Monthly Archives: October 2017

Seasons of Life

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Do you find yourself in a season of life that just doesn’t really make sense to you? You begin to question what this all really means, because this is a part of the journey you never imagined yourself to be on.

There are so many seasons in this journey called life and it looks a little bit different for each of us, but we all have one thing in common, the FATHER orchestrates each season of our life and He writes our stories so beautifully.

I think it’s important that we realize that although each of us are in different seasons of life and different scenarios, we must love and encourage each other. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

To the one who is in a season of pain and heartache, my heart goes out to you. This is a season you never really imagined you would be in, and I pray that the Father would heal the wounded pieces of your heart. He can make beauty from the ashes, and although the pain is heart wrenching, He can and will heal those wounds. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalms 147:3

To the one in a season of waiting, oh my friend, I know the Waiting season is wearisome and there are times you will just want to cry and give up, but I encourage you to Trust, Trust the Father. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

Brothers and Sisters, I know the different seasons of life are not always easy, but Don’t Give Up! Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2

Keep Fighting the Good Fight, the Father loves you ❤

Thankful for Grace,

Vinny

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Giving Thanks

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

If I am honest, this isn’t exactly the easiest post to write and you may understand why as you read it, however; the Father has given the words so I want to be in the pen in His hand.

Giving thanks is pretty simple, right? We thank God for our blessings, for His protection, His Love and for so many more thing, which is absolutely important. Then we get to the part of the verse which I know I have skipped over so many times. “In all Circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for You”

All circumstances, means all the time, no matter whether it feels good or not so good. I clearly remember the months and years, I spent feeling all depressed and sorry for myself, because of ” unfair and painful things” that happened to me, I also remember thinking that there is no way that I will ever be able to Thank God for anything that has happened in my life. But then the Father changed my heart and showed me so clearly that I need to thank Him for all those times in my life that were so heart-wrenching and tough, and if I am honest, my initial response was, “those seasons of my life were so painful and none of it should have never ever happened.” Yet, the very moment, I chose to thank God for those Times, something changed, something shifted! It wasn’t about me anymore, but about Giving Praise and Thanksgiving to the One who Heals the wounded, Cares for the orphan, and Loves us unconditionally.

To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord , that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3

In the words of Isaiah, It describes what the Father does for us, AND THEN we have the special privilege of doing these very things for the hurting, the broken, the lost and the unlovable, as an act of worship to the King of Kings!

Brothers and Sisters, I know each of you have experienced pain, loss, and rejection in some way, and for that my heart weeps with you. I know there are things that happen to us that seem unfair, we don’t understand how anything good could ever come from any of it.

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.
Psalms 147:3‭-‬5

Praise and Thank Him in the Storm, I know it will hurt, in fact; it may be some of the deepest pain you may felt up to this point. Friends, when the focus is off ourselves and on the Father, the flesh has to die and God can receive the Glory!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34 

Worship Him In the Beauty of Holiness, because He is the Holy One!

Because of Him,

Vinny

Take Courage

{COURAGE} •the ability to do something that frightens one. •strength in the face of grief or pain

The story of Gideon, a timid young man who was beating wheat in the wine press, And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” ~Judges 6:12 He then proceeds to tell the Lord that he is the smallest of his family, that was considered the least in their tribe.

The story of Joshua, a servant of Moses, who was sent as a spy to the land of Canaan. Later after Moses died the Lord came to Joshua saying, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.
Joshua 1:2. After giving Joshua specific directions for the task He had for him, the Lord said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

In both encounters, there was an enemy to be conquered and the Lord made sure to tell them, that He is with them, that there is no need to fear.

Let’s be honest, there’s an enemy around us and there are days where we need to be reminded to: “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.
1 Chronicles 28:20

No matter how scary the task before you, do not Fear, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”
II Timothy 1:7

Perhaps the journey is extra difficult in this very moment and the road looks so lonely and hard. My friend, may these words be a great comfort to you. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
Isaiah 41:13

Brothers and Sisters, just as Gideon did, I urge you to take Courage, because the FATHER is with you. May He be your source of strength and courage.

Because of Him,

Vinny