What I found
I've been working to clean and organize my content and designs for a total brand reboot and a book that I am writing, when I came across this draft I never published. I edited it October 5, 2017. It struck me instantly. That was 3 days before my Daddy died. To see the date, almost took my breath. I opened it and read. It's crazy how God works. I looked back at the calendar to see what was going on that inspired my writing, and at that time, the Las Vegas massacre was in the news, racial tension was in the news, and governmental controversy was at the top of the headlines as well. Now as I look back, I realize the Holy Spirit was also speaking to me. Everything I was writing was what I needed to hear myself. These words were preparation for the hardest reality of my life that I was about to endure. It's bananas to think that God cares so much about me that He sent me a word before I even knew I needed it. Who am I, that He waits on me?? He's faithful. Psalm 8 rings true more and more everyday to me; especially verse 4: What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that you care for him? (ESV) And today, I share it with you.
If there was ever a time to remember.....
....now is the time. As we have recently witnessed some of the most tragic times in our country, I would like to share with you the first of the new "TWO" series. If there was ever a time to have someone agree with you in a prayer of supplication, now is the time. I want to briefly leave you with a few thoughts of encouragement for this tumultuous season we are in right now....Believe
In everything that we do, there are naysayers, discouraging people, situations that may seem unimaginably possible. There may be things that happen that may make you feel like God is so far away from you. Don't let that happen. Don't allow a circumstance to sway what you already know. Live in your truth. Walk in who you are and remember to whom you belong...THE RISEN SAVIOR!!!
There is nothing that can separate you from the love of Christ! NOTHING!!! If you need a boost for the rest of the week as we have had some of the most pivotal moments of our times in history, please take this scripture with you. Romans 8:37-39. It isn't one that we often hear with tragedy or racial tension, but it is so applicable and relevant to our lives today. Remember who loves you...who died for you. Don't let anything separate you from His love.
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 things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:37-39 NIV)
...this is what you do
If Christ didn't allow all of our mess to separate Him from us and He took on all the sins of the world knowing He had all power in His hands to come down from the very cross He died upon, what makes you think that there is anything else that could separate you from Him now?? There is nothing that can happen that would not be able to be discussed with Him in prayer. I recently saw a post on social media that said something regarding the way the world was and the recent events happening, that prayer wouldn't help. The devil is a liar! We can't allow our hearts and minds to be distracted and discouraged from using the very way to God's heart; worship and prayer. We can't allow our communication to be hindered due to thoughts of ineffectiveness. It. Is. A. LIE! He loves us and He wants to hear from us.
My son will sporadically ask me, "Mommy, who loves you?" and my expected response is to say, "You do!" I believe that God wants us to hear Him say that to us (because He says it constantly in everything He does). I believe that God wants us to look around and hear Him say, "(insert your name here) who loves you?!" And He is waiting for us to say, out loud, "YOU DO, GOD!" Believe that. Receive that; and as you think about the times we are in now and the stress of a crazy world, remember He is perfect in all of His ways. He longs to care for us and answer our call...there is nothing that can separate you from His love today.
As you go through October, a month that we recognize several causes, please find time to remember that you have someone who is willing to be there for you, you have an advocate and there is nothing that can separate you from His love. There is no tragedy, no sickness, not one problem we may face that could separate us. Find your "TWO" and come into agreement with them this week; this month. Touch and agree that change can come to the world. Prayer can change things. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Please, if you have a need that you would like covered in prayer or just to talk. I want to hear from you!! Have an awesome week, Share this with a friend. Be the light that someone else needs.