God Does Miracles

I opened the box.

There have been many boxes opened, but this one. This one, has been specially wrapped and packaged.

For the very first time in over a month, it is sitting in front of me. Unwrapped. Opened. The keys under my fingertips. I hear the pitter-patter as my fingers touched the key pads, my eyes look into the glare of the screen. My laptop.

The urge has been simmering within. The longing growing. The availability of time has been slowly opening itself up in allowing more time to avail itself opportunities to think and write…and ponder.

You see, God has done a wonder in and for our family. One that I bow and fall in thanksgiving for night and day. The Lord has packed our family up and taken us from the Midwest and transplanted us back to the East, all to His glory. I sit here in awe…and yes, we see cardboard, which is all good!

  • Sometimes, I have wondered how it all happened to fall into place the way it did. Then I remember…when God is in it, His way is perfect…and it can makes your mind spin (all in a good way). There were so many details that needed to come together even before we left the Midwest, then there was the loading and unloading of moving trucks, to finally getting to our new God-place. The Lord laid all the details out so perfectly, reminding us along the way that only God could have orchestrated all these events, situations, people, places, etc, to come together for such a time as this. We saw it over and over and over again. Today, even today, we see God’s hand of wonderment working His plan out for His people and our family. There is much work to be done, we cannot sit on our laurels. No, we our His children and desire to be found faithful. Sure, the process of adjustment and getting accustomed to our new land is in motion, but we are at great peace and at no rush as we hang our pictures and empty our boxes, for God has been so good to us! God is never anything be good, all the time. Yet we cling to Christ, not ourselves, in our God-mission, for without Christ we can do nothing. May Jesus Christ be honored!

Thinking back into 2018, there were many blessings (I am thinking of some very special people & families) and yet there were some extremely difficult trials. Yet the Lord is always the same, faithful, steadfast, and true!

The Lord transplanted us for His glory, not our own. It certainly isn’t because we are somebody special, believe me, we are just an ordinary family who loves God and seeks to serve Him first (Matthew 6:33). Humanly speaking, there were times in 2018 where I thought I couldn’t go on or endure the trial another day, but again the Lord reminded me it is not my strength that wins the battle, that prevails, that carries me through…it is my weaknesses that God creates His strength in me. It is the same for all of us, that same power of Christ in you is only experienced when self is given up, relinquished, handed over.

In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Paul wrote about this very thing. He knew it too, “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He (God) said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

My soul, body, flesh, heart, screams YES! YES! YES! YES!!!!! For to be closer with God is worth more than anything in this world, even affliction. Yes, you heard me right. Did I like the affliction(s), that’s a BIG. FAT. NO!, but my Jesus was ever so much more deeper, real, divine, intimate, and our relationship grew like never before. The fire within me grew like wild fire that I will not turn back!

God has done this for our family. I sit here at my desk, in my room, at my laptop, in a lovely home, in a new beautiful, kind, loving state with people who are just the same and we have been swallowed up in this kindness and love…yet we are nobody special, but our God is!

God does miracles!

  • My friend, if you find yourself in a situation that seems endless, hard, terrible, or you feel like you have entered the “twilight zone” — you know what I mean when you live there or you are in an abusive relationship (this doesn’t have to be physically…if it is, this is another situation. Please seek help asap! You can get out! But did you know there are other forms of abuse as well like: verbal, mental, or emotional?) I am living proof that God is still in the business of miracles, of healing the scars of these abuses and the power of forgiveness. He can change your situation, but you have to be willing to change as well from the inside out. This can only happen through Jesus Christ! Don’t lose hope. Stand in Christ. God is listening to your tears and prayers! Listen and obey Him. Though you “feel” like you are alone, you are not alone; this the working of the devil. Isolation is the devil’s workshop. Run from it! Seek help from a trusted godly man or women, Pastor. Seek first God. There is freedom from the bondage through Jesus Christ. God’s Word is Truth. Write me if you’d like, I’d love to chat with you!!! You are free in Christ! Soar in Him!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Who is God to You?

  • We hear.
  • We see.
  • We experience.
  • We choose.
  • We decide.
  • We deny.
  • We accept.
  • We….

Maybe, just maybe, if we chose to put ourself aside for just one moment to stop presupposing we knew who or what God is, but rather came before Him & His Word with simple child-like-wide-open unbias eye, untainted heart, and unskewed minds….maybe, just maybe, we would grasp His understanding of who and what HE IS for who and what HE SAYS HE IS, not what we think He is.

It would be then, that we would begin to understand the attributes of God. It would be then, that we would begin to hear, to see, to experience, to choose, to decide, to deny, to accept, to know God for God…prehaps like the very first time you met.

  • Revelation 2:4-5

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopefully. Empowered.}

Because it’s Today!!!

Have a wonderful God-abiding, Christ-joyed, fruit-bearing, God-given day!

Blessings to you friends,

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

In Christ…

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Unlimited God

Thank you Lord!


In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Kintsukuroi

You ask, what is Kintsukuroi?

Gold filled pot

The Japanese art of Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, repairs broken pottery with seams of gold or silver. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object even more beautiful than it was prior to being broken.

The Process:

  • This first healing spot is always near the base, which is the strongest piece left after being broken.
  • Just like the ancient Japanese ceramic repair tradition, we carefully stand the largest broken piece in sand. Piece by piece we mend the ceramic and allow to dry. This time consuming process is critical and necessary for proper binding.
  • After all the pieces are in place, we accentuate the cracks and smooth them out. The final step is to fill the seams with gold flaked paint. Just like the human race, no two are alike.

What a symbolism of what Christ sees in us. What Christ can do in us…if we are only, but willing.

  • The pottery doesn’t fight back. It doesn’t reject its maker or handler, it simply allows. Allows itself to go through the process of time, pain, and rebuilding.
  • The pottery is actively conforming, be handled, shaped, filled into its usability.

Like the broken or cracked pottery, it is when we surrender “our pieces” to God then He can take our pieces, center us, put us together (ever so gently), then fill us in with Himself (His Word, which is purest gold) to be more beautiful than we began. The end results are more glorious than we can imagine.

  • How humbly shocking this thought is: God loves us that much; loves us much that He, Himself, will handle us personally –every detail.

My friend, are you grasping onto pieces of your life that only God should be holding? Caring for? Healing? Rebuilding? Filling in with Himself (gold)?

  • Let Him have them.
  • However “your pieces” came to become part of you, those pieces don’t scare God. His love for you hasn’t changed. God cares about your soul…you!
  • Allowing God to have “your pieces” fulfills His ability to complete His masterpiece in you! No one else can fulfill it, only you can! That’s the beauty…Christ in You. He is the only true filler.
  • As a child of God, you have a God-mission that only you can complete. Will you let Him create? Will you complete your mission?
  • You can through Him! Don’t allow “pieces” to stop you.
  • Allow Him to fill you and come forth as gold.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Who is God to You?

  • We hear.
  • We see.
  • We experience.
  • We choose.
  • We decide.
  • We deny.
  • We accept.
  • We. 

    Maybe, just maybe, if we chose to put ourself aside for just one moment to stop presupposing we knew who or what God is, but rather came before Him & His Word with simple child-like-wide-open unbias eyes, untainted heart, and unskewed minds….maybe, just maybe, we would grasp His understanding of who and what HE IS for who and what HE SAYS HE IS, not what we think He is

    It would be then, that we would begin to understand the attributes of God. It would be then, that we would begin to hear, to see, to experience, to choose, to decide, to deny, to accept, to know God for God…prehaps like the very first time you met.

    • Revelation 2:4-5

    In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopefully. Empowered.}

    Psalm 147:1-6

    Thank you Lord for this encouragement, hope, strength, renewal, and empowerment. Thank you for being for us, with us, and indwelling us. Praise ye the LORD! PRAISE THE LORD! Praise, praise ye the LORD! 

    In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

    “Looking like” & “Being One” are not the Same in God’s Eyes.

    Have you ever ordered something on-line expecting it to be one size, only to be disheartened when it arrived? Have you believed the marketers’ promises of special amazing features, only to get half of them functional? Has there been a time when you purchased something that looked really good from the outside, only to be disappointed with the results?

    Left unto ourselves, that’s what can happen to us spiritually. You and I may produce plenty of leaves. We might look like flourishing plants! But there may not be much fruit on our branches.

    What might be keeping us from our blooming potential? Jesus addresses another key component for developing a fruit-bearing life in John 15. Maybe you and I are in need of a good cleanse.

    Extra leaves and stems consume the nutrients and resources needed for fruit-bearing. One way the Vinedresser cleanses the branches is to strip the life-sucking extras in the spring that drain nutrients from producing fruit. Note, this is His regular activity. You and I repeatedly find ourselves in need of a good spring cleaning. Although we have nothing to do with it, I find it helpful to acknowledge this reality by inviting God to do His work in me.

    I’m not discerning enough on my own to become more like Jesus, recognizing what is hindering fruit-production versus what is necessary for growth. But I can pray for a willingness to cooperate with anything and everything that lines up with Scripture. I might ask myself:

    • What seems to spike up onto the calendar appearing urgent and overcoming the important?
    • ‎To what establishments is my money spent? Are they God-honoring – or do I spend money just like everyone else?
    • ‎Do my possessions look like the pile at my neighbor’s, who is NOT aiming to bloom for Christ; or is there a distinct contrast between us?
    • ‎Are my actions God-honoring to those around me? Or am I stuck in the same emotional rut I found myself one, two or five years ago?

    The key here is this: it’s not enough just to look good. Looking like a fruitful branch is not the same as being one. We need the supernatural touch of the Vinedresser.

    John 15:1-11
    “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

    May we be receptive and open to receive whatever cleaning the Father sees fit to do in our lives so that we will become more and more fruitful from the inside out.

    Excerpts taken from: She Yearns by Cheri Strange Increase Your Bloom Ability

    Because it’s Thursday!!!

    Have a wonderful God-abiding, Christ-joyed, bearing fruit Thursday!

    Blessings to you, In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}