Soles4Souls.org

Macy's has teamed up with Clothes4Souls {a part of https://soles4souls.org/ } and will donate a NEW coat to Clothes4Souls each time one is purchased at Macy's from Oct 27- Nov2, up to 50,000!  Click the link to donate directly, and show warmth and God's love to others!

I'm so very thankful for the fantastic opportunities that keep coming along.  This was a shot in Columbus, OH for 31 Gifts! I met a wonderful family that I keep in touch with at this shoot.  Good things aside from a job, like meeting good folks, is a gift in itself.   for-your-family-804

Oceans, Song

This beautiful song can touch your spirit and bring faith alive in your heart!  Enjoy!

−Hebrews 13:5 Amplified Bible (AMP) 5 Let your [a]character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] [b]Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor [c]give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [d][I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor [e]let [you] down ([f]relax My hold on you)!

There are days I don't 'feel' Him there, or my love for Him and my connection to him (Faith) feels less.

How important and how thankful I am for Scripture that reminds me of His Truth!  How He will NEVER leave me, or give up on me.  He will not fail me.  When I KEEP knocking, He will open the door.  Otherwise, without knowing His Truth on my heart, I may slip into lies thinking He's gone, I'm not good enough.  Re-connect, and know He is Never going to leave you.  Relax His hold on you, what PEACE that can bring!

−Matthew 7:7-8 7 “Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.8 For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.

The amazing thing is, when you feel far from Him  you can spend time with Him and He will draw near to you.  He will never leave you.  That is in His Word!  Forming a relationship with Him PLUS learning His Word so I know the Truth, helps me to avoid the devils lies on my journey.  Like any relationship, you need to spend time together and let the Truth lay on your heart.  It's about taking that first step.  Knock on the door, and it will be opened for you!

Deuteronomy 31:8 Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you."

−Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

There are parts of the bible that intimidate me, but as I continue to go on this Journey with Him, the intimidation becomes less and less.  Before you 'get there' per say, reading that you must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul can rise up fear in your heart along with fear of the Truth.  This can create a wall and make one feel like he can't get past it or understand.  That can cause some major anxiety!  (I've been there)  I can tell you this, you don't do it alone!  Only HE can change your heart and it's a JOURNEY with Him.  As I entered a relationship with Christ, He started to change my heart.  He gives me the Grace to love Him, and as we go I do more and more.  His heart warms my heart.

 

−Isaiah 54:10 For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.

When I have moments that I lose focus of Him, I start to realize what all being ‘in Him’ does for me.  It reveals all He does for me.  Without Him my mind searches and analyses, and I’m just not sure of my steps.  This is a good time for His Word to kick in, remembering how much He loves me and how He will never leave me.  How fitting He lead me to this verse today.

While I’m in Him, my gaze and feeling of bliss and protection supersedes any other thoughts.  I am fluent in my motions, knowing He will guide me. Then all of the Glory goes to Him! This also makes me think of Proverbs 3:6;  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

−Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

At this stage in my faith journey, I'm actually seeing this verse come to life.  I'm actually living the truth!  What better way to believe with all your heart that the Bible is true?  It strengthens my faith and to say it's an 'aha' moment is an understatement.

Keeping my thoughts on Him has opened the door to a relationship with Him.  I invite Him to walk with me into every situation of my life and through this He reveals His love for me that warms my heart.  I worry so much less knowing He is with me!  I learn to trust Him more and more as I witness His miracles.  Consistently thinking of Him also takes my mind off of other things that busy it and more on His presence.

−Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

When I feel down, like what I thought for sure He had for me is potentially gone and I don't understand, it's helping me to read this.

It can be really difficult when plans you thought were in motion seem to have stopped.  When you thought He was putting things on your heart, only to unfold in another direction.

His plan is the best plan, he has good things in store for you in His perfect timing.  Reading this and letting it lay on our minds and hearts can help us to let go of what we thought we had, and look forward to what's in store.  Lean on Him, He may just be growing you in perfect ways to prepare you for what's next!  Lean on Him and give Him a chance to show you what He can do.  Specifically ask for help, believe He is there (or ask for His help to Believe) and watch Him work his Glory!