Almost Done

So my son attends year round school and this week is my sons last week until he is off track from school for a month. He is really ready for his break and so am I. It’s a month break from school for all of us with no getting up early, no rushing to school, no projects, no homework, and no long afterschool pick up line to wait in. Did I say no homework? We are counting down the days with anticipation.

However, this past week or so he has been having a lot of difficulty staying on task in class and completing his assignments. I have been encouraging him repeatedly to focus and to finish well. Daily we pray with him and send him off with some words of guidance: “Your almost done son…Be a blessing … Pray for God to help you to listen…With obedience comes blessings…You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you…etc” As parents we do all we can, But he still has to choose how he will finish.

This reminds me of how we as believers need that encouragement at times too. Especially those times when we are feeling weary, discouraged, and are getting off task. We need to be reminded to stay the course, to fight the good fight and to finish well.

If you find yourself getting off the task that the Lord has set before you or feeling like giving up, I pray you allow the Lord to refresh and strengthen you. Put your hope in Him for “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

So don’t give up! We are almost done! Be excited! Be encouraged! Our reward is not just time off for a month. We have so much to look forward to. The eternal reward with our loving Savior Jesus Christ is immeasurable.

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12

Jeanine B.

Let It Go

“LET IT GO” is a song from the movie Frozen, where the princess is so stressed out after freezing the town that she runs up a mountain to escape the problems down below and sings “Let it go.” So how many times have you been told to let things go? …in a spiritual way?

It’s not easy and is NOT always pleasant. God has told me to “let it go” in a spiritual / biblical sense; where I just have to let things go (like anger, control, negativity, stress, gossip, and the list can go on and on).

1 Peter 5:7 says, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

As a mom and a wife I want to be in control of, well…everything in a sense! I want to control the mess, control the house! I don’t want it to be chaos, I don’t want the kids to be running around making a mess. I don’t want clothes to be thrown everywhere. But…sometimes…I have to just “let it go.”

I need to sit at His feet and seek first the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33). I need to be filled with God early so that nothing else fills me. Because the busyness and the chaos can fill you up too.
To the point where you feel so stressed out, you feel up to your neck…and…just stressed!
But God is saying, “LET IT GO …just let it go”, “you follow Me, and you wont have to deal with that stress and anxiety the worries of day to day living.” If you let go of all that worry and focus on God first, then things won’t stress you out later, because you have that comfort, you have that de-stress-iffier of simply being with God. He is that medicine.

He will be faithful to be there and provide for everything we need. Like in Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” If you just “let it go” and just give it to God, like giving God our anxiety, anger, stress and control issues then…
He will give us peace.
He will give us comfort.
He will give love, He will…give us that time.
He will bless you, beyond what you can think if you just “let it go”

… I know its cliche
…and its from a popular movie
…and everybody has heard the song a million times.

So I’m sorry if its stuck in your head but, maybe it will be in a positive way and not in a musical sense. I figured I’d share it, so we can “just let it go.” We must give it to God and He will let it happen.

Kat C.

Call To Me

I love reading and hearing about missionaries of the past; missionaries like Hudson Taylor, Isobel Kuhn, Gladys Alyward and Amy Carmichael, because their testimonies are a reflection of God’s work in their lives. I get so excited when I read about the miracles that God did through their lives, miracles such as providing financially to take them across continents, how they ministered to cannibals and warriors. These missionaries called out to God and He was faithful to answer them.

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Each of these missionaries called out to God and He answered by showing them great and mighty things. Their testimonies are a reminder for us that God is faithful to answer our prayers. Throughout our lives we have examples of family and friends who called out to the Lord and He answered them by showing them great and mighty things. We have seen answered prayers of prodigals returning to the Father. We have seen people being healed from sicknesses through intercession from prayers of the saints. He is faithful to answer when we call out to Him, it is a promise.

Are you feeling discouraged this very moment? Are your circumstances overwhelming? Maybe what you are seeing seems impossible to accomplish, yet the Father says “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,” this is a promise dear sisters, so Call to Him and watch with expectation of an answered prayer.

-Elsa D.

Take A Breath

Take a breath. Inhale. Exhale. Breathing is such a simple thing yet it’s so vital to our lives. Without breath there is no life, yet where does our breath come from? Genesis 2:7 says that “the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” God breathed into Adam filling his lungs with the breath of life. We too are God’s creation and each breath that we take is given to us by God.

As if that weren’t enough, our breath not only gives us life but enables us to speak. As we exhale, our breath moves past our vocal chords causing them to vibrate so that we are able to speak and make sounds. There’s a song that says “it’s Your breath in our lungs so we pour out our praise to You only” Consider that for a moment… it’s His breath in our lungs. God created us and has given us all that we have and even our very breath is His.

There is no need for us to think about having to breathe, our bodies naturally do it. The challenge for us is what will we do with our breath? Will we live lives that honor and bring glory to God. We have a choice; will we use that breath to speak praise and adoration or will it be something unworthy of the precious breath that God has given?

James 3:8-10 says, “but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” (New Living Translation)

Take a breath. Inhale. And choose what you will do with each breath from God.

-Kim S.