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2018: A Year For Hope (Week 16)

We have been hit by sickness this week … my special needs granddaughter came down with Strep and it’s been an all-hands-on-deck kind of weekend.   Praise God she is feeling better today, even perking up enough to eat a bit of dinner tonight.  But it’s been a busy past couple of days and … well, I didn’t have the time (or desire) to break out my laptop until just now.

So we go to Plan B.

And Plan B is to share from another’s blog post that touched my heart and complements the theme of “2018: A Year For Hope”.   So without further adieu, please allow me to introduce you to “Beauty Beyond Bones“.

I was taken aback by my own daughters eating disorder in her teens.  Through a wonderfully terrible beautiful collision of heartbreaking circumstances, I overheard her mentioning to a doctor that she had been throwing up her food after meals.  How was this happening?  How did I not know?  

“I know that God’s standards are spiritual, but I have a corrupt nature, sold as a slave to sin. I don’t realize what I’m doing. I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate.”  Romans 7:14-15 (GWT)

Maybe you’re the mom, brother, sister or friend of someone with an eating disorder.

Maybe you are the one wrestling with these demons.

Or maybe the issue isn’t food, it’s something else.  Another inner suffering.

“But if there’s one thing that shows, it’s that “desert periods” will occur in life. We will go through the desert. We will feel alone. And forgotten. Maybe inadequate. Possibly despairing. But our suffering doesn’t negate the Father’s love, as hard as that is to believe. And when we find ourselves in the middle of that desert, it’s even harder to believe that one day, we will ever be whole, or useful, or thriving again.”   ~Beauty Beyond Bones

My world turned sideways that night, in more ways than one. And thus began our (hers and mine) journey back to honesty, forgiveness, acceptance and finally healing. But it was a process. And that’s just from my side of the fence … I’ll probably never really know how difficult the journey was from her side … I’m just grateful that she made it through.

So did Beauty Beyond Bones, and this is Her Unseen Recovery

 

 


I’m working on a new piece … to reflect Miss Hope’s arrival landside.  Come back next week to watch the word-picture emerge.
All sketches and watercolors posted on this website are the sole property of the author and are for exclusive display on the website PuttingHopeToWork.com.

 

2018: A Year For Hope (Week 15)

Have you ever noticed that just about the time that the seas calm, the winds still, and the fog lifts … so that you can finally see the destination for which your eyes have been straining so hard to see … up comes another wave!  Of course you have!  We all have.  Countless times.

The scenario usually plays out something like this:

He has a good job but it does little more than pay the bills each month.  Six months ago, he had an unexpected medical bill and had to put it on a credit card.  That really bothered him because after attending Financial Peace University at his church, he made a decision to operate his finances in a way that honors God and he is trying hard to stay out of debt.  So he put in some overtime, cut back on the grocery budget, swapped lunches out for PB&J sandwiches in a brown paper bag, and just sent payment in full to the credit card company so that he’s no longer paying interest.  He’s thrilled.  He praises God.  He feels on top of the world, and is back on track.   Until he gets his tax returns back a finds out he underpaid by over $3000.

Splash!

It happens all the time!  In finances.  In relationships.  In health.  In work.  Why?  Well at the risk of sounding like a 5-year old, I think it boils down to two simple factors:

  1.  We live in a broken world (one that does not operate according to God’s original design for it).
  2.  We have an enemy (who is always… ALWAYS… seeking to steal, kill and destroy).

Over the years, I’ve become more and more convinced that the devil only has a few game plans in his play book.   Bearing in mind that the Word of God reveals the will of God, almost every situation we come across in life that contradicts the will of God for our lives can be bucketed into a few basic categories (objectives) of game play.

Objective #1:
get us to doubt the Word (the Promise and instruction) of God.

Objective #2:
get us so distracted (by enticements or troubles) that we don’t hold onto the Word of God

Objective #3:
get us to disbelieve the Word of God, in whole or in part

The Word of God says that every need you have is met in the riches of Christ Jesus.  That all the work of your hands has a blessing upon it, and that you are blessed at your job, in your bank accounts, in your family, in your health, and that you are blessed so much that you have enough extra to be generous with others.   That’s the Promise of 1 Timothy 6:17, 2 Corinthians 9:6, Psalms 25:12-13, Proverbs 11:24-25, and many others!

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.  Romans 10:17 (NIV)

But your check book says …. err … nope!  You’re as broke as the Ten Commandments!  You’re job is a dead end job, for all your efforts your savings account has less than $50 in it, and every time you make any headway at all, something comes along and completely rips the rug out from under your feet!!

And this is where things fall apart … at the intersection of FAITH and FACT.

FAITH says you’re rich, an co-heir with Christ Jesus of the cattle on a thousand hills.

The FACT is that you need to pay $3000 for income tax that you don’t have.

And when you find yourself at that intersection, it’s critical that you pause (often) to examine what you’re looking at.  What your vision is focused on.  And who’s voice your listening to!

Don’t go by what you see, but go by what you hear.  Because what you hear (from the Scriptures) is what will determine whether or not you can overcome.   ~ Jentezen Franklin

Wave, 04.09.18, puttinghopetowork.com

Are your eyes looking beyond the current situation (of lack) to the destination God has promised (abundance)?

Are your ears tuned to the Promises of God (who says He will lead and guide you through every circumstance to a victory that glorifies His Name), or are you focused on the cries of your empty bank accounts?

Are your eyes locked on the emerging manifestation of what you have been praying and believing for … or are you overwhelmed and thereby overtaken by a time-limited storm and unexpected wave?

Friend, God has good plans for your life!  The devil doesn’t like it and he’s got a game plan and strategy to get you to distract you from, get you to doubt, or convince you to disbelieve the promises of God for your life …  but God’s ways are higher and superior to the strategies of the enemy.   Who’s voice are you going to listen to?

WAKE UP YOUR FAITH by listening to the following message by Jentezen Franklin.  Give it a good shake-up, and then open your mouth and start telling your circumstances what God’s word has to say about them!

Here is a link to My daily confession written in 2014 when launching my business.   That was a HUGE leap of faith, and I needed to make sure that my ears were finely tuned to the Promises of God more than the screams of my half-starved bank account.   It’s scripture based, and I declare it over myself and my family on a regular basis.   

Faith comes from hearing God’s Word for your life, and if you are not in the practice of speaking God’s Word over your circumstances, please take this and begin speaking it over yourself and your family on a daily basis.   And tell me what happens!  Because I guarantee you, if you hold fast to the Word of God … stuff will happen!!


I’m working on a new piece … to reflect Miss Hope’s arrival landside.  Come back next week to watch the word-picture emerge.
All sketches and watercolors posted on this website are the sole property of the author and are for exclusive display on the website PuttingHopeToWork.com.

 

2018: A Year For Hope (Week 14)

I just met “C” outside of the computer store picking up my laptop from weekend repairs.

Dear “C”
If you are reading this, I want you to know that everything below the dashed line was actually written by me last night on my cell phone.  In light of our meeting, I believe it is no ‘coincidence’ that I had scheduled to reblog something written by The Abuse Expose with Secret Angel.  I am sure you will find much on their website (and I hope by my own story, starting back in the 2014 blog posts) that will be of comfort to you as you are walking out your journey.    I am going to continue to pray for you, and of course you now have my name and phone number.    #GodIsBigger #TheDevilHasAlreadyLost  #ThisDoesNotDefineYou

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Alas, I am without my computer (in for maintenance) and so instead of trying to type out my writings on my phone (I assure you, that would not end well), I am sharing this lovely poem entitled “A Pure Heart

With a shared passion for the abused and broken, I have been following The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel for several years. I highly encourage you to check out their blog.

https://wp.me/p3u5ZW-4fd

Blessings!

Words

The overflow from this mornings journaling:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

How precious is Your word to me oh Lord, how unfathomable Your ways.

By Your word I receive instruction for the ways I should go.

In Your word I find hope and refreshment for my soul.

When trouble gathers near, it is in Your word that I take shelter, on Your word that I firmly stand.

And while the winds roar, my footing is secure.

Through Your word I obtain victory for every trial.

Out of my mouth I shall declare what You have said; my words for Your words, Your words as my words.

And the walls collapse, victims set free, and the glory is Yours alone.

Morning Sips