Know God is There

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We are studying Exodus at my church. I love how you can read a chapter again, and see new things that God is saying to you. I am going to put my notes in this blog for me to come back and maybe help someone else.

Exodus 5:1-2

After this presentation to the Israel’s leader, Moses and Aaron went and spoke to Pharaoh. They told him “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, say’s let my people go so they may hold the festival in the honor of in the wilderness” 

Moses and Aaron to the Pharaoh to command to let God’s people go. God used Moses and Aaron freewill to try to change the Pharaoh’s free will. We have to remember God uses us to help others see the eyes on the Lord. We can live the life God has giving us.. to show we have freewill to be the person God wants us to me. Show your relationship for God to others. Be prepared to go through hard times. God is about to use you, your freewill God gave us, to show and try to change other’s freewill.

The people of Egypt looked to the Pharaoh as a God. They didn’t put God first and that resulted in the plagues. God used the destroyers to open the people’s eyes. God uses pain to give us the vision to get closer to God.

Exodus 6:7-8

I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your own God. Than you will know that I am the LORD your God that has freed you from oppression in Egypt. 

Let others know that even if you are going to horrible pain – you will overcome with God’s love. He will bring you through it. Don’t think you are buried in the oppression of the world.

Exodus 6:9

So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become to discourage by the brutality of their slavery.

Just like the slaves instead of opening their ears and hear God’s plea to change their lives. To help them escape the pain.. they were focus on the feeling of scared of God.

God is bigger than your problems. Open your ears. Pay attention.

the pain. They were so enclosed in themselves and how THEY could get out themselves instead of putting it the arms of God. You will hear that small voice of God where He is pointing you to go.

Just like the slaves instead of opening their ears and hear God’s plea to change their lives. To help them escape the pain.. they were focus on the feeling of scared of the pain. They were so enclosed in themselves and how THEY could get out themselves instead of putting it the arms of God.

God is bigger than your problems. Open your ears. Pay attention. You will hear that small voice of God where He is pointing you to go.

Exodus 14:31

” When the people of Israel saw the mighty power of that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with the awe before him. They put THEIR faith in the Lord and  in the servant Moses”

When you see God bring you through the pain and suffering .. you will be in awe of His power. God will have that relationship He made us for. That God yearns and craves.

Don’t worry about your problems.. God has you…

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Let’s Start Over

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From My Prayer Journal

“You have provided me with so much. I had lost faith and I never understood why things never happened. I felt alone,confused,led down so many empty paths. I have felt jealous, not thankful,blamed others. I had put all this feelings ahead of you. All I cared about was me …
I have layer and layer upon myself of pain, guilt, and ugliness. I am ashamed. I still want to push down those feelings. To hide – disappear. Lord, help me to start bring up all those layers. Let me feel like I am opening up. You are the one and only that can heal me. You are so loving and the More I learn about you – the more I realize what I am meant to be – and what You made me for. I know Jesus is the one with that bandage that gap. Jesus, I pray and want you to know you are first in my heart.

Lord, I can never thank you – I can thank you every minute, second of everyday – and not begin to touch the glory of grace you have for me –

Let me continue to feel you – I know you are here – right now – you move my hands my eyes – Let my eye’s open up more towards You,

Amen “

 

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To Be Loved.. And Never Give Up

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I want to share my testimony .. I sent this letter to my church – and I want to share with everyone. Never give up – God will show up..

THIS JUST HAPPENED TODAY-

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“While you were in your mother’s womb, living and moving and developing. God, like a skilled craftsman, was sculpting you.. “

“God gave you certain personality with certain abilities that would express in a certain way in this world through working a job.”

From Limited Life – Derwin Gray

…God LOVES you .. and you are always will be loved by Him…

::To My Church::

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I want to share this testimony with my River point family. Riverpoint have been praying for me and I have a wonderful report to share. I had major surgery last Sept. and I lost my job. They would not hold it. The doctor’s found a softball size cyst in my uterus and had to do an emergency hysterectomy. It was in a 2 week time period.

I was at my lowest – I lost my new job – had to have surgery – and I had no insurance. My now husband decided to move our wedding date up to Dec. 7. We got married but still struggled.

Since the beginning of the year, I have been looking for jobs but not really looking. I finally gave everything to God and knew he was going to put me where I belonged. I was about to give up.

Last Spring, I was in a facebook group. I saw this post from a lady that was asking about a bible study. I messaged her and invited her to attend. She didn’t know if she could because she had an infant. Luckily Riverpoint had child care. She attended and I ran over to introduce myself. She did not even go to Riverpoint. I just felt I had to get her there. Not only was she blessed by Tayna – we became good friends.

Well, last week – I received a FB message from my friend with a copy of a post on a facebook group asking about anyone being interested in working with a private school for a asst. teacher. I took a leap of faith and emailed her back – I left my contact info have NO idea what was going to come of it.. In the meanwhile – my friend was messaging the lady that posted on fb about me saying I would be perfect for the job. That evening I was talking to 2 middle men. My friend – the facebook lady – she was talking to the owner. ( I know – confusing) but long story short – all time I been praying for God to lead me where I was supposed to go. I had Riverpoint, KSBJ, Proverb31.org, countless facebook groups, and friends praying for God to put me in my place where I could use my gifts.

Funny thing is – I have been getting rejection letters from other jobs.. over and over.. especially the last couple of weeks. Talk about discouraging.

I just now left the school. I was in tears and shaking – I was hired on the spot and actually filled out the paperwork. I am scheduled for Aug. 11th. I get all the teacher holidays off – spring break – weekends off – and a salary that opened up our budget that we were struggling to most with. I just need to attend 3 classes to be certified and learn CPR and First Aid.

My heart always wanted to teach – I never went to college – have no training – but here I am – where God has picked me up – and placed me to show all His glory. He made me with gifts and talents – and I am sitting here in tears and chills … praising and thanking him.  I get to work with Pre-Schooler’s teaching them … putting an impression on their tiny lives..

I really have no other words to say – but to bow my head down to the King .. and praise Him – telling Him… I love Him and I knew He had a plan for me. It just took a little longer than I wanted – about 15 years.

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 Thank you Jesus – …

 My Life Vision:

In my Limitless Life Study – I had to write out a Vision Statement for my Life

“To be strong and faithful with a passion to love others while offering grace”

I am going to use my gifts and talents God gave me. He had handpicked me to place me in my life – He knew while I was in my mom’s womb where He wanted me.. I just had to wait long enough to see that come through.

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Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Fresh Day.. Love Endures Forever.

God is so beautiful. We will never know how beautiful Heaven is going to be. We can have glimpse at times. I have a heart that is FULL of God even when I don’t feel Him sometimes. I have to sit back and just whisper ” I am here, Lord.” Here is a picture I took this morning during my walk. I was sitting near my lake and just praying and worshiping. This is my reminder.

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My prayer walk:

Dear Lord,

I give you such gratitude for all your beauty you created since the beginning of time. You are the maker of everything in life. Your love amazes me and gives me the strength to go on. I do not deserve anything you bless me with. I humbly come down on my knees to praise you. To see your face in the morning sky. It’s a new day, Lord, and I love you.. and I need you… you are my everything .. even when I feel like I am alone.

Amen

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That’s a Piece of Cake!

 

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I am working with verse mapping this week – with a light heart story to connect Jesus to your life. 

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“But to all who believed Him and accepted Him. He gave the right to become chidren of God” John 1:12

I love cake – oh boy – oh boy… I always in the mood to bake one and decorate all like the one’s I see on pinterest.

But you can say I have a bad case of Pinterest fail. I am not the best baker. I envy Cake Boss. I also envy that girl down the street that makes gorgeous pink zebra stripe cakes for a 2 year old. I guess I will have to stick to Betty Crocker and the wonderful icing in the plastic cup. Which you are always tempted to take that spoon and indulge in that double double trouble chocolate!

I take my metal pans out the oven. I leave them to cool for 15 minutes. I come back, say a little prayer, and flip them. Only for them to come out half and half. Great !!

We really need this cakes done like yesterday for the church party. You don’t want to come in with half a cake which they will think – “she couldn’t get to church before munching on it!!”

We need help, fast!

That crumb sitting them is not attached to the cake. It is a reject. It seems like the cake just said you are damage – and you will not be part of this beautiful creation. The crumb looks around and feels like an outcast. Suddenly, a knife comes and picks the crumb up. The crumb is put back on the cake and viola – it is slapped with icing . Now, the crumb is part of that beautiful cake. Everyone will oooo and awww at you creation while you smile thinking ‘ hey, this wasn’t as bad as I thought!”

This fits into the chapter Five : From Damaged Goods to Trophy of Grace Limitless Life. Yes, I am going somewhere with this.

We can find ourselves not part of a greater purpose. We feel like the outcast and not good enough. I know I can think – how can I ever get better? How can ever be forgiven with all the damaged I did, people I hurt, the stigma that follows me?

Lets use the Samaritan woman at the well as an example.  She was an outcast because she was damaged ( like our cake). She felt so ashamed of her life. She felt like a failure and all she knew was the pain of her past. So many other’s judged her. I can be in her shoes any day of the week. I can do something and think “If anyone knew this – I would be outcast out.” Maybe by friends, family and even church.

The most beautiful thing will happen. Jesus will reach out to you. Even though He knows all your flaws and sins He still loves you the same and He wants you to be part of His family. He wants you to be healed and put back together. He doesn’t care how damaged you are. We have the power of Grace. We do not deserve to be put back together. We do not have to do anything to earn it. With the repentance of your sins – just admitting every dark secret you have – you will be given the gift of Grace. This brings tears to my eyes.

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” Eph. 3:29″

Go ahead – go from damaged to having that gift of newness – to start over fresh. And the best thing is – IT IS FREE!

Okay back to our cake.

That crumb was iced over and put back on the whole. A knife picked up that crumb and place it back on the cake. Than comes that favorite part – icing. This is carefully iced on. The cake is whole again and looks so beautiful and delicious.  You are so proud !

The piece of cake believed it was going to somehow become a whole. The cake accepted the gift of grace  and it turned it to important part of this masterpiece.

Let the Knife be Jesus – putting you back on to be whole and new. Let the icing be the Holy Spirit using you to bind the works of Jesus. Let the whole cake be you – beautiful and wonderful made by Christ that loves you so much.

You are NO LONGER damaged!

Now dig in!! That is one thing that will never damage you – the yummy taste of a moist cake!

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Meet Suzy Q.

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One day a baby bird falls out a tree for the very first time. She hits the ground and looks around her surroundings. She is very unfamiliar and it makes her frighten. She feels abandon and alone. She is now an orphan from her family. She has new elements to get use to. She will be learning to trust herself and spread those wings for flight. She has the power of the wind to carry her. She is a new creature and is proud of her accomplishments.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like that little bird. I feel abandon and lost. I look around and see the surrounds are too big for me. How can I put a dent into this world. In ways, my spirit feels abandon. I always think I am able to take on the world. Grab that sword – and charge. Than I hit a wall. I only went a few feet and that wall I wanted to hit – I only see a little dent.

Do you feel like the more you try, the more you fall behind. The world is such a huge place. There are so many people roaming and living life. You have it in your heart to help and give. You don’t want anyone to feel left behind.

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So, I need to look the world through our little friend we named Suzy Q. She seemed like “wow, I survived a huge fall. ” She moves one wing, “nope, not broken”. Than the other wing she checks. All is fine in our little Suzy Q’s phycial status. Little Suzy has than realizes ” wow, look at that huge tree – how will I ever be able to get up there?” She gathered all her little birdie faith and flapped those wings hard. Next thing, she is sitting in that tree looking out from the branches saying on top of her birdie lungs ” I DID IT!”

Okay – so a bird flew to the tree. Whoopie. But look at yourself. Do you have that faith Suzy had. Do you think you can spread your wings and fly? Do you know how? We know humans can’t fly but we can still use the faith of our God.

Our God carries us through life. He helps us fly free. He is the Father that has adopted you. He brought you into His family. Even if you feel alone in your family or disconnected. I know it is easy to get lost in everyday.

You are able to conquer the world. You have the power of that sword. You take it and with God’s hand on yours you banish that wall! You tear it down! And you raise your hands and twirl saying “I DID IT!” God will never let you down. He will never forsake you. He will always be there. Period!

Psalm 46:1 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble

I am charged now. Look at that verse! We are strong with Christ. We can look around and see that huge tree. Next thing you know – you are on the top while hanging out with our little friend Suzy Q. High Five!

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 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”