Loss During the Holidays by Tammy Nicole Glover

“Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 NIV

Heavenly Father, during this holiday season, please bring comfort to all those who have lost loved ones.  Please surround them with your peace and love.  Let your Word encourage and strengthen them.  Let them know that you are always there, even in the middle of their grief.  Please help me to not get so wrapped up in holiday festivities that I forgot about those who are hurting. Lord, I thank You for the comfort You bring and I thank You for hearing and answering my prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you know someone who has recently lost a loved one, please, don’t forget them in your prayers.  When we don’t know exactly what to say or do for someone who is grieving don’t forget that prayer is always your best option.  Never underestimate the power of prayer.

God bless!

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 NIV

 

 

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It’s Time to Move the Mountain by Tammy Nicole Glover

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their hearts but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” Mark 11:23 NIV

I woke up this morning with a mountain so huge that when I sat up, I hit my head against it. I don’t know exactly when or how it became so huge but I know I can no longer ignore it. I’m tired of looking at it. I said to the mountain, “you make me sick.” It still sat there, unmoved, while I became physically ill. I was too weak to try to climb the mountain so I decided to go around it. Unfortunately, I discovered that my mountain was far too wide to go around. I had to face it head on, but how?

I know I have faith that is at least the size of a mustard seed. I know what God’s Word says and I believe.  Why won’t this big, stupid, ugly mountain move? I cried out to the Lord for help and I heard Him say, “speak My Words.”

Once again, I face the mountain and I say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God has not given me a spirit of fear but of peace, love and a sound mind. I forgive others as God forgives me. God has provided for all my needs according to His riches in glory. I am fearfully and wonderfully created by God. I am a new creation in Christ. By Jesus’ stripes, I am healed. God has not forsaken me nor has He left my side. God loves me, I am His child. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I will praise the Lord at all times.”

As I speak, I feel a renewed strength grow inside me. I can still see the big, stupid, ugly mountain but now I can see a God who is bigger and mightier. I can see His angels encamped around me. I feel the power of the Holy Spirit inside of me. I’m ready to tell that mountain to move in the mighty name of Jesus, and the mountain moved.

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 NIV