Glorious Hope

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future (Ephesians 4:3‭-‬4 NLT).”

Like many of you, I am finding it difficult to stay engaged on social media due to the lack of peace and unity. When I step away from social media and find myself celebrating God’s biblical truth, I am in a far better place.

This week, I have been basking in the glorious hope of our Risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and Colossians 3! Even though our world is spiraling out of control, it does not change who God is or His ability to save us (you and me)! Because of Christ Jesus as our Savior, we have a steady hope that can never be taken from us.

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 

John 10:28-29

How are you being reminded of His glorious hope? And, how are you staying united in Christ?

Spend extra time with the Lord this weekend, my friends. Our souls need Him so much more than we realize. Right now, everything feels as though it is flared up. We need to spend time with our Lord Jesus, so we can keep the mind of Christ and remember to be taught by Him (instead of allowing ourselves to be taught by the world).

We get the opportunity to be Disciples of Jesus, to be intimately taught and guided by our Mighty God. What a privilege to love God and others in our daily lives!

The hope found in Christ is nothing like, “I hope we can eat out for dinner.” The kind of hope we have through Jesus Christ is so much greater than anything this world can give us!

Hang in there, and keep seeking Christ!

Stace

P.S. . . Please keep me in your prayers. My mental health is experiencing its own flare up these past several weeks. Here is a little “pick me up”, if you find yourself in a rough place also.

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Soul Filled Rest

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me [Jesus] all you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”

I need His rest, and I imagine so do you!

The world we live in – is so fast paced. Even for those who have another trial, outside of chronic illness, we can struggle to cope with this fast paced life. It’s easy to feel pressured to immediately reply to that email or text. Or to do that for so-and-so right at this very second. We forget that, we too, we need rest.

The other day, I just sat at the word “come”. As I come and surrender everything, I need to lay at His feet and rest. What does such rest look like? I grapple with this a lot. Does it mean no TV while resting? Absolutely not (and I have to remind myself that it’s okay to watch TV).

It’s about making Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Giving Him access to the parts of me, that I might not share as well as other parts of me.

I am trying to learn what exactly “come to Me [Jesus]”, looks like for me. On a daily basis. When maybe it’s more than a little bit hard to sit with my Bible and my laptop is being used by someone else. I am just trying to learn how to come. I know I make big mistakes, but it is about continually making an effort to come and sit at His feet.

I hope this may encourage you, especially if you are struggling. And remember I am only a comment away, so if you guys need support… reach out whether its for prayer or to have a like-minded believer to talk with… I am here for you all.

#1 (2019 Series)

Read Luke 1, Psalm 20

Have you ever had a topic hot on your heart, but you just aren’t prepared to “deal with it”? That is, how I feel today. Then, I am met with today’s reading which guides my heart directly where it needs to be. You can grab our Summer Reading Schedule and join us, if you would like! You can find us on social media also. Just type in “Gracefully Overcoming” to the search bar.

We actually have a Facebook group, specifically for our Summer Bible Reading Plan – Challenge. Grab your reading plan, and hop over to the group – and join us. This reading plan is designed to help you draw nearer to our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s okay if your speed isn’t everyone else’s – mine isn’t either. I am sure I will post out of order, and miss days.. It will be a messy journey but one that will take me farther than I could imagine!!

In Luke 1, we are met with two women. Both women, by all natural circumstances, were unable to have children. While Elizabeth was older, Mary was a virgin. Both are pretty near “impossible” circumstances to ever birth sons. Yet in those very circumstances, our God shows His sovereignty.

But these were women who had to trust the One True God no matter how different His Words to them sounded. They had to choose Him, over their fears and doubts and the chatter of those within their community.

Anything is possible with God (Luke 1:37).

Will we, as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, choose to believe this biblical statement? This is the statement we are met with. Even when God’s promises don’t match up to our circumstances, we need to choose to trust Him anyway. We need to choose to trust Him, even when life doesn’t measure up to the vision we had for ourselves. We need to choose to “talk to Him as we would a friend” and pray about the things heavy on our hearts.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Instead of dancing around the thoughts or daydreams, bring it before God. Lay it down at His throne. This is the gift we are given as Daughters of the Most High God. We can come and lay it down at His feet, so our souls are not more burdened than necessary. Doesn’t that sound like a better way, than juggling fears // doubts versus God’s promises?

Trust Habits #5

A trust habit is anything that causes us to have greater intimacy and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Things have been challenging on my end. There has just been so much going on. Sometimes, we enter seasons of life that is like this. In this place, we learn how much we truly will trust in our Savior Jesus Christ.

There is plenty that I don’t know about life.
And, trials.

But, I think as I live in this new season of painfully experiencing life and relationship – being as close to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – is the most important thing I can do.

Only He can comfort my soul the way it needs.

Only He can give me a peace that surpasses understanding.

Only He can give me strength to keep going. Because let’s be real, some days – the whole “keep going” thing is hard.

Staying as close as I can to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is how I will get through this.

Running to Jesus Christ is the best of all trust habits. And it could mean many things to many people. Which is why this series is so fun. There is just sooo much we can sit and discuss over a cup of tea in the comment section.

So as we get back into our “Trust Habits,” what helps you trust the Lord more when you are in the thick of life?

Right now, here are my “go to” things:

  1. Allowing myself to seriously just cry and cry.
  2. Allow the Lord to enter those moments of hardcore grief.
  3. Praying. Today, my prayer is for Him to literally just carry me. Everything is just so hard right now.
  4. Allowing myself to rest, not do.
  5. And lastly, I try to put on worship music each day. Lately, I have been enjoying the Kari Jobe station through Amazon Prime.

This is just me, being real right now. I know today isn’t Tuesday. And I have no idea when I will post this.

And I know, my family isn’t the only ones going through the thick of life right now.

I just think, I need to discover what it means to really develop habits that help me trust our Mighty God soooo much more than I am.

On Christ, the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Hymn: My Hope is Built on Nothing Else

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Seeking Jesus,

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Fog of Depression

I have greatly struggled with depression this past month. I am not sure it could be narrowed down to any one specific factor. There are many things, which can cause one’s mental illness to “flare up”. When undergoing trials, the holidays can become a difficult season. The holidays can bring up many emotions, regardless of life circumstances.

Wherever you are, I see you. As I face my own struggles, I see you. I see you and I want to encourage each of you, so you don’t go through this time feeling isolated or alone.


Depression can become quite thick around this time of year. I don’t know where you are, but I want to encourage you to press on. All the while, I am trying to encourage my own self to press on.

How so? For myself, I just finished reading the book of Genesis. I seem to do well pressing on in my Bible reading right now. My prayer life is where I seriously need to see growth.

In Genesis 22, God instructed Abraham to give his son Isaac in sacrificial worship. His precious, long-awaited, son needed to be fully given to God. But, would Abraham trust God… love God, even here? Will you and I surrender?


‘Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.

. . . ”The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you . . . because you have obeyed me.”’

~ See Genesis 22


As I am reminded of Abraham’s great act of surrender, I know, there are many things I need to surrender to the Lord Jesus in my own life. When I willfully give my circumstances to our great God, He will take care of them. I need to give God each day and keep trying to dig into His Word – despite the trials I face. I have been talking a lot about that, in my daily Bible checkup time on Instagram | Facebook.

My goal behind the daily Bible checkup time is: to help each of us to fight back in our battles and read our Bible’s (and pray) – even when it is hard.

But they delight in the law of the Lord,
    meditating on it day and night.
3They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
    bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
    and they prosper in all they do.

Psalm 1:2-3, New Living Translation

How about you – dear friend? What do you need to surrender to the Lord Jesus today? How are you struggling and in need of prayer or encouragement?

Featured image: Markos Mant

Forever His,
Stace