Safe in the Storm

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I cling to the cross when the storms roll in and the dark clouds try to distort my vision. The work Christ did and completed on the cross is my anchor.

When the waves tempt me to row in the opposite direction, Jesus calls me to the stern and He tells me to rest.

I have no need to fear when the One who created heaven and earth and speaks to every storm (even the waves obey Him) holds me in the palm of His hand.

My eyes do not have to see what my faith believes.

He is andI find my being.

Be Free & Stay Free 

 

 

He Is All You Need

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Sometimes people come into your life and you love them… but, they don’t don’t.

Sometimes you see what could be… but, they can’t.

And you are tempted to hold on a little longer, wait and see, because it is hard to let go.

But, there comes a time when you have to just listen and be obedient. You have to walk in the call God has given you, because time is short and you have an assignment.

But, then those fears tip toe in, what if you are wrong? What if you will be alone?

My friend, God is the author and perfecter of your faith. He will finish what He has began. Sometimes you have to walk alone, although you are never alone because He promises to be with you. Can you see beyond what your eyes can see?  Can you see with the eyes of faith

Anything that stands between you and God and the purpose He has created you for, MUST go!

Sure, it may be painful. Sure, there will be tears. But, you were created for so much more. Time is short, my friend, we must be about the Father’s business.

All you need is Him!

Be Free & Stay Free 

 

Distracted From Your Purpose

 

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Pesky distractions, we have all been  guilty of this at times, huh.

We set our mind to something and we promise ourselves we are gong to be productive… tomorrow. Then tomorrow comes and there is that distraction that seems so important at the time. I mean, come on now, we all know the world would fall off it’s axis if we didn’t just check the Facebook real quick, but there is no such thing as real quick, is there? Before we know it the day is spent and we say, “tomorrow,” again.  Sigh.

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Social media can be a good thing, in moderation. But, too many of us are living our lives on social media, and all the while, life is passing us by. We have friends we have never even met before, it is simpler to just like a post, comment here and there, send a Happy Birthday meme (because their birthday reminder showed up in our newsfeed) and paint a picture of how well adjusted and happy (or miserable) our lives are.

So much talk lately about “fake.” Most of us are more guilty of being fake than those we point our fingers at. With all our Christian memes we post, prayer requests that are liked and then forgotten, we have seemed to be so distracted we forgot what the last words of Jesus were before He ascended into Heaven.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

Even Paul said:

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1

Too many of us are running in circles and wondering why we are not getting anywhere. We ask God what is our purpose, but we seem to not really want to invest in it. It is like looking for something grand and shunning the most simple.

It is not how many Bible verses we can quote or what church we sit in on Sundays that really makes a difference. It is about how many lives we have reached with the love of Christ. It is about relationships.

Hell would like nothing more than to keep us busy, busy with good things and time wasters, because if we are busy then we can not fulfill the real purpose we are here. We are here to share the love of Christ and to point others to Him. We are to be making disciples. If this were not so, then we would immediately die and go to Heaven as soon as we are saved. But, we didn’t die, did we? We are still here and we are an extension of Him.

The world is dying and people are lost. They are seeking answers and the enemy would happily point them to the counterfeit. We are losing people to addictions and suicide. Families are falling apart. Kids are joining gangs, babies are having babies, the innocent are being exploited, people are going to bed hungry, and the list goes on and on and on…

We have the answer! The answer is Christ!If we have the love of Christ in us, we should not be OK withholding the truth and life from a dying people.

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You do not have to be a Bible scholar to share Him. It doesn’t require a certificate or degree to invite someone over for coffee, or to come alongside a young mother, or help a young man get on the right track, or sit with an elderly person.

We can not sit back any longer and say it’s the churches responsibility, because guess what… we are the Church.

As I read over what I wrote thus far, I am tempted to change it, because I really do not mean for this to come off sounding harsh. But, I am going to leave it as is, because I am a mother and I have children who live across the country, and friends all over the world, and unsaved family members, and maybe someone reading this post may be that someone who will reach out to them and help me love them into the Kingdom.

You want to know what your purpose is? Look outside, get off the internet and look outside, your purpose is someone out there. Maybe at your job, your grocery store, the gym you go to, the park you walk your dog, the homeless man down the street, they are your mission field.

If you have His Holy Spirit, then you have all you need to make a difference.

Be blessed and be a blessing.

Be Free & Stay Free 

DISTRACTIONS

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Distractions are not hard to find. You don’t even have to look for them, they will find you.

Distractions are for one purpose only; to steer you away from your purpose.

Distractions will steal your vision if you let it.

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You must remember, you have been created for a purpose.

Stop, focus, turn around if you have to, but do not let your feet be moved from the path Christ has put you on. Stay the course and He will direct your footsteps, He will complete what He has started, He will equip you, He will go before you.

If it does not serve the purpose of the vision, let it go. If they do not encourage you or help you stay the course, walk away from them. I know this is for someone, I do not have to give examples, you know what I mean.

Our God is faithful!

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super abundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,  to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Be Free & Stay Free

Presence of affliction does not mean the absence of favor

TD Jakes posed the question, can God trust you with the trouble?

Mary, blessed and highly favored, pregnant out of wedlock, the wedding she envisioned… gone, rode on the back of a donkey (in labor), to give birth to a child in a barn, to flee with her husband because there were those who sought to kill her child,  to endure the mocking of the judgmental people because her child was not her husbands, to endure all of this… to watch her son be crucified… and she was favored?

If you were to endure this… would you still believe you are blessed and highly favored?

Thanks be to God, His ways are higher than our ways. Praise Him He is not hindered by our narrow mindedness.

You can have favor, but that does not mean you wont have fear.

You can have favor, but that does not mean you will not face tribulations and frustrations.

You can have visitation from an angel and still ride on a donkey. That which you have received can be of God and you may still be surrounded by the demonic. Your job is to survive it all.  -TD Jakes

Thank You, Jesus. It is not our holiness, it is Yours. Help us to be consistent even when we are confused. Help us to trust you even when all hell is coming against us. Birth in us that which you have planted in us. Strengthen us to be guardians to the vision you have given us. There may be a bounty on the head of our calling, but You alone, O’ Lord, are faithful and true. Let Your will be done and may You find us trustworthy to rest in You even when we are running and fighting. Thank You, Lord, when You trust us with Your purpose, You are trusting us with the trouble. Help us to remain steadfast.