Our God.

He is the only one who will always be standing with us.  If he stands with us, who can even stand against us?  When everything feels like it’s coming down on your shoulders, when nothing seems to be going right, and through all of our darkest times, He is there to shine in the darkness.

Thank you, God, for being there for us.

Enough.

There are times in this life where I feel that I will never be able to get enough.  Enough money, enough love, enough patience, etc.  I always feel like I’m reaching just for that little bit.  But there is one thing that I know I have that is fulfilled; my love for Christ.  I have more than enough.

Because I have more than enough of God’s love, I know that I should never thirst for anything more that that.  He is all that we really need in this life.  Yes, the money is nice, yes the friends are nice, yes being married is amazing.  But we can’t buy our way into Heaven, we can’t bring our friends with us and as much as we would love to walk with our husband or wife until the end of time, there will come a day where one or the other finds their home in Heaven.

This song says it all…

Happy, Bouncy Things.

Good Morning Everyone!!

This came on my Pandora this morning while I was getting ready for work and it’s such a happy bouncy song that I just have to share it with you!  So here you are!  Enjoy!

I may be posting a few more posts throughout the day because my mind is highly caffeinated right now and it’s traveling at about 100 MPH and the ideas are endless.

By Your Side.

This past week I was fighting a hard battle.  I was having some vicious spiritual and emotional battles going on.  I was barely functioning for a week.  Everything was a challenge.  I was trying to sift through issues and tackle them one at a time but I could only do so much.  However, I was fighting to turn them over to God; even though I hammer it over and over again in my posts.

I had hit a point later in the week (Thursday or Fridayish) where I was so frustrated and beaten down that all I could do was cry.  I felt like I had failed my husband, the kids, myself and especially God.  I had fallen behind in school work, house work, and other general responsibilities.  Sunday came and I felt like church is exactly what I needed to “reset” my struggles.

I sobbed during church.  I couldn’t even sing a full song without bursting into uncontrollable tears.  It felt like every song we sang was directed towards me or the battles I had fought the past week.  I felt like God was doing some work in me, but why was it so hard to let go?  It got to the point where I had to actually leave church, gather myself, and then come back in.  I physically couldn’t stop the crying no matter how hard I tried.

This is one of the songs that we sang.  It was definitely the hardest to maintain my composure (HA!  More like black streaked face the entire song!)
I love this song and it is so true!

He was by my side through all my struggles, but Satan was battling back and made me feel like I was going at it alone.  There was not one point where I was alone, spiritually or physically.  God wanted me to stop fighting but I felt like all I could do was fight; fight to keep Satan out as best as I could.

He loves us and He is there for us.  We don’t need to fight alone; He’s fighting for us and with us.

We Are Thirsty.

There are times where we all struggle.  In those times, we become thirsty for the help of our Lord.  However, we tend to stray and push him aside as we try to manage our pain by ourselves.  We need to remember that during those times, we need to rely on our Lord to help us through.  Only He can help our sorrow and pain.

All we can ask is Come, Lord Jesus. Help us with our pains and sorrows.

Overwhelmed.

With this being Holy Week, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about all the feelings and emotions that Jesus endured for me; us.

He suffered betrayal, anguish, anger, distress, grief, sadness, weariness, and crucifixion.  However, he also felt things such as compassion, gladness, joy, love, peace, and sympathy.

He felt the human emotions that we feel.  However, he still managed to lead a sin free life.

He suffered for US.

He died for US.

He rose for US.

He forgives US.

To even try and wrap my head around that just consumes me.  He has every right to turn His cheek at me, but yet I feel his embrace and love.

I am literally overwhelmed by what He has done and what he continues to do.  I couldn’t say it any better than this song.

You’re By My Side.

Another beautiful song that we sang in church this past week.   I love both of these songs.

Even when we don’t think He is there, He is right by our side.  Protecting us.  Guiding us.  Teaching us.  Showing us that He remains true to all promises that He has made.

Take a listen and enjoy!!

Lead Us To The Cross.

I am IN LOVE with this song! It brings tears and goosebumps every time that we sing it in church!

Ironically, it kind of ties into my post from yesterday as well.

All we ask is that He continues to lead us on His path.

I Need You.

Today has just been one of those days.

I’ve been battling a chest cold for quite some time.  I haven’t been sleeping well, can’t focus, can’t breathe, feels like I can’t do anything.

Today started out rough as was.  I woke up 7 minutes before my husband had to get out the door for work.  That may not mean a whole lot to you, but it does me.  Shane and I have this morning routine where he will get up at 4:45-5:00, let the dogs out, start coffee, come wake me up between 5:15 and 5:30 depending on the morning.  I get out of bed and we have our morning coffee date.  This is our time.  When the kids are here, we don’t get much time to ourselves so we take the opportunity whenever we can get it.  Mornings from 5:15/5:30-6:00-6:15 it is!

Last night, I ended up taking NyQuil.  I didn’t want to but I had to if I was going to get any sleep.  Because I took NyQuil, Shane couldn’t get me awake at the normal time.  He sat and tried until I finally came around at 5:53 AM.  I fly out of bed so that we can make our normal coffee date before he flies out the door.

Then, I made the mistake of laying down on the couch to watch the news.  I was awake when the kids left for school and even had the thought that I was going to get dishes done, laundry folded and put away, the floor swept and mopped and start dusting room by room.  Next thing I know, I’m waking up to a phone call from my school at 10:05 AM.  What just happened?

I bounce off the couch and fly through the shower.  Not only do I have to start getting ready for work if I want to look presentable, I have to try and get laundry done for sure, maybe a start on dishes and figured everything else could wait.

Well, I started laundry which in turn caused my shower to be cold.  The cat peed on the floor….again.  So I spent about 15 minutes trying to clean that up.  Wait. Work.  Finish getting ready for work and realize there is about 3 loads of laundry sitting on the bed waiting to be folded.  Fly through those look at the clock: 12:05 PM.  I look outside and see a semi blocking my driveway.  Yup.  Parked in front of it so no one can get in, no one can get out.  I ask the driver to move so I can get to work and his response was “You’re going to have to wait.  I need to get this food delivered.”  *Sigh.* Breathe, Liz.  You have 25 minutes before you have to be at work.  Fifteen minutes pass, he’s still there.  I ask again. Same response. Thankfully, the house they were delivering food to asked him to move; reluctantly, he did.  Fly to work and be punched in at 12:31 PM.

Just one of those days that seems like nothing can go or will go right.  I sat down at the desk and began to work when I just felt this burden on my shoulders.  I felt like I weighed an additional 50 pounds and that I was starting to crumble.  Only was it then, that I remembered that I hadn’t prayed yet today.  I had gotten so wrapped up into everything that was going wrong, that I forgot to take time for my relationship with God this morning.

I quickly quit what I was doing, and prayed.  Apologized was more like it.  Apologize to Him that, once again, I was selfish and was so worried about the things that were going wrong, the things that needed to get done, that I didn’t even pray for Him to give me the strength to make it through the day.

It’s funny how when you don’t offer up that little prayer, little obstacles get put in your way.  It becomes so frustrating, so irritating, that we begin to stumble and it’s a quick fall into a place where we don’t necessarily like to be.

I never realized how much I relied on those few quiet moments with those silent words spoken between God and I.

The song I picked out for my Theatrical Thursday post reflects exactly how I felt as soon as I prayed and the weight was lifted off of my shoulders.  I just need to take some time, slow down, and realize that I do need Him more than I realize.