I STILL Trust You, Jesus!

The world we live in – seems to be getting more uncertain with each passing day. These days, I feel as though I am standing in quick sand.. and just trying to find something (or Someone) to hold onto.

Even with this world as it is…
Even with my trials as they are…

I am choosing Jesus the Christ!

I have no idea what blogging in 2021 will look like.

I don’t feel as though I can truly commit to anything. Even to a single blog post.

But, I have to start somewhere.
I have to!

This year, I want to seek Jesus increasingly more. May the trials draw me to His side and will – all the more. May I celebrate the joy of suffering for… and with Jesus the Christ. And trust… truly trust that God has everything under control.

I don’t need to manipulate, micro-manage, and pretend like I know what my future should look like (because I haven’t got a clue!).

I want to restart messily blogging through a reading plan in a noncommital way. I could end up publishing this note, and never actually get to the actual “blog through the Bible” plan.

But, let’s send this out into cyber space. The world of running to Jesus and taking as many as I can – to join me. So hit that subscribe button, or follow my blog for more updates (especially with uncertainty of social media – given the times we are in).

And, we will just dive into Genesis. Seeking Jesus in 2021 and seeing myself as His daughter. I need some sense of normalcy, even if I am not scouring the Scriptures for all they are worth – due to energy, pain, or heart rate levels. I don’t feel well… and I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I just want to be able to read my Bible and worship our Savior.

Desperately, I need more of Him. My trials are engulfing my life. And, it is suffocating and messy and hard and something has to give… So, consider joining me (or seeing how far along I get with this “noncommittal blog as I read” thing goes).

Until next time…

~ Gracefully Overcoming

Eight Words

By God’s Grace, I Am Learning to Overcoming. We all are. It has been an adventure. Trials + 2020. W O W. Right?!

2020 was… not what I expected. Worldwide pandemic, anyone? We have entered the world of trendy face masks and the repractice of effective hand washing. And losing loved ones to the CoronaVirus.

It feel something like an outbreak movie, or an episode of NCIS or Hawaii Five 0… only, we didn’t get it stopped in time before others were infected.

Many more now facing job loss, dying alone (or knowing someone who will have to), extra stress, and higher levels of anxiety and depression to the point of exhaustion and affecting relationships.

Singles are incredibly lonely.
Families are needing some “others” time.
Introverts needing alone time.
And, extroverts needing much larger dose of friendships than alloted at the moment.

Then you have the body of Christ…

Many of us have greatly affected by missing out on all the face to face fellowship. I know, I have. And, it hurts us spiritually. So, what are we going to do in 2021 to help make the gap a little more narrow?

My 2021 goal is to seek Christ. Between everything I have going on, I don’t want to set a specific Bible Reading Plan type goal. Because I will fail. My goal is to open my Bible, mind, and heart… and seek my King! I am unsure what it will look like, but this is the beauty too. When I come up with a formatted plan, something happens that puts the brakes on this particular quiet time. So, my goal isn’t to blog everyday, or open my physical Bible.. it is to meet with my Heavenly Father and allow Him to speak to me.

It may mean:

  • Sitting and just being quiet.
  • Opening my physical Bible and scribing (writing out) a section of Scripture.
  • Blogging through my thoughts.
  • Listening to worship music for my exclusive quiet time.
  • Sleeping in, instead, if that’s what is needed.

2021 has 360 days remaining. Not only do I not know what the year will hold, my physical capabilities can vary greatly from day to day. So, my goal is to seek my God and King! I may not read the entire Bible. I may not read an entire book of the Bible. But, I will be seeking Him on a daily basis – even if it doesn’t look like it “measures up” to how others are seeking Him.

The only goal I have is to seek Him for myself with whatever I have to offer at the time. He knows my heart, mind, and body. He is the One enabling me to overcome everything – one thing at a time! He is so good! He is so faithful! So, I will hang onto these e-i-g-h-t words:

By God’s grace, I am learning to overcome!

Your turn! What are your goals for 2021? How did 2020 go for you?

P.S. I still don’t have an official word or verse for the year (nothing is sticking, for some reason. . . not really. . . Um, help!). Mind sharing yours with me, please?

My Hope and Strength

Mind spinning.
Emotions spilling.
Effects of all on my body.
YouTube playing the book of Jeremiah in the background.

The YouVersion VOTD (Verse of the Day) for Friday is one that stirred my soul. It reads, and this is in the Easy to Read Version, “God is the One who saves me. I trust Him, and I am not afraid. The Lord YAH (or Yahweh) is my strength. He saves me, and I sing songs of praise about Him [Isaiah 12:2].”

One of my favorite things about the YouVersion app (well, there are several…) is the ability to compare how differently (or different points) certain translations might pick up on.

For The Passion Translation, it adds to Psalm 23:1 by adding “my best friend” so that the text reads: “The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I have more than enough.”

Now that translation isn’t available for most of the Old Testament. But, we need Bible apps that help us fall in love with our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!
. . .
I need the reminder that we are not walking on this journey alone. Tonight, I have been thinking about my loneliness and mental health. I need to remember my Best Friend will SAVE me! My Lord will see me through this difficult night.

He is my salvation. With Him leading me and walking beside me, I can trust and not be afraid. I can take it one step at a time, and keep walking toward my King.. our King no matter what is going on in our lives.

We have this blessed hope, because the saving power we find through Jesus Christ and His painful sacrifice. He took on all our punishment for sin, so we can experience new life through His resurrection. This is not a fading hope.

It doesn’t matter how bad this world or pandemic becomes, because this is an eternal hope we hold in our hearts. What will we do with this hope?

May we be like these in the following quote taken from a commentary (The Bible Panorama) –

“When this happens, God’s anger will be turned away, and the nation of Israel, as one person, will praise Him for His salvation. Joyfully Israel will praise the God who has comforted and saved her.”


So may He be our strength regardless of the kind of day we may be having. May He forever be our source of comfort, hope, and salvation!

Even Now…

From my private quiet time, but opting to share it with you today. My hope is that it may encourage you in your own walk with Jesus.

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” ~ Joel 2:12, NIV

We can input any hard circumstance into the space of “even now”. Go ahead and give it a go!

“Even now as I face hard family things,” return to me with all your heart, with fasting, and weeping and mourning..

I am terrified of failing. It is far safer to not commit to anything, fasting, early quiet time [with my health] or other things, then it is to continue giving myself to the Lord and trusting He will have my back!

Oh girl (or guy reading this), our sweet Savior and Mighty God has your back!

I have been thinking about how torn my heart has become this year. But as I sit here this morning, I am reminded that the Lord must feel much more broken-hearted by my not giving Him much of my heart or time.

If this relationship is truly going to work and be fruitful (with my Savior), then I have to let go and really trust Him! So I am praying my same prayer for second day in a row for Him to give me His resources to help me today. And it is 5a, and it feels like it doesn’t even matter what I do anymore… my body is in such a mess. I am ready to let go and trust my Mighty God.

I know, this will means trials and testings today.
It will mean hard times of proving my faith in Jesus is real.
It will mean being pruned, so my faith in Him will grow.

What does it look like for me to honestly “Return to [my beautiful Savior and Mighty God] with all [my] heart”? I have to keep choosing Jesus, despite circumstances or even the physical results of spending time with Him.

So even when, I am in a physical health flare or have bad days filled with testing, I have to keep running to God by the way of His Son Jesus Christ, even with all my heart. In those hard moments, its so important to ‘find a way’ to meet with the Lord.

One things I have grown to dislike about chronic illness and faith coming together is – I typically get sicker when I try to spend time with the Lord. I don’t know if it’s my method, testing, or both, but I do. However, I still know this one truth:

Our God is faithful and will not leave me to fight this battle in my own strength. He will forever be my Source of strength and joy. The One helping me to make that next step, and the one after that.

So today, I run to Jesus with all my heart. I will try to hold off worrying about tomorrow or next week… and bring today to the forefront of my mind and spend time bringing today before my King!

Hard is Not the Same as Bad

I have been doing hard things for awhile now. I am reminded of what a fellow believer and blogger writes often: Hard is not the same as bad (Thanks Abbie!).

Like many of you, I am faced with handling grief during the holidays and say farewell to 2020 (and hopefully a much better time in 2021).

As I face my current circumstances of hard and holidays + grief, I am reminded of the men who cared enough to bring their friend to our Lord Jesus the Christ. In Mark 2, these men had to do hard things to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus.

While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.

. . . Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

Mark 2:2-4, 10-12; NLT

Who do we need to bring to our King?

This morning I was reminded of my own need. I need to bring myself to Jesus, before I can bring any other need. If I want, or expect, to be faithful in these “small” yet hard things… well then, I need to be bringing myself far more often to our King Jesus!

Our circumstances of hard might be different. Even so, our King is the One who we need to rely upon and He alone can be our strength. I know this process is worth it. To be faithful, to be present with my family and friends in these hard things – is a love offering to our Beautiful Savior. It is a testiment to our surrender of His Lordship over our lives. It is choosing Him over me… when I can. I am far from perfect. Well, we all are… aren’t we? Life gets messy, especially when it comes to either relationships and coming together as a community.

Even in the hard, something else sparks my attention: The pruning that our Gracious God is doing in me during 2020. I am not the same person I was, around this time last year. None of us are, thank the Lord. By His grace, we are not the same…. for we are continually being changed by our Mighty God.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

2 Cor. 3:18

I began to make a list of questions for the end of 2020… but I don’t know the answers yet. If you want to take a peek and pray over these questions for your own life, here you go:

  1. How have I loved others as Christ has loved me?
  2. How have I been faithful in the small things given to me by the Lord?
  3. How have I become more reliant on Christ?
  4. How have I become more interested in the things of the Lord?
  5. How have I become more intentional in what I pray, say, and do?