Prayer for Anxiety and Stress…

There are so many things that can cause us great anxiety, fear, worry…which leads to great stress!  Whatever you are going through, you are never ever alone.  Just go to a blog like this, and you will find someone who understands.  But, the One who truly gets it is our Father.  If you are struggling, feel free to send me a message.  I will pray for you.  God continues to remind me of Isaiah 41:10, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

God Bless you my precious brother and sister.  I have experienced great loss this summer, the pain has been unbearable at times.  But, our Father continues to remind me of His loving-kindness through people, nature, His Word, and silence.  That may seem strange, but silence allows me time to slow down and listen.  Sometimes, in the quietness, He reminds me of blessings or opens my heart to ways I can trust that He is really there and has my back.

Though the world and people may fail us, God has a mighty plan for each of us. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11.

God bless you and give you peace,

Sandra Brooks McCravy

 

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The Journey

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Life’s journey can be an odd thing.  No matter how much we plan and prepare it will take us by surprise more than once.  We might not always know exactly where we are headed or what will come next, and maybe that’s part of the fun of it all; it sure can be interesting.

We will inevitably meet a lot of people along the way; people of all different sorts.  Some will be friendly, others might not be, but all have a story no doubt. We will see many sights too, some good and uplifting, others not so much…

When we arrive in a place along the way where we can sort our adventures out, one thing is clear: it’s worth the trip. We are the sum of all that we have experienced in this life, and yet we are more than that, for along the way we come face-to-face…

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Praying Grace and Peace will fill your soul today. <3

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God Has a Plan

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Ephesians 3:1-13

Isn’t this an interesting little chunk? Paul mentions “mysteries” several times here, and likens these “mysteries” to the “administration of God’s grace”; what could he be referring to?

He mentions a mystery that was made known to him by revelation, and calls it the mystery of Christ. He ends the first paragraph telling us that this mystery has been made known, that through the gospel, the Gentiles are being made into one holy nation with Israel; the administration of God’s grace! Consider this for a second; we usually think of the gospel as being all about salvation, our salvation. The gospel is the good news about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ which made it possible for MY sins to be forgiven, so I can have eternal life… oh and by the way, you can have it too.

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Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Believe in yourself…

God loves you so much.  Whatever your circumstances, please know He is with you every step of the way.  He sees the other side, when we can’t.  I know it is so very difficult, but let’s do this together and trust and believe.  You are a marvelous miracle, and our Heavenly Father has great plans for you.

God bless you and give you peace,

Sandra Brooks McCravy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you wearing a mask?

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Does the world know the real you?  Are you hiding under layers of make up or presenting yourself in a way other than what truly shows what’s in your heart?

 

My daughters have become obsessed with the newest trends in cosmetics. One of them has a box specifically manufactured to hold tons of the stuff. 

They talk about it endlessly and try new products every day it seems. 

It occurred to me that as each layer is applied to their face, more and more of the real person is being hidden from the world. 

 

I suppose we all present a somewhat distorted version of ourselves to the public in order to come off more polished, more refined. God forbid people know the real me kind of thing. 

 

 

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Goodbye Shame and Regret…(from Proverbs 31 Ministries)

(From http://proverbs31.org)

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

We had been warned to pack lightly, but learned that was easier said than done.

Departure day for our much-anticipated family vacation finally arrived, and we packed everything we needed, plus some. Over-packing resulted in a few pieces of luggage surpassing the weight limit.

We opened our suitcases, repositioned some items and discarded others. After a lot of shuffling, all the bags met the maximum-allowed weight and we completed our check-in.

After a great vacation, we lugged all our heavy bags back to the airport. I found myself once again wishing I had packed lighter. Most of what we had brought was unnecessary weight. The load was burdensome and prevented us from being able to freely move around and enjoy the remaining hours of togetherness.

As I sat at the gate waiting to board, resting from all the heavy bag toting, I remembered an earlier time in my life. Extra baggage in my heart from shame and regret paralyzed me with its weight. Mistakes and sins of my past kept me from experiencing the freedom to live joyfully as God intended.

My fondest memory is the day I unpacked all that emotional baggage and surrendered it to God, embracing for the very first time the life of joy and purpose God had for me.

In today’s key verse, Paul expresses a similar joy in knowing there is no condemnation in Christ. Before choosing to follow Jesus, Paul had persecuted and killed Christians. That’s a lot of heavy baggage to carry. So it’s even more compelling to read why he is passionate about God not condemning us.

In the chapter right before our key verse, Romans chapter 7, Paul acknowledges he is unspiritual, that he’d broken God’s laws and was a slave to sin. He also mentions he behaved in ways he despised, and didn’t do the things he knew he should. Paul was fully aware he was a sinner who had made wrong choices. He was also fully aware that Jesus loved him, died for him and had a purpose for him, nonetheless.

Paul intentionally chose not to allow shame or regret to keep him from knowing Christ, or from fulfilling his life’s purpose to share the gospel out of his weakest places.

So many people are stuck in memories of the past that fill them with shame and regret, either from their own sin or sins someone committed against them. These memories prevent them from believing they can be loved and used by God. But not one of us has to stay stuck. Paul didn’t allow his shame and regret to keep him from glorifying God, and we don’t have to either. What a privilege to know that the same God who saw value and purpose in Paul sees those things in us as well.

Just like Paul, no matter how much baggage we have in our past, Jesus calls us to surrender it all to Him. When we do, we can live in freedom, and our restoration and redemption can serve as a shining light to a world of broken people. People need to know they, too, can be forgiven, restored and used for holy purposes God destined just for them — not despite their past, but because of it.

Dear Jesus, circumstances of my past have caused me to be filled with shame and regret. I long to be free of that emotional and spiritual baggage. Please cleanse me, and fill me with peace. Help me discover how You can turn what the devil meant for evil into good, and how You can turn my past into my purpose. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV)

Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
How might your life be different if you accepted God’s forgiveness and grace, then let go of the weight of shame and regret once and for all?

Read the whole chapter of Romans 7. How does Paul’s honest admission of sin and wrongdoing help you recognize that neither you, nor anyone, is beyond God’s redemption?

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How He Loves Us…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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