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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 ❤

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!

Broken
Hurting
Ashamed
Come as you are

Confused
Angry
Lost
Come as you are

Bitter
Wandering
Sorrowful
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

Merely Existent

Have you ever encountered a time in your life, be it a day, a week, a month, or years, where it just seemed that there was no hope? Ever feel like the emotions of your circumstances would swallow you whole, leaving only an empty carcass of pain and defeat? I have been there with you my friend! I have encountered the gates of hell first hand, and am here to say that the darkness will not destroy you, nor will it consume you! I am living proof that there is hope! There is light amidst even the darkest times of your life. There is love even when you don’t love yourself and you feel as though love is nonexistent. I am here to tell you that there is release from the darkness and pain, and it is found in The Lord!

God will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)! He is your light in a world of darkness (John 8:12, 12:46). He is your hope in those desperate times where everything seems to confuse and overwhelm (Romans 15:13, psalm 42:8). He is your strength when you just can’t go any more; when you just feel like you would be better off dead. God is there to lift you from the mire of your own sin (Psalm 40:2). He is there to pull you out of the pit of shame, guilt, and ambivalence.

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All you need do is cry out (Psalm 34:17, Isaiah 19:20)! Release your tears, your heartache, your pain. Surrender them to God and know that he collects them all, seeks revenge for wrongs done to you, forgives you for your own sins, and brings the hope and promise of a future filled with peace, comfort, hope, and salvation!

May you know you are not alone in your journey! All my love ❤

“Why are you like a man dismayed,
like a mighty man who cannot save?
Yet you are in our midst, O LORD,
and we are called by your name; do not forsake us!”
~ Jeremiah 14:9

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Merely Existent

Moving in slow motion
Life is taking its grueling toll
Leaving me feeling empty
Devoid of true happiness and peace

What do I face each day for
Only to be struck down
Beyond the anger, past the hurt
The emotions continually stupefy me

Why am I so lost
Confused as to who I am
What I want in life
What I expect from God

Each day seems so different
The expectations so unique
My existence like vapor
The hunger for something more haunts me

Longing to live passionately
Fearing to face reality
The thoughts anger me
Cause conflict deep in my soul

Resentment pulsing through my veins
Shattering the life I clung to
Sadness fills my heart
Casting its shadow on my joy

Self condemnation destroys my hope
Beckoning me towards the pit of hell
The emotional lion devours my very breath
Leaving only tortured remains

The Soul’s Struggle

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For whatever things were written before were written for our learning,
that we through the patience and comfort of scripture might have hope. ~ Romans 15:4

The Soul’s Struggle

Confused
Lying in a sea of lies
What to do
Stand and wait
Wait for what
Answers from God of course
A friendly voice to lead me on
But is it God I hear
Or does evil deceive
The difference seems so slight
Snares of Satan well disguised
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Patiently he waits
Pouncing at the perfect time
Preying on weakness, fears, and doubt
Devouring the light
Uncertainty rules the moment
The struggle for the soul continues

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In this life there are many obstacles. Some are easy to overcome, like what to have for dinner, or how to complete a project at work. Other obstacles are more difficult, such as which job offer to accept, or how to spend or invest money in the wisest way. Still other obstacles cause much heartache and confusion, especially those focused around the emotions of the heart, such as direction in an adulterous marriage with someone you love, clarity in how to best deal with a rude and disrespectful teen, yet still show them how much you love them, or what to do and where to turn when you are experiencing abuse.

God is always there, guiding you through the storms of life, helping you with the direction to go, giving you courage to do what needs to be done, and providing endurance and strength to get you there. However, another force is at play in this fallen world…Satan…and he seeks to draw you away from the only One that can help you most…God. He uses your fear, worry, doubt, weaknesses, and insecurities to cause you to lose sight of God and all His hope, comfort, guidance, and love. Satan knows that if he hollers loud enough, you will hear him and many times make poor choices because of it. This is the plight of the soul! The struggle between flesh and spirit! The war that rages between light and dark!

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1 Peter 5:8 reminds us that Satan is always on the lookout, waiting to devour us, to destroy us. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” In our flesh it is easy to listen and heed the voice of Satan. Have you ever heard the whispers of doubt, shame, anger, bitterness, or arrogance in your head?

You will never be able to get out of this abusive relationship because you have no where to go, no one else who will love you.

How could you think you are smart enough to go back to school or apply for that job, just give up?

You are so ugly, no one will love you, stop trying?

You are not strong enough to lose the weight, so why bother?

You are a horrible person to talk to your kids that way, what kind of mother/father are you?

You should never forgive that person for what they did to you, stay angry, get revenge, you deserve it.

You can never be good enough for God so don’t bother trying.

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Satan’s bantering on the heart and mind has a way of wearing you down, causing you to see only the dark parts of who you are, the weak flesh. He wants to tear you down and destroy you, so your soul remains bitter and lost. He seeks nothing more than the opposite of God–he wants you to remain dead, separated from God and His love. It is so easy to listen to the negativity in your mind; so easy to believe the lies than the truth of who you really are!

What is that truth? You are a child of God. You have a future filled with hope, glory, and righteousness. God has other plans, despite Satan’s intentions. God wants to encourage you, build you up, give you strength, provide comfort, give clarity and directions, bring hope and joy. He wants to shelter you in the shadow of His wing, finishing all the work He has begun in your heart.

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When you feel lost and afraid. When you feel like your life just isn’t worth it and you would rather die than live. When you feel like all hope is gone and you can’t go on anymore. That is when you have to reach up toward the heavens and start listening to the truth of God. Here are some scriptures to help you begin your  journey of truth!

1. You are God’s child!

John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

1 John 3:1-3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.•

2. You have been chosen by God!

Ephesians 1:3-8 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

3. You have been forgiven of all your sins, freed from condemnation!

Colossians 1:13-14 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Romans 8:1-2 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Romans 8:31-39 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughter” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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4. God is working for your good in all things, to bring you hope and a future!

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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

5. God will provide for you!

Matthew 6:25-27 “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 ?

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

6. God and His love will be with you always (no matter how you feel or what you have done)!

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Psalm 27:10 Though your father and mother forsake you, the Lord will receive you.

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of Heaven. His love endures forever.

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7. God created you on purpose for a purpose!

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

8. You can come to God with freedom and confidence!

Ephesians 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

9. You can do all things with Christ!

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

10. You are a new creation in Christ (your past forgotten, your future new and bright)

2 Corinthians 5:1 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

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11. You are an overcomer!

Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, not angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Remember, there will always be battles between good and evil, right and wrong.  You may lose a few battles here and there, or you may have surrendered to the wrong or the evil at times, but you can win war with God at your side.  You can overcome!  You can hold tight to God’s truths!  You can trust He will bring you to the side of good and right every time!  You can rest in the knowledge that He has already won the war through the sacrifice of His Son on the Cross for you!  Reach up to God, cry out to your Lord, and let Him fight the struggle for your soul!

God bless and keep you, and know you are in my prayers!

Right Where He Needs

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Life is a continual struggle between good and evil; a battle between flesh and spirit.  You may sin or have sin done against you.  You may be broken, torn, and in a place so fragile it feels like the world may shatter around you.  You may be in an abusive relationship, a broken marriage, or dealing with addictions.  You may be wondering through this life numb to emotions and living in fear of what may happen next.  Wherever you are, God is there.  He is always there to pick you up, to pull you out, to place your feet on a firm foundation of strength and security.  All you need to do is reach up to Him, seek Him, ask Him to provide all you need, whether security, provision, safety, comfort, love…whatever you need, He can provide, but you have to let Him in.

No matter where you are in your walk of life; no matter what circumstances you face; no matter how heavy, dark, and depressed your life may be, cry out to the Lord and He will hear your cries, lifting you out of the mire and mud of life, bringing you hope, joy, and contentment.

God bless and may you indeed face this life head on, knowing that God has you! All my love from one overcomer to another ❤

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Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God:
I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you,
yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. ~ Isaiah 41:10

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Right Where He Needs

Struggling day to day
Reaching for strength
Seeking a better way

The effects of abuse
Feelings collide
Left dazed and confused

Growing weak
Must hide the pain
The future seems so bleak

I fret, I despair
Am I lost forever
No, for God is there

Right where He needs
Torn, beaten, fragile
A heart to plant His seeds

He heals the pain
Mends the broken heart
Hopelessness lies slain

Hear Him call
Asking you to come
He will never let you fall

Broken Girl

In this world pain and suffering are unavoidable, but there is hope amidst the chaos and torture we encounter both physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As women we are considered by some to be weak and here to serve men. However, the meaning of Biblical servitude did not include the abuse and degradation of our innocence, and the devastation of our soul. Sexual abuse is often considered taboo to discuss and is hidden under the carpet, both for those who partake of it and those who are its prey. No more!

Ladies, you have a God that is bigger than anyone who has ever hurt and abused you, a God who has wept at your stolen innocence, and has been angered by the abuses done to you. I praise God each day for the miracles He sets in my path, and one of those is Matthew West, an artist who has taken to heart the despair that faces women who have fallen victim to sexual abuse. His song, Broken Girl, has touched me to the core, and I want to share the lyrics with you. I hope that you can read the words, and be inspired to release the demons of abuse–guilt, shame, ambivalence, self contempt, depression, despair—and surrender them at the foot of the cross! God is big enough to carry them and has more than enough love to see you through the storm of recovery.

Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us to “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.” What a wonderful promise. Do not be afraid to seek counsel, to get help, and tell your story. God will honor your pain and courage with love never-ending, and a new image of who you are in Him—-clean, holy, righteous, beautiful, and perfect! You are a daughter in the kingdom of heaven, and no one can take that from you, NO ONE!

May the Lord touch your heart, heal your mind, and shine light into the darkness of your soul. With all my love!

Broken Girl
written and sung by Matthew West
To hear the entire song, simply click here.

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Look what he’s done to you
It isn’t fair
Your light was bright and new
But he didn’t care
He took the heart of a little girl
And made it grow up too fast
Now words like innocence
Don’t mean a thing
You hear the music play
But you can’t sing
Those pictures in your mind
Keep you locked up inside of your past

This is the song for the broken girl
The one pushed aside by the cold, cold world
You are, Hear me when I say
You’re not the worthless they made you feel
There is a love they can never steal away
Cause you don’t have to stay the broken girl

Those damaged goods you see
In your reflection
Love sees them differently
Love sees perfection
A beautiful display
Of healing all the way tonight

This is the song for the broken girl
The one pushed aside by the cold, cold world
You are, Hear me when I say
You’re not the worthless they made you feel
There is a love they can never steal away
You don’t have to stay the broken girl

Let your tears touch the ground
Lay all your shattered pieces down
And be amazed by how grace can take a broken girl
And put her back together again

This is the song for the broken girl
The one pushed aside by the cold, cold world
Hear me when I say
You’re not the worthless they made you feel
There is a love they can never steal away
You don’t have to stay the broken girl

Darkness to Light

Everyone has a past, times that haunt, memories that taunt and tear our hearts and minds apart. Sometimes they can be so overwhelming and you feel like you will break because the conflict is so strong. Believe the lies or seek the truth and let it fill your heart and mind?

I used to allow these wicked thoughts to take control, to lead me to places of danger and harm. But somehow, in some miraculous way, God came in. He reminded me of the truth…that I am HIS beautiful creation. I am pure and righteous through the atoning blood of His Son’s sacrifice. I am His daughter whom He loves with a love so divine and so grand that I am filled with a peace I simply don’t understand. With prayer and encouragement from trusted friends, He shines the light of His love whenever the lies of my past open the floodgates of darkness. He brings grace where shame once resided. God has given me the wonderful gift of His mercy, a compassion so rich it fills my soul and washes over the sinful guilt coursing through my heart and mind.

I honestly don’t know how my life would be without the pure love of God that came and rescued me! Would I be drowning in Satan’s sea of lies? Perhaps I would have turned to a life of alcohol or drugs to numb the pain? Maybe I would have resorted to cutting or a destructive lifestyle to bring relief from the past? I know not where I would be today without the grace of God living within me. He has reached into my state of brokenness and set me free from the shackles and bondage of abuse and for that I am eternally grateful. Yes, there are those moments where satan desires nothing more than to remind me of my past, to bring the abuse back to the forefront of my mind, to fill my heart with his elegant lies. But today it is different, for satan has been cast out…the lies replaced with the beauty and love of my wonderful, great, awesome, and powerful God!

I pray that you too can feel the loving hand of God upon you. May his truth come to light and wash over you so that no matter how hard satan tries, you will still return to the loving God who created you and calls you His own. Don’t lose hope by remaining in the pain of the past or the sin filled life of the present. Instead, run to the grace filled arms of Jesus Christ and find ultimate release from the sinful thoughts, the destructive plans, and the devastating patterns you have developed to help with the pain. Release them to the only One who can heal you deep within. May you find strength and peace amidst this journey of life! And even more importantly, may the glorious forgiveness of God encompass your very soul, reminding you how beautiful and how loved you truly are. All my love.

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. –Isaiah 42:16

Darkness to Light

Darkness
Shame
Shifting sand

Spiraling
Plummeting
Nowhere to stand

Contempt
Anger
Rising again

Battling
Torment
Mind filled with sin

Searching
Seeking
Reaching for God’s hand

Praying
Yearning
Waiting to land

Forgiveness
Healing
God’s love so grand

Listening
Learning
Shackles of sin disband

Grace
Light
Flowing from God’s hand

Darkness

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them. ~ Isaiah 42:16

hope light

Darkness

Darkness
Shame
Shifting sand

Spiraling
Plummeting
Nowhere to stand

Contempt
Anger
Rising again

Battling
Torment
Mind filled with sin

Searching
Seeking
Reaching for God’s hand

Praying
Yearning
Waiting to land

Forgiveness
Healing
God’s love so grand

Listening
Learning
Shackles of sin disband

Grace
Mercy
Flowing from God’s hand