Never Give Up!!

Never Give Up!!

There are so many challenges we face in life. One day you’re full of joy and so thankful to be alive. You wake up feeling good and as if you’re capable of taking on anything that comes your way. You leave the house and go outside soaking in the rays of sunshine, feeling warm and counting all blessings.

But other days are not so good…

Other days we wake up with a heaviness thinking of our problems and issues. Feeling stressed, weak and clueless as to how we can overcome the challenge we are are faced with that day.

Life is that way. We will experience moments or seasons of fear, sadness, depression, anger, discouragement, defeat, hopelessness & confusion. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings and know it’s OK to feel. We are human!!! Don’t feel guilty for hurting. Let the tears fall! Tears renew strength.

Take time to feel and sort through your feelings. But remember: Don’t stay in that place, PUSH yourself to get threw and C̳O̳N̳Q̳U̳E̳R̳!̳!̳!

After you spend time acknowledging your heaviness try to find ways to help push you past them. Meditate, pray, nap, relax with a warm cup of tea or coffee or do whatever brings you fulfillment. Seek renewed strength and remind yourself of the good in life. Remember you got this!

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].” ROMANS‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭AMP‬‬

If ever you feel as though you are unable to overcome a heaviness on your own, know that it’s OK to seek help. Engage the help of a counselor or a wise mentor who can help you navigate through your negative feelings and work towards a resolution to the problem. Know that there is always hope even when we don’t feel it. GOD IS ABLE!

Growing with you,

Sandy

May God Bless You this Christmas

May God Bless You this Christmas

For many households this day is a morning full of joy and love. Families gather together by the tree as they exchange gifts. Floors are full of wrapping paper, and laughter fills the the air.

But for some, it is a morning of emptiness, pain or loneliness. Some are alone and have no one to celebrate with. While others are there in a room of people, but alone in their mind struggling with the pain of missing a loved one who is away or longing for someone no longer here on earth.

The very first Christmas was celebrated with worship and wonder. All who gathered celebrated in awe of the savior. Let us not forget the true reason of this day.

No matter how you are feeling, may we all be reminded that this day is reserved to remember the gift of Love God gave every single one of us: Jesus Christ.

If you are in a place of pain today, step outside of those feelings and take time to worship and get in the presence of the Lord. His love is a gift that is with each and every one of us today.

May we all center our minds and hearts around Jesus today, for it is there that we all find peace and joy.

Thinking of you all this Christmas and praying that you know just how blessed and loved you are.

Merry Christmas 🎄

May God Bless You this Christmas.

Love,

Sandy

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Here in the Middle

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I have been struggling for a few weeks with gathering my thoughts together enough to write anything that would make sense enough to encourage someone. My mind at times felt like it was full of chaos. Thoughts flew through it non-stop and as much as I tried, I could only find moments of peace.

At night when I lay down to sleep, thoughts kept me up. I thought of literally everything; work, bills, family, illness, education, death, household chores, home repairs, mistakes, failure, not being good enough, disappointing loved ones, broken dreams, anger, desires of my heart… You name it, it probably was one of the thoughts racing through my mind. Some days I gave myself a headache due to overthinking so much. I felt confused and overwhelmed.

The main thing that kept me up was thinking of my weakness and of the ways that I let God down and disappoint him. Now, I truly believe that God uses us in our weakness, yet here I was feeling shame for having weakness.  The enemy had me right where he wanted me, feeling like I wasn’t in a place to help anyone else.

But then, someone was led to send me Yolanda Adams song “Open my Heart”.  As I sat there in my bed and listened to it, I broke into tears. And in the moment I realized it is okay to feel lost.  This weakness broke me down and humbled me enough to realize that I need to feel broken in order to be open to receiving God’s guidance.

When we have so much going on in life, we feel like don’t have an ounce of energy to speak or to even process thoughts and find clarity. But God is not a God of confusion and he desires that we seek him to find peace and recognize his presence in our lives.

– Feeling weak is okay – 

We were not made to always be strong on our own. We have a loving father that longs for us to ask for his help and to be our strength. Our weakness has intention, it allows God to show his mighty power in our lives.

Like many of you, I struggle with weakness and my weakness causes me to become dubious of my own ability to be used by God. I am battling a weakness right now, but God knows my heart and he knows my desire is to do his will.

When we fall down and feel like we can’t get up, or shouldn’t get up, that is when we need him the most. Our loving father is right here with us in the middle of our storm, our failure, our mistake, our illnesses, and he is right here by our side in our darkest moment waiting for us look up to him and ask him to help us.

So right there in your darkest moment, whatever it is you are battling, will you look to our Heavenly Father and ask him to help you rise again? If you’re battling depression or suicidal thoughts, ask him to restore in you the desire to live again. If you have lost your job and feel like you are alone and don’t belong anywhere, will you trust him to make a way and open a new door of opportunity for you?

When you seek him, he will answer. But you must be open to the ways he will show you that he is there. Sometimes he shows himself in the simplest ways.  For me it was a reminder through a song that he is there to help me find my way again.

When you call on the name of Jesus, he will give you the strength to rise and get up again. He will have someone call or show up in that very moment when you feel life isn’t worth it anymore, and save you. He will place your resume on the desk of someone who will offer you a job far better than the one you lost.  He will answer that prayer that you have been pouring your heart into so many times at night, and he will give you strength to fight your addiction and overcome it.

Sometimes things don’t happen the very instant we want it to.  But hang in there and continue to praise him in your storm. Seek and dare to trust his will for your life.

Singer Ellie Holcomb reminds us best that God is here with us in every moment through the chorus of her song, Find You Here

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Here in the middle of the lonely night
Here in the middle of the losing fight
You’re here in the middle of the deep regret
Here when the healing hasn’t happened yet
Here in the middle of the desert place
Here in the middle when I cannot see Your face
Here in the middle with Your outstretched arms
You can see my pain and it breaks Your heart

Father,

Thank you for your perfect timing and thank you for reminding us that you are with us in every single moment, even the most difficult ones. Father, we invite your spirit to enter our minds and hearts and ask you to drive out confusion and chaos. Cover us with your peace. Father, we ask you to break the chains of depression, suicidal thoughts, and hopelessness in anyone who is struggling in these areas and restore within them a spirit of joy, peace, and of sound mind. May they place their trust and hope in you and seek help. Remind them that you created them for a purpose Father, you are mighty to save. Please have your way in all of our lives.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

If you or someone you know is battling depression or suicidal thoughts, please seek help from a friend, family member, Pastor, Deacon or call your doctor for a referral to a licensed counselor who can help. Mental Illness is a serious matter that many people struggle with in silence. If you are here on this earth today, know God still has purpose for your life.  Your are loved and are not alone.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (Available 24 hrs a day/7 days a week)

Please be encouraged by Ellie Holcomb’s song below and know that you are never alone.

Growing with you,

Sandy

Be Your Own Brave

Be Your Own Brave

As children we role played and pretended to be superheros. Playing make-believe allowed us to pretend to be someone else; someone who was strong, fearless and powerful. Through imagination we were able activate the power within ourselves to conquer whatever obstacle stood in our way.

As adults, we all still want to be the brave one who faces battles head on with confidence knowing we will come out victorious. But many of us have to dig deep sometimes to find this inner courage.

As we experience life, we are faced with many challenges and struggles we never imagined would come our way. Sometimes we are faced with battles out of no where that we were never prepared to face or fight. No one is spared from coming face to face with betrayal, grief, tragedy, illness, addiction, racism, unemployment, demotion, hatred or even anger at one point or another.

When life happens and your face to face with the impossible, know that with time and God by your side you can and will be a victorious conqueror.

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Broken with Purpose

Broken with Purpose

This has been a trying year for me. I have experienced anger, sadness and disappointment after having people test both my character and my faith.

I created this blog to be obedient to the calling on my heart and share experiences in order to encourage others and share with them God’s unconditional love for all. I knew that sharing personal experiences would mean having to be transparent, and frankly, this meant opening myself up to negative criticism.

When you share your faith with the world there will be individuals who will criticize or judge you because they either disagree with you, dislike you, or feel that you’re not good enough to offer encouragement due to your mistakes. Read more

Mighty Within Us

Mighty Within Us

I am currently enrolled in the last trimester of the International School of Ministry (ISOM) program at my church and in tonight’s class something stood out to me.  The speaker , T.L. Osborn, stated “The most difficult thing to get unbelievers to understand is, God lives in us.”  This statement resonated with me because so many people are blind to the fact that Christ can dwell within each of us.

Often when you tell someone you’re a Christian, they think you are religious and judgmental. We get a bad rap because so many who claim to be Christians are condemning and judging everyone around them. As Christians, our job is not to convince anyone who Christ is and it surely is not our job to judge others.  We are called to love and share the unconditional love of Jesus Christ with the world.  Everything beyond that will be done by the Holy Spirit.

Don’t enter into the business of condemning or judging yourself or others. We live in a sinful world and all fall short of chasing what we desire rather than traveling down the roads God intended for us to travel down.

To the unbelievers:  Becoming a Christian does not mean that one must strive to be religious or try to behave as a Christian behaves.  Becoming a Christian means that you are opening your heart to receiving Christ and inviting him to dwell within. Read more

Savoring the Crumb

Savoring the Crumb

pablo (2)Have you ever tasted something that was so good you enjoyed every piece of it and savored the very last crumb? The last crumb from a delicious dessert can be quite satisfying.

Have you every been so hungry that you would give anything to have a few crumbs just to hold you over? When you’re starving the idea of having crumbs to savor seems so satisfying.  But reality is crumbs can only hold you over, they are not enough to fill you.

Food is not the only thing we savor.

There are many people who are in a state of brokenness longing for the company of another. They struggle with emptiness and loneliness and would do anything to escape the feelings of abandonment or neglect.

When someone is neglected they crave every crumb of affection they can get. Just like a neglected puppy craves attention from anyone who will love him. Not only do we crave the crumbs but sometimes we feel like one. I recall a time when a relationship I treasured ended.  I couldn’t understand what I did wrong and that unknown made me feel like I held no value to the person.

While some savor the last crumb of their meal others throw away their crumbs. Crumbs can be satisfying to one person yet worthless to another.

If you’re facing any type of rejection know that you are not worthless.  It took me a little bit of time to realize that my value was not tied to the person that left me.  If you are in this place or in a place of loneliness or longing, I pray that you will know that you are treasured and loved.
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