Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hebrews 13:8

Good morning!

Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

This is my favorite verse in the Bible for so many reasons. I am reminded of it so many times as I go through different stages in my life. So many things change around me, but Jesus stays the same. My emotions are all over the place, but Jesus stays the same. I stray to the left and to the right, but Jesus stays the same. I struggle at times with doubt, I constantly sin, I wrestle with fear trying to overtake my peace, but Jesus stays the same.

He is faith, hope, peace, compassion, strength, humility, power, truth, love, and everlasting life. The same way He was on this earth is the same way He is now in Heaven. He loved you and prayed for you on earth just as He is loving and praying for you now in Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father. On earth, He loved the tax collector and sinner the same as He loved His disciples. In Heaven, He loves the alcoholic and prisoner the same as He loves His missionaries.

For me, He is the only constant in my life in which I can always depend upon. Because He never changes, my faith never changes. I know who I am because He was the Christ yesterday, He is the Christ today and will be the Christ...forever.

I bet I could write forever on this one short verse. But the main point I want to get across is no matter what you are going through or what you face in life, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Lean on Him, depend on Him, trust in Him. I hope that brings the same comfort to your heart that it does to mine. Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hebrews 10:37-39

Good afternoon!

Hebrews 10:37-39: For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

We believe that any minute He is coming back. Jesus is coming in just a very little while. I love that! God's sense of time is VERY different from ours but that very well could mean what it says! But somehow we all have gotten accustomed to living like that is not for our generation. Jesus couldn't possibly come now. I imagine our lives would be filled with so much more passion, expectation, excitement, creativity, and wonderment if we lived every day by faith, believing this was the day when we would see the clouds part. Every day we woke up and waited to see Jesus face to face. Nothing would be able to stop us or deter us from living for Him. Nothing would be able to wipe the smiles off our faces.

Sadly, we get so caught up in this world and we forget today could be the day. I would hate for that day to come and I am all caught up in unbelief, worry, weakness, and sin. I don't want to be passed by because I have shrunk so far back in the background. I want to be standing out in front, waving my hands, jumping up and down, heart bursting with joy as I see what I have believed is realized.

I love The Message version of this and I think it sums everything up! I'll close with it...have a great rest of the day everyone!
It won't be long now, he's on the way; he'll show up most any minute. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won't be very happy. But we're not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ephesians 4:26-27

Good afternoon!

Ephesians 4:26-27: "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

This morning has been one of those mornings! You know those that start off bad and don't get any better? I've let lack of sleep and not feeling well affect my children today and they have paid me back for it! Of course, I got angry and have not dealt with my kids the way I know I should have. Any other day, I think things would have been different. But that is no excuse to let anger fester and grow into sin. Foothold: a position usable as a base for further advance. I refuse to let the devil get a foothold between me and my children.

So I am so thankful that after a rough morning, I open my Bible to this Scripture! I plan on praying, recharging my batteries, resting, and when my kids get up (from hopefully a long nap), I'm going to ask for forgiveness, hug my kids necks, and do my best to not let anger take control over my emotions again.

Oh and Daddy coming home helps too!

Don't let your anger outlast the day. Don't let the devil get a foothold. Let it go, tomorrow is a new day!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Psalm 9:9-10

Good morning!

Psalm 9:9-10: The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

My Pastor preached a great sermon yesterday about tragedy and crises in your life. We've been praying for miracles lately in our church and he said he still believes God is bringing miracles, they are coming! But what happens when what we've been praying for just doesn't happen? Things just don't always turn out the way you thought they would. You've prayed and prayed and believed and believed and still, it doesn't happen. Instead tragedy comes and you are blindsided with grief. It is so easy to let those times pull you away from God. You can become bitter and angry for your prayer not being answered the way you think it should have been. Some people hold all their emotions inside of them. Some people don't accept help from others. These were all good points from Pastor and I started to think how each one of them had been me in the past. I've done all these things and never handled tragedy very well.

But the most important thing to remember through it all he said, was that Jesus is STILL King! Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Seeking after Him is the only way we can make it through the crisis. He is our refuge and stronghold in times of trouble. Don't let your trust in Him falter. Don't get bitter. Don't give up. Keep seeking after Him. Grieve your loss. Lean on others and let them help and support you. Press in to Him instead of pull away. Even though you don't understand why things happen the way they do, He does understand. Jesus is still King and if you let Him, He'll strengthen you and enable you to do all things!

Pastor also mentioned tragedy to someone might not be a tragedy to someone else. We all face different struggles and just because yours may not seem as huge as someone elses doesn't mean God doesn't see your pain too. Bring it to Him and let Him care for you and protect you. Trust that He knows all and knows what is best for you. He will bring you to the other side; this tragedy won't be yours forever.

I pray no one has to face a tragedy or crisis this week, but if you do, hold onto this Scripture and message. He will never leave you there. Trust in Him...Seek Him. He is still King!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Psalm 29:11

Good morning!

Psalm 29:11: The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

You don't have to go looking for peace. You don't have to do anything special to receive strength. Just like God's salvation, it is freely given to you. But it is up to us to receive it. To claim it for our lives. God has already given you strength. It is up to you to dig down deep inside of you and bring it to light instead of keeping it hidden in darkness. God has already blessed you with peace. But instead we chose to live in fear. Instead we worry our insides rotten. It is up to you to accept His peace that He gives, which is restoration for your body and soul.

Obviously, living weak and fearful lives is not something God ever imagined for us. He has equipped you with everything you need. It's free...take it and start living your lives with strength in your hearts and peace that flows like a river through your body.

The Lord gives.

The Lord blesses.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

1 John 2:5-6

Good morning!

1 John 2:5-6: But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

Those are large shoes to fill don't you think?! I think this sometimes makes people feel defeated. As hard as they try, they feel inadequate and so far from how Jesus walked here on earth that they just give up trying. But instead of comparing yourselves to Jesus (which is impossible), pick something everyday to do more like Him. Love others. Include people into your lives that you normally wouldn't or that the world tells you don't belong. Pray for others, all night if you have to. Speak truth instead of lies. Turn the other cheek instead of always being confrontational. Smile and be tender. Forgive your brother. Forgive your mother. Forgive your father. Forgive your neighbor.

The biggest difference in the way Jesus loved others than we do is that He showed His love by His actions and in truth. We tend to only show love with words. Words are empty and are soon forgotten but actions backed by truth will stay with a person long afterward.

Obey His word and you are given every power to be more like Jesus. God's love is made complete in you and people start to notice you are different. Of course we are all human and are going to have bad days. But the one thing I don't want people to think when they meet me is, "I can't believe she is a Christian. I never would have guessed!"

Jesus is in me and I want Him to visible to everyone else. So everyday, I practice walking in those huge shoes! Sure I stumble sometimes but He is always there to help me up and send me on my way again.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Revelation 4:8

Good morning!

Revelation 4:8: Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

I was writing in my journal yesterday, enjoying the beautiful day outside. A little baby named Stellan was on my mind all day yesterday. He had surgery yesterday on his heart at the fragile age of 5 months old. He pulled through and they believe they did the best they could with what they had to work with. The outcome is favorable. But it got me thinking about the bigger plan for his life. God must have something awesome in store for that little boy. My mind always races with amazement and wonder when I start to imagine all the things God is doing behind the scenes. It got me to write this little poem as it turned out. And I felt like it was to be shared with all of you. I hope you enjoy!

I see glimpses. You see it all.

I can imagine. You are able.

I can only see now. You can see forever and always.

I am limited. You are limitless.

I fail a lot! You fail...never.

I am sand. You are the Rock.

I am lacking. You are the Master Filler.

I fall short. You pick me up and help me keep going.

I am one out of billions. You are the Alpha and Omega.

My life is but a blink of an eye. You are Everlasting.

I am desperate for you. While I was still sinning, You loved me and died for me.

All I have to give is my heart. You gladly took my heart and perfectly fixed it.

Ugliness was who I used to be. Brilliantly beautiful is my name now.

Eternally beautiful. Daughter of God. Redeemed and Liberated. Servant of all.

I am loved!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Haggai 1:5-6, 9

Good morning!

Haggai 1:5-6, 9: Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house."

For years, I was consumed with getting pregnant. Once I found out that IVF was the only way, I dug deep into that world and learned all that I could. I became an expert on drugs, medical terms, a woman's anatomy! I was poked and prodded and even though I feared needles, was all of a sudden sticking my one self with them without a problem. I analyzed every tingle in my body as if it were a pregnancy symptom. I worried every minute of every day, waiting through the two weeks that it took to be able to see if I was pregnant. It was all I talked about and all I thought about. Sure, I prayed but I always wanted others to pray for me. I never surrended that problem over to Him and let Him take the reigns. I never studied His Word for answers; I instead turned to online websites for help.

As soon as I gave up being consumed with trying to be Miss Queen IVF, He took over as I re-focused my days on Him. My relationship with Him was more important to me than becoming a mother. When I prayed, I was no longer begging, I was praying for His will to be done. And I meant it.

And suddenly, what I had planted turned into a huge harvest! My soul was no longer hungry and it was quenched of thirst. I was covered in His peace and no longer felt cold and alone. He made ways financially where there hadn't been before and we never have had to want since. I expected to be a mother by whatever ways He planned but instead became of mother of high order multiples! Now, my house is full of Him. My children are reminders to me everyday of His will being carried out in His timing and in His way.

I believe that God has a purpose and plan for EVERYONE on this earth. There is a house of His that He wants you to work in...for His glory. If we chose to do this, every need of ours will be met, satisfaction will be ours, and bountiful harvests of blessings will sustain us. But somehow it is so easy to get caught up in our own house, busying ourselves with everything else besides doing what God wants us to do.

What are you hanging onto for dear life? Is your house and all the things in it more important than what God is calling you to do? Is your relationship with the Lord in ruin, while you are scurrying around, busying yourself with nonsense that is getting you nowhere? Give careful thought to your ways. Don't wait as long as I did!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Psalm 121:7-8

Good morning! Don't forget to scroll down and read the post from Sunday. Since I missed Friday, I wrote a special Sunday Quick Word! :)

Psalm 121:7-8: The LORD will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Of course we have all heard this at one time or another. We know that God watches over us. If you've been a Christian since you were little, these verses may not hold much residence in your heart. It may just be old news to you. But to me, who lived 21 years without knowing this promise, it means the world to me. Now that I am a believer, I can look back and see how in fact God did keep me from harm. It seemed I used to purposefully place myself in all kinds of situations that could have turned out really bad. But He watched over me...not just now that I am a Christian but also when I was not. He has watched over my whole life and will continue to do so. Now and forevermore.

And for those of you who haven't always walked His path when you knew you should, He was still there, keeping you from harm...watching where you were going. He was there even if you were not. Even if you turned your back completely on Him, He was there. Our willingness to recognize or acknowledge Him has no bearing on His promise to always be there to keep you from harm. When you run back to Him, and I hope all of you do if you haven't already, your eyes will be opened to all the harm He has kept you from. You'll be able to feel the indentations on your shoulders from Him leading you through all your comings and goings. And you'll want to keep praising Him for never leaving you.

I never saw Him before while He was watching over me. Now and forevermore, I see Him...watching over my life, keeping me from all harm.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Psalm 139:13-16

Good afternoon!

Psalm 139:13-16: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

There are rare occasions when I miss doing a Quick Word and having sick kids is one of them. Anna came down with a high fever and bad cough out of nowhere Thursday and that night was really bad. I took her into the doctor Friday and was told she had the croup and to watch for wheezing and breathing troubles. Well of course, her breathing started to get worse Friday night and by Saturday morning, she was really struggling to breathe. I watched as her chest sunk deeply in, every breath she took. She was wheezing loudly and had no voice at all. Her cry was even silent because her throat I am sure was so dry and irritated. So we spent a couple hours at the ER Saturday morning to find out it had turned into bronchitis. She got two breathing treatments and some steroids to help her breathing. She is so much better today and is on antibiotics so we hope the cough will be gone soon too.

I think I would have been a lot more nervous if it hadn't been for my mom's email.

Friday morning, I emailed my mom and step-dad, asking them to prayer for her as I didn't know what was wrong with her. She seemed like she was in so much pain and I knew they would pray for her. My mom emailed me back the coolest reply. I like to call this a "God-story"!

"Poor Anna!!! I’m so sorry. I was just sitting in my car before I came into work a few mins ago listening to a song and the Lord spoke to me about Anna and said “she is mine – do not worry about her”. So, I just prayed for her – not knowing that anything was wrong. Isn’t the Lord so awesome!!!"

My mom was praying before I ever told her anything was wrong. Why? Because Anna belongs to the Lord. He created her and knit her together in all His wonder. He knew her before her body was ever formed. Every single day of her life, He has ordained and set into place for a reason. There is no reason for me to worry..."She is Mine!"

After I read that email, I just looked up and said, "Thank You." Sometimes, He just amazes me. Sometimes, He seems so very close. Sometimes, His goodness overwhelms me.

His works are wonderful, I know that full well!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

1 John 3:1

Good morning!

1 John 3:1: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

I hope you know and feel the love that God has lavished on you! He doesn't love one person more than another. His love is bestowed upon us all, freely and in abundance...because we are His children. Try not to humanize God. His love does not fade or falter like we are used to here in this world. His love marks us as His children and therefore, we stand out! The world cannot understand it because they do not know Him. But that doesn't mean they can't tell something is different about us! You are a child of God...that is who you are. Believe it today and soak all that love in. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ephesians 1:22-23

Good afternoon!

Ephesians 1:22-23: And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

When I first read these verses, I was a bit confused. I had to reread them several times actually. But then it all clicked in my mind! God has given his Son, Jesus authority over ALL things concerning His church. We are the church, believers who are full of Jesus. He is appointed as the head over everything that concerns us. The head houses the brain which we would be useless without. You can live without a brain, but you'd just be a beating heart, no function or life in you. When you become a part of His church, your body is now sprung into life, moving and thinking and being who God meant for you to be all along. And not only is He your head, He makes sure all things are under your feet. There is nothing that can stand against Him, He will take care of you in every way. We are the fullness of Him and He fills us in every way with everything we need. We are the church, His body of believers who are full of Him...Jesus is above us, in charge of it all, enriching our bodies and giving us life...and Jesus is below us, fighting for us and protecting us from every evil that would try and rise up to trip us up.

If we could only see ourselves this way more often.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Psalm 103:2-5

Good morning!

Psalm 103:2-5: Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

I will never forget Lord.

You forgave all my ugly sins and made me a new creature that is barely recognizable to the person I used to be. You have healed my broken heart and made it possible for me to function and do all that I do while still suffering through arthritis, somehow without pain. You took me from a course that was heading straight to Hell and put me back on track with You and Your plan. I am no longer selfish and full and hate; You have enlarged my heart and it is now full of love and compassion. And You have given me the true desire of my heart of becoming a mother...three times over! You make me feel like I can do anything; every morning is a new beginning with You.

I will never forget Lord.

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Habakkuk 3:19

Good morning!

Habakkuk 3:19: The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

No matter where I have to walk, no matter how far I have to climb, no matter how rocky the terrain, the One Supreme God Almighty is my strength. He makes my steps sure-footed and makes it possible for me to keep going, keep climbing, traversing my way...all the way to the top.

I love the Amplified version of this Scripture so I will close with it. Have a wonderful week everyone!
The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Mark 16:4-6

Good morning!

Mark 16:4-6: But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!

Enjoy this awesome video I found with a song from Selah. Have a Happy Easter everyone! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hebrews 12:7,11

Good morning!

Hebrews 12:7,11: Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

No time have I ever learned more than when I was going through hardships. Never have I been closer to God then when I was having to endure hardships. You don't realize it when you are going through it, but that's when the training begins. He is correcting us, molding us and perfecting us. Thankfully, we don't just get in trouble for no reason and are left there to wonder why. Many times I felt like that as a kid, being punished for something and then never really knowing why I was in trouble in the first place. But God's discipline is meaningful and because you are His sons and daughters, He cares whether or not you are growing and maturing. He doesn't want you to stay in one place with Him. Yes it hurts but hardships are necessary to grow you and bring you to where you need to be with Him. Discipline doesn't have to be a negative word. Let's look at it as our time with Him where we are receiving instructions, practicing new behaviors, and acting on what we are being taught. Before you know it, the hardship is over, you are a stronger person and then the harvest comes. You bathe in the righteousness and peace that are yours by right...because you have endured the hardship, accepted the discipline, and are trained and ready for what God has for you!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Isaiah 40:11

Good morning!

Isaiah 40:11: He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Such a cool verse for God to bring me to this morning! After days of reading and studying on prayer, and praying for Brady and believing in healing, I've gotten worn out. Sometimes, all I can think about is cancer and the what ifs. If this is how I am reacting lately, I can't imagine what Brady's Mom is going through! But I am so glad Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He gathers us in His arms and carries us, not piggy back style, not on his shoulders, but close to his heart. All I can picture is what I know...when my babies were little and they would lay on my chest when they were tired or when they were crying, the only way to get them to stop was to hold them tight in my arms...their heart touching my heart. I believe like lambs who are supposed to go a certain way, when we can't make it, He gathers us up, carries us close to stop the tears, and gently leads us to where we need to be. He tends to us, He stands by us, He is our caretaker and overseer, He watches over us, He pays attention to us...because He loves us.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Matthew 18:19-20

Good morning!

Matthew 18:19-20: "Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

Our Father in heaven has given us the ability to move His hand. He says if you want something to be, then get together as one body and agree. Be in total harmony with one another and believe what you are asking for will be done. Then, as you are praying together, all of a will feel Him. He is there with you, in all peace, in all comfort, in all love.
I know some of you have done this and agreed with others and prayed for a specific thing and it did not happen. Sometimes we have to trust that God's hand was not supposed to be moved for a reason and purpose that is bigger and beyond our comprehension. But He will still meet you nonetheless. Keep praying, keep seeking, keep knocking. You may find that the things that you ask for will change and God will show you another way to ask. From experience, receiving blessings in God's way and timing has always been better than anything I ever asked Him for!
Thankfully, our prayers yesterday were in total agreement and moved God's mighty hand! Brady's surgery was not only a success, but turned out better than the doctor's were hoping for. Please read about it at Steps for Brady and thank you for joining with me in prayer. I know his parents appreciate it so much and felt the prayers working! Thank you Jesus, not only for what we asked for but that You were there with us!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Psalm 72:12-14, 18

Good morning!

Psalm 72:12-14, 18: For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight. Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.

This Quick Word is dedicated to Brady, a little 2 year old boy who is battling Neuroblastoma and is at this moment far away from his brother and sisters, in a hospital about to undergo very serious surgery to remove a tumor on his spine and in his chest. He was diagnosed early this year and has already went through 2 rounds of chemotherapy. He has been so good through all of this but the fight continues. Please be praying with me and visit his blog today, Steps for Brady and learn more about this sweet, precious boy that has taken over my heart.

This disease has no cure but God says HE will deliver those who are afflicted with needs that no one else can help. This disease has caused Brady not to be able to walk yet but God says HE will take pity on him. This disease has made him weaker than any 2 year boy should ever be but God says HE will save him. This disease would like nothing other than to take his life but God says HE will rescue him. All because Brady is precious in His sight. I praise God for his life so far, for Brady has touched so many people all around the world. But I pray these are just the 1st of many marvelous deeds that God has in store for him. I believe there is no one like my God...He is strong and mighty. I believe He has mighty angels in that operating room now, protecting our little Brady and battling against any harm that might try to come his way. He is precious in God's sight and I am filled with hope this morning! Thank you Jesus!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Isaiah 26:7

Good afternoon!

Isaiah 26:7: The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.

We took a trip to Florida a few summers ago and to get there from Texas, we drove through Louisiana and Mississippi. Nothing against those states, but they have the worst roads I have ever driven on. The roads were uneven and rigid. They were old and worn. We bumped along and it seemed like it took forever to get through those states. Sure we got to where we wanted to go but it was uncomfortable and rough and I was sure our car would need body work once we got home!
I think our walk in life sometimes feels the same way. We get to where we are going but are left battered, tired, and needing a chiropractor once we arrive! But God promises a level, smooth and even path for those who love and fear Him. For those who make a point to do good and live to honor Him, He makes the way equal, calm and unwavering. Of course that does not mean we will never see hardships come our way or obstacles that we must overcome. This verse doesn't say He will make our way perfect. But it sure is easier to get where you are going when you are driving down a new, smooth and even road. I'll take a few hills to climb, deal with cars to pass, endure traffic jams and even hauling across long distances. God makes my road level and smooth and easy to drive on as long as I live for Him and give Him the glory!
Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hebrews 10:23

Good morning!

Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

The whole time I was going through years of trying to become pregnant, it literally felt like I was holding on for dear life to a tight rope, what I can see on one side and what I can't see on the other end, playing tug o' war with each other. I had a word God had spoken to me years earlier that I was hanging on to but it seemed so far away. The more I tried in my own strength to pull it closer, the more I grew weary as it seemed to move farther out of reach. Over those years, I learned to stop pulling so hard and just hold on to that rope. I pictured in my mind what God had promised and started to believe it would come to pass. No doctor's negative advice would weaken my grip one bit on that rope. My faith was growing and I was holding. I trusted wholeheartedly on that word from God and now my grip was as tight as it had ever been. Nothing and no one would tear my hands away from that rope. And one day (June 4, 2007 to be exact!), I realized I had won that game of tug o' war without even realizing I had been winning all along! Five years I waited to hear those words, "You are pregnant" and half of that time I wasted by worrying and stressing and not believing God's promise. But as soon as I professed it out loud and believed it in my heart, God did the rest as I just held on to that rope. And as I laid there getting our 1st sonogram and seeing three babies, all I could think was...He who promised was faithful indeed!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Psalm 107:8-9

Good morning!

Psalm 107:8-9: Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

I've been keeping a prayer journal for quite some time now. Any prayer need that comes my way, I write down the need, write a prayer and ask God specific ways I need Him to help, and then I always thank Him in advance for the miracles that are on their way. Lastly, I write "Answer:" and leave space so that I can record how God answered my prayers and the miracles that took place! Some have the answers filled in already and some do not. There are small requests and humongous requests! But the common denominator is you can see God's goodness in every situation. Even though the answer may not be written by me yet, it is already written in Heaven by Him! His love never fails and He never ceases doing wonderful things for His people. I plan on keeping this journal for many years to come. It will be such a joy to go back and recount on all the miracles and goodness that He has displayed. It still blows my mind to think He does all these wonders for us because He loves us so much! O Lord, I am satisfied and filled with good things this morning! Thank You!