Use What You Got!



Every year, usually around Spring or Summer time, I start to desire change.  I tend to get bored with what I have and want something new.  Sometimes that includes things such as changing my hairstyle or hair color, new paint colors on the walls in my home or something as simple as a just buying a few new outfits.  This year, I decided that I wanted to switch things up a bit in my living room.  Nothing too extreme, just exchanging existing furniture pieces for new ones – and so the shopping began.

I immediately visited one of my favorite furniture websites in search of new end tables for my living room.  I found a few options that I liked and was trying to determine which set I wanted to purchase.  It was hard to decide, as they were all so nice.  I was trying to imagine what new end tables would look like in the room, and it was a little difficult.  You see my existing pieces were not end tables at all. They were cabinets and each a different size and shape, so it was hard to imagine something completely new in that space. Suddenly, I remembered that I had end tables in my guestroom and thought they were probably the right height, so I could at least get an idea of what the new tables would look like before ordering them.  So, I brought them down and put one on either side of the couch.  Voila!  They were perfect!  In fact, they looked so good that I started to question whether or not I even needed to purchase new tables at all.  I mean, yes, I would be taking them from the guest room (which was hardly ever used anyway), and yes, that would leave that space empty, but they looked great in the living room.  I stood back and even took a picture with my phone and couldn’t believe how wonderful they looked in the room.  It made the space look a lot bigger than what it is and the color and style of the tables was perfect for the room.  Not to mention, I saved myself $400, which was the price of the new tables that I planned on purchasing.

Shortly after putting the tables into place and getting them cleaned up and decorated, I posted the old pieces of furniture for sale on Craigslist.  A young couple, who had just moved into their first apartment came by a few days later and picked them up.  Yay!  Everyone wins!

As I thought about this experience, I heard God say something to me, “Use what you got.”  He began to show me that I had those end tables for years and all they did was collect dust in the guest room.   I never even considered bringing them down to the living room, but when I did, what a difference it made.  Not only to me, my home and my family, but it also benefited the couple who was able to find cute affordable furniture for their first apartment.

I wondered how many people already have what they need and don’t even know it.

Many of us are praying for something, not realizing that we already possess the answer. We ask God for answers and solutions to our problems, but many times, God has already supplied us with what we need, we just aren’t using it.  In fact, we may not even realize it’s there. So many times we believe that we need something NEW, when really we just need to use what we already have – possibly in a new way!

My guest room tables were collecting dust for years, ignored and unused. What a waste!  Those tables didn’t look nearly as good in the guestroom as they do in the living room.  In fact they were a little too large for the bedroom, but in the living room they were the perfect size.  Now they have new purpose.

What is it that you need?  What is it that you have been praying for?  Is there something that you have been asking God to give you, send you, or provide for you?  Is it possible that you already have what you need?

I am not only referring to furniture pieces and our other belongings (although that may be the case for you as well), but also the hidden things – the strengths,  gifts, talents, and abilities that we have on the inside of us that remain dormant and underutilized.

What is it that you already have, but are not using?  Or what do you already have that may need to be re-purposed and used in a new way?  Maybe the answer to your prayer or problem is sitting somewhere collecting dust.  Go get it and put it to use!

Just a little reminder that our answers aren’t always found in something new.  Survey what you already have, and who knows, you may be surprised to find that you had what you needed all along!




The Ugly Stool


Last week our family had our annual yard sale at my parent’s house.  Usually the sale includes our family members only, however this year a few of their neighbors participated too.  One of their neighbors was selling items that were probably better suited for an estate sale or even an antique auction.  They were selling all sorts of vintage and antique pieces.  It was unbelievable!  Even though I was determined not to spend any of my yard sale profit this year, I couldn’t resist going over to take a peek at what was available.  As I made my way through all of these lovely antique items in mint condition, I spotted this stool.  It was sort of set off to the back as if they weren’t really interested in selling it or possibly using it as step stool in the garage to reach high shelves.

There was nothing fancy about this stool.  Unassuming, paint splattered, cracked, missing screws, weathered and wobbly – this stool was calling my name!  My guess is that the average person would walk right passed it, to the prettier and more valuable items.  Not me.  As I continued to look around, I couldn’t help but be drawn right back to this stool.  So, I asked the gentleman how much he wanted, and he said $3.00 – “Sold!” I shouted.   He then proceeded to tell me a story about how his mother used this stool to can foods for the winter when he was a boy.  He smiled as he shared this story with me and that made me even happier that I bought this piece.

There is just something about an ugly, but oh so cute piece of furniture that I cannot resist.  This stool definitely fit the bill.  I look at it and see so much potential.  Behind the rough, dirty and battered exterior is beautiful piece of furniture just waiting to shine!

I truly believe one of the reasons that I am drawn to pieces like this is because they remind me of myself.  Like many of the pieces that I have collected over the years, I have a dark past and a story to tell.  I have been through some extremely tough times in life and know what it’s like to feel beat up, neglected and worthless.  Just like this piece, I was completely comfortable being ignored and hiding in the background.  Many people would have preferred me to stay there as well.  Like this piece, I gave up on anyone ever wanting me or thinking that I was worth paying for, fixing up or investing time in.  Like this piece, I had hidden potential, but it would take a special person to recognize that and make me into something beautiful.  Can anyone else relate?

One of my absolute favorite verses in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5:17 ~ Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

God, through His Son Jesus Christ, bought me.  He paid a high price for me.  Once I became His, He cleaned me, fixed me, polished me up and gave me a brand new heart.  He filled the empty places, repaired the broken places and beautified the ugly places. That’s not all. He gave me purpose.  A brand new purpose.  As I mentioned above, the stool that I bought wasn’t being used for much of anything.  Once I am done making it pretty, it will be used in a brand new way and have a new function and purpose in our home.

My motto for my furniture refurbishing business, as well as my life theme and one that I love to share with others is – All Things New!  We don’t have to be what we’ve always been. We can become new!

This is just a little reminder that, beyond the outer appearances, there is hidden potential in us all.  Sometimes that potential is covered up by the stains and pains of life, but it is still there waiting to be revealed.  May we begin to look passed the rough exterior of others and see what they could be with a little work.  Lead them to the Master Refurbisher – Jesus Christ!

Revelation 21:5 ~ And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

A Message From God

Exodus 3:16

Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.”

Have you ever felt like God has forgotten about you?  Or felt that He wasn’t concerned about a certain situation in your life?  Have you ever cried out to God for help and felt ignored by Him?  Maybe you are facing something right now that is draining you mentally, spiritually and even physically and you wonder where God is.

Is this you?


I’ve read the story of God speaking to Moses many times before, but today as I was reading this story, the verse above stuck out to me.  I thought about what the children of Israel were going through when God gave this message to Moses.  At this point, they had been enslaved by the Egyptians for over 400 years.  They had been praying and praying for God to rescue them and yet nothing ever changed. I can’t imagine how hopeless it must have felt to be born into a life of slavery.  Not only that, but to be taught to trust in God even though many generations of people never saw the answer to prayer they were looking for – freedom from bondage.  I think the problems that we face in life are nothing in comparison to what the children of Israel dealt with.  However, many times our problems seem just as bad to us.  I believe God wants me to share the same message that He shared with Moses with you all today…that He is indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you!

I found this verse wonderful and interesting for a few reasons:

1)      God reminded me that He always cares about us and the things we are dealing with in life.  The world would have us think otherwise – that God is some far off being who is only concerned with huge issues – but that isn’t the case at all. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with a huge issue like being enslaved in Egypt or wondering how you will pay your mortgage on time – God cares!  God concerns Himself with each one of us and the individual issues that we face in life.  He loves you and hears every single word that you utter to Him.  He even hears the unspoken prayers and concerns of our hearts.  Today, God says, “I love you and am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you.”

2)      God waited a long time before giving the children of Israel this message of hope and encouragement.  Can you imagine what it must have felt like to pray and pray to God and not hear from Him for so long?  As I stated previously, these people were in bondage for over 400 years. They prayed and prayed for relief and for a way out of their situation, yet nothing ever changed nor did they hear from God.  God chose to wait until right before the great Exodus (their answer to prayer) to tell them that He was concerned about them and their situation. Feel like you’ve been waiting a long time and haven’t heard from God?  Today, God says, “I love you and am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you.”  Hold on just a little while longer!

3)      Even though God gave this message to Moses for the children of Israel, they didn’t receive help right away. God had their answer, but it wasn’t revealed to them until just the right time (God’s time). In fact, things got worse before they got better as these people went through some serious persecution, because of Moses and witnessed the various plagues in Egypt. We too may face some hard times in life before we see answers to our prayers.  Just know that in the midst of life’s hardships that God loves you and is indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you!

There are all sorts of reasons why we face hard times in life and I don’t claim to know or understand them all. Sometimes things happen as a result of our disobedience to God or as a consequence of a choice that we’ve made.  Sometimes these situations are God’s way of refining us and making us better and stronger.  Other times our trials and tribulations are used to bring God glory and to draw people to Him.  Sometimes these things are just the result of living in a sinful world. The list goes on and on.  The one thing that I know for sure is that God loves each one of you so much, and cares about what you are facing today!

God has not forgot about you and THE ANSWER to any problem you have is found in Him!  Don’t be discouraged by the circumstances of life, but instead find comfort in knowing that God loves you, hears your prayers and is indeed concerned about what you are going through!

Psalm 40:17

Since I am afflicted and needy, Let the Lord be mindful of me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.

1 Peter 5:7

…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Hebrews 4:16

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.



Rejoice Always and Always Rejoice!


I used to think of rejoicing as a way of expressing myself when I was happy; when all was right in my world.  If I was sad, then rejoicing wasn’t something that I did.  However, the more I studied the Biblical view of rejoicing, the more I realized that God commands us to rejoice always – no matter what we are dealing with or going through.  Are you wondering how in the world this is possible?   I used to wonder that too, but the Lord really opened my eyes and taught me how to always rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 ~ Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

As I was going through a trial last year, God led me to the verse above.  It was the Apostle Paul who wrote this verse while he was imprisoned Philippi.  From what I have read, the prison conditions were not only unfavorable, but quite horrific. Here we have Paul instructing others (including us) to rejoice, but he was also rejoicing himself.

What does it mean to rejoice?   The prefix “RE” means “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition and “JOICE” a form of the word “JOY” meaning to feel or express great joy or delight.

This means that God wants us to be joyful again, and again, and again, and again…. (You get the point).

So, you are probably still wondering how it is possible to rejoice always if you don’t FEEL great joy or delight all the time.  Here are some simple instructions that God gave me recently to help me to rejoice always. When I am not in the mood to rejoice, I go down the list and see if I am doing these things. I noticed that exercising these truths daily helped me to stay in a state of rejoicing continually.  I hope you will find them helpful as well.

R – Renew your mind.

Romans 12:2 ~ And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

God tells us to renew our mind daily, because our minds are bombarded and flooded with all kinds of junk each day.  We may not intentionally fill our minds with junk, but unhealthy stuff gets into our minds and spirits all the time.  All we have to do is watch the NEWS for a few minutes to become discouraged.  Reading God’s word and spending time in prayer helps to keep our focus in the right things and give us clarity regarding all things in life.

E – Enter His Gates.

Psalm 100:4 ~ Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

There is something special and supernatural that takes place when we begin thanking and praising God simply for Who He is.  It’s almost as if us giving thanks and praise to God opens the door to enter into fellowship with Him.  In fact, He instructs us to do this even before we enter into a discussion with Him.  Jesus shares this concept when sharing “The Lord’s Prayer.” Thanking and praising God changes our entire attitude.  How can we not rejoice when we are in constant fellowship with God?

J – Jesus focused. 

Isaiah 26:3 ~ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

When we are truly focused on our Lord and Savior, it is quite impossible to not rejoice.  For me, when my eyes are on Jesus first, everything else seems so unimportant and so minimal.  Yet, when we focus our attention on the circumstances of life, those things seem bigger; and those things steal our peace.  I think of the time when Jesus walked on water and He called Peter out of the boat.As Peter looked at Jesus, he was able to walk upon the water, but when he turned away (for just a second), and focused on the storm…he sank.  This same principle applies to us in life.

O – Open your mouth. 

Proverbs 18:21 ~ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

We have more power than we know when we speak things.  God spoke the world into existence, and by His word all things have their existence.  We can choose to praise God with our mouths and speak goodness into our lives or keep our mouths closed and/or speak death.  Something amazing takes place when we open our mouths to praise God.  God shows us the importance of confessing (speaking) what He says to all throughout His word, to include Romans 10:9 where confessing leads to salvation.

I – Interact with other believers.

Hebrews 10:25 ~ not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

I think so many Christians ignore the importance of connecting with other believers on a regular and consistent basis.  The Bible tells us that where two or more are gathered in HIS name, that He is present.  The Bible also talks about how together we are like iron sharpening iron.  We gain so much from interacting with other believers: strength, love, knowledge, encouragement, wisdom, support, etc. I know that I always feel refreshed after spending time with people who love Jesus like I do.

C – Celebrate! 

1 Chronicles 16:12 ~ Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done

I don’t know about you, but I love celebrations!  Did you know that God does too?  All throughout His word we have examples of Him instituting feasts in order to celebrate and or remember events. In our family, we always find things to celebrate from finding a great parking spot, to getting good grades, to financial blessings, to our friends and family getting saved!  There is always something to celebrate; we just need to diligently look for those things each day.

E – End your day with the Lord. 

Joshua 1:8 ~ This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night…

Like most people, there are nights where I go to bed feeling mentally and physically exhausted.  It’s so hard to rejoice when we feel so tired and overwhelmed.  Each night before closing my eyes, I spend time either in prayer or in the Bible (or both).  We tend to carry whatever has gone on during the day to bed with us.  Filling our minds with God’s thoughts before we go to sleep instead of our own thoughts calms us down, gives us something wonderful to think about while we sleep and promotes healthy rest.  I love ending my day with Jesus!

You know… if God never did another good thing for us – we should still be able to rejoice.  We are instructed to rejoice in the Lord, not in the world or in life’s happenings.  We can rejoice because God loves us. In addition, if you have accepted His offer by accepting His Son, Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you have eternal life!  Your sins have been paid for by the precious blood of Jesus and you have been forgiven and set free.  In my humble opinion, that is one great reason to rejoice always.

I pray you all will join me in working towards rejoicing always!

I Know Who, Do You?

How many times in life do we go through trials and tribulations and ask WHY?  Have you ever prayed for a particular person, situation or circumstance, and wanted so badly to know HOW and WHEN it would be answered?   Or have you ever wondered WHAT is going to happen next and WHERE it will take place?  I’m sure that I am not the only one to ever have these questions.  As a matter of fact, I believe that ALL humans want to know the answers to these questions at some point or another.

I think about the very first people on Earth – Adam and Eve.  God provided so abundantly for them, but gave specific instruction to not eat of one tree in the middle of the garden – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17).  Eve just had to find out what and why and even convinced her husband to follow along and their curiosity literally killed them (spiritually).

It seems to me that when we want so badly to know the what, why, when how and where of it all, we end up either frustrated and/or in a not so favorable predicament.  Just look at Adam and Eve.  Their desire to find out those answers (and disobey to God) cost them their spiritual lives.  Fellowship with God was broken all because they HAD TO KNOW.  This not only affected them, but all of humanity as well.

Now, I am not saying that curiosity is wrong.  As a matter of fact, I believe that it is natural to be curious and to question things in life.  I also believe that God places that feeling and the longing to know in us.  I do believe, however, that the purpose of that feeling is to draw us to HIM!

My family has been going through a lot of life changes lately.  Most of which pertain to my husband’s job.   It seems like every time we get comfortable with a certain position/department/schedule/etc., things change.  The most recent change that took place was a total shock to us and interfered with my plans for the next year.  I had everything figured out.  I knew what was happening next (or so I thought).  I even scheduled certain activities and events around what I thought was going to take place.  Now all of a sudden things aren’t happening the way I thought they would.

My first question upon hearing the latest news was WHY?  Why is this happening?  Then I asked myself WHAT?  What is going on?  What is the purpose of this change?  After that I wondered WHEN?  When would we know something?  Followed by HOW is God going to work this out and WHERE is He taking us?  The not knowing was enough to drive me crazy (not literally of course).

It wasn’t long after asking those questions that I felt the Lord say, “All you need to know is WHO.”  What?  What does that mean?   That means that out of all the questions that we have in life, the most important one is WHO.  Who is my answer?  Who has my answer(s)?  Who is sovereign?  Who orders my steps in life?   If we know WHO, then we will have peace about not knowing the answers to what, when, where, why and how.  In fact, not having all of the answers only proves that we are human and not God.  We are the creation; created to depend on the Creator.

I believe that this is the same thing that God wanted Adam and Eve to know.  He wanted them to know WHO He was and to trust Him enough to follow His instruction.  I also believe that this is the same thing that He wants us to know today (Proverbs 3:4-6).

You know, God tells us in Hebrews 11:4 that it is impossible to please Him unless we have FAITH!  How does it take faith if you already have all of the answers?  How do we truly TRUST God if we have it all figured out beforehand.  If you believe that God is WHO He says He is, then you don’t need to know the answers to those questions.  The only one that matters is WHO!

So, I’d like to ask you today…  Do you know WHO God is?  Do you know Him personally?

If you are a born-again believer, I’d like to encourage you today to relax and trust God.  He is sovereign and has wonderful plans for your life.  We don’t always know what that plan is, but we can rest assure that it is GOOD (Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11).

Many times situations look grim, but we can only see a small piece of the puzzle.  God knows what the puzzle looks like when it is complete.  In fact, He created the puzzle.  We just have to be obedient, making sure we listen to Him (His instruction) as he guides us through life; telling us which puzzle piece goes where.


Psalm 71:5 ~ For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.

Isaiah 14:27 ~ For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Isaiah 30:21 ~ Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right or to the left.”

Isaiah 55:9 ~ “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Matthew 6:27 ~ And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

ATTENTION: Immediate Response Required

Going on from there He (Jesus) saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.  Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. ~ Matthew 4:21-22

When I read this today, I was amazed at how quickly John and James responded to Jesus when He called them.  Here they were, busy working, yet they left everything (including their father) to follow Jesus.  The Bible also says that they did so IMMEDIATELY.  Wow!  I’m not sure I would have been able to do that.  Would you?

I am the type of person that goes through a bit of a process before making a decision like that.  My process usually starts with me asking questions such as what, when, where, why and how?  I want to know all the details and exactly what I am getting into.  Second, I check my calendar to find out if I already have things scheduled or planned.  I want to make sure it is going to be convenient for me.  Third, I usually take some time to think and pray about the situation.  Lastly, I like to seek advice from friends and family before making a final decision.  This process could take some time, and that was something John and James didn’t have.  Jesus was calling, and they needed to answer one way or another.  I find it interesting that these brothers didn’t wait to reply to Jesus, and it’s a good thing they didn’t.  If they had, they would have missed out on a lot!  John and James would have missed out on the opportunity to be Jesus’ disciples.  They would have missed out on hearing the teachings and instruction of Jesus.  They would have missed out on witnessing all of the miracles performed by Jesus.  They would have missed out on God’s blessing for their lives!

As I read this, I wondered how many of us don’t answer Jesus right away when He calls.  How many of us know that God is speaking to us about something, yet we don’t answer?  How much are we missing out on, because we don’t respond immediately to God?

John and James were working at a job, and didn’t give any notice before leaving.  They weren’t concerned with how things would get done after they left.  They didn’t make a big deal about having to leave their father either.  Jesus called, and they answered.  It’s that simple.  Why is that?  I believe it’s because they understood who was calling them.  They knew that Jesus was God in the flesh and reverenced Him.   They knew that He had an awesome plan for their lives.  They didn’t worry about the details, because they trusted Jesus.  They were focused on the bigger picture.  They were focused in Jesus Christ!

Are you like John and James?  Do you respond to the call of Christ immediately or do you procrastinate?

I bet some of you are like me and hold off on responding, because you want to make sure all of the details are squared away first.  I’d like to encourage you (and myself) today to respond quickly to the Lord.  When He is calling you, prompting you, convicting you, impelling you, nudging you, urging you or motivating you…RESPOND!  Don’t wait.  Don’t let the opportunities God has for you pass by.  You may not get the same chance again.  You might not have all of the details figured out, but rest assured God does.  You may not know all the answers or what the final outcome will be, but you know God.  Trust Him.  Don’t doubt.  Have faith.  Don’t be afraid, because God  is with you.  If you hear Him calling you…ANSWER! God is so pleased when we answer His call immediately.  Let your answer be, “Yes Lord!”

Psalm 95: 7-8 ~ For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.  Today, if you would hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts…

Hebrews 11:6 ~ And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

Whose Report Will You Believe?

Who among us hasn’t been disappointed?  I know I sure have….what about you?

Can you recall a time in life when things didn’t go the way that you expected them to and you felt disappointed?  I bet most of us have been let down by life at some point or another.  Maybe as a child, you experienced a broken heart when your parents divorced, or a close friend moved to another state.  Perhaps as an adult your spouse betrayed you in some way, you experienced the loss of a child or the company you worked for decided they no longer needed you.

Disappointment in life is inevitable.  All of us face trials, heartaches and unexpected events in life at some point or another.  Life is ever-changing….times change, bodies change, people change and circumstances change.  Many of us have ideas in our minds of how we think life should go, and when things don’t happen according to our plans…we can experience disappointment.

I was confronted with this recently following a routine doctor’s visit.  A week after my appointment, I received a call from the nurse asking me to come back in order to hear test results.  I thought it was a little strange to have to return to the office just to hear the results, but agreed to do so anyway.  When I returned to the doctor’s office, he shared some unfavorable news with me regarding my health.  I was in shock.  I didn’t really know what to say, think or do at that moment.  There I was in the office with a doctor and a nurse who were telling me something negative about my health as if they were talking about the weather.  Their faces reflected no emotion, and their voices were abnormally calm as they gave me this unpleasant news.  The doctor began going over different options with me, but as caught-off-guard as I was, I was unable to make any decisions.  So, I left the room quite abruptly and told him that I would be in touch.

My husband happened to be off of work that day, so he was in the front room waiting for me (Thank God).  As soon as he saw my face he knew something was wrong.  I didn’t say anything on the way to the car.  Once inside the car, I began to sob uncontrollably.  I felt such a feeling of hopelessness.  I was so hurt and disappointed.  So many thoughts were racing through my head…the first being, how and why God would allow this to happen to me.  I love God.  I trust Him.  I honor Him.  I live for Him.  Why me?  I have so many plans for my life and this was not one of them!

As my husband and I drove to a restaurant for lunch, I continued to mull over the news in my head, sinking deeper into a feeling of despair.  Lunch was nice, as I tried to focus on some positive aspects in my life.  As soon as we left, however, the feelings of despair slowly returned.  I shared my thoughts with my husband…I was afraid, I was hurt, and I felt extremely let down and confused.  It was at that point that He looked at me and said, “Who will you believe?”  What on Earth was he talking about?  He followed by saying, “Are you going to believe the doctor or God?”  Whoa!  It was like a light went off in my head.  He was right.  Who was I going to believe?  Was I going to believe the doctor or was I going to believe God?  The doctor is a man…a created, imperfect being just like me, but God on the other-hand is the Almighty Creator!  If I truly trust God like I say I do, then how could something like ‘bad news’ change that?  How could one small bump in this road called life bring me down?

All of a sudden the Lord began flooding my mind with all of the promises found in His word.  Promises like the one found in Jeremiah 29:11… For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  Or the promises found in Psalm 103:2-5…Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things…

The Lord also reminded me of ALL the times He healed people… the woman who had the issue of blood for 12 years (Mark 5:28-31), the blind and the lame (Matthew 15:30), the demon-possessed (Matthew 15:22-28), the leprous (Matthew 8:1-3).  In addition, Jesus raised many people from the dead (Matthew 9:18-25).  These are but a few examples that came to my mind, but there are so many others.  If God can heal all of these ailments (AND DEATH), then how could I ever doubt that he could heal me?

As God began reminding me of these examples, my disappointment started to turn into hope.  My sadness turned into joy.  My doubt turned into faith in God.  As strange as it might sound, I actually started to get excited about my situation.  I thought about how it could be a wonderful opportunity for God to reveal His healing power to others; or maybe God wants to use me to show others how to trust in Him during difficult circumstances.  Just because our circumstances change, doesn’t mean God does.  For God is the same yesterday, today and forever more!  What if God is using this diagnosis as a tool to help grow my faith in Him…to bring me to a deeper level of trust in Him?  These are just some of the thoughts that came to my mind.  God is so much bigger than I am, so I have no idea what awesome plan He has in store for me….but what I do know is that it is GOOD!  Romans 8:28 ~ And we know that God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

I have always been pretty good at coming along side of others when they are facing trying situations in life.  As a matter of fact, many people refer to me as an encourager.  When faced with a situation in my life, however, it was a bit hard to encourage myself.  This experience has caused me to really examine myself and ask, how much do I trust the Lord?  Do I trust Him a little bit, and when things are good in life, or do I trust Him ALWAYS?  We will face disappointment in our lives, some of us more than others, but it’s all about how we handle it.  We can choose to give up and give in to discouragement, and stay disappointed OR we can choose to put our hope and trust in God.  I choose to listen to God and put my hope and trust in Him!

I will keep ya’ll posted on how God works this out for MY good and HIS glory!  😉

Jeremiah 32:27 ~ Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Philippians 4:19

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

My Thoughts:  This is one of my favorite Bible verses, although I think I say that about all of them at some time or another.  What I love about this verse is not only does God promise to supply us with what we need in life, but He promises to do this according to HIS  RICHES and not ours.  I think many times we tend to gauge what God can and can’t do based on what we already have or what we already see.

We look at our own pitiful situations, circumstances, bank accounts, etc. and decide that God can only do so much for us.  We act like He’s human and doesn’t have the power to do the impossible.  Here, God’s word says that He WILL supply ALL our NEEDS according to HIS RICHES in Christ Jesus.  It has nothing to do with what we have, don’t have, what we can see or can’t see, what we are capable of or not capable of… has everything to do with God!

Psalm 50:10 says that God owns cattle on a thousand hills, and Luke 1:37 says that nothing is impossible with God!  So, why then do we doubt that He can do the most unfathomable, extraordinary and impossible things in our lives?

Let’s focus on what God’s word says and less on what the world says.  Let’s trust God with ALL situations in our lives and then watch Him supply ALL our NEEDS!