Saturday, December 31, 2011

Out with the Old, In with the New!

     Wow! 2011 is finally coming to a close! As I reflect on the past year I am surprised at how FAST it flew by! In this year I went back to school, had my 8th surgery, got engaged, had my 9th surgery (a total ankle replacement), moved back to Virginia, got unengaged (thank the Lord!), and moved back to Florida (thank the Lord again!). As with every year it has been a year of change, but I am thankful for the many blessings as well as the lessons that turned into blessings! 

     As with each new year, I make my list of resolutions. I like to call them "goals," and I like to meet them! I will also focus more on my "Bucket List," and do the things my heart longs to do. I can't wait to reread the book, "Success is not an Accident" by Tommy Newberry. I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone wanting a "change," and wanting to set goals and actually accomplish them! 

     I pray that each and every one of you have a very BLESSED new year filled with happiness, laughter, sunshine, and goals accomplished! You only get one shot at this life, so live LOVED! And remember; the BEST is YET to COME!!!!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Always look to the cross.
    It's hard to explain. It's not tangible; not something you hold in your hand, yet you have it. You keep it. You hold onto it. It's not something you see, but rather something you believe and hope for. It's throwing prayers into the sky and believing they won't come back down to you. Trusting that the God of the universe takes hold of them and puts them into action. Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 21:21-22:

 “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

     No, Jesus isn't talking about some black magic to moving mountains, but having faith that our heavenly Father will stand by His word, answering our prayers. I often hear people say,"God didn't answer my prayer, so He must not care." Beloved, the truth is that He often answers our prayers in ways we will not understand until a later time. I refer to these moments as blessings in disguise, because often times we experience something so tragic and heartbreaking, but after some time passes, God opens our eyes to why he didn't answer our prayer the way we wanted Him to. After all, He is our Father and He knows best. Let me explain further...

     After my car accident I was VERY angry. I went through the whole "why me?" phase, and even cursed God from my hospital bed. It wasn't long before my anger turned to PRAISE, and I was crying out from my hospital bed, "How can I repay you?!" I decided to commit my life to God, having FAITH that God was going to do great things with my life, even if I couldn't walk again. I prayed for healing. I prayed HARD for healing, but I always concluded my prayer with "not my will Father, but YOUR will." Times were difficult, and still are, but it's faith that has kept me on the narrow path, finding good in every situation. 

     One of my favorite verses is found in the book of Hebrews, chapter 11 verse 1: 
 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

     How amazing is that? It's not always easy, but having faith in the darkest moments can shine forth a light brighter than the noonday sun. What's to lose? Seriously, what do you have to lose by having faith? By believing in Christ? It's a simple question, but in actuality you don't have anything to lose by doing so, but you have a lot to lose by not doing so. You have an eternity in paradise to lose. "Oh, come on, that Heaven stuff is a bunch of junk," you say. Yeah? Well that "junk" will sound sweet as honey compared to an eternity in the eternal fire. So why not believe? 

     Beloved, this world is a terrible place, full of much evil and wickedness. It's apparent everytime you turn on the TV. This is why we are to "...take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." (Ephesians 6:16) Are you struggling in your faith right now? Are trials and tribulations overtaking you? If so, you are being refined in the fire like gold, and you will come out on the other side stronger than you were when you went into the fire. Reaquaint your knees with the carpet, and bring your requests to our loving Father before taking them to anyone else. God is faithful. <3

 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." ~Hebrews 11:6