Take Heart, God Is All You Need

 

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I wonder how many of you have lost heart.  I wonder how many days, weeks, or even years you have felt tired, weary, depressed, discouraged, and ready to give up.   That is exactly what it means to “lose heart.”

If you haven’t experienced this kind of trouble, you will.  It’s inevitable.  No one is exempt!

But friends I’m here to remind you tonight of some good, good news.  God’s beautiful word says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33).

Jesus clearly tell us, “take heart.”  If you’ve lost heart, why don’t you make the choice to take it back.

Don’t lose heart throughout your trial.  If you have no one and nothing to look to, keep looking up and stay connected to God.

You never know God is all you need, until He’s all you have.

 

 

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When It Rains It Pours

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Pouring down rain is what’s been going on around me lately.  I don’t mean it literally of course.  The winters here in Florida are picture perfect.  Cooler breeze blowing all day and the sun peeking out just enough to warm my soul.

But to say this past week has been rough would be an understatement. So, with everything that has taken place, the famous expression, “when it rains, it pours,” came to mind. Not only was I scheduled for a medical procedure and was super busy getting ready for that, but just as I was preparing, I was stopped in my tracks by none other than the flu.  NO joke!

Now I’m aware that perhaps you might be thinking . . . first world problems, and maybe so.  But to give you some background knowledge, this all came on the heels of several other difficult trials we’ve endured the past year and a half.  And so, truthfully, I’m exhausted!

Then last night as I lay in my room, I must admit, feeling sorry for myself, I remembered that God doesn’t promise us a life without trials.  He doesn’t promise an easy life full of skittles and rainbows.  But what God does promise is that even in seasons of disappointments and trials, He is with us.  God walks right alongside us on our individual journey, taking every step with us. And when we surrender, I mean truly surrender, He will guide us through it all.

Today, I want you to remember, as I had to remind myself last night, that whatever unfair circumstance you find yourself in.  Whatever curveball life has thrown you recently, find comfort and encouragement in the knowledge that God has not left you to do it alone. He is one prayer away; all we must do is ask.

 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Less Is More

 

pexels-photo-288583.jpgHappy New Year Everyone!

I don’t know about you, but for me, each year I feel an overwhelming excitement to ring in the new year. The prospect of leaving the “old” year behind and starting a “new” one fills me with such joy!

There are several reasons for my enthusiasm, however.  For one, at the very moment the clock strikes twelve, for me it’s as though a shift happens.  Like I’m automatically given a clean slate. Whatever mistakes, misunderstandings or faux pas I’ve gotten myself into the past year, they are instantly erased.  The new year signifies an opportunity for a fresh and new start. I see it as my life’s reset button.

Being that this night is of great significance, whom I share it with is of equal importance.  I’ve always celebrated the new year, but not always in the same way.  This year I wanted to do something completely different.

So, I followed my heart and decided to invite a small group of VIP’s to my home to ring in the new year.  And these are not just any VIP’s, no sir ree bob.  These “very important people” group of friends are truly special!  You see my VIP’s have stuck by me these past two years.  In the middle of my difficulties they rode the train with me. They were my confidants, my strength when I was weak, and my sunshine on rainy days.

This past year goes down in the books for the year with the most lessons. So, at the stroke of midnight my VIP’s and I embraced.  With a smile on my face, hope in my soul, and love in my heart, I quietly danced into the new year.

And this time around with less, but NO DOUBT more.

 

“And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater”

Hebrews 7:7