Let Him on your boat.

Let Him on your boat

Have you ever been trying to do something and it just feels like you’re treading water? You know you’re on the right path. You know it’s where you’re supposed to go, but you just can’t seem to get there. I’ve been there more times than I care to admit. Thankfully there’s a solution to your problem. His name is Jesus.

As I read this story in the Book of John, there are so many miraculous things going on. Jesus is healing people hundreds at a time. He is performing miracles signs and wonders. The people are hearing about Him and seeking him out by the thousands. They even want to make Jesus their King. At that point Jesus had to slip away, because He knew that wasn’t what He was here for. His Disciples were right there along for the ride.

But as Jesus has slipped away, His disciples don’t know where He is or when He will be coming back. But what they do know is that they need to get to Capernaum. So they went without Jesus. It was around 6-8 miles to cross the sea and get there. But they were struggling. It was night, and the sea was rough. They barely made it about half way there and then Jesus showed up. Isn’t that just like Him to show up when we can’t go any further?

The disciples saw Jesus walking on the water towards them. It says they were frightened by it. I mean, out in a boat in the middle of the night with the waves beating against you, and then you see someone come walking up on the water? I’m sure it was a bit terrifying. But once Jesus confirmed that it was Him, they were willing to take him on their boat. Now all of that is miraculous and amazing. But it’s the last part of that story that gets me every time.

Just as soon as they were willing to take Jesus on their boat (aka the struggle bus) it says that they immediately reached the shore of where they were headed. They immediately made it to their destination. Talk about miraculous. This is it. There was no more guess work of should they turn back, or have even gone in the first place. There was no more barely surviving the raging sea. There was no more struggling alone. There was no more fear of if they would make it there or not. There was no more wondering if this would be the thing that took them out. They were not only reassured that they were on the right path, but they got their faster than humanly possible all because they let Jesus on their boat.

Where are you headed today that you were sure about when you started the journey, but the crashing waves of resistance have caused you to stop making progress? Where is it that you’re headed after hearing the Lord direct you there, that you can’t seem to take one more step towards? Where is it that you started your journey to without Jesus? Wherever it is, if you let Him on your boat, He will get you there, and more quickly than you could have dreamed.

It sounds funny to say that you headed out on a journey because the Lord lead you that way, but you didn’t actually take the Lord with you. But we do it all the time. We get the vision, the confirmation, the instructions, and then we run off and try to do it all on our own. Then we end up struggling every step of the way only to end up half way there, and sitting in the middle of a storm wondering why we ever started in the first place. But let that end today.

Remember why you started.

Remember what the Lord told you.

Remember the instructions He gave you.

Remember the vision He placed in your heart that you are running towards.

But more than anything remember that He never intended for you to go at it alone. Invite Him on your boat.

He will lead you and guide you and help you and encourage you every step of the way.

He will take every wasted moment and do things in an instant that you couldn’t do in a lifetime.

He is good. He is faithful.

Let Jesus get you to shore today. Don’t give up on your journey, but instead, let Jesus propel you to the finish line.

He never intended for us to do any of this alone.

“Then they were willing to take Him on board the boat, and immediately the boat reached the [shore of the] land to which they were going.”

John 6:21 AMP





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Lay it down.

Lay it down

With a new year comes new expectation. We put all of these pressures on our selves to accomplish this or that. We call them resolutions, but they mostly just end up being another reason to feel defeated when you can’t obtain them on your own. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about setting goals and crushing them. But I’m not all about sacrificing my peace for it. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. I’ve hated my self for not being able to do things I was never intended to do on my own, or even at all.

Do you hear what I’m saying?

Lay it down child.

Lay all of those expectations and resolutions and goals and dreams and anxieties and whatever else you’ve got down.

Lay them down at the feet of Jesus.

Ask Him to lead you and guide you into all that He has for you, and if it includes what you laid down, great! But if not, let it go.

If you lay something at His feet that He’s intended for you, you’re opening the door to let Him work in that thing. You’re opening the door to see what was once a “what if I could” turn into a “look what He helped me do”. He will help you every step of the way. You will go further and higher and bigger than you even thought possible with that thing if the Lord is in it.

If you lay something down at His feet that He’s not intended for you, you’re allowing Him to close that door for you. You are surrendering your will and trading it in for His. You’re opening the door for the Lord to take you to a place you didn’t know existed for you instead of where you thought you wanted to be. You’re opening the door to be able to look back later and say “I’m so glad the Lord didn’t let me go where I wanted to go.” Because where He took you instead was more than you could have ever dreamed.

So make your resolutions. Set your goals. But then you better lay them down at the feet of Jesus. Make sure that whatever you’re going into this year it’s with His approval and His help. You’ll never be disappointed that way, but instead will be blown away at the things you’ll be able to accomplish.

Keep your peace this year child, and lay it all down at the feet of Jesus. He will never steer you wrong.

“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

Proverbs 10:22 KJV





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A New year, a new thing.

After feeling like it was never going to happen 2020 has abruptly come to an end, and we are speeding into a new year.

The start of a new year has had me feeling all kinds of ways. I have to admit I was extremely anxious knowing 2021 was about to begin. I wasn’t anxious in a dread kind of way, but in an excited way. The Lord pushed me out of soo many comfort zones last year. He challenged me to break free from old mindsets, old bonds of unforgiveness, old ways of doing things, destructive patterns, and so much more. He dug deep, and gave me second chances to deal with things that I had been running from hard and fast for a long time. He also helped me face some brand new things head on. New challenges, new illnesses, new fears, so many new things. But through the old and the new He was faithful.

Dealing with all the things was completely excruciating. It was also wonderful. Growth for me has never come without some really painful work. There was a lot of changing last year, and even more painful work behind it. But no need for applause. I was kicking and screaming most of the time, even though I agreed to follow the Lord through all of it.

Let’s face it, I never want to do the hard work involved in becoming who the Lord has called me to be. But I know it’s the only way I can get there. And I know that’s exactly where I want to be. I know each and every step is lead by Him. I know He has my best interest in mind, and wants me to have the very best He has to offer and nothing less. I know that anything I go through will be worth it 1000 times over when I see just where it takes me. I know that being pushed out of my comfort zone is terrifying, but exciting when I know the Lord is behind it.

With this new year I am looking for all the new things the Lord wants to do in me. I am looking for all the new places he wants to take me, and all the old things He is calling me to let go of. I’m nowhere near perfect and even if He works on me day and night for the next 365 days I still won’t come close. But that doesn’t mean He can’t do amazing things in me and through me if I’m willing to trust Him with what I’ve got. And guess what? He’ll do the same for you.

I believe with all my heart that with this new year He is calling us out into the deep to trust Him with our lives like never before. And I believe if we will answer that call we will see miracles signs and wonders happen right before our eyes in even the smallest details of our lives.

Listen carefully this year to the voice of the Lord. Be aware of what He is doing, and what He wants to do in you. You’ll see roads pop up in your wilderness that lead to places you could have never dreamed. You’ll see rivers appear in your desert place and provisions and resources you didn’t know existed.

Trust Him child, it’s time to move forward into His plans for you.

“Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:19 AMP





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He Holds Back The Seas

As I was praying in my car the other morning, i suddenly became overwhelmed with thankfulness to the Lord. All the memories of the things that should have taken me out came flooding to my mind. All the things I couldn’t handle. All the things I wasn’t strong enough for. All the things that their magnitude and weight should have crushed me. All the times I didn’t know how I was going to make it. All the days I didn’t know how I could survive. All of the impossible circumstances. All of the devastating heartbreaks. All of the unexpected blows of betrayal. It all came rushing in.

But rather than a feeling of sadness for the things that were so trying, I began to rejoice. It sounds crazy doesn’t it? Why would I rejoice over all the bad that has befallen me over the past few years? The answer is simple. Because Jesus held back the seas for me.

As bad as those things were, they weren’t what they could have been. They were violent and raging storms, but they didn’t take me out. The Lord held back the worst of it. He gave me strength to withstand the beating of the waves. When my head went under, and I couldn’t breath, he breathed life into me. When my boat sank, He told me to let go of the broken pieces and walk with Him on the water. When the hurt was more than I could bear, He bore it for me. When I couldn’t see past my tears, He lead me by the hand. When I didn’t think things could get worse, and they did, He encouraged and comforted me. When provisions were cut short, He made what I had go further than it should have. He never left me.

Rejoicing over the most horrible times of my life may seem funny to some, but not if you know Jesus. If you know Him, you know that you can look back over those times and see where He held back the seas for you. You can see His fingerprints on every single thing you’ve faced. You can see His love and tenderness towards you. You can see His mighty power at work. You can see that fourth man in the fire. You can see all the things that could have been, or should have been, but weren’t. You can see that when others made choices that hurt you, He stepped in to comfort you and remind you that you can’t make choices for other people. You can see just How faithful and true He is.

He truly is all that He says He is. He is all that we read about Him being in the Bible. He is all that we hear about Him being in the testimonies of His Saints. And He is even more than all of that. There is no height nor depth that can measure Him. He is limitless, and boundless. He is all that we will ever need.

Maybe you’re in the middle of a violent storm today. Know that you’re going to make it. He is holding back the seas for you.

Maybe you just made it out of a violent storm. As you get your bearing, know that He held back the seas for you.

Maybe you’re looking back on where you’ve been. Look at all the seas He held back for you.

Rejoice child, He is the one who holds back the seas for you.

“Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous, But the LORD rescues him from them all.”

Psalms 34:19 AMP





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The difference in a year.

Today’s devotional is a personal testimony of mine. I hope whatever you’re feeling defeated about, you remember that the Lord is the God of second chances. If He can do it for me, He can do it for you!

1 year ago today I was 100lbs heavier. I was a 2XL/18 and busting at the seams.

1 year ago My health was declining. I had High blood pressure, and a severe case of acid reflux that had made ulcers on my vocal chords, and everywhere else. I could barely walk when I got up in the mornings because everything hurt. I couldn’t stand for very long without needing to sit down. I didn’t want to do anything physical. I couldn’t keep up with my toddler. She just wanted to play and I just wanted to sit. I didn’t want to see anyone, or have anyone see me. Miserable isn’t a strong enough word to describe how I felt.

I could tell you all the things that lead me there, but I’ll save all that for another day. Because today I’m celebrating my one year anniversary of the second chance God gave me to get it right with my health. This time last year I was being wheeled back for gastric bypass. My bad health had lead me to a place I never thought I’d be. I fought the suggestion from my doctor for several months and prayed hard about it before I finally accepted it was the right path for me.

My doctor told me it would take at least a year for my ulcers to heal up after surgery, but if I used the tool I was about to get properly, I could avoid esophageal cancer, and whatever else I was headed for. That meant changing my entire relationship with food. I couldn’t use it to cope with life any more. I couldn’t eat my feelings. I had to dedicate my self to only using food to fuel my body. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve struggled with eating disorders since the age of 12, and food addiction for as long as I can remember. But God is faithful. He has helped me every step of the way.

When I was mentally preparing myself for the big change ahead, I knew I wanted to be fit again. I have always been extremely active, and loved to compete athletically. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get there again, but knew I was going to try. I started seeing posts from my friends on Facebook about this trainer named Dorian L. Johnson who had this gym called Fit From The Core. I saw them transforming.

I was so intimidated to walk into a group class though. I was sooooooo out of shape. I didn’t want to be embarrassed. But I made up my mind that pride wasn’t going to hold me back. I messaged Dorian a few days before I was released from the doctor to exercise after surgery, and told him I wanted to come that next Monday. I almost had myself talked out of it, but low and behold Sunday night he messaged me “see you tomorrow sis”. The rest has been history. I was welcomed in with open arms. I never felt any judgment because I couldn’t do a certain move. I never was criticized for not being able to keep up. But instead I was promised that if I keep showing up and putting in the work, I would see the changes.

I saw the changes. From Barely fitting into a size 2XL/18 last year to slipping into a small shirt and size 2 jeans this morning is completely unbelievable to me. I’ve done things physically this year that I couldn’t do as a super fit 18y/o and It feels absolutely amazing. I’ve climbed ropes, completed a mud run, done obstacle courses, 5k’s and I’ve gained some of the sweetest friendships. It’s been wonderful.

But best of all, I am finally getting a grasp on the woman God created me to be. My heart is overjoyed that I can be the Mom Lydia needs now. I am excited to encourage others on their journey knowing I have been there and come out on the other side.

So thank you to Dr. Scott for showing me the reality of my health, and then showing me how it could be turned around if I was willing to do the work with the tool you provided.

Thank you to Dorian for pushing me to the limit every single time I step foot in that gym. Thank you for believing that I could do more than I thought possible. Thank you for always showing up and coming up with new ways to make us better. Thank you most of all for welcoming me with open arms and becoming more like family than a trainer. And thank you to Derrika for being the leading lady behind all the madness. You are always willing to help anyone and have helped me more than you know.

Thank you to Terri English and Cassie Ferguson for always being someone to keep up with. Since day 1 when I saw Terri killing it at the front of the class, I was determined to be able to do the same. And then I ran into Cassie on Saturdays and killed my self to catch up. So when they both became trainers and started leading a class for Dorian, I knew I had to get there. I knew it would push me over the edge, and I’d either catch up or die trying. And I’m pretty sure I’ve died trying a few times at least.

Thank you to my precious family and friends that have offered support along the way. I definitely wasn’t prepared for how hard any of this would be, but have had so many wonderful people there to encourage me. I won’t tag you all, but just know your love and support has been a life saver to me.

2020 has been an exceptional year, and bad for me and so many others on many levels. But even with the world falling apart, the Lord helped me get my world back together and make this one of the best years of my life. I can only describe this year as truly living out this verse:

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

To God be the glory, great things He has done! ❤️





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A weary world rejoices.

A weary world rejoices.

As we’ve entered into the Christmas season the line of one of my favorite Christmas songs has been running through my head non stop. “A weary world rejoices”. Isn’t that so fitting for a time like this? I don’t know about you, but this year has made me weary of so many things. Not tired, or bothered, or irritated, or inconvenienced. None of those words fit. But weary, now that’s the perfect word to describe our world right now.

I’m weary of the panic, unrest, untruths, slander, worry, violence, sickness, fear, financial uncertainty, and pain this year has been abundant in. But the Lord has been so good to remind me this season that we can rejoice in the hope we have!

When Jesus was born into the earth so long ago, He was born into a dark, messed up, weary world. But he brought the greatest hope, an everlasting hope! He brings that same hope to us every single day. He is our reason to rejoice during this Christmas season, and every day.

We may grow weary friends, but may we never stop rejoicing in the wondrous hope we have found in Christ! As we continue rejoice in the jewel we have found, may we share Jesus with those weary in sin so that they to can rejoice!

Let’s end 2020 as a weary world rejoicing as we remember and celebrate Jesus. ❤️

“For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6





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Let them hear.

As this year is finally coming to a close I can’t help but feel overwhelmed at the goodness the Lord has shown me. He’s always been there through it all, but this year He’s shown up in new and different ways as I’ve faced new and different things. It’s so wonderful to know that as my circumstances and seasons of life change, God never does. He’s always enough. He shows up and proves Himself time and again to me. New problem? New challenge? New sickness? New obstacle? New need? New heartbreak? New hurt? The answer is still the same. Jesus.

My prayer is becoming more and more that people would see Jesus at work in my life. I want to relay the message that Jesus is alive and well and moving for His children.

This year has been rough. Financially, physically, personally, emotionally, it’s touched every aspect of my life in some way. I have struggled through most every day for the last 8months. I’m even more of a hot mess than usual. My body is in pain 24/7. I can’t function the way I did. I can’t go as hard or as long as I want to. I can’t do as many things in a day. But God is faithful.

We haven’t faced financial ruin. We’ve paid our bills. We’ve had food on the table and even been able to give back to others. I am not dead, or in a worse physical state. So many things were affected in my body by Covid, but not all of them, and not as badly as they could have been. I’m still married. I’m becoming a better mom. This pandemic that put me at home also forced me to face problems in my home. I’ve been working hard to follow the correction of the Lord when it comes to my part in those problems. I’m becoming more like Jesus. The pain in my body doesn’t leave, but neither does Jesus. He is there to see me through every step of the way. I find myself a lot lately praying for the Lord to help me do the things I can’t. He always does. I am becoming more and more dependent on the Lord, and finding Him more and more faithful each day.

I want people to know my life is a big display of Gods grace and mercy and power at work. I want you to know I’m not perfect. I want you to know I have real tangible problems. I have really crappy things going on in my life. I have so many things I wish were different but are outside of my control. And I want you to know that despite all of that I’m okay. I’m okay because Jesus never fails me.

Whatever I need, He is.

So why am I telling you all of this? As I read this verse in the book of Ruth I heard the Lord say “Let them hear.”

“Then she set out with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in Moab how the LORD had taken care of His people [of Judah] in giving them food.”
‭‭Ruth‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Ruth heard about the Lord moving for His people and she left everything to get to where He was. And when she got there, she was saved. It’s time we become like Judah. It’s time people start hearing about the wonderful works of Jesus in our lives. It’s time they know where to come when the world fails them, because it will. It’s time the lost hear the sound of our testimonies ringing through the land. It’s time people know that Jesus is more than a story. He is faithfully providing for His children day in and day out. And as times get harder, He gets busier on our behalf. As our problems get more complex so do His solutions. As our prayers get bigger, so do His answers. As the world gets darker, His light should shine brighter through us. And as the noise of the enemy gets louder, so should our testimonies.

I don’t like to air my imperfections and shortcomings. I don’t like to tell you that my life isn’t ideal. I don’t like you to know I’m struggling. I don’t want you to know all of my limitations. But if it helps you know who Jesus is, I’ll shout it from the rooftops.

Let’s let them hear Jesus, no matter the cost. The world needs us to be faithful in this work now more than ever. Put down your pride. Take off your religious mask. Let it fly.

To God be the glory, great things He has done! ❤️

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I look to you.

Living for the Lord has been simultaneously the easiest and hardest thing I’ve ever done.

It’s the easiest because of who He is. His love drew me in, and has kept me through the darkest days of my life. There is none like Him! No one compares to His glory and splendor, and magnificent power. He is never changing, and His grace is sufficient for me. He’s never let me down, steered me wrong, or lied to me. He’s always working for me, on me, and with me because He desires for me to live the best possible life. He’s shown me who He created me to be, and is continuously helping me become that. He died for me knowing my sin, and became an all sufficient sacrifice so that I might be saved. My best interest is His motive. He has and always will be everything that I need. He never fails. Why would I not serve Him? It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done.

It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done because it goes 100% against MY nature. His will is NOT mine. I’m just going to be reallllly transparent here for a minute. I want to go the way that seems right. I want to bail out when things get tough. I want to run the other direction when faced with hardships and obstacles. I want to retaliate against my enemies. I want to use harsh words and cut people to the bone with them when they hurt me. I want to scream obscenities when things don’t go my way. I want to pout and be offended when others don’t agree. I want to tell people just what I think about them. I want to be sure and let you know when I know more than you. I want to show up and show out. I want to quit the hard things and wallow in self pity. I want to blame others for anything and everything. I want to talk about people. I want to be selfish and only worry about my self. I want to show up when I feel like it and just leave it to everyone else when I don’t. I want to manipulate people and situations to reflect what I want. I want you to give me something and not give you anything in return. I want to lie sometimes just to make things easier. But that’s not at all what the Lord wants for me. He wants to give me the best life possible.

So instead of doing what I want, I look to Him. I’m not perfect by any means, but even when I mess up, I fix my gaze back on Him and get back on track as quickly as possible. I ask for forgiveness, and for His guidance. I ask for the Lord to help me to see with spiritual eyes instead of my own. I ask for His help. Lots and lots of help. I do things His way. It’s hard. It’s often so uncomfortable I want to scream. It’s often painful. It’s often against every fiber of my human being. But it’s always worth it.

So today as I face yet another obstacle that causes me to want to take MY own way, I will look to the Lord instead. He’s never lead me astray, and He never will. He won’t lead you astray either. Instead He will lead us to exactly where we need to be. Look to Him today. Follow His will for you instead of your own. Just see what happens. You’ll be amazed.

He loves you today child, look to Him.❤️

“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:42‬ ‭KJV‬‬


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You don’t have to be strong enough.

You don’t babe to be strong enough

There’s one thing that frustrates me faster than anything else in my life. It’s believing the lie that I have to be strong enough to handle everything that comes my way. I don’t. You don’t either. I’m here to tell you that truth today so you’ll be free from the overwhelming pressure to be strong enough.

I don’t know why we ever believe that lie. If you’ve read the Bible at all, you’ll see it’s not true. You’ll see that anyone who’s ever made it through something and come out on the other side victorious gave up on their strength to do so.

It doesn’t mean they were weak. It’s doesn’t mean they weren’t resilient. It doesn’t mean they didn’t have incredible strength. It just means, they knew God. They knew that in order to see the other side of whatever they were going through, that what they had would never be enough, but what God could give them would be more than enough. Where there strength ended, where they surrendered, that supernatural strength that only God can give, began.

If you notice the strongest people of the Bible were the ones most dependent on God. Sounds crazy right? That in order to be strong enough you must admit that you aren’t? It’s wonderful! Just think about it for a second. Think about how much grace and mercy and compassion the Lord is showing us in that truth. He is giving us an opportunity to accomplish things that would never be possible in our own strength, by accepting His instead. He’s offering us the opportunity to lay our heavy load down, and pick up is light one. It doesn’t mean our heavy load goes away! It just means that he does all the heavy lifting. What an incredible deal.

Depending on the Lords strength in no way diminishes how strong of a person you are. It instead allows the Lord to shine through you in a way that displays who He created you to be.

So today whatever it is you are trying to man handle in your own strength, just stop.

Whatever it is that has you exhausted and weary, lay it down.

Whatever you’re facing today in your own strength, surrender it to the Lord, Just ask Him to begin using His strength where yours ends. Believe me, you’ll see mountains move when you do.

You don’t have to be strong enough, because Jesus is.❤️

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Philippians 4:13 KJV

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV





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It’s not over.

It’s not over.

I don’t know what you’re facing right now that you’ve given up on. I don’t know what you’ve been through that’s brought you so much heartbreaking disappointment that you can’t stand to face it for one more day, but I’m here to tell you that God says it’s about to turn around.

As I was listening to this song Rattle for probably the 1000 time today that phrase hit me so hard. “Friday’s disappointment is Sunday’s Empty Tomb.” That word disappointment was so heavy. It brought me back to the reality of my disappointments. I began to talk to the Lord about it. I told Him I was so tired of one specific disappointment I’ve been carrying that has now exceeded a decade of my life. I told Him I didn’t want to have to feel that for one more minute. I told Him I was so done with it. I reminded Him that It has gone on too long, and there’s no hope of it turning around. I’m sure He was amused at my insight on the situation, but He ever so gently spoke to me saying “My disciples were disappointed when they thought it was over for me too, they gave up, but I wasn’t finished.”

He’s not finished.

Your biggest disappointment is about to become your greatest testimony.

Hang in there child, your third day is coming. Mine is too. Next time we go look in the tomb of the thing we’ve pronounced dead and done, it’s gonna be empty. Jesus is alive and well, and He’s turning things around for His children.

“And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”

Luke 24:2-3 KJV





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