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Believing Better?

This morning I entered the throne room of God through prayer. At His feet, I lifted up my thankfulness for His goodness, asked for healing of those I’ve been praying for, and for my will to be aligned with His. I also asked for strength to withstand the many attacks from Satan.

When I was finished, I wondered about my faith. Was my faith strong as it should be? Was my belief that Jesus is my savior, and the way to heaven and eternal life, equivalent to faith? Growing up never feeling good enough, never feeling accepted, left deep scars which Satan scratches and opens to bleed. And when he does this, I fall prone to questioning.

When this happens, I turn to the Word of God, the Bible, for reassurance. This morning, I turned to Romans 10. In my CSB Restoration Bible I read a note on Exercise of Faith which helped me to understand Satan’s attempt to undermine my faith. One of the paragraphs stated that when we hear the good news of Jesus, we need only believe. Nothing else is required. We don’t have to promise to do better. God doesn’t ask us to do penance or make amends. We are called to trust, not try harder. And I do trust. I do believe. I do have faith. I don’t need to try harder or wonder if what I’m doing is right or good enough.

Now I’m able to order Satan out of my mind, and out of my home, through the mighty and powerful name of Jesus. The story is written. Then end is known. And Jesus triumphs over all evil.


Faith Held Firmly Together by Hope

Looking back over the past week, there have been a lot of changes in my life. Changes can bring stress but as long as I am walking with Jesus, I have hope. My faith sustains me because I believe He can do all things. There is no reason for stress in my life if I hand over all concerns to Him.

Very strange things are happening as I type this blog. I realize Satan is using every tactic he can to distract me in an attempt to steal my hope. Ha! No way. Jesus is stronger than Him and Jesus loves me! I’m just taking it slow and fixing everything Satan tries to destroy in my words.

Okay, changes:

I stopped taking a prescription blood thinner. I’m back on an aspirin maintenance and am able to take the anti-inflammatory medication. I’m no longer seeking my recliner due to pain.

I learned one of my daughters is moving to North Carolina. I’m very happy for her and her hubby. Their new home is awesome and the weather will be so much better than they have been experiencing in Wisconsin. The downfall is she will now be further away. No longer a one day trip by car to visit. But we can still Skype!

My cat, Templeton, seemed to be doing much worse. In fact, I thought he was going to die in his sleep one night. We ran out of cat food, so I went searching through the stores to no avail. Then I found a recipe from a veterinarian. I purchased the necessary foods and made some pureed food for him. He is eating good and his health seems to be improving.

I’ll stop with these three rather than bore you with repetition. Do you see all the BUT GOD goodness that resulted in each of the above changes? No reason to stress!

As for hobbies, I finished another puzzle. A really cute one with curious kitties doing their thing. I completed a picture using oil pencils in one of my longest owned coloring books by artist Hanna Karlzon. Those are the last two items shown below. The other pictures are the progression pictures I promised to show you of the completed buddy color for the month. I colored it using StarJoy oil pencils. The first picture is the blank canvas. This is called grayscale. Each subsequent picture is a day’s worth of coloring.

Lifting my cup of tea this morning with a smile on my face and in my heart. Yesterday was the love of my life’s heavenly birthday. No matter what this world might bring, I can be strong standing on my faith because I know that death is something that can happen to my body, but I have an eternal soul and Jesus has prepared a place for me in heaven. There I will be reunited with my family, my friends, and the love of my life! Hope is eternal! Until next time…