Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Our Light Overcomes Darkness

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It has been a busy couple of weeks. I sure many of you can relate: you feel like you are being pulled by five different things in ten different directions. That's how I've been feeling lately. I love it, in all honesty, I thrive when I have many things to accomplish; however, that doesn't mean I don't get overwhelmed in the process.

It is really easy to get overwhelmed isn't it. After a while you begin to shrink back into your comfort zone and barely manage the things closest to you. You don't intentionally allow it, but a sense of fear comes over you.

I understand this one all to well. I have been fearful much of my life. It is an all encompassing emotion that will keep you in bondage like nothing else. God has spent a lot of time helping me to expel my fear and fill it with His faithful love. It has not been an easy road. It also isn't over because it still comes back to me sometimes.

Like recently, when I've been so busy with so many things, fear has begun to crawl its way back into my heart. Just like I did before, I am turning to God's Word for the remedy, found only in His strength and presence.

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"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 

In other words, God has our backs. He's not going leave us in fear, He's going to comfort us and stay with us through every moment. He will give us His strength to overcome fear and hold us up through everything. I don't know about you, but that gives me goosebumps. I may be afraid, but I can do great things while holding my Daddy's hand.

As I was contemplating on all of this and filling my heart with God's love to go out and tackle more busyness God put something on my heart: We are suppose to be a light in the world and to overcome darkness, just as Christ did. 

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 

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Jesus was the light of the world and when we follow Him we will walk in light, even through the darkness. Jesus is our guide, He shows us the way we are to go and protects us on our journey. God takes us all in many different directions, using our many different types of gifts. However there is one thing we all have in common - whatever direction we are walking with the Lord, we are to replace darkness with light.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5

Darkness can not prevail over light. It's only attack is to take out the light. However when we walk with God, the darkness cannot touch us. It is only when we stray from our light, from God's faithful love for us, and focus on the darkness and the fear that we are in danger. But God does not want us to fear because He is always there with us wherever we go.

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16

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Since God is light and we walk beside Him, we too become light to the world. Our commission, no matter where we go, is to let our light shine for the world. When our light shines, it overcomes the darkness. However, when we stay in our comfort zone and shine our light only into light, we overcome nothing. 

It is when we dispel fear for God's love and step out into the unknown, trusting God to be there with us, that our light shines the brightest for the glory of God.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

When Life Seems Overwhelming...

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Last week I had a day that was completely overwhelming. Have you ever had a day like that? One where nothing seems to go right and everything takes 10 times the amount of energy as it should? That was my day and it most definitely hasn't been the first one.

When I have days like that, I tend to get very discouraged. I become insecure in whatever it is that seems hard, I become overly sensitive about what others think of me and I begin to question what I'm doing in the first place. This brings up the question of whether I'm doing anything worthwhile to begin with.

Sometimes these are good questions to ask. They can help direct us to find the right way to go, the way God has called us to go. However, these questions can also be very destructive. For me, on this day, these questions were tearing me up. And it wasn't a moment when I needed to question what I was doing, it was a moment when I knew I was walking faithfully in God's calling. So why was I breaking down?

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I was being attacked. It wasn't a physical attack, though I have to admit there were a few moments when it felt like it. Instead, it was a spiritual attack. It was Satan pushing my buttons like only he knows how. He was making my question God's calling for me, one that had been confirmed in many different ways. My enemy brought out all of my insecurities, especially with relating to other people. He made me feel like I wasn't good enough and that I wouldn't be able to handle what was coming before me.

First Peter 5:8 says, "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."

Often when we are on a high, like I was, or in a low point is when we are vulnerable. Satan attacks our vulnerability. We must be watchful, at all times, because the devil will strike when we least expect it. He is waiting for the perfect moment to attack. He is ready to make us feel like we are no enough.

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My enemy was wrong! It is true that I cannot do it, but I serve an Almighty God that can! It is not me stepping into ministry and handling life by myself, no that would be impossible. It is me walking beside my Faithful God who will lead me through each day and make the big and small not only possible, but excellent.

When I have had days like this before, it has taken me hours, days, even weeks to come to this Truth. I has wallowed in insecurity before and it is miserable. I praise God that through my obedience to Him and my daily walk, He did not let me fall apart, but picked up the pieces and fused them to make me stronger. See on this day, it was in a quiet moment after I was completely overwhelmed that I called out to God and He touched my heart.

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Second Corinthians 12:9 says, "But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

It is not in my power that I will be okay, but in His power that is perfected in my weakness. This day I felt very weak, but by calling out to God, I was reassured. God is in control and everything was going to be beautiful.

It is my prayer that when you get overwhelmed, as we all tend to do sometimes, that you call out to God and let Him remind you that He is in control, He has great plans for you and most importantly that He loves you.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Time For Everything

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Last year God put on my heart to write daily devotions on my blog. It was what I needed in the moment. I needed to really dive into God's Word. I needed to find out more about Him and more about who I was in Him. I learned so much and I am so grateful that I obeyed His calling. It was amazing.

I'm not saying I have it all figured out, I don't by any means. However, this year has brought its own needs for the moment. Every moment in time has its own demands and its own way to learn from them. God has entered me into a time of great activity with my family and leadership in my church. It is time for me to focus on those callings.

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I have prayed over this blog and what I am suppose to do next. God has encouraged me to get involved with my community and allowed me peace over resting in the blogging world for now. I love this blog and I plan to continue writing, though not daily. I want to have an outlet for what is on my mind and what I discover in my personal bible studies without the pressure of meeting a daily demand.

I am excited to see how "Tales from a Mother" will evolve over this year. I want to get creative and allow different types of inspiration to flow through this blog in a way it hasn't for awhile.

I thank all who read these pages. I am so blessed to have friends all over the world who inspire me, motivate me and encourage my growth in this life. I hope to continue to inspire you as well. This is not goodbye, it is only a new direction. However, I wanted to be honest about the change and say how excited I am about all the new possibilities.

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As I've been praying over this transition in my life God keeps bringing these verses to my attention:

A Time for Everything
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.

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Part of living, part of being a child of God, is allowing change. Without change we cannot grow to become more like Christ. From one who has never liked change very much, this is a lot to take in. However, in these past few years God has really been speaking to me about how much He can do through me if I only trust Him. I am really taking this to heart. I am very excited about the journey God is leading me on. I pray that He continues to use me to reach out to others and reveal His faithful love. I pray that I keep my eyes on Him and my heart open to His direction during this great adventure.

Stay tuned, it's going to be a wild ride!

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May God bless all the days of your life,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Let There Be Light - Genesis 1:3

Genesis 1:3 -- "Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light."

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The earth was covered in darkness until God spoke. He didn't even have to do anything. He merely spoke and action began. "God said, "Let there be light." and there was light." How amazing is that!

We often find ourselves in darkness. Sometimes it is because of our own doing, our own choices. On the other hand, sometimes it is because God wants us to learn how to rely solely on Him and not our own sight. No matter how we happened upon the darkness, God is there. He was there when there was no light on earth and He is there is when there is no light around you.

We do not need to question if God can help - He only has to speak and the light appears. We do not have to go find God, He is already there. We only have to call out to Him, surrender yourself, and ask for Him to turn on the light. And He will.

Darkness must always yield to light. Nothing is too power for the All-Powerful God. He speaks and brings light. All we have to do is reach out for Him and our darkness will begin to fall away to His magnificent light.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Darkness Covered the Earth - Genesis 1:2

Genesis 1:2 -- “The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”
Can you imagine that everything you see before you, your house, your family, your city, your country, even the entire world at one time did not exist. That is a hard thought to wrap you mind around. But it is true. The Bible tells us that the earth was "formless and empty" and completely covered in darkness. 

And there was God. He was in the darkness, but not of the darkness. There was no darkness in Him. Instead He hovered over these dark surfaces and saw potential. These surroundings did not have to stay in darkness. God could bring them into the light.

When things go wrong and we feel the darkness falling in on us, we tend to feel very alone, even if there are others around us. However, God was already there. God was there when there was nothing but darkness. Even when we feel surrounded by darkness, we are not alone. God is with us ready and waiting to show us the light. To show us His love.

This world, once covered with darkness, has evolved by God's hand into a magnificent masterpiece of life. Even though it was God who created us, many chose not to follow Him and do what was right in their own eyes. Because of these sins, God sent His Son to die for the people He loves. Jesus was the second light that God called into the world. All we have to do is call out to Him and He will come and bring light into even the darkest corners of our lives.