Category Archives: Real Faith

He can handle our “it”

 

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One thing I know for sure in over three decades of my walk with God– He can handle it. Whatever the it is, you can be assured that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit can handle it.

What’s the it in your life right now? Disease, sickness, injury, financial hardship, prodigal adult children, struggling teens,  unpleasant marriage, harsh divorce, the hurt of widow-hood, broken friendship, estranged from a loved one, job loss, facing eviction, an unkind boss, a hurtful situation at church, a broken down car?

What’s the it in your life right now? Fear, anger, anxiety, worry, frustration, painful memories, penetrating problems robbing you of sleep. Perhaps it’s joylessness, loneliness, discouragement, or the bitterness of rejection or betrayal.

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Kneeling our hearts in prayer – Join us

We want to invite you to join us for 7 Days of “Kneeling our hearts in Prayer” beginning Monday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 8th. This is a E-Prayer (your emails will be kept private) List that will out line specific areas of prayer and scriptures to pray the Word.  Our sign up list is growing since we posted it on our social media a few days ago. If you’d like to join in, please Email me at Lisa@LisaShawCares.com and the details will be sent to you.

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the voice in the raging wind redirects us toward Him

sad young woman crossed  fingers  for her  face in crisis momentA dear friend has been experiencing a storm in her life as of late that is taxing to say the least and my heart hurts for her. I trust God is at work in the situation of this precious child of God in ways she is not able to see YET and she is well aware of that because she is a woman that walks closely with God, but even as we walk closely with Him there are times when we need a word of encouragement; a voice in the midst of the storm and the raging winds to redirect us toward Him. 

Most storms in life can be taxing because often times it’s not just the storm (the crisis), but the raging winds (the problems created as a result of the crisis), that you have to deal with. Raging winds sting the skin and beat up against your body at times harder then the storm (rain) does.  After a fierce thunder storm often the damage was not as much about the downpour of water as it was from the gusty raging winds that has thrown around trees, lawn furniture and blown roofs off of homes.

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GOD in the hard places, in the hard nights

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Have you ever been in those hard places? Experience those hard nights? Praying for a child that has gone a different path from what he or she has been taught in the Lord.   Praying for a spouse to come to know Jesus. Praying for healing in your marriage. Praying for healing from a debilitating illness that has riddled the body of someone you love or even yourself.  Finding out the report from the doctor is worse then you thought. Getting a phone call that someone you love has passed away.

Yes, hard places create hard nights at times but God is in those hard places and in those hard nights with you. Have the faith to believe it; to believe Him.

Those hard places and hard nights where tears fall as prayers are prayed. Yes, we’ve all had some form of hard places and hard nights and as we get older we’ve experienced even more so we have a deeper understanding. Let me tell you, the tears don’t make you weak.  The tears don’t mean that your faith is weak.  The tears don’t mean that you don’t trust God. No, in fact, as the tears fall, the prayers come forth. Prayers that say, I trust You God no matter what! Tears and prayers that say, I know God has this situation under control even before I can see IT!

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What Christmas is to me…

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This is what Christmas is all about for me…

Luke 1: 26-38 –The Birth of Jesus Foretold

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Luke 2: 1-20 Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

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Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.  He came and gave His life (and is alive forevermore seated at the right hand of God, the Father), for our sins that we, who believe in Him would have everlasting life–we’d live never being separated from God and His love.  That’s pretty amazing! Merry Christmas!

An apology often goes further than an explanation

  Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Such a powerful Scripture.  How can we walk together if we are not in agreement? How can we walk together in a unified way in our marriages, families, friendships, ministries, churches or working relationships if we are not in agreement with each other?  Growing… Continue Reading

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