drench & quench us, Jesus

May the exhausted & parched encounter You wherever they are, Jesus & become thoroughly drenched by & quenched in Your #love. #heartcry

What Kind of God Do You Believe In?

Source: What Kind of God Do You Believe In?

I hope you will check out this awesome post by one of the bloggers I am blessed to follow on her journey to knowing Him more.

when the undercurrents try to pull you under

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised #hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us. Hebrews 6:19-20 MSG

God keeps reminding me that He is my safe place, my shelter, my hiding place.

Mostly of late, He has been showing me how much He is my anchor.

Coz we don’t just need an anchor during the storms, do we?

We need an anchor so we don’t drift when we arrive at our destination and when we pull in for refueling as much as to keep us secure during rough waters, torrential rains and gale force winds.

I have been praying for healing for my hubby for over 7 years now, and we have not yet seen his complete healing. Those years have obviously been filled with more than just that, but its undercurrent of incompleteness has been just under the surface for so long, it pulls on my hope in an attempt to drown it.

The most important thing about an anchor is how it isn’t seen most of the time. It is nearby until it is needed or in full use. Hope is the same.

God is:

  • Always nearby.
  • Ready to hold us close
  • Able to protect us in the stormy attacks
  • Fully equipped to keep us from slipping.
  • Constantly strengthening us for whatever it is we are facing on the journey.

So I again proclaim my great need for Him over myself, believing He is more than enough for anything we are facing.

For He will keep our heads above the high tides, our spirits up during the low tides, and securely keep us close to Him through it all.

My Hope, my Anchor? He is unshakably secure, eternally trustworthy and forever unbreakable. Amen!

#hopefortheharddays

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when your day hits hard

​When your day has been crammed with more waiting to see promises come to life, and you spill on your clothes right before date night… choosing a cute stock photo seems appropot. 😉

Coz I don’t like getting my pic taken when tears are close to the surface, not even by myself.

God lovingly reminded me through His whispers & my hubby’s encouragement that the best is yet to come. Even when I can’t see if unfurling right now.

And that it is perfectly okay for me to cry, be a little blue about it.

As long as I continue to give everything over to Him and never let go of His strong hand & promises on these kinda days.

He’s got me, always.

So I can look forward to date night, and be completely present to enjoy it.

#hopefortheharddays

let Your love collide in me

Every so often, a song comes along which perfectly captures where I am in my walk.

Today, it is this song.

I no longer want to walk out my life in fear of being hurt.  Trying to control everything is too damaging to me, and undermines my actions towards those I care about.

In short, fear is a crappy foundation which needs constant attention as it shifts with every tuft of wind which comes its way.

Jude 2 reminds me that I can relax and rest, because Love is on His way.

He knows the plans which He is bringing to pass in my life. And if I am following Him, walking in His ways, then Love is leading the way.

No longer do I tread on fear highway, for I have learned that the only path for my wellbeing is His way.

Higher ways, no longer my ways. The ways where Love goes before me, preparing the path.

  • Where He can see the storm clouds brewing, and guide me to shelter.
  • Where He gently & lovingly touches, cleans, bandages and heals my wounds.
  • Where He takes what was broken and incomplete, and weaves it into something perfectly finished and beautifully restored.

So I throw my arms open wide and invite You God, to collide in me wherever You would like to have more room within.

surrounded by waves of Grace

This past week has been one of the waviest I have experienced in a while. Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual waves have struck as they surged, attempting to pull me under.

Without You, I would surely have drowned.

But You, You have soothed my distress with Your peace, replaced my fears with Your love, calmed my thoughts with Your grace.

Nothing I have faced can ever drown out with massiveness of Your heart for me.

As I have had to make decisions, You have pointed me in the way to take, and whispered direction where I thought there was none.

You rekindled a possibility I believed was laid to rest, and have been with me in the waiting.

You have shown me kindness when I was grumpy, favor when I was undeserving and affection when I felt most unlovely.

By doing so, You have kept my focus on You instead of the swirling waters.

And You have calmed each one once I found You in each gale.

I am indeed blessed and highly favored, as You surround and cover me with the waves of Your Grace, as I keep my eyes fixed on You!

#hopefortheharddays #pmpraise

in pursuit of You, no turning back

“​I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” Philippians 3:14-15 MSG

I used to let one bad day or one hard lesson derail my whole week, or longer.

There is a freedom to coming to terms with the fact that I am not perfect, nor is God asking me to be.

My part is to keep my eyes fixed on Him, follow where He leads, and when I fall? Ask Him to pick me up & guide me back to the path He had for me.

My goal? To pursue God until we meet face to face.

And this pursuit is built up of all the days where I kept focused on Him, and the ones where He closely carried me through.

Even when all I want to do is to stop and give up when the storms try to hinder my movement, and rattle the placement of my feet.  

I keep going because He is with me, not only cheering me on, but strengthening me each step of the path as He lights the way!!!

What a guide He is for us along the race!

So I will pursue You with every ounce of my being, Jesus. 

Knowing You have pursued me first, and will be on the finish line with Your arms wide open to greet me when I finally step into Your embrace & eternity with You!

#hopefortheharddays #pursuit #howHelovesus

i believe You’re my Healer…

I find I am learning a great deal about myself and God through this bout of intestinal distress.

I ate something when out Saturday night that should have been fine with my allergen strict diet, but wasn’t.

Whatever the trigger was (as it wasnt obvious to me, it may just be food poisoning) has left me exhausted and running to expell the remnants from my system.

This is now day 3.

Prayer has helped, baby Gravol too. But what I am drawing comfort from the most? How God is reminding me through His Word and His Body that He IS my Healer.

In the present, right in the midst of my need, He IS with me.

As He IS all goodness, holiness, truth, power, wisdom, strength, honorable and love… He can be trust with what hurts me.

Coz it hurts Him too.

God didn’t go to the cross only coz it was His last resort. He went coz He wanted to.

For you and I were on His heart.

Jesus went to the cross so we could be set free, be healed, made whole and restored to relationship with Him!

So although I feel awful, I have a reassuring peace holding me close.

I know He is for me.
I sense He is with me.
I trust He will reveal Himself in me.
I believe He is actively already healing me.
I stand on His promise that He is more than enough.

Friend, if you too are hurting in any way (not just physically) draw close to your Healer.

He is waiting for you to invite Him into that place of pain, and longs to set it right for you. He is YOUR Healer too!

#hopefortheharddays  #Healer #promisekeeper #morethanenough

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learning the art of slowing down

I am actually not a sun myself on the beach kinda gal. I prefer to swim or play a little pick up volleyball, but mostly?

To…

  • Leisurely stroll along the water’s edge.
  • Stop & pick up a shell or piece of driftwood.
  • Watch the water move back & forth.
  • Feel the freshness of a gust of wind.
  • Thrill at the lift of sails.
  • Enjoy a few moments of rest deep down into my soul.

But on those days off where the beach or lake front isn’t available?

I am learning to find simple ways to rest myself as He leads.

  • Reading His Word.
  • Walking outdoors.
  • Spending time with those I love.
  • Napping.

How is He teaching you to slow down and savor the moments you too are blessed with?

#pmponders #restformysoul #hopeinHisPresence

how He loves us, even on the blue-y days

Two little things bothered me when I was recently away on vacation in BC.

I bought a pair of shoes I had been dreaming of for over a year while in BC to wear to the family wedding we were celebrating. When I actually started walking in them it became apparent they were too big, and putting pressure in spots where they shouldn’t. I found them on a blowout sale so they didn’t owe me anything when I gifted them to a new friend instead of bringing them home.

But i was so disappointed after having spent so long looking for them.

As we travelled with only one purse/backpack and one carryon each, I didn’t have a lot of extra room to bring things back.

And one of the items I really liked was a blue metal pencil case with three anchors I spotted right before leaving BC. As much as I loved it, I didn’t have any extra room for it.

Today, my mom, daughter & I poked around the stores in Huntsville while the guys watched Dunkirk. The very first store we looked at? Had the exact same blue metal pencil case with three anchors!!

And the last store we looked at? Had a pair of navy wedge sandals in a more stable & cooshier brand than the ones I left in BC!!!!

The replacement shoes are definitely God’s way of meeting my need (coz running shoes look stoopid with a dress, and I can’t always wear my birks everywhere…)

And the pencil case? It’s an added bonus from my Abba, who likes to give good gifts to those He loves, especially after a few blue-y feeling days (i don’t do too well with extended rainy days).

#howHelovesus #hopefortheharddays