New Year Equals New Opportunities (Beckah Shae~Life)

Prayer of jebez

New Year equals new opportunities, new outlook, and new chances! I love the beginning of a new year as it provides a chance to start over with a clean slate and positive outlook!! Just as each day provides a clean slate, so too does each new year. This year…expect the best, prepare for the worst, love boldly, laugh out loud, cry deeply, hope eternally, and live fully!! You never know when your life or the life of a loved one will be taken for none of us are ever promised tomorrow! Each breath is a gift! Don’t waste this year spending your life in anger, envy, strife, conflict, blame, guilt, shame, anxiety, or bitterness for they take away the joy and beauty of each day and take a physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional toll on the quality of your life.

1. If you are angry, pray for peace and surrender to the Lord your anger.
2. If you are envious, try being thankful for what you DO have, for many others have much less than you.
3. If you are in strife or conflict with someone, apologize and make things right….even if you aren’t the one
who made things wrong (after all God forgives and makes things right with you everyday, even when
He was not the one who sinned or made things wrong!–just saying’).
4. If you are spending time blaming others for where you are and who you have become, decide to take responsibility for yourself and the direction of your life for only you have the power to change it!!
5. If you are stuck in a life filled with guilt and shame, pray, seek counsel, change your ways, and surrender it to God– it was Christ’s sacrifice that has covered ALL your guilt and shame with love, mercy, and grace at the cross!
6. If you are filled with anxiety about whatever you are facing, be it finances, family struggles,
employment, death, health, or anything else out of your control….rest in the arms of God.
Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you (more than you may ever know!!).
7. If you hold bitterness towards someone who has wronged you…let it go!!
It doesn’t hurt the other person, but it destroys you from the inside out!
Forgive and find strength in God to show mercy and grace, just as he has so freely given it to you.

Strive to make this year a GOD centered year, instead of a ME centered year and look forward to all that you will be blessed with! When your focus is love and peace, the world is so much better off….and so are YOU!

All my love ❤

Holding You – Matt Hammitt

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

Life can often be confusing, painful, and filled with chaos, but there is hope, peace, and healing that comes from the One who is always holding you through it all! Even when you are in your darkest hour, God is there. When the pain of life leaves your pillow soaked with tears, God is there. God never leaves you. He will always be there to hold you through the harshest storms of this life. Let go and let Him bring you rest and peace!

All my love ❤

Worn ~ Tenth Avenue North

Amazing how music just lines up with the heart and soul, speaking what often times I cannot!  I am worn indeed.  I am praying for strength, for endurance to run the race set before me, for the ability to continue to love though I am so broken, for the chance to shine once again brighter than ever before, yet right now I am so very worn.  Still I cling to the hope and promises of God; promises of a future filled with good and hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

For I have fully satisfied the weary soul,
and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
~ Jeremiah 31:25


Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.
~ Psalm 86:6-7 ~

Sleep is a Mystery!

Hurting heart
Racing thoughts
Running round and round
Could it have been different?
What then?
Lost in the crevices of pain
Tossing to and fro
Sleep is a mystery to me

Jumpy and anxious
Wondering what to do
Seeking guidance from the Lord
Yet round and round I go
Turning from one side to another
Staring aimlessly at the dark
Scenarios playing like movies in my mind
Sleep is a mystery to me

Constant state of alertness
Hearing every little noise
Desiring Your peace oh God
Still round and round I go
When will this resolve?
Will I ever be the same?
Sadness instead of slumber
Sleep is a mystery to me

Come as You Are! ~ Crowder

Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy
And my burden is light.
~ Matthew 11:28-30

Come as You Are!

Come as you are

Come as you are

Come as you are

Healing found
Hope renewed
Joy restored
Come as you are

Freedom from bonds
Light to lead the way
Mercy free flowing
Come as you are

Sit in the arms of the Lord
Find rest under the shadow of His wings
Be filled to overflowing
Just come as you are

Simplify Your Life

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you?
He requires only that you fear the LORD your God,
and live in a way that pleases him,
and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.
And you must always obey the LORD’s commands
and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.
~ Deuteronomy 10:12-13

Simplify Your Life

Running around in circles
Chasing rules that never seem to end
Holding tight to expectations
Letting life wear you down

Burning out trying to live by the Law
Is God that hard to please?
Are you frustrated by requirements?
Trying so hard to be good

Relax, rest, renew
God knows the flesh and the heart
Perfection will never be gained
His expectations are more simple than that

Fear Him for who He is
Creator of the universe, beginning and the end
Love Him before all others
Stand in awe of His Holy name

Live in a way that pleases Him
Following His word not the world
Give love, mercy, grace, forgiveness
Focus on the eternal prize

Love the Lord with all your heart
Let Him love you in return
Share His love with all you encounter
Be the light He created you to be

Serve Him heart and soul
Set your goals upon the Kingdom
Put others before yourself
Love others like you have never loved before

Obey His commands
These three remain: faith, hope, love
Encompassing all the laws in only one word

Related Articles:

Journey through God’s Love – Introduction
Journey through God’s Love – Part 1
Journey through God’s Love – Part 2
Journey through God’s Love – Part 3
Journey through God’s Love – Part 4

Protector of the Weak

There are times when the battles of life wear you down, challenging you beyond your strength and capacity. You may feel like you are in the depths of despair or that the world and those in it have let you down. You may find yourself confused by the circumstances in your life, uncertain of what to do next. Perhaps you feel like everyone is against you, that you are a failure, or that you have pressure coming down on you from every angle of life. Whatever your situation, know this — The Lord has you!! He protects all who call upon his name, provides refuge and shelter for those who love and seek him, and gives strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless. He is the beginning and the end, knows your comings and your goings, and loves you unconditionally in spite of your faults and sins. He is hope. He is truth. He is freedom. He is forgiveness. He is grace. He is mercy. He is all you need. Lean on Him and he will be your protector.

God bless and keep you always! ❤

We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but now destroyed. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Protector of the Weak

A glistening ray of hope
Knight in shining armor
Protector of the weak

Your sword is Your Word
Sharper than any weapon
Swift and precise it cuts
The wind it carries You
To the place of pain
There You cut and destroy
Protector of the weak

Darkness cannot run
There is nowhere it can hide
Though earthly shelter eludes
Your shadow it covers
A blanket soft and secure
The warmth invades the soul
Protector of the weak

Scars from battles lost will fade
Healing with the passage of time
The war is never-ending
Destruction awaits at every bend
The enemy always poised to strike
You press on, confident in Your conquest
Protector of the weak

Climbing the tower of Darkness
With shield and sword You defend
Defender of all that was lost
One blow of Your might and darkness cowers
It claims only momentary loss
Waiting for its next move
Protector of the weak

Your cadence is one step ahead
Prepared for all that is to come
Protector of the weak

Stress Free?

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  John 16:33


In this world there will be trouble
There will be heartache and pain
Stand strong in The Lord
Continue to praise His name

Struggles will come and go
Difficult times will arise
Hold tight to the One True God
Look toward the heavenly skies

Mistakes will be made
Regrets creep up from the past
Let The Lord bring you through
Know that this too will pass

Trials will overwhelm
Tribulations test endurance
Rest in the refuge of God
Sit at His throne with confidence

Satan will attack with might
Causing the mind to go askew
Trust in The Lord
He will bring you through

Part of His Glorious Plan

God saw all that he had made,
and it was very good.
And there was evening,
and there was morning—the sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were
completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day
God had finished the work he had been doing;
so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
~ Genesis 1: 31 – 2:2

All Part of His Glorious Plan

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
His Spirit hovering over it all
He created day and night
Celebrating the first of countless days to come
God created sky and land
Preparing the world for his ultimate creation
God created plants and trees
Still they echo His beautiful artistry
God then created the moon, sun, and stars
To light the way for mankind
He created the birds of the air and the creatures of the sea
Life now breathing in wondrous delight
He gave life to animals of every kind
And saw that all was good
But still He desired more
God created man and woman
In His own glorious image He created them
Blessing them with ultimate rule over all He placed before them
Walking with them daily
He inspired them, loved them, filling them with who He was
He gave them all He had
Asking nothing in return
A picture of His grace that will forever carry on

Life is….

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7

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Life Is….

Life is a gift
Bestowed by God above
Truly precious and valuable
Bringing opportunities
Renewing hope
Strengthening faith

Life is a blessing
A sequence of moments
Orchestrated by the Lord
Bringing peace
Filling hearts with joy
Providing comfort in times of struggle

Life is meant to be lived
Shared with others
Relationships and experiences predesigned
Bringing light to those around us
Encouraging with hope
Building bonds of fellowship

Life is a gift
Choose each task wisely
Relax and release it all to God
Enjoying each moment
Breathing in each blessing
Living richly and abundantly in HIS love

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How quick we are to worry and despair about things well beyond our control?! While at work today, I was talking with fellow teachers about the fast approaching end of the school year. We were discussing all that must be done to finish out the year, establish next year’s class lists, and begin prepping for next school year (yes, we actually have to work during the summer—there is no free vacation, even for teachers!) I made the statement that life is too short to worry, and that set off a chain reaction of comments. How true though!

We have only one life. One life with a limited amount of time and to me it seems a bother and a waste to spend that valuable time worrying about things that haven’t happened yet, things that still haven’t gotten completed, and all the little things in between….and I assure you they are ALL little things when you look at the grand scheme of life.

Now I am not saying that we are to be irresponsible, and do whatever we want, whenever we want, however we want, with disregard to societal rules and governing laws. However, I am saying that if you are late for an appointment occasionally because life happened…so be it. I promise you that the world won’t stop spinning! If you are delayed in getting paperwork sent home, don’t stress. Tomorrow is yet another day to finish what was not completed today! Or perhaps, you decide to grab fast food on the way home instead of cooking. Guess what….you won’t become obese with a fast food meal here and there a couple of times a month!

In the American culture, and many others as well, we tend to overbook, overstress, and overwhelm ourselves with to do lists for work, home, church, and recreation. Okay, why do we need a list for a vacation? Really? It is called a vacation so we can relax, not stress about getting from one location to another at a specific time on a specific day. We go from rushing out the door in the morning, to hustling through the day at work, bringing work home because we didn’t finish it there, and then stressing about how to get the laundry done, the house somewhat cleaned (or for those perfectionist, A-type personalities—like I used to be—to get it clean and presentable to the public at all times!), to get dinner cooked, dishes cleaned, children through the bath time and evening routine, not to mention homework completion, and prayer/Bible study time. Oh, and don’t forget grocery shopping, kid shuttles to and from activities, and paying bills! Then we wake up the next morning to do it all again. Whew! After a few days of that, it is no wonder we live for the weekend and work to get enough money to escape now and again. What a vicious cycle!

You know, a lot of our worry and stress is caused by fear over the inability to control our life. Fear of not having enough money to make ends meet…thus we work ourselves to death, often at the sacrifice of family time and personal time. Fear of what unexpected things may (or may not) happen in the future…i.e. car breaking down, kids need braces, house getting robbed or destroyed, college funding… you pick your future worries as we all have some! Fear of not doing enough, fear of doing too much, fear of being late, fear of being early…..hmmmm….fear of failure, fear of success and expectations. I think you get the picture…fear. Worry is caused by fear, insecurity, and the inability to control our lives.

Let me help you out here…YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL…EVER. NEVER WERE, NEVER WILL BE! GOD IS IN CONTROL! He has orchestrated your life in a way that will produce the most benefit to yourself and those around you. He has planned the path of your life so as to ensure you have all that you need, when you need it (notice I did not say everything you WANT when you WANT it!). That’s right, God has you and your life in the palm of his hand, so guess what? You can relax a little and enjoy the amazing gift of life that he has given you.

Again, I am not saying that this is your ticket to being irresponsible or reckless. Rather, I am saying that you can relax instead of worrying about the future, instead of stressing about piles of paperwork, instead of stretching yourself so thin you have no time to breath and rejuvenate. Surrender to God and allow HIM to help you prioritize. Give him the chance to teach you the art of saying to no to things that are irrelevant, unimportant, or harmful to the lifestyle he has designed for you. Allow him to work in your life to weed out the insignificant things and selfish plans you hold so tight to that run you tirelessly into the ground!

Instead of worrying, take to the scriptures and trust that God has you and that all you need do is follow him with a willing heart, a thirsty soul, a focused mind, and a healthy body. Philippians 4:6-7…Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Come to God with prayer, with thanksgiving for what you do have, instead of focusing on what you don’t have. Bring your worry, your anxiety, your fears, your insecurities to HIM. Lay them at the cross and let God work in your life to bring you peace, joy, contentment, and hope.

Remember and hold tight to the truth that you are valuable and precious to the LORD…more than you can imagine, more than your earthly limited mind-set can understand. He created you to live life, not for you to let worry run your life. Taste the freedom that God can give and trust that HE WILL carry you through it all.

I leave you with Matthew 6:25-34…”Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

happyLive, laugh, love OR Anxiety, anguish, agonize… pick!

God bless and may HE fill your life to overflowing, opening your eyes to the beauty of life and helping you slow down to enjoy it!