vrijdag 29 juli 2011

God's Promises, Faith blog hop

Welcome to the God's Promises Faith Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from Amanda you are in the right place.  If you just arrived at my blog, you should go to Paper Tree House in order to start at the beginning.  Every month a group of brave women get together to showcase the Glory of God.  This month we want to showcase His faithfulness during trying times, so kick back, relax and let the Lord touch your heart with His Truth! 

Did you know that there are 1260 promises in the Bible?  I did not count them myself, but am blown away by the fact that each and every promise the Lord gives, He is faithful to fulfill.  It is pretty easy to believe this when times are easy and abundance surrounds our lives, but is that the same when trouble hits?

The Bible says that our hearts are deceitful above all things and then it adds WHO CAN TRUST IT? Have you ever considered that maybe the reason why we dont trust God is because we spend more time looking at how big the waves in our lives have become and forget that God created the entire UNIVERSE with just His breath...  Think about it, the Lord spoke the ENTIRE World into existence... the only thing created that was made with His hands was man and woman.  That is why He says that if He provides for the birds and the plants, how much more to His children?  You are precious to the Lord and He will not fail you, even when it feels He might. 

In this hop you will read the stories of women like you that have faced trouble and probably even lacked the faith to believe in the miracle the Lord performed at the very end! Our prayer is that you would open your heart to the Truth found in these promises and that you would even share with us what God has done in your life.  Your victory may become our hope... :)

During the hop you will find many chances to win prizes! All you have to do to be considered for one of those prizes is leave a comment and become a follower of the blogs you will hop through.  For the Grand Prizes , make sure to leave a comment, become a follower, and "LIKE" Paper Tree House on Facebook.  This will allow you to find out about future hops we will be having.  

Here are the brave women that dared to share their stories:

The grand prizes:

Stamping Things: The Topper Ink Pad Holder (http://www.stampinthings.com/stamp-pad-holder.html)
Paper Tree House Studio: Exclusive PDF file tutorial for Mini-Book Taught at CHA.
K Andrew Stamps: Stamp Set
Tombow: Grand Adhesive Set

Wow, what a great theme for this months Faith blog hop.
God has so many promises for us. But often we forget about them. At least, I know I do.
I know from my own experience, that it's hard to keep faith when times are tough. I'm going through a tough time right now. Since the beginning of March I am stuck at home with a burn out. It is the second one in like 4 years or so. I have my ups and downs, and lately I feel like I will never overcome this lack of energy and the anxiety I have. I've always been a very optimistic girl and always had the idea I will overcome things. But now that it is taking so long to get my energy back, I feel like I will never get out of this.
I just want to get better so quickly... although I know this can't be overcome in a week. But I still get dissapointed in myself that it's not getting better the quick way I want.

So this theme of God's promise is just a gift for me. I did need to sit myself down (which I hardly do... I just get so busy with unimportant things, so that I don't have to sit down and think and feel emotions), pray to God and read the bible in order to see what God has for a promise I need right now.

I came across some verses in Isaiah. Isaiah 8:14  which says:
He will be a place of safety for you.
Wow.... I always knew that, but still I wanted to do things all by myself. It's a thing I have always felt like I needed to do. But how wrong am I!! I'm not alone in this world and God made me, because He loves me the way I am. I hope and pray I can hold on to this when I feel a panic attack coming up. To know that He is there and is a safe haven for me! Wow, that's just such a powerful promise!

And then I read Isaiah 55, verses 7b, 8, 9 and 12 stood out for me:
"For He will abundantly pardon.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace."

Sometimes (I think more than just sometimes) we want the things done our way. We think that the things we want or need NOW is the only right thing and time to get it. But how wrong are we at that, I think. Yeah, maybe some things could be okay to get it in the time we want, but how about the future? Maybe it's better to wait for things, to grow into them. Instead of demanding to have it here and now.
God knows best what en when we need things. His ways are far more better than our ways.This always sound very easy, but I know it's not. But just wait and see and trust in our faithful Father. And in a while you will see that things are better in His way ;-)

Please feel free to tell your story about the struggles you go through and how God touches you. Think about the wonderful promises He has for you. You just have to stretch out in faith to Him.

I pray that what ever you go through right now ( the truggles, the hurt, the feeling of failure, being sick or having trouble to hold your head up above the surface, or any other kind of thing that holds you back to enjoy life and live in peace) that you will open up your heart and let God touch you in a very special way. That you will feel His love for you and that He says to you: "My sweet dear child, I am always there for you and I love you. And it's all gonna be okay, just trust in Me and my promises for your life".

God loves you, and so do I! 

Thanks for hopping through this faith hop.  Know that we are praying for you and really hope your eyes are opened to the Truth about the Lord's Faithfulness! :)

Now head over to Nicole to read her story. 

Love in Christ,


10 opmerkingen:

Amanda Johnson zei

It is so hard to have that blind faith and trust sometimes. I know I struggle daily with trying to do it MY way, but thankfully God has more patience with me than I sometimes have with him. Thank you for sharing your story. God is so good!

Jen zei

Thank you for this! You are such a blessing.

Cathy zei

Thanks for sharing your insights, In my life there have been many many struggles. I take on day at a time and live with the belief, god knows what is good for me and what I can handle. I trust in him.
new follower here

SueNJ zei

Wendy you are a beautiful and wonderful child of God. Sometimes we need to rest in our Father's care and let Him build us up. You can and will overcome this. There was a very dark period in my life that I remember sitting in one of the most well known cathedrals and crying because I felt so desperately alone. God made himself evident to me and that is where our real relationship began. Years later that experience became a popular song I wrote for my husband's CD (I did not realize that I could write a song nevermind several) and that this would become a testimony I would share when we would minister in song to others struggling and institutionalized.

What you are enduring now will find you coming out on the other side stronger and this will aid others. May you feel His presence throughout each day.

Thanks for participating in this hop with me :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B

MiamiKel zei

Wendy, your words have touched my heart and the scriptures are ones that I, too, have held close to heart in some of my darkest hours. What a refreshing post, one to surely share the inspiration of creativity (wonderful layout and photo!) but mostly of His love for us, His most treasured children! TFS - Blessings!

EstherT zei

Wendy, thank you for your transparency - it's so hard to admit to anxiety. I know when it hit me after my third child was born, I almost exhausted myself before telling anyone. I found that it was the scripture I'd been memorizing since childhood that helped the most. When my mind wouldn't stop in the middle of the night, I would quote verses that had promises ... "I will never leave you or forsake you" and "He who comes to me, I will not cast out" being some of the most comforting.

~Thanks, Esther

Vicki zei

Faith doesn't instantly happen usually, Faith is something that we learn..While you are waiting it is easy to fret or have anxiety but when you do that you cheat yourself out of conversations with God or Him leading you to see something or learn something. It took me a long time but I have come to expect, because He promised, I have learned His timing is perfect and I have marveled at what He has shown me or put in my path while He goes about doing what it is that HE wants.
In Hebrews Chapter 11 the word Faith is used 27 times showing how God worked when people exercised Faith..Take some time to read it, I think you will see that when we exercise Faith, God comes through..

Scraping Miami zei

What a great LO sometimes I feel like putting a picture and just writing all my thoughts down. Thanks for sharing the wonderful blesses God has for us.

fabitolana zei

Hola valla cuan grande es el amor de Dios ...hermosa historia ..cariños desde Chile

Debora zei

Hola!!! Gracias por compartir tu histoiria, bendice los corazones el saber que Dios tiene planes de bien para sus hijos!!!
Bendiciones Debora