Let’s support one another

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It is of little importance to me that I should be evaluated by you or by any human court. (1 Corinthians 4:3)

Although I am blessed by God to be HIS child I, along with all of his children in this world, we are all still within the world which means that we still have flaws and weaknesses. What is my biggest weakness you ask? Nope, I am not a chocoholic or anything. I am a worry wart.

In fact, this is my biggest challenge. This is actually why I need HIS Unconditional Love as much as I do. Unfortunately, I am often judged by others when I have one of my “worry attacks” and these often occur more often when I am a bit overwhelmed or stressed about something.

Despite my being judged by others as “annoying” or anything else, I know that each time that I reach out to HIM I can not only feel peace about whatever stresses me out, but also be reminded that he loves me despite this fault.

So the next time you feel judged by others for whatever you feel are your weaknesses are remember that God will always love you Unconditionally.

His Mercy Endureth Forever

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O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 136:1)

Many, like myself, have continued to hang onto our past mistakes/regrets like a badge of honor. In fact, I have often used these as stepping stones to try and improve myself so that I am not only good enough for others, but good enough for God.

Lately, HE has been reminding me that he has forgiven me of my past and that in order to move forward into the future that he has planned for me I need let go and realize that the love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has nailed these sins to the cross.

After a rather challenging week last week, I took to my knees and prayed that HE would once again rain down his Unconditional Love on me. He quickly responded by both reminding me that he will always love me, but also sending me directly to scriptures within the bible to remind me of this.

While I found the first reminder that “His Mercy Endures FOREVER” in Jeremiah, I also found this in Psalms (above), Ephesians and several other times within the Bible. I quickly found out that this phrase appears an estimated 35 times within the Good Book. I guess this is his way of continuing to remind us that he will always love us, all we need to is commit to the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and remember that HE raised his son from the dead to wash away our sins.

Be at Peace Today and remember that HE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!

 

Real Intimacy

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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. (Romans 8: 38-39)

It is that time of the year again – Valentines Day. While there are those of us who enjoy this “so called” holiday, I have never been a fan. Why you ask? I guess the best answer that I can give is that I have never wanted to pressure my spouse into spending his hard earned money on flowers that will wilt and die just to show me that he loves me when he can show me in little ways everyday. I also find it ridiculous for “man” to determine that we should show love on one day of the year when God says that we should show love to our fellow man everyday.

Fortunately, if we follow God’s plans for our lives we can not only find love from one another, but can also realize the ultimate love that he has for us. Despite the pretty trying trial that I have been facing lately, which has had me questioning HIS plan for my life, I still know with all my heart that God loves me.

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So, this Valentines Day I will try to remember HIS Unconditional Love despite the receiving any man made items like cards, candy or flowers. I also feel honored to share this love with each and every one of you. Let’s share this love this holiday season and remember to be kind to one another.

He is Still the God of Miracles

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Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. (Psalm 77:14)

While I am continuing to try to stay patient (isn’t easy for me) for God’s ultimate miracle in my life, I have continued to be reminded that he is the still the God of miracles. I was fortunate to see this first hand last night and I woke up excited to share this example with the followers of those who are looking for examples of just how Unconditional HIS Love really is.

While I have tried to keep reminding myself, despite my circumstances, that God has pulled me out of the “pit” and placed me on the solid rock of Mt. Zion there have been times when I have felt that hard gust of wind trying to knock me back down. As a result, I was once again back on my knees yesterday asking HIM to show me a miracle.

Despite my allowing a weakness in faith to begin making its way into my heart this week, God answered my prayer yesterday and showed me that what looked like an impossibility could become possible if I just believed.

If you are a football fan, you are probably starting to figure out what I am talking about. You would be correct, the AMAZING comeback by the New England Patriots in Superbowl 51 (https://youtu.be/tXMPIbo54Mk). Yes, I am a HUGE FAN of the Patriots and I have been looking forward to our winning this game to be the highlight of a rather difficult week. I was also asking God to make this HIS sign to me that this would be the beginning to a turn around in my life.

After the first half of this game, my faith was once again faltering. Here we were down 28-0 as the clock began to wind down in this game. As the fourth quarter came around, God took this time to show me that no matter the circumstances he could bring about a miracle. That is EXACTLY what happened!! That’s right, the Pats came back to win #SB51 34-28. I realize that this it is just sports, but this was HIS way of showing me that if I just let go and trust him that he can make miracles like this happen.

So, let’s take this and keep our FAITH that HE IS STILL THE GOD OF MIRACLES. That can be any miracle from an amazing SuperBowl comeback to saving your child or even fixing your financial situation. I am so grateful that God loves me enough to forgive me for my weak faith to put me back on Mt. Zion and proving that he will always be there to love me UNCONDITIONALLY.

Remember, he can do the same for you!! Just believe and remember that he raised Jesus Christ from the dead and he is still capable of any and all miracles in the lives of those who believe.

Standing on Mt. Zion

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Fear no more, Daughter Zion. Look, your King is coming. (John 12:15)

Something that I can pretty much look forward to each week is enjoying bible study with my family. Although I love each message that God has to share with us, this week’s message was especially empowering. In fact, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

For those who have been keeping up with my previous posts, you know that I have been looking for full-time work since the end of 2016. While this hasn’t happened yet, God has been sending me some serious signs that he is in the works of making a dream job that I have been hoping for over the last several years become possible.

Along with these signs, our message this Sunday involved standing on the rock of Mt. Zion. I have to admit that I have been on the shakier side of my faith lately, which has made these days of waiting a bit difficult. Fortunately, I have learned that God is just providing pressure in order to make a diamond from the ashes that parts of my life were.

Now, I am dedicated to standing on the firm rock of Mt. Zion vs. that of Mt. Sinai. Do you want to learn the difference? Open up your bible and find out more about what God thinks about you and remember that a broken life can always be made stable and strong thanks to the love and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Light & Victory to the People

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The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom should I fear? (Psalm 27: 1).  My family and I did something kind of interesting this weekend. We Googled our names just to see what would come up. I was blessed to find out that my name (Ellen Nichole) means Light & Victory to the People. I apologize that I haven’t written in a few days, but if I am being honest with each of you I have been in a slightly dark place. 

This place once again had me questioning God’s plan for my life. Fortunately, his easy and rather fun project given to me and my family this weekend made his path a bit clearer. God wants me to be light to others to ultimately bring victory to his people. So, although I have failed him lately, as he says in Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

I will go forward in helping God’s people. So, if you need a little light provided by God’s love please feel free to let me help you find HIS light and victory for your life.

 

Living in a World of “God Things”

god-miraclesNow faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For our ancestors won God’s approval by it. (Hebrew 11:1)

I have been sick lately, which has made me a little more vulnerable to the devil’s wiles and lies.

Despite this, I haven’t let go of the feeling that God is making a miraculous life possible for myself and for the ones that I love.

It is really hard to keep the faith in the things that are not seen, especially when you have pressure setting in to do things like “pay the bills”. Fortunately, God finds ways to remind me of his miracles every time that doubt starts to set in.

If you need examples, remember the story of the walls of Jericho falling after being encircled by the Israelites for seven days. (Joshua 6) or Sarah conceiving way past the age of conception (Genesis 21).

So, instead of listening to a world that is telling us that there is no hope for a miracle, let’s live for a world of “God Things” and remember that he is still a God who cares and is still able to perform miracles through our determined faith.

Building A New Us

futureTrust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

A New Year often has each of us ready to let go of the past hurts and pains from the previous year and ready for a fresh start. With this new hope, often comes a sense of urgency to see a “dream come true” right away.

Maybe this isn’t true for everyone, but for those of us who have stepped off of a cliff expecting to find our wings this is definitely something that a New Year can bring to light.

While I am a Christian, I, like everyone else in this world, am still of the flesh. What does this mean? It means that I will have my doubts and weaknesses at times. This may have been the case over the last week or two, but despite this God has called out to my heart and reeled me back in. So, if you are letting your past disappointments and fears drag you into thinking that 2017 is going to be another disappointing year, fear not. Remember, that God loves you and will always love you. No matter what, if you will turn to him he will not only supply your needs (my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Phillipians 4:19), but will assure that your future is not only a brighter one but much more abundant.

So, what has been one source of my new found confidence? Let me say thank you again God for leading me to Christine Cain (https://youtu.be/dINIpjX_mPI).

 

Moving Forward

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These are probably two of the hardest words to think or write about as I sit in front of my computer screen wondering what is next? Forgive my ambiguity this morning, but I just found out some rather disappointing news. Despite this, I know that I have to keep moving forward. Where these steps will take me next I am a little unsure about, but I know that I can do only one thing right now and that is to Trust Him.

So, as I press on I will remember to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold for me. (Philippians 3:12).

Let’s march into this battle together and pray that all of the pieces begin to fall into place very soon.

Prayer for the Afflicted

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While I continue to worship God, I am still made of mortal flesh and continue to sin and make mistakes on a regular basis. As I am becoming closer to God, I am opening myself up more to own up to these sins and ask for forgiveness through the ultimate gift that we have all been given, the shed blood of Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior.

This week, has been a trying one. I have been out of work since before Christmas after following the path that God set before me as this year came to a close. This has obviously left me questioning what HIS plan is now. While I have tried to patiently await his plan, my patience ran a bit thin this week and I became very frustrated about the affliction that has been set upon me. Despite my frustration and sinful nature, God has poured out his love for me and has not only forgiven me (there is His Unconditional Love again!) , but is using this for HIS good.

As I opened my Bible this morning, God sent me right to a prayer that I believe will help each of us who are afflicted. If you are feeling lost and broken right now, than this prayer is for each of us…

 

hqdefault“Lord, hear my prayer. In your faithfulness listen to my plea, and in Your righteousness answer me. Do not bring Your Servant into judgement, for no one alive is righteous in Your sight. For the enemy has pursued me, crushing me to the ground and making me live in darkness. My spirit is weak within me and my heart is overcome with dismay. I remember the days of old and meditate on all You have done for me. I reflect on the work of Your Hands. I spread out my hands to You; I am like a parached land before You.

Answer me quickly, Lord as my spirit fails. Don’t hide Your face from me, or I will be like those going down to the pit. Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go because I long for You. Rescue me from my enemies Lord. I come to You for for protection.

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground. Because of Your name, Yahweh, let me live in Your righteousness and deliver me from trouble. In Your faithful love, destroy my enemies and wipe out all those who attack me for I (we) are Your servant(s).” (Psalm 143)

“Turn my heart to Your decrees and not to material gain. Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in Your ways and confirm what You said to Your servant for it produces reverence for You. Turn away the disgrace I dread; indeed Your judgements are good.

How I (we) long for Your precepts! Give me life through Your righteousness.” (Psalm 119: 36-40)

AMEN and AMEN!!