD.

We started summer routine of reading, little printables that I found to keep him occupied, and lots of fun in the sun.

I also started Chalean Extreme in May. Completed my Burn Phase with losing five lbs and 22 inches overall. I also completed fifty miles for May! 🙂 which I Was extremely proud of!

The past few weeks, since I took over the Sunday School teaching at my church, I have been teaching the kids about the ten plagues leading up to Moses crossing the Red Sea which will be week after next. The children have loved it.. and been so receptive to my Clip Chart Behavior System. I have not literally had to use it hardly at all … other than to move them up of course. From the youngest 2 year old to the oldest who is almost 10 … I have been loving getting teaching practice.

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Right now, we are all sick. (PRAYERS MUCH APPRECIATED) Not that I Was having a “bad” morning, but I definitely had to just pull every gumption out of me to get out of bed and do my duty to those gorgeous kids. I kept my distance, and praise the Lord because I did not have to cough or blow my nose ONCE during Sunday School. I taught and the Lord gave me the strength…

It’s just a little summer cold, but they make you feel icky nonetheless.

So lots of fluids for us and some rest and relaxation.

Since I am resting so much,

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Feel free to leave a comment below or email me personally if there is anything I Can pray for you or someone you know!

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.