Saturday, January 10, 2015
"For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Just this past week I encountered a situation that the devil used to so carefully and manipulatively remind me of past hurts which occurred several years ago. Due to the power of the enemy and my weakness I began to feel all the hurt from a situation I had not felt in years. The frustration, pain, and betrayal of someone from my past flooded my memory like it had just happened.
I had to stop and remember that God delivered me from that person and used the hurt they caused me professionally within my career to bless me later. Had that individual not done those things I would not be a research librarian and professor at Liberty University today. I also learned that I was a much stronger person than I had thought. I believed that a job defined who I was when God defined who I was all the while.
I saw God not only protect me but provide for me when I needed it most. I also saw how obedience to Him is always best. Instead of taking revenge on that person God told me to walk away and allow Him to handle things, which I have learned He did in ways I could have never imagined.
I also learned this week that when the enemy reminds me of the past I will rebuke him and then speak the name of Jesus for when that name is spoken he must flee. I share to encourage your heart when regret and past hurts begin to creep in. Don't allow them in. Call on Jesus and be set free from the pain.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I recently read a great book called Tribes by Seth Godwin, a man known to be the world's most popular business blogger and best-selling author. In it he wrote a statement that I cannot get out of my head and knew that I must share with as many people as possible. It is, “We choose not to be remarkable because we’re worried about criticism.” I don't know about you, but that cut me to the core and the reason is because for years that statement defined who I had become.
I am very thankful to say that I am no longer that person. Oh, yes, I cannot lie and say that as a human being I still don't worry what others will think of say about the decisions I make or the things I chose to do but I no longer allow the fear or the criticism to stop me. Today I want you to give this some very serious thought. What are some things you have inside of you that you would love to bring out? What are some things that you would love to try? Where are some places you would love to travel or people you would love to connect with?
What are you waiting for? God tells us all in the book of Philippians that we can do ALL THINGS through Christ who gives us the strength to make them happen. What more do we need to know? Begin to pray about the secret things in your heart you have always wanted to do but been afraid of trying because someone may think it would be silly, crazy, or "not how we do things". If you do, let me know how it goes! I believe 2015 is going to be a year of crazy wonderful things from the Lord!
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I am holding you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God—and I say to you, Don’t be afraid; I am here to help you."
On December 30th my husband, Brian, turned 37 years old. For most, they would not have thought much about this particular birthday but for me I consider each and every birthday he celebrates a precious event. Over seven years ago I stood beside his bed at Wake Med Heart Center as several of the best cardiologists in the country explained there was nothing more they could do to help Brian. I also remember them explaining to us that Brian would not survive longer than 6 months without receiving a heart transplant for his heart was only functioning at 5-7%. I remember feeling so helpless and the realization of life without Brian settling in on me like an elephant on my chest.
God gave us Isaiah 41;13 in the very beginning of our journey and we held to it every single day. To this day I have moments when I still squeeze my right hand until it is white for I know He is holding it. He really has NEVER left us and even in the most frightening times of our lives He has helped us. Brian's heart began to strengthen and improve, which doctors explain is medically impossible, and now his heart function is over 35%! Again, humans cannot begin to imagine or understand what God is capable of doing.
So as we celebrated the 8th birthday since Brian's diagnosis with heart failure we didn't take it for granted for we understood it is a gift from the Lord!