God will walk with you through ALL trials.

God is the answer. But we must believe it to see it. 

I don’t know about you, but for me, I sometimes forget that God is in control.

I find myself asking questions when I should probably be listening to Him for answers.

No matter how you look at them, hard times are hard times… that’s why we don’t call them “easy times.” But it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, like you are drowning, surrounded by a sea of negativity and downfalls. This is when we should look to God.

And I don’t mean look to God like glance up and say “hello.” But look to him in awe, cling to, drape ourselves over, hold tight to, because his hand is already reaching for us, we’re the ones who have to raise our own hand and hold him tight. He is always there. Always, always, always. His arms are already (always) around us, embracing us in complete love. 

There’s a song by Jars of Clay, “two hands” that pertains to this needing to reach for him.

Lyrics:

“I am a house that is divided

in my heart and in my mind

I use one hand to pull you closer

The other to push you away

If I had two hands doing the same thing

Lifted high, lifted high.”

The song reminds me that half the battle we find ourselves facing during hard times is within ourselves. Looking for answers that we may never receive instead of keeping our hearts and minds on God and remember that he has a plan for all things. Even the things that are terrible and hard to face.

And in those times of hardships, grief, despair, etc., we should look for and find the comfort & love that surrounds us here. Know that whatever we may be facing doesn’t have to be faced alone. That there are others around willing to comfort, care, listen, guide, etc. We are each others hope. 

We’ve all faced hard times. We’ve found ourselves on the floor asking “why?” Angry at the world. Annoyed with ourselves. Brokenhearted. Frustrated. Overcome with emotions. But we’re still here for a reason. We’re here to help one another, to love one another, to be there for each other through whatever we may face.

Hope exists and it exists in God, his love for us, and it exists within us. Don’t let the darkness overpower the light we all have within.

We must keep our hearts and minds open so we may hear what God is saying, whispering, and showing us. We must pray, always, no matter what we’re feeling. Be open to whatever his response may be.

Remember, he loves us more than we will ever know. 

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our earth is beautiful, don’t be colorblind.

Today is Earth Day.

Take a moment.

Take a deep breath.

Enjoy the beautiful things around you.

Paint this world with your love, your grace, your own beautiful presence. We matter. Earth matters. We must live together.

We live here. It’s up to us to take care of this world for ourselves and for the future.

Check out these beautiful pictures of flowers from another blog! AMAZING, and is an “instant happy!” 🙂

http://greatgreths.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/of-petals-and-pollens/

Love today! God created this place for us!

 

You’ve only got three choices in life…

“You’ve only got three choices in life…  Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.

Did you know that in one day we will probably make over 100 choices? Really. We choose to breathe, open our eyes, to get up… brush your teeth (please do lol), eat breakfast, go to work, smile. We may decide to turn left while driving, or look at the sky to see the weather. We may choose to work out, call a friend, listen to music (choosing a song is another choice), and the list could go on and on and on…

Our life is in our own hands.

So, why do we so often make up excuses for not following through on our goals? It’s just another choice. Sure, it may alter our future, but so do many of the other choices we may daily. We just don’t think of them as being big decisions, I mean, come on now… things like brushing your teeth or your hair can greatly affect the rest of your day 😉

And you know what, it’s okay if chasing after your goals doesn’t have the great turnout you expected.

this defines "success" perfectly!

It’s okay if your story includes some, “I tried, but it didn’t work out”‘s or, “I did all I could”‘s. And other similar messages because, the underlying message is I DID IT, I TRIED! So it didn’t have your exact outcome. What matters is that you didn’t ignore it or give up, you went for it despite all the potential outcomes!

Your initial decision is what matters. Your choice to “do it” screams messages of hope and belief in yourself. Don’t get me wrong, not having things turn out the way you hoped totally stinks! But don’t let that beat you down and keep you there. Remember that your effort to make it happen is the most important part.

Having a goal and trying to reach it will probably bring more happiness (even if in the long run) than having a goal, putting it on the back-burner, and later wondering “what if…?”

your goals & dreams are important!

Daily choices are important. You are important. Your choices are important because they are YOURS, no one else’s. So set a goal and choose to reach it! Don’t let the negativity and reasons “why not” deter you from that goal. Reach, reach, REACH for it anyway! Believe you can do it!

Remember, it’s your initial choice that matters. And that choice will make your story worth telling!

pictures from weheartit.com

He has given us life. He has given us hope!

Easter = hope, life, transformation, change and victory!

1 Peter 1:3  “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”

my "hope" ring 🙂

My mom used old silk ties to dye these Easter eggs, so fun!

He Is Risen!

Happy Easter Everyone!

 

Romans 6:8-11

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Listen to this amazing cover of “In Christ Alone” sung by Christina Grimmie. Her voice powerfully reflects the beautiful message the song carries. Listen to it, reflect upon it, and thank the Lord for all he has done!

Suffering for Doing Good, 1 Peter 3:8-17

1 Peter 3:8-17

Suffering for Doing Good

8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.