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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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!

Proverbs 4: A letter from parent to child.

Proverbs Chapter 4: Get Wisdom at Any Cost

This chapter is important for many reasons. A letter from a parent to their child, it discusses the difference between good and evil, how to stand strong against evil, how to protect yourself, and how to pursue goodness in life. It’s a chapter many, (if not all) can relate to and learn from in some way.

Beautifully written and heartfelt it’s one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.

Proverbs Chapter 4: Get Wisdom at Any Cost

1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart; 
   keep my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”

10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; 
   guard it well, for it is your life. 
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, 
   shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, 
   for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet 
   and be steadfast in all your ways. 
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.

(copied from BibleGateway.com)

 

Let God be your strength!

Instead of writing about how awesome God’s love for us is and about how he is always there for us, I’ll let His word do the speaking.

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

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” – Psalm 59:16

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding on one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” – 1 Chronicles 16:11

truth!