Happy Mother’s Day!!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Today we honor and celebrate all Mother’s!

Being a mom is no easy task. Many moms are juggling being full time moms while working full time jobs and also maintaining a home all on their own. There are times we question whether we are failing our children or not giving them our best. There are times of exhaustion & frustration, but being a mother is the most rewarding role any of us will ever play.

Motherhood is full of joy, pride and sunshine that will always outweigh the tough days! Our children will need us for a lifetime in different ways as they grow. They will love us like no other can.

Today we celebrate & honor all moms! We are celebrating stepmoms, adopting moms, grandmother, mothers who have passed on, mothers who have lost their children, dog moms, pet moms, and lets not forget the women in our lives who are “like moms”! Motherhood is not always traditional & there are so many great women in the world who create life and pour into others.

Mother’s give of themselves in a sacrificial way and pour into children to guide and protect them. Mother’s are the source of life, light and of miracles. Without their sacrifice we would not exist. They are our biggest supporters and encouragers.

Celebrate yourself today! May your hearts be filled today in the same ways you pour into your children to cover them in love ❤️🙏

May God bless you for your sacrifice today and always.

We also lift up those longing to be mothers who have a mother’s heart. Today may be hard for you but know that God knows your hearts desires and know your blessing is yet to come. There are many who are aching and longing for a mothers love, perhaps it could be your love to help fill their void as you wait.

Father God, We thank you for all mothers today. We ask that you comfort and cover anyone who is grieving with peace. We ask that all mothers feel joy and love today and are comforted in your love if they are alone. Motherhood is a beautiful gift. Remind us to treasure every moment of this blessing!! In Jesus name, Amen!

Growing with you, Sandy ❤️

Following Christ, One Failure at a Time

Following Christ, One Failure at a Time

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” - Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

I get tired. I get angry at myself for failing God and end up feeling like I’m a failure to him. I think to myself, here we go again. I made another mistake, I let him down. I gave into my flesh and said the wrong thing to someone who got to me. I regret the way I handled that situation, why didn’t I stop and think first? I lost at the challenge that I was faced with, why am I so weak? That was a test from God, why didn’t I realize it?!

Why is it so hard to live in obedience sometimes?

Let’s think of our children, toddler age for example… When they’re off in their own little worlds of curiosity caught up in exploratory fun, are they set out to disappoint us? Are they even thinking of us? When we find them covered in paint on the kitchen floor or find our walls full of the art they drew, do you think it was easy for them to stop and think on how mom or dad will react? When they are throwing a tantrum because they are upset that they can’t have their way or get what they want, are we loving them any less?

No matter how many mistakes they make or how many messes they leave for us to clean up, our love for them doesn’t decrease. Depending on our own mood that day we may get a bit frustrated, but we clean up the mess they made, maybe put them in time out as a consequence and lecture them as to why they are not to do it again. But, we don’t see them as a failure. They are still our children who are our pride and joy whom we love endlessly.

God loves us just the same. We are all his children. He cleans up our messes, allows consequences in hopes that we will learn from our mistakes, and he loves us still. He knows mistakes teach us and grow us in our calling. He desires for us to learn from mistakes so that we can become who he created us to be. He could never see us as a failure.

So today, if you’ve made a mistake, don’t think less of yourself and don’t give up. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. You are not a failure for making a mistake, the Lord knew that would happen. Continue to follow Jesus and know that you will make another mistake, and more than likely more will follow after that one. And he will still be there loving you through it.

God’s desire is that we repent and draw close to him when we fall short. Just as we teach our children to apologize when they do something wrong, Jesus wants us to come to him and do the same. Admit that we fell short and that we will try to do better in the future. Just as us parents know our little ones will make many mistakes as they grow, God knows the same of us. He knows we live in a fallen world and therefore we can never be perfect.

He doesn’t care what we did or how many times we have made that same mistake. He loves us unconditionally & just wants us to repent and call on him. Nothing is too big or too small for God. He is there always with arms wide open pursuing us to come home.

“But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved! God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.” - Psalms 18:16-24 MSG

Father God, We thank you for loving us unconditionally and being there with open arms no matter how many times we fall short. We thank you that no matter what we do your how many times we do it, you will always welcome us back into your loving arms. Father, it is so hard for us to remember not to carry the weight of shame when we mess up or do things that are not pleasing to you. Remind us, Father God, that you desire to be the strength in our weaknesses. Remind us, Oh God, that you have a calling over every single one of our lives. Help us to see that no matter what mistakes we make you do not want us to turn away, and you desire for us to draw closer to you. Holy Spirit, when we are going through struggles and hard times draw us in and bring us deeper into praising our Savior. Reminder us Lord never to run, but instead to fall at your feet and submit to you so that we may be covered in your unfailing love. Lord, we thank you for never giving up on us. We love you & we honor you Oh God. In Jesus name, Amen

Growing with you, Sandy

Do you want to be Happy?

Do you want to be Happy?

It’s time for me to pull over and let the Lord drive.

Last year, I was in this place, feeling as though I was just stuck. I felt paralyzed and unable to move. Confused, scared and not knowing which direction to step in, I’d walk around with a heavy heart daily. I’d wear a fake smile when I saw people so that no one would ask what was wrong. And when they did ask how I was, I’d say “I’m doing good”.

So here is my truth; I wasn’t doing good, but I wanted them to believe I was. I didn’t want to appear weak so I thought I had to present myself as having it all together. I didn’t want anyone to know I needed help to get “unstuck”.

I’m hard on myself when I make mistakes and I hate disappointing others, so much so that I fail to set boundaries for myself. If I’m being honest, up until a year ago I had no idea boundaries were even important.

I’ve told myself, God is with me so I can endure anything [Because with God we can]. I’ve told myself that I can handle anything that comes my way. But if that is the case, why are there times that I feel as though I can’t carry the weight? And why are there times it feels as if my own heart is about to burn right through my chest?

I think some of us have been in this place of pretending. Not for the world but, pretending for ourselves. Because if we were to admit that we needed help, or if we were to let go of the circumstances hurting us, to ourselves that would be giving up, and giving up is not supposed to be an option. At least it never was for me.

As circumstances arose in my life, I coached myself by telling myself that giving up is only for the weak. I told myself, “If you are strong, you must be able to endure any type of pain.”

As I grow and draw closer to God, I am beginning to realize that I was in denial. Because as I was coaching myself to “endure”, I’d been allowing the pain to slowly break me to pieces. I had to self reflect and ask myself, “Is that really how I want to live the rest of my life?” The answer was clear: No it is not.

I want to be happy.

I want to smile and feel the joy that only peace can cover us with. But how do I get there? I don’t know how to fix what is wrong. I’ve tried. I don’t know how to make others see my heart, I’ve tried that too.

I always end up trying in my own strength. But why? I know that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness [2 Corinthians 12:9], so why was I stopping him from showing up? Why was I stopping God from showing me his power?

I knew the answer: It was because of fear.

I was comfortable holding onto what hurt me because I feared facing reality.

When someone or something hurts us, we need to step away from it. Otherwise, we will never begin to heal.

Living in daily pain blinds you. You become so used to being hurt that you believe it’s wrong for you to stop the hurt, because if you do, you’re either giving up or you’re going to hurt someone else.

Hurting someone else is the absolute last thing you want to do, so you cope and you endure.

But sometimes it takes loving ourselves to stop the hurt.

If loving yourself enough not to let someone hurt you causes them to label you as selfish or self-centered, you have to be ok with their label. You have to be willing to accept that their opinion of you is “theirs” and theirs alone

Do you want to be happy?

If so, accept that you will not find happiness in an unhappy place.

Accept that pain and happiness cannot coexist.

Accept that there are some who are incapable of showing love to “you”, even when you love them.

Believing in someone will not guarantee they will believe in you. Being kind to someone does not mean they will be kind to you.

So know this…

It’s ok to walk away from what is breaking you. It’s ok to have a boundary. Letting go doesn’t make you a failure.

Will it be easy? No. Will it hurt? Of course! Will it take time to gather up the strength to make the decision to do it and then follow through with it? Yes! For me it took years to get to where I knew I had to let go and let God take the control.

Are you in this place? Is your relationship with a close family member, friend, partner, or work superior hurting or diminishing who you are?

Be strong enough to realize that living in pain is a cycle that must be broken. You may not know how to break it or what direction to go in, but you don’t have to. Surrender yourself to God’s lead and take him at his word. He wants us happy.

Staying in pain or constant discomfort will not bring you happiness. It is time to stop just existing. We will always have struggles in life but we must choose not to allow them to keep us feeling stuck daily.

It’s time to enjoy the life you were blessed with and start to live! Tomorrow isn’t promised.

Make the choice to be Happy and let God handle it🙏 It is a choice you will never regret. Get out of your way and ask Jesus to lead. You must guard your heart in order for the healing to start.

Allow God’s truth to change you and restore joy to your life. Choose to be happy!

Growing with you,

Sandy

Father God, Thank you for loving us even when we feel unlovable. Thank you for standing with us through doubt and uncertainty until we are strong enough to surrender our circumstances and situations over to you. Thank you for never giving up on us and for waiting for us to place our lives in your hands. Jesus you pursue us even when we try to live without you in our own strength. You love us through our bad choices, downfalls and when we are stuck in our valley. Thank you for never giving up and for showing me what unconditional love truly is. Father, tonight I lift up anyone who is struggling in a dark place which they feel they cannot come out of. Father, I ask that you restore the joy in their lives and reveal to them that your grace is sufficient for them and that your power is made perfect in weakness. May they seek after you in their valley, oh Lord. May they surrender it all at your feet Lord and place their trust solely in you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

This is my Happy now!

God doesn’t always remove obstacles

God doesn’t always remove obstacles

You see that obstacle in your way? It may not ever get moved, but God will prepare you and strengthen you to get through it.

When going out in a storm, we buy protective gear; gloves, hat, scarf, coat, thermals, boots to protect our feet, etc. Just as we put on protective gear from the elements, we also must seek God to protect us from the storms of life we face. We are his children and when we seek him and ask, he strengthens us to push through and he reveals the way to overcome all obstacles.

On the other side of the red sea, God provided for the Israelites. Through miracles he provided them with; manna (bread) that rained down from heaven, quail (meat) to cook and eat and water which sprung from a rock. He brought them to a place where they could only rely on him to supply for their needs. He showed them that he was the one who could provide for, deliver and free them from the wilderness.

“I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was. And Moses told them, “It is the food the Lord has given you to eat.” - Exodus 16:12-15 NLT

When facing an obstacle, do you pray it away? Or do you seek to learn the reason you’re being faced with the storm? Let’s not be so quick to ask for obstacles to be removed. Instead let’s ask God to strengthen us so that we may push through, grow and overcome them. Let’s allow ourselves to see God’s power by allowing him to show up the way he promised he would.

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”  - John 8:32

With God, breakthrough and freedom is possible.

We must spend time with him in prayer and in worship so that we may be strengthened, renew our hope and persevere. As our Lord walks us through our storms he will protect us, teach us, and grow us.

Father God,

Thank you for your provision. Father when I have doubts remind me of the way you delivered the Israelites from Egypt. Remind me that you will do the same for me and that you will always protect and provide. Lord, I place my faith and my hope in you. Help us not to rush through our life storms and onstage and to seek to learn the lesson when we are in the valley. Father I know that you sometimes allow us to be in uncomfortable places, so remind us to trust that you are with us in the hard times and that you will provide and get us all through.

In Jesus name I pray, Amen

Growing with you,

Sandy

Through your eyes Lord

Through your eyes Lord

“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” - Psalms 139:14 AMP

God created us in his image. Each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made.

God put it on my heart to speak to those who are feeling as if they are worthless today. Maybe you have made a mistake or feel like you ruined a relationship with a friend or family member or messed up a situation at work. I’ve been there. Remember today that you are human, this means you are imperfect.

God did not create you to be perfect.

We all make mistakes and we all mess up. But God knows the heart, he knows us like no other can, and sees the struggle within, and he loves us still. His love for us is endless.

“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].”- Ephesians 3:17-19 AMP

There is no condemnation in Christ. This means there is no need to hold onto guilt or shame. You are washed clean by the blood of Jesus, all you need to do is ask for his forgiveness.

No matter what your situation is, there is no suffering or difficulty, that can ever separate you from God’s love. Jesus already paid your price.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39

So if you had a rough day, if you let yourself or someone you care for down and feel at your worst, know that you are still his Beloved. He adores and treasures you and is waiting for you to forgive yourself and see yourself the way he sees you.

You may carry with you feelings of shame or unworthiness due to things others have said about you or due to rejection you experienced from a parent, or loved one. You may have been told you have no worth and will never be loved. But God says otherwise, he loves you and wants to free you of this thinking.

“(...) having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. - John 13:1
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” - Psalms 139:16 NIV

God is calling you to do mighty things. There will be times you feel less than or defeated. But, you must be sure you do not stay there dwelling in that emotion for long. When you feel as if you’re at your worst, get up and declare that you are strong and are capable.

For it is when we are weak that God shows us his strength.

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” - 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Declare this with me today: Father, You make no mistakes. I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I declare that all lies spoken against me have no hold. For it is how you see me that matters. You have created me with a purpose and a calling and I will not allow the lies of the enemy to blind me from seeing just how deeply you love me. Today, I choose to see myself through your eyes Lord. I see the goodness and value that you placed within me. I forgive myself and love myself today because you created me in your image. I know that the best is yet to come and I will choose to see myself through your eyes. I rejoice in your love today. In Jesus name, Amen.

Growing with you,

Sandy

You Are Chosen

You Are Chosen

The world seems like it is in chaos now. Tragedy surrounds us every where you look.

When everywhere around is loud and chaotic we sometimes question our purposes.

How can one small voice help?

There are moments I feel helpless and wonder how can someone like me with no “talents” make a difference? But then I am reminded that is a lie from the enemy.

We all have a purpose and one isn’t greater than the other. We are not called to compare ourselves to others. We must obey what GOD places in our hearts and trust that the planting of seeds matters.

Share who he is to YOU!!

You are CHOSEN to make him known!!!

You are CHOSEN to inspire the world to hunger for God!

You are CHOSEN to share of his unconditional love.

You are CHOSEN to be a light in the darkness.

You are CHOSEN to remind others that there is hope!

Don’t doubt your purpose. Share who Christ is to YOU & make him Known! The world needs him!!

“𝔹𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕤𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕒𝕔𝕥 𝕠𝕗 𝕞𝕚𝕟𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕪, 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕘𝕝𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕗𝕪 𝔾𝕠𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕠𝕓𝕖𝕕𝕚𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕘𝕠𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕝 𝕠𝕗 ℂ𝕙𝕣𝕚𝕤𝕥 𝕨𝕙𝕚𝕔𝕙 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕗𝕖𝕤𝕤, 𝕒𝕤 𝕨𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕒𝕤 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕠𝕦𝕤 𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕚𝕔𝕚𝕡𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 [𝕚𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕘𝕚𝕗𝕥] 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕞 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕒𝕝𝕝 [𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕚𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕤 𝕚𝕟 𝕟𝕖𝕖𝕕],” – 2 Corinthians 9:13 AMP

Father,

We thank you for being such a loving God. We thank you for your son, our savior, who gave his life to save us. The world is in chaos right now father and we need you. Remind us that we are all chosen and all have a purpose. Remind us that no purpose is small and that we are all needed to share who your are and what you have done for us. Call us Lord into obedience and speak through us so that we reach all who are lost and crying out to be saved. Use us to reach the world and spread the Gospel across nations!

In Jesus name, we pray Amen.

Growing with you,

Sandy