A Nurse’s Life

Before I start, I want to state the reason for my writing is, not to bring shame or judgment on Senator Walsh but, to provide information on something I believe is important.

I have been thinking a lot, as have other nurses, about the recent comments made by Senator Maureen Walsh. Since then, there have been several brilliant memes I came across, that have made me laugh out loud. The thought itself -of nurses playing cards at work- is ludicrous. At first, when I heard the statement that was made, I thought there had to be more to it. Reading it was one thing, but to watch the video and witness her attitude and tone of voice was another- I couldn’t believe my ears. I heard her referred to as the Joy Behar of 2019. Every nurse can recall Behar’s comment about nurses using doctors stethoscopes. Many may disagree that she doesn’t represent the general public, but regardless, her comment indeed confirmed the fact of how little people know about what nurses actually do, and you don’t have to work long in healthcare to realize this. I found it surprising to hear Senator Walsh’s mother is a nurse because anyone who knows or has lived with a nurse can understand and appreciate, despite the tremendous rewards, how grueling the profession can be.

If you are not a nurse, then you won’t completely get what it is about her comment that is so upsetting to over 3 million nurses.

Once when I heard a patient yelling for a nurse and wondered why is it that they never yell for a doctor? There is a reason why the patient screams “Nurse! Nurse!” when they need our attention. Why? This is because we are often the first point of contact for a patient in the hospital (unless registration beats us 😀 this is for the ED nurses). During their course of care, we are their advocate, comforter, caregiver and everything else in between.

Nurses wear many hats but get paid for wearing one. Not counting the things that are out of my scope of practice, I don’t use the phrase “it’s not my job” because there are many things I can do if I choose to. However, for the sake of time management and efficient care of my patients, I, practically speaking, can’t possibly do them all. I have to recognize the importance of teamwork and mutual respect among colleagues so we can give our patients the best care possible with the mindset of working together for their best possible outcome. However, if there is a need then I have to do what I must. Example – a CT scan for a stroke patient. I am not a transporter but you bet I have wheeled that stretcher to CT and back, despite my bad driving.

Nurses work long hours often standing, bending, pushing, pulling or lifting through most of these hours. One family member once said he watched me for just a few minutes and he got tired just watching me walk back and forth the number of times I did. There are days when I come home, I can feel my feet literally throbbing and aching because I literally maybe sat down twice in my 12 hr shift.

Nurses suffer from assault and occupational injury- too often. Violence towards nurses is a shameful and growing trend in healthcare, while back pain and back injuries are the most common occupational injuries among nurses due to the physically demanding nature of our job.

Electronic Documentation- can look to the patient like we are doing nothing but standing in front of a computer during this time. The truth is, however, that documentation takes a good portion of our time during the day as well, as we have to document accurately and in a timely fashion because every nurse knows that if it wasn’t documented, it wasn’t done (even though nurses do way more than we get/take credit for).

Meal/Proper Break times- are often inconsistent for many nurses. I remember in my career there were days I would work 14 hours and bring my lunch back home and my mom would exclaim, “what!!?? you didn’t eat your lunch?” to which I barely had the energy to explain or respond because my priorities at that moment were a warm shower and my bed and maybe some Tylenol for the headache. Breaks are essential for decreasing fatigue and improving the safety and quality of patient care. Why? Decreased fatigue means nurses are on alert and vigilant which in turn helps prevent errors. This is why over the years there has been constant lobbying for proper breaks and safe staffing for nursing.

Staffing ratios –Senator Walsh insinuated that nurses complain about being tired after working long hours but what she doesn’t get is that it isn’t the number of hours that’s the problem- it’s the workload in those number of hours. The population is sicker which means the acuity is higher, while the shortage of nurses worsens every year. In various studies and surveys, fatigue and understaffing are among the top reasons for burnout and many nurses leaving or considering leaving the profession. For nurses who work in understaffed conditions (and every nurse has been in this situation at one or multiple points in their career), one nurse often does the work of two and now, definitely, out goes the lunch and bathroom breaks.

Despite all (and sadly, these aren’t all) these obstacles and hurdles, as nurses, we love our patients and try to give them our very best. We put the needs of our patients above our own, and for myself, I can say I have to rely on God and His grace to get me through every day at work.

Nurses don’t work because we are looking or approval or accolades but it sure feels good to be appreciated and treated with respect.

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,” Colossians 3:23

♥ Thank you to all my nurses out there. Know that you make a difference- all day, every day- in the lives of your patients. ♥

What Happened On Good Friday?

As Good Friday is just around the corner, a thought came to my mind – Isn’t it odd that a day where a sinless, perfect and blameless Savior was crucified is deemed “Good”?

There was unimaginable suffering on that day.

Crucifixion was death by suffering and was the worst form of death imaginable. The Romans had perfected the form of punishment and torture.

Prior to the actual Crucifixion, Christ had to carry the Cross all the way up to the hill where He would be crucified. That path was by no means an easy one. And prior to walking this path, He had been scourged in the most torturous way.

Mark 15 has one of the most detailed accounts of Jesus’s Crucifixion:

They BOUND HIM (v.1)

They ACCUSED HIM (v.3)

They TESTIFIED AGAINST HIM (v.4)

They HANDED HIM OVER (v.10)

They STIRRED UP THE CROWD (v. 11)

They DEMANDED THEY CRUCIFY HIM (v. 13, v.14)

They LED HIM INTO THE PRAETORIUM (v.16)

They CLOTHED HIM IN PURPLE (v.17)

They TWISTED A CROWN OF THORNS ON HIS HEAD (v.17)

They MOCKED HIM (v.18, v. 19, v.20)

They STRUCK HIM ON THE HEAD (v.19)

They SPAT ON HIM (v.19)

They LED HIM OUT TO CRUCIFY HIM (v.20)

They BROUGHT HIM TO GOLGOTHA (v.22)

They CRUCIFIED HIM (v.24)

They DIVIDED HIS GARMENTS (v.24)

They CRUCIFIED HIM (v.25)

They BLASPHEMED HIM (v.29)

They further MOCKED HIM (v.31)

They REVILED HIM (v.32)

Our Savior went through all of this so we didn’t have to be separated from Him for eternity. He suffered so that we can have life. He gave Himself up for our sake.

When we put our trust in Him and what He alone has done to save us from the power of sin and death, we are saved and He is glorified.

He is now at the right hand of God. Thank God for making a way for us to come to Him. Thank God for GOOD FRIDAY. He suffered so we don’t have to. He died so we can live! We literally owe Him our lives (Gal 2:20)

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21

God pursued us and while we were yet sinners, He died for us (Rom 5:8), Love came down because there was no other way. God became man to rescue us and He dwelt among us (John 1:14), He paid for our sins (1 Peter 2:24), He defeated/conquered death (1 Cor 15:57)

 

 

 

 

Only God Can Judge Me, So Please Back Off

You are about to jump off a plane and you put on your parachute, but it has a defect which you don’t notice and someone else does. This person approaches you and says, “Hey, something’s wrong with your parachute.” Would you respond with, “Hey that’s ok, doesn’t bother me.”? Also, in light of the given situation, would you care about the manner in which you found out, or just be relieved that you realized the problem before you jumped? Maybe the person didn’t phrase it so eloquently, or maybe they physically pulled you back and you fell down, but I think you would agree when I say that the only thing that really matters here, is that you found out the truth before it was too late, because it determined whether you lived or died. 

The famous “Judge not, lest ye be judged” from Matthew 7 is often quoted with utter disregard to its context in an attempt to silence someone when one doesn’t like what he or she is hearing. For the same reason, one also shouts, “Are you judging me? or “Only God can judge me!!” Well, I don’t disagree, but is this person really judging you, or do you just not like what you are hearing? Did it hit a nerve? Just because you may not like what you are hearing, doesn’t make it untrue. To go even further, if only God can judge you, THAT SHOULD TERRIFY YOU! It definitely gets my attention enough to listen to what God has to say, and it should yours as well.

Hebrews 9:27 tells us that after we die we face judgment. It is a sobering reminder indeed. We will all be held accountable for every word (Matt 12:36), every thought, every deed, every action- in essence, to summarize, we will each have to give an account of our lives lived here during our time on earth (Romans 14:12) and please, make no mistake- Death isn’t cessation of life; it is a continuation of life in one of two places: heaven or hell. And no, hell isn’t a “made up” place. The same people who believe in heaven don’t want to believe in hell, because one is a pleasant idea, and the other is not, but they are both practical realities and not just “ideas.”

What people miss in Matthew 7 is the rest of the passage. Here are the first two verses: 1.“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” The key point to note here is the attitude with which we tell a person something or point something out. There is a truthful and loving way, then there’s the hypocritical or self-righteous way i.e. Jesus vs. the Pharisees in the Bible. 

When we, as Christians, are trying to share something or have a conversation, we must, at all times, remember what has been forgiven of us, what has been done for us. Grace and mercy have been poured out, love has been lavished, a price was paid for our sins so that we are in the place which we now stand in freedom. We didn’t do a single thing to deserve this love or life that was paid for by Christ. When we keep this at the forefront of our minds, it will allow us to be humble and loving in our interaction with the other person, and not arrogant. When we realize we have been forgiven much, we will love much (Luke 7:47) and this is what should guide the tone in our conversation with others.

None of this may still have bearing on how the person will choose to respond. He or she may still feel hurt, or not want to acknowledge what is being spoken about, but that is because the truth is often not easy to hear. Responding to Christ’s call takes changing one’s life while laying down one’s pride while refusing to be offended; it is a willing act of surrender, and, ultimately, the Holy Spirit has to do the work or repentance and transformation. We don’t carry the burden of the outcome of how one responds. It is solely the work of God. So in regards to the person who is trying to listen, pray and trust that God will work in his or her heart, while you share. One important point to realize is that you don’t have to sacrifice truth in the name of speaking in love. You can have both.

On a side note, the world does not want to hear that God is going to judge everyone, it only wants to hear that he is kind. When it hears otherwise, it labels Christians as judgmental or intolerant. God’s love doesn’t negate or make irrelevant His justice. His justice is satisfied even in his love and we see this in the way he made for us through Christ. Sin was still paid for and our freedom was attained. Both were accomplished.

I love this quote by Tozer:

“The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly
has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.”

-A.W. Tozer

No one can just live how they want to live and then expect to enter heaven one day. Since the price for sin, our sin, was paid for by Christ Jesus, we can now enter heaven -but only if we acknowledge Christ as Savior and the way we live will show it, if we truly believe this.

We all have loved ones in this world who are walking around with malfunctioning parachutes and we want to tell them in the hopes that they would listen. It is our desire that they will not perish. Our motivating factor should be our love for them, and the fear of them spending eternity away from God, in hell, in agony.

“Oh the love of Jesus! What it is- None but his loved ones know” (Jesus, the very thought of Thee.)

If you know me personally and have any questions or want to have a conversation, I’m always willing! There is nothing in this life I want you to know more than the love of Jesus. I want you to have a safe landing. It determines where and how you spend your eternity and I care enough about you to share. I hope you choose life if you haven’t already!

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7 Reminders To Push Past Despair

The last few months have been really difficult for me. Deep down in my heart and soul, I know my God is with me and He IS and always will be my God of all comfort. I have learned to stand on His Word and overcome the really tough days but sometimes there are days where you just, I don’t know, want to give up. You just want to throw in the towel. I know you have been there.

I have had my “thorn in the flesh” so to speak. We all have our own.  So there are days where I have told God I am angry with Him or I’m frustrated with what He is putting me through. I have cried tears of sorrow, of feeling empty, of feeling despair, and of just not wanting to have expectations anymore. It is just too painful. If we don’t have expectations, we won’t be disappointed. But is this any way to live?

In 2 Cor 4:8 Paul says, in his circumstances, he is perplexed but not despairing. The word used here for despair is exaporeo, which means “no way out” or “utterly at a loss”, “no solution”, “no exit.” See but Paul says we are NOT despairing. God IS with us. We are never alone and we have every reason for hope.

Here are 7 reminders to push past despair :

1.For everything we go through, someone is going through worse. Perspective makes us grateful and thankful regardless of our circumstances.

(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

2.For every instance of pain or trial, God has His purpose for allowing it in our lives and this purpose is far more glorious that we can imagine or understand. He is Sovereign. He also has the purpose of teaching us obedience and utter dependence on Him in trusting Him in every aspect especially our worries and cares.

(Isaiah 46:10) (2 John 1:6) (1 Peter 5:7)

3.God owes us nothing, yet His mercy and grace have allowed us to live and have life abundant due to the sacrifice of Christ. His love for us is unlike any other and we must trust He knows what He is doing even if we don’t like it or don’t understand it all the time. He gives us the necessary faith to believe and trust amidst our trials.

(1 Timothy 1:14)

4.Through this trial, He is perfecting us so that we will be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

(James 1:4)

5.When we are feeling weak, we must confess our weak faith and ask God to help us while holding on to truth;

truth about His character : He is good (Psalm 145:9), and

truth about the why-am-i-going-through-this? : so that I can grow and so that I can help another who goes through the same, so that I can learn to comfort others with the comfort I have been given from God (2 Cor 1:4)

6. We must stand on the Hope that is promised to us in Christ (1 Cor 15:19), a hope that goes beyond this world. This hope isn’t ordinary and it doesn’t have expectations from this world because this world will surely disappoint.

This hope is one that doesn’t disappoint and is guaranteed in the life to come. It will not fail us. He will not fail us. We look forward to and long for that day when Christ will return for us and we will rejoice in His presence without the pains of this life and the trials of this world.

7.At the end of this painful journey, I will have a story and God will get the glory.

(John 9:3)

I think of how this happened in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Moses and David. They all went through much pain and waiting, but in the journey they had to learn to yield to Him, to submit to Him, to wait on Him, even when they didn’t understand, even when they couldn’t see with their natural eyes, even when all hope seemed beyond their reach. They entrusted themselves to the God who created them and loved them through their journey and they watched the beautiful story unfold and in the end, God got the glory due unto His name.

So don’t give up, friend. Suffering and trials have their place and their purpose in our lives. Know and believe that God is good and if He is good and merciful then He must be allowing this in your life for a reason.

Instead of running away from Him, allow this opportunity to teach you to lean into Him more and depend totally on Him and your strength will be renewed (Isaiah 40:31), and your mind filled with perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3) that can come only from being in His presence because He loves and assures you and He alone is your ultimate reward (Genesis 15:1).

 

What School Did the Twelve Disciples Attend?

The school of Jesus Christ.

The disciples learned firsthand that Jesus was the real deal. He didn’t come to beat around the bush. He meant what He said and He did what He said He would do. He wasn’t like the Pharisees who just talked but didn’t practice what they preached (Matthew 23:3).

How did the disciples learn all the things they learned? Everything they knew they learned by spending time with Jesus.

The 12 disciples were chosen by Jesus. He lastly commissioned them. In between these two steps, however, there was a pivotal step. He communed with them. They learned from Him daily by just being with Him (Mark 3:14).

The disciples ate with Jesus. They followed him wherever he went. They watched as He went into town after town and met with people whose lives would be altered forever because they encountered Him. They watched as multitudes followed Him and crowded around Him to listen to what He had to say. They watched as Jesus made time for them and met their deepest needs and answered their questions.

They watched as Jesus ministered to the people with compassion and served them even in the midst of His own hunger and tiredness. They noted how He taught them about God and His kingdom for hours and how He applauded faith and rewarded those who seek the truth. They watched how He spoke with such authority yet was humble. They saw how He had power even over the wind and the waves and recognized Him as God.

They knew Jesus was always about His Father’s will and that He never forgot it. They saw how prayer was a priority in His life and knew he often withdrew in solitude for His time alone with the Father. They saw how He taught others to pray.

They saw His love for others. They saw the tears He wept when Lazarus died and how He loved Mary and Martha.

They saw how Jesus was a discerner of hearts and rebuked hypocrisy when He saw it. They saw how he was zealous and noted His righteous anger when the people desecrated the temple by turning it into a marketplace.

The disciples saw how Jesus was patient with them even though they were slow learners. His power was made perfect in their weakness.

They learned from Him life lessons about marriage, money, forgiveness, stewardship and why not to worry. Jesus loved them to the end and they knew it. They would never be the same. God, through the Holy Spirit, would later use the disciples to establish the church and the world would never be the same.

Now maybe we can appreciate what John said in 1 John 1:1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—”

It would be safe then to say that these 12 men saw, touched, heard, lived with, spent time with, witnessed, watched and experienced Jesus in a way nobody else in His day did.

Oh, we can learn so much from the lives of these 12 men if we choose to. The accounts of their lives are fascinating and it is humbling and gives us hope to know God chose these 12 ordinary men to accomplish His extraordinary work. This is how even today He chooses to use those of us who are willing and obedient. How has knowing about the lives of these 12 men changed your life? How has spending time with the Savior equipped you to do His work in the world today?

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What is Faith & Why is it so important?

Faith is very important to God. What is Faith? One of the dictionary definitions is “belief in or loyalty to God”, another says “belief in someone or something.” Faith is so important that the Bible says it is impossible to please God without it (Heb 11:6). Why is this? One cannot have a relationship with God unless he believes God exists. One must also understand that God rewards those who diligently seek Him.

Faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:8) and it also comes from hearing God’s Word (Rom 10:17).  Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  It is not easy or natural to believe in something we cannot see. Yet, the wonderful thing is that our faith is far from blind. It is based on God who has revealed himself to us through this world over and over by working through history and in time. We also have an innate knowledge of God as He has made Himself known to all mankind and we are thus without excuse (Rom 1). God has especially revealed Himself to us through His Son Jesus Christ and through His written word, the Bible. Our Faith is based on God and His unfailing character, His trust-worthy promises, our assured hope and finally on the irrefutable truth of His Word.

When the going gets tough, I want to encourage you today, to Have F.A.I.T.H :

FACTS OVER FEELINGS – Remind ourselves of the facts. We know the promises God has given to us in His Word. We need to stand on the truth of His Word and believe that His love will never fail us and it endures forever (Psalm 136:1), even when we feel all the things we feel -such as doubt, fear or worry about tomorrow or the future.

ACKNOWLEDGE GOD IS IN CONTROL – We know that God is Sovereign (Rom 11:36). No matter what happens in our lives, none of it happens without God’s knowledge, power or authority. He has somehow for some reason allowed the circumstances you are in, to happen. Even if you made poor choices, He can turn it around for your good. He is always working something greater in you in your walk with Him.

I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED – (2 Tim 1:12). Ah, what a beautiful set of words! Such confidence! Paul knows. It is not what he knows but whom he knows that makes a difference. He has known Christ personally. So do we! This makes all the difference. We will not be disappointed because we have believed in the One who gave His all for us and He who began the good work will carry us till the end and finish what He started in us.

TRUST IN GOD DESPITE WHAT I SEE – To believe and continue to believe in God when one cannot see, this is the challenge for us as humans. When circumstances don’t seem to be going the way we want or when life seems to keep falling apart, there is a struggle in us to want to dwell on what we see with our natural eyes. We need to shut our natural eyes sometimes and open our spiritual eyes. We are reminded that what we see is temporary and what is unseen is eternal(2 Cor 4:18)! The joys of heaven, the future glory, seeing Jesus face-to-face -these are all unseen at present. As believers, we won’t set our gaze on the unseen if we don’t shut our eyes to the things of this world. We need to learn to practice seeing with our spiritual eyes. We know we have a glorious future to look forward to in Christ.

HAVING CONFIDENCE IN GOD – Our hope is in a God whose word does not fail EVER. Another thing to note is that we don’t always see God at work but we know He certainly is always at work, often behind-the-scenes. People who serve in this way, behind-the-scenes, often play a pivotal role, without whom things wouldn’t have gone as smoothly as they did, whether it is a school function or church play or office party. In the same way, God loves us and is at work in our lives. He knows what He is doing and He shows himself strong on behalf of those who trust in Him (2 Chron 16:9).

God has gifted us with FAITH and it sets those who believe in Him apart from those who don’t. Thank God for this amazing gift called Faith 🙂

 

 

Why are there Four Gospels?

Many people claim the gospels contradict one another. However, there could be nothing farther from the truth. God’s Word, every word of it, is in perfect harmony with one another. There is nothing out of place and every word is exactly where it should be. God’s Word is inspired of the Holy Spirit, and, therefore, without error.

When we look at the 4 gospels, it is important to keep in mind that God used 4 different men to write the 4 different gospels and although each of them have different perspectives, they all speak of the same Person; the Person of Jesus Christ and ultimately of THE GOSPEL : the good news of Jesus, coming as a Savior and the only Hope of the world!

Each gospel has a separate focus and purpose in establishing a different, or key, aspect of Jesus Christ and is written for a different audience. Different aspects of Jesus’s ministry are revealed through each of the 4 gospels. Once, we know these facts, we will appreciate and understand the so-called “differences” in each of the gospels. Otherwise, we will join in the misconception that the gospels “contradict” one another.

Matthew -was written to the Jews. Matthew’s goal is to present Christ as the long-awaited Messiah and King -the Son of David(Matthew 1:1) to the Jews who didn’t believe or accept Him as the Messiah. Therefore, we see the highest number of Old Testament references/prophecies and also Matthew tracing Jesus’s lineage to show the legitimacy of Him as Messiah.

Mark -was written to the Romans. Mark’s goal is to present Jesus as the suffering Servant to the Roman Gentiles. Therefore, we see Jesus as One who is constantly going about “doing” His Father’s work. It is about action. Jesus serves and sacrifices Himself in ministering to the people. Jesus’s life is marked with humility, service and devotion. He came to serve and give Himself as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He is the Son of Man (Mark 8:36). We see the greatest number of miracles in this gospel.

Luke -was written to the Gentiles/Greeks. Luke’s goal is to present Jesus to the Gentiles. Therefore, a lot of the Jewish customs are explained. Jesus is also presented as the perfect Man/His example of humanity is a focus in presentation to the Greeks, who in their culture, were pre-occupied in finding the perfect man so Jesus is often referred to as the Son of Man (Luke 19:10)

John -was written to the world. John’s goal is to present Jesus as God and the Son of God (John 3:16). There is no question that his divinity/deity is the focus and His message is to tell the world that God became man (incarnate Christ) and came to save us from the power and hold of sin. To all who believe /receive, God gives them the right to be called His children.

May God give us a greater understanding of His Word daily as we seek to understand Him more!

 

What Are You Worth?

I decided to do a Google search. I typed in “What is Warren Buffett worth?” I was told 84.3 billion USD. Bill Gates? 90.2 billion.

WOW. Now those are really, really, really big numbers. In fact, they are amounts that I can’t even comprehend. I can’t quite wrap my mind around such numbers. What would I do if I had that much money?

Isn’t it interesting that a person’s worth is primarily defined, in today’s world, by how much money they have? When the word “worth” is used, our first thought runs to or automatically associates the word with money. This is because we find that by definition, primarily, the worth of something is the value attributed to it, namely in terms of money or possessions.

This is really depressing news then for everyone really, excluding, of course, the millionaires and billionaires.

A secondary definition of “worth” that I came across is “the value of something measured by the esteem in which it is held.”

Hmm.

Now take a moment to think of the Cross. A beautiful picture isn’t it?

You may have the urge to call me crazy as you read this but just wait for a second and continue reading.

Yes, the Cross was brutal but past the brutality, there was Beauty. The Cross was beautiful because it was a picture of Love that came at a high cost. It was a sacrificial love where God gave to mankind. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son …”

The shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary is what WE are worth to God; it was THE price He paid for redeeming us because only He could pay it. Galatians 3:13 says “Christ has redeemed us…” This word “redeemed” (exagorazo- in Greek), appears very few times in the New Testament. I believe it is used approximately 4x and two of those are in the book of Galatians! The word means to pay a price in order to recover someone or something from the power of anotherWe have been redeemed from the power of sin and death. When we consider the weight of what we have been delivered or redeemed from, Galatians 2:20 should mean a lot to us. Christ lives in us and we live by faith in Christ for God’s glory because He loved us and gave Himself for us. 

REDEMPTION. GRACE. MERCY. HOPE. FAITH. LOVE.

These words take on a whole new meaning for those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.

Dear friend, if you don’t know Christ as your Savior, please know that God sent His son Jesus Christ to shed His blood for you so that you would be rescued and freed from the penalty of sin and death. He took our place when you and I deserved death because He loves us. Nobody can escape the penalty of sin which is eternal death. Christ’s shed blood is the only acceptable payment.

You are loved and redeemed. I pray these words would speak truth and life to your heart and soul. I pray, if you do not know Christ, that you would take a moment to ponder what you are worth to God and that you would invite Him into your life. I’m thankful for you. Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day💕

The Hope of a Steadfast Love

As believers in Christ, we are not promised a life free from hardships or trials. What we are promised, however, is a trustworthy Savior and guide who is by our side through them.

Here in Psalm 13, David is going through feelings of despair due to his trying circumstances, whatever they may be. His focus through this struggling time is initially himself. David first chooses to turn to his own soul rather than turning his face towards His Savior. When David looks to find solace in his own strength, he doesn’t find answers. He only finds more turmoil and lack of peace, when he tries to “take counsel” in his own soul.

Questions addressed to God aren’t a bad thing but when David turns from questioning God from a place of self-focus to calling out to God for help, his attention and thoughts are redirected to God’s character. David is reminded that His trust is NOT in his circumstances but in the steadfast love of God.

David is also able to turn from a sorrowful place to a place of singing to God. What a remarkable change!! He realizes, through a place of prayer and humble posture before God, that his joy is in the Savior of his salvation. God has indeed been good to him. He is able to see the “bigger picture” despite the trying situation he is in at this given moment.

This is a great picture of joy in the believer’s life. Circumstances change from one day to the next, but joy in Christ never will. Happiness is dependent on our circumstances but joy isn’t. Why? Because our trust (batach- hope, refuge, confidence, boldness) is in His steadfast love (lovingkindness, mercy of God) and our hope is in Jesus Christ, our Savior and strength. 

No matter what your situation, be encouraged today, friend 🙂 God is with you!

Even in this, You are Sovereign

Psalm 61 brings me such comfort, especially verse 2. “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Lately, our life has been quite exciting. God has been sharing amazing things He has been calling us to for our future but at the same time our heart has also been burdened with something that only He can understand. I have been learning more and more that He is Sovereign and that He is in control of my life. Not even a hair from my head falls without His knowledge so how much more is He in control of the desires and details of my life? This life of mine isn’t even mine. It is His to do with as He chooses. I am His, bought with a price, living to carry out His purposes, to display His glory. There is no such thing as purpose for my life that is apart from my Creator. 

Father, please speak peace to my heart in this struggle of worry and doubt on my not-so-good days. This is the life of the one who follows Christ. We have great days then we have the not-so-great days (and this is ok! as a dear friend reminded me yesterday.) The struggles of life will be present in this sinful state. The problem of sin is present in the life of the believer but, in Christ, we have been delivered from the power of sin! The amazing thing about this, though, is that we are never alone and Christ our Rock is able to carry us through and past these hardships, as He is our firm foundation.

I was listening to a Ravi Zacharias message two days ago where he shared quite a powerful thought from G. K. Chesterton : “For the Christian, joy is the central feature of life and sorrow is peripheral, because in the gospel the fundamental questions of life are answered and it is the peripheral ones that are relatively unanswered. For the atheist, sorrow is central and joy peripheral, because only the peripheral questions have answers and the central ones remain unanswered.” Therefore, regardless of the circumstances we face, the joy of those of us who belong to Christ is central despite the rest of the peripheral “sorrowful” emotions that fluctuate in and out of the seasons of hardships we face.

O how blessed are we to have a loving Savior who helps us navigate through this life into the next! Our purpose is linked to the One who loves us and gave Himself for us and not to our situations and circumstances! How reassuring is this for the believer!

Thank you, Father, for helping us stand on the promises of Your Word. In You, we are complete and armed with strength for the bad days and we can truly say that Even in this, You are Sovereign.

Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

For You, O God, have heard my vows;
You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
You will prolong the king’s life,
His years as many generations.
He shall abide before God forever.
Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!

So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may daily perform my vows.