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Truth in the Storms

8 Jun

By Beckie Halaska

When storms come, no sign of sunlight
My soul betrays me, waves coming crashing in

I silently cry out, tired from the battle.
I hear your voice. “Look at me love, you will be safe with me”.

Fear seeps in, my mind building doubts.
Reminding myself over again, “Trust in Him. Follow Him. Dive in. “

I cry out for you, that your promises stand true
I give up my need to control the direction of the tide.

This world weary traveler longs to know rest in you.
Longs to know there is no journey too hard for her again.

You grab my heart, as my mind surrenders the fear
Peace transcends. You are here. You are sovereign.

You become the air filling my lungs again.
You are sun in the darkest of spaces. Peace in the hurricane’s that come and go.

Oh but I can get lost in the mess of this life. You never change.
I hesitate a bit as I surrender and say “I need you, I trust you”

And you come. You remind. You rebuild.

And you say… “It’s going to be alright”

Beautiful traveler, there is a future waiting… just a bit more.
I need you strong for just a bit more.

In this world you will have trials, but you are no longer a slave of this world.

You were made for so much more.  I am your strength.

and you say.,, ”It’s going to be alright”.

Amen.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights ~Habukkuk 3:19

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand~ Isaiah 41:10

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; ~Proverbs 3:5

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Deuteronomy 31:5

 

 

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Never Alone

13 Dec

Spending the evening with a community of givers, showering 24 foster boys with love and gifts for Christmas, filled my heart to overflowing.

The night turned my thoughts to the evident, loving hand of God. These boys have struggled and some have gone through things none of us can imagine, some of us can.  If you could have been in that room full of the body that cares, witnessing the gifts they gave the boys, in presents and presence; You would feel humbled and moved, cup overflowing too.

Some of these boys stand out in a great way, they have a strength, a light about them. Some are just doing the very best they can, finding their way.
I have been reflecting on the people I am surrounded with, each has suffered deep hurts or loss. Some from rejection and abandonment, some the loss of someone they loved way before they were ready to say goodbye. God has surrounded me with these beautiful, raw souls. They have taught me so much. He opened my eyes, when I stopped seeing my own pain and started seeing theirs.

What stands out to me is that this world ebbs and flows with goodness and evil, but the God of the bible, never, ever changes. His promises stay the same. His Love stays the same.

When He sent the sweetest Christ child to be born for us, our lives were transformed forever. We can just get too lost in this messed up, broken world when we think it’s supposed to be so easy. When we try to do this alone.

Truth is; When we accept our Savior, we are never alone again. When that sweet baby grew,  taught us, and finally died on the cross for us; He promised to leave us with the Holy Spirit.  He didn’t abandon us. This is the gift that allows us to endure all things. This helper, this guide, this friend that dwells within us, never leaves us. Holds us, whispers Peace into our crazy lives.

There are no completely rejected people on this earth. When Christ died for us, we became co-heirs.  We are all welcomed, we are all wanted, we are pursued relentlessly! He longs to have a relationship with each of us. Being a Christian is about who He is, it isn’t about who we are. It isn’t about what we do, but rather what He does in us.

Like Job, our testing of faith will never be easy, our journey will never be without trial, hurt and sorrow. Nothing in that bible says it will, but our faith will grow stronger within us when we stay close to Him.

Most know Psalm 23. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”.
We have to walk through the valley to get to the other side. We can’t go around it, we can’t avoid it. We must go through that valley but it also says “the shadow”. Shadowing only happens when there is light present. He is that bright and shining light at all times, proof again that we never walk alone.

May you find your peace, your hope, your joy in Him. He is all we need. He refreshes us, builds us up, strengthens us, and gives us hope for the future. Amen.

This is from my devotional today. It says it way better than I can. Be blessed.

 

Worse than not having anyone close is to be rejected by the one person you thought you could count on. 

 

When memories of rejection dominate our thoughts, it’s because we are putting human relationships in first place. The way out of that gloom is to let God take his throne back in our lives. Sometimes God allows us to be rejected and burned by other people so that his steadfast love will shine all the brighter. “Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me” (Psalm 27:10).

 

When you read the stories of the books of Joshua and Judges, you get the sense that God will do absolutely anything–even breaking the very laws of the universe he created–to make the lives of his people better. If God’s faithful love and promises are the first thing we trust in and depend on, everything else will fall into place in its time. When you know that you can absolutely depend on the Lord’s affection for you, you can face anything. “In the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5).

– time of grace

 

Grace

19 Sep

Grace. What a powerful word.

There is a calling on each of our lives, plain and simple.

When we mature in our faith, and walk in Grace, we walk with The Lord and we are the light that shines hope. When we forgive, (because we are instructed to forgive), and offer grace to someone that by the worlds standards, we should despise and reject, we are heeding our call to  ‘lead like Jesus’.

In the process of grieving my short marriage, I often asked God why?  I have grown to understand, what He reminds me of; There is not one moment in our lives that has not come through God’s hands. Even betrayals (and hurricanes) have been allowed for reasons only He knows and understands.

Only because of His incredible mercy towards me, His healing in my heart, have I found peace.  Grace and Mercy through forgiveness that is not really possible without the fullness of God in our hearts.

There is something about seeing the full power of God coming straight for you that changes everything. What is good and righteous, surfaced within me.  It was purged through raw grief which poured from the deepest part of me. As quickly as it began, it healed, and it healed swiftly. My soul was raw and opened up to His final healing.

When you extend mercy and kindness to someone that caused anguish in your heart it is obviously God. Knowing Him, seeking Him, being surrounded by wise women that walked with me through the valley, all pointed me straight on the path He laid before me. I am so grateful for the peace found there.

Here is the important lesson: as with all trial, this wasn’t just meant for me.  As we grow in our faith, we realize that whatever we walk through, truly is meant to shine the light of Hope to one or many. My grappling attempts, my moments of humanness, are elementary, as common as the darkness in this world and they don’t heal.

But God! He placed his supernatural healing in my broken heart because He needed me to be the light for a soul that is lost.  Grace shown and shared with someone that harmed us is a powerful healer. For both.

In the end, nothing we endure is just meant for us. With God leading us, we will be shown beautiful mercy in our trials when we focus on shining His light. What we journey through is meant to bless the broken with hope, to be the beacon of possibility to a lost and broken world.

When we are well on our journey of faith, we know our lot is already secure and we know who has us, who holds our future. We may get tossed a bit, but we remain steady in the end. We know the outcome.

When we let that Grace fill us to overwhelming joy, it spills over and pours out on everyone. No matter the circumstances, no matter the trial; That just builds more joy.

Thank you, Jesus.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deedsand glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  Matthew 7:1

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14

THE Day Will Come.

4 Mar

I have had death and the end times on my heart. There is a deep need, an urgency in my heart to have people hear this.

I am only me. I am broken, imperfect, struggling to walk biblically, righteously and still I fall short of it. I am not a prophet nor a preacher, I am not someone people look up to. My love is imperfect and I am self-centered at times. Though, who I am, is irrelevant. It is God that urges me to write about a matter; He is perfect, His Love is perfect and never fails.

Isaiah 1:18(VOICE)
18 Come on now, let’s walk and talk; let’s work this out.
Your wrongdoings are bloodred,
But they can turn as white as snow.
Your sins are red like crimson,
But they can be made clean again like new wool.

I wish to plant this seed for you, this thought for you to remember always. Nothing is required of you today, but put these words in your heart “just in case”.

I am going to share with you what God has shown me, because if you are not where you need to be, spiritually, when the time comes, you will atleast have this seed to look back on and reconsider. If (when) that moment of reveal happens, you will know it for what it is, because I am telling you, it will come.

There is so much talk in the world about The Trumpet’s have sounded. The words “do you feel the end is near?” is everywhere. “Yes”, is the resounding answer and it is said with a hushed voice. This is deep stuff. We look around and see people we love that do not believe The Bible and the Words that it speaks, and it burdens our hearts. No one knows or can predict when Jesus will come, when the world will end, so with that said…it isn’t really about end times but rather our ending, and the joyful hope of living forever. We are all dying now, and death is death, Life eternal is an option that I am so excited about and I want everyone I meet to be there with me.

So, I will begin my urging with the question “What if The Bible is truth? What if Jesus, the man most religion’s acknowledge to be atleast a prophet, if not the Son of God, is exactly who He says He was. (If He wasn’t who He said He was, why acknowledge a liar? Hmmm… that always baffles me… but I digress).

Understanding the importance of Jesus in our plea for Heaven:
His life was about the teaching but He was born to die. His death is what you need to understand. His death is the only bridge to acceptance into heaven that we can have. There is not one of us on this earth that has not done wrong, that doesn’t fall short in one way or another. No one is sinless enough, good enough, kind enough, generous enough, humble enough, praising God enough, living a holy enough life for Heaven. Jesus suffered for us,He died for us, He took the punishment for our sins. If you believe He lived, if you believe He taught us, then you have to consider what He went through. Without Him, we can never be good enough to earn our way in. We will stand next to the likes of Mother Teresa, of the Hitler’s, our children and our enemies. We are, none of us, good enough, yet He died for all of us.

Consider what the Apostles had to go through to continue to spread the word of Christianity. Paul (Saul) was tortured, imprisoned and beaten, it is unclear how he died but reports have it that he was beheaded. He was changed in a moment. He was an unbeliever and a persecutor of all who followed Christ. His transformation was astounding.( Acts 9).
Peter, Andrew, Simon, Philip and Bartholomew were beaten then crucified, Peter was crucified upside down. James was beheaded, Matthew and Thomas were speared to death, James and Thaddaeus were stoned to death. Judas that betrayed Jesus, committed suicide. John died of old age alone on an island of exile. John, the beloved, shared the scripture you see all the time. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Would you suffer for something you were not completely sure of? Would you strive to move the world, be beaten, stoned, imprisoned, rejected, mocked, cursed, die, for a maybe? These men saw Christ with their own eyes. These men also had their moments of questions, right after Christ died, imagine the doubt, the “oh my word, what now?”. Jesus came to them to reassure them for you. He died for you.

Questions are okay, God loves dialogue! Always seek the truth from God. Don’t take my word for it, don’t find your answers in flawed mankind! Just because something is popular, doesn’t make it real. Seek the truth. Don’t listen to Christians, don’t listen to non-believers. Listen not to what the world will tell you, not what the latest author will tell you. Did you know that ‘The Secret’ is mostly taken from scripture without the name of the Lord? Don’t listen to one person, listen to them all and then ask God to show you what truth is.

Ask Jesus to come into your heart. If not now, remember I promised you that at some point, either in death or end times, that you would have that chance to make that choice! He will come to you. Be prepared for that time, remember that I told you this and be prepared to say yes.

If you do nothing else, remember this!

Jesus shared this story for us to learn, to understand:

Matthew 19:16-30 (MSG)
Another day, a man stopped Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
Jesus said, “Why do you question me about what’s good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you.”The man asked, “What in particular?”
Jesus said, “Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself.” The young man said, “I’ve done all that. What’s left?” “If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.”
That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go.
As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom? Let me tell you, it’s easier to gallop a camel through a needle’s eye than for the rich to enter God’s kingdom.”
The disciples were staggered. “Then who has any chance at all?”
Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”
Then Peter chimed in, “We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?”
Jesus replied, “Yes, you have followed me. In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel. And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields—whatever—because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life. This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.”

Revelation 3:10 (NIV)
10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
1 Corinthians 15:52 (NIV)
52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 (NIV)
2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night
Mark 13:32-37(NIV)
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert[a]! You do not know when that time will come.
Matthew 24:42 (NIV)
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Mark 13:26 (NIV)
26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.

Take My Hand Lord

10 Jan

Take My Hand Lord by Beckie Halaska

Take my hand Lord, hold me close,
Let me feel your heart beat,
Let me be aware of your fragrance.
Whisper gently into my ear, reassurance of love,
Hold me tight, until the fear fades.
Quiet my soul, in the dark of night.
Strip me of my pride and self,
Break the chains I wrap myself in.
Fill my sorrow with Your Loving Promises
Just a gentle touch to catch the tears as they fall
You are enough, You are Everything, my Everything.
Build dreams in my desert, and wisdom in my thoughts
Your peace fills the room with light and hope.
Lift my face to see Your love, to know Your love is all I need.
I long to be with You Lord, the world no longer is enough.
Fill me with your light, so that others may know You.
Take my hand Lord