Grateful Hearts.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped, my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”-Psalm 28:7


There are so very many situations in life where we will find it hard to be grateful for what we have.

We may feel we have lost so much that we cannot see what else has been left. We cannot see that what has been left is something wonderful that we had never been able to truly see before.

I know I’m often guilty of this.

So focused on what is gone, that I forget how lucky I am to have what is still here to stay.

Though, I have noticed that the more I choose to be grateful; the happier and more content I am.

The more downtrodden I am about what is gone, the more absolutely miserable that I am.

It has made me start to realize that many things that happen to us are out of our control, but how we react to them are totally up to us.

We get to choose today.

We can choose to be happy or downtrodden.

What is your choice?

-Kristin 

The Sweetest of Love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”-1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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I fully believe and know that we are often brought into the hardest of times in an attempt to bring us closer to God.

Though, if this was a test, I would surely fail every time.

Faith is a funny thing.

Why do I believe undoubtedly in a God who loves me so much that He sacrificed just so that I may know Him, yet when times get tough I forget He is there?

I begin to doubt He will be there for me. I begin to think the worst. I begin to feel the sorrow and anxiety flood in.

& I allow myself to get to that place and beat myself up over it.

But God doesn’t.

He loves me even though my faith wavers sometimes. He loves me despite my lack of strength and despite all the weaknesses I may have.

He keeps me even though I flunk every trial thrown my way.

He picks me up, dusts me off, and says there may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning. It is a new day and I am still still loved.

He shows me the sweetest of love that there ever was or will be and I am convinced that no matter what may be thrown my way, that He will love me through it. Even when I don’t deserve it.

-Kristin-

 

 

Out of the Woods.

“. . .he Himself has shared fully in all our experience of temptation, except that He never sinned.” -Hebrews 4:15

There are so many highs and lows in life that sometimes it is difficult to keep up. We feel as if we’re doing alright one day and then the next day our world is flipped upside down. 

We are constantly looking for some solid ground to put our feet on, but we know that in the back of our mind that this actual place just doesn’t exist.

So how do we find peace in the unknown? How can we keep calm when the waves of uncertainty continue to roll in?

One word: Jesus.

Did you know that in his short time here on earth that He experienced the same emotions that we do? Grief, pain, joy, exhaustion. He knows it all and is able to sympathize with us because of it.

Max Lucado’s book, In the Eye of the Storm, gave me a lot of insight into this. 

We may not have an actual place to plant our feet on in order to find some stability, but luckily we do have a person we can place our faith in to get the same effect. 

Jesus will never leave or forsake us and He loves us even when we’re pretty unlovable. He is the rock on which we can stand and our Hope for everything.

He gets us.

If you’re in need of some stability and peace, look no further than the Man with the Scars.

-Kristin-

The Journey.

“For God so loved the world that he sent His only Son. That whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16


I wasn’t saved by Grace until I was 22.

Up until that time I was an atheist.

 I didn’t believe in a thing, I just didn’t openly act like I did. I lied a lot. I told people I believed in the god they wanted me to believe in because it just made things easier. 

I went to religious events because I wanted to fit in. I didn’t show who I truly was because I didn’t want to deal with the judgment that people put upon those who call themselves total non believers.

But the One, True God of the Universe had other plans for my life.

He wove His way into my life when I needed Him most.

He showed Himself and spoke to me when He knew I was finally ready to hear it.

He turned this liar who called themself a Christian, untruthfully, into a true believer.

This didn’t happen overnight. It occurred over months and honestly, I have a feeling it had been happening ever since my birth, but I only became open enough to see it as an adult. 

It’s been a wild journey with ups and downs. It has included many times of shaking faith, and many times where God literally sends me signs to remind me of His deep love for me. 

If you’re feeling that tug on your heartstrings from an unknown source, choose to open your heart and mind up to it. He pursues us because He LOVES us, but only we can choose to turn around and allow Him into our lives. 

Don’t wait for your journey like I did, start now!

-Kristin