In the brokenness, loss, confusion, worn out spirit within me, I know with the confirming Word from the Lord a few weeks ago, spoke to me that the enemy wants to  kill, steal and destroy my life, my dreams,  & wreak havoc in my relationships. 

But with the Spirit of the Lord, there is freedom to #moveforward.
Going to Trust Him more ~ 
        ~ even with faith the size of a mustard seed 

 I am the head and not the tail, I am above and not beneath.

No harm can come against me,

because I am the light in a dark world, bringing the Truth of Jesus to those I meet. I can move mountains, the dreams that He planted within me will come to fruition, not by my might but by His purpose that lay within me.

 I will not die, I will live.

No doubt, no fear will rest within me, because Jesus came to give life in abundance.

Therefore, I will speak faith, life, wisdom, love, peace, joy  no matter where I go.
In brokenness, despair, is where  I  learn the most,  I will grow deeper in the Word. And ultimately can be used even the more to encourage those  I know, as I will be a living  example of God’s faithfulness, so those who know me will  see though  I  may walk through the valley of death, I have no reason to fear…ever! 
So, I hope that as you read this, you will never ever give up hope. Even in the worst, most difficult place you may be at….. Because, within each test of life, is an opportunity to take God at his Word, in His promises, he WILL bring HIS desire and plan to completion.

 He never leaves us nor forsakes us.

He is faithful, his love endures for a lifetime.
Press in – take him at his word. He loves you and I with such deep love, he gave his only Son to die for our salvation and to have us live eternally in Heaven, and live this life to fulfill a destiny that is unique and designed by God, so no enemy can ever take that hope or plan from us! Be encouraged today!!!!!!!!!   ♥♥ 
Receive is grace and mercy today – you will never regret it!
Let’s pray:  Lord thank you for your mercy and love each day. It is new and refreshing and lasts a lifetime. Thank you for hardships and challenges in this life, for they help me with becoming stronger in you and guides me/ us to live in the fruits of the spirit, which comes from you. You are so full of love for me, that you never let go. Be with each person who reads this, that they be encouraged to lean into you more and more – trusting you to guide our lives as we pray for wisdom. Love you so much Jesus! ♥ 
2 Corinthians 3: 16-18 but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
John 3: 16-  20  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not  perish but have eternal life.  ForGod did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.   Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  And this is the judgment:  the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Psalm 129:2
“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.
Deuteronomy 31:8  It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8 NLT
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.
Psalm 23   The Lord is my shepherd, I  lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, and he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
Psalm 107:1   Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

2 Corinthians 6:1-10 NIV   As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.3We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.  Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;  in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;  known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Hebrew 4:16 ESV   Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

John 10:10 ESV  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

This gorgeous creature posed long enough so I could FINALLY get a good shot of him. I have tried taking photos of him for months, not sure if it’s  the red that makes it so difficult, or my being so excited I just couldn’t get it right!  He doesn’t sit very long..  but this one..                       I think I am very happy with this shot !  Good job posing Mr Cardinal! – Once again,  enjoying the beauty of HIS creation. Amazing!
Onto today’s blog: Tests and Trials. They are tough. Walking on water? Well, that is a true test of our faith isn’t it. Matthew 14: 22-36  tells us of how the disciples were in a boat – far from the land, and the winds were hitting high and hard.
Have you seen a large body of water in a fierce storm? It’s pretty scary stuff! It certainly  is not a place I would choose to be at — ever!  But life brings us all kinds of tribulation. Rocky roads that we’d rather not walk on, but inevitable in this life, no matter who you believe in or what you believe in there will be some struggles along the way.
Sometimes the waters that try to take us out like a whip roaring high winded tide. Other times it is a road so rocky it seems like we cannot walk around it, through it or over it. What do you do about it? Worry? Contemplate? Cry or get angry? I know I am guilty of all those ways of “dealing with the struggle” too. But Jesus came to help us through all of it. No matter how big or small the wind, wave, rain or thunder is, we must focus on Him. He will guide us and show us the perfect solution. The more we focus on His direction, the less complicated the struggle. When Peter had his focus on Jesus, he walked on the water. The second he looked at the waves and water, realizing how he could sink – yep, he fell. But he was humble enough to say Jesus  – HELP!!!!!!!!!! And Jesus lifted him from that fall.  What was Jesus response to Peter’s lack of believing? Jesus said, your faith is small – WHY did you doubt? (my emphasis) Oh boy – how many times have I been there? Ooh, too many times. Why have I not learned? I guess it is a process. Many factors fall into place, as with all of us. We each have a set of unique circumstances which lead to our mindset of faith, doubt and trust. We never “arrive” and become perfect. It is a walk. Each experience  – good or bad, will teach us if we let it. If we communicate in the stillness of His love, and listen, he will give guidance and assurance. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine and he can be yours too.. call out to Him. Read the Bible, he will guide and help you every day.
God chose to use stories  like this, true  stories, as to help us along life’s journey. We were never promised a rosy – peachy keen kinda lifestyle, just because we follow Jesus. No. We are told there WILL be tests and trials along the way. That is where faith comes in — (I think my next blog will be on Faith — more  on that – so stay tuned!); are we going to be like Peter – he walked on that water – but only for a moment. While his focus was on Jesus – he walked on the water – do we get that? Water. You float, you swim.. but not walk on top of it, unless of course it is ice. This was not a cold day in the middle of winter.  It was in the midst of a storm! Water rising up and over with  powerful winds. He walked. He trusted Jesus in that very moment. Jesus wants us all to live in that kind of moment every single second of every single day. Will you trust Him? I pray you do.
Matthew 17:20 NKJV

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
John 16:33 NLT

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me(Jesus). Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I (Jesus) have overcome the world.”