An Update on our Family and Ministry

October 3, 2017

Hey everyone! I want to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you over here and I hope you haven’t forgotten about this blog.

My desire is still to encourage you in the Word here and my prayer is that you always seek the Lord and His guidance.

We all know how distracting social media can be. The comparison can steal our joy/passion if we are not careful.

My friend and I talked on how the Bible says we must guard our hearts! “It is the wellspring of life!”

My friend reminded me that these passed couple of months have been an effort to guard my heart. My family and I have been facing some serious spiritual battles this way and I needed some extra me and Jesus time so I took a total break from social media.

The battle is strong, but we have to fight! I know Who holds the victory and I praise God, through Jesus we can overcome sin and death!

Also, we have had much heartache within our family. Through it all, God has been doing some great things this way and I cannot wait to share.

In August my uncle passed away and my grandpa hasn’t been in good health. My husband and I are not far from 30 years old and we are starting to truly see just how precious our family is to us. Every one of our grandparents has had some type of physical ail that has brought us to our knees this year. We know many that do not know the Lord and it breaks our hearts.

I praise the Lord we can come to Him. He is our Healer and Strength!

The same day we mourned with a family in our church over the loss of their son-in-law and children in our youth, their Father, we found out we are having a baby girl. Oh God, you give and take away. Our hearts are filled with joy for another blessing in our lives and our hearts are heavy for those who have lost loved ones.

Please be in prayer for our families and this family in our church.

Where there is sorrow there is also joy. We finished recording our first EP this past week, as husband and wife! I cannot wait for this cd to come out. My husband, with the help of some amazing friends, has wrote some beautiful worship songs.

Our desire is to help support our missionary friend, Jimmy Mercado in the Philippines so he will in time, have enough money to purchase the land he needs to build a church there.

Please pray for him in this endeavor. I will be sharing more regarding his ministry and how you can purchase a cd before long so keep a look out!

Another update, our house will be on the market the end of this month. So we need your prayers there as well, that God would show us the next step. He always provides and we know He will show us the way.

God showed us some chains we needed to let go of to draw closer to Him. We have said “God, where ever you call us, we’ll go!”

Points of prayer: we have family in desperate need of our Savior, heartbroken, and dealing with physical illness, we are parenting two young boys while I’m expecting a girl, working on/selling our home, and recorded a cd.

Our hearts are ablaze right now because we see His hand at work through all of this!

Thank you to all those who continue to encourage, pray and support us in service to our King. It truly does take a village!

Please post in the comments how we can pray for you!

A Letter to Precious You 

That day you were all I could think about. God has such a plan for you. I woke up that Monday morning with a feeling that I had to know if this was real. Your Daddy and I planned to wait until Tuesday when his project at work was finished, I think we already knew. 

I took your brothers to the store. Landon and Ezra could not wait to get treats and check out the cars. As I checked out, I thought about going home and knowing that first sign that your arrival would be in the next year. Oh, how my heart sunk. What a blessing. God, thank you for your blessings on us. 
On my way home thoughts of joy and thoughts of fear came over me. As the boys drift off to sleep, I sing, “You are faithful, God You are faithful.”

We get home and I couldn’t wait any longer. I pray, “God, may Your will be done. Whatever Your will is, is what’s best.” Chills. All over. The Holy Spirit reminded me of the scriptures I wrote down just days before. “Do not be afraid. And do not be anxious.” 

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7  

“This is why You showed me so clearly that I am to live a fearless life!” Wow, thank you God for Your Word.

 I pray again, “Your will Lord, Your way. Give me the strength that only comes from you.”

There it is, two pink lines. My heart sunk. I feel joy, I feel fear…. “God, with you I have nothing to fear.” I go to our bedroom and fall to my knees. “God, please help me. Please help me. I can’t do this without you. I don’t want to fear because I know you are near.”  In Isaiah 41:10 he tells us, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

 I cry tears of joy and still shocked. Your Daddy and I knew that I was craving Cookout chicken nuggets and Barq’s rootbeer for a reason. Haha And Mommy has been so tired. 

  But then ever so faithful and true… I’m covered by thoughts and feelings of

His peace, 

His love.

 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27

I can feel you near God. I know You are there.
His love sings over me. Tremendous peace. Praise His Holy Name!

Jesus! 

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

I’m in awe of the peace He gives us. He is always with us. 

I go and look at the pregnancy test again on the sink. In our bathroom we have hung on the wall, Psalm 46, I begin to pray this out loud;

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” 

So, here is the start of our adventure together, my precious baby! You are my third baby! I’d have to say, you are quite the surprise. I cannot wait to meet you, hold you and tell you all about Jesus. I know your brothers will adore you and I cannot wait for them to meet you either. 

Your Daddy was surprised and overjoyed to hear about you. He said, “God has blessed us so much. He is going to take care of us.”

God designs everything for a purpose. Don’t ever forget you are beautifully and wonderfully made. We are all loved by Him.
Only by His strength, 
Your Mama 

 

Fearless Women Who Love 

Lately I’ve had a song in my head, “Fearless” by Jasmine Murray. As my Google Play album comes on the screen and I see Jasmine’s “fearless” pixie cut, I begin singing “fearless, I, I want to be!”

Throughout my day I belt it out- there’s strength in praising the Lord. When I feel my weakest I’ve found true praises come from my soul.

The definition of fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

Yeah girl, I was thinking, I have those feelings too.

Just like the song says, “no holding back, no not anymore…” This. This is when freedom comes into our lives.

Psalm 121:2 says, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

I’m a Mom of two young boys. My oldest is 3 and my youngest is 15 months old. So daily help is what comes to mind often in my life.
Most days I find the enemy whispers lies trying to destroy me. “If they loved you, they’d help you. Why are you trying to so much, you will never be good enough. She/He is going to hurt you again so don’t even try getting closer to them.”

Wow, those thoughts are not from my God, who loves me!!

When these thoughts come to our mind and might I add, they are crippling thoughts of fear, we MUST pray! “May Your voice be louder than the worries in my life.”
All through Psalm 136 we find “His steadfast love endures forever.”

“Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭136:2-3‬

Nearly five months ago I was blindsided with hurt by someone who I love and care for. The rejection felt like stabbing at my heart. These scriptures gave me comfort. HIS STEADFAST LOVE ENDURES FOREVER. He will never leave us! He is always near.

His word teaches us to “love others as you love yourself” (Mark 12:30-31) “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who persecute you.” (Luke 6:28) He doesn’t tell us that we must sit around waiting to see what others can do for us!

He calls us deeper. He calls us to deny ourselves. (Luke 9:23) As the apostle Paul wrote, we must give up our lives for the cause of Christ! (Ephesians 3)

So how to we start living as fearless women who love?

First, we do need His help and we must PRAISE OUR CREATOR! Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Let’s let go of the to-do lists that we set up before we seek His face.

Secondly, must wake up every day warding off the thoughts of the enemy  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 God please give me strength to live holy devoted to you. 

Thirdly, put on the armor of the Lord! (Ephesians 6:10) Remember this battle is the Lords. He will fight for you. Let go and let God take control.

Fourth, we pray and cry out to Him, yes even before you drink your coffee; cause truth is He satisfies every longing. (Psalm 107:9)

Fifth, we read His word for direction and guidance. Remember, we need help!! He is our help! “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 Oh, how I need Him to guide my every step.

And last, we must love God and love others! (Mark 12:30-31)

May we know the love of God deeper than ever before and let His light shine through us! When we truly love God and others there is growth!

In John Piper’s article titled “Fearless Women in a World of Opportunities” he challenges women to “be devoted to the glory of God and that the promises of Christ be trusted. Be women of prayer…” I encourage you to read his challenge to us ladies. http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/fearless-women-in-a-world-of-opportunities

I found 33 verses to help us remember we should not fear but I’m going to only list a few here (I believe that will be another blog in itself.) I encourage you to dig into the word along with me.

2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”;

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”;

Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 56:3, Phil 4:6-7; John 14:27, Joshua 1:9, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 118:6-7.

Dear women of God may you fear Him and live fearless- proclaiming His goodness and love to the world. I’m praying that our hearts will be on fire for His kingdom!

To the woman reading who does not know this God of peace, who takes all our fears away… I pray your soul is consumed by His love and power and that you come to the saving knowledge of His grace. He came to give us life!! (John 10:10)

 

Live Loved,

Molly