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.

Wild Rose

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Last Saturday while moving a section of fence on our property I noticed that there was this wild rose bush. We have tried to kill the thing numerous amount of times. Just because it was growing in an inconvenient spot, the spot is right at the corner post of our fencing. What kind of fencing you ask well it is electric fencing for horses. You see the issue? It would eventually grow so big that it would ground out the current and render the fence useless.

So, as we removed the corner post and I saw this one small thorny green branch and thought, How in the world could you take all that uprooting and hacking and not die? Figuring that I would come out the next day and find it dead as a doornail.  That is not what I found to my surprise I found the wild rose bush doing just fine. As I looked at it again, I said: “Well, if you made it through THAT! Then grow little rose bush! In my books that one little stem deserved to grow!

As I stared down at this little thorny stem, I heard Jesus say to my heart, ” Kinda like you!” I giggled back and said in my heart ” I guess so, Lord.”  I looked back down and realized this little green, prickly, stem was a whole lot like me. Since Saturday I have been thinking about what Jesus said to me. I haven’t been able to get it off my mind. So I decided to look up all I could find about a wild rose bush. I mean who could blame me if Jesus is comparing me to it, I want to know the good, bad and the ugly!

I learned that a wild rose bush only blooms one time a year, those blooms typically only have five petals. The flowers are simple but stunning. Just like those rose bushes, we flourish in season. I love that these roses only have five petals, the number five represents grace in Hebrew.  It is the grace of God we bloom at all.

I also learned that these rose bushes are where we get all roses from. They are a completely original, you and I are original; there will never be another human like us.

1 Corinthians 12:25-28 English Standard Version (ESV)

25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

In Verse 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individual members, you are original. Even though wild rose bushes can vary from white to pink, there are a million different hues, and each one is unique. We are all different, we have had different situations to create pigment in us. Those situations and circumstance are used to develop our personalities, they are what gives us our shade of color.

A wild rose doesn’t control its color or where it is placed, all the rose does is grow and wait to bloom.

I found out through my research that wild roses thrive on neglect and are exceptionally hardy, they can grow in poor soil, wet soil, good soil. How many times do people, jobs, friends neglect us but we have come to the understanding that even in the worse case scenarios our God never forsakes us. This makes us emotionally hardy to handle relationships, circumstances, loss and gain, sickness and health. I look at this beginning of a wild rose bush and realize that it is in rocky soil has been cut and abused. It has taken all that, and the little stem keeps coming back waiting to bloom. It has a purpose, it has roots deep down in the rocky soil.  Just like this wild shrub we are all planted in different lands, pastures, in dry places, in soaking wet areas, in urban and rural locations. We might not even like the places we are, but we are still there no matter how many times someone has taken a swipe and widdled us down to a nub. We always come back knowing that one day we will bloom and complete our purpose. In His timing and for His glory.

Amos 9:15 

I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the LORD your God.

You and I are planted purposefully and will not be uprooted out of the land that God has set us in. We don’t have to understand everything to remain. Once a wild rose bush is allowed to reach it’s full potential and blooms it not only is uniquely beautiful, but it leaves something vital behind, rose hips. These rose hips carry over into the winter months providing food for the birds.

Matthew 6:26 ESV

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Psalm 50:11 ESV
I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.

Every single bird, hill, and field is His. He knows exactly the time to allow us to bloom so that we can feed those around us. That our lives in full bloom leave necessary provisions for others to come and feed off of while in a winter season. A beautiful picture painted by God himself, that while we are growing. While God is sending the rain, sun, the wind.  Every single branch, stem, leaf, every bud we are strategically positioned to open and display His glorious grace. This grace was intended to give life to a searching heart, and a hungry soul that see’s the grace of God in the wild rose bush. In a God who purposed such a beautiful bloom to provide food for another soul.

Not for a second does the Father not see how many times we have been cut down, trampled, misused, abused, forgotten, weed-ridden, planted in poor soil, and neglected we have grown through it all, by the grace of God. We have grit and tenacity that only comes from the Holy Spirit.  I see now why Jesus said we were like wild rose bushes, growing in a pasture in a fence row, in poor conditions, in poor soil. We are hardy and exceptionally resilient.

No matter what comes, I am determined to bloom where I am planted so that my blooms will one day feed a hungry little bird searching for food. I want to be the vessel that God uses for that task. I am reminded more than ever when I am weak, I am strong. My current sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory in Christ Jesus that one day my face will behold.

Romans 8:18 ESV

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

You and you alone, are the restorer

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This week I have been humbled! It hurts! The flesh wants to live, boy, does it ever! This is the crazy part knowing that no matter what is right and what is wrong; it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that healing takes place and only Jesus can lead in that. There are these few moments we get to share life with people. I mean God says our lives are like a vapor (James 4:14). I don’t know about you but have you seen a mist? I mean it’s there then poof it is gone!

Sometimes, we have just to choose to love when it is hard. We have to allow that spirit of religion and tradition to lay down and let Christ prevail entirely. I know in my ability, I do not have what it takes to love correctly. I have fought all week with my decision. I see God confirmed and I know this is His will. I’ve known that for two years I have been on His shoulders healing from a deep hurt. I know I am relieved and ready. The problem with this is while I was recovering many took it as abandoning. I am not asking for anyone to understand and I know what it looked like, and frankly, I did jump ship. That is so hard for me to say but, it is the truth. I did thoroughly and utterly fail miserably, and when the enemy saw fit to attack, he did. I did not know that it would be so brutal. I underestimated my enemy. I did fight, and by no means was I a babe in Christ. I just was a babe in Christ when it came to spiritual warfare. God, had no choice but to teach me on a field trip of sorts.

I want to speak to those who are wounded right now. I want to acknowledge your hurt and pain in whatever capacity that may be in. Lord, help me to say this without the spirit of offense taking over and them leaving feeling as if someone else just diminished their pain and hurt. I do not want to do that. I know from my past and current situation we will always have a form of wounds. Some will remind us often of our brokenness and others will fade as we mature and we realize no matter what God is with us, and He loves us with a love that we can not fathom. I know everything that I endure, pursue, and engage there is always a risk.

The risk of rejection, hate, coldness, betrayal but, there is always a high reward for forgiveness, mercy, love, compassion, help, and relationship. I know, ‘where you are in the process’ does influence your perception. Being on the other side of a season of being out to sea I have come to this.

When we face a battle, and it seems that we have lost and, we are counted out, discredited, maybe even feel robbed. God can often restore everything if we allow Him to repair. Key is we have to surrender.

There are so many different kinds of restoration that it would take me all day to hit every point. Sometimes, that recovery comes full circle, and you and the other person can walk hand in hand. Sometimes, that restoration only comes with you on one side, Christ in the middle, and the other party on the other side but, still, there is peace. You can not walk together right without Christ in any relationship; without it ending up like a battleship. Abandon and desolate with no signs of a crew or captain; underwater, alone and at the bottom of the sea.

My point is no matter what kind of restoration occurs it is always Christ that is in charge of it, and He knows what is best for you, and He knows what is best for the other party. We need to get that down deep in our minds, hearts, and souls. ( I will repeat that and then wait for that to hit your heart) Restoration in relationships is not our responsibility; Christ is solely responsible for the repair of our relationships. We can not force it, We can not want it and have it in our time. It will come when and as He see’s fit.

For, my friends that are in hopes and waiting for that miracle of restoration with a loved one or just with a fellow brother or sister in Christ or a wayward child. I know you desire it so, and don’t you dare lose hope, keep praying and asking God for His will to be done. God is a God of restoration, and He desires for there to always be restoration, especially to reconcile one back to Him. This is the amazing thing about grace! Amen!

This is God’s heart toward every man, woman, and child! That their souls would be restored back into the hands that knit and weaved their flesh together. Wonderfully and carefully in the hidden place of their mother’s womb. But as you know different kinds of restoration go way beyond our understanding.

In my life, I have often questioned: “Why Lord?” “Why can’t I be around and in their lives anymore?” “Why am I willing and they are not?”, These are all brilliant questions to ask God, but even though we pray, we should respect the fact of God’s answer. Even if it is not what we are looking to hear. I know this is hard; that is why I am writing about it today. I want for just a moment in all your wondering and questioning if you could only see it from His perspective. Like I said this might not apply to you but, if it does then, please hear me out.

When people chose to allow the flesh to overcome (on both sides), there is always extensive damage. I am sure you all have experienced this on some level. I would like to for a moment just say putting the option to be on the right to the side and setting the same possibility of being wrong to the same side, only allow the situation to be. For a minute just imagine the Lord seeing no wrong and no right here ( I know crazy idea right. I promise there is a point) Just imagine seeing two people who He genuinely loves; hurt. In ways only they have expressed to Him; both injuries are valid and painful to hear. He has to ability to see in the future. He knows after an amount of time passes, healing and, lessons must be learned apart from one another. Because, if they remain together they will only see the conflict of their flesh and fail to see the faithfulness of God through their weakness and frailty and keep repeating the same cycle. Looping the same sequence of destruction without any signs of getting off the hamster wheel of self-torture and self-pain.  After the separation, only He knows when it is the exact right moment for two hearts to be reconciled; He is aware of their hearts and minds and souls.

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So, the Lord is sovereign and only good, and He hold’s no ability to lie or deceive (1 John 1:5). You see this is God’s and only God’s expertise and knowledge in our relationship’s. He is the God of timing. He is the God of restoration and love. He is what heals the world of sin and gives us hope and life (John 3:16). He sees all and know’s all (Hebrews 4:13, Psalm 33:13) and believe me He knows how to restore’s (Psalm 23:3). He is in the process of rebuilding all of us; we are all in this together. We must learn and trust Him in all things! Even with the painful and ugly stuff that we bury and hide. He promises if we follow Him that He will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He vows to give you beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3), He promises to provide you with a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11) just like He promised Israel, He promises that by His stripes we are healed spiritually, physically, emotionally, mentally (Isaiah53:5). He pledges to rebuild the desolate places and the ruins of your life even the areas that have long been devastated even the ones that have been destroyed for generations (Isaiah 61:4). He says He will keep you in perfect peace as long as your mind is steadfastly upon Jesus because you trust Him (Isaiah 26:3) He vows to redeem all parts of you if you believe upon the name of Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin. Probably, my favorite is “Though the mountains are shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has had compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10) Those are just a few promises, and I will tell you this these are the promises for everyone if they will only believe in their hearts that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and ask Him to come in your heart to do precisely what His word say’s He came to do through Jesus Christ.

I am praying for you, and I am praying that God would do a mighty work in your life! He has mine! I am a stinking miracle! I am forever grateful that nowhere in the Bible says:”He gives up!!” The whole theme of the Bible is His Faithfulness and His story of redemption! Praise God! Never forget He is the keeper of our heart’s, He is the lifter of our heads, and most of all when we slip and stumble in our humanity; He is always faithful and true. <3

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His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

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Proverbs 19:22 tells us that we crave as human beings unfailing love and that no person can live up to that role (Proverbs 20:6). But there is an unfailing love that will fill the craving! It is god’s sake. We were designed to crave an unfailing love, by a God that is nothing but unfailing love. See we were created to find God and to be satisfied in His love. Psalm 136 has an overwhelming pattern that occurs. Some would say it screams it “For his steadfast love endures forever.” Praise God! Thank you, Lord, for your love never ends, it never leaves, it never is exhausted, it is honest, it is loyal, it never keeps a record of wrong doing, it never is puffed up or inflated, it is always constant. Sound familiar? Turn over to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 yes the love chapter!! Our God’s love, agape love; this is the love that Proverbs 19:22 tells us that we crave and need so badly. God’s love is only found in Jesus Christ. The perfect love, the divine love the perfect love that 1 John 4:18 says perfect love drives out fear. Listen, this perfect love can never be severed when Jesus Christ is abiding in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Just like Paul says in Romans 8:38-39 nothing can separate us from the love of God once we are His. We have a love that is steadfast and endures forever!! If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior, please reflect on your need for unfailing love. Do you crave it? Do you find yourself seeking to find an everlasting stable love? If you do friend, can I tell you that you will not find it in another human or object, but you will find it in the arms of Grace, Christ Jesus! Would that make you cry out to Him today? Would you believe and profess Christ as the Messiah, The Savior of the World, The Son of God that died took the wrath of God upon Himself? For our sins and rose again and ascended into heaven to take His rightful place at the right hand of the Father and that one day soon is coming back to rule and reign as our King! If you cried out today I am praying for you I am praying you will find a local body of believers, and you would have a hunger for the Word of God. I pray you would join a local body of believers and profess to them that Jesus is Lord over your life and be baptized and serve God for the rest of your days. barefeet

I promise you this following Christ may not always be easy, and there will be days that you will fight for your faith, but His love endures forever, and He will keep you in His perfect love! You can always trust and know that! Just a short blog post today, but I feel that just meditating on “His steadfast love endures forever” is sometimes all we need to remind our souls that we are loved beyond measure. This life can be downright cruel, and what we need more than ever in this fallen world is the unfailing love of Jesus Christ. 

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Servants Sent for the King’s Kindness

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Today, I want to speak directly to the servants of Jesus Christ our King and Savior. I want you to know that He has sent you to extend His kindness, mercy, and grace. Even to a hostile people. Jesus spoke to me this morning through the word of God, and this is what He showed me through this passage of scripture. We will be taking apart 2 Samuel chapter 10.

First to just give you some background I would like you to know who the Ammonites were and where exactly their history and culture was. This always helps me in my study and helps me get the picture of the scene God is painting here. Ammonites were descendants of Ben-Ammi which is a son of Lot ( Gen. 19:38). The Ammonites were also an idolatrous nation, and their chief idol was Moloch which was a god that they sacrificed their children into the fire for this idol. In 1 Kings 11:5-7 we see King Solomon was led by his foreign wives to worship Milcom another name for Moloch. The Bible also mention’s this offense again in 2 Kings 23:13. The name Ammonites means “son of my people,” “children of my people,” which the Israelite’s would understand or say to them as that they are relatives and avoid conflict with them. (Deuteronomy 2:19). Their land was already given to them as God provided, so the Israelite’s knew not to engage in war with them because they were related as they were descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Their land was east of the Jordan river. 

Now with this information, we can see that this nation had totally fallen away from God and were now worshiping other gods.

Second_Book_of_Samuel_Chapter_10-2_(Bible_Illustrations_by_Sweet_Media)To get back to the scripture that we are looking at we see in 2 Samuel 10 that Hanun’s father who was the king of Ammon had just passed away. King David was sending a group of men that were very honorable men of King David. These men had noble and honorable intentions as servants of the King. They were simply going to represent the kindness, mercy, and grace for King David to Hanun during the loss of his father Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to King David. Hanun’s name even means gracious which is quite ironic because that is the last thing he showed to King David’s men. We see further down in verse 3 that the leaders said to Hanun “Just because David sent men with condolences for you, do you believe he’s showing you respect for your father? Instead, David has sent these men to scout out the city, spy on it, and demolish it? I would like to input here that what dwells in the heart, is in the mind and what is in the mind comes out of the mouth. You see they were suspicious and evil in their thinking because that is what dwells in their hearts. See they were already at war with King David in their hearts they just needed an opportunity to pounce and devise a poorly thought out plan of attack on the King’s servants.

004-david-ammonites.jpgIn verse 4 we see Hanun take the noble servants of King David and shave half their beards, and cut their clothes to expose their private parts to humiliate them and send a clear message to the King. See in shaving half their beards off it would not only make them look ridiculous but they would be in violation of the law (Lev. 19:27), as they would look as if they were mourning (Isaiah 15:2, Jer.41:5) see their actions were clearly speaking we will return your kindness for war (we will humiliate you for your kindness).

King David when he heard of this, he sent someone to the servants and told them to stay in Jericho until their beards grew back normal and they could be restored back. What an awesome King! We have that in our King Jesus when His servants have been sent to extend His kindness, mercy, and grace, and they are humiliated and mocked even scorned. He is faithful to send someone (Holy Spirit) to comfort us and to hide us away until we can be restored. Not just that but King David immediately sent Joab his commander to engage the Ammonites in battle. See just like King David; Jesus recognizes the threat that they meant to humiliate you but He will seek justice for you and will turn what was intended to harm you into good. I can imagine Jesus saying “Gabriel!  Go help my servant they have been humiliated and hurt, lead them to safety.” Jesus might have to set you in  Jericho (waiting) for a while so that your “beard” (confidence) will grow back and others will not mock you or humiliate you further, but He will restore you back into your role as an honorable servant and seek justice for your humiliation.

See the issue here was they were at war with the King, not the servants they took it out on the servants, but they were saying something much more with their intent saying that they would reject the kindness of  David, and they are at war. Sometimes we can be in situations just like King David’s men and have to endure shame and mocking because we are doing what the King sent us to do. God see’s the humiliation/mourning and He also see’s that you were left in shame but He promises there is a day where everything will be brought to justice, and the King has sent someone to comfort us and take away our guilt until the time is right to be restored to our rightful place in His Kingdom. That man is Jesus Christ. I pray this gives other servants of Christ encouragement today knowing that when we do what He asks and we serve him even through the humiliation that He will restore us back, and He will seek justice for us.

God see’s and God know’s never forget that He knows your shame and still loves you and still has a place for you in this earth and heaven to serve! Has your beard grown in? Is it time to return to the King? Leave Jericho and be with Your King again. Knowing that He is sending you again and again to display the kindness, grace, and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, our King, and Mighty Savior. Don’t lose hope! Don’t allow the enemies attack to render you helpless get back up and fight the good fight and know that you belong to The King of Kings!! I am praying for the servants of Christ, and I know that we endure for Jesus our King, but there is no other King I would serve or love because He is so good and kind and loving, most of all my, all in all, my everything!

Reluctant Relationships

Somebody asked me if I thought time changes a relationship! I had to think for a while. I think it can if we let it, but no I don’t think time changes any relationship. I think people change relationships with assumptions and feelings. If the heart is in it, then it will last. If the heart lets’s go, then the mind lets go, then the soul lets’s go then it wither’s! Love makes a relationship last, time just test’s a relationship. It takes two to communicate. You decide! You chose. I pray we don’t throw out relationships because of what we feel, but I pray we stay in long-suffering in our relationships. This might be the biggest challenge God has given me! See, I tend to be a guarded fortress when I “feel” uncomfortable. That’s not the mind of Christ or the heart of Christ! That is not healthy, and it surely is not serving anyone but old faithful misery. There are times that I get disappointed, hurt, angry, sad, depressed, happy, silly, embarrassed, humiliated in relationships; we all do, there are things we would take back in a blink of an eye because we know the outcome, and we want to avoid it at all cost! There are times that I would go back and say this better or do that this way, but we do not have that option. We have right now to be gentle with one another. We can choose to look at the bigger picture in a person’s life and understand that they are just as broken and hurting as we are. The Lord can give us compassion and will freely give us if we ask. I pray that each of us gives and bless someone else today. That we can see past the mess and see a person that is just as broken and bruised as I am. Listen, if God has called you to be a beautiful friend to someone do it with the excellence of Christ. If God has given you, a companion love them like Christ loved the church! If God gave you any relationship, then let that relationship bring glory and honor to Him! The enemy loves nothing more to divide and bring strife. He gave it all so we all could have Him but he also gave it all so that we would be a kingdom family one day. So choosing today to take my advice I am purposing my mind on heavenly things. ( Colossians 3:2). I want to fill the void of my heart with the love of Jesus Christ ( Ephesians 2:4-5) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the vast love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—
I purpose in my mind, heart and soul that 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; In relationships we need to understand that there is only one that was ever meant to fill us when we are dry and wandering in the desert. I choose to purpose my mind when I feel like I am in the wilderness that He will never leave me nor forsake me. That is the only thing that has kept me going through my life. I pray that He is what pushes you forward too! If not would you please open your heart to the great love and grace and mercy God has planned for you. That perfect grace, mercy, and salvation came from His throne in Heaven made Himself flesh and fellowship with humanity so that He could become sin and take it away from humankind so that we could be restored back to the Father! He bore every curse/sin mentally, physically, spiritually so that we could be with Him forever. And He declared that on the third day when He rose from the tomb! What a mighty God we serve and such love flows from the living water! I pray with all my heart that you know that love! That you purpose the Word of God over your mind, heart, and soul. Lord, we praise you! In your mighty and holy name, Jesus let this be a balm to a hurting heart! Lord your word never goes out void! Thank you, Jesus! Amenthholding-hands

Guided Seashells

I read the sweetest book yesterday called Seashells it was short; more like a devotional. I got to thinking about the beach and walking on the beach for seashells. As the tide goes out, they are exposed and washed upon the shore. They are all different sizes and shapes some are all intact, some are chipped, cracked. Some are bright, and some are dull but they are all seashells, and each one has its purpose.

I thought about a seashell that was cracked and had some missing pieces, But the shell was still intact, and I realized that through all the tossing, crashing, the high tides, the low tides. The moments that it was swept into deep waters, the moments when it was passed over because it wasn’t what someone was looking for, or it wasn’t the color that someone needed. I realized through it all that the seashell was still a seashell. All of the imperfections, all the cracks, missing pieces could not change the fact that it was still a seashell. I am grateful that God did not allow the ocean to swallow it up completely or destroy it, but He has enabled the water and rocks and sand to mold the seashell and preserve it, even if it is just a shard of a shell; it is still a shell. No matter how broken or small it is, eventually it washes upon a beach. It might not be the prettiest, or rarest but it still was created with purpose and value. We might never understand the value or purpose until we get to the shore. 

1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

One day we will see crystal clear, and I know this

For in, our missing pieces and brokenness are what God has allowed so we could be among those seashells that are upon the shore to be collected. So that beautiful broken shells can eventually make it to the endless beach. I am choosing to be grateful for the flawed process to the coast. So, one day I can be collected by the hands that made this seashell on the celestial shore. We are all broken seashells, but one day we will be whole and glorious just like Jesus.

The broken parts that I thought were missing are replaced and filled in with Jesus grace and mercy.  Jesus gathered me and is currently making me whole by binding the brokenness, holes, cracks, and writing in where my color has faded so I can reflect all of His glory. 

One day I will be that perfect shell, but until that day I need to allow the tide, waves, current to move me where He needs me to be. Keep letting the water (the word of God) wash over you and take you where He wants! Never give up! I’m praying for you. Keep fighting the Good fight. Run the race with endurance, He knows. 

 

Love your sister in Christ,

Kim                     Find more posts @https://www.facebook.com/mylordmystrengthmysong/

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The Road

The Road
The road leading to Christ can be exciting, joyful, mournful, dim, bursting full of light. There will be times of fellowship, and there will be times where no one dares to go with you. There will be loneliness in the physical realm. Rest assured though that you have a friend that sticks closer to you than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) That is Jesus; He will never leave nor forsake you. In the days of loneliness or maybe you just “feel” like you have a million people around but you “feel” like you have never been more lonely. Let me tell you that in those moments the enemy of God is twisting the reality of your situation and turning your feelings. I will agree that people are disloyal, untrustworthy, uncaring, they betray. They do this because they are flesh, and we know we do not war against flesh and blood, but principalities and darkness, evil rulers of our time. Our fight is spiritual this is where our struggle is!! (Ephesians Chapter 6)

This chapter is a golden chapter today it allows our insight into understanding that human beings betray, are unloyal, uncaring, hateful, abusive, downright mean at times, but this is not to be our focus! Switch it up on the enemy! You are not in the fight alone! If you have Jesus, you have it all! Might not “feel” like it, but as I have told you all before that the heart is deceptive and lies to us regularly (Jer. 17:9). This is why we need the Word of God to check ourselves against every day! To weed out the weeds of the enemy untruth and deception and even our flesh lies and deception away from our hearts so that the seeds of the harvest can grow and take root in our heart. That seed is the Word of God, and it can only be shown by reading, studying, applying, and speaking the Word over and intopathroad your situation.

 

Don’t allow the deception of your feelings keep you in anger, fear, loneliness, anxiety, most of all a prisoner or slave to your emotions. I am not saying opinions don’t matter; I am saying run to the word of God with your feelings and check them. You struggle with them, and I struggle with them but to grow up in Christ, we must tenderly learn that our feelings are deceptive, and the only thing that we can 100 percent rely on is God. Like all the people in the Bible, Christ must become greater, and I must become less. When this process happens, freedom starts to happen The Freedom of Jesus Christ! Oh that my friends, is the sweetest freedom there is. The only freedom that we have in this dying world. Our hope is in you Jesus! Only in You! Sweet one, reading this with tears down your cheeks don’t be discouraged by loneliness, it is just not true. Jesus is right there wiping the tears of your heart.

 

Allow Him to whisper to your heart today and fill you up with His love. We all need it, we all were created for it! Just let Him sweep you off your feet! I am posting the scriptures I want you all to remember, no matter what you are loved, favored, and cared for by the hands of the Living God. You are not alone; He goes with you!

Psalm 25:16-17
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.

Isaiah 41:10
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 68:5-6

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in this holy habitation. 6 God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
A truth that God is with us

 

Matthew 28:20
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

When you have these feelings and thoughts run to prayer

 

1 Peter 5:7-8
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

 

I am praying for you and cheering you on today! Do not think that you are alone for one second! “The God that see’s” as Hagar said Is watching you and has his eye on the situation! He is faithful!

I pray and hope that you find Him today!

Your sister in Christ,

Kim

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