No Matter What

Wow! I cannot believe that 2016 is almost behind us.

2016 has brought some very high moments and very low moments for me. 2016 has also brought lots of learning curves. Through all the learning curves, God has shown even more faithful than before.

The passage that I have held so dearly this year is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

With every stanza is a story of something I have walked through this year. As I prayed and reflected on this year, I read on in Ecclesiastes 3,

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.” (verses 9-14)

At that moment, it hit me. When I look at 2016:
I see hurt, but God sees His plan.a
I see pain, but God sees rejoicing.
I see defeat, but God sees victory.
I see broken, but God sees mended.

A dear friend and mentor of mine told me recently to say “no matter what” I will still trust God. That has echoed in my head over and over again.

No matter the outcome, I will trust.
No matter the pain, I will trust.
No matter the scar, I will trust.
No matter what happens, I will trust.

And let me tell you…easier to type than live. It has been a daily minute by minute battle for myself to completely trust God no matter what. Some moments I do better than others, and that’s ok. God is always there to remind me that there is a time to learn. I want to learn with no one other than Jesus.

As 2016 closes and 2017 begins, live with the “no matter what” mindset.

No matter what 2017 brings, I will trust God.
No matter what 2107 brings, I will walk in truth.
No matter what 2017 brings, I will worship.
No matter what 2017 brings, I will be a witness.

Join me, with them No Matter What mindset.

Here’s to 2017!

XOXO,
Marcy

JOY

2015?!?!?! Where did 2014 go? If you are like me, 2014 seemed to go by in a blink of an eye. Well, some days at least. This past year has been full of ups and downs and in some ways I’m glad it’s over, but in some ways I’m not.

With 2014 over, that is one year gone that I will not get back with my daughter. Watching her grow everyday over this past year has been amazing. She has come SO FAR even in the past 2 months. I feel like the sports fan that is on the edge of their seat just waiting to see what will happen next in the game, because I am always on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will happen next with my daughter. What will be the next word she says? How many steps will she take unassisted this time? Oh, how much she has grown!

With 2014 over, that is means it is time for a new start. That does not mean, however, only the New Year do we get a new start. No, actually in Lamentations 3, it says “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease! Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” I don’t know about you, but that makes me want to SHOUT from the mountaintops (well the clouds – there are no mountains in Texas people)! Each day is a new start.

However, with a New Year, new things come to mind. How can I be a better Image Bearer (or Mirror Image) of God in 2015? As I was praying and seeking what I could change the phrase: CHOOSE JOY kept coming to my mind. I now understand that this year, no matter what comes my way I will CHOOSE JOY! Just because I have said I’m going to CHOOSE JOY doesn’t mean life will be a walk in the park…no it just means I am going to have to make myself CHOOSE JOY even when everything else around me is going to say the opposite. There will be days when I don’t “feel” joyFULL, but those are the days I will lean on the fact that Jesus gave me my JOY.

This reminds me of a song I use to sing in Vacation Bible School. It goes like this:

I’ve got Joy down in my heart – Deep, deep down in my heart (Spell It)
J-O-Y down in my heart – Deep, deep down in my heart
Jesus put it there so nothing can destroy, destroy, destroy it
I’ve got Joy down in my heart- Deep, Deep down in my heart

Did you catch that? JESUS put it there so nothing can destroy it! I CHOOSE to live in JOY this year. Stand on HIS promises this year and know where TRUE JOY comes from! Join with me! Let’s make 2015 a joyFULL year! Let’s help each other CHOOSE JOY and never look back.

Happy JOYful 2015!

Marcy

The “C” Word

No one knows what to say when a doctor utters the unthinkable “C” word. Your mind just stops, sits there and is in complete shock.

As humans when we hear “cancer” we forget who is in control. We forget that God has a plan. We forget that it is in His hands. But…how else do you function when you hear that you or someone you love has cancer? How do you let God comfort you? God allowed this to happen to you…why is it part of His plan for this person to have cancer?

Cancer has been all around me lately and I can’t help up think, WHY GOD? I want to be very open and honest in what I am going to say next. I believe God has a plan…but I can’t see it right now.

Why did a 7 year old have to battle cancer, chemo and radiation? Why does a daddy, husband, farmer, and man of God have to go back and forth to Dallas for treatment? WHY GOD? Why does MY daddy have to get cancer? What have they done in their lives to get cancer? All 3 of these people love God with all their hearts and follow Him DAILY…so why must they have cancer?

God, I know you have a plan…but why can’t we see it? I know you are in control, but why does this have to happen?

I believe God allows us to walk through storms in life so we can rejoice in Him later. He doesn’t ever show us His plan…because our human brains cannot comprehend it. When we feel like He has abandoned us…he is actually right next to us. When we feel like the world is crashing down around us…He is there to rescue us.

Like He PROMISES us in His Word:

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
I will gather you and your children from east and west.”
Isaiah 43:2-4a, 5 (NLT)

God knows what He is doing. He has a plan. We may not always understand what is going on, but God does. There is a saying that I LOVE:
If God brings you TO it; HE will bring you THROUGH it!

Cancer is tough, but we serve an even TOUGHER God. Cancer is big, but we serve a BIGGER God. Cancer is scary, but serve a COMFORTING God.

Today I CHOOSE to put my trust in a tough, big, comforting God. It is/will be a day by day battle to choose to trust God in the midst of the storm, but God the Bible says, “Do not be afraid or terrified because of them {your circumstance}, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6 NIV) Quote that verse to yourself when you need a reminder 🙂

XOXO,

Marcy

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Unanswered Questions

Do you have an unanswered question in your life today? Are you waiting on God to reveal something in your life? Do you have something going on that you really just don’t understand?

If you answered yes, I can relate. I have a few unanswered questions of my own. If you are like me, you know God has a plan, but sometimes trusting in His plan with unanswered questions is hard.

When faced with unanswered questions, what is your first reaction? Is it to stress out and try to regain control of the situation? Is it to give up and say what happens happens? or Is it to pray?

Now I wish my answer was to pray, but that is not always the case. God has been working with me to make praying my first option, and I am doing better. 

My question for you todaybis are you trusting at the beginning of an unanswered question? or Are you doing it on your own?

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)

Give your burdens to the LORD,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (Psalm 55:22 NLT)

Give you unanswered questions to God today. He knows exactly what is best for you. God is waiting with open arms to help you today. Trust Him.

Dream Big

Last weekend I went on the President’s Influence Retreat through my college. This is a weekend that changed and motivated me.

The first night he asked us, what would you do for God if you could not fail?

This was the first thing he asked and it hit me. Now that I am home I have been thinking more on this question. What would be your answer?

While on the retreat I heard so many answers and some amazing dreams, but I cannot help but wonder if our dreams were big enough?

God is a big God. He wants to do what we want to do for the kingdom; only he wants to do it more and wants to do it bigger.

The fact that we have a dream is awesome, but is it just a dream that you will never pursue? Do you think you could never accomplish it? Are you just a person that thinks you will never achieve the dream because it is too big and too crazy?

What would you do for God if you could not fail?

When I thought about this question probably about five dreams came to my head. The first one that I thought of is one of my biggest passions, to speak at or begin a women’s conference that would be international that covers topics that the church today does not talk about. Examples of these topics would be the lies that women believe about themselves, women’s confidence level, I want women to see ourselves through God’s eyes and much more. I want women (Middle school and up) to find their truth worth in God, to stop believing the lies, and to find true relationships/friendships that will help their everyday walk with the Lord.

Everything around me would say this dream is too big and I would not be able to accomplish it. The world would tell me I am just a girl who is not famous and will never achieve this dream. Well, I have God that is bigger and wants my dream to come true more than me. God wants the women to be touched more than I want them to be touched.

I tell you all this to say your dreams are not too big, they might not even be big enough. What is your dream today? What’s keeping your from pursing that dream?

What would you do for God if you COULD NOT fail?

Hit the Ground Running

Whew…it has been a crazy past 2 days!!

Yesterday (Monday) I began my Radioactive Iodine Uptake test. This was the test I had to do for my thyroid to see what was really going on. This is a two part test, given at three different times.

The first time I went, they had to give me the radioactive pill. Not a huge deal, but since it was a radioactive pill, it had to be administered at the hospital. After taking the pill I was free to go.

I got back to the dorm, washed my sheets, did homework and my friend colored my hair. I am working on going back to my natural color, so we are working on getting there. After coloring my hair, I jumped in the shower and got ready as fast as I could.

I had to go back to do the actual test on my thyroid. During this part of the test, I had to sit completely still for about an hour so they could take pictures of my thyroid. I was strapped to a table and could not move. It was definitely an experience. After I left the hospital, I went to the chiropractor.

When I finished at the chiropractor, I had dinner and spent the evening with my boyfriend. I ended the day reading “Jesus Calling” devotional and meditating on the Word. What a great way to end a very crazy day!

Today, I woke up and had to be at the hospital to finish my Uptake test. After finishing it I had to go to Walmart for groceries! I cut up fresh fruit for lunch and enjoyed it!

After eating lunch I completed my homework assignment and headed to my thyroid specialist appointment.

After that appointment, I had to get back for a meeting about my upcoming student teaching. The meeting made me scared but yet excited, nervous but yet anticipating greatly! I found out all the rules and regulations that I must follow during the semester! I am so excited about the upcoming semester!

After the meeting, I went to my night class. I had to sit in class tonight for 3 hours. I learned about classroom management and how to handle students when I get into my own classroom. I cannot wait to get my own classroom and be able to teach! Teaching is my passion and I LOVE kids! I cannot wait to teach kids and the crazy part for me is I actually get paid for doing something I love! I cannot believe I am so blessed!

Well it has been a crazy 2 days and it is now time to go to bed 🙂

One little nugget I will leave you with tonight is: God knows exactly what He is doing in you. He knows exactly the purpose of everything going on in your life. It may not seem like it, but He is there watching over you. Keep going, keep walking, and trust in Him no matter what.

Xoxo

Storms

A few nights ago there was a bad storm I was sitting up listening to the thunder and watching the lightening light up my room. As I was laying in bed, I began to think, what if I did not have shelter during the storm? What if I was stuck in the storm?

Listening to the storm made me think of storms of this life. When storms of life come my way do I have shelter? or am I stuck out in the storm?

Today I rest in the fact that I do have shelter from the storms of life. I know that God is my shelter, but do I always go to Him?

Times in my life, when I have faced storms, the first thing that comes to mind is not to take shelter in God, which it should be, but the first thing I think of is how can I make the storm rest? How can I fix the situation? God reminded me that I cannot calm the storm, but I can rest in Him.

Choosing to find shelter in the Lord and staying in that shelter no matter what the storm is will help strengthen the believers. Knowing that God has His perfect and mighty hand in each situation gives me peace.

When facing a storm of life, PRAY. God says, in Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous hand.” He will hold you in HIS righteous hand! What else could we want?

Sometimes praying seems like it does not work. I read one day, “Sometimes God calms the storm, sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.” Sometimes the answer to your prayer is not exactly what you wanted, but God knows what He is doing and will not leave your side. The fact of the matter is God is standing there waiting for you to take refuge and shelter in Him. Storms of this life are hard, but when you have the best shelter, let the storm rage and rest in Him.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Psalm 46:1-3

Xoxo