Are you in?

So I heard on the radio this morning that the Christian station I was listening to had done a 30 day listening challenge. A caller was on the line this morning that had taken the challenge and called in with this wonderful story about how she had fallen away from Christ and her friend told her about the listening challenge and she decided to do it and the songs touched her so much that she was inspired to get back in her Bible and it has positevely impacted every area of her life. 

The Lord also uses music to speak to me. There have been many times where a specific song will come on and it is exactly what I needed to hear at that exact moment. There have been days when I’m just feeling down and realized that I had been too busy to turn on the radio or my playlist on my phone and as soon as I turn it on and start listening, my spirits are lifted!

The day I took the leap of faith and gave my notice to my employer back in ND without having a new job lined up in AZ, I remember walking back into my office after just talking to a co-worker about it and I was admittedly thinking “what did I just do?” and right when I walked back into my office, the song “No Turning Back” by Brandom Heath was playing from my phone. There could have been any song playing at that time, but the Lord reassured me with the exact words I needed to hear! Our God is so incredibly amazing, I just can’t praise Him enough!!!

I’m going to issue the same challenge to everyone reading this. If you don’t already listen to Christian music on a regular basis, take the 30 day challenge. Listen to NOTHING but Christian music for 30 days…in the car, at work, etc. If you don’t normally listen to music, START. Make a point to to find a local Christian station and listen. Let’s see how the Lord uses music to speak to you!! 🙂

The Proof of Your love

One of my favorite songs is “Proof of Your Love” by For King and Country. This song touches me in a special way because the words it sings about is one of my most prayed prayers…let my life be the proof of Your love. I want every aspect of my life to show what the Lord has done for me because of His love for me. My actions, my words, my character…I want that light to shine so brightly for my Heavenly Father that others will want that light and a relationship with Jesus Christ for themselves. I want my entire life to shine with proof of His unending love. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are each called to spread the Good News and the hope that our Savior brings. The first step to doing that is just showing others our character and leading by example. Inspire others to be on fire for Christ by you yourself being on fire for Him!! 

Father, thank you so much for showing me Your steadfast love in every aspect of my life. Thank You for being faithful to me and letting Your light shine for and through me. Let MY life be the proof of Your love. Use me as Your hands and feet on the ground to accomplish Your mission. In Jesus name, amen.

Such a sad day…

The Supreme Court ruled today to allow same sex marriage in the U.S. Did that really just happen? How did we get to this point?

I read the headlines and although I had somehow known that this was coming, I just sat at my desk and cried. My heart is so saddened for all the disillusioned people in this country that believe it’s ok to marry someone of the same sex. My heart breaks for these people because I know if these people believe in same sex marriage, they don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal savior and do not trust in the Word of God. 

I am comforted by the knowledge and trust that my Heavenly Father is just as much in control today as he was yesterday! As much as we can’t understand it, this too is part of the plan. He knows exactly what He’s doing – we just need to trust. His great name WILL BE glorified through this too. 

As the saying goes…we know who wins!!!

Please join me in prayer for all the people that were for same sex marriage being passed – pray that they find Jesus.

Jesus is more than a name…

Jesus is: my Redeemer, my Savior, my Healer, my Defender, my Protector, my Lord, my Helper…He is all I need!!

I came across this while down in Sedona, AZ and had to take a picture because He does live!! He is in Heaven right now, sitting at the right hand of The Father and He has shown me that He is all I need -I need only to believe and trust Him!!

  

Thank you Jesus for all that you have done for me, are doing for me and will do for me in the future!! I lift my life up to You in complete trust. I am blessed beyond belief and so greatful of the mercy and grace You show me. You have worked everything out according to Your plan. You have shown how you can change minds and hearts and place Your favor on my life and my path. You are so much more than a name to me – you are the reason!! Thank You Jesus!!

Beyond Blessed…

What a week this has been, wow! I’ve been in Arizona this week making arrangements for our move here soon. This whole move has been a lesson of trusting and walking by faith and not by sight. My husband and I have given notices to employers before having new jobs lined up. We’ve made arrangements for moving without even having a new house lined up to move into. The list goes on. We’ve just trusted that the Lord would provide every step of the way. He has shown us this week just how much we can in fact trust Him. I came to Surprise, AZ this week with an impossible task – to find a house to rent in one week with no jobs lined up yet and no real way of assuring a potential landlord that we would in fact be able to pay our rent. We knew that this was something that we were supposed to be doing so I came to AZ with nothing but my trust that the Lord would provide and He did! I found the perfect house, exactly what our family had been wanting down to every last detail. The amazing part of this story is the fact that another couple looked at it right before us, was willing to take it right away and they both had stable jobs in the area already, but…the owner chose us and we got the lease!!! Here’s the other cool part to this story – I had an appt. set up with a realtor to show me three properties this Monday morning and when Monday rolls around and we get to town, she couldn’t get in touch with the listing agent for any of those three she was supposed to show me so we weren’t able to see any of them. After finding this out, I confirmed my trust in the Lord and decided to start looking for some other properties to check out. Out of the blue, I get a call from the owner of the property I ended up renting to say he had just happened to run across my voicemail from last week and realized he never got back to me. It just so happened, right?!? We trusted and the Lord provided!!! His presence has been so strong with me this week.  It also “just so happened” that the job I’ve been waiting to hear back on called me for an interview and so I was also able to do that while I was in the area this week. God is so GREAT!!!! All we need to do is trust in Him. An impossible task? With Him there is NOTHING that is impossible!! I am beyond blessed…

Thank you Lord for the grace and peace you have given me throughout this whole process. Thank you for the courage to step out in faith and truly trust you with our lives. Thank you for providing everything we need at exactly the right time that we need it. Thank you that there are no coincidences – only you placing your favor on our lives and loving your children. 

A gift from my Heavenly Father

I had an absolutely surreal experience on my drive home last Saturday that I just have to share. I was spending some time with the Lord just thanking Him for everything that He is doing in my life right now when something really awesome happened.  You see, I was still suffering from some old emotions and baggage that I was carrying with me from when I was overweight. Even though I had been able to let go of a lot of my old thoughts of being worthless and not being good enough for anything or for anyone, I was still carrying some of those with me. These unexplainable waves of emotion just started falling over me. He told me that despite all the feelings I’ve had in the past, I do have worth. He told me that I’m needed, I’m loved, I’m valuable, that He has a purpose for me and that I AM His child! I could literally almost feel myself wrapped up in the biggest hug ever.

Thank you Father for breaking down those walls and old mindsets that hold me back from becoming the person you intended me to be. Thank you for showing me that through my faith in Christ, I am reborn – the old me has gone away. Thank you for reminding me that I am your child – a child of the one true King!

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Galatians 3:26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Looking for God’s Touch

For those of us that are believers, we’re all looking for God’s touch – how He’s working in our lives, how He’s there to pick up the pieces as they start falling down. So why does His touch seem to be more evident for some people than others? Why is it so clear how and when He’s working in some people’s lives and not for others? You may be waiting around wondering when and how God is going to show up for you in your life but He IS working on everything, in each one of our lives. Even when we don’t feel His presence with us, He’s there. How amazing for us that He IS always there!

God has shown up in my life in a very big way, His work in me is very evident by not only the physical transformation but also the spiritual transformation I have undergone. His plan for my life has and is starting to become clear to me but it wasn’t always that way. Although I believed in God and believed Jesus to be my Savior, I did not feel His presence in my life. It wasn’t until I reached out to Him and called on Him for His help in my life that I started to become aware of His presence and He started to become “real” to me. I understand now that He had always been there, at work in my life but it didn’t become evident to me until I put my faith and trust in Him. Sometimes it’s hard to see the sunlight through the trees, but just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean that it’s not there. He IS there – He always has been and always will be. For us believers, He is the one constant that we can count on in our lives. If you don’t feel His presence in your life like you see Him have in others, there is a reason for that. He is working out every detail behind the scenes and one day in His time, it will be revealed to you. Until then…just trust. Read His word! Seek Him! Have patience and just trust. When the time is right – all the pieces will come together, the sunlight will break through and it will all become clear. Just trust.

Dear Father,

Thank you for the light you have given me so that I may be a light to others! Thank you for revealing yourself to me, for making your presence known in my life. This light that you have given me exists to glorify you and show others of your mercy and grace.

Today I pray for each of your children that you have called and who seek your face but have yet to feel your loving touch. Lord, give each of them your peace…the peace that passes all understanding. Give them a glimpse of their life to come when they are in closer relationship with you. Reveal yourself to them so that they too can glorify you. Fill them with your light so that they can also shine brightly and be a light to others. Father, help them to reach out to you. Help them to get out of their comfort zones and step out of their boxes to reach for YOU…not a specific church, not a specific “religion” but YOU.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.