Encouragement

Facing Disaster Victoriously

We have all by now heard about the devastating tornadoes that hit the state of Alabama. Friends our hearts are heavy today. In a matter of minutes so many lives were lost, homes destroyed and spirits were BROKEN. So many left wondering where and how they’ll start to put back together pieces of their lives that will never be the same.

How do you trust God in the midst of disasters and life changing circumstances?

Friends I come to encourage us all today. We can face disasters victoriously! Don’t be overwhelmed or lose your faith in God when disaster hits. Realize that He is greater than any disaster and will work it out for our good. Let’s pray for the people in Alabama. Let’s pray for their faith today. Pray for them to stand strong in faith in God and know they too can be Victorious. We trust that God will show himself strong in their hour of need. There is power when God’s people come together in Prayer. We will Win – We are already Victorious!

Lana Lynch

Encouragement

Blessing in Brokenness…

I have convinced myself that no one cries as much as I do – I’ll take that Oscar home any day.  Most of the time my tears are tears of Joy but in some cases I’m deeply broken and confused. 

I cry when I hear of good news, and even when someone I love is leaving me. As a 7-8 year old little girl I could not understand why I could not stop crying after hearing of the passing of my Grandfather. He had become a really old man by the time I was born, so we were not really that close. Summer visits were really the only time I’d get to see him.  Even then as a kid, I’d embrace my emotions and have NEVER felt bad about being an emotional mess sometimes. 

What I realized early was that we are Emotional creatures. We are made to be able to express ourselves. For years both men and women may have felt the need to hide or hold in their emotions but holding in our emotions I found does more damage than just letting it out!

I speak of emotion because lately I’ve been an emotional wreck. I’ve caught myself crying because I look at how much my kids have grown, I’ve even felt lonely and cried. 

You probably think how can I get anything done if I’m always so emotional? 

I’d like to encourage you Today! It’s OK to cry!! It’s ok to feel emotions and even express how you feel. It’s OK! God actually showed me how my emotions are a “Gift”. One of the gifts that keeps giving! See my brokenness has changed lives. Through my brokenness people are encouraged and spirits are renewed. In my brokenness I am able to encourage YOU. Encourage you to know that God is our source! My mom made us learn Psalms 23 as a child. I love her. This scripture has helped me get through some of my most difficult times. 

The Lord is our Shepherd and even when we are feeling emotional we should TRUST that he is doing HIS Best work in us. 

You should try it! The next time you are feeling broken or overwhelmed with emotions, I challenge you to use that time to sow seeds of encouragement into someone else. Pray and ask God to lead you to the someone who may need you today! 

I did, and God told me that someone was YOU!

Be encouraged – There’s a Blessing in OUR Brokenness.

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Encouragement

Find A Spot – Embrace Lifeo

God formed man’s body of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Genesis 2:7 A lot of what you’ll read about here on Precious Ointment is LIFE. Living! Life that has been given to every creature, living organisms, the lives we live for the glory of God daily. I promised myself a long time ago I would make a conscious effort to make the best of each day God gives me. So many of us work and take care of our families that we often forget to take a few minutes for ourselves. A few minutes to make sure WE are ok. Unless our vessels are full we are unable to pour into the lives of others…

Hopefully you are taking time to allow God to refill your vessels.

There’s this particular spot in a park a few miles from our home. This spot’s my favorite because it sits next to a flowing stream of water. Here I am able to enjoy so many things. A few feet over there’s also a small basketball court. I am able to watch locals of all ages enjoy shooting basketball . What I love the most is sitting listening to the different sounds coming from animals and critters, watching the wind carry leaves freely. In this spot I am able to embrace peace, meditate on God. Here I am able to be refilled.

What are some of the things you do to embrace LIFE?

Do you have a spot?

If so, What do you enjoy about YOUR time there?

Ask yourself these questions.

Embrace LIFE, take time for yourself and allow God to refill your vessel.

Lana Lynch

Encouragement

The Tug that I Needed – Giving Our First!


The sun was not shy about lighting my bedroom this morning. I had set my alarm to go off for 9:45am; it was barley 8’oclk when the Lord opened my eyes. After realizing I’d not slept as long as I wanted, I grabbed my phone to check for missed calls and instantly found myself scrolling Facebook. Before I knew it I was in tears because I’d realized I had not even Thanked God for waking me up this morning. I’d also run across a few articles on Facebook about how normal citizens like YOU and I had gone out of their way to help a stranger, here I was lying in bed scrolling Facebook. I think what a waste of the few extra minutes God had given me to prepare for Sunday morning worship. That was the TUG ON MY Heart that I needed to snap me back into reality. Because I had missed a few calls from hubby the night before human nature lead me to instantly check my phone before “Giving God MY First”– my first thought, before even thanking Him for not having to rely on the alarm I’d set the night before. I thank God for correction; I thank Him for constantly showing US just how special we are to HIM.

We arrived at church right as the 11’oclk service was starting. We met HIM there – the Spirit of the Lord had already saturated the sanctuary. The worship team sang a few songs and Pastor Randy took the stage. One of the first things I’d realized was it’s the FIRST Sunday in March. How significant I think… New Day, New Week, New Month.

The title of the message today was “It all Belongs to God.” Pastor Randy is teaching the importance of giving because what we have ALL belongs to God anyway. Psalms 24:1 tells us “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” The holy spirit also led Pastor Randy to remind us that it’s not only important to GIVE but he tied in the significance of giving God our FIRST. Of course by now you know I’d gotten the picture. “God wants the “FIRST” in every area of our life.  

Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine. Exodus 13: 2

God even requires that we offer our FIRST born child back to him… 

Someone may be thinking, “as long as I Give – that is ENOUGH.” But in Genius chapter 4 verses 3 – 5 God uses Cain and Abeles giving to show how important OUR First is to Him… Both brothers GAVE, but God had no respect for Cain’s gift.

Most of us are givers. The Precious Ointment that God has placed upon us ALL help lead us to sow as there’s a need. TRUST God, ask yourself today, “Am I just a giver or AM I making sure to give GOD my First?” 

Now, I’m not telling you that you will wake up everyday and remember to Thank God before doing anything else but making a conscious effort will surely TUG on the Fathers Heart… ❤️

Lana Lynch