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Holding On To Hope.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Having hope isn’t always an easy task. It’s in the situations when we really need hope that it’s easiest to lose it! Hope is so necessary to live our best lives possible. Hope brings freedom. When we lose hope, we live in anxiety and fear. We lose our joy and our center. Hope lifts the shackles of worry off of us. Hope protects and preserves–when we lose hope, we lose faith in the thing we hoped for! If we are no longer hoping, we might miss it when what we hoped for comes along!

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To the world, remaining in hope sometimes seems crazy. But, we serve an awesome God! He’s a way-maker, a miracle worker, a promise keeper…Jesus Christ came as a human being to earth, this painful, messy, confused place. Then He died and actually rose from the dead for you–for your eternal JOY! HOPE is what God offers!  

In finding your dream job, or a job…Have hope! Maybe there are still some stepping stones before you get there, so that you can do the BEST job possible! Or, maybe God will reveal something even greater to you along the way!

As far as meeting a suitable spouse…Have hope! Being hopeless isn’t going to attract the person you are waiting on! Have HOPE in God’s promises and goodness…Even if the timing is not what you wanted or what the world thought was reasonable!

In any situation…Have hope! You never know how the situation will turn around! In my life, I remember a time when I had been job searching for months…I had interview after interview…But no job offers (except retail). One day, out of the blue, I had an email from a supervisor at an organization where I had volunteered a few years back. They were starting a new program–and my qualifications literally fit perfectly with what they were looking for! Basically, it was my dream job due to the different elements of it. I got the job almost automatically! Believe me, I never would have expected that to happen! But GOD. Faith and hope sustained me throughout all those closed doors!

Find hope! It will add increase and strength to your life, as well as to the lives of those around you! An attitude of hope is, well, hopeful! If you’re struggling with finding hope…Pray for it! Believe me, it will be granted, sometimes in ways you never expected! I love all my readers and I pray that each of you has an outpouring of hope as you read, in whatever situation you need hope!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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Guest Post: Fear, Joy, and Change.

Today I am featured over at Modern Ruth Project with a post titled “Fear, Joy, and Change.” This year is bringing many changes for me. I’m learning to let go of fear and jump into the new things that He has for me–even though it can be terrifying! Head on over and read! I hope you’re blessed by reading!

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”~Isaiah 43:19

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Live Courageously.

The United States of America is entering a new chapter. For actually a few years, I have had the sense that the United States was going to enter a time of difficulty. I believe that the time of difficulty has now begun. Recent events have thrown my workplace into upheaval. Really, the entire country and, to some extent, the world, are in a place of uncertainty. There is a culture of animosity right now in the United States. At certain points, all of these events have been a lot to take in emotionally. I’ve been surrounded by them from morning to evening. I felt so weak and drained. Then, I felt the Lord telling me to live courageously. He confirmed this as every song that came on the radio seemed to echo the theme of courage and bravery! No matter where you are, YOU are being called to live courageously.

What does it mean to live courageously?

Living courageously means keeping your center on JESUS even when the world has gone crazy.

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Living courageously means being PEACE in a world where anger and negativity is rampant.

Living courageously means walking HUMBLY with God even when you are surrounded by darkness and ego on every side.

Living courageously means casting out fear and replacing it with LOVE.

Living courageously means speaking up for JUSTICE for those who are voiceless.

Living courageously means RELIANCE on Jehovah-Jireh (God the Provider) when you don’t have a paycheck and wonder how you will pay the bills, or when you don’t know if you will soon have a paycheck.

Living courageously means being a sign of HOPE to others even when you feel weighed down by the burdens of your life and the world.

Living courageously means being a person of PRAISE as the storm rages all around you.

Living courageously means TRUSTING in God when all stability is pulled out from under you.

Living courageously means picking up your shield of FAITH and the sword of the Spirit, the WORD OF GOD and knowing they are your weapons.

Living courageously means staying in a place of PRAYER in a world that distracts and fills us with noise.

Living courageously means knowing that God’s POWER is made perfect in your WEAKNESS. (2 Cor. 12:9)

Are you ready to live courageously? It will not be easy, friends. Thankfully we have our perfect Heavenly Father to fight for us, His Son who endured every temptation that we do (without giving in), and the Holy Spirit who permeates every darkness and every fiber of our being. Let’s go!

It’s time to live courageously.

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Blessing is Beyond Fear

I have written before about open doors and my dream come true. Finally, the dream was almost here!

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The week of my trip had arrived! However, I wasn’t feeling the jubilation that I had anticipated. In fact, I was feeling completely stressed out and weary. I didn’t realize how much my stressful job had taken a toll on me, especially nearly a year of work with barely any time off. I got sick days before leaving. Two days before my flight there was a big work event for my program, which didn’t help my stress or my health. Time was short and I felt like more and more was being added to my list to do before leaving. I felt overwhelmed.

I called a friend for support. It was the night before my flight and I was so worn out. My friend was firm with me and very honestly told me that he thought I was afraid & that my sickness was caused by apprehension. He told me to stop worrying so much about the packing and other details and to get ready for a great trip. I pondered his words. Even though I had dreamed for years and years of Africa, perhaps deep down I was a little afraid. I’m accustomed to my predictable daily life. So much was unknown about this trip. I was definitely going to be thrown out of my comfort zone. I was afraid of the unknowns and what could go wrong instead of being joyful about my dream finally coming true. 

I finally got packed and stopped worrying about what I could be forgetting. I still had a minor cold on the plane ride, but my stress melted away as the plane traveled closer to the place I had loved and dreamed of visiting for so long. I let go of all my worries from home and prayed and journaled on the flight. From beginning to end, the trip was a blessing. Why had I been so apprehensive? It was for nothing! The trip was one of the biggest blessings of my life. The way the Lord provided for this trip was a miracle, and so was all the ways that He provided and worked while we were there. I have been to Africa. It was the first time, but I know…It is only the beginning.forblog.jpg

When we are afraid, there are blessings beyond the fear. Let go of the fear you tightly grip onto, and let God! You never know what the blessings are that lay beyond your fears.

The Gift of Time.

Every day, we are given the gift of time. However, I think time management is something that many of us could stand to improve on. It’s all about our priorities and how we are choosing to spend time.

This post I read today really struck me. Busyness is a huge problem in our culture. We crowd out relationships, time with the Lord, and using the talents our Heavenly Father has gifted us with. We make excuses as to why we can’t do certain things. Yet sometimes these excuses are rooted in fear, and can keep us back from making good decisions. Sometimes, these excuses and fear can keep us from our destiny. Right now I am in the midst of making a big life decision. I’ve thought about it for more than 10 years. So why didn’t I act? A lot of it was fear of the unknown, and making excuses about, yes, time. And yes, this decision will be a large shift in the way I spend my time. But if this is how God is asking me to spend the time I’ve been gifted, it will all be worth it. It is all God’s time. 

Is the Lord laying anything on your heart to make more room for in your life? 

 

Take Courage.

“Ask Jesus what He wants from you and be brave!”~ Pope Francis

It’s easy to say that we desire God’s will. But it isn’t always easy to accept, in reality. Sometimes we have big dreams, and then God quite clearly places us somewhere we did not desire. Sometimes the will of God takes us places that scare us and we think we can’t manage. You will not be led where the grace of God will not sustain you!

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God will call you out of your comfort zone. But that is when He will hold you up and sustain you. When you are called into the highest waves, that is when you will learn to rely even more upon your Heavenly Father and see His glory. When you are called out into the deep, know that God is about to do something amazing. Don’t be afraid. Take courage!  

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”~Joshua 1:9

Surviving and Thriving: Heather’s Mesothelioma Victory

Heather Von St. James reached out to me in hopes that I could bring awareness to mesothelioma and her story of survival. Before, I had never even heard of this type of cancer. It is caused by exposure to asbestos. Each year, around 3,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with this type of cancer, and another 20 million people are estimated to be at risk! Mesothelioma Awareness Day was September 26, but it’s never too late to bring awareness. Below are a few more facts about mesothelioma.

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Heather found out that she had mesothelioma as the mother of a precious 3-month old daughter, and a wife of six years to her beloved husband. If nothing was done, the prognosis was 15 months to live. With treatment, the doctor gave her 5 years. An experimental procedure was offered to Heather and her husband, and they opted for this.  That was 10 years ago, and she has been in remission since her treatment finished!

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A big theme that Heather writes about in her story is fear. Cancer is a dreaded word, and it became a reality in her life.  Heather prayed a lot during her treatment and she learned not to let fear dictate her life. She survived this immense trial and knows that she could still live in fear of many things. But she’s learned that fear is harmful to us and that it doesn’t allow us to truly live. So she and her family live in each moment as it comes, and cherish that moment.

Go read Heather’s inspiring story! You won’t go away untouched. She’s still adding to the series as well, and I look forward to reading as she does!

Pray for all those who are battling mesothelioma or any type of cancer. It is a huge cross for them and for their families. As Heather’s moving story testifies, miracles can happen!

(Thanks to Heather for reaching out and allowing me to share her very inspiring story and bring awareness to mesothelioma!)