Entangled

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Have you ever gone to your storage closet and pulled out an extension cord and found it tangled up into many knots?  Or for our ladies have a long necklace that you pulled out of the jewelry box to find it is all tangled up and looks more like a choker?

As I was getting ready for work one morning I decided to pull out that long necklace but as I was pulling it out it was entangled to other necklaces.  So I pulled them apart and saw how tangled the one I was going to wear was.  I decided I will just take it with me since I have a long drive and work on it.  That necklace had so many knots that I wondered if I would ever get it apart, little did I know it had taken me fifty minutes to take apart.  This is where I heard God speak and say, “This is how easily something so beautiful can become entangled with other things.   I was not grasping what God was sharing with me.  So, of course, I love to probe and said, “I am not following God.”  His response, “In our lives those things that look so beautiful, so innocent, that we allow in become entangled and are hard to break apart.

What are some of those things that we have become entangled in that break us apart in our lives from our families, coworkers, friends and even God?  Could it be pride, loneliness, recognition, an addiction of some sort, or even apathy?  Maybe a lack of faith or hopelessness has plagued your life after a bad experience of some sort.  Maybe you were believing for something and it has not happened or maybe you were really hurt by something or someone and it has been hard for you to move forward.

You know the one thing in my life that a lot of people do not know is that I am always up for a challenge, like breaking apart those knots on my beautiful necklace.  I have had things in my life that have been way harder to overcome and I wish I can say it only took fifty minutes. But I continued to work on those knots in my life.  I want to ask you, “What things in your life are you entangled by, that the knots feel like they are never going to break apart?”  I am here to encourage you to continue breaking away at those things that keep you bound and knotted up.  The same way I continued to work on those knots on that beautiful necklace and in my own life is the same for you, continue to work at it!

Life Application

  • Ask the Lord to show what you have become entangled too.
  • Grab an accountability partner and expose those, so that they can hold you accountable (two are better than one)
  • Apply his word and truth statements to those knots and they will begin to break apart. (His word does not come back void)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9 NIV).

This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns (Jeremiah 4:3, NLT).

Be encouraged today, God is there for you and loves you so much! Do not become weary I promise you those knots in your life will break apart! I speak hope and peace over your mind and hearts today! Continue to work at it! This will be part of your story!

Carrier’s of Hope

Breathing hope one life at a time!

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History vs His-Story

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How many times have you gone to one of the social media sites and looked up one of your friends or a friend of a friends post or timeline?  Somehow we all have a way of choosing the profession of suddenly becoming a private investigator.  We become so good at it, that we should be getting paid for it!  Have you ever noticed the way people post their lives? You scroll down to see their history.  You see the beautiful pictures and things that are happening. Then there are other people with their posts and you think, “Why did they post that or how many selfies did it take for that perfect looking picture?” I still do not understand the whole selfie thing with women, but that’s another blog for another day.

By the looks of things, people seem to have it all together.  Those flawless pictures, postings, events and parties, you name it’s there.  How often do you read or see what is truly going on? Why do people not post those challenges or hard moments? Only those perfect moments.  Could it be fear of being judged, ridiculed, or are ashamed to confess those hidden challenges? I mean who likes to put their life out there on blast for the world to see?  Who wants to be looked at that way, right?  I have been that person who posted those pretty moments in the midst of a dark time. Where I felt like I am not going to make it out of this storm, but let me give myself a boost and get the acknowledgment I may be seeking at that moment.  I do not recall ever posting a dark moment and if I did it was more like a “Prayer request: Please pray for me or my family” type of thing.  I have been afraid of being judged or the perfectionist side of me kicks in and says “I have to always display “looking perfect” at all times!” Instead of my name being Sandy Cortes, it was more like “Perfect Patty”.  Major identity crisis and such a lie I have bought into and that I am challenged by!  Did I mention I am a recovering perfectionist and still recovering? Yes, that me!

I am reminded of Jesus today.  Jesus went through hard times, faced abandonment, betrayal, disappointment, rejection and was humiliated and yet was perfect! Jesus sat with the ones who were dysfunctional, broken and did not have it all together, but this was all put part of his timeline in history.  Imagine sitting in a History class listening to a synopsis of a famous person. You hear how they began and struggled along the way. Those challenges sharpen them and made history.  Jesus made history!

One of the things I tell my clients, “We cannot change what has gone on in your life, what matters is what you do with it”.  This life of ours is part of the story, part of HIS-STORY. Every circumstance and challenge we face will glorify God! Every situation goes into a file and is tucked away. Then one day you pull it out and share a chapter of your story, you share your History!  I am not sure what you may be covering up or are being challenged by or are afraid of sharing but remember “This is part of the story “His Story”. It will be part of History and be used for his glory.  Think about that History class, the synopsis of that famous person is YOU!

“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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” ‭‭(2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NIV).  ‬‬

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16).

Life Application

  • What is on your timeline?
  • What are some of this challenges?
  • Keep a record of them.
  • Imagine sitting in that History class.
  • Listening to that famous person, YOU!
  • Know when it’s time to bring out that chapter out in your life!
  • Then you share your History.
  • Recognizing that it was part of His Story for your life.

God Bless!

Carrier’s of Hope

Breathing Hope one Life at a Time!

 

The Waiting Room

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I recall numerous times rushing to the emergency room with my children. Either they had a high fever or knowing something was wrong. But did not know what it was.  I either had to wait to be seen or waited to hear the diagnosis from the doctor. At the moment, millions of thoughts raced through my mind and I began to prepare myself for the “what if’s”.

Have you ever looked up the definition on waiting?  Oxford’s Dictionary states, “Stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens. One of the biggest challenges for me is to wait.  Having to wait patiently for certain things. Whether waiting to hear the results from the doctor, a grade on an exam, a promotion at work or what am I suppose to be doing in this life?

It becomes hard to stay the course and not become impatient or saturated with frustration. In hopes that I do not make a drastic move and makes matters worse.  Maybe you are going through a difficult time today, or have been waiting on certain results.  You are becoming weary in the waiting or are afraid the situation will repeat itself once again.  It can be so difficult to “stay where one is

There have been many times in my life that I did not get the results on what I had been waiting on. That I went ahead of God and gave myself the results that seem to fit my current situation because I felt the needed to do something about it.

You would think I have the initials M.D., after my name.  I have been the doctor of my life and came out with my own results, diagnosis and suggestions.  That streak of rebellion kicks in and says, “I know best and since your not moving God, I am.  “At times I hear the Lord saying, “How many times are you going to continue to go around the same block and what makes you think you know what is best for you?” “Am I not your creator and have orchestrated your footsteps?

I can see the rolling of the eyes now or the attitude rising within you.  The pride and impatience in us can speak louder and wants results now! What I have learned throughout this is, God knows what is best for our lives.   What if I told you that in the waiting, the diagnosis may not be what you want it to be at that moment?  That at times you have to stay where one is” until the doctor gives you the results. He knows what is best for you! Wait in that!

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Is.  41:30).

Wait for the Lordbe strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Ps. 27:14).

Carrier’s of Hope

Breathing Hope one Life at a Time! 

Outstretched Arms

afterglow-backlit-beautiful-556666 (1)Have you ever watched how a parent responds when they see their children hurt or crying? Or how children won’t allow just anyone to pick them up? Attempt it and tell me what happens!  There is a possibility of them screaming like you did something bad to them. They must know you in order for you to pick them up.

There have been many times in my life when life challenges hit me so hard that all I could do was cry. I can be skeptical of people and can hold people at arm’s length, not even realizing I am doing that. I am guilty of doing the same thing with God. I have questioned his direction on things that occurred throughout my life, I have pushed him away.  I’ve been like a two-year-old having a tantrum because I did not get my answer or life did not go as planned in that season of my life.

One day I heard God say, “Allow me to pick you up.” But I wasn’t quite sure if I could trust him, let alone allow him close to my heart. As I was worshipping I had my arms outstretched, extended as if I was reaching towards heaven. This became symbolic to me as a form of surrender with my daddy and I. Like a daughter reaching out for her daddy to be picked up!

How many times in our lives do we need to be picked up? Especially when life challenges hit us so hard that we can barely stand and that all we can do is cry. Like that child crying out for their mommy or daddy for comfort!

Today, I want to bring comfort to you and pick you up!  By encouraging you and reaching out my hand and tell you, “God is there to pick you up, to hold you when life gets hard, or has knocked you down! Stretch out those arms and allow him to pick you up!

Life Application:

  1. Reflect on those things that have knocked you down, are you going to stay down?
  2. Will you allow the Lord to pick you up?
  3. Here is a challenge for you, “I dare you to stretch your arms out towards Jesus!”

The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. (Psalms 145:14, New Living Translation).

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand(Isaiah 41:10, New Living Translation).

If your thinking of someone who can use a touch today, share this with them! You never know what someone else is going through, that are feeling knocked down by life’s challenges and that need that outstretched arm! Help me to reach them and be that Carrier of Hope to them!

God bless you and I hope you took the challenge!

Carrier’s of Hope

www.carriersofhope.com

Breathing hope one life at a time!

“Who Told You That”

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Have you ever had to face a situation when you felt like “I don’t think I can do that”? Do you ever ask yourself “Who told you that”?  Well that little guy on your shoulder called, “F.E.A.R.” comes and paralyzes and makes you feel like there is no way out.

I am reminded of the story of David and Goliath.  Goliath,  a ten-foot intimidating man, armed with lots of artillery, seemed untouchable to all of the Israelites.  His mission was to defy Israel.  Whenever the Israelites saw him, they all fled from him in great fear. David watched how the Israelites were afraid of Goliath.  Yet all Goliath had to do was speak, make some threats, boast about his strength and mock and laugh how he would be the one to take over Israel.  They were afraid and discouraged.  David never seemed intimated or moved by all of the commotions that was taking place across the way.  But we must be like David and say, “Let no one lose heart on account of this, I will go and fight.”

The acronym for F.E.A.R is “False Evidence Appearing Real.” When the Israelites looked at their situation it seemed enormous from their side, believable and discouraging.  You may be terrified and taken by fear like the Israelites.  You may be saying,  ” I am not going to make it through this.”  This situation is screaming and telling you “It is never going to change.”  You may have tried to put on different artillery to help you fight like Saul was doing with David.

But David knew who represented him and said, “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”  David ran in his authority toward Goliath and took him down and even stood on top of him after he struck him down! Go, David!

I have had many F.E.A.R.’s shouting out at me from across the way.  Especially when the Lord began showing me the promises of my life and things he called me to do. That Goliath continued to shout and tell me, “Who do you think you are”, “You will not be able to do that” and many  others that paralyzed and became ruler over me.” Eventually, I had to respond like David and run towards my Goliath. I had to take my Goliath down and not with my words but in the authority that the Lord has given me!

So are you going to stand and watch from the sidelines and allow Goliath to continue to shout at you?

Life Application

  1. Ask: Who told you that & What is your F.E.A.R  (False, Evidence, Appearing, Real)
  2. Prepare for battle: ARM yourself (the word of God) & know your Authority
    • All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”  (1st Samuel 17:47)
    • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
  3. Take Action:  Face your fears and stomp all over them. Remember that God is the one that is representing and going before you!

Hope you’re enjoying these weekly blogs.  If you think of someone who could benefit from this post, please share and help me spread the word! I have been called to be a “Carrier of Hope”.  Breathing hope one life at a time!  You never know who is struggling around you and dealing with some of those fears! Let’s supply them with the Life Application they need!

Be blessed!

Carrier’s of Hope

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