You Will Never Be Quenched You Will Never Drown

Ever have a prayer request that has not been answered, but this one is beyond one of the biggest desires of your heart. That prayer request to see the Lord pull you through by any way as possible. You’ve hurt, you’ve cried and perhaps at times you have been silent by it. At a given point in our life’s that request becomes our strength, our Hope in Jesus. At a given point in your life that request becomes your love and passion for God. More of him less of us. That prayer request becomes alone time with God. That prayer request becomes the answer to all the times you have told God to change me, mold me, change my thinking, change my ways. Sometimes change hurts and it not because God desires you to go through it He hurts when we hurt but because we all live in a fallen world it is through him that we can make it in such difficulties. That prayer request that has over taken, beat you down, over shadowed you and have made you scream at many times. That prayer request that is making you feel like you are being drowned from hearing no answers whether it’s a yes, no, or just wait.

There is nothing like a storm when you know it has to be God or nothing. There is no other storm when you experience true trust. There is no other storm like the kind you could never even try to fix it on your own. There is no other storm like the one that will not be calm unless it’s only by his Divine Love and Power. This is how it has been for many of us at one point in our life’s. This is one of those moments for me. As I laid my six year old to sleep one night. I opened God’s Word just hoping he would give me something. Give me something all I wanted was his word. I was drowning that’s how it felt. And this is why I know that even though I do not  see that answered prayer request, even though he hasn’t said yes, no, or wait. My heart tells me that he will bring me above waters. And how do I know this? I will tell you why. I literally was sitting in the floor waiting for my son to fall asleep and I said please God give me something. I will take anything please reach out!  His word is more profound then an answered prayer as he will always keep his promises. This is where the Lord leads me to.

“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it”

Song of Solomon 8:7

 

This really impacted me. I had to keep repeating it over and over. I even cried.

 

Many waters?

Sickness

Financial struggles

Strayed children

Broken Marriage

Guilt of past

Betrayed

Job Loss

Hurricane Disasters

Hate

Disability

Non healthy relationships

Difficult boss

Someone labeled you

Bullying

Rejection

Addiction

Loss of a Love One

No sense of purpose

That Thing you want to un do, erase forever

Not seeing your loved ones enjoying the Lord with you

That my friends are just the few waters we face everyday. Some are temporary. Some are there for a long time. Some are there until our last breathe but the Lord will put it to pass even if we do not see it with our own physical eyes. But when I heard the next part “Cannot Quench Love” I was amazed. That job loss, that illness, that difficult boss, that label, that loss of a love one, hate, among so much more “Cannot Quench Love”! Want to know why, Because God is Love! Many waters Cannot Quench God because he is in you for you and because he is with you and in you he is Never Quenched because he is Love. Oh My!! Can somebody please shout of Joy with me.

And then it says “neither can the floods drown it” Yes those waters, that prayer you will not stop praying about will not drown you because God is in you! God could never be drown, beaten or dismissed.

So as you keep praying keep telling your heart you will not be quenched, you will not be drowned. God is Love and he is for you! That thing that keeps you up at night will be your Joy will be your Laughter will be your remember God when I thought I wouldn’t make it, if you did it before you will do it again. That thing you are praying so hard for is God’s Glory. If you haven’t heard anything yet from the Lord keep praying keep pushing this request is your breakthrough in the spirit. This prayer is your no one can tell you other wise. This prayer is your I do not care who is with me, that prayer is your I do not care if anyone cares or who is trying to knock you down. That prayer my friend is you finding God in the mess and his Love will shine. You will not be quenched, you will not drown!!

Stay Blessed Yall!

Carmen

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Hub Cap Love

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Couple of months ago as I was driving I heard a noise. Realizing it was my hub cap that went flying off. I could of parked to find it, but I had fussy kids in the back so I drove off. To be honest I did not even bother to look up how much it would cost to get another one. I just did not see the importance of it because to me it was a small thing. I didn’t care about it. Now I can tell you of all the times when I pray I tell God I know its something small and I am sorry for asking, I know others are in worse situation maybe what I am going through is not so bad. Others have cancer my kids are healthy maybe I can bare this. And we tend to do that a lot we minimize what we go through because others trails may seem so big. But what we don’t understand that no matter how it looks a trail is a trail big or small it is specifically tailored to the character God wants you to be. God will not give us anything that we can not bare whether that is an illness or financial struggles. Whether it is something so small as losing a hub cap or losing your keys anything I mean anything that happens to you matters to God. And God gave me a reminder of this because I kept saying I know its small, I know others have it worse. But its my process and it hurts so even if I humble myself to see others pain more of a problem I cant minimize the challenges that comes my way. Its part of me my story.
With this being said My husband came to me one afternoon saying “Hey did you see the hub cap someone left by your wheel” My face of confusion. I responded and said “no I was in a rush this morning I left I didn’t see anything”. I am being honest I had a rough day, I had cried, I was losing hope, I struggle so much that day.  As my husband looks back outside he says “hey its still there”. Now I got a bit excited! I told him to go get it! We both laugh. He went outside and says :not sure if this will fit your car, its also a bit broken but lets check it out”. He went to check it fits but he had to screw it in. It was the same size we just did not have the screws. As I was in the kitchen after a rough day I started to laugh. God reminded me that he cares about everything in my life even that hub cap that I did not care about. And I felt so reassured that he is listening and watching literally everything in my life! I experienced so much joy through a hub cap can you believe that. Yes the hub cap is not the same and yes its a little broken but it fits. And yes I can ignore it and buy a new one but you know what I really now want it as a reminder that God cares about everything in my life even the small things and that I need to stop minimizing my trails because others circumstances looks different then mines. And yes others trails have impacted me to be more humble that is for sure. My trails are to build character in me and so are yours. It is great to be humble but do not minimize your struggles its part of your process! God literally gave me this lesson through  a hub cap. I couldn’t stop laughing yall!!! God has such an amazing humor!!
 “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Luke 12:6-7

You Never Walk Alone

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”- John 14:18

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When you are broken hearted you see no purpose in fact you might never get to know the purpose or know of it until God has pulled you through . I will share some aspects of depression and anxiety in a biblical approach.  Today we live in a fast paced society and many of us crave to be accepted.  I am drawn to writing about depression and anxiety because its very much one of the most used avenue that the enemy has to break people’s heart. As I was one of them. I could tell you now that there has been purpose in many of the things I have been through. Something is always produced in our difficulties.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” Romans 5:3-5

There are many reasons why we go through depression first it is due to sin. Adam and Eve were the first ones to experience depression due to sinning against God. Having depression does not entirely mean you are in sin. Depression and mental illness has its spectrum of why it occurs and does not always indicate that someone is in sin. In fact most of it is not because of sin and other factors play in place. So please do not feel like you are in sin if you experiencing  depression.  It can be a hush and pushed under the rug because others see it as were not close to the Lord but he is so close to the broken hearted.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”  Psalm 34:18

God’s word is full of chosen beloved people by God that experienced sadness, loneliness and sufferings. I will use David and Jesus as an example but there were many others to name a few like Jeremiah, Job, Jonah, and King Saul that went through difficult times. David was in depression due to hidden sin from adultery. David was not confessing to God even though obviously God knew exactly what he was doing.  But David knew that his heart was depressed from sin, the guilt and shame took over in his life. This is to prove that even as Christians if we are living in sin, not being genuine to the Lord can result into depression.

Another perfect example of suffering was Jesus. This is why he is so close when we hurt because he knows exactly how it felt.  Jesus went through feeling alone, alone on that day on the cross. The son of God actually felt abandoned by his father on his lasts breathes. God was there let alone us that we are his creation. Jesus went through rejection, hatred and physical torture. Jesus had multitudes of people that did not believe in him. We are graciously understood by Jesus. The cross is prof of that.

Depression and other mental health illness has been linked to being genetically predisposed in peoples DNA according to research. However this is years of families being bonded in chains of depression and negativity. That’s what the enemy wants people to believe. That this is so embedded in your family you must have it to, Jesus didn’t save them he cant possibly save you. These are lies and the more we believe them the more we become them. Gods word says for us to guard our hearts for what comes from it will over flow in your life. The more we tell our hearts that we are depressed the deeper into darkness we get. There are times of season when the Lord himself has us in trails but instead of embracing the trail and looking for his guidance we worry, get saddened and actually turn it into depression. Another way our hearts can be crushed is when we slowly begin to stray away from his word, prayer and worship. In not doing so depression among other challenges can well creep in when we are not seeking the Lord.  Not to say that we wouldn’t go through them as a Christian but its always best to know that going through it with Christ is always comforting. It is also very important to bring our depression to the Holy Spirit to help us to bring it at a bay and under his control. There are times of loss times we grief when we lose someone or something that we forget how Gods spirit was sent to us to comfort us that we don’t seek his spirit. Times when a health issue can cause depression. Times we are depressed because we do not have a significant spouse or in hurtful marriage. When we become so focused on someone else and seeing them bigger then God this depletes our hearts from God. Especially if he is not the center of our  life.  He is our source that’s why we are always trying to figure out ways to be happy and in peace but never find it if its not in him and its through him we get peace and joy even in difficult times.  We should always also take into account other factors that may get us depressed. Are you in a bad relationship? Do you have toxic friendships? Are there financial struggles? Little support system? People crushing your dreams?

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” -Proverbs 4:23

Some people may never experience depression while others just get very anxious or what we  call worry. I remember having a silent sadness for most of my teen years and into adulthood it eventually lead me to understanding that my only hope was Jesus. At that time I also began to get sick. Scientifically it is proven that stress increases so many health issues. When our hearts are depleted from our creator not only is our sprit not aligned with his but our bodies are affected by that as well. And this does not mean that Believers would not get sick again I am writing of depression in a biblical approach.  There are people who are not depress and get sick. So I called out to my father. In that doing so even though I was saved at the time things were still hurting me, bothering me, worrying me, I felt empty. And of course many of this is lies from the devil but I was not fully surrendered to God. I was not yet giving him my entire pain so I carried that baggage even as I was serving the Lord I still wanted to take control. In all this I was so blinded that I kept being in sin and not letting God fully work in me so I strayed away. Straying away from the Lord does not make anything better and I learned that first hand. It makes it worse so much worse. Time passed nothing worked. I was trying to do it all on my own because I didn’t believe no one could do it and I got to think I was so unworthy that God couldn’t do it for me either. So there I was feeling like God couldn’t do it, no one could do it I couldn’t even do it myself. And in of it all no one ever knew how I was just struggling with depression. I smiled at everyone I even helped others on the way. I held my job, my children and marriage. I was working on everything else but focusing on the core of my being. I was forgetting about my creator. I looked everywhere to fill my emptiness. Not even my children were filling that for me. Not even my husband. I was thinking what on earth is wrong with me. I have people that love me how could this be.
I remember when my grandfather was ill and soon to pass I was so hard headed. Still with him being alive I was not giving in. My grandfathers death was not entirely to bring me closer to God but the Lord was also calling him home to ease his pain and give him eternal happiness. But my grandfathers death lead me to give it all one more chance. I told God this has to be it, there has to be more to life. At his funeral a pastor shared if the Lord ended your day today where will you be. This struck me like no other. I realized his passing in the joy of knowing he was in a better place was a call for me to come back home. I did. Your heart will always race to the source of your being. This is why we find all sorts of venues, people, places, success, relationships, and nothing works. It is only temporary. God is forever plus more. I knew things were not going to be done over night. I knew it would take time, I knew I knew nothing but I knew God could help me. I still had days where I was unsure but I pressed on. I had days when I cried and could not say a thing. I had days when I even thought this is not working but I pressed on. I still called out to God.

One day as I was worshipping the Lord in my home in the midst of my pains I knew he would show up. I couldn’t grasp to much of who he was only what I learned as a young girl but I knew he would show up. And he did. As my baby became fussy after a dirty diaper I brought him to the changing table and there he was. The holy Spirit came to visit me. An unexpected visit. The one I needed the one I was calling for just to give me a rain of hope that I am not going crazy in the sense of his existence and that he will show up.  I bowed my head down and kept saying Thank you. I cried so much. Months in serving the Lord he marked me that he is with me beyond the measures I couldn’t even understand. And hope was born in my heart all from pressing on to him.

One Saturday Morning going into a women’s conference I knew something would change that day. I marked it in my heart that such thing would happen. Kids were with dad for the day I am surrounded in fellowship with other women it was amazing. One of the speakers at the end of giving Gods Word she asked for us to write down on a blank note card something we want to let go and let God take control of. I wrote down the following “God heal me from depression and anxiety. You are my only hope” The speaker would then months down the line mail it back to us. As I held on to this card and worshipping the Lord. I began to cry and sing under his touch. I didn’t realize few minutes in that I was under his precense. It was an amazing beautiful experience. God delivered me from depression on March 25, 2017. Glory to him!

“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight” – 2 Corinthians 5:6-7

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” – 1 John 5:14

My friends I have days when I worry its normal its life it can creep in at times. I now have a better approach to my trails.  Since March I have not been the same. Something new has been birthed in me. This is why I pray with you in your hard times because it is possible. There was purpose in it all to tell you all in the midst of despair if you keep pressing God will pull you out of what ever it is. And he will never let you under go something if there wasn’t something for you to learn, grow or to bless others. Pray to God always always about your depression and anxiety do it everyday even if words cant come out, say it out in your mind. Call for healing everyday, press on him. In due time he will do it. Do not give up there is hope. Pray to the Holy Sprit for deliverance to protect you from the enemys lies. Depression can be healed by God its been done to so many men in his word in moments of despairs and Jesus was known to deliver those crushed in their spirts. Always as well pray for loved ones that struggle with depression there is power in prayer. I Pray that you are abundantly blessed and remember you are purposedly loved by his grace.

 

God Bless

Love

Carmen

 

 

Grace was there the Entire time.

Ever find yourself having one of those weeks that are just to long, so you try to find the beauty in it because there is. Well I had one of those weeks. But I want to first say how grace was there the entire time and it took a moment for me to unwind and let God fill me up. The week started with a stomach bug, my child with a fever, my oldest son wanting more of my attention, there was work,  the house, wife duties and so much more. As the week went by I ended in urgent care thinking I broke my thumb! Thank God it was just a sprained. I was burnt out. I had been praying to the Lord of how exhausted I felt. I asked for his grace over and over.  I sat there thinking this week wow this could be worse in all truth. So humbleness kicked in.

In that quite moment to my heart came of a blog I started but never did much with it, I only had posted twice. I have always wanted to blog but just did not know the route to go with it. I still have the blog as you can see, but with a different name.  As I was sitting there thinking Lord I have no time for this, I just finish saying how burnout I am how could I possibly have time for this what do I even call it. Sitting in front of the screen the Lord gave me this sweet title called Purposely Loved by his Grace. I wrote it down and exited the screen. I needed to come back to this I needed to soak this in. As I was meditating on this the whole week all I wanted was God’s rest. And by the end of the week when I am thinking please no more I need to rest he laid on my heart something that requires time. So I was then deep in my thoughts and I kept thinking of this title and my time. And grace hits me. My whole week lead me to a grace moment. Months in and especially this week was leading to this moment. I have to back track that it has been months I have been writing a lot. I have been writing prayers and my thoughts in paper. There has been healing through writing to my Savior. Something about writing has brought me to many grace moments. And the interesting part of it all is that I always made time for writing and now God will use it not for my own healing but for others. His purpose. I feel so bless that I have been praying to God about bringing his purpose to my life and though this blog may not be my whole entire purpose but its a part of it. Because I am sharing this with you now. I pray you are lifted as I share stories and encouragement. I pray that you may grow and see how you are purposely loved by his grace.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”- Ephesians 2:8-9

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“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”- 2 Corinthians 12:9

Grace has been in my existence even before I was born. Without knowing it my heart was in search for it. I did not know that the second chance to life was my Saviors Cross this whole entire time. I just recently learned that even before man’s existence God knew he would gift us with Grace! Now that my friend is complete total love. Knowing that we would sin yet we would still be favored by our creator. How many of us would give up someone or something we love and give continues chances to someone that may potentially not love us back. At first I was confused what was this whole Grace thing about. How do I get it? Do I pay for it do I get it by attending a church? So what is Grace? Grace is another chance, forgiveness, rest, strength, no shame, no guilt, God giving up his lovely son to us, eternity with God and endlessly knocking at your heart this is Grace. For we are sinners and have many weakness this is where Grace falls into place. But again how do we get it? The scriptures tells me that If I am saved, meaning total confession to our Jesus with faith we are covered by his grace. I love that we have grace because it is a promise that we do not have to face anything alone. Grace does not mean that we would not go through difficult times or have weakness but that we have God there with us at all times. This brings me so much comfort. I pray this brings you comfort as well. No matter your past, your mistakes the cross is your second chance. He will make it right and better. Grace will be there.

Carmen