Hope in strange places

I was recently divorced. I didn’t have a clue what was going on. My entire world was spinning. The hurt. The confusion. The questioning. I had this strong pull in my heart and I knew it was God. My mind and my soul were on different tracks. I wanted so bad to be what God wanted. I had NO idea how to do it. I had been in SMALL groups. I had attended church regularly. I had served. I had been reading in God’s Word. I had improved my life so much.

It wasn’t the right way.

I put my whole faith into part of a Hebrews verse. I had struggled for so long with insecurity. I found peace in this verse. I cherished this verse.

Hebrews 6:19.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

I believed in Hope. I just couldn’t quite grasp what I needed to do. I was still living in this world. I wasn’t giving my entire life to God. And it showed.

I decided to get a tattoo. Tattoos have always been an important part of my healing. Please don’t correct me if you think I’m wrong. God gave me this temple to use for His good. I believe I am doing so. Anywho, I digress.

I went to the local shop. There was a few artists there that I trusted with forever ink on my body. For this, I chose someone I had never used but I believed in his work and I had known him from us being from a small town. He was an anthiest. I wouldn’t have told you normally, but it has everything to do with my story.

He’s sitting there, stabbing needles into my skin, chatting with me. Folks out there with no tattoos, it’s the same idea as going to get your hair done. Small chat but the more you know the person, the more chatting occurs.

He asked, why choose this tattoo? I explained a very surface explanation. I told him God was God and that was it. He asked about the Bible. I was embarrassed because I didn’t have much to say. He told me if it was my faith, I should really put it as a priority to learn everything I could. He was kind in his thoughts. He was genuine in his purpose. I forever am grateful for God using him to slap me in the face. And permanently color my skin, of course. Ha.

That day changed my life.

I had no idea but I do now. Hope means everything to me. It’s what I hold onto when I am waiting for an answer to something I have been dreaming of. I use it when I pray to God about my future desires. I truly believe the hope I have in God, will get me exactly where I need to be.

Faith questioned by an anthiest. He told me to get my butt in gear. And I did.

God bless EVERYONE.

God pats ya good

I’m over here speaking praises.

God has really opened my eyes to things I had struggled seeing before. I’ve come so far, but oh my, do I have so far to go. I will say it again, every day is a new day to become better than you were the day before.

I have really been working hard on putting God first. In the easy ways, of course, like praising him, loving him, reading his word, showing him daily that I love him most.

But it’s the hard stuff that I’ve been doing lately to prove my love to Him. Shutting my mouth when I don’t want to, releasing thoughts of negativity from my mind, MOST IMPORTANTLY, letting God do Him Nad keeping myself out of it.

I’m still not where I want to be. I’m not even close. But I’ve been going to Him more than ever before. It feels good. I’ve been really asking God for His will to be done in my life. Even if I don’t see his plan, I will do my best to obey.

Not everything in my life is wonderful. Actually, the opposite. There’s a lot of problems I have going on. But I will not let that deter from what God is trying to do in my life.

Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

I learned the other day what NEW was in the Bible- at least one meaning. What it really meant. God says we are new in Him. But what has many years of translations and our understanding done to it? Kainos (Greek spelling, who knows, but cool if you know) is fresh. It’s untouched. It’s brand new. God gives us this gift. All we do is seek Him. Mmmm so comfy and lovely. It’s like fresh sheets out of the dryer. But better. Way better.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Single vs attached

I have endured both. I have celebrated both. I’ve been single. I’ve been attached. I’ve been married. I’ve been divorced. I’ve been rematched with someone else. Like life always expects, it all must be balanced.

We must be able to understand someone else’s feelings to better understand what life is asking of us. How does my friend feel when I go through all of those changes? How do I feel when my friends go through all those changes? Am I balanced in it?

Are we equally respecting each other’s season of life?

We need friends. And we most definitely need the support. It’s an awful life to be without someone there to pick you up when you have fallen down.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

In Job, when life was really coming down on him and everything was wrong, his friends came and stayed with him. They didn’t even say a word to him. They just were there; exactly what he needed.

Job 2:11

11 When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him

Let’s go out and try to be the best friend we can be. Only you and your friends know what that means. But make sure it’s positive and pure and build each other up and MOST DEFINITELY focus your lives on God.

What EGO?

I heard this in church…..

“The work of the Lord is more important than your ego”

I like this. If we don’t check ourself, there is a large chance we are going to, in fact, wreck ourself (showing my age, icecube)

I desire to improve myself. I desire to become closer to God in all aspects of my life. I sometimes have to tell my ego to go sit down so God’s work can shine through. I’m thankful that God shows me how to do it. I only listen and pray. Pray and let God.

Amen.

Leave Jesus out of it

Jesus didn’t fail you, unperfect people did.

Too soon, we jump the gun and blame God. I was abused, blame God. I was molested, blame God. I was ruined, blame God. I was hurt, blame God. I was condemned, blame God. I was left, blame God.

All of those things happened by a humans’ hand, not God. God loves us. He loves our every being.

God even loves the ones that hurt us.

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit *Psalms 34:18

Grouchy Gus, Happy Harriet

Be angry. At someone. Or something. But prolonged anger doesn’t help. We work through our anger so that we can enjoy life.

The world says it’s time to work through anger but, deep down, do you want to? Enter bubbling under the surface, anger, stage left. You think it’s hidden, but it is shining brightly for everyone to see. The hurt isn’t talked about. The hurt is denied, causing present problems. Unresolved hurt, causes pain over and over. Unresolved hurt causes pain to others.

Break down. It’s the only way. It doesn’t have to be in front of an audience. But it better get done in front of God. Life goes on after the hurt. If one stays in hurt, one loses out. Hurt wins. What caused the hurt, wins.

Let it go. Let God take responsibility for any repercussions. Let God decide what matters and what doesn’t. Your mind isn’t very good at it. Breath out pain, breath in hope.

Breath. Out. Pain. Breath. In. Hope.

Grip on

“When the path before you is dotted with difficulties, beware of measuring your strength against those challenges”

-Jesus Calling

Life is for God to manage. We are not capable to do it on our own.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Sand or rock?

This ol story in the Bible….. They even made a catchy song to it….. The men who built their homes, one on rock and one on sand, to withstand the ever hitting hard storms of life. The man who built his home on the rock did well. The one on the sand, parished.

For so long I thought sandcastles were the way to go. I didn’t fully understand this concept. I would try ever so hard, getting things situated as I saw fit, then boom… It all came crashing down. It wasn’t until I was left with no house at all, that I realized what God was telling me. I had read the Bible. I had prayed. I had tried to live life the best way i could. I was a good person. But I was constantly slipping deeper into the quicksand of my life choices and behaviors.

It took fully giving my everything to God to realize why he tells us this parable. God is the rock. Our own thoughts and actions are the sand.

God wants us to live daily in Him. He wants us to build upon what He has created. Not what WE think is right. And until we do this, we fail.

I choose rock, God. I choose you. And although my beginning thought is to NOT be still, I will try my best to Be Still and Know That You are God.

Amen.

Fear and wonder

I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made. Psalm 139:14

God reminds us of this time and time again. We are to give our all to him. God tells us not to fear anything but Him. He means that loving. But God means business.

What is even more beautiful, if you keep reading Psalm 139…..

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

God is our main focus; should be our only focus. How brave is it to ask God to search you? The One who knows everything and sees everything. Nothing is hidden from Him.

Hey God, come in here and dissect my every being. 🙄

God. Please. For real. Come here!!!! 🙇🏼‍♀️

Open my eyes. Open my heart. Open my mind.

I do not understand, Lord. So show me clearly.