Updated: Apr 27, 2021
With so many changes coming in my life I have to say I am very grateful for the opportunity to bring life into the world. What a privilege and an honor.
My husband John puts it like this "You get to partner with God in this season", Um WOW! What a perspective and maybe that's why it's hard to take it all in. I do not take it lightly by any means. I know it may sound like I am all too happy but I truly am, I feel like I have been giving a great opportunity. I have seen many around me go through hardships and in this midst of this dark season for us all this is the Glory of the Lord shining through. 2020 in a lot of ways was unexpected for many of us but you know what, Jesus always shows up with His grace, mercy, and strength even in the midst of chaos. It is our job to seek Him and we will surely Find Him and here is how I am finding Him.
Let me ask you, now that we are in 2021 - How are you partnering with God?
April is almost here so that means that we have 296 days left to the year! What will you do with that time on your hands? We are getting ready to go into Spring - what a wonderful time for a fresh perspective! Its a new season!!!!!!
Get ready! A change is coming 👏🏽
I was driving to church the other morning, and I felt the presence of the Lord sweep over me and all I could do was cry in gratitude. I was grateful for my time with the Lord, grateful I could drive to church in the morning. Grateful I could participate in his church and be with his people. Grateful that I had breath in my lungs. Grateful that all these year of my life Jesus has never failed me or left me alone. My story has been filled with so much heartache. One day soon I will share my full story but it will take some time to get there! Pray for your girl!
I know what it is to be passed over time and time again. I know what it is to be rejected and abandoned by loved ones and friends. Being chosen over those in the “in crowd“ feels awful. I know what it is to feel so alone. It can feel like God isn’t even listening - but out of all of disappointments in life I have seen His faithfulness. I believe Jesus used those circumstances so I could come closer to Him. To hear His heart for me. I have seen secret prayers hidden in my heart get answered! I have seen Jesus send people are the right time at the right places. Especially when I was going to make a horrible decision because of my emotions! His mercy is truly indescribable. He keeps me stable, he keeps me sane! He truly is my Anchor! It's my symbol of hope and steadfastness. If you didn't check out my pastors message on The Anchor please do right here: https://www.itlmweb.com/watch
Where would I be without Jesus! He calls me friend, AMAZING!!! He gives me the opportunity to fellowship with him daily and make my petitions known to Him. even in His sovereignty! He doesn't get tired of my questions or my groaning. He doesn't pretend to listen and not listen, He HEARS my cry, He SAVES each tear I cry, HOW MAGNIFICENT IS HE!
Psalm 56:8 You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
What a matchless GOD!
Jesus came to earth to save us from ourselves. In our own nature we are evil people. Our desires has the ability to sweep us away and can give birth to death (James 1). But Jesus came so we can have LIFE and life more abundantly. What does that mean? Do you think that means Jesus came so we can all be rich----- well in a way! Let me break it down.
LIFE - well all that we can produce in our sinful nature is death, nothing good can come out of us because at our core we are selfish people. You can be the nicest person in the world but at the core you want your own way and that desire will drive you. BeliEve me!
Jesus came to change us from the inside out! So, where once we provided death in relationships, poverty only from our sinful nature, and now we can produce life from our spirit that has been reborn and redeemed. The Blood that was shed for us covered our sins. He sent his only son to save us from ourselves! This means we are able to be selfless as we are empowered by Holy Spirit. We are able to love other people and not hate them. We are able to bring hope Instead of fear! We are able to give to people our belongings and sacrifice for the needs of others. We are able to build fruitful relationships and so on and so forth.
Our lives change and we can move forward and truly LIVE the way we were always meant to live; in FREEDOM! We can only do this if we are truly are At Peace with God our Father in Heaven. We no longer have to be full of guilt and shame! We can be forgiven and set free from the things of the past! How amazinggggg!!!!!!!
So for the rest of this year you have the option to make it amazing! I mean you could make it miserable as well. You can have all the knowledge in the world and still be unhappy because you choose not to change your ways. Remember, Doesn’t matter if your started this year, or every other year of your life.It doesn’t matter if you have made some enormous mistakes! At this time, you can be forgiven by Jesus! His blood was shed for you on calvary. You no longer have to perform in order to be forgiven. You do not have to beg him, he did it for you because of His perfect love!
1 Peter 3:18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
He isn’t surprised by your lack! He isn’t shocked by your sins! He can handle it- in fact he did. He died for it! If you want to move forward in greatness - Let Jesus Into your heart now! Don't leave this moment without acknowledging Him <3
Say this prayer with me:
Jesus I need You, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Jesus alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him.
I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I recognize that Your mercy and grace is a gift You offer to me because of Your great love, not based on anything I have done. Cleanse me and make me Your child. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. By faith I receive You into my heart as the Son of God and as Savior and Lord of my life. From now on, help me live for You, with You in control. I open myself up to the power of your Spirit, to be baptized, I receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In Your precious name, Amen
If you said this prayer, please contact me! I would love to connect with you!
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift
of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit
Romans 10:9 Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Acts 16:30-33 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.