Jireh…

🎶Some worship songs are worth memorizing or setting to auto replay in your playlist.

🎵JIREH is one such song. The truth that it contains has continuously reassured me that God is my provider. Not because of anything I do, but because of His great love & decision to make me His Beloved.
That powerful truth is enough to keep my eyes fixed on Him above the storms.

“…I’m already loved,
I’m already chosen.
I know who I am, I know what You’ve spoken. I’m already loved more than I could imagine and that is enough…

Jireh, You are enough.
Jireh, You are enough.
So I will be content in every circumstance
Jireh, You are enough.

He’s forever enough.
Always enough. Always more than enough. He is, He is.”

🎶JIREH🎵 by @maverickcitymusic & @elevationworship

🎥https://youtu.be/mC-zw0zCCtg

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#theGodwhoprovides

Matthew 6:27-29-34 MSG

🌿“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.”

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

(Matthew 6:27-29-34 MSG)

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Jehovah Jireh

I was told to have a hysterectomy at age 31. Because a doctor didn’t think to check how my eldest was positioned, and left me in labour for too long before delivering without the cesarean I should have had.

As a follower of Jesus, I immediately prayed about that decision. Because as 31, your life feels wide open in front of you, and so do your choices.

My husband agreed with the specialist, but I had absolutely no sense of peace about it. Despite having had bleeding issues since my early teens, a miscarriage and 2 traumatic deliveries.

And that sense of no peace could not have been my own, because I wanted an end to my years of suffering.

Instead, I asked for a second opinion, and met with a specialist who had another opinion completely. The one God wanted for me. With an alternate plan to control my bleeding issue, and bring me to 41 before needing my next surgery.

God so blessed that choice that I made it almost 18 years instead of the 10 I was told before my next surgery became necessary.

And then, He again brought the right specialist to support me every 4-6 weeks through Covid, until my surgery date next Monday.

I fully believed He can & was willing to heal me with one touch like the woman who touched His robe, yet He has provided years more than I could have imagined with no bleeding through His alternate non invasive means.

Jehovah Jireh stepped in and provided a miraculous way, which defied expectation, for me in this situation.

And it was beyond any blessing I could have expected in the natural, seeing Him move over and over again these past 20 years.

Will be chatting more about this God who provides this week!

#sharingHope #theGodwhoprovides

The God Who Stays

🎶THE GOD WHO STAYS
– MATTHEW WEST

“If I were You I would’ve given up on me by now. I would’ve labeled me a lost cause coz I feel just like a lost cause.
If I were You I would’ve turned around and walked away. I would’ve labeled me beyond repair coz I feel like I’m beyond repair. Oh, but somehow You don’t see me like I do, somehow You’re still here.

CHORUS: You’re the God who stays, You’re the God who stays. You’re the one who runs in my direction when the whole world walks away. You’re the God who stands with wide open arms. And You tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart from the God who stays.

I used to hide every time I thought I let You down. I always thought I had to earn my way. But I’m learning You don’t work that way, no, coz somehow You don’t see me like I do. Somehow You’re still here…

Repeat Chorus

My shame can’t separate. My guilt can’t separate. My past can’t separate – I’m Yours forever.

My sin can’t separate. My scars can’t separate. My failures can’t separate – I’m Yours forever.

No enemy can separate. No power of hell can take away.
Your love for me will never change – I’m Yours forever!!!

Repeat Chorus to end.

#sharingHope #Godwithus #theGodwhostays

Immanuel…

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It is common to feel un-anchored after a trauma or unexpected scenario (hullo, COVID/illness, car accidents/repairs, or relational clashes).

Those moments are when I need to be grounded on something that is not fleeting, not rooted in time the same way I am. An eternal promise, one which stands beyond time.

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:22-23

Not only did this Bible verse come to pass, but it holds the key to being grounded, to knowing I am never alone no matter what comes to pass.

Immanuel” – the Hebrew word which means, “God with us” is the truth, the promise and the hope these verses contain.

More thoughts on this amazing word ahead!

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Need a hug?

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Ever feel like you just need a hug? One of those hold on tight and don’t ever let go kind of hugs?

Me too. I think I have missed hugs the most lately.

But I have found that the timely application of His promises works the same way for my inner person.

Last week, we chatted about the God Who Sees when we feel lonely.

This week, I share another one of God’s characteristics which helps anchor me when I need grounding.

#sharingHope

El Roi

There are many people in the Bible who were lonely. Overlooked. Outcast for something beyond their control. They all had one thing in common. Whether it was….

HAGAR, the woman caught between a rock & a hard place as the mother of Ishmael, Abraham’s first born, a slave with no say in the matter, treated less than kindly by her mistress, Sarah (Genesis 16).

The SAMARITAN WOMAN, married five times and currently living with a man, who Jesus met and spoke with at the well (John 4:4–42).

THE WOMAN WITH THE BLEEDING DISORDER, who had been taken advantage of by doctor after doctor over 12 years with no relief, who only wanted to touch Jesus’ robe in private to be finally healed (Luke 8:43-48).

The 10 LEPERS, who would have lived on the outskirts as the skin condition, leprosy, they had was considered ‘unclean’ and meant they could not live with their families and communities (Luke 17:12-19). In particular, the SAMARITAN LEPER.

PAUL, the religious man who hated Jesus followers enough, he tried to wipe them all out (Acts 9:1-19).

In each scenario, God showed up. He spoke to them in ways which gave them peace, restored what had been taken, healed places within needing His touch.

Hagar was able to return and live under Sarah.

The Samaritan woman encountered a non judgmental & wise Jesus so powerfully, she told everyone she met about this God who truly saw her. The Jewish & Samaritan people usually avoided one another over religious difference.

The woman with the bleeding disorder was called out openly by Jesus, and restored publicly so she could reenter society. Able to meet her friends and family for a meal once again.

The 10 lepers were healed by Jesus as they walked towards the priest to be inspected. The one who returned to Jesus to say thank you was a Samaritan

Paul and his companions encountered Jesus in a bright flash of light, leaving Paul blinded after audibly hearing Jesus say, “Why are you persecuting Me?” as well as where to go & who to see to have his sight restored. And Paul went on to preach & reach countries as a result of His encounter with the God who saw him!

In each encounter, God saw each person on the inside. He ministered to the ones usually overlooked and treated as second class citizens. The lonely, the hurting, the broken.

EL ROI is the name Hagar gave to this amazing God. And as Pastor Glenda pointed out to our church this past Sunday, this Egyptian slave woman was the only person to give God a name He did not give Himself!

#theGodwhosees #sharingHope #hopefortheharddays

chatting about loneliness

Loneliness is on the rise. Not surprising due to how digital our world has become, and how our social habits have changed. COVID & mental wellness have also contributed to its increase.

This week, I am chatting about loneliness. You may not know that many people in the Bible dealt with this emotion, including Jesus.

You are not alone as you navigate your feelings of loneliness, friend.

#sharingHope #hopefortheharddays

Technical difficulties, or…

Hi all,

As much as I would like to claim that I haven’t posted on my site for the past several days due to a technical issue, it isn’t.

I simply forgot due to getting my family’s taxes ready.

🤣😜😁🤭😉

I promise, I will be back on track to usual posting as of next week.

Blessings,

Karla

Encouragement for when you are in the fire

Daniel 3 has always been a favorite yet unusual chapter in the Bible to me.

But it took VeggieTales to make the truth of the story it contains come to life in a fresh way. And I have always associated it with the Easter story (thanks to “the bunny, the bunny, oh I love the bunny”) even though it is historically documented in the Old Testament.

Rack, Shaq & Benny (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Bible) refuse to bow down to a golden idol that King Nebuchadnezzar had made of himself, as the trio will only worship the One God, the God of Israel.

And even when King N threatens to throw them into the fire if they refused, they hold fast, replying:

“Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. But even if He doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18 MSG)

They so infuriate King N he has them thrown into an extra hot furnace (which cost him the guards who put Rack, Shaq & Benny in the fire.)

And the unexpected happened. Not only were they seen with their bindings removed, walking around unharmed, THERE WAS ANOTHER IN THE FIRE walking with them, looking like a “son of the gods” to King N.

The sight of this caused King N to call Rack, Shaq & Benny out of the fire (not one hair or clothing item smelled like fire!) and to pronounce the trio servants of the Most High God. But King N didn’t stop there. he released an edict that no one was to speak ill of this God upon fear of painful death. And promoted the trio in Babylon government.

Sometimes, we don’t see the big picture of what will happen when we put our trust in God, and obey. Even in Gethsemane, Jesus prayed for the Father to take the cup of crucifixion away, but not his (human) will, but God’s will be done.

There are situations all of us encounter where we have the opportunity to invite God to walk closely beside us as we walk through them. And if I am honest, I would often prefer them to be taken from me versus living them out.

Even if He doesn’t, I will still praise Him.

I have a peace about my upcoming major surgery which could only come from Him. My previous one was THE most physical pain I have ever experienced, yet God held me moment by moment that long night through the error of no pain medication initially being administered once my anesthesia wore off.  His presence with me took the edge of my pain off to help me hold it together until the doctor saw me first thing the next morning and immediately fixed the error.

Yet I have no fear, because I know He is near. And if it were to happen again, He would be right there again to hold me through it.

People have asked me if I believe God could heal me so i don’t need this surgery. And I wholeheartedly believe He can, for I know He is willing. Should it not happen before my surgery date, I will still praise Him.

For my faith is not based on His giving me what I think I need for my best, but accepting that He has plans for my good, for my best future, and that He will be my living Hope along the way, come what may.

#anotherinthefire #faithinaction #sharingHope