In Need of God’s Power

Sometimes we just need God to step in and intervene in our situations. A lot of people in my life are struggling with really hard things. As I scratch my head and ponder how God could possibly come through for them, I am reminded:

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Absolutely nothing is impossible with God. God created our entire world and everything in it, surely He can command even these things to come under His rule.

“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. (2 Chronicles 20:6)

When the going gets tough for us or for those we love, we can surely rest in the promise that God rules over all.


An Illuminated Life

Hearts and lives are changing left and right. Dark shackles that once tripped up the lives of people are shattering to the floor. People are placing their trust in the Light of the world and their peace has never been so good.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

The hope and restoration of His Light shining in their dark places is setting them free. Freedom from their past pains and even current struggles. Joy has erupted and bubbled over to areas of their lives that they could not have even imagined.

This is encountering Jesus. This is exactly what surrendering yourself to God does and the peace He brings to your being if you would just say, “yes”.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

And let me tell you, there is absolutely nothing like it! Jesus is the answer to everything, He is the Light that illuminates life.

Loving like Jesus

Loving Like Jesus

I am learning so much about myself! I’ve only been on this foster care journey for a little over 50 days. Our first placement has been chopped full of uncharted territory! I’ve felt feelings I’ve never experienced before, I’ve dealt with so many unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations. I have seen my views of the world and my views of my home flipped upside down. My biggest struggle however has been learning how to love like Jesus.

It is easy to love an innocent baby. It is not so easy loving the parents who exposed these children to such hardship and pain. I walked into foster care feeling confident that God would use me to help not only these children, but their families as well! But, the reality has been that some people do not want to get better. Not only do they not want to change, they will hurt anyone who gets in their way.

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I find myself wrestling with my flesh. I know I should be praying for the parents who despite their many issues are still made in the image of God. I know the Bible says to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) But there are days when I do not want the bio parents around. There are days when I think “I” know best. The truth is I don’t, but God does.

I love these babies like they are my own. I want to be mama bear and protect them from the people who hurt and use them. I want my way! But, my way isn’t the way of the Gospel. My way does not show grace or love. My way screams out judgments on all offenses and places these parents in my heart as tried and sentenced.

If you continue to read in Matthew 5:45 it goes on to say, “{love, bless, do good, and pray} that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?”

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If God can extend His love even to His enemies then so should I. As a matter of fact, before I came to know Jesus as my own Lord and Savior, I was an enemy. However, because of what Christ did for me, I no longer walk in the dark and in opposition of God the Father. It is because He loves the unlovable that today I am changed. His love changes things.

The amazing thing about being loved and loving such an amazing God is that we are able to be an extension of God’s love to others. God rewards us if we are obedient in walking in love, blessing and praying for those who for the moment are our enemies.

I have to be willing to pray for and love these families that touch my life even if my flesh isn’t “feeling” it. I’m beginning to find that even if my efforts to love these people are returned with strife, the reward of having a heart softened by the hands of God is priceless!

Standing Out for Jesus

I can see that it is easy to become hard-hearted in this world. Take London commuters. Never has there been a more miserable bunch of people! Everyone desperate to avoid eye contact, people squash close to each other but try not to touch each other. No one exchanges a smile or even a word of acknowledgement. Everyone just wants to get to their destination.


In this environment people do seem to be out for themselves, not even offering a seat for a pregnant lady and pushing past you so they get on the train. I think this is a horrible way to behave but, if I did the commute regularly, maybe I would become like them. When everyone is doing it around you, it’s hard not to join them.

I was about to travel on the Eurostar for the first time to Paris. I had a large suitcase! I was staying for a week’s vacation, but more importantly I was going to a dear friend’s wedding and I was responsible for doing three of her bridesmaid’s hair. I am not a professional, so I had packed everything I could think of to make these ladies’ hair beautiful.

I had to lug this suitcase through London Waterloo. It was not peek time but I still expected travelers to be ignorant. London Waterloo has so many stairs it’s not funny. I prayed that I’d make it. I prayed that God would help me through this huge train station and I would catch the Eurostar on time.


God blessed me so much. Not one, but three people helped me with my suitcase. Two men and a lady, who I had to comment was very strong for being so dainty. It felt like there were angels at Waterloo.

These people amongst the miserable commuters stood out. Their acts of kindness are remembered a decade later.

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Just like these angels in London Waterloo, it is so important to stand out for Jesus. Not be swept away by the ugliness of the world. Stand out and be different. Show acts of kindness in the name of the Lord Jesus and let our light shine.

Thanks to Susan Dreyer for her awesome London Waterloo Photos

A Season of Weeping

I have talked a lot about moving here to Utah, as it has been such a huge part of my life within these last 10 months. My heart has never been stretched in a way that leaves me so in awe of Jesus. It is difficult because I miss my family and friends in Maine. But, I know that in all the sorrowful places where tears lie, we grow.

“He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).

When I think about the deep trials those around me are suffering, as they go about plowing their fields in the day to day, I am thankful that our present heartaches are not what we end with. Sometimes, the trials are so heavy, our responsibilities become a blur. We just do all we can to push on. At times, we cannot even comprehend anything profitable eluding from the trial. Yet, it is here, while we roughly and tediously sow and where tears abound, that growth happens.

It is just a season. The promise to stand on is, if we keep His commands in it, at the proper time, we will reap joy.

My good friend told me this week, “Souls are like soil that need to be tenderized by tears to open it up, to receive the Word of God and be changed.” Without tears, I know my heart would not allign with God’s. So, I pray that while we have to sow and weep, we keep our eyes set on the Lord, keep our hands committed to His commands, and keep pointing the world to Jesus in it all. For the promises we have are shouts of joy and rich rewards.

It will be worth it, my friend.

The Solid Rock

This week I received some news that took the wind out of my sail. What I had hoped would take place was changed and because of that my spirit was disheartened. Unwisely, I had put faith in my own plans. The result of my misplaced hope left me heartbroken and discouraged.

What is hope? Hope is an assurance. It is not crossing our fingers and wishing something will take place. Hope is a confident expectation.

Psalm 33:20-22 says, Our soul waits for the Lord; HE is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in HIM, because we trust in HIS holy name. Let YOUR steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in YOU.

In my humanness, I had forgotten where to correctly place my hope.

On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.

A Birthday Wish

As she blew her birthday candles out, she made one wish that would alter humanity forever. She gripped her hands on to the table in front of her, closed her eyes with a heart full of hope, and gracefully blew out her twenty seven candles neatly encircling a decadent double chocolate cake.

I recently celebrated my birthday. This year I imagined, “if birthday wishes came true, what would I wish?” … it would be for you.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19)

There is nothing in this world like following Jesus. He is our fullness of joy. We girls pray for you. We pray that Christ will dwell in your hearts and that you will walk in faith knowing just how much God loves you.

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

God’s love is crazy deep for us. My wish, my prayer for you this year, is that you would know this too.