“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Do you know what it is like to have a week that mentally there is not an ounce of reason left, and you really feel like something that cat drug in from the yard? I have been on that rollercoaster this week. With all my knowledge of God, sometimes the best I could come up with was a song I learned as a young child-“Jesus loves me”. But what truth is in that song!
Somehow I need to express something very important to my readers, especially believers. There are times in this walk that are not pretty, and are very exhausting. The enemy waits for this to happen so that he can pounce on us and kick, and dig into our empty places and create turmoil within us. Sometimes the Lord allows it for a time, but only if HE plans to bring something good out of it. We need to remember above all else, that HE loves us, and does not ever leave us. We need to stop praying to be delivered from ever little thing that causes us discomfort, and start praying to learn what ever we have been brought here to learn. It is truly the purifying fire. We go through hard times to become more like HIM. I have been stuck this week on some different scriptures, that all seem to point to “who do we think we are? Do we really think we will have an easier life than Jesus had on earth? Do we think we are greater than our master? Do we think we can pick and choose scripture to be obedient too?” If you never have stepped out of the bubble of the physical church and touched a heart with kindness, or opened the door for someone struggling…you may not understand why the enemy would want to rip and tear at any one person. If you are not ever experiencing struggles and enemy attack, then I am going to beg you to pray and ask HIM if there is anything standing between you and HIM. I have found that HE will answer quickly.
If you do know what I am talking about…then come to the ONE who can satisfy, and restore. I love that when I feel like the enemy lays me at HIS feet and laughs…my Jesus picks me up and cleans me up and bandages all the wounds, dresses me in the finest clothing, adorns me jewels, and we dance. Surrounded in the most awesome love. I love that HE wraps HIM self around me and HIS strength is apparent to my heart. HE calls me to sleep there, and covers me with HIS robe. HE sings over me. HE reminds me that although it looks like the enemy wins some battles, he has already lost the war!! Does that do good for anyone else’s heart?? It encourages mine greatly.
the enemy is a liar, and he means no one any good thing. Thank you for carrying us when we are to weak to walk anymore. Thank you for filling us with your peace and your joy, that you gladly give to us, when asking. Thank you for being just a cry away, and for intervening on our behalf. Thank you for always bringing something good out of the bad. You truly have our best interest at heart. I am amazed at how high and deep and wide is your love for us. Give us a hunger for more of you, even and foremost in the worst of circumstances. Might we only want you, stretch out our arms and reach for the only One who will ever love us unconditionally, and delights in just hearing our voice directed at HIM. We are desperate for you. Things will only get worse in this world, teach us to hide ourselves in you. You are the only God and there is no other…make it so in our hearts.
your daughter, and princess, who knows there is no life away from you.
(this is a repost from 2007, funny how we seem to go full circle, and here I am again. Thought of rewriting it, but I just couldn’t…Stay close to the ONE who is the safest place to land)
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Decided to repost this from 2009, as the message is incredible, and seems we need to be reminded often. We are not guilty anymore, Mercy is ours!
This is something that has plagued me for many years,..about the time I believe I am walking in the blessing and feeling redeemed, forgiven, and restored..
In my Face! always wondering, how could that have come back to me again in a such a crippling way..When we believe God, have repented, HE promises to take it away as far as the east is from the west, never to belong to us again..we are Free from the past…we are certainly not guilty anymore..I needed this video, and thought maybe you do too..
Not Guilty Anymore-AaronKeyes
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One of the greatest male influences in my life has passed away. He suffered much in the last years with his health, but was a giant to me. I know God placed him in my life at the time when i needed rescued from the world more than anything. He and his wife taught me what a family looked like, how it was okay to screw up, as long i picked my self back up, to ask for help was not a sign of weakness. Helped me through raising a baby on my own, and showed me what unconditional love was. I will never forget him, James Wickenheiser. But I do look forward to the day that i get to see him again while i am face to face with Jesus.
In the end of December/Beginning of January, a blogger wrote a post about One Word that was on your heart, for the new year, not a resolution just a word. Every year end I pray for God to give me something that will help me into and thru the new year. Sometimes its been verses i needed to commit to memory, that at some point in the year, i ended up leaning on with all being. Yeah, HE does that when we ask.
But this year He gave me a word. SURRENDER. Ahhhhh the longer i thought on it, the more mixed my thoughts became. I know that my heart is surrendered to HIM as my King, my Creator, and LORD. But it seemed to mean something else…so casually i put it aside.
As every other year, the year moves on, and soon I am faced with exactly why I need that one thing God has given me.
I learned a long time ago that people fail me, and all my decisions/choices are mine. But God never fails me.
I have been going thru lots of ups and downs, with changes in my life that just had to change. Health issues with family. With each and every heart ache, disappointment, or discouragement, HE stood before me reminding me to SURRENDER these things to HIM. Its not about how well i can take care of me or the ones i love. We all belong to HIM, and HE is doing things we just don’t always understand.
SURRENDER…getting my hands off it, laying down at HIS feet, and leaving it there with HIM..SURRENDER…A lesson I am sure i will continue to learn. Things are going well in our lives, and some rough spots are still in front of us, but breathing easy is due to SURRENDER…
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Do you know this verse? “For by Grace, we are saved through faith, not of ourselves, it is the gift of God” -definition of Grace…it’s a gift, we could never pay it, ever! what a wonderful gift!
A few weeks ago, the temps went to 70 degrees, and it was awesome after a very cold winter. My friend had a tradgey in her family, so my plans were canceled. Deciding quickly to get out in this gorgeous day! Took my son with me (after bribing him with a Slushie). We headed to the river for a quiet and relaxing afternoon. The weather turned very windy, so we decided to go to a location we never go to along the river, that would be out of the wind.
We had the whole place to ourself! Sunshine! Melted river! What a blessing! Soon after we arrived, an old man riding a bike equally as old, came through…and decided to sit right next to us. Finding this rather odd…I paid attention.
He started to witness to me. And we talked some deep things that I studied a few years ago, and I was surprised it was still in the memory bank. Then we got to the Grace factor. Ahhhh, this gentleman was Jehovah witness. My grandpa was also a Jehovah witness, so I am familiar. Our talk changed…He tried very hard to convince me that works are how we get to heaven, and nothing special about it, we will just be glad we made it. (insert huge eyes here )
No doubt, God orchestrated that afternoon. We had a divine appointment. The gentleman left and very sweetly thanked me for the conversation, asked if I would visit his church sometime. I told him no, I love the church I am at, and maybe he should visit me. He spent his whole life seeking for truth. And I prayed as he left…”please let him find the Truth”. Grace, a foreign word to a man who knew his scriptures so well, some what out of context, but knew scripture none the less. He could not fathom, Grace.
Romans 4:4-8 (NLT)
When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. David also spoke when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it:
“oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin.”
All of this, and I was still standing at my wall, and this was the beginning of breakthrough, I realized, I do believe, and I still care about a world that is misled. This appointment was not only for him, it was also for me.
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This is my wall, I’ve been looking at it for so long that I don’t remember when I first got here. So many struggles and so many mixed emotions. All the while believing…believing God is in control, and hoping for the day I will be able to pass from it. Too high to get over it, too wide to get around it, so in my face that it can’t be ignored.
This is what it looks like today. I can now get passed it. The terrain is still a little rough, but the hope of what is on the other side, is anticipated!
Oh sure, I know there will be more walls, and more struggles, and lots to learn. But progressing is the only option. How can one be satisfied to stand or sit at the wall, or even believe that is all that God has for them in this life?
God is always good. God never lies, or deceives in any form. God does not change. God knows all that I have done, and has removed it as far as the east is from the west. God is still changing me into the creation that HE sees me as…God sees the finished product.
Still a little cautious (of this new path on the other side of the wall), Still believing God is trustworthy. God has made many changes in me and in the life that I have. We are now part of a wonderful fellowship of Christians, and no doubt a gift from God. It’s looking more each day that God is opening a door for me to do the type of work I love, and still grow in my faith(without it being challenged constantly). I don’t know the plans HE has for me, but I know that HE has plans.
Key to being at the wall…don’t fight it, stop exhausting yourself trying to bust through it, stop asking to be delivered from it, Ask to learn all that you need to learn so that the wall will fall down, just like the walls of Jericho.
Lessons at the wall, not completed, but stirring a piece of my heart that needed stirred.
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