My Broken Hallelujah..

Prayer, sacrificial love, waiting on the Lord,  the beauty of being alone with God, confession, cultivating a spirit of surrender: all these spiritual disciplines I see God refining in me. I’m so grateful that as my relationship with Christ grows, He reveals new and even old treasures to awaken my soul. Even when I’m in my moments of stagnancy, He continues to teach, mold, and encourage me. I see these life lessons manifest itself even more through the life of my dear sister who is going through so much opposition and captivity now. She has been in the crux of my prayers and part of my being. She is one of the miracles of deliverance that I’m waiting for God to bring to pass. She is one of the reasons why I am waiting patiently on the Lord. She is one of the reasons why I am being still before His presence. This trial between my sister and me is what has been shaping us. Most of my dark valleys, my walks through the fiery furnace, my passing through the rivers have been shaped through my moments with my sister. Through perseverance of this, I honestly have to thank my sister for making me into the woman I am today even though I wish she wouldn’t have chose the route she did. If God were to allow me to choose a trial to strengthen my character I wouldn’t want this. But God’s ways are not my ways. There is purpose through everything and with what God allows, whether bad or good, he always turns it to bring Himself glory and strengthen up His people. I even see the work Christ is doing in my sister’s life. Despite my sister’s brokenness, I see through her perseverance in this that she is a fighter. Through her poor choices, she still has a fighting mentality. For my sister to go through what she has and see what she has seen and still manage to look up with a smile and say, “I love you” I know Christ is not done with her yet. Its only a matter of time until I see deliverance. Until then, I continue to offer up my broken praises unto Him. Although I still wrestle from time to time with these circumstances, I still catch glimpses of hope and see the maturity and redemptive power that He is displaying within me and my family.  I see the growth in my faith and my awareness for my Savior more and for that I’m forever grateful.


Isaiah 43

When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

What’s Your Story?

“I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. ” 

Pastor Erwin Lutzer from Moody Church shared a message earlier this year  from Psalm 40 highlighting this great testimony from Danny Velasco; a prominent makeup artist and drug addict who became saved by God’s grace as he was lying in his hospital bed.  There is no secret to what God can do. God is able to save. God is able to change hearts. God is able to change circumstances. King David knew this well as he penned this psalm in chapter 40. Even when he was met with discouragement and waiting he still held on to God’s promises.  Not only did God come through for him but he was able to see it in the lives of others:  “Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us”  (Psalm 40: 5) He knew of God’s greatness and that carried Him through. May the attributes of God and His work through the lives of others be our encouragement. Danny Velasco passed away 3 years ago but his testimony is still being used today by God to demonstrate His goodness and power. Danny Velasco is not forgotten and you’re not as well. Speak out and share what the Lord has done for you. May your story not be forgotten. I shared this testimony a few months back with a person close to my heart that I’m trusting God will come through and save. As we watched, we both led into tears and I knew God was in the works of doing something in her heart. I don’t know what but He was doing something.

Whats your story?