Today: Be thankful.
November is a month that typically spend a little extra time being thankful. In a way, I’ve been thrown into that boat because I think how can I not be thankful for an amazing, powerful, life-changing God. In the last few months, days have become more precious and hours as well. I’ve seen how much you can do in a span of 24 hours and how much in your can change in a matter of precious minutes. I think to a few days ago when I was freaking out about student teaching. I hadn’t heard from anyone and I was freaking out that I wasn’t good enough and that no one would like me or want me to be in their room. I was constantly going from “God I completely trust you. You are setting this up. You got this. My faith is going deeper,” to “What did I misspell on my resume?!” And then I got the call and everything set up within a matter of two days. I’m seriously so excited beyond words. I know that God is at work and this is a perfect fit. My faith is deeper as I saw that I had to trust God that I would get the call even after I had friends who were receiving calls weeks before me.
A week ago I didn’t know if I passed the math teaching exam, but now I know I did! It literally feels like a month ago that I found out when it was only a week ago.
I’m not trying to brag about myself or my life. I just serve an amazing God. My faith has been tested. But there comes a point when it’s not about pride. It’s about bringing glory to a God who always answers prayers. It has not ever been in my timing, but it’s always been the right timing. So keep holding on! God’s working something out that you just can’t see! Give it a few more days and you’ll be amazed at what can happen when you put your trust in the most High King!
A Letter From Jesus…
Strategically set before you is a list of opportunities that I have given out of love and devotion to what I have called you to do. Look closer, beloved. Always look closer. For my leading and prompting are seldom on the surface. Surface level misconceptions transpire from surface level tendencies. Instead look deeper. My hand shall always lead you to ground in which your feet has failed to ever tread. If you stand in a stagnate spot of solitude, you shall miss what I am doing. Instead, move. Step out further than what your natural eyes can conjure up. You are a child of light. You have a Spirit of power. Why should I call you to operate in your strength when I have beckoned you to reign and rule through mine? Every trial and concern should only be an indication that my power has been made perfect in your weakness. Place your hand in mine and let’s travel a little deeper. Your heart has hardened in an area of trust, and I want to restore your purpose.
To when did you believe that I had left? It is important to me that you know fully, my promises that I have bestowed upon you, even before you took shape in your mother’s womb. Allow me to ask you this question again, beloved. To when did you start believing that I had left you? Surely you questioned my presence, yet I have walked with you for so long. There isn’t a power on earth nor force in hell that can separate us, and this you know very well. Which voice have you been listening to that has deceivingly began to over power mine in your life? My beautiful one, we are so deeply intertwined within the depths of one another, that surely you shall never find the beginning or trace an assumption to the end. When you were first awakened to me, life began. For I did not restore you, I instead made you new. If I had healed your life, then that would mean you would still have your old life, yet it would be restored. No, no such thing is true. I heal bodies yet you keep the same body. But in the spiritual, restoration is instead replaced with new birth. You are an entirely new creation. This means that all things of the old have passed away and I am inviting you to look upon the NEW thing that I am doing. My child, don’t you see it? My Spirit dwells inside of you. My Spirit leads you. This is the seal to show that world that you have been purchased at a blood bought price that no man was worthy of purchasing except I. Rest assure my beloved, rest assure. Take these words and make them your foundation: I have never left you. Shall you allow me to secure you in this? May I affirm all of your insecurities and doubts? Let’s continue to go deeper…
I’ve carried you for your entire life. Every step you have taken, every stride that you have gracefully conquered, I have been there. Although it seemed that I had taken a leave of absence is your greatest struggle, I was there. Even stronger than you know. You see, my Father has a love for you that does not wither or fade as time progresses on, so it is the same with me. I have seen the way the Father loves you, and I love how the Father loves. My greatest joy is for you to be secure in my love. I desire your heart to be ravished by mine. I long for the embrace of your unhindered trust to rest in my Truth. But do not be weary beloved. Do not be so hard on yourself. For this is a process and an extensive one at that. You must take heart and know that the good work I have started in you shall be completed before I set my foot to return. Stand tall beautiful one, you are stronger than what your natural strength tries to convince. I have made you a fortress in your family. I have set you as a strong tower to the world. Your words are the power that creates life or death in the lives around you, including yourself. I have given you wisdom and excellence that many are not familiar with. Continue to walk in my grace and meditate on my Word which brings you life and life abundantly at that. But I want you to know this beloved, I want you to stand secure in my affirmation: I am pleased with you. Yes. My heart is filled with joy even as I hear the Father say your name! Rest in my love and know that even at one gaze of your beautiful eyes, I am overtaken. I love you dearly, beautiful one. When all else fails you, be secure in this. I love you.
Amy Basel Ministries 2013
Today after work I stopped at a store… While inside a woman approached me and proceeded to ask me out… I told her I was married.. she said she didn’t mind… I kindly informed her that I did mind.. & that I had no interest in cheating on my wife…” I don’t get turned down a lot, your wife must be very pretty” she said.. I informed her that my wife is pretty but that wasn’t why I stay faithful to her. She then implied that my wife must take very good care of my “physical needs”… Again I told her that’s not why I’m faithful. “Why then? Doesn’t she get on your nerves sometimes? She can’t be perfect and what’s wrong with a little side action?” I told her that I didn’t just make a commitment to my wife.. I made one to God. My love for my wife is supposed to be a reflection of God’s love for me. & God hasn’t stopped loving me even though I messed up, fall short, make mistakes …even though I’m less than perfect he still loves me ..for better or for worst .. in the good times and the bad He remains faithful. I told her that’s the kind of husband I strive to be faithful regardless of the circumstances I told her that even if she was prettier than my wife, my commitment still stands, if my wife wasn’t taking care of my physical needs… my commitment still stands.. even if my wife was unfaithful…my commitment still stands. I told her that my goal isn’t just to make my wife happy, my goal is to please God with the way I treat my wife, regardless of if I’m in her presence or not. The woman started crying “I want love like that” she said. I told her that Someone already loves her like that… We prayed the sinner’s prayer in the store…. So my brothers & sisters we have a new sister in Christ! She asked if she could call me if she had any questions.. given the circumstances… I gave her my wifes number (playing it safe lol) please keep her in prayer. -David Alan Campbell
Men, take note.
Just like every sunset is unique, God’s plan for every life is unique. Every person has a story, a past, and all together is not the exact same as any other person out there. So if your life story, love story or current struggles are not aligning up with anyone else’s around you, stop looking at them. Look to God. He knows what He’s doing. I’ve heard it said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Now take back your joy and trust God. Sometimes the sunset is blazing red; sometimes it is pink; sometimes it’s dark and covered with clouds. Each one is beautiful, just like every person is beautiful.
You know you’re from Michigan when the same day one year apart has a 50 degree temperature difference.
March 20 2012: 80°
March 20 2013: 30°
Full Orchestra Arrangement of the music from the movie “The Last of the Mohicans.” Listen and be amazed.
This clearly isn’t my high school orchestra, but it sure makes me miss playing in my high school orchestra. We performed this one year. It was difficult, but we nailed it. I miss that. I miss the feeling of mastering something really hard. I miss the feeling after it all comes together. I’m dusting off my cello a lot more often from now on :)
People have mixed opinions on scars. Physical scars of reckless behavior. Emotional scars from someone who hurt them. My scars remind me of what God has done in my life. I have physical scars and emotional scars. Scars are there to remind us; it’s all for God’s glory-everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. That means those scars that occurred when you didn’t know God or walked away might be meant to be there to encourage you. To remind you that God never left you and will never leave you. God will never abandon you, even at your worst. Scars remind me of the times in which it felt like everything was falling apart. I was mad at God and wasn’t really liking Him all that much. But eventually that changed. I kept praying and trusting Him and things did get better. I absolutely love looking back now on times in my life that I thought God was anywhere but with me. Now I see what He was doing and how things worked out. But it encourages me for the future. When things start to get crazy or when I mess up, I am reminded of the past. That God never ever left me. Just like He will never leave you. I almost wish it was swim suit season so I could wear my bathing suit. Then people would have to see my scars from my heart surgery. I love talking about it now, because it’s something that should seem bad, ugly or painful, but it’s not. God carried me and my family through all hard times. God protected me and has another purpose for me than to struggle with heart problems. Not a greater purpose but another purpose.
Paul killed Christians; David was an adulterer; Moses was a murderer; Peter denied Christ. We are humans. We’re going to mess up. But focus on loving God and the love of God. Focus on Christ and the cross for the power of the Holy Spirit is so much greater than any shame we will ever feel.
So let this be a message of encouragement. People will try to use your past to scare you, to discourage you and to shame you. But God has made all things new in you! Your past is your past. Like Jesus said, “Go and sin no more.” But as for your past, you can’t change it; only use it to bring any glory to God.
Your love never-ending
Your grace never-failing
Redemption is calling us home
You are making all things new
You are making all things new
You are making all things new
We are free!
I will wait, Lord.
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