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“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart”

Psalm 37:4

Tonight God laid this verse and Psalm 38 on my heart. And they couldn’t be more accurate to what I’m feeling at this moment.

“1,O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2,For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

3,There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

4,For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

5,My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

6,I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

7,For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

8,I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

9,Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

10,My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

11,My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

12,They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

13,But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14,Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15,For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

16,For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17,For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

18,For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19,But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20,They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

21,Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.

22,Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.”

Psalm 38

Sometimes life just sucks. It does. Sometimes it feels like the only option we have is to give up. It feels like everything is crashing down at one time. It feels like we are suffocating, drowning, being strangled.

Sometimes all we can do is cry.

But you know what?

In my own life, I’ve realized that most of the time when that happens i slip into fear and worry of the unknown. Satan places all of these doubts and fears in my mind that are so believable sometimes i get fooled into thinking they are real. I lay in bed hoping. Hoping. But the problem is that I’m placing my hope in something that has no power. I place my hope in my flesh. I place my hope in crossed fingers and a terrible night of restless sleep hoping that it will glue all of the broken pieces together. But all that does is sweep my burdens under the mat. And you know what people do with mats? They walk all over them. And all of the dirt and pressure create an even larger mess.

When we do that, we disobey God. He told us to cast our cares upon him, and that wasn’t a suggestion. Really, truly He is the only one who CAN do something about it. He takes all of our cares, our worries, anything that troubles us, and He listens to them and then He throws them away. Because He takes the place of all of the cares, and worries, and troubles. He steps in and fills that hole that was left behind. And He makes us whole again.

Satan may have come to steal, kill, and destroy, but my God came to heal, seek, and save those who are lost. He came to save us. We were drowning, choking, suffocating, and He came in and brought us life. He filled our lungs with His breathe and made us whole. The life He gives us is immensely better than any other life we could find here on earth or any where else for that matter.

Sometimes we may not like the way God heals us, sometimes it hurts or is uncomfortable. But once the healing process is over, we are better than ever before.

Jesus healed a blind man with His spit. He literally covered the man’s eyes with His spit. And he wasn’t completely healed the first time. And it wasn’t because Jesus didn’t have enough power, it was because the man still had some unbelief.  To be honest i probably would still have some unbelief as well. I mean who wants spit in their eyes? like, ew. But the point is that even though it was gross and probably really uncomfortable, Jesus still brought healing.

God promises to never give us more than we can handle. And we don’t believe Him. But let me tell you, my God’s not a liar and never will be. But you HAVE to trust Him.

We go through rough patches. We go through times when it feels like we just can’t get anything right. We feel like there’s too much going on and we can’t handle it. We feel like we aren’t adequate to face the challenges that God has set before us. We feel like we can’t hike the mountain in front of us(😉).

But God’s right there beside us. He’s cheering you, me, us on. He believes in you. He believes in me. He’s our heavenly father, how can He not?

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart”

When Peter stepped off of the edge of the boat and onto the water, the desire of his heart at that moment was to reach Jesus. And as long as he had his eyes on Jesus, he didn’t fall. But the second he took his eyes off of Him, he began to drown. Jesus didn’t stop the storm when Peter had his eyes on Him, but He kept Peter safe from the storm and helped him walk on water. When we take our eyes off of Christ, we begin to drown in life’s troubles. But if we delight in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts. And He may not get rid of the storm but He protects us from it. If you need more reassurance of that just read Psalm 91.

Challenge:

Pray. Talk to God for goodness sake. Thank Him for the good in your life, tell Him what’s on your mind(even though He already knows), and then listen. We are always too busy to actually listen to what He has to say after we dump a load on Him. But if you do listen, only good will come out of it. He just wants to comfort you and speak life into you. He wants to reassure you that He is there for you and will never leave you.

much love,

b

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Our bodies are the temple of God. And because we are human, our bodies are imperfect. But God knows that, he designed us. He formed us each in our mothers wombs. We are all different, and thats okay.

Today there is so much going in this world that its difficult to catch sight of the things we say and do. But recently i saw a post on Facebook that concerned me. and Honestly, it wasn’t the post that concerned me, but the way people responded to it.

The topic of body-shaming has been tossed around so much that it has almost lost the value in what its actually about.

Just as a quick reference, the post i saw was of a celebrity who is a playboy model(meaning she is quite skinny and has a very nice, fit body)and she had been at the gym and saw a woman who wasn’t in what the world would call ”good shape” and she took a picture and made a comment that wasn’t very nice.

But can we be real for a second all body types and sizes aside, how many of us have looked at someone else and thought or said something about their body that wasn’t very nice? all of us probably. Now, i don’t think that the picture was very nice and she probably should have thought twice before she took it, but she’s human.

After this picture and celebrity were torn to pieces for wrongly body-shaming another human, another celebrity(who is a plus sized model)made a comment. And the comment was “It must be nice to be so perfect”.

This comment kind of rubbed me in the wrong way.

I personally am i pretty skinny/ petite person but that honestly is just my body type. I don’t work out, and i eat mcdonalds probably 24/7(and not the healthy stuff either). I was simply created this way. And the playboy model probably has a very similar body type to mine but she has the motivation to keep herself healthier and more in shape than i do.

Now, this other celebrity is also a very beautiful woman, also a famous model.

The only physical difference between these two, is what size clothing they wear. That’s it. And neither of them are of less value than the other because of their size.

But by saying something like “must be nice to be so perfect” is body-shaming as well.

Body-shaming at its rawest is degrading someone, putting them down because of the way they were created.

God created us all to be unique. To have individuality and diversity.

I could say, “well if you wanted a body like that, then all you have to do is workout and eat healthier” but honestly….not everyone can look like that. Because if we were all able to look like that and we all did, then that would be boring. And it wouldn’t be what God wants.

We all have insecurities about our body because they aren’t perfect. And the never will be. And i hate to be the one to break that to you, but our human minds will always always find something displeasing about our own selves. I have several insecurities about my body. But you know what, I’ve learned to see myself the way God sees me. Which is incredibly beautiful, perfect, flawless. And THAT is what we need to realize. Until we learn to see ourselves the way God does, it will be difficult to see others in that same way.

So please please please understand that you are all incredibly beautiful, handsome, perfect, and flawless.

We were created in the image of God. And He is all of those things therefore making us all of those things. Walk in that. Be confident in who you are.

If someone has ever told you that you look like someone famous, particularly someone that you really really like, it always makes you feel better. Well you look just like Christ. And He is the most beautiful of them all.

So please, take this and be encouraged.

hugs,

b.

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So as you all know, recently the world we live in has been getting a little crazy.

Now, i now what you’re thinking, “oh golly, another opinion about the violence of our terrible world”

But before you exit out of this please please understand that my only goal in this is to encourage. I don’t want this to be me ranting about violence and offering my opinion and facts that you have more than likely already heard a million times.

With that being said…

If you are on any form of social media at all, you have seen at least one post about a shooting, or the police vs. the black race, or some type of “_____lives matter”, or terrorist attacks, or kidnappings, or politics.

Well. This is our world. Or at least a giant portion of whats happening in the country we live in.

A lot of crazy things have happened and people are acting out based off of rage and anger and hurt. And i understand. I understand why you’re upset. A crazy amount of bad things have happened. Things that don’t make sense. Our government is a mad house, the law enforcement is under fire, racism and discrimination are running rampant. We are all running around like chickens with our heads cut off, screaming and yelling hate at each other.

The two absolute strongest feelings in the universe are love and hate.

The devastating truth I’ve come to realize, is that there is more hate in this world than ever before.

My heart aches for the people of our world. There aren’t enough hospitals and medicine to repair the total amount of hurt felt by everyone in this world.

The other day i was driving down the road and i saw a man standing on the sidewalk holding a cardboard sign. And i thought to myself, “oh it’s another homeless person” but as i got closer there was something different about him. He wasn’t dressed in nice clothes and probably wasn’t very physically wealthy, but he had the biggest smile on his face. His sign read, “Just smile :)”. In that moment, if i hadn’t been on my way to work i would have stopped and given that man a hug.

This is what our world should look like. That man was full of so much joy and by simply standing on the side of the road with a cardboard sign he made my entire day.

 

Even though there is an infestation of hate in our world, we still have the power to spread love. Just because there are bad things happening left and right, doesn’t mean we can’t smile and tell people that they are loved regardless of whether other people think that or not. Ultimately the truth is that God loves us first and foremost and His love is strong enough to be able to kill this outrageous infestation of hate and violence. His love has already won the battle between love and hate.

Just like everyone else, when i first heard of all this craziness i got mad. I was upset. But i thought about it, and being angry just makes me a part of it. So instead of being angry, i’ve challenged myself to let this fuel the opposite. I’ve challenged myself to spread love. Because even if I’m the only one who spreads love in this trying time, my prayer is that it touches someone and inspires them to do the same thing.

lots of love,

b

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