Patience

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:8‭-‬9 NIV
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Surviving the Battle Part 1

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…Hebrews 6:19 NIV

None of us have the perfect life. We have ups and downs and for some itseems like life is always teetering at the top of a roller coaster. We are either waiting for the excitement of the drop or the fear of the anticipated nightmare. None of us plan for the nightmare, or at least I don’t believe we should.

My nightmare began 9 years ago with a Facebook request. A woman wanting to know how I knew Antonio. Hmm… “my husband,”I wrote. That day forever changed the course of my life. It is not until today, 9 years later, that another nightmare has put me back on the very course God intended me to be on.

Nothing could have prepared me for the second time, but God did. He prepared me for the battle that lied ahead. The battle for heart, soul and love. Satan wants so badly to rip up our anchors and destroy our arrows. I am reminded of the God I serve who does battle for us and with us if only we be still.

I want to encourage any one who is going through a battle this day. A battle for your marriage, your children,your life, and know and remember who is the One in which we cling. He builds our armies and sharpens our tools to focus on Him. Through His Word, through His life, we will find the victory.

But, to keep it real, it sucks. People tend to suck and most days I stink as well. It is not easy to stay in front of the chaos and sadness. Depression and anxiety try to steal your joy and for many years I have allowed it to. It is a real thing, depression and anxiety, and we need to know when it is time for us to ask for help. God made us to be in community. He made our bad days not for us, but to strengthen others in there times of mishap. I strongly believe,all that happens is not by mistake. God will use it for good. I have to believe that, and I hope you do to.

No better directions in life can be found outside of the Bible. It is our guide back to the Father and I pray we can walk this together. One step at a time.

Be blessed this day,

Spring

He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.

Isaiah 49:2 NIV