Grapes and Relationship

I picked up the bowl of red grapes in the refrigerator this morning. I was moving them around and noticed something. The grapes that are off the vine started to shrivel up. Some reminded me of raisins and I told my son maybe we could do this as a science project next year. God revealed this to me as soon as I looked at the grapes again. The grapes still connected to the vine were plump, juicy and intact. He said when you remain in me, I give you life! When you depart from Me and My Word, things shrivel up and die due to no connection! WOW!! It’s about a true relationship with Him and connecting with Him through His Word and prayer! Best part is when you regain your connection with Him…He turns the shriveled up grapes into raisins!! Everything can be used for His Glory when you focus on Him!! #Hiswordistrue #discernment #vine

John 15:5-6 NIV
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

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God is my ALL

God is the joy and the strength of my life. He moves all pains, misery and strife. He promised to keep me, never to leave me. He’ll never, never fall short of his word. I’ve got to fast and pray, stay in the narrow way, I’ll keep my life clean everyday. I want to go with Him when He comes back, I’ve come to far and I’ll never turn back. God Is……My All in All!

Woke up with this song in my spirit….Have you ever really listened to the words to get an understanding of what you were saying….When God does something, we must do something. Think about those words as you go about your day today. Are you living the life God has purposed for you? Are there some things God told you to stop doing, but you keep going back to? #intentionalliving #Hiswordistrue

Matthew 7:13-14 NIV
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Hopeful, yet Gracefully Broken

Shattered dreams once again. You have the faith bigger than a mustard seed, with hope that a person will acknowledge you. A hope that allows the hurt to hit harder and harder each time. A hope that will make you smile and excited when for once they acknowledge you and show you a glimmer that your hope was not in vain. Then silence falls, no more calls, no texts, not even a happy birthday. There’s only one of you in their lives, but you clearly have been replaced. A thought of what can you do to bring awareness back alive in them. To remember that you even exist. Yet, they should revel in the fact that you are a strong, beautiful woman they call, “daughter!” Although, this word means absolutely nothing to them. Well, it may when it’s convenient to them or a memory crosses their mind. I know marriage is sacred and comes first. Although, I don’t know anywhere in the bible that says forget your child. I’m thankful for one of my dearest friends, asked me did I want to take the high road in a situation. I knew it was right and petty pants wanted to be worn, but I did the right thing anyway. My face is tired of being mentally slapped. At the end of it all, I know God and my heart are the most important things for me to heal. I’m broken, saddened by the recent events, but by the Grace of God, it will get better. I’ve acknowledged the pain and hurt to allow God to restore the brokenness. One day hoping he says the words, his daughter wants to hear, I love you, punkin! But, if that day never comes again, I will do better with my own kids to make sure they will always know they hold a place in my heart.

A daughter and father with an absent relationship! But God

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Are you ready??

I was lost without you Lord! You hid me, protected me, corrected me when I was broken and reached my lowest, But Now….My heart leaps at your presence and the sound of your name….Jesus! I am content right where I am! If I have no job, no food, no people around me, can’t see what tomorrow brings my way, yet I know you will supply All my needs! Let not what the world offers deter my praise for you! The world cannot give nor take away what you have for me! I have no need to worry when I know without a doubt where my One True help comes from. Lord on this day…let your will be done in my life and not let the worries of tomorrow to invade my present gift! I will Thank You As long as I have breath in my body!

Signed your humble servant!

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Life’s Hiccups

I’m quietly sitting here contemplating how life can truly change in an instant. One minute you can be sailing through the soft waters of life full of blessings and then the next minute, sitting down looking like a deer in headlights. Blind sighted by the turmoil of not only daily routine, BUT LIFE! I feel like a tree that was uprooted during a violent thunderstorm. No tornado, no valid reasoning, winds just hit, then suddenly…..BOOM! Heart shattering into a million different pieces and scattered places you won’t ever find where they fell. I am having a rough time holding on to the little piece of hope I have left. Everywhere I look I see hurt, brokenness, pain, sadness, loss and I haven’t even turned from the mirror yet. The strong, deeply rooted tree that once withstood the numerous natural forces of nature is now gone. The roots, along with a small piece of the base are left in the ground, but what is visible is down. It took down fences and even part of a house with it. The house is now exposed and no one can reside there. This is the best explanation of myself, my heart and my family. I fell, completely caught off guard at what life was throwing at me. Even though my heart is shattered, I still know God is in control. When I fell, my family fell too! We are exposed and the work to rebuild has to be done from the inside out with God!

It feels like a spiritual attack and the only way I can fight back is on my knees in prayer. Only thing I can stand on is God’s word! The words for prayer are sometimes just tears that fall down my cheek. I can’t put the words together, but He hears my cries.

The pieces of my heart cry out to Him!! Only He can put the million pieces back together even better than I can fathom.

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He’s Risen

No longer in the grave….Jesus has risen….He’s Alive! Not even death could hold him. He did it all for us…Yes, you and me!! So that we might be free from sin and have eternal life with Him and His Father! This is the best expression of Love….For He gave His only begotten son…..Pause and really think about this! Lord, for this, I will always praise and worship you! You are worthy of our praise!!

Forgiveness is a must! Jesus forgave those who crucified him on the cross. This is powerful, because we hold grudges against friends, family, coworkers, and even people who we never met who we felt have wronged us. They offended or hurt us in some way. Forgiveness is for you, not them. It doesn’t give a pass to the wrong, yet it opens up your heart to continue to hear and receive all God has for you! Your heart is no longer hardened!! It frees you from putting people on a pedestal that only God belongs. We must be careful because things and people came become a form of idolatry which is a sin. So to keep our relationship growing in Christ, we must evaluate ourselves within with God, instead of outside in the world.

Be ready to receive all God has for you by opening your heart to all Jesus has done for you!! He gave His Life for you!!

God’s Love

During an argument with a spouse or significant other, many of us just want our points to be heard and validated. Mainly, we want to be right! What happens when you are not heard? Or right….for that matter? What do you do? Get quiet, sulk, and get in your feelings? Or maybe we let our feelings turn into a sword and go for the kill with words that can never be taken back. We can allow our actions to become a dangerous road if we are not careful. The pattern of hurting the other person first can destroy a relationship as well as yourself. We can also, hold grudges against someone we love and they are able to go on with their lives while we are stuck in the past situation. Why do we do these things that are so hurtful to others, but mostly ourselves? These are people we say we love, but do we really even understand what LOVE is?

For many, many years, I thought I knew what love is, but I didn’t. My first true love is God. He showed me Agape Love. God loved me when I didn’t love myself let alone I didn’t know how to love someone else. Best way to describe it is…..read John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This is truly amazing. God gave us his son to die on a cross for our sins, our bad habits, our sexual deviancy, our complete unrighteousness, and our ill will towards other human beings to name a few. How do we continue to love someone after they hurt us? If we could conquer this as a human race, I think we could be in such a better place. Hurt people, hurt people is a very true statement. In all of our brokenness, God can bring about a healing that no one can explain. A true peace deep within that you will never want to let go. How can you get this? Turn your attention to Him. Start a real relationship with Him, the one who Loves you so much more than we could ever deserve. It is not based on our feelings, what we can do for Him or do for others. It is simply put, God Loves US!!

After the argument, what next? I recently had an argument with my husband which ended in silence. Neither of us were willing to listen to the other person’s view points. We wanted to win and ended up we both lost. We didn’t speak for almost a day. We work together, so there was no escaping each other. I will say this, once God softens your heart, you can’t try to be hard again. For almost 40 years, I had a hardened heart and now I still don’t know how to process the emotions that once couldn’t escape. With God’s help, I’m getting better each day. I used to be able to be angry for days on end and manipulate the situation to my favor. I can’t do that any longer. I sincerely learned something this time, My husband loves me like Christ loves the church. (Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”)

For this lesson….I’m forever grateful!!