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Hold On to Your Bootstraps!

Well, Happy New Year!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post, but I felt led this morning.

2015 was a year filled mostly with tests, trials, and mess.  As I reflected yesterday I thought, “Lord, you are the only constant, the only good.  Your love, faithfulness, mercy, grace, steadfastness, forgiveness.  God you are the best part of 2015.”  And then I proceeded to cry for an hour.

I cried tears of joy that my relationship with Christ has gotten stronger.  I mean stronger.  I only made it to today because of his strength.  It’s like the poem,

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. 
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”
– by Mary Stevenson
I had a “Footprints in the Sand” kind of year.  I’m sure I’m not alone.

I cried because I was sad. I had many moments this year when I thought, “God, this isn’t fair!  Why me?”

To this He responded, “No, but I am fair.  Why not you?  You have me.  I am all you need.”

Not the response I wanted.  Sorry, just being honest.

After I finished crying, I talked to my sister.  I said, “Sister, when I think back on 2015 it will always be a year …”  She proceeded to cut me off and say, “… a year that God used to propel you to something greater!”

I burst into laughter.  “That is not what I was going to say.”

“I know.” She said.

I love my sister!  I love God!

Listen up, everyone!  2015 presented some tests that God will turn into amazing testimonies.  I walked through some down right dirty mess that God is going to turn into a message for His glory!  He really already has.  I have been amazed at how the Holy Spirit has been working through my pain, sadness, anger, etc. to present a message of love, hope, salvation, restoration, and grace to those around me.  I pray that He continues to use me for His glory. 

So, hold onto your bootstraps!  God’s got a word, ya’ll!  He has completely wrecked me, my thoughts about Him, the meaning of love, faith, grace, strength have been changed upside down this past year.  He is doing something new.  My eyes are open in a new way.  It won’t be a smooth journey cause that’s not my testimony.  It won’t be a smooth journey because the Devil ain’t happy right now.  I. DON’T. CARE.  I am taking up God’s word and I am continuing to wage war!
Please, join me.

Always striving,

Joce 












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  1. During one of the most trying"trials" in my life my Best Friend came to be with me and shared, in the midst of my "grieving" for things that I (hold that)didn't think I deserved(who does?), to tell me that her Pastor had just preached a sermon on the 23rd Psalms and what OUR responsibility was when faced with trials– where God said – "…yea though I walk through the valley of the SHADOW of death…" it didn't say stop and smell the roses – it didn't say use the present circumstance to define the coming moments — it didn't say to stop and use the "shadow" to ponder why I was there – what it was saying was to "Keep walking"…for THOU ART WITH ME…and that God had a prepared a place for me.."In the PRESENCE" (hold that) of my enemies….that in walking through the "valley"..that His GOODNESS and MERCY would FOLLOW ME…..so as you "Strap up your boots" remember to KEEP WALKING….Know that there are many of us who hold you dear and are willing to walk with(pray for) you during these times…..NaNa

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