Marathon runner…

Marathon runner…

Affliction can also make us stronger in our faith and develop our confidence in God’s watch care over us. It may also drive us back to the right path when we have wandered.

David said, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your Word” (Psalm 119:67).

Whatever the reason, if God sends affliction your way, take it in faith as a blessing, not a curse.
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Excerpted from Hope For Each Day by Billy Graham, published by Thomas Nelson.

Be Encouraged SIS and friends. I pray that you not only run the course, but also finish the race set before you. I don’t know about you,  ut its time for this runner to get back on track.

Though trials may come….

Though trials may come….

As many of you know, I was in a near-fatal car accident in 2014 which left me paralyzed. This traumatic experience shook us at the core – so much so, that my family and I are still recovering from the after shocks. Although we work through daily challenges, our faith in God has never waivered.

I believe God spared my life (on many occassions) for his glory and purpose. In my human nature I must admit that some days are harder than others to cope. On days like this I am reminded of this biblical passage:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 NNIV

Aside from Psalm 91, this is definitely one of my favorite scriptures – especially when I have to encourage myself in the Lord. Come what may, none of my problems/issues/challenges/circstances/needs are too much for my sovereign Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

No matter what storms you may be facing right now, please know that God is truly able to handle ANYTHING! I pray that everyone reading this post will be blessed with serenity to persevere and blessed with the assurance of salvation in Christ Jesus.

Jesus loves you!     Be Encouraged Simply Inspirational Sisters (SIS) and friends! 

How do YOU move a mountain?

How do YOU move a mountain?

The same way you complete a puzzle. Now, let me explain.

It takes a lot of patience, a keen eye for detail and a strong sense of organization to put together a puzzle that’s 1,000 pieces. Recently a friend asked me how I planned to finish this new project as she looked at all the pieces laid out across the table…

puzzle-pieces-1000

…my response: one piece at a time.

Although this solution may sound simple enough, she quickly retorted that she could never do it.

As an aside – I often chuckle to myself when people say ‘I could never do that…’ (whatever “that” is at that moment), because I think back to the countless times I uttered those same words….until I had no choice but to figure that very thing out in order to PERSEVERE. Some examples include:

  • How to raise two kids with special needs
  • How to balance work, life and graduate school
  • How to make ends meet with so many medical, personal and living expenses but only one income

Ok I digress – now back to the main topic of discussion…

As my friend and I discussed my puzzle strategy further, I went on to explain how I tackle the proverbial “mountains” in my life in much the same manner. My suggestion to her was to remember that some days, you may only be able to tackle pebble-sized pieces and other times you can tackle boulders. In the end, the mountain is moved just the same, as long as you stick with the plan and don’t give up.

You see, staring across a table of a thousand puzzle pieces can seem overwhelming at first (see picture above). Too much all at once can make it difficult to focus on any one area. In much the same way, the mountainous problems in our lives can leave us unable to focus or see the bigger picture.

It is times like these when we must 

keep the puzzle in the proper perspective.


perspective is the key to perseverance


My approach to completing a large puzzle is similar to how I tackle the mountains in my life:

  1. I sort and separate the puzzle pieces into smaller, manageable sections.
  2. I assemble the border pieces first as this frames the larger picture.
  3. I look for similar pieces and start to connect them. I tackle one section at a time until the puzzle is complete

Once the puzzle is complete you can see the whole picture and you feel such a sense of accomplishment. I don’t know about you but I like to cross off as I go (celebrating each connection, no matter how small).

WHAT A GREAT FEELING TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE!

Be Encouraged SIS and friends!

NEW RELEASE ~ Pocket Inspirations!

NEW RELEASE ~ Pocket Inspirations!

For those who’ve faithfully participated in Simply Inspirational Sisters group activities or supported us throughout the year, we are pleased to announce the new release of Pocket Inspirations!

Please share your thoughts as you begin to use this in your daily living. If you have not received one, please use our Contact Us page on this site to request one.

God bless you and Merry Christmas!!

SIS

The Strength You Need: God Strengthens Us

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. — 2 Chronicles 16:9 Missionary biography is my favorite genre of inspirational reading. Here we find accounts of truly unforgettable characters who found themselves in unbelievable situations, often in danger, doing the world’s greatest work ona href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/strength-need-god-strengthens-us/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: The Strength You Need: God Strengthens Us