Deliverance comes from devotion to Him.

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Daddy God has been God for a long time and He knows exactly what He’s doing.

With this being said we don’t always know what He’s trying to do in and/or through us. There are many struggles that we face on a daily basis because we are not perfect, I definitely know I’m not.

He is Abba Father and we belong to Him even on the days that we do not feel like it.

One of the struggles that I feel like I have almost always struggled with and still continue to do at times but not as deeply is being good enough for others. I feel like I have always had the desire to be enough for others and please them but there is no legitimate reason why I should be living this way for others. The Lord alone is sufficient in my time of need and even more so in my time of need to feel sufficient.

The solution that I have found works for me with this is to be whole heartedly devoted to Him in my daily walk. When I devote myself to Him and His ways I feel His presence more in my life healing me from the brokenness that has been from this need to feel good enough.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. –Romans 12:2

The  Lord tells us in a raw way to not conform to the world. A lot of the society we live in, in a lot of aspects is working to be good enough, to be simply sufficient. But – the Lord calls us to renew our minds in Him. When we do this we will be able to test and discern what Daddy God’s will is in our lives. His will is “good and acceptable and perfect.”

Good.

Acceptable.

Perfect.

The Lord has great plans for us Lord but we can’t see it clearly when our minds are clouded with the things of this world, we must allow the Lord to transform us and renew us. When we devote ourselves to Him it is as if we are giving the Holy Spirit permission to move in us showcasing who He is. In doing this He delivers us, sometimes it takes a little longer than we would like but Daddy God comes through.

About three weeks ago I was really struggling with living life. Anxiety and a perhaps a little dose of depression had me feeling rather insecure and hopeless about the battles I was facing at the time. Medicine for anxiety didn’t really help me at this time- somehow it made me feel more hopeless at times. I think it was on Sunday, October 30th that I had an anxiety attack or came close it. (Y’all all I wanted to do that day was be in a ball and cry feeling sorry for myself.) I did not feel safe, I’m not exactly 100% sure why but I didn’t feel safe. It was probably the devil scaring me and instilling fear in me and it worked.

It didn’t work for the whole week though. Monday as well as the rest of the week up until Friday evening I felt rather mellow. At church on this weekend a couple of weeks ago we had a guest speaker coming to speak Friday evening, three times on Saturday, and at the normal service on Sunday.  The Lord always shows up and He always shows off even more so when we come with expectation having an open heart for His will to be done in us.

This specific weekend I came with expectation for the Holy Spirit to move within me. Prior to this weekend I hadn’t really come with expectation to church or to my quiet time for Daddy God to move in quite some time. Previously my emotional and spiritual vision had been blurred by desiring to be enough. When I desired to be sufficient on a daily basis for other people (& even myself y’all) I was left filling empty and unfulfilled. I was lavished in brokenness instead of His love for me. There is simply no pretty way of putting it, prior to this weekend I was deliberately choosing to live in fear and anxiety instead of Daddy God.

I got so accustomed to expecting fear and anxiety to overcome me that I lost sight of the Overcomer. Coming with expectation for the Lord really opens us up for the Holy Spirit to really be renewed by Him. 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –James 1:2-4

The stdsc_0295ruggle that I had with anxiety and depression had power over me and captivated my heart making it very hard for the Lord to transform me. These things have clouded my spirit time and time again. I always came with expectation for anxiety to win because its what I was uncomfortably comfortable in. When I continuously genuinely stopped to refocus on who He was in that circumstance and who He is still is today I began to really feel Daddy God’s hope in my life slowly take over. Refocusing on Him was a catalyst, especially for this situation, for me to begin coming with more expectation for what Daddy God has, is, and will do which led me to have more devotion to Him. Spending more time with Him continuously led to devotion and a growth spurt in my faith causing deliverance from my battles.

Our battles are to be counted all as joy because we know that these things test our faith which produce steadfastness in which when it comes to its full effect it makes us more like Daddy God being consumed by Him and His goodness. It positions us to really be used by Him for His glorification. He’s been God for a long time and He is more than sufficient. Since I have started being more devoted to Abba Father I have felt more life then ever. I honestly feel completely healed because of who He is. Everyday I wake up feeling renewed and refreshed in Him alone. I have so much joy in my heart that I laugh at times because of how amazing He is to us. He makes my life so frabjous.

Good.

Acceptable.

Perfect.

When we allow Him to really transform our lives and renew our minds He is able to show us more of His will for our lives. In the midst of our battles He is present and He is more than willing to move in us and though us. Through our devotion to Him His deliverance comes within us to the depths of our hearts abounding with His goodness.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28

I challenge you and I to really pursue Daddy God and be even more devoted to Him in which His healing will come forth in our lives in the depths of our heart. Let us be bold in our devotion to Him even if it is in small baby steps, it will always be more than worth it. His will is Good acceptable and perfect our lives. It will work out even better than we could have ever imagined.

Let us intentionally choose to be devoted to Him accepting His will and deliverance in our lives every day in every moment living withe expectation.

With love,

Lyds

 

 

A frabjous life in the making.

14125636_1038519259589129_60518393571090694_oIt is in the quietness among the chaos where the warm comforting whisper of joy is sometimes found. Sometimes the joy of the Lord is just there while other times it must be sought out in moments, days, weeks, months, and even years to be found. In Nehemiah 8:10 it says the joy of the Lord is our strength and it reigns true.

A month or so ago I was overwhelmed by life in the form of anxiety so much to the extent that I was in physical pain and put on prescription to deal with it. Now I think I’m finding myself even more overwhelmed BUT, it’s by Daddy God and it is so great y’all. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it is, I’ve even experienced tears of joy in the last week on more than one occasion. God is good y’all, He makes life frabjous.

The word frabjous means delightful and joyous and joy can only be found in Daddy God. (I promise I didn’t make up this word.)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4  

In my anxiety a month ago (and through almost all of it) I had the joy of the Lord less than half time simply because I pursued Him less than half of the time. You and I have twenty-four hours in a day but in those twenty-four hours were not always intentional but we should always be intentional and present. In James 1:2-4 it says that we should count it all as joy when we endure trials, but let me tell you something I definitely wasn’t counting it all as joy. I don’t know if you or if you’ve ever been with someone in the midst of an anxiety attack but it’s not pretty, in fact its a rather dark place to be in. In This past season I talked about the darkness the I experienced, but in this post I’m talking about the joy that I’m living it. Daddy God is gracious enough to give me a frabjous life. In the season of anxiety I did not count it all as joy but I knew that it was testing my faith in order to produce steadfastness within me. Looking back I’m grateful for it and where it has propelled me to even though it hasn’t been easy. The Word says that steadfastness in the Lord causes us to be complete y’all and that is what I desire.

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We as Christians are either pursuing Him or we’re not- there is simply chasing Him or not, there is no in-between whatsoever. I was not chasing Him which naturally made me even more broken and anxious about life. Let’s be real y’all, one time I had an anxiety attack during a three hour drive home alone and I totally broke a piece of my steering wheel because I was so upset that I was having this anxiety attack. (My amazing boyfriend did put it back together where I made it fall.) Now in this moment looking back on its like a revelation in a way. When we don’t pursue God in our frustration things are going to get broken, first of all it’s going to be us even more and it may be something and even someone near us may be hurt by our hurt. This is simply unhealthy, especially if we make it a habit like I did which causes me to beg us to whole heartily pursue Christ in every season even when it is not convenient. He makes us complete when we’re steadfast in Him and when we don’t pursue Him, at least in my experience, we start slowly crumbling on the inside.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 

When we are joyful it is healthy for us but when we’re all crushed and crumbly with in it dries us up as it says. In anxiety and I feel like a lot of my past I didn’t really grasp what the joy of the Lord really means. Daddy God gave me the title Frabjous Life a couple of years ago and I am just now beginning to grasp it, but I know there’s more joy than I already have. There is more joy for all of us and the joy of the Lord is our strength. The joy of the Lord has the potential to transform us and change everything!

When we are steadfast in Him, even when we get off track because we’re humans, there will be joy found in Him alone. He will make life frabjous. He can change our circumstances but more importantly He can change how we view the circumstances. At times there will be crying in the evening but His joy in the morning.

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, Psalm 30:11 

He alone has turned my mourning/depression/anxiety/pain into dancing and not even the devil can take that away from me. He is always there as a Friend, a Father, and so much more. Even in the midsts of set backs and battles we must seek Him when it is and isn’t easier. I encourage you and I to pursue Him on a deeper level then we have been, I personally haven’t been the best at it lately but I am getting better at it. It’s a daily decision to pursue Daddy God and it is worth it. He makes life frabjous y’all. Claim His joy.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24) His Kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17) Though we don’t physically see Him now, we believe in Him and rejoice with joy that inexpressible and filled with glory. (1 Peter 1:8) May our Father God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13 ) For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And we, who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.If we live by the Spirit, let us also strive to keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25)

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Joy can be had even in the darkest of circumstances, that is only because Father God is who He says He is and He will never change. He makes my life frabjous, He makes our lives frabjous. 

He is the giver of life and He is life.

Let us intentionally choose to soak in His joy today y’all.

With love,

Lyds

This past season

I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. –Revelation 12:11

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” –Deuteronomy 31:6

 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. –Ephesians 6:12

 

Mental Health is Important

mental health_edited-1.jpgMental health to me is something that is rather downplayed and belittled. People simply do not talk about it much. Mental Illnesses are mostly classified, but not limited to. Anxiety/Panic, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia, and Substance Abuse/Addiction. “Every year, about 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffers from some mental illness…” Newsweek . Although it is less than twenty percent of the American population dealing with something I believe that there are many more dealing with it that haven’t sought professional help. We as Christians are called to love on all people even if they don’t seem appealing because of how they look or the burdens that they carry.

Please note that this is my experience with these things and not all mental illnesses are the same with people even if it is the same illness. Each person is different, so I’m not putting all of them together by any means. 


Personally, I have been affected by three of these: Depression, an eating disorder known as Anorexia, and Anxiety/Panic. Not a single one of these have been enjoyable or fun to deal with personally. Depression is a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way; it can affect everything. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight as well as an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight and image. Anxiety is having feelings of anxiety and panic interfere often interfering with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. The first two I mainly dealt with in high school and the last one in college. I talk about Anorexia and Depression in my testimony and I’ll soon add Anxiety to it. As you might of guessed in reality my anxiety kind of began in my early college career. In college one obviously feels obligated to lay out their whole life in deciding what they want to do with their life, at least that’s how it was for me. It’s a really overwhelming time in life. If we’re being honest sometimes I really don’t know how to function because my mind can get so anxious and clouded with anxiety.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” –1 Peter 5:8-9

To me sober is the opposite of excessive indulgence in drink or any other activity that can cloud one’s mind; it can even be thinking too much. In 1 Peter 5:8-9 it says that we are supposed to be sober minded but this is hard to do for me to do when these negative thoughts enter my mind rather it be by something physical such as a person or something on the media or even the devil trying to get me down. If these thoughts aren’t taken captive like we are supposed to take them, as it says in 2 Corinthians in 10:5, we end up getting hurt in whatever way that it is making it even more difficult to take them captive. Which for me is exactly why my mind can get clouded preventing me from being sober minded in the Spirit. You may be thinking “well, why not just take it captive from beginning Lydia?” my response to that is that it’s not that easy to do when something bad happens or a bad situation is occurring- at least it isn’t for me. I’m still working on taking every thought captive so I can be sober minded and truly live in that freedom that Christ gives us. I’m working on this by pursuing Daddy God more and more, but it’s a process. I can’t just get over it. Whole heartily submitting to God is a process because we have to let a lot of stuff go and give it to God to handle. Submitting is to give over or yield to the power or authority of another. When we do this we can experience even more freedom.

 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. -James 4:7

In submission to Him, not just weekly or daily but moment by moment, we trust Daddy God more so it is easier to submit to Him resisting the devil. But it’s an intentional choice that is so important to us to really have freedom. When we submit to Him there’s less time to be anxious and worry about life, at least that is how it is for me. In order for us to do this its important for us to have a Christ filled community of friends around us who encourage and help us pursue Daddy God. While is this is very important in growing we also have to have that desire to pursue Him because when it comes down to it only we can make a change within ourselves.

Depression, Anxiety, Anorexia, and whatever other battles are all hard to deal with. Even if we don’t struggle with a mental illness we may still have a struggle that we need to give to Daddy God. It is all a process when it comes to getting better. Although people helping us is an amazing thing; the change really starts on the inside. We can have the wisest most loving people pour out their hearts to us in advising us what to do and how to go about it but, it all means nothing if we don’t pursue a change within. Of course our friends will be there to help us in this, we still have to desire and begin the change within by really submitting to Daddy God with everything. Letting everything go and giving it to Him whole heartily in every moment.

Although my past and current struggle with mental health isn’t severe by any means my mental health is important and so is yours. Mental health is important and although it may not be fun at times it should be addressed. Struggles should be addressed as well. If you know someone with one of the things I addressed or even if its you dealing with a mental illness or maybe it is just a struggle be sure to love on that person with the love of Jesus- even if its you. I would encourage you not to tell yourself or anyone to “just get over it because that’s how it is,” it doesn’t work like that- it is a process. Just be there for that person and radiate the gentle love of Jesus to them encouraging them that it is more than okay to be open about it. I have found that with talking about it and addressing it with friends there is healing, but only when I allow it to happen. God’s grace is enough for my struggle with everything and it is enough for your life too.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -2 Corinthians 12:9

Let us walk forward pursuing Daddy God more and more, moment by moment, resisting the devil and taking any thought that is not of Him captive and lean on His love and grace. It is not an overnight process but a second by second process, remember that and please don’t get discouraged. It will be worth it. I’m with you in this battle and for you, I’ll be more than willing to be a listening ear or share more of my testimony with you. He’s enough y’all but, it takes time to live it out and trust in Him. I’m still learning to trust Him and believe that He is enough. It’s a process, a process that is worth it.

Jesus is enough for our mental health even when it doesn’t feel like it.


Please remember that this is my experience with these things and not all mental illnesses are the same with people even if it is the same illness. Each person is different, so I’m not putting all of them together by any means.


“Shame loses it’s power when its expressed.” -Christine Caine

I love y’all, have a splendid day lovelies!
-Lyds

April Twenty Fourth

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An hour or so before sunset on the day of Mr. Randy’s funeral in which Daddy God was really showing off in a simplistic yet really beautiful way with light rays through the clouds.

The week of May twenty eighth in the spiritual realm I kind of felt like a dear friend, Mr. Randy, who was battling leukemia at the time would soon pass on to heaven. Since I felt this way I wrote him a card telling him how he had made an impact on my life, but I didn’t send it. Looking back on that I think I was just in denial about him passing away, he passed away two days after I wrote the card for him. I ended up giving the card to one of his brothers.

The advice and encouragement in Daddy God’s truth has really influenced my life in a rather splendid way.

On April 24 the devil tried to use specific friend who was not exactly in favor of at the time for something I want to do in life. While at the same time this person is a very influential and important person in my life and still is; them being not exactly for the decision that I was contemplating really broke my heart at the time. I felt as if this person was really against me and so would everyone else, which naturally made me feel worthless and like crap. Within a few minutes of leaving this persons home I cried because of how terrible I felt about myself due to one person not exactly being gung-ho, at the time, for what I want to do. By the time I got to my home church, The Mission Church, I was full on crying you could even say I was even weeping. With this being said when I arrived at my church a few minutes early I didn’t want to talk to anyone or even be social I went upstairs to the balcony as fast as I could avoiding everyone. God’s truth was quietly being whispered into my ears, yet I allowed the devil’s lies of me being worthless to be louder.

Prior to this weekend I had so much peace and joy about this decision that will alter my life in a very small way, I came home and it went away slowly because I wasn’t pursuing Daddy God as much as I had been. At college I felt like I could be the real me and not having to please people, I felt like I had to while I was at home. (I have never been told that I’m not good enough or enough in general, I’ve just had insecurities all my life that have made me feel insufficient.)  My small decision isn’t about pleasing others it’s about pleasing Daddy God and I, it makes my heart so happy. It is truly empowering.

A few minutes into worship I was still crying on and off a lot so I went down to the alter and sat trying to press into God, but it wasn’t quite whole heartily. One man who was next to me even made sure I was okay and checked to see if I needed to talk, physically I showed how I felt emotionally and spiritually with my many tears. After a few more minutes of sitting at the alter I went back up stairs in which to my surprise I saw Mr. Randy sitting there. (Mr. Randy, physically he looked weak yet spiritually and emotionally he beamed with Daddy God’s joyous love.) I didn’t stop on my way to the front row of the balcony because I didn’t want to bother him with my tears from my small problem in comparison to his battle with leukemia. While I was seated with tears in my eyes out of the corner of my eyes I saw him praising and worshiping Daddy God whole heartily. I felt compelled to go back down to the altar a few minutes later, guess what though? Daddy God had Mr. Randy stop me to have about a twenty minute talk about life.

Mr. Randy stopped me to hug me and encourage me, multiple times. Sadly, I don’t remember everything about our conversation but I do remember a lot of it.

For starters, I honestly don’t think he was supposed to hug people due to having new stem cells within the past couple of days- but he did hug me, he was always about putting other people first even if it meant going out of his way. He was beaming with Daddy God’s joy the whole time I was talking with him y’all. I don’t exactly remember what the sermon was about that day but I do remember that Mr. Randy stopped me and I sat down to listen to his wisdom and encouragement in God’s love. He told me about how he was so grateful for what the Lord had done in him and through him in his battle with leukemia. He told me of how the Lord had taken him deeper and deeper into Him and His love. He told me how his faith had multiplied in the past months of fighting cancer, he never once doubted God or lost sight of Him. He had the strongest faith in God that I have ever seen y’all. Even just being in Mr. Randy’s presence I felt the love of Daddy God. He just loved Jesus, he seriously loved Him with all of his being allowing His perfect love to cast out all fear.

To Mr. Randy only one thing really mattered and hearing it from him as well as seeing it alive in his testimony really proves the truth in it. I don’t remember how he worded it exactly but it was something along the lines of, “the only thing that matters is what Daddy God says, never forget that. Also that His presence and His glory can change everything in our lives if we allow it to.” Mr. Randy also said that whatever I’m going through God is going to take care of me and it’s going to be alright.

I realize that these words are simple and seem rather easy to live by, but to me they aren’t that easy to fully carry out in daily life. Hearing these words from a physically weak person but spiritually, mentally, and emotionally was so eye opening for me and such a reminder of how true God is. His words along with his story really have put things into perspective and have slowly changed my life y’all. I’ve reminded myself almost daily of how entering into Daddy God’s presence is so vital and how all that matters is what He says. The simplicity of it alone in incredible and it also has so much depth of truth to it.

When we press into Daddy God we begin to encompass the fruits of the Holy Spirit, Mr. Randy is just one of the several people who did this and we can still do this. One of the fruits that I’ve really and truly experienced since I talked with Mr. Randy is joy because he encouraged me strongly to press into Father God’s presence, not by the way he said his words but by the way he lived the words in his life.

Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

To me in life there are so many things to worry about and be anxious about. In the last two weeks ever since I made my business type plan the devil has been attacking hardcore with anxiety and it has not been fun at all y’all. But when I whole heartily seek Him I find His rest even with my noisy chaos of anxiety that is life at times. (Jeremiah 29:13)

Let us rise above all fears and troubles pressing into Daddy God in His presence.

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:26-34

His perfect love casts out all fear, I dare us to press into Daddy God’s presence as much as possible. He’s more than worth it and His glory can change our lives y’all. Mr. Randy gave me all of this advice and encouragement by the grace of our Lord, I’ll never forget it. It isn’t about Mr. Randy and it isn’t about me, it is about living in and for Daddy God and His Kingdom.

“We all need to trust God more and that He is doing a Good work.” -Mr. Randy’s last text message to me still reigns true, Daddy God never changes.

I love y’all, live frabjously!
-Lyds

Life Is What You Make It

Life is pretty crazy, but it is what you make out of it that counts. Life can be crazy and we can choose to allow it to make us crazy or we can allow it to give us even more of a reason to pursue Father God. I don’t know about you, but I want to be one of those people who pursues Father God like crazy.

A year or two ago the Lord really laid a vision on my heart of my dreams and what I want to do with my life. I want to do ministry, that is really all I desire to do. I desire to write in not only an online presence but also books, Bible study guides, and things of that nature. I want to have my own ministry that isn’t about me at all, Frabjous Life.

The word “frabjous” means joyful which is exactly what I want my God given ministry to be like. There’s a lot of negativity in the world and our society today. There are plenty of things to be unhappy about and plenty of things that can rob our joy in our daily lives. I want to be one of those people who displays His joy and is able to convey to others the joy the Lord has for us eventually seeing more people partake in His joy which will make a huge impact in the community. I want to live my life claiming Daddy God’s joy as my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

I have always enjoyed writing and a couple of years ago I was on staff for a publication, I wrote for it some and I truly enjoyed it. It was amazing. One of the things that I will never forget about it was that my boss pulled me in to the office to ask me to write something personal for this publication. It thrilled me when my boss did this, believing in my writing that they had seen on my blog and believing in me. It was something that empowered me and forced myself to believe in me. For the name of my writings I chose “Frabjous Life.” I chose these words because I adore old words. I love the meaning of frabjous and I believe it’s how life should be lived in Christ. This is just one example of someone believing in me, but it is one of the first people who I didn’t really have a friendship with besides work that believed in me. We need people around who believe in us. All of the people I hang out with are very intentional brothers and sisters in Christ and they believe in me. It means the world to me to have people that believe in me, it means even more to me that Daddy God believes in me. Seriously, He is the best y’all, I love Him.

My testimony includes multiple things, the greatest struggles in my testimony would have to be depression and anorexia. With these things came multiple struggles and insecurities, some of which I’m not over. I am so much better than I ever would of thought I would be when I was in high school. The struggles and insecurities that I deal with don’t have any power when it comes to facing Daddy God, nothing is too big for Him I just have to continue working on giving things to Him and not taking them back. I will overcome them through Christ, I have no doubts about it. There is going to be victory. One of the main struggles that I am currently encountering would have to be not believing in myself enough, I believe that this stems from always trying to be enough for others. Really and truly being “good enough” for others is a terrible way to live to me, we’re only supposed be found in Daddy God; trying to be good enough left me with a broken heart that caused so much misery. Overcoming this, at least for me, begins with whole heartily seeking Daddy God day by day and moment by moment. I also go to friends for advice and counsel in these things. It takes time to heal and be made whole in Christ, we cannot rush it.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” -Psalm 46:10

A part of overcoming any struggle is to be still resting in Daddy God and knowing who He is. We are overcomers in Christ y’all. He is good and He is always there. I want to be a person who radiates His joy and His love, I’m not nearly where I want to be but I’m working on it with Daddy God.

These words are only a portion of my heart, they only touch on a smidgen of my dreams. Honestly my dreams are so big that they intimidate me if I’m not in the moment pursuing Daddy God. But I know nothing is impossible. The Lord has set me free from so many things and He’s always been good to me. He knows what is best and He is by our sides in the valleys and in the mountains.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. –Phillipians 4:13

His word is true and the truth of His words never fail.

I encourage each one of y’all to seek Daddy God and chase after your dreams for Daddy God. If you’re unsure of what those dreams are in what you want to do in life, (or what you are supposed to do in life) I encourage you to chase after Daddy God for those answers even if He doesn’t reveal them as quickly as you’d like Him to. He’s worth it and His plans are the best plans.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:11-13

I’m chasing after the dreams He’s given me, no matter how long its for. We’ve got to seek Him with all that we are and we will surely find Him.  Life is what you make it, so make it frabjous y’all! It is a frabjous life with Daddy God if we claim His joy.

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Thank y’all for reading & I love y’all dearly!
-Lyds


 

 

Next week I look forward to sharing part of the conversation mentioned below, as I go a bit deeper as to what the Lord has been doing in my heart… There was a man who I was blessed with the opportunity to speak with a month ago that fought leukemia till last Saturday when he passed away. The advice that this man, a good friend of mine, gave to me honestly changed my life. He spoke in truth and in Daddy God’s love, nothing has been the same since that day. There’s just been so much joy y’all, my life is pretty frabjous despite any valley that I face and I don’t plan on that changing because the Lord does not change!

 

If God Is Love…

Lovely post full of truth from a dear friend, check it out y’all!

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I often, as a Christian, run into the question “If God is love then (insert question here)” The most common questions along those lines that I hear people ask are “If God is love (or if God is good) then why is there evil in the world.”and “If God is love then why does He send people to Hell.” These are good questions and I have personally asked both of them until I recently found the answers. I accepted Christ as my Lord and savior at the age of 14 and shortly afterwards really began asking some of these questions, especially the first one. From that point on I made it my personal mission to seek out the answers until I found them because I was sure that I wasn’t seeing the whole picture. Although I of course, as a young teenager, knew everything ever always.

If God is love then why…

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