Day: October 23, 2021

October 23, 2021

October 23, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on October 23, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Guest Writer: Day Marshall
Notes from our Father
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Ps 46:10, NIV)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” (John 14:27, NIV)
Recently I was talking with a dear friend on one of our semi-regular video calls. Both of us lost parents, suddenly and unexpectedly, about a week apart. Both of us spent weeks diligently going through the artifacts of our parents’ lives. For me, it was photos of my dad’s life that I’d never seen. Letters and awards he’d kept for 80+ years. Notes his own mother had mailed to him while he was away at West Point. Pictures of high school friends and events. They gave me eyes to see him in ways I had never considered – that he was a person before he was my dad.
He was a baby, a child, a teenager, a student.
My friend’s sorting through her mom’s belongings included many forms of her writing. Notes about sentiments that were important to her. Quotes that resonated with her heart. Personal thoughts that she quietly recorded but didn’t necessarily share aloud. My friend reflected that as she was reading these words, she felt her mom’s presence. Not in a ghostly way, but in a way that allowed my friend to feel connected to her mom because of her words written.
 My friend found examples of her mom’s humor, her love of the Lord, care for her children, and the things she believed to be important. My friend could hear her mom’s voice and reflect on her mom’s character and heart through the words she chose to record by putting pen to paper.
In our conversation, I considered how our heavenly Father communicates with us in similar ways through His Word.
 When we read the words He chose to record, when we encounter the lives He chose to give detail about, when we look at the events He chose to underscore in His Word, we see His character, His heart, and His will. It is through His Word that we can draw near to Him in our hearts and feel His presence.
Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that God’s Word “is alive and active”. His Word is also a light that guides us (Ps 119:105) and provides understanding (Ps 119:130). It is a source of wisdom and knowledge (Prov 2:6). And for those grieving, and feeling so alone, most comfortingly, it is a source of hope (Ps 119:114).
 Perhaps it is for these reasons that seeing our Lord’s words give us a sense of closeness to the Author. And the closeness that my friend experienced when reading the words of her mother is available to us when we draw near to the Father by reminding ourselves of His heart, His character, and His desire for us as His children.
23 de octubre del 2021

23 de octubre del 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Español on October 23, 2021

EMPODERANDO VIDAS CON UN PROPÓSITO:
¿Alguna vez te has sentido tan golpeada que tus heridas no sienten que puedan sanar? Estaba hablando con una amiga que sintió que su vida había terminado debido a una ruptura difícil. Ella cometió algunos errores en la relación y surgieron las heridas por eso, fue muy profundo y no hubo vuelta atrás. Ella no estaba casada, pero ella se lamentaba por el quebrantamiento.
Dios puede vendar cualquier herida para que puedas sanar. Él es el Dios Altísimo. Cuando tu vida a veces se golpea y tiene caminos diferentes a los que esperabas, aún puedes estar segura de que puedes pasar del quebrantamiento a la plenitud.
Pídale a Dios que te dé el descanso adecuado que necesitas para que tu corazón pueda latir con fuerza nuevamente. Pídele que haga un milagro en ti.
“Señor, TÚ eres mi precioso Pastor. Tú me cuidas siempre. No me falta nada bueno. Me das descanso cuando lo necesito. Tú restauras mi alma. Calmas mis miedos y me sanas de nuevo. Te seguiré. para siempre.”
(Salmo 23: 1-3)
¡Dios puede hacer de ti una mujer enfocada en el reino a pesar de cómo te sientes y especialmente cuando te sientes golpeada! Simplemente arroja tus cosas feas y todas tus heridas abiertas sobre Él porque Él se preocupa por todas y Él las curará. Puede que no sea a tu manera, ¡pero la Suya es mejor!
Observa lo que Dios hará por, ti si confías en Él y deja que Él lo sane. Verás que suceden cosas grandes y poderosas a medida que tus heridas se curan y estarás consciente de lo que Dios está haciendo a través de ti.
¡Que otros busquen a Dios porque ven la curación que Él está haciendo en tu vida! Cierra los ojos e imagínatelo. Ponte en la presencia de Dios. Sí, acércate a Él y pídele que restaure tu alma.
Dios hará esto y mucho más de lo que puedas imaginar si te acercas a Su presencia.