Around a year and a half ago I was employed part-time at the Church where I became a born-again Christian. I saw 3 of my best friends every Sunday who knew chronic suffering very well. 💕 Then one day during service, my current pastor was a guest speaker at my old church. As he was speaking about his plans to plant a church, I felt God speak louder and more clearly than I ever have. I knew God was instructing me to join my current pastor in planting this church. I had to step outside of my comfort zone, leave a secure job, miss out on seeing 3 of my best friends ever Sunday, and trust God enough to follow Him into the unknown. I am now blessed with 2 church families: my previous church family (where my youngest brother Devin has been going) and my current one. My heart is full. 💛 God has increased my physical abilities each time I’ve boldly stepped out in faith to serve Him. Every time I’ve showed up just a couple hours after coming home from the ER to serve in kids church, every time I raise my hands in worship when I feel too lightheaded to stand still, every time I came to worship Him when depression almost took me captive the night before, I have found Him. “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equipped the called.” God has always called me to ministries before I felt capable of physically fulfilling the role, but through trusting Him to give me the strength and ability to do so, He has increased me. 🙌🏼 I used to need to sleep for 3-6 hours after church because waking up early was so rough on me, and now I don’t. I used to have to sit during worship, and now I don’t have to. I am so thankful for the community God has put in my life to lift me up, pray for me, visit me in the hospital, and encourage me at my lowest. I don’t know where I’d be without them. ❤️
[Image description: big group photo of around 30 people on a stage. The first row of people are sitting on the stage while the rest are standing. I am standing directly to the right of a podium in the centre of the image. I am wearing a denim-looking button-up light blue shirt and a green jacket.]
Maybe you’ve seen it at the circus. Perhaps between skyscrapers. Or stretched high over a canyon. A tightrope walker fighting gravity, fear, isolation, and howling winds to slowly navigate the impossible. Focusing with laser precision. One step, then another, on a thin cable. Their eyes on safety at the end of this impossible journey. Constantly shifting, adapting, and adjusting for whatever comes their way. The impossible becomes more likely with every forward step they take.
Have you ever faced something in your life that seemed impossible to navigate? Hearing unexpected news. Receiving a late night phone call. Encountering the unforeseen. Then you become frozen. Your new reality seems impossible to face.
Try thinking of the first chapter of Luke to see of it will help you find hope when facing hopelessness; Courage when facing the impossible. When things get hectic, or as I call it "hairy", you may not want to imagine being on a highwire but try to imagine the solitude of facing a journey that seems impossible... A new job. New relationship. Disease. Caring for someone in need. Once you have faced what seemed impossible and seen your way through to the other side, you can see the light that everyone talks about. That tunnel brightens in your own scary tunnel of darkness and you now have a lighted path instead of a darkened tunnel (& and flashlight with no batteries). That tunnel is self built. You do not have to travel in that tunnel. God is always #LIT
. Your lights never need dim on you. Keep Him with you and you will never live or travel in darkness. Nothing is impossible with God. Today you have the opportunity to face the impossible. To experience divine peace and gifted faith when confronting the impossible. When you encounter it today, embrace it today. Relish it as an opportunity to encounter His hope when facing hopelessness. His courage when facing the impossible. #GodStaysLit #Godfidence #GodFirst #GodIsMerciful #FaithOverFear #Peace #GodsGotYourSix #Praise #Joy #Love #Faith #Forgiveness #Hope #Prayer #Patience #Acceptance #PraiseHim #TrustTheLord #TrustHim #Grace #GodIsGracious #GodIsLove #Rejoice #RejoiceInTheLordAlways
Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, "Do not weep." He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, "Young man, I tell you, arise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, "A great prophet has arisen in our midst," and "God has visited his people." This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.
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