God blessed us with a rain day, a day off of PE. I am happy because my sinuses around my eyes are going nuts right now and I needed some time alone with God to just breathe. I had to reset. My mind has played some reruns and wrong channels lately and it was really getting me weighed down and feeling far from my Savior. So He gave me this morning off to get my heart into contrite mode and give everything to Him, confess and just repent. I told a friend about it. And God forgave me (as evidenced by the feeling of a smile and burden lifted) and we are back. And God is so precious and so good and loves us so much. I feel Him close and am so thankful and want to give Him glory for His love and grace and just compassion on us. He may be the only one in the world that loves me and that would be enough, all I ever need. He loves that well. 😄❤❤❤
I knew I had experienced calm for too long. It was coming. I was not anxious but braced. And through this day’s storms, I maintain my peace and joy because God helped me and has given me that gift. What storms in particular all happened today? I will tell me if you agree to pray for me specifically about them.
1. We had to attend a viewing of my sister-in-law who passed two days ago.
2. While at the viewing the dog pushed through a screen window and got out I had to leave the viewing and go home, return him home and return to the viewing.
3. My daughter came down with a horrible fever and the flu right before the viewing.
4. We discovered a localized-for-now infestation of termites in our home- oh no.
5. Saw my ex on the way to the viewing.
Needless to say, while in mourning the death of a loved one, a lot has happened in this one day. And up to yesterday, we had been experiencing a long calm. So here is the storm.
And I have complete peace and joy and feel fully loved. It is all in God’s hands because I put it all there. I have peace in my storms today. God is way bigger than any storm. I am not worried. I did everything I could do after the best thing, which is pray, and then I prayed again after doing my part. Peace is upon me. I am drenched with it. And I am fully thankful for it. God is exceedingly good, friend. ❤ ❤ ❤
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please lessen the impact of the hurricane. Please protect life. May people draw closer to You, Lord, in prayer and dependence. You are so much stronger than any hurricane. Please give peace and comfort. When we went through the brutal eye of Hurricane Irma last year, you were there with us and helped us. Please do thr same for these fellow Americans and Christians and even the non-Christian so they may be saved. Help people to see eternally and also physically really get the help they need quickly. We praise you, Holy God, who is stronger than these winds and storms and for your vast love and goodness. You are prefect in every way!
In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray, Amen.❤❤❤
There is innate beauty in standing. See a baby who can finally stand up and you see the giggling pleasure in his or her eyes. The whole body is excited. It has taken effort, balance, development, courage and when standing is finally accomplished, there is joy, excitement, good pride. And our command from Jesus is to stand firm. When attacked, stand firm. Keep your joy is the meaning. Keep remembering the joy of standing. Remember the joy of your salvation. Remember the joy of heaven being our home. Jesus does the fighting. Our job is to pray a LOT and stand. Stand for what is right, stand despite wanting to run away, it is not all fun and games but remember the joy and stand firm anyway. It is joyful. Standing is beautiful.❤
Motivation for living is always God, the promoter and source of life. He who made life encourages it to thrive. That is the truth. And for me, I am also motivated by remembering that our enemy is very real also and is almost as adamant about destroying life as God is about promoting it. Almost. And with significantly less power. God is omnipotent and all powerful and absolutely brimming with Love, the greatest Force in the universe. The enemy is a fallen angel, a created one who wanted the glory and power, a jealous prideful one, therefore brimming with hate, the weakest force in the universe, held together by lie upon lie upon lie, a created one. He has no great power withing except that which God had originally given him and so has to cover that up with a myriad of lies, smoke and mirrors, deceptions, and cheap parlor tricks. So this motivates. Moreso than the enemy’s weakness is the Truth of God. And knowing that every battle we have on this earth is a spiritual battle for our souls, allows forgiveness to happen. We forgive the people for they are quite ignorant that they are pawns in a game. They operate on belief in a lie. They chose ignorance over truth. They are duped suckers and so easy to forgive. Closeness to God promotes life, truth, love, all the fruits of the Holy Spirit and drawing close to Him is life and motivation to live. He is near, present wherever we are. He holds nothing back when we humbly pray, wanting us to live the purpose we were designed to live and longing with great love to be close to us. Love is then the motivation to live, for God is love. Nothing else persists past the time it takes you to get that and forgive and humbly pray. And that, beautiful friend, is the deep truth. And the Truth always sets you free. ❤
Daddy and I used to watch football together growing up. It was my favorite team sport to watch with him. (Boxing was my favorite sport of to watch with him but that is for another blog.) And if you watch football for any length of time and in any depth of strategic plays, you will find that the best teams have a great offense. And even if their defense is rather eh?, they can still turn out well by having an exceptional offense. And truly in life as well, I won many battles by offense focus, whether a threat from a bully heading my way, a difficulty brewing, a weird statement from a collegue, a lying attack against your character, whatever it might be. And when I saw the threat, I ran to meet it head on. Most threats are made by bullies of some sort, which are all cowards, and facing them makes them run off crying or frustrated and they leave you alone. Demonic attacks are the same. However, we work our offense on our knees in humble prayer and active Bible study. In this way, the weaker we seem, the stronger we are for God can work. And He is definitely in charge and over everything and everyone. God is bigger than any hurricane, as we experienced firsthand. He just is. Praise God! ❤ ❤ ❤
With struggles unseen by naked eye,
that loom over the struggler, passed by,
it leaves much doubt inside the head
as to which one can hear and which one can lend
a hand to help fight this struggle unseen,
this plague of a madman inside my brain
wreaking all sorts of havoc and wishing me bled.
And of every person who does not even know
the length and the depth of this struggle I know,
this secretive life that I cannot reveal
or I would hurt a loved one so real.
I realize this, there is only just One
Who knows every secret that’s ever been done.
God knows my struggle, the darkness I know.
And He gives me peace only He can bestow.❤❤❤