The Helper

Have you ever battled with something as a believer in Christ, and wondered, “Why?!” You are not alone. Lately, I have been in Proverbs. I have bounced from chapter 14 through 20 and back again. Repeat.

As I sat and looked at the subtitles after reading and rereading, “Contrast the Upright and the Wicked” and “On Life and Conduct”, I kept coming back to the reality that we cannot do life without the help of the Holy Spirit.

It’s so important to come to the realization we were not meant to do life without God.

If we ever try and attain these traits, fruits, etc on our own we will fall, but I also think it’s safe to say even with His help we must feed our Spirit what will keep us strong because we can still be susceptible to falling since we are in these flawed human bodies.

I will admit, even with “doing all the right things” I still have battles in some areas, and I think this is the one fact that bothers me, is that until I receive my glorified body in Heaven with Christ there will always be things I want to better.

This is a great mindset to have but being one who is hard on oneself, I’ve had to stay near the cross knowing I need His help, that all things are in HIS time–including the lifelong process of sanctification, then visualize His ascension afterward to go out LIVE.

How do we faithfully live in imperfect bodies? It’s a daily march!

So please, don’t let yesterday’s issues flow into today, and know His Word is true. We can focus on what we’ve done wrong, how far we have to go–which can bog one down and make you feel like you’ll never get there–or we can focus on what Christ has done for us, who He is, what His way means and offers, and share our lives with this truth in love.

I don’t know about you, but when I write and talk about His goodness, I feel good. It’s like preaching to myself that hey, “For I am¬†confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NASB1995

If you read the non-1995 version of the NASB it reads…

For I am¬†confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work among you will complete it by the day of Christ Jesus.”

So, either way, we see that we do not need to be afraid that we will “never get to the finish line” because it is not us doing this work within us but the Holy Spirit.

What I am writing is for those of us who thirst and hunger for Him daily. Do not be dismayed of your daily need of Him but rejoice that you know and walk in the path of the Truth.

If you are looking for more Word in your life but don’t have as much time to read, I encourage you to check out the podcasts below hosted and co-hosted by Brother Nii Tsakle from our church, and our Pastor, Pastor Artae Washington. If you find them helpful, please share with others.

Also, if you have not, check out Pastor’s wife’s book, Broken Control. Alisa shares her journey as a young girl through adulthood of how God and God alone can heal even the deepest of wounds.

PODCASTS TO CHECK OUT

We are a reformed, Bible-believing Christian podcast that seeks to provide listeners with a deeper understanding of the teachings of the Bible and the foundations of the Christian faith. Each episode features engaging and thought-provoking discussions on various topics, including theology, church history, and the application of scriptural truth to our daily lives. We offer a welcoming and informative space to grow in your faith and understanding of God’s Word. Join us as we seek to be transformed by the renewing of our minds through the study of God’s holy and inspired Word. Click here to listen to The Authentic Brew.

Brother Nii Tsakle also has a solo podcast if you want to check it out below.

Welcome to Practically Unashamed, a podcast where we explore the life, teachings, and transformative power of Jesus. We invite guests to share their personal stories of how faith in Jesus has impacted their lives and how they’ve experienced his love and grace. We also delve into the teachings of Jesus and how they apply to our modern world, discussing topics such as forgiveness, compassion, and living a purpose-driven life. Whether you’re a seasoned Christian or just starting to learn about Jesus, this podcast is for anyone seeking to grow in their faith and relationship with him.

Have a great week!

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When a writer crosses the finish line. #WritingFromRest Week 10!

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I just sent out 13 congratulations to those who signed up for the Writing from Rest course. ¬†I still can’t believe we did it!

Do you all know how huge this is?

If you know me, you know I stink at finishing things.

I have no problem starting things. ¬†When I was 12 I started cross stitching, most of them I never finished. ¬†When I was 16 I had projects I could have delved into but left them lying in the dust because I believed lies that I didn’t have what it took.

When I was 18 I ran away from my problems: AKA I didn’t finish tying up loose ends. When I was 19 I didn’t finish out my first year working as an assistant manager for a retail clothes store in a mall.

When I began college at the age of 25, I quit over a year into it because the business part of creating bored me. Giggle, chuckle, squawk.

Okay I am done. All that negative remembering tuckered me out.

So here we are. We finished. Together. Can we like, tango or something?

That is, if you were one of my #WFR “students” – if not, you can always sign up and get the full course emailed to you in back-to-back batches. ¬†Then you will find out what the freebie is.

Hint: It is useful, can be posted nearby, and will surely help you keep a solid foundation when it comes to writing & blogging.

Also, if you sign up, week 10 tells how you can be  part of the new blog by sharing a #WFR testimonial.  This provides fresh and honest feedback for others while promoting your own blog!

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So what else is going on? Ah yes. It is #TeaAndWord Tuesday!

But before that, here is an update:

  • New blog relaunch before next week (yes I know, 3rd time’s a charm right?)…
  • Next Tuesday: Kelly R. Baker’s bringing the goods with a guest post!
  • I am now accepting testimonials for the #WFR course. This helps us both technically!
  • I will be looking for book reviewers down the road.
  • Need a buddy to split a candy bar with. Just joking. Wanted to see if you were really reading this…

God bless,

Meghan Weyerbacher

LINKUP!!!! I can’t wait for you to see the #TeaAndWord update. ¬†Something refreshing is brewing… ¬†the blog may be down for a day or two coming up. ¬†If it does, it is just the transition process.

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Love and prayers to all of you. I will be going on a sharing frenzy in the next couple days, taking advantage of the blog downtime. Because of this tech stuff, the linkup will only be for 24-48 hours this week!!! You rock. xoxo

Begin Again: When Two Hearts Finally Become One (A guest post)

Starting over, 13 years later.

The water trickled down his face and the suds washed away.  I pulled the plug and wrapped my one year old bundle of joy boy up in a warm snuggly towel and carried him downstairs.

Leaning my back up against the wall, I sat in his room and watched him play choo-choo trains.  We were buds him and I. He was an answer to prayer.  A prayer uttered many times over, even when God wasn’t the first One I was seeking.

Marrying doesn’t necessarily heal lonely heart issues, and in my own marriage we had a lot of growing up to do at the time. But this little child filled my belly with laughter and gave me a deeper purpose in life.

It was our first house we owned. A log cabin in the country.  A dream, but a nightmare.  We assumed since my husband served his country in the US Marines that he would have no problem getting a job when he got back home from his 15 month deployment away from us.

We bought this house, but our own ‚Äúhouses‚ÄĚ were in need of much repair.

To read the rest of this story about climbing up out of depression, visit my lovely friend Carolina’s blog at www.cisneroscafe.org and be sure to check out the rest of her place.

 I met her over a year ago in the writing community and she has been such a blessing to me as I am sure she will be to you. You can also click below:

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The Trucker’s Wife :: Part 7

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It wasn’t her cup of tea to just sit down and play for hours on end with her kids. ¬†Or was it?

She had so many memories of her own mom playing play dough with her and siblings, helping out in the church nursery and VBS every year, and she had inherited her mother’s sense of humor for sure.

Actually, there were plenty of memories stored away where she remembered sitting on the floor with kids surrounding her.

Take those times she babysat frequently for another home school family. Or those times she would occupy all the little cousins at the family gatherings. ¬†Or when she would play with her friend’s two little munchkins before she ever had any kiddos of her own…

There were also the times she scampered around and used her imagination when playing with all her own kiddos plus her other friend’s kids..totaling like a bazillion kids altogether.

This happened when they were homeless for a time and her friend’s family so generously let them reside at their home until they figured things out.

Yes.

There were many memories and experiences of setting aside a certain adult mindset of so-so and squeaky clean with only a tiny side of “fun.”

Yes.

There were many of those that had been buried beneath loads of other life experiences, curtailed with bouts of stress and worries of failing those closest to her in her life.

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Looking out the small kitchen window, she could see the delight in the kid’s eyes as they splished and sploshed and tossed more water out of the pool than was kept in.

The kids had been outside playing for hours in the new blow up pool they just got and she was concerned they may turn into California raisins by the afternoon.  It was nice to have something right out back that they could enjoy without having to even leave the house.

They lived near a park and would sometimes take their school work there, but just to go out back and let the fun fly was totally worth all the hassle of, well..any hassle that comes with dealing with a blow up pool.

Quickly changing into her swim suit, she grabbed a towel and dashed out back to join in the fun.

Well, side fun.

The sun hit her face as she leaned back in the new lawn chair she bought for herself.  It was the small things in life she was realizing.

Those small memorable moments that God blessed them with helped her remember it was a gift to be alive and it was okay to smile.

It wasn’t some sin to relax on occasion, to prop the feet up and take a deep breath. She had lived like fun was a sin, for too long. She had internally harbored feelings of jealousy and confusion and resentment towards her always-seemingly happy husband, and anyone else for that matter who wore a smile on their face for too long, when inside she had been hurting so much.

It was a thing she hated to admit, but this was one of those huge steps of growth she had been praying for.

She knew if her marriage was going to grow, if her kids were going to thrive, she had to start with herself first.

She had to stop trying to change everyone else and control circumstances.

She was determined to live in a fresh way but it could not be done on her own. She had tried for too long to be strong inside and all her family ended up with was a wife and mom who went through stages of shutting down to exploding in tears.

Communication was definitely a key factor, but it wasn’t just among them, it was between her and God too.

And it wasn’t that she wasn’t crying out to Him. The root lied somewhere between a wrong mindset of how God thought of her to wrong expectations she had placed on her and her husband,…their role in the world right now.

It was all unfolding slowly. ¬†She wish it were fast, but as it seemed, that wasn’t the way God worked. ¬†The nitty-gritty inner work done was grueling at times but light was about to shine where darkness once ruled.

You are reading Part 6 of

The Trucker’s Wife

By: M.E.Weyerbacher

If you are new to the series and want to start from the beginning, click here.

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( I hope you all have a blessed Christmas and New Year’s! We will continue #TeaAndWord January 31st 2017 and see where God leads. ¬†I need to get in prayer about direction for the linkup topic but will around here still, blogging on other days! I hope you have enjoyed this series so far!)

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Receive His Grace

Opening up my hands, I purpose to receive God’s grace in my life today.¬† Too often I am hard on myself, the hardness flowing over to my parenting. Equaling hard on my kids.

Not proud of this, yet refusing to remain shaming myself РI take my flaws and lay them at His feet.  I will let Him make up for where I lack. And then, there will be none. No lack.

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With my husband gone all except for the weekend days, the mom-dad role I play is just plain tough. But it will be okay. I will be okay. My kids will be okay.

My prayer today is that I will receive His grace.

I am learning to be okay with not always getting it right.

Learning I am enough. Learning God’s words will not come back void. In each area of life.

Letting go of perfectionism is hard. But I shall. Daily. Let go of what my flesh wants to cling to and keep my hands open.  Open to receive what God has for me.

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What about you, friend?  What thing are you clinging to?

What can you let go of and trust God with?

If you feel led, share with us below.

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do.

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Prayer: Help us all to receive your graces daily in our lives.

~Amen~

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New Channel Launch!

Welcome to #TeaAndWord Tuesday, friends!  I hope this day finds you well.

Sorry I am a week later than anticipated.¬† My parents went out of state and we have been animal sitting for them! I am back from taking off for the month of June and have been really anticipating good things coming out of this.¬† I didn’t get dolled up for the first video, sorry, and the humid weather didn’t do my hair any favors.

But guess what?

We gather to uplift: unmasked and open-hearted.

I battled feelings of insecurity for years and still have those moments, as all women do, but daily I remind myself that my Father cares more about the inner beauty and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made! So are you, sisters in Christ.

Now to introduce the new channel.  You can scroll down and watch it or click to go to the channel page. Let me know if it works please and I appreciate your feedback, friends!

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Please feel free to link up your faith-filled blog post below by clicking the blue button. If you want to join me in being brave, you can make your own #clipofencouragement too! Once you click below you will see further instructions.

 

 

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