Well, the year of 2014 is almost here. I stopped making new year resolutions a long time ago and began making resolutions every day. I began making the very best out of each day in spite of the trials and tribulations. I began to get closer to God each day and I will continue to do so in 2014. My prayer for 2014 is for God to reach out to lost souls and reveal His power to them…to heal those who are sick.. to extend wisdom to those who lack it. This world has become very dark and cruel. We need more of God. We need His love. We need His guidance and protection. We need more of God in 2014. May all you draw closer to God this incoming new year!
Lamentations 3:22-24 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
Stacy L. Montgomery
One day, a woman looked into the mirror
And wasn’t pleased with who she saw –
A weak and stressed out young lady
Who tried to desperately cover her flaws.
She wore eyeglasses of pure envy
And an attire of plain desolation
Her words lacked confidence
And she lived her life in pure isolation.
That same day, the presence of God came
And accompanied the woman in the mirror –
God turned her weakness into strength
And a freed her mind from feeling inferior.
God gave her eyeglasses of contentment
And a new attire of pure happiness
Her words became full of wisdom
And she began to live life at its best.
The woman in the mirror is me –
And I am so thankful that God set me free.
©Stacy L. Montgomery
Earthly storms can be viewed ferocious and even daunting. When it comes to the storms in our lives, the view can be the same. Life’s storms can cause destruction, despair and defeat but only if we allow it. Storms come to strengthen us. Storms come to test our faith in the Lord. The process of going through a storm doesn’t feel good; but keeping our faith in the Lord will calm us. When we focus on the storm, we give it the ability to overcome us. When we keep our eyes focused on the Lord, we are overcomed with His comfort, His love, and His wisdom. I called this the “Umbrella of the Lord” – one that doesn’t blow away when the fierce winds of life come against us, one that doesn’t move or shake causing raindrops of depression to touch us and one that covers us from our heads down to our toes. With the “Umbrella of the Lord”, we can withstand any storm.
ESV “A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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. …”
There are so many things I am in prayer about. God has become my very best friend. I tell Him everything. I am in a process of restoration and rebuilding. I struggle from time to time but with the help of God, I keep pushing. Right now, I am at a point in my life where my faith is at the top of the mountain…..a point where my emotions twist a bit but never to the point of me giving up…a point where I can handle being ridiculed and still hold my head high…..a point where I know who I belong to and whose I am. I use to be lost down the most darkest valley but down that valley, I found God and you know what else? I found myself. I became attached to what I need in my life, who I need in my life and what I need to do in my life to get to where I need to be. Sometimes, we have to go through the very “worst” to get to the very “best.” We have to take off the “masks” we wear and put on our true selves. After all, we can’t deceive God; He knows all. I had to reveal my true self to MY OWN SELF. I took my mask off. I stopped trying to please everybody. I stopped listening to everybody. My desire is to please God. My desire it to listen to Him. And since I have done this, things have turned around for the better in my life.
When I feel a little heavy, I can still feel that joy inside of me taking over. It’s like a blanket of warmth on the coldest day. When tears start to fall from my eyes and I fall into a pity party, I can feel God by my side wiping my tears and saying, “Enough, Stacy, I can handle it from here.” God is my joy. He is my joy when I feel alone. He is my joy when my world seems to be turned upside down. I can no longer sit and have a pity party vacation and never hold my head up. The joy inside of me will not allow it. It gets trying some days but I keep pushing. God is my joy. I have faith in what lies ahead in my life and I will keep pushing. God is my joy. And joy has a hold on me.
1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
It can become extremely tiring to hold tightly to faith of those things that are simply unseen. One day it seems like we have all of the faith in the world; the next day, something comes along and loosens our faith. God wants us to keep our hand in His Hand at all times. This means daily and nightly. He wants us to hold to Him when things appear bright. We are all in need of things. We are all in prayer for “someone” in our lives. The blessings lie ahead. Faith has to be in our everyday life. We have to breathe “faith”. We have to walk in “faith.” We have to go to bed each night in “faith.” We have to wake up in “faith.” The blessings lie ahead.
Matthew 17:20 ”And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”