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Truth in Trials

Graze On His Truths

Today cannot begin to compare with tomorrow. In Scripture, we are reminded that our future is incomparable with anything we have ever experienced.

Often times it can feel as though, our pain or trial will never end. But one day, it will. It can be so easy to focus on today, rather than tomorrow. To focus on our temporary pain, rather than our eternal riches found only in Jesus Christ – our Deliverer.

In Romans 8:18, we are reminded of God’s truth –

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (NKJV).

Even though we are facing pain others don’t understand, our great God knows our exact pain. Our great God is present with us.

Friends, I don’t know what you are facing. . . but you are not alone. Our great God knows our deep pain and walks with us. He has chosen to take on all our sufferings and go through the unimaginable – because we have been chosen by God to be His very own. He wants to be with us and be our strength!

Even though, our pain is great today. Something else, is even greater. . . and I want to share this truth with you.

Regardless of how great our pain is today, we can choose to trust our heavenly Father. Trust Him and focus on His promises.

  • Trust He loves you abundantly more than you could imagine (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4-5).
  • Trust He is in control (Rom. 8:28; Isa. 41:10).
  • Trust He is fully God (Deut. 6:4-5, 10:17).
  • Trust He sees your pain and grieves with you (Ex. 3:7-8; Gen. 3:3; Judg. 10:13; Ps. 34:18).
  • Trust that He knows exactly what you are going through (Ex. 3:7-8; Isa. 43:2).

You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naïve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this (Lucado, “You’ll Get Through This”).

A few years ago, I read an inspiring Max Lucado book (“You’ll Get Through This”) – which is on this topic. Highly recommend it to you, my friends. This is a resource my heart needs tonight, and it’s one of those books I wish I had purchased. But, there are ways to get nuggets from this book without purchasing it. There are quotes. There is a sermon (you can probably find more, where he has guest preached on this message).

The Lord is with us here. What God has is of more depth than the pain this world is giving us. There may be a variety of reasons for our pain and trials, but trust that the Lord Jesus is working and inviting us to worship our great God – knowing one day this promise will be lived out.

How are we living out our faith in this moment?

Keep seeking Him friends and crying out for His help.

Until next time,

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*Secret Glimpses

#ShareFourSomethings – A Link Up Post

Hey friends! Tonight, I want to do something a bit different. Following Mrs. Disciple’s lead, I want to share my own four things for the month of February. This is a nice way to “recap” life. What are some new favorite’s in my life?

Choosing to join this link up with Heather’s “Share Four Somethings”.

Something Loved

Right now, I am clinging to Hawk Nelson’s new song “Parachute.” It is exactly what my soul needs to hear.

‘Cause I am falling, will You catch me?
God, I need You to be my rescue
I am broken, will You fix me?
God, I need You to be my rescue
Be my parachute

Coming in 2nd is Matthew West’s “Mended”, and this whole playlist right here.

Both songs are speaking greatly to me, as I walk through my own brokenness. 

Something Read

Right now, I am diving into “Enduring Trials God’s Way” by Scott LaPierre. This book is just soo touching, while I face health flares. This is my night time companion right now. I listen to my audio feature on my Kindle each night (if it’s charged enough), as I go chapter by chapter through this book – which the Lord is using to keep me close to Him and build me up!

Something Said

“. . . I think that deep connection we all long for will finally be filled when we see Jesus face to face. . .”

This was said in a Christian group I belong to. I only can share a snippet of it, since it was said in a closed group. But, I have been sorta clinging to // wrestling with this statement, where this longing might just be a longing for Heaven. Maybe, it is just a deep longing for the Lord. It might, it might be the Spirit stirring me to pursue Christian community on a whole ‘nother level (made for community, friends). But, it is something I have been thinking on.

Something Learned

Have I learned anything this month? There are always a lot of lessons I am learning. Some involve opening deep emotions. This is true, even in the food thing.

My big “lesson” this month has been to be more faithful to eating plant based. I have been experiencing much more POTSy moments the past few days. Nothing that has landed me in the hospital, thankfully, but it is the reality that my physical body has much different needs than others seem to. I don’t want more “black out” moments, so I need to really be careful with how I eat (because unfortunately I am getting back to where I was before, health wise).

This seems to be my biggest “lesson” these days, just trying to convince myself that avoiding temptations is worth it. Because it is a hard way of eating to follow. Just because it means more dietary restrictions. Right now, I am just being reminded that I can do this because God passionately loves me. He will help me do this. It’s just fighting through the emotions and temptations of this new way of living.

But today, I did find and make a delicious fully plant based and allergen’s safe banana bread recipe. Which I will share here soon. <3

Still seeking Him, just dealing with many moments of discouragement and depression,

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POTF {Titus // Tim}

Noticing the Change {{POTF}}

 

I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry— even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 1:12-14, CSB).

I needed this truth: our Lord Jesus is the One strengthening us!

While I am a person who struggles with sin, I am absolutely saved by His grace alone. God has shown me His mercy. He has purposely loved me, despite the person I used to be. When my sin nature is in charge, I have the ability to crave being unkind. Yet, the Lord, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, is showing me how I can live a brand new way of life! He continues to deliver me from my old self on a daily, even hourly, basis.

My sin shows me my desperate need for our Lord Jesus who rose from the grave! In Scripture we are given the opportunity to see the difference between drawing nearer to Christ and living for ourselves. Galatians 5 is the number one Scripture that comes to mind on this subject. It shows us the absolute different in our lives when we focus on this relationship with God through our Savior.

For myself, I know our Lord Jesus is the One making the difference! He is doing the work that only He can. Routines, diets, and other things cannot ever change the “inside me.” This is something only our Lord Jesus can do.

The grace of our Lord has been abundantly poured out on me, along with faith and love found in Jesus Christ. The change I need in my personal life is something only Jesus can do. I need the Lord to take my life fully. I need to keep my words and attitude in check, because honestly it is easy to slip up. When life happens, it is easy to fall into the hard place of old ways. Take a look at this encouragement.

take off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth (Eph. 4:22-24).”

Friends, let us keep daily putting on Christ.
Let us choose the things of God over this world.
We are given the Holy Spirit to help us in our journey.

How are you making sure you don’t “sober up” from the Holy Spirit?

Just that statement alone, takes a bit to digest – Reading our Bible’s, prayer, and Christian fellowship are all ways to get “drunk on the Spirit”.

Friend, keep drinking in the Lord through coming nearer. We need our Living Water, and drawing nearer is the best way to govern our lives. The Holy Spirit is our tool for every day living, so let us allow Him to strengthen our lives!

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POTF {Titus // Tim}

Love Based Law – Part 1 {POTF}

Hello friends –

I invite you to join me in a two part blog post, where we will be looking at 1 Timothy 1:8-11 –

But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately. We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for slave traders,liars,perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me (1 Timothy 1:8-11, CSB).

We know the law is good if we use it properly.

The law is holy. . . just, and good. . . [If we] use it for the purpose for which God has given it [then it becomes] a schoolmaster to lead us unto Christ, and Christ is the end of that law for justification to every one that believes (Clarke Commentary).

The Truth About God’s Law

This sacred law of God teaches us about our broken relationship with God. As hard as it is to talk about, this is the truth. This is why the law of God has been given to us.

Admittedly we may think the law of our great God is something horrible, but honestly it isn’t. God has given us His law – His rules to meet and teach us. God teaches us we are sinners. We are not holy, righteous, or close to perfection, but our great God definitely is and has chosen us to be His own people!

Came For the Broken

Just as the law is given to sinners, I am reminded this is why our Lord Jesus came. He came for us, to redeem us!

I am reminded by the Holy Spirit of what it says in the book of Luke.

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (5:32).
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost (19:10).

Our blessed Savior has come for you and me personally. He didn’t come to call the righteous, but He did call the broken, the lost, people like us who just don’t “have it all together”.

With God’s grace, we don’t have to be perfect people. We just really need our Lord Jesus and to keep drawing near – so we aren’t going through life alone.

Instead of shrinking back, God has wholeheartedly continued pursuing and loving us – and is inviting us to become His own people.

God’s Love

In John 3:16-17, we see the absolute depth of our Creator’s amazing love for us. God wants to be heavily involved in our lives. He loves us and longs to be with us!

16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Friends, our great God’s love for us goes above and beyond anything we could ever imagine! While the law shows we have sinned against God, every one of us, our story doesn’t have to stop there.

Our great God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world! He went on a rescue mission – for you! Will you choose to accept what Jesus has done on your behalf through His suffering, death, and resurrection?

I invite you to join me tomorrow, as we talk specifically about God’s love and role as our Eternal Father.

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In Him,

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Godly Living Updates

Memorable Posts of 2017

As we prepare the new year and the many possibilities awaiting us, I invite us to reexplore five handpicked articles from Gracefully Overcoming. 

  1. The Most Humbling Worship Offering {Romans 12:1}
  2. The Shepherd Who Protects {From “Summer Psalms ’17” series}
  3. Finding Captivating Love
  4. Alone with God {From our “Meeting the Thessalonians” Study}
  5. Learning About His Love {From our “Meeting the Thessalonians” Study}

While I excluded the “Inspiring Women” post, every one of those posts seemed memorable or life impacting (at the very least). Each delivered some home hitting message, that influenced me as I poured out my soul in words. Here are just three from that meaningful series.

  1. Praise Before Panic
  2. Strength in the Fight {My Testimony}
  3. That One Compliment

There are soo many things that we can learn from. In 2018, my hope is for us to become more of a heartfelt community of Jesus followers and lovers.

My hope is. . .

to share more genuine words – helping us to draw near to the Lord and keep picking up our Bibles, but to weigh my words (Prov. 15:28) as well.

Don’t forget to pick up your eight week journal for our newest study! {It’s only $6.25 on Amazon} Starting January 15th, we will be studying the Timothys and Titus – using a brand new journal for our time together. Every ounce of support we receive, helps keep this blog running. And, we are so thankful for you all!

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In Christ,

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