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Here I am again…choking on the cup of suffering. I find myself searching within to find out why and have come to some rather unpleasant, but life-changing realizations.

One of those realizations is that I have forgotten how to live. Having been hampered by my former illness for so long, along with the dignity-destroying experience of homelessness, topped off with the recent death of my mother (she died on Christmas day) have made life difficult for me, if not impossible, to manage. I am not sure how to go about this thing called life anymore.

I have suffered through so many things in my short life that I scarcely know where or how to begin. I don’t know whether to start with my present circumstances, go back into the past, or combine the two for a more complete glimpse into my life. One thing I do know is this: I am a writer. A very good one. I can promise a blog filled with emotion and vision. I only require an audience. Whether that audience be one or one hundred, I very much want my life to be one that will teach people how to live, how to love, and how to suffer pain without that suffering altering one’s personality to the point of non-recognition. This is almost a laugh to me, as this post is one in which I find myself changed by the sufferings and pains that I have endured in my 48 years of life.

48 years. Wow. That is a number that I never thought that I would see quite so soon. It came upon me so fast that it took my breath away. I had believed that I would remain forever young, or at least not gallop upon the age of 50 so darned quickly. I still remember the days of my youth. My days of being twenty and then my thirties, which were the happiest years of my life. (I know that the word “happiness” would not seem to be one that would apply to my life considering all that I have been through, but that third decade was one filled with some of the most serene and downright happy moments of my life. As I write in this blog, the reasons for my bliss will become clear. Until then, I will stick with what has brought me to this particular posting. And that is a profound sadness and regrets.

I had always thought that I would not be one who would live a life wherein resided regret, but as my existence has unfolded, especially in these past few months, regret has accounted for a rather large portion of my mind’s interior. Especially with the passing of my mother. My last months with her were riddled with regrets, with resentment, with fear, with longing for the closeness that a mother-daughter should bring, with exhaustion at having to care for her in her declining years and ill health. Just so many things to regret and to fear, and through it all, God has been there.

That is the caveat, folks. The existence and the presence of God in a life encompassed by sorrow and suffering, the likes of which brings one to tears and threatens to toss a body straight into the very pit of despair itself, but the saving grace of it all is a heavenly Father Who loves me and has used the very suffering that has brought such misery to set me free. So, I say to sorrow, “Come.” I say to suffering, “Welcome.” For it is those things, along with a host of feelings and emotions that have run the gamut from fears to tears that have caused my life to have meaning, even within a meaningless life. Because the essence of me has lacked purpose and passion throughout these past nine months since I had come to live with and care for my mother. My life was swallowed up in hers and I did not make a move or have a thought that did not include her welfare in it. And now she’s gone. She’s gone and I will never see her again, nor be subjected to her temper or her pushing me away. I will never again have to live the thankless life as a caregiver. Never suffer the exhaustion of arising at the crack of dawn to prepare my mother for her dialysis appointments. So many never agains. Oh, what will I do without the life that I have led for the past nine months! Those months overshadowed my previous life and became the only life that I had, miserable as my existence became. Now I find myself wondering what I will do without the pain. Though my heart is filled with the pain my mother’s death brings to my soul.

I am torn. Torn between two worlds. Both worlds of pain and loss. If I had to choose one life over another, I would hesitate to make a choice, for those two worlds hold unbearable selections. Let me lay my two lives out for your inspection. In Life One: the endless burden of caring for a soul who made life miserable because she was no longer able to care for herself or Life Two: life without the one who has made the misery a daily existence. I cannot choose, for I do not want either life, yet I walk the tightrope of both with wobbly feet on a high-wire hundreds of feet in the air. Both lives are mine. And this is my endless dilemma. Do I continue to walk the wire, or do I allow myself to tumble to the ground with no safety net to embrace me? I can only come to one inescapable conclusion and that is the inconsolable fact that my mother is dead. Will I ever be able to accept her death or will this unshakeable disbelief forever crowd out the new life that cries within me to be released. May the God of heaven help me.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

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You Are Loved

Have you ever had the thought that you were unloved? I am sure that you have. Well, let me assure you that you are loved and loved greatly.

The God of the universe wants you to know unequivocally that you are not only loved, you are cherished. He loves you with a love that defies description.

I was studying my bible tonight and I was moved to tears as I read in Ephesians chapter two that because of God’s great love wherewith he loves us, has quickened us (made us alive) and has seated us in heavenly places with Jesus even while we were dead in sin. He didn’t wait for us to get ourselves together first. He put us in the highest position–far above all principality and power and might and dominion–while we were in our weakened state. Now, THAT’S love!

The Lord did not wait until we merited salvation before He gave it to us, freely. There is no way that we could possibly earn the salvation of God. That is why it is a gift of God. For God so loved this world that He GAVE His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. That is the foundation of the entire bible and one Scripture I am sure that you have heard many times in your life. The fact that God loves me so much that He actually sent His beloved Son to die a hideous death in order that I would live fills my heart with wonder and great joy. What does that knowledge do for you? Have you contemplated that you could be so important that Jesus Christ would actually give up His life for you? (“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:17,18) No one could take His life. He GAVE IT UP FOR YOU! Try to wrap your brain around THAT! It’s one thing that God would send His Son to die…that defies description in itself! It is another thing entirely that Jesus would come down to this earth and go through all He went through in order to die for you, willingly and with love.

satan, the enemy of your soul and the one who comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy wants you to believe that you are unimportant. He wants you to think that no one cares for you. Well, let me tell you: those are lies straight from the pits of hell! You were important enough to die for. I think that makes you valuable. Don’t you?

So, the next time you feel unloved, just think about the Ones who love you. God, the Father. God, the Son, and God, the Holy Ghost. You are precious. You are priceless. There is only one you and you were made well. (“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14) The Lord knew what He was doing when He created you. He made you with a purpose and a wonderful plan for your life. All you have to do is give your life to Jesus Christ. He longs to love you. Allow Him to.

And, by the way, I love you, too. You are very important to me. Which is why I created this blog in the first place. YOU were on my mind when this blog hit the airwaves.

I pray that you will never again doubt that you are loved. You are loved!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

What is Your Calling?

I have spent some time of late contemplating my calling. I am a writer and I am one who encourages people. I have always been an encourager. Shall I say that I am a writer who uplifts others? I think so. So, what do I do with this “calling”?

I have had many people tell me that I am meant to write a book about my life and whenever they read one of my blog postings, I am asked, “So, when are you going to write that book!” But I have suffered much and to write about suffering necessitates that I emerge myself within the pain and I find that a difficult thing to do. I have started my book, yet I hesitate to go any further because the anguish that I feel when I open up the “book” of my life makes it hard to continue pouring words onto the pages of my word processor. I want to tell my story because I know that to do so will help many people. Moreover, it will bring healing. Hence, I hesitate.

I must confess that there is a part of me that wonders if I am a good enough writer to pull off such a project. That is the artist in me speaking. For, I know that I am a very good writer. An excellent one, in fact. So, what is holding me back? I honestly do not know, other than the fact that my words are shut up inside me whenever I attempt to write on my manuscript. There are so many things in my life that I have been through that do not know where to begin or, better yet, to continue from where I have already begun.

Okay, this is where I need the encourager part of my personality to come forth. This is where I need to tell myself that I can DO this! Because I can. And for the sake of those that I want to assist, I must. I have to feel the pain and go forward, anyway. If I do not, I will be doing a disservice to the world, as no suffering is without its benefits. If I do not move forward, the pain will win and I am not about to allow anguish to have the last word.

The Lord took all of my suffering and used it to free me from all of my fears. So, what am I afraid of? That is a paradox wherewith I am facing.

What will I do, you wonder? Well, I will do what I have always done. I will write. And I will encourage. That is my calling, remember? Only, I will be encouraging myself. Here goes:

My name is Cassie. I am a writer.

Okay, I am stuck. I am unused to writing encouragement to myself. Thus, I will instead encourage you, thereby sneakily encouraging myself and will therefore achieve the result that I seek. Here goes again:

Hello, there. I hear that you are a writer. I am certain that you are an exceptional one and I am sure that your writing will inspire the masses. Don’t allow anything to keep you from writing. There is no such thing as writer’s block. All you have to do is write your way out of the wall that is before you. If you don’t know what to write, simply write about the fact that you do not know what to write about and you will have an article right there.

If you are writing about something painful, all that you must do is use the pain. Use it to create word pictures that people will be able to “see.” If you do not know where to start, start anywhere. You will catch up to yourself time enough. If you are afraid, just remind yourself that the Lord has already delivered you from all of your fears through His word and His love.

Wow. That really worked. Encouraging you actually encouraged me and now I know where to go. I am going to go work on my book now. Thank you for listening. It actually helped to hurtle me over the road block that was in the way of my writing. You are amazing!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

What Suffering Has Taught Me

I was conversing with my sister today. We were speaking about what we had each collectively have been through in our lives. She reminded me that mine has been a life of much suffering and she did not know how I had been able to bear it. I, too, have wondered how I have born this life that the Lord has seen fit to allow me to experience. I can only say that it was by the grace of God that I got through my past and am now walking a life of victory and triumph. But, oh, God, how I suffered!

I find it difficult to think about my husband. He left me after thirteen beautiful years, because of us losing our jobs and our possessions and going homeless. I loved that man with everything in me and still carry a torch for him six and a half years later. There are no words to describe the pain and heartache that, in actuality, I endure. I have forgotten what his voice sounds like and can only vaguely elicit a mental picture of him. I do not often speak of him, for to talk about the love of my life who was taken away from me by a life of loss and pain is like slowly carving out a piece of my heart and laying the rest of it open to the elements. But he was one of the topics of conversation, so I sit here with a throbbing mass of anguish that will take time for me to obtain relief from.

We spoke of my son that my father took from me when he was ten years old through a year of court challenges and I did not see him for eight years when I drove two thousand miles to watch him graduate. I got to spend about three hours with him and then my husband and I had to drive back so that we could both go to work. The horror of being without my son and missing out on all of the childhood milestones fills me with sadness even to this day, many years later. Because no one will be able to give me back all of the time that I lost with my son. My child will be thirty years old in November. It is hard on me trying to establish a relationship with him. It is like trying to get to know a stranger. Only that stranger came out of my belly. That adds an element to the equation that is problematic.

My sister and I talked about many things. Things that brings tears to my eyes as I relive those moments. But I am grateful for those times that I experienced. Because had it not been for the suffering, I would not be who I am today. I discovered as I endured yet one more circumstance that I was stronger than I had perceived. I learned valuable lessons about people and the Lord God. I am able to grasp life with both hands and hold on for all that I am worth.

There are times when I question why I struggled through life instead of having one of ease. But that is not for me to know. It is only for me to trust in the God Who loves me enough to let me go through trying tests. For they strengthen and build character, and character is not something that can be purchased. It must be forged through pain and difficulty.

I am grateful that I did not have an easy life. I would have missed out on so much if I had been handed everything on a silver platter. I would much rather have suffered and gained the glory of God in my life than to have had an existence in the lap of luxury. My sister, the pastor, says that suffering is the bridge to glory and I believe that with everything that I am worth. Because I have been a partaker of that glory and it has made my suffering so worth the price that I have had to pay. The bible says that the present suffering that we endure are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).

So much of life is a mystery. That is why I love it so. I love the paradoxes of life. Its uncertainties and its twists and turns. For that is what makes life worth living. It is in the various ups and downs that we go through that make us unique individuals. I guess you can say that that’s what makes this world go around. One thing is for certain. It surely isn’t boring!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

I am in a quandary. I find myself in a state where I do not know what to do or what direction to take in my life. I do not know whether to move forward or to stand still. To move out in boldness or to cower in fear. Have you ever found yourself in that particular place before?

Everyone who is considered great or successful has found themselves in this spot, I am sure. If success were easy, everybody would be doing it. Since it is not, I will just count myself amongst the special people and will simply take a step, or rather, a leap of faith over the cliff and count on God to catch me or I will grow wings before I hit the ground.

Now, I am usually a pretty confident person in most areas of life. Most of the time, that is. There are times when, like now, I am almost quaking in terror at the thought of taking a step forward and would simply prefer to remain in a fixed position and allow opportunity to slip by me and give someone else a shot at it. But I am not a laying down type of person and would be very unhappy if another took what rightfully belonged to me had I only had the perseverance and the guts to reach out and take the initiative without worrying about the consequences.

I think that is what most people find is the deterrent in going for their dreams. Worrying about the consequences of such an action. They are filled with apprehension and would rather stay in the place of complacency and safety than take a walk into the unknown. I know that I am almost at that place right now, but the Lord will not allow me to rest comfortably in this area. I can feel Him nudging at me to make a move and allow Him to deal with the uncertainty.

You see, God is not just a God Who concerns Himself with sin and satan. He cares about everything that we are involved with. And that includes our decisions. Or, in my case, the lack thereof. If we will allow Him, He will help us with all of our cares and affairs. All we have to do is realize that we cannot do anything of any real import without Him. It says in God’s word that we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5), and that is so true. So many people believe that they do not need the Lord’s help or guidance, or even Him and they go about their lives as though they are independent. When, in truth, without God’s aid, they couldn’t even get up in the morning in order to go out and spend another day without Him in their lives. God help all those who go through life without the Lord.

I know what I am going to do. I am going to take that leap of faith and trust God to keep me from making too much of a splatter of myself on the bottom. For whenever I contemplate the Lord, I remember that I am more than a conqueror just as the word says that I am (Romans 8:37) and that God always causes us to triumph. (“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,” 2 Corinthians 2:14a) I realize now that all I ever had to do was to count on the word of God and to lean on the Lord and know that He would always be there for me. I never had anything to be afraid of. Not when I have the God of the universe on my side. (“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31) And I said that I didn’t know what to do? Thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:57)

Thank You, Father. You always know what to do.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

My Testimony

My name is Cassie. This is my testimony:

I was born November 3, 1968 in Rock Island, Illinois. I am number nine of thirteen brothers and sisters. We endured a life of horror at the hands of our father. Beatings were often and severe. We were frightened all the time.

I was molested by my mother’s boyfriend from the time that I was seven until I turned sixteen. He watched me as I slept, his silhouette outlined by the light in the hallway.

Loneliness was my constant companion. I didn’t have any friends. In fact, I was bullied all through my school years. I was never invited to parties or dances or football games. I spent my days alone in my room. staring at a poster that I had on my wall. My childhood and young adulthood were miserable years.

My father took my son away from me when he was ten years old and I didn’t see him for eight years until I drove two thousand miles to see him graduate from high school. I didn’t see him for several years more after that. I wasn’t invited to his college graduation.

I lived with a debilitating illness called chronic fatigue syndrome that left me bedridden for 23 hours per day for eight months. I was imprisoned within my own body for four years. I also endured severe chronic pain for five years. There was no part of my body that was not impacted by the pain. I would wake up screaming in the middle of the night from the sheer agony. I begged God to take the pain and to deliver me from the CFS.

I was homeless for two years on the streets of Montana, two thousand miles away from my nearest relative. The stress of being homeless only exacerbated the CFS. No one would help me. I lived in a homeless shelter three times and was always threatened with losing my bed. I cried out to God many a day.

My beloved husband of thirteen years left me in a motel room with no money. He broke from not being able to care for me and ran to save his life. I don’t blame him for leaving. If I could have left myself, I would have. But, alas, wherever I went, there I was. I have not seen or heard from him for six and a half years. I miss him terribly. I wonder if he even remembers our life together. We shared the kind of love that most people only dream of or even hope to find. And life tore us apart and left me to live the rest of mine away from the love of my life. It is as though I am surviving without a vital part of me. Each day without him is as a thousand years. His loss is the worst part of living.

I have suffered for most of my life, enduring things that would break your heart and even your spirit. Just the things that I have shared here were horrendously heartbreaking and it was all I could do to get through the days and nights on my own. Only I was not on my own. There was One Who was always with me, even during the times when I felt all alone.

My life is just like a tapestry. On the back side, there are snarls and kinks and knots and wayward threads blowing in the chill winds of fate. It is this back panel that I spend most of my time seeing. It has seemed as though the Maker of this tapestry had no idea what He was making, or even doing. But He is a Master Artist and has been at work all of my life creating a masterpiece. Every once in a great while, He turns over the tapestry and allows me to glimpse the beautiful creation on the other side and I am amazed at the exquisiteness wherewith the Master has performed His task.

I could go on and recount the many and varied forms of suffering that I have been through in my life and I could explain how they left scars on my heart, but I will not. Instead, I will point you to the One Who took the shattered pieces of my life and made them into a marvelous conception. That One is Jesus. He dried my tears and provided meaning to the pain. Some of that pain I have received insight into and some of it yet remains a mystery, but I trust Him to someday reveal to me why I had to walk the road of suffering for so long. In the meantime, my hope and peace is in Him.

I want you to know that God will take your pain and heartache and make something beautiful out of them. You may not understand right now why you suffer and you could even be angry with God for allowing them. But I assure you that He is not responsible for your pain, yet He is at work in your life, engaged in seeing to it that what you are experiencing will ultimately work out for something good in your life, if you will trust Him and place your life in His Hands.

I want you to see and experience the God that I know. And that is a good God. One full of compassion, mercy, and love. Sure, He chastises His children, but what good parent does not? And yes, there is a side of God that is judgment, but that is reserved for the disobedient and the wicked. The very first step of repentance brings about the mercies of the Lord. He does not want to see even one person in hell, which is why He sent His Son to die for every one of us. Jesus satisfied the holiness of God and God’s justice for sin. He paid the price for sin so that we would not have to and we would be brought back into fellowship with God. For that is what the Lord wants with all of us: fellowship. He wants to have an intimate relationship with us all. So, I will continue to encourage you to come to Jesus.

There is going to come a day when the Lord stops calling. He said to seek Him while He may be found and to call upon Him while He is near. I urge you not to wait until it is too late to reach out to God. Because if you do, you will be eternally regretful and will suffer the consequences. Eternity is too long for you to take your life so lightly and you not to take the Lord seriously. The Lord said that if you are willing and obedient that you would eat of the good of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.

God has put before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. He urges you to choose life, that it may be well with you and your family.

I may have seemed to take a turn from my testimony, but in all honesty, I have not. My life is about turning people to the Lord now. He took a life that was completely messed up with severe depression, anxiety, and a broken mind. One whose life was shattered, marred, and scarred and made something beautiful out of the pain. He delivered me from all of my fears, and I was one who was filled with fears of every kind. He set me free from the prison that was my mind. For, you see, I was a person who walked around as though I was free, but I was imprisoned by my hang-ups and fears. I may as well have been in an actual prison with bars and doors because my life was very much the same as that of prisoners. And Jesus Christ opened the doors of my prison and set me free.

Now, I live a life of peace. The inner turmoil that went on inside of me has been gone for a long time now. I have joy in my life no matter the circumstance. Yes, I go through trials and endure tribulation, but I am not alone. I have the grace of God to help me and the love of the Father to encourage me and root for me as I deal with this thing called life. And I want the same for you. I am not talking about religion. I am talking about a real-life, true relationship with God. God is real and He has a Personality. He loves and laughs and enjoys the time that we spend together. He is Our Father and He loves us more than I could ever possible express to you in mere words. He wants you in His life. But He will not force Himself on you. Even though that might ultimately cost you your eternal soul if you reject Him and His ways. Don’t do it. I plead with you. I pray for you and ask God’s mercy for you before it is too late.

The Lord said that today when you hear His voice, harden not your heart. (Hebrews 3:15) Don’t just read these words and then go on about your life as though you are fine if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. You will regret it for all of eternity if you will not accept His sacrifice for you that He made on the cross. Life is short and time is running out. Jesus Christ is on His way back very soon. Do not allow unbelief or pride to keep you away from the greatest love that you will ever know. He loves you. He does not want you to be lost. Give your life to Him. You will forever be glad that you did.

I am happy now. All because of Jesus. All because of the Father and the Holy Spirit. But I am not content  just to be happy myself. I want the rest of the world to be happy, too, and that includes you. Reach out to God. I promise that He will reach back to you.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

God Cares

Do you get the feeling that no one cares about you, that you are left here on this earth all alone? Well, let me tell you that you couldn’t be further from the truth. There is Someone who cares about you more than you’ll ever know. That Someone is God.

The Father loves you. He cares for you deeply. He loves you so much that He actually sent His only Son to die that you might live. Now, that’s love.

God reconciled you to Himself. Meaning that he went to a lot of trouble to bring you back into fellowship with Him. He did this because He loved you, misses you, and wants to be a part of your life. All of your life. The little bits and the big pieces. Nothing that concerns you is too small for God to care about. He cares about everything in your life. And I mean, everything. The bible says to cast (give) all of your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) I don’t hesitate to give the Lord all that is on my heart and mind because I have been a witness to the fact that God truly does care about everything that I care about. He has shown me too many times for me to doubt that He is on my side and will never leave me nor forsake me. (Hebrews 13:5)

It is an awesome experience to be so loved by One who is able to carry out the things that I have need of. He has all of the resources and is all-powerful. He knows everything and is everywhere at once, so nothing happens that catches Him by surprise. (Read Psalm 139. It is a wonderful passage that tells us that God knows when we get up and when we lie down and that he is acquainted with all of our ways. It also says that he knows our thoughts before they even come to us. Now, THAT is attention to detail! The Psalm also tells us that no matter where we go or what we do, that God is with us. Bless His Name!)

One of the reasons why I love God so much is the fact that He has been there throughout all of the suffering and sorrows I have had to endure in my life. He has never turned His back on me and has used those times to strengthen me and make me a giant-killer! You cannot tell me that God is not real because I have had too many instances in my life when God has shown up and shown out in my circumstances. We all suffer, in various forms. God didn’t invent suffering to torment us or to make us miserable. Suffering is a part of life and no one is exempt from it. God will use the suffering to make you, not break you. If you will allow it. And if you have a positive attitude through whatever trial you are going through. Negative and pessimistic mindsets only cripple you and make the suffering worse and extends its duration. But if you look for the silver lining behind every storm cloud, you will find that the storm will pass over more quickly. I have learned these truths because I have weathered many a storm of suffering. And I am telling you that God will take that very suffering to rid you of your fears. He has used the suffering in my life to deliver me from all of my fears. And I can tell you that I had many, many fears, both real and imagined. Now I live a life of peace, love, and joy.

God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) What He does for one, he will do for another. I am nobody special. I am a simple, quiet, compassionate woman who has had more than he share of heartache and suffering and I can tell you that the Lord used it all to deliver me from all of my troubles (Psalm 34:6, 17) and make me the woman I am today.

I used to live with a tornado of tension that lived in my head and heart. I thought that I would have to live with that inner conflict for the rest of my life and would not be free of it until I got to heaven. But the Lord Jesus said to my mind one day, “Peace, be still.” And that inner hurricane was stilled. I am telling you that you can live a life free of turmoil and instead have it replaced with peace. God wants to give that to you. He wants to give you everything good and He promised not to withhold any good thing from those who seek Him (Psalm 34:10).

Seek God. Give Him your cares. He will be right there to catch you when you fall. (“The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.” Psalm 145:14)

God loves you. (“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3) Always has and always will. Let Him love you. He longs to. You are precious to Him. (” Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” Isaiah 43:4)

God’s word is true. It is impossible for Him to lie. (“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who has fled for refuse to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,:” Hebrews 6:17-19a) The Lord God has gotten a bad rap by those who have refused to be obedient to His word and the fact that He is Supreme Ruler over all things, but I am here to tell you that I serve a mighty God. A mighty good God. (“The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:9) Just as He will always be in charge, He will always love and care for you. He will always have your best interests at heart and will always be working to bring to completion His great plan that He has for your life. All you have to do is trust Him. Let Him in. Let Him love you. He sent His Son to die for you so that you can be free. Accept the freedom and come join the family. We are waiting for you. And the second you say yes, a party will begin in heaven and the host of heaven will be celebrating! (“I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Luke 15:7) So, let’s get this party started!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

There is Room for You

I know that it seems as though you are on the outside looking in at times. As though everyone is having a grand time and you are estranged from the world. I know those perceptions because I have been where you have. I have walked where you have walked. If you have not been delivered from those feelings, the only difference between the two of us is the fact that I have been set free from them and you have yet to be. Take heart. The same God that changed my life is available to take yours and make you a new person. One who is filled with joy and peace. There is room at the table for you. So, come and dine, Jesus says.

The bible says that Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. He came to set the captives free and set them at liberty who are bruised. He also came to comfort all who mourn. (Isaiah 61:1,2) He came to give you life. A more abundant life. (John 10:10) All you have to do to receive such wealth is to reach out to Him. I promise you that He will reach back.

So much that is not true has been laid at the feet of Jesus by people who do not know Him. And so many have ignored Him and gone on about their lives as though they do not need Him, when in truth none of us live without Him. Oh, you can seemingly walk through life on your own, but when it’s all said and done, only what you do for Christ will last the test of time. And only what He will do for you will bring you any lasting peace in your heart.

Do you know what real peace is? It is an absence of inner turmoil. No conflict of the mind at all. A quietness of the spirit that leaves you sighing with satisfaction. That is the peace that Jesus wants to give to you. (“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27)

Jesus Christ is not only the source of life, He IS life! (“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6) He is all truth, and He is the way. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He died that you might have life.

Without Jesus Christ, we are lost and our souls will burn in hell. Yes, there is a hell. The Lord does not want anyone in hell, which is one of the reasons why He died. But He died to do more than to save you from hell. He died so that you can have that abundant life that I spoke of. We don’t have to wait until we die to experience heaven. We can experience heaven on earth. (“neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21) The things that God has in store for His children are mind-blowing! You don’t want to miss out! (“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9) We haven’t even THOUGHT of even ONE of the things (plural) that the Lord has prepared for His children!

The thing that is most amazing about Jesus, though, is His love for us. Imagine someone giving up their life for you, even when you ignore Him and even despise Him. (“ For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10) Now, THAT’S love. God is even now stretching out His hand to a rebellious people who ignore Him, refuse to obey His commandments and laws (which are for their benefit and so they can have a long and prosperous life), and go their own way as if there was no God in heaven. The love and mercy of God is beyond comprehension.

I urge you to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life. You will never regret it. But if you do not, there will come a day when you will not only regret that choice, but you will spend an eternity kicking yourself and being tormented by the enemy of your soul, satan. I pray for you. I pray for you each day. I pray for your peace. I pray for your deliverance. And I pray that you experience the love that passes all understanding. (“17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19)

There is room for you at the Lord’s table. There is a spot reserved specifically for you, and you alone. Don’t allow anyone or anything to keep you from being part of God’s great supper. (Read Luke 14:15-24)

I am waiting to pray with you and for you. Contact me and I will do just that. Then the celebration can begin.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.