Good WORDS to live by! 😇🙏❤️💪 8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8 NLT)
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, God wants to make something extraordinary out of you. All He needs to do it is your willing heart. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.””
II Chronicles 16:9b
It’s finally here! Only 7 more days to go until we - Alex/Johannesburg Circuit 902 - host our 12th annual Spiritual Revival! •
We believe that it will be a night to remember! So SAVE THE DATE!!! 25th August 2018 !!! •
ONE HEART, ONE WAY !
Balance. I've been thinking a lot about what this means lately. And although I enjoyed doing this handstand in the beautiful, green Vail landscape, I'm not talking about that kind of balance today 😉
I'm thinking about all the things we have to balance in this life. Some of the things I balance are 3 young children, homemaking, working out, helping my husband with marketing for his business, growing in my relationship with Christ, spending quality time with friends, serving in my church, and blogging. To name a few 😉
There just isn't enough time in a day to accomplish all the tasks that each of these areas require. Instead of getting overwhelmed by everything I have to do, I am learning to just take one day at a time. 🕧🌞
If I think of all the things I have to do, I just get overwhelmed and anxious, and give up on all of it. So, this is me taking one day at a time. One appointment at a time. One errand at a time. One event at a time. One load of laundry at a time. ✔
And praying that through all of it - the good and the bad - that I am capable and I am equipped. His grace is sufficient for me. 💛
Happiness is based on one’s immediate surroundings and positive emotional feelings/outcomes. Joy is something that comes from within and can be acquired despite a negative situation or outcome. This kind of joy comes from having hope Romans 12:12.
Even if you feel like your stability is gone and you are slipping today, God’s love is there to hold your hand and steady you again.
I know His love may feel completely intangible right now. I’ve been there in the storm crying out and feeling nothing.
But on the other side, my Friend, when the storm that clouds your vision has cleared, then you will see that He never left your side. His steadfast love held you up. ♥️
On the hard, frustrating days when I fall into bed way later than I had hoped and the pile of dishes didn't get touched, and the floor didn't get swept, and dinner was cereal, I have to make a conscious effort to choose my thoughts carefully.
It's too easy to self doubt and wonder if I loved them well enough. If I was patient enough. If I cared, and nurtured, and gave enough. It's easy to replay the conversations knowing I could have been more patient, more understanding, more gentle. .
But, I thank God that he's not keeping a running tally of the good days and the bad days; I'm thankful for grace that is enough and Scripture that sustains, and for mercies that are new each morning. .
I'm thankful for my family, for these precious people he has given me the privilege of loving... for today, for this season. .
I consciously fight the doubt and the shame and choose gratitude and peace, knowing that tomorrow I get to love this tribe all over again.
Sometimes it’s those first few steps that are always the most difficult. Lately, I’ve been challenged with consistency. What would my life be like if I had been faithful to sticking to some of the goals I had seven years ago? I’ve been finding that it’s the little things that matter the most and over time they will add up to big things.
Hello friend, here is something the Lord is teaching me. We are all a beautiful work in progress, being transformed and molded by God’s hands.
Here is a question I have been pondering...
How can I wear the word ”HOLY” around my neck? I am such a broken mess, not even close to holy.
Then I remember the verse in 2 Timothy which says...
”He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”
2 timothy 1:9.
So, there it is....its true, my flesh is completely opposite from holy, and I can definitely not be holy with my own strength. But God has called His sons and daughters, you and I, to a holy life which is only accomplished through Christ’s resurrection power within us. There is such a beauty in surrendering our fleshly desires to God because it enables us to receive His grace and rely on His strength to propel us outward, in His work. His forgiveness and grace propels us into a life of holiness for the furthering of the kingdom and the glory of His name.
As soon as I let God into my brokenness, He starts to transform the broken parts within me. He starts to bring the broken pieces together and turn it into something whole, something to be used for the kingdom. Holy refers to life burning with an intense purity that transforms everything it touches into itself.' The Hebrew word 'holy' (qadosh) originally meant 'separate' or 'set apart'. Therefore, God can use all of us, brokeness and all. Because anything God touches is made whole. God wants to bring wholeness and redemption, to my broken pieces. He is a God of restoration and holiness. We are His sons and daughters, who are set apart to walk in a way worthy of His calling.
So, let’s walk as people who are not defined by our brokenness. Let's let God transform us and make us whole, in order to be people who glorify His name.
I was talking with a friend today and she asked me, “So do you think that someday I will be normal?” 😳
Well, my reaction was - why in the world would you want to be normal? What does that mean?? God has created each of us as unique and special - each with gifts and talents to be used for His glory! 😇
I often say - He broke the mold when He made me! 🤣
Don’t ever settle for being “normal!” You are one of a kind!
Be BOLD! 😇
Be Italic!! 😁
Be DIFFERENT!!!😜 Be YOURSELF!!!!! 😉
God has blessed me with the best wife a man could ask for! I thank God for my sweetheart, Cindy!! 😇🙏❤️ 22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22 NLT)
After 4 weeks of sickness and other problems that I allowed to consumed me I decided that it is time to kick the excuses out the window!
Two consecutive days of resistance training! Yesterday I thought I was going to fall over in the middle of the chest workout 😳😟 - I’m ashamed that I couldn’t complete the decline pushups at the end of the workout 🙄😠😩. But today is a new day and my Bulk Back workout went so much better!!! The Beast is Back - for good!!! 😇🎂❤️💪 🏋️♀️
This morning Ashton started third grade and my baby started kindergarten😭.
Sometimes I wonder if it might be harder on us as parents to send our kids out into the world than it is on them.
We know how things can be, what can happen and how it feels to be left out or in a new environment. We don’t want our kids to have to feel those things, but it’s inevitable.
On the other hand I find myself wondering if I’ve done everything I could to prepare them, and sad over every stage we pass. All those years that are completely demanding of every ounce of everything we have to take care of another.
Diapers, naps, potty training, bed times, teaching, training, disciplining, hugs, laughs, kissing it and making it better, all these things that have been my life full time for the past 8 years.
As I sit here in my empty house in complete silence, I realize a page is turning that I won’t ever get to turn back. I know they’re still little, they do have to grow up, but I don’t want to miss any part of the page we’re now on.
What a blessing to be able to steward a life God has plans for from the beginning of time, and He chose us, flaws and all, to raise them up. Not to be perfect but do our best to point them to the one who is. #walkingreflections
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Watch an ocean wave crash against the beach. Will there never be another one?
Of course there will. No sooner will one wave crash into the sand than another appears. Then another, then another. This is a picture of God’s sufficient grace. Grace is simply another word for God’s tumbling, rumbling reservoir of strength and protection. It comes at us not occasionally or miserly but constantly and aggressively, wave upon wave. ~Grace, Max Lucado
Defeat. It may be part of everyone’s story from time to time, but it doesn’t ever feel like PART of the story — it feels like the END of the story. How can a story about a headless and handless idol tell us otherwise?
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The most important thing for anyone who says they believe in Jesus is to love. God is love and expects us to love Him and our fellow men/women. We complicate our faith too often. Jesus said if you don’t believe like a child you won’t make it. Love someone today and try to make it someone who looks different than you. #thethirdoption 🙍🏼♂️🙍🏾♀️🙎🏻♂️🙍🏽♀️
Good #thankfulthursday morning!! I do not like to fail. I do not like to feel weak. But, guess what? I do both frequently. I am far far far from perfect. Amazingly, when I fail, when I fall, when I allow myself to feel vulnerable I am made more aware of His grace and mercy. Our struggles often allow us to see His strength when we are reminded our of own weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
God can use our weakness and distress for His glory. We are able to feel His strength, mercy, and love even more so during these times because we are able to realize our own weakness and our great need for Him. God can use the circumstances to also display His love and mercy to others. Outsiders view your life and how you handle situations. If you go through a difficult time with grace, with joy, they will want to know why? How is the possible? It is amazing how He can take our mistakes to teach us and others and how He can use our weakness for something greater. I am so thankful my weakness can be made strong through Him.
I can see God clearly on the outside of me, but often my vision gets blurry when I'm looking for Him on the inside of me, especially when I'm sick, hurting, or just tired. Throughout my breast cancer journey I stayed anchored to, 2 Cor. 12:9, "...My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Jesus's words to me over the weekend magnified it all the more for me. Happy Monday everybody! #breastcancerwarrior#imsicktoday#itshowsonmyface#hisgraceissufficient#stillrecovering#thisjourneyistough