Footprints in the Sand

When I started writing this blog a couple of months ago, it was mainly for a situation that I was about to face! It was meant to break me and cause an upheaval in life, BUT GOD had a different plan!

This may all be repetitive if you’ve followed my blog. But, my heart is so full as I look back and see how’s God worked through it all! What Satan meant for evil, God’s used for good!

A couple of years ago, I was talking to someone I didn’t even know who’s also a believer. I wasn’t living for the Lord like I should of then and talking to her was a great reminder of what I was missing out on. She and I have since became great friends from this conversation and continually encourage each other. Pretty amazing how God Works

I decided that day that I was completely giving it all to God. I wrote out my prayer request and gave it to another friend who would call/text and make sure I was doing what I had committed to of being in God’s Word every day.

Every prayer started being checked off my list as answered. He’s truly set me free from negative things that had been poured into my mind and that I believed for a long time.

But, now I know that I am who God says I am. There are so many scriptures that I’ve prayed over and over! Psalm 139:14, Genesis 1:27, Psalm 56:8, Luke 12:7. If you struggle with that, this song is a great reminder too!

There’s no greater joy than knowing that and having the joy that He’s given me!

He’s just kept showing me truth through His Words over and over again and has changed my mindset. He’s showed me my gifting’s to be shared with others. It’s complete opposite of how I was living before.

I stayed isolated from the world because of what I believed about myself, feeling unworthy. But, as I begin to pray scriptures and the words to this song, He changed me! The truth is I love people with all my heart and instead of isolating myself from them, God’s given me a passion to share His love with everyone.

To be honest, I’m facing the same situation I was a couple of months ago, but it’s so different now because I know that no weapon formed against me will prosper. (Isaiah 54:17) I know that it’s my fight, but it’s His strength. (Colossians 1:29) I know that we don’t wrestle flesh and blood, but principalities of the dark and we’re mighty with God’s Word in our hand! (Ephesians 6:12) God has all this and He’s already worked it all out!

I have to continually give it to Him though. If I don’t my mind could get carried away with all the what if’s and what could be’s!

I just want to encourage anyone that might be walking through something tough. Give it to God, He will carry you through, He’ll bring people alongside of you that will walk through it with you, He’ll give you strength through His Word and power through your prayers!This poem has been a great reminder for me in times that I felt like I couldn’t make it! We are never alone!!!

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Count your Blessings

As we walk through life we all have a story or a situation that may have changed the direction of our lives. For me it was a divorce with 4 kids.

In the beginning, it seemed like a huge mountain that I wondered how in the world I would climb. But, with God we made it!!! We adjusted to the new normal and life is good!!

As my kids get older, I’m so proud of how they have excelled in life and how resilient they seem to the painful things that came from having divorced parents.

For me, although I have my bad days, God has given me a fresh fire to love Him deeper, know Him more and to love others as He would!

Since I made a commitment a couple of years ago to be daily in His word and turn things around, my life has never been the same!

The same God who performed miracles in the Bible is the same God that has been there for us every step of the way. It’s amazing looking back and seeing how He carried us through. It’s an honor and privilege to know Him personally. He truly has made me stronger!

As I began praying to be more like Him and that I could be a vessel that He worked through, it’s changed me and the blessings in return have been amazing!

I spent some time this week with my college girlfriends. God knew 20+ the friendships that I would need today. They were such a blessing to me then and even more now. It touched all of our hearts to pick up right where we left off……forever friends!

After being with them, I choose to count my blessings in all I have. They are far greater than the tough things we walk through!

Thank you for letting me share!

He’s Still Working on Me

Today, I find myself very thankful for my friends and family that love me through this journey of life! I’m very blessed to have so many behind me!!

I’ve often wondered who I’d be if my life had turned out as I planned it. I know I wouldn’t have the faith and relationship with Him that I do, if it had. His ways are better than my ways and I trust Him with the plans of my future.

A friend of mine always tells me to be become better and not bitter from every situation. A song that we sang when I was little “He’s still working on Me” comes to mind. He’s still working on me every day and in every situation to make me who I ought to be.

My prayer is that I’ll learn and grow from every situation. I am learning that all things truly do work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.

I’ve been so blessed this weekend by my kiddos. Parenting is not easy, especially single parenting. But, I’ve seen my kids grow up before my eyes and achieve their dreams! I’ve seen my own prayers for them and their prayers answered. He is a good, good Father, who will never leave us or forsake us.

May we trust Him and have patience in His will for our lives and in His perfect timing!

Thanks for letting me share

He’s The God of The Hills and Valley’s

I’m not sure where to even begin as I write this week.

God is doing great things in my life. He’s healing me, He’s shaping me and as it’s been spoken over me, He’s taking me further than I’ve ever gone before. All exciting things, but we still have to face life’s issues and when we strive to walk closely with The Holy Spirit, the attack’s of the enemy come at us stronger and stronger. I’ve been pushed this week by people that I love and love me right back to become better. To take control over things that I can change to do things the best way possible!

The good news is if we’re rooted in God’s house, in His Word and and passionate in our prayers, the enemy won’t win!

I would so encourage everyone to get plugged into a church. Iron sharpens iron, so as one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17.

It’ll bring encouragement to hear others stories who might have been where you are and vice versa. You can share your story with someone that needs to hear.

I’ve shared how God led me back to my old church. I do love it there, but I have struggled at times with why God wants me there. It’s a 30 min drive from my house, a different denomination than I was raised in and no one in my family attends there. But, I know it’s where God wants me and what I need to be hearing to be a conqueror in what I’m walking through in my life. The messages and songs are in exact alignment with what I’m living through!

Sometimes, we can get so caught up in making it about everything, but about God. The true message of The Gospel is the only truth that matters!

Today, the message of the gospel was shared and our pastor talked not just about salvation, but having a personal relationship with Him. He talked about how we should nail ourselves to the cross. So, whatever we face, we’re carrying the cross and nothing or no one can bring us down.

It reminded me of a song that we sang at my church growing up. A different church, a different time, a different messenger, but the same message. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 He’s the way, the truth and the life and through Him is the only way to The Father. John 14:6

I’ve had a tough week and there’ve been days that I didn’t want to keep going. But, I’ve also shared that my prayer has been to be a light to the world.

I had a colorful dress on today and as I was walked out of church, the greeter commented and said, “I’m just going to call you sunshine”😂. He started singing, “This little light of mine.”

He had no idea what my prayer has been and how much that elementary song encouraged me to just keep going and to keep letting God’s light shine through me.

No matter what or who I face, I won’t let Satan blow it out, I won’t hide it in fear of attacks. If God is for me, who can be against me. Romans 8:31

We all face stuff in life, but if we carry the cross, there’s nothing that will keep us down.

He is The God of The Hills and Valleys. No matter where we are, His grace is enough and we are standing in His love.

Have a great week and thank you for letting me share!

We are who He says we are

First, I just wanted to say thank you for your encouraging messages and words over this blog and for continuing to read it. My first hope was to have a 1000 views and it went way past that over the last few days!😇

I had such an encouraging and uplifting weekend!

I attended the Sisterhood Conference with Kim Jones Pothier as the speaker. She is my absolute favorite. Her story and her ministry turned my life completely around. She’s very real and has a very powerful message. You can listen to her at http://www.realtalkkim.com

I’ve realized that so many of us struggle with insecurities that can lead to depression and sadness and other negative feelings. BUT GOD, has a different plan for us if we listen and follow Him!

As I was driving to the conference yesterday, KLOVE had the perfect songs playing for me to hear. I got so caught up in worship that I missed my exit. Oops! 😳

The song, ” Who YOU say I Am” came on and God really spoke to me through it.

The lyrics….

https://www.google.com/search?q=who+you+say+i+am+lyrics&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari

We are The Children of a King, We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14) We were created in His image (Genesis 1:27), We don’t have to be afraid because He even has the hairs on our head numbered. (Luke 12:17) So why is that so hard to accept sometimes?

The next song I heard was Fear is a Liar and it answered that very question.

Satan will come to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10) through whatever avenue he can.

Personally, my mind is the worst way that he gets to me. If I’m not diligent about being in God’s word and stay focused on the truth, it’s easy to convince myself things that are simply not true. But, He came so that we may have an abundant life. (John 10:10) I BELIEVE that!!!

My prayer has been for God to use me however and wherever I’m needed.

But, when He started to answer that prayer, it brought feelings of questioning my abilities and if I was qualified for the things He was asking me to do. Like write this blog😊

I’ve realized though that it isn’t me at all, but God through me that can do great things. Also, that He doesn’t call the qualified, but qualifies the called.

Kim confirmed that in her message yesterday as she talked about those very things.

I met her afterwards and thanked her for sharing her story and the impact that it’s made in my life. I was telling her about this blog and how I’d reshared it to so many others.

She looked at me and said, you’re qualified because you’re called, He’ll shine brightly through you and you can’t stop now because He’s taking you the next level and farther than you’ve ever gone before! God is so good to answer when we cry out to Him.

I pray we all go further in Him than we’ve ever gone before by believing we are Who HE says we are. May we all live life abundantly through Him.

*I’ve seen a lot of my friends sharing this song. Another good one with the same message*

Have a great week. Thanks for letting me share!😊

I’ll be dancing in the rain because my feet are on The Rock!!!!

My son was in the hospital for a couple of nights this week. I knew it was just an attack to keep me from sharing about God and doing what I’m meant to do.

It didn’t work and God revealed truths to me and I saw how all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Saturday morning. I was led to this song. I’d never heard it before, but the words were perfect for what I was walking through and for a lot of others walking through the same thing.

When your kids get sick, you never know if you should let it pass or take them in. It could’ve went either way, but at least I now know he’s 100% healthy. Every organ was checked out with the catscan and all blood work and vitals tested out A-OK.

With being a single mom, it’s overwhelming the responsibility that lies on my shoulders. When the surgeon came in to talk to me, I’m so thankful that family was there to hear what he had to say and could’ve been a voice, if a decision had to be made. The song, He’s a good, good father rang in my spirit all weekend.

We’re all blessed with a good, good Heavenly Father. We are not alone and only He can give us the answers to the tough questions and what we’re all searching for.

We weren’t good enough and that we weren’t loved by others were two huge negative things that were hammered into my head in the past and they often kept me down.

I realized the real truth this weekend. That God is love and the love we felt from others is indescribable!!!

I sat in my son’s room with his friends and mine and heard and shared just how amazing he really is. I always thought it was because he’s mine and I’m partial. But, he truly is an amazing kid that’s loved by so many!!! His face lit up from the love he felt from his friends and so did mine. God is so good!!

Being in the hospital kept me awake and wandering around the floor. I talked to the nurses and was told of an opportunity for my daughter that will help her in her nursing career.

There’s 3 positions that will be opening up up soon that would give her a much more hands-on-experience in patient care in labor and delivery, the very dept. that’s been her dream to work in. God is so good!

None of us know what tomorrow will bring and what our future’s hold.

In the meantime, I know God is love, we are loved and He is a good, good father. I will not be shaken because on Christ the solid rock I stand. I’ll just clap my hands and stomp my feet and I will dance in the rain.

Have a great week and thank you for letting me share😊

Trust and Obey

Writing has really brought such healing to me and it’s been awesome to go back and see the timeline of my walk and how I’ve completely came full circle to the very message and scriptures of where it all started. It’s a journey that’s one day and one step at a time, But, one that I know I’ll finish on top because Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith! I believe that with all I have.

I’ve shared about Danny Anderson’s message, titled Hinderance, that started the process of change for me.

When I went back to this message, he talked about the story in Matthew where, a woman had such great faith that she believed if she just touched the hem of His garment that she’d be healed! He also talked about the story from Mark where He left to go heal others elsewhere because of the lack of faith of the people there.

We can hinder the work of God by our lack of faith or we can bring faith to the table to see our prayers answered. I’ve chosen to bring faith to the table even when I can’t change the circumstances!!

This week in Laura Story’s Bible study, When God doesn’t fix it, she talks about this very story from the Bible.

Her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She talks about how when our prayers aren’t answered for the physical healing and how things don’t turn out sometimes as we planned them. But, His ways are greater than our ways and the plans He has for us, are to prosper us, not to harm us, to give us hope and a future.

She writes, “A God who leaves physically sick people to preach the good news to spiritually sick people is a God who cares more about our souls than our body. That is who Our God is.”

Everyone of us has our own circumstances that make us question why God didn’t fix it. For her it was her husband’s brain tumor. For me, it was a broken marriage and then divorce. For others, maybe the death of a loved one or cancer.

As hard as they all are. If we lean on Him like we should, we may find that blessings come through rain drops, healing comes through tears and a thousand sleepless night lets us know that He is near, what if the trials in our lives are His mercies in disguise?

When God doesn’t fix it or give us what we pray for, that’s what develops our relationship with him and builds our faith. It gives us the strength and the hope to keep fighting on. It is a daily fight that He’s already won!

I wouldn’t be who I am or have the faith that I have if I hadn’t walked through what I have.

I’m being completely open. Even when we’re walking closely with Him and experiencing His goodness, we still have to face things.

It’s been like a roller coater ride for me lately. I’ll be on cloud 9 and then faced with ugly things just to feel down. It reminded me of the words to the song, I get knocked down but I get up again, You’re never gonna keep me down!😊

I BELIEVE that if I’m diligent about being in God’s Word, faithful in my prayers and put actions with my steps, I won’t ever stay down!!!

I’ve heard twice recently that as believers, we should hear and obey and to trust and obey. So true!! Faith doesn’t just happen from leaving our Bibles unopened on the table or our Bible Studies put off until tomorrow. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. We have to put action with what we hear!!

Attend church to be encouraged by it, plug in and encourage right back. I love both of these churches, Emmanuel http://www.eclife.org and my favorite, Charity Church http://www.becharity.com

To add the words of my favorite song to it. Don’t just hear, but stop and listen to Him, trust Him and obey! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQan9L3yXjc

I’m living this right now! It’s amazing what God can do in us and through us when we are willing!

Or this. So elementary, but so true!! Obedience is the very best way to show that we BELIEVE!😊

Here’s another good song I heard this week when even if God doesn’t fix it and we question, why me or where is He?!?

Thanks for letting me share!!