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Strength

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Was going through some of my posts from an old blog and came across this one. I felt it was good for almost any season in life and wanted to share it. Be blessed my friends.

 

Through our own energies sometimes we expect far too much of ourselves. Sometimes, strength is knowing we need others, knowing that we will be alright even after we fall, and knowing that that tomorrow is a brand new day. Sometimes, strength is letting go of what no longer matters, realizing that we are not alone, and that our God in heaven loves us. It is reaching up to our maker and reaching out to those around us. Sometimes strength is admitting we are wrong, that we are weak, small, and afraid. For the Lord shows his strength in our weakest hour.

In many cases strength is standing strong for another day, getting up after we fall, reaching out to others and pulling them close, loving when we don’t want to, apologizing when it’s hard, crying for those who are hurting, praying for those who are lost, rejoicing at God’s glory, and remembering that we are created with a purpose. And most of all, never losing hope and never giving up.

So, rejoice, love, pray, laugh, and stand stronger, knowing that you are not alone. Your God loves you and so do many others around you. Look at the beautiful person you are and love yourself, and let your strength shine though.

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Hope for Haiti

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This week I have had Haiti on my mind. More appropriately, the people of Haiti. See the thing is, when I decided to go to Haiti on a mission trip, I had no idea what to expect. When I got there nothing could have prepared me for what I would see. Flying into Haiti, you could see all the small temporary housing. To be honest, I cried right there on the plane. Then when we got off the plane and made our way out of the airport I was struck by the need here in this country. By the dusty desolation.

But then, driving along the dusty road, I saw a thriving green vine growing in an old building. It had beautiful crimson flowers. The mountains rose in the background and the beautiful Caribbean waters were just by the road. Beauty among desolation is what I felt. The people had their market stands set up all along the road. They were beautiful too. I felt thankful for all that I had back at home but I was also thankful to be here in this place. A little boy waved at me as we drove by and my heart was full of hope. Full of hope for Haiti.

As the week went by, I met many Haitians of all ages. I fell in love. The people of Haiti are strong, beautiful and welcomed me with open arms and hearts abandoned. I walked hand and hand with children almost everywhere I went. I spoke very little Creole and most of the people spoke little English but we communicated far beyond what words could say. We laughed, talked as much as we could, played games, and learned from each other. By the end of the week, I felt I had made many new friends. Several Haiti women had told me they loved me and I said I loved them too. The last day in the village I walked with a little girl and boy along the way. I had seen them several times during the week. The little boy was probably about 6, just a few years younger than my youngest child. When it was time to get on the bus, I told the children goodbye. As I looked out the window, there was the little boy looking back at me. I realized I would probably never see him again. Once again I cried. It was hard. It was wonderful. Going to Haiti changed me forever. Today I am thinking of all my friends in Haiti. I pray for them. I hope to see them again someday. And I have a great amount of hope for Haiti. Hope for Haiti, today and forevermore.

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The Future and the Past

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I love John Mark McMillan. Writer, singer, poet. This weeks Poetry Tuesday is a song off his new album. Future Past. Such a beautiful, wonderful and beautiful thought and feeling that God is our future and our past. Be blessed my friends.

Future / Past

You hold the reins on the sun and the moon
Like horses driven by kings
You cover the mountains, the valleys below
With the breadth of Your mighty wings

All treasures of wisdom and things to be known
Are hidden inside Your hand
And in this fortunate turn of events
You ask me to be Your friend
You ask me to be Your friend

And You,
You are my first
You are my last
You are my future and my past
[x2]

The constellations are swimming inside
The breadth of Your desire
Where could I run, where could I hide
From Your heart’s jealous fire

All treasures of wisdom and things to be known
Are hidden inside Your hand
And in this fortunate turn of events
You ask me to be Your friend
You ask me to be Your friend

And You,
You are my first
You are my last
You are my future and my past
[x2]

You are the beginning and the end [x3]

And You,
You are my first
You are my last
You are my future and my past
[x3]

 

Am I Wrong?

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Have you ever felt like nobody gets you? Do you ever ask the question am I wrong for thinking the way that I do? For wanting to see more than what’s in front of you? To go along with my last post, A Leap of Faith, this week’s Poetry Tuesday is about faith and vision. At least that is what this song means to me. It means think out of the box, believe in the impossible and never give up on your dreams. Enjoy and be blessed my friends.

 

Am I wrong
For thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong
For saying that I choose another way?
I ain’t trying to do what everybody else doin’
Just ’cause everybody doin’ what they all do
If one thing I know, I’ll fall but I’ll grow
I’m walking down this road of mine, this road that I call home

So am I wrong?
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong?
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

Am I tripping
For having a vision?
My prediction
I’ma be on the top of the world
Walk your walk and don’t look back,
Always do what you decide
Don’t let them control your life, that’s just how I feel oh whoa
Fight for yours and don’t let go,
Don’t let them compare you, no
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, that’s just how we feel

Am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For thinking that we could be something for real?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, oh)
Now am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah)
That’s just how I feel,
But that’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right, right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right, right
If you tell me I’m wrong, wrong
I don’t wanna be right

Am I wrong?
For thinking that we could be something for real?
Now am I wrong?
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
But that’s just how I feel,
But that’s just how I feel
That’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

So am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For thinking that we could be something for real?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, oh)
Now am I wrong? (am I wrong?)
For trying to reach the things that I can’t see?
(Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah)
But that’s just how I feel,
That’s just how I feel
But that’s just how I feel
Trying to reach the things that I can’t see (see, see, see)

 

 

 

 

A Leap of Faith

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Sometimes taking a leap of faith can be the hardest thing we can try to do in life. So many questions can clog up our brain. How is this supposed to work? Why am I supposed to take this leap? When is the right time? What if I fail? So many questions can instantly quench our faith and produce fear and insecurity.

If it is directions from God, then it can be even harder. We may ask ourselves. Did I really hear God’s voice? We may ask, God are you sure? What will other people of me and my decisions? Or even ask, what if I am wrong and didn’t really hear God to begin with.

Well, I guess that is why it is a leap of faith. If we knew all of those answers then faith would not be required. Sometimes to get to the next level, our only choice is faith. To pray, ask God, and then jump into the deep end, into the unknown, hoping for the courage to carry on and for the end result. I have been at this point many times in life. When my hubby and I started a family. When we decided to homeschool our children. When we started a business. All of those “leaps” required faith and God has been faithful. So why do I make it so hard?

I think we make it so hard, because we like to be in control. We like to have the answers. We like our warm and fuzzy comfort zone. But if you are like me, all of the best things in my life came with a price. They came with a required leap of faith. But even though that is the case and God has been faithful. It is still really hard to leap, to follow my dreams, and to follow the vision that God has given me for my life. I feel like the obstacles are great and the risk is high. But yet, the reward is beyond measure. So what is a girl to do? What will you do when God asks you to leap?

If I want what God has, then I must leap. Maybe I will count it down 3, 2, 1… But most likely I will pray for courage. I will pray for God to surround me with people of encouragement. I will remember Hebrews 11, verse 1, because I really want the things I cannot see. And most importantly, I will ask God to hold my hand and to catch me when I fall. He is faithful and His word does not return void.

God in me has made me bold… so God, I trust you. I will follow you to the ends of the world.

So friends, this is my heart. If you are in a place where you need to take a leap, know you are not alone. Be Blessed my friends

 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Fear Can’t Hold Me

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This weeks Poetry Tuesday features an original poem of mine hot off the presses, just written today. It is truly a reflection of where my walk with Christ has been this year. It is inspired by one of, if not my favorite, scripture II Timothy 1:7 Below I have also added a recent picture I did with the scripture. Be blessed my friends.

Fear Can’t Hold Me

Fear can’t hold me down,
I refuse to hide.
Chains won’t keep me bound,
In His word I abide.
Sin has lost its hold,
He has set me free.
God in me has made me bold,
He is always with me.
Loving me beyond compare,
Giving me power and a sound mind.
Leading me daily through prayer,
Out of the box, no longer confined.
Brought to the other side,
A new creation, no longer torn.
The Holy Spirit as my guide,
I’m set free, delivered, reborn.

© Leah Jacobsen

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Pictures from Haiti

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Just wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from Haiti

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