Joy = Strength

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” For me, that is not some cute saying, it is deepest truth. Nothing strengthens me more than joy that is nestled in peace and founded upon hope that Jesus is my Savior and Lord. Be very suspicious of a Christian who does not smile and does not lean on joy from Jesus as their strength. And do not be such a person. Lean on the joy from Jesus as your strength and let it show on your face. Be that lightbulb. Own it. Love it. Live it. You can do no better. ❤

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The Beauty of Easter

The Beauty of Easter is that Jesus’ love (and therefore mercy and grace) was the sole motivator of perfect Him enduring horrific cruelty to give us hope. And every single person God lovingly created has that save gift of hope because of His death and resurrection. These two pivotal events are celebrated now because our future hope is founded solely on them. That would have been all He needed to give us hope and a future with Himself. How beautiful is that. How self-sacrificing to pay in full the price we owed. Wow. How I contemplate Easter! How amazing is that powerful and deep depth of love God has for us all!❤❤

Suicide

The evil of suicide is a big deal for young people right now, the second leading cause of death at present for them. It is horrifying to consider and I generally don’t give airtime to evil but this monster hit close to home- our old pastor’s son- and I need to mention it.

The idea of suicide is evil. The thought is evil and at best incredibly selfish. And to get to a place where there is no hope is swallowing about a million lies and false beliefs. Here is why…

Truth: 1. We are all lovingly made by God on purpose.

Truth 2: God made each of us with specific gifts and talents.

Truth 3: Every person God lovingly made is precious and important to the God of the universe and loved.

Truth 4: God cared so much for each and any one of us that He sent us Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for our sins.

Truth 5: God is happy to help anyone with anything any time they humbly ask Him to.

Truth 6: Suicide kills a person God lovingly made and leaves no time to repent and confess and be forgiven. No problem in the world is worth an eternity in hell.

This is the inherent selfishness and evil of suicide. There is good news for those of us alive. We have God to help us with any problem ever. God can help us forgive those who wrong us, even if they don’t ask or don’t care. God cares. God still loves you, the precious child He lovingly made. And God is truth and hope to cut through any lies. The Bible is the best medicine I know. God is the Great Physician. There is always hope. Anything else n is an evil lie. You can choose truth any second of any day and I highly recommend it. You are so very loved.❤

Remembering a Dream

I used to love the idea of a cabin in the woods close to the farm. It is still a beautiful thought. I saw one today being built step by step in the woods in Canada. It was sweet.

No matter what little dream you have, it is never too late to realize it. I may have to wait for heaven, but I am quite sure God has built what we have been passionate about for us, or something even better with that flavor. But dreaming is never bad. It gives hope, lightens thoughts, brings happiness.

The dream of helping troubled youth is still there also. And someday I may realize that dream as well. In the meanwhile, I play piano at church, teach Sunday school for women, homeschool my kids, be the best wife I can be for my husband and the Lord, and help wherever I can.

This is the deal. We work faithfully for the Lord with the bigger lingering dream in our minds and hearts and who knows. Keeping your ear to the ground and a bit of well timed blessings and sweat equity may find your hopes someday becoming a reality. Keep your dream. In doing so, you keep your passion. And in being faithful to God n in obedience, you prove you are worthy of that dream.❤

Praise Changes Focus

Ever really wanted to get out of your head? Or needed desperately to see anything good? Or ever get frustrated and wonder if you are the only one who really wants people saved and they do not seem to care at all, like life will go on forever on this planet? All of these issues can be resolved or at least greatly minimized in negative value by praising God. Here is how and why and proof…

Praising God focuses your thoughts on the Highest Power, Who happens to love you enormously. Such a focus on Someone so much more powerful, loving and yes, perfect elevates your mind from the menial physical world to the grand eternal one. When we do this, it puts things into their proper temporary perspective and the eternal spiritual world rises in prominence. When this happens, we are reminded that God who loves us wants and can help with anything we are going through. And this is liberating. We do not walk alone unless we chose to. Likewise, anytime, anywhere we can have the God of the universe answer our humble prayer we choose to pray and help us and just be with us. Proof is my life. When my dad and two beloved close friends died around the same time, I became depressed and withdrew from everything and everyone. I was numb and felt so alone and had no energy at all. This went on for some time and became habitual. Then God pulled me out and started me on a regiment of reading my Bible, then praying, then praising Him. Once I started that, my perspective changed in the ways I said above. And n it is legit, it is real that positive change and focus and healing occurs when we humble our hearts and praise God every chance we have. ❤

Blended Christmas

Today, my family and mom spent a great morning opening presents and eating a great meal. Everyone was doing good and the kids were doing great. We finished our game and chocolate conspicuously at the same time, ahem, and mom went home to nap. The kids and I watched half of a new movie while my husband also napped. All good, all going beautifully.

Enter the blended family drama. We went then after the nap to deliver presents to the grandkids, the ones we rarely ever see. And our grand daughter was acting out of character and I realized how much she has on her shoulders at just 4 years of age. Her mom cheated on her dad and they are divorcing and the new couple are together with a new baby and her dad is now with a new girlfriend and there are 4 languages spoken around her and the mom and grandma have a co-defendant relationship and happen to live right next to each other and whew, I am drained just thinking about all that. And I realized how difficult blended families are and much more acutely, how much sin effects children. They have no choice in the matter. There is no norm because they are trying to learn life but they know it is not right somehow. And nobody calling out bad behavior compounds that, no consistency compounds that, no Godly principles compounds that. So when I was asked to finally be involved and teach her piano, I jumped at it. Hey, I am stable. I am faithful to Godly principles. I can love her and be consistent with rewards and punishments and be a rock in her ever-shifting seas. Blended families are full of challenges but with God, there is hope and help and instruction as to how to navigate life. Hope, a beautiful word.❤

Hope for the Suicidal from Acts 2:25-28

Acts 2:25. ‘David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, 27. because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. 28. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”‘❤

If you are contemplating suicide, your heart has been in a very dark place for a while. The idea of suicide is not a natural idea, we are designed to want to live and fight for life. If you are entertaining thoughts such as suicide, you must know these thoughts are unnatural and therefore are supernatural from demons who want you dead. It is not personal to them, they want everyone dead because God loves each of us and you and made you to live for Him. So if instead of listening to an evil madman in your mind, try praying to God for help. He is our hope. He is your hope. God saves through Jesus even today, right now. ❤