Trials

WORTHY THOUGHT: Could it be that God allows trials to grow us up and teach us to trust him?

Hear my cry, O God;

listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,

I call as my heart grows faint;

lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For you have been my refuge,

a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever

and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.

For you, God, have heard my vows;

you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Increase the days of the king’s life,

his years for many generations.

May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;

appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name

and fulfill my vows day after day.

Footnotes:

-Psalm 61:1-8

We can all agree our spiritual growth has not been in good times but through trials of life.

In the Book of Psalms, King David stood firm in confidence on the promises of God. King David knew God would provide a Savior in his line of heritage. King David believed and sang songs to God with thanksgiving and praises.

God loves us so much He has given us His Son Jesus Christ born into our world of trials and troubles and died so we can have a better life now through eternity.

When we cry out for help we must be confident knowing prayers are answered and that Jesus Christ is our source of strength and confidence.

Lets shout out and sing songs of thanksgiving and praises for He is so good to us. Amen.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

Predestined Plan

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will – Ephesians 1:11

I remember a time when I felt as if my heart was shredded into a million pieces. I felt abandoned and alone, questioning where my next step would lead me. Have you ever had an experience where negative emotions or wounded places left you to examine every aspect of your life?

Thankfully, Jesus knows everything. He doesn’t leave us or forsake us. He understood what I was going through and he knew the intimate places of my wounded heart. He kept a record of each tear that had fallen and was preparing me for a time of restoration.

He loves you and me that much. God designed an inheritance for you. It was predestined from the end to the beginning. Your life was created with purpose and thought.

May you find comfort knowing that Jesus works all things according to the counsel of his will. He understands where you are at, where you are going, and what will come. Whatever you are going through, trust him. By faith, know that you have been chosen.

Thank you Jesus for choosing us to be your followers. Your love and patience in unfailing. We never deserve to have  life rich and full. However, you created us to be in relationship with you so that we could experience you in abundance. I take this moment to praise you for all that you have done and all that you will continue to do in our lives.

~Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Step Out And Take Your Place

Many like her cross my path every day

Written all over their faces

The pain they hide away

They smile, but it never reaches their eyes

For isn’t the eyes the windows to the soul?

Exposing their pain and hurt

To those who are inclined to His heart

Yet so many times we turn our backs

and walk away

Going through each day

as if it’s a blur

Smiling and laughing and making small talk

Please just don’t see the person

behind the smile that is hurt

There is no one

who stops and listens

To offer a kind word

We are all too busy with our own lives

We don’t see the ones bleeding

before our very eyes

Pain and agony the place they abide in

Not knowing that there is a God

who knows them by name

A God who sees past the mask

To the fearless woman

He has created her to be

Your voice was silenced

Your heart still bleeding

Many broken dreams

in need of resurrection

Papa needs His daughters to arise

and shake off their grave clothes

The enemy is terrified

that His daughters will awake

To take up their position

in every sphere of society

He is eagerly waiting for you

to take your place

To step out and hand Him

your broken heart

He will put every broken piece

back together again

Where is the Esther’s, the Deborah’s and Ruth’s?

Who knows how to fight

and

to win?

Has giving up became our norm?

Who will take their place

fight back and say

“Enough is enough!

I will take my place!”

Many hurting hearts are waiting

for you to greet your past

Take the mask of your face

and face every demon

that has been stealing your destiny for years

Papa wants His daughters to step out

into His dreams for them

Time is running out

We need to make Him our focus

and follow His lead

There are too many broken daughters

still fast asleep

There is no time to waste

People are in pain, hiding and dying

without knowing our Lord

Your day of healing is at hand

I have been waiting to step

into all the impossibilities in your life

The enemy blindsided you

By painting pictures of your demise

I am here to declare that My daughters

will arise and take their place

Boldly and unapologetically

They will step out

and be atmosphere changers

Bringing life to every dead situation

Healing to every broken heart

They will decree and declare

My oracle’s

They will know no fear

For intimacy with Me

will make them tenacious

They will be dead to self

and they will take me at My word

The dead will rise and

the blind will see

Breakthrough will happen wherever they tread

Restoration of broken families

Prodigals returning home

The time is at hand

take your place

and burn with My love

Step out dear ones

many are still captive

waiting for you to deliver

their breakthrough!

~ Ebigale Wilson

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I Will Be Free

Fear can be your answer for everything

if you want,

but it doesn’t have to be;

you can choose

to allow the fear to remain,

be a slave to fear

and never embrace life

cause you’re too terrified

to try,

to get hurt,

believing something bad might happen,

but what if it doesn’t;

there are doors

He’s waiting on me

to open;

it’s a choice-

I can remain in a cage of fear

or tune to the bird’s freedom,

I want to be free,

but i’m the only one

who can change that;

to be fearless,

I must rid myself of fear

in order to be more like Him;

I can fight

I can be a victor

and I can be free;

I will be

and I will soar on wings like eagles

above depths that were once my home,

but won’t be for much longer

cause I know He will help me

be strong,

fight,

and ultimately…

free

~ Bethany Anne

Flying Blindly

WORTHY THOUGHT: Do you ever find yourself in tough situations where you feel like you’re a pilot trying to fly blindly through the clouds?

A real pilot will tell you that you need to trust your instruments to guide you through it.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. -Palms 3:5-6 NIV

This is a promise if you submit to the Lord in everything and acknowledge His sovereignty, He will give you clear direction, even while you fly blindly, you have to resist the urge to panic, have faith and trust in Him to guide you on a straight path.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

Trust

You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and shield. Psalms 115:11

Many of us have struggled with trust. People, circumstances, information, and relationships can all cause one to guess whether or not they want to believe.

There is a vulnerability that comes with trust.

Jesus is looking for us to believe in him. He desires a relationship with us that has no barriers or walls. He wants us to understand that HE is the help that we need and the one who fights our battles.

We may not understand everything in this world. However, Jesus does. Trust in your Lord. He wants to meet you in this space.

~Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Journey Conversations

It is not time to be scared

To run and hide away

I am always with you

Till the end of days

Lift your chin up

And face the world

Embrace your journey

You are stronger than you think

I know that you are tired

That your hurt shouts louder than My word

Your mind reciting your pain

Instead of My promises

It feels like darkness

has become your habitation

You long for the sound

of My voice

The warmth of My presence

Our hearts beating as One

I walked you through many detours

Through painful times

I was always there

I loved you through

every trying time

Don’t think for a moment

that I am not with you

I am with you always

I love it when you worship

and seek My face

In the midst of your pain

When you search for me

With your heart in your hand

Knowing that I will be true to my word

Though pain might try

to hinder you

Challenges come to shake

your faith

Lean into Me

I will be your strength

In the midst of every battle

I am your strong tower

Run into Me

I will do what you cannot do

You have come so far

With Me as your companion

Soon light will break through

and you will taste My grace

See My light spring up all around you

Believe that things will change

I am always true to My word

Shaky and unbalanced

Hanging on to a thread

I am with you dear one

Just like I always was

The previous seasons

were tough and tiring

Fire’s burning and oceans deep

You going through the motions

just to survive

Not knowing that there is growth

in every step you make

All of us walk

through tough times

Not knowing if we will see

the light of day

Going through losses

unbearable pain

shame

and betrayal

Many questions on our lips

While God feels miles away

Silence keep us company

And hopelessness moves in

Do not linger too long

in the dark shadows

Papa has a plan

In the midst of your pain

Nothing you go through is a surprise to Him

You are stronger than you think

He believes in you

He will restore you

to His plans and purposes

Heal your heart

like it’s never been hurt

Fight for you

as if you are

His only child

You will see it all

He is a faithful God

I have experienced it all

Losses

rejection

witchcraft

unbearable pain

You name it

I have tasted it all

Papa used my journey

to train me to war

He turned this shy, timid woman

into His battle ax

And weapon of war

Looking back I know

that He used the trying times

To lure me back to His heart

When He gets the opportunity

to wreck our hearts

Life as usual will be no more

We will see ourself

the way He sees us

Brave!

Fearless!

Deeply loved!

His heart will forever be

our dwelling place!

~ Ebigale Wilson

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