It’s okay if you’re struggling.

It’s okay to be struggling

Today I want you to know that it’s okay if you’re struggling.

It’s one of those things we all know, but rarely believe. At least that’s true for me anyway. I look at others struggling, and see absolutely nothing wrong with it. I see opportunity for the Lord to work in them. I want to find a way to help or encourage them. I see my self struggling and think “I need to get it together!” Or “I can’t struggle, I have to be an example”. I am my own worst enemy most days.

Lately I’ve struggled a lot. It seems I just can’t get it together. I’ve had some things going on in my body that have brought on so much frustration for me. I fully recognize it as being a blatant attack from Satan. It’s got all the tell tale signs. The main giveaway is that it’s been a hindrance to me being able to do all that I need to. My mind and my body are struggling to keep up with even the most basic of things most days. I know God will ultimately use it for my good (because that’s what He does),but I hate it all the same.

It’s been miserable. I can NOT keep up. Most days at some point I begin to crumble. That’s when I cry out. Not my morning prayer, or evening prayer, or before a meal prayer. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely cry out to God then too, but this is a different kind of prayer. It’s a cry from the midst of my struggling. It’s an, in the moment, desperate plea for help right then.

As I read over this verse, I could feel the connection to the psalmist. The connection that is the human struggle. I mean even Jesus struggled in the Garden when he prayed for the cup to pass. But I could hear the Lord reminding me that He understands our struggle. He also reminded me that each time I do struggle, and cry out to Him in that, He’s right there. He does hear. He does see. He does offer me immediate help.

Whether its, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, just give it all to the Lord. Give him all the frustration, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, hurt, or pain. Whatever your struggle is, just cry out to him in the midst of it! He won’t his his face from you. He’s right there waiting with open arms. ❤️

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry for help come to You! Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call, answer me quickly.”

Psalms 102:1-2 AMP

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This isn’t a run through.

So many days I struggle hard to break my self from going full blast from one thing to the next just to get it off my todo list. I hate to admit how much I’ve missed by doing that. But I’m trying to change that.

The Lord has been working hard on me this year. I’ve felt it. I’m not quite as stubborn and slow to hear as I used to be, but man, bad habits are HARD to break. I definitely feel like it goes 100% against my nature to slow down in anything. But as I’ve well learned, my nature is sinful, and will lead me into some bad places. So if something the Lord asks me to do feels against my nature, I know it’s the right thing. I also know it going to cost me big, but be 100% worth it.

So what’s He been trying to get me on board with? Being deliberate about each day. Realizing that this isn’t a run through. This is the real thing, but I’ve been living most of it as a run through.

Some of you may have no idea what a run through is, but if you’ve done any kind of performing in your life you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the practice run before a performance. It’s where you go through the motions, get to your designated spots, and run through the routine, but only 1/2 way. You are mostly just making sure you’ve got everything covered, and know the motions, but saving your energy for the real show. But in life you don’t get a run through. Every day is the real show.

In my mind, the quicker the better. The faster I can get something off my todo list the better off I am. You know what that does? It makes EVERYTHING feel like a chore, even the things I love. You know what else it does? It limits the ways God can use me in any given task or interaction throughout my day. I can’t pray “Lord use me today” and then be moving so fast a furious that there isn’t even a second He could squeeze into.

Yes I may be doing good things, but if I am not doing good things well, then they aren’t quite as effective. I am raising my daughter, doing all the important things, but missing the most precious moments of just being there with her to engage, talk, listen and enjoy. I am giving food, visiting, helping, teaching, the right things, but all in the wrong way. I’m so rushed I can’t really pour into others properly. I’m missing opportunities to minister in ways I didn’t put on my agenda. I plan to meet one need, but the Lord may want me to fill another while I’m there. See what I’m saying?

Being deliberate means having a plan or a to do list, but leaving plenty of room for the Lord to work in me and through me in any given moment. It means that sometimes hitting all the motions isn’t always best. It means that some times the performance may change. You may miss a motion here or there, but add another somewhere else. But most of all it means doing nothing 1/2 way. It means saving nothing for tomorrow. It means leaving 100% of what you’ve got that day out there on the stage of life because we are not promised tomorrow.

We have to make the choice today. We have to decide today if we are going to live life as unto the Lord or as unto our todo list. You don’t get another life. You don’t get another chance to do this. You don’t get another today. This isn’t a run through. This is YOUR LIFE. This is the ONLY one you’ve been given. You don’t know how long it will last. So why not choose to serve the Lord today. Not just to hit all our “Christian checkmarks”, but to REALLY serve Him today. Let’s be deliberate in all that we do today, slow down a bit, and give it our all. Let’s see what all the Lord has in store for us if we do. I guarantee it’s better than what we had planned.❤️

“If it is unacceptable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.””

Joshua 24:15 AMP

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He’s not going anywhere.

He’s not going anywhere.

I’ll admit that I don’t always please the Lord in everything. I’m guilty of going through portions of my day without asking for His guidance. I make quick decisions sometimes without ever stopping to consult with the Lord. I’m stubborn, and act just plain ridiculous sometimes. I get angry and let my mouth run away. I act spoiled and pitiful and entitled sometimes. I let my thoughts get carried away sometimes. I get myself in some big messes and then come running to the Lord to get me out of them. Man it looks bad when you write it all down like that. But let’s be real, even some of the most known believers were hot messes. Look at Abraham David or Peter. Being human never gives us the excuse to sin, but it does explain why we do. Since the fall of man in the garden, It’s our nature. God knows that. But he also knows our hearts.

Does He want us to sin and be disobedient? Absolutely not. Is it okay to sin against Him? Most definitely not. Does He expect more of us than He gets most days? Absolutely. He knows all the things about us. How we act, why we act, when we’re going to act. Our thoughts, our feelings, our motives, our weaknesses, our strengths, our desires. He knows it all.

Can you imagine knowing EVERYTHING about someone and still loving them and showing up for them every day? It’s easy to answer that question by saying yes. But living that out is so incredibly hard. It requires grace, mercy, forgiveness and patience. I don’t know about you, but for me, that’s a hard combination to live out when you know the bad about someone. Especially when that bad has hurt you deeply.

Did you know it hurts God when we act out in disobedience and sin, yet He still shows up for us every single day? He knows all the bad, but pursues us fervently without ceasing. He sees our weaknesses, yet loves us with an everlasting love.

There isn’t a moment He isn’t there for you. You may forget Him, but He’s never forgotten one detail about you or your life. You may not want to live for Him, but He lived and died and rose again for you. You may not want to admit you need it, but He is ready and willing to pour out his mercy grace and forgiveness to you.

You may go astray, but He’s not going anywhere.

His faithful love endures forever.

He is good, and ready to show you just how good your life was meant to be with Him.

He’s here today. He’s here for me. He’s here for you. He’s not going anywhere. So why not let Him be all that He desires to be in your life and lighten your load today? ❤️

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Just like He said.

Has the Lord ever spoken to you? Through the Bible, a song, another person, directly? I’m going to go ahead and assume the answer is yes.

However He’s spoken to you, try to think back on what He said. Write it down. Put a date on it.

Hold on to that word.

Don’t let yourself hear anything else concerning that thing.

Only accept the word of the Lord about it.

Don’t let anyone or anything convince you of anything other than what the Lord said to you.

Wait, watch, and see. He will do it just like He said.

Remember, you aren’t in this thing alone Child. Jesus is with you and for you today and every day! Just hold on, it’s coming.❤️

“They left and found it just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.”

Luke 22:13 AMP

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There was Jesus

So many days I’m running 100 miles an hour from the time my feet hit the floor until I lay down at night. My to do list is longer than the hours I’ll be awake, and the demands made are more than I could ever live up to. It’s so hard to really get focused when life is moving so quickly.

I took a trip to Rome (a neighboring town) this week with Lydia (she’s 4). On the drive there she was playing a game, we chatted and I was listening to some worship songs. We got to where we were going, hit the shoe store and Sams, and quickly did our business at each before they closed. On the way back I heard a song. It caused me to immediately begin to look back on just the last few hours. Had I included Jesus? Did I shine his light in my interactions with others? Was I being an example to Lydia? Was I letting the Lord guide me as I moved from one thing to the next?

As I began to beat my self up, and criticize all the things, I heard the voice of the Lord. He said “I am always with you”.

He reminded me that when I sing along in worship to a song in the car, He’s there. He’s there ministering to me, and Lydia. When she sees my heart for the Lord in that moment, she sees Jesus at work in me. He reminded me that when I took extra time while shopping to engage in conversation with someone, to care about them, He was there loving on us both. He reminded me that being kind and patient with others in a time when it’s harder than ever to connect, and easier than ever to hide behind our masks, He’s in that.

It was a beautiful reminder to me that even though I know Jesus is always with me as part of the big picture, He is also in the smallest of the details. When I feel like I’ve failed Him miserably by not doing anything grand or obvious in his kingdom throughout my day, He reminds me that loving others into His kingdom is indeed the grandest of all.

Ministering Jesus to others doesn’t always look like lights a mic and a stage. It doesn’t always look like a bible study or writing devotionals. Some days it looks like taking a minute to engage with someone. Reading a bible story to your kids. Loving on your family. Looking someone in the eyes and letting them know that if even for a second another person cares about their existence. Providing food to someone who’s hungry. Paying a bill for someone who can’t seem to get ahead. Causing someone to smile or laugh. Bringing joy to someone’s day with a card, letter, phone call, text. Praying for someone. Forgiving someone. Listening to someone. When we pour into others out of the overflow of His spirit that dwells in us, we are doing exactly what we were called to do.

It may look different for you than for me. You may have different opportunities to minister to others in different ways than I can. Living out your purpose isn’t as hard as we make it. Jesus is always with us, and if we’ll let Him, He will use every single detail of our lives to glorify Him, and perfect us.

Jesus is with you. How will you let Him shine through you today? ❤️

“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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New week. New challenges. Same God.

New week. New challenges. Same God.

Lately I’ve faced challenges I definitely didn’t see coming. Each new day has brought on something new and different. I’ve quickly gotten frustrated by trying to navigate it all. As I was mentally preparing for a new week, I was quietly reminded of what I need to keep my focus on.

It may be a new week. Each day may bring on new challenges. But I serve the same God that created all, and has power over all.

He’s the same God that created me in my mother’s womb.

He’s the same God that parted the Red Sea.

He’s the same God that came to earth as a man only to die for our sins.

He is the same God who gives beauty for ashes.

He’s the same God that opens blinded eyes.

He’s the same God that heals the sick, and raises the dead.

He’s the same God that gave me a miracle baby.

He’s the same God that healed my mom from a rare form of Leukemia that was in 99% of her bone marrow.

He’s the same God that has seen me through sorrows, heartbreaks, and failures.

He’s the same God that has been there every high and every low.

He’s the same God that has been faithful to ALL who have called on Him.

New week. New challenges. Same God.

Don’t sweat whatever you’re facing this week. It may be horrible and exhausting, but Gods right there being God. He’ll never change. He’s always able. He always loves you. He’s always fighting, and moving on behalf of His children. Don’t worry child, He’s got this. ❤️

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

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You can count on it.

Today you may be walking blindly into the promises of the Lord for your life. You may be hanging on to a word you were given. You may be standing firm on a verse of promise for your life.

Your situation may not line up with the promise. You may not feel like you’re on the right path. It may not look like anything is going the right way.

You may have obstacles. You may see giants. You may see Satan attacking you on every side.

It may take longer than you thought, be harder than you imagined, or cost you more than you wanted to sacrifice.

I’m here to tell you today, DON’T GIVE UP!

If the Lord said it, He will make it good. There is no person, no principality, no devil in hell that can stop the Lord from making good on His promises to you.

Keep going child, He never fails His children! ❤️

“Not one of the good promises which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel failed; all had come to pass.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭21:45‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Everlasting Hope

I had something else ready to post for today. But the Lord was speaking this to my heart to share instead.

I don’t know where you are.

I don’t know where you’ve been.

I don’t know how far you’ve gone.

I don’t know where you went wrong.

I don’t know what you’ve done.

I don’t know how far off track you’ve gotten.

I don’t know how cold your heart is.

I don’t know how indifferent you are towards Jesus.

I don’t even know if you believe in Him at all.

But what I do know is, there’s a loving savior calling out to you today to come home. He is ready and waiting with open arms to forgive you of your sin. He is eager to lead you right where you need to be. He has been fervently pursuing your heart. He desires relationship with you. He longs to see you walk out the perfect will He planned for your life since before the foundation of the earth.

He wants to give you the very best!

He wants to love on you!

He wants you to know your worth!

He wants you to find your place!

He wants you to walk in peace!

He wants you to live in truth!

He wants to give you an everlasting hope!

But most of all he wants you to live in eternity with Him.

He is good.

He is ready to forgive.

He is abundant in loving kindness.

He is overflowing in mercy for al who call upon Him.

Call on Jesus today friends. Whatever is holding you back from His best, lay it down today.

He’s never let me down, hurt me, or turned his back on me. He has only brought me good all the days of my life, even the very worst ones. He will do the same for you. ❤️

“For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our sins, sending them away, completely letting them go forever and ever]; And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭86:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Find what you’re looking for.

Come to the table

Today I invite you to join me at the table. Stop messing around trying to fill voids, reach perfection, be fulfilled, be satisfied, be accepted, or find approval in this world. You’ll be left empty and dissatisfied.

I know it looks appealing. I know the worlds table looks luscious and satisfying. I know it all seems to be there. There are so many answers displayed on the table of the world. There are so many solutions to your problems there. You can get filled to the brim off the worlds table! So why not indulge yourself there?

You can if you want. If you want to never be satisfied. If you want to constantly have to try something different from the table. If you want to have to eat more and more and more to try and be satisfied, but never are. If you want to stuff yourself with what looks good only to be left sick because it wasn’t good for you. If you want to know that no matter what you eat from that table or how many times you eat from that table that you’ll never be filled, go right ahead. Take a seat there. Eat up.

But I’m here to tell you, there’s a better way.

Come join me at the table of the Lord.

Come and be filled.

What do you need?

A father?

A mother?

A friend?

A counselor?

A provider?

A financial advisor?

A doctor?

A lawyer?

Love?

Hope?

Joy?

Peace?

Acceptance?

Satisfaction?

Fulfillment?

Whatever you need today child, just come on to the table. Feast on the good things of the Lord. Get anything you need. Get everything you need. He’s prepared it all for us in the midst of this evil world. It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from, there’s a seat prepared here for you. I hope you’ll join me ❤️

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Be complete in Him.

“I searched the world, but it couldn’t fill me.” I don’t think any truer words could ever be spoken in reference to my own personal testimony. I would imagine that every Christian could say the same. What a beautiful thing.

This morning I began to reflect on what a gift it is to be filled with His spirit. Yes, it means gaining supernatural power, strength, and guidance, but for me it’s so much more than that. It means I don’t have to be empty any more.

As humans we naturally have needs. So many studies have come out about the need for human interaction, hugs, human touch, love and nurturing. They all show the same thing. We need connections in order to really thrive physically and mentally. So if that is true for our natural man, how much more is it true for our spiritual man?

I don’t know about you, but when I was living in sin, there was a gaping hole in my life. I tried just about everything I could to fill it. And although some of those things may have satisfied my flesh momentarily, it never satisfied my soul. Let me put it this way. Even the very best the world has to offer will never even fill the tiniest spec of the God shaped hole in you.

Now there are definitely things that satisfy me in this world. I love a good sense of accomplishment. I love reaching a goal of some kind, pushing myself further than I thought I could go. And all of that is great! But it never lasts. I accomplish something, and the thrill is gone shorty after. I then have to immediately set my sights on the next thing so I can reach that high again. It’s exhausting. It never ends. There’s always somewhere higher you can go.

It isn’t like that with the Lord. I’ll never forget when I was filled with His spirit, when I truly made the connection that filled the gaping void in my life. I was whole. I was finally complete. What a sigh of relief that brought to me! I didn’t have to strive any more and go from one thing to the next. I didn’t have the sole responsibility of fulfilling all of my desires any more. I could rest.

Sure I still love to set goals and accomplish new things. I love to obtain my earthly desires. But the difference is, I don’t depend on that anymore to fill me. It’s all just a nice bonus. I can walk through life knowing that if I never reach another goal or obtain another earthly desire, I’ll be just fine. How can I do that? Because I am complete in Christ. I no longer need the things of this life to define me.

I struggle to walk in that truth some days. When my tank gets low for one reason or another my old ways try to creep in. I try to get filled back up with accomplishment or perfectionism or whatever looks shiny in the moment, but it quickly gets me frustrated and discouraged. That is why I have to make sure that I keep my tank filled with Him. That’s why the Bible talks over and over again about continuing to be in a state of spiritual overflow. It doesn’t leave any room for anything other than the Lord.

Whatever you’re striving for today to fill you, just stop. Set your sights on the Lord, and know that you are complete in Him! If you’re spiritual tank is low, get in the word, get in prayer, get reconnected with the Lord.

He is the head of all principality and power. He can definitely handle taking care of you. Rest today child, and just be complete in Jesus. ❤️

“And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”

Colossians 2:10 KJV

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