Jan 29, 2016

What's your story?

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Can I tell you something? I am head over heels in love with God's Word. I mean, it is the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning. It is the ONLY thing, besides coffee, that can motivate me to roll out of bed. In fact, there is a verse that I say in my heart as soon as my eyes pop open at 5:08 am. "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life". Psalm 143:8

It hasn't always been this way. My bible sat on my shelf for years and years. In fact, it was so dusty that I would have to clean it off when I remembered to take it to church with me. This has not been that long ago. I thought bibles were for emergency situations. Like, when you need a scripture to help you in the moment. Or if you are in need a scripture for a friend. Gosh, I was so so wrong.

Yesterday morning, as I was reading in Genesis, I had so stop for a moment and just take it all in. His Word is so riveting. I had to pause and just tell God thank you. Thank you for Your Word that changes my heart.

At 6:30 am, I have to wake up the rest of my people. I love my people. But, I love God more.

It takes every living fiber of my being to get off that warm couch and tell my people to "rise and shine". Honestly, that's harder to me than getting out of the bed.

I immediately pray to Him in that moment, "Lord, please let me love these people like you would like me to. Help me to nurture them and care for them and just love the heck out of them. Cause, really, I just wanna sit here all day with You."

Of course, I love my people. With every cell of my body. Being a wife and momma is what I was made to do.

But, man, oh man. Being with Jesus trumps it all. Hands down.

As I was reading about Joseph in the book of Genesis, something hit me.

Joseph's life did not start out so well.

He was sold into slavery by his brothers and then thrown into jail.

God showed Joseph some massive favor. I mean, massive.

Joseph became a great and mighty man of God. He was favored wherever he went.

A life that seemed to be going nowhere, suddenly was turned into a legacy.

Where are you right now in your life? Are you feeling like there is no possible way that anything good could come from where you are?

Oh, sweet sister, He has so much for you.

The story of Joseph gives me hope. Hope that God has not forgotten about me. Hope that He bends down and listens to every one of my snotty and lengthy prayers.

Hope that He is paving a path for me and my family that I will not even believe one day.

However, I have to trust Him. I have to follow Him. I have to believe in His Promises.

It's not enough to just know His promises, I must believe them.

Do you believe His promises over you?

As I was looking for a particular scripture, this one just popped up on my screen. So, we are going with it....

14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.[16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.


This is my prayer over you. May you fall so deeply in love with Jesus that you don't even know what hit you. May you feel His peace, power, and love overwhelm your precious soul.

He has a beautiful end to your story. I don't care who you are.

Will you let Him write your story from here on out? Will you surrender it all to Him and watch what He will do with the broken pieces?

I cannot wait to watch your story in Heaven. I want the hugest bucket of popcorn, a big bag of Twizzlers, and an enormous box of Goobers. Not to forget a cherry coke. No diet. The real thing.

I love you.


your story is beautiful,

jill