Rest & Restoration

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Rest. Can I be brutally honest with everyone who is reading this? This little word has been somewhat frightening to me this week. For those who are coming to this blog for the first time, let me tell you a little bit about myself.  This child of God is a freelance writer, who would rather spend every day sharing inspiring stories than doing anything else. While I have enjoyed moving away from a Public Relations career to one of story writing over the last year or so, there are times when the to do list begins to clear out and the pay is a little less than I would hope. This is, honestly, when the fear starts to settle into my heart. Today, just happens to be one of those days.

The best way I have found to resolve this fear is to turn to The Father and ask for HIS wonderful guidance. After doing so today, he reminded me that it is time to “rest in his very capable hands”. This has given me a great sense of peace, as I know that the one who loves me most while provide a path.

As he also says, not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God (2 Corinthians 3:5). Besides, he is the one who led me to this writing career, why wouldn’t he restore it to its former glory? There is none other that restores more than God and the one who led us to the Father – Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So, if you are in the same boat as me and are wondering whether God has left you high and dry. Let’s remember…

For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before, says the Lord. (Jeremiah 33:11)

 

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Provider of Loving Guidance & Deliverance

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under HIS WINGS shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and armor. (Psalm 91: 3-4)

Along with knowing that God loves us no matter who we are, isn’t it also wonderful to know that he also loves us enough to deliver us from dangerous or harmful situations. What exactly do I mean? Can you remember a time when you were in a job, relationship, or even in a dangerous situation where you felt like things were completely out of control or even falling apart?

While this is a pretty frightening situation, I am so blessed to have recently had the opportunity to take a step back and see first hand how and why he steps in to deliver us when things are at their worst.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, I was in a job a little over a year ago that started out pretty good, but this pretty good feeling quickly faded to one of misery and self doubt on a regular basis. Rather than keeping me in a miserable situation, God asked me to leap into an adventure that he was holding for me. I should say that I immediately leaped into the miracle that he was holding for me, but I let fear lead me until I was more than nudged but more like pushed. Despite being confused and hurt for a short period of time, once I made the decision to keep moving forward doors continued to open up for me.

Today, I enjoy what I am doing and despite not making a fortune as a writer, I am much happier. The best part of this is, despite my questioning myself recently, I was once again assured during a lunch meeting yesterday that HIS GUIDANCE was the correct way to go.

Need another example? My husband was recently in a pretty frightening accident and although he received an injury that needed surgery, this head on collision could have led to much worse. As he continues to heal from this injury, I see first hand Jesus’s powerful healing power over him and God’s love surrounding him during this entire process. He was delivered from death or serious injury and is continuing to be healed and delivered from the rest before my very eyes!

So, if you are in a desperate situation right now remember:

He hath set his love upon you and me, and will therefore deliver us “I will set him on high because he hath known my name.” (Psalm 91:14)

He is Risen!

Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with HIM through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised HIM from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. (Colossians 3:12-13)

Don’t you just love a reason to celebrate? What a wonderful  reason we all had and continue to have in knowing that God has given us the ultimate gift of his RISEN SON our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. So, instead of choosing one day to celebrate let’s choose to Give HIM the Glory each and every day.

THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS MOST PRECIOUS GIFT!! 

God’s Grace For All…Not Just Righteous

I will have mercy, and not sacrifice; for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew (9:13)

Following a rather couple of stressful weeks, I have to admit that I haven’t spent the kind of time that I would like with THE ONE who loves me most. After once again falling down on my knees and praying for forgiveness, HE didn’t turn on me but instead wrapped his arms around me and reminded me that he will ALWAYS LOVE ME and will continue to use me to change the lives of others for the better. In fact, he showed me first hand how he is doing just this each and every day. He has also gloriously showed me how he is doing the same with others that are not people that you and I might consider to be the world’s form of “godly”.

Praise HIS HOLY NAME for all his loving mercy and grace!!!

Saver of Lost Sheep

How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that [sheep], than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:12-14)

Once again, God’s imperfect, fleshly daughter has gone astray in making mistakes like being self righteousness, choosing work over spending time with God and my family, etc.

After finally having an opportunity to stop and take a breath, the one who loves me and you most reminded me that HE STILL LOVES ME and that he will always be there to pull me back to the flock. Isn’t it AMAZING how much HE loves and cares for us?

Have you ever felt the love of Jesus Christ and our Father God pulling you back in? Let’s share our stories!!!

God is Love

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of HIS GREAT LOVE for us, made us alive with Christ Jesus even though we were dead in trespasses, you were save by grace. (Ephesians 2: 4-5)

As we celebrate the world’s official “day of love”, I felt the one who loves us most tugging at my heart to share how much HE LOVES US.

Although I have a spouse, he and I are often very busy people who really don’t do much to celebrate this holiday. Don’t get me wrong he does plenty of things to prove how much he loves me and our fur babies everyday, so roses and candy really are not needed.

Despite this, I still have days, like today, where I need a hug or someone just to remind me that I am loved and important. Last night I was feeling this urge in a big way, especially as I felt everyone was turning their back on me. Of course, this was a lie that the devil insisted to whisper in my ear.

Instead of allowing me to feel alone and susceptible to the devil’s lies, our tremendously LOVING FATHER, who gave us the greatest Valentine’s Day gift ever – Jesus Christ, wrapped his arms around me and whispered what I so desperately needed to hear.

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” saith the Lord. (Isaiah 54:10)

Thank you God for always reminding me that I have your perfect love anytime and anywhere – no matter what.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Forgive & Forget

For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their faults. (Hebrews 8:12)

While I have talked about forgiveness in the past, it was primarily reminding each of us to remember to forgive each other just as He Forgave Us. While I try to remember that our sins are continuously forgiven, thanks to the most precious gift of His Son – our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, I still have days where my insecurity wins out and I feel unworthy of this forgiveness.

One such day was yesterday. Anyone who is a regular visitor to this blog knows that I am often a worrier. Top this off with insecurity and God’s child with a heavenly given talent of writing is stopped in her virtual tracks. As the next step for His loving gift begins its planning stages, which could have begun yesterday, I let fear stop me from moving forward. Although this fear of disappointment stopped me yesterday and I started to wonder if Our Father could forgive me he once again shined down his love and not only gave forgiveness but also removed the insecurity enough to move forward.

Thank you Father for your love. Be sure to follow His Love on Facebook to find out the next steps in what is sure to be a miracle of its own!

A Flood is Coming

 For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills. (Deuteronomy 8:7)

When you think of a “flash flood warning” do you get excited? I know that these three words have never meant good news to me in the past. That is until now. It’s a New Year and while some may be thinking about their resolutions to get in shape, eat healthier, or try new adventures I am excited about the flood that our Heavenly Father is bringing to His children this year.

No, I am not talking about a return to the flood of the earth days of Noah and the Ark, but a flood of His favor. This is all He has been reminding me of this week. The first instance was during my family’s weekly Bible study last Sunday, where we watched a powerful sermon entitled “A Flood is Coming” from Joel Olsteen that actually brought tears to my eyes.

This sermon once again reminded me how much HE LOVES US and is more than willing to make all things turn out for good if we just believe. The second instance was just yesterday when I was directed to the above scripture…

For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills. (Deuteronomy 8:7)

I don’t believe that this reminder was just for me. Instead, He is asking that I share this message with all of you – His Children. So, get ready because God is ready to bring a flood of favor into your life in 2018!

 

Thank You Lord for Blessing Us in the New Year

For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them. (Jeremiah 32:42)

Although there are and will still be those that turn away from His Unconditional Love in the New Year, isn’t it wonderful to know that HE is always going to be there to provide what is needed most?

So, if you feel lost as the New Year continues, know that HE is ready to “provide you with all the good that he has promised” to those who simply turn to him and ask. What a tremendously loving Father we all have.

Who else would actually give of his only child to save us anyway? Let’s celebrate with love in the New Year and each personally witness the good that he has for us.

Feel free to comment on how HIS LOVE has already shown you good in 2018.

 

Blessed Are The Meek…

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

As Christmas Day continues to approach, do you have that sinking feeling that you aren’t giving enough to the ones you love because your holiday budget has been met or already exceeded? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one that feels this way. In fact, I believe that this is the leading reason why people are so stressed out this time of year.

The fact is, I am definitely not high on the totem pole when it comes to jobs or even bringing in the “so-called” big bucks. In fact, I have been feeling a little guilty lately because I simply can’t afford to buy gifts for each and every one of my friends and family.

As I sat praying about this today, God reminded me that I may not think much of myself due to lack of money or the ability to do more with my limited resources, but he sure doesn’t. How cool is that?

In fact, HE has already given us the greatest gift anyone can ever receive. That’s what we are really celebrating, right?

Thank you Father for reminding me of this today!