Promises

The promise of a rainbow

“Lord, I pray today you lead me out of temptation’s way.”

That has been my daily prayer since I laid everything at the foot of the cross, all my mistakes,all my regrets and all my weaknesses.
Two weeks ago, I believe God spoke to me through a dream. I went Wesley, a weekly collegiate worship service, which was very impactful and on the way home I confessed some of my struggles to my friend,Emily. That night I fell asleep with my hand on my Bible, on 1Corinthians 10:13. That says,
“13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
When I awoke that morning, I remembered my beautiful dream. I dreamt my mom and I saw a rainbow in the sky. The rainbow was so vibrant, bursting with color. When I remembered that dream, I flashed back to the promise God made Noah in Genesis. That when a rainbow appears in the sky He would never let water cover the earth to destroy it. When I envisioned that rainbow, it was God telling me He fulfills His promises and will not leave me alone on this journey. And that promise is true for you, too. He stands ready to meet you in your mess and will never leave you alone on your journey.
You can start by saying, every day, “Lord, please lead me out of temptation’s way.”

God bless,
MaryHannah

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Promises

Good Friday to Easter Sunday

We woke up this morning and saw on the calendar it was Good Friday.
Good Friday is the day Christ was crucified for all the sin committed by future generations. Most people do not know that after Christ was nail to that tree on Calvary’s hill, there was a great storm. An earthquake, the gospel of Matthew says. And this poem, I wrote put words to the feels everyone had that day.

Lightning cracks, you treble inside
Thunder rumbles, you want to hide
Why do you fear inside?
Do you know after the storm comes a light?
So bright
It shines through the night
The Lord of might
Jesus at the right
Carried the weight
Of our burdens to the cross that night
Through the clouds it comes
Can’t hide
Can’t stay inside
Want to tell the world of his might
What He can do for your fright

After Christ died on the cross, He was put in a tomb, but a day later light was again upon the earth, when Christ rose from the dead. Easter Sunday we celebrate the day Christ rose.

Promises

The Promise of Hebrews 13:5

This life is never easy. There are we when we get knocked down and beat out. Times when we doubt that God is even watching out for us. I know I have felt that way only twice up to this point in my life, but give me time I’m young. And both of those times, were when my grandparents passed away. My grandfather, Lea-Lea passed away five years ago, but the thought of his final days are still painful. I remember asking God, “Why?” And doubted his presence in my life for I don’t know how long. And my grandmother, Memaw passed away recently, and since her eternal healing, I was on the wrong path. But it all turned out where I found the path that would lead me back to faith; this life is too hard to do alone.

In Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” What a great promise!! God will never leave us to navigate these rough roads alone. He’s always in the driver’s seat and we’re in the passenger seat. He’s always watching over us, no matter what!

Ten years ago, I had an experience that I will not soon forget…..

I was sound asleep, when I awoke to the shadow of a person on my wall. In the gold glow from my closet light, I saw what looked like the shadow of a man. I was scared stiff! I remember thinking it was my mom, but its outline of fizzy hair and manly stature told me it wasn’t.

I have believed for years (and will keep believing) it was Jesus Christ himself. Watching me while I slept. Thinking about that image in hindsight, the appearance of the shadow had the outline of how Jesus is portrayed in Children’s picture Bibles. In the Bibles, he is pictured by the bare-footed Rabbi with the curly/fizzy hair that comes to his shoulders.

When I saw the shadow on the wall, I didn’t turn around, I was too scared. Now I think it would have been cool to turn around and see Jesus standing there, but if it was my mom, I would have be somewhat disappointed. The moral of the story is God never leaves you no matter what; even when we think He isn’t watching out for us, He is.

The words of Hebrews 13:5, hold a promise.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

God bless,

 

MH