Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Coming Clean

Well, gee.....so much for less stress in 2016....

On June 1 my sister-in-law Michele passed away at age 51 of metastatic melanoma.  Then my husband and my dad both had skin cancers removed. Then we had to put our dog to sleep. The next month began a crazy, still continuing savage attack on law enforcement and five Dallas officers were killed on July 7.  Our pastor's wife, Cathi continued her battle against Stage IV bone cancer and has had many ups and downs.  My mom's steadily declining health forced her into a skilled nursing care home and then election day came and the United States went crazy.  

I THANK GOD FOR MY WAR ROOM !!!

In everything that happens, we can rest assured that those who hold fast to Christ will safely weather the storms of life. This battle belongs to Him, not us. We are simply riding the waves and also taking authority where we can and leaving the rest to Him. The most beautiful song I heard during Michele's battle was one by Lauren Diagle, "Trust in You". God always met us right where we were. The last night that Michele spent here on earth, I was with her. When I started my car to leave the hospice unit around midnight, this was the first song I heard on the radio. I pray if you are going through a battle today, you are able to rest in His arms and trust Him to see you thru. Have a great Thanksgiving Day and know that your loved ones who have gone before you to Heaven are safe and enjoying a stress-free holiday. You try to do the same. 😃

Here are some of the words from this beautiful faith-filled song:


Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wondering
Never changes what You see

I’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior King of the fight
No matter what I face You’re by my side

You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation
The Rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go
You’ve not already stood

When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You





Thursday, December 31, 2015

Strengthen Your Heart

It's New Year's Eve!  We are right on the edge of a brand new year, how exciting!  My "War Room" is finished and it is time to get serious about prayer and Bible reading.  For the first time, I sat and read this morning in the freshly painted and newly decorated bedroom which used to be a playroom.  Reading from my grandma's old KJV, I came across this verse, "Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord."  Even though I am not usually a KJV reader, I really like this translation of this verse.  Just as God will strengthen our inner man, He will also strengthen our physical literal heart.  Just what I needed to hear today.  BTW, my grandma actually passed away on New Year's Eve 1988.  So this Bible holds special meaning for me today.  

Not only will God strengthen our hearts by keeping Him first, but also using common sense.  Eating better, exercising more, and less stress are all goals of mine this year.  I know that, though Him, we can "do all things".

Here's to your health and mine,

Tari