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Stay in the Press

 

As we reflect on this year I think we all can agree that we have seen some strange things from the government being in chaos to family dysfunction. Sickness, death, frustration and if we be honest for just a moment some of us have asked the question God what is going on? What are you up to in all of this mess? How do we properly understand the loss, the dysfunction, and the lack? Needless to say that when the clock turns 12:00 the New Year rings in but the problems are still there. How do we come to grips with the reality of our present situation but yet still maintain that God is still good?

The woman who is one of the main characters in our scripture had seen twelve New Year’s but yet still had the same problem. She had a condition that did not end when the New Year came but it persisted despite her going to the doctors, despite her persistence her problem did not go away. Many of us are fooled to believe that a new year will wipe away old problems. That is not true because Jesus told us that in this world we will have tribulations but He also gave us hope “He said be of good cheer because I have overcome the world.” Meaning we are going to have some problems but rest assure that greater resides in us so we do not have to fret because in the end we win.

Year after year this woman did the same thing over and over again so what changed this year? I believe her mind changed, she decided to do something different. Mark 5:26-27 gives us a clearer picture of the events. She tried the doctors, she spent all of her money nothing worked for her, it wasn’t until she changed her mind to try Jesus that her situation changed. May I share with you that you will not see a change in your problem until you change your mind. The bible tells us in Romans to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. That word renewing is continuous, daily. We cannot expect new things when we are stuck in cycles of failure. Cycles start in your mind.

If we are going to break cycles of failure we must stay in the press. When I say the press I am talking about being persistent to chase after God. The Greek work for press is “apothlibo” it means to press on all sides, squeeze, press hard. Like pressing out grapes and olives. In this new year I want you to press hard into the presence of God, squeeze on him just like this woman and crowd around her. The pressed on Jesus until they got what they needed.

Here are a couple of points I want to leave with you.

LIFE POINTS

  1. Stay close to God. Deepen your relationship with God. Fast more, pray more, read and study more, in this season you will need and rely God has never before. This woman had to realize that she tried everything else the only way to break this cycle was to get close to God.
  2. Train your ear to hear God clearly and then do what He says. Mark 5:27 tell us “she heard about Jesus.” You can no longer rely on yourself to make decisions. If you want to see change and learn how to deal with issues you need your ear glued to the mouth of God. “Lean not to your own understanding but acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” No longer can we afford to operate in our flesh. Our flesh is emotional, flesh is fickle it is not a good indicator of reality. We have to rely on Holy Spirit if we are going to see change in our lives. If she had not followed the leading of her ear she would have still been bleeding. But she heard and she followed. Whatever God tells you to do that even if it is strange to others do it.
  3. Despite the naysayers press forward: The woman was unclean and embarrassed but   she pressed forward. No doubt if she had told anyone they would have stopped her from going after her healing because it didn’t make sense. There were so many people pressing him, seeking His attention, how will he notice her? May I share with you that a touch of faith could not be hidden from Jesus. So because of her faith the physician quickly saw the patient and she was healed.

Family I want you to know that there is great reward in your obedience. Your faith will be tested but press forward, the crowd may be large but press forward; you may feel non-existent but continue to press. Your healing is in your press; breakthrough is in your press. God knows your touch, He knows the sound of your voice, he knows the softness of your skin, and he knows your tears from anyone else’s. He knows what you are going through, He cares, and He is coming to your rescue. In this New Year you have to do something different. Change your thinking, stay close to God, hear is instructions and do what He tells you to do. Stay in the press.

Always Love,

Teresa

Scripture: LUKE 8:43-48

Life Happens

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What do you do when life happens, when the unexpected pain and disappointment comes knocking at your door? The pain has invaded your space like an unwelcomed guest. What do you do when you try to get rid of the pain of disappointment but the ache lingers? How does one cope when life deals you a bad hand? Do you play the hand that you are dealt or throw in the towel? These are the questions that people face everyday so what do you do when life happens to you?

Last year my dad was diagnosed with cancer again. The cancer that we thought was in remission came back and this time he had to have surgery to remove it. We were told it would be a long surgery and recovery would take time. Needless to say I was nervous for my dad and our family began to pray. The day of the surgery came; it took 10 hours for the doctor to complete the surgery. The surgeon was ready to speak with mom, he stated the surgery went well and that he had removed the cancer that was awesome news. We waited to see my dad with anxious hearts it would take some time to get him in a room. Finally he was ready and settled in a room, when I walked in I put on a bold face but my heart sunk in my stomach. My big strong daddy, the one I always counted on, the one that in my eyes was stronger than life was hooked to machines, with a trach in his throat, he couldn’t talk. I wanted to cry. I wanted to run away because I did not want to see my dad like that but this is when he needed me the most. My dad needed me to be strong so I walked outside the room to get myself together. My cousin let me cry for a moment but only a moment because at the time I had to make a decision was I going to wallow in self-pity or trust God to heal my daddy. I chose the latter.

You see life can be difficult but you have to make the choice to overcome and walk in victory. When hard times come I have to remember that God has been my constant guide. His truth has led me through life challenges. You see there will always be challenges; we just have to know whom to turn to during the trial. The mistake that people make is turning away from God instead of turning to him. He is the one who keeps us during the hard times and the good times. I had to learn that when I am overwhelmed by life I turn to the rock that is higher than me. I hide in the safety of his presence, because in His presence I find strength, direction, peace and answers for my situation.

My friends when life happens stay close to God. Allow the truth of God to guide your heart and lead you in what to do. Remember God will never leave you nor forsake you but He will hold you close in His arms and work everything out for your good. God has a good plan for your life. Beloved life happens to the best of us, how will you handle it? I pray you handle it with grace and the assurance that God loves you and live through it.

 

Always Love

Teresa

p.s. My dad is doing very well. He has some rough days but all in all God has given him the grace to make it.

New Year, New You or Is It?

Wow!! 2016 swept by so quickly with all of its ups and downs. The good and the bad 2016 have left us and now we are embracing the start of the New Year. I have heard the saying usually at the beginning of the year, mostly in weight loss commercials “New Year, a new you.” That sounds really good right a new year, a new you, after we have eaten all through the holidays from candy, cakes to turkey and gravy, yams and, momma’s cheesy baked macaroni and cheese (delicious) and now that all of the goodness is over it is time to shed away the fat to become a new you. Is it just that simple at the change of the calendar you become a new person? Is it really a new year and a new you or is it really the same you but a different day?

So many times I have made resolutions at the beginning of the year to only fail. The year begins with such high momentum but to only find by February or March I am deflated. The air has left me so that I do not even scratch the surface of change. How many of us do that? We have good intentions but no action behind those intentions.   I believe that I never reached my goals or resolutions because there was no real, sincere action taken. It was almost like wishing on a star hoping for a miracle to suddenly happen that would change my life. Now I do believe in miracles but I also know that nothing will change in me until I actually do something. I have learned that if I want a new me then there must be a change within. I cannot expect my life to be better when I continue to do the things that are not healthy for me. If I want to loose weight then I have to make healthy choices and exercise. I cannot expect the weight to just fall off without doing something about it. If I want a better relationship with God then I have to spend time with him. Change happens when you do something. In this blog series I will hope to help you and myself really become a NEW YOU, to shed away the bad habits and mind sets that kept us stagnant in 2016. 2017 we will set attainable, measurable goals and complete what God has purposed in our hearts to do. So come with me on this journey to becoming a better YOU, the YOU that your heavenly Father has destined you to be.

So what does this look like? The first step in change is making up your mind that you want change. You must become resolved or committed to change. Let me just say when you are use to do something one way for 20 plus years you have built habits that will not change overnight. I am not asking for perfection you may go back and eat that donut at 12 in the morning and that is okay just do not stop but stick with the process. Make up in your mind that you really want change and make the necessary steps to achieve your goals. Remember to always commit your plans to God and He will direct you every step of the way. So this week I want you to become resolved to change, pray and seek God for an attainable plan and execute it. It is not too late to start becoming a better YOU!!!! Okay Grace family lets do it.

 

How Can this Be

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How Can This Be !!!!

How can this be? We have all asked this question from one time or another. Whether faced with a circumstance and the results are such that you just cannot explain how it happened, whether good or bad. Some of us have had situations when it looked one way but the outcome was different and you say how can this be? How did this happen it wasn’t suppose to turn out this way. Have you ever had a Joseph experience where the enemy meant one thing but God turned it around for your good? Or when you look back over your life and you wander God after all the things that I have done how can it be that you did not allow my past to overtake my future? I Just recently heard a song by Lauren Daigle called you guest it “How Can this Be” the words to this song made me cry and reflect on the goodness of God. And how He continues to bless His people even when by the cultures standards we are not suppose to be in the place that we now find ourselves to be. The words begin like this.

“I am guilty Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become, these hands are dirty, I dare not lift them up to the Holy one.”

We all have felt the weight of our sin, the guilt and shame has made us feel that we are not worthy to life our hands to the one that is Holy. Sin has made us feel that we can give ourselves to God because we have to change in order to be saved. Many people feel unworthy to serve God. I know I have felt this way, where the burden of not being perfect made me feel inadequate to serve God in the capacity in which He has called me to serve. My life story has not been perfect I have done some things that I am not proud of so because of the shame I have been in the place of not owning my past.   But here is some encouragement

“You plead my cause, You right my wrongs, You brake my chains You overcome
You gave Your life, To give me mine, You say that I am free, How can it be
How can it be”

You do not have to bear the weight of sin, how can this be? Because Jesus has already forgiven us of the sin. He has taken the weight from us, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He took our sin to the Cross and now we are free from sin. Jesus pleaded our case, he righted our wrongs, and he broke the chains so that we could be free. Why would he do that? Why would he give His life for ours? Love is the answer. God so loved us that He gave His Son for us. I want to encourage you today that you do not have to carry the burden of your past, when I look back at my life I have had to ask this questions many times and I sit in awe of my life now.   Certain things that have happen in my life according to the world’s standards I am suppose to be a high school drop out, living in poverty but that is not my story. I have just in the recent years have gotten to a place where I own my past but understand that yes I was not perfect and I made some mistakes but my past does not negate who I am now. My past experiences have helped shape who I am today. Jesus justified me and made me righteous GRACE IS ALL HE SEES now.

I’ve been hiding
Afraid I’ve let you down, inside I doubt
That You still love me
But in Your eyes there’s only grace now

How can this be? Grace is your answer Jesus does not see your sin anymore, but He sees the Grace that has been poured over you. Do not be broken by the weight of your past let it go and accept the free gift of GRACE.   My prayer for you today is that you always stay in awe of God’s mercy never forget what He has done for you but don’t let your past guilt you out of what God wants to do for you now. Just like the angel Gabriel proclaimed to Mary the mother of Jesus, when she asked this same question how can this be? The answer that was given by the angel “you are highly favored and blessed of God.”

Always Love,

Teresa

 

“How Can this Be” Songwriters
INGRAM, JASON / MABURY, PAUL / JOHNSON, JEFF Published by
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