KARLA LEES

SHARING HOPE TO THE HURTING, THE BROKEN & THE LONELY.

Sometimes, I need to go back to a few verses to remind myself that they need to be put into action, and not just live in my mind & on the pages of the Bible. Colossians 3:15-16 MSG is full of what I am needing to release more of into my life right now!

🕊️Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. (His peace can help me keep my peace, and stay focused on being a team player, and what my teammates need.I need to purposefully ask for His peace, for it is the foundation for the next steps.)

🌱And cultivate thankfulness.
(Thankfulness grows if you intentionally and consistently water & feed it.)

🏡Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and follow His ways. Deliberately making space for Him to inhabit & redecorate.)

📖Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. (Holy Spirit is not only wise but loves to share the right words and direction to those who seek Him, which we can share with those around us.)

🎶And sing, sing your hearts out to God!”🎵 (To this song bird, this line reminds me to lift my voice in worship & spend time in His Presence. As if I need another reason too, lol!)

What verse holds nuggets of wisdom God is reminding you of right now, friend?

#sharinghope #bibleverse #thankful #peace #wisdom #womenoffaith #faithwritersofinstagram

🎶”This is the day that You have made. Whatever comes, I won’t complain. For all my hope is in Your name, and now Your joy awaits my praise.

Chorus: I give thanks for all You have done, and I will sing of Your mercy and Your love. Your love is unfailing – Lord, I am grateful!

When I was down, You brought me out. You set my feet on higher ground. So here I stand, You are my God. His faithfulness, my Solid Rock.

Repeat Chorus 

I give this, for all You have done. I won’t forget all the battles You have won. Your love is unfailing – Lord, I am grateful!

And as we lift our hands up heavens open, heavens open!
So let our lives declare the love our God has spoken over us! X2 

I give thanks for all You have done and I will sing of Your mercy and Your love. Your 
love is unfailing – Lord, I am grateful!”🎵

🎥WATCH IT HERE⬇️
https://youtu.be/oh2goMABFPc

#worshipHymn #worshipsongs  #faith #Christianmusic #elevationworship #musiclover
#worshipwednesday

Every Thanksgiving, we are reminded to celebrate all we have to be thankful for in our lives.

But God doesn’t want us to just be especially thankful once a year.

He longs for us to be thank-full
🌿every day
🌸in every situation
🍁every time we can.

You recall that verse “Give thanks in all circumstances” we hear every autumn?

There’s more to it….for it wasn’t meant to stand on its own!

🍃”Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

🌸BE CHEERFUL no matter what. Being of good cheer is part choice, part based upon how we handle the emergencies & hard situations we face. Which links it to the next instruction in this verse:

🍂PRAY ALL THE TIME.
Out loud, in your mind, or with your spirit, constantly bringing everything to Him in the moment.

And when we connect with Him as we do so?

🌿(We can) GIVE THANKS in all circumstances.

Only when all three occur together does the last part of this verse make complete sense:

“This (cheerfully praying with thanks every step of all we encounter) is the way God wants His Beloved to live….”

🧡Choosing joy.
🧡Connected with Him.
🧡Celebrating with thanks.

This Thanksgiving season, take the time to look back on how God has been with you in every season, and what He walked you through.

😊SMILE. (Laugh, twinkle your eyes or flash your dimple!)
Because cheerful inside usually leads to a sign on the outside!

🙏PRAY. However you pray. Whether by speaking it. Thinking it. Writing it. Singing it. Drawing it. On your own. In 2 or 3. At home. At work. Over coffee. While walking. In the car, bus or train.

🎉THANKFULLY. We are so extra blessed when we are part of God’s family:

•We are loved beyond measure by our Father. We belong.
•We are residents of the Kingdom, made whole & clean in Jesus. We’re His.
•We have access to resources beyond our comprehension through Holy Spirit. We’re never alone.

🌿Because God is fully with us through all things, we can be thank-full in every season, & every day!🍃

#thanksliving

🍁Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
🍃Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
🍂Thank Him.
🌿Worship Him.
🧡For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever!
(Psalm 100:4-5 MSG)
#thanksliving #Sonday

I shared that recently there were two verses which really helped get me through my most recent health issue.

This second verse, (one of my all time faves) continues to help anchor my emotions and calm my fears when I speak it out in any & all situations.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”

(Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)

But my favorite version of this verse?

“Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, He’ll calm you with His love and delight you with His songs.”

(Zephaniah 3:17 MSG)

As one who has struggled with loneliness & depression, and ebbing & flowing in my closeness with God, this verse brings me comfort in the following ways:

👣It reminds me that God is present beside me, always. Which means He too is walking through it, whatever it is today.

⚓ God is more than able & strong enough to save me in any way I am needing it.

💕God loves to pour His love into me, which reminds me I am beloved.

😌God calms my fears, soothes my stress, quiets my anxiety.

🎤And as a singer, this part has always given me a “thrill of hope” when it comes to mind…

🎶🎵God sings over me because He delights in me!

That knowing that God is ever present with me, and going through life beside me? Best 🎁 I have ever received!

What verses help remind you of His faithfulness, especially on the harder days? Share one here with us so we can praise Him for how His Word comes to life in our lives, and encourage one another to dig deeper into His Word & Presence for all we need.

#sharingHope
#hopefortheharddays
#bibleverses #hopewriter
#faith #blogger #biblestudy

Many times over the years, God has showed Himself faithful in ways I could not have known were coming until I encountered Him in the midst of the storm or season I was facing.

He faithfully heard me out when I was overwhelmed with the possibility of facing cancer on top of the long wait for surgery (coming up on two year soon) and walking alongside family members and friends facing their own difficulties.

God gracefully reminded and reassured me daily, sometimes moment by moment, that He would faithfully walk beside me through this season.

And He has.
And He does.
And He will continue to do so.

Because He never changes, I can hold onto Him through any storm – no matter the drama, situation, or timing. For He is constantly there, even if I can’t sense Him.

So I will continue to sing the song below at the top of my lungs, over and over, for His promises to me have always been Yes & Amen.

So I will claim victory over the battle even through I am still in one of its skirmishes!

💕YES & AMEN🔥 by Housefires

🎵Father of kindness, You have poured out of grace. You brought me out of darkness, You have filled me with peace. Giver of mercy, You’re my help in time of need. Lord I can’t help but sing…

CHORUS:
Faithful, You are. Faithful, forever, You will be. Faithful, You are!
All Your promises are Yes and Amen. All Your promises are Yes and Amen!

Beautiful Saviour, You have brought me here. You pulled me from the ashes, You have broken every curse. Blessed Redeemer, You have set this captive free. Lord I can’t help but sing…

Repeat Chorus twice.

I will rest in Your promises.
My confidence is Your faithfulness.
X4

Repeat Chorus. 🎶

WATCH IT HERE: https://youtu.be/EI22G5YpVds

#sharingHope #faithfulYouare #singanewpsalm #worshipHymn #hopefortheharddays

Here’s the reveal. Loving my new edgier look, and having the weight of a cat off my shoulders! (Seriously, 15 min after my cut, I felt like I had had an hour massage on my shoulders & neck!!) But never saying never to going back to long hair, coz I don’t know what heaven has to say about hair!! 😂🤣🤓😉)

So…. Are you open to shorter hairdos, or are you a longer pony messy bun type of gal? No judgment, just curiosity!

#hairstyles #shorthair #dontcare #lovemynewhair #lovemylook #supportlocal