God is Faithful

Today was a special day, and in so many ways.

I had the opportunity to be a part of a Ladies’ Retreat with a wonderful group of women from my Mom’s church. There were games, a devotional, a time for singing, a tea party that I helped to lead, and – of course – a lot of delicious food.

But most importantly, there was fellowship.

Each of the ladies involved in the Retreat contributed their special gifts to help make it the refreshing and memorable event that it was. My Mom and several other ladies helped with the decorations and the food (hopefully I will have pictures soon). The pastor’s wife led the games, singing, and devotional. I was blessed to be able to conduct the tea party. And there was another lovely lady who brought beautiful jars of a natural body scrub that she handmade.

It truly was a time of renewal.

I was convicted deeply by the devotional that the Pastor’s wife gave. It really opened my eyes to see areas in my life that I need to surrender to God – and I am grateful for this. I had tears running down my face; happy tears, because I knew that the Lord was working in my heart, and He was helping me to change and to grow.

The conversation around the tables was encouraging. The ladies had been praying for me for months leading up to the party. They knew that I struggled with anxiety and that conducting a tea party was difficult for me. So they had been lifting me up in prayer, and continued to do so as the event unfolded. Come to find, I would really need it.

I was attacked by the enemy fiercely during this party. I fought lies and doubts and fears in my mind that threatened to make me give up. I really felt like there was a battle going on inside of my head.

But God was faithful. I talked to the Pastor’s wife, and she encouraged me – and I made it through the party. All of the ladies said that they had a nice time, and for this I am grateful.

As I try to condense the things that I learned today, it seems to come back to this: God has a purpose and a plan for my life. The doubts and fears come in like a flood seeking to destroy; but He is stronger. What He has called me to do, He will enable me to accomplish. And I need to continue to surrender myself to His leading, no matter how difficult it becomes.

I pray that if you are reading this and are struggling in some area of life, you will be encouraged to know that God will carry you through those difficulties. Foes may threaten from without and within – but they are not stronger than the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He WILL have His way; and we can rest securely in His loving hands. ❤

Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

Edited By: Crystal Knauss

A God Thing

Saturday I had my first Steeped Tea party.

I had been scared out of my mind leading up to it…but somehow, in a way that can only be explained by God, I was fairly calm during the party. And – praise Him – things went really well!

The Lord has been drawing me out of my comfort zone. I struggle with social anxiety, so being around large groups of people (especially people I don’t know well) is difficult for me. But Saturday turned out perfectly. The weather was gorgeous, there were a good number of people whom I knew, and everyone was able to enjoy the products and to have a nice time.

All I can do is be grateful to my amazing Father.

I didn’t think I could do it. I doubted myself, doubted God, made excuses, and over-analyzed things. But the LORD was bigger than all of my faltering. He did in and through me something that I didn’t think was possible.

What are you struggling with today? Is there something that just seems too big for you to tackle?

It may be too big for you to manage – on your own. But not with God! He does things in our lives that are far greater than we could ever imagine.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
     where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
     the Maker of heaven and earth. ~ Psalm 121:1-2

A song that has been an encouragement to me over the past several weeks of preparation for my tea party is called “Shoulders,” by For King and Country. If you are able, take a minute to listen to it, and allow God to pour out His mercy and grace on you and your situation. Our help comes from Him! ❤