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From Helpless to Hope. Jesus is Enough.

The Darkest Days

It was 1997. I remember driving around in the car as I often did, with no destination. I just felt the need to go somewhere. But I didn’t know where I was going. I would often cry during these drives. Even sob. I clearly remember driving up and down the hilly roads near my college, shouting, “What does it all mean?” I was speaking to someone or something. I believed in a higher being, or God as I had known growing up- yet I wasn’t really even sure who or what that was. But it was someone to ask. Or at that point, cry out to.

And here I was shouting out to this unknown god, asking what it all meant. Because right then, life seemed meaningless and hopeless, and not worth living.

Having come down from very tumultuous few years, and hitting what I felt was the bottom of a pit, I didn’t see where I was going. I didn’t see a future. I had dreamt of being a mom one day, having a loving husband, and that life most girls dream of. But that was so far off from the path I was on. It seemed like a future that would never be mine.

I had spiraled from teen years that included an eating disorder with hospitalizations, as well as some major family crises –to my college years, that began with an extremely abusive relationship that included unspeakable things, to making lots of poor choices, ending up in lots of wrong places, and now here I was, feeling helplessly and hopelessly alone. Driving in that car. Nowhere to go but wanting to go somewhere. It was the darkest night of my soul. I had no hope.

Hope Stepped In

One morning one of those car drives took me to the local church. I hadn’t been in a few years, but I felt drawn. I needed something to get me out of this dark pit.

 

New Life

That was just the beginning. Just the beginning of the most important journey of my life. My redemptive walk with Jesus. Understanding what it really means to have a relationship with Jesus and what it really means to have your sins washed away. Most importantly, the understanding that this life is not all there is, and an eternity is in my future.

It changed everything. There is nothing I can claim about it that was my own doing, but it was His doing. We woke me from the sleep I was, and gave me a new heart. And because of that new heart, my desires changed and my life became purposeful. I now want to live for Him alone. Not myself. His plans and His purposes for my life, became my plans and my purposes.

I am writing because I know what it is like in the pit and to now be on the other side. I’m not out there promoting some fluffy form of Jesus that’s shallow on the surface based on trends or feelings, or the latest hashtag or catch-phrase. This isn’t about a neat and buttoned up portrayal of grace, but true redemption that includes stuff I am not even ready to type yet. And at the core is a God who lifted me out of the muck and mire and set my feet on a rock.

 

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.

Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 40:1-5

I know firsthand what He rescued me from. I know firsthand the goodness of our God. I know firsthand suffering…and redemption.

Most days I can’t get over the fact that this life is real and I am not just watching a movie of someone’s else’s life play out in front of me. Other days, I feel like the past I lived must have been a movie, because that doesn’t seem real anymore either. My life is so vastly different now.

Because driving around endlessly and aimlessly in those dark times, I would never have guessed my future would end up like this.

But there is no aimless driving now, because He is the one at the wheel. And I am content as the passenger. Fully trusting. Those sobs of helplessness have turned to tears of joy.

Knowing Him has changed everything.

Jesus is Enough

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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Simply...Living For Him

Distracted Living

My daughter just started driving (gasp!) and I keep reminding her to never take her eyes off the road in front of her. I tell her not to get distracted. It only takes a second. 

There is so much talk about distracted driving these days because it is such a very real and very devastating problem. A driver takes his eyes off the road for just a second and life can change in an instant. Each day it seems there are new distractions to add to our list: texting, phone calls, etc. In fact, just the other day, my kids said they saw someone driving with their phone on the dashboard and a movie playing! And the driver was wearing headphones. Oh, my goodness. I pray that didn’t end in any accidents!

Yesterday, this very thing happened to me. I looked down for second because something fell, and my car began to swerve. I was jolted back to directing my eyes on the road, determined not to let that happen again.
And then I realized how much that is like our walk with Jesus.

The theme for our Simply Living For Him Retreat last year was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. We spent the weekend talking about how to keep our focus on the Lord and how the things of this world won’t pull us as strongly when our eyes are fixed on Him.

And just like that distraction in the car, it happens in our walk with God all the time. We are going about smoothly, and then all of a sudden, something of this world distracts us, and we get off course. We may even swerve into dangerous places. Or we may feel out of control. Until we get our eyes back straight where they should be- on Jesus.

And if we don’t keep them on the Jesus, the result can be devastating.

So think of your walk with Jesus like driving that car. Don’t get distracted. Stay on course. Fix your eyes on Him.

There are all sorts of things clamoring for our attention these days. The enemy wants you to swerve and crash. But God, He wants your full attention.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will not be tempted to look away. Because the more you look at Him, the less your desire will be to turn away and succumb to the distractions of this world.

Get in your Bible. Know the truth. Spend time with Him. Things become so much clearer when your eyes are fixed firmly on Jesus.

Are you living a distracted life?

For me worry often distracts me. Or details about the future. Or details about the present 😉 Things that are usually out of my control. The internet distracts many of us. Or what others are saying or doing. There are tons of things that are making noise, and we have a hard time discerning what is true, and right, and noble.

Choose today to set your eyes firmly in front of you. Set your mind on things above. Live focused.

Nothing in this world can ever deserve more attention than Him. 

 

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Building a House Vs. Building a Home • Podcast 64

 

In a media-saturated culture, it is very easy to focus on making a house that looks picture-perfect.

The amount of time and energy spent on making things “look” perfect is astounding.  Yet none of those things will go with us into eternity. We need to be investing our time, focus, and energy on what goes on inside those four walls of that house and building our family first. Relationships matter into eternity and material possessions will perish.

I would rather people come to my house and not remember the decor, but remember that they encountered Jesus.

Today I am talking about if we are building a house or a home. Is our focus, time, and thoughts on the people inside the four walls of our home or on the way that house looks?

The most beautiful part of a home, is when it is filled with Jesus.

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