Finding the Blessing In Our Struggles 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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A few months ago, I joined an awesome tribe of writers at Our Words Collaborative, a Christian devotional website where we share how God is moving in our lives. From time to time, I’ll republish some of those devotionals here on Mondays. I think it’s a great way to kick off our week – centered in faith.

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There are days I wake up, beating back exhaustion and swallowing tears. The past few years have stretched our family in ways we never imagined. And yet, through it all, an unrelenting faith is taking root. Often I pray not day by day, but second by second.  Most people would not place struggle and blessing in the same sentence, but I now understand God uses our most painful experiences to help grow us beyond ourselves, and into the realm of steadfast belief. His grace always sustains and guides us, even when we feel alone.

“If I told you my story, you would hear hope that didn’t let go…” 

– Big Daddy Weave, “My Story” 

I believe God will do the impossible. And I say this to myself repeatedly, especially during those times when the weight of disillusionment chases me, relentless in its pursuit of my joy. Confessing victory over what looks like destruction defeats the enemy every time. It’s not an easy mindset to practice, but it’s a liberating one.

I draw strength from various ministries, meditating on verses of scripture which feel as if they were written solely for me. And I read books by healing ministers such as Becky Dvorak (Dare to Believe: The True Power of Faith to Walk in Divine Healings and Miracles) who works in Guatemala, and travels the world with her husband, delivering powerful testimonies, teaching people to activate their faith and walk in the supernatural.

“Everything is possible for one who believes.” -Mark 9:23 

Slowly, friends, I am learning to transcend the physical and embrace my spiritual eyesight. God can and will do the impossible in our lives. Yet we must do our part, cultivating radical and unwavering faith within our hearts. I would like to share two ways I am activating my faith throughout the day; I pray it helps you on your own journey:

1. Surround Yourself With God’s Promises: Put up encouraging and healing scripture verses all around your home and office. Read them aloud daily, several times a day. Commit them to memory.

2. Celebrating God Through Song: Listen to praise music with meaningful statements about victory and perseverance. I particularly enjoy songs from prolific artists such as Big Daddy Weave, Mali Music, Lauren Daigle and Plumb.

Our struggles are shaping and refining us. Instead of resisting them, embrace the lessons and allow your soul to bloom through connecting to His presence.


Prayer: 

Dear Lord,

Help me to understand what appear to be obstacles are actually opportunities to activate radical and unwavering faith. Today I might face struggles, but remind me you are here, standing alongside me, conquering each roadblock.

When I am tempted to talk to co-workers, friends or family, remind me to first come closer to your spirit. Place your words within my heart: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Amen.

Believing God When  it Feels Impossible

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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“What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27

Think you got faith?, 2015 seemed to say, mocking us at every turn. I’ll show you, and the curve balls flew in rapid succession – car issues, ongoing family medical challenges, and tough business / career decisions. In myriad ways, it was the toughest year of our lives. I looked at my husband many times, drowning in exasperation and despair, often befuddled: Where is God in all of this?

There are days when I wake up, beating back exhaustion, and swallowing tears. Yet His grace sustains, guides me through the next day and the next. Moment by moment, one second at a time.  

Always, God provides sources of encouragement, inspiration and hope. I connect with authentic people on Instagram, their words become daily light posts along this journey, and songs like Mandisa’s “Overcomer” or “Intentional” by Travis Greene, exalt faith over fear. 

I find ministeries online and meditate on verses of scripture which feel as if they were written solely for me in this season of difficulty. And I read books (Dare to Believe) by healing ministers such as Becky Dvorak who works in Guatemala, and travels the world with her husband, delivering powerful testimonies, teaching people to activate their faith and walk in the supernatural.

Slowly, friends, I am learning to transcend the physical and embrace my spiritual eyesight. 

I believe God will do the impossible. And I say this to myself repeatedly, especially during those times when the weight of disillusionment chases  me, relentless in its pursuit of my joy. 

God can and will do the impossible in our lives, friends. Yet we must do our part, building radical and unwavering faith within our spirits. 

Three Ways to Activate Your Faith: 

1. Put up encouraging & healing scripture verses all around your home and office. Read them aloud daily, several times a day. 

2. Set aside quiet time to read your devotional and bible. Meditate on these words and ask God what they mean to you in this season of your life. I enjoy The First Five, a daily devotional app for iPhones and Our Daily Bread (which can be found in hard copy or electronic form – web and app). 

3. Listen to praise music with meaningful statements about victory and enduring struggle. I particularly enjoy selections from prolific artists such as Big Dadddy Weave, Mali Music, Lauren Daigle, and Plumb

How do you activate your faith? Share with me below! 

Inspiration For Your Ears: From Following Your Bliss in Business to Freedom of Spirit

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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