Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mourning the Loss of a Loved One

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Mourning the Loss of a Loved One

Finding out that you had cancer was one of the hardest things for me. I wanted to be so angry, upset, depressed, and emotional. My selfishness wanted to kick in and ask why! Why grandpa? Why someone so perfect? Why someone so devoted to God, someone so loving, my grandpa? But through my selfishness, I had to remember that there is a greater purpose. We don't know if God is planning a miraculous healing for an unbeliever to witness so they can finally believe there really is a God. We don’t know if God has your amazing mansion ready for you in heaven. Anyway that God has it planned he has a purpose. We all need to remember that just because someone has an illness it doesn't mean that it's necessarily their last days on earth, only God determines that. Anyone could pass away at any moment, illness or not. When God is ready
When God is ready for us, there is no stopping itfor us, there is no stopping it. Every day we need to love each other and live life as if it was our last day on earth because time isn't promised to anyone. When it is your time, it won't be a goodbye forever, if we are saved then we will see you again and we will spend eternity with you and God. We, of course, will miss you and we will mourn over the loss of you but we do know that we will see you again. In my selfishness, I have prayed that God will heal you. In my selfishness, I prayed that God would just wait until the rapture to take you along with the rest of us, and for that rapture to happen soon. But what I remember is that everything happens in God's timing. I remember that God has a good and perfect plan. I remember that I can't be selfish and I pray for God's will to be done.

 This is part of a letter that I wrote to my grandpa when I found out that he had cancer. He passed away five short months later. Four months after that I lost one of my grandmas. A year and 8 months later I lost my other grandpa. It has been a really tough two years.

 When someone you love dies your world changes. You never get over the death of a loved one. Time doesn't heal all things. But, you can let God give you peace and comfort.

blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. -Matthew 5:4 NIV

 It's ok to let yourself grieve. Its ok to cry. It's ok not to be ok. It's ok to be broken. There is no right or wrong way to mourn or grieve. Everyone heals differently. Some people heal faster than others and that's ok.

 We are all broken, that's how the light gets in. -Ernest Hemingway

 Give yourself time to grieve, but also allow yourself to heal. Give your broken pieces to God so he can comfort you, give you peace and strength.

Take care of yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy life. Allow yourself to be happy. Allow yourself to laugh and feel joy.

A time to weeep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:4  a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
-Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV

 Losing someone can be overwhelming.  Take it one day at a time. Surround yourself with supportive family and friends that you can talk to. Seek counseling if it becomes too much to handle. Have your church, family and friends pray for you. People around you will understand that you're going through a tough time. It's important to Have support during these times. Don't suffer alone.
 “Grief is like the ocean it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” -Vicki Harrison

 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV

Our ultimate comfort comes from the Father, through the Holy Spirit who Christ called the comforter and will come to bring us comfort and peace. He doesn't want our hearts to be troubled. (John 14:26-27)

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Seventy Times Seven: Forgiving the Unforgivable

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Forgiving the unforgivable

 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21‭-‬22 NIV

 For those who know me, I'm a very forgiving person. I'm not perfect, I've had my moments where I didn't want to forgive someone. In my whole life, I think there have been maybe two people that were difficult to forgive. I forgave them though. Why? Do I could heal and move on. I also did it because God wants us to forgive, as he forgives us! There isn't one time in my life where I needed forgiveness that God didn't forgive me. So, because God can forgive me for all of my unthinkable sins, I will forgive those who sin against me and God will forgive them, too.

Forgiving others
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your Mark 11:25 NIV

 We've been forgiven, so why is it so hard to forgive?
 I think it's hard to forgive because we feel that by forgiving we are telling the person that it's ok or that we are excusing their behavior. We need to forgive those that we think don't deserve it because we've been forgiven when we don't deserve it.

 “Holding a grudge doesn't make you strong, it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn't make you weak, it sets you free.” - Dave Willis

 Forgiving someone isn't telling them that what they did is ok, it's simply forgiving them so you can heal. Even if we feel that they haven't learned their lesson, we should forgive them.

 There is no end to what the power of forgiveness can do. (Revised) - Matthew West

 Sometimes it's hard to forgive people, especially if they never apologized or they just aren't sorry. But, remember, the forgiveness isn't excusing their behavior.

 “Forgiveness doesn't diminish justice: it just entrusts it to God.” - Max Lucado

Forgiving yourself

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:19
 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:19 NIV

 Sometimes forgiving yourself is harder than forgiving others. We want to beat ourselves up for things we've done, said or even thought. We let ourselves become depressed, filled with anxiety and hate. We end up thinking we're worthless and no one loves us because we struggle to love ourselves. You end up hurting yourself when you don't forgive yourself.

 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

 We've all made mistakes, we all need forgiveness. The greatest gift you can give yourself is forgiveness. When you forgive yourself you will heal. When you finally let it go you will start to grow. Love yourself as God loves you.


 “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” -C.S.Lewis

 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm 130:4 NIV
 God forgives every inexcusable, unthinkable sin. When he forgives us he also shows us his perfect love, grace, and mercy. He forgives the mistakes we don't want to forgive of ourselves. He loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins.
 What we need to remember is that when we sin and ask for forgiveness and repent, we are saying that we won't sin in that same way again (or at least try our hardest). There is no perfect Christian. Everyone, at some point in their life, has had to ask for forgiveness.
We are so blessed to have such a loving, forgiving God.

 We are so blessed to have such a loving, forgiving God.

 He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; Psalm 103:10-11

 God is a God that gives leniency but at the same time lets us learn from our mistakes. God's love is so great that he can forgive us for the most inconceivable sin.

 “If God didn't forgive sinners, heaven would be empty” - unknown

In closing

The moment you asked God for forgiveness he forgave you. Do yourself a favor and leave it in God's hands and leave the guilt behind.

 “When I carry the guilt and shame, I essentially say Jesus’ death on the cross was not enough for me.” - Laura Jane Barber

Let yourself heal, let it go.  We can forgive others and we can forgive ourselves because God can forgive us.

 We can heal by forgiving ourselves and others, even if it's not deserved.

 If God thinks we deserve forgiveness then we can forgive.

Let yourself heal. Don't live with built up depression, anxiety, and other built-up health problems because you couldn't forgive. Let it go. Let God take over. Don't live in the past, move on, move forward. Let It Go.

Is it easy for you to forgive others or do you have a hard time? Comment below.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Blessings: 25 Ways You May be Blessed

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Blessings: 25 ways YOU may be blessed!

 My husband and I lost our beautiful townhome and had to move in with some friends. We only planned on living there until we got on our feet. Things weren't going well. God told me we needed to get out of there and leave everything behind besides our clothes. My husband and I were applying for emergency housing, looking in other states for places to live, and doing everything we could to move. Nothing was opening for us. One day things got so bad that we were forced out of the house. Our kids were no longer in a safe situation. We ended up going to a hotel for a couple of days and got on a Greyhound bus to Illinois. All of this suffering, this trial, this valley to be put in a better situation. Sometimes blessings aren't what's given to us but what is taken away. God knows what we need and what's toxic in our lives. We need to trust him to bless us in the best way, his way.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 NIV

 Often we can't receive blessings unless we go through the trial of waiting. While we are waiting we should be praising him. Praise him for the blessings you've already received. When the praises go up, the blessings come down.

 When God decides to bless you, he will cause situations to come together in your favor. No matter what others try to do. -Christine Joyner
You're not stuck in your trial forever, this is just temporary. And this too shall pass. Be patient, trust in God, your blessing is coming.

Another thing we need to remember is that God will bless you based on your specific needs. He won't bless you with what he blessed someone else with. When you're obedient and delight in the Lord, he will give you the desires of your heart.
Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your blessings, name them one by one. If you don't think you have been blessed or have blessings, here are 25 blessings you may be blessed with, you may be blessed if:
1. You have a home to live in.
2. You have food to eat.
3. You woke up this morning.
4. Your heart is beating.
5. You have a job.
6. You have a vehicle.
7. You have a family.
8. You have friends.
9. You can walk.
10. You can use your hands.
11. You can see.
12. You can hear.
13. You can smell.
14. You can feel.
15. You can taste.
16. You can talk.
17. You have good health.
18. You are able to bless others.
19. You're able to get to where you need to go.
20. You're able to have kids.
21. You're able to adopt or foster.
22. You have clothes to wear.
23. You have shoes to wear.
24. You have the Lord as your Savior.
25. You have a bed to sleep on or a place to sleep.

 Find a blessing in everything. Thank God for your blessings. YOU ARE BLESSED!
Do you remember to count your blessings every day? What are your blessings today?

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Something's on Fire II

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Something's on Fire II

 When I was on fire the Holy Spirit moved through me. God was speaking to me, giving me answers and talking to me. I cry and get Holy Ghost bumps when that happens. It's how I know God is there with me. The Holy Spirit is moving within me and I want more.
I still feel the fire every day; when I read the bible, pray, do good things for others, etc.

 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live. -Ezekiel 37:14
Keep the Fire Going

To keep the fire going I talk to God, I expect God's presence and him to talk to me when I go to church, by reading my bible, working on posts for the Purpose and Love blog, etc.
You can feel the Holy Spirit move through salvation, good works, a heart for God and know that his word is more than just a feeling, it’s action and change. You can't feel him just through good works, it’s also through salvation.
At times you won’t ‘feel’ the presence of the Holy Spirit, but believe, and have faith knowing God is always there with you no matter the feelings. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

 We must empty ourselves of ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we should possess the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness, Goodness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. -Galatians 5:22-23. We also receive one or more of the 9 gifts from the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Discerning Spirits, Interpretation of Tongues, Knowledge, Prophecy, Tongues, Miracles, Healing.
 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. -Galatians 5:16
We need to live a life worthy of the calling we received from the Lord. Ephesians 4:1-16
What is your calling? You’re calling will fall under one of these categories Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist, Teacher just to name a few. No matter what we have as a career path everyone is a teacher of some kind. We are always teaching each other something. We can't teach what we don't know, only what we ourselves have been taught.

 Are you blocking the Holy Spirit from setting you on fire or from moving within you? You can block the Holy Spirit by quenching it. “Do not quench the Spirit” 1 Thessalonians 5:19. Quenching the Holy Spirit is trying to Silence what God is trying to tell us. You can also block the Holy Spirit by not following the will of God. When we resist the Holy Spirit we are resisting God. Another way to block the Holy Spirit is by ignoring God. When we ignore God we are suppressing the knowledge of God. The Holy Spirit is also blocked when we don't confess our sins. The Holy Spirit grieves when we sin.

The Holy Spirit grieves when we sin
 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. -Ephesians 4:30
When we resist God we are blocking the Holy Spirit, God may put us through a trial until we stop resisting.
When we block the Holy Spirit we can't feel him move or set us on fire. We may block the Holy Spirit and not even know. We need to work on unblocking the Holy Spirit so we can be set on fire!

 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you -Acts 1:8
I hope you feel the Holy Spirit move today and every day. I hope he ignites a fire in you so bright that it will never go out.

How have you felt the Holy Spirit move?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Something's on Fire

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Somethings On Fire

 In the middle of the night, my 4-year-old son woke up and climbed into bed with me and my husband.  He was sick and really warm, which woke me up. I was almost asleep when I sat straight up very quickly and stated, “Something's on fire!” So my husband sat up in alarm and asked, “Is it?!” He shot out of bed and searched our home to find absolutely nothing on fire or smoking. I asked him to come around to my side of the bed but there was nothing. It was just me. I realized I was on fire.
A fire was ignited within me, the holy spirit within me, changing me from the inside out. I want my heart set on fire, a fire that I can't contain.
Set a fire in me that I can't contain.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. -Acts 2:1‭-‬4 NIV

 The Holy Spirit moved and filled each person where they were sitting. The Holy Spirit gave them the ability to speak in tongues.
I love feeling the Holy Spirit move. I love being filled with the Holy Spirit. The one thing I desire is to speak in tongues.

 If you've never felt or experienced the Holy Spirit move, you should work on experiencing it. Once you feel it, you'll want to feel it all the time.
Set my heart on fire
My soul thirst for the Lord and I was him to ignite my heart on fire. My soul clings to him.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. -Psalm 40:3 NIV
When the Holy Spirit moves he puts a New song in me. I want to sing and shout praises to him.

 If the Lord has blessed you in any way, start singing his praises, worship him and let the Holy Spirit move within you.

Be sure to check out Something's on Fire part II here.

How do you worship and let the Holy Spirit move?

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