Category Archives: Encouragement

If I was there…

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If I was there…

If I was there I’d hold your hand
I’d tell you that I understand

If I was there I’d give you a hug
I’d tell you to sweep your woes under a rug

If I was there I’d dry your tears
I’d tell you that you need not fear

If I was there I’d kiss your cheek
I’d tell you that it’s God you must seek

If I was there I’d never let you go
I’d tell you that I love you so

 

Written By, Michelle Cook


Originally posted: November 17, 2015

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This one’s for you…

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For the one who’s imprisoned in so much darkness that they can’t see through.

For the one who’s lost in a sea of emptiness trying their very best to make do.

For the one who is laughed at and ridiculed daily, and long ago withdrew.

For the one who feels alone because heartfelt loving words are long overdue.

For the one who feels worthless and ashamed because of a life of blame, it’s untrue.

For the one who feels unloved and unaccepted and just wants someone to run to.

For the one who’s dying inside and desperately hoping that God is really true.

For the one who has hopes and dreams and is just waiting for a chance to breakthrough.

This one’s for you…

Never give up and never forget that you are worth so much more than you could ever imagine.

God loves you more in a single moment, than anyone else could love you in a lifetime.

Written by, Michelle Cook


Originally posted: January 15, 2016

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You matter to me.

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One of the reasons I finally decided to start a blog, was to be able to share what’s on my heart with others. I also wanted to be able to leave a little piece of me behind, so that there is some small memory of what was important to me after I’m gone.  I am hopeful that the memories left behind here, will in some small way make a difference in your life. You never know how words can speak to people. Sometimes it’s the simplest things you might say, that can make all the difference in the world to someone.

Words are powerful and have the ability to cause war or bring about peace. I want the words I write to bring hope and never despair. I hope the words I share with you are words you need to hear.  If you’re reading this, I want you to know that you matter, even if you think you don’t. I want you to remember that this life is temporary and a greater life is still ahead. Don’t lose your heart in the things of this world, for your reward will never be found here.

Keep your faith in trying times and remember that life doesn’t always make sense. Accept the fact that there are things in this life which you will never fully understand. Try to stay positive and know that there is a God who loves you and who wants you to know Him.  He understands your daily struggles, for He has suffered through this life as well. In fact, He suffered more than the rest of us and has never asked any of us to suffer as much as He did.

We have to stop blaming God for the mistakes we’ve made, and realize that He isn’t the one causing our misery. It’s always easy to blame somebody else when life isn’t taking you down the road you hoped for. Don’t be misled, you can turn around and walk in the opposite direction at any point in your life. Seek Him first and you will always find the answers you are looking for. Just as Jesus loves me, I love you, my friend… I really do… ~M xoxo


Originally posted: August 9, 2015

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All it takes is a little faith

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Originally posted: October 17, 2015

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When you feel dismayed, remember this…

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“Is not your fear of God your confidence, and the integrity of your ways your hope?
 ~Job 4:6


Originally posted:  February 23, 2016

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The Attributes of God

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Today I wanted to talk a little bit about who God really is. Have you ever really thought about what God is like? I have spent years compiling a list of the attributes of God. On days when I feel distant from Him, I reach for my list to see the way the Bible defines Him. Somehow knowing what He is like, gives me more confidence in my relationship with Him. The Bible holds the truth about who He is and what He stands for, so that we can gain a better understanding of Him. I would like to share with you the list that I have put together, and I would also like to know if any of you have something to add to the list and where it can be found in the Bible. Here’s my list:

God is….

  • A consuming fire – Hebrews 12:29
  • My strong fortress – 2 Samuel 22:33
  • Spirit – John 4:24
  • Love – 1 John 4:8
  • Great – Psalm 147:5
  • Abundant in strength – Psalm 147:5
  • Understanding – Psalm 147:5
  • The first – Isaiah 44:6
  • The last – Isaiah 44:6
  • The only God – Isaiah 44:6
  • The maker of all things – Isaiah 44:24
  • The head of Christ – 1 Corinthians 11:3
  • A God of peace – 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • Light – 1 John 1:5
  • A Jealous God – Deuteronomy 4:24
  • A witness between you and me – Genesis 31:50
  • A compassionate God – Deuteronomy 4:31
  • The faithful God – Deuteronomy 7:9
  • Just – 2 Thessalonians 1:6
  • A warrior – Exodus 15:3
  • My strength – Exodus 15:2
  • My song – Exodus 15:2
  • My salvation – Exodus 15:2
  • Majestic in holiness – Exodus 15:11
  • Awesome in praises – Exodus 15:11
  • Highly exalted – Exodus 15:21
  • A victorious warrior – Zephaniah 3:17
  • The shepherd and the guardian of our souls – 1 Peter 2:25

Do any of these attributes speak to your heart more than another? The last two are my favorite… He is a victorious warrior and the shepherd and guardian of my soul. Who could want anything more? Please feel free to add your attributes of God in the comments section and also add the reference for where you found the attribute. I would love to add more to my ever growing list!

I also found this as I was researching…

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This list was found at: thethirdcross.wordpress.com

Originally posted: March 6, 2016

Lauren Daigle – Trust In You

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what you see
I try to win this war
I confess, my hands are weary, I need your rest
Mighty warrior, king of the fight
No matter what I face you’re by my side

When you don’t move the mountains
I’m needing you to move
When you don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When you don’t give the answers
As I cry out to you
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you

Truth is you know what tomorrow brings
There’s not a day ahead you have not seen
So let all things be my life and breath
I want what you want Lord and nothing less

When you don’t move the mountains
I’m needing you to move
When you don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When you don’t give the answers
As I cry out to you
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you
I will trust in you

You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foudation
The rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
You plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go
You’ve not already stood

When you don’t move the mountains
I’m needing you to move
When you don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When you don’t give the answers
As I cry out to you
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you
I will trust in you
I will trust in you
I will trust in you

Songwriters
LAUREN DAIGLE, MICHAEL FARREN, PAUL MABURY

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A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

“A Thousand Years”

Heart beats fast
Colours and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.

One step closer

[Chorus:]
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid.
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

[Chorus:]
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid.
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

[Chorus:]
I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid.
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Writer(s): David Hodges, Christina Perri


Dedicated to you…  I have died everyday, waiting for you…
I have loved you for a thousand years, and I’ll love you for a thousand more… ❤️  ~M xoxo

With every painful moment…

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“Think about it… with every painful moment in your life, you became stronger and more prepared for the next hurdle.  By now, you’ve accomplished more than you thought you ever could, and by enduring those pain filled moments, you have gained great confidence.  So at this point in your life, you should now be able to do almost anything, because once you’ve survived enough pain in your life, everything else becomes easier.”  ~M

 

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Second Chances

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Left surrounded by an intense wintry mix
Which spilled out its icy tears
The brisk wind whipped around
Bellowing its turbulent sound

Chilled straight to the bone
I was caught up in pandemonium
The arctic breeze sent me flying
The force was completely terrifying

Gripping whatever I could find
I tried to remain somewhat calm
The situation had become dire
And my strength was about to expire

I was left feeling completely helpless
Panic overtook my weary mind
I felt my frozen fingers begin to slip
And forced myself to tighten my grip

Convinced that I couldn’t hold on any longer
I closed my eyes and accepted my fate
Suddenly the atmospheric pressure began to stall
And I prayed there would be a miracle after all

Gradually I opened my tightly shut eyes
I was greeted with a taste of absolute wonder
The sight that came into view
Was completely unexpected and out of the blue

It was a miraculous unimaginable event
Of this I was surely convinced
For the raging storm had suddenly lifted
Leaving behind piles of snow that had senselessly drifted

I weathered that ferocious storm
And then everything completely changed
I inhaled a long deep breath
And I knew that I had somehow cheated death

I pondered the meaning of it all
And was grateful for another chance
I knew it was a day that I would certainly never forget
And I was surprised to see how a single day could change my entire mindset

So when you feel like your life is uncertain
And you forget how precious and wondrous it really is
Remember to refocus your mind on the positive things in your day
For you never know when your life could suddenly be whisked away

 
Written by, Michelle Cook

 

 

 

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Blessed are the weird people…


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You are there…

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When I’m lost in a sea of loneliness
You are there…

When I’m crying out in hopeless despair
You are there…

When I have nothing left to give and nothing left to say
You are there…

When life drags me down and I don’t know where to turn
You are there…

You are King of Kings, Lord of Lords, keeper of my heart
And You are always there…

Thank you Jesus for always being there…

 
Written by, Michelle Cook

On the subject of cheating…

Today was a bit of a somber day for the attendees at our local church.  It appears that our pastor resigned because of his unfaithfulness to his wife.  I am a member of this church, but no longer a regular attender.  I have found organized religion to be very frustrating at times and so I don’t go as often as I used to.  I enjoy my quiet time at home, worshipping God in my own way, without the distractions from others.

It seems that the majority of church goers these days, are generally just there to keep up with appearances.  To me, being a believer is more than just putting on a fake smile and acting as if I’m living a good morally correct life.  I don’t need the acceptance of others, and I don’t care if the world loves me without question.  God should be the only person who I look to for acceptance.  As long as He loves me, I figure I’m good to go, and the Bible plainly states He does, so there’s no doubt in my mind about that.

I do attend church for my children’s sake, because they are home schooled and they like to attend in order to see their friends on Sunday mornings.  But still… it isn’t on a regular basis.  I used to feel guilty when I would miss a Sunday, but that all changed for me over the years.  I started to see the true colors of the people who were there, and it simply broke my heart because of what I witnessed.  This isn’t the first church I have attended where things like this have happened and I suppose over the extent of my life, I have just become tired of all the drama.

I can almost guarantee, that after what happened today, half the church will leave and move on to other churches.  Each one will feel so disappointed by what they have learned, because of the indiscretions of our head pastor, they just won’t be able to find peace within those walls anymore.  And yet, if we could see the hearts of every individual that attends the church, I bet at least three quarters of them have cheated on their spouses before; at least in their thoughts.  The thing is, the only difference is, they haven’t gotten caught, and their true desires aren’t seen.  We begin to judge people before we even think about our own thoughts and the way we’ve been behaving ourselves.

I myself, have never had a physical affair, nor do I intend to, but the thought has crossed my mind plenty of times.  And given the opportunity, I honestly can’t say for sure what I would do.  To even admit to this, would probably get me kicked out of the church, and yet many others are thinking the very same thing.  I believe none of us are free from the temptations that surround us on a daily basis, and this is the reason that so many of us fail at being obedient and living Godly lives.  Even now, my heart has not been in a good place lately.  I find myself longing for things, which I should never even consider, and yet I still do.

This topic has been thoroughly discussed in my own marriage.  My husband knows that I am struggling to be completely devoted to him and we are trying to work through the problems that we are currently facing.  I am not ashamed to admit this, because I know that I am not the only one who is dealing with this kind of situation.  I have been very unhappy in my relationship and it has led me down some very tempting pathways.

I honestly don’t think that we are any different from the millions of other Christian couples out there.  I am tired of people being shamed for things, when really we should be building them back up, and helping them fix the problems that they are facing.  Belittling others doesn’t solve anything and expecting a pastor to be any different than anyone else is completely absurd.  We are all sinners and we all struggle, whether we care to admit it or not.

So today, I am feeling sorry for my pastor and his wife.  Sorry because apparently their marriage was failing and they couldn’t seem to fix what was broken.  It takes two people to make a marriage work, so I will not take sides.  I can only hope and pray, that they will now find their way through this mess that they are dealing with, and I think the hardest part will come from the conviction of the church.  They will most likely lose friends, possibly family members who cannot understand.  Their own children may start to take sides.  Who knows…. It won’t be pretty I’m sure and I just hope that they will both come out stronger in the end, for all that they have had to endure.

We never know what causes a marriage to crumble and unless we are in that relationship ourselves, I feel we have no right to judge another person’s marriage.  We can offer up helpful solutions and give a word of advice, but even in that, we have to be careful not to overstep our boundaries.  I think the best thing we can do, is just pray and let God handle the situation.  Each of us have enough of our own existing problems to deal with ourselves.

Trent Shelton – Are they really your friends?

Are they…?

 

 

It Is Well – Bethel Music

Through it all my eyes are on Him….  This is all I can think about today.