Are you struggling right now?
Are you in physical or emotional pain?
Have you experienced some kind of physical or mental trauma that has left you feeling numb, depressed, anxious, stressed or overly burdened?
First off, you are not alone my friend. Though I may never completely understand everyone's pain and how they experience it, I completely understand experiencing the type of pain that you feel you cannot survive. The type of pain that brings you to your knees in a river of tears and though you have no thoughts of ending your life, you are convinced that death may be a better option than feeling this unbearable, hopeless pain.
I do get it.
I have been paralyzed by pain. Truly. All I could do was lay there with my tears and let my body feel what it was feeling, being fully aware that at THAT moment, there was nothing I could do, but experience the pain and work through it.
We don't like pain.
We want it to go away. Now.
What God has revealed to me is pain, as unpleasant and unwelcome as it is, IS a part of life and no man can escape it.
He has also taught me you can't run from it, you can numb it, but doing so only compounds the problem. Eventually you have to either denumb yourself or live in perpetual state of unreality that will inevitably destroy every relationship and hope and dream you ever had.
Here is the bottom line.... Sometimes... you have to just SIT with your pain.
Sit with it, feel it, experience it, work through it, process it, allow God to work and do what God intended for it to do...
Yes! Transform you. Not by weakening you or destroying you.
But by STRENGTHENING you to a level you never, ever though possible.
By CREATING in you a new heart that will feel compassion for others in pain and battle like you never have before
By PUSHING you outside your comfort zone and allowing you to experience things, you otherwise would never have experienced.
By SHOWING you parts of yourself that you otherwise may never have seen or known.
By RESTORING you and MOLDING you... into the beautiful masterpiece He always intended.
Yes, your pain will change you. Whether is changes you in a good way or a bad way totally depends on your dependence and faith in God and His purpose and promise for your life.
If even through your worst pain, you believe that God is good. That He wants the best for you. That He is faithful. That He has purpose for you.... then you will be able to take that pain, even though is may hurt like hell, and give it PURPOSE and NOT power.
God.... wants you to...
GIVE YOUR PAIN PURPOSE... NOT POWER!
He wants you to believe there is meaning and beauty even in the pain.
I have experienced this first hand friends. I promise you.... He is faithful. He is perfect in all His ways and the greatest thing I have ever done in ALL of my life....
Is give my life... including the pain.... to Him.
IF today.... you are in pain... of any kind. I pray that you believe with all your heart... there is purpose and if you cannot get yourself to believe that.... perhaps you have not allowed God that proper place in your heart.
If you want to know how to get Him in that place.... message me.... comment..... or get on your knees and ask Him to fill your heart with Him in complete surrender to yourself.
I promise you.... it will be the GREATEST thing... you will ever do and you will learn to take your pain...
and give it PURPOSE.
In turn... you will bless more people than you will ever be aware of. They will see hope and promise in you because they will see God, even if they are not aware of it.
I have found my purpose in my pain..... and through that pain....
I am a woman redeemed.
Peace and Blessings
Good Morning Ya'll
I have had people ask me from time to time where I got my Bible and what Bible journaling is all about, so this morning, I am going to share a little bit about Bible journaling with you!
I am a hands out, visual kind of learner! I love creativity and I LOVE my Bible to reflect what I God has taught me and enlightened me with. My pray is, someday, when I am residing in my heavenly home, I will leave this Bible behind to my children and hopefully great grand children and they will be able to easily see how God spoke to me.
Basically, Bible journaling is a way of expressing yourself creatively right in your own Bible, by reading scripture and illustrating through words or drawings in the margin, how that page or scripture spoke to you. For me, it encourages some critical thinking and deep thought as to what God is trying to express to me through that particular scripture. I cannot tell you how it has enhanced my time with the Lord and drawn me closer to His word!
Here are the items I use in my journaling adventure;
1. A notebook or journal of any kind. I use this to pray before I begin diving into my Bible. I prefer to write my prayers out, as I feel it keeps me focused more during prayer. This is not necessary, if you prefer to just pray without writing! This is just a personal preference. The notebook also comes in handy if you want to take notes of any kind.
2. Next you will need a Journaling Bible! I ordered mine off of Amazon, but they are getting pretty popular and you are more than likely to find one at your local Christian Book Store. I prefer the ESV version of the Bible, as I have been told it is the most accurate interpretation of the Bible, however, there are many versions to choose from. Here is a link to where I purchased mine.
3. You will need items to express your creativity! I use colored pencils! But you can also use twistable crayons, gel pens or highlighters! I find colored pencils work best for me, but it is ALL your choice!
4. I love to use Pastel chalk to shade in areas on my Bible pages! This is also a preference and an option! I had a wonderful friend gives these to me and I put them to use in my Bible! I gave you an example from my Bible!
5. I also enjoy using stamps!! The same wonderful friend that gave me the pastels gave me a plethora of terrific stamps and I use them in my Bible Journaling!! I love to use them when there is something I really want to draw but don't have the ability or just for fun! This is also and option!! I will give you an example of using stamps as well! I could never have drawn that cute little sheep!!!
So, there you have it folks!! I hope this helps you get started on Bibling Journaling if you feel God calling you to do so!! Like I said, I LOVE IT and it makes my Bible time so much more meaningful!! Please don't hesitate to ask me any more questions and if anyone prefers a tutorial video, I will be glad to do that for you!!!
I pray for God's word to flood your heart..... and in return... your world will forever change. For the good. I pray you become... a woman OR man... redeemed!!
Peace and Blessings
It was major news to me to find out.... I could be physically alive and breathing.... but also be dead.
As strange as phenomenon is this seems, I can whole heartedly attest to its truth.
That was me.
That was me before God's perfect and timely awaking in my life. In September of 2003, 13 years ago this month, I truly came alive. God lead my heart to accept Christ as my Savior, my Comforter, my Friend, my Counselor, my Guide and my Life Line. He became the air I breathed and the beat of my heart. My eyes were opened and I began to be blessed with the ability to see through and past the evil and darkness and believe in that which is good and true.
Though my heart could and can still be broken, I now trust that at the very same time it is breaking apart, God is taking those pieces and making them whole once again. Though my faith does and shall waver, I now know unbelief is a tactic of Satan and I press on toward the goal and STAND. Though my strength can and still does get drained, I now know that the battle is not mine to fight. I am able to hand Christ the boxing gloves while I fall to my knees.
I was dead. Because I had no eternally safe home for my heart. I had no faithfully strong and perfect arms to be held in, when I was falling apart. My heart beat for earthly gain and selfish ambitions and the main focus of my relationships were what they could do for me, not how I could serve them. I had some goodness in me, but that goodness was used as a tool to gain acceptance and approval from others, rather than a sincere, sacrificial giving to glorify my Creator.
Though God still leads me to walk through darkness and adversity and I may temporarily experience the pain, fear and doubt that often comes with it, I am quickly able to refocus and lead my heart home once again.
With Christ, you can shine brighter than ANY Hollywood star because in you, others find hope. In you, others will find comfort. In you, OTHERS WILL SEE AND EXPERIENCE GOD.
"Awake O sleeper,
and arise from the dead.
and Christ will shine on you." Ephesians 5:14
My friend, may you become fully awake today. May you seek and find Christ. May experience a light in your life that does not compare to the sunniest day or the brightest star.
I shine, not because I am a star, but because.... I am a woman... redeemed.
Peace and Blessings
One of the best lessons I have learned from the Bible......
DON'T FOLLOW YOUR HEART.
Yes, you read correctly.
Crazy, isn't it? We are taught at a very young age to.... "follow your heart." While I have no doubt that, that advice was well meant and at times can produce a positive result, many, many times, this advice will lead you astray.
Here is what God has to say about following your heart....
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9
Does this mean your heart is always going to lead you astray? No, there are times your heart will direct you correctly, however, I have found that is only when my heart is aligned with my Spirit. The Spirit that Christ has placed within my heart, to guide me each and ever day.
If I always followed what my heart wanted..... there could possibly be individuals with bodily harm done to them, I may be living on an isolated island far, far away, many of my personal relationships would more than likely be extremely damaged and I would probably be in debt beyond my eye balls!!
So, you see, the heart IS NOT your best guide. Our heart can be very selfish and really struggles with seeing beyond our temporary troubles and trials. My heart has been in some very dark places. I have struggled with depression, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness and desperation.
I have had to fight and dig my way out of these dark pits and claim what God has proclaimed is rightfully mine, when I have Him residing in my heart, and that is JOY!
Here is the thing, my JOY does not come from worldly gain or temporary pleasures anymore. Oh, it used to. But in the last few years of journeying through some extremely difficult life situations that left me feeling empty and numb, my JOY was redefined!
I can now find JOY even in my darkest moment. And you know what? So can you!
Here is the secret!
Don't live in your heart. Your heart will often mislead you with temporary emotions. LIVE IN YOUR SPIRIT!!!
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The Spirit of Christ will lead you away from you and your heart and put your focus on what brings true JOY.
I place Jesus first, above ALL else in my life. By doing so, He naturally takes the desire away to place myself first and to dwell in the dark places of my heart. Yes, I may still struggle with this, but by persevering and placing my trust in Him, he is faithful to place my focus on His goodness, His promises and His never failing mercy.
Next, He redirects my focus to the crux of Christianity..... serving OTHERS! Nothing, I mean NOTHING brings my heart more JOY than serving others for Christ. I will tell you, there are many times I don't want to and God has to basically catapult me in the direction of service He is desiring, but once I do this and place my focus on OTHERS needs, suddenly, my temporary troubles begin to lose their power over me. Seriously, it can be something as small as sending someone an encouraging email or text, or seeing an immediate need and filling it. My greatest JOY has come from the little every day things God has called me to do, that often we may look at, as pointless.
But... I promise you.... every good deed God calls you to..... serves a GREAT purpose. You may just not see it!
Lastly, He will place my focus on me (You). Making sure I am taking care of myself, doing good things for my body, mind and Spirit. He will provide my soul rest when I need it and He will place the right people in my path at just the right time to help ease my troubles.
So, bottom line, often, your heart will not naturally rest in JOY. You may have to LEAD your heart, kicking and screaming to JOY, by yanking it's focus off YOU and placing it in the proper order! I PROMISE!!! Once you put your focus on JESUS.... He will do the rest!!!!!
Today.... I can find JOY..... because in Christ.... I am a woman redeemed!!!
Peace and Blessings
Through His Eyes…...
I am far from perfect.
I have a nice variety of shortcomings and struggles.
I will never pretend or imply that I know all the answers.
Therefore, I will never close my heart and mind off..... to the One who does.
My goal is to plant deep roots into my thick and stubborn skull.....
that my job is not to understand all of God's ways..... but simply trust them.
Nearly two years ago, as I sat back helplessly watching my newborn daughter be poked and prodded with endless needles and sat helplessly listening to her scream for comfort all I could hope and pray was that her little mind could understand I was allowing this for her good. I hadn't left her or abandoned her, I was watching the entire scene with tears of pain rolling down my cheek, clinging to the knowledge that this is what was best for her, she just cannot see or understand it right now.
Through His eyes..... all things are clear.
Through mine..... all things are tainted.
Tainted by my doubt and self focus.
I cannot see beyond my pain and entitlement.
I cannot complete the entire puzzle because it is not my hand that holds the pieces.
It has taken me nearly 40 years and many, many tests of strength to finally realize there is no greater life.... than a life of surrender.
Surrender to my Creator. My Mentor. My Father. My Friend.
I walk in the path He has paved before me. He has already been, where each of my feet will land. He is my safety net, my guard rails, my life preserver and my body guard.
May these words live forever in my heart....
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end,
they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion," says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him."
Peace and Blessings
Hi There!! WELCOME! My name is Missy. I am 40 years old, I have a husband, 4 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a little bit of sanity! I love Jesus but struggle with letting Him lead. Join me on this crazy earthly journey where press on to win the race God lays before us. So one day... we can receive our crown!