Shine Anyways

The last 24 hours have been extremely emotionally exhausting. I think I’ve worked more hours than I’ve slept this week (and anyone who knows me knows sleep is crucial in my world), but last night I started to experience harassment as I never have before. I try to be compassionate and understanding, but these are threats against my life and those I love the most. I can only describe the person as a monster as she details past things she’s done to the man and children I love as I read in pure horror. I realize more than ever evil exists and the devil and his minions have me and those I hold dear as their targets.

After a 12 hour day, I took April out for a walk. My mind was still spinning. So much left on my desk undone. This evil person trying to overshadow my happiness. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t really aware of my surroundings until something caught my eye. What’s that? Tiny purple flowers all around me. Gracefully kissing the grass, seemingly springing up from nowhere. I looked around and they were everywhere, little happy spots smiling on the ground. Their very presence brought a smile to my face. The harshness of winter is breaking off and the newness of spring is arising.

I came back in and soon forgot about those flowers. The harassment once again started and I thought about the work on my desk. Before I knew it, I was swimming in an ocean of overwhelmed emotion. Then I talked to two of my favorite people for awhile and was reminded that love does indeed conquer all. When we hung up I remembered those purple flowers. Stop daughter, smell the flowers. Watch how their beauty stands out. Evil can’t prevail, I came to conquer it. When you standout people will criticize and even hate, shine anyways.

I’m listening Poppa! My circle sure is small, but it is filled with the absolute best people. Don’t worry about who’s against you, who doesn’t like you, or even those that play both sides. You keep being true to yourself and God and you shine anyways! 💛 – Chelle, #f8ithgal

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Breathe Daughter, Just Breathe

As tears filled my eyes and irritation mounted, I looked outside and saw the beautiful sun rising. It was time for a little protecting my peace time with my Poppa. I watched the golden hues of the rays spraying out over the clouds above it and heard my Poppa whisper breathe daughter, just breathe; it’s all going to be alright. I’m not sure what you are facing today, but your Father is shining through the clouds. A ray of sunshine when it seems darkest. Just breathe, it’s going to be alright! 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

The Enemy Will Be Utterly Destroyed

“And the Lord said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.” Deuteronomy 3:2 As I read the verses after this, I was amazed at the mighty power of our God. Verse 4 says they took all of the cities and verse 5 says these cities they took were “fenced with high walls, gates, and bars…” Verse 6 declares, “And we utterly destroyed them…” Wow. Has the enemy created a fortress up that you think can’t be breached. There is no wall too high, no gate too gate too secure, or bar too solid to withstand the army of The Lord and you my friend aren’t fighting alone. His angels go before you and His Spirit surrounds you. The warring in your spirit is the enemy trying to steal your peace. He knows he is defeated so he wages a battle in your head. Fight back with praise and the Word. Fear not the battle before you because it is not yours, but your Father’s. You’ve got this, don’t doubt for even a second that you don’t! 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

God’s Light Will Break Through

This morning as I stood outside enjoying my “protecting my peace time” the sun broke through the clouds and it’s warm rays washed over me. I came inside and began to reflect on the goodness and mercy of God. Oh how many times the clouds of life had completely overwhelmed me and I saw no way out when suddenly God came busting through the clouds with His love shining down upon me. Many of those times my own choices had caused the storms, yet He didn’t abandon me there. Many others were beyond my control and His light busted through with hope. In either case, His glorious rays washed over me. There He was cleansing me, guiding me, encouraging me… never leaving me lost in the dark storm clouds of life. I’m not sure what cloud is hanging over you today, but look up. Your help comes from the Lord and is already with you in the midst of whatever you are facing. His light will break through and He will cause the rains that have been plummeting you to fertilize the ground for what He is about to do. 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal

“My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2