Tuesday, February 13, 2018

You Are Enough

Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness,"
Genesis 1:26

I have struggled with low self-esteem a majority of my life.  I never felt good enough or smart enough; pretty enough or skinny enough.  I always felt like I should be more than I already was.

The world we live in doesn't make it any easier for us, does it?  We are told we have to look a certain way, drive a certain car, live in a certain house, and make a certain amount of money to be successful.

Oh, the lies we believe...  

And that's exactly what they are.  We have an enemy chasing after us.  He wants us to feel small and weak.  He wants us to feel defeated and powerless.  He wants us to believe that we can't do all the things God has called us to do (John 10:10).

But he's a liar...

John 8:44 tells us that when Satan lies, he is speaking his native language.  So that means we have to decide what we are going to believe. 
We can believe what Satan says about us or we can believe what the Lord says.

Psalm 139:13-15 says: we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Colossians 3:12 says: we are God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved.

Isaiah 43:1-4 says:  we are redeemed, summoned by name, HIS, precious and honored in his sight, and loved.

1 Peter 2:9 says:  we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's SPECIAL posession.


John 3:16 says:  for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God thinks we are worth it.  He thinks we are special and important.  He allowed His Son to die so that we could spend eternity with Him.  That's how much He loves us!

When you are feeling worthless, remember that you are a child of God (Galatians 3:26).  There is NOTHING more important to you in God's eyes.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Face To Face With Evil

Today my ex-husband, biological father of my children, was sentenced to prison for the abuse they had to suffer.  I can honestly say that I was face to face with evil today.

When my oldest daughter and I gave our statements, we made him look us in the eyes. He smirked and glared, showing no remorse. I was not surprised.  My daughter, on the other hand, desperately wanted him to be sorry for what he had done to her and her two sisters.

Sometimes we'll never know the reasons why we have to go through certain things; things so painful that it feels like we will never survive.  Things I know I would have never survived without the love of Jesus.  But I DO know why we had to go through what we went through. We have to show the hurting and broken people of this world that they can overcome. There is victory beyond the battle.  Nothing that has happened is too big or too painful to rise above.

God knows your pain and he is ready and waiting to give you beauty for the ashes.

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.  In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
Isaiah 61:3

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pain in the Promise

The Lord spoke to me a little while ago after a small heartbreak.  With tears streaming down my face, I heard Him say:

"There is pain in the promise."

Then I started to realize just how true that is.  With every promise the Lord has given me, there has been some pain involved.  The same goes with the people in the Bible.  They experienced pain while waiting on their promises.

Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 15).  They were in their nineties when God promised them a son. How hard must it have been for Sarah to watch Hagar give birth to Ishmael, the first born son of Abraham. Her heart was probably broken every time she saw them together.  How hard must it have been to hold on to that promise.  But, God did exactly what He said He would do. He gave them Isaac (Genesis 21).

"Look up at the sky and count the stars-if indeed you can count them."
Then he said to him,"So shall your offspring be."
Genesis 15:5

The crucifixion of Jesus.  The beating. The torture. His innocence.  All for the promise of eternal life.  

And when Jesus cried out again in a loud
 voice, he gave up his spirit.
Matthew 27:50

Jesus was perfect and He suffered.  He suffered for us.  He suffered for love (1 John 4:10).  If Jesus had to go through extremely difficult, heartbreaking, painful times, then so will we.  This doesn't mean His promises aren't true.  This doesn't mean we give up on the things He has told us to do or the things He has promised us would come to pass.  This just means that we have a Savior who knows what we are going through.  We have a Savior who can relate to our pain and our struggles.  We can take comfort knowing that HE KNOWS!

My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
Psalm 119:50

So if your are reading this and you are hurting, remember Jesus hurt too.  You aren't alone in your pain and your suffering.  Turn to Jesus, the Comforter.  Hold onto your promise.  There is victory.

For no matter how many promises God has made, 
they are "Yes" in Christ.  And so through Him the "Amen"
is spoken by us to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 1:20

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Don't Forget His Promises

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ.
And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the
glory of God.  2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

I have been going through life full of stress and anxiety lately.  I have been worrying about things that are completely out of my hands and fully in God's. I walk around like a zombie and have withdrawn from so many people who love me.  I have forgotten about God's promises to me.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 
1 Peter 5:7 NIV

I have been doing the exact opposite of what this verse is telling me to do. I have been hoarding my cares like they are some treasure meant to be kept and valued.  I read his Word, but don't accept it as truth  and life.  I have bought into the lie that God's promises are meant for everyone but me.  
As a Christian, my life should reflect the hope and trust and joy I have in Christ, but it's been far from that.
But today, that changes. I will choose whom I will serve.  I won't choose anxiety and fear anymore.  I won't choose bitterness and hate.  I will choose to serve the One who forgives and the One who loves me unconditionally.  He's the One who chose to die for me even though He knew how many times I would go my own way.

I will choose to remember the countless promises my God made to me.  They are far greater than any fear I face today.  

He has promised that I'm a new creation.  2 Corinthians 5:17
He has promised to give me strength and power.  Isaiah 40:29
He promised forgiveness.  1 John 1:9
He promised to never leave me or forsake me.  Deuteronomy 31:8
He promised he would give me a future.  Jeremiah 29:11
He promised to fight my battles.  Exodus 14:14

These are just a few of the many promises the Lord has for ALL of us.  I know I'm not the only one needing this reminder today.  If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?   Satan may try, but he won't succeed (Isaiah 54:17) unless we let him!  

I pray we all remember this today.  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

God Works When We Let Go

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Psalm 51:17

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who is completely broken before the Lord.  He takes that vulnerability and does amazing things with it.  When we let go, He takes over. When we empty ourselves, He fills us.

This is where I have been the last few months. Completely broken.

I will tell you that my season of brokenness was painful and hard.  I spent night after night wrestling with the Lord and crying myself to sleep before I finally gave up and humbled myself before Him. He was true to His word and He lifted me up (James 4:10).

Being humble and broken and open to the work the Lord wanted to do in me has been one of the greatest blessings of my life.  I have learned to trust Him completely with my life and my future and the life and future of the ones I love most.  He has transformed me and continues to transform me into the person He created me to be.

It took me a while to get to this point.  Sometimes it's really hard to trust and believe, especially when you have spent a lot of your life being hurt.  Sometimes it's not so easy to let down the walls that guard your heart, because you have put them up for a reason.  Sometimes, we feel like God is the one who let us down because things didn't happen the way we thought they would.

I understand all of those things, because I felt that way too.  But then the Lord spoke to me and said to "let go" and "trust".

I just didn't see how I could do that.  I was supposed to "let go" and "trust" when it came to something very important to me...my child.  I am her mother.  I am the one who is supposed to know what's best for her.  I am the one who is supposed to take care of her.  I couldn't protect her during a time she really needed me, so you better believe I was going to protect her now.  But God is telling me to let go???  How could I do that?

Proverbs 3:5-6 says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight.  I sure didn't understand why certain things were happening, but I chose to believe what God said.  I was broken and vulnerable before the Lord and I had to trust that He would do what He said he would do. I had no other choice.

It was not easy. I had to trust in what God was doing when everything seemed to be going in the opposite direction.  I had to find joy in the middle of chaos. I had to fight the enemy's lies with everything I had.  It seemed like everything was getting worse.

But then Genesis 50:20 happened. God turned what Satan meant for evil into something good.  It was far more than I could have ever imagined.  But that's what God does.  When we let go and humble ourselves, God will work!

The rest of the story will be hers to share and it will be amazing.

I obeyed God. I let go and I trusted Him to do what He needed to do.  He loves my daughter more than I ever could.  He knew exactly what she needed and exactly when she needed it.  He did exactly what He said He would do.

Let go and let God do the work He needs to do.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Indeed, This Will Turn Out For My Deliverance

Distress and anguish fill him with terror; troubles overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack,
Job 15:24

For the past 20 plus years, my life has been filled with trial after trial. There were many years of pain with no end in sight and I'm still going through trials that seem to rip my heart right out of my chest.

Going through these things, I'm reminded of Job.  Job was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:1). He was a much better person that I am!

Some days, I am more like Job's wife. Some days I want to curse God and die (Job 2:9).  But Job trusted God. He was in anguish, but He knew God was faithful. After Job lost everything, He still had faith that God's ways were the best:

"Naked I came from my mother's womb, 
and naked I will depart.
the Lord gave and the Lord has taken
away; may the name of the Lord
be praise."  Job 1:21

How many of us would have this same response if we had just lost everything?  I doubt I would.

We have to decide whether we are going to live our life fearing what might come or we stand firm and trust that God is with us even in the worst of times (Psalm 112:7).   God NEVER fails. It's impossible for Him to fail.

The anguish that you and I might be going through right now is nothing compared to what awaits us (Romans 8:18). We can be sure of that.

Job knew that everything he was going through was going was going to turn out for his deliverance (Job 13:16). In fact, things turned out much better than they were before:

the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him
twice as much as he had before.  Job 42:10


The Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life
more than the former part.  Job 42:12

Job trusted and believe that God knew what He was doing. He didn't fear for his future because he knew his future was secure.  Choose to let go of fear and trust the Lord with your future.  He has a plan that is far better than you can ever imagine (Jeremiah 29:11)!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Totally Surrendered-Letter to Jesus


I'm all out of ideas. I have no more ways to tell You how You can make it better.  I'm at the end of my rope. I have been trying to figure things out on my own for too long.

It's not working. Jesus, my ways are not working.

Sometimes it's like my head is in such chaos. I hear You. I hear myself. Satan is always making sure his voice is the loudest. Sometimes it's almost like a tug of war with my thoughts. It's not always easy to hear You through all of the noise. Your still, small voice barely audible at times (1 Kings 19:12).

But I know You're listening.

I know that the tears I have shed, You have collected and You have recorded my misery (Psalm 56:8).  I have finally started to really understand that this is all bigger than just me.

Even through all my failure and doubt, You remain the same (Hebrews 13:8). I falter under the weight of my worry and my fear, but You carry me (Psalm 28:9).

There are days when I am so angry with You. I get confused and I don't understand why. Why all the hurt? Why all the pain? Why all the injustice?

I know that I lose focus of the things that matter. I know that a lot of the time, I don't look beyond what I'm going through to see what You're really doing.  I forget everything You have brought me out of and forget all the promises You have made.

I need You, Jesus.  I need You more than I ever have before.  I want to scream at you to fix it, but I know You already have.  I know You are waiting for me to trust You and to trust that You know what to do.  I know You are waiting on me to totally surrender it all to You and Your will.

That's hard, Jesus.

It's not easy to trust when the people who were supposed to love me, hurt me.  It's not easy when I've been let down time after time after time.  It's not easy when so many have taken from me, but have never given me anything in return.

But, I'm willing to try. I'm willing to give up everything I want for You and Your will for my life. I want You more than I want to hold onto my anxiety and stress. I want my life to be a reflection of You, not my selfish desires.

I want all of You, Jesus....and I want You to have all of me.