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• H O P E in the storms of life. •

“And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose,”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭

It’s no doubt, God is rewriting our story.
I see hope and beauty from what the enemy has stolen. It is true- what the devil meant for bad God meant for GOOD!
He continues to send people to speak truth and life into our family. I cannot thank Him enough.

This weekend some good friends took us on their boat and it was a much needed time of pouring into each other… sharing what God is doing in our lives. 💗💗💗
Plus, it is always great to spend a day outside isn’t it?
Despite the little hour storm that past through leading us to a camper full of two sweet Mama’s and their teenage boys, 😂 Summersville lake was so beautiful!

This picture was taken just before the storm. Then shortly after the storm we went for a swim… it was perfect. 🥰 God gave us shelter and people to love us in the middle of the storm.

Reminds you of this life doesn’t it?

At one point after the storm passed, my friend and I looked at each other and we were amazed that our kids weren’t phased by the change in plans. After the storm, we all sat together talking about music and how good the Lord is before going back out on the lake.

I only hope I can be fearless and courageous like my kids are as we walk through this life by faith each day.
Truth is, we will never get to the point of *not needing Gods guidance.

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I can relate this day to being a Christian in more ways than one but today I feel so many are facing “storms.”
I’ve come to learn when we give our lives to Christ it doesn’t mean we “won’t face trials,” or everything will go “just as we planned.”
Often times God leads us to places we never would have imagined for ourselves because He knows us better and wants the best for us! Yeah, you’ll get the nay sayers, the religious and those that doubt His plan but keep seeking His face. Hold fast to His truth!

Trusting in Christ means we have Hope during each trial we face, knowing God is with us the whole way and these trials produce
“endurance, character, and character, hope.” (Romans‬ ‭5:4‬) = Hope of eternity!

I thank God for the many times we’ve been tested because He is making us stronger.
I pray you look for the beauty He is trying to show you right in the middle of the storm. Shew, it isn’t easy…. this life can be down right heartbreaking! 💔💔💔
But when we read all about the hope God has for us on the other side of this in His Word…. We find He has an amazing plan for ALL of us!! When we look to people or anything else other than Jesus, we fall into the darkness of this world but what we *truly need is to

take heart.

He has overcome and we know Who wins this battle! 💗💗💗

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Don’t Live a Bitter Life

Life is too short to let the hurt make you a bitter person. The enemy wants nothing more than division.
He will continually bring up your past in an attempt to make you confused.
He will try to get you to exchange the truth for a lie.
He will attempt to isolate you when accountability is what we all truly need.

Even when you’ve forgiven. Even when you know HE is a just God, fighting for you.
The enemy will stop at nothing to keep you from your calling… attempting to enslave you by the pain and rejection.

BUT please listen, my friend! God is NOT the author of chaos and lies.
He is the Author of PEACE!
JESUS CAME TO GIVE US FREEDOM!
Not religious actions but true LIFE in Christ- FREEDOM!

I believe SO many are living offended and closed off from the world because we have forgotten where TRUTH and FREEDOM come from. We have forgotten how to surrender the hurt, pain and rejection.
We have forgotten just how BIG our God is!!!

I believe forgiveness is *only by the power of God. Forgiveness rejects our sinful nature, opens the gates of heaven and let’s Gods power take control of the situation…. Leading us to a life of joy and peace.

So I beg you my friend, Don’t live a bitter life.

FORGIVE even if they never say they’re sorry.
FORGIVE even if you can’t forget and the pain is still very real.
FORGIVE!!
Ask GOD to help you…. Ask God for freedom!

Your life is worth living for the calling He has given you. Your unique, amazing, God given gifts are needed for His kingdom work.
Don’t let the enemy win by keeping you from Gods purpose for you.

You do matter. You are loved.
He can help you live in freedom.

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Do You Long for a Deeper Relationship with Jesus?

He is the image of the invisible God. This attribute of Jesus has got me thinking so much these past few days.

If we are to be like Jesus then we are to be image bearers. The image of the invisible God.
In a chaotic world, we may just be the only Jesus they see.

I have felt darkness and I have seen the true light of Jesus.
When He brought me out of living in sin and from calling myself worthless, impure, not wanted… “well everyone already thinks I’ve done that so what does it matter now?” Was a toxic thought I allowed myself to believe as a 17 year old. My purity I held dear until I just didn’t feel like I was worth it anymore.

I’m 32 now… just like when I turned 18 and the Lord called me out of those toxic thoughts and sinful lifestyle.
He is still pursuing me.
But if I’m not careful I can’t hear Him in the middle of my day to day.. if I’m not careful I get too busy. Can you relate?

So I’m gonna seek.
I’m gonna lean in.
I’m gonna read His Word before I work on my house.
I’m going to ask Him to help me die to my flesh so His voice is the louder than the world.
I’m going to keep teaching my kids His Word and definitely showing them grace with all my mistakes.
And I’m going to ask Him to help me submit to my husband even when I feel my way is right sometimes. We are a team.

Depth, substance, awe and wonder are missing from our lives in this broken generation.

We MUST, at all cost, pursue Jesus. Pursue holiness. Pursue righteousness and pursue a life that bears HIS IMAGE!

Do you long for more of Jesus?
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“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:13-17‬ ‭

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You are More!

Your worth is NOT found in a clean house dear Mama!
Your worth isn’t found in getting a shower today!
Your worth isn’t found in what THEY think of you.
And your worth sure as the world isn’t found in what size jeans you wear! Welcome to freedom! It’s leggings season! 😉😁

Your worth is found in JESUS!
He says your are fearfully and wonderfully made.
He says you DO matter.

You are beautiful!

Open the Word today. Turn on the praise music. Pray and cry out to Him today.

Spend MORE time in the word than you do on your home and watch JOY fill your soul today! 💗

Walk in this truth, you are loved no matter how much you accomplish today.

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“God Help Me Want to Truly Live Again…”

“God, help me want to truly live again.”

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My sister-in-law so kindly snapped some pictures of my husband and I opening up our churches Awana program. As I looked through these pictures I remembered dreams I had years ago. I was reminded of the times I did not want to live and the time I tried to take my own life at 15. This is hard to post… but I believe it will help someone else out of the darkness of depression.

I can’t even begin to tell you just how much joy and grace I feel in our lives! 😭😭🙌🏼
Seeing many of our leaders coming together to make disciples… 😭😭🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

As I walked through depression in 2019 then many times there after struggling as I was striving to find a balance and natural way to deal with it,
I remember asking the Lord many times, “God, help me want to truly live again.”

I truly believe the Lord showed me these five steps that lead to a life a TRUE joy, love, strength and peace;
thankfulness,
repentance,
forgiveness,
surrender
and obedience!

Thank God for another day full of new MERCY (mercy is love that responds to a need in an unexpected or unmerited way.)

Repent- if there is ANY sin in your life, GET IT OUT! Confess your sin to someone you trust… (if you don’t trust anyone, ask God to help you trust! Ask Him to show you who you can trust. Keep in mind people are people. We all make mistakes. ALL of us! There is grace for that! ❤️❤️❤️)

Forgive- this one is a tough one right? Especially when it seems the hurt goes deep do the core of your soul from someone you loved deeply.
There is good news, we cannot forgive on our own. We MUST lay down that heavy weight of hurt at Jesus feet. We must lay down the judgment and “penalty” JESUS HAS ALREADY PAID on our behalf! He will make all things right!! HE WILL!
Trusting in Jesus helps us forgive.
Putting on love and asking His power to take over our lives helps us forgive.

IT’S all JESUS power. Not us!
So lay down the flesh and take hold of the power of the Holy Spirit, my friend!

Surrender by definition is “cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority.”
the Bible says we were enemies of God
When we strive to live our own way against all God has called us to, it is SIN!
Surrender your want for His and FIND JOY!
This too is by the power of the Holy Spirit. Struggling to surrender, ask the Lord to help you as you dig into His Word!

Lastly, obedience. This goes right along with surrender. Now that you have said, “Lord, use me. Lord send me.”
He will tell you the next step. Many times it is unexpected and not what we **planned. Obey anyway. You may think you’re unequipped but God WILL equip you.

LISTEN. Go to a quiet place and just listen. He is right with you every step of the way.
This world is not our home. One day we will be in a place with no more sorrow… yeah, girl no more depression or anxiety! 🙌🏼 YES AND AMEN!
These scriptures below are a reminder of how we groan for eternity.
It’s not about “loving life” it’s about how “loving Jesus helps us LIVE life!”

“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope.
For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:22-26‬ ‭