What Is Your Name? {Our Uniqueness in God}

We all have a name. We even have   nicknames given to us by those who love us. We distinguish each other by our names. It is one way we tell each other part.

Nearly everything in our life has a name to help us set things apart in this world. Names make us unique.

I found an island I think has the coolest name. It is called the “No Name Key.”

  
It’s a part of Key West. I have no idea if people live there. But I think it’s cool, because it reminds me that although the island has no name it is still beautifully created by God. Still it is His.

So when you feel lonely – like you have no name in this world – remember God knows your name.

And it isn’t “No Name.”

God knows you intimately and loves you. Isn’t that a comforting, beautiful thing? 

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. ~ Isaiah 43:1 ESV

Dear You: God Chose You Anyway

Dear You,

Yes… You.

Everything you do in seeking God is working out as Good because He set forth a plan – a specific plan – for your life even before your birth. He did it knowing you’d hesitate, knowing you’d doubt, knowing you’d backslide, knowing you’d come back to Him… He did it knowing whether you’d choose Him too.

You hesitate for what?
Jesus never hesitated. He loved. Pure love. Everything was for you.

And YET He waits. On you. Patiently. He chose you anyway.

You, with what you see as faults, He sees as character growth.

You, with your doubt, He sees as wanting to know more to draw closer to Him.

He doesn’t need you to feel bad that you can’t memorize Scripture or to feel defeated when your body is not physically healed in every single illness or to feel scared when heaviness protrudes into your life. You will be tempted to do these things.

But instead He needs you to do only one thing – Trust in Thankfulness.

Pure and simple trust for His pure and simple love.

I know you know pain beyond measure, but He doesn’t need perfection. He just needs thankfulness and trust.

Trust. He’s got your back.
Trust. He wants to help you.
Trust. He has a plan for you.
Trust. He wants to give you eternal life and peace.

Whatever it is, wherever you are in your walk…
Just turn from man and turn to Him. Trust Him. Thank Him.

You can pray and then thank and praise Him. Just choose.

I am here to pray for you.

Live blessed,
Heather

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There IS a Purpose: Nothing is in Vain

Dear You,
Yes, you. You who need prayer and encouragement through this fiery painful trial in life. You who can’t seem to find the end of this unknown season. You who feel lonely even with loved ones surrounding you. You who has every right to think on the “if only” things. Know this dear heart… There is a purpose and nothing is in vain. You’ll know that deeper and deeper as truth if you put your full trust in Jesus. ALL IN. Just breathe. ~ ❤️

Just Breathe.

I was awake in the wee a.m. again this morning. This is happening more lately because I’ve not been able to take all my serotonin/sleep therapy med because of the infection. I also have been battling throat burning acid and those weird “spot moving” abdomen pains again. They come and go and move around all over. So frustrating.

I do feel much better regarding the infection I had been fighting so long… my kidney no longer hurts! But still some issues that I hope will be figured out at my biopsy on the 9th. There will be a sedation process.

Dear friends, I must tell you I’m a bit nervous about that part. I know there isn’t anything seriously wrong. They won’t find anything major. Amen! But the sedation part? My Fibro mind and body can’t handle the thought of being aware for procedures, but I also don’t like the idea of not knowing or remembering important things. I have to be alone for this procedure. Worse!

BUT GOD! He is with me.

I know He will be there with me. While all these issues seemed non-related for years – probably decades – many of them are related through this PNS disease. Hormones. Chemicals. Body is simply “off”. But I’ve been “off” my whole life. ;) Here is what I KNOW.

The power of Christ is PHENOMENAL. When I was 27 I was miraculously healed of brain disease/clinical depression that I had suffered with since a child. It was a miracle healing which everyone in my life saw. And now I am fighting Fibromyalgia with the same faith and ultimate knowledge that I am healed. But until that manifests I will allow this “thorn in my flesh” to be used by God to bless others and me in many ways. I have already seen great blessings come to people around the world from my sharing my faith through this season. Even through ministering to people. What an honor for me to bless and encourage and love others through and because of Christ. I am willing to be used by God inside His plan and His perfect timing because His Grace is sufficient for me. But I know that healing is coming! Amen!

I have just learned to be very cautious in how I share it… what words I use. He has taught me immensely through these experiences and has given me opportunity to share it in mighty ways. He said troubles would come, and yet He would be with us through them. He certainly has proven that to me.

Please help me make this journey touch as many lives for God as possible. That’s what I long for in it. I encourage you to invite anyone you know who needs encouragement and love to send me a friend request on Facebook or share this website with them. I want to love. I used to be a SAUL. No more. Now I’m a PAUL. Why? Because He showed me hate is like an inside weapon going off slowly, killing the heart and soul of a person. Love is the healer of inside mass destruction. I chose LOVE.

I see God’s great plan for this thing I do here… opening up like a beautiful flower under the sunlight of each new day of grace.

My love to you.

Live Blessed,
Heather

My Special Christmas Message to You Dear Friends

Dear You,
You’ve laughed with me. You’ve cried with me. You’ve prayed with me. For most of you, it was all through my writings. You’ve encouraged me beyond the stars.

Yes, you. And that makes you my gift from God. I hope your Christmas is filled to overflowing with those things that touch your soul, make you smile, and give you breath… He who is the giver of all that you long for eternally.

Merry Christmas, my dear friends. My love I send to you.

Heather

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Dear You. Yes, YOU. {What you NEED this weekend}

Dear You,
Yeah. YOU.

You who had a week that won’t quit because there is still “stuff” to do. You who don’t know how things will get done or paid next week. You who don’t know anything else to do except wait and pray and hope.

You know what you need this weekend?

You need rest. You need smiles. You need laughs. Run. Run after those things.

Those other things?
Those things that make your heart cry?

God has got them.
You know it in your head.
Now KNOW it in your soul. Let your soul frolic this weekend… your heart, mind, and body will follow.

Live a lovely life.

~ Heather

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Happy Easter Resurrection Day, dear Hearts!

Sharing these words… beautiful. Just simple and beautiful.

Happy Easter Resurrection Day, dear Hearts!
~ Heather

Easter is a time when families come together to have fun and enjoy the newly-awakened spring, as well as celebrate and appreciate their shared love. Many children eagerly await the multitude of egg hunts and goodie baskets, while the entire family gathers around the dinner table to enjoy each other’s company – as well as a few chocolate bunnies.

But beyond the mountains of chocolate and the plethora of adorable bunnies; beyond the bright and colorful eggs, there lies a story of a strong yet gentle Carpenter who is a humble yet powerful King. It is a story of self-sacrifice, pain, and grief, but the story does not end there. Beyond the pain, grief, torture, and betrayal endured by a compassionate and loving Shepherd, there lies the ultimate gift of redemption, forgiveness, and hope.

A Healer.

A Redeemer.

A Savior. A Savior for the world. A Savior for you and for me. When all hope for the journey of life was lost, the Way was provided. When the enemy’s lies rose deafeningly loud all around, the Truth broke through the noise. When death laughed menacingly in the face of its victims, Life rescued its captives and set them free. When darkness surrounded, Light burst forth and spilled into every shadowy corner…

Read the rest of this extremely beautiful post here

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This Holy Week is for YOU

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This Holy Week is for you. Yes, you. As you go about your week wondering what life is all about, wondering why things are happening, wondering why you keep sinning when you don’t want to, and you… there in the lonely corner feeling rejected. The King of All and the Savior of Those wants to make you one of Those. One of His. Won’t you leave behind the guilt and say “Yes.”?

And to those who’ve said “yes” but still do these things, remember, you are one of Those. You are redeemed in Holy.

For those
God has a {{hug}} for you today.
Yes, you.

You, in your stressed out day that feels like a “monday-kind-of-day”. You, looking at your bills with a question mark dangling over your mind. You, trying to keep the house together in your mom-awesomeness. You, working hard to provide for your family while being the best dad you can be.

All with God’s help… here’s your God Hug.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Live blessed this Holy Week,
Heather