June 29, 2010
June 28, 2010
There are times when life just seems so unfair and you have to find a way to work through all the heartache you've experienced. People can do and say things that are cruel and hurtful but in those times, you have an important decision to make: You choose whether you will become bitter or better. You can stay angry and stew over all the wrong that has been done or you can take comfort in the love that God has for you.
God's amazing comfort can soften the hurt of other people's reckless words and actions when you keep your focus on Him. You must choose to listen to His voice above the crowd and be willing to forgive those who have hurt you. In order to be like Christ, you must be willing to forgive. This is what Jesus did when He forgave those who accused Him because He knew that they didn't know the truth. God understands your hurts and feelings and can help you do the same for others when they act without care.
June 22, 2010
June 16, 2010
Through every trial, loss, betrayal, joy and promise that we experience along our life journey, we should "Praise the Lord". The book of Psalms touches a place of every part of the human experience and reflects with it the faithfulness of God.
When we live our lives focused on following Him in all ways and love Him with all of our hearts, we will then find ourselves in a constant state of praise because of who He is in our life.
Worship Him daily! Express your love to Him because He will never let you down and He IS worthy of all Praise!!!!!
June 10, 2010
June 9, 2010
Several weeks ago I woke up unsettled and feeling completely hopeless. I had to be in court within hours and my spirit was restless and confused. A precious friend walked into my room and handed me a gift bag and inside was was a small book titled "Psalms to soothe woman's heart". I took that book with me to court and as I waited all morning for my case to be heard, I read this book from cover to cover. As I read, the anxious feelings began to subside and God's presence began to surround me. That day did not turn out the way that I had hoped it would but when I left, God reminded me that He was in control through this particular passage in the book:
"Judge me and show that I am honest and innocent. You know every heart and mind, and you always do right"
It can be truly disheartening when others advance because of the lies they have told about you. That is what happened to David. Those who were jealous of his success accused him of treason. With his life in danger and no way to defend himself, David turned to the only One he could truly count on: God. David was confident that the Lord would defend him and prove his innocence.
Are you powerless to counteract the false charges of others? Are their allegations endangering your future? Do not fear. Just as God defended David, He will protect you as well. Therefore, continue to honor God in every aspect of your life and be patient. His justice is coming and soon everyone will know the truth.
God thank you for seeing my innocence and for defending me. However long it takes, I trust you to bring justice out of this situation. Amen
After weeks of waiting and wanting the truth revealed, it finally happened. The verdict was read and I was overcome with emotion. I recognized in that moment that God had not failed me and that His timing was right. I had to learn to fully surrender every aspect of my life to Him. I had to recognize that I had no control over the situation and that He would work it all out for His glory and plan. The battle will still continue but now I can enter with a stronger confidence in knowing that God knows truth and His justice will prevail.
June 8, 2010
"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot see. God gave his approval to people in days of old because of their faith."
After months of being at the bottom of the mountain with no strength to make the climb, God placed me right on top yesterday. After months of lies being told, truth was revealed and justice served. The battle is not over but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed and been an encouragement through this horrific time in my life as well as my children. God is faithful and His timing is always perfect and I have been taught this in amazing ways over this past year. My faith has grown and my walk with the Lord will never be the same. I will never be the same. My children will never be the same. We have and are experiencing God in a new and mighty way!!
June 4, 2010
June 1, 2010
Over the past few months, I have experienced God in ways I have never known. I have felt His presence and have learned to trust Him more and pray harder. I have felt His peace in the most uncertain of circumstances and have had to practice true childlike faith. My faith has been incredibly shaken but not broken.
I am learning what it means to not worry about tomorrow and to be confident that He will provide everything that I need for today. I cannot predict or even control what will happen next but I know with absolute certainty that God has already traveled this road for me and made all the rough places smooth. (Isaiah 42:16) Through this trying time, God has made Himself more real in my life than He ever has been before.
At times I find it odd to think that this current situation is a blessing but then I realize that this new place that I have found myself would have never come if things had stayed as they were in my life. God uses every circumstance in our life to draw us closer to Him and to grow our faith. He even uses the bad things, the things that we would never choose to take place, the events that completely shake us and leave us changed forever.
Things that I never expected to take place in my life, God is using to grow me. I am learning to be thankful for the heartache and pain and thankful for the paths that may not always seem so clear. Some of these roads are not ones I would have chosen but I have felt His hand upon me. Through every wrong choice and every tear I've cried, I have experienced His amazing grace and His loving mercy over and over. I feel my loving Heavenly Father, holding me in His arms and there I find great comfort for I know that He gives beauty for ashes. (Isaiah 61:3)
Throughout all this heartache, God is taking this trial, and He WILL use it all for HIS glory. As I finish this posting, I do not know what will happen. I do not know where things will end up but I do know this: I can trust God completely and know with great confidence that He uses EVERYTHING for HIS good. In the end, His plan will be accomplished and nothing that has happened or that will happen will be wasted on evil. He will use MY life, MY trial, MY heartache to radiate HIS glory!
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