We Are a Mist, Here for a Short While and Then Disappear

Sometimes, I am reminded sharply of how short my life on earth is. Hearing stories of young lives passing away or even looking at how my children have grown so quickly, I think, “Wow, we truly are just a vapor in the wind”. My Nana tells me, “Ash, it goes so quickly, and yet on the inside I still feel the same as I did when I was a little girl.”

“You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? Indeed, it is a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears” (James 4:14).

Our bodies are dying, but inward, the soul keeps going. It shows the importance of what lies after our short life here on earth and why we should care.

Often times, people get freaked out thinking about this… with good reason. Yet, it has to be dealt with! Where you go when you die is of utmost importance. Forever is a long time!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus or Lord” (Romans 6:23).

God sent His Son, to live a perfect life and to die on the cross for you. A lot of times people think to themselves, “I’m a good person.” But, we all sin! Just because you’ve never killed someone or generally try to be kind, doesn’t mean you are a good person. We all fall short, we all have thought badly of someone, have told a lie, etc. Unless you see yourself as a sinner who needed Jesus to die for you, you do not know Him.

It’s simple, believe He came and died for you, and tell Him you want to live for Him. Give your life to Jesus.

There is nothing we need more desperately than Christ.

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When What Lies Ahead Looks Insurmountable

Sometimes we can feel like the odds are against us in situations. We do not see a possible way to overcome what lies ahead. It seems discouragingly insurmountable. We think, “Will God come through for us?”

In the book of Haggai, God told the Israelites to rebuild the temple. During this difficult task, they grew deeply discouraged, and it seemed too big to conquer. At times, they wanted to give up. But, God told them to take courage, for He is always with them. Keep working.

“But now take courage, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ declares the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:4).

When God wants something to take place, it doesn’t matter what the odds are. It doesn’t matter if we are weak. It does not matter if it looks impossible, or if everyone around us thinks it looks bleak.

The Lord tells His people to take courage, His Spirit will be with them. Not only will He help them complete it, but He will fill that place with His glory and splendor. Wow. He makes their labor worth way beyond anything they could possibly dream up.

When God Uses The Family to Encourage You

There is nothing like being a part of the family of God! This week my family of nine have been the recipient of uncommonly generous people who God has used to remind us of the great love He has for us. I have been completely in awe of the Lord and at times freaking out- jumping up and down, bawling my eyes out, and telling my kids, “LOOK WHAT GOD HAS DONE!!!!!”

While I have been missing my husband who is still in Utah with our oldest son, the Lord has been using Believers to bring me so much encouragement. This has been my week, in little ways and in big ways the blessings have been pouring out.

My little girl loves to play outside, so one morning, I was playing outside with my younger kids, pushing them on the swings, expecting another ordinary day ahead of me, when a friend of mine stopped by with a delicious coffee. She knew I was stuck this particular day and God sent her to me to lift my spirits and to be a blessing! She also dropped off all kinds of toys, activities, snacks, and games for my kids to play. It made my children’s day to have new toys and games, trains, and little Kezia had a new doll to play with!

My friend is a busy mom herself, with lots of little ones in tow, yet she still went out of her way to think of me and bless me.

When I was thanking her for being so generous and sweet to us, she told me another lady had blessed her the day before with a coffee. We laughed and said, “Us moms have to stick together!” It got me thinking though, how us Christians really should stick together. And we do! I have seen it so much! God tells us to look out for one another, share each other’s burdens, and do good for each other.

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

Galatians 6:10

I am excited to look for opportunities to bless the family of Christians that God puts around me. God has surely blessed those who are His, with a close-knit family, a special bond held together with genuine love because we have Jesus in common. What a blessing to be a part of the family of God!

Thank you, sweet friend (you know who you are) for sharing God’s love with me this week! Thank you all who have blessed my family this week. Words can not express my gratitude. You have no idea what you have done for us and I’m sure for the Kingdom!

I Am

Well, I’ll be leaving Utah the day this post goes out! There really is grief in change. This place is what we have known for the last year. We have grown to love our family, friends, neighbors, and even this land. It’s like a trail of our nine hearts will somehow be left behind.

I find comfort in knowing that God directs our steps!

“A person may plan his own journey, but Yahweh directs his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

In the Bible, God is most often referred to as LORD. The Hebrews would pronounce it something like, “Yahweh,” which is built on the word for “I Am”.

God is.

God is Who directs our steps. There is great comfort in knowing “I Am” is paving the path in our lives.

I do not look at our move thinking better things will come for us, because we aren’t promised an easy life here on earth. The Bible tells us that we will all have trials of many kinds. It doesn’t matter where we live. But, if we are living for God, His hope will carry us. We will always be in the best hands following “I AM.”

Please Give Me Grace

Living with nine people in a house, you learn a thing or two about grace, because nobody is perfect. We all do things that require bestowing mercy on each other, daily. Sometimes it is an obvious underserved mercy. I hope that those who love me will show me grace and still love me if I mess up and say the wrong thing to them or if I offend them somehow. I need a lot of grace!

Jesus gave us grace when He died for us. We didn’t deserve for Him to come and die a brutal death for our personal wrongdoings. But, grace is a big part of Who Jesus is!

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;” (Romans 3:23-24).

We can be pretty harsh towards people in our lives. We can be quick to point out the decisions they should or shouldn’t be making and quick to respond in anger when someone wrongs us. But, none of us are perfect, we all need grace!

When looking up verses on grace, I found a lot of them had to do with kindness. Just responding in kindness instead of being harsh because you think someone deserves it, tells the world what Jesus is all about.

I Am Not Who I Was, I Once Was Lost

I am SO thankful that I have a new heart and a new spirit! My old heart was self seeking, selfish, confused and without purpose. I was lost. I was searching for meaning in places I’d never ever discover truth. And, I didn’t even know I was lost. But, God in His grace and love for me, gave me a new heart!

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).

I am also SO thankful that He will not leave me where I am at now, because there is so much for me to know and learn.

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

God’s love for us is bigger than we understand now. He has great things to show us, beautiful plans that we could never dream up for ourselves. In this world of chaos and uncertainty, Jesus is our unfailing Hope. He gives us a new heart and a future filled with hope as He continues the good work in us.