It is time to rise up into NEW life.

Struggles are real. Troubles will come and go. But standing firm in the foundation of GOD’s love, grace and heart will guide you to GO IN and possess what he has planned for YOU to do. To possess means to TAKE ACTION. Do it. Do it afraid, do it when you feel confident. Just take that step.

Fear  will stop progression. That is the ultimate plan of the enemy of our soul. He does NOT want us to succeed. He wants to hinder our walk and our path. He attacks with schemes so sly – and sometimes so obvious. Take heed. Be aware. Even if we trip, fail or totally mess up today – tomorrow is a new and fresh day. God’s got our back. Never look down, keep your shoulders back, and be secure in who you are in Christ, and that those around you will see His goodness that lives in you, no matter the circumstances!

God has ADOPTED YOU into HIS family. You are anointed, blessed and highly favored. You are blessed coming in and going out. God created adoption papers! he will never leave you nor forsake you. No.matter.what.you.have.done! You belong to God! Jesus is and was the sacrifice for your life. Trust Him. He loves you with an everlasting love! Your name is written in His Word. He has set you free, so you can soar to new heights!
No living in slavery, we don’t have to finance our adoption. We don’t have to complete a “to do list” to conquer or pay for His love for us. Just accept His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.
He gives the invitation to come and thirst no more!

Keep in prayer – God search me, and know my heart, let me not become self absorbed – but focused on the plan where you can USE me to make a difference on this earth.

Live a life from orphan to an HEIR!  You have JOY, PEACE, FREEDOM, LIFE! so REJOICE in the LORD always – and again I say REJOICE

His river will flow through you as you keep drinking His cup!  Rejoice, and always give thanks, for He is certainly good!

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Key Scripture

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!

                                    Revelation 19:9
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This verse is timely, yet again. God’s Word opens up my mind and heart when I am tender to his teachings. Shortly before Brian died, we did a Banquet “play” at our church. He joined me, as I was “in” the short visual that was a banquet table and based on this verse, Revelation 19:9;)
As the ladies and I played out the message – little did I know at the time, that within a few weeks time, he would be walking on streets of Gold, with our heavenly Father. Just in time, as only God – our Father, would and could do. … The message was very clear to Brian, (after much guilt and do I dare say, condemnation from the Priest at his previous church),Brian yearned for acceptance from God – and this message, from Rev. 19:9 was what Brian needed to hear. He felt free (Brian’s words to me as we talked about the message over a few days time following that precious Sunday Service), and accepted by Jesus. Free to take communion,

knowing God’s love over his life was real. And it belonged to Brian as he accepted Jesus fully, and with out guilt.
Salvation is a free gift. Jesus died for your freedom. He loves you with an everlasting love.
Eternity awaits for YOUR decision to accept Jesus as your Savior. Accept Him today, into your heart. Mercy and Grace are yours, as you live in pure freedom as you trust God in and for your life.
If you have accepted him today, and want to acknowledge Him before others let me know, and I will send you a beautiful booklet I created to remind you Who you are in Christ! Send me a message at donna.dbpbd@gmail.com and I will send you this book today!

Matthew 10:32 tells us: Confessing Christ
32″Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33″But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
Rejoicing happens as we praise and acknowledge Christ!
This is the best reward and gift you can ever receive. Like Brian, who has been in Heaven for 19 years this week, I /we rejoice in his total freedom, today and always. What a precious gift, as we were obedient as a congregation, as a wife, and Brian, who came to church that day- for that time. I thank you Jesus. You are indeed, a Good Good Father!
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From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Nineteen, Day Three
The Name (of God)

God is not content to be known merely as Creator, Lord, or even Father. Incredibly he reveals himself also as Bridegroom or Husband. The Hebrew Scriptures contain numerous allusions to Yahweh as Israel’s divine Husband, and the New Testament presents Christ as the church’s Bridegroom. He is the Holy One who did not cling to his divinity but left his Father’s house to dwell among us, calling us to become one with him in the most intimate way possible. To all of us, male and female, Christ offers himself as our provider and protector, the one who has forever pledged himself in faithfulness and love.

Here is Chris Tomlin, singing Good Father

a beautiful song that expresses His love for each of us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA

 

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Prayer: Thank you Father God for Jesus’s life, the sacrifice of pure Love so that we can have salvation and eternity with You one day, when you call me home, I am secure and loved by you. Your grace and  mercy extend to all who seek You. Each day is a sweet gift that you give us,and we  PRAISE your Holy Name for the love you have for me, and my family. 

Do you struggle with your worth? Have you been caught up in abuse, lies, or entangled situations that you may have never imagine you’d be living in, or with?  Is life reeling out of control?

Do you yearn for living a peaceful life, and not a world of lies?  A peaceful, wonderful life can be yours. Today.  This very moment. It’s yours for  the asking.  It’s simple, very real and forever yours.  Jesus is the One that can renew your life. Simplify the craziness. Here is what he is for you:

God is strong and mighty. Isaiah 8:7b     – He  has defeated your enemies. It’s done.

His name is Wonderful Isaiah 9:6 There is no one above the name of Jesus.

He is my portion, my healer, my deliverer, He meets my every need. He will never fail you, (life may never be “perfect”, but he does perfect you in ALL situations, by  giving you strength that you need to live each moment of each day).

He is truth. He is not a man that can lie.

He gives me hope.  He longs to encourage you and lift you up. He brings you love, grace, mercy, patience and a desire for good things.

You can say with confidence: I am a VICTOR, not a victim. Because Jesus lives in you.

He makes me prosper.  He said to seek Him first, and he  will give you the desires of  your heart.

In Him, I have a dream, goals, vision and a purpose.  God formed YOU  and knew you before you were conceived in the womb. He is plans for you that are great and wonderful, if you only believe!

No harm shall overtake me, my household, my work, or anything I put my hands to. He keeps , my path from harm. He loves me. Oh, how He loves me!  He is our safety net –  his arms protect those who love him.

I am assured  that  His incredible GRACE is with me always!                                2 Thessalonians 3:18

Jesus never lets me down, he stays with me and protects me everywhere I go! The evil one has no place in my life!

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To receive Jesus into your life, and heart, it’s a simple  conversation… he IS your forever friend…. just say: “Jesus, I want to be your friend, I need you desperately,  come into my heart and live within me forever. I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life, I want to turn away from sinful desires, and live a life that is whole and pure. Help me to do this Jesus.”  Amen..   

You are now a part of a whole new world. Read  the bible, it will help guide you through life. Find a bible  believing church that will help you grow strong in Christ.   When you find things in life “getting to you”, pray. Pray when life is good, pray when things are tough. He will guide you and show you how to live a victorious life!

 

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♥ My Testimony ♥

 

I grew up in with a family that believed God, but never attended church, read the bible, worshipped Jesus or talked about religion ….ever.

 

At 9 ½  years old, we moved from Chicago to Frankfort, which was difficult at the time because we went from “city” life to farmland USA!  In that move, which I didn’t understand at the time, God planted me in a class and a town that had two Christian girls (and families) that befriended me, and brought me to church; at 11 years old I received the Lord as my Savior. 

 

Though it was not easy as I grew up in a home that didn’t like church or hearing anything about the Lord.  I continued my childlike faith. When I married my husband, who was a practicing Catholic, I was naïve to think he would just come around to my faith and belief, not realizing at the time the depths of how unequally yoked we were. God still had us in the palm of His hand. 

 

Our first baby died at birth, the umbilical cord was around his neck. It was at that time, I was 21, I held that precious baby, grasping for answers, and asking God why things happened the way they did, but in my heart, mind and soul, I said to the Lord, yet though I wonder why it had to happen, my life is in Your hands. Do what you need to do in and through me?

 

My husband’s faith taught him that we had to pray this baby through purgatory, which I had never heard of at the time, and I almost lost a gourd or two when my husband said that to me, I sat up in the hospital bed, even though I was tired and exhausted, and said this baby IS in the hands of Jesus and God would never just send a baby to an unknown place to see if we will do something about it.   His response was the baby was not baptized so he couldn’t go to Heaven.  My response was how God loves children so very much, and that I was assured by what the Bible says throughout it, that our baby was secure in the arms of Jesus.  This opened up more dialogue about the Bible. He was seeking answers from His Word. 

My husband, at that point, which I was just too naïve to realize it, watched my security in the Lord.  I must say, I was really still very much a baby Christian.  I really did not know the Bible well at that time, only what limited teaching I had since I was not able growing up to attend church regularly. Yet, God gave me such peace and assurance throughout this period of time. 

 

We had another baby two years later, healthy and strong. Then got pregnant two years after that had twins, which went into a premature delivery, six weeks early.  Doctors came in the evening after they were born, and told me in my grogginess, that both babies probably wouldn’t live. In my half sleep I thought to myself, no way!  (I was so incredibly excited and happy to have had twins).

I did question God at this point, how and why would he take my sweet baby twins?  In the process of the babies being in intensive care, Mark, the smaller of the two, had no brain activity, and his organs were too underdeveloped to live, so at three days old, he was taken off life support.  Michael was a fighter, and continued to grow slowly, stayed in the hospital for four months. Once again, as we prepared a funeral service for Mark, my husband watched me, even as difficult as it was to understand “why” this would happen, not only again, but I wanted these twins so much.  I knew for sure one thing: God was in control, and for whatever reason, we had to go through this process yet again.

 

Throughout the years my husband and I had many discussions on the Bible, God, assurance of why I was so sure of what I believed about it all.  He “seemed” to never quite ‘get it”.

 

At the 18-year mark of he and I being together, I was at a really frustrated point in our life.  I remember still exactly where I was in my house, when I said to the Lord (in a bit of a tantrum fit I must admit), telling the Lord that I was tired of Brian not being saved, and that I was “finished” trying” to make it happen. I was DONE! God you have to DO something with him, or else!  (Which was either bold or stupid, yet I knew I was gearing towards letting go  – to let GOD take the reigns).

I literally dusted my self off from trying to “fix” it.  I had come to the point of really letting it go, for God to do what HE needed to do through my husband. 

 

A few weeks later, my kids and I were coming home from church (Son Light club), the boys were hyper and all full of energy after the activities and such.  The only light in our house came from the TV. Brian was lying on the couch, remote in hand, watching Jan Crouch.  Now I must say three things here: first he HATED ALL tv preachers, he often said how goofy they were, and they were all money hungry.  Secondly, he was awake, able to change channels at any moment, and he normally was fast asleep by that time of the night.  Thirdly, I was not a fan of TBN, or Jan’s, at the time (just being honest).  BUT, I am sure of one thing; Jan reminded Brian of his mom, with the foofy hair, and makeup, they were much the same in that respect.

My heart and mind were jumping with joy, because Jan was saying the sinner’s prayer.  To my self I was saying, OH GOD, thank you!!!  The boys will get to bed, and I can get my bible out, and sit with Brian and go through the whole salvation thing together. My mind was racing!  

In those few seconds, as I was so certain “I” was going to go through the bible, salvation and assure  Brian of what he had just done; but the Lord spoke to me as audibly as can be (I had never at that point heard His voice… ever), Donna, I have it. Go on your way and let me take care of it.

Well, I surely wasn’t going to just leave it alone, and inside me, I was pretty much arguing with the Lord, throwing a huge 2 year old tantrum fit! Again, as clear as day, He spoke to me, once more with the same utterance, and again I was like NO!!!! I have waited a long time for this moment; I want to be part of it!!!!!

Yet, He spoke to me again, very clearly this time:  Be still Donna, and KNOW that I am God.  I have it.

Very reluctantly, I left… and got the kids to bed, and waited, just sure that Brian would come to bed and want to talk about it. Nothing. So I thought maybe the next day. Nope. No conversation.  So I just waited, day after day.  No conversation.

 

Two weeks went by, it was a beautiful spring day,   Brian died in a car accident. 

One thing I know for sure is that God assured me that Brian was saved.  Gods voice was so very clear to me that night that I was to be still and KNOW He IS God.  That is my life verse to this day. 

I never in my life had as much peace than I did throughout the whole ordeal.  Difficult? Yes. Comfort and peace? Absolutely.  God IS in control, and I knew that for sure, and who am I to argue? Did I have questions? You better believe it!

 

For about 18 months after Brian died, the Lord was so very merciful in showing me things that occurred in my life from the past.  He would bring me to a memory or a situation, to show me how all these things affect another, sort of like connect the dots.  One assurance he showed me, was that with the death of my babies, Brian watched, observed my peace and confidence in the Lord, the Bible and my relationship with Him.  Which in the end brought him to the place that he gave his life to the Lord.  This I know for sure, with no doubts. 

 

I know life is one day at a time. With each trial, if we let Him be the guide will bring us a testimony, that may affect someone else’s life, perhaps bringing them to salvation.  We must be a living testimony to God’s glory, and to his plan.  We serve such a Mighty God. 

 

Life has many curve balls, struggles, tests and trials, but with God, anything is possible. But as we say Yes to God, is how amazing and wonderful He really is. His promises to us, which are in the Bible,  say Yes ~ and Amen!  Will you fully trust Him today with your circumstances? He desires to be your Number One Source for life!

 

My life…. Is in His hands… always.

 

♥♥♥ Thanks for hearing the words of my testimony. May it bring hope, feel free to share with someone who may need encouragement.  ♥♥♥

 

Donna 

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Psalm 100:3
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 

Psalm 46:10a

Be still, and know that I am God:

Isaiah 43:18-19

“Do not call to mind the former things,
         Or ponder things of the past.

“Behold, I will do something new,
         Now it will spring forth;
         Will you not be aware of it?
         I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
         Rivers in the desert.

Mark 10:15

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not

receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

 

 

Here is a great song by Steven Curtis Chapman, to reassure His faithfulness. We need to be still, and know He is truly the one and Only God!  http://youtu.be/BgaHaioAjyg