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The Burden

The burden that I carry is so heavy on my back,

I am stumbling as I try to move forward, it is strength I lack.

Down again I fall as these trials get me down,

If only someone would help me get my life turned around.

 

I cry to the Lord, please help me, but He seems nowhere in sight.

My path is oh so dark, like the blackness of the night.

I cry again for hope, a faint cry that seems so weak.

The lying voice inside my head’s so loud I can’t hear You speak.

 

You say, “be still” and come to Me and lay it at Your feet,

I cannot seem to let it go, I’m afraid my expectations You won’t meet.

Oh how I wish to raise my head and say I will obey

But fear has got me in its’ grip, and on the ground I lay.

 

Get up my child, you gently say.  Get up and take my hand

I will work out all your trials, just not the way you planned.

I wove it all together before you were in the womb.

I paved the way so you’d be free, I even cleared the tomb.

 

So trust my child, I Am The Way.  I will not let you down.

I Am The Truth , it is not a lie,  I can turn your life around.

I Am The Life you seek to know, the path that sets you free,

I want so much to hold you close, if you’d just trust in Me.

Tami Cole April 2018

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Heavenly Counsel

As many of you know, I am a Certified Nutritional Counselor & Health Specialist.  What you may not know is that I am a Certified Biblical Health Coach too.  I believe that we are not only just a physical body, but a spiritual one as well.  In this blog I write about health related topics, recipes, nutrition facts and Biblical truths.

Today is a Biblical truth.

They do not hurry or worry.

They do not hurry or worry.

I am sometimes so caught up in getting things done, that I fail to ask God for guidance.   I fall into the trap of being too busy, always on the go.  With the constant snowfall we are getting in New Hampshire, I am kind of forced to slow down.  It is good for my soul.

As I sit here and watch the birds in my feeder, especially my favorite, the red cardinal…I am reminded that they do not hurry and they do not worry.  They are provided for.  It is the same with us.

We have a Heavenly Father that has His eye focused on us, on you and on me. If we listen with our hearts and are in His Word…He promises to give us direction.

 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
 I will counsel you with my loving eye on you”. Psalm 32:8New International Version (NIV)

We must align ourselves with His way, His perspective.  When I do this, time seems to slow down.  I get so much more accomplished.  I am not running around in crazy circles.  I am focused… Focused on Him. May you be blessed with His Counsel today.

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Pause and Thank

This is such a busy time of year!  Running here and there, searching for the perfect gifts, planning the perfect meals, while our plates are already full with putting in hours outside the home, taking care of children, spouses, parents, attending church services, volunteering, catching up with extended family and so much more.  How can we ever get it all done?!  What if the plans don’t go right?

I would encourage you to do what I do.  I plan the best I can.  Something will go wrong, but it’s okay.  I am going to leave the outcome up to The LORD…

I am going to FOCUS on HIM this THANKSGIVING.  I am going to PAUSE, and be THANKFUL for ALL He has BLESSED me with.

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD”. Psalm 27:13 & 14

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Be Still

Psalm 46:10 “God says, Be STILL and KNOW that I AM GOD”
Take time to be still in God’s Presence…hard for me to do because I think I need to be doing something always. This is a verse I need to be reminded of often.

However, it is in those still, quiet moments that God reveals Himself to me.

When I am lost in my own ways, running to get things done, I get anxious and forget He is near…offering me a solace… a safe place to go. Jesus endured the agony of the cross to secure His gift of Peace.

We can trust Him with our heart. Be still and listen…He is whispering to you.

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Do Not Conform

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

If we continue to be conformed to the pattern of this world, then our allegiance is to this world. I used to try to satisfy both, one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God. Not only was it a difficult life to keep up with…it was not God honoring.

One thing I found was that the world’s ways, the world’s values, are not God’s ways and values.

I say, Dare to be Different!

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GOD is Sovereign Over ALL

His masterpieces are everywhere

His masterpieces are everywhere

When life doesn’t go as expected, it is difficult to accept…feelings of regret, resentment and unfairness can easily seep into our subconscious and steal our joy. One bitter, caustic drop at a time, eroding our peace.

In those times it is essential to remember that God is Sovereign over ALL circumstances in our life.  He is limitless, boundless and  unending in ALL THINGS…including His love & mercy for us.  To gain and retain peace & joy, we must allow Him to rule, to call the shots. NO matter what is happening to us.

Sometimes the world can shatter our faith and make us doubt the TRUTH of God.   Often times it draws our focus away from Him, especially when our world is crashing down around us.  Making us feel that we are getting nowhere by adhering to His Ways…that maybe it doesn’t matter what we do or who we follow.

BUT it DOES matter.  In JESUS, we have ALL we need…in this life and more importantly, in the LIFE to COME!

His way is ALWAYS the BEST way.  His way is the way to LIFE.  Jesus tells us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 (NKJV)

We need to FIX our eyes on Him, sometimes we need to take our glasses off and give them a good cleaning  and readjust WHO we are looking at. When we are at our lowest, our breaking point…HE IS THERE… READY TO LET HIS PEACE WASH OVER US.

Do NOT despair.  It WILL ALL WORK out.

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Believe

Believing what we cannot see

Can we Believe what we cannot see…

Believe…what does that really mean? Are we operating solely on faith when we believe someone?

 

 

 

 

be·lieve

1.  To accept as true or real                                                                                                               2. To credit with veracity                                                                                                                   3. To have firm faith, especially religious faith.                                                                       4. To have faith, confidence, or trust                                                                                         5. To have confidence in the truth or value of something                                               6. To have an opinion; think

believe (one’s) ears—To trust what one has heard.
believe (one’s) eyes—To trust what one has seen.
reference:  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/believe

What about if we cannot see?

Many times, when we believe…we cannot necessarily see what it is we believe…like oxygen…we breathe it in, we have faith that the oxygen is there to fill our lungs.

What about faith in GOD?  Can we believe by reading ?   We have not yet seen God face to face but we believe His Word. We believe the word of others who HAVE SEEN.  We believe GOD HIMSELF breathed His inspiration into men to write His Word.  So if we believe His Word…IT MEANS We believe He LOVES us., CARES for us, calls us PRECIOUS, has a GOOD PLAN for us. YES!

The New Testament urges us throughout to believe in Jesus Christ. The well-known scripture John:3:16 explains that God loved the world and gave His Son so “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Believing in Jesus is THE KEY FACTOR.

I believe GOD’s WORD FULLY.  I believe we ALL have a PURPOSE here.  We are here to uplift each other, to let our light shine.  I believe YOU MATTER.  YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! I believe you are reading this because God has a MESSAGE for YOU.

Don’t lose heart…BELIEVE.

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Good Plans

“I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord.  “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you.  I will give you hope and a good future.  Then you will call my name.  You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will search for me.  And when you search for me with your heart, you will find me!”  Jeremiah 29:11-13

God has good plans for our lives.  For me.  For YOU, right now as you struggle.

I hope you are encouraged  to hear that.  I know we all have our struggles and our own cross to bear, but how comforting to know that God has our best interest at heart.  He wants us to have a good future.  He does not want to harm us…(sometimes the consequences of our choices harm us).  Through it all, He is here…when we seek Him with OUR HEART…we WILL FIND HIM.

Call His Name…You WILL FIND HIM, HE IS HERE.

Reference:  The Inspirational Bible (NCV) Jeremiah 29:11-13

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Show Me Your Way

I feel like I waste much of my time & many of my days.  Not on purpose.  I find myself only thinking of myself and not thinking of how God chooses to use me on this day.  I Just kinda go along on auto pilot, facing my day by throwing up a quick prayer now and then.  Can you relate?

What if I daily stopped to ask God to show me His way for each day?  He does promise to guide me continually.

If I spend time in His Word.  Reading it for myself, seeking earnestly what He says.  Digging in deep I have heard seasoned Bible readers say!

But of course, I want it easy.  Kind of like:

wanting my body to be skinnier, toner…without going to the gym…can’t I send someone else or send my body out to be fixed like I send my car to the body shop and it comes back all sleek & pretty…without doing any of the work?!

NOPE!  It doesn’t work that way…bummer…

Letting someone else always tell us what God is saying about our life  is sometimes like that.  We look to others to decipher what God is saying.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe we need to listen to Preacher’s, Pastor’s, Christian friends, music & books, etc. God speaks to us in MANY WAYS

However, God’s Word should be a daily place for us to go…to hear what He has for us first hand.  We can never have the relationship God wants with us if we don’t do the digging ourselves.

God’s Word is ALIVE and RIGHT ON TARGET… ALWAYS.  

The Bible is full of accounts of God using ordinary people, speaking to them clearly and He is THE SAME TODAY, TOMORROW and FOREVER.  We do not have to make it complicated.  God speaks to us simply, if we pray and read His Word for us and trust.

SO…It’s not really a bummer after all…It is hearing with our own ears, seeing with our own eyes all He has planned for us, HIS WAY…

DIG DEEP, It IS more work, but SO worth it!

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Steep Terrain, Low Lighting…Let GOD Lead

Waiting on God's Direction for the next step

Waiting on God’s Direction for the next step

Have you been journeying up a steep, rugged path lately…seemingly filled with uncertainty? Wondering where in the world you are going, stressing if your past steps were the right ones.

Me too. My downfall is that I spend way too much energy on the past.

I run into trouble when I am dwelling on my past. It stirs up all kinds of anxiety and unrest in my spirit.

Trouble also follows when I run ahead of where God leads. Taking too many steps off in a direction NOT orchestrated by Him. Moving way off the trail without bothering to ask Him for direction.

GOD is UNLIMITED by time, we are not. That is why it is in the PRESENT that HE meets us. TODAY. NOW. We cannot change the PAST and reliving it wears us down…we do not know what the FUTURE holds and worrying about it will not add any time to our life…however, GOD knows that next step for me & you.

I had a dream five years ago…a dream so vivid that now many years later I still remember. It did not make complete sense until now.

I was climbing a mountain, with very steep terrain, low lighting and not many footholds. After many uphill steps there was a very small, flat ledge that I could briefly stand on. I could not see another step UNTIL I stood on the brink and waited…then a faint light appeared as I reached out to take a step… another step appeared…it happened many times in that dream.

Life is like that. We plug along, sometimes with a clear vision and other times, not knowing where our next step should or will be.

Genesis 28:15 God says to Jacob and us “I am with you and will protect you EVERYWHERE you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.”

I must TRUST that He will fully equip me for WHATEVER awaits up ahead. I must WAIT for instruction. How comforting to know our FATHER is our constant companion, moment by moment, watching over us WHEREVER we go.

Let go of your PAST regrets & failures and look forward to ALL GOD has for your FUTURE. Trust GOD for your next step…even if you cannot see it.

I wish you GOD’S GUIDANCE for EVERY STEP, may it be OVERFLOWING with HIS BLESSINGS, my friend