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Upheld

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous, right Hand. Isaiah 41:10 The peace of God guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Fear not. He helps and holds. Never fails. Jesus overcame the world. Nothing can snatch me from His Hand. [bctt tweet="I'm not in control but I am deeply loved by the One who is."…

Follow Me

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. Luke 14:33 I’m past the point of believing Christian life is a formula and if you just do everything the right way you’ll be blessed, loved, saved. The truth is God just wants me – all of me. He’s for my eternal good. My forever. He sees the big picture and knows what will destroy me and because He loves me,…

Spin Cycle

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. --Matthew 11:29    Sometimes I won’t let go so I get dragged. I keep hoping things will change and someone will wake up. I don’t want to accept reality. The situation is painful and heart breaking - if I just tried harder….. Insanity makes me insane. Attempting to fix what is broken. Playing God because I don’t think He will do what’s needed. Obviously He…

Psalm 13

[bctt tweet="Without the dark, we'd never see stars." username="Liz_Petruzzi"] How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? This night is long. I keep waiting for you to show up, do something, rescue me. I pray and wait, try to have faith…but I can’t see or hear You. How long will You hide your face from me? It feels like You’ve abandoned me. I know Your Word says You never leave but I feel so alone. How long must I…

Less is More

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 I read somewhere there are two types of people – those who operate under a theory of abundance – there’s more than enough for everyone or one of scarcity – there’s limited quantity so I…

Messy Grace

I am excited to introduce today’s guest blogger, Hope Alexander. Hope is wise beyond her years, real and fearlessly herself. She loves Jesus with everything she has – it’s one of the reasons I wanted to feature her - she inspires me. I first met Push Press Princess, aka Hope Alexander, on Instagram. I read her blog and became an immediate fan. I started following and was inspired by her encouraging posts. When I decided to feature guest bloggers, I…

Sword of Peace

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 If possible means it isn’t always possible. As it depends on me says sometimes despite my best efforts, the other party refuses. They are bound. Captive to pain. Unwilling to give. Blind. A dove is used as a symbol of peace. Tranquil. Quiet. Gentle. Yet peace comes with a sword. The price of peace is often blood. Wars are fought for it. Christ died for…

It’s a Love Thing

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37 It was 1994, I was 24 and broke. My son was almost five and needed things we couldn’t afford. Things like speech therapy not covered by insurance, specialists who cost more than our weekly income and more. God always provided. Our total need and His undeniable faithfulness grew my faith more than anything else. When God blessed…

Words of War

And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3:6 NLT Ripped apart. Words of anger etched on my spirit, scorched holes in my heart. Condemnation and judgment sit heavy. How do I scrub words off my skin? Shrapnel stuck in my soul. My heart aches with it. Vulnerable, clay people stuck…

Love Anyway

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. John 13:34 Jesus, I can’t. I’m hurt. I’m sad. I feel betrayed. How can I love them like You? I’m angry. I don’t want to forgive. I want justice. I want them to get it. Love them anyway. Jesus, do you know what you’re asking? To love them anyway, I have to put myself aside. I…