Category Archives: Faith

What Does The Scripture Say I Am ?

 

I am the righteousness of God

2 Corinthians 5:21

I am a friend of Jesus.

John 15:15

I have been justified and redeemed.

Romans 3:24

I am a new creature in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17

I’ve been set free.

Galatians 5:1

I am a child of God.

John 1:12

I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God

Ephesians 1:4

I am the righteousness of God

2 Corinthians 5:21

I am redeemed

Ephesians 1:7

I am God’s workmanship. His good work.

Ephesians 2:10

I have been made complete in Christ.

Colossians 2:10

I am fearfully and wonderfully made

Psalms 139:14

 

Becoming Truly Rich

When we suffer unspeakable, relentless pain and impossibilities…when our lives have been taken by circumstances out of our control…when we are abandoned, rejected, slandered; in desperate need; beaten beyond recognition; when our pain is so deep, dark and refractory that even the plethora of words encompassing human language cannot begin to describe the experience…

We can still be of service to another…there is something in us still, that someone else needs…we can choose even in our own unspeakable life-travesties, to focus on the needs of another…to be of service…to extend encouragement, love, help…to someone else.

As long as there is breath going in and out of our lungs, we have something that someone else needs. We are still of value and worth. We still have meaning and purpose.

We each have a choice in every moment of each day. We can nurture a pity party – or – we can do all we know to help ourselves, leaving the details of the outcome to God and at the same time, show love to another.

What do you have that someone else needs?

What will you choose to do with it?

Search your heart.

Is your life only about you? If so, choose to make a change and in doing so, create a much richer life for yourself and another…and as the ripple effect goes, for many you may never meet.

Choose Love and change the world.

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Copyright (c) November 24, 2012, Elizabeth L. Chalker

Elizabeth Chalker is still in the furnace of life’s calamities and fighting the good fight of faith and endurance, keeping her eyes on the prize of heaven. Before serious, physical illness devastated her body, Elizabeth was on the fast track as a successful psychologist and addictions specialist, working with violent juvenile offenders and their families, near completion of her third graduate degree. Her life is a testimony of faith that is steadfast and remains no matter the seemingly dark, unjust, and treacherous circumstances of life. She resides in Lighthouse Point, Florida. Elizabeth continues to minister to those in need and aspires to show God’s glory through every breath she takes.
www.elizabethchalker.org

How to Make Your God-Given Dreams Come True


 

 

Follow Your Dreams in 2013 seems to be the catch phrase for the new year.

Many people are following their dreams, but are they following their God-Given Dreams ?

It’s one thing to start something  you think you should do,but another to know without a shadow of a doubt that God gave it to you.

Read what Joyce Meyer says about making your God given dreams come true.

www.joycemeyer.org

God gives His children big dreams to pursue in life. In order for those dreams to be fulfilled, we must spend time in training, cooperating with God in a process of personal development. This process includes time, determination and hard work.

These days, we’re so used to convenience. We use automatic dishwashers to clean our dishes and laundry machines to dry and press our clothes. We just press a button and a machine goes to work. But nothing is automatic in God’s kingdom. You can’t fulfill His plans and purposes without developing the necessary skills.

In Proverbs, we read about the ant. Ants more than make up for their small size with simple determination, and we can learn a giant-size lesson from them. We must be just as self-motivated and self-disciplined.

As you develop that kind of self-motivation and discipline to live for Christ, you will become all God created you to be and also lead others to Him in the process. So keep pressing on, growing in determination, and watch your dreams come true!

How Do I Study The Word of God ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday people are giving their life to the Lord.

Some  knew him as a child and others are babes in Christ. In order to sustain yourself you need the word of God to be alive in you.

Below are 4 Tips to help you develop a more intimate relationship with God and his word from Joyce Meyer.

www.joycemeyer.org

1. Purposely set aside time. I make an appointment with God in the mornings, but if that doesn’t work for you, find a time that does, even if it’s not every day. Just start somewhere and you’ll see the positive fruit that this time brings to your life!

2. Make preparation for your Bible study. Choose a place that you enjoy being, a room in your house where you can be alone.

3. Have all your materials available. You’ll want your Bible, of course, but also get a good Bible dictionary, concordance, pen and paper. That way, you don’t have to stop every few minutes to reference something or write something down.

4. Prepare your heart. Talk to God about things you may need to confess, and enter your study time peacefully and without anything that may block you from receiving revelation during your study.

Take the time to study the Word because there is power in it to change your life and become the person God wants you to be.

I Got the Victory


Because The Devil Is Defeated and God Be Praised
I Got The Victory, The Victory
Every Situation I Face I Win
I Got The Victory, The Victory
And Everything Works For My Good In The End
I Got The Victory, The Victory

Those are a few words from Tye Tribbett’s praise song entitled “Victory”

The dictionary’s definition of victory is “a success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war.”

Victory must start with Praise, be consumed with Praise and the conclusion must be Praise.

When we know we are struggling with something and gain yet another step or jump over another hurdle in that struggle, that’s a victory. We must celebrate the small with the big. We assure victory by first having victory in your mind.

Proverbs 23:7 reads “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
If  we think we are defeated, we are. But if we change our attitude from defeat we begin to walk victorious, talk victorious.

To be victorious to me is to overcome an obstacle, to take yet another step. To stomp on the word NO. To stomp on the word FEAR.

One battle I thought I would never be victorious over was to love someone that did nothing to deserve my love. In fact they did everything in their power to tear me down and break my spirit.  How do you love someone that did everything in their power to hurt you? I struggled with this daily but the word said that I must love as Christ loved and that love covers a multitude of faults.

When I began to study I Corinthians 13 the Lord showed me what love really was and I was missing the mark big time. But I was in flesh and everything in the natural told me that you love when love is returned. If they don’t love you don’t love them. But that is how the world loves and that was part of my “old” man. Now that my mind is renewed and I am a new creature my character had to change.

To say you love someone is to love despite what they do. To love like Christ loved.
That is true, unconditional love. When Nicole started to look at the person as Christ did and that he loved me in spite of me, it was much easier to love. Because I was a mess and he still loved me.

At times I don’t dot all my I’s and cross all my t’s concerning that unconditional love  but I can honestly say that I am not how I used to be. And that my friend is a VICTORY.

A true champion for God knows they are victorious over the battles they are facing. They meditate and apply the word of God in battle. We must know that our true and only weapon in battle is the word of God. It is the final authority in everything.

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Nicole Cleveland is an author, speaker and founder of Breathe Again Magazine

www.nicoleconline.com

 

If the Word Fits…Wear It

 

“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Romans 13:14, NIV)

 

            What is our spiritual clothing?  Our physical clothing defines us each and every day.  For example, I’m a stay at home mom, so most of the time you will find me in sweats and a t-shirt for my daily attire.  When I was teaching school, I could not get away with wearing that type of clothing in a classroom.  I had to put on a professional demeanor, and my clothing reflected that.  Spiritual clothing should reflect who we are in Jesus Christ.  If our physical clothing defines our daily lives, then our spiritual clothing should reflect Jesus in our daily life as well.

After having three children, I am finding out that entering into my closet can be a blessing or a curse.  My youngest boy just turned one year over the summer.  I’ve found out my wardrobe in stuck between a rock and a hard place sometimes!  I’ve got the clothes that I wore before my last baby.  I was about 10 pounds thinner than I am now.  Then I’ve got the clothes that I wore about half way through my pregnancy, and finally the clothes I wore at the end of my pregnancy.  Of course these are way too big.  For some reason out of all my clothes, there seems to only be a few, precious items that have that perfect fit.  There seems to only be one or two perfect jeans in my closet that do the trick!  The reason for this illustration is a simple comparison to the Word of God.  God gives people a word from Him.  It is up to God’s children to believe the word from Him, and want to proclaim it to the world.  Only certain items will fit into our walk with God, and as Christians, we need to make a choice.  I wish it was that simple. But sometimes it’s like the jeans in my closet.  We can’t seem to find the time or place to make that word fit into our lives. Well then, if God gives His children the word, then why shouldn’t we proclaim it?  Don’t we want to glorify our Heavenly Father? I believe the enemy tries to confuse us with that same word God gave us.  Many times the question arises in my own mind, “To speak or not to speak?”

Oh the tongue!  I’ve heard the sermons on it time and time again.  It seems to be a problem for many.  We’ve got so much floating in our minds, that we feel somebody ought to hear what we’ve got to say!  After all, you are right, aren’t you?  I used to feel this way myself.  At the former little church we attended in the country, I had no problem voicing my opinion, over and over again.  I spoke up freely in business meetings, or anytime anything came up that had to remotely deal with me.  Did I work in the church?  Yes, I volunteered for everything, or I got volunteered.  Because in my mind I was thinking, “If I don’t do it, who will?”  I believe the enemy is creeping in to churches all over the world putting these thoughts in people’s heads.  Unfortunately, what ends up happening is burning out with stress.  Another thing that happens is people are pouring their hearts out volunteering and teaching, that little learning is taking place.  I found myself at this point in my life several years ago.  I was at a place where I was speaking out of righteousness, teaching out of guilt, and was not allowing myself to lay down at Jesus’ feet to hear what He had to say to me.  Basically, my spiritual wardrobe was over-sized and didn’t match up to the Word of God!

By the grace of God, and the Holy Spirit, things changed.  God brought forth such a change in me, that I felt there was nothing else to do but share it.  Let, it be known that I’m not giving anybody counsel to leave their church!  However, sometimes you may come to a fork in the road, and you need to take a deep breath and listen.  We did leave our church, mostly because we moved.  It was one of the hardest and scariest things we had ever done.  It can be a very intimidating situation entering into a new church, where you know nobody.  However, the change came.  I was allowed to learn for a while.  The Lord called me distinctly at this time in my life to be a learner.  Listen friend, this is important!  I believe God is calling his children to a place to learn or teach, and you must recognize which area you fit into.  This is not to say you can’t do both.  But it is prevalent to figure out which direction God may be leaning you closer to.  Sometimes it’s time to sit down, shut up, and listen!  I was in our current church for a couple of years when God revealed this to me.  It was right after Christmas in 2010 that God spoke to me truly about this subject.  He told me very distinctly, “Martha get out of the kitchen, and come be a Mary!”  I had been so busy doing my business; I had not been about my Father’s business.  Once I heeded to God’s calling, life became so much easier!  I had to stop trying as hard, and I could allow Jesus’ grace to cover me.  When we allow God to speak to us through His word, we can become like little children again.  We can let the cares of the world drift away, as we sit down at Jesus’ feet, listen, and learn.  You feel like that little child sitting cross-legged as your teacher reads you your favorite story.  After all, Jesus did say, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.”(Matthew 19:13, NIV) Many people think that is about children.  I believe it is in the physical realm.  However, in the spiritual, it is the children of God I believe He is speaking about.  God wants His children to come and sit as still as a child listening to a teacher telling a story to her students.  This excites me so much, because I was always the one telling the story’s to students.  Now I can become as innocent as one of them, and sit down at Jesus’ feet.  When we do this, our spiritual clothing can slip on perfectly, and match up to God’s teachings.

I find that through our valleys in life, is when we are to be still and know God is God.  Next, after God has brought deliverance upon us, this is the time to make the Word fit and wear it as a testimony.  Many people find shame in the heartaches and pain that the enemy brings to their life.  We cannot be ashamed of anything that has occurred while we were in the valley.  As Christians, we must climb up to the mountaintops of God, fly on His eagle’s wings, and allow His Holy Spirit to lead our former faults to bring joy to a brother or sister in a current valley in their life.  God recently began to bless my family out of a valley to a restoration time in a situation in my life.  I noticed in the beginning the prayer request looked bright, and all was going great.  But in the last hours of this restoration occurring, while we were being still and waiting upon God, the enemy threw a few lies our way.  Our discouragement began, but then I remembered a beautiful promise in God’s Word.  “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw night to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:7-8a, KJV)  I had to remember that God is the solid rock, upon which I must stand on.  I had to wear the Word like my favorite pair of jeans that fit just right, and not take it off until deliverance occurred!

I find many opportunities in my daily life to speak God’s Word over and toward people.  These random events seem to appear out of nowhere, but I do pray daily for this.  I feel like many people today are being called by God, but they may not understand the season for their calling.  We have to be so careful, because if we try to speak God’s Word before people are ready to hear, it may turn into a disaster.  This is exactly how the devil wants it to be.  I used to speak, speak, speak, without listening, listening, listening!  Thank you Lord for grace, grace, and more grace!  Shortly after I began to become more of a listener, I knew I needed to study the tongue, and how powerful this two-edge sword could be!  God showed me this verse, which I ponder frequently.  “A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11, Amplified)  Sometimes, it is best to be still and know God is God.  There may be a lot to say and do, but finding the perfect fit to the word God has given you is one only found by much prayer and supplication.

The key verse at the top speaks a world of good about God’s Word.  Picking out my perfect fit in clothing is important; however, it is just a physical attribute to my day. The more layers of spiritual clothing we pack on to us, the better protected we are from the world.    The only way this can be accomplished is to dive into the Word of God and see what fits in my mind spiritually.  I have to be careful for those pre-baby jeans that look good in my closet, but in reality do not fit on my post-baby body.  Make sure that the word in your mind is from the Lord, before it becomes clothing that defines you!

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Becky Addington
Mother of 3 boys
BSE in Early Childhood
Searcy, AR

Season.Crave.Wait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The year that’s about to end, I could say, was a bittersweet journey for me. There were some events this year that made me appreciate life more and there were also some that made me lock myself inside my room and cry out to God for help and enlightenment. There were a lot of things I learned about life, about my faith, about people, and topping them were the things I learned about God that made me enjoy my walk with Him all the more.

During our Victory group’s Christmas party held in Tagaytay, one of the activities done was writing down on a paper designed and printed just for the occasion, the top 5 things we are thankful for in 2011, the top 5 things we are believing God for in 2012, and our message to God.

In all sincerity, I had a tough time choosing the top 5 of the things I’m thankful to God for in the year 2011. It maybe a bittersweet ride but nevertheless, I realized I still have countless of things to be grateful to God for. He ushered me in to the start of the year with much hope in my heart and still continued to fill my heart with more wonderful things to aspire for in the year and years to come.

Perhaps, I could summarize my 2011 in three words: SEASONS.CRAVE.WAIT

SEASONS.

God put me in a number of seasons in 2011. In some of these seasons, God let me hear His voice loud and clear in almost all the conversations I had with Him, while there were also some seasons when He seemed too silent and far away. Nevertheless, I am just as grateful for all those periods of my life because I’ve learned to understand what ‘walking with God’ actually means and what it really takes to be able to enjoy that walk on a level that you and God only know.

CRAVE.

The seasons of my life in 2011 made me crave for God and His words more than ever. I was able to feel that certain longing to get to really know Him and hear His voice. And being able to finally hear God’s voice was the highlight of my year. I never really thought that that thing could actually happen. Since then, in most of my quiet times, I would always   be excited to hear His voice and what He wants me to know and be enlightened about. In most of my decisions, if not all, I’ve learned to seek Him first before deciding what to do.

WAIT.

I’ve checked my 2011 Faith Goals recently and yes, not all of the things listed there were crossed out yet. Not yet. Nonetheless, I am thankful that God blessed me with a heart to continue to wait on Him patiently. Being able to get to know Him more and spend more time with fellow believers, I was now able to associate and include JOY with WAITING.

Waiting and hoping on God is indeed much happier and bearable than to wait and on hope on man. People could fail you, even the closest person to your heart could let you down. GOD NEVER WILL.

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Apple Lopez

www.applelopez.wordpress.com

What is It ?

 

What is it that causes you to get up in the morning?  What is it that causes you to stay up at night?  What is it that will not let go of you even after years and years of trying?  Whatever that IT is for you, it is tied to your destiny.

Close your eyes right now.  What do you see?  Keep looking.  What comes into view?  Some of you may say nothing.  Then what do you hear?  Listen closely.  Do you hear your heart calling to you from deep within?  Can you see yourself in a place of true fulfillment and happiness because you are doing what you want to do; you are where you want to be, with whom you want to be with?  If not then know that you can.   Even if you can see it and hear it already, know that it can become clearer and more focused when you actually obtain it!

The key is in the journey of finding your IT and the journey begins at birth.  The moment you breathe your first breath, you are stepping into the rest of your life.  You can spend it chasing your dreams or fulfilling your purpose, only you can make the choice.

We are all born with certain bents in life.  The Bible says to “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)  The way he should go is his’ or her’s bent or God given gifts, talents, and skills.  Once parents study their children they can determine which way to train or lead them into their destiny.   So many times parents want to raise their children to be “mini-me” when in fact God may have an entirely different plan for their lives.  Life truly begins when you find your reasons for living.  When you see the vision, write it down, and make it plain, that’s when you can truly run and ultimately fly into your life’s purpose.

Even after we find God or He finds us there are still things that are calling to us waiting to emerge and be fulfilled.  Sometimes they are felt as nagging aches, or an itch that needs to be scratched but can’t be reached, that is the It that will be revealed and fulfilled in your life as you read this book. Your true purpose and destiny are waiting to come forth because this is your season to Reign with the King!

Rosalind Y. Tompkins is the author of “As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Hope”, “Rare Anointing” “You Are Beautiful” and her latest eBook “U Got To Have It: You Can Have It All!”  She is the founder of the grassroots community-based, non-profit organization, Mothers In Crisis, Inc., the television show host of “In The Know with Pastor Rosalind Y. Tompkins”, a prophetic poet, a spiritual life coach, and the senior pastor of Turning Point International Church located in Tallahassee, Florida.

To get your copy of “U Got To Have It” go to www.UGotToHaveIt.com

Abundant Life Costs

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The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him. Psalm 28:7 AMP

It was definitely no mistake, my peaking out the kitchen window to enjoy a quick view of our backyard and learn the weather conditions before dashing off to work. The trees looked sturdy as ever, the sun shone brightly on the grass, and the dried leaves from last fall that are hard to gather remained vigilant. The weather appeared very inviting. I stepped away from the window to get my breakfast and gather my lunch containers and then heard my husband urging me to move quickly and witness the blue jay feeding its infant.
Oh it really was a wonderful surprise.

I observed that there was another young fury feathered bird not so far in the distance. It was apparent that more than just an early morning feeding was occurring. We realized that this was the case because once the Blue Jay was fed-as if on cue it began to flutter its wings. The youngster’s furious flapping didn’t get him far at all. Maybe midway up the trunk of the broad tree, if that far! Then the miniature wings seemed to broaden, but that didn’t prevent the Blue Jay puttering out and down the tree trunk! The bird’s stamina returned and then made another attempt to fly. Determination was evident.

We observed that in the near distance was a squirrel, possibly summing up the situation and planning to pounce on this unsuspecting prey. We were correct. The squirrel leaped in midair towards the baby Blue Jay, but its attempt was feeble. The squirrel didn’t prevail! In a split second a pair of elder Blue Jays pounced on the squirrel and a chase erupted. You had to witness this to really appreciate it. A squirrel being pursued by Blue Jays, imagine that! Who was the victor then? The Blue Jays were prepared to win! They didn’t miss a beat. Oh my friends, there was no victimization mentality there! They were having none of it!
The youngsters were having a real survival lesson and our backyard was the launching pad. We enjoyed watching the heroic Blue Jay family and immediately in my spirit I surmised that abundant life costs, it’s not free! It’s not easy, and it’s daunting at best and often a struggle to get ourselves off the ground, moving up the “tree of life” towards our destined call. Launching pads aren’t for the faint at heart. Wimpy sprits aren’t welcome, they need not apply and bully’s better get back! I appreciated the parents of the baby bird and how they were there to teach, direct and protect, but wise enough to understand that it was time for the babies to be pushed out of their comfort zones.
God designed and orchestrated our observation of that teaching moment! Thank you Jesus! Today’s life lesson demonstrated with a simple act of our peering out the window many things about God’s providence. What does this lesson convey to your spirit? I trust you’ll agree that daily it takes muscle, wit, tenacity, strength and determination to say focused and endure! Let’s agree that God is our strength and gives us the resolve and nourishment needed (i.e. His scripture and guidance) to keep at it. It allows us to keep attempting to get our living right.
Thank goodness for the concordance which alphabetically lists the principal words like “strength” to assist us in locating reinforcements, the sword; the word of God! Yes, the Holy

Scriptures to make living relevant
Isaiah 41:10 – 13 AMP

Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you but shall not find them; they who war against you shall be as nothing, as nothing at all. For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you!
Remember it is ok to follow our lead, lift the shades, open the doors, pull up the blinds and part the curtains as you marvel at the Divine at work! God will give you the strength to soar! We are witnesses that abundant life does costs, but it is so sweet!! Rely on his word; His strength is yours for the asking!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda Mose Meadows is celebrating ordinary days with extraordinary promises! She’s co-editor of Eyes of Faith Magazine :http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/ http://issuu.com/eyesoffaith and the Inspirational Author of devotional (paperback/audio book/eBook)entitled: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises , Journalist and Inspirational Columnist for Empower  and Urban Views weekly-Richmond Times Dispatch.

He Restores My Soul

Woman Praying Picture AHe makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:2-3

Driving up the steep, curvy, gravel road, I asked the Lord to meet me on the mountain. After a season of intense trial, I needed some time alone with the Lord. I needed the peace and comfort and restoration that only come through Him.

After breaking my right foot in early spring, I’d been unable to walk or drive for ten weeks. As my world shrunk to four walls, the days crawled by. Satan didn’t waste this opportunity, this time of weakness and discouragement, to attack. Life delivered another blow that threatened to break my very spirit – my soul.

As I returned to the doctor for check-ups and x-rays, the news was the same time after time. The bones haven’t healed. The bones haven’t healed. “Why aren’t your bones healing?” the doctor finally asked.

The news from my spirit was the same. The heart hasn’t healed. The heart hasn’t healed. “Why isn’t my heart healing?” I cried out to the Lord.

I felt so helpless. I felt so alone. I felt so wounded. The words that usually poured from my heart onto the page ceased. This had never happened to me before. Yet, that’s exactly what Satan wanted.

Ten weeks after the fall that broke my foot, I returned to the doctor for yet another x-ray. With the report in hand and a smile on his face, he walked into the room and delivered the wonderful news – your bones have healed. Even though my foot was tender and painful to walk on, I enjoyed every step I made. I enjoyed getting into my car and driving once again. My foot had been restored.

But my heart – my spirit – that was another story. Desperately needing to get away, I made a reservation for a few days at Pilot Knob Inn. Arriving at the tobacco barn cabin, I unpacked my bag and laid down for a nap. As I closed my eyes, sleep didn’t come – prayers did. Lying on the bed, I began to feel God’s mighty presence as I poured out my heart to Him.

The room was dark because the view from the small window was obscured by trees. Suddenly, an intense light from the sun shone between the leaves and forced my eyes open. I hadn’t seen even a tiny opening in those leaves but God allowed the sun to break through and flood not only my face but my heart. As I shielded my face from the bright light, I felt that I, like Moses, had seen the goodness of the Lord pass by me.

Throughout the weekend, each time I tried to nap, my nap time turned into prayer time. I was drawn to God’s word and read Scripture that I’d highlighted while going through previous trials. I read all the verses I could find pertaining to healing.

Thinking my broken spirit couldn’t be repaired in one short weekend, I merely hoped to find peace and a little restoration. Packing my car to return home, I realized how little faith I have in our big God. I’d asked the Lord to meet me on the mountain and He had met me on the mountain. I asked him for a little peace and restoration. God gave me His peace that passes understanding and He healed my broken spirit. I returned home to the same problems I’d left behind only now, by His grace I knew I could handle them. The Lord restored my soul.

Susan Shelton Dollyhigh is a free-lance writer and columnist who recently won the Women of Faith Shine the Light Contest and 3 awards at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. She and her husband have two children and two grandchildren and reside in Mount Airy, North Carolina (better known as Mayberry). www.inspirationfrommayberry.com