Some years are definately better than others! We may struggle to get through a health crisis or the loss of someone close... We may struggle financially due to unexpected medical bills or the loss of a job... We may struggle with ourselves and the descisions we need to make on a day to day basis.
The truth is friend, WHATEVER you are struggling with, GOD IS RIGHT THERE BESIDE YOU!
I stand in faith believing Psalm 9:9 ~ The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. You too can claim this verse in times of trouble as He is our refuge and longs to help us if we only seek Him!
This very ministry came about as I struggled with a debilitating illness after the birth of my son. I went from being a very active individual, teaching aerobics, weight training and riding bicycles to a hospital bed and then a wheelchair for quite some time. This was my second bout with Spastic Quadrepledgia as it had happened just over 8 years earlier with the birth of my first child. Through this struggle, I knew that this time my attitude needed to stay positive and that it truly is the JOY of the Lord that is my strength. As I started speaking to others, I was amazed at how His Joy opened up so many opportunities for me to encourage and minister to them with confidence. It was at that time that I felt the Lord calling me to be not only an encourager , but a friend to those women around me. I started talking to friends and family and seeking God's direction for my life and His ministry and would stand firm (and you can too) on Proverbs 16:3~ Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
I have and do commit this entire ministry to the Lord and have seen the blessings that He has given through it. I am so thankful to Him for all that He has done for me and how He gets me through each day. I am also so very thankful for the awesome family & friends He has brought into my life, (More about all of them in later blogs!) and for His calling upon this rather wacky kind of girl who loves Him so.
Tell me... Are you struggling today and don't know what to do? Take His advice in the following verse from Philippians 4:8 ~ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. If you do this, you will start thinking differently about the things that are not going well in your life and discover ~ The joy of the LORD is your strength.~Nehemiah 8 : 10 NIV ~
Choose to walk in VICTORY friends! It is not always easy, but we can cheer each other on and lift each other up in prayer.
Jeaunetta lives in Watertown, WI.