Starting a conversation, how are you doing? My real and transparent response…

During this time we “know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”  I want to ask, how are you and your family doing with all this?  Where are you, what is different in your day to day life right now?  Are you okay?  Do you have any worries?  Is there anything specific you need prayer for?

Here’s my short answer:

I am in Louisiana, United States.  I am a single mom and live at home with just my son.  We haven’t been out in three weeks.  We have a Stay-At-Home order mandated by our governor and schools were closed on March 13 (initially scheduled to open back on April 13, now pushed to April 30 if they decide to continue).

My son had a cold in early March so had continued to have what I attributed as a post nasal drip type cough.  Then two weeks ago I woke up with a bad headache and a cough.  The headache only lasted two days and I didn’t have a fever, so I do not think it is COVID-19, but I immediately made the decision that I am not going anywhere as I know some people do not show strong symptoms and I do not want to be responsible for spreading something without knowing I have it.  Then, while my son seemed to be getting over his other cough, he started coughing consistently again last week, so who knows when we will not have coughs in our household.  But anyway, this has kept us in our home for three weeks.

I have strong faith.  I know God’s ways are higher and that as people we could try and try to understand things, but there are just some things there’s no point trying to understand.  These things are beyond our limited scope of understanding.  God’s ways are higher and He sees the whole picture.  My life scripture given to me when I was first saved has brought me much peace during difficulties I have underwent in the last almost 6 years of being saved, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will direct your paths.”  I lean on that scripture.  Through the house-fire, through my sister’s near death and month long hospitalization, through the car wreck, through my grandpa’s death, through my grandma’s stroke, those pains my very small family went through all in one year.  My life scripture brought me peace and it brings me peace now.  God has been faithful before and He will be now.

With that being said, yes I have some worries.  This is a very real situation, hitting so close to home now with people in my own church family suffering loss.  I don’t worry about myself, but as a mom I worry for my son.  He is happy overall right now.  He missed school at first, but now has adapted as if it is summer with homework assignments.  I’ve been trying my best to keep him happy and challenged.  I have to get creative and introduce new activities as frisbee and ball and biking are fun for a few days but then he needs something else to do.  So, we’ve had an assortment of crafts, outdoor bowling, sidewalk chalk, so on, and yesterday I brought out bubbles and croquet.

So, here’s the real worries I push back, the fight that comes against me and I try my best to fight it off with the truths in God’s Word… You see, my son had a bad case of RSV when he was one and he was in the hospital for a week.  He had severe pneumonia and as a result of all this, developed asthma and would get pneumonia every time he caught a common cold.  He was on asthma medicine daily until 2015.  I truly believe that God healed him through prayers people in my church prayed and I give God all glory!  He healed my son.  With this current situation, I’ve had family members mention my son’s past and I’ve had to halt them saying, “we’re not going to go there; I’m not going to worry like that.  I believe he is healed of those issues and he hasn’t had any problems since.”  Then I hear about people who also haven’t had issues in years and this virus is reaching back into their past and pulling those issues back up with a force.  I’m not going to take to worry though.  Those are thoughts I have to take captive and what I can do instead of worry is keep trusting God and keep using the wisdom He has given me and the resources He has blessed me with.  I don’t have to go out right now.  He has blessed us with ability to be able to order online and though obvioulsy you can’t get things like milk and eggs online, you know what, I can do without for now and make do with what I am blessed to have!  Because of God’s faithfulness and my faith I have been able to take these thoughts captive at the moment I think them and nip them, praise God!

We are all going to get through this.  I trust God.  He is in control.

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Prayer – 3/31/2020

Father, Thank You for Your never ending faithfulness and unceasing love for us!

I stand in agreement with each and every prayer going out for the eradication of COVID-19. Father, I pray that You would move in a mighty way, bringing healing where healing is needed. Please, God, I cry out to You with my brothers and sisters! Please work a miracle and bring healing for all – physically, emotionally and spiritually. I also pray for those struggling with other illness or disease, such as cancer, diabetes, body pain, flu, all illness and disease. God please do a miraculous healing work in all!

Father, I repent on behalf of my self, my nation, this world. Father forgive me for my wicked ways, for being angry when I shouldn’t, for speaking unwholesome talk when I should pray for that person instead. Lord, I repent of any sin I am unaware of. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

Lord, I pray that hearts would be open right now to Your truths and that many would come to a knowledge of the truth that You, Jesus, are the Way, the Truth, the Life. I pray for many salvations. As You open hearts of unbelievers to Your truths, I pray You would give us, Your children, boldness in sharing Your Word. Fill us afresh with Your Spirit that we may be Your vessels and spread Your light and love in the darkness.

Lord, help us to endure, to be strong in You. God, thank You that You hear our every cry to You and that You never leave or forsake us. We have nothing to fear for You are with us. You always go before us and You are our rear guard. We trust in You, Lord, with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding; in all our ways we submit to You, knowing You will make our paths straight. Thank You that You work all things for our good and that no matter what we see in the natural, we can walk by faith, not sight, knowing that You are in control.

In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen. ❤🙏

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Beauty all around us…

What have you overlooked today?  There is so much beauty all around you!!

During this season we are all walking through together, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to be still and have an open heart and open eyes to discover the beauty of God’s creation in a fresh way!

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. (Psalm 19:1)

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Luke 12:27)

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11)

How many are Your works, Lord! In wisdom You made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. (Psalm 104:24-25)

 

Some of God’s beautiful creations my son and I have experienced as we set out and discover:

(for the purpose of this post I am sharing things I have come across wild in nature)

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Be blessed!

All scriptures from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 or New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

 

Let Your Faith Rise!

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5:4-5)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1:18-21)

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17)

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9-10)

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)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 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 the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Declare: I am a child of God, full of faith! I overcome the world! God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind! I have the power of the Holy Spirit within me, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! No weapon formed against me shall prosper; I refute every lie the enemy speaks against me! The Lord is my refuge and I make Him my dwelling; no harm will overtake me and no disaster will come near me!  I will not fear for the Lord is with me; He will strengthen and help and uphold me! I love God and He is working all things for my good! I am more than a conqueror through Christ; absolutely nothing can separate me from His love! Thanks be to God! He gives me the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Keep declaring the Word! Be blessed!!

Link to Psalm 91 Declaration

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All scriptures from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 or New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

Psalm 91 prints

It is important that we in the family of believers stick close during this time and also that we speak God’s truth over ourselves.  As I was looking for a printout of Psalm 91 I had a hard time finding one so I made a few and wanted to share with you, my brothers and sisters in the Lord.  Let’s speak the Word during this time!

I am no graphic designer for sure, but the words are there to print out and display wherever you’d like.  I have the original text and I have a “declaration version.”  If you have trouble downloading the image(s), let me know and I will email direct to you.

Feel free to share with anyone or re-blog on your blog.  Also, I have created a Facebook page where you can share.  These have my original photos as background, not taken from another source, so I give permission for sharing.

Be blessed! Love and prayers for all!

***UPDATE: So I’ve found that when you right click and save the image, they have a tendency to save darker. If you save them through the Facebook post, they look normal.

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Psalm 91:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the   darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes  and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves Me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.

15 He will call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.”

All scriptures from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 or New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

Coronavirus – Faith, Not Sight.

Well, this is definitely a different time for all of us.  This day ends and I know I’m not the only one thinking, “this has been surreal.”  Having to hunt down usually basic groceries such as toilet paper, rice, canned goods etc., as it was announced schools will be closed for at least a month, gatherings of 250 people or more not allowed, and other closings.  There’s such uncertainty about where this is headed and the affect it could have.

I have strong faith.  Two years ago I faced a lot of trials in a small period of time and one thing that season did in me was give me a lesson in God’s faithfulness and in trusting Him beyond what we see in the natural. “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. (Psalm 36:5)

We walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

In any given moment there is so much we can see or perceive in the natural, but there is also so much we cannot see.  As children of God, we have to trust His ways. As He says in His Word, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)  His Word says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” We will not always have understanding, but we can always trust.  

We know God numbers our days and that we have an eternity to look forward to with Him, we know that He is in control and that His Word is truth. We know, as His Word says, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Yes, we know these things and we have to stand firm on these truths.  God is faithful! We can trust Him!


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)

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)

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Psalm 91:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.

He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

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All scriptures from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 or New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

Fear not… and be the light!

When the world around us is in panic, we can find peace and truth in God’s Word! We can be a bright light shining amidst the darkness.  Draw near to God and be a light to those who are lost and worried.  As we stand firm and endure in faith, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and shining His light and love in the darkness, I am believing for many to come to a knowledge of the truth (that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life) and be saved!

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17)

For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ (Acts 13:47)

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

God’s truth, straight from the Word!

Be blessed and keep shining the light!!

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All scriptures from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 or New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson