Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hold On Tight

 When life gets messy we have two options; embrace it or run from it! I like to say I always choose the first choice and embrace it, but let's be honest here it's much easier to run from it. I like to think I'm not the only one who chooses the easier option so my prayer is that this post will touch someone's heart out there and you too can see you are not alone! 

Life is hard. Life can be messy at times. Life can seem like a NASCAR race flying by in the blink of an eye and dragging you from behind as you do all that you can and hang on! 

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"- Phil. 4:13

I'm a mother to three handsome, wild, energized, and loving little boys! Motherhood is hard no matter what, but when you struggle with your own problems on top of motherhood life can seem like one BIG MESS at times.  Then you begin to question whether or not you are getting this whole "motherhood" thing right or not. 

I'm here to tell you first of all it is hard. It is not easy. You will fail as a mother and guess what?!  You will fail as a wife, friend, daughter, lover, believer, and any other label you decide to put on yourself.  YOU WILL FAIL! 

Again you are left with two choices; you can stay down and roll around in your messy life or you can dust your butt off and get back on! When you get back on; hold on tight, always pray, look UP, and embrace this messy life! Never forget those dark pits, valleys or mountaintop view's. Go back to those places and remember where you where and remember WHOSE YOU ARE! Remember who brought you to those places and who brought you OUT OF THOSE PLACES! 

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley. I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me"- Psalms 23:4

"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God."- 2 Corinthians 4:15

You are the daughter of The King of Kings! You are BEAUTIFUL. You are wonderfully made created in HIS IMAGE. You are HIS. HE will NEVER leave you nor forsake you! Even in the darkest of pits HE is there! When you are riding that bull with one hand holding on as the other slings high in the air. Just as you think you can hold on no more, grab a hold of HIS HAND AND RIDE THE STORMS OF LIFE  OUT WITH THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU FOR ONE PURPOSE! And that one purpose is to KNOW HIM AND TO BRING HONOR AND GLORY TO HIM!

" So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."- Genesis 1:27 

" On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords."- Rev. 19:16

" They will make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will triumph over them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings and He will be accompanied by His called and chosen faithful ones."- Rev. 17:14

Don't ever give up! Don't ever stop praying!! Pray about anything and everything! God already knows what's on your heart and mind, but He wants that RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU!! He will never stop loving you and he only convicts you not condemns you. Don't listen to the enemy and his lies. He only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Focus on the ONE AND KNOW WE FIGHT FROM VICTORY NOT  for victory! The battle was won on that old rugged cross so lay "it" down at His feet and LEAVE IT THERE! Even when you screw up and let HIM down He is there to make ALL THINGS GOOD for those who love Him! May God bless you all! 

"And we know in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."- Romans 8:28

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

KEEPING HIM FIRST


 
"ME AND YOU", THAT IS WHAT I HEARD FROM GOD MONTHS AGO.  HE KEPT SAYING, OVER AND OVER, “ME AND YOU".  I FINALLY GOT IT AND OBEYED HIM.  I WAS TOO BUSY FOCUSING ON ME.  ME AND MY HUSBAND, ME AND THE KIDS, ME AND MY TO DO LISTS, ME AND MY FRIENDS, ME AND ALL MY OBLIGATIONS I HAD TO FILL,  ME AND THE SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD, ME AND WHATEVER ELSE THIS WORLD HAD TO OFFER,  INSTEAD OF ME AND HIM!! 

I LEARNED REAL QUICK WHEN YOU TAKE HIM OUT OF THE EQUATION IT GETS ROCKY REAL FAST.  LET'S BE HONEST ME AND WHATEVER ARE NO GOOD WITHOUT HIM FIRST!! HE WAS CALLING ME TO SLOW DOWN. TO SIT DOWN. TO OPEN UP HIS WORD AND FOCUS ON ME AND HIM INSTEAD OF ME AND WHATEVER ELSE I HAD GOING ON.  HE REVEALED TO ME SO MUCH, BUT HE WAS PREPARING ME FOR WHAT WAS TO COME.  I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN MY LIFE, WHAT STORMS WERE ABOUT TO HIT, WHAT DOORS WERE ABOUT TO BE OPENED,  HOW I WAS GOING TO DEAL WITH THEM ALL; BUT HE DID. I THANK HIM FOR PREPARING ME FOR THOSE OPPORTUNITIES, THOSE STORMS, BUT I ALSO ASKED FOR FORGIVENESS FOR BEING SO BUSY AND NOT FOCUSING ON ME AND HIM BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE. I THANKED HIM FOR SHOWING ME WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO PUT HIM AFTER ANYTHING OR ANYONE IN MY LIFE. HE SHOWED ME WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE WITH HIM NUMBER ONE AND WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE WHEN I LET HIM SLIP TO NUMBER 2, 3, OR EVEN FURTHER DOWN.

YOU SEE WHEN YOU PUT HIM FIRST AND FOCUS ON HIM IT TAKES THE FOCUS OFF THE STORMS YOU ARE GOING THRU, THE SCARY NEW OPENED DOORS, THE MOUNTAINS YOU ARE SLOWING CLIMBING, OR THE PIT THAT SEEMS SO DEEP YOU WILL NEVER GET OUT AND IT PUTS THE FOCUS ON HIM!! THE ALMIGHTY ONE THAT CALMS THE STORMS, CARRIES YOU WHEN YOU CANNOT CRAWL MUCH LESS WALK UP THOSE MOUNTAINS, HOLDS YOUR HAND AS YOU WALK THROUGH THE NEW DOORS, AND THE ONE WHO CAN NOT PULL, BUT JERK YOU OUT OF THE PIT YOU HAVE FALLEN IN. IT PUTS THE FOCUS ON HIS WORD, HIS TRUTH, HIS PROMISES AND ALLOWS US TO CALL ON HIS NAME AND KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT HE IS WITH US WHEREVER WE ARE. IN THE VALLEY, WALKING THRU THE NEW DOOR, OR ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP HE IS WITH US!! HE IS OUR ROCK!

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”- Luke 6:45-48

SOMETIMES WE AS CHRISTIANS CAN GET SO BUSY DOING AND EVEN DOING FOR HIM BY SERVING OTHERS, BUT WE FORGET TO SIT AT HIS FEET AND BE FILLED WITH HIS WORDS. WHEN WE DO THIS WE ARE NOT FILLED WITH HIS TRUTHS AND HIS PROMISES; LEAVING US UNPREPARED FOR THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES OR THE BATTLES TO COME.  JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN AND LOVE THE LORD DOESN'T MEAN YOU ARE EXEMPT FROM THE STORMS OR BATTLES OF LIFE, BELIEVE ME THEY WILL COME. IT DOES HOWEVER, MEAN YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO CARRY YOU THROUGH THOSE STORMS AND FIGHT THOSE BATTLES FOR YOU.

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “- Isaiah 41:10

“I am God, and there is none like me…My purpose will stand, and I  will do all that I please…What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.” – Isaiah 46:9-11

 I LOVE TO SERVE OTHERS IN THE NAME OF JESUS. IT MAKES MY HEART FULL AND I LOVE TO WATCH HIM WORK THROUGH HIS PEOPLE, BUT IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO SIT AND TO BE FILLED WITH HIS WORDS BEFORE WE GO OUT AND BE DOER'S OF HIS WORDS.  HIS WORDS TEACH US, CONVICT US, MOLD US, WE MUST ALLOW THEM TO PENETRATE OUR HEARTS. AS WE DO THIS WE CAN’T HELP BUT TO GO OUT AND BE DOER’S OF HIS WORD AS WE ALLOW HIM TO WORK THROUGH US.   WE CANNOT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT HIM. HE WORKS THROUGH US AS WE OBEY HIS WORDS AND ALLOW HIM TO USE US FOR HIS HONOR AND HIS GLORY!

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who loos at his face in the mirror and, after  looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does.”- James 1:22-25

“Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he see his Father doing, because whatever  the Father does the Son also does. –John 5:19

 “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”- Philippians 2:13

I pray we all take the time to sit at His feet, learn from His words, filled with His truth, filled with His promises, and go out and be doer’s of His word.  God is good and He longs for an intimate relationship with you.  May you long for the same, keep Him number ONE, and HE will take care of the rest!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

LAY IT DOWN



I ‘M SURE YOU HAVE HEARD THE SAYINGS, “LAY IT DOWN”, “LAY IT AT HIS FEET”, OR “LAY IT AT THE ALTER”.  LIKE MANY THINGS IN THIS LIFE, THIS CAN BE EASIER SAID THAN DONE. THIS CAN BE ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS TO DO AS HUMANS, BECAUSE WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WE WANT IT FIXED. TO FIX A PROBLEM YOUHAVE TO HAVE AN ANSWER AND LETS BE HONEST WE ARE NOT PATIENT PEOLPE WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WRONG, SO THERFORE WE WANT THIS PROBLEM FIXED NOW. THIS LEADS US TO TAKE "IT" INTO OUR ON HANDS. WHEN WE DO THIS WE LEAVE GOD OUT AND ALLOW THE ENEMY IN TO CONTROL OUR "IT". HE WILL USE WHATEVER "IT" IS TO FILL YOUR THOUGHTS WITH WORRY, DOUBT, AND CONFUSION. THE ENEMY WANTS NOTHING MORE THAN TO KEEP YOU RIGHT THERE AND HINDER YOUR WALK WITH THE LORD.
UNFORUNTALY, I LEARNED THIS LESSON THE HARD WAY AND IT’S NOT A PLACE YOU WANT TO BE IN. GOD CAME SO THAT YOU COULD LIVE A JOYFUL LIFE; FULL OF HIS LOVE, HIS GRACE, HIS MERCY, AND HIS PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING; NOT ONE FILLED WITH WORRY, DOUBT, CHAOS, GUILT, OR CONFUSION! NO MATTER WHAT YOUR “IT” IS, HOW BIG OR HOW LITTLE; LAY “IT” DOWN AND LEAVE “IT”.

“Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving; present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “-Philippians 4:6-7

 WHEN I FINALLY SURRENDERED MY LIFE TO THE LORD I WAS ACTUALLY GOING THRU SOME HEALTH ISSUES AT THE TIME.  THE DAY I WAS SET FREE I KNEW I WAS HEALED SPIRITUALLY, BUT NOT PHYSICALLY AT THAT POINT.  EVEN THOUGH I WAS ON FIRE FOR THE LORD AND KNEW THAT NO MATTER WHAT MY HEALTH ISSUES WERE I WOULD BE OKAY, I NEVER LAYED THEM COMPLETELY DOWN AT HIS FEET.  I WOULD LAY THEM DOWN, BUT I WAS REAL QUICK TO PICK THEM BACK UP.  I MEAN IT WAS” MY” BODY AFTER ALL AND I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG, SO WHY WAIT ON HIM TO DIRECT MY PATHS WHEN I COULD GET THERE MUCH FASTER?! YEAH RIGHT, I WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW, BUT I THANK HIM FOR REVEALING THIS TO ME AND GIVING ME ANOTHER CHANCE TO TRULY LAY MY “IT'S DOWN!!(oh yes, you can have a lot of "it's" going on in your life)  I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY HOURS I SPENT ON THE INTERNET SEARCHING FOR AN ANSWER AND TRYING TO FIND THAT ONE DOCTOR THAT WOULD LISTEN TO ME , BUT I CAN TELL YOU IT WAS A LOT OF WASTED HOURS THAT HINDERED MY WALK WITH GOD.  I TRULY BELIEVED NO MATTER WHAT “IT” WAS, I WOULD BE OKAY, BUT THE MOMENT I PICKED “IT” UP WAS THE MOMENT I TOOK "IT" OUT OF HIS HANDS AND ALLOWED THE ENEMY TO DISTRACT ME WITH WORRY, FEAR, CONFUSION, AND BEGAN TO FEEL HOPELESS. THAT IS NOT THE LIFE GOD INTENDS FOR US TO LIVE REGARDLESS OF OUR "IT'S"! 

"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full."- John 10:10


I AM GOING THROUGH A VERY SIMILIAR STORM, EXCEPT THIS TIME IT’S NOT ME. IT 'S WITH ONE OF MY PRECIOUS BOYS.  I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH MY HEALTH ISSUES I WOULD THANK GOD FOR CHOOSING ME INSTEAD OF ONE OF MY BABY BOYS, BUT THIS TIME HE HAS CHOSEN HIS CHILD, AUSTIN WHO I'M BLESSED TO CALL MY SON.  I’M SURE IF YOU ARE A MOMMY OR LOVE YOUR MOMMY LIKE I LOVE MINE YOU CAN RELATE.  LIKE ME I'M SURE YOU WOULD SWAP PLACES WITH THEM IN A BLINK OF AN EYE IF YOU COULD. I CAN HONESTLY SAY I HAVE NEVER  HIT MY KNEES AND NOT BEEN ABLE TO PRAY UNTIL A FEW WEEKS AGO WHEN MY MOM CALLED ME AND TOLD ME TO PRAY ABOUT SOME TEST SHE WAS HAVING DONE ALSO.  ANXIETY AND FEAR WAS MY FIRST RESPONSE INSTEAD OF LAYING “IT” DOWN AT HIS FEET AND TRUSTING HIM. I DIDN’T WANT ANYTHIING TO BE WRONG WITH MY MOM, SHE IS MY BEST FRIEND, MY ROCK, AND I JUST COULDN’T EVEN MUTTER THE WORDS TO PRAY AT THAT MOMENT. GOD REMINDED ME REAL QUICK HE WAS MY ROCK AND MY FAITH AND TRUST SHOULD BE IN HIM NO MATTER WHAT “IT” WAS.  (Praise God mom’s test all came back good).

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”-Psalm 18:2-3

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”- 1 Peter 6-7

ALTHOUGH WE ARE STILL IN THE EYE OF THE STORM WITH AUSTIN I CAN HONESTLY SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT IN MY MIND I HAVE COMPLETE PEACE NO MATTER WHAT “IT” IS AND HAVE LAYED MY BABY DOWN AT HIS FEET.  I HAVE COMPLETE TRUST IN HIM AND I THANK HIM FOR PREPARING ME FOR THIS STORM HE KNEW WAS HEADED MY WAY. INSTEAD OF SPENDING HOURS SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR ANSWERS I HAVE SPENT HOURS IN HIS WORD, ON MY KNEES, PRAISING AND WORSHIPPING HIM THROUGH THIS STORM.   I GIVE HIM ALL THE HONOR AND GLORY FOR GUIDING OUR STEPS AND FILLING ME WITH HIS PEACE.  I PRAY HE IS GLORIFED THROUGH THIS STORM NO MATTER WHAT “IT” IS. 
(I have so much to share, but for now I just want to give HIM all the honor and glory and thank Him for His faithfulness inspite of my failures.)

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. “- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Trust 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

Friday, October 9, 2015

JUST YOU AND JESUS



I HEAR SO MANY PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS RELIGION AND THAT RELIGION; YOU GOTTA DO THIS AND YOU GOTTA DO THAT; WE BELIEVE THIS OR WE BELIEVE THAT.  I THANK GOD THAT I KNOW HIM AND I DO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.  IT’S NOT BASED ON MAN MADE LAWS OR SOME CHECKLIST OF THINGS I MUST DO. IT IS REAL AND HE IS NOT JUST MY FATHER, MY FRIEND, MY COUNSELOR, BUT HE IS MY SAVIOR, LORD ABOVE ALL.   I CAN GO TO HIM MYSELF I DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH ANYONE ELSE; JUST ME AND HIM. I CAN GO TO HIM ABOUT ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD THAT IS ON MY HEART AND WHY WOULD I NOT?!  HE ALREADY KNOWS WHAT’S ON MY MIND AND IN MY HEART. HE EVEN KNOWS HOW MANY HAIRS ARE ON MY HEAD!!  SOMETIMES IT’S JUST HARD TO WRAP YOUR MIND AROUND ALL THAT AND I BELIEVE THAT IS WHY SOME PEOPLE JUST MISS OUT ON GOD AND HIS AMAZING GRACE.  GRACE IS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS I HAD TO LEARN, BUT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIFT I HAVE RECEIVED THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!  NO MATTER WHAT I DO HIS GRACE ENOUGH FOR ME! I AM WEAK, BUT HE IS STRONG!

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. “ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, insults, in hardships, in persecutions in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. “- 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

YOU SEE THAT LAST VERSE?  “For when I am weak, then I am strong”? THAT TO ME IS THE BEAUTY OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST. IN OUR WEAKNESS HE IS THERE TO MAKE US STRONG, TO PICK US UP WHEN WE FALL DOWN. HE IS FAITHFUL AND HIS WORDS ARE TRUE. I'VE ALWAYS TALKED TO GOD AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER. THERE IS NEVER A TIME IN MY LIFE I DO NOT REMEMBER TALKING TO GOD. I STILL TALK TO HIM CONTINUALLY ALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY, NONSTOP SOME DAYS.  BUT ISN'T THAT WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR?  I THINK SOME PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT IS THAT SIMPLE.WHEN YOU HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD YOU WILL SEE THAT IT IS INDEED ABOUT YOU AND HIM.  I TALK TO HIM, BUT HE TALKS TO ME TOO.  SAY WHAT?!?!  GOD TALKS BACK TO YOU?!  

YES, MY FRIEND GOD TALKS BACK TO YOU!  HE HAS GIVEN YOU ALL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  IN THAT MOST PRECIOUS BOOK CALLED, THE BIBLE! THE MORE YOU READ IT, PRAY OVER IT, ASK GOD TO SPEAK TO YOU, HELP YOU UNDERSTAND IT THE MORE ALIVE HIS WORD WILL BECOME TO YOU! YOU WILL SEE IT IS SIMPLY ABOUT YOU AND HIM! BELIEVE ME THERE WAS A TIME I PICKED MY BIBLE UP AND COULDN'T PRONOUNCE HALF THE WORDS ON THE PAGE MUCH LESS UNDERSTAND THEM AND THOUGHT I JUST DON'T GET IT!  BUT DON'T GIVE UP MY FRIEND  YOU WILL GET IT!  GET IN A BIBLE TEACHING/PREACHING CHURCH, SMALL GROUPS, SUNDAY SCHOOL, YOU WILL SEE IT IS SIMPLE YET LIFE CHANGING AND WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THIS THING CALLED LIFE!

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. "Jeremiah 33:3

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."- Psalm 119:105

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

IT’S NOT ABOUT THIS CHURCH, THAT PREACHER, THIS RELIGION, THAT CHECKLIST, OR A LIST OF MAN MADE LAWS; IT IS SIMPLY ABOUT YOU AND HIM AND WHAT HE DID ON THE CROSS FOR YOU. AT THE CROSS IS WHERE HE SHOWED HIS LOVE FOR YOU AND HIS DESIRE FOR AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. WHEN YOU SURRENDER YOUR LIFE TO HIM EVERYTHING ELSE FALLS INTO PLACE.  THE MORE WE REALIZE HIS LOVE FOR US THE MORE WE WILL LOVE HIM. YOU WILL WANT TO KNOW HIM, YOU WILL WANT TO READ YOUR BIBLE, YOU WILL WANT TO PRAY AND WORSHIP HIM AND HE WILL REVEAL HIMSELF TO YOU MORE AND MORE.  HE WORKS ON US ALL AND THROUGH US ALL DIFFERENTLY, SO DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS!  IT IS ABOUT YOU AND HIM!!

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”- Romans 5:8

“ We love because he first loved us.”- John 4:19


“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”- Matthew 10:38

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's okay.....,

Somedays you just don't have the words to say. Somedays you may not even have the words to pray. Somedays you just don't understand. God what are you trying to show me?! Am I missing it?! Why is all of this happening at the same time?! Do you not here my cry?!

In those moments I have learned it's okay to feel this way. God knows our heart even when we can't speak or have the words to mumble. 

I have to say that is where I am right now, but He keeps telling me to TRUST HIM!! So, even though I do not understand what He is doing and my world is a bit wobbly I know who to call on and I know HE will never leave me nor forsake me. I  am trusting Him and laying it ALL down at His feet to fight for me! 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

WHAT ROAD ARE YOU ON?


 
THIS PICTURE IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PICTURES I HAVE EVER CAPTURED!! WE WERE DRIVING THRU WYOMING AND GOT STOPPED BY THIS HERD OF HORSES CROSSING THE ROAD. YOU SEE ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL HORSES RUNNING ACROSS THE STREET , BUT LOOK AND YOU CAN SEE PART OF THAT VERY WIDE, RANCH GATE IN THE BACKGROUND (If you have been out West I am sure you love those beautiful ranch gates you see everywhere just as much as me).  THIS PICTURE CAME TO MIND WHEN I WAS WRITING THIS POST, SO I COULDN’T PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IT!

 THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST HEARTBREAKING POST I WILL EVER WRITE.  I'M SURE YOU ARE WONDERING WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?  WHO IS SICK? WHAT HAPPENED IN THESE PAST TWO YEARS YOU HAVE NOT BEEN WRITING THAT WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT? WHAT COULD IT POSSIBLE BE?

IT’S ACTUALLY VERY SIMPLE, BUT MOST PEOPLE WILL NEVER GET IT. THEY WILL CHOOSE TO DENY HIM AND HIS WORDS. THEY WILL THINK OH I HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO GET RIGHT WITH GOD OR SIMPLY SAY, BUT “I DO BELIEVE IN GOD.” THEY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN SIN AND SAY, “I’LL JUST ASK FOR FORGVIENSS LATER.”   

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that- and shudder.”-James 2:19

“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.”- 1 John 5:18

DO YOU SEE THAT WIDE GATE IN THAT BEAUTIFUL PICTURE? IT REMINDS ME OF GOD’S WORD WHEN HE TELLS US TO ENTER THRU THE NARROW GATE, BECAUSE THE WIDE GATE LEADS TO DESTRUCTION.  IT’S HARD TO SEE DESTRUCTION IN THAT BEAUITFUL PICTURE ISNT IT?  JUST IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT SAY THEY “BELIEVE” IN GOD, BUT CHOOSE TO GO ON LIVING THEIR LIVES LIKE THE REST OF THIS WORLD?! MAKES SENSE THAT THE ROAD THEY ARE ON IS WIDE, BECAUSE SO MANY ARE ON IT.  WHY, WOULD SO MANY CHOOSE A ROAD THAT GOD CLEARY TELLS US LEADS TO DESTRUCTION?  

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it"- Mathew 7:13-14

MY OPNION IS, BECAUSE IT’S AN EASY ROAD TO TRAVEL. IT’S EASY TO JUST GO WITH THE FLOW, FIT IN WITH THE WORLD, AND LIVE LIKE YOU WANT TO WITH NO ACCOUNTABLILITY.   I HAVE TO SAY UNTIL I FULLY SURRENDERED MY LIFE TO GOD I WAS ON THAT ROAD. I CAN PROMISE YOU JUST AS JESUS TELLS US, IT IS A ROAD THAT LEADS TO NOTHING MORE THAN DESTRUCTION!

BEING A CHRISTIAN IS NOT EASY.  WE LIVE IN A BROKEN WORLD.  IT’S HARD TO BE DIFFEERENT, WE ARE GOING TO BE TEMPTED, WE WILL BE DECIEVED, AND WE WILL BE MADE FUN OF FOR OUR BELIEFS OR TAKING A STAND AGAINST THE WORLD. PEOPLE ARE MEAN, THE ENEMY IS REAL AND THAT IS WHY I BELIEVE SO MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE THE EASY ROAD.

THIS SUMMER I STARTED READING A BOOK WRITTEN BY ANGIE SMITH. IT WAS A GREAT BOOK, BUT THIS ONE THING SHE TALKED ABOUT STOOD OUT IN MY MIND.  I KNEW IT WAS FOR A REASON WHEN I STARTED THE BOOK I FINISHED A FEW WEEKS AGO IN RECORD TIME; ONE WEEK (because it was that good I could not put it down). IT’S CALLED, "FOLLOW ME”, BY DAVID PLATT (I highly recommend reading it). IN BOTH OF THEIR BOOKS THEY TALKED ABOUT THIS THING WE CALL, "THE SINNER'S PRAYER."

I'M SURE IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO CHURCH MAYBE YOU HAVE HEARD THIS AND MAYBE LIKE ME YOU HAVE SAID “THAT PRAYER” MANY TIMES.  DID YOU KNOW “THAT PRAYER” IS NOT IN THE BIBLE AND JUST BECAUESE YOU REPEATED A PRAYER AFTER SOMEONE DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE SAVED AND ON THAT NARROW ROAD THAT LEADS TO AN ETERNAL LIFE WITH JESUS.  ONLY IF YOU PRAYED THAT PRAYER AND MEANT IT WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART AND YOU LET HIM DO WHAT ONLY HE CAN DO AND CHANGE YOU FROM THE INSIDE OUT , THEN YOU KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT YOU ARE ON THAT NARROW ROAD THAT LEADS TO AN ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM!

“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.”-Romans 3:23-24

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. –Romans 10:9

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”- 2 Corinthians 5:17

PRAISE GOD THAT IT IS THAT SIMPLE! MY HEART BREAKS BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS THE EASY ROAD AND THEY WILL NOT MAKE IT THRU THE HEAVENLY GATES. GOD MADE IT SO SIMPLE FOR US SO WE COULDN’T SAY WE DID ANYTHING TO BE SAVED, BUT SIMPLY SURRENDER TO HIM AND RECEIVE HIS AMAZING GRACE!!  THIS IS WHY THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST HEARTBREAKING POST I WILL EVER MAKE.

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."- Mathew 7:21

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”- Ephesians 2:8-10
YOU HAVE THE CHOICE TO CHOOSE WHAT ROAD YOU WANT TO BE ON, BUT ONLY YOU CAN CHOOSE THAT!! WHAT ROAD ARE YOU ON TODAY? IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE ONE YOU WANT TO BE ON CHANGE IT TODAY!! IT WILL LEAD YOU TO AN EVERLASTING LIFE WITH YOUR CREATOR!!

Friday, September 4, 2015

WOW! IT HAS BEEN 2 YEARS!




 I HAVE SAT DOWN AT THIS COMPUTER MANY TIMES WITH THE INTENT TO WRITE, BUT THE WORDS JUST DIDN'T COME. NOW MY HEART AND MIND ARE READY TO EXPLODE, SO HERE I AM!  THIS IS WHAT HELPS ME PROCESS ALL THAT IS GOING ON INSIDE OF ME :)! I HAVE PRAYED ABOUT THIS FOR AWHILE NOW, BECAUSE GOD HAS JUST SHOWN ME SO MUCH THROUGH HIS WORD AND LOOKING BACK ON LIFE THESE PAST 2 YEARS I JUST HAVE TO SHARE. IF YOU ARE READING FOR THE FIRST TIME, PLEASE KNOW THAT I AM BY NO MEANS A WRITER. I TRY TO USE SPELL CHECK, A COMMA HERE AND THERE, BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT KIND OF STUFF STRESSES ME OUT! I KNOW IT BUGS SOME PEOPLE, BUT I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE, JUST WARNING YOU :)!  I JUST LIKE TO SHARE WHAT'S ON MY MIND AND IN MY HEART, BECAUSE I BELIEVE WE ALL LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER BY SHARING.
THE MAIN REASON AND STILL THE ONLY REASON I WRITE IS TO SHARE JESUS WITH YOU!  HE HAS DONE SO MUCH IN MY PERSONAL LIFE EVEN WHEN I DIDN’T KNOW OR REALIZE WHAT HE WAS DOING. IT IS MY JOB TO SHARE HIM WITH YOU! EVEN WHEN I TRIED TO RUN FROM HIM OR GOT FRUSTRATED WITH HIM (Say what?! You can get frustrated with God?!) HE NEVER LEFT ME!  YES YOU CAN GET FRUSTRATED WTIH GOD, AND YOU CAN RUN; BUT THE FURTHER YOU RUN THE DARKER IT GETS.  I KNOW HE IS STILL WORKING ON ME AND MOLDING ME INTO THE WOMAN HE CREATED ME TO BE AND  HE WILL DO SO ( probably working overtime quiet often) UNTIL HE TAKES ME HOME TO LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER AND EVER, BUT UNTIL THAT DAY I PRAY HE WILL USE EVERY OUNCE OF MY BEING TO GLORIFY HIS NAME!!
WHEN I WAS LOST, HE FOUND ME! WHEN I BEGAN TO SLIP HE REACHED OUT HIS HAND. WHEN I HIT MY KNEES AND SAID," HELP", HE ANSWERED! HE REACHED INTO THAT HOLE I WAS STARTING TO DIG AND FALL INTO AND NOT PULLED ME OUT, BUT LIKE I PRAYED HE JERKED ME OUT!!   ONCE YOU HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT YOU WILL NEVER WANT THAT EMPTY DARKNESS AGAIN. YOU MAY SLIP AND YOU MAY STUMBLE, BUT YOU KNOW THAT THE DARKNESS IN THIS WORLD IS NOTHING BUT; DARK!
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”-Psalm 37:32- 34
"Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation."- 1 Peter 2:2
JESUS CAME SO THAT WE MAY HAVE LIFE AND LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST, LETTING OUR LIGHT SHINE FOR HIM; NOT LIVING IN SHAME OR GUILT!!
"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”- John 12:46
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."-John 8:12
I PRAY HE IS GLORIFIED THROUGH THIS LITTLE BLOG, AFTER ALL IT WAS STARTED 5 YEARS AGO WHEN I TRULY SURRENDERED MY LIFE TO HIM (my testimony, in its rawest form is on the right of this page) HE FILLED MY EMPTINESS WITH HIS AMAZING GRACE, HIS MERCY, AND HIS PEACE THAT I HAD LONGED FOR AND PRAYED FOR, FOR MANY YEARS! HE GAVE ME LIFE, HE GAVE ME PEACE, HE GAVE ME JOY AND HE BROUGHT ME OUT OF DARKNESS AND INTO LIGHT AND NOTHING OR NOONE CAN TAKE THAT FROM ME!!
"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand."-John 10:28
HE NEVER PROMISED IT WOULD BE ALL PEACHY PERFECT AND ALL YOUR WISHES AND DREAMS WOULD COME TRUE OR THAT THIS WORLD WAS FULL OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER WITH NO HEARTACHES; NOPE HE DIDN'T SAY THAT! HE ACTUALLY TELLS US WHILE IN THIS WORLD WE WILL HAVE TROUBLE!!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”-John 16:33
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” -James 1:2-3
 HE DID SAY HE WOULD NEVER LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US AND THAT HIS BURDENS WERE LIGHT!! I'LL TAKE THAT ALL DAY LONG OVER THIS MEAN AND BROKEN WORLD!!  I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING MORE WITH YOU AND PRAY YOU ALL WILL LAY YOUR BURNDENS DOWN AND LET HIM DO WHAT ONLY HE CAN DO IN YOUR LIFE!
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."- Deuteronomy 31:6
"Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."- Mathew 11:28