We Will Praise Him!

My heart has felt heavy lately. I’ve felt like my dog Molly’s stuffed moose “Gregory” with all the stuffing ripped out of him, one eye missing, and half of one antler gone, leaving nothing but a rag. Head injury and job loss just seem like too much.

But, after reading a chapter in Martha Peace’s book Damsels In Distress I was hit by so much conviction. Do I praise Him in the good times AND in the bad? Or just praise Him when all is well like my wayward heart was doing the last few days. She went on to mention how praising God in our trials because He is working them out for our good is something we can do as believers to glorify His name. If we go around all down in the mouth and slump shouldered that brings shame to our testimony as believers in Jesus. He deserves our praise in every storm we face no matter how hard or how scary or real they are. When we praise God, the world looks at us in wonder, and marvels at our faith in our Savior as we journey these valleys keeping our eyes on Him. They observe us steadfastly holding onto and clinging to Him while we sit at the foot of the cross in full surrender to His will. This brings glory, honor and praise to His awesome and majestic name.

Exodus 15:2 King James Version (KJV)

2 The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Jesus is with us in every storm. Every test or trial is from His loving hand and He carries us through them to refine us bringing forth gold. He could give us nothing but sunshine and lollipops but then we wouldn’t need Him and we wouldn’t mature. These trials give us the opportunity to showcase His grace, mercy, love, and strength.

Will you praise Him with me?

In the darkest hardest times, let us continue to praise Him with a thankful heart.

Much love,

Viv β€πŸ™Œ

Molly

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Viv πŸ’š

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The Word On Monday: Together For Good πŸŒΌ

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 KJV

When I need help making homemade mashed potatoes, my kids pitch in and we all work together as a team. My youngest son does the peeling, my littlest girl handles the washing, my oldest son works on the chopping and after I cook them, my oldest daughter does the mashing.

We work together. If we left the potatoes unchopped or unpeeled, sitting out in its own entity, untended to, there would not be a bringing together of each separate task to complete the finished project: our supper!

It’s a process. Our lives are a process too.

And that’s God’s promise to those who LOVE Him.

He will work together all the trials, problems and challenges in life for our good.

It may be immediate but a lot of the time it may not right away or ever in this lifetime. The hardest part of being transformed into Christlike person is that the peeling, washing, chopping, cooking, and mashing may not feel so great at the time. But God promises to work it out for our good. To put those separate endevours into a beautiful specialty. Namely, our souls. He promises to bring spiritual good out of all things. Our souls are everything to God, in fact, that’s why He sent Jesus to die for them.

Here’s what Joni Eareckson Tada says about how good can come from suffering:

* Suffering can cultivate a proper reverence and respect for God in our hearts.

* It helps us appreciate the sacrifice Christ made to rescue us from hell.

* It fills our hearts with gratitude to Jesus who bore our sins and who will ultimately put an end one day to sin, suffering, and sorrow.

* Suffering is the textbook that teaches us about our true selves and what is hidden in our hearts.

* Hardships increase our empathy towards others who face similar problems.

My friend, this is how God uses all things for good. It may be hard to see it as good right now but trusting that God will work good in us and bring good out of hardships can be done if we believe His word and what He promises to us.

It may look like rain clouds now but there is sunshine and growth to those who LOVE God.

Much love,

Viv 🌼🌹

The Word On Monday: God Of Hope🌷

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:13

Present circumstances may appear hopeless at times, but dear ones, cry out in prayer unto God and watch Him fill you with the joy and peace in believing that He will sustain, bless, and keep you as you persevere in hope.

This verse is a favorite of mine. πŸ’š My mama gave it to me at the darkest point in my healing and I am forever grateful for her wisdom, love and guidance!

This morning, please share with me a specific verse that comes to mind which really helped you through a challenging time of your life. I’d be delighted to hear from you!!πŸ’š

Much love,

Viv πŸ€—

My Psalm 23 Prayer

During the hard months of not being able to read or type, I wrote out my heart’s cry by hand in this prayer as I prayed through Psalm 23. These are my thoughts regarding The Lord as my Shepherd, that I want to share with you today.

Oh heavenly Father, Creator of life, truly, You are mine and I am yours. There’s nothing I will ever need that compares to the riches of knowing you.

You have nourished and fed me from Your word. I can now rest in your loving arms, full of your comforting presence, for You have led me each and every day by the Truth of your voice and I am filled.

O Lord, I may not understand your present dealings with me, but knowing You have led me to peaceful waters after the torrential rains, calms me to contently wait and trust in You regardless of how scary life appears at times.

My soul is in your hands now and forever. By your abundant mercy and grace you hold onto my soul, protecting it as the heavenly Shepherd protects His flock.

Thank you for leading me in paths of righteousness while protecting me from many dangerous ideas that only bring destruction. Your wisdom guides me along the narrow way, working all things together for my good because You are good.

Your powerful work in my life brings glory, honor, and praise unto your holy name so that your glory and strength shine through my weakened frame spreading hope to others that suffer.

You Lord, have kept me close to your heart as you walked along my side through this valley of the shadow of death. Never once did you leave me to suffer alone, sometimes carrying me when walking was no longer possible. Therefore, I feel no fear because your word and spirit comfort me.

Your abundance of mercies cover me with bountiful blessings flowing from your outstretched hand, love pouring down, encompassing my very being with your spirit.

Lord, your mercy and goodness will go with me everywhere I journey until the hour I meet you face to face in all eternity. There, we will rest together with the saints in perfect bliss forever.

~Amen

Praying through the scriptures has been so helpful to my soul. Our Lord Jesus prayed the Psalms while on the cross and was comforted. Which passages of scripture have you prayed through?

With love,

Viv πŸ€—πŸ’š

Psalm 23

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Hand It Over

This has become my recent lot in life. Unable to read much, type much, or look at screens . . . . I’ve become used to handing it over. “Can you read this please?” “Will you order this for me?” “Please send so-and-so a message”. . . .

My family remains patient for which I am grateful but it’s not in my nature to just hand things over, pass them off, or ask for assistance. I fight it . . . .

Every part of me wants to be whole, every part of me wants to depend on no one. Every part of my nature desires my will to be done . . . . yikes!

God’s whisper to my heart of late has been to “hand it over.” Some things are just too much. Psalm 131:1 says, things too high for me.

God does not expect me to handle life’s problems on my own. I may not understand His plans but I know He knows best, is in control, and desires for me to have a wholehearted trust in Him.

Hand it over or worry . . . .

When I worry (who else here is a worrier like me?) I’m really in essence saying “I’m in control and God doesn’t know best.” Worry is a demon.

Faith breaks free those chains of worry. Read Matthew 6.

Last night, I was deeply worried about one of my kids who’s been hit with a relentless virus. I felt no rest, no peace, and no ease until I handed it over.

I gave it to God.

With tears flowing down, God’s Spirit, our Comforter, gave me peace and I slept peacefully until morning. Thankfully, I wasn’t up all night stressing, worrying and making myself sick.

God is so merciful.

He tells us in His word, to hand it over, knowing how much we need to give it all to Him, surrendering our wills to His, knowing He is a good, wise, and loving heavenly father who understands us better than we ever can.

He is our strength. Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust in Him.

Just like I hand over that jar of Mt. Olive pickles to my husband to open, because it just won’t budge, we can hand ALL our problems over to God who is our strength. Eph 6:10 Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. He can and will budge those problems, in His time, and promises to carry the load for us and help us if we hand them over to Him.

Much love,

VivπŸ€—