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Praying for you

Hey friend,

I know some days are long, some problems are truly big, sometimes life throws at us a little more than we feel we can handle. We grow weary. We grow anxious. We grow heavy hearted. Sometimes we are just plain lonely.

Please know this tonight- if your day was long, if you are facing problems that seem too big, if you are feeling weary, or anxious, or lonely- know you are being prayed for right now. Know that all things truly are possible with God. Know that you are not alone. Know that the strength you need is going to arise. It is. Know the provision you need is going to be met. It is. Know that you have absolutely nothing- NOTHING- to be anxious over. Not you, child of God. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. He will keep you in perfect peace as you fix your eyes on him. And sleep well. Rest in his overwhelming love for you.

Praying for you.
– Charity

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Finding New Strength

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May you find new strength today.

 

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Blessings. Not Burdens. Blessings.

This season of our life has been requiring so much energy. To be honest, I am tired.

But everyday the sun keeps rising, as do our little ones and the demands of the day.

And it is then, when those voices rise up,

And when I see that sun peeping again through our curtains,

And my mind starts to drift to the demands of the day,

That I have to remind myself that there is grace for today.

There is grace.

And more than that, there are blessings…

Blessings.

Not burdens.

Blessings.

I have to repeat it to myself.

I am repeating it to myself even now,
because even now- there is more to do.

The night is not over and chances are, soon enough, that sun and those voices are going to rise, yet again.

And when they do, may I remember, that our time here is so finite.

And each day, each minute, each moment, is a gift from God,

And incredibly,

He is with us in each moment,

Trying to open our eyes to blessings… Not burdens… Blessings.

May we see our blessings for what they truly are. Because as we do, joy rises and that joy of The Lord brings energy. That joy brings the strength we need.

“… the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

 

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To You, Weary Reader

Do you want to know when the battle is the hardest to fight? It is when you are tired.

If you are reading this, and you are tired and weary, but still in the battle, I want you to know that you are being prayed for. I pray you feel the strength of God arise in you. I pray you have the power to not only stand, but stand with a smile. May you be filled with His strength, His power, His peace. Rest assured, He does not only see your battle, He is in the battle with you.

Isaiah 40:29, Psalm 29:11, 2 Chronicles 20:17

 

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The Beautiful Gate of Brokenness

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This morning at church our Pastor read the account of a man, lame from birth, who daily was placed at the gate of the local temple, to beg for money and food from the people who passed by. The account is found in the book of Acts (chapter 3). And though many things stood out to me in this amazing story of a man who was miraculously healed by the spoken word of two men who had faith in Jesus, one thing continues to stand out in my mind. The name of the gate where the man was placed was called “Beautiful.”

Beautiful.

Sometimes I think we forget just how beautiful we are to God in our lameness and in our brokenness. When we just don’t have what it takes to make it, when life seems to have dealt us an unfair deck, when day after day we find ourselves in the same seemingly wretched place, to God, we are still beautiful.

And all we need to do is raise our eyes up, ask, and expect to receive something, anything, to get us through the day.

And God, in his miraculous and beautiful grace, has a way of coming to us, speaking to us, and meeting our every need, when we ask, expecting to receive.

He can cause us to rise up from a place of lameness, and brokenness, and spring up, to walk with him passed that place where we have been for so long.

And so brokenness is merely a beautiful gate, where Jesus meets us, heals us and walks us through.

(I encourage you to read Acts Chapter 3 in a Bible today if you are in a place of brokenness. As you do, may you feel the mighty hand of Jesus Christ lift you up. May you rise up, may you leap up, and walk.)

 

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I’m Yours

Read these words again today:

“Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.”

To think that God’s greatest encouragement for whatever situation we are in is that He is OURS.

I mean really,
think about that.

He is with you.

He loves you.

He is all about you.

He is yours.

What greater encouragement is there than that?

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

 

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Somewhere, Some Woman

I said good-bye to my husband as he walked out the door this morning, but somewhere, some woman, did not. I have no fears as to where he is going, or who who he is meeting, but somewhere, some woman, does. I’m not broken today, but somewhere, some woman, is.

Her hope is fleeting. Her faith is weak. Her walls are closing, and the last thing she wants to do is stand. She has no strength to speak any words, let alone speak words of faith. Her eyes are too swollen to see, let alone read her Bible. Her knees have failed her, and so she lays on the floor, head buried in the arms that he has no desire to feel. Darkness is setting in as questions and doubts flood her mind. Was there something more she could have done? Had she not given it her all? How could everything not be enough?

I see her. Through groans and shortened breaths she prays, “Lord, I cannot do anything else. I have tried and tried and I have nothing else. I can do no more. I need you to do it. I need you to raise me to my feet. I need you to lift this darkness. I need you to give me the strength to make it through this moment and walk me through today.”

Then something happens. Her tears stop. The darkness lifts. Peace fills her soul and she stands.

He is still gone, but without a doubt, the LORD remains. HE lifts her to her feet, wraps HIS arms around her and begins to walk her through her day.

She looks out her windows and sees the sun through the clouds. The Lord whispers, “It will get better.” She sees a beautiful blossom on a tree near by beginning to open, and hears Him whisper, “You are beautiful and you are only beginning to blossom.”

A smile returns to her swollen face. And throughout her day, sweet words echo in her mind,

“I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not evil. You have a future. You have a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

“I am able to do far more than you can do, far more than you can even think, far more than you could ever ask. My strength is abundant and I am raising up my strength in you.” (Ephesians 3:20)

“No trouble, no hardship, no height and no depth will ever separate you from MY love.” (Romans 8:28)

“I am with you, even until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Praying today for that woman somewhere. May she stand and may HIS peace and HIS love flood her soul and walk her through her day.

 

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