The Struggle Is Real

When the going gets rough, put God to the test. Our faith in God is judged when we come face to face with a bold and stubborn challenge that requires great effort and determination.

We live with expectation that the worse can miraculously become our greatest joy. It’s a decision we make to keep our emotions in check and to stand on God’s promises.

A champion of the faith doesn’t make deals with the opposing sides.

We play by the rules of our Promise Keeper only.

Anyone who dare to believe God in the midst of fierce opposition must be prepared for the battle. It’s the only way our faith in God is tested.

When God’s promises doesn’t match up with what we are seeing…we then have to bow our heads and say a prayer. It can be daunting to wait on God…but allow God to be our ventilator. When we are physically unable to breathe, He will deliver breath to us.

Faith is our lifeline to what we cannot see or imagine. If we disconnect from our faith, we will die emotionally and mentally and spiritually.

Faith develops character allowing God to bring about the long awaited promise.We may never know what good or ill may be reserved for us…but we are fully persuaded that God is able to keep all that we have committed to Him.

When we find ourselves losing hope …it’s time to push harder to finish strong. Standing on the promises of God is a choice. It’s okay to be real with God and let Him know our struggles. He promises to sustain us in our weakest moments.

God is always ready to help us in times of trouble.

Mercy Disappoints Satan

There are two times in life when parenting is scary – when the baby arrives at home and when the baby turns into an adult and leaves home.

Both stages demands two levels of total dependency on God. We can trust God! Our kids came with a God-given plan long before they received their birth certificates. Heaven registered their arrival long before earth knew they were here.

A family is only as strong or successful as its weakest or least successful member. No one has it all together but everyone can take full responsibility to get each other to the finished line. For anyone to judge a family by their weakest link is like judging the value of a car by one flat tire.

A well balanced family gets past petty arguments, occasional personally clashes, and painful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners… we will not be happy without each other.

If one person doesn’t step up and perform well…it’s up to the rest of the family to put on their game face and call a truce. Someone once said, “One wave doesn’t have the potential to bring the big ocean to a standstill.”

Mercy disappoints Satan. If we don’t pray with and for each other in spite of our differences… things will only get worse. If we team up, we will look back at it sometime later and smile and say “God, thank you for having our backs.

There’s a race that is set before us…the race is set…we are in a race, so let’s get rid of the petty things from our lives that keep us from finishing strong. Our individual weaknesses will cause us to grow fainthearted …but if we pull our strengths together we can win the war for our family.

If God brings us to it, He will bring us through it.

God Displaces Worry

Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before we trust God. When the enemy intentionally annoys and upset us, remember that he’s just doing his job. Our job is to be alert and to keep a cool head.

When you can tell your story and it doesn’t make you cry anymore, you know that God has carried you over the threshold and you will laugh at the days to come.

Whatever it is, whatever it was, whatever it will be – are all in God’s hands. We humans have no control over anything. Our life is in HIS hands. When life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.

Situations change…but…God’s promises don’t. It will be well. Instead of worrying and trying to arrange things in our heads, just pray. Let God know all our concerns.

Think the best, not the worse, the beautiful, not the ugly, things to thank God for, and not things to curse. When God sees you trying, He comes right alongside you and ministers peace. It will be well.

The recipe for confidence is, whatever you are going through, wherever you are in life, you can get through anything with God as your source. Turn your eyes heavenward not on the things around us. Jesus is the source of our confidence.

He knows what He’s doing and He will keep on doing it. You can be sure that God is taking care of everything we need regardless of how it looks right now.

Whoohoo!! It’s Friday

Someone said, “You can’t hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life.”

Happiness is not something you can postpone. Happiness is for now.

It’s the weekend so it’s time to lighten up and get your smiles on.

Happy Friday! Have an unforgettable weekend.

See you on Monday! Stay safe! Laugh hard! Live long! Love all!

Everything Dead Isn’t Dead

It’s January 31, 2019. Reality Check – 31 days of 365 days have been tucked away in history. We can’t withdraw, delete or change anything. 

How did we do? Are we aware that sometimes God intentionally allow us to sit in the valley with dry bones (skeletons) to allow us the opportunity to see a miracle in the making? God isn’t asking us to figure it out, He’s asking us to trust Him.

Quick summery found in Ezekiel 37 – God’s Spirit took the Prophet Ezekiel in a valley with only dry bones (skeletons). God instructed Ezekiel to speak into the future of the skeletons. He was told to say, ‘Dry bones listen to the Message of God’ …then God told the dry bones ‘I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life.’ and God breathe life into the dry bones and they became a great army.

Is it possible that we may have missed the only reason why God sometimes allow us to sit in a valley of dry bones (difficult child, the broken relationship, the financial crisis, etc)? This caught my attention and had me asking myself some really hard questions. Should we be prophesying (say that a specified thing will happen in the future) to the dry bones? Was God waiting all along for us to prophesy so He can breathe life into these dry bones?

It’s highly possible that we miss hearing God many times because we were too consumed with the crazy tactics of the enemy. God asks Ezekiel ‘can these bones live?’ (Ezekiel 37:3). I began thinking hard and long about this question too myself…Only you know Lord.

As Ezekiel prophesied (say that a specified thing will happen in the future) there was a sound and a rustling, and the bones moved and came together, bone to bone. Then the Sinews formed, then muscles on the bones, then skin stretched over them. but they had no breath in them. God breathed life and the dry bones came alive. They stood up on their feet and became a huge army.

I believe God is looking for someone to prophesy ( say that a specified thing will happen in the future) to some dry bones. God will breathe life back into them and they will stand up and form a huge army. 

On now to Chapter Two (Month of February). 

 

Fighting Anxiety

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick”

When there’s a delay of something you are eagerly expecting it brings on such a sick and painful feeling. A delayed flight causes anxiety. A long awaited response leaves you in limbo. Without hope we get desperate and will do almost anything to get a favorable response.

Winter season is from December 20 to March 20 …during the month of February, the sun shines, the trees show small buds and the birds are chirping. You think Spring has arrived early. But in a few days, the grey clouds return, the coldness lingers, the birds go quiet again, and the snow falls …then it looks like Spring will never come.

Sometimes we think our troubles are all gone forever…but then trouble returns and our spirit gets broken…Hope deferred makes the heart sick. The Psalmist David teaches us how to speak to ourselves when our heart is troubled:

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will YET praise him,
my Savior and my God.”

When we are feeling down in the dumps, when we are walking around with tears in our eyes and feeling hopeless … it’s time to encourage yourself to put your hope in God. A life without Jesus Christ is no way to live. We all need a Savior!

It’s time to fix your eyes on Jesus and do not overthink your troubles. Look in the mirror, put a smile on your face and say out loudly “My help comes from the LORD!” as many times it takes to convince yourself that your Source is in Christ alone.

I have a personal routine that works for me when I feel overwhelmed … I do a drop on my knees and tell God ALL my concerns. It works like magic.

Let’s read the scriptures and remain grateful that in moments when we feel anxious we have a Savior who will listen to our concerns.

Every Suitcase Can Be Unpacked

We were all created to win but sadly we will not all win. Those who win turn disappointments into appointments. Those who don’t win turn disappointments into disagreements.

If I wrote a note to my younger self, I would tell her not to sweat the small stuff and don’t lose heart over the bigger stuff because she will become an amazing storyteller.

Learn from your mistakes and don’t count your enemies. Every plot that was sent to break you will become your standing ground. We are here on earth only for a limited time, we are in a race whether we want to participate or not…we are all participants because we are alive.

There’s a little dash (-) that stands between the time we were born and the time we die it’s a reminder that it’s not about the years on this earth, it’s about how we live those years.

To get to the finished line we must unpack our suitcases. Toss out the garments: blame, guilt, hangups, bad habits, shame, regrets, resentment, secrets, etc. Life has a way of throwing back recycled garments back into our suitcases time after time. Be picky – choose only your tailor-made garments that make you feel good.

If we stop at every barking dog, we will not finish on time. Turn the page … write a new chapter. Run in a way to finish with top speed. Tell your future self, “Everything will be okay in the end.”

Our suitcases says a lot about us. It tells a story of where we’ve traveled over our lifetime and the things (emotions) we pick up along the way.

Some people prefer carry on luggage, some prefer one medium size, while others carry three pieces. But one thing is certain…every suitcase can be unpacked and repacked.