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.}

Hope When It Hurts {pt 3}

“The Lonely Path to the Summit”

In 2 Corinthians 4:10-12, Paul summarizes all that he is facing in two phrases—he is “carrying in the body the death of Jesus,” but not without purpose, for it is “so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” Following a suffering and rejected Savior in a fallen world will involve suffering—both because the world is fallen and because the world rejects its King. But when we suffer and choose to trust Christ through the trials we face, we are filled with His power and presence, reflecting His image to those around us.

The road of hurt is marked by hope. But we shouldn’t underestimate that this road can, at times, be lonely. It was for Jesus, and it will be for those who follow in His steps.

I have discovered within me a thankfulness for the lonely road I have been given to travel. Walking it has brought me a greater understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and to know him not only as my Savior, but my comfort, sustainer, hope, and strength. There’s something about having our worldly comforts stripped away, and company around us falling away, that allows us to begin to experience the true depth, length, and height of his love for us.

  • Jesus knows the pain of loneliness.
  • He knows the loneliness of being misunderstood,
  • the loneliness of being rejected by his own family,
  • the loneliness of praying in agony while his closest friends drifted off to sleep nearby,
  • and the loneliness of being abandoned by his Father.
  • And he did it all for you.

One day, the road will end, and it will end in the eternal city of God’s people. The loneliness of this world will be washed away in the presence of Christ.

The path is uphill, but the summit is glorious.

EXCERPT TAKEN FROM HOPE WHEN IT HURTS: BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS TO HELP YOU GRASP GOD’S PURPOSE IN YOUR SUFFERING BY KRISTEN WETHERELL & SARAH WALTON

How are you doing today, friend? What kind of ‘road’ are you traveling on right now? You need not travel alone for Jesus knows the load you carry. Have you taken it to Him? Don’t walk your journey alone. Even if everyone else around may fail us, HE WILL NEVER FAIL!

Keep the faith! The road of hurt is marked by hope…God’s hope!

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

Hope When It Hurts {pt 2}

Afflicted but Not Crushed

  • 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
  • Isaiah 53:4-5

Afflicted. Perplexed. Persecuted. Struck down. My guess is that you can resonate with Paul’s words. What affliction is threatening to crush you right now? What suffering is testing your faith?

Maybe you’re fighting a malignant disease. Maybe it’s a short-term illness that is keeping you from carrying out your plans. Or maybe you lost your job this week, and you’re worried about feeding your family. Are you in the middle of a nasty relational feud? Or married to someone who is not following Christ?

I am tempted to believe that because I am afflicted in certain ways, I cannot get out of the downward spiral into being crushed in spirit as well as in body. How I long for my heart-cry in suffering to be like Paul’s! How I long to believe this beautiful truth: I am afflicted in every way, but not crushed.

Oh, don’t you want this? To have the confidence that the pressures of suffering will not defeat you?

  • So how can we learn to say along with Paul, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed”? We look to the cross, and to the One who was hanged on it. Jesus was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. He shouldered the burden of our sin upon his shoulders. Jesus willingly took the penalty of sin that we deserved, drinking the cup of spiritual death for us.
  • God has taken our gravest affliction—death—and has overcome it in Christ, so that we would never be overcome by it. The Father crushed his Son so that we would never be crushed by sin and death, so that we would spend an eternity of joy in his presence.
EXCERPT TAKEN FROM HOPE WHEN IT HURTS: BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS TO HELP YOU GRASP GOD’S PURPOSE IN YOUR SUFFERING BY KRISTEN WETHERELL & SARAH WALTON

Amen! Amen! Amen!

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

Hope When It Hurts {pt 1}

Power in Weakness

Americans will do almost anything to appear strong, capable, and worthy of admiration. We exercise our bodies with intensity, climb the corporate ladder at the expense of integrity, and struggle to accept the help of other people. Our society works by the principle that the way up is the road to success and value.

When we transfer this into our Christian faith, here is what happens: We believe that comfort is a right that Christ would never remove, and that success indicates a godly Christian life. This sense of entitlement has therefore deeply impacted the way Christians interpret and respond to suffering.

Think about how we talk about and react to a trial. We try to avoid it. We complain about it. We think we don’t deserve it. We’re embarrassed by it. We commiserate with others about it. We believe that God is mad at us, or just plain angry.

We hate weakness and will do almost anything to escape it.

One big problem with this approach is that weakness is real. Behind our masks, everyone is weak. It’s inbuilt into our humanness in this world. We can’t run from it, and thankfully we don’t need to. What we need is a biblical understanding of the value of weakness (that’s a strange-sounding phrase!), and how suffering is the tool God uses to expose it (that’s another strange idea!).

Everything changes when we see weakness and suffering in the light of the gospel. For it is through human weakness that God’s strength upholds us and is displayed to the world.

Here is the Bible’s description of who a Christian is:We [are those who] have this treasure in jars of clay.” What treasure? The glorious gospel: the work of Jesus Christ to save sinners by grace through faith. And what is clay? A brittle, easily broken substance. And that’s what I am. That’s what you are.

God has a purpose in placing such a treasure in such a jar. We are unfit, breakable, disposable vessels, and God has decided to use our weaknesses to display his power and love. A jar of clay might be cracked in a few places, making it unusable in the world’s eyes, but God sees these deficiencies as a means to pour out and reveal more of Himself.

excerpt taken from Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering by Kristen Wetherell & Sarah Walton


2 Corinthians 4:6-7 says, “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves:”


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