To All The Moms…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day

In case you did not know it, you are stunningly beautiful and doing a fabulous job. You, wake up, jump into action every day. No matter what sickness, mess, or strain is awaiting you. You rise up to meet the day and the challenges it holds.

As I am thinking how to express my thoughts about what a mother is, what more importantly comes to my mind is how being a mother changed us. We all come from different stories so I want to be mindful of that. Here is what I want to truly say:

You are doing a good job!

No matter where you find yourself, no matter how loud your teenager’s mouth is, No matter how rebellious or mischievous your toddlers are being.

You are doing a good job!

God knows the trauma of the Momma’s heart that has lost a baby or babies. God, handpicked you for your children, even the babies that left your arms straight to Jesus’ minutes after being born. God, handpicked you for the baby that would not be carried to full- term. God picked you to love the child who you lost in this life. I don’t know why’s to all of these things, but I know that God picked you as a mother for a purpose. I can only guess, but, your love must be phenomenal to be entrusted with such a precious soul. I know down deep, only God knows. So even if your hands are empty Momma, your heart is filled with love and treasures of a child that has passed.

You are doing a good job!

God knows the anguish of a single Momma’s heart. I see you, and I sit next to you in church pews. I see the prayer’s you throw up to God in distress. Feeling like all the weight of the world is carried on your back. I see your burden and often admire your strength and resilience. So even if your heart is heavy laden and overwhelmed, your hands lifted high still praise God.

You are doing a good job!

God knows the broken heart of the motherless Momma’s heart. Maybe you didn’t have an example to follow along the dotted lines. Perhaps, your Mother is in heaven, and you feel that void. Regardless, you are remaining faithful to motherhood without that support only a Mother can give. How you long for your mother, but you still provide unselfishly and steadfast to your children. You might have what the world would say a disadvantage, but your heart pours out mercy, grace, and love through it all.

You are doing a great job!

God knows the anxious heart of the woman who longs to be a Mother. He knows you would do anything to hold a baby in your arms. God sees your struggle and has whispered in your ear. I don’t know what will happen on your journey, but He does. Whether it be through your womb or another’s you are going to be such an awesome Mommy! Hold tight to Jesus and don’t give up faith. By faith, it might not be pretty, it might not be how you planned it, but by faith all things are possible. Even though your womb is empty, your heart is filled with the firm conviction that God is faithful and hears your cries. God honors your confidence and is so pleased with you.

You are doing a great job!

God knows the exhausted heart of the Mother of a special needs child. The heart of a Mother who prays for healing, but decides the actual healing is the blessing and the honor to love a soul that is so pure. All the doctors, specialist, and therapy. All the toting and doting the caregiving you display every day without a thought or care, just pure love. You never waiver, you never take a break. You remain, just like the Lord, in His image of Christ. Even though your child doesn’t look like, or talk like, or walk like everyone else your heart and hands are full of compassion and the gift of caring.

You are doing a great job!

Whatever kind of Mom or struggle you are in, you are doing your best. Your best is all you can bring, leave the rest in His hands and watch what He does. I am so blessed by Mother’s, and I pray for you to have a blessed Mother’s day even though life is not perfect. We are all struggling in some way with something. I love Mom’s and pray this blessed your heart. Hold your head up high and know that God knows the Mother’s heart and just in case no one has told you lately no matter how you’re a Mom, YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB!

Saying a prayer for you with love and compassion in my heart, from one Mom to another, here my babies, this is an old pic of us, but truly my favorite. Enjoy your day and know that you are honored and cherished.

Kimberly Ferren with Song and Strength

Three Points of Pain

Pain changes all of us, at some point we all experience it. No matter how much we try to out run it, hide from it, or even walk into it. It finds us…

Here is three points I think our pain serves us instead of devouring us:

I. Your Pain Is Proof

The proof is in the pudding! The pain you have experienced in your life is proof that there is a war! It is proof that no matter what is or was thrown at you, God will sustain you. Think about it? If you look back on to some of your fiercest battles in life, you should be destroyed? Right? Some of us have walked through abuse, some addiction, some cancer, some disorder and destruction, some horrible financial crisis that should have brought bankruptcy. My point is that it should and very well could have taken you out, BUT… you are reading this? You are proof, that no matter what came. God sustained you; that doesn’t mean that you were correct, or prayed perfect prayers. It proves that it rains on the just and the unjust, but God is the same in the past, present, and future. You are a walking, talking testament that no matter how hard it rains, you remain because He is faithful!

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 
20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 
21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 
24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 
27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

II.) Your Pain Has Purpose

Your pain is not in vain! The uniqueness of your pain is so that your pain could provide comfort to someone else. Think about it, how many times have you went through something so painful that you thought I am not going to come out of this! Only six months after the pain you are sitting next to a beautiful soul going through exactly the same thing! If you will choose to see your pain in a different way, God will send you people to comfort and pray for. Your pain has a purpose, it isn’t a coincidence what you have been through. God let the pain happen for a purpose. God saw way down the line, He saw you! He knew that diagnoses was cancer, He knew that your pregnancy would not carry to full term, He knew that job was going to end and leave you with a pile of debt. Here is the amazing thing, He knows, He doesn’t stop it, He purposes our pain to provide for one another. If you think about it for a second it is actually a smack to the enemies face. The enemy will use people and places for inflicting pain, but God uses pain to provide a way for the gospel. Think about the gospel story, Jesus, fully God and man. Chooses to be born of a virgin, in swaddling clothes. He grows up, only to be highly persecuted by his own community, schemed against, gossiped about, run out of town, threatened to be thrown off cliffs, Invited to suppers only to be mocked even more. Nothing Jesus endured on this earth was without pain. Then you have injustice, a mock trial, trumped-up crowds screaming crucify! Beaten, and killed on a cross. Humiliated and shamed as He hung there. Even after His death the mockery still ensued. Put in a borrowed tomb. Sounds to me like a whole life of pain, but look at what God did with His own son’s pain? He saved the world!


For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

1 Peter 2:21 ESV

If we are in Christ we are called to pain for a purpose, that is to use the pain of this life to testify to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t think your pain was all in vain, it wasn’t, it was meant to glorify God.

III.) Your Pain is Preparation

The painful things that come in this life have will, or are making way for you to handle the next hurdle. Look back on things that you have been through in the past. I can remember a time where I was dealing with two harrowing things at the same time. I remember dealing with the death of my best friend, and that same afternoon I walked in from the funeral my husband looked at me and said well: ” They decided to shut down the mill indefinitely.” What was incredibly painful was not just the loss, but the months that led up to the failure! We fought so hard! Fought hard for Chris’s job to be saved on our knees and get her help! We stayed camped out in ICU rooms and the endless tests and procedures, medications, only to bury her at thirty-three years old. Then to come home to more loss, but you want to know the good news, I am standing here four years later, and I can see that God purposed my pain. He allowed us to go through the pain to help people that are dealing with total financial loss, He has allowed me to hold the hands of families living with addicts; He has allowed me to love on those families knowing the sting of their pain: the endless prayers, the tear-filled pillows, and bible pages. To give them comfort even when the ending is bitter and hard to swallow, not every story ends happily ever after and I have learned to rest in that — knowing that the pain I face today is prepping me for my purpose in Christ. Making room for my gifts and talents to glorify Him. Looking back there are so many stories of excruciating things I have personally walked through, but just glancing back long enough to see God’s hand prepping me for where I am standing today. He has done the same for you and in the hidden place is working all things out.

“Your pain is not a death sentence its a resurrection story.”

You are Lazarus, Jesus’ dear friend, who he weeps for, but calls forth out of the grave into life and life abundantly in Him. God does not take pain lightly, He identifies with it and purposes it for the furthering of the kingdom. Will you let Him use all your pieces? Even the broken ones?

God is really good at using the most painful things…

20 Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe – people and things, animals and atoms – get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the Cross. 21 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got.22 But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. 23 You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message – just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message. 24 I want you to know how glad I am that it’s me sitting here in this jail and not you. There’s a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world – the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church’s part of that suffering.25 When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God’s way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth. 26 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. 27 God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery, in a nutshell, is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. 28 We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. 29 That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.

Colossians 1:20-29 MSG

14 God, pick up the pieces. Put me back together again. You are my praise!

Jeremiah 17:14

What Am I Missing?

Funny to me how so often the very thing we reject is often what God uses to bring light to a situation.

For example in Mattew 13:54-58

They couldn’t see past the person of Jesus, to see that God the Father chose to use the simplest things of this world to confound the wise. Laid out right before them, yet they failed to believe. Because of that unbelief, they rejected salvation and missed Jesus Christ.

For example in Luke 7:18-25 Jesus himself gives the seal of approval upon John the Baptist, but in verse 33 states clearly, they said He has a demon! In My Bible, the title of the scripture is fitting “An Unresponsive Generation.”

There are so many more stories of Jesus and rejection, I have even read multiple outcomes that come from rejection. All are fascinating to me, really!

But quite often the rejection of Jesus follows with Jesus leaving or moving that particular person away from the unbelief. His presence gone, not because He wanted to, but because He won’t force us to receive Him.

Here is my thought on what is the real tragedy of unbelief and what it reaps in our lives. It naturally divides and leaves a hole the size of Texas in its wake. Now everyone agrees the enemy is the accurate divider, but sometimes rejection of Jesus and unbelief draw a boundary, a wall so to speak that God won’t break through until you simply believe in Him. No one can force you too, God can send so many gifted teachers, preachers your way but until you are ready to surrender to simply believing Jesus; nothing will change.

The definition of insanity is:

Definition of insanity
1 dated: a severely disordered state of mind usually occurring as a specific disorder
2 law: unsoundness of mind or lack of the ability to understand that prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or that releases one from criminal or civil responsibility
3a: extreme folly or unreasonableness
the insanity of violence
His comments were pure insanity.
b: something utterly foolish or unreasonable

You see the second part of that definition? The Lack of the ability to understand…??? The lack of having capacity??? 
Those spoke to me because I think our faith walk sometimes requires the capacity and the understanding of Jesus, to believe God at His word, even when it looks like there is no way!

Here is the thing for any Christian anything but Jesus should look insane! I found myself reading these stories in scripture thinking that is insane??? Why couldn’t they see Jesus! He was right there!! Giving them all the clues and indicators but they rejected Him because they could not perceive that God could be using something so ordinary to unlock a miracle in our lives, a powerful work. To me, that was the definition of insanity! Extreme folly or unreasonableness. In Luke 4:16 might I add to expound on Matthew 13: 54-58 was Jesus second time go around with them. They rejected Him the first time, and it led to insanity…They wanted to throw Jesus off a cliff! Driven to the insanity of violence! But Jesus being Jesus came back around, and the people still missed it, because of the folly of their unbelief.

Here is my question, what is God coming to us over and over with? What problem, sin, relationship, debt…Keeps coming up because it is unresolved and because we have just failed to see or believe that God can do a mighty work and miracle in our lives. We just have to take Him as Jesus, we just have to take Him at His word. That is not insanity that is faith <3

Lord, help us with our unbelief, help us to see you even when it is dark, and we feel alone. Help us, to be full of faith and trust you. Even when the step is unknown. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

Tis The Season – For a Change of Heart

I should probably preface this post by saying it is not at all strange for me to be thinking or daydreaming about all things Christmas, no matter what time of year it is. You see, I am a Christmasaholic. Even as I sit in my rocking chair on my front porch enjoying this beautiful 72 degree May evening in Kentucky; I can’t help but wish it was almost Christmas again.

My mind was repeating, the song “Pretty Paper” by Randy Travis. If you’ve ever heard it, I’m sure the unique voice of Mr. Travis is ringing through your ears with those familiar words. I slowly rock back and forth as I watch the sunset over the horses in the field, humming the holiday tune. But the rocking stopped, and I felt myself scowling as I paused on the following lyrics:

“Crowded street, busy feet, hustle by him
Downtown shoppers, Christmas is nigh
There he sits all alone on the sidewalk
Hoping that you won’t pass him by
Should you stop? Better not, much too busy
You’re in a hurry, my how time does fly
In the distance the ringing of laughter
And in the midst of the laughter, he cries….”

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My feelings of holiday spirit quickly shifted to ones of concern and sadness. How often have I been guilty of that very thing? How many times have I been too busy or distracted to notice someone I could help? I’m flooded with conviction as I think of this morning’s drive to work. It was pouring rain; I could hardly see through the windshield. Through the rapid swiping of the wipers I could see a man riding his bike in the same direction I was headed. A raincoat synched around his face and wearing a backpack; I am confident he was doing what he could to get to the school that’s a few miles down the road. The next thing I know, I am looking at him through my rearview mirror as I drive on. I could’ve stopped. I could’ve put his bike in the back of my SUV and got him out of the rain. Yes, I would’ve gotten drenched, and I had no way of knowing if he was a good person or not (you know, all the excuses I let justify me not doing the right thing). But isn’t that the point? Sacrificing for someone else?

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Ephesians 5:2

My heart aches at the thought that our world, or should I say, the people in it, can be described much more accurately by the lyrics of that Christmas song than by the example set by our savior.

Think about the last time someone did something nice for you that was a complete surprise. Those moments in life when people go the extra mile to encourage and lift us up really makes us feel special. Why do their actions have that effect on us? I’m sorry to say that they probably stand out because it’s so different from what we experience the rest of the time. Day in and day out, most of us are forced to deal with people who care more about themselves than they care about others.

We have allowed ourselves to become a people who are no longer willing to carry the burden for someone else. We make every excuse in the world to justify our behavior. “I’ve got my own problems; I can’t worry about them right now.” “Someone else will do it; I just don’t have time.” Or my favorite, “I just don’t feel called to do that.” So engulfed in the business and worldly things we have worked so hard for; we are suffocating from our toxic self-centeredness as we choke God out of every aspect of our lives and effortlessly make those in need around us invisible. Just look away, don’t make eye contact…the second you are out of sight, they are out of your mind.

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These quotes from Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love are spot on:
“God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.” – Chan isn’t referring to how we love our families and friends. And neither is God.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:37-40

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:43

How are you doing in that area of life? How often do you find yourself showing love, compassion, and respect for those that aren’t your favorite people in the world? One of God’s greatest commandments is for us to love our neighbor as ourselves. To regard their needs and desires as highly as we regard our own. THAT is what God measures our lives by…are we imitating the life of our savior and putting the needs of others above our own?

“It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.”

Chan is reminding us that God didn’t create you and me to merely exist and make our goal in life to get as much money as possible so we can be as comfortable as possible. He puts us where we are because He has something for each of us to do at that very moment. I passed that man on his bike and FAILED! God’s plan was still fulfilled. Someone did stop to help him. I drove right past an opportunity to serve and glorify God and be used by Him out of complete and utter selfishness. So He used someone else. That shouldn’t be a relief to anyone. I want to stand before a Holy God and hear Him say, “Well Done Daughter, Well done.” Not, “Is this all you did with the time I gave you.”

“Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people he has made?” – I don’t think Mr. Chan needs my help explaining this one at all, do you?

Tounge-Tied

I find it interesting to find out what dictionaries give as a definition of things we already know. Sometimes they have things I never knew.  Take the word “tongue” for example; The Merriam Webster Dictionary states this: “a fleshly movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food, and in humans as a speech organ.” So in this definition, the last part caught my attention, “in humans as a speech organ.” I don’t know if I ever considered we have an “organ” for speech.  Now, when I hear the word “organ” I automatically think of an instrument that makes beautiful music, not necessarily an organ like our lungs. 

Now, if the person playing the organ is experienced, they play beautiful music, but if someone plays it and doesn’t have a clue what they are doing it sounds like cats running across the keyboard. So, this got me to thinking about our tongues and if we are using them to make beautiful music or ugly sounds.

There are several scriptures about our tongues. Seriously, get a concordance and look the word tongue up, and you will learn a lot about what God says about our tongues.  One that comes to mind is Proverbs 15:2-4 (there are a lot about tongues in this book) “The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but a perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Another one is Proverbs 21:23 “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” One more Philippians 2:11 “and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Now, I hope and pray that the tongues we are using to tell others that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, is not being used to “break the spirit,” or get our “soul in trouble.”  I pray each one of us is making sweet sounding music with our organs; but if this is something you struggle with ask God to take control of your instrument. Ask Him to help you to control it and only use it to make great praise music for this world to hear, and to tell others that Jesus is Lord of Lords!

If you do not know Him as your Lord and Savior I invite you to stop reading right now and take this opportunity to confess to Him you are a sinner and you need Him to come into your heart and save you. It will be the best thing you will ever do, and it is a life changer!!

                                                                                    God Bless,

                                                                                    Rhonda Lange

“Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

God Sited

Today I want to start out by opening up first thing in prayer. Let’s prepare our hearts for what God is leading through my post this morning.

Dear Heavenly Father we come to you in preparation for what this post represents of you this morning. How you want to allow others to get engaged with you this morning. Lord you know I understand my place in this ministry and I gladly accept what you are doing to help me grow closer with you. Lord I pray that in the midst of these posts we together help others see you. Father God Thank You for always showing up and showing out in my life and others around me. There isn’t an ounce of my day that I don’t recognize your divine appointments or mercy. I am grateful that you loved us so much, that you sent Jesus to die on the cross, so we can have everlasting life. Help us to be aware of your presence and be joyful in it. We praise your Holy Name. Amen!

Below is where I got this Blog post inspiration from. I encourage you to give it a listen.

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/ten-aspects-of-gods-sovereignty-over-suffering-and-satans-hand-in-it#full-audio

God is sovereign! I hope you realize that. In the magnitude of aw….because no matter what your circumstance, he still remains the ruler of the universe and has the key to unlocking its adventure.

I’ll give you my interpretation.

Yesterday for example…. I was asked to join a conference meeting with a friend to support her ministry Women of Worship. I was given little information regarding its purpose. My goal initially was to speak of the ministry that is dear to my heart and give it an introduction in hopes that I could get the ministry plugged in the area. It’s outside our country and it’s hard to get the support it so needs when others are not familiar with what is going on outside our countries borders. Imani Milele Children Minisrty from Uganda Africa is a fantastic organization to partner with because of their faith but more over because they are humans needing help to sustain a life in this world. So I thought that I was only going to be a voice for them. Advocating for their mission. Goodness was I wrong.

While listening to the PowerPoint I could feel tears filling up in my eyes. The director of W.O.W Ministry was on point about the churches responsibility in the communities and how we have allowed the government to take over the areas that the church is responsible for. That we are missing the mission of reaching people for Christ and ultimately leading them to an undesirable place. We are so caught up in our own lives that we are missing the point of Jesus’s entrance and exit of the earth. Do you hear what I’m saying? We are failing miserably.

Listening to the examples of whom has been a recipient of the “access to God” I’m going to call it of the ministry W.O.W, a young woman sat listening and occasionally speaking. She was doodling a picture of a beautiful woman wearing a crown with the W.O.W logo. She was beautiful herself. The spirit of God was in her. You could tell though that she had been hurt deeply. She was the product of a life cycle that many are. The one where life feels as though it’s all consuming dysfunction is endless.

She had been listening to what the Devil was telling her in her mind. So she made up her mind that she wasn’t worthy of a good life. She was making one bad choice after the other. Than a woman of God was placed before her ( Courtney Hamilton W.O.W Leader)…. literally, she is seeing her worth. Turning completely away from her old self. Going from “I’m not worthy of mothering my child” to now saying “God is my refuge and he will build me up, he will help me raise my child.” Listening to her speak of the past to present situation was inspiring. She is a former foster child and so am I. I’m almost 20 years older. I was that girl to an extent. I know exactly where she is at.

A Pastor asked the women of worship director ” what is the end Goal for the ministry?” I raised my hand. I said “it’s me.” To be the hands and feet of Jesus, help others come to know him, help others to be able to see that their circumstances didn’t define who they are to become through the works of Christ in them. It was a divine appointment and the Holy Spirit saturated the room. He strategically placed each one of us at that time to shine on his great works. Goodness you had to be there.

(Read James 1:2-27)

In our lives we tend to loose focus of what our purpose is. We loose sight by our difficulties. By the loss of loved ones, natural disasters, sicknesses, financial obstacles, I mean, the journey through distractions from God are endless. Understanding where they stem from is important and who is in control. Satan is real y’all! He is here to kill, steal, and destroy. The best news is that GOD IS REAL TOO! He is SOVEREIGN! The KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS! He is able to move us by our willingness to let him into our lives through having a personal relationship with him. He desires our hearts. After all, we owe him that for all he has done for us, right!

The things God has done for me are phenomenal! He took an orphaned girl and turned her into a “Daughter of a King.” I’m God’s princess and I’m not looking back. He has shown me that through his vision for me that I am worthy and able to overcome many obstacles and I’m here to tell you, you can too! Just know who is the ruler of them and who is the enemy! Call out to Heaven while rebuking the Devil. You have his power and authority to do so. Take up the armor he has equipped you with. Things in this life are temporary. Joy comes in the morning.

(Read Hebrews 12:7-12)

Be Enlightened! Be Encouraged! Know you are Blessed! Love Like Jesus…by this they will Know!

“Let Your Light Shine”

This past weekend I had the pleasure to join 30+ women in a spiritual journey that honestly has no words to describe except anointed! Before I try to describe how wonderful my journey was, let’s get started by saying a quick prayer.

Heavenly Father you are so Good! How amazing you are for all the things you show us each and every day through your works in our lives. Thank you God for your provisions in our lives. For always doing what is ultimately best for our walks alongside you. Life is unexpected and unpredictable but you are always there to build us up when we can’t seem to see past our adversity. Lord God I lift up each individual taking the time to read each blog that has been brought to life here in this blog space. I ask that the words be used as encouragement and that the light of Jesus shines through. In Jesus mighty name, Amen!

Thursday April 11, 2019 I started my journey to Emmaus. If you have never heard of the Walk to Emmaus, let me shine a bright light to help you understand it’s soul purpose. It’s a spiritual adventure that equips you to walk closer with God. It works from the inside out. You have no choice but to face the issues on hand that are keeping you from being your absolute best for God and the individuals that need to see God in you. Take a look at the link below.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PvS8AJOZs4s&feature=youtu.be

Incredible right! How can you not make a decision to go on a spiritual journey? I know how.

For years I avoided going even though the Lord kept sending people to remind me he was calling me. I said no, not right now because I was waiting on someone else, I am too busy, my family needs me, read between the lines of your own excuses. The thing is, I was being disobedient. I’ve known for years that I had been called and my own fears kept me from growing spiritually. Kept me from having freedom from my captivity that inquired over all the years of my life.

I’m a spiritual individual that plugs God every chance I get. Yet, I was failing at the magnitude of it. I truly didn’t quite understand the intensity of my influence in the community and my family as I do now. I confess that I didn’t always express the behavior and example what I could have, had I been free from the bondage keeping me from responding the way I needed to through the adversity I faced. For that I ask for forgiveness. I am sorry. I know that after this past weekend I am forgiven for failing to shine the light on Jesus the way he deserves it. Failure brings humility. Let’s agree that it promotes change. Change to want to do things a better way than before.

I was asked what did I learn from my experience this weekend? At the closing ceremonies I said that I learned that we all are from different denominations, different races, and we all have the same goal. We are all chasing the same God. God isn’t discriminatory, he is a just God ready to walk along side each of us differently but in ways that we can relate to one another through the ups and downs life has to offer. He is constantly pursuing us and extending his hand out to show us how capable we are if we trust his way over our own. He literally wrapped his arms around me this weekend for the second time that my head was clear enough to feel it. It was indescribable!

Throughout the weekend God placed some really amazing women, who were complete strangers in my life that I’d like to say are my newest best friends. Each story we each had, we all knew something about because a part of our own personal journeys paralleled each other’s. The meetings were ordained. God knew we would be together, at that moment with each other, at the exact moment we needed it.

My Name is Cassie Fowler

Purchase Area Walk to Emmaus #138

Where I sat at the table of Sarah

I worship at “Gospel Mission”

(Church of Christ) inside joke!!!

These pictures were taken early in the weekend but I promise our smiles were much bigger and brighter the day we were going home. Even after being exhausted I could smile ear to ear with what I had experienced.

Goodness in reflection of this past weekend from the worship songs, to the agape team, the wonderful food, the chapel time, quiet time, story time, prayer time, pastoral influences and communion…. if you haven’t yet experienced this, please do make a commitment to go. If you have questions just leave me a message. I’d love to help you find the perfect walk for you. Emmaus was the light I needed in my journey and I guarantee you would agree with me after you experience the same as I did. The weight is gone! I left it at the cross! It’s no longer mine and I’m not picking it back up!

In conclusion to this post I hope that I’ve enabled the desire in your hearts to want to know more about the Walk to Emmaus. You will be richly blessed by the experience. Take my word for it, I am forever changed by my adventure to Emmaus. I will choose to be a light that will shine ever bright.

Be A Light! A Bright one, not a dim one.

Read Luke 24:13-35

Be encouraged, Be Grateful, Be Thankful, Be Blessed because you can and Are! May God continue to show you, through his works, the lamp to light your feet!

De Colores!!!

This past weekend my husband a I decided to take our three boys to the Ark Encounter. So we got a hotel room booked and took off in a mad dash toward northern Ky!

We live around the Paducah, Ky area so it was around a five hour drive. We arrived at hotel and I could tell the kids were excited and were fairly talkative for teenagers. We soon fell asleep and woke up and heading toward our adventure. I will tell you, it really is in the middle of nothing, but it is a gorgeous, hilly area! We parked, got our tickets, and before we knew it we were on a bus that takes you up the huge hill to the ark! We got off and let me tell you the size of the ark was amazing! Even three teenagers were really awe struck! We took our pics and walked up to the entrance. I seriously felt God stirring my heart, as we approached the bow, we could not believe how massive the ark was. I immediately asked God :

” Lord, this work was truly the work of your hands, Noah, was just your hands and feet.” I heard God speak to my heart and say ” There was room.”

Me not understanding at that moment went on, as we entered I thought to myself…

How many prayers that must have been said? In building this ark and the real ark?

How much faith must have taken for Noah to trust God truly?

How difficult it truly is to have faith at times, how many times did Noah wonder if He was crazy?

I couldn’t help relate that to my life, I see what Noah was called too and I see how big things resulted from his continued obedience. Small steps, Big steps, and in-between steps. The steps that Noah must have stumbled upon, and steps that left him possibly scratching his head. Nevertheless, they were steps of faith. Just simply believing God and believing His word.

Until you have seen what this simple man and his family were called to, you can not fathom it. The ark is so large that you without a doubt you know that God, Himself, could only have planned it. Every detail, every single thing was thought of with tender and careful love. To prepare a place for us all.

The same thing for you and me, what we are called to can only be accomplished by God alone. We are just the hands and feet of what He is doing in the earth. Our job is to receive instruction and follow through with the steps. Oh! That sounds so simple when I write it out, but how hard it is at times when I am walking it out. I struggle with holding or keeping the faith! Especially when I am just overwhelmed by what God is asking!

As I walk through and I see the handiwork of God, I hear that still, small voice say again, ” There was room.” I simply just listened, but not putting it together.

We get finished at the first level, and there is a place where a short movie is being played. I literary said to myself, ” Lord, there is so much room and space, even with all the animals being kept there is so much wasted space???”

I sat down on a bench with my kiddo’s and we watched a video, I looked around again and thought….

“Lord! There is so much room???? Why??? Why didn’t the people listen and get on the ark?”

and right there in the middle of a crowd of people God said to me,

” There was room for all of them, they had a place, they had a purpose, but they had a choice in it all, I made provision for them in hoping they would choose me.”

And the light-bulb went off in my mind and my heart. The people missed God’s plan and purpose for them because they thought it was crazy! They thought Noah went insane, but what they didn’t realize that God was all along trying to save them. God still faithfully provided for them, but because of their choice to not believe God, they perished. But, God! Faithful and True made room even for their rejection, my goodness, that is how much He loves. He would call a man to make a vessel for people who would never choose Him.

We are right in the middle of Holy Week, and I began to think of how the Jew’s did the same thing, they missed God, because they did not think he would come as a lamb because they wanted a mighty lion! How they missed Yeshua because He came for the least of these. How many people in our world think Jesus is a myth! How many won’t be in heaven because just like the people in Noah’s day thought Noah was a fruitcake! It hit me in so many ways this week that even if what God has asked of us to do never leads to one person, believing and trusting in Jesus, it is not in vain. God used Noah and not one soul other than His family entered that ark. Think about the heartbreak God and Noah felt like as that door, the way, closed tight. They knew that a choice leads us to life or death. Noah never saw those people again, what agony haunted him, I can’t even imagine. But even greater than Noah was Father God. How grieved He must have been having to close that door. I won’t get into the theology about it, but what I want you to think about today is this simple truth. There was room on the ark for every single person who wanted to live, they just had to believe. The same today, there is room at the supper table of God for you. There is a seat with your name on it, and the Son of God, Jesus Christ, with open arms saying, ” Believe In Me?”

Will you today, believe God?

You can have peace with God by saying this simply prayer to Him

Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Jesus, I am a sinner, I am lost! I believe you died for all of my sin. I believe that you rose again, proclaiming victory and life in you. Jesus, come into my heart, help me know you, change me and guide me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

If you prayed that prayer I want to welcome you into the family of God! I love you, and I pray that God would raise you up mighty in Jesus Name! If you will comment or email me I would be honored to send you a Bible. You can email me @ mystrengthmysong5@gmail.com

There was room…

“Excitement Of The Game”

By Rhonda Lange

Well it’s that time of year when football is over, basketball is over, and now it’s time for baseball. I’ll be honest with you, I am not a sports fan; but I do know it is exciting to watch. Sometimes, I think, a little to exciting; because something about a sporting event makes us lose our minds. We rush home to watch a game, stay home to watch a game, we will make sure nothing gets in our way to go to the games, we will even schedule other events around a game. And oh my, if our child is the game we really lose it sometimes. We get so caught up in the excitement, we will sometimes act and talk ugly. I read the other day that an official of a game was attacked by a coach, Wow!

It is a fun exciting thing to watch; but what does this really do for the community, state, or even the world? Not much, the game doesn’t affect anything except the team’s chance for a championship –then what? What do our actions affect at this event? It can affect a lot.

What if we were to take all this excitement we have for our sports, or whatever we are excited about (camping, fishing, boating, hunting, shopping, etc); and put it into our love for Jesus and His people? I wonder what that would look like to our families, communities, churches, and even the world? What a difference we could make, if we did this. Now, that would be a game to watch; however, this is no game! This is the time for us to let people see how much we love Jesus – show Him to the world and don’t keep Him to ourselves.

Deut 6:5 says “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength“.

Psalm 119:165 says “Great peace have those who love Your law; and nothing causes them to stumble”.

Matt 5:43-44 says “You have heard that it was said ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”.

John 13:35 says “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”.

(Deut 6:6-8; Psalm 31:23; Matt 15:12-14; Romans 13:10; 1 Corth 13:4-7, 13; and 1 John 4:12, 21)

Let’s show our families, communities, and this world what Jesus’ disciples look like, so when we are at a game, camping, fishing or whatever we usually put before Him; put Him first, remember His commands, and let’s put our Love for Jesus on and love others as He loves us. When we love Him with all our hearts, soul and strength; our words and actions will fall into place. Remember, scripture also tells us, what is in our hearts will come out of our mouths, so lets be sure that is Love and kindness.

*NKJ version used for these scriptures