Pride and Depression Don't Mix with God's Plan...

Prideful people don’t realize their needs. And that’s what I had become; prideful. I wanted to fix all my problems I had with my life and with Josh by myself. I thought my problem was all in my head. I didn’t need help from God or anyone else.  Wrong! I was seeking the wrong kind of independence, and didn’t recognize that as a sin. God always resists those who oppose his rule and choose not to follow him.

I needed to humble myself. I had too much pride and didn’t want to believe that God had power over me. Avoiding and resolving conflicts without God’s help is a merry- go –round of craziness. I wanted to cover my whole body with the armor of God to guard me from Satan’s power.

Prideful people don’t realize their needs. And that’s what I had become; prideful. I wanted to fix all my problems I had with my life and with Josh by myself. I thought my problem was all in my head. I didn’t need help from God or anyone else.  Wrong! I was seeking the wrong kind of independence, and didn’t recognize that as a sin. God always resists those who oppose his rule and choose not to follow him.

I needed to humble myself. I had too much pride and didn’t want to believe that God had power over me. Avoiding and resolving conflicts without God’s help is a merry- go –round of craziness. I wanted to cover my whole body with the armor of God to guard me from Satan’s power.

 

Joy in the fellowship of God : Proverb 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.

3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And he shall direct your paths.

Resolving my problem was going to take time and patience that I didn’t have. I wanted it resolved with a snap of the fingers.  My return to having patience and understanding of God’s Holy Spirit required me to believe that Christ was in control of me.  God was trying to keep me from resisting his grace and forgiveness. Previously, he had used his help, favor, and blessing to humble me. But humble people don’t demand their own way.  Humble people admit their needs to God. Humble people don’t seek the things of the world to validate themselves.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Resolving my problem was going to take time and patience that I didn’t have. I wanted it resolved with a snap of the fingers.  My return to having patience and understanding of God’s Holy Spirit required me to believe that Christ was in control of me.  God was trying to keep me from resisting his grace and forgiveness. Previously, he had used his help, favor, and blessing to humble me. But humble people don’t demand their own way.  Humble people admit their needs to God. Humble people don’t seek the things of the world to validate themselves.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

If you are interested in READING more about “Live Life Be Strong With God.”

If You Ask, He Will Call Upon You...

 

Here's a little secret about all the people you see, whether it's your neighbor, your spouse, your coworker, or the person sitting next to you right now. Given that no one's life is perfect, we all need hope and healing. We can share with others the hope and healing that we've found in Christ. We need to remind ourselves and others that we need to wait and see what God has in store for our future.

When we step out of our comfort zones and steps into our faith to serve others, just like Peter and John did in Acts 3:1-10, we start seeing amazing prayers and goals develop. These allow our hearts to be open to God's glory.

 1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, " Look at us." 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, " Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them - walking leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what has happened to him.

The day I had surgery, twenty-seven families and friends witnessed a miracle happen just like Peter and John did in Acts 3:1-10. All my loved one joined in prayer for God's miracle to take place. And it wasn't just the people at the hospital that day praying for God's help. It was all different groups of families and friends, some whom I knew and some of whom I didn't know, who heard my story through all kinds of ways- Facebook, Email, different churches prayer request lists, and talking in the grocery stores. I was popular in the prayer department with God that day and in the couple weeks leading up to my surgery.

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Mr. and Mrs Howard

Chapter 1

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
— 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)
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Mr. Root-beer  was now at my drive-through window asking for my phone number. What is he thinking? Stranger-danger warning! The girl in me was, truthfully, very flattered, but I kindly said back to him, " No, thank you." Joshua had determination; he wasn't going to give up easily. He tried for several weeks. I finally asked for my mom's permission to give Joshua my phone number. Mama Susie said yes. I went to work the next day, and there was Mr. Root-beer in the drive-through asking me for my phone number once again. And, yes, I gave him my number.

That night, Joshua call me for the first time. We talked for a couple of hours. I thought to myself, Joshua has every quality that I prayed for and more. I'm to going to marry this guy someday. When our call was over, I, jumping up and down with excitement, came out of my room and said to my and brother Doug, "I'm going to marry this guy."

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God's plan is always best-Relying on His strength on the uncertain road to recovery.

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Stephanie Howard’s honest and heartfelt book about her hardships and daily stumbles in “Life Life Be Strong with God” is an example of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Stephanie shares her arduous journey of trusting God and praying for strength before her brain tumor diagnosis, during and after her first surgery, during and after her second surgery and especially during her long, sometimes scary road to recovery and yet another 3rd surgery! Stephanie shares so candidly about the trials that she, her husband Josh, her three young daughters, her extended family and her friends all went through during these past several years. Stephanie writes about her daily struggles in such a genuine sincere way. Throughout her journey of faith, Stephanie professes her trust, love and confidence in her Savior to see her through each and every day.

Stephanie also shares how her faith continues to grow and be challenged in her life today. She is always saying “Praise me some Jesus” as she shares God’s love with everyone she meets. She enthusiastically shares in her book the joy that is hers by finding hope and healing that she says “can only be found in Christ Jesus.” I recommend this book to everyone who has or will go through a major trial in their life time. Ultimately that includes us all.

Before her diagnosis, Stephanie’s prayer to the Lord was, “use me as a servant to reach lost souls.” She has done just that by telling her inspirational story in such a real, heartwarming way. If you need to read a faith-filled, totally transparent story of someone who has had to overcome many huge obstacles and made it through with the Lord’s strength, this would be that book.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
— Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

Rebecca S. Wilburn

STUMBLER

HIDING BEHIND YOUR MAKEUP

I decided a couple of weeks ago; I'm NOT going to be a blogger, but a STUMBLER... it's more fitting with my experience and it sound right to me... That's what matters; telling the truth... and being honest... 

Makeup covers up your flaws; and I don't want to cover up my flaws, that's what makes me... ME ... And I am proud of who I've become...

A sister in Christ, a brain tumor survivor, mother, wife and etc. Take me as I am FLAWS AND ALL!!!

 TOGETHER WE CAN "PRAISE ME SOME JESUS"!!!

Makeup

I dislike that saying "Fake it 'til you make it"... - avoid being caught in a self-fulfilling prophecy related to one fear of not being confident...

James 3:2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to brindle the whole body.

 

I am no longer going to be scared to mistakes, misspell word or not having the best or correct grammar... I shall stumble through this new found calling; I shall be thankful for my struggles and my weakness; because without them, I wouldn't of prayed many hours for God's direction, knowledge, and faith in myself... 

I am capable to make my weakness my strength; and give all my praise to Our Lord and Savior... To glorify His remarkable kingdom...