All to Jesus I Surrendered

Life is such a journey!!! I’ve been on a roller coaster ride the last six months that I’ve wished I did not have to be on!

God’s done amazing things through it, but it’s been as equally painful to have to go back and face the past! Unfortunately, something we have to do to move forward.

It took a toll on me for a minute, but I’ve had to allow myself some grace as I’ve questioned God’s plan a million times over. But, one thing I know for sure, is there is a purpose for the pain that we go through. We may not know it today, but something that we can learn and grow from that will make our tomorrow’s brighter.

Our stories are not for us, but to share and help others that need to hear!

This scripture has stood out to me over the last couple weeks. It’s so very true!

His mercies are new every single day and His love never ceases. That gives me great hope!!

I’m a fighter and my kids are fighters! We claimed this scripture as our families life verse.

Romans 5:3-5

When we feel like we don’t have the fight left in us, is when we fight harder!! Trials bring perseverance, perseverance, character and character, hope. My favorite part of that scripture is, that the hope we have through salvation will not lead to disappointment!

This time last year as everyone was choosing one word for the new year, I chose the phrase, He’s far from finished as my mission statement for 2018. There’s been no truer statement as I’ve walked through this year and for years to come.

This year, my one word, is surrender. All to Jesus, I surrender, all to Him I freely give. It’s takes trusting Him in the good, bad and ugly, the unknown, the new chapters. But, there’s no one else I’d rather trust more through it all. His love never ceases and will never fail us!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SW8EA7DEQ2M

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He’s My All in All

I am beyond blessed by the amazing friends and family in my life.

As I’ve walked through this journey of life and written out my story, the one thing that’s stood out the most is the love from those that God purposely puts in my path. Ones who’ve been through what I have or just been there to laugh with me until we cry or cry with me until we can laugh.

I find myself being thankful for my family. My church family, my work family, my sports family. No matter the circle, they all seem like family and I couldn’t have made it through this crazy without them!

God’s done some amazing things in me this year and knowing His love is the greatest of all!!

It seems like so many are going through so much right now and my heart and prayers go out to everyone who’s lost a loved one at the holidays, fighting through cancer, dealing with health issues, unplanned pregnancy, divorce, whatever the hurt is….

Thankfully, He is our joy, our peace, our comforter, our strength, our healer, our defender. He is our All in All!!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zC617kE1maU

May we all look back on these trying times as just a season, where we knew His love more personally, experienced His love through others and gained a greater faith and strength because of it!

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Leaving a Legacy

Being a mom is my greatest joy in life!! I was taught well by the best parents ever! My mom and dad still drop whatever they’re doing to help me and the kids for whatever we need. Although, I am divorced, my in-laws still treat me as their own and would also do anything to help me and the kids. I was also taught well by my spiritual parents from my church how to be a praying mom/prayer warrior and an overcomer!!!

We’ve always been a big sports family and I , the kids biggest cheerleader! But, I often remind them that it truly is just a season in life!! I encourage them to work hard for their athletic dreams, but that it’s my job to look beyond just the season!

I’m raising future husbands, wives, aunts and uncles, coworkers and friends. The legacy that they leave behind as people is far greater than the number of trophies on their shelves. They don’t always agree with me, but like my mom tells me…….mom knows best!😊

I saw this post shared on Facebook about a man that passed away who has touched the lives of many!

https://www.facebook.com/755196021330276/posts/1021449201371622/

It really spoke to me and made me think about my own legacy and what I would leave behind!

As I’m entering a new season and God is greatly blessing me, I pray that I could continue to walk closely with Him, live by example and be a testimony to others! What legacy will you leave behind?

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Seek Ye First the kingdom of God

As I write this today, I’m in awe of how amazing God is!!!!

When I started writing this blog, it was meant to be a testimony of what God’s done for me and for anyone else that might be where I was. I’m not trained in any way, I just have life experience and a good, good God that’s carried me through every step of the way!!!

I’ve spent a lot of years digging out from the negativity and the damage done from an unhealthy relationship. It’s such a process, that’s been one day at a time and one thing at a time. Now, there are no words to describe the joy and the peace from having dug out from underneath all of it. Most of all, it’s given me such love, adoration and thankfulness towards God for a complete transformation!

This summer I was walking through a park in Vevay IN at a festival with different booths selling different things and came across these plaques that spoke right to me! I posted these pictures on facebook in August.

The week before I had just heard a message about the transformation into a butterfly. It resonated with me because I feel like that’s the season I’m living in. Going from a ugly caterpillar to a butterfly. I was stressed, depressed and a mess for a long time! But, God changed all that and has given me a message to share. My prayer had been that I could soar and fly in my spiritual walk and life!

Another prayer is that I could be a light to the world! To add a little sparkle was very fitting😊

The very next day, Jesus Calling devotional said to spend time with Him and He can add sparkle to your day!

Such a confirmation of when we walk closely with the Lord, He will lead us!!!

I went back to find the message I’d heard on this from the week before. It’s not until the last 10 min of it that Pastor Paul talks about metamorphosis and the butterfly. But, what a powerful message and just what I needed to hear for what I’m facing right now. So powerful that I’m including the whole message. I know so many of you walk through the same things I do. It’s titled “You’ll make it”.

It’s amazing how God knows exactly what we need to hear, right when we need to hear it! I heard this in August, but when I stopped and really listened today, I heard it in a completely different way!

https://www.facebook.com/charitychurch/videos/265235644309983/

There are some things that I continue to face that I could question why?? Instead, I’ve been praying Proverbs 3:5-6~Trust in The Lord with all my heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He’ll direct your path.

I know that I’ll look back on these things and see the reason why later, what I’ve learned from it and the faith that it’s given me.

Having spent so many years fighting for my marriage and then fixing the broken from it, I’m in a season that is completely brand new. I have no idea what God has in store for me. But, I know that He is in control and that His ways are greater than my ways. I know that He is exceedingly abundantly above all able to do more than I could ever ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20. My prayer~”Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

We’ll all make it through what we face if we meet daily with Him and trust Him to lead us. God’s Word truly is the Living Word and can be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.

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Just Do it

Before I started writing this blog, I’d post stories on Facebook. But, I begin to feel that there had to be more for me than just posting on facebook.

I began to pray that God would enlarge my territory and was encouraged by my small group to start blogging. It’s awesome how God puts the right people in our path to see our prayers answered!

As I’ve come to realize who I am through Christ and what he has for me, it’s made me to want to know more and more and find my place and purpose.

I stayed home with my kids when they were little and I remember praying that there had to be more for me and praying for my purpose!

I’ve realized that there’s no greater joy than seeing my kids succeed and seeing them become who they were prayed to be! They’re my main purpose, but as they’ve gotten older, I’ve been praying for what else God has for me.

Here are two resources that are really helpful. I’ve shared this one before, but it’s great to know how we can relate with others https://www.5lovelanguages.com/

This one is helpful too in finding your spiritual strengths, https://gifts.churchgrowth.org/spiritual-gifts-survey/

It’s exciting when you push through to a new season. I’m overflowing and ready to move on to what God has next for me!

Sometimes I struggle with the answers, when I get what I pray for 😉 I’ve shared this before also, but it reminds me of the elementary song, O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E and taking action is the key!

As I pray, I keep hearing, “Just Do It”. Like the Nike Slogan! :). What are the odds, walking out of the grocery store on Sat that there would be a booth outside selling t-shirts?!?

There’s a scripture that talks about going to a secluded place and simply, quietly and honestly giving things to God. That’s when He helps us and we begin to sense His grace. Matthew 6:4-6. He has something for all of us when we let Him lead us.

My prayer for myself and for all who are reading! May we learn to take things to God simply and quietly, have faith in what we hear and do it!!! He will bless us greatly!!

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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!!!

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!