Pain is so hard and can cause us to retreat to ourselves and hide. Hide from God. Hide from friends and family. Hide from the world. How are you dealing with pain? Often times we do it wrong, I know I have. The Word says, Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Another way to say that is Blessed are those who “give Me” their pain, I will comfort them. Give Him your pain sweet friend.
What’s on your heart today?
Are you just spinning your wheels trying to get through everyday?
Have you lost a loved one through death or broken relationships?
Are you dealing with shame from something that happened to you or something you’ve done?
Are you struggling with some kind of abuse, addiction, rejection, shame, or guilt?
Do you try and mask your pain or shove it down and not deal with it? You put a smile on your face and act as if everything is ok. Hey, no judgement here, I’ve been there. I’m learning something new and I hope I can encourage you too.
I’m learning to share my pain with those closest to me. Being vulnerable isn’t fun but it’s a necessary part of healing. Start with something small and you can work your way up to bigger things. I remember when God started dealing with me on my eating disorder I had to talk to my husband about it. I was literally sick to my stomach, shaking, and heart pounding. Poor Sean, he had absolutely no idea what I was fixing to say. I know he thought I was fixing to tell him I was having an affair, lol. But as soon as I got the words out of my mouth it was brought out of the darkness and into the light and that means it no longer had power over me. See that’s just what the enemy wants is for you and I to suffer in silence, to not share our burdens with one another.
God is the only one who can heal your pain. Turn your pain, your fear, your guilt and shame over to Him. He loves you and wants to heal you everywhere you hurt. Get honest with God, he already knows. Trust Him with your brokenness and pain. Remember blessed are those who “give Him” their pain, for He will comfort them.
Give Him your pain sweet friend.
Pain is part of progress. Its not something to fear, it’s just part of life. It’s something to learn and grow from and move through. Not a place to camp and stay. Friend, He is the God of healing. The God of miracles. The God of provision. The God of restoration. He’s whatever you need. He’s saying “Come to Me all who are weary and burdened for I WILL give you rest.”
There is pain in the breaking, but there is blessing in the broken.
Exodus 15:26 tells us that God is ‘the Lord who heals us’.
Exodus 23:25b-26 And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
Psalm 103:2-3 Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.
Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains (of punishment)… And with the stripes (that wounded) Him we are healed and made whole.
1 Peter 2:24 He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
Matthew 8:17 He Himself took (in order to carry away) our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases.
Psalm 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Proverbs 4:20-23 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
James 5:14-15 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Isaiah 38:16 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my spirit; restore me to health and let me live!
I just wanna speak the name of Jesus Over every heart and every mind ‘Cause I know there is peace within Your presence I speak Jesus
I just wanna speak the name of Jesus ‘Til every dark addiction starts to break Declaring there is hope and there is freedom I speak Jesus
‘Cause Your name is power Your name is healing Your name is life Break every stronghold Shine through the shadows Burn like a fire
I just wanna speak the name of Jesus Over fear and all anxiety To every soul held captive by depression I speak Jesus
‘Cause Your name is power Your name is healing Your name is life Break every stronghold Shine through the shadows Burn like the fire
God bless you and I hope you have a blessed and wonderful week!
I don’t know what you might be going through, but I just wanted to encourage you today. The storms of life come to each one of us but Jesus is there with you…every step of the way. You may feel alone but you are not alone.
It’s because of your trials you are being made stronger with every wave crashes against you.
Keep breathing my friend.
Just take one more step.
I can promise there will be times when we all want to quit. Wanting to quite is human nature and totally understandable. You just want the pain or the problems to go away. Been there, done that…..bought the T-shirt.
We all get weary and tired, often times it’s during the weariness we stop doing the life giving things that help keep us going. We say to ourselves, “What’s the use?” I totally get it. But when we’re tired we don’t always make the right decisions because our mind is cloudy and our feelings are all discombobulated. Then we forget our purpose and that’s never good!
Lots of things happen in the middle of our trials and it’s especially important to not quite and keep going. With each crushing blow we can doubt the love of God. Have you ever doubted the love of God? I know I have. We can also doubt he can cause anything to work out for our good! I’m guilty of thinking , “There is absolutely NO WAY God can turn this around or make it turn out for me good.” We can think he’s forgotten us too. Oh, but can I just tell you “Precious one, He hasn’t forgotten YOU. He sees YOU and Oh how He loves YOU and with a resounding YESSS! He can work ALL things out for your good…..And He will!”
This moment, this trial, this storm….it’s time to find your BRAVE.
It’s time to keep going!
It’s NOT time to quit and give up.
YOU ARE ANOINTED FOR HARD.
Understandably, you may look defeated and even feel defeated but YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING. Walking in VICTORY AND PURPOSE.
DEFEAT IS NOT YOUR NAME!
OVERCOMER IS YOUR NAME!
Perseverance is in your blood.
You were born for such a time as this.
We gotta get in agreement with His word and say what He says about us.
Prophecy to those dry bones!
Speak life to the broken places in your life.
The power of life and death is in YOUR TONGUE.
Hope y’all have a blessed and wonderful weekend.
The word says “For the spirit of heaviness” “Put on the garment of praise” That’s how we fight our battles (yeah) This is how I fight my battles. It may look like I’m surrounded. But I’m surrounded by You. This is how I fight my battles🔥🙌💗🙏💯
Good morning y’all! Hope you are doing well. I feel like I have a word from the Lord for you today. So much is going on around us in these crazy times but God says its time to ENTER IN sweet friend!
Enter into the promises of God!
Enter into His Presence!
You are about to see the supernatural come to pass! You are right on the edge so DON’T GIVE UP!!
Keep PRESSING IN!
Keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking!!
Those things you’ve been praying for, that breakthrough it’s going to supernaturally come to pass!
God is working even when you can’t see it.
We need to stand on the promises of His Word because NOTHING is to big for Him.
Whatever you’re going through, it’s NO match for our Almighty God!
“One word from You Things change on Your authority Your word, it’s true Things change on Your authority One word; from You.”
The enemy has come only to steel, kill, and destroy! Oh BUT HE came that we may have life to the full, till it overflows.
Are you overflowing? Don’t worry if you can’t answer yes, you are not alone.
If I’m honest right now no I’m not in that overflowing part of life He died for me BUT I’m in that pressing and contending for part of life.
Lots of things have happened the last few months, things that have been extremely difficult but I’m trusting God with all that is within me and I KNOW that he works ALL things out for my good and He will for you too sweet friend.
I can’t explain why but sometimes we just gotta contend a little longer.
As we are contending for the things we are believing God for, let our posture be on our knees as we look up to the One who has the power to change things, heal things, and restore things. I don’t know about you but I need some things in our life changed, healed, and restored. The good news is God is able! He is trustworthy. He is still in the miracle making business.
Contend, pray, and believe just a little bit longer and ENTER INTO His presence as you do and things will change.
I declare you are walking in the God’s authority and the plans of the enemy are destroyed and annihilated in Jesus name! As you release the promises of God over your life, your words are full of resurrection power and none of them will fall to the ground!
Decree it with confidence my friend! For your declarations will truly come to pass! I am strong! I am fearless! No matter what am faced with only good can come out of this! God works ALL things for my good. NO weapon formed against me will prosper! Amen!
Hope you guys have a blessed and wonderful day! If you have any prayer requests please let me know I’d love to pray for you.
One word from You Things change on Your authority Your word, it’s true Things change on Your authority
Will Heaven not prevail and strongholds not be moved? Will spirits not be silenced and cower at His rule? For if my God is for me then what have I to fear? And I will not deny Him the glory that is His Will Heaven not prevail and strongholds not be moved? Will spirits not be silenced and cower at His rule? For if my God is for me then what have I to fear? And I will not deny Him the glory that is His, oh Heaven will prevail and strongholds will be moved Shout it out Spirits will be silenced and cower at His rule I know my God is for me so what have I to fear? For nothing will deny Him the glory that is His
One word from You Things change on Your authority Your word, it’s true Things change on Your authority
Heaven will prevail and strongholds will be moved Spirits will be silenced and cower at His rule I know my God is for me so what have I to fear? For nothing will deny Him the glory that is His
Hey y’all! Hope you guys are doing well. Things have been hopping here. Hubby working from home also means home projects right. I swear that man can’t sit still for a second, then he sucks me in lol🤣
I thought I’d let you in on a secret…..lean in real close. I’M DIVORCING ED! There I said it!
Secrets out now.
No! ED is not my husband’s name. ED is someone who has been with me for too many years to count.
ED is the eating disorder I have struggled with for what seems like a lifetime but I’ve decided we are breaking up for good and getting a divorce! He doesn’t serve me well anymore, well he never really did, he was just how I coped.
Do you know ED too?
ED…..I.e. sin….took me further than I ever thought I’d go and kept me longer than I ever thought I’d stay.
I have been in counseling with a nutritionist who deals with eating disorders and Imma tell you how wonderful, hard and challenging it’s been.
My first experience with a nutritionist when I was finally ready to deal with ED didn’t go well. She would say things like “You need to only eat this or that.” or “If you drink that Dr. Pepper your only hurting yourself” Even better was the time I didn’t like one of the supplements she gave me, it was like horrible mud like substance you drank with a hint of mint🤣🤢🤮 she said “I guess you just don’t want to get well.” Are you kidding me?? Lady, I guilt myself enough I don’t need more guilt and condemnation or rules and regulations from you, that’s what got me here to start with. So needless to say that didn’t last long. I knew she wasn’t good for me. She was setting me up to fail. Inevitably I was gonna fail or make a mistake but failing wasn’t a bad thing nor did failing make me a failure….she was not teaching me that though. It’s all part of the process. Plus, she was not celebrating the small victories I was making.
This time Amie, my nutritionist now she is amazing! What a gift she is. She challenges me but also celebrates the small victories with me. The truth is if I eat 3 meals 1 day that’s amazing considering for many years I haven’t done that.
If I wake up and tell myself I’m not gonna eat today but then go through the process of talking to myself and on purpose choose to make the decision to eat regardless of what my feelings are saying, that’s another victory!
If I go 2 days and don’t weigh myself that’s another victory. I’ve gone 5 so far, 5 DAYS OF NOT WEIGHING MYSELF. That is nothing short of miracle to me.
I’m learning though if slip up it’s not the end of the world, just get back up and start all over. Being perfect is so overrated. Not that I ever was but it was something so engrained me and I learned to try not to rock the boat, be as perfect as you possibly can they will love and accept you THEN. How misguided I was.
What I look like, how I dress, the car I drive, the house I live in, or the job I have…none of that matters or has eternal purpose. Having a relationship with MY JESUS is what matters. That is what’s life changing and as I walk this out and I feel like I can’t do it anymore I cry out to Him one more time, and one more time, and one more time. He’s there waiting to pick me up, and sweet friend He’s there waiting for you. You have access to the King.
I mentioned to someone the other day I was seeing a nutritionist for my eating disorder and the first thing they asked was “Wow! How much weight have you lost?” I just thought to myself “Oh my word! What’s wrong with people?” That’s the whole problem. Weight, food, exercise, not eating, binging, the scale, all of it turned into idols. I’m not trying to lose weight, of course I’d like too I’m a woman lol but my main goal is to have a healthy relationship with food.
To not be afraid to eat this or that.
To not be afraid to eat 3 meals a day or a snack.
To eat lunch and not be afraid.
To not weigh myself everyday….I’ve been a slave to the scale for as long as I can remember.
Anyone relate to that? 🤣🤣🤣
That’s our culture though. We think if we lose enough weight or if we are the perfect size we will be happy and all of life will fall into place and we’ll have no problems. That’s simply not true. But if you watch the Jenny Craig commercials they’ll have you believe “Because of Jenny Craig, I’m a happier person, a happier mom, a happier wife. I’m more confident.” Well I was a size six and it didn’t change what was going on on the inside. Until the root is addressed you will repeat the cycle and that’s true for anything. I just hate the media plays on our emotions especially women, you are just not quite good enough….YET! Try this and maybe you will be. I’m tired of listening to the lies! THE devil IS A LIAR!
How about you try some Jesus instead of all the worldly things it has to offer. Sorry for my soapbox. Finding our worth and value from the mirror or the scale will never fulfill you.
But having a relationship with Jesus will.
Back on topic, lol, for me most days I would eat a small breakfast, never lunch, and eat dinner. Some days I wouldn’t eat at all, I would consciously make a decision to not eat today. Punish myself for the shame and guilt I carried of living with this secret, and other secrets and trauma from my childhood. I was also fearful of lots of foods that in moderation are actually healthy for you.
One of the things I’ve been working on is incorporating lunch into my schedule. I know, sounds simple but for someone with ED, not so simple. But I’ve done pretty well, not every day yet but 4-5 out of 7 I’d say. That’s HUGE! Even if it’s something small.
Progress not perfection.
My nutritionist asked me how I felt about not weighing myself everyday and did I think that was something I could start to work on. Immediately, tears streamed down my face and I said “ Yes, I will do it.” The scale and I have had a meeting together every morning for yeeaaarrs, sometimes weighing myself more than once a day. Despite how unhappy it made me, I still have always been drawn to it even though I knew it wasn’t helpful to me. So last week I hid it in the closet so I won’t see everyday lol. The first couple of days were really hard and I almost got up in the middle of the night to weigh myself. Crazy I know. But that’s the bond ED and I have. His clutches run deep. Have you ever experienced anything like this? It’s powerful, BUT MY GOD IS BIGGER.
I’m divorcing ED to have a relationship with me, to get to know me and a deeper relationship with my Savior. To get my voice back instead of shoving things further down. I’m overcoming the misguided self. To heal the proper way from past hurts and trauma. It’s hard work and it may take a long time and it may be painful but I’m up for the job. I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me and so can you sweet friend.
Your struggle may not be ED, it may be drugs, alcohol, shopping, pornography, or something else, we all have something. I urge you to give it completely over to the Lord. Press in and contend for your freedom. He will set your shackles free. FREEDOM IS THERE FOR THE TAKING. You are a new creation IN CHRIST. What the enemy meant to harm and destroy God will work for your good.
NOTHING AND I MEAN NOTHING IS TOO BIG FOR HIM!!
I have worked on this blog for 2-3 days and was set to release today but after I watched our church service this morning I was simply blown away again by my God. How he loves me (you) so much, and how he confirms what he’s placed on my heart to share. I’m even more certain of what He wants for me.
I will tell of the mercy of the Lord and proclaim the great things He has done for me and continues to do.
The Misguided Self- Life With ED and My Broken Past (click below)
Psalm 139:14 I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.
Song of Solomon 4:7 My darling, everything about you is beautiful, and there is nothing at all wrong with you.
Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 12:1 Brothers and sisters, in view of all we have just shared about God’s compassion, I encourage you to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, dedicated to God and pleasing to him. This kind of worship is appropriate for you.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don’t belong to yourselves. You were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body.
Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near all who call out to Him, all who call out to Him with integrity.Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The only temptations that you have are the same temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation. Then you will be able to endure it.
Romans 8:26 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.
Zephaniah 3:17 For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
How I Need You- Highlands Worship
You fashioned me, formed my heart, Searched my soul, and know every thought Love so great, but never too far Through the storm, You’re the calm, every war, You’ve already won Life’s secure in Your loving armsJesus, Jesus, oh, how I need You You stay the same, You are good in Your ways Jesus, Jesus, oh, how I need You You are enough, all my trust is in You, LordYou are powerful, God above it all I believe in You, I believe in You You do miracles, the impossible I believe in You, Jesus
See I’m contending for my freedom from ED every day and renewing my mind. What are you contending for? Would love to hear from you.
Hey y’all! Hope this find you doing well. So many things going on in our world today, right?
When life gets hard, things happen that are out of our control. Stock market, Coronavirus, stay home, no close contact with others, work from home if possible. Life is changing. I’m a hugger and I miss hugging everyone 😭 I love time with my church, small groups and family and friends. I love shopping. Literally, as I’m writing this I got a call from my Immunologist for my appointment next week, they are changing it to phone appointment so I don’t go to UAB. Crazy, right? I mean I apologize it and all but life as we know it changing before our eyes. At least I won’t have to weigh myself, lol 🤣🤦🏼♀️ Gotta look for the positives right?🤷🏼♀️
When all this is over I’m gonna be a hugging machine🤗
Endure. What exactly does that mean? Endure to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate.
Boy, do we ever need patience right now. Patience with people buying up everything and all the toilet paper. Patience with waiting in the long lines at the store but also observing the 6 ft suggestion. Personally, I like some grocery pick up and delivery.
People are on more edge now. Offer a smile when you have to go out. Pay a compliment to the cashier or whoever it is. People need to be encouraged at the this time. People need to see Jesus in you. Even if you had to wait a long time in line, just tell the cashier you appreciate them. You understand how stressful it is for them and you know how hard their working and God bless them. They need it. Love God, love people!
Ok off my soapbox now.
Abide. What does abide mean? To bear patiently : tolerate. To wait for. To remain stable or fixed in a state. To continue in a place. Stay connected. Dependent on.
Now more than ever we need to stay connected to the Vine, we need remain stable in the storm. People are watching you. They want to see how Christians will respond in this storm. How are you responding? With fear, distrust? Only worrying about yourself? Are you checking on others? A simple phone call, text. I know we can’t always be together physically but we can still support and love each other in other ways. We might have to be more creative.
So how can we endure like Jesus did and abide in Him at the same time? During times of enduring, we MUST abide in Him. We must remain stable IN Him and fix our eyes on Jesus.
Like 2 chronicles 20:12 it says “….For we are powerless against this great multitude which is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
Stay in the Word. Read and study God’s word. Read devotions.
Praise music ushers in the presence of God.
Pray. Pray. Pray.
Fast something for a time. It helps you draw closer to God. It doesn’t have to be food, it can be anything.
Listen to Podcasts or YouTube sermons, lots of sermons and Live streams on Facebook right now. It will really lift you up instead of just listening to the news of doom and gloom 24/7. I know we need to stay informed but to much of it causes us fear and anxiety.
Journaling, writing out your feelings is so helpful.
Enjoy your family. Watch Hallmark they are gonna be playing Christmas movies…Yaaassss! They know how to get me lol. If this goes on to long I may decorate my house😜 Play games together. Binge watch Netflix. Color. Do a puzzle. Play with your doggos. You know there are some happy happy doggos right now🤣 Cook a meal, bake a cake or some cookies. Just enjoy each other.
Honestly, taking care of yourself is so important right. If you don’t do that, you can’t help others and do what God wants and needs for you to do. Drink lots of water, Dr. Pepper when needed 😉 just not 8 a day lol. Eat healthy, fruits veggies, and proteins….less junk and bad carbs. Your immune system will thank you later. Take your multivitamins, supplement with vitamin C and other things that that are important to you and your health needs. I use essential oils and tons of supplements. I also think digestive enzymes are great as well as probiotics. Exercise. You can still get out and walk. With YouTube goodness you can find any exercise you want on there. Yoga, HIIT training, etc. All this stuff matters especially right now. Sorry another soapbox 🤦🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️
Fix your eyes of Jesus.
John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit [a]of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
Endure like Jesus did precious one, That’s what being in the Word and daily devotions can do for you. Stay in the word sweet friends. ENDURE, be patient, this to shall pass, keep on keeping on, and don’t give up! Abide, in Him. Don’t separate from the branch. Remain stable through the trials.
The cross had 2 sides the crucifixion side and the resurrection side. Jesus had to endure one side to get to the other….You know that’s exactly what we have to do too. Sometimes we have to go through struggles and trials of life, things beyond our control, just like Jesus we have sometimes have to endure bad or really tough things to get to the other side.
But hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus, for the joy of obtaining the prize of the cross, the resurrection, endured the pain. I love Joyce Meyer definition of endure is to outlast he devil!! To be steadfast long enough to let the trial do whatever it’s going to do in our lives and get from one side of the cross to the other!! AMEN!!
You have resurrection power life on the inside of you to endure whatever it is your going through by abiding IN HIM, you stay connected to Him, stay dependent on Him.
Keep on keeping on, press on, and don’t give up!!
Endure like Jesus. My heart will be steadfast because I KNOW that You are good💗
Sword of the Spirit
1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Matthew 24:13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
James 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 5:11 We count those blessed who endured You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
2 Timothy 2:12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
2 Timothy 2:10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.
James 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
Praying for you sweet Trophy of Grace readers. Gods got you right on the palm of His hand, no weapon formed against you will prosper!!
If you have specific prayer request, I’d be happy to pray for you. God bless you!
Coronavirus…it’s on everyone’s mind. Whether you say it is or not, all the lines, shopping, hoarding, and empty shelves at the stores shows it. I still don’t get the toilet paper selling out🤷🏼♀️🤣
Here’s what I’ve noticed, some have gone from one extreme to the other. It’s crazy. Some are like “Its just a cold. Why are you acting so ridiculous?” Then others are screaming “It’s the end of the world!”
If we listen to what the doctors say and follow what YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS are, meaning whether you’re a healthy individual or if your elderly or immunocompromised that kinda tells you which direction you should go. It’s not a guarantee you won’t get it, it’s a guideline for you.
Personally, I fall in that immunocompromised category and I have several friends that do as well. I have CVID, so I do have to use wisdom and caution with what I do. You may decide to go to movies, church, small groups, etc. and that may be right for you but for others like myself that is not a good idea. What bothers me is when I hear people say “Well your living in fear when you stop going to places.” No, on the contrary I’m not living in fear at all, I’m living in wisdom and doing what’s best for me.
We shouldn’t judge other people’s decisions when we don’t know what they deal with. So many people have health issues or they have loved ones with health issues and all that needs to be taken into consideration when making a decision on what you will do or where you will go. It’s based on you and your family….not based on what someone else thinks. But that’s just my opinion 🤷🏼♀️
I just want to remind you that during all this chaos, the Lord is near.
When fear of the unknown threatens to bog you down, and steal your peace and joy and you find yourself scared and anxious, your not crazy, it’s normal in times like this.
We are human.
Fear of the unknown does that.
The difference is you don’t want to LIVE in fear. We have to choose faith over fear but also use wisdom for your own circumstances.
The Lord is near.
We all face fear and anxiety from time to time but just let me encourage you today sweet friend that God never gave us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and of sound mind. He didn’t cause this but I can assure you, He will work things out for your good.
The Lord is near.
For some, jobs are uncertain.
I know with the economy fluctuating like it is, it’s scary and unsettling.
But the Lord is near.
Some moms and dads just found out schools out K-12 for almost 3 weeks and your thinking “Y’all gonna make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here.” 🤣🤣
But the Lord is near.
Like Joseph, God can cause you to prosper during a famine. Put your trust in God and get in the Word. God will bless you to be a blessing.
Pray! Pray! And pray some more my friends.
Check on your neighbors or elderly family or friends.
Pray for our healthcare workers.
Pray for our government officials, all branches whether you like them or not. Pray they have wisdom.
Put on the whole armor of God.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Sword of the Spirit:
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” Psalm 56:3
God will “instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” Psalm 32:8
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
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. Isaiah 41:10
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
I pray you start to see the goodness of God and His supernatural provision in your life and family.
God answers prayers sweet friends and it says in James, The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. So Lord we come before You with praise and thanksgiving. We worship You for who you are and thank you for loving us and saving us. Father there are so many people sick and in need of healing, help them regain their strength. Refresh and restore them. Bring healing from the top of their heads to the soles of their feet. Bring supernatural healing to every cell, every organ, repair dna, and we declare it must come in alignment with Your perfect Word.
We come against that spirit of fear that is so evident in our world today. We declare you have NO place here. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind. When fear, worry and doubt come against me, I’m reminded how big my God is. How he holds my future in his hands. He has a great and mighty plan for my future.
Lord bring provision where provision has been lost. You are Jehovah jireh, my Provider. Give divine wisdom, ideas and creativity to your sons and daughters. Bless us in the famine and open up the windows of heaven Lord.
Help us to point others to You. To show love to others and be a light in the darkness. Thank you Lord for what your doing and that through all this You will get the glory. We give You all the glory and honor, in Jesus name, Amen!🙏🏻
Here As In Heaven
A miracle can happen now For the Spirit of the Lord is here The evidence is all around That the Spirit of the Lord is here A miracle can happen now For the Spirit of the Lord is here The evidence is all around That the Spirit of the Lord is here
“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident…For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.”
He’s got you precious one!
Put on a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness….
Hey y’all! How is your year going so far? We are in the middle of 21 days of prayer. It’s Ahhhmazzing! Believing God for many things this year.
What are you believing God for this year?
Healing is my word for this year. Do you have one? If so what is it? I’d love to hear from you.
Joy was my word last year. So funny how God knows exactly what we need when we need it. Last year was an extremely difficult year for me. God knew JOY was what I would. He knew the things I was going to go through were going to be difficult and I would need strength in order to persevere. I needed to find JOY amidst the trials.
The JOY of the Lord is our strength.
I needed JOY to keep going and get through every day.
As I said, healing is my word this year for several reasons. Some I’ll share and some are private.
One is, I need physical healing in my body from multiple things.
But I also need healing from this eating disorder I’ve struggled with for so many years. I’ve been set free from using the diuretics and laxatives everyday, praise God! That is a miracle in itself 🙏🏻🙌🏻 But I still have my daily struggles. He’s not done with me yet and he’s not done with you either sweet friend. He’s been delivering me from glory to glory but I’m ready to be COMPLETELY FREE! COMPLETELY HEALED! Maybe that’s you too!
There are relationships in my life that need healing…Ones that I can’t do anything about.
Loved ones who need Jesus.
Loved ones who are sick and need healing.
Loved ones who are making wrong choices.
Loved ones who are heartbroken.
Loved ones who just need a miracle.
Relationships that need restoration.
Ones that only God can fix it.
One thing I know though is that nothing is to big for my God and nothing is impossible for Him!
He’s the God of the IMPOSSIBLE.
He’s the WAYMAKER!
Verse of the Year:
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5
God bless you sweet friends and if you need prayer, I would be honored to pray for you. Have a blessed and wonderful day.
Song of the Year:
Even when I don’t see it, You’re working Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working You never stop, You never stop working You never stop, You never stop working
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper
Light in the darkness, my God
That is who You are
Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper
Light in the darkness, my God
That is who You are
Good morning beautiful TOG readers. In case you are struggling and in doubt with things going on around you let me answer the question….The Victory Belongs To Jesus…..Which means it belongs to you precious one!
When everything is coming against you and you don’t know which way to turn, turn to Jesus! He hasn’t left you.
Pray, pray, and pray some more.
Always pray and never give up! Pray until the answers come my friend.
We are right in the middle of 21 days of prayer and I love how God gives us exactly what we need when we need it. A day sooner or a day later wouldn’t mean the same ya know. Today’s prayer service was so on point, it was as if God stood there and spoke directly to me. I had to listen to it twice.
Day before yesterday I was reading a blog called NEVER GIVE UP and it was so good and a onetime word for me and then today’s prayer service message was exactly the same. Let me tell you God is speaking. I have been going through what seems like a never ending battle and have at times been fearful, discouraged and felt like giving up so thankful for sweet friends and family who speak life and encourage me. And because God is such a cool dude He gave me a 2nd reminder in 3 days of how awesome He is. That’s how much He loves you and me.
Won’t He do it sweet friend?
Won’t God bring healing to you? Me?
Won’t God open the right door for you at the exact time you need it?
Won’t He bring healing and restoration to your family?
Won’t He bring victory to our lives at just the right time?
Sweet friend, that thing you’ve prayed for in secret for so long that no one knows about, won’t He bring it to pass?
That miracle, that baby you’ve believed God for for so long…
That financial need, whatever it is I say PRESS IN, let’s continue to stand firm, always praying and never give up.
Pray until we see your answers, your victory, your breakthrough is coming.
Giving up is NOT an option. Stand firm precious one!! He’s working on your behalf and mine. Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. God never grows weary or tired of hearing from you or me.
Lord, we come boldly to Your throne with praise and thanksgiving, and we worship You. We thank you for loving us and not giving up on us. I know so many struggling right now who need healing in their bodies, they need strength and peace for the pain and brokenness in their lives. They need restoration, they need a breakthrough. You weren’t caught off guard by anything that’s happened, and NOTHING IS TO BIG FOR YOU! Lord we ask that You move in a mighty mighty way, show yourself strong in my life and those around me. Show your glory Lord, let us walk in Your favor, healing, and blessings. We ask, we seek, we knock and we will keep on praying until our answers come and we will NEVER GIVE UP LORD! Our hope and trust is in You, the Way Maker, the Miracle Worker, and the Promise Keeper! In Jesus name, Amen🙏🏻
Victory belongs to Jesus. Victory belongs to Him. So we put our trust in You. Yes, we put our hope in You. You will deliver (You’re a provider) You’re a provider (I find my victory) I find my victory in You (forever victorious) Forever victorious (forever we win Jesus) Forever we win (the victory is in You Jesus) I find my victory in You. You’re a provider (I find safety) I find my victory in You (forever victorious) Forever victorious (forever we win Jesus) Forever we win (yeah) I find my victory in You💗🙌🏻🙏🏻🔥🗡
Sweet friend, I just want to remind you that YOU are chosen and loved by God. Let that truth sink deep into your heart.
Jesus is your strength In time of need. His word says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
No matter what you do, where you go, His love for you does not change.
“For I am the Lord and I do not change.” That means my love doesn’t change, My love for you is everlasting. I am love, it’s who I am. I chose YOU on purpose, for apurpose. I wantto love you.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 says you are not only loved but chosen by God. He chose to to be with you and love you.The Word says, He is your strength in your weakness. You can always count on Me. No matter what you do….I love YOU beautiful one.
Don’t worry if you have doubts, I deal in the impossible things. Nothing is to big for Me. I will help your unbelief. Lord I believe. Help my unbelief! So do not despair precious one. I am here for you always, I will never leave you. Cling to HOPE in Me.
HOPE believes God isn’t done yet!
HOPE believes God can do anything!
HOPE is the anchor for your soul!
HOPE and FAITH as small as a mustard seed….NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD.
YOU are chosen and loved for a purpose. Before the foundations of the earth were put in place, sweet friend God knew you, loved you and chose you.
God chose you for such a time as this.
God chose you for the battles you are in.
God chose you to be the answer to someone’s problem.
So stand firm on My word and promises, you were no accident. You are my beautiful masterpiece.
Let go of the things of the world.
Let go of the negative words spoken over you.
Let go of the past.
Let go of the heartache and suffering.
Grab hold of the truth that I love you and chose you, for this difficult season you are in…to show others that this mountain can be moved. That this situation can be overcome. I chose you for such a time as this! You are My Trophy Of Grace!