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I Continue to Trust in God ~ A Testimony


 

Looking up...Above the Circumstances

Looking up...Above the Circumstances

 

 

 

The last several weeks has seen me taking care of my grandmother. Actually this is not a complaint, I am honored to be able to do this. About four years ago I had the honor of caring for my grandfather before his passing. The last several months have been quite stressful.

In fact it has drastically effected my ability to write and blog…the one thing I could do was the photography and edit my photos. Partly because there is no deadline, and also because it only relied upon me to find the beauty in my surroundings.  This realization brought to my recollection the following scripture, and for that I thank the Holy Spirit who was faithful to God’s promise to do so.

Philippians 4:7-9

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus 8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. 9 Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

So I must testify to the fact that God keeps His promises to us. I have been blessed to have these promises proved in my life continually. 

I must testify, also, to the fact that in my extended time of stress and turmoil God brought His peace to me in a way that I would see His hand. He turned me to the beauty of His hand! Flowers, Birds and Sky. In my great desire for peace and freedom from the distress within me, Father pointed me to those things that are eternally free in the heavenlies.

His faithfulness and love for me brings me to tears. I am so very grateful that I cannot find the appropriate words, prose or phrases to express it to anyone.

As my circumstances continue to swirl around me I will continue to do what Hopeannfaith continually has done in such times. The difference, I LOOK UP FOR MY HELP, not out of desperation, but from a place of God’s peace. That peace that He desires for each one of us.

I encourage you to LOOK UP with Me…Father is gazing down on us,

Psalm 121: 1-3

A Song of Ascents.

 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
         From whence comes my help?
 2 My help comes from the LORD,
         Who made heaven and earth. 
         
 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
         He who keeps you will not slumber.

For me this has become lifestyle. I know this because I am not in the place I would normally wander to in these circumstances. I am in the place God would have me wander to…His arms.

Blessings My Friends, always!


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I Miss my Blog!


I have been having quite the busy life of late! Stress and lack of sleep have left me weary, yet I remain in prayer and stand upon the Word.

Writing has fallen by the wayside and I must get over this last hurdle with family issues and get my life back on track. I hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel very soon….I know I will. Being fatigued I am able to work with my photography…its like art therapy…requiring only my desire to make things pretty….Here is a sample:

 

Soaring - Original Photo

Soaring - Original Photo

Soaring ~

Soaring ~

 

Serenity ~ Original photograph

Serenity ~ Original photograph

Serenity ~ The Peace of God

Serenity ~ The Peace of God

 My journey to Serenity in Christ….

Blessings!


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Finding Joy in My Relationship with God…


Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I’m coming off of several weeks of ciaos.

At work (Church) we moved the offices upstairs…spent a few weeks that felt incredibly unproductive. During which the church hosted it’s 1st Antique Car and Truck Show, held a Women’s Conference and has our favorite traveling Minister in for 2 weeks!!!

We literally had 2 weeks of Sunday! Actually this is a wonderfully Spirit filled time…yet it is incredibly exhausting as God does surgery within!

I’ve been in God’s surgery suite for several years now. You younger readers start now, is my educated advice. After 40 years of garbage cluttering and infecting my Spirit, Body and Mind, the surgery appears, on the surface ,to be quite debilitating. In the end it is worth every cut and stitch…however, during the process that is hard to see!

Coming off of all of these God centered activitites I have been filled, refreshed, renewed and blessed. God graciously confirmed, daily, within these events, that I am on track with what He is doing in me. I say “in me”  because it is literally my “self” that He is transforming. The rest of my life, apparently, follows quite obediently!

Apparently, I have graduated from dealing with my emotions and mental state, and to focusing on my physical health.

For many years I completely ignored that my weight issues were a health problem and that they were, in fact, a result of the emotional and mental malady. Even as a seasoned social worker I was able to deny that I had these issues. Basically I simply ignored it! Proof that we live daily under the Grace of God!

I say this because I am literally morbidly obese at this moment, and that is a definate health issue! You can read my article here, along with other articles in the same title.

God revealed to me at the age of 40-ish that I had to deal with the emo-mental  [ a new word for my dictionary 🙂 ], first, to be equipped for my calling and ministry. Still don’t know what the ministry is, but know the callings! Hey, I’m blessed like that! Yet, still I was able to ignor the physical, figuring if God was going to focus on the emo-mental,that the physical was not an issue. Further proof that my humanity can even cloud what God is doing directly in me!!! Can anyone say Grace?

Recently, somewhere in the past several weeks of ciaos, I realized my emo-mental was healed. I WAS WHOLE!!! I felt the Holy Spirit bubble up…like a boil, nothing soft and complacent goes on in me! The Holy Spirit has a distinct personality in me, a full and rolling boil

The Holy Spirit in me...

The Holy Spirit in me...

Still better than that, I clearly know that the boiling sensation has healing properties. In the last months time I have felt this sensation constantly, and with each beat of my heart I can feel it more intensly. The revelation came, somewhere in the ciaos, that as my heart beats the Blood of Christ reaches ever part of my body with healing! How awesome is that revelation? With each beat of my heart I feel (physically) the presence of the Spirit; John 14:25-27

The Gift of His Peace 25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Reminding me and healing me with all God has given me in my meager 8-ish years of obedience!  And if anyone thinks that I was, somehow, superobedient every second of that 8 years, I ask you to open your eyes! Not one of us is obedient, even unto the Lord, at all times! He knows He made us human, and our humanity is a daily battle. Knowing thought that by The Christ we have victory over this battle, daily, makes for a quick win each morning. These days, it was not always like this for me. Be encouraged though, knowing that if God will do these things for me, they are already done for you!

So there you are. I am working on my Quest of Healing, with the best trainer available! He is with me each day, we talk, we plan and we enjoy the company of one another with no stress or condemnation in the relationship.

I feel great today! And there are things of loss and sorrow going on in my life! There are many things that are happening that are would have totalled me, devestated my being. God has alerted me in the ways that I hear Him. Devotional, waking me and bring to my spirit, in His comforting voice that things are going to be a bit hard for a time. Always faithful to let me know that I know that He is with me at every corner. That He has gone ahead and prepared things so that I will not be harmed in what it is I have to encounter. This gives me peace and the courage to face those things and those people who are going to be in my path.

I thank my Lord and Savior right now for His faithful and skilled hand. I am grateful and humbled that the All Mighty God takes the time to give me the heads up, while the comfort of the The Holy Spirit boils up within me! So in this time of transition and transformation, this time of loss and sorrow, I will strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and Man. Acts 24:16

In Jesus Name.Amen.

Finding joy in my relationship with God, in my circumstances.

Psalm 42:10-11            

10 My adversaries taunt me,
    as if crushing my bones,
    while all day long they say to me,
    “Where is your God?” 

11 Why am I so depressed?
    Why this turmoil within me?
    Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,
    my Savior and my God.

I will praise Him, I will sing Praises to my Savior and my God!

 

Blessings.