In the Morning

Sometimes the day fades, and so does your confidence. You’ve been facing trials left and right, and nothing seems to change.

I have had a few challenging weeks lately. Bad news, my nephew being sick, stress at work, and now I have a cold. Life seems to kick you when you’re down.

But there is always the morning. Every day I open my eyes, I realize that God still has a plan for me. He has given me another day to make a difference. He is making a beautiful tapestry out of the story of my life. Every day and every person matters.

Psalm 143:8:

Every sunrise is a reminder that God loves us, and that His mercies are new. He hasn’t forgotten about you, dear heart. I want you to know that the One true God that you entrust your life with, loves you unfailingly and unconditionally.

When we diligently seek Him and prayer and read His word, He opens the way before us. Psalm 119:105 says,”Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” He will show us the way we should go, as we wait in trust and hope.

He may not reveal as much of the path as we wish He would. But He gives us one step at a time-and gives us the courage to keep going even when met with changes and obstacles. Without the strength of the Lord, I would have given up so many times. You know what’s amazing? He believes in me; that with the Holy Spirit I am going to accomplish much for the His glory. All my sins and mishaps are forgiven, and will not keep Him from working through me to reach others for His kingdom.

I hope tomorrow morning brings new hope and joy for you! Remember His unfailing love for you, and praise Him.

Love in Christ,

Ariel

 

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He is calling, will you answer?

“Make every effort to accept as your calling the life I have assigned to you… If I have called you to a situation, I will give you everything you need to endure it–and even to find joy in the midst of it.” Sarah Young

Life; here and now, is what He has called you too! I always thought of my “calling” as something specific that would happen in the future. But He calls us every day! To rise up, face challenges, and bring Him glory. We are called to represent the light of Christ in this dark world.

I’ll admit I get caught up in my hopes for the future… and sometimes miss out on the blessings of today! God has called us to live in today, not worry about tomorrow. There are many people you will come into contact with today. How will you show them the love of Christ?

It’s true, loving others and reaching out will take you out of your comfort zone. It’s easy to fall into a routine, day in, day out. But His calling on your life remains. When you know the love of Christ, His spirit in you should make you eager to share it. His love is so deep, there is enough to spread throughout the whole world… so how about we start with our own little corners of it?

The situations at home, work, and within ourselves may be challenging. But when we are focused on God, He gives us everything we need to endure it, and even find some joy in the midst of it!

My current situation has me in a period of waiting… which is so against my nature. I like to go places, meet people, and experience new things. God has shown me that I needed this slow time to reconnect with old friends, build new friendships, appreciate my family, and grow closer to Him. He has been, and will be, my Joy!

Inspiration for this post is from the devotional “Jesus Today” by Sarah Young. I highly recommend it!

Choose to Give Hope

Do you have hope? Hope that the trials and pain you are dealing with will end someday? Did you grow up in a home where you were told you would never amount to anything?

My heart aches for children who are robbed of their childhoods. It could be from abuse, neglect, child labor, trafficking, having to raise their siblings, or poverty. These children have no hope. If no one believes in them, they don’t even know that life can be better. They begin to believe they deserve to be poor, or to be hurt.

Compassion International is a Christian child sponsorship organization.  I happily volunteer to represent them and their mission to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. I sponsor Balachandar, a boy in India. I’ve been sponsoring him for 5 years. Through my sponsorship, he has education, healthcare, food and clean water… and the opportunity to know Jesus Christ! With that he has hope that lasts. I write to him every month, and when I receive a letter from him, I’m just like a kid on Christmas!

He calls me sister, and I’m very proud of my Indian brother. He is smart, studies hard, loves vacation Bible school, and dreams of a bright future. You can be a dream giver, the one to change a child’s life forever!

I’m praying that God will lead the right people to sponsor Krishnapal in India, and Cristofer in Honduras. These sweet little boys have been entrusted to me to find sponsors for them. I am in no way obligated or paid by Compassion to do so. I am passionate about loving children and giving them hope. Want to join me on the adventure of sponsorship?

You will change their lives… but no one ever tells you how they change yours! You care for and cherish a child halfway across the world, and you’ve never even met them. To know that they need you, love you, and even pray for YOU, is incomparable. It just makes my heart melt.

You may not be able to change the whole world… but you can change the whole world for a child in poverty.

Send me a message if you want to learn more about Compassion and their amazing ministry! Regular blog posts will resume next week.

In Christ,

Ariel