Raise your Hallelujah

Guest Post by Mrs. Sarah Guedry

There are so many things I can’t control.

If I were in charge I would wave my magic wand and make so many things “right.”  But our all-knowing father sees things differently.  Maybe there is a purpose for the suffering beyond what I can see – I have to trust Him in that.  I have every reason to trust HIm.

Maybe part of His purpose is for me to seek comfort in His presence and in it alone.

Last night I was speaking with some 10year old girls about how we spend our time.   “What do you think about the most?”  “Your clothes?  Your hair? Your friends? What someone said?”  Do those thoughts bring you joy? Or discontentment?

I, of course, was completely convicted and so thankful for the opportunity to learn beside them.  God wants us to set our minds on things above.  Not because He doesn’t care about all of our problems and concerns… but because He does care deeply about them all.  He knows that we can face them if we fill our minds with truth.  

The truth is – God wins.

The truth is He- is all-powerful, all-knowing.  

The truth is He loves us deeply – enough to die for us.  A love greater than we can understand.

Why am I spending my time in worry? – it eats me up like a disease.  When I spend my time being thankful – worshiping my King, He lifts me up.  He fills my heart with joy.

Sister, don’t let anything you are facing today steal your Hallelujah.  

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Luke 12:22

God Is.

Guest Post by Mrs. Tracy Baker

I asked people for words to describe their emotions after 9/11. The top three were fear, anger and sadness. These are all justified emotions that my flesh wants to put on and wear around like a coat of armor. Is that how I should be??

If I scroll through my social media accounts today I see the same emotions on display. Now instead of coats of armor they are weapons being used to lash out at others. Definitely not how I am supposed to be.

It’s awful to feel out of control, scared for the future, and overwhelmed by my circumstances. Thankfully, as a Christian I have somewhere to turn for answers. In Philippians 4:11 Paul says he has learned to be content in all circumstances. Learned……not supernaturally granted. …….learned. Yikes 😳, That means I can learn to be content in whatever circumstance I’m in ( 9/11, crazy pandemic world, or insert problem here ) but I have work to do.

Those that know me know what’s coming next. I have to Philippians 4:8 those thoughts of despair. I have to intentionally capture them ( 2 Cor. 10:5 ) and replace them first and foremost with truth – number 1 being I may not be in control, but my God certainly is.  After that truth bomb, peace begins to flow back in and I can dwell on all the goodness of God.

Thank You Jesus for being our hope in the hard times. 🙌🏻

An Invitation from Worry

Guest Post by Mrs. Aimee Bartis

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39

In Mark 4, Jesus had been teaching to large crowds, telling parables. The last parable He tells is the parable of the mustard seed. A mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds that grows into a huge plant. The Kingdom of GOD is like a mustard seed, a small amount of faith grows into a huge plant of discipleship.

After this day of preaching Jesus and the disciples get on a boat. Jesus goes below deck and falls asleep. A storm comes up and the disciples freak out. They go get Jesus and basically say “Wake up! Why are you sleeping while we’re dying? Don’t you love us at all!!!” {insert flailing arms here}

Jesus replies with verse 39. Then he asks them “why are you freaking out? Don’t you trust? Don’t you have faith? Mercy, we just talked about this!”

I’m paraphrasing here. Also adding some panic and sass and eye rolling. Because that’s probably how I would reply. Mercy, I am so glad that GOD is GOD and I am not!

Anyway…

This verse and this story is an invitation to us from Jesus. It’s an invitation to not worry. I am a recovering worry wart. I was a champion worrier. I used to lay in bed at night worrying that I had offended someone in the course of the day. Maybe they didn’t laugh at my smart remark or something equally ridiculous.

Until I heard it put this way: worrying is a way of saying you don’t trust Jesus to act. Uh oh!

That’s not what I wanted. I want Jesus to act on my behalf for my good and His glory. So, each day I start by turning over my worries to Him. I invite you to do the same.

No Fear Here

💛Guest Post by Mrs. Samantha Nungester

So, I’m writing this while riding in the car. I’m about 8 hours from home, with my dog in my lap and my kiddos playing in the backseat. One suitcase a piece in the trunk and fixing to stop for lunch. Can you guess what we are doing? If you guessed evacuating, you guessed right. Not exactly a trip to the Bahamas, but a trip nonetheless!

Yesterday I got a call from my husband to pack us all a bag and that we were gonna go ahead and evacuate because of a coming hurricane. My heart SANK. You ever have a moment where it’s like your brain just goes completely blank? “What do I pack? What if we need this? What if, what if, what if….” My mind is racing and my body isn’t moving an inch. Y’all, I could tangibly sense the Spirit of Fear in the room with me. Immediately out of my heart flowed this Truth: “There is no fear here. I have a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.”

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭(AMPC‬‬)

Re-read that. Now read it again. Now listen to this Truth: The “What If’s” of life are faith stealers.

I fully believe there will NEVER be a time in our lives when we aren’t faced with different opportunities to fear. There isn’t some certain level of spirituality that we reach when there aren’t obstacles anymore. But, how we choose to respond to the different circumstances that fear will offer determines if peace and victory will be the result or not. It’s not God coming down and magically working everything out that gives us the victory. It’s us CHOOSING to see that God and His Word will never fail if we take our stand in victory.

“Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭(TPT‬‬)

So, here we are, headed to Oklahoma to spend time with family and friends and continuing to rejoice in the Lord. You know why we can do that even in the midst of so much unknown? Because He is Greater! He is faithful! And we are MORE than conquerors through Him. Now we get to sit back and watch Him work this all out for our good as we continue to believe and trust in Him.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)

Rattled

Today’s PSA:

Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you’re not gonna get rattled. However, it does mean you know who can hold you steady when you’re shaking from the inside out.

A while back we had a Covid scare. Nobody has it – just an exposure. But let me tell you something, when we got the news fear crept in. Instantly a highlight reel of every possible awful scenario started playing in my mind.

I was scared, y’all.

But God – God is bigger than fear. He is bigger than anxiety. And He is most certainly bigger than Covid.

I text a friend and told her I was struggling. She began to pray. I opened up my YouVersion app and found a plan called “Praying through Anxiety”. God has given us strategies to fight back – we just have to know what they are.

God is good y’all.

God is strong.

God is bigger.

God is God.

Cling to Him.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9