Remember…

Remember when your hope is lost and faith is shaken
Remember when you wonder if you’re gonna make it
There’s a hand stretched out through your deepest doubt
We can’t pretend to see the ending or what’s coming up ahead
To know the story of tomorrow
But we can stay close to the One who knows

We can trust our God
He knows what He’s doing
Though it might hurt now
We won’t be ruined
It might seem there’s an ocean in between
But He’s holding on to you and me
And He’s never gonna leave, no
He is with us, He is with usHe is with us
Always, always
He is with us, He is with us
Always

We believe there is purpose, there is meaning in everything
We surrender to His leading
He wants nothing more than to have us close

We can trust our God
He knows what He’s doing
Though it might hurt now
We won’t be ruined
It might seem there’s an ocean in between
But He’s holding on to you and me
And He’s never gonna leave, no
He is with us, He is with us
Always, always
He is with us, He is with us
Always

Our faith is sealed
Our hope is real
Come what may
We’re not afraid
Our faith is sealed
Our hope is real
Come what may
We’re not afraid
We’re not afraid

We can trust our God
Always, always

Our God is with us
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Just going over the lyrics to this powerful song by Love and The Outcome today. Just talking to myself.

If you stopped by and joined me, thanks! He is
I know I’m not alone on this journey. And you aren’t either.

To listen to “He Is With Us”, click HERE. It’s fabulous!

And REMEMBER… “We can trust our God;  He knows what He’s doing.”

Blessings, friend.

Sixteen Truths

Sixteen Truths:

1. True beauty is not of the face, but of the soul. Without true beauty of soul, a pretty face is a dangerous gift.

2. Learn God’s truth, and refuse to believe the lies Satan whispers in your ear.16b

3. God doesn’t need you (or anyone else), but He wants you. Join Him and experience His blessing in life!

4. Your life’s work is very important. But your heart is what defines you…not what you do (your profession, etc).

5. Keep the upward trajectory. You’ll never be perfect on this side of heaven, but we should be becoming more like Jesus each year of our life.

6. Give thanks in all things. It is impossible to give thanks and feel fear at the same time.

7. Take care of yourself. You are His temple. Keep on exercising, eating right, sleeping well, etc. No one can do that for you!

8. Each day is a gift. God owns tomorrow. We are responsible for our use of today. Don’t waste time worrying.

9.The way we live ought to manifest the truth of what we believe. A disordered life speaks loudly of disorder in the soul.

10. Have a cheerful countenance. Master the art of being sunny – even under the shadows (trials) that come your way. Keep God’s perspective.

11. Be able to make up your own mind, to make decisions, to be sure of yourself. If you choose wrong, turn back. None of us are perfect!

12. Be responsible. Evasion of responsibility is the mark of immaturity. To do right will often cost a struggle, but it is always worth the effort. What ought I do?

13. Christian love is action. Keep on doing what is good. You are preparing now to be a wonderful wife and mother as you minister at home as a daughter and sister.16

14. Be sincere. Learn to be honest with yourself and others, though it may be costly and difficult.

15. Fight selfishness. Saying yes to happiness often means saying no to yourself.

16. Keep studying God’s Word and learning from Him. Go to Him for strength and wisdom. He is your only hope.

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I wrote this list for a precious young lady on her birthday.

16 truths for her 16th birthday.

It’s a list that I could put on my nightstand and read repeatedly myself.

 

You know what they say? “You can’t change the truth, but the truth can change you.”

Keep the truth always in front of you, friend.

It will set you free! (John 8:32)

Faith Focus Friday

About six months ago, I shared a bit about the ‘Soul Work’ that’s been happening in me. If you missed that blog post, you can read it HERE.

Guess what? Six months later, I’m still working on the same thing – the work of trusting God… having faith in the One who’s very name is Faithful. And I’ll tell you why. It’s because it seems like we’ve been in ‘the waiting room’ for so long.faith2

The very hardest thing for me is the WAITING. I realize this is partially because I live in such a speed-lane driving, fast-food eating, breaking-news sort of culture. But it’s also simply because the longer I wait, the more I have to work on trusting.

So as sit in the dimly-lit waiting room, I resonate with what one author says.

 

“Waiting may be the hardest single thing

we are called to do.

In the Bible, waiting is so closely associated with faith

that sometimes the two words are used interchangeably.

It is frustrating when we turn to the Bible

and find that God Himself,

who is all-powerful and all-wise,

keeps saying to his people,

‘Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him…

Wait for the LORD, and keep to his way,

and he will exalt you to inherit the land.’

Forty-three times in the Old Testament alone,

the people are commanded,

‘Wait. Wait on the LORD.’

-John Ortberg

 

Here’s a thought… maybe what God is doing IN me while I wait (the molding and shaping, the training of character, the pruning, the growing) is JUST AS IMPORTANT as what it is I think I am waiting for. Hmmmmm…..

So I’m calling today “Faith Focus Friday”. Here are a few quotes on ‘faith’ for reflection:

 

“Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led.

But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading.faith3

It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason –

a life of knowing Him who calls us to go.”

-Oswald Chambers

 

“An example of faith was found on the wall of a concentration camp.

On it, a prisoner had carved the words:

I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine,faith1

I believe in love, even when it isn’t shown,

I believe in God, even when he doesn’t speak.

What eyes could have seen good in such horror? There is only one answer:

Eyes that chose to see the unseen.”

-Max Lucado

 

“What is faith? It is total dependence on God that becomes supernatural in its working.

People with faith develop a second kind of sight.

They see more than just the circumstances;

they see God right beside them.

Can they prove it? No.

But by faith they know He’s there…

Faith alone is the trigger that release driving power.”

-Jim Cymbala

 

“True faith means holding nothing back.

It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His Promises.”

-Francis Chan

 

“Waiting means that we give God

the benefit of the doubt

that He knows what He is doing.

It must be patient trust –

trust that is willing to waitfaith

again and again

day after day.”

-John Ortberg

 

That’s exactly what I have to do, over and over again. I have to continually, presently, actively believe that God is trustworthy. That He is worth following… even when I don’t understand where, how, why… Because He is God and I am not.

So I continue to wait… and trust.

Better Beans for Black Bean Salad

There are numerous quick, easy, and healthy meals that can be made using beans.

(I’m going to share a super-tasty black bean salad recipe with you today!)

And opening a can of beans is train-a-monkey-to-do-it easy!

But is it best?beans1

 

Don’t get me wrong. BEANS are GREAT!

They’re inexpensive, versatile, full of protein & fiber, and loaded with nutrients.

They’ve even been called “the undervalued superfood”. They’re fabulous!

I hope you’re using lots of them!

 

But today I’m asking you to

rethink your bean-BUYING…

if you’re buying them by the can.

 

Here are three things to ponder when considering a can of beans vs. a bag of dried beansbeans

        1. COST. Buying them by the pound, in a bag, is much cheaper.
        2. HEALTH. When you get them in a bag, you control what goes into them. Ever noticed the level of sodium in canned goods?
        3. FLAVOR. Beans can be cooked to perfection with your own spices and flavoring added… not taken from a tin can processed who-knows-how-long-ago.

 

When I was first married, I would grab a can of beans from the store shelf to add to a meal without a second thought. But as our family grew and I became more money and health-conscious, I began to purchase my beans by the pound, dried.

 

It did take a while getting used to preparing the beans myself… but it really isn’t difficult.*

And sure, it takes a bit of planning ahead. But it also cut back on the grocery budget (as “planning” often does!).

I like to soak my beans overnight and then cook up a big batch the next day, saving a few cups in the refrigerator and packaging the rest up to store in the freezer for another meal.

 

I’d encourage you to consider the benefits of buying and cooking up your own beans.

And while you’re considering it, check out the scrumptious recipe I promised you at the beginning of this post!

 

BLACK BEAN SALAD

Combine these first five ingredients. Whip them together to be used as the dressing.

½ c. lime juice

½ c. olive oil

1 minced garlic clove

1 t. saltbeansalad

1/8 t. cayenne pepper.

In a separate bowl, combine the following:

½ c. chopped fresh cilantro

4 c. black beans, rinsed and drained

½ c. corn kernels

1 avacado – peeled, pitted and diced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

6 green onions, thinly sliced

2 tomatoes, finely diced

 

Mix the vegetables and beans together and toss with the dressing. Refrigerate for 2 hours or more. Serve with tortilla chips.

Goes great with burgers on the grill.

Tastes wonderful eaten as a side dish.

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*For a free “Cooking Guide for Dried Beans”, click HERE.

To learn nine reasons why YOU should eat beans, click HERE.