God Fills The Gap

Are you ALL IN with what God wants for you and your life? Are you following His lead? If not, now is the time to take that next step because when you do, He fills in the gap, even when you can’t see the step. God is there leading the way, all we have to do is believe and trust in Him. This is a message we heard in church Sunday and how we tend to take one step forward and two steps back. The bottom line is that God Fills the Gap all we have to do is take that first step and keep walking in faith!

I remember so clearly the day He prompted me to write a post on Facebook asking others to share their signs from God. That was not me, so I tried to push it off. At that point in my life, I was a stalker on Facebook simply watching everyone else live and share life. I hardly ever shared my life, but God wanted me to put myself out there. To be vulnerable and make an impact. He was relentless and wouldn’t let it go. Three times that morning, He layed it on my heart with so much passion, I finally pushed aside what I was doing and wrote that post. From there, I simply said, “ok God, now it’s up to you.”

I was not ready or expecting what would happen next. I literally could not keep up with the amount of notifications and comments I was receiving. It was definitely God’s handiwork that day. From there, He led me on a journey of self-publishing my own book entitled “Signs from God”. This has been an amazing journey and it’s far from over.

Check it out if you enjoy reading short stories of God’s love and how He and our loved ones choose to communicate with us. You will be inspired to recognize your own signs from God and might even want to share yours below in the comments. I’m working on a follow-up to this book and I’d love to include your story in it.

God Lives In Us

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Reaching out to God comes easy when we are going through tough times, because we realize we need His help more than ever.  In our ordinary days, when things are going smoothly though, we tend to let Him slip further away from the forefront of our minds. If we can train ourselves to always remember God, just imagine how much better our days could go every single day.

This is something that I plan to work on more this year. When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is grab my coffee and then sit down in what I call my ‘quiet chair’ and spend time with God reading my devotionals and journaling with God. This part comes easy to me. It’s the middle of the day and those ordinary moments that come more difficult for me. God has been pushing me lately to come to Him more and to share more by sharing my stories.

Currently, I am listening to an Audible Book, “Atomic Habits”, and it is helping me to create better habits for myself. One of these habits I am working on now is to recognize God more throughout the day. So I now have a cross hanging from my rearview mirror in my car that reminds me to pray to God while I’m driving and ask for His protection.  I also have a picture of Jesus hanging in my room so that I can see Him from my quite chair as that helps me visualize Him and feel His presence more. When the Holy Spirit asked me to give to those in need, I felt compelled to do just that. I put together a grab bag of some essentials (like a new toothbrush, a new pair of socks, a gift card and a little spiritual note and my favorite verse.) It felt so good to hand it out for the first time. 

That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith.” —Ephesians 3:17

Update: The above post has been sitting in my drafts since 2019. I just came acrossed it today and thought I should release it, but I now have to add that after making these habit changes, I have come so much closer to God. He walked me through, step-by-step, a separation and divorce which was the hardest decision of my life. After spending time with just God contemplating life and my decision, He then led me on another journey of finding love again, which led to a major move to Georgia. He has shown me so many signs of his presence in this journey that I could and probably will write another book. The most recent chapter in this journey is finding our new church and a group where we have become ‘Rooted’ to God and this amazing group of believers we now call our Rooted Family.

My story is far from over and I can’t wait to see where else He leads me. I’m curious though, where are you and God in your life now? Are you struggling to find your way, or is He leading you every step of the way? If you are struggling, just know He is there, all you have to do is reach out and ask Him to forgive your sins and believe that He gave His life for you. The holy spirit is yours for the taking. Ask Him to live inside of you, for you, with you and to lead you to do His Will. Spend time with Him everyday and take the extra time to Be Still and Listen!

“Be still, and know that I am God.” ~ Palms 46:10

Rooted with God

Where do I start…..

Last January we moved to Grovetown, GA to be closer to my mom. We were able to keep our same jobs, have a beautiful home, and mom lives right around the corner. We were living our best life, but something was missing. We hadn’t been inside a church since before Covid when we were living in Maryland. Now that we were settled and things seemed to be easing up, we decided it was time to find a local church that we could call home so I started doing some research. We wanted a church with a similar feel and message that was warm and welcoming and I must say my research paid off big time! Not only do we call this church home, we now have an extended family. We call it our “Rooted Family”.

On January 13th we started this group series called “Rooted” where a group of us meet once a week for 12 weeks and work through a workbook together getting rooted in God’s word and learn how to be a Christian and what all of that means. This class has changed the lives of each and every one of us and we have all bonded together in a way that has not only strengthened our relationships, but built a foundation that will last a lifetime.

If you ever have the opportunity to participate in this series, I highly encourage you to do so. You will become spiritually rooted to God. You will learn things about yourself, you didn’t realize. You will become a better person. You will become the person God created you to be. You will have a clearer understanding of your pupose and His will. As you work through this experience, you will be witnessing the creation of ‘your story’ and a transformation where you realize you are enough. You are strong. You are worthy. You are loved. You are God’s child, and all of your sins are forgiven. God wants the best for us and He is always working to bring us closer to Him. Follow His lead and I pray it leads you to being Rooted as well!

Have You Ever Challenged God?

So, one day going through my separation and process of divorce I was feeling pretty lost and alone and doubting myself and God’s Will for my life. I decided to get grounded and took a walk by myself through the woods to one of my favorite spots next to a stream. Over the years, God has given me many signs. The most prevalent are finding crosses and heart shaped rocks. I have a collection for sure that I will share with you here, so you’ll have to scroll through just a couple pictures. The first picture is the first rock I found on this particular day when I asked God for a sign. I think you’ll admit, this is a far stretch for a heart and I really needed a clear sign. I had received many as you see in the last picture, but I wasn’t impressed at all with this particular rock.

I couldn’t believe the words that came out of my mouth when I asked God, “Is this really the best you can do God?” Who was I to question God. I felt terrible, but He accepted the challenge and came through. I was brought to tears! The next picture in this post is what I found not even 30 seconds later when I looked down exactly where I was still standing. It brings tears to my eyes every time I share this story! The rock itself was not heart shaped, but engraved on it was a perfect heart and a cross! From that point on, my Faith in God has grown beyond my wildest expectations and it grows stronger every single day!

Sometimes he doesn’t give us what we are looking for, He gives us something better. We just have to be open to receiving it and put all our hope, trust, and faith in Him knowing He is with us always. We are not alone, and He loves us unconditionally and wants the best for us. He wants the best for all of His children just like we do our own! It is hard to comprehend at times, especially when we are faced with challenges and really hard to understand situations. It’s those situations though where He is making us stronger.

The Confident Woman

This morning during my devotional time with God, I asked him to let me hear what His Will was for me today. I wanted to know what He needed me to write about so that I could bless someone with His message. Then, I sat there and listened. The thought popped into my head to scroll Facebook for the first inspirational message and then write about it. He typically prompts me this way, so I opened Facebook and was surprised to see a Memory of mine that popped up about a new book I had gotten a while back by Joyce Meyer, entitled “The Confident Woman”. So I immediately grabbed that book from my book shelf where God led me again. If you are reading this message, it was meant for you!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. ~ Joshua 1:9

If you’ve been following me, you already know my word of the year is “Fearless”, and the first devotional I opened up was entitled “Do it Afraid”. It sounds a little contradictory doesn’t it. There are 100 bible verses about fear and anxiety and clearly He doesn’t want us to fear and asks us to give Him all of our fears and to put our trust in Him. This can be very hard at times, especially when we are going through trials of difficulties.

When I started turning some pages in The Confident Woman, I started to gather a theme and the message that God wanted me to share today. I realized that if I want to make an impact on others, I have to realize that God is with me and is always leading me and I should feel confident because I have His Favor and am covered with His Armor. All I have to be is myself. So whether we do it fearlessly, or we do it afraid, we just need to do it confidently! He knows the road ahead of us and He goes before us and continues to walk with us every step of the way. We need to remember all of those positive affirmations and keep telling ourselves that we are worthy, we are enough, we are empowered, we have His Favor, and He is always working things out for our good. Even though things may seem like they will never get better we have to trust in God and His timing.

Those times when we take the wrong path, and we will, He will turn us around and get us back on track. It may just take us a little longer to get there, but we will get there. When we are in these times of trials, we are growing and learning the entire time and that makes us better people. So embrace the trials for what they are, opportunities to become closer to God. He never promised us that life would be easy. We just need to remain in faith and do it fearlessly or do it afraid, knowing that God has your back! Either way, do it confidently because with God you can’t go wrong. You will meet your goals and live out your dreams when you just stick with it for the duration. Don’t give up!

The Confident Woman Canvas Wall Art by Scott Rohlfs | iCanvas

Fearless – My Word for 2022

For the last several years I’ve been picking a new word for the year to focus on that will help me become a better person through self-development. This year my goal is to become closer yet to God so that I can clearly hear His Voice and recognize more of His signs that are leading me on His chosen path for me. So when the opportunity to join a new study course with my new church came up, called Rooted, I thought that would be the perfect word for my focus. I’m so excited to be taking this with my boyfriend, where we can both grow together and embrace what we are learning together.

Then as I was doing some self reflection, it became clear that I am already rooted with God and my real focus needs to be doing what He is leading me to do fearlessly! It was then that I changed my word for 2022 to “Fearless”! You see, we all have self-doubt. We don’t believe that we are good enough, strong enough, pretty enough, or have the knowledge, or money it takes to make our dreams come true. What we need to do instead is change our way of thinking, so I did a little research on just what it means to be Fearless. The Webster Dictionary defines Fearless as, “Free from fear: Brave” and ties to that more adjectives such as: bold, courageous, intreped, valiant, valorous, gallant, spirited, heroic, daring, etc.

Then I turned to the Bible and found that there are 100 bible verses relating to fear. One of my top favorite verses is Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Fearless is a great trait to have, but fearlessness is the next level beyond confidence. One of the definitions of confidence, “is a feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something.” When you put your confidence in God, know in your heart that He will strengthen you. He will help you. He will uphold you. He is for you and will always be with you. So I urge you as well to fearlessly take that next step forward into the unknown with faith, even when you are uncertain of the outcome. Know that with God you can live your dreams, build bridges to places that you can’t see, and take chances others wouldn’t even imagine.

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

Here’s a few more verses I found comforting:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6

Be An Encourager!

It sure feels good to hear someone compliment you, doesn’t it? It’s feels just as good to give someone else a compliment and yet so many times we hold that in for some reason. Next time, I challenge you, put it out there. Make someone’s day by giving them an encouraging word. Sometimes it’s as easy as a smile or, ‘hey, I love your shirt!’ You could also make it more personal and let someone know how much you appreciate them in your life.

You never know what that person may be going through at the moment and how much your words of encouragement meant to them, but feel good knowing that you are shining God’s Light onto everyone you bless!

We Hurt When Our Children Hurt

As parents we never want to see our children in pain and we would do just about anything to take their pain away if we could. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. We all have lessons to learn and battles to face. We had to learn the hard way and so do our children. The best thing we can do is continually remind them to turn to God for guidance and support. Afterall, we are all God’s children and He doesn’t want to see us in pain either. He wants us to go to Him with all of our fears and worries. He wants us to be close to Him. He loves us so much that He took on our sins and died to save us all. Then He gave us the Holy Spirit to protect us and guide us all the days of our lives. All we have to do is believe and trust in Him.

This Bible verse pretty much says it all. For when I look back on the trials and tribulations I have experienced in my life, I can recognize the lessons I learned. I can see how strong I have grown as a result of my sufferings. During those dark hours in my life, I now know that God was with me. He made His presence known to me through the many signs I’ve received. These signs give me Peace knowing that God is always with me and that He does want the best for me.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” ~ Romans 5: 3-5

Look back at some of your own trials and tribulations. Can you recognize where God was during those times and what you learned in the process? I’m sure you are much stronger too as a result. Was it easy, no way. Do you want your children to go through what you had to endure? Of course not! How many times have you said, “Learn from my mistakes.”?

We all want what is best for our children and want to see them happy. I pray everyday that my children are talking with God daily and learn to recognize their own signs from God. I pray that they become comfortable enough with sharing these signs with others because that is how we can help each other. Being vulnerable is how we learn and grow and realize that we are not alone. We are all human. We all make mistakes. We all feel pain and sorrow, but we can overcome our fears when we turn to God and give Him our burdens.

Faith Over Fear

How Does One Grow Closer to God?

This is a question I asked myself many years ago. Unfortunately, I did not grow up in the Church; therefore, my knowledge was pretty limited when it came to God. What I did know, I had learned by watching the movie, “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Granted, I believed in God, because I was told there was a God; yet, I didn’t know God like I know Him now. When I raised my kids, I had wanted to do better when it came to teaching my children about God and yet I too was unsuccessful. I allowed life to get in my way and I deeply regret that now.

In my later years though, it has become my mission to share what I have learned with others and to be the example for my children. My oldest once asked, “Why do you believe so much now, Mom? You never raised us that way.” Well, it’s never too late! We are all children of God and our mission is to love on each other just as God loves on us. Sharing how God has touched our lives helps others recognize Him in their lives. Isn’t that a blessing in itself?

I’m no Saint, and I’m not perfect and yet God still loves me. God has forgiven all of my sins and He continually shows up for me. I’ve learned the more I talk to Him and the closer I get to Him, the more I recognize Him in my life. If you’ve been following me, you know I had a heart attack in 2016 where God gave me a second chance at life and it’s been my goal ever since to be even more vulnerable in my sharing. Below is a Chapter from my book, “Break Down Your Walls: Be the Person God Created You to Be…Be a Better You!” where I try and explain how I became closer to God.

Ask, Believe, Receive

Have you asked yourself, “How does one grow closer to God?” The simple truth is by trusting, obeying, and believing. Trust that He knows what is best for us, and that He wants the best for us. Obey His word, taking that next step even when you can’t see that step. Believe with your heart and soul that you have received His blessing, even if it has not arrived yet—for you know it is on its way.

You may think, “If God is all-knowing, why do I have to ask? He should already know what I need.” While God is all-knowing, He still wants us to go to Him and ask. Those three words, “go to Him,” are the most important words to remember. If we don’t pray to God, if we don’t praise Him, seek Him, believe in Him, and trust in His word, then we will always want more. We will never be happy with what we have. He will continue to redirect us, and give us signs that He is there for us, but when we are closed to recognizing those signs, life will just pass us by. We will be okay, but we can live a much better life, an abundant life, when we are tuned into God at all times, and can recognize His Will for us in the grand scheme of life. So, ask God for what you want. Don’t be afraid to pray big, bold prayers, either. Let Him know your wildest dreams. You may think it is extraordinary, but God can do extraordinary things.

Take a few moments here and think about your wildest dream. What is it you want out of life? Now pray that big bold prayer, and let God know what dream is buried deep in your heart.

The biggest key ingredient is to “believe.” You gave your prayer to God, and only He can do the impossible. Now it’s up to you to believe that what you ask for is on its way. This is the hardest thing of all to do, because how can we believe in something we cannot see or control? This is where your belief in God comes in. You either believe, or you don’t. When you believe, it’s something you just know. It’s something you feel inside. It’s peace, it’s love, it’s everything. Believe with all that you are, and don’t give up on that dream.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Just as it is written in The Bible, we have to lean not on our understanding; we have no choice but to trust in the Lord. Part of trusting is to believe. Our understanding is not the same as God’s all-knowing sovereignty. He knew everything we were going to face in this life before we were even conceived. He knew every wrong road we were going to take before we took it. He knows the plan He has for us, and it will not happen until He feels the time is right. Therefore, we have to have faith, and believe that even during the storms life throws our way, we will get through, and in the end we will be stronger for it. Even when we take the wrong turn, God is there to lead us down the right path again. It may be a detour, but eventually we will get there, and we will have endured what we thought we couldn’t.

God wants the best for all of us. God doesn’t want the best just for you, He wants the best for everyone. That’s why it is important for us to understand that what we may be asking for might not come in our timing, or in the manner in which we expected. This is when our belief is tested and we must hold onto that belief and trust in Him. Even though it did not happen when we thought it would, we still have to believe that it will happen. Then, just maybe, it will be better than we ever expected, and that may be why it took longer. Then again, maybe it wasn’t in our best interest, and God knew, because He is the all-knowing. He knows the long-term results, He knows the implications, He knows those that will be hurt as a result, and again, He wants the best for everyone.

Think of it this way: Your child wants to eat all his or her Halloween candy in one sitting. We want our children to be happy, but are we going to let them eat all of that candy, knowing they will get sick? Of course not. The same concept applies for God. We have to trust that He has our best interests at heart, and if we’re meant to have what we’re asking for, we will receive. If it isn’t meant to be, then He has a pretty good reason for it. Do you remember when you were young, and your parents said, “Because I said so!”? Do you remember how frustrated that you made you feel? Maybe it even made you angry, and you stomped off to your room, hating them at the time. Well, God understands that, too. When we are faced with trials and tribulations, and feel like He is not answering our prayers, it’s our natural reaction to feel rejected, and even unloved by God, because He didn’t do what we wanted Him to do. He knows how you feel, but that’s when He is testing your faith. He is making you stronger. He is teaching you endurance. He can’t fix everything, because it is not for the good of everyone. Will He stop loving us because we are mad at Him? Of course not! Did you stop loving your children because they stomped off to their bedroom? Of course not! Eventually, your children will get over it, and someday realize that you said no for their own good. And one day, they will overindulge in something and realize, oh, yeah, that’s why I couldn’t eat all that candy at once. You, too, will come to realize, after you’ve had time to think, do some self-reflection, and re-evaluation, why God didn’t answer your prayer. And, when you do, God will be right there waiting for you. He never went anywhere; He was just waiting for you to grab His hand.

Not long ago, my husband and I were looking for some property, and daydreaming with some friends about buying land next to each other for retirement, and investment. I’d sent a pretty bold prayer request to God. I’ve heard you should ask for what you really want, and that only God can move mountains to bring your dream to a reality, and that he wants us to prosper. So, I thought, why not? It was a pipe dream, but, hey, God is God, right? I went on with my weekend, investigating our pipe dream.

When we came home, I ran across this verse in Deuteronomy 8:18, “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth . . .” I was speechless. Such timing. He always seems to be talking to me, and the messages are so clear. Well, our pipe dream will have to wait awhile, because God brought us to the conclusion that it was not a wise decision based on the financial hardship it would put us in. Instead, God led us down the path of refinancing our home at a better interest rate for a shorter term. He also led us to investigating ways to practically become debt free in a much shorter timeframe than we had imagined, which will allow us the ability to afford our dream retirement home when the right time does come. In God’s time, not ours.

Keep that in mind the next time you don’t get what you want. Keep the faith, and be grateful for what you do have. Most of all; be thankful for the opportunities to grow that God gives you, so that you can become stronger and endure life’s challenges a little easier. Once you master the art of believing, then, and only then, will you have peace in your heart, knowing that God’s will is the best for everyone. That is enough for me, because believing is what will give us never-ending life, and for me, that is the ultimate gift. Until you can come to terms with remaining in faith, and believe in His will, try to remain positive, seek the word of God, and pray even when you have doubt. One day we will all understand His reasoning, and until then, all we can do is believe.

God wants us all to prosper and have an abundant life. He has plans for us all. In The Bible, wealth means having abundance, and as the scripture says, “He gives us the power to get wealth.” Through Him, we are given creative ideas, and sent down a path toward our dream, but we have to do our part as well and take the steps toward that dream. We can’t sit back and wait for God to knock on our door; we have to walk forward, even when the road is foggy. With God by our side and faith in our hearts, we will walk into the sunshine every day.  The road map is yours. Enjoy your journey.

If you want to read more inspiration from my book on how to be the person God created you to be, you can grab a copy here Break Down Your Walls!