Have Questions on Your Heart?  

I questioned God’s heart for many years…and finally questioned His existence after 30 years of belief.
I see many people like me who once passionately believed but now do not.
I get them. I understand their search, their questions, and their concerns.
I hope they do not ever shy away from me thinking I would judge them because I won’t. Because I’ve been there.

The Pains that Dim the Heart

In pain?
I would like to tell you my story…
When I was 9 my mother passed away. Then when I was 18, we lost 4 more precious family members within 15 months. A baby. A woman in the prime of her life. A grandmother. A grandfather.
At 27, my younger brother was overwhelmed by the pain & confusion and ended his life.
By the time I was 29, I was hopelessly in excruciating pain. Confused. Scared. Heartbroken. Angry. Sad. Trying to hold it all together for my young son and those loved ones around me who were also hurting. 
Failing miserable at most of life.
I hurled accusations at God. I doubted His very existence for awhile.
I say this so that you know that I understand. I understand hurt, pain, anger…all of it. I don’t blame people for feeling that way. I just pray they don’t stay there. God has healed my heart. He has answered my questions and given me a peace I never imagined could be real.
Maybe this give you hope. Maybe this makes you mad. But I love and pray for those who are hurting tonight. I know the God of Creation can heal all who turn to Him in simple, childlike faith. Put aside your accusations and ask Him earnest questions. Not me…I don’t have them. But if you’ll inquire of Him and have an open heart to hear…He is big enough to handle all your tough questions and bring you peace. He can restore hope. He did it for me, He can do it for anyone. 
I have learned over and over that the God of the Universe is not obligated to respond to the accusations of man…but He eagerly answers our questions and heals our hurts when we go to Him with an open heart. 
Goodnight and God bless.

Has someone hurt you?

Hurting people hurt people.  
That’s why it is so important for us to give God our pain and let Him heal it…otherwise, we pass that pain on to someone else with our words or attitude which spreads more pain. It can snowball all around us.  

Forgive others because the pain they caused you is probably just a drop of the hurt they feel inside. 

God can and will heal the hurt we turn over to Him. Be still and know that He is God…and choose to sow seeds of love — especially when you’re not feeling it — rather than sowing pain to grow like weeds in other people’s lives.   

Hard? Usually. Worth it? Every single time.

Forgive. Choose gentleness.  Receive God’s love and share it with others – especially when they don’t “deserve” it.

When you have the time, encourage yourself by watching this message on “The Keys To Forgiving Others (&Yourself)”.  The message begins near the 17 minute mark.  

http://streamingtruth.com/church/watch_video.php?v=KOM2N8H3HN3N

Humbly,
Heather

Video of my Message: “Jesus: A Very Present Help in Troubled Times”

I was honored to speak last month at our local ladies’ brunch.  I shared the message, “Jesus: A Very Present Help in Troubled Times” and wanted to share it with you here as well.

streamingtruth.com/church/watch_video.php?v=1Y8K43O42143

Thank you and I pray it blesses and encourages you!

Humbly,

Heather

A Happy New Year thought for you ~

I love the hope and expectation a New Year brings. I enjoy watching people put away the past and walk from disappointments with their face toward the future.  
But the truth is, that hope and expectation for a brighter future is available to us each day! 
“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Struggling?  Please read this. 

Confession…
I struggled last year (and for years past) with feeling like I may not really matter much. Do I make a difference at all in this world? Do I matter for my family & my kids? Am I enough? It has been a very difficult struggle off and on for awhile.
One day, as I went about my business, thoughts of my mom overwhelmed me and I began to miss her so much. I became angry that I didn’t have her through my teens, twenties, marriage, kids…then I asked God why I still miss her so much when I only knew her for 9 years. I’m in my 40s! Shouldn’t I be beyond this by now?
In the middle of my pain, God’s gentle voice touched my heart and He said, “And yet you doubt how much your very presence matters to your children? And that you make a difference by just being there for them each day?”
I sat up straight. It certainly was a different thought. A thought I’m embarrassed that I hadn’t had before when I struggled with these feelings.
I share this to say to you – don’t let thoughts beat you down that you’re not enough or that you don’t matter. 

Someone in this world is encouraged, empowered, strengthened, comforted, or enlightened simply by your presence on this planet. 

Keep shining.  Keep giving God your shortcomings, approach Him boldly with all your questions and problems…and He can work them out.  

May your 2016 be full of purpose and joy for you.
Humbly, 

Heather