Treasured Gift

shutterstock_13469918638 years ago today I was born on my Mom’s 17th birthday. This morning as I woke up, the movie Alice in Wonderland stirred in my heart. The inspiration and ideas began arising to surprise my Mom for her birthday with a picnic in the park. It wasn’t just any park though; it was a special park that we played at when I was a little girl. I picked up my Mom from work at 11 and had a special book for her to read while I drove her to this special spot. Let’s go on a Mommy Date… She smiled and was so excited with a happy heart!.

I began to tell her of the surprises in store and that we were going on a wonderland adventure and having a picnic and we could just be little girls. In the movie the bunny runs around with his timeclock saying I’m late, I’m late for a very important date. No time to say hello, good-bye I’m late, I’m late, I’m late. – Alice in Wonderland. I expressed to her that I wish time could just freeze for a moment. A moment in time where demands, timeclocks, and cares of this world could just stop. If only for a moment. She has been punching a timeclock since she was 15 years old when she began her very first job at Dairy Queen. She has given so much of herself in so many ways; this was a time to celebrate the beautiful treasure that she is! She is a gift!

We are celebrating this day together and there is no one else I would rather be with at this moment! She was so happy! She had a treasure box to open with heartfelt sentiments and expressions inside. Pearls, feathers, flowers, words of encouragement and lots of sweet pink things 🙂 She was in awe. She said how did you know I wanted to have a picnic today?

I began to tell her that God had whispered to me of an ultimate gift, a treasured gift for her. He had been sharing to my heart that He is bringing healing to her heart, soul, body, mind, will and emotions. Restoration and redemption of her heart. She has walked a long windy journey and He has seen every step she has taken. There is a new beginning. A fresh start on the horizon ahead for her. A new season. An abundant life full of goodness. Words began to spill from my heart for her. Tears began to fall down her cheeks.

I thanked her for the countless hours and sacrifice she has given as a Mom. When my sisters and I were younger she was a single mom and worked long hard hours to support us. She gave and gave of herself and poured everything she could out for us and those around her. The birthday card I gave her read I grew up LOVED… and that is exactly what these moments were about.

We were able to reclaim moments today that she had missed sharing with me as a little girl. She had missed my t-ball games since she was busy working and has expressed to me lately that she felt guilty for having to work and missing those special games. I always told her it was alright & that I understood she had to work. This morning as I was gathering all the trinkets and treasures, I heard a whisper to grab my baseball glove and ball and lets play catch together for the first time 🙂 She enjoyed every second of playing catch and sweet talks of when I was little. Cupcakes, daisies, dreams and wishes were shared together today. I love you MOMMY!

Another special treasured gift I am celebrating today is Love Day. A memorable day when I met the love of my life. 20 years ago today! He swept me off my feet and captured my heart. We have grown more in love since the day we met. An infusion of blissful love is shared between us. I whispered Happy Love Day to him this morning as he whispered Happy Birthday to me 🙂

I have also been love bombed by so many special friends and blooms today with beautiful words. Flowers and cupcakes delivered and gifts on my doorstep. Thank you everyone that has sent precious birthday wishes and blessings! Your kindness touches my heart. I love you all so much and bless you!!

May peace and abundance overflow in your heart and life. My heart goes out to you precious moms as you are balancing your family, home, career, and everything in between! You are courageous! You are a beacon of light for the world to see. Keep on looking up! The best is yet to come! You are a treasure! You are a giver of life. I celebrate you too!! xoxo

Written by Salina Duffy

 

 

I Have Decided

shutterstock_137550632It is hard to believe something that you have not seen for your own eyes, especially if you are like me, a visual person who prefers to know the outcome from the beginning. Being that as it may, life is not set up that way, for there is a small five letter word in the dictionary called faith. Faith is something we step out on when we have not seen for ourselves all of the evidence, we have not done all of the research, but we are willing to step out decidedly and take a leap of faith.

As I was doing a personal bible study, the question surfaced on why was a redemptive plan set in place when sin entered the world? Why was the redemptive plan necessary? As I pondered this question, my visual mind wandered to the slide show in my head of the events of the bible. A mighty God casting down a dragon from heaven, creating man in His image, the serpent conniving the woman, sin entering in, and the plan of redemption set into motion. Sounds like something fitting for a fantasy novel doesn’t it?

Which is what many have a hard time with. They don’t fully understand on an intellectual level why God would do that. Where did He come from anyway? What was there before God? Why would He bring man into the world if He knew they would sin and turn their back on Him?

The thing about deciding to live on faith, is that you decide that you will not have all of the answers. Although, once you start seeking out a relationship with God, searching His scriptures and communing with Him in prayer, you start to understand the nature and character of God, and He in turn gives you insight that you did not have before. But before He can show you His truth, you have to decide to step out in faith and that you will believe what He says.

I read once that man says show me and I will believe – while God says believe, and I will show you.

I made a decision long ago to believe and let God show me. He has not let me down yet.

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”– 1 Corinthians 2:9

Please help us to see with eyes of faith today Lord, not with eyes of our finite minds. For your ways are higher than our ways and Your thoughts higher than our thoughts. You are able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever think to ask for ourselves. May we see clearer, may we dream bigger, may we leave the boxes of conformity behind and seek You as You are, not as what man has tried to make You to be. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Written by Jamie Stapleton

Butterfly Kisses

IMG_1787I know what it feels like to have an unplanned pregnancy. I remember all the emotions and feelings, the worry and fear – and I love how God came through for me when I needed him. He knew just what I needed – a baby, to draw my heart to Him and Embrace Grace helped point me there. My baby girl was the best unexpected blessing I could have ever received. I married the father of my baby, the love of my life and we have 2 beautiful children together.

My husband Brad is leaving for boot camp in July of this year. So we have had many family talks about our future, what I need to look forward to, and what we can do to make this the easiest on our two girls Blakelee (3) and Blair (1).

We have been wanting to get pregnant again, so we started trying. I know you are probably thinking we are crazy and we have no idea what we are doing since my husband is leaving for boot camp and then going straight to Officer Candidate School right after, but we have had many family talks about this, and we came to agreement that yes it might be hard, but we don’t know where we will be a year from now, away from family and Brad could possibly be deployed. So we decided we should start trying before he left. I have help from our family and they will be here for the birth of our new baby.

Months went by and I wasn’t conceiving. I was talking to my friend Morgan (Moe) a lot, and she just kept pressing into me that if it’s in God’s plans for us to have a baby then it would happen but I needed to be patient and not get discouraged. It would all workout the way it was suppose to. I thought to myself, wow how selfish am I being? I am getting upset because I’m not getting pregnant as fast as I hoped, but not one time have I prayed and given this to God.

So I prayed. I prayed hard.

But I never asked to get pregnant. I just prayed “Lord, if this is in your plans for our family, please let this be, but if its not in your plans for our family, please give me the strength to not be discouraged.”

About a week later, I’m outside at work, and a little friend wouldn’t leave me alone. He just kept coming to say hello! He landed on me and wouldn’t leave. I didn’t want him too. So I got my phone out and started snapping pictures. It was a beautiful butterfly. As the butterfly was fluttering by and landed on my stomach, I just got this overwhelming feeling, NEW BEGINNINGS! Oh, I was so excited. I ran inside to tell Brad (we work together), and he laughed and said that’s really awesome, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. But I kept thinking how does that just happen?!

I called Moe on my lunch break, to ask if it was too early to take a pregnancy test, she said she thought I should wait. So I waited a few days and then 5 days before my missed period I bought a digital pregnancy test, I came back to work and took it. I waited for like 20 minutes (it felt like) to have a “not pregnant” staring back at me. I was bummed but I was okay with it. I felt like I had my peace that I had prayed about so I thought this is not my time. Brad and I also agreed that if I wasn’t pregnant we would stop trying because we didn’t think that it was in the plans for us.

Mothers Day came and I got up and was fixing breakfast for everyone. I had just picked my brother up on Friday from being in Afghanistan since September and I thought to myself, what more could I be thankful for on Mother’s Day? What an amazing day.

After fixing breakfast I went to the restaurant and thought maybe I’ll just take one last pregnancy test even though I knew deep down, it would be another negative. I could hear Blakelee and Brad playing outside the bathroom door, and when I went to get up I looked over and saw “PREGNANT”!!!!!!! I screamed, “BRAD!!!!!!” I ran out of the bathroom and told Brad I’m pregnant! I’m really pregnant! We were so overjoyed and happy! We got to tell everyone on Mothers day that they were going to be grandmas again! It was honestly the most happy mothers day I have experienced!

God hears you, don’t think he doesn’t. And that butterfly was my answer that he was blessing me. I’m so thankful for a mighty and true Father! We are truly blessed. I have also learned to be patient and listen. Listen for His voice because you will hear Him. He knows what we need and hears our deepest cries. He just wants us to cast our cares and burdens to Him.

Psalm 127:3
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.

Thank you Jesus for blessing our family. I love you so much!

Written by Brooke Davidson, EG alumni

 

 

Superabundantly

shutterstock_136524851Now to Him who, by the power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose [and] do SUPERABUNDANTLY, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely BEYOND our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams]. Ephesians 3:20 AMP

This verse has become my favorite verse of all times in the bible!! I see it coming true in so many ways and more to come! Beyond the beyond…My favorite verse has been escalating with anticipation and expectation! For more! Beyond what we can see. Having faith to believe and see God carry out His purpose through you and me. Does that get you excited? It does me too!

Being the word girl that I am, I am always compelled to get a definition and search thesaurus for more depth of the meaning of words. I looked up superabundant and this is what it says: Abundant to excess. Exceedingly or abundant. More than sufficient. Overly abundant. Bountiful. Extravagant. Lavish. Lush. No end. Open handed. Overflowing. Plentiful. Prolific. Superfluous.

Something inside begins stirring and inspires me to dream, ask, and pray for more! Beyond what we can see.

I just went to get our mail from the mailbox a little bit ago, and the first word that I see is an advertisement to a large store that seriously has more than you could ever need, want or ask for in one place! A girl going into register for a bridal showers dream! Amazing gadgets and gizmos of all sorts and kinds… Yep, that’s right! Bed Bath & BEYOND!

So this mailer catches my eyes instantly with the words BEYOND in bold, bright, yellow letters. I smiled and laughed and said God you are so clever! You know that you are preparing my heart for this post and you have been graciously sharing your heart with me for more of you! And then you send this mailer to remind me even more!

So I have been thinking about you. Yes you. As you are reading this post you may be miles and miles away from me. I may not be able to reach out and give you a big sweet embrace. But my words can reach out to you. There is a stirring in my heart for you. To ask God for more. Be brave. Dare to ask, think and go superabundantly in your requests. If I had a big jar that you could place your request in, what would you ask God for? Put some thought into it. Something maybe you have been dreaming of for a long time? Praying for? Wishing for? Hoping for something?

If you could put that something into words… what would that be? I am going to even take it a step further and ask you to write out your requests and give them to God. What is something BEYOND your reach that it can only come through Gods open hands. New doors are ready to swing open. Gates are going to swing wide. Hearts are being stirred to ask, dream, imagine far above and beyond!

I am praying and believing for you and the requests that you are making! Looking forward to the God winks He will send your way. You know what I mean. Those surprises that come your way and you know only God could orchestrate something like that!

Maybe a relationship restored. A healing you have been believing for. A sweet encounter that only God could have set up just for you. A delivery in some way that is out of the ordinary. Something extraordinary. A hearts desire that is waiting to be fulfilled. Winks can come in so many ways. I am asking Him to send you God Winks of all kinds!

May He do Superabundantly ABOVE and BEYOND in your life! Believing for an Ephesians 3:20 life for you and the ones you love. In your children, family, friends, church family… it stretches endlessly and infinitely beyond what we can see. God loves to work behind the scenes. In those moments you think that nothing may be happening. You have been waiting and waiting for your prayers to be answered and you think He may not hear you. Oh sweet child, He does! He Hears you and loves to answer you in His timing! There is beauty in the waiting. When the right time comes and your long-awaited prayers, dreams and hopes are fulfilled one by one… you can thank Him for answering…& then just begin to ask for more and more BEYOND!!

Written by Salina Duffy

The Best Parent Ever

shutterstock_100475545This morning I woke up to gorgeous white puffy overcast clouds as far as the eye can see. It was 53 degrees out with just the slightest breeze. I woke up before my precious four year old daughter and the weather was so perfectly irresistible that I made myself a caramel macchiato, reached for my bible, grabbed a fresh fuzzy blanket from the dryer and headed out to the patio for some sweet time with The Lord. This weather is my favorite. Sometimes The Lord speaks to me through nature. Waking up to this gorgeous day tugged directly at my heart strings. God was singing over me from the moment I woke up. He wanted to spend this special time with me. It was so precious!

As I sat outside snuggled up with my latte and my bible I read through the book of James. I was reminded how we are to bridle our tongues. Our words can speak life and death. I thought of my sweet daughter and the words I speak over her. She is so amazing. She is writing the word of God on her heart daily. The way she has picked up on her memory verses blows me away. Not only that, but she calls them back into her memory when she is uneasy or feeling anxious. She sees the power in those words. Just recently she expressed a desire that I pray with her each morning as well, not just at meals and at bed time. We used to do this when she was a baby and, of course, I gladly have begun praying over her day first thing in the morning again. Such joy and thankfulness fills my heart when I think of Raelee’s love for Christ.

Then my mind drifted. Lately I have been having a few behavior issues with my sweet little princess. Once or twice daily she will blatantly disobey me. I have addressed the issue countless times. Sometimes I address it to the point that I feel I’m blue in the face; yet it continues. I’m at the end of my rope with this particular behavior and I’m out of effective ways to discipline. I was sitting on the porch all cuddled up on the couch with my coffee in one hand and my bible in the other now completely focused on my problems.

Suddenly, a light breeze blew the trees across the yard and came up onto the porch. It swirled some leaves up in the air and rustled the pages of my bible. Great! Now I had lost my place. I didn’t even remember what I had been reading. I closed my bible and just sat there as the tree branches across the yard gently swayed in the breeze. I thought, “How should I handle this with Raelee? Hmm.” The world was on my shoulders.

How ironic is that? I went to spend time WITH GOD and became distracted with my problems and decided to focus on them and take them on myself. Do you see anything wrong with that picture? It hit me soon enough. I picked my bible back up and it plopped open to Psalm 119. My eyes went to verse 165 which says, “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Three things instantly hit me when I read this verse. First off, I realized God was teaching me through this. I felt really silly for waiting this long to come to him with my parenting struggle. He’s the best parent there ever was, is, or will be. Secondly, my focus was on the word “stumble.” The Lord gave me this image of Raelee trying to run around the house in huge high heels. In the vision she falls and gets a booboo. I realized something I already knew but I needed to reinforce with my daughter. Following God’s rules helps us to make fewer mistakes, and we no longer have to worry about “stumbling” or getting hurt because of bad decisions. God promises a giant helping of peace when we do what His Word says. I am not making up rules for Raelee just to frustrate her. The rules are to keep her safe and bring both of us peace! When we love God we want to do our best to honor Him and keep His commandments and follow Him and He will keep us safe. He is a good parent. This is the same thing. I love Raelee and made this rule to keep her safe. She loves me and should want to follow those rules with the understanding they help me keep her safe.

About an hour after Raelee woke up I sat her down and spoke with her about the behavior we had been struggling with and explained why I had the rule the way The Lord explained it to me above. Not only did Raelee understand it but she gave me more examples! She said that it would be bad to run in heels by the pool and explained what could happen if we did that! And together we made an official rule for that occasion to keep her safe. She also said she shouldn’t wear roller skates by the pool because she could get hurt. I agreed. She officially understands that the rules are to keep her safe and help her grow. Isn’t it amazing what peace comes when you surrender something to The Lord? He can resolve something in minutes that would take us months, years, or longer to fix. Every day I learn something new from Him. It’s so important to take quiet time with The Lord. Surrender your anxieties, struggles, frustrations, and fears to God. He’s the best parent there is and He always has the best solution.

Written by Whitney Wells

 

Everlasting

shutterstock_160592534Everlasting. Everlasting Love. Lasting forever. Eternal. Lasting an indefinitely long time. This word has been on my heart and it keeps recurring and I feel an impression to share with you what I am hearing.

God’s love for you is everlasting. He never fails you. Never abandons you. Never gives up on you. Never forgets about you. Never leaves you. Never belittles you. Never EVER!

You may have friends, family, co-workers, guy friends that do the best they can to express how much they love, support and care for you. Sad to say this but… It is inevitable that they will eventually at some point in time miss the mark. Somehow or someway. Big ways or little ways. They may not follow through with something they promised or forget to call you on your birthday, or stand you up on a date night that you got all dressed up and ready to celebrate. They may say the wrong things. Hurt your feelings. Push you around. Maybe you were promised a promotion at work, but somehow in the mix of things, someone else was awarded the position and you were left thinking hey, what about me?

Know that you are not alone in this. Whatever you may be going through. Someone else out there has experienced the hurt, pain, rejection or offense that you have encountered at some time or another.

So just what do you do when you experience these set backs, discouragements and defeats?

You can allow these instances to keep replaying over and over in your mind and plan to get even with the individual that brought the discouragement. Like a voice memo recording your mind can keep hitting play again and again. You begin to plan out just exactly what you can say the next time they try this _____ or say that______.

Response to the hurt and offense is key. Do you just walk away? Do you just pretend it didn’t happen or hurt your feelings? Do you just sweep it under the rug? Do you just never talk to that person again?

Normally no. Depending on the situation. Use your best judgment and take a moment before you react. This step can take patience & practice!

Allow yourself time to process what was just said or done. Instead of immediately lashing out or coming back with a hurtful response. Take time to think before you speak. Words can be like swords and pierce straight to the heart.

Once you have taken the time to think it through. Ask Jesus to help guide your words and actions in your response. Whether in person, by message or some other way, allow your feelings to be expressed. Portray your heart in love.

This is obviously much easier to say or type this and say ok lets do… than to really follow through. I am speaking to myself here just as much. I have experienced this in my own life as well as you. Hurts, disappointments, words spoken that seem to sting and leave a mark on my heart. I make a conscious decision to give those hurts and offense to God and let him take it from me and no longer hold it against them. It’s a learning experience and takes time to grow. Try it the next time someone says something or rubs you the wrong way.

Always remember Gods love for you is everlasting. No matter what you experience here on this earth. Trials, troubles, and testings… His love remains the same. He sees your heart and knows your pain. No matter how small or great the pain may be. He is for you. He will always stand by you. You are His Girl and nothing will ever separate you from Him.

A song from New Life Worship has been replaying over and over in my heart.

One thing I know that I have found through all the troubles that surround. You are the Rock that never fails. You never fail. One think I know that I believe. Through every blessing I receive. You are the only One that stays, You always stay. You never change, You’re still the same. You are the Everlasting God. You will remain after the day is gone and things of earth have passed. Everlasting God. By New Life Worship

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself…I will not forget the expectant mothers and women in labor. Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths… Jeremiah 31:3, 8-9 NLT

Give thanks to God- He is good and His love never quits…Blessed be God, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. 1 Chronicles 16:34-36 MSG

Written by Salina Duffy

Let Go and Let God

shutterstock_50844067My daughter and I wake up each morning and go over her memory verses. Currently they are Philippians 4:7, Philippians 4:13, Hebrews 11:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 1 Peter 5:7, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 20:4, John 3:16, Deuteronomy 28:11-13, and the Lords Prayer from Matthew 6. Her favorite is Philippians 4:7. Whenever she has a bad dream or is upset or anxious about anything I ask her to recite it and she boldly proclaims, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart, and your mind in Christ Jesus!” and she feels better. She writes those words on her heart and takes them as a true promise. She accepts the peace God offers and she claims the protection He gives over herself and her heart and her mind and her dreams. It’s the perfect most precious example of a childlike faith and it’s a blessing to see in action.

I pray for my faith to grow more like hers each day. The last 24 hours have been difficult. Instead of claiming God’s peace and resting in His strength I have fought a bit with my own. Today I had to face my abuser in court. I had to testify as to what I endured at his hands. Needless-to-say, I was full of anxiety. Leading up to today I’ve been sick with allergies and migraines to the point of going to the doctor. I received a steroid shot at the doctor yesterday and promptly passed out in front of my frightened four year old daughter. I suffer of vasovagal syncope syndrome but I haven’t passed out from a venipuncture in years! It’s been an out-of-control couple of days.

The dictionary defines anxiety as “worry, uneasiness, nervousness, tension or stress.” Fear is at the root of anxiety, and because of that, it’s something we need to resist by the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in us. Anxiety will steal that peace and joy which The Lord guarantees us, and that’s evidence enough that it’s a tool of the enemy. In Proverbs 14:30 it says, “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body.” Since anxiety steals our peace, it can make us susceptible to sickness and disease, and I believe it can take years off of our lives. If you spend enough time being anxious you will find sooner or later that you’ll be plagued with headaches, stomachaches, backaches or other illnesses. God never intended for us to shoulder our own burdens, and trying to do so can have terrible consequences. Anxiety has the ability to zap our strength and lower our energy levels. As a result, we’ll be less productive and fruitful as employees, students, parents, ministers, or anything else we apply ourselves to. Anxiety can even harm our relationships. Those around us can suffer when our anxious thoughts make us short-tempered, depressed, or overly sensitive. If we really care about our friends, family, and others we come in contact with, we’ll do our best to walk in peace each day.

God simply desires that we acknowledge our need for Him by promptly bringing all of our concerns to Him in prayer. Our focus then shifts from our unsettling circumstances to our all-powerful God, Who loves us and wants the best for us. In other words- instead of focusing on how big your problems are, look up and focus on what a huge, wonderful, loving Creator you have! Then you’ll see little problems and a big God! As you make a conscious decision to put your trust in the Lord, God’s own indescribable peace will settle over you and quiet your fear. Isaiah puts it this way, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!” (Isaiah 26:3) Besides prayer, we can take a note from Raelee. Devoting ourselves to God’s Word can counteract anxiety. Psalm 119:165 says, “Those who love Your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.” As we meditate on God’s faith-building promises, peace and joy spring up inside of us and crowd out anxiety and fear. Sometimes a specific sin is at the root of our anxiety, and can keep us from enjoying the peace that God wants us to have. When this is the case, we haven’t failed until we’ve completely given up trying to cooperate with God’s Spirit to become all that He created us to be.

I recall awhile back I was sitting in my car and the Holy Spirit lovingly told me that I cannot both obey and disobey God at the same time. Partial obedience is STILL disobedience. I wasn’t giving God control. I wasn’t giving him my anxiety and fears and hurts but was still expecting His promises of peace and love and comfort and joy. It doesn’t work that way. You either have faith or you don’t. There’s no such thing as half-faith. So today I had a choice. Did I want to hold everything on my own shoulders like I did yesterday (and consequently passed out) or did I want to let go and let God? I walked into the silent court room and sat on the bench next to my attorney and in my mind I said, “I can do this. I can do this. I CAN DO THIS. Don’t cry. DONT CRY. YOU’RE STRONG. WARRIOR WOMAN. I can. I CAN do this. Stop….nope…not going to cry. Not gonna do it….” This process continued for the better part of a half hour. Finally the judge called our attorneys up to the stand and my adrenaline started pumping. I got hot all over. I was trying so hard to be brave but I felt the fear gripping my chest and the tears welling in my eyes. Suddenly a song that my friend wrote started playing in my head. It is a song written in Gods perspective to us. The lyrics are so comforting. It talks about how God will stick by our side. He will help us through the night. He will be with us. We will be forever His child. This song played over and over and over in my head until our first recess. During that recess I called my friend Marco who wrote the song and thanked him for it. Subconsciously, it had pointed me back to Christ instead of looking within for strength. He reminded me that God was with me in that court room and I wasn’t alone. He told me that God’s angels were fighting by my side and I can rest in Him. I walked back into the court room and for the first time since I had been in court, I prayed. I asked God to come in and take my fears and anxiety and be my strength. I let go and let God.

The rest is history. I was still an emotional wreck but I was strong. And the judge ruled overwhelmingly in my favor. God had already fought the battle for me. It was amazing.

Just before the Savior went to the cross, He gave His disciples a priceless gift. In John 14:27 Jesus says: “I am leaving you with a gift: peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Our Savior has left us with an unshakable peace which will sustain us in the most difficult times. The apostle Paul confirms this when he says in 2 Thessalonians 3:16, “May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.” Let these words from the Savior encourage your heart today: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:34) God bless y’all.

Written by Whitney Wells