Exodus 14:13

Exodus 14:13. ‘Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.’

I love this.❤


Ezra 9:9

Ezra 9:9. “Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.”

I love this picture of salvation. The idea of being granted new life, a new opportunity to rebuild the ruins. How beautiful is that! No matter how dark, how oppressive, we have the opportunity granted by our generous Heavenly Father the new life to rebuild. Yes, it is more work, but work with hope and new life and vitality is truly beautiful! ❤

Sad Christmas Advice

Last year, I had recently lost the best man in the world, the only one who has ever loved me without conditions and my greatest supportive force of my life, my daddy. And two other important, loved people to me also died then. I was sad, I did not even want to celebrate. I did not know how to. It was a monumental loss I had never experienced. So last Christmas was going through the motions, trying to be happy for the kids and my husband, doing my best so they were not traumatized as I was. 

So here is my thought. You are never alone, as you feel. You are never unloved, as you feel. God is our Heavenly Father and loves us so much. So the advice is to remember that, get out and do something (socialize or exercise or serve somewhere), even if you don’t feel like it. Just do it. Read your Bible. Spend time with God. Do something. You will not feel like it. But from experience, time and God heal faster when we do something. The bed is a consuming blackness and brooding makes it worse. So chin up, my love. God will bless your efforts and love you stronger in time. It ends so much quicker when you do something. You can. ❤

Still Learning

I am still on a journey, still humbly teachable

I walk or run as need demands

I am still on this journey with those I love

Those who remain are purposeful.

I still journey on, no matter the weather

It all has a purpose.

On my journey, no matter the hostile environment

Faith reminds me God walks beside.

I am still on a journey of epic proportions

To heaven one day and here now.❤

Then Came the Dawn

The darkest hours in history always preceded the dawn. That is still true. It will be true tomorrow. In many ways, light is gaining ground and yet darkness digs in, refusing to be extinguished without a valiant effort. However, darkness knows full well that it’s time is short. Those benefitting from the darkness will do so for only a short time and then will be imprisoned by it forever. Now is the time to choose light, the winner and champion. For the dawn comes. It always does. It always will. And one day soon it will do so forever. Do not doubt the light of dawn or its power. For darkness runs from it with its tail between its legs. Never doubt it. God is the light and Jesus ushers in the dawn.❤

Hope Beyond Lazy for the Addict

I read a post by a fellow blogger. He wrote that exercise can help people coming out of addictions. And I agree with him. And I am thankful for his insight because it did not occur to me that addictions in some way or another only arise in the lazy. It is lazy to choose to create a temporary high to handle pain or avoid life rather than have the courage and energy to face and handle it. And in reality, it is much more pain and effort and guilt in the “quick fix” than thr short-lived painful process of healing and the peace and joy returns after the pain so there is hope. There is no long term hope in the “quick fix” and in fact it compounds the original problem that took you there. Life is in the healing. God blesses the humble prayer and effort into healing. He breathes into it. He gives love and energy to it. He promotes it. It is always a choice and at any time anyone can choose to face and deal and not withdraw and cover it up. And anyone who needs help, God will provide that help. Because He longs for and loving, sober relationship with any addict and me and you. We are so very special and important to Him and oh so loved.❤  

Why Thankful?

I watched news broadcasts on a horrible epidemic in my beautiful country, I believe induced by spiritual forces of despair, escapism and death. Why? Because Satan wants us (because we are God’s creation) all dead and his time is very short to accomplish this. He is pushing this heavy agenda with great fervor and greater ugliness. And it is seen in murders, bullying (verbal and physical abuse), drug addictions, fantasy addictions like video games, also drug use and lie acceptance (and porn as a sexual fantasy addiction), rapes, wars, hate, divorces and suicides. These things are happening worldwide but really prevalently. It is horrifying. And I watch these things with a breaking heart and wonder what we have to be thankful for. We live in a deeply troubled time, greatly burdened with sin and disasters- made by man and/or nature. And I searched and wondered what so many affected by horror have to be thankful for. And this is it. Hope. We all must be thankful that this awful-with-beautiful-moments world is not all there is. In fact, it is extremely temporary. And while here, we are required to determine where we will spend our future eternity. So it is not that this life is easily rushed through to get on with the next but that each day is an opportunity to be saved by the amazing grace of God through the person of Jesus Christ and purposefully decide to accept His gift of salvation and therefore a glorious and peaceful and joyful forever eternal without this sin crap. We have hope. This hope lives and no one can take it away from us ever without our permission. And I am thankful that all of us may choose life and hope and love over the evils of this world and that evil will not be around much longer. We will soon be free and glorified with God, every single person who chooses to be and humbly prays toward that end. Ah, sweet hope. It is here. I am so very thankful! ❤