keep-calm-and-pray-hard-157Hey Friends —

Thanks for all your kind comments, texts, and messages after my last post. Isn’t it a blessing to know we don’t have to pretend like we have it all together?! Whew!

Easter Lunch 2014

Easter Lunch 2014

In case you’re wondering if I really ate chips and salsa for Easter dinner — the answer is yes. I have a picture to prove it.

To sum up my weekend —

  • I still felt lousy on Friday evening. Sick, weak voice, scratchy throat. Coughed all night long.
  • Saturday morning had the amazing opportunity to share Jesus with a boatload of kids and their parents with my family. Thankfully God gave me a strong voice and no coughing fits and a somewhat clear mind (except when I said Christmas instead of Easter — oops!) Just making sure everyone was paying attention!
Sharing the True Meaning of Easter

Sharing the True Meaning of Easter

  • Saturday afternoon I went to Urgent Care. Diagnosis: bronchitis. Worst part of visit: when they said I was 5’6″. Ok, I know I’m shrinking — but I’ve always been 5’8″. Ugh. Also, the doctor put back on prednisone, which equals me being sleepless, irritable, and I may or may not have been known to throw things when I’m on prednisone. (You may want to pray for my family. Bet no one ever says they don’t like my chicken casserole again — although this was 5+ years ago, so I’m sure I’ve grown out of this stage. I think.)
  • Sunday I had to cancel serving at my church (insert big sad face) and instead watched Easter service live on my computer. Just me and my fat oversized beagle Rocky.

No Pinterest pictures for me. But here’s the good news — I still celebrated with my whole heart the amazing gift of Jesus and His Resurrection Power.

Trust me when I say I KNOW that God is able to do miracles. I’m one of them. The fact that I’m living, breathing, halfway normal = miracle. (Do you remember how I nearly lost my life to a drug overdose?!)

Not one day goes by I don’t forgot the desperation God rescued me from — He is a God of miracles, friends!

Which is good news. Because our family needs one these days. Big time.

I’m guessing I’m not alone. I wonder if you could use a miracle too? Could you use a fresh reminder of Who God is and what He is capable of doing?

Me too.  

This weekend, I decided to use my time from my sick bed reminding myself Who God really is and what He is capable of doing.

I’m such a simple girl, so I started with A and made a list to Z…thinking of His character, His heart, His power….

 It went something like this…

A — God, You are able! Able to do immeasurably more than I can ever even image! (And then I listened to this song like 800 times)

B — God, You are a God that brings beauty from ashes. I’m surrounded by ashes, can you make something beautiful, please?!

C — God, You are our Creator…and I praised Him for creating me in His very image! He knows what He is doing (even when I’m shrinking!)

You get the drift! 🙂

It was also helpful to think about the amazing ways I’ve watch Him answer prayers. Here is my one of my all-time favorite answered prayer stories…

Isn’t God so fun?

And Yes, He is a God that makes the impossible possible!

What is it you need these days, my friend?

A fresh reminder of His strength and grace?

A special measure of His presence and peace?

A token of encouragement? His healing touch? A miracle in the midst of your relationship challenge?

Please be reminded that our God is Who He says and that He can make the impossible possible!

Let’s watch God do what He does best ~ heal, provide, protect, redeem, restore and perform miracles in our very midst! If you want to get jump-started, grab some paper and search God’s Word and make a list from A to Z Who God is. Or better yet, use this list (Who God Is From A to Z)  to look up the Scriptures.

Your faith will be ignited — guaranteed!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! I’m thanking God for YOU today and the gift of being real and authentic before you.

With a joy-filled heart in the midst of a mess —

P.S. Watch for a big unveiling of my new red-hot website this week! I can’t wait for you to see it!

P.P.S. Linking up with Jen at Finding Heaven and the Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood today. Be sure to check out these amazing women. You’ll be blessed indeed! :)

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