Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be taking some time off from my blog. I love having the opportunity to minister to others through my blog and through th e-mails I receive, but I am in a season where I need to take some time off from it. I’m in a place where I need to step back a little, and I’m finding it difficult to do that while trying to keep up with e-mails from my blog and writing new posts, etc. For those of you who may wonder, nothing is wrong. I just need to take some time for me (and my own continued healing), and I have not traditionally been very good at doing that! While talking with a friend tonight, I realized that I definitely need to do this for just a season. I am excited about what God is doing in me and I look forward to telling you all about it in the future. *For those of you who struggle with any of the topics I have written about on my blog, please check out the ”Resources” tab above for additional ministries I trust who have lots of related information on their websites. Thanks, everyone! ~ Amy
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall”.
Are you carrying burdens on your shoulders that you were not meant to carry?
I’ll be honest…this is a subject that is often a challenge for me, because I tend to carry burdens I shouldn’t carry if I’m not careful. The subject of casting our cares can be a tough subject, because we go through so many trials in our lives. I’m sure there are some people reading this who have dealt with some pretty major things, even just in the last few days. So when I say we need to cast our cares, I don’t say it lightly. God doesn’t say it lightly, either. It’s not that God doesn’t understand us or think anything should bother us. He knows the pain in our hearts. He knows our worries, concerns and fears. BECAUSE He knows how much they weigh on us, He tells us to cast them on Him. We were not meant to carry these burdens ourselves. Continue reading
“Maybe you’ve been laboring for months, maybe years, and feel like you’re getting nowhere. The process is getting harder. The promise looks like a mirage. The doubts of the miracle promised seem more real than going through the pain of getting to the other side. Remember you’re in transition and the break through is about to take place” ~ Stephanie Bryant.
This is an excerpt from a post I read that was written by Stephanie Bryant, co-founder of @incourage. This beautiful post is about the middle part of the journey that God has each one of us on. It can look like nothing is happening. It can even look hopeless sometimes. But joy is often right around the corner. Check out the remainder of her post here…
Click here for Part 1 of “Longing For Intimacy”
…What do we do with the voids that we have in our lives? We know we need to give them to God, because He’s the only one who can fill these places in our lives. So often we make the choice to give it to Him, but then we either take it back or we slowly fall back into filling ourselves up with something else again.
Do you really KNOW that God can truly fill every void in your heart?
Not that long ago, my answer to that question would have been “No”. Sure, I would have verbally said, “Yes”, but deep inside I didn’t believe that He could truly fill the voids in my heart. I knew my answer should be “yes”, but inside I doubted it. The needs in my life that continually went unmet didn’t seem to be places that God could help me with. Thankfully, I have realized since then that God can fill every place in my heart that needs healing, simply even because He is the One who created me and He knows exactly what I need. Now I know what it’s like to have true intimacy with God. It’s amazing, and very, very real! Continue reading
Intimacy with Christ is not something that’s talked about in every church, and it is not something I remember hearing much about in my church growing up. It’s just been in the last few years that I’ve started to really learn what it is all about.
What is intimacy with God?
We were each created to have a relationship with Jesus that goes deeper than anything else we could experience with anyone else on this earth. Having an intimate relationship with Jesus includes having a deep, personal relationship that goes deeper than anything else. Like other relationships, this takes time to develop. As we invest time into Him and draw closer to Him, He will draw closer to us. Continue reading
I wanted to share something that a friend of mine shared on Facebook this week. I just love this!
“I never liked the saying “a leopard can’t change it’s spots” but truth be told, the one who created the leopard can change it’s spots. People can change, I know this because I am changed. When you surrender all to the one who made you, almighty God, He will change you from the inside. When you are more concerned about pleasing God than pleasing people, it changes you. When He heals your heart, your wounds, it changes you. So, I believe a leopard can’t change it’s own spots but God can!” ~ Theresa B.
At one critical point in Lisa Moeller’s life (when she was not even seeking Him), God instantly delivered her from a life of drug abuse and a lesbian identity.
When I read about this, it caught my attention. This is not something you hear about Continue reading
How we see ourselves affects everything. It affects how we act, what we think, what we say, how we carry ourselves and how we live our lives. It affects how determined or driven we are, how passive or controlling we are and how we treat others.
I was reading about the woman caught in the act of adultery in John 8, and a picture like this was included in the devotion:
I felt an immediate connection to that picture. I can really relate to what it is trying to Continue reading
Not too long ago my 3-year-old daughter asked me to pick her up and fly her around the house. No problem. Well, a few hours later, my back started to hurt. My back hurt like never before. It turns out I have a muscle spasm in my lower back. I cannot reach forward or pick anything up without being in a lot of pain. This is very frustrating, especially when I have so much to do.
I guess this is going to take some time.
This caused me to start thinking about healing in other ways… Continue reading
I saw this on Facebook this past week, and I wanted to share it with you.
Do you need encouraged right now? Maybe you feel like your circumstances are hopeless or out of control. Maybe you were fighting an addiction but despite wanting to break free from it, you have felt such guilt that you just stay stuck right where you are. Maybe your heart is just so heavy over many things.
This world needs hope.
Jesus Christ is the true Giver of hope, and it is available for everyone who gives their lives to Him and trusts in Him. This was displayed so beautifully in this clip.
Man with No Arms and Legs Goes on Oprah to Share the Gospel! on GodTube.
For those of you who don’t know me very well, I am a thinker. My mind tends to run all day long. I think way more than I talk, and I probably always will. My brain is aways on. This can be helpful when trying to work on a project or trying to get something done, but this can also be destructive when I’m thinking about the wrong things. Continue reading
A new year always brings such a sense of hope and anticipation for most people. The end of a year is a great time to re-evaluate what we should keep in our lives and what we should let go. January 1 hits, and we excitedly begin a new year. It feels like another chance to start over.
I woke up early on New Year’s Day, but it was not with the same hopeful anticipation this year. I hurt my back a few days earlier, and after taking a muscle relaxer, I went to sleep at 8 pm on New Year’s Eve. When I woke up the next morning, I felt discouraged and a mess. As I sat on the couch with the heating pad to ease my hurting back, I looked around the room to see toys everywhere, kid’s books all over the place and a general mess everywhere. It was at that point that I also realized I didn’t have any real goals for the next year…now suddenly THIS year. Continue reading
My husband and I will be going to a Bethel SOZO training in December, and I am really looking forward to it! This ministry is a unique combination of both inner healing and deliverance, where the main goal is to get to the root of the things that hinder people’s personal connection with God.
Kevin and I have a healing and deliverance ministry in our church, so we are excited to see what SOZO is like. We have both heard excellent things about their ministry at Continue reading
Do you know a woman who is sexually broken? Maybe it’s a friend, sister, someone you knew a long time ago…or perhaps it might even be you. God has given me such compassion for women who not only struggle with things I can relate to, but also women who can be found actually working in the sex industry. I have to admit that I once looked down on prostitutes, strippers and those in the porn industry, but my heart has changed towards them. Continue reading
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2).
The other day I felt absolutely exhausted. Exhausted doesn’t even really seem to be a strong enough word, actually. I was mentally, emotionally and consequently physically exhausted. A situation in my life blew up and caused all sorts of emotions between myself and someone else to soar high. I felt defeated, rejected, alone, hurt and angry. Continue reading