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This is a blog for YOU ALL:)  It is a site dedicated to the stories that deserve to be shared and experiences that should be heard.  It is a place for our faith to be built.  In a world where all we hear are sad stories and disturbing events, we all need a place to go to help us BELIEVE in the impossible.  We don't always share because it's the wrong time or the wrong place...or the wrong people, SO this is your place to share the miracles that happen EVERYDAY, from the prayers that we have waited on our whole lives-to the little things that God did for you that one day.  Nothing is too small to share.  So, please tell us how God is involved in your life today. :) Continue Reading...

“Let me Lift up your face”

I was in the middle of a very tough time in my life....I was feeling the weight of guilt and looking back at how things used to be was so difficult. Guilt, anxiety, and fear of the future racked my brain all the time. I would wake in the middle of the night and pray and cry out to God. I knew God was there because of what the Bible says, but I did not feel him there. And I wondered how I would ever be ok again, or if I would feel like damaged goods the rest of my life. I would just try and ignore it and go about my day doing what I had to do. I had pandora radio on and was listening to dance music to try to lift up my spirits. As I walked into the living room, a picture caught my eye and as I thought of my sin and shame I started to cry. There was one candle lit and I just wanted to be alone and cry for a little bit. I turned off the light to see the glow of the candle as I sat on the couch and buried my head in my hands, even though the dance music was still on. At that moment, a song came on, a song that did not go with the genre of music I had on...I thought it was weird that the music had suddenly changed from dance-techno to slow Christian music. As I sat there crying looking at the dim light of the candle in my living room, I listened to a song that was from God to me...and the lyrics were written as if God were speaking to his child. I began to sob as I listened to the words that He was speaking to me that so clearly described everything I was going through: Why are you striving these days Why are you trying to EARN grace, Why are you CRYING, let me lift up your face just don't turn away. Why are you looking for love Why are you still searching, as if I am not enough. To where will you go child, tell me where will you run. To where will you run? Cause I'll be by your side wherever you fall In the dead of night, whenever you call and please don't fight these hands that are holding you, my hands are holding you. Look at these hands and my side, They swallowed the grave on that night When I drank the world's sin So I could carry you in and give you life I want to give you life. Cause I, I love you. I want you to know, That I, I love you, I'll never let you go. ~By your side by tenth avenue North As soon as the song was over, the dance music returned. I sat there and thanked God for speaking to me by playing that song. He is all knowing and all powerful, and smart enough to know more about pandora then the person that invented it. He put that song on for me, just to give me some hope and reassurance that His grace is sure enough greater than anything I had ever done. He makes ALL things NEW. Continue Reading...

No one to turn to

Reading this story, I am reminded about a very dark time in my life. I was alone with a small child. My husband had left me for another woman. I was dead broke. It was cold and I had come home from work after picking up my child from daycare only to find my electricity had been shut off. I was so scared and alone with no one to turn to for help but the Lord. As I sat there crying, cradling my child to keep him warm and asking God to help me my phone rang. It was my Pastor. When I said hello he simply asked, "What is wrong?" Embarrassed by my situation, I answered "nothing." He responded by saying....."the Lord told me something was wrong and to call you and the Lord doesn't lie." He told me to come to the church or he was coming to my house. Well, I certainly didn't want him to come to my house to see me sitting in the dark so I drove to the church. When I arrived he asked again and again I said nothing was wrong. He told me to get on my knees with him and he began to pray for me and asked God to show him how he could help me. When he finished praying, he returned to his chair behind his desk and reached into the drawer and pulled out an envelope of money. He handed me the EXACT amount including cents that it took to turn my electricity back on. WOW! I was a new believer at the time and I have never forgotten the way God miraculously met my need. I am thankful that He summoned my Pastor to call me. As I tell this story I am reminded how God loves us so much. He is our great Jehovah Jireh, our provider. He supplies all our needs according to His riches. He cares about every aspect of our lives. Continue Reading...

Miracles

With the recent passing of my pastor , who was one of my best friends, I have been left with many questions , some of which have been asked over and over again by my friends and family...about how such a wonderful man of God, who has done so much for his community and others, could have to go thru such a long ordeal of sickness and paralysis and then pass away at a relatively young age. The bible is our source for these answers..but its still hard to accept. We carry naturally this idea that a loving God would not let this happen, regardless of whats in the Bilble. My take on this is : God is able to perform such miracles, and does from time to time. But He may not . The hard cold fact is , as long as I have neen a Christian , I have seen very few clear supernatural miracles of healing. That does not bother me, because I have learned to accept the fact that although He has the power, He may not use it in the way or at the time we think is right. But.....He does promise never to forsake us and to always be with us to get us through the trial or , in the case of illness ,to lift us up and comfort us even into death. We have the comfort of knowing, by faith, that our friends who suffer and die , have the Lord with them , holding them up,bearing their burdens, and carrying them thru. All of us as Christians will find ourselves being asked this question over and over by those who struggle at times with this issue . We need to be able to relay to them , and comfort ourselves with, the knopwledge that God is in control, that He knows what is best, and that we will get through our trials with His help,and if it means death, then Heaven is a breath away. Continue Reading...

Valentine from God

So as another Valentine's Day was approaching, I was dreading having to spend another V-day single. Being that I have never celebrated valentines in the romantic sense, I had become used to being single during this time. I usually spend the day sharing my love with my family and friends, and of course God. I started the day with my usual devotional and thanked God for all he had done in my life and for loving me and told him as I did every year "God, you will be my Valentine today." but then something in my heart caused me to add on: "Lord, I know you love me, but I need a sign today, show me somehow today that you love me." And I started my day. I supervise 16 amazing college students, and I started my day filling thier mailboxes with bags of candy and valetines cards. My day was filled with the usual back to back meetings and classes. I was pretty positive throughout the day and recieved a lot of sweet valentines from my students and even bought cupcakes from a bake sale that a sorority was having for charity. As I walked around campus looking at all the red balloons and seeing all the cute couples holding hands, I started to feel that aching feeling in my heart, I quickly said to myself, "nope, youre not going to be sad, be happy!" I then talked to my sister who shared with me the gifts she got from her boyfriend and I was so happy for her, but slowly felt that sadness coming back. I met a very sweet friend for lunch, who cheered me up and listened to me complain about being single...again lol! She encouraged me and told me to hang in there and that she loved me! I thought that maybe that was my sign from God and went on my day. After lunch, I was walking to my car and noticed something on my windshield...as I got closer I realized it was a pink handmade card with the word "Love" written on the front. I looked around at the other cars around me and noticed that NONE of the other cars had cards on thier windshields (the parking garage was FULL too!). Something in my heart jumped a little, who put this on my car?? Where did this card come from? I was only parked for a few minutes. Do I have a secret admirer? I opened the card and this is what it said inside..."You are more deeply loved and accepted by your Creator than you could ever imagine!" followed by a scripture "..This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son (Jesus Christ) as an atoning sacrifice for our sins..." 1 John 4:8-21. I started to feel warmth all over me, and as I stood in that parking garage once feeling very alone, tears filled up in my eyes and I could hear God telling me, "this is my Valentine for you. I love you very much." I sat in my car and cried and smiled to myself. I have been a Christian my entire life, I can count on ONE hand moments that I knew were from God. This was one of those moments. I will cherish this card forever. And even I write this now, tears are streaming down my face, becuase I know that God really does love me. I might have to wait longer to meet the one or I might not find it at all. But I know that there is something more powerful that surpasses our human understanding of love, and that is the love of Christ. If you are lonely and feeling alone, please remember that God loves you, He will show it to you if you ask Him to...trust me...He will! -<3 Posted on Mar. 4th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC) Continue Reading...

How Can I think you?

Have you ever experienced running out of everything at the same time? Well, on Thursday we were there. Our cable was being turned off, my car battery died and had to be replaced and we were out of daipers, formula, baby food, groceries, dog food, etc. Our nanny was also out of diapers and formula so we had to buy double of everything. We didn't have it. I had no idea how we were going to buy these necessities for our son and for our family. I went to the mail box to see if I could find any coupons and much to my surprise there was an envelope with just my first name on it. I opened it and there was a typed letter that read, "Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17. Included in the envelope was $100 gift card to Publix (the exact amount we had spent on the car battery and exactly how much we needed)! There are so many wonderful people in my life that it could be any number of them. I wish I knew who to thank and I wish that person knew how much we appreciate it. I can't give that person a hug so I will thank God for this anonymous and generous gift. He supplies all of our needs and he's always right on time. I went to Publix this evening and bought everything we needed for my son and groceries for the week. I told the two girls bagging groceries that an angel bought my groceries and that God is always faithful. She cried and said it was the sweetest thing she'd ever heard. I will make sure that others know of His love and faithfulness. Continue Reading...

Lost and Found

We had just left the beach house after a great few weeks of vacation when my wife noticed that she was missing the special diamond bracelet that I had given her years ago and that meant so much to her.In a panic , we turned around and went back and looked everywhere with no luck.After returning home ,my wife was so distressed that I decided to go back and look again. So my son and I began the drive back and during that time I founf myselfpraying for God to help me find the bracelet. I felt bad for panicking the first time and not asking for his help initially.But I remembered other times that God had helped us find things that were lost-dogs,cats,luggage,and keys.But this wa different-I had already looked everywhere in that little house and I must admit that I had very little faith that we would find it. But I felt that this would be a great teachable moment for my 8 yr old son if we prayed.,especially he had been saying "Dad ,there's no way-we looked evberywhere".So we prayed aloud for God to help us.Upon entering the house I felt led to look under the couch ...and there it was. Needless to say, we were both shocked and excited. Once I was lost and others prayed for me and I found the fullness of the Lord. And regardless of our little faith , God is faithful to answer evn our smallest prayers. Now when we lose something, the first thing we do is pray. God continues to help uds find things. Seek Him ..and find His love and faithfulness. Continue Reading...

Everyday Miracles

I am absolutely taken back sometimes at the little ways God shows His love to me. I honestly don't understand in His holiness and power why He would care about the meaningless things that I care about. It's been about 6 months since I've had my hair done and recently I've been trying to think of ways I could come up with the money since hair isn't exactly in our budget these days. Maybe I could sell some old baby clothes on craigslist? find someone to tutor? ummm babysit? I don't know but in about a week I'm going to visit some old friends that I haven't seen in a while, so I've kind of been worrying about it and wishing I could get my hair done before then. I'm ashamed to say, I don't think I even prayed about it, I've just been trying to figure out my own way of making it happen. On a side note, on Friday, I went to visit a friend who has cancer and it was so good to see God working in her life and it made me want an even deeper relationship with Him. It also made me want to do more for her somehow. This morning, I sang a song in church with the choir that had an amazing message about God bringing you through the fire and how He always is there to help in time. I love singing this song but I didn't feel like I was at my best today, my voice felt weak and I really had to pray for strength this morning. It seems like whenever I feel my worst God somehow uses that the most. Several people came to me after-wards and told me of specific situations that God has recently brought them through and how God used the lyrics of that song to bless them. There is nothing more exciting or rewarding than when God can use you even when you feel weak or unworthy. As I was about to leave church a dear, godly lady came up to me, put something in my hand and told me that God has been doing some things in her life and because of some of the trials she has gone through lately she was able to give this to me. I tried not to take it but she said that she felt like God really wanted her to give it to me. Wow! I was so thankful but immediately thought of my friend with cancer and that I wanted to give this to her. I promise, as soon as I thought that, the lady said to me, "this is just for you. no one else, God wants me to give it to you." I looked at it when I got in the car and it was the exact amount that I have paid the last several times I've gotten my hair done. I cried most of the way home because I am blown away at God's goodness and love. I want to share this because it's not the first time God has done something like this for me. I have seen so many of my small and large prayers answered. When He answers a HUGE prayer request I want to shout it from the rooftops but He shows his love in little ways too. I know there are a million better ways to use this gift and that my hair is not that important but it was just a little reminder that God still does everyday little miracles. Continue Reading...

2 1/2 cups of flour

This one is a light-hearted story, and will be one of many that I share on here, I'm sure. But I don't have much time today and this one came to my mind because it is a quickie. :o) I was recently making Communion Bread for the Lord's Supper memorial at our church and needed 2 and 1/2 cups of flour. I looked and found the last bag we had, which was almost gone. Errghh. Pressed for time, I prayed, "God, please let there be enough flour so I won't have to take the time to run to the store!" And I'll admit, as empty as the bag looked, my faith was only about as big as a mustard seed! But I know God has blessed me through much bigger difficulties, so I trusted Him, no matter what the outcome. Well, I poured all that was left in that floppy bag of flour into my measuring cup... and it went up to the 2 and 1/2 cup mark, EXACTLY! Even though I did believe, I still cried and thanked Him for His goodness. It was just a simple reminder of His profound mercies in our lives, how He loves us SO much... and how He really IS in "the little things." I hope this is a little encouragement to anybody who reads it! :o) Continue Reading...

A prisoner at home

For 15 years I suffered from a debilitating disease that kept me a prisoner in my own home. The isolation from my illness coupled with a failed marriage left me wondering if God cared about my pain. Would I ever be happily married with a family of my own? I wanted to be a Mommy more than anything in the world. Oh, I knew God was real, but would he make himself real in MY life? Then he listened and heard my cry! I have been symptom free and healthy for over a year, I am married to a wonderful man and I have a beautiful, healthy baby boy whom we consider our miracle baby. God has truly restored what the locusts have eaten in my life. He’s given me a second chance and a new song to sing. I rejoice every day of my life for his faithfulness. Posted on Feb. 3rd, 2011 05:01 pm Continue Reading...

COLLEGE TEST

When I was in college I had an economics class, and economics was not my expertise! It was a very difficult class for me, but I continued to work hard. By the end of the semester I had a low C going INTO the final...which was not a good thing. If I didn\'t have a C at the end of the course, I would have to retake the class. That weekend before the exam I heard a sermon about praying specifically for what we need and desire. That we are to pray so that He alone is glorified. Pray asking for MORE than just what we need. So, I got on my knees and said, \"Lord, you know that I am terrible at this class and it is not looking good right now. But I know that ALL things are possible with you. I am asking for you to not only help me pass my class, but to help me get an A on my final.\" The day of class came and I got my final back, guess what was on the top?!! Not only did I get a big RED A, but I also got the 7 points in EXTRA CREDIT!! LOL! Needless to say, I walked out with the biggest smile on my face. From then on, my prayers have been big! Continue Reading...