encouragement, healthy growth, positive attitude, struggle, survival, Uncategorized

Let Go of What Was

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Hello Sweet Friends,
I hope this blog post finds you all full of encouragement and full of His Spirit!

Have you ever noticed that one of the hardest things to do is let go!.. There are many things God calls us to let go of. Why? Because it is when we ungrasp the situation out of our hands we can then surrender it fully to God so His Holy Spirit can do its perfect work. God in His sovereignty is in control anyways! So we are only hurting ourselves hanging onto something that is not ours to hang onto. Maybe it is our children, a position, a relationship, or pain..pain of something in your past.

For me, one of my biggest lessons in letting go was trusting God with the pain of my abortion. I had wore myself out trying to handle something I was incapable of handling and it was getting me no where fast. God was calling me to let go of the pain and trust Him instead and when I did He performed a miracle in my life. But, God wants all the pieces, all the insecurities, all the worries, all the pain because He is doing something NEW and in this process we are HEALED! In this process our faith is grown, our trust is grown, and we become dependent on the only one that can do anything! Because “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

The photo I posted for you says Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be! Awesome things can happen if we accept what is right now trusting God is always working for our benefit and good. Maybe your going through the valley because God is trying to birth a ministry. Maybe your avoiding your worst fears but God is calling you to face your fears, walk through your fears because He is trying to draw you closer to Him!

I have learned to appreciate every hardship I have gone through and still going through as an opportunity. Yes, an opportunity to minister and an opportunity to grow my faith and although I would never want to go through them again, I am grateful for what God has birthed within me as I have journeyed through them.

This week, no matter what your going through.. do these three things with me: REJOICE, PRAY, and GIVE THANKS but not because I said so, but because He said so:) and Let’s grow together!

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Until we chat again,
Jeannie
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encouragement, healthy growth, parenting, positive attitude, struggle, survival, Uncategorized

tr(us)t ME and snotty jeans

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Good Morning Friends!
Okay, I know you must be thinking..what kind of title is tr(us)t ME and snotty jeans! Yesterday, in church we were encouraged to fully trust God with all the circumstances in our lives. In addition, we were blessed to hear a testimony which is one I have personally heard before but for some reason it hit me so hard yesterday. God knew I needed to hear this message again and it was so powerful I wanted to share it with you!

Without going into too much detail, this child of God was going through a tough time, a devastating painful time. As she sat on the floor in her puddle of tears, she cried out to God and questioned her circumstances, God continually said trust me, trust me with this pain. She replied, I don’t think I do. I don’t think I trust you God. Continuing to cry, God spoke to His child and said get up and go write down the word trust. She did. God asked, what do you see? She said I see two crosses one at the beginning and one at the end..trust… God said that is right! I am the Alpha, Omega, The beginning and the end and I need you to trust me with everything in between. Then God said, what else do you see? She said I see us..trUSt. He said that is right! I have promised to be with you and never forsake you. Then she replied well what about the r God? What does the r mean? God spoke to her heart and replied, I never promised you anything less than what my own son bore on the rugged cross. I never promised you things would not get rough, but I did promise to carry you through the storm. Wow!!!!!!

As I stood there listening to this story again, I began to uncontrollably cry. God was speaking to my own heart. Jeannie, your not trusting me right now. I need you to let go of everything and fully trust me. I will stand on my promises, I will carry you through the storm, I will bless you, I am with you, I am for you, tr(us)t me. I stood there with tears and snot running down my face. Once the closing worship song ended. I turned to look at my son who said, oh my goodness! He desperately was looking for something to graciously give me to wipe my face, but there was nothing. Sitting high in the balcony, I had no choice but to use my hands to wipe away the tears and snot. I then wiped it on my jeans and grossly exited the building but with a much lighter and joyful heart knowing that God had spoke!

Sometimes we can get weighed down with responsibilities, struggles, and so on.. but God is simply just saying trust me.. trust me.. trust ME!

May you walk in peace today knowing that God is good and fully in control of all your circumstances!

“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

Sweet Blessings,
Jeannie