Facing The Truth With Joy

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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Making peace with the truth can change your life. There is a truth in each life and often it stays right below the surface because sometimes it hurts too much to face it.

What is the truth that you are denying today? I want you to know that whatever that truth is, until you face it and walk forward nothing is going to change.

I do not care how ugly the past was, or what was done to you or even what you did to hurt others, until you let go of it and shut the door to it the past will effect your life and make everyday miserable.

You cannot do one thing about the past. The more you dwell on it, and then discuss it with others, the more power it has over you.

At a point in my life I decided I was sick of playing the victim. Really sick of it!

As much as you or I may be justified in feeling sorry for ourselves we can never be healthy and whole until we face what happened and then decide that we are not going to let that action determine the rest of our lives.

At the crossroads you must make a choice. The wonderful thing about God is that He gives us all free will. Take your salvation for instance. God is all powerful and He could have made the world so that EVERYONE would accept Him and the eternal life He gives. The reason God doesn’t do that is because He wants us to love Him because we do, and not because we are forced to do so.

Running after people, or a person, who doesn’t want you in their life is so unhealthy. A lot of us did that in the past, and once we got healthy we could not believe the foolish things we did to get someone into our lives that didn’t want to be there.

We realize, as God brings us into a new teaching, that God has the perfect plan for our lives and that anything or anyone who isn’t going to be part of that perfect plan will not stay around no matter what we do or do not do.

Don’t grieve for those who do not grieve for you. Close the door and wait expectantly for God to open the right door to the perfect plan He has for you.

Accepting the fact that you and I cannot change anything is the first step. Now, after that step, you have two choices. The first is to wallow in self-pity and cry the blues to anyone that will listen. The second choice is to accept what is and then walk, one day at a time and one step at a time, into a glorious new life with God at the helm of our ship and not me or you.

We cannot change what has been done to us but we can change our attitude about it. Read that again. We cannot change what has been done to us but we can change our attitude about it.

Stop grieving over what was and make the very best of what is.

We spend too much time saying and thinking, “After such and such happens then I will be happy.” We can be happy in each and every minute because we can choose to be happy!

If you spend too much time in your head it will literally drive you crazy. Satan loves that. Because as long as you buy into those thoughts of self-pity you will never lose your victim mentality.

I was at a group where a person was crying the blues over the fact that they are all alone this Christmas. I wanted to say, “You are not the only one, and there are many people the world over in your same predicament.”

It is only one day. This too will pass. Spend the day alone with God. God see’s your broken heart and He has a plan to heal your broken heart. First you have to give up the idea that there is only one way you will be happy and if that doesn’t happen you are going to be miserable. It’s at this point where we learn total surrender to the will of God. If we can lift our head and say, “I don’t understand this God but I am your child and you love me and only want the very best for me. I surrender to things I do not understand,” We will feel our spirits getting lighter each and every day.

The peace and calm that comes in total surrender to “whatever is” is unbelievable. The pressure is off yourself; you then let Him carry your burdens.

You do not know what tomorrow is going to bring. In the blink of an eye all things could change.

I have been hearing on our local news that a person “Out there somewhere,” is holding a million dollar lottery ticket. No one has come forth to claim it. I was thinking about that today and wondering “what if?” What if that person was completely down and out, believing there was no hope and no way out of their present situation and “what if” they had killed themselves? If they had just held on a week or so longer all those problems would be over!

Satan wants us to give up and believe there is no hope but FAITH in God teaches us that if we just hold on a bit longer, everything will be okay.

If you are depressed today, or any day for that matter, learn what your triggers are and make a conscious decision to stay away from them. Triggers can be alcohol, certain people, certain music, certain movies, or getting out all our old pictures. Stay away from anything that makes you sad. Why go there if you don’t have to?

Ask yourself what you are getting out of feeling sorry for yourself? Do you subconsciously enjoy the attention of people saying, “You poor little thing?”

No gifts? Remember that God sent His best gift to us in the way of His son. He sent His love right down where we are.

Get a notebook out or sit in front of your computer and make a list of ten things you would like to change about yourself. Then make a plan to bring those things into your reality. The only thing stopping us is ourselves. Once we make up our minds to change, and enlist God’s help in doing so, we are unstoppable. Nothing is beyond our grasp.

The world is full of people whose parents were told they would never talk, or never walk and yet those people did both of those things!

It’s all about choices. Choose to believe in miracles and before you know it you will see them spring forth in your own life.

Merry Christmas!

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

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Lift The Fallen Restore The Broken Heal The Hurting!

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“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

 

I was thinking today about the last four years of my life. I think a lot of you have been where I have been for the last few years. You have been buffeted by the storms of life. You have often wondered, “where is God” in these situations. The tests at this level are harder then those in the beginning of your walk with God. Some of you can look back and wonder how you made it. Some of you are in the midst of horrific situations as you read this, and perhaps you have thought, “If God is with me why is He allowing this?”

 

I mention the four years time period. It’s interesting to me that it usually takes four years to get your Bachelors degree. If you make it through the four years you can then go on for higher degrees with some amount of preparation.

 

In the past year, I have felt the Lord guiding my hands over the keyboard as I write. The theme always stays the same. I feel that God has been teaching me to teach others how to make it through these times and especially how to make it without giving up on God.

 

That is the whole test in a nutshell. When God began this teaching with me I was pretty ignorant of what was going on. I would lie to you if I said that there were not times when I said to God, “What are you doing? What do you expect of me?

 

But, as I made it through one trial or the other, my faith became stronger. The test became really obvious to me at one point. I was in the crucible of fire and learning how to lean on Him completely each time a situation came to try me.

 

I begin to see that certain people were drawn to my little blog. Those people were either going through, or had gone through, most of the things I was going through. They too are overcomers, and God has people in each arena of life that feel comfortable and relate to others with temptations and trials in the same area as theirs.

 

Once this first set of situations has been overcome, with times of taking two steps forward and two steps back, we are so sure that if God has brought us this far, He is not about to let us go now.

 

We aren’t perfected yet. First Corinthians 13:12 puts it this way;

 

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

If you, like me, have made it through the initial testing, you are now going to be promoted to some new things in the coming year.

I believe that we will be supernaturally supplied with enough money to be at some level of comfort we have not known before. I am seeing that in my own life. When it happens the extra provision is a test in itself. Will we forget about God when we are no longer struggling for our daily bread? Will we realize that any blessings we have are to be used for the whole body of Christ? Will we bless others with a part of each thing we are blessed with?

We have learned that some people that were important in our lives have walked away, and we are not only okay with that, we have found that there is a peace and contentment without the constant drama these people created in our lives.

With this move onward to a higher level, we have to be prepared for stronger opposition. I always say the following, The Higher the level the stronger the devil.

Now we know without a shadow of a doubt who the enemy of our soul is. We cannot be surprised when some of the things that mean the most to us are being tested. We cannot be surprised when some of those we love deeply come against us. Didn’t Judas, in Christ’s inner circle, betray Christ?

I believe that we have learned, and now we must teach others, the importance of hanging tough when all hell seems to be prevailing against us. We are almost at the end of the race, but there could still be setbacks. People are watching our reactions. Lets teach them that there is a future and that in order to get there we have to trust God explicitly regardless of what things look like in the natural.

Attacks can come from area’s you never expected them to come from. Stop and contemplate the situation and immediately you will know where the opposition is coming from.

Be prepared to be promoted this coming year into a new arena of influence. Be prepared for God to find ways to comfort and provide for you supernaturally in this new time of your life.

Passing the tests is like being a non-commissioned officer in God army. You are still in God’s army but now you are in the officers club. You are still a fighter but your situation is better then when you were not commissioned.

In conclusion the peace the passes all understand is surrounding a lot of us now, but it was accomplished with a price.

You too can pass from hard circumstance quickly when you lay them on the altar and determine to stay true to God regardless of what comes against you. If you can lay it all down at the feet of God today, that very act touches His heart and He will be quickly drawn to your side with an army of angels!

Slow down and take the curves and bumps cautiously and teach those around you to do the same because that is how we are going to make it to the finish line.

 

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

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Refuse To Look At The Waves

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Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26

The disciples were in a fishing boat and suddenly, out of nowhere, a storm arose. The storm buffeted the boat, and even though they had Jesus in the boat with them they were panicking. Finally, they woke Jesus who was sleeping, and asked Him to do something and Jesus spoke to the storm and calm returned. He then admonished them for having so little faith.

I know that a lot of people are feeling like they are in a place today where the waves of life are whipping them about like a rag doll.

I also know that wherever you are and whatever you are going through Jesus is right there with you. You say; “How do you know that? I can’t see Him and I refuse to believe if I can’t see it with my own eyes!”

Therein is a problem. We are to come to Him like small children. We are to have complete faith that no matter how chaotic our situation seems we will be alright because He is with us.

The secret to staying calm in all situations is to remember that. If you have to close your eyes and mentally “see” Jesus with you. Would anything or anybody dare to come against you?

In the midst of what looks like a hopeless situation our flesh reacts. Our heart starts pounding, our “fight or flight” response comes to the surface and we find ourselves reacting in ways that are not productive.

The second secret God has shared with me is that I should react “Biblically” rather then “Worldly.” We will never fail if we learn that as hard as it is we can turn the other cheek, walk away and give it to God.

My husband and I were once having dinner at the home of friends. Into the evening a man started rattling on about a guy at work whom he had mentored and helped along the corporate ladder. Then the man said, “That guy betrayed me and I am not going to forget it.” I saw a look of anger come over his face, and as others walked away I began to observe the emotions on this man’s face. I could read his body language and it was obvious that the more this man dwellt on the situation the more distressed he was becoming.

Like I always say, the mind is the problem. We start dwelling on our situation and the more we dwell on it the more upset we become.

Life is interesting in that, looking back on it at my age; I realize that things can change in the blink of an eye. Looking back on your life how many times did things, seemingly out of the blue, change your life positively forever?

Believe that God walks with you. Nothing can touch you, unless you let it. God puts a hedge of protection around you and around your family.

“Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.” Job1: 10

 

Lift your head and refuse to spend this day or night in worry. Every single time worry comes to your mind say, out loud if possible, “God is by my side and everything is going to turn out wonderfully!”

 

You are not in this alone, beloved! Make up your mind that you are going to refuse to look at the waves surrounding you!

Refuse to look at the waves! God is with you and all is going to work out fine!

In His Never-Ending Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

Why Hard Situations And People Are In Your Life

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“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

 

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” Matthew 5:46

 

Our “enemies” are not about them, but they are about us. It’s not demons sent from Satan to bother us, hurt us and disrupt our peace of mind, but God using those things that are bothersome to work something out in us. Something ugly that needs to be routed out and tossed away.

Years ago I was at a Christian women’s conference. One of the speakers there spoke about how she learned a valuable lesson regarding God’s expectations of Christians when people are very cruel and not at all kind to them.

The woman touched my heartstrings when she told the story of her father dying, unexpectantly, without leaving her mother any insurance and not a dime. Two weeks after he died the rent was due. Her mother, who wasn’t working, was visited by her landlord who demanded to know where his rent was. Her mother told the man that her husband had died and she didn’t have the rent money and that she was trying to find a job and would make it up to him if he could be patient. Instead the man cursed at her and gave her 30 days to get out of the home. When her mother didn’t find a job, true to his word, the landlord had the police evict her family.

The situation was very traumatic for her family. They were thrust out on the streets and slept in their car for quite a while until housing became available for them. For years the speaker at the conference, held a grudge against the man. Whenever she would see him in town she would spit on the ground and curse him.

She came to know the Lord as a young adult. She was convinced that she needed to forgive the man, but the hurt was too deep. She, in fact, prayed for God to “get the man!”

One day in prayer God spoke to her heart. “You need to pray for this man, pray that I will have mercy on his soul. You have no idea the punishment that awaits those who hurt my children needlessly.” So she began to pray for the man. It was, at first, hard to do. As she continued on praying daily for God to have mercy on this man, an interesting thing happened. She felt her heart growing softer and the bitterness easing away. Then she was finally able to release the hate and move on.

God has taught me that people who come into my life that are hard to deal with and cause me grief and aggravation are put into my life for a reason. The reason is to work out things in ME that need to come into line with the will of the Father.

When we come to Christ we are like fish. We have been caught but now we need to be cleaned. Over the years in our walk with Christ we will have situations come into our lives that are troublesome and even hurtful. Once we began to see these people and situations as much needed lessons, we move forward from them very quickly.

I have learned to ask God, “What is it you are trying to teach me in this situation?” It may be patience, it may be unconditional love, it may be to help me in being less judgmental, or it may be to teach me strength.

Look at your life today, Beloved of God, what ever is giving you a hard time is there for a reason.

People often say, “If God loves me, why is He letting this happen to me?”

The truth is that God loves us so much, too much, to not set about to buff us and polish us up. When people look at us He wants them to see Him. He wants them to see the attributes of unconditional love operating in our lives.

Whoever is a problem person in your life is there for you to learn how to turn them around with love, patience and understanding. Quit praying for God to bring hellfire down upon them, and pray instead for God to have mercy upon them on judgment day.

The way you are interacting with them today is not working. React in love and mountains can be moved in your life!

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

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