Rest in God’s PresenceπŸ’ž

I woke up a bit frustrated today, for various reason’s and in the middle of my frustration, today, I had this thought: I am grateful for the Presence of God. πŸ’ž

You are probably thinking how is my frustration connected to the Presence of God? I’m glad you asked, haha, one of the thing’s that I love most, about the Presence of God, is how free I can be. I don’t have to put on a show or perform, when I’m in God’s Presence, the real me, comes out, bump’s, bruises and brokenness, in all of it’s messy glory. When I’m in God’s Presence, I have complete freedom to be myself, If I’m angry or frustrated, If I’m disappointed or broken-hearted, if I’m weary and tired or if I’m in pain and confused, unsure of what to do, next, God understand’s, He never condemn’s me, for feeling the way that I feel. He doesn’t try to fix me or the problem, right away, He listen’s to me and He is patient with me and when the time is right, We sort out the mess, within my Heart, together, one step at a time. πŸ’ž

I am forever grateful and thankful for God and His kindness, it truly is His kindness, that lead’s me to repentance, time and time again. God is truly an ever present help, in time, of trouble and being in His Presence, fill’s me with such amazing peace and joy, when I need it the most. πŸ’ž

If you are broken-hearted or disappointed with life and the situation’s that you find yourself in, if you are in pain and confused about what to do next, where to go next, and if you are weak, weary and tired, from fighting battles that are bigger than you, in this life, I have good new’s: You can find rest, in God’s Presence. His Strength is made perfect, in your weakness, and as you rest, in God’s Presence, He has the freedom to go to work, on your behalf. His grace truly is sufficient for you and for everything that you are walking through and He long’s to fight your battles for you, as you rest in Him. So cast your care’s on Him, because He cares for you, and rest, in Him, rest in His Presence, wait on Him and He shall renew your Strength. πŸ’ž

Thank you for following along on this journey, I am so grateful and thankful that I get to share my Heart, with you all, on here, and I am excited to see where the Lord, will take this blog, in the future. As alway’s, Stay Blessed πŸ™‚πŸ’ž

πŸ’ž~Liz~πŸ’ž

There is MoreπŸ’ž

There is more.πŸ’ž

I am learning there is so much more in store for me, within this life and within my relationship with Jesus. God, my sweet, beautiful, generous and loving, Heavenly Father, Yahweh, has so much more, in store for me, in this life and within my relationship with Jesus, than I could have ever imagined, for myself. One of my favorite verses, of all time, that I continue to come back to, over and over again, is Jeremiah 29:11. In this verse, God remind’s me that He know’s the plan’s that He has for me, plan’s to prosper me, and not to harm me, plan’s to give me a Hope and a Future. This verse has been, so incredibly amazing and encouraging, to me, even in the middle of walking through painful difficulties and challenges, in the past. πŸ’ž

I am beginning to see, even more of the reality, of this incredible verse, even in this season, of life, because just when I think, I’ve learned everything and experienced everything that the Lord is wanting me to learn and experience, in this season, of life, it’s like God surprises me, right in that moment and He show’s me something else, that I had missed. Even today, He leaned in and whispered, there’s so much more, right as I was about to start writing this blog. God is a good Father and every good gift and every perfect gift, comes down, from the Father, of light’s, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning and He alway’s has more, good thing’s, in store for His kid’s, usually when we are least expecting it.

If you feel like God has been silent and that He’s done with you, because you are going through a tough season or a tough challenge, I firmly believe that this is not the case. God loves you, and He know’s the plan’s that He has for you, He has plan’s to prosper you and not to harm you, He has plan’s to give you a Hope and a Future. God is alway’s speaking, through His Word, sometimes through the people around us and in a thousand different way’s, the key is opening our heart’s up to hear what God is saying, to us, through His Word, by His beautiful and sweet, Holy Spirit, in every season, of life. Ask God to show you, what’s on His Heart, for you and for the season, of life, that you are walking through and then lean in, to hear what He has to say, He often speak’s in a sweet and gentle, still, small voice, deep within our heart’s, especially, if we have accepted Him, into our heart’s, to be our Lord and our Savior. Lean into that still, small voice, you hear, speaking to you and allow Him, to share His heart, with you. 

One last thing, on this, the sweet and gentle, still, small voice, of God, speaking to you, deep within your Heart, will alway’s line up with His Word, so as you are reading His Word, pray and ask Him, to share His Heart, with you, through His Word and He will. He’s faithful and there is so much more, in store for you, in the future. As you lean in, to hear what God is saying, I believe that He will reveal the more, that He has, in store for you, in your life and also within your relationship with Jesus, if you have one. πŸ’ž

Ahhh, thank you for reading through today’s blog, it actually turned out, longer than I thought it would but I am grateful and thankful, for the opportunity to talk about Jesus, my Best Friend and to share what I’m learning, just by being in relationship, with Him. Jesus is the Best Friend, I have ever had, He stick’s closer to me, than a brother, and He has saved me, from myself, time and time again. If you want to have a relationship with Jesus, but your not sure, if you should, I would encourage you to do it. He is the Best Friend, that you will ever have, in this life and if you do want to enter into relationship, with Him, all you have to do, is pray this simple prayer:

Jesus, I am sorry that I have sinned against You,

I ask You to forgive me. 

I ask You to come into my Heart and to be my Lord and my Savior. 

I repent/turn away from my sin’s and I turn to You.

I want to be in relationship with You and I ask You to be my Friend. 

In Jesus name, Amen.πŸ’ž

Congratulation’s! you have just entered into a relationship with Jesus! It is the best journey that you will ever go on, in this life and the next step is to begin reading the Bible, His Word and to tell someone you trust, that you have entered into a relationship, with Jesus. I am excited for all that God has in store for you, in the future. thank you, again, for reading and as alway’s, Stay Blessed. πŸ’ž

πŸ’ž~Liz~πŸ’ž

 

Walk by FaithπŸ’ž

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

πŸ’ž2 Corinthian’s 5:7πŸ’ž

I am learning how to trust in what God say’s about me and the plan’s that God has for my life, over what I see, in the natural. In the natural, what God has shown me and whispered into my Heart β™₯️ about what He want’s to do, in my life, look’s impossible, but I know that with God, all thing’s are possible. So I am learning how to live, not by what I see, in the natural, but by what I “see” in my Heart β™₯️, the vision that God has given me, of my life, and the plan’s that He has shown me, within my Heartβ™₯️.

This is an exciting and sometimes scary way to live, because it feel’s like stepping out, into nothing but thin air but I am finding that it is the best and only way, to truly live, in any season, of life. I know and believe that God can be trusted to keep His Word and I also believe that He will keep His promises, to me. I also firmly believe that God is good and that He know’s the plan’s that He has for me and I am excited to continue the journey of walking by faith, and not by sight, into all that God has in store for me, in the future.πŸ’ž

If you have a dream that God has given you and planted within your Heartβ™₯️, hold on to it, water πŸ’¦ it, nurture it and give it the time and the space that it need’s to grow, within your Heart β™₯️ because God know’s the plan’s that He has for you. God has plan’s to prosper you and not to harm you, plan’s to give you a Hope and a Future and you can be confident, that He who has begun a good work, in you, will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.πŸ’ž

Thank you for reading this blog and more importantly, for following along, on this journey, with me. Today’s blog was short and sweet but I will be back with more, next week. Stay blessed.πŸ’ž

πŸ’ž~Liz~πŸ’ž

Being Present with JesusπŸ’ž

This morning was a bit of a struggle, to be honest, I didn’t feel like blogging but I made a commitment to try to write every day, with the exception of a few day’s off, to rest, and when I make a commitment, I want to stick to it, so here I am. πŸ’ž

I am learning more and more about Jesus, and my relationship with Him, each and every day. Some thing’s I knew and other thing’s are surprising, to me. I am also learning more about myself, in the process, just because being in relationship with Jesus, provides me with a lot of opportunities to take a good look at myself and how I am behaving, so that has been a very interesting process.πŸ’ž

I learned, just last night, that Jesus truly does enjoy being with me. He desires to experience, all of life, together. He’s there for me, during the hard and challenging storm’s, season’s and day’s, of this life and He’s there, for me, in the good, beautiful, sweet and wonderful moment’s, day’s and season’s, of this life. He is also there for me, during everything else, in between, the ordinary, sweet and routine, every day that occur’s between the good and the ugly, of life. πŸ’ž

Knowing that Jesus desires to be with me, every day, in all of my moment’s, kind of messed me up, in a good way, because it caused me to take inventory, and to search my Heart, to see if I was being present with Jesus, in all of my moment’s, in this life. What I found was that, sometimes, I was fully present with Jesus, fully ready to experience, all that this life, has to offer, with Him, and yet, other times, I was distracted by other thing’s, frustrated with life and the way that it was going, angry about what I’ve walked through or feeling sorry for myself, I have not been the easiest to be in relationship with, for Jesus but I firmly believe that I was created for  Him. I was created to be in relationship with Jesus and to love Him, with all of my Heart and I am on the journey and the process, of learning how to love Him, with all of my Heart. I don’t want to let the pain, frustration, challenges, distraction’s, difficulties, trial’s and even the sweet blessing’s, of this life, keep me from giving Jesus, all of my heart, all of my love, all of my attention and all of my focus, on a daily basis. I am also learning how to allow myself, to be loved, by Him, intimately, even in the midst of all of my weakness and pain.πŸ’ž

If you are reading this blog, Jesus desires to be in relationship with you, He desires to be with you. He desires to experience all of this life, with you and He is committed to walking with you, through all of the up’s and down’s that this life, has to offer. I don’t know about you, but that simple fact’s, gives me such hope. It makes me long for Jesus, in an even greater way, just knowing that He loves me, He want’s to be with me, He long’s for me and He want’s to experience all of this life, with me. So if you are reading this, I would encourage you, to lean into that simple truth, today. Jesus loves you, He long’s to spend time with you and He want’s to experience all of this life, with you. Give Him your time, your Heart, your attention and your focus, He is more than worth, all of who you are. πŸ’ž

Today’s blog, was a bit all over the place, but I am glad that I was able to share, a little bit of what is on my Heart, in this season, of life and a little bit of what God is doing, in my relationship with Jesus, in this season, of life. I hope this was encouraging to you and I look forward to sharing more, in the future. Stay blessed. πŸ’ž

~Liz~πŸ’ž

 

Jesus, Security in the Uncertain Chaos of LifeπŸ’ž

Have you ever had a season or even a day, where a lot of changes took place? one after the other, until you felt like you couldn’t keep up?πŸ’ž

This has been my life, for the last year, this is currently my job situation and this was even my day, yesterday. Yesterday, was full of surprises, unexpected thing’s that happened/took place that were fun to be a part of, but took me by surprise, at the same time. Yesterday and even this season, since coming back from Peru, last week, has held a lot of uncertainty, I look out into the future and all I see are five or six direction’s that I could take, regarding future opportunities. πŸ’ž

I don’t like uncertainty, I like security, I like stability, I like clear direction and a plan, that is clear cut. This is what I long for, in every season, but over this past year, of life, the Lord has been taking me through a process of stripping me of the security and stability, that I crave. I’ll be honest, on some day’s I did not handle it well, at all, other day’s I handled it better but even now, a year into this season, of trusting God, I still have my moment’s where I get frustrated with the lack of clarity and direction and the uncertainty that I walk through, when it comes to where my life, is headed. πŸ’ž

One thing I will say, that I have learned, through walking through this season, of trust, is to lean on Jesus, in the midst of the uncertainty. He is my Security and He is my Stability, throughout this crazy ride called Life. The more uncertain life becomes, full of up’s and down’s, the more unpredictable twist’s and turn’s that this life + the people around me, have thrown my way, the more I have learned to lean on and to rely on Jesus, through it all. I have learned that He is my Security, He is my Safe Place, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. I can trust His direction and His guidance and His counsel, in every situation. Do I still long for quiet, peaceful day’s, devoid of chaos and unpredictable twist’s and turn’s, yes, I do, with all of my Heart but sometimes life doesn’t work that way. Sometimes my day’s are filled with unexpected surprises, chaos, little down time and lot’s and lot’s of changes and I have learned and am still learning to be ok, when this happen’s because I have Jesus, to lean on and to rely on. I trust Him. He is the solid Rock on which I can stand on.πŸ’ž

If your struggling with all of the chaos and the busyness of life, hit with unexpected twist’s and turn’s that you didn’t see coming or if you are struggling with decision’s that you need to make but are uncertain of how to make: take heart. Jesus said that, in this world, that we would have trouble, but I have good new’s: Jesus also said that He has overcome the world and He came to give us Peace. The sweet, sweet Peace of Jesus, is not unstable, it’s not insecure, it’s solid. Jesus guard’s our heart’s and our mind’s, with His peace, that surpasses all understanding, as we make our request’s known to Him, by prayer and by supplication – the specific detail’s of what we desire to have happen, in our heart’s and in our lives. You can trust in His Peace, that surpasses all understanding, you can trust God to keep His Promise, of Peace, for all of His promises are Yes and Amen, in Christ Jesus. If your caught off guard by life, feeling anxious and uncertain, pour your Heart out to Jesus and as you do, He will guard your Heart and your mind, with His sweet and beautiful, Peace, that surpasses all understanding. πŸ’ž

Thank you for following along, on this journey, I appreciate each and every one of you, that read’s this blog and I hope that this has encouraged you to seek and pursue Jesus, for yourself. He’s amazing and you will not regret getting to know Him. Stay blessed. πŸ’ž

~Liz~πŸ’ž

In Pursuit of JesusπŸ’ž

Sometimes I don’t know what’s going to come out, until I start writing. It’s worth it, every time I take the leap of faith and start writing from my heart, it is worth it. Every time I start writing, I find out something new, about myself, about the world around me and most importantly, about Jesus and my relationship with Him. πŸ’ž

My relationship with Jesus, has taken me by surprise, a lot. I’ve been in relationship with Jesus, for about nine year’s and I am still discovering thing’s about Jesus and Our relationship. He never ceases to amaze me and if I’m being honest, surprise me. πŸ’ž

I grew up in Church, so I heard about Jesus and I was encouraged to live my life, for Jesus and to be in relationship with Jesus, from an early age. I grew up reading the Bible, ever since I was a little girl, and I memorized countless stories within the Bible, growing up, but I alway’s thought that being a christian, was the safe, sensible, responsible, expected thing to do. I never looked at christianity, from a relationship point of view, growing up. I never realized that when you say you are a christian, what that really mean’s, if you are a true christian, is that you have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus and on top of that, I never realized how much being in relationship, with Jesus, changes you, as a person. πŸ’ž

So you can imagine the shock that I went through and am still going through, having actually entered into a real and true, personal relationship with Jesus, once I got older. I surrendered my Heart, completely, over to Jesus, at age 19 and Jesus, all of who He is, had a profound effect on me, deep within my Heart, in that very moment, of complete surrender, to Him. He filled my Heart with His peace and His joy and He took away all of the fear, anxiety, heaviness and darkness that I was feeling, within my Heart, only minutes before I surrendered to Him and He filled my Heart, with His light, His goodness and His Love, instead. This happened at age 19 and He is still transforming, healing and lighting up my Heart, year’s later, with His light, His goodness and His love. πŸ’ž

Everything in my life, alway’s come’s back to Him, even in this blog, or anytime I sit down to write, I find myself, continuously talking/writing about Jesus, and my relationship with Jesus. Sometimes I feel like a broken record, that’s stuck on one song, over and over and over again, I play that same song, but every time I sit down and play that same song, I discover something new, within that song, I remember why I love it, so much, everything else, in my life, begin’s to make sense again and I discover new thing’s, that I had not thought of or realized, when I play this same song. This is how I would describe my relationship with Jesus + this blog/my writing, nothing else makes sense and there is nothing that seem’s to be more fascinating to me, than Jesus and my relationship with Him. It’s like He is all that I want to write about, these day’s. πŸ’ž

I went on a mission’s trip to Peru, last week/the week before last and I had an amazing time, people were ministered to, lives and families and broken heart’s/broken bodies, both in pain, were healed. God did amazing thing’s, on this mission’s trip, to Peru, but it’s like every time, I sit down to write, the only thing that I can think about, is Jesus, He’s what stood out to me, the most, on the trip to Peru. The time’s that I got to spend alone, with Him, whether it was thirty minutes in the hotel room, before dinner or an hour alone, with Him, at night, before bed and ministry the next day, it’s like that was the highlight, of the trip, for me. The thing’s that Jesus did, in my Heart, the increased level of joy and peace that He gave me, even coming back, from this mission’s trip and going back into daily life, it’s like that is what has become the most important and sacred thing to me. I don’t know where this journey is taking me, but I realize that I am more in pursuit of Jesus and His Presence, now, than I have ever been, in my whole life. I’m hungry for Jesus, not ministry, not mission’s, not a promotion or career change, at work, not even to get married and have kid’s, anymore, I am hungry for Jesus and I will not rest until He consumes me. πŸ’ž

Thank you, for following along on this journey and for being patient, with me, while I figure out, what it is that I want to say, one thing I can almost guarantee, with reading this blog, is that if you are wanting to hear about Jesus, you will definitely get that, from reading this blog, because He is all that I can seem to talk about, these day’s. I hope that this blog inspires you to get to know Jesus, for yourself, because He really is as amazing as I describe Him to be and He is worth, getting to know, you will never regret surrendering your whole heart to Jesus, God bless you and I hope that you all have an amazing week. πŸ’ž

~Liz~πŸ’ž

 

 

Connection with God, in the ChaosπŸ’ž

Hola, I am back, once again, today, I thought I would share another shapshot, of what I was feeling, and experiencing, on my mission’s trip to Peru, last week. We had a good morning, of ministry, before the Crusade, was to take place, the next night and we were headed back to the Hotel, afterward’s:πŸ’ž

Snapshot #1:

The Lord is so, so patient and kind, He is alway’s wanting to connect with us and to share His Heart β™₯️, with us, (His kid’s) if only we would be willing to listen, if only we would make time, for Him, throughout our day. He held off and waited, because He knew that I was tired and that I wanted to rest, so He let me sleep (this morning). He waited before opening up and sharing what’s on His Heartβ™₯️, with me. He is such a gentleman. He waited for me to express that I wanted to connect with Him, before We connected and it made Our connection, that much better, (that much sweeter). He’s God, all by Himself, He’s content and happy, all by Himself, but He want’s to connect with us, (His kid’s, His creation). He desires relationship with us and that is the greatest privilege that we can ever have, here on this earth.πŸ’ž

I had this beautiful revelation of Jesus, in the middle of a busy week, of mission’s and ministry, on my mission’s trip to Peru, last week, and it just showed me that I am never too busy to be able to connect with God. No matter how busy life get’s, with ministry and mission’s and just the every day detail’s, of life, I am never too busy to be able to connect with God, the One who loves mr and who made me, fearfully and wonderfully and if you are reading this blog, neither are you. God desires to connect with us, He desires to have a relationship with us, even in the middle of the busyness, of our lives. I never want to become so busy, that I do not have time, to connect with God, my Savior, throughout the day and I encourage you, if you are reading this blog, to do the same, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Take time, out of your day, to spend, connecting with God, He long’s for you and He desires to connect with you.πŸ’ž

Thank you, once again for reading this blog and for coming along, on the journey. I am honored to have you and I am excited to see where the Lord, takes us all, in the future, on this journey, of knowing Him, better and better, every day.πŸ’ž

~Liz~πŸ’ž

Snapshot’s – Back Home from PeruπŸ’ž

Yesterday, was my first day back at work, since coming home from Peru. πŸ’ž

My mission’s trip to Peru, this summer, with my church, was one of the most amazing, life-changing and beautiful trip’s that I have ever gotten the opportunity to go on. In the upcoming day’s, I will share what I was thinking and feeling and learning and experiencing, throughout the trip, here, on the blog, but for today, I want to share what I was feeling/experiencing on my first few day’s back home:

Snapshot #1:

Today is a good day, I am feeling and sensing a shift and a change, in positivity, within my Heart and my mind, ever since I got back home from the mission’s trip to Peru. I am different, from the inside out and even though it feel’s like my body is wasting away, on the outside, it is being renewed, daily, on the inside. I feel happy, blessed and thankful for the immense goodness, of God.πŸ’ž

(~In the past, I would come home from mission’s trip’s, and I would not want to be back in the U.S. I missed the countries that I got to go, be Jesus to, I missed the people, I missed the culture, I missed spending time with both the poor, in those countries, as well as, the translator’s and fellow brother’s and sister’s, in Christ, that I got to meet and spend time with, while on mission’s trip’s. I would have the hardest time adjusting, to life back home, here in the U.S. but this time, thing’s were different, this time, I came back from this last mission’s trip, more thankful and more grateful for what God has given me, here in the U.S. as well as, more determined to continue to follow Jesus, anywhere He might lead me.~)πŸ’ž

Snapshot #2:

I learned how amazing a positive attitude is, for how your day goes, on this last mission’s trip, to Peru, as well as how to take advantage of sleep and resting, when the time came and I also learned how amazing the fruit is, when you are willing to get uncomfortable and to move out of your comfort zone. I learned that the Lord reward’s you when you are willing to step out in faith, and to follow Him, out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. He bring’s in so much more fruit and I have found myself growing closer and closer to Him, as a result. πŸ’ž

Thank you, for following along on this journey, these were just two snapshot’s of how I have been feeling, throughout, all of the adventures and craziness, that this month, has brought me, there will be many more to come and I just want to say thank you, for being willing to follow along, may God bless you and meet you, right where you are. He is a faithful God and He cares about every little detail, of your life. Have a blessed day.πŸ’ž

Love, LizπŸ’ž

P.S. this is a wooden sloth that I bought at a store in Peru, I named him, SamπŸ’ž

Just Do It πŸ˜‰

I have so many thing’s to say and yet nothing to say, at the same time, sorting through all of the thought’s and word’s, swirling inside of my heart and mind, has often been difficult, for me. As easy as word’s come to me, finding what I want to say, has not and is not easy, for me, it’s why I’m so grateful for Jesus, He gives me the word’s to say what I long to say, in the way that I want to say it and  for that, I am thankful and grateful. 🎈

This blog is a reflection of my relationship with Jesus, lived out, here, in this world. This crazy world of pain and chaos, beauty and difficulty, challenges and reward’s. I write to make sense of the world around me, ever since I was a little girl, I would write and write and write. I would write about my day and what happened throughout the day, and as I got older and life got tougher, I would write out my thought’s and my feeling’s, and eventually, my pain. Writing is therapeutic for me, it help’s me to think, it help’s me to process out my emotion’s and it is a gift that God gave me, to use to communicate with Him, within Our relationship. I am forever, grateful, for the beautiful gift of writing that God has given me and I am excited to see where the Lord take’s it, in the future. 🎈

Sometimes I go to write and it feel’s like I’m just putting random word’s, on a paper, trying to figure this thing called life out, trying to figure out myself and why I feel the way that I do. It’s messy, at time’s, it doesn’t make sense, at other times and even though it often look’s easy, it’s not alway’s easy for me to write but one thing I do know, is that it’s worth it. It’s worth it to push through the pain and to write, because it’s in the writing that I feel closer to God, it’s in the writing that I gain a greater sense of clarity and revelation for who God is, who He has created me to be and what He is doing, in my Heart and in my life and it’s in the writing that I am able to give myself, fully to God and He is able to give Himself, to me. We grow closer to Each Other, as We write our heart’s out, to each other. God wrote a whole book, called the Bible, just for us, His kid’s. I once heard someone say that the Bible is God’s Love Letter, to us, His kid’s, and I have taken that to heart. 🎈

So, in response, to God’s Love Letter, to me, the Bible, I choose to write out my Heart to Him, as well, and in the doing, I grow closer to Him, so I’ll keep on writing and allow Him, to use it for whatever He want’s to use it for. I encourage anyone, out there, who is following along on this journey, if there is something that God has called you to do or is asking you to do, do it. It may be difficult, it may not make sense, you may not be seeing the fruit from it, that you want to, but trust God enough to be obedient to do it, anyway. In the doing, you may just gain the greatest thing, any of us will ever have, in this life, and that is a greater and deeper, more intimate relationship with God. He know’s what He’s doing and He know’s why He called you to do that thing, whatever it is, so do it, push through the challenges and the difficulties and do it, even if you have to do it, in pain. God understand’s and He will give you the grace and the strength, to do it. Trust Go. He love’s you, so much. 🎈

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and to read this post. Today was a bit of a stretch for me, but I am learning how to continue to do what God’s called me to do, especially, when it comes to writing and I want to take you all on this journey, of faith, within my relationship with God. 🎈

Love, LizπŸ˜‰

 

 

photo credit goes to my momπŸ˜‰πŸ’ž

Update (Mission’s + Life Lesson’s)πŸ’

Today, I am waking up, incredibly grateful and thankful, to be alive. Today truly, every day is a gift, every day is a beautiful, beautiful gift, from God. Today I am waking up, more grateful and more thankful for what God has given me, than I have been, in a long time. I have just come back from a mission’s trip with my Church, to Peru, Iquito’s, Peru, to be exact. This will be the seventh mission’s trip that I’ve taken overseas, and it will be the eighth country that I’ve gotten a chance to go to, on mission’s. πŸ’

I have been going on mission’s trip’s since I was twenty year’s old, heartbroken and in pain, not sure what my future held, and one thing that remain’s the same, after every mission’s trip that I come back from, is I find myself more grateful and more thankful for what I have, who I am and what God’s doing, in my life, even if it doesn’t look like I want it to look. Bringing Jesus to other’s, who are in pain, in other countries, sometimes, on the other side of the world, from where I live, has served to shift my perspective, off of trivial thing’s, in this world, and it has served to shift my perspective, on to who really matter’s, in this world and on to what really matter’s, in this life. πŸ’

Ever since I was a little girl, I grew up, wanting to get married and to start a family, I come from an amazing family, parent’s, that loved me and my sister, who have a strong, healthy marriage, they aren’t perfect but they gave me and my sister an amazing home to grow up in, and I wanted that for myself, for as long as I can remember. I’ve shared a lot of my pain and heartbreak, on this blog, so if you want to know the full story of the heartbreak and rejection, that I have walked through, feel free to read one of my earlier blog’s, but to make a long story short, at twenty, I ended up with a broken heart, drowning in so much pain that I didn’t want to get married and start a family, anymore. πŸ’

It was at this time, that I went on my first mission’s trip, a week after my first break-up/heartbreak. I was twenty and so very, very young, I look back now and I remember how scared I was, not knowing what to expect, from my first mission’s trip, oversea’s. It would be my first time out of the country, my first time, flying over the ocean, my first going to Asia and my first time, meeting people who did not speak English, my first language. This trip, my first mission’s trip, was also the first of many, step’s of faith that God led me to take, in my relationship with Jesus, and it was by being obedient and stepping out in faith, led by God’s Holy Spirit, to go on this mission’s trip, to Asia/Cambodia, that I learned who and what is important, in this life.πŸ’

Jesus is important, He is the One who matter’s the most, in this life, dream’s come and go, as painful as that is to admit, dream’s come and they go. I believe that dream’s and desires are important and healthy, God gives us dream’s and desires, for our lives, here on this earth, but our dream’s and desires, are not the most important thing, in this life. The most important thing, in this life, the most important Person, in this life, is Jesus, God’s Son, He is the reason that I am, who I am today and that I have what I have, today. I learned this, after my dream’s and plan’s and desires for my life, shattered, I learned this, by following God’s dream’s and plan’s and desires for my life, instead. God’s dream’s, plan’s and desire’s for my life, included mission’s, it included reaching out to those who are also, in pain and heartbroken by life, it included loving on people and ministering to people and helping people in need. God loves people, His Heart beat’s for people and He long’s to bring healing, peace, restoration, Hope, redemption and salvation, in Jesus, to everyone, to all people, living, here on this earth. πŸ’

Thank you for reading this blog, thank you for following along on the journey, I haven’t been as consistent with updating you all, on what is actually happening, in my life, as I want to, but that’s going to change. God has revealed a lot to me, about His nature, and His Heart and His Character and most importantly, His Love, over these last eight to nine year’s of walking with Him, doing mission’s and ministry, with Him, and I want to share all that He’s taught me, here, on this blog, in the hope’s that it will encourage you, in your relationship with Jesus. Press in to Jesus, lean into Him and trust Him, even when it hurt’s, He loves you and He has an amazing plan, for your life, you can trust Him. πŸ’

Love, Liz πŸ’

“For God so loved the world that

He gave His only begotten Son, that

whoever believes in Him should not

perish but have everlasting life.”

πŸ’John 3:16 πŸ’