GIVING HIM THE PRAISE

I am in the process of moving which is hectic. I have this on my plate plus a full time job and trying to be there for my five children. I have been in transitional housing for six months which involved a program to help single parents get on their feet. I have had a long journey. Many disapproved of my decision but no one offered to get me out of debt, buy me a home or give me peace. I had to deal with my mistakes, forgive myself and move on.  I have suffered, cried, felt alone, been discouraged and have possessed fear. During this journey, I found myself and I found peace. Most importantly, I found God.

With the support of the people who work with otransitional housing, I finally found an affordable and decent place to live after being disappointed so many times. On the outside, I have little support. Many people have negative things to say about where I will be living. An offer of help to move hasn’t been seen from many who pretend to care. But I don’t see these people living in million dollar homes and in top notch neighborhoods so how dare they talk about what God has prepared for me? How dare they mock what God has given me? If God is in my midst, then they are mocking Him! May God have mercy on their souls.

If God gave me a shack, I would treat it as a mansion. If He gave me car on its last leg, I would treat the car like it was gold. I have learned that we have to be thankful for the small blessings and treat them with care so that He can bless us with greater things. I am starting a new life and I am starting from the bottom. With God, I will make it to the top. I know some days will be more trying than others. Each day won’t be peaches and cream. I know I have flaws but I put forth an effort each day to correct them. So people can mock and they can laugh but I know who I belong to. I belong to a God who forever provides and who Has been the best friend I could ever have. Lord, I praise you through the stress, frustration and turmoil. And I thank you for my new home. It may not be fancy but I will treat like it is. I give you all of my praise! I have faith that You are definitely in my midst.
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Stacy L. Montgomery

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE

I often find myself wanting things that I just simply cannot have right now. I pray about it and it never seems to come. I don’t think that I will never get these things but I do know that if God wants me to have these things, it will be….but not on my time..only when God says its time. I use to feel that my wanting and unanswered prayers were God’s firm way of saying NO….then I realized that some of my unanswered prayers were just God’s way of telling me “no because I HAVE SOMETHING BETTER FOR YOU.” The key is to be have faith in God, be patient and wait.  We may be stuck somewhere we don’t want to live but keep making the best of it because God is preparing a BETTER place for us. We may be stuck driving a car that may be on life support but keep driving it because God is preparing a BETTER place for us. We may be dealing with a mate whose ways are like a light switch but we got to let the relationship go because God has a BETTER mate for each one of us. We may have a job where the pay is little and the work is much but keep working because God has a BETTER plan for us ahead. As a single parent, I want so much more in this life but only GOD can make that possible for me. I will keep praying…hold fast to faith and keep waiting. God, not man, will provide for me and He will do the same for you, too.

Matthew 19:26 “With God, all things are possible.”

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Stacy L. Montgomery

A NEW BEGINNING

My life seems to be taking a turn for best;
I have withstood some trying trials and tests.
For the first time in my life, I am truly winning –
I will make it to the finish line as long as God is trending.

I am beginning again and I know it may no be easy;
But knowing God is right by my side pleases me.
For the first time in my life, I am truly winning –
With God in this, blessings have no ending.

I look back and see how far I have come;
At one time I thought it was Satan who had won.
For the first time in my life, I am truly winning-
If I grow weary and broken, God will do the mending.

As I prepare for the next phase in my life, God will be my guide;
I shall not be swayed for He stands closely by my side.
For the first time in my life, I am truly winning –
And I give God all of the praise for this new beginning.
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Stacy L. Montgomery

A GRACE PLACE

February 20, 2014
A Grace Place
by Lysa TerKeurst

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

“Does God ever get tired of my issues?”

I’ve asked myself this question many times throughout my lifelong struggle with emotional eating.

Over the course of my journey, I’ve whined to God, gotten mad at God and often ignored God. And I’ve worried I was going to use up all my grace with God.

I felt He would be justified to say, “Enough! Go away. I’m tired of your issues. Figure it out for yourself!” That is, until I read again the “first story” of God’s grace with fresh eyes.

We often think of God’s grace beginning at the cross. But as I read through the Scripture from the point of view of someone struggling with food issues, I saw a revelation of God’s grace right from the start in Genesis.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the forbidden tree and ushered sin in to the world. God handed down the consequences of their actions, which included banishment from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). They must have believed they had pushed past the boundaries of God’s grace. After all, He was sending them out of the garden.

Whenever I’ve read that story, I thought they had to leave paradise because God was punishing them. God was disappointed in them. God was giving them what they deserved. But I was wrong. Their relocation was not a place of abandonment — it was a place of grace.

You see, there were two special trees in the Garden of Eden. One was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; this was the one with the forbidden fruit. The other was the tree of life. This was the one that gave Adam and Eve perpetual life — no diseases, no death, no sagging body parts. (Okay I’m not sure about that last benefit, but I’m banking on this reality in heaven.)

Anyhow. When they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin entered in. Sin corrupted everything. And at that point, it was God’s absolute love and most tender mercy that ushered Adam and Eve out of the garden. Not His anger or retaliation. They had to leave.

If they’d been allowed to stay, they would have kept eating from the tree of life and lived forever, wallowing in sin. Wallowing in all the brokenness sin brings with it: disease, fear, heartbreak, separation from God.

An unending life of shame and sin would have been their fate.

God couldn’t stand that for the people He loved. So, His love made them leave and allowed them to die. So that they could experience the resurrected life His Son would one day provide.

Brokenness to redemption.

God did not run out of grace at the dawn of humankind. And He will not run out of grace for you or for me. He does not want us to ever stay in a perpetual state of sin and despair. We were not created with a food struggle or physical cravings because God is angry at us. It is because He loves us so much that He allows our struggle with food to be a physical indication of a spiritual situation.

God is asking for us to go to a new place as well — and it is a place of grace!

Receive grace and let it wash away all shame and guilt from every unhealthy choice you’ve ever regretted and fretted over. Yes, there is work to do and progress to be made, but we will walk from here with a clean slate.

This grace and the unfathomable depth of God’s love settle me. Breathes hope into my dread. And trust into my doubts.

So when I stumble along on this journey, I know this grace is there for me, and I will come running back. And once again, it will give me a soft place to land.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your grace. Help me to rely on You in the midst of my struggle today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Learn more about satisfying your deepest desire with God instead of unhealthy food with Lysa TerKeurst’s bestselling book, Made to Crave. Click here to purchase your copy.

Proverbs 31 Ministries will launch its next 5-week Online Bible Study of the Made to Crave Action Plan on March 2nd. Be equipped to put realistic everyday healthy choices into practice and find encouragement on your journey to healthy living with us! Click here to sign up.

Reflect and Respond:
What issues are you tired of battling?

Bring them all to God in gut-honest prayers. Soak in the truths of His grace found in our key verse and power verse today.

Power Verse:
2 Timothy 2:1, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” (ESV)

© 2014 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.

Thank you Father

 

GOD IS AMAZING

I have grown so tired of being the doormat of others. But it is amazing how God comes and sweeps the dirt off of the doormat (me) making it all clean again. I have grown tired of being the laughed at after all I did was try to help others. But it is amazing how God wipes the smirks right off of their faces and puts the smile on my face in the end. I have grown tired of being there for others but the bus of earthly help hardly ever arrives for me. But it is amazing how God flies on the Heavenly plane with much help from Himself and His angels. I have grown so tired of being left out when I should have a belonging. But it is amazing how God says in His Word that I have an even greater belonging and that is to Him. I have grown so tired of many things…many emotions….but it is amazing how God comes in and reminds me of the joy, the peace and the hope I have in Him. Some days I have to push harder to ignite the joy. Some days I have to dig deeper to pull out the peace. Some days I have to pray continuously to exercise the hope. And it amazing how God meets me halfway and carries me the rest of the way to get to happiness and contentment. He is patient with me regardless of how many efforts I put forth. He is there until I get it right. God is simply amazing!

Psalm 145:3 (NLT) “Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.”

Amazing God