Forgiving Me

Tracy Johnson, GFC Van Dyke

Have you ever made a choice in your life that you look back on and cringe at the mere thought of it? I have! For many years I allowed that choice to define my identity and shape my very existence. I walked around with a smile (even in church) for all to see. But, on the inside, a battle raged! This battle was destroying me!

Forgiveness is very personal to me because it has played a part in teaching me how to love myself and helped me to understand where my true identity comes from. When Jesus was on the cross and He said these words, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He was looking at me, He was looking at you. Jesus was crying out for you and me, can you see His bruised and broken body? I see Jesus crying out because of his Love. I have to admit, this kind of love took some time for me to believe because this sin to me was unforgivable!

But God said differently in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”

I stand in a love that is greater than anything I could comprehend or imagine. I thank God for His forgiveness. Through His forgiveness I was able to forgive myself, which is a whole other blog post!

All in all, Forgiveness holds power, Forgiveness is an act of love, forgiveness sets forth redemption, and forgiveness grants freedom. We are forgiven, now forgive yourself💕

In My Feelings …

In My Feelings

Tracy Johnson, GFC Van Dyke

Emotions aren’t easy for me to talk about, because, to be honest, I struggle with my emotions. I struggle with being joyful all the time, I struggle with my level of stress, and I struggle with keeping a smile on my face! While I’m putting it all out there, I must admit that I sometimes allow my feelings to negatively effect my view of things.

My own emotions have intrigued me so much that I have read articles, books, listened to Tedtalks, and watched videos and professors talk about this very subject.

Here is what I learned through my thorough research:

“Feelings don’t have intellect. They aren’t that bright. Don’t trust them.” This quote came from Priscilla Shirer and it blows my mind every time I hear or say it!

So Ladies, ask yourself this question: If we can’t trust something and it doesn’t have intellect, why are we listening to it?

I also learned that emotions are God given and we don’t have a choice in having them. Feelings are the responses of our emotions but in terms of our feelings, we have a personal choice in how we react. Is it always easy to manage our feelings? NO. But the blessing is, We Can!

Let’s work to be intentional in managing our reactions and not let something we can’t trust rule our behavior.

 

Dear 2021 …

Dear 2021

Caryn Mora

 

I recently read a letter on Facebook. It was short and to the point. It simply said, “Dear 2020, Go away. #Seriously!” Is there anything that could sum up our feelings of the last year more adequately?

 

This past year has been a series of twists and turns that have led us down roads many of us would rather not have gone down. The Lord never promised us a perfect life. The Bible, in fact, tells us that there will be trouble. What God does tell us, however, is that He will never leave us or forsake us. This past year has been difficult, but God has been with us. So, if I were going to write a letter to 2021 it would look something like this:

Dear 2021,

 

Last year was one of the most difficult years of my life. It was a roller coaster of emotions that brought hardship, loss and pain to so many. But you, 2021, are a brand new year full of promise and hope! I believe that you are going to be the best year I’ve ever seen. I stand in faith that this year I will see God work miracles in my life and the lives of others. John 16:33 says that I should take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. You are the year where I choose to become an overcomer with Jesus. I choose to set aside time every day to build my relationship with Him. You are the year where I choose to ignore the lies of the enemy who tells me that I am nothing and instead believe my Father in Heaven who tells me I am an heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17). I choose to have faith in the Word of God.

Yes, 2021, I’m excited to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to you! I will not allow the baggage of 2020 to enter with me. I’m closing the door and taking with me only the Spiritual lessons that have brought me closer to my Savior.

 

Sincerely,

Caryn

P.S. Do you think you could get Chick-Fil-A to open up their restaurants inside?