Scripture Sunday: 2 Corinthians

Scripture Sunday: 2 Corinthians

My husband’s grandfather had a favorite hymn: “Amazing Grace.” To all who knew him, He was truly a Godly man and he’s now living in God’s amazing grace in Heaven.

Every time we sing “Amazing Grace,” I think about him. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about God’s Amazing Grace.

God extends his Amazing Grace to us when we are suffering, when we’ve sinned, and when we have spent years running from Him and His will.

Eleven years ago, I was fresh out of college when I landed in a new town. We found a new church to attend where we enjoyed being. Still, I wasn’t following God and hadn’t been since high school.

One Sunday our then pastor held the invitation longer than usual. When no one came to the front, the pastor reluctantly closed the invitation saying, “I feel like someone needs to respond to Him.”

I was the person who didn’t come to the front. And that night, I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned that night, and the next few nights. The following Sunday, I sank into a pew, exhausted and defeated. It was that Sunday I made the choice to stop running from God and start following Him.

What does that story have to do with Grace? A lot. I could have died that Sunday afternoon and never got the chance to be saved. But God didn’t do that. Grace. Even though I was living in sin and running from God, He still loved me and wanted me back. Grace. And then He saved me and forgave me of my sins. Grace.

God extends His Grace to us in a variety of ways, but His grace is and will always be greater than all our sins.

How have you experienced His Grace?

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Scripture Sunday: Philippians 4: 19, and How God has provided for me

Scripture Sunday: Philippians 4: 19, and How God has provided for me

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)

There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about God’s provision and how he never fails to provide for us. Even though sometimes He answers our prayers with “No,” or “Not right now,” He does provide all that we need.

There isn’t enough space my domain for me to tell you all the things God has provided for me, or all the ways He has blessed me. I can tell you the main ones, though.

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1. He gave me my family

This one is obvious. Years ago, after a string of bad and unhealthy relationships (including one who was emotionally abusive), I prayed God would send me a Godly man who would go to church with me and who either was saved, or would get saved soon. He did. We also dealt with infertility and pregnancy losses, but the Lord gave us these two sweet girls in His time. If you’re struggling with being single, or desperately wanting a child, don’t give up. Trust in Him and he will give you the desires of your heart.

2. He blessed us with jobs, transportation, and a home

There have been a few times in my life when I’ve been out of work or looking for a new job, and the Lord has blessedly, abundantly provided it for me. We have lived now in two homes since marrying nine years ago, and both were places we loved and enjoyed living. We’ve never had to worry about having food to eat, clothes to wear or a place to live. We’ve never lacked for anything we needed, and even though there have been times when things were hard for the moment, we trusted in God and he brought us through it. I’m not bragging; this is nothing we did. I am grateful for all that the Lord provides for us.

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3. If He brings you TO it, he will bring you THROUGH it.

Ya’ll, this past year has been difficult. I lost my dad and my grandpa in the same week. People will say, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” Yes, He does. There was no way I could handle that, and truthfully, I didn’t handle it. But while God does give you more than you can handle, He doesn’t give you more than you AND God can handle together. He delivered me from the darkest, most difficult season of my life. I wish I could say I handled those days with grace, but I didn’t. And even though I was depressed and angry at God, He never left me. Months later after the chaos is fading and order is returning, I can see where His hand was on me through all of it.

4. God sends you the people you need when you need them…even if you don’t know you need them.

I was talking to a dear friend from high school this week. It was her aunt’s birthday and she shared that her aunt had saved her life the day she was born. Her mother was fading, and doctors were working to stabilize her mother. In the rush to save her mother, everyone forgot about the tiny newborn in the bassinet (my friend). She was turning blue and near death herself when her aunt held her and began to help her body temperature increase. Had my friend’s aunt not been there that day, my friend wouldn’t be here now.

The same is true in my own life. I have a very good friend I met through church. She is no stranger to loss, having lost her first husband at a young age. I leaned on her heavily during the losses of my dad and grandpa. She comforted me, she listened to me, she let me cry on her shoulder. She prayed with me and most importantly, she never judged me when I told her I was dealing with depression months later. God knows who and want we need before we know it.

God may not send us everything we WANT, or he may not send us what we want WHEN we want it. But He does provide for those who seek Him.

Trust in God today, friends. You’ll never do anything more important.

 

Scripture Sunday…and a word of the month

Scripture Sunday…and a word of the month

John 15:7

As you know, it’s about to be July. It’s hard to think about 2018 already being half over, and it’s hard to think about going back to school next month.

We talk each January about a word of the year, but what if you had a word of the Month? I thought it might be a good idea to choose an area of focus each month. I thought about it, and a single word kept popping in my mind: abide.

ABIDE

Abide is defined in the dictionary as, “to live or dwell without fading or being lost.”

What does it mean to abide in God? And what happens when we do?

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Abiding in him and his words means that you keep His words in your heart and do not forget them. And when you abide in him, he will surely bless you.

This month, I need to abide in His word and His plan for my life a little more. I know no matter what I face, God’s got me. I simply need to stop worrying so much and just trust Him.

Abide in Him and you’ll never regret it. ❤️

Scripture Sunday: How to deal when you’re overwhelmed

Scripture Sunday: How to deal when you’re overwhelmed

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Have you ever been overwhelmed? Most of us, if we’re honest, will admit there have been many times when we’ve been overwhelmed. Maybe everyone in your home is sick at the same time, and everyone knows moms CAN’T get sick. Maybe there are a million things at home AND at work that need your attention and you feel there is no way you’ll ever catch up. Maybe you’re running low on money and your car is making expensive-sounding noises, and you’re wondering just how you’re going to manage to cover everything.  I can honestly say I have been overwhelmed on a frequent basis, and sometimes, I’ve handled it pretty poorly.

In recent years, I’ve realized there are two things you can do when you’re overwhelmed. You can throw your hands up and give up, or you can give it to God. And while we’re often tempted to just throw up our hands in frustration and just stop, we know it’s truly not an option anyway. Too many people need us and depend on us. It’s in those moments, when I’m screaming and in a place of despair and yelling, “I can’t do this on my own,” that I hear that little voice echo in my mind.

“You were never meant to carry this on your own.”

When you’re overwhelmed, hurting, and ready to give up, don’t. Give it to God instead. He is higher than we are. He is bigger than any struggle we might face, and He is there to walk beside us and shoulder our burdens along with us.

When your heart is overwhelmed, give it to the God who’s bigger than anything you’ll ever face.

Scripture Sunday: Luke 12:27

If someone were to walk in the room and say right now, “Raise your hand if you’re a worrier,” I’d raise both of mine. I’m a major league worrier, and although it’s something I continually vow to work on, I can never seem to shake the habit.

I worry about my children, my mama and my grandmothers. I worry about my husband and whether or not I can get all the housework done this week. I worry about my job, and the kids I teach…you get the idea.

You may be familiar with Luke chapter 12, verse 25: “Who if you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” In that same passage of scripture, Jesus mentions how the birds do not store up food, yet God feeds them. If the God of Heaven takes care of the birds and the flowers, He will take care of us, too.

Science teaches us that worrying stresses us out, and stress certainly doesn’t add hours to our lives: in fact, the opposite. While most of us don’t worry because we want to, or we think it’s a good thing, we still can’t seem to stop.

God wants us to trust in Him instead of worry. When we worry, we are basically spinning around in circles. We go nowhere and accomplish nothing, but stressing ourselves out and hiking up our blood pressures.

I am praying that God will help me with my worrying problem. I want to be a Christian that trusts in Him instead of worrying about things He will take care of.

Worrying isn’t worth it, but trusting God is.

Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:114

Scripture Sunday: Psalm 119:114

I have been thinking a lot about springtime being a time of renewal lately. There are many areas of my life in which I am trying to work and change, but my faith remains one of the biggest areas of need.

I have dealt with some painful moments in the past year and it’s been difficult to find peace. I have noticed one constant in the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty. God promised never to forsake us, and when I look back on the past few months of my life, I can see how He has been with me through everything.

In the midst of all the bad things, I began to realize my one comfort came from praying and reading God’s word. This verse perfectly outlines how I’ve felt, as it talks about how we can find refuge in God. He will renew us in His time but we can find shelter in Him while we wait.

Whatever you may be waiting for or hoping for, seek shelter in Him and trust in His timing. He won’t forsake you- ever.

Scripture Sunday: Celebrating Easter in God’s Word

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As we draw closer and closer to Easter, I am reminded more and more of why I started this Scripture Sunday blog series in the first place. I was once told if something blesses you, you shouldn’t keep that blessing to yourself, but you should share it so others may be blessed as well.

I have been a fan of Kari Jobe since I first heard the song “I Am Not Alone,” and in fact, hearing that song led me to seek out more of her music. I discovered the song ” Forever,” which I believe to be the perfect Easter song. The songwriter captured so perfectly what Scripture describe as happening during the resurrection.

“The ground began to shake/the stone was rolled away./ His perfect blood could not be overcome./ Now death, where is your sting?/ Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated.”

It’s so powerful to me to think about the anguish and pain Jesus suffered all so we could be free of a life of sin and shame. So we could have eternity in His home. That’s how much we are worth to Him. I’m even more amazed when I think about how Jesus overcame death, so he can surely overcome anything else.

I’ve long been struggling with depression and anxiety, but in recent months, things have really gotten difficult. I’ve prayed so many times that I cannot handle this on my own. The truth is I was never supposed to handle it by myself. A Savior who defeated death to save me can bring me through any valley I face in this life.

If you’re struggling with something right now, know that you are not alone and you don’t have to overcome this on your own. You were never meant to walk alone. Pray about it and ask God to help you get through it.

Have a wonderful week.