Hello everyone sorry I haven’t written in a while…been busy!! We had VBS, which was so awesome, I have been struggling a lot lately so I needed VBS more than the kids did!! My church did an amazing job organizing, decorating, and putting everything together!! The kids had such a blast! I loved seeing all the pictures and the smiles on their face. It was of pure Joy!! The crafts and snacks were super cute, I even got out of my shell and tried teaching the kids the songs and the dance moves. It was so fun!!The last night some of the men cooked us pulled pork and Ribs, it was so delicious!!! God showed up and he blew me away like he always does!!! He just reminded me how blessed we are to be apart of our small church on the hill!! The amazing people we have there, and they just have a love to serve as Christ did!! The love we have for God, our church, and each other is so amazing!! Along with VBS, we had bible study. The kids started soccer and Lilly has a little cold so I’ve been busy busy!!!
Today I just wanted to talk about what’s been going on in my life a little bit and what God’s been doing in my life!! I am officially taking a Facebook break until God tells me to go back on!!! The past few weeks have been a real struggle and battle with Satan. It’s like he just keeps pushing and pushing and knocking me down!! I have gotten into a couple fights with some people on Facebook that I’m not proud of!! It got really ugly!!! Of course the things we fought about was religion and praying!!! (James 1:2-3) Consider it pure joy my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds, (Verse 3) because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. I am still learning this, but this time I didn’t focus on this verse, instead I let bitterness, pride, anger, and all kids of evil things creep right in. That is what Satan wanted. I wasn’t in the word…I was out of control. Last night I was so frustrated I went jogging and just prayed and just felt so much closer to God and at peace. This morning I woke up and God confirmed for me staying off Facebook. I don’t have to deal with the negativity and I can focus on God more, me, and my family. When I woke up this morning I had such a joy and peace about the day a calming sensation, that only Jesus can give!! My Mom was coming to pick up Briella to go school shopping and I got to spend some time with Lilly. Such encouragement I have today and I’ve been trying to pray more and praise more. I love how I let go and let God back in control!!
Let me tell you the difference prayer makes in your life It’s such a difference!!! Some people don’t believe in prayer, some people don’t pray all the time, some people just pray when they’re in crisis or whatever!!! When you pray all the time you can really see God working your life It’s just a confirmation that he is there and he never leaves us. I love It!!! It changes your whole attitude about the day (1 Thessalonians 5:17) pray without ceasing. Those who don’t believe in prayer try it out sometime and see what happens!!! The Bible says we should always be praying (Matthew 7:7). It says, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you (Verse 8) For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened”. As long as it is Gods’ will for you. I just love how God gave us prayer!!
Today I was doing some Bible study stuff and I was praying and God told me to read Romans 8. Which is titled (Life in the spirit) what an amazing book. IF you’ve never read it please go read it!! I just want to talk about that quickly here are some verses that stood out to me
Romans 8:6- “The mind governed by flesh is death, but the mind governed by the spirit is peace and life”. There is so much truth in this verse. As I was struggling this week with letting Satan in and arguing with people, my mind was being governed by Satan. That’s who I was focused on and I was so hurt that I lost the focus of Jesus for a minute. But once I put him back in control and focused on him… what do you know my joy, peace, and happiness came back!!!
Romans 8:17- “Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with, Christ If indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Romans 8:28- “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and who are called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:35-37- “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword. As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
I know in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. I absolutely love that no matter what we do good or bad NOTHING can separate us from God’s Love!! I’m especially thankful for that this week because I messed up time and time and time again and He still loves me the same as He did when he created me. That is true comfort, peace, and happiness to just know that!!!
Now as I am fighting with family members over things that are so silly I find this book very comforting to me!!! I want to talk about Romans 8:17 for a minute. As Christ disciple we are called to suffer for him because he did it for us!!! But through all of it he is with us…seeing this conformation I know one day I will share in his glory and that’s what matters to me. Nothing in this life compares to eternity. That is what life is about. Doing things for him and growing his kingdom!! I’m praying through this hard time that my faith can get stronger and that I can learn how to better deal with people when they persecute me. Sitting here and reflecting back I have to give God all the glory for that storm I faced because of what his word says!!! As I was letting Satan win the battle I lost focus of that, and was wanting pity. I hurt my testimony and wasted days arguing and being mad!! I thank God for showing this to me and having a mini spiritual breakthrough of where I went wrong and how I can fix it and better handle it next time!!! Believing in God also includes trusting in his plan and his timing. This time I failed there and I pray the next time I can remember this verse and stand strong without hurting others around me!!!