Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Word of Encouragement to Parents

Just a word of encouragement to parents and those praying for loved ones. No matter how much we think we can run things and do a better job than God. Ultimately, he is in complete control. He has not lost control. Nothing happens in our lives that he does not know about. I am a living witness of God's grace and everlasting mercy. While, I grew up in the truth, I still made some  bad choices in life. Why? Because, I had my own path, my own journey. My journey, with all of its ups and downs, bad choices and all, has gotten me to this place today, where my soul has become a priority. Many church folks looked at me and scoffed in self righteousness, when I was in my mess. But God knew that when he hissed for me I would surrender and give it all to him...mess and all, I am grateful for my mess because I can relate to others mess. I can have compassion and not sit in  judgment. I can love and pray for and pray with and know in my heart of hearts, that it takes all of that to get us to where God always envisioned us to be.

Be encouraged!! In all of my mess I yet belonged to God and he had a plan and purpose for my life.

The journey is beautiful!! Embrace it, even if its not the road you would have put them on.

 #blessed #grateful #he's in control
~Tonya L

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.

On Sunday in our meeting Pastor gave  this beautiful word. It really hit home this morning as I was walking and a Shirley Caesar song came on and in normal Shirley fashion, she was telling a story. She told the story about a man who had been 50 years serving the Lord, and how he still came to service with his cane, weary, and sometimes barely making it but he came .The point of the story was he made his journey, step by step. But, what came to my mind was my Pastor, who has accomplished that same achievement.

This Year, February 28, 2014 he celebrated 50 years serving Christ. He is 75 years old and no cane, no walking stick, his eyes are not dim, neither is his face abase, he's not weary, nor is he worn, and he's yet going strong...50+ years strong serving the Lord!!! He has and continues to endure in Christ strength. He acknowledges  God in all endeavors.  He puts Christ first in everything.

It came clear to me this morning that truly I can do all things thru Christ which strengthens me. I must make it a habit of acknowledging him in all things. If I acknowledge him in the calm surely he will be standing waiting on my call in the storm!!!

Love you all!! Let Christ be your strength today!!!
~Tonya L