Meet Me at the Well.. ♥

I’m finishing the second chapter in the first week of the study: A Confident Heart with Proverbs 31 Ministries and we were introduced to Sam*  and we heard and studied her story of redemption.

While reading Sam’s story I realized just how much I can relate to her. I long and seek approval from earthly things and people. I’m a people pleaser. I want everyone to like me. I try to fit in and do whatever it takes, just to get someone to accept me, the real me. I often put others before myself. Its something I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember. People judge me based on little facts about my life, before they get the chance to know the real me. Like Sam, I have been talked about by people who live near me. I’ve heard rumors about me, I’ve heard that people were talking about me. I live in a small town where word travels fast; its not something that feels good.

I seek attention from people. I crave to be wanted, to be loved. I seek approval from everyone; yet the only one who matters the most, already approves and has long ago accepted me for the person I am today. Jesus. He knew me before I was ever created. He knew me before I ever knew myself and yet He still loves me. What kind of love is that? Its perfect love my friends. Because He loves us, and because His love is perfect we don’t have to be.  We don’t have to seek approval from others to fit in. We don’t need others acceptance to live the life we’ve been given. Today, let Jesus be enough. He loves you, and He knows everything about you. There is nothing that you could keep from Him. He knows every secret, every hidden sin, everything you’ve done in your past, everything you’ve done today in the present, and He knows everything you will ever do in the future, and He still loves you. Nothing will ever change that. His love is everlasting, unfailing, and perfect. Don’t let others judgments get to you. We are made in Christ’s image. God created us in our mother’s wombs to be all that He wanted us to be.

For you created my inmost being;you knit me together in my mother’s womb. -Psalm 139:13

Just like Sam, we all make mistakes. We all have a past that we may not be proud of. We’ve all made mistakes and we have all fell short of the glory of God, yet none of that changes God’s unconditional love for us. He forgives us. He has redeemed us and He is inviting us into a deep intimate relationship with Him. Just like He did with Sam.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:13

Let’s pray;
Father, we thank you for your perfect, everlasting love. We thank you for accepting and choosing each of us. For crafting every detail of our existence. We have all made mistakes but through you we find redemption. Through your unfailing love we find Your grace. Our sins have been forgiven. Father I pray that as we all seek approval of this world, that we are reminded that we already have been accepted by the King. When we feel we’ve let You down; remind us that since Your love is perfect, we don’t have to be. Help us to be the children You created us to be. Help us to replace our doubts and fears with Your loving promises and truths. You are our strength, our shield, and our protector. Let your love be enough. We thank You for all You’ve done and still continue to do in and through us all. I pray that each word I write helps to encourage another going through the same situation. Father, we love you. In Your precious name I pray,
Amen ♥

Raelene

*the woman at the well.

 

I Believe.. ♥

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Change can be a very scary thing to face. Even when it’s facing something good, we can still be overcome by the demon of doubt. He creeps up on us and takes hold of our vulnerability.  We have to take a stand against doubt and learn to live with a confident heart towards Christ. We can’t let doubt keep us from making the necessary changes. We have to learn to overcome the fear, and learn to do that in a positive manner.

I struggle with doubt on a daily basis. There are days where I can’t go 5 minutes without doubting myself. I struggle to trust that God makes things happen for the good of His will. I lack a confidence that can only be found within God himself. When I am faced with the possibility of change, I surrender to the devil of doubt. I let him win. I give in. I don’t stand up for myself. We as women after God, as followers of Christ, we have to stand up to that devil. No matter how much those nagging thoughts that doubt fills us with, we must replace those thoughts with God’s truth. God’s love. God’s Word. We have to believe that we ARE more than our past. That we are called to believe in the plans God has created for us. We have to embrace all change, both the good and bad. We have to take a leap of faith and put our trust in our Heavenly King. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in an image of God. We have to learn to see ourselves as God sees us. Once we begin to see ourselves that way it will be easier for us to make the changes we need to because we will have the strength to do so through God. We have to believe. We have to trust God and surrender our will up to Him. He has better plans for us than we could ever imagine for ourselves. He is our provider, and He has given us all a purpose. We have to find out what the purpose is by following and seeking Him in all ways. We have to change ourselves according to His ways. He is Almighty God, our faithful redeemer and savior. We have to believe that no matter what He is asking us to do, to change, that it is all done through His great love for each and every one of us.

Dear sisters, I pray that no matter what the situation you are facing, no matter how hard it is right now, that you press on and move past the feelings of doubt. You have a story that God isn’t finished writing yet. You are stronger than you realize and you CAN beat this fight. I pray that as we face change, we remind ourselves of the confident heart we can have through the One and only savior of the world; Jesus. No matter how scary it seems right now, it will get better. Find your purpose. Remind yourselves that God created you for a reason. You matter. Don’t let doubt win. Stand up, fight, and remember that God gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers. ♥

Much love,
Raelene

Sacrifice.. ♥

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Sacrifice..this word has been heavy on my heart lately, and it has really pushed me to obey God in so many different areas of my life recently. The word sacrifice is defined as: An act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to God or to a divine or supernatural figure. That sounds easier than it actually is. Sacrificing something to God is a hard, but is a radical act of obedience to Him. In Genesis 22,  we see God ask Abraham to sacrifice His one and only son, Isaac, whom Abraham loved dearly. When Abraham goes to obey God, the Lord blessed Him with a lamb to sacrifice. By trusting and radically obeying God, Abraham was blessed with descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky (Genesis 22:17) That story of God leading Abraham to sacrifice His one son, is the ultimate example of radical obedience.

God has been calling me to obey and sacrifice something to Him. He has been calling me to give up my budget to Him. I am really faithful with my tithes, but I’m not so good at budgeting the rest of my money. I always spend it on stuff that will only give me temporary pleasure, and then I’m left to face the consequences later. I always do that, even with food. When I’m grocery shopping I buy all these groceries, and then end up throwing half of it away because I just don’t eat them and then it’s bad. I’ve been saving up to move out to an apartment of my own, but when I spend so recklessly it just moves that dream farther away. Well I am making the choice to sacrifice my temporary pleasures over to God. I am sacrificing my control over money, and my spending habits over to Him. I am giving up the temporary pleasure to the one who loves me more. I no longer look for my security in how much money I have in my account or the balance on my credit cards because I believe that God will provide.

Another area in my life that God has been leading me to obey Him in is my diet. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago and was managing it well with my diet and exercise but recently my blood sugar levels have spiked pretty high again. I’m back on medications to lower them but it’s also God asking me to become strict on my diet and exercise routine. I’ve always had my issues with my weight, but I have been ignoring God’s call to me to change and now He’s forcing me to. I am choosing to obey Him by eating a healthier more balanced diet and taking this more seriously. I am choosing to sacrifice the bad food and instead fill my body with natural food from God. I know that this is going to be a struggle, but the Lord is my strength. I know that obeying Him in this area in my life will help me and bless me, and I fear what will happen if I don’t choose to obey. Things could get even worse for me, my health could take a real hit for the worse and those are chances I don’t want to take. I am choosing to say Yes to God!

I pray that everyone who can relate to either of the above circumstances and are being lead to give up one of them, that the Lord give you the courage to obey, the faith to get through the hard times, and the strength to press on. Don’t fear, the Lord is with you always. I pray that each and every one of you ladies who are struggling to obey the Lord in any area of your lives, that you hear this call and say Yes to God. Amen!

-Raelene

Radical Obedience.. ♥

I’m participating in an online bible study through Proverbs 31 Ministries titles “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst. The picture above is a picture that has a quote from her book (p. 13 paperback copy).

In this post I’m going to dig deeper into the quote and explain what it means to me. Hope you enjoy. ♥

Outside our comfort zone, though, is where we experience the true awesomeness of God. ~Lysa TerKeurst.

Such a real, awesome, and raw truth. That in order for us to truly experience the wonderful awesomeness of God, we have to take that step outside our comfort zones. That we have to take a leap of faith and trust Him as we say Yes, God. So much emotion in those few words. Fear, excitement, joy, intimidation, and peace. When we agree to take that step, the devil is going to be spitting his lies at us so that we fear obeying God. We need to learn to separate that, we need to move past the lies and push forward to the goal. The devil is always going to be angry when we try to grow closer in our relationship with God, no matter how you go about it, you just can’t escape it. We have to push through the hard parts in order to experience all that God has in store for us. Saying Yes to God isn’t going to be easy, but it is going to be so worth it. In saying Yes to God and completely obeying Him, I have found a new peace within my soul that I never dreamed I could have. You have to sacrifice somethings, but the reward you receive is totally worth it all. I pray that many more women hear the call to say Yes to God, and that we all take the first step of faith with courage, and patience as we radically obey the Lord. We are called to serve Him. I pray that each of us finds the peace that is promised with this new adventure as we all say Yes to God!

Amen, ♥

You are a Masterpiece.. ♥

 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
~Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

 

This verse has spoken to my heart so very much lately. After I first heard it, I kept seeing it everywhere! The day after I was in a bookstore, and this verse was on the back. I kept seeing posts on facebook, and I would here it and it just made me stop. I couldn’t see how God could see me as a masterpiece! All my faults, and all my past mistakes, how could He ever possibly look at me and see a masterpiece!! That’s when the revelation happened. I saw myself through His eyes, and even though I was broken, His love put me back together. Yes I had cracks and scars but He fixed them. He healed my wounds and saw His masterpiece again. I am redeemed through His everlasting love, and I am beautiful to Him.

 

You’re a masterpiece (beautiful, colorful)
Even if you don’t believe
You’re forgiven so (wonderful, loveable)
Everything you need to be
‘Cause when I look at you I see
You’re a masterpiece

~Masterpiece by Kerrie Roberts

 

You are a beautiful masterpiece. Don’t let your past or mistakes ever let you think differently. God made you as you are, and He knew you before you were even you. He created you piece by piece and loves you unconditionally as the masterpiece you truly are. Spread His love to the world. ♥

 

~Raelene

New Beginnings.. :)

I recently decided to start a blog for a few reasons. I decided that it would be nice to have a blog dedicated to my relationship with the Lord. Here is where I will write my endless thoughts on things that I feel God is teaching me, and humble myself before Him. The name of this blog “His Mercy Carries Me” is based off of the famous poem “Footprints in the Sand” That poem has spoken to me so much and really carries me through life. For people who don’t know the poem its about a man who has a dream that he is walking with the Lord along the beach, while walking he notices that in the toughest times during his life there were only one set of footprints. When he questions the Lord about this, the Lord replies “that was when I carried you” I just love that when my life is hard, and I God is carrying me. He is my strength, and He fills me with endless mercy and grace. His word is my source. He is who I run to, He is my shepherd, and He has amazing plans for my life. I know that with the Lord I look at life differently now. I know that my past is my past, and that God has an amazing future planned for me as long as I surrender my will to Him. Thank you Lord for filling me with your everlasting love, grace and mercy. Thank you for being my one and only savior and or rescuing me from my demons. I will live for you, Father. My heavenly King, you are my everything, and I am yours. You have made me your masterpiece, and I intend to live my life to the fullest bringing many disciples  to you! 🙂