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Fear Is A Liar

Today has been a less than ideal day!  Occasionally a rotten days is inevitable!  Locked myself out of my office, negative thoughts pushing their way through the recesses of my mind, and just “stuff”.  As I sat in my quiet office after “the being locked out crisis”, feeling like a major idiot for leaving my key in the office.  I turned my focus on seeking the voice of God in the midst of my “soon to be” tailspin!  In all honesty, I can’t even begin to explain all the negative thoughts bombarding my peace of mind this afternoon!  I can say with certainty I was allowing Satan to wreak havoc on my state of being.

This tailspin of my mind continued for several hours until, I finally recognized the familiar tactic of the enemy.  Determined to fight the unwanted and painful thoughts and emotions of the day, I retreated to a quiet place and bowed my head over my desk!  The Lord lead me to John Chapter 10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  In addition, the worship song playing on my computer was Zack William’s new hit, “Fear is a Liar!”  Here are the powerful lyrics of this timely played song… The link to the song will be posted at the bottom of the post!  Perhaps, you need the same reminder today!

Fear Is A Liar, by Zack Williams
“When he told you you’re not good enough
When he told you you’re not right
When he told you you’re not strong enough
To put up a good fight
When he told you you’re not worthy
When he told you you’re not loved
When he told you you’re not beautiful
That you’ll never be enough
Fear, he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar
When he told you were troubled
You’ll forever be alone
When he told you you should run away
You’ll never find a home
When he told you you were dirty
And you should be ashamed
When he told you you could be the one
That grace could never change
Fear he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
‘Cause fear he is a liar”
He can be terribly convincing at times!  He has a manipulative scheme and it begins with ruining days, then turns into destroying lives.  Thankfully, as Christ-followers we can rest knowing the battle has already been won!  To fight the Devil’s schemes, we need only say one word, “Jesus!”  Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!”
Thankfully, fear hasn’t won the victory!  Christ has won the victory!  The moment I took my eyes off the problems and decided to focus on God’s word, my very bad day was turned upside down!  This my friends is the power we have through Christ!

 

I am thankful for the power of the Holy Spirit in my life!  I am thankful God speaks to my heart, in the midst of the weakest moments through scripture and songs inspired by the Holy Spirit!

I’ll end today’s session with a message I have implanted deep into the heart’s of my children.

Back away Satan, my heart belongs to Jesus!”  

Blessings, Crystal

 

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The Gift of Presence {Father’s Day Post}

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As I looked through photos for this Father’s Day post, I was reminded of the amazing gift of {presence} my husband has graciously given to me and our kids.  His presence within our family is a wonderful blessing; a true gift!  As a father, he spends time with his children, he talks with them, plays with them, teaches them, and is present in everyday activities within our family!  We are blessed to have this man leading and guiding our family!

He not only teaches, but gently leads!

He not only provides, but comforts!

He not only guides, but listens!

He not only is present, he makes time for each child (including making time for his wife)!

He is not only available, he sacrifices on our behalf!

He not only loves, he has a special unique relationship with each one of his children!

This amazing man could teach a class or write a book on “How to be a loving and God-fearing father!”  Our children have amazing gifts & talents, a great ability to love, a great wealth of knowledge, and wisdom well beyond their years because of the loving relationship they share with their earthly father!

Most importantly, because of their earthly father’s example on Earth, they have a beautiful picture of God’s love for his children!

Today, I’d like to be the first to say…

Happy Father’s Day to one fantastic dad!  Thank you for loving, cherishing, and gently guiding our children!  I see the reward of your efforts in their level of security, in their confidence, in their smiles, in their desire to grow up and be just like you… their wonderful father!

Robert you are loved, admired, cherished, and greatly appreciated!

Hapoy Father’s Day!

Love,

Crystal

 

 

 

 

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Happy 18th Anniversary

This video says more in 4 minutes than I could every say! A picture is worth a thousand words!!! 18 years ago we followed God’s leading to the alter, not fully knowing what the future held. We vowed before God and loved one’s to spend the rest of our lives together! Looking over pictures from 18 amazing years of marriage, tears filled my eyes and joy filled my heart, as I was reminded of the many blessings we’ve shared together! Together, we’ve traveled, had four amazing children, laughed, fought, moved, and helped each other achieve our dreams! I’m thankful for the 18 years we’ve shared! I look forward to a million more in the future!

Click below to see 18th Anniversary Video…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f9wMV0wut24

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Proud Momma Moment

My oldest son, Robby is 16 years old, and will be getting his driver’s license in two very short days! He has his own lawn mowing business, job as a lifeguard this summer, and he is actively involved in his youth group. While on vacation this week, I was able to spend time observing his character, listening to his heart, and even learned some valuable lessons from our conversations. What can I say about this amazing teenager? I couldn’t be more proud of the young man Robby has become! He has a heart for serving God, he has a deep rooted sense of loyalty and commitment to his family and friends, and he is the hardest working teenager I’ve ever seen! He refuses to quit and pursues every dream or goal placed before him! He does life well, whether it’s in school, his personal life, managing relationships, spending time with his family, or his entrepreneurial world; He succeeds!

One thing I know for sure… He is one great catch! The young woman God chooses for this guy at the right time, will be one lucky lady! She will be treated as the Bride of Christ, respected, well taken care of, and loved fully! He’s never taken an interest in girls, as he is fully aware of the important factors in choosing a Godly mate. He waits patiently, loves deeply, and aligns his thoughts and actions with God’s word, all while seeking Godly council.

This week I’ve been blessed to spend quality time talking and walking with him on the beach! What I discovered? What an honor it is to see the fruits of your labor, undeserved really, mature and produce such strong Godly character and love for others! I’m one proud momma!

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”