Tag Archive | Faith

Just be Held ~ Casting Crowns

And this I pray,
that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
so that you may approve the things that are excellent,
in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ,
to the glory and praise of God.
~ Philippians 1:9-11

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When everything is chaotic and the storms rage, keep your eyes on the Cross, knowing God has a plan for good, for hope and for a future! Surrender what you cannot control and let God move in your life and the lives of those you love

I give you my son Lord, I surrender him to you, trusting that you will strengthen and protect him from the evil one. I give him to you for he is not my child, but Yours! I am letting go…letting you hold me, asking you to hold my boy as he becomes the man you created him to be.

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!

I Cannot Pray If….

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever.
~ Matthew 6:9-13 ~

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I cannot pray ‘Our
…if my faith has no room for others and their needs

I cannot pray ‘Father
…if I do not demonstrate this relationship with God in my daily living

I cannot pray ‘Who art in Heaven
…if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things

I cannot pray ‘Hallowed be Thy Name
…if I am not striving for God’s help to be holy

I cannot pray ‘Thy Kingdom come
…if I am unwilling to accept God’s rule in my life

I cannot pray ‘Thy will be done
…If I am unwilling or resentful of having His will in my life

I cannot pray ‘In earth as it is in Heaven
…Unless I am truly ready to give myself to God’s service here and now

I cannot pray ‘Give us this day our daily bread
…Without expending honest effort for it or if I would withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive

I cannot pray ‘Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
…If I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone

I cannot pray ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
…If I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted

I cannot pray ‘For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever
….If I do not recognize and submit to the sovereignty of God’ that all people and things are under His control

I was so inspired by this at last Sunday’s sermon, I thought I would share 🙂 May the peace of God guide you and may your prayers be unhindered!! All my love ❤

Only One

In this world we are constantly protecting our heart and mind from the diseases of hopelessness and despair! Pressure comes against us and circumstances rise up, bringing fear and anxiety.  Hearts get broken with others words or character is defaced by someone’s malicious ways. No matter where we walk on this earth, there will be trouble for we live in a fallen world; a world that is not going to get better, but rather is waxing worse each day. The only way to find hope is to place your heart and life into the hands of the One who can bring you true peace (Philippians 4:6-7). The Son of God was sacrificed that we may find hope and assurance in something better than this world (Titus 2:11-14, Hebrews 9:28, Jude 1:21).

It is imperative that you remember the trials and tribulations you face here on earth are temporary, lasting but a brief moment in the entire scheme of your life. Rather than focusing on the circumstances you face in the here and now, focus on the joy and peace that is set before you in the real of heaven. Though this world is real, your reality does not have to be based on the things of earth, but in Christ, who not only is with you now, but will be with you in eternity. He is stronger than all you face, he is the key to calming your troubled heart.

Believe in the promises of God, seek His truth, abide in His word, and trust in His provision and strength. Take some time to dive into His word, resting on His promise for eternal life, and take your eyes off the craziness of this world, focusing them on the only cure that exists for the disease of hopelessness and despair–John 14:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, Deuteronomy 31:6, Genesis 15:1, and Revelation 2:10.

You will keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.
~ Isaiah 26:3

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Only One

This bitter cup from which you drink
Filled to the brim with misery and gloom
The diseases of the heart and mind
Only One remedy holds the cure

Through the veil of tears
Anxieties fill the troubled heart
Circumstances bring hurt and despair
Only One brings forth hope

Situation continue to wax worse each day
Fear encompasses like a fierce storm
Merely existing in this broken world
Only One foundation is secure

Listen with ears of faith
See with eyes of hope
Abide in the promises of the LORD
Only One brings eternal peace

Though the lightning strikes and waves crash
Focus your eyes on Jesus Christ
He is the remedy against the despair of the world
The only One reality that will carry you through

Hope in Front of Me — Danny Gokey

When life appears dim, and circumstances are beyond your control, there is always HOPE!!

HOPE in God
HOPE in change
HOPE in beauty
HOPE in kindness
HOPE in grace
HOPE in mercy
HOPE in forgiveness
HOPE in tomorrow
HOPE in faith
HOPE in love
HOPE in Christ

Choose to Surrender

Therefore submit to God.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners;
and purify your hearts, you double minded.
Lament and mourn and weep!
Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
James 4:7-10

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Choose to Surrender

There is conflict in life, it’s all around
Decisions which you must make
Be true to your heart or listen to your mind
You must choose which path to take
Will you rely on Christ and His way
Trusting He will carry you through
Or turn to the world for justification
To support your point of view
Life is never easy, comfortable or light
The choices are often quite tough
But when you submit to the Lord above
The road is always less rough
To surrender to Him requires trust and faith
A strong belief deep within
Hold tight to the Lord, let Him work through you
Open your heart and soul
Give God the chance to shine
Let Him lead your way and ease your pain
Then all good things will come in His time

Harmonious Duet

I know not what others turn to when dealing with life’s journeys–be it celebrations or sorrows, happiness or trials.  As for me, music is a large part of my life’s journey.  It inspires, renews, encourages, strengthens, and fills the heart to overflowing.  It brings tears, comfort, joy, and peace.  It can draw you away from God or pull you so close you can feel his touch and hear him speak to you.  Music touches the soul, expands thought, and heals the heart.  Thank the Lord for such a beautiful gift as music and take some time to immerse yourself in its powerful sound!

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Harmonious Duet

Melodies of the heart
Rhythms of peace
God’s word inspires songs within

A sweet duet of love and grace
Play harmoniously in the soul

Precious notes of dissonance
Chords of life strung together
Beautiful harmonies filled with strength

A sweet duet of mercy and joy
Play harmoniously in the soul

Life’s symphony plays on
One instrument at a time
Songs of praise to the Lord our God

A sweet duet of hope and faith
Play harmoniously in the soul