Thursday, February 18, 2016

Let us recognize our loved ones once more

When I first heard this song, it made me wish I could write lyrics so beautiful.

"Lately I don't recognize you
The fire in your eyes is fading into embers
So while you're out there in the darkness
I'm praying you'll remember
You were made to shine
You were made for life
Even if you've lost your way
Turn and you will hear love say
You were made for more..."

I pray that many of you will take the words in deep, as addictions can change who people are and how they respond and relate to their families. Jesus came to bring us out of the darkness into His glorious light. I'm praying the Lord will give me more on these lyrics but for now It's Thursday and a great day for recovery in the state of Florida. Go to a meeting, spread some love and hope and work your program! Make a gratitude list and truly think about what you are writing down and what you have to be grateful for, we ask for grace today as we pray for those in recovery and their families:

The Complete Serenity Prayer
  • God, give us grace to accept with serenity
    the things that cannot be changed,
    courage to change the things
    which should be changed,
    and the wisdom to distinguish
    the one from the other.
    Living one day at a time,
    Enjoying one moment at a time,
    Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
    Taking, as Jesus did,
    This sinful world as it is,
    Not as I would have it,
    Trusting that You will make all things right,
    If I surrender to Your will,
    So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
    And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

-- Reinhold Niebuhr 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I want to give a word of testimony and praise to my Lord, Jesus Christ.

I want to give a word of testimony and praise to my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Two weeks ago I was facing a crisis coming right upon another crisis and it involved something that was supposed to be resolved in two weeks. At that moment I didn't think I could make it through another 24 hours, the pain was so deep in my heart. But I'm here to tell you that it's been two weeks and I'm still standing. I'm here to tell you that my God is faithful. I'm here to tell you to keep praising Him. What has changed? Probably for the most part, absolutely nothing, But I'm changing every day as I give my weariness and heartache over to Him. As I pray more, as I trust more as I hold on still to one of my life verses that He does work ALL THINGS out for my good; taking it a day at a time, an hour at a time and a moment at a time and I'm praying for y'all too.

Augustine said it stunningly: "In my deepest wound, I see Your glory and it dazzles me."

These three scriptures are awesome to me: "For I," says the Lord, "will be to her a wall of fire round about, and I will be the glory in the midst of her." Zechariah 2:5  I am adding this to my life-verses, the first being Romans 8:28. And of course my new favorite: “He won't brush aside the bruised and the hurt and he won't disregard the small and insignificant, but he'll steadily and firmly set things right.” Isaiah 42:3 The Message


YOUR STORY MATTERS by Emra Smith is a small book wrote with a lot of heart. I found a lot of love and healing moments and amazing quotes within the 73 pages of this book. It is an easy read but also can be picked up and put down as needed.

At first the simplicity of the book put me off, but later as Emra shared her life in an honest way, I grew to truly love the book. It's a book I want to keep, but want to share, also.

The Sub-title is TeaTime Stories, The Essence of Why Your Story Matters and she really will encourage you to write your story as well as share your story. She includes her conversations with Jesus along the way and give resources in the back of the book that will help you realize how much your story matters. There is a salvation invitation as well as many beautiful scriptures scattered inside the book.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is at the beginning of chapter seven: "Mindful sharing your story during a dark time can be part of your healing process. As you share, sometimes you are the encourager, and other times you may need encouragement. Needing encouragement is normal; clouds surround and descend upon us all. Allowing another person to help lift the load relieves the strain from your heart. It becomes a promise of light in the night.”

Many thanks to BookCrash who sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.