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Trust & Obey

This afternoon, I’m finally finding time to meet with God and read his word! Sitting in this amazing coffee shop, with this even more amazing coffee, lovely hymns playing on my ear buds, and amazinger {made-up word, don’t worry 🙂 } blueberry plum crumble cake, I’m feeling pretty close to Heaven!

The past several weeks my heart has been overwhelmed with the demands of life. As a mother, wife, friend, studier of a tough exam, and counselor, my plate is over flowing. One struggle I’ve been working through, which is sadly all to familiar in my life, is the pain I feel watching people rebel against a loving and saving God. Seeing the present day hell people are living in {unnecessarily} and being unable to save them from their bondage, this truly breaks my heart! Throughout my life, I’ve learned that you can beg, plead, and cry for someone to see the truth and until they are ready, they will reject your best intentions. I must remember in these moments, as God has been teaching and reteaching me over the years is this one vital concept…

“If people reject God, the creator of the universe, their Savior… They will certainly reject my pleading and guidance! My job is to simply to trust and obey, to be a vessel of love, and to speak truth into a darkened and heart-broken world.”

I am not responsible for the finished product! Not in my husband’s life, my children’s lives, my friend’s lives, or my client’s lives! This is each and every individual’s responsibility and placing this pressure upon myself is an unbearable weight! Sadly, I too often I find myself doing this very thing! As a result, I find myself tired, exhausted, overwhelmed, unable to handle the everyday demands placed before me, and as a result I find myself sinning more! Hmmm??? Ouch! Perhaps, God simply wants me to do my best, follow His will, and leave the final product up to Him?

Wow! My shoulders suddenly feel 5,000 pounds lighter! 😊

Today, I am reading Isaiah Chapter 1, as I follow my daily (not-so-daily) Bible reading plan.

In this passage you see the Lord trying desperately to get people to see the truth and to recognize their sin and desperate need for a Savior. Sadly, you see the people of this nation actively refuting God’s perfect will for their lives. You also get a pretty vivid picture of the pain they’re enduring as a result. God used this passage to reiterate a common lesson he’s been teaching me for what seems like 100 years… “If the God of the universe is unable to get their attention and they continue living the consequences of their rebellion, I in my human flesh am certainly incapable of saving their souls!” Again, I can pray for, love, and share the good news of the saving grace of the Gospel… but I am NOT their savior! Not sure where you’re at today or what your struggle is along the journey. It is my hope that this reminder helps you in your struggle or encourages you along the journey is some way!

“Have a great day!

Love, Crystal

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This Is The Day

Good morning on this crisp pre-fall morning! Sitting outside in the middle of the woods, reading my precious Bible, with my dear husband at my side. I’m drawn closer to the Lord as I hear the sound of the morning insects and beautifully melodious birds, all singing in perfect harmony. As I read God’s word, with his creation all around me, my spirit feels a sense of ease from the chaotic week. Amazing how God’s words always speaks to my heart, regardless of where my heart has wandered prior to opening the Book of Life!

In the midst today’s chaos and confusion… I am reminded me to fix my gaze upon the Lord!

“Look up! Give thanks to the Lord! Remember the amazing things He’s done. To sing him Praises! To worship him right where I am!

I am reminded that…

“This is the day that the Lord has made and I am to rejoice and be glad in it!”

After I give proper thanks for the beautiful day God has so graciously blessed me with, I am to seek his face, where I will find strength for the day ahead!

Friends, I am not a morning person and am rarely prone to reading God’s word first thing in the morning. However, I am reminded today that morning is in fact the very best time to seek his face! I head into my day with a renewed strength, renewed eagerness, and renewed Strength to face whatever comes my way!

Blessings,

Crystal

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Believe In The Lord Jesus & You Will Be Saved

Wow! This is a powerful passage of scripture. Paul and Silas were locked up for their faith after a stressful time doing the Lord’s work. In their pain and stress, they began praying and signing hymns to God (worshiping, rather than succumbing to worry). Suddenly, God sent a stinking earthquake and it shook them free! Then the jailer asked, “How can I be saved?” In which they replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved!” … He was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God- he and his ENTIRE family!”

Friends, God’s love and spirit is contagious!!! People see it and they want it! In fact…. they NEED it! People need Jesus! I challenge me and you to determine to be a Paul & Silas in a dark and hopeless world!

Have a great day! Take time to read God’s word! Blessings, Crystal

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Forever Remembered & Dearly Missed

This is me and my dear uncle Hanzel! He was one the most Godly men, I’ve ever seen! He had the biggest heart and an ability to love people unconditionally! When few showed up in my world as child, due to the level of dysfunction in our home, he made a conscious effort to visit on a regular basis! Several times a year, he’d drive through and spend a night or two in our home, while visiting he spent time with us, loved on us, and always took us to get doughnuts! He never had a single selfish bone in his body! When he was around, we all knew we were loved! He’s made a huge impact on my life, helped me to see good in the world, and helped me to love the unloveable! In addition, inadvertently he showed me that life had so much more to offer than the addiction, dysfunction, and rampant generational bondage from my childhood! I thank God for the blessing of my sweet uncle and the eternal sized blessings he has shed on my life since the day I was born! He always loved me like a daughter, sat me on his lap, hugged me, and spent time talking to me. He saw me! This was a rare occurrence for me growing up and the influence it’s had on my life is profound! He has been with the Lord 7 years this November and his presence on this Earth is still so dearly missed. What a comfort it is to know I will see his kind eyes, hear his deep southern voice, and be able to hug his tall gentle frame in Heaven one day! Until then, his life lives on in my heart and the hearts of so many he’s touched on this Earth! The grieving process has gotten easier, but the missing is still very much alive! I hope God can give messages in Heaven, because this is a message I wish I would have shared with him more during his time on Earth! Friends, don’t ever take for granted the impact of loving those in need! You never know the positive influence you may have in another person’s life!

Psalm 34:18-19 “The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. Good people suffer many troubles, but the Lord saves them from

Them all.”

Blessings, Crystal