Finding Faith by Trish- Spring 2020

According to Romans 12:3, we’ve each been given a measure of faith. This means all of have been given a portion of this gift. Some say, “I’ve lost all faith or I don’t have faith” however God has already given this to us. Perhaps our faith has been tested or seemingly lost but in reality, the cares of this world have perhaps buried it making it difficult to obtain. 

To understand better what we’ve been given, let’s look at what this gift actually is.  Hebrews 11:1 (Kings James Version) says thisNow faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

It’s so amazing to me that God in His vast generosity gave us the ability to believe for things we desire & hope for. Things not visible with our natural eyesight but can be seen through the eyes of FAITH.

To operate in Faith, we must first believe that God is able to do what we’ve asked or believed for. One of my favorite scriptures is Ephesians 3:20 (NKV) Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…,”

 We must also believe for things in line with His Word. God honors His Word and He honors faith. God operates in order and with principles. We have every right as His children to ask and believe for anything according to His Word. He will not however operate outside of order. For example, it would be foolish for someone to pray and “believe in faith” for someone else’s husband. First of all, that is just messy, without integrity and completely outside of God’s plan.  You can however pray and believe God for a spouse that would align with your desires and His plan for your life. The subject of faith can be testy for some and I completely understand. Some have “used their faith” and been disappointed. This is tough. I remember when my Mom was sick in the hospital over 3 years ago. We stood in faith for her healing. We were given exactly 7 days with her from the time the medical team told us there was nothing more they could do. For the next 7 days, she spent intentional time; valuable time with her friends and family. Her natural body fading before our eyes but we stood in faith and declared the Word of Faith over her. SHE WAS HEALED…her healing just came in a different form. Faith can be “lost” or damaged when life gets overwhelming or things don’t turn out the way we planned/hoped for. This doesn’t change the integrity of God. This is when faith is utilized all the more when we trust Him when nothing makes sense.

A mentor of mine used to say “I can trust His Heart even when I can’t trace His Hand”. Whenever I find myself worrying or concerned about a matter, it means I’ve surrendered to the lie that says, “God isn’t able to help me with this”. That is an ugly lie that must be torn down and replaced with the Word of God.


Maybe you’ve found yourself in a place where your faith needs a jump-start. Maybe the cares of this world have dwindled what was once strong and vibrant to something weak and barely breathing. Today is the day to renew your faith. Choose to believe again!  Faith is like a muscle. The more it is “worked out”, the stronger it becomes. You don’t need a lot of faith to get started…just use what you have and watch it develop. 

Faith is strengthened by hearing the Word of God and applying His truth (His Word) to our circumstance. Romans 10:17 (NKJV) says  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

We’re in the 1st Quarter of the New Year, allow yourself to trust God and watch Him work the impossible in your life!

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2020 Vision by Sonya- Spring 2020

​Having “2020” Vision is key in this First Quarter of the Year! Our eyes should be set on Jesus and develop laser focus on what He is doing in our life and His plans for us!​ So, what does it mean to have our eyes on Him and how do we need to focus and make that a priority into this New Year of 2020? ​Keeping my eyes on Jesus means to look to Him in all I do and not cave to the demands of this world. The demands of this world urge me to do and be more instead of focusing on Jesus who says you are enough and rest in His love.  This scripture in Zephaniah 3:17 sums it up best, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  When you do things unto God it doesn’t become a chore but it is pure delight and He will delight in you and rejoice over you!  He loves a heart after His. We are enough when we see things through God’s eyes and He is with us every step in the journey. Don’t look away but focus on God giving Him all your heart, mind and soul. ​Having “2020” vision for me this year is diving into His Word more and taking time to pray and spend time with God daily and allowing Him to be the priority. For me it means seeing Him in my daily life. Asking Him where and how He wants to use my time and talents. Being more purposeful is another way I have been working on to be more focused on God and not just saying “yes” to everything! I want to be in His will each day and take the time to listen and hear from Him. Letting the Holy Spirit guide you is key in this and not trying to force something in your ways but allowing God lead you in His direction. I wear this bracelet that a friend made me that says “Jesus is better” and this serves as my reminder of what I should be focused on. When our eyes are on Him, He shows us the way and guides our path. Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight!” Not saying it is easy to follow God as we have to take up the cross daily and put our selfish desires aside. Looking up to heaven and focusing on things above gives us the “2020” vision. His way is perfect and He does direct our steps and makes them straight when we do that! Are you ready to have all your eyes set on Him for 2020 and give God our “2020” vision and let Him be our lenses? Let’s get started and see what opportunities God will open up for you and not be blinded by the world as His ways are much better!  Remember “JESUS IS BETTER”!!!​

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Level of Care by Bombi- Spring 2020


Just last week a family friend of ours ended up in the hospital for some pretty serious stuff. Thankfully, he pulled through and is on the road to recovery. When he first reached the hospital with what just seemed to be no more than a bad cough, he thought he’d be in and out. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way. He ended up being admitted for tests, and when the doctors realized it was something more serious, he had to be moved to another hospital in another city. The level of care needed was greater than what that little hospital had to give.

Sometimes we are like the person who thinks we’re doing okay, but we have something more serious under the surface. Maybe we are hurting and have been for a very long time, but we deal. We don’t really take it to God, but we try to manage. We cope. Sometimes we don’t realize our broken state, and our pain is leaking here and there. We are short with our spouse, or finding ourselves disconnected from family and friends. We scroll through our social media, feeling a way, not sure exactly what way, but we post. Maybe we put a quote out there, or share a feeling we didn’t think we would. It’s no big deal, it’s just a quick post. We can’t see that we are slowly broadcasting our inner ailments to everyone, except God. 

If you’re someone who is sensitive to the response or lack of response from others, you may struggle with a high level of offense. I know I’ve had my moments where I think  “No-one really cares. They say they do, but they don’t”. I  soon remember that people are limited. They can only say and do so much. I also realize there’s an intended place for my public broadcasts. It’s not at work, or social media. It’s not a statement t-shirt. That place is with the Lord. I’m not saying we can’t  verbally process something with another trusted person. What are therapists, loving family and real friends for? What I’m saying is, don’t keep it from God. Only our Father God can actually provide the level of care we need. I mean that in every literal and actual sense. If it seems like Judy the co-worker gives zero cares, you’re probably right. She  also most likely can’t do anything about your situation, but God can. He not only gives all the cares, but he wants to hear all about your cares. He wants do something about it! He contains the ability to give us the highest level of care needed for anything little or big thing. He can take it. I encourage you, the next time you catch yourself  keeping your hurts and anxieties from God, remind yourself that God already knows but wants to hear if from you. He wants you to cast (as in throw, hurl, fling) all of it on him. I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! Put that junk on Broadcast to Him. Because He really does care. And the level of care He gives, will heal you and change you for His glory. 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7(NIV)  

Out For Delivery by Trish

Last week I casually mentioned to my husband I would be putting the Christmas decorations up and he was fine with it. I was elated because I thought he would give me pushback about it being too soon. When he didn’t object, I ran with my plans…LOL. Now, I had ordered a new tree that was scheduled to arrive around Thanksgiving and was planning to wait until after that week to put the home together. However, I decided to go ahead and make room for the tree and decorate everything else.  Ironically enough, the day I put the decorations up, the tree arrived early and ahead of schedule. 

It was in that moment I felt God was showing me that He would deliver what I made room for. I know I’m referencing a very natural scenario but it was a lesson for me. Perhaps we’re waiting for something in our lives but we’ve not made the necessary adjustments or room in our life for what we’re anticipating.  Could it be that we miss moments/opportunities/ blessings because we’ve not made room?

I thought about the expectation of the Messiah’s arrival. Near the time of Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph were told there was no room in the Inn and so she gave birth to the King of Kings in a stable. Can you imagine being the Inn Keeper and realizing you had the opportunity to host our Lord and Savior but denied this incredible honor because there was no room for him?! I would like to think that if that had been me back in that time I would have had the discernment to clean out space to MAKE room. But we all know the story happened just was it was foretold and meant to happen. 

In our lives today, God has an abundance of gifts He’s wanting to deliver to us but we have a responsibility to make room and prepare for what we’re believing Him for. Let’s not delay our deliverance or blessings because we’re filled to capacity with other things that don’t belong in this season of expectation. 

Let’s do our part to make room for what is on the way and out for delivery.