March 2020 – Communion With God

Hello everyone! It has been nearly 2 months since my last post because I am going through some health issues. The short of it is I have been seeing my doctor for almost a year now getting my health in check. We’ve discovered serious damage from a trauma a couple years back.

The latest? The adrenal glands in my body are “shot”, my liver became seriously damaged, and the toxicity in my body was increasing due to liver health declining. Over the course of 1 month of extreme clean eating, and taking supplements, my liver had not improved. This resulted in me needing an IV therapy in hopes to heal my liver. To be honest, its not the cheapest therapy by any means, but it is helping! There are many other things I am doing or medicines prescribed to help my body recover. I am thankful for the wisdom and a chance at a healthy future, for me and my family! 

There is this shake I have to take to help my body detoxify, which again let me clarify I am very happy to be aware of what I need to do, however I get unexpected jarisch-herxheimer reactions that land me on bed/couch rest. Probably due to my exhausted adrenal glands as well. However in the big picture I can tell we finally figured out why my health had been declining. God answered our prayers! 

Stress from anywhere can wreak havoc on the most beautiful of anything. Relationships can suffer the most. So I implore you to take whatever it is causing stress in your life right now, to the feet of Jesus. Ask him to forgive you for your wrongdoings, and ask for His guidance.

There is nothing too big, messy, complicated, serious, strong, toxic etc, for God!

I miss writing every day and sharing the daily wonders of God in my life. I pray for you when I think about it. I am thankful that you share in a gift God has blessed me with. Although we change, God never does. 

Evil will always try to engulf the good, and yet at times God forbid we may forget, the truth is and always will be that God will prevail every single time. 

His goodness is greater than our sins. His joy is mightier than our sorrows. His peace is free and here for the taking. What are we doing with His gifts?

God willing, Ill post every other month for now. It is my time to rest and enjoy the fruit of our labor. One day I can write more about all the things God has helped us overcome, and how we made it to some simple lands of flowing milk and honey, although the greatest gift is in the end Heaven.

Our moments spent in the presence of God is where we are changed. God’s Holy Spirit is more willing to help us than perhaps we are to ask for help. (paraphrase of Smith Wigglesworth).

I pray for you almost daily. Please keep me in your prayers (and my family) as we walk and endure too.

H

2020: Breeding Joy, Prayer, & Life Changes

Hello to all you lovely readers 🙂 I am hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas, we sure did!

Since its been a while, I’ve been thinking about you and asking God to use me to write. Finally! Explore with me the following thoughts on Joy, Prayer, & Life Changes.

Joy is sometimes the shred of light that we choose to kindle our flame with to make a brighter, more powerful light. Sometimes its a huge flame that’s obvious and its easy to kindle with..but I believe it can count most for those struggling with depression or loss of hope, to catch those little shreds, or fractions of light around us, and kindle them. Snuggle them, embrace them!

I love the illustration of little sparks of Joy floating around us everywhere in abundance. They may seem to be the tiniest of tiny sometimes but when we gather them to foster more larger sparks we can enjoy life ourselves and share Joy with others more easily. If you have never seen how complaining tears down joy, you must know it is an actual spiritual battle and its a fight for life. Picture a tall lovely tower of beautiful blocks (named Joy) each time we are thankful it gets taller and more beautiful…each complaint shakes rattles and starts to crumble that beautiful tower, and eventually blocks start falling off. The Joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), and I know first hand the struggles of being in situations or circumstances where those shreds of joy or sparks seem to be dissipating. I have allowed shame to come over me thinking “how could I not find Joy in the Lord right now? I have begged God to forgive me for not having Joy in Him”…and again, his response? Gentle guidance, forgiveness, and help. What a wonderful God we serve.

We need to live on the promises of God right? I have been struggling so hard with catching these little sparks, which is something that used to be a hobby of mine. I annoyed someone so much they said to me angrily “you don’t need to say thank you for every little thing!”, oh but I was truly thankful for all those little things and I believe that’s what made me stronger.

I purchased a 2020 planner! Hoping this year I will listen more to God with the plans that He lays out for me. (as I write this I also realize we need to stop being HARD on ourselves its actually an act of selfishness, credit de God’s wisdom you can read more about that on my next post). I’m praying continually for more willing obedience from myself. Amazingly, God’s love is not contingent upon our love for Him, and He hears our prayers.

Candle-lit service at church Christmas Eve is my favorite because, Jesus truly came into the dark of my life as a child, and lit it up beautifully. I cry every year holding that little tiny candle and seeing the candles of others knowing full well to my heart its a symbol of how great our God is and how many people’s lives He has changed for the better. The process didn’t always feel good or was it understandable to my young mind. I am happy to be who I am today, a true Princess of the Lord. Protected, unashamed and loved with flaws and all

The main thing I would like to say about prayer is to do it. I’m sad and happy to say that from experience I have been reminded not to stop praying. The Holy Bible says in 1 Thess. 5:17 to pray without ceasing. Our relationship with God is our life line, and if we compromise that we can bet our life will change. God will never let us go, but he will let us experience life for ourselves. That is painful let me assure you. Thankfully this was experienced on a small scale in my life and  I am happy to let it serve as a reminder. More directly, my relationships with others seemed to struggle the most as I prayed less. I am thankful to God He never lets me walk too far. That He loves me enough to discipline.

Lastly, to speak on life changes I am a beginner. What I can impart on a positive note is that God really does work all things out for good to those who love Him. In the past couple years I have lost so much, and gained much more. I will continue to walk for the Lord, and fight the good fight. Our God is glorious and decided that we are worthy of His love and even more when we don’t feel like we are worthy. So whatever terrible thing you are going through, please do not do it alone. You are saved for a cause. God has great plans for you and I am wishing you a Holy New Year! A year to live even more set apart for God than you did last year. Really let His love soak in. He’s all we need!

H

Spirit of Life

I feel dead. I feel so sick and run down, neglected, and alone. However, enters the truth!

 

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.  Romans 8:11

 

Jesus,

What a beautiful name, what a great King you are. I’m calling and asking and reaching out today. I need your Spirit, I need your power in my flesh. I need your life. I need energy to this sick body. I need peace to my burdened mind. I need forgiveness for me and to give to others so my heart can be clean. I am angry. I am laying down this anger for your love. Jesus please come and help me.

Through Jesus I am saved. Amen.

 

Does it matter?

When I was a teenager there was this video that was circling around about how its the end of the world, in a very cynical mouthy cartoon kind of way. I do believe it is the end, and the ending is my favorite part! According to the Bible its where sin will live no more, and those saved by Christ will live forever in this sinless environment. Imagine, no more tears! No more suffering.

This video was missing so many important truths though, and to watch it as a teenager it shaped how I lived. I didn’t care about anything because I thought “It doesn’t matter anyway its the end of the world!, everything is already messed up! I’m gonna live it up!”. –>Wait, when believing IT didn’t matter, didn’t that automatically mean that I don’t matter, and you don’t matter (hint: we are a part of IT)?

Obviously from how I lived 10 years ago (with the scars and pictures to prove it): when we remove hope, we lose love, care, and value. My life lacked love, care and value before Christ was the center of my life. He gave me hope to live, and to be able to receive life more abundantly through His blessings!

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:24-26

Times we may feel hopeless, but need it the most:

  • Housing crisis
  • Employment struggles
  • Break ups
  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Past dead relationships
  • Comparison to past or others
  • Abandonment
  • Substance dependency
  • Sickness
  • Hardened hearts around you
  • Disobedient children
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Respect issues with self or others
  • Self-hatred (opposite of self-care)
  • Barriers in important relationships
  • Unrighteous leadership in any setting
  • Chaos
  • Turmoil
  • Marital issues
  • Financial crisis
  • Disobedience to Christ

What we face everyday is absolutely no match for Christ. I repeat, NO MATCH FOR CHRIST. He is greater, He is stronger, He is more! Jesus is enough! He loves you and I so much. He has known from the very beginning what would come of your life even as it is today. He is above satan, and all the evil workings of hell. God is above these problems in our lives and we need to trust Him and continually stay in contact through prayer. Seeking wisdom, peace, comfort, and hope. (We can ask for ANYTHING in Jesus’ name and it be done!)

I want to know how God has moved in your life. The list above are all situations I can personally relate to, and God has made way for LOVE, LIFE, PEACE, RESTORATION, all through His mercy and grace.

You are loved. We are cherished. We are the chosen. We are forever, because He is forever and He is in us.

I love you God! Praise the Lord!

May Jesus bless you this Thanksgiving!

-H

 

 

God > Me

His plans, and way for my life are hidden in his very embrace. Nothing in life is permanent, including some blessings from above. People come and go, and as we grow, this stays true. My hope for us today, is we will follow the call, the leading love, to our tomorrow. God knows our deepest struggles, and he is there to help us through. 

Through being in him, with him, meeting his divine appointments, our lives flourish in the eyes of our friends and enemies alike. There is no truer love or peace out there, that with just one touch, we are healed. Similarly: one prayer, an attentive ear, open heart and mind to God’s wisdom, and our paths are lined straight before our faithful eyes.

About a year ago, I experienced an extended fast for God totaling 20 days. What a jumpstart to faith, and my relationship with Christ! I ultimately followed a Spirit-Led fast. I believe the church is called to fast based on scripture. Matthew 6:16 says “when ye fast”. My hope for you here is that you will embrace fasting for God, and get into the depths of your reality, with Christ, so more deep restoration can come.

Prayer:

Father God,

What an awesome God you are! We are forgiven. We are yours. I am thankful for such a promising future and peace today. Thank you Jesus for peace today! Lord, please guide us through the pain and ashes of yesterday, as you do. Please comfort those who are alone right now in their lives, and especially those alone and seeking you. through the Holy Spirit we pray, in Jesus’ great name! Amen.

New Hope Page!

Joyfully launching: renewingserenity.com/hope. (HOPE) is an available option for some who may seek confidentiality in certain prayer requests, a friend of Christ in time of need, help understanding God, someone to listen or find answers with, or help sorting through feelings/emotions or crises, trauma, and/or recovery of addiction, abuse or self-harm.

One hundred and sixteen of you have clicked the follow button because it was in your heart confirmed, the content coming through this site is of some value to the world and yourself. I know it as, I fight my flesh with God, to let God’s word get out there. I know I am redeemed and saved from my past, and my future sins (without license to sin). Been freed from many afflictions that were with me and its for the purpose of helping others come to the light or also be freed. You can share this opportunity for anyone who may be looking for a one on one way to learn more about God. Maybe you want more hands on deck praying for a situation, as someone who has been walking with the Lord even longer than I.

Simply here to love and encourage, or silently pray. There is power in prayer to God!

 

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I am in no way a licensed professional by the world’s standard. Counseling is a gift from God, and I am currently seeking professional credentials. By contacting me, you are waiving any right to take legal action against me for all and any of our contact. By contacting me you understand this is my oath of confidentiality, and if somehow the internet is hacked or breached of security on your end or mine, you are also contacting me knowing and waiving any right to press any charges against me for such an unfortunate event. 

 

*NOTICE* Change to Blog

Hello friends! Renewing Serenity is getting a reboot for good purpose.

Simply, (the Word, the Truth) hath removed my family from our past church meeting place due to unrighteous leadership, and this was (guessing) a year ago.

You must understand that God can shine anywhere and use anyone through anything! The Holy Bible still warns us of things like unrighteous leadership. It is a consequential problem for anyone seeking Christ to be under unrighteous leadership (suggestion: start in Isaiah). Thank you God for keeping our family during our involvement with said church establishment, allowing us to grow in some ways but also allowing us to be freed from the bondage of being in the wrong place that was severely tainting our growth. 

The point and how it affects this site:

I am removing all old posts from the site, I am thankful they have been enjoyed. If you want to discuss any old posts, please submit a contact form and I am here for that.

Why delete the old posts!? I was under their authority or aka the aforementioned leadership and there could be some false encouragement or hate or something harmful for anyone in there. I’m too busy to sort through every post (there’s over 100!).  The effects of unrighteous leadership are devastating. This is the REBIRTH of Renewing Serenity!

You now can type renewingserenity.com in the browser bar or any search engine and you will be directed here 🙂

Here’s to another 100+ posts and a healthier future!

H

 

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