Hello my friends.  How are you today? I am looking forward to the day and to the rest of the weekend.  That’s because it’s been forecasted to be in the 90° over the weekend. Yeah! I love the heat!  I’m from the Caribbean; what can I say? The possibilities are endless when you have the SON (Who is Christ), the sun and warmth (for which I say, thank you, Lord).  What are your plans for warm or should I say ‘hot’ days?  2 Cor 12 9I was talking with one of my favorite humans this morning; my mom.  I love my mom.  I call her my encourager.  She is beyond generous, helpful and loyal.  She has been through a lot in her lifetime but very rarely will you find her discouraged. The Lord has literally been her Savior; not only because He saved her from an eternity without Him but also because He has been her Lifeline in her time of trouble.  I realized something not necessarily new, today, while talking to my mom.  I realized that the one which controls our mind controls us.  Did you already know that? For a minute there, my mom’s mind was filled with fear.  She was fearful about her day, her parents, her children and just her life in general.  For just a minute there her sleep was disturbed and distraction set in. How do I know? Phil 4 8A few years ago, I was in that same predicament.  I lost my way.  I took my eyes off the Lord, glanced at my situation and somehow I could not take my eyes off it.  I kept looking at my situation and every time I looked, I magnified the problem. It began to grow and take on a life of its own until it become too big to bear.  I began to break under the pressure.  My thoughts were incessant and sleep eluded me.  Yet, in my bed is where I desired to stay.  My mind could not grasp and take hold of the promises of God.  I sank deeper and deeper into what I now know as depression and not even the thought of my precious babies could help me.  Looking back at that time in my life literally brings tears to my eyes.  How could I have missed the signs? The single thought that kept me in that bondage is that God had abandoned me.   But that’s impossible! I wanted God to change my situation but He needed me to trust Him with it.  He needed me to understand that He is more than my personal Genie; you see that’s the role I had regulated to Him.  I said, “I can’t bear it, Lord”, but in reality I was holding on to it, too tightly.   He said, “cast all your burdens on me, I care for you” (I Peter 5:7).  I forgot.  I thought He didn’t love me anymore, but in reality His love for me is unfathomable.   James 1 2I thank God for habits.  ‘Habits’ saved my life.  I habitually read my Bible, I habitually kept a prayer journal, I habitually went to church all throughout that time. Jer 31 3 Thankfully, the Word of God finally penetrated.  Thankfully the hold the enemy had on my mind was loosened, one small step at a time.  Thankfully God remained God.  Thankfully through His Word and much prayer, He reminded me that He is faithful and He is trustworthy. Thankfully He reminded me that I had an enemy, who “walks around like roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8).   I have come to understand that for me, he wanted to devour my mind.  He wanted control of my thoughts.  Thankfully the Lord reminded me again and again of His love for me.   PS 56 8We have an enemy, saints of God. But please don’t lose sight of the Loving God in the midst of the battle.  You are loved far more than you can ever imagine.   closing1brenda

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  1. Wow, just wow. This message has really spoken to me and it fully applies to my situation at the moment. I agree, good habits tend to bring us back to the light, even when things seem dark. Reading the bible daily has been the light for me, i feel lighter. Even when I don’t, i know all is well. Do you have a post about how you journal your bible readings?

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  2. Your graphics are beautiful! So glad I found your blog. Your mom sounds like a strong woman. Cherish the moments you have to talk to her. Mine is gone, and I would give anything to talk to her one more time!

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  3. This broke my heart in the best way. I’ve been struggling so much with unpredicatable and long term health issues and I realize now I have taken my eyes off of him and have completely been grasping at what I never had: control. Your blog is such a blessing to me and I truly appreciate your perspective. ❤ We should talk some time!

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    1. It’s so easy to take our eyes off the Lord. All it takes is just one glance and everything just seems to be so overwhelming. But that’s exactly the time we need to remind ourselves of the truths we know about God. He will never leave us, not forsake us. We can count on His promises. Thanks for sharing may the Lord bless you


  4. Hi Brenda, thank you for sharing your heart. I believe we all have been down that road before, and the enemy certainly wants to keep us there.
    Thank God that He pursues us, His compassions fail not, and that even when we are lost, He will leave the 99, to go after the lost sheep until He finds it!! Praise God!
    By the way I heard a new song by Mandisa named “Good News” and I thought of you! I know I don’t “know” you, but I remembered that you liked her music from one of your other blogs and thought, “Wow, Brenda would like this song!” LOL 🙂

    God bless you and your family! ~Shanon


    1. I love that song! Did I say I own everyone of Mandiss’s album? Everyone! 😂😂 thank you for such a beautiful reminder of the ‘lost sheep’. How very appropriate especially now. Thank you. One of my absolute favorite things about blogging is the opportunity to ‘meet’ like minded people. It really makes my heart happy. Thank you for your encouraging words. May the Lord bless you

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  5. How did you know what was in my mind? This is a struggle I revisit over and over. I have to declare the name of Jesus over my fear so that it doesn’t become a pathway for anything evil to start influencing my thoughts, then actions. Thank you for this post. You have the most clever titles….

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  6. Isn’t it amazing how we are like the pedals on the bike? We go up when our encouragers go down and they go up when we go down. I think God does it on purpose so we can pull each other back up again. Hold up each other’s arms to pray so to speak, like Moses needed. It is always the cross that connects the pedals and it is always the cross that connects us. It is through Christ that you can encourage your mum and through Christ that she could encourage you. What a beautiful saviour we have. He does not leave us alone when we are down. He connects us to others. Quiet, gentle, unfathomable love. Thank you Brenda. Bless you and your mum today.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. Our God is amazing. He intentionally grows and draws to Himself. His desire is that we look more like Him, but we get there when we surrender to His will: when we submit to His authority. We do that when we learn to trust Him, we trust Him when we know Him 🙂

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  7. Great encouragement here! Learning to not “hold on too tightly” to my cares and fears! harder with adult children! Haha! Yep – habits keep me close. Blessings and how great your mom is! Mine, too – in glory now. (:

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    1. I am sorry for the loss of your mom, I know my heart would be broken without her there. May the Lord bless you 🙂 I understand the holding on too tightly 🙂 I still have to be aware and walk intentionally. Have a fantastic day


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