“Overcomer”

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As I sat in church this morning listening to a young girl sing about how Jesus knew her name, I was overcome with emotion. (Not uncommon for this emotional girl) But I was so touched because this young girl was recently dealt a rough hand. She is having to deal with something that someone that young shouldn’t. Yet there she was, standing in front of God and all of the congregation singing her praises to God. She was unknowingly showing the rest of us how to be an overcomer. I’m sure life will still be hard and not make sense at times but she is on the right track. She is learning that when God is the center of your life, your load can be lifted.

I thought of the words to the song “Overcomer” by Mandisa:

Everybody’s been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Oh, you’re not alone
Just take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing He can’t do
He’s telling You…You’re an overcomer!

Where are you in life right now? I am here to tell you that no matter where you are, unless you have God in your life, the hard times will be harder. Been there. Done that. Why not let go and give Him the chance to change the situation and change you in the process? The bad times come to show us that we are not alone. We don’t have to walk the hard road by ourselves. God can change any situation if you just give Him the chance. He is waiting with arms stretched wide open to you.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing – James 1: 2-4

*Click here to see the Overcomer video…love that includes Robin Roberts of ABC.

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“I Hear That Train A Comin”

This morning at 5:40 I was awakened by a train whistle. Train whistles are not an unusual occurrence seeing as how I live near the railroad tracks, but normally they pass by and I don’t pay much attention. This one, however, was intent on getting my attention. Then I smiled because I realized why.

Nine hours earlier….

Anxiety was attempting to blow up in me. Trying to adjust to new meds for my ongoing stomach issues has had me nauseated and not able to eat as well. This leads to low blood sugar, which leads to anxious feelings and I’m on that crazy merry-go-round again, thinking I could lose it. I’d had enough. I retreated to the bathroom and prayed. I pleaded with God. “Please change me. Please don’t let me go through this vicious cycle again. Why is this happening to me?!”

Follow me.

I kept hearing that all week. You see, ever since this all started two years ago, I knew God was calling me. I knew He wanted me to be different. I was hearing Him, I just wasn’t following through. I actually craved more of Him. I read as much as I could about faith, prayer, guidance. I wanted so badly to be whatever it was He was calling me to be. But I wasn’t actually living it. I wasn’t trusting. I wasn’t turning everything over to Him completely, every single day. I wasn’t diving into the bible every day and I wasn’t spending time in prayer and devotion each morning like I used to. So in that moment in the bathroom, He said just follow me. Live for Me and let Me live IN you….

Just. Let. It. Go.

So I gave in once more. I said okay, I will get up tomorrow morning and I will start reading my devotions again and I will purposely spend more time in Your word but You have to help me because mornings aren’t my thing. (Seemed like a fair deal).

So there it was at 5:40. The train whistle. Helloooo, time to get up! I laid there a while longer, but like me nudging my daughter out of bed every morning, He was nudging me as well. Get up. Read my word. We can conquer this together.

So I did. The devotion was perfect:

The more He fills you, the more you become your true self.

And the corresponding bible verse was spot on:

Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah). Colossians 3:23-24 (Amplified Bible)

I know I must continue on His path for me. This isn’t always easy when you don’t know where you are going but I know it’s either follow Him like the train follows the tracks or continue on this uncertain path and eventually derail.

Today I choose to trust.

Is there something holding you back from trusting God today?

“Trip Around the Sun”

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Yesterday marked another trip around the sun for me. The Lord blessed me with this beautiful sunrise yesterday morning. I have seen several of these lately as the temperatures cool down and the air is crisp and clear. But I felt like He sent this one just for me. Arrogant? No. Just a way of letting myself feel especially loved by my Creator on my birthday and especially blessed by all that He continues to bring into my life.

I find that birthdays, much like the end of the year, are a chance to reflect on what the past twelve months have brought. I was thinking earlier about friends who have come and gone, new ones being made and old ones who have become close once again. New family members and ones who seem more distant. I suppose the old saying is true that some are here for a reason and some for a season.

God brings people into our lives for a purpose. Some are here to teach us a lesson. Maybe about who we are or what we need to change. Some come to help us over a hurdle or bring us to a realization and then are never heard from again. There are those who shape us into a better person so that when someone else comes along we are able to be all that that person needs and are allowed to give them our very best.

We are all a catalyst in someone else’s journey. While it’s good to remember that others are part of our lives for our purpose, we must also remember that we are doing the same for others. Reach out. Be kind, comforting and compassionate. Show others what the love of God looks like through you. You never know where God will place you and how your presence can change someone.

“For we are God’s masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things
He planned for us long ago.”
(Ephesians 2:10
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