Draw Near to God, He is already Near to You

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Recently I thought I had too much on my plate. I exercised my ability to say “no”, and took my day off seriously. Looking to the future: I tossed the idea of cutting down my hours at work. I wanted to work on future details of our family, make our house a home, and visit my family back home more.

None of that was the plan, for now.

In a recent turn of events I was asked to take on more of a leadership role at the Church, with more responsibility, with pay cuts and budget cuts all across the board for our church.

So. I dropped my plans and fell on my face before Jesus. He has been my Rock. I have peace. I have joy. I am brave.

I know God will make it possible for me to plan our future as a family, cook, clean, plan visits, have people over, take care of our pets, enjoy life… all while taking on this important calling. I just need to listen to His voice.

I’m ashamed to say in these times of turmoil… they are the sweetest times of worship for me.

Why can’t I seem to be this close to my Lord during the good times?

I realized today that I find the most peace and joy in the trials– not because God has changed, but because I have. Tweet this.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you {HE IS already close by}. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8


Be Mine, Valentine


“In marriage, to last you need the strength from above…
It’s not the love that sustains the promise: it’s the promise that sustains the love.”

This year with Valentine’s Day and our 3rd wedding anniversary quickly approaching… I want to give my husband the best gift I can. I want to give him the gift of a lasting promise, not just romance (because romance can quickly fade when two sinners abide under the same roof!) I want to give him the gift of praying for him, and for our marriage. I want to give him the gift of praying and listening more than I speak, and for praying for God to be put first so that we are drawn closer together. Prayer that we find times to just be fun together even though times can be stressful or hard.