God’s Word

I was reading my Bible tonight. When I got done, I looked at it. I thought about how amazing it is that I have God’s Word in my hands. I get to read it every day. I am so grateful for that.
There are places in this world where it is illegal to own a Bible. About 52 countries. People are in prison around this world that are there because they own a Bible or have spoken about Jesus. People have even been killed for this reason.
The Bible is amazing. It is God’s Word in print. His love letter to us. I love to read it. It’s like a treasure hunt every time I open it. There is so much wisdom there. Life-giving wisdom. Yes, sometimes it is convicting. But God is trying to help me grown & become better every day.
I can’t imagine my life without the Bible. Many things come and go in my life. But I need God’s Word every day & many times a day at that. I need His guidance, love, reassurance, etc. in my life.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. -Psalm 119:105

Hard Love

This is one of my latest favorite songs. It talks about taking off the old self and putting on the new self and fighting the good fight of faith every day. We have to die to self every day. It won’t be easy, but we have to keep going. We have to stand our ground and keep up the fight. I will leave the lyrics, a couple of verses, & the music video, and let them speak to you.  Blessings!

 

Hard Love
NEEDTOBREATHE
Trading punches with the heart of darkness
Going to blows with your fear incarnate
Never gone until it’s stripped away
A part of you has gotta die today

In the morning you gon’ need an answer
Ain’t nobody gonna change the standard
It’s not enough to just feel the flame
You’ve gotta burn your old self away

Hold on tight a little longer
What don’t kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love
You can’t change without a fallout
It’s gon’ hurt, but don’t you slow down
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love

You know the situation can’t be right
And all you ever do is fight
But there’s a reason that the road is long
It takes some time to make your courage strong

Hold on tight a little longer
What don’t kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love
You can’t change without a fallout
It’s gon’ hurt, but don’t you slow down
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love

When the wolves come and hunt me down
I will face them all and stand my ground
‘Cause there’s a fire burnin’ in me
They will see my strength in this love I found
Oh

Hold on tight a little longer
What don’t kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love
You can’t change without a fallout
It’s gon’ hurt, but don’t you slow down
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love

It’s a hard love, it’s a hard love, it’s a hard love, it’s a hard love
Oh, it’s a hard love, it’s a hard love, it’s a hard love, it’s a hard love
Oh, it’s a hard love, it’s a hard love, it’s a hard love, it’s a hard love

Hold on tight a little longer
What don’t kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love
You can’t change without a fallout
It’s gon’ hurt, but don’t you slow down
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love
‘Cause it’s a hard love

Songwriters: Nathaniel Rinehart / William Rinehart
Hard Love lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

 
1 Timothy 6:12 – “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Ephesians 4:22 – “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 6:13 – “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.”

An Amazing Start

I’m not really sure what to write today. So much has been going on. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 3 1/2 months since we moved here.
We are starting to feel like we’re settled into our new place. There are still some things in boxes, but things are coming along.
My job is going great. I started a new training class to learn something new this last Thursday. I feel like it is helping me understand things better. I also like what I’m learning.
I’m enjoying the church we’re going to. Everyone is so amazing there. I can’t say enough about it.
We have felt so welcomed by our new city, new work environments, the family we have out here & our new church home. God is so good. He provided us with the surroundings that we are in need of. I’m so grateful that He always provides what we need.
Yes, there are people that I miss back home & there have been stressful days. However, I am so glad that God has surrounded us with a support system out here to deal with those times.
I love watching God’s plans come to fruition. I know it is only the beginning of this journey, but God is showing us so much already
May God bless you today! And may His plans be evident in your life!

Purpose

It was asked of me a few days ago if I knew what the purpose of God bringing me to Arizona was yet.  At the time, I didn’t totally know yet.  But as I came home that evening and read my devotion, the verse that was referenced was Matthew 4:19:  “Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” The devotion talked about being missionaries wherever we go.  Being an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).

God loves everyone so much He sent His Son to die for them.  If I’m trying to be more like Jesus every day, then loving people for Him is the goal.  I haven’t always been the best at it, but I’m still trying and God’s still working on me.

So the take away is that my purpose is to be God’s missionary wherever I go.  Whether I write a book or not.  Whether or not some big career gets realized.  My purpose is and always will be to be God’s missionary/ambassador.

Working for God is the best thing that could ever happen to me.  I couldn’t ask for a better boss.  He is better than any earthly boss.  He understands me and cares for me more than anyone on this earth ever could.  He has promised to take care of me (Philippians 4:19).  He will never leave me (Deuteronomy 31:8).  I have security in Him (Psalm 16:5/Proverbs 14:26).  I never have to worry.  That’s my dream job.

Today Was Different

The past two days I have felt kinda blah. Not necessarily sad, anxious, mad, etc. Just blah. There could be several reasons for that I suppose. We haven’t had a lot to do at work, so it was boring. I really didn’t want to make the long drive to and from work.
But today was different. It was an amazing day. And here’s why. I changed my focus. I had been focusing too much on the negative. Well, today I changed what I did.
I woke up and did my normal routine in the house. Read God’s Word. When I got in my car and started driving I turned up KLOVE and sang praises to my God. By the time I made it to work, it was like I had been to church and by that I mean an amazing church service. My attitude and thoughts were much brighter throughout the day. God blessed us with work today and the company provided lunch for us today. On breaks, I would read a blog that was uplifting. Then on the drive home I once again turned up KLOVE and sang all the way home. So great. Now I always listen to this station to and from work, but today I put my heart in it and it changed the atmosphere in my car. I was enjoying the drive. Then when I got home I turned on the Hour of Power and listened to Dwight Shephard, one of my favorite pastors, while I did chores. Then I was blessed to relax with my husband for a couple of hours before it was time to come write. It was like my whole day was a church service.
I encourage you to do what it takes to change the atmosphere in your home, car, work, etc. Surround yourselves with music that uplifts and gives praise to God. Listen to messages from pastors. Read God’s Word. Do what it takes to get more of God.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5
I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

Alliance

My husband and I have been watching the show Survivor from the beginning.  We’re up to season 8 right now.

In the show, people are making and breaking alliances with each other.  Some alliances are smart ones in the context of the game.  Others are ill-advised.  Trust is hard to come by in the game.

How does that translate to life, you may ask.  Well, in life who should we be aligned with?

God is our top priority and the best alliance we could ever have.  We can rely on Him no matter what.  He is for us, therefore no one can be against us.  We can trust Him with everything.  He will never lead us astray or blindside us.  He never lies.  He always protects and fights for us.  He works everything together for our good.

One other aspect is that we must pick our spouse and friends well.  Aligning ourselves with just anyone is not a good idea.  If we pray about it and trust God, He will bring us a good spouse and good friends to come alongside us. When we don’t choose our spouse/friends wisely, then we can end up where we do not want to be.  But a good spouse or friend you can go far with.  They are with you through good and bad.  They don’t leave just because things don’t seem to be going well.  They stick it out and work on the relationship.

Who or what are you aligned with today?  Is there a relationship that you need to strengthen or let go of?

 

 

 

Mixed Emotions

Tomorrow starts a new phase of my job.  I started on August 28, 2017.  Went through 8 days of computer-based learning, where I worked through computer modules.  Then I worked through technical training, where I learned 4 specific tasks that I would be doing.

I don’t want to leave out the group that I went through training with.  They have all done an amazing job.  We also had amazing trainers who have prepared us for the job at hand.

Tomorrow we start PTV or Post Training Validation.  We will begin on the job testing of what we have learned.  This will last for the next 8 workdays.

I have a lot of mixed emotions about this.  I am nervous about doing well.  We have made it through so much training and now we will be doing it for real.  It feels like tomorrow is a graduation of sorts.

I’m excited that we have finally gotten our own cubicles and get to set up our own space.

Another feeling I have is the peace that God has given me about this job.  I believe that He has led me to the door and opened it.  He has helped me to get through all of the training.  This peace brings a level of confidence that things will go well.  I know God has great plans.  I believe that this is part of His plan.  I feel like it is a place that I can make a home at for as long as God allows it.

It’s been an incredible month.  I’m ready to see what the next month holds.  So at this point, all that is left to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep trying.

God Is My Source

As I sit here in our new apartment, which we moved into a couple of days ago, I’ve been thinking about how far God has brought me in life, as well as how far He has brought my husband and I as a couple.   

For myself individually, I know God has brought me a long ways in my trust in Him.  I grew up not being able to trust my earthly father.  Though I trust Him now, it has not always been the case. As a result,  it has caused some issues with me being able to trust my heavenly father.  So, God has taught me to trust Him to take care of me and not make any one person my source.  Only God can be my source.  

God has my back.  I don’t need to worry about anything.  His word says that he will never leave me not forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6).  It also says: 

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.    Psalm 27:10 NIV

Those are comforting verses to me.  They remind me that God is always with me and I can always go to Him.  He will guide and protect me.  

As I have gone through this move, I have had to learn another level of trust.  We came out here without jobs with only God directing us to come. God told me to follow my husband.  This meant I had to give up control of a lot of things.  

We got here.  God provided jobs for both of us. He provided us with our own place to stay.  He has made sure we didn’t go hungry or lack anything. I know that He will continue to provide.  Thank you, Lord.

As a couple, we have learned more about working together.  We have talked and, most importantly, prayed about our decisions.  God has led us to be where He wants us, which makes me happy. 

I feel like my husband and I are closer than we used to be and that we are both closer to God.  

Strength 

My first week on the job is almost over. Tomorrow is Friday.  I have learned a lot in training this week.  I have even gotten to shadow a couple of people to see what I will be doing.  It’s a little overwhelming.  But as I was going through my day, I could hear God telling me to push through the training, it will get better.  

As I was headed home, there was talk on the radio about worry.  Reminding me that the Bible tells us not to worry 366 times. Which is 1 reminder for every day of the year, including leap year.

Once I got home, I sat in my quiet time for a few minutes & my devo was about not worrying.

Even now I’m reminded of a verse.  

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13 NIV http://bible.com/111/php.4.13.NIV

I didn’t even realize that I was worrying until today.  I know that God is with me & gives me strength. I guess I just started wandering if I could learn/do everything they were asking of me.  

There are a lot of great people at this job. Everyone has been supportive & helpful.  It is a great environment to work in.  God knew the environment i would need to succeed. He knew everything I would need to succeed. He put strength, the ability to learn, intelligence, etc in me.  So I may have been overwhelmed, but am now encouraged. 

Thank you, Lord, for the reminder. Thank you for giving me strength, courage, peace, & much more.  

No One Is Missing

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:26 NIV

http://bible.com/111/isa.40.26.NIV
I read this verse this morning & it was really comforting.  Being reminded that He brings out the stars one at a time & knows them by name.  So He surely knows me by name.  

The thing that really stuck with me, though, is that none of them are missing.  He knows where all of them are.  They are right where they are supposed to be.  

It stuck with me, because right now I feel a little displaced, since 98% of what we own is in storage. We don’t have a place to call our own right now. That womanly instinct of wanting to nest & get things in order is kicking in, but I can’t do that in someone else’s house. 

Don’t get me wrong. I’m completely grateful to have a roof over my head & that we get along with the people we live with.  I’m blessed beyond measure, because God is taking care of me.  

In this verse, He is telling me, regardless of how I feel, I’m not lost/missing.  He sees me right where I am & I’m right where I’m supposed to be.  

Some versions even say that not one is lacking. So I know that I’m where I’m supposed to be AND I have everything I need.  

Have you been feeling lost/displaced?  I want you to know that God knows right where you are. You’re not missing.  You are where you’re supposed to be.  God is taking care of you.  Turn to Him & talk to Him today.  He loves you!