Having Hope

Having Hope

hopeI was in a very dark place in my life. My heart was completely broken, my relationships were failing, my life felt like shattered glass. It was useless picking up the pieces. I had given up…on everything, including my faith. Then an Angel in the form of my sister-in-grace reached out to me. She said she had a word for me from God.

He said, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 When my sister-in-law said this I laughed, I said to her, “My life is falling apart. I can barely get through today without crying my eyes out and you expect me to have hope for the future.”

She said, “This is God’s promise to you, I need you to hold on to His promise.”

“You have no idea how I feel,” is what I said to her, “you’ve never gone through pain like this before!”

“Actually, I have.” Is what she said, I could hear it in her voice. She was telling me the truth. We both went silent for a while. “Do me favor”, she said, “the next time you find yourself so overwhelmed by the hurt that it feels like you can’t breathe, I want you to do this one thing for me.”

“What’s that?” I asked.

“I want you to praise Him.” I remembered thinking, its official, she’s crazy! It’s time to hang up the phone now.

“I know that sounds crazy,” Is what she said. Whoa, did she read my mind? “But I want you to trust me in this.” She pleaded.

As I mentioned earlier faith had left the building for me, so this idea of having hope when all hope was lost and trusting God again seemed insane to me. But there was something about her faith and her confidence in this promise that encouraged me to at least try.

Moments later…

There I was lying on the bathroom floor. The cool tile felt good against my tear-stained cheek. The hurt raged within me like a vicious storm.

“I can’t do this, I won’t do this.” I argued, but I promised her that I would. “God I praise You, I give You the glory. Thank you Father, Hallelujah! It hurts Father, God it hurts so bad, but I give You the praise and the glory Lord!”

What felt like the weakest moment in my life became the most powerful and most defining moment of my life. The weight I was carrying suddenly lifted. I didn’t realize how hard I was fighting to keep myself together. I felt this presence that laid beside me and wrapped strong arms around me. Then came the peace that stole in like a gentle wind. It dried my tears and eased my mind. The headache I had that felt like an atomic bomb had gone off in my head, quickly faded away. My heart, though broken, somehow felt…cared for. I don’t know how else to explain it except to say that Hope came in. Now this hope was not a feeling I felt, but a presence. Not a human being, someone far more divine. I believe Christ Himself showed up in that bathroom. I left that bathroom with Hope by my side. I walked away feeling like I can try this faith thing one more time.

Things didn’t change in my life right away. I spent many more days crying and praying on that bathroom floor. Somehow I was able to hold on to God’s promise. Probably because everywhere I went I kept seeing or hearing His promise. I needed a new key chain and there it was, a key chain about having Hope amongst a bunch of goofy, non-Christian key chains. I’d turn on the TV or the radio and I’d hear Jeremiah 29:11. The word “hope” or the phrase, “hope for the future”, would pop up on my favorite TV shows, a commercial, a poster, or in a movie I’m watching. I didn’t have to fight to hold on to Hope because it was all around me. It kept chasing me down. It was as if Hope was fighting for me. Then one day I began to feel it on the inside and soon it began to manifest itself in every area of my life.

That was Seven Years Ago.

I asked God to explain the, “not harm me” part of His promise because what I went through really hurt me. He explained that He would never allow anything to come my way that would irrevocably damage me. Any pain in this life would only be temporary. He would never take me to a place beyond His repair.

What appeared to be a loss was actually a gain. I gained strength that I didn’t know I had access to, knowledge that I didn’t have before and confidence in knowing that I can overcome anything and do extraordinary things through Christ. Above all I came away with an awareness of just how great God’s love is for me. I can truly testify to who Christ is. I can now write and speak with a boldness that I did not have before that says, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

My Prayer for You

I want you to know and grab a hold of this, God loves you child of God with an Unfailing Love. His plans and hopes for you are real and it’s going to touch every area of your life. You may be down and out right now but it’s not for long. It may feel like you can’t but believe me when I say that you can have Hope For The Future. For Christ is your HOPE! It’s an unshakeable, unbreakable promise from God. Signed and sealed by His beloved Son Jesus when He shed His righteous blood on the cross for you. Today I’m living that promise.

When God Sees You


There is a verse in Genesis 16 that multiplies my peace and joy, every time I read it.  It involves an encounter between Hagar, the Egyptian slave of Abraham and the Angel of the LORD.

Hagar was given to her master Abraham by his wife Sarah to bear children for them because Sarah was barren. When Hagar got pregnant, Sarah became jealous and angry, which led to Hagar running away. The Angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert and He spoke to her about the things that concerned her. He instructed her to go back and revealed that He will increase her descendants beyond measure and that she would give birth to a son, named Ishmael because the LORD has heard her misery.

What Hagar says in verse 13 is what sets me free, “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

The Eyes of the Lord

There is a beautiful revelation in this chapter, that the Father sees you and hears your cries especially in those moments when you think you’re all alone.

I think about my “Hagar” moments, those moments the world doesn’t get to see. When everything around you seems to be falling apart and you’re fighting to hold it together. Moments where you know God is with you, yet you can’t help feeling alone. You sit in your car with the radio on or you lock yourself in the bathroom and cut on the shower so no one can hear you cry. When all you have left in you is your mustard seed of faith and your hope in Christ and you cling to it like one would cling to a spring in a desert. When you want to pray but you can’t pray because you don’t know what to say.

Maybe you’re unsure that God is even with you anymore because you don’t hear his voice and the pain hurts that much. Then God shows up and reveals that He sees you. He heard your cries and afflictions, He saw every tear, He heard every prayer and the concerns on your heart. He sees your struggle, your doubt, your fears, your faith and your stand. Yes, you’re in a desert right now but you’re not alone. God reveals Himself in an undeniable way and says to you,  I Am with you, I Am your Spring in the desert. I Am the One who sees you and loves you with an everlasting love and I will give you the desires of your heart beyond measure. What I do next for you, will go exceedingly and abundantly above what you asked and thought.

When God is looking at you

Hagar was a Gentile; You are children of Light, raised with Christ and co-heirs with Him. What Hagar received was just a shadow of the goodness and mercies of God. You, child of God, have the fullness of God’s promise with you and in you.

Here are a few scriptures for you.

During the days of Noah, a time where the world was dark and plagued with sin, much like our world today. “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” –Genesis 6:8

Child of God be confident in this, God’s grace will abound towards you in times of trouble.

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” -2Chronicles 16:9

No you’re not perfect, but God sees that you have a heart for Him. When you are weak, believe that He will make you strong. When you’re feeling weary, He will give you rest.

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry.” Psalms 34:15

Don’t shy away from the word righteous, that is who you are, the righteousness of God in Christ. It is a gift from God, given to you not by your works but by the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Be Encouraged

Read and meditate on Psalm 139; it’s a beautiful confirmation that compliments this revelation. Our Father, who sees you, hears you, cares for you and will never leave you or forsake you, loves you.

The Thought Life

But we have the mind of Christ 1 Corinthians 2:16

Father God I thank you for keeping my thought life in constant fellowship with you. Your word says, For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.-Isaiah 55:8 But because of Christ, who anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. We can abandon our discouraging thoughts and embrace His thoughts of us. Father thank you for giving us the mind of Christ.

What are Your thoughts of me?

That I am deeply loved by You and Your love for me is unconditional. God you love us so much that while we were still in sin, you gave us your Beloved Son so that anyone who believes may have eternal life with you.

Nothing can separate us from your Love. John 3:16 & Romans 8:38-39

No matter what things look like, hardships or triumphs, mountains or valleys, You make it all work out for my good. You saved me, justified, glorified and conformed me to the image of Your Son. You are with me always. Father if You are for me, who can be against me. I am more than a conqueror in You. Romans 8:28-37

finding peaceYou made me the righteousness of God in Christ, I am seated with Christ, who sits at Your right hand. I am who you say I am. I am not my mistakes, I am not my past or my failures. I am not my heartbreak. I am the object of Your love and mercy. The one whom you load up daily with your blessings. I am the one who You fight for. I am a child of God. I am yours. 2 Corinthians 5:21 & Ephesians 2:6

A Prayer for Today

Father God, keep the thought-life of your children in fellowship with You. Strip away the negative thoughts and fill their mind and hearts with Your thoughts of them. Thoughts of peace, joy and victory in You. With unveiled hearts let them see the love and grace of your Son in every situation that comes their way. May the peace of God, that peace that surpasses all understanding guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1John 3:1

A Prescription for Anxiety

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I think at some point in our lives we’ve all faced anxiety. Whether you’re a parent, a business exec, pastor, politician or student you’re bound to get to a point where life and its tasks become increasingly overwhelming and when it hits you it’s like a vicious wave slamming into you from every side. So today when I felt the waves of anxiety crashing up against me I found myself saying, “Father help me, surely you have an answer… a prescription for this. Then I saw the words “Be anxious for nothing.” It just flashed into my mind so I picked up my bible and read God’s prescription for Anxiety.

Problem: Anxiety 

Symptoms: (according to WebMd) : Feeling overwhelmed/feelings of fear, palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, a feeling of being detached from the world, feeling unable to control the simple things.

God’s Prescription: Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything.

FAQ: How do I stop being anxious? Please see directions for use.

Directions: In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Please note: this prescription can be used not just in some but in every situation. You can present ANY and ALL situations to God: the good, the bad and the ugly stuff. 

Side Effects: The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Before He was arrested, Jesus prayed for this cup to pass from Him but not His will but God’s will be done and in the midst of Christ’s struggle, scripture says, Luke 22:44 New Living Translation (NLT) He prayed more fervently, and He was in such agony of spirit that His sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.”

God sent an angel of the Lord to strengthen Jesus in His time of need. Now if God can send help to His Beloved Son whom He willingly gave up for the sole purpose of reconciling us back to Him, to make us His Sons and Daughters then surely God can strengthen us and help us in our time of need.

When you study the roles of a good father and a good king you find something unique that they have in common, their top priority is your welfare and whole-being. God gave up His Son, not so you can remain broken from anxiety, loss and fear, Jesus laid down His life for you so that you could be made whole, in every area of your life. You can enjoy the benefits, the gifts of having Heaven’s best, because that’s what you got when He gave you Christ, you can have it with a simple thing called prayer.

Now prayer is not a formal thing, it’s not a loud and lofty act, its intimate. It’s you and God having a heart to heart conversation, not telling Him what you think He wants to hear but what is truly on your heart, the good… the bad… and the ugly. The word says we have not because we ask not. Got issues, then ask the Great I Am, Your Father to move mighty in that area of your life.  If nothing on Heaven or Earth can separate you from His Love then there’s no situation in Heaven or Earth that you can’t bring to God.  Your loss, your heartbreak even in this He can give you comfort and understanding. Your worries, your struggles, your dreams, He can see you through it, He can show you the way.

Christ came so you can have an abundant life not a defeated one and prayer is you grabbing a hold of it. Question… have you taken your prescription today?

Jesus on: Temptation

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness He revealed to us the deceptive tools used to draw us into temptation.

Deception # 1 When you are at your weakest, get you to question who you are in Christ.

And when He (Jesus) had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Matthew 4:2-3 NKJV

In Matthew Chapter 3 God declared this about His Son:

 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and aligning upon Him.  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

Note: how the tempter left out beloved and that God was well pleased with Him. This same trick was used in the Garden of Eden when the provisions of God were questioned. God told Man that he could freely eat from any tree in the garden except for the one tree that would bring forth death.  When questioned by the tempter Eve was asked, “Did God really say, ‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” –genesis 3:1

Same trick but the results are the same to get you to question the provisions of God  and the abundance you have in Him by pointing you to your lack and insufficiency’s.

Deception #2 Use your own desires to tempt you.

A desire is not limited to the lust of your flesh it can include your desires and plans from God. Have you ever had a vision from God and in your desire to see it fulfilled moved ahead of God to make it happen yourself.

“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”Matthew 4:8-10

This was Jesus’ mission, to take back and save the world, this was His desire and it was used to tempt Him. But look at Jesus’ response to each temptation…the Word of God. Now for us the Word has become flesh and that flesh overcame temptation, death and every obstacle that we face in life and in Him we are more than conquerors. We’re not in this fight alone, we have Christ!

Here’s the thing God is not looking at you, your past and flaws, He’s looking at His perfect, spotless Son. God isn’t looking at your resume, He’s looking at His. His grace, His strength, His abilities and unfailing love. So when temptation comes  whatever the temptation may be,  remember who you  are in God’s eyes and who’s doing the good work through you. JESUS.

This is Who You Are

Children of God 1John 3:1

Righteousness of God in Christ 1 Cor. 1:30

Co-Heirs with Christ Rom. 8:16-17

This is His plan for You

To prosper you, give you hope and a great future. Jeremiah 29:11

To Represent Him Isaiah 61:3

To be His ministers/priests of the New Covenant. Isaiah 61:6

His Resume, Not Yours

Christ started it, He’ll finish it. Philippians 1:6

You’re not in this Alone

Nothing this world can throw at you will prosper.  Isaiah 54:17

Don’t be afraid, God’s got you! Joshua 1:5 & Isaiah 41:10

 

A Prayer for the Storm

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I live in a jewel of a town in Alaska and right now we are experiencing a severe storm. As I watch the trees swaying violently in the wind, the snow and rain as it lightly drums against my windows, and the thick layer of snow that blankets our city, call me crazy but I can’t help but to be in awe of God.  My heart praises Him because I am witnessing His power and His greatness on display right before my very eyes. My faith reminds me that the Earth is the LORD’s and everything in it… God is in control. Funny thing is despite the storm that seems to be raging on around me I feel this overwhelming peace in my heart and in my household. I know that my family is under the watchful eye of the Most High.

I just wanted to pray for those who are in the midst of a storm. Your storm may not be weather-related like mine is, it may be emotional, physical, mental or spiritual. Whatever the storm is that is raging in your life, this prayer is for you.

Father God in Heaven I pray that Your peace, not the peace of this world but Your peace Lord that surpasses all understanding may it fill the hearts of your people.Overwhelm them with your peace right now in the name of Jesus.

Father fill their hearts with Your love, that unchanging, unconditional, unearned and undeserved love of God. For God you loved us so much that you gave us your perfect, sinless, beloved Son Jesus to die so that we may be free . Jesus Christ who shed His blood so that we can have life and have it more abundantly.

Father God fill our minds with thoughts of your Son Jesus.  Fill our minds with thoughts like, As Christ is so am I on this earth and that no weapon formed against me will prosper because Christ is my righteousness and He fights for me. Remind your people, that the Lord is their Shepherd and they will not lack. God is the  supplier of all of our needs and He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above what we ask and think.

Father God give your people a boldness in speech that says, I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength. A speech that says, Abba…My Father. Give them a pattern of speech that declares to the four corners of the universe that I am a child of God, I am saved, I am forgiven. In the day of judgment I can have boldness because I’ve been redeemed!

Brothers and sisters there may be storms in your life.  You may have sickness in your body, you may have problems in your marriage, or with your family.  You may have lost your job, your finances may not look good right now. You may feel, lonely, broken, discouraged, your life may not look all that great through these human eyes but know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ and He has a plan for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. You can shout Hallelujah in the midst of a storm! You don’t have to be afraid for God Is With You and He is in Control.

In Jesus name I submit this prayer. Amen to the Glory of God. Amen. –Just Believe

The Promise, The Stand: A Mother’s Day Story

It was the week before Christmas when I got the call from my Mom, her doctor just called with her results, she has breast cancer. The words were like a knife to my heart. I had so many questions. “Where are you?” I said. “On my way to your house.” She said. I only had a few minutes to get some answers. As soon as I hung up I cried out to God I could barely get the words out, all I could say was, “Father God, what’s going on with my mom.” And He said, “This is not unto death but to draw her.” There was a knock at my door, it was my mom. As I walked to the door I went over in my mind what God said to me and when I opened the door only one thought filled my heart…I will not cry, I will not doubt.. I will stand on His promise.

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I went to every appointment, saw the x-rays, heard the horror stories and saw the fear on my mother’s face, yet I did not cry… I did not doubt… I stood on God’s promise. Her surgery was 2 days before Christmas and as she laid in that hospital bed tears rolling down her face my heart wanted to break but I did not cry, I did not doubt I placed my hands on her chest and quietly prayed over her. At this point in our journey I was living off of a little sleep, take-out and hospital food but I didn’t feel weary. There was a strength in me that wasn’t my own. A strength that kept me strong, kept me sharp and confident that God will do what He said He would do. In the weeks to come I saw God’s hand all around us. He gave us favor with the doctor’s, the nurses, the staff, strangers went out of their way to welcome us, help us, make us laugh and even find treats for us.

The recovery and the treatments were pretty rough but I wasn’t moved by what I saw. The chemo tearing away at her, changing her, ripping what I know to be my mom, a vibrant, independent woman, away from us. What moved me was the greater Spirit that was in me, a Spirit that embraced us, went ahead of us and perfectly orchestrated every appointment and every procedure.  That’s what encouraged me and gave me hope. God’s promise was all I chose to see.

It’s been 4 ½ years, since that life-changing call. After the surgery, the chemo and the radiation my mom emerged healthy, strong, vibrant, cancer free and saved (Hallelujah!)For my birthday my mother wrote me a very beautiful letter. In it she thanked me for being there, for never complaining, for never allowing her to feel sorry for herself or fall apart. She confessed her belief in God to me and said that it was all because she saw God in me, she felt His strength and His presence in me and around me and for the first time during our breast cancer journey …I cried.

I learned something about God’s grace that day; that if you take yourself out of the way God will take you all of the way. I thank God for saving, healing and drawing my mom. I thank Him for using me and for giving me the courage and the strength to stand. Thanks to God I can spend another Mother’s day with my mom. I want to encourage you in this season of your life by letting you know that there is no disease, no addiction, no pain or heartbreak in your life that is too big for our God to handle. He will help you, He will heal you and He will give you the courage and the strength to stand. In Jesus name I pray that God’s grace and peace be multiplied to you today, Amen.

IF YOU TAKE YOURSELF OUT OF THE WAY GOD WILL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY!

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If Great Men Give Up

I had a heartfelt talk with my son the other day. He said, “Mom when I decided to take some initiative and  did my own research instead of using the info and links my teacher gave me, I failed the assignment.” He then asked, “What’s the point of even trying to do more or reach higher if I’m only going to fail in the end?”

I asked him what if all the great men and women in the world gave up after their first failed attempt. What if the Wright Brothers gave up after their first failed attempt at flying, then we wouldn’t have flight.

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First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903, Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What if scientist gave up at their first failed attempt to create a cure for the world’s diseases?

What if Christ gave up after being, denied, betrayed and rejected, then there would be no hope in this world and hope is the fuel that drives us.

We need to take a page from Jacob, despite wrestling with God till dawn and being struck in his hip, he refused to let go, he had a spirit that said I will not let you go until you bless me and God blessed him and changed his name to Israel which means,(who prevails with God). Jacob refused to let go despite the fight, the setbacks, the pain and struggle (Genesis 32:22-28).

God has placed gifts, vision and greatness in all of us, we all have a purpose in life to fulfill and we can’t allow fear or failure to stop us “For God has not given us a spirit of fear (or defeat), but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2Timothy 1:7. Could you imagine what the world would be like if great men and great women like you gave up? I imagine it would be a world not worth living in. I encourage you to keep pursuing your God-given dreams and passions. Don’t give up.

Just Let God

FreedomLet go and let God. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase. For years I lived with the pain and old ghost of my past and then one day someone close to me told me to let go and let God. I thought to myself okay, sounds simple enough. I then went from one struggle to the next as I battled with letting go. One day I cried out to the Lord in prayer and asked Him, “Lord how do I let go?” He said, “You have to Let God.”

God revealed to me through His word that, “the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Ch 20:15) and if you let Him, He will heal your broken heart (Psalm 147:3). He’ll give you, “the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”(Isaiah 61:3)

If you let God He will help you let go. God will take you to a place above and beyond your past, your pain, your addictions and struggles and He will bring you to a place of happiness, love, peace and His abundance.

I then asked God, “Why, why would you do all of this for me?” He said, “Because of love.” “For God so loved the world (meaning You) that He (willingly) gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes (hopes and trust) in Him shall not perish (remain broken and hurting) but have eternal life (the very heart and best of God). –John 3:16

So how do I let God? You just have to turn to Him in prayer, give all of your dreams, your doubts, your hurt and pain  to Him through prayer.  Talk to Him and let God be God in your life… today and everyday. Be blessed God’s beloved.

A Woman Who Says Yes to God

For the past few weeks I’ve been reading this book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst, it was a book club pick from my Church’s book club. It’s a great a book and must read  for women. The title is what drew me in you see when a woman says yes to the Lord she is surrendering her entire self to God. She trusts Him in her frustrations, in her pain, in her lack; she may not understand it all but she trusts Him to take care of her. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

When a woman surrenders herself to God, she resists the urge to take matters into her own hands, she dies to the old self and embraces the new creature (Ephesians 4:22-24), not her will or way, but she surrenders completely to God’s way. She prays, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth (in my life, my family, my job, my future) as it is in Heaven (God’s realm, His will, His way).” (Matthew 6:10)

She is a woman who recognizes that God is the Great I Am and He is able to do what He promised and His word is sovereign and true; “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) She is a person who recognizes that all things are accomplished not by might or power (her works and efforts) but by the Spirit of the Lord (God’s works and efforts) (Zechariah 4:6) so she says, “Yes Lord, I can stand, I can wait on You, I can hope, I can believe, I can press forward, I can because God, my Shepherd, my Help, my Lord…CAN!

 I can because God, my Shepherd, my Help, my Lord…CAN!