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The Lord Hears YOU!

In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3

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Life is a journey. A journey through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. In the midst of fear and among the constant threat of death, David continued to sing and glorify the Lord. This was not because he saw the end to the storm, and at many times did not see a way out of the darkness that surrounded him. No, he sang and glorified the Lord for he knew that the Lord would sustain him, uphold him in his right hand, protect him when he was vulnerable, fill him when he was hungry, and guide him when he was lost. He praised God because he trusted God to keep hold of him through the storm and bring him out with life and love abounding!

Wherever you are today, I challenge you to seek God, listen to his voice, and praise him even when you don’t feel like it. Despite the circumstances, God is leading you to a future filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He is with you now and will be with you always, a light to your path, leading you to mercy, grace, forgiveness, healing, and righteousness. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you (James 4:7-8, Hebrews 10:22-25). Be still and know he is God and praise him continually (Psalm 46:10, Hebrews 13:15).

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Rest my friends in the peace that is beyond understanding and walk in the light, especially when darkness surrounds, for there is where God will meet you! Blessings and love as you continue your journey with God! ❤

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 63:1-8

Up or Down

Reality will come! Whether we choose to walk in it or not is a conscious decision each person must make for themselves.  Nothing we hide will remain hidden, nothing we shove on the back burner will be left there, nothing covered up by fake smiles and masks will go unrevealed. God wants us heart and soul, body and mind, and he will do all it takes to strip away the masks, putting a stop to the parade of illusions we tend to paint for ourselves. He wants rip off the band-aids of our wounds, and bring complete healing inside and out. Though the pain of life comes, and often hits pretty hard, it lasts but only a moment, to be replaced by the glorious love, peace and comfort of the One True God!! I am not exempt of putting on a mask to make it through the day, but when the sun sets and my head rests upon the pillow, God speaks his love and truth to my heart, reminding me to stop putting on my best show and to be a living witness to the pain and sorrow that exists in my life and my heart, so that when he brings healing and joy, others will see his marvelous works.

Father God, if it glorifies you, I pray you give me strength to stand in the here and now, to be real with my emotions, bringing you glory through the healing!! I pray that no matter what I or others face, you remind us that you are near, you are here, you are working all things for our good, Father.

May God bless and keep you grounded in reality, showing you peace and joy through your darkest of times. All my love ❤

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed,
and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
~ Luke 8:17 ~

Painted faces masquerade
Breezes blowing here and there
Effortlessly gliding through life
Not what they appear

Painful scars covered up
Masks to hide the tears
Parading up and down
Don’t reveal the fear

Dancing feet scurry by
Twirling delicately each day
Tiptoeing around the darkness
Desperately seeking a way

Holding tight to illusions
Mirrors of perfection held high
Don’t let anyone see
Pray they just pass by

Streets paved with eggshells
Treading ever so lightly
Lest the world cave in
Never reveal the unsightly

Swinging through the air
Up and down they go
Stepping in front of the curtain
Putting forth the best show

My Heart Bleeds

We have all waked the road of turmoil, broken hearts and pain at some point in this life.   We have all journeyed into thoughts of darkness and despair, yet still we stand! We stand because of God, despite our afflictions, despite our doubt. We stand because in our soul, the very core of who we are, we feel the very hand of God moving, stirring the heart, healing the wounds, and making us beautiful once again. Though our hearts may bleed, it is indeed God’s healing love that brings us back to a place of peace and rest. May you find your rest in Him, especially when your heart is bleeding and the circumstances appear so dark and bleak. Remember, God is there. Hold tight to Him, cry out to Him!! Let Him bring healing through and through!

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn, giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
Isaiah 61:1-3

My Heart Bleeds

I stand broken and torn
My heart laid open before You Lord
My God, my Savior save me from this pain
Shelter me in the shadow of Your wing
Protect me from Satan’s snares
Fill me with You O God
This world hurts so much
Despite Your loving hand
My heart bleeds before You
Your desires within me are so strong
Cutting to the core of my very soul
Shattering my peace
Breaking me even more
I want You Lord to be all that I need
No one or nothing else will do
Fill me please
This is my cry
My heart’s desire is to need only You
Please, Father God heal this broken heart

He is God

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
We are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken;
Cast down, but not destroyed.
II Corinthians 4:8-9

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He is God

When the world appears hopeless
and all of life is falling apart
When dark skies loom ever closer
and burden are too heavy to carry
Always know that someone is there
He cannot be seen and often is not heard
But to those that need Him most
He will surely reveal Himself
With compassion, He gently caresses troubles away
With love, He encourages through the tough times
With sympathy, He lets you now He understands
He too has walked the trials of this world
He is pure
He is peace
He is hope
He is your guardian and your source of light
when none can be found
Your comforter and companion for life
He is God

Know

I have been praying and seeking guidance from the Lord for many years, but it never fails, just as life calms down the storms seem to rage again, bringing me back to my first love–The Lord Himself!

Do you ever have times in your life when you are smiling on the outside, but inside you feel chaos, fear, frustration, and anguish? Ever had times where you just want the world to stop and let you off for just a little bit–a break in the storm. Ah, there I sit in the midst of the storm, but still praising God as I know I will learn so much and be refined that much more into the image of Christ. How funny too, that as I was reading one of my online devotionals today, these scriptures should be the focus:

James 1:4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Peter 1:6,7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Romans 5:3,4 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

God is indeed so good and his timing is perfect! I so needed the reminder of what God is doing in my life; of how he brings glory, goodness, and life from the chaotic storms that rage. Perhaps you are in the same boat. Maybe you are questioning why you must endure the storm or you may be tired and drained from the trials that you face. I know not what your journey is, but I do know God is with you always! He is faithful and will never leave you or forsake you.

Joshua 1:5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

“Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
Psalm 46:10-11

Know

Trails will come
Storms will rage
Know God will never leave you nor forsake you

Fear may set in
Anger take hold
Know the Lord will be with you through it all

Rest may elude
Chaos surround
Know the peace of God is within your reach

Confusion clutters
Feelings abound
Know God is refining you each and every step

Challenges arise
Tears may fall
Know God will be the strong refuge you need

Deception flows forth
Blame is cast
Know God reveals all that is hidden in time

Darkness settles
Pain resides within
Know that healing comes through the hand of God

Battlefield

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.
Ephesians 6:12-13

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Everyone has struggles.  Everyone has times of chaos and fear.  Everyone has moments of pain and frustration.  Everyone experiences heartbreak and sadness.  Everyone suffers at some point in their life.  But guess what?!?  It is all part of a bigger plan that will, if we let it, lead us to a place of peace, pure love, and complete joy.

We fight in this life for what is true, noble, righteous and just, yet it seems that no matter how hard we try, we always end up getting hit by powers beyond our control.  I was once told, and have had it reiterated many times, that it is not people we fight against, but against the demons of this world.  You see, people are people, flawed and human, and by our very nature, sinful. We fight a battle that is bigger than us, bigger than the things of this world.  We fight against Satan, against his minions who run rampant upon this earth.  Scripture tells us that we fight against world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly realms….Ephesians 6:12.  So then, what are we to do for we are mere mortals, not spiritual beings?

We are to put on the spiritual armor of God, stand strong on His promises to fight with and for us, and pray without ceasing for His strength, wisdom, and discernment through the fight.  We are to press on, taking hold of what God has done for us.

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Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.  

Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth,
and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and having shod your feet with preparation of the gospel of peace;

in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith
with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one,
and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit,
and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
~ Ephesians 6:13-18

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness
and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
~ Colossians 1:11-14

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; 
in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit;
do not despise prophetic utterances.

But examine everything carefully;
hold fast to that which is good;
abstain from every form of evil.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

You see, Christ has already fought the fight, given himself to death, that he might rise again victorious.  He has crushed Satan under his heel, freeing us from the bondage of evil principalities.  He has made the path for us victorious as well.  However, just as his victory came at a price (his life), so too does ours.  In order to win the battle against darkness, we must give our life to receive life!  We must surrender the things that separate us from the love and power of God, and walk in obedience and faith that the Lord will heal us, fill us, and illuminate the way.  We must speak in bold love, being true to God’s plan for our life rather than our own.  We must continually focus our minds on him so as to see the lies and deception that Satan throws our way.  We have to think on the things of the Lord if we are to win the battle between right and wrong.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
~ Philippians 4:8-9

For if we are not cautious, not buried in the Word, not consistently in prayer, not seeking him in all we do….then we open the door to give Satan a foothold on our heart and mind, which later leads to actions that hurt and bring pain to ourselves and others.

My dear friends, please take hold of victory by releasing your grip on the things of this world that hold you back.  Take your fears, your pain, your anger, your bitterness, your resentment, your insufficiencies, and anything else that hinders your walk with God, and give them up to God who can replace them with hope, joy, peace, comfort, forgiveness, and grace.  Win the battle with God leading the way.  Stand strong and know you can overcome all darkness with the One who LIGHTS the way!!

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Battlefield

Life is a battlefield
Between right and wrong
Walk away and give up
Or stand up and stay strong

We fight principalities
Evil reminds us where we have been
Focusing on our insecurities
Seeking to destroy from within

Stop waiting and wondering
Let God lead the way
Live faith with reckless abandon
Following His plan each day

With God all things are possible
In Christ we can do all things
Surrender your hopes and your fears
Let God bring you His dreams