I created this blog during a season of great pain. One day, I wrote down all the things I was thankful for. I wanted to celebrate the small and hidden things that we sometimes take for granted. I wanted to slow down and listen for God’s still, small voice in His Word and in my life. Over time, it went from a simple list of gratitude called Joy Posts, to writing down experiences and lessons learned along the way. It was a journey from mourning to joy and I want to share my story with you. My prayer is that you are comforted and encouraged to seek the Lord for yourself. He is the reason I am alive and well today! I learned how to trust God in every situation and circumstance.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. (1 kings 19: 11-13).
The purpose of this blog is to encourage and cheer you on! I want to point you to Jesus Christ and encourage you to continue walking towards him and with him. I want to encourage you to NEVER GIVE UP! I have a simple relationship with God. I am not a theologian or seminary learned woman. I am simply a woman that knows her need for God. I experience the highs and lows in my relationship with Christ. I am ever growing and learning about him. In my weakness, he is strong. In my sin, his mercy and grace is brought to light. In my righteousness, he is honored.
I am not by any means conventional – I am simply me. I embrace who God made me to be and I believe we all have a purpose – to use our skills, talents, etc. to help each other. Ministry, to me is not a title, but service to others with whatever we choose to do, or God tells us to do – with love.
Everyday, I am required to depend on God. Everyday, I am tested. Everyday, I have to call on God. In my heart, He hears my prayers. In my soul, he knows my name. He knows me better than anyone else. In my humanity, I meet Him with my Spirit and it is there I am home.
In my past, I would give up. I would run away from God when I fell short. I allowed guilt to rob me of my joy and peace in Christ. I would become overwhelmed with the issues of life – not trusting that God will strengthen and carry me along the way. I would live in a world of guilt, pain and shame.
Today, and for the rest of my life, I want to share with you the source of joy – Christ. One of the fruit of the spirit is joy. If we stay connected to God, he will be the source of fruit in our lives: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
We are not striving for perfection. We are not striving to be untouchable, but for a soft heart. A heart that has good soil. An open heart towards God. A sensitive heart for people, to love and forgive each other. To be the salt of the earth means to be a peace maker. We are set apart in these things. A people that run to God – contrary to a world that depend their own logic and capabilities.
Approach God like a helpless child. A child that needs a strong, loving, protective, wise father to care for him/her. Strip yourself of pride, your titles, age, etc and face God bare, broken and empty.
With much Love,