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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

I am a renaissance woman.  I am a supportive wife, loving mother, forgiving daughter, humble horse trainer, thankful friend, budding artist, fierce warrior, passionate witness, thoughtful writer and humbled child of God.

I never would have said I were any of these things less than 10 years ago.  I was my own worst critic.  The inner voice told me I was lazy, stupid, selfish and hard-hearted. But through this long journey, God has a gentle way of showing me who I am in Him.  He has allowed me to see that I am wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14).  Because everything good comes from God (James 1:17).  And I am good.

A modern day poet sings it like this:

“This, this is for all the girls, boys all over the world
Whatever you’ve been told, you’re worth more than gold
So hold your head up high, it’s your time to shine

From the inside out it shows, you’re worth more than gold”

So you can choose to see yourself the way others see you.  But let me tell you, my friend, the world is a very cruel place.  There are so many skeptics and doubters and some will only see you in a negative light.  Why?  Because they either do not have the Holy Spirit at all, or they struggle with how much time the Holy Spirit resides in them.

Ask God to show you how He sees you.  Jesus was able to see the good in every one and recover the good from everything.

Only the full glory of Jesus allowed the adulterous woman to walk freely away toward a new beginning when everyone else wanted to stone her (John 8-11).  How she lived her life from that day on, only God knows, but she had the opportunity to begin again. In addition, only Jesus had the authority to forgive the crippled man He then asked to get up when the teachers of the law were skeptical (Mark 2:6-10).  What became of the man? No one knows, but he was able to go on living a full live with the ability to share his miraculous story.

Only Jesus could heal the boy of his seizures after his disciples failed to heal him (Matthew 17:16).  What became of the boy? I will bet money he followed Christ.

And finally, only Jesus saw the greatness beyond the darkest moments in his own brutal murder (Matthew 16:21).

So don’t let “the people” stone you.  Even some of the greatest disciples fail to heal.

Remember this: you ARE awesome.  Let God show you just how awesome you truly are.

With love, always, ~D

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dark clouds can't stop The Son from shining.

dark clouds can’t stop the sun from shining.

I was speaking to someone close to me today.  We spoke about current events, the recent tragedies that have unfolded and I shared with my loved one that I still weep for the victims and pray for them often.

It was in this point of the conversation that my loved one (L.O. for short) stated “you can’t make me believe that a child is better off dead.” WOW. That statement hit me like a ton of bricks.  I was shocked. I have no idea where the idea came from and I would NEVER believe or say anything like this.

I love this person so much, why would they say this?  Does she blame God for every bad thing that happens in this world?  As I begin to process this, I remember that I have been here before.  I am caught between my loved one and the One who loves me the most. Historically, I would be overcome with sadness. I would pray, and then feel better, but the  same situations would come up time and again.  After hitting the same wall over and over,  I would just. Get. Tired.

When I love someone so much, my heart aches for them.  I long for them to have a personal relationship with Jesus.  I weep for them the way Jesus wept for Jerusalem.  Now that I am older and have a family of my own, things have gotten better.  I am able to take a step back to realize I can keep being my God lovin’ self while continually praying for my L.O. from afar. The hurt doesn’t remain anymore. In addition, He gives me strength and stamina to get back up on my horse and keep going.

The truth of the matter is that this is not our home. We are sinners, and when we have the freedom to choose, there are some that will choose the darkness.  And it is those of us who choose the darkness that ruin it for everyone else.

In John 11:25-26, Jesus states:“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

Untimely death is dark, sorrowful, debilitating, makes me feel helpless, and at times, hopeless.

There is a sense of peace and comfort that is felt after we ask Him to take away the pain and despair.

He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Psalms 23:3

xoxo

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