Loves Us Enough To Heal

TRUST HIM TO HEAL…..
I am a big fan of Christian Activist Christine Caine, who has been a big inspiration for this blog as well. One such story that she tends to share to inspire others is one of healing. A few years ago, Christine was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her trachea. Since her calling from God is to use her powerful voice to spread HIS message to others this could have been very frightening, but she used her faith to keep her strong. Through this faith in HIS love, she was both healed and able to keep her voice to continue HIS good work!

This was obviously HIS love showing up as this was the story that I remembered when I suffered a pretty massive cat bite last week. This deep bite was suffered on my right (writing) hand. Although I was hesitant to receive medical treatment, instead trusting God to heal me, I took the advice of my boss and went to a local urgent care center that put me on a round of antibiotics.

I am not a real fan of taking medication and have had a bad reaction to these type of meds in the past. Knowing that I was being pushed by the one that loves me more than others, I took the meds and prayed continuously to the ultimate healer. The most miraculous part was that I was not only healed to full function of the hand that HE has given me to spread his message, but this happened in two days! In fact, I was able to stop the antibiotics early. Although I experienced some mild complications from this medication, I was also healed from this in one day.

So, no matter what you are in need of healing from remember that the HE LOVES YOU enough to heal you. Whether mental, physical or spiritual he is always there.

By GRACE….

For it is By Grace….
While God made me in his image, I am still in this World, which means that I am still weak and will make mistakes.  In fact, we will all make mistakes. One of my biggest fears throughout my life is that of disappointing others, including the GREAT I AM.

Today, I felt such a surge of relief when He once again reassured me that it is BY GRACE that I am saved and not by my PERFECT WORKS. So, when you start to doubt that HE loves you because you have made a step out of what you consider his line of forgiveness, remember that it is by GRACE that you have been saved and given his PERFECT LOVE and not because you have made all the right decisions in life.

God Loves the Imperfect

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23)

If you live in this world, you are well aware of just how judge mental we can all be. In fact, it seems like all we each do every day is try to hide our imperfections from everyone else. We even push ourselves to extensive limits so that we can either impress or not disappoint others.

While I grew up in a Christian household, I was born with a severe fear of “not being good enough”. Every time that I attempt to break up with this deep-rooted sense of fear something comes back to knock me down. I even had a dream recently that pointed out this deep seeded root to me.

While this was scary, I realized that God was trying to  show me just how my imperfections allow for his perfect love and strength. As I have continued to dive into the word praying and wishing for this root of imperfection to be removed from me. Today, I opened my bible to find a scripture that opened my eyes.

Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But HE said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, for power is PERFECTED in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

So, instead of trying to prove that we are in some way perfect to the rest of the world that really doesn’t care about us anyway, let’s do what this scripture also says…

Gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me (or us).” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

For we are the light of this world through HIS LOVE and we all can become perfected and help others who need to find HIS LIGHT through us. Embrace yourself today as the Child of God that you are – imperfections and all!!

 

God Loves A Rebel

Although one might not expect God to love those who rebel against society, I was excited to receive his message yesterday. While enjoying a family trip to peaceful Grayson County, VA I first noticed his message while witnessing a tree growing out of a rock.

Who has ever expected a mighty oak tree to grow and stand tall in a rock vs. from the ground? This was just the first look at his message. As I prayed for God to give direction to HIS beloved, this morning he once again reminded me of the story in Ezra (Chapters 4-5) about the rebellious builders of Judah who set out to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem.  Though everyone, including Chancellor Rehum, ordered that the build of this temple be ceased, rebellions like Judah and Benjamin continued to keep the dream alive by rebelling against society.

Despite the temple not being built until the rise of Zerubbabel, HIS rebellious team believed in their calling and did what it took to fulfill HIS plan despite what society thought or did to them.

For many years, I have tried so hard to “fit in”, but I am ready to stand out and be one of “HIS rebellious”.  Are you with me?

 

 

 

Finding Comfort in HIS Love

For the Lord has comforted His people, and will have Compassion on His afflicted ones. (Isaiah 49:13)

Although many of us are blessed to be called children of God, this does not mean that we are exempt from hurt or pain. This week has definitely proven this to me as I have seen so many people enduring a tremendous amount of pain. Although there is and will continue to be pain in this world, what has brought my focus back from the sadness that I have seen happening all around me in the last few days is HIS Love.

Yesterday, I once again came to Papa asking him to comfort my heart as it ached for others that I have witnessed enduring unspeakable tragedies over the last few days. As I opened my Bible He, once again, was able to provide the words that I needed to here that brought peace to my breaking heart.

While many, including myself, often feel alone and abandoned when tragedies strike, He once again reminded me that both God as well as our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ are always with us.

Zion says: The Lord has abandoned me; The Lord has forgotten me! Can a woman forget her nursing child, or lack compassion for the child of her womb? Even if these forget, yet I will not forget you. Look, I have inscribed on the palms of My hands. (Isaiah 49:14-16)

So, anytime you feel darkness moving in, like a child does with his/her mother or father, let Him wrap you in his arms of comfort and remind you that he will “never leave nor forsake you.”

My prayers are for all those who read this and are in need of HIS loving comfort and peace. Feel free to comment so that a prayer circle can be started for you and your loved ones.

 

The “F Word”

Ok, how many were shocked by the title of this blog post and were wondering where the “F” word belongs in the Christian language? Actually, this one of the most powerful words in God’s powerful language.

Nope, it is not the word that we all “in the flesh” think of when we hear someone make reference to the “F Word”. Earlier this week I prayed that God would give me time to get back to my writing and sharing his message for HIS people. The funny thing is that he began to give me time, but I wrestled with what his next message was for each of us (Not just me!!).

Last night, he revealed this message to me. Sharing the importance of HIS “F Word” – Forgiveness.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” (Ephesians 4:32)

The first instance of God asking me to share his message of forgiveness was while leaving a Zumba class that I attend each week. Although, I attempted to share the importance of “Forgiveness through HIM” with a friend that is dealing with a very demonic force that is attempting to blow her family apart and leave them in ruins, this message wasn’t quite received the way that I had hoped or thought that it might be. How did I recognize this evil force? This same force tried to take my mother from us when I was 16-years-old (guess this is why I recognized it so easily).

While she finally found healing, which she found by forgiving the family members that she was angry at for many years, there are still those of us who are struggling to forgive those who have made serious scars in our lives.

While this may seem strange, but I even struggle with following this rule of faith. Yes, I get angry when I am hurt. In fact, I tried to bring this message home to my spouse last night. While he is a very good man, he has had a lot of hurt in his life and struggles to forgive much of this pain. In fact, he often forgives the person that hurts him and walks away from them completely. This is often very frustrating to me because I have a hard time letting go of people that I have attached myself to. The funny thing is that I am starting to think that God is helping him let go of the pain by walking away from it.

While I almost went to bed angry and hurt by his willingness to walk away from yet another friend that did something that hurt him instead of just moving forward with them in forgiveness, I thank God that he  helped me to see his MERCIFUL & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for both myself and my spouse by helping me see his plan for him through HIS eyes.

While I pray that he doesn’t let a poisonous grudge take over any future feelings toward this person, I pray the same for each us. This includes me! So, before you let anger and bitterness ruin your future, let’s try to look at each person through God’s eyes and remember that he ALWAYS forgives us. Maybe it is time that we do the same!

You want to see a prime example of his forgiving and unconditional love for us? Go back to an old television show that I just had an opportunity to finish. Thank you God as even a fictional show like Saving Grace has made a powerful difference in my life.

Who Am I?

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But Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)

I know that it has been quite a while since I came back to God’s calling. While I have been more busy than ever this is NO EXCUSE.

Although I enjoyed my simple Easter with my family, which once again reminded just how much God loves each and every one of us, I continue to struggle with knowing that I am worthy of this love. Yes, the girl who reminds each and every one of you that God loves you and I UNCONDITIONALLY has her own insecurities.

In fact, I struggle with these everyday. Along with many in this world, I have made my share of mistakes in the past and even in the present. This includes my not spending enough time with the one who loves me always and NO MATTER WHAT.

Despite this, HE has continued to pursue and remind me that he will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). He has also sent me every sign lately telling me that although I am not the world’s idea of a “Perfect Christian” that his mission is true for me. Much like Moses (Exodus 3), who never thought that his past sins would allow him to carry out God’s mission, this imperfect child of God is going to step out in faith and continue reaching out with his message for each of you.

Thank you all for your continued support and most importantly THANK YOU GOD for reminding me that I am worthy of your love and your mission.

A Childlike Faith

A friend of mine sent me this over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to share it. Although this is one of those chain letters that you see going across social media, it was one of the best kinds. I say this because it not only reminds us to have a childlike faith, but to pray that God will bless us with this kind of faith  each and every day. As I read the story of God’s miracle child again I am reminded of what we really need to celebrate as the Easter holiday approaches. God’s true love for each and every one of us no matter how the world may view us.
RememberFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17)
GOD LIVES UNDER THE BED
I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that’s what I heard him say one night.
He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, ‘Are you there, God?’ he said. ‘Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed….’
I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin’s unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he’s 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult. He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them. I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life? Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed. The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child.
He does not seem dissatisfied.
He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work.
He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day’s laundry chores.
And Saturdays – oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That’s the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside. ‘That one’s goin’ to Chi-car-go! ‘ Kevin shouts as he claps his hands. His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights. And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips. He doesn’t know what it means to be discontent. His life is simple. He will never know the entanglements of wealth or power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be. His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it.

He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished. But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax. He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure. He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue. Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere. And he trusts God.

Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God – to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an ‘educated’ person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion. In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith. It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions. It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap. I am. My obligations, my fear, my pride, my circumstances – they all become disabilities when I do not trust them to God’s care. Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of God. And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I’ll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed.
I say this solemn prayer for each of you….Lord God turn our hearts to your decrees and not to material gain. Turn our eyes from looking at what is worthless and give us life in Your Ways. (Psalm 119: 36-37)

A New You

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Although I started this blog to remind you of God’s Unconditional Love, this doesn’t mean that I don’t spend time reading other inspirational blogs/websites. One of my favorites is Girlfriends in God, which I make a point to visit on a daily basis. While the message doesn’t always speak to me the way that today’s message  did.

I, along with many, haven’t had a perfect past. Fortunately, thanks to the love and grace of God I – and YOU – are washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. What do I also LOVE about HIS perfect grace and love? It means that nothing can stop us from receiving HIS perfect love!

As it says in Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

What does this mean going forward? It means that he will always love us UNCONDITIONALLY as long as we come to him and trust him in this love. Do I have proof of this love? Very recent proof actually. Though I am trying to become a more forgiving person, this is definitely a work in progress. Case in point, I am witnessing a dear friend of mine go through a pretty, brutal and messy divorce. One where she is being hurt regularly by the man that she gave her heart to many years ago. Because I care about this friend, I have been admittedly angry at this man and have even encouraged this friend to have no contact with him.

As I seek my heart and the Holy Spirit living within me, I know that I am in the wrong (hello fleshly self). So, I am trusting God to lead me towards forgiveness for this man and to pray that he can be healed from what is leading him to hurt my friend. As long as we stay in our flesh, we will continue to make mistakes and sin. Fortunately, God knows about each of these sins and he loves us regardless. Remember, Jesus died for each and every one of our sins pas, present and future.

So, let’s TRUST HIM and try to become the best IN CHRIST people that we can be.

He is Especially Fond of Us

 

 

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I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved  them as You have loved Me. (John 17:23)

I know that I often share with each of you the experiences that my family and I have, especially during our weekend bible study. Fortunately, this is often where HE provides me with the most inspiration. This weekend wasn’t any exception as my family and I saw an incredibly inspiring film called The Shack

Based on the best selling novel by Canadian author William P. Young, this Christian novel turned movie tells the story of a family man who endures a difficult childhood as well an unspeakable tragedy all which make him question his faith in “Papa”. Despite his becoming angry at his creator, God actually pursues the character and leads him back to HIS Unconditional Love as well as to his faith in the miracles that “Papa” can provide.

I loved this because it both speaks to the message that I am trying to share with each of you, while also reminding me that even though we are sinners (including those who question our Papa’s ways) he still loves us. In fact, he loves us so much that he gave His *One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

If he loves us this much, why would he ever stop loving us? Just come to HIM and remember that he will always love you.