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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

Let it Go!! Trust!!

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever,
For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.
~ Isaiah 26:3-4

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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:6-7

In times where your mind wanders and you feel your thoughts drifting to negativity or areas of darkness and fear, bring them captive to the Lord. Bring them into His presence, surrendering them, and letting God bring you back to His light and peace. Yes, this is a hard process, but the more frequently you do it, the easier it becomes. When you give it all to God, He promises to bring you peace and comfort, to lead you in the path everlasting. That doesn’t mean the pain will go away or the circumstances will change in an instant, but it does mean that God will be with you through them, reminding you that He is bigger than anything you may face, that He is stronger than the challenges, that He knows the direction you must go to achieve His perfection! Let go and let God! All my love, and as you go through your day, may you find your heart and mind focused on the glory and beauty of God!

Finding His Faith Midst the World!

Train a child up in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

I have only one child and he is my pride and joy. My life is so full with him in it and I am delighted that he is becoming his own man. He is 15, with 16 approaching quickly, and desiring to assert his independence more so now than ever before.

I have been divorced for over 13 years, and though I have a great relationship with his father and we keep our son as the central focus, I am still a single mom without a dad in the house! My son has been brought up in church with me and has just recently proclaimed that he does not want to go to church anymore. The reasons are varied, and I have been praying greatly about this as there is a delicate balance to encouraging him to go to church, thus continuing to build his foundation in Christ, and to making him go to church, which would cause bitterness and resentment about church and create fights weekly in our home. Yes, I am the mom, and yes, I can “make” him go, but that does not foster his faith and his journey; it merely sets the stage for warfare in our home. After much prayer, God has made it abundantly clear that my son is NOT mine, he is GOD’S! In that one resonating statement, God is asking me to let go, and let him lead my son, which I will admit is hard. This is not hard because of my lack of trust in God, but because I know the journey will be hard, painful, and difficult for me to watch. After all, who wants to see their only child, or any child suffer in order to find a deep and meaningful relationship with God?

With all that said, herein lies my struggle: how do I continue to build on the foundation that has been built thus far without appearing critical and nagging, but at the same time holding true to my convictions and Scripture?

For example, just today, I came home from church and he was watching a show called “The League” which I must say leaves little to be desired and leaves nothing to the imagination. I sat, watched with him and then began a discussion about pornography, as that was blatantly displayed in this episode both visibly and verbally. I reminded him that it was inappropriate to watch this show as it promotes porn. His response, “How is it promoting porn?” My statement back to him was that by showing pornography and making it a normal part of these people’s lives (both married and single), the show was promoting it, saying it is okay for men and women to watch and discuss pornography. He then stated that it was something normal guys do. My response was that in the real world, a normal guy, a gentleman and Godly man would not find pornography normal, but in the show it makes it appear thus, to which he responded that he was done discussing it and going to go work out. So here I sit, wondering how to walk the line of showing him God and reminding him of God’s expectations in scripture to becoming a nagging, hypocritical, holier than thou mom (not that I see myself that way, but that is quickly becoming my son’s perception!)

I am reaching out to you all as brothers and sisters in Christ to find out what has and has not worked for you and your family when it comes to raising a child up in the way he or she should go. I know every child encounters a battle within to find his or her own faith, and I know that battle is different for everyone and can occur at varied times in life for each person. My son is there now, and I want, no, I desire with a great passion for him to grow and blossom in his walk with God and to become the man God created him to be. With the world screaming that what was once wrong (morally and Biblically speaking) is now right, I am finding myself in the midst of his battle, in the middle of the battle for my son’s soul!

I am really curious and would like some thoughts from my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! Prayers are also welcomed as I know the power of prayer can availeth much! Encouraging personal testimonies, things that have and haven’t worked when reaching your teen. Anything will help!

Yours sincerely! With love and blessings from a God that I know can work ALL things for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose!

One of Those Nights!

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Ever have one of those nights where you just lie on the floor, staring at the ceiling with a million thoughts racing through your brain?! Maybe not, but I do, and tonight is one of those nights! So many thoughts, yet the primary one is that I have no authority, no control, no ability to alter the path of life….and yet, there is peace.

I have no profound thoughts for you tonight, just randomness midst the darkness of the midnight hour–prayers going forth for my teenage son as he begins his own journey of faith and life. Prayers that my hearts fire will be reignited. Prayers for those I care deeply about and the circumstances they face. Prayers for the emptiness that surrounds me as I sit here on the floor of my room. Prayers that I will get my finances under control. Prayer for work, family, upcoming travel. The list is endless, and seems to keep going into a plethora of things both concrete and abstract.

Yet I stand in faith, knowing God works all things for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose! I sit in this moment, knowing I have no control and no power, but God does! I surrender my fear, my ineptitude, my emotions, my feelings, my hopes, my emptiness, my loneliness. I give for I cannot step forward if I don’t. I surrender for I can only succeed in this world with the glory and grace of God guiding me!

In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
Does not the ear test words as the palate tastes food?
Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.
With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.
Job 12:10-13

I must commit my heart, mind and soul to the One who knows me better than I know myself!!

May the prayers of your heart ascend to the altar of the One who can answer your deepest needs and may your hope never leave the gates of heaven!

All my love ❤

Tied to the Ground ~ Charmaine

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:17

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

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Let Go!!

Consumed with worry
Holding tight to the past
Fearing the future

Let go
Let God

Stuck in the pain
A victim in the game of life
Harboring anger and bitterness

Let go
Let God

Crying out in misery
Actions guided by heartbreak
Words are daggers to the soul

Let go
Let God

Release the burdens
Lighten the millstone that weighs down
Surrender to something bigger

Let go
Let God

Be touched by never-ending grace
Caressed by overflowing love
Filled with constant peace

Let go
Let God

What I Know

A new year, a new creation doesn’t mean life will be easy or mellow. No matter the storm, no matter the doubt in your heart, no matter the draining of strength, no matter the feeling of fear, no matter your mixed thoughts, God is the same always–yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He will never leave you, never forsake you, never stop fighting for you, never give up on you. Stand strong, be still, and know that He is God! All my love ❤

From my distress I called upon the LORD;
The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.
The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
Psalm 118:5-6

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them;
because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4

What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all,
how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?
God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns?

Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised,
who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Romans 8:31-34

“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.
He will not fail you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Deuteronomy 31:8

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

New Year, New Creation–let go and let God!

Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.
The old things have passed away.
Behold, all things have become new.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ~

With a New Year comes the promise of a fresh start, and for that matter with the dawning of each new morning comes the chance to start with a clean slate! What better time to cast off the past and cling to a hope filled future. Put away the bitterness, anger, and strife, exchanging it for forgiveness, joy and peace. Let go of the grievous sins that hold you back from fulfilling your God created destiny, and jump into God’s plan for your life. Today, with the promise of a New Year ahead of you…..let go and let God.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.
Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and future.
~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined
according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will
~ Ephesians 1:11 ~

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
and these whom He predestined, He also called;
and these whom He called, He also justified;
and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
~ Romans 8:28-30

Don’t fret or fear the unknown, which lies ahead when you surrender and take the leap of faith to fulfill God’s plan for your life this year. Instead rest in the promise that he will never leave you nor forsake you! The path may not be easy, as a matter of fact I can guarantee it will be filled with trials and tribulations, but know with unwavering faith that God is with you through it all and can provide the strength you need to make it through. The past can hold you down, bury your heart in darkness and shame, even keep you mentally locked into depression and suicidal thoughts, but take heart….God will be there when you open the door to let him in. All you need do is let go and let God.

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.”
Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel,
“Be strong and courageous,
for you shall go with this people into the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them,
and you shall give it to them as an inheritance.
“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.
He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
~ Deuteronomy 31:6-8 ~

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations,
knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
and perseverance, proven character;
and proven character, hope;
and hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
~ Romans 5:3-4 ~

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
~ Philippians 4:13 ~

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not despairing;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed
~ 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 ~

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works within us,
to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
~ Ephesians 3:20-21 ~

There truly is no better time to cast off the old burdensome ways, and press on toward hope, renewal, grace, joy, peace, and blessings beyond imagination. No matter what your choice this year (keep the old ways or adopt something new in Christ) you will always have trials and persecution. What better way to go through them than with the power of God! After all he did sacrifice all he had to reconnect with you, and provide you a future filled with hope and promise. Ask, seek, and knock at the door of your heart and soul, and I can guarantee God will answer and fill you with all he has to offer if you simply…..let go and let God.

For God so loved the world,
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish,
but have eternal life.
For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world should be saved through him.
~ John 3:16-17

All my love and may you drink deeply of the promises of God this year, finding hope and grace beyond measure, and resting in the one true love that will keep you going for years to come, no matter the stormy trials you encounter. Blessings my friends ❤

Related Readings:

The “What If” Factor – Dangerous Mind 
Trust the Lord! – The Christian Gazette
Beautiful Forever – Flourish
Faith Child, You won’t Escape Adversity – ChristianBlessings
Is Your Cup Filled with Hope – My Spiritual Breakfast