Sunday, June 7, 2015

A reminder for you...

Just in case someone didn't tell you today, you are so loved-- it is mind blowing, you are so gorgeous--I don't want to look away, you are so gifted--the world needs you. Please stay and be everything God has Divinely created you to be on this earth, right now. People need you, they need who you are, even people you have yet to meet--need you.

God has made you for this moment in history. You are no accident. You are destined to be here, to be great, to be amazing, and to live fully. No matter what you are going through, have been through and what might lie ahead--you WILL overcome. You will succeed. You will prosper. The pain, the suffering, the despair will pass--this is new road you are on. A new chapter is about to unfold. Let all the old hurt stay behind, walk free and light from all that has hindered you in the past.

Make this moment the new moment of your life, take a deep breath of this new minute. Perfect, ready for everything you can give, allow excitement to fill your heart. You are wiser, kinder, more forgiving, flexible, and present in this moment than ever before. The best version of you is right now. You will be all that God has planned you to be, to have, and to receive. Open your heart one more time, let Him do what only He can--healing, restoring, multiplying, giving you double for what you have lost, deep joy, happiness, purpose, love...oh the flood of love that is about to wash over you. A tidal wave. I'm praying for it now.

You will never be the same, changed in heart, mind and body--instantly. Can you feel it? You are wrapped in His comfort blanket of love, safe, perfected, glorious, beautiful, healed and amazing. I can't wait to see all that you do in this life. Your biggest fan, if you don't have one already, me. You CAN do it! I believe it with every cell of my being.

With all my heart,

Tiffany

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Just a little post for your heart, from mine.

Sometimes in life, there is just you and the Lord. Or at all times actually! Ha ha! The difference is between us REALIZING this or being short-sighted by our hectic lives and whirlwind schedules. God is always right here, with His eyes on us and His ears listening to our every word.

1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

Now don't read this and think you aren't the one God is watching and listening too! That's the accuser of the brethren, old Satan himself, trying to make you think you are the only one "not watched and heard." You ARE. You are watched diligently and your every word is heard, even your thoughts are open to God. How wonderful it is that we are so completely known, God says He even knows the number of hairs on your head right now...

Matthew 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

See?

In light of this, we don't have to stress out, scream, plead and cry to the Lord about whatever it is we are being challenged by. I am guilty of this. But when I come back to my senses, and remember WHO my Father in Heaven is and how incredibly much He loves me, I am able to access that "peace that surpasses understanding" and find rest for my anxious and tired soul. 

This isn't just for me, it's for you, right now. This post is a reminder to you about how precious you are, that Jesus died, He died--to have a way back to you. He gave EVERYTHING to get you. You matter at every level of your being, no single event in your life is happening without His majestic eyes seeing, His perfect ears hearing and His love beaming down and sustaining your very breath. You are never alone. You are never not seen. You are never without help. You are never without HOPE, because the God who made you is with you now. Take a huge, deep breath and relax into His love, His good plan for your life--and that we are merely having a temporary experience as ETERNAL beings.

I'm praying for every person who reads this to be refreshed in their spirit, body and mind right now--that HOPE is renewed and unexpected blessings catch you by surprise everyday of your life.

With all my heart,

Tiffany

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Have you been for a ride on the Emotional Roller Coaster?



I don’t know about you, but I can feel about 27 different ways about the same thing in one day! Ha ha ha!  Just think for a second about the most common things we say when our emotions are running completely wild, “I feel like I can’t do this, I feel like I want to quit, I feel like it’s impossible, I feel like I ruined my whole life…etc.”

And one more factor, we have an enemy, who is the devil. He seems to almost constantly prey on our “emotions.” He hisses lies about our life, relationships and even God, in attempts to stir our excitable emotions and deceive us—all in hopes of getting us to destroy our life. Satan’s main objective is it to “kill, steal and destroy” so think twice before entertaining any old thought that comes into your head—it just might be a lie from the pit of hell! Yuck!

So if you are like me and your emotions are up one minute and down the next, I want you to realize that you don’t have be a slave to them. We can get off that roller coaster!  And we can choose instead, to believe what God’s Word says about us and our lives.

So how exactly do we do this? It starts with recognizing that God is in control, no matter how out of control our life seems to be. And KNOWING in your heart of hearts that He is our HELP and HOPE every step of the way.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 115:11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD--he is their help and shield.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

A good note to remember too, you can FEEL wrong about something, but still do the RIGHT thing. I don't always feel like loving people, but it's the right thing to do because God calls us to "love one another." See? 

Just search the scriptures for the topic you are struggling with and find out what God says on that matter. Write it down and refer to it as soon as those faulty emotions start going off the deep end (again). Do this until your train your emotions to line up with the truth of God. They will!

So...
Get the verses you need.
TRUST in the Lord.
Don’t think you have to FIGURE IT ALL OUT on your own.
Pray and hand the issue over to God with a grateful heart –because God cares more than we may ever know!

Next time your emotions have turned into a whirlwind, remember your scriptures and trust God, who never changes, to be your source of emotional stability! No more stomach turning rides on the emotional roller coaster! Yay!

Smooth Sailing,

Tiffany

A joke: She wanted a stable relationship, and he smelled like one. Ha ha ha!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Set your mind and keep it set.


Whether you are facing relationship, health, future or whatever fears that may be lurking around trying to steal your joy...consider this:

Jeremiah 29:11" For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

This is what God has ALREADY said about you. No matter what your circumstances look like at this moment, it doesn't mean that it will be your future too. God is bigger than anything we will ever face and He will give us the grace to get through it all. It's not going to be easy most times, as easy doesn't work well for most things. It's the hard work that gets a job done, it's hard work that produces excellence, and it's hard work to keep a hold of your thought life! Most everything we do, starts with a thought. If you are going to get well, start with THINKING you are going to get well. Say it out loud, "I'm getting better every day in every way, I'm healthy, I'm strong, I'm energetic!" If you need healing in a relationship, declare it, "My relationship is getting better and better with "so and so" Or if you need help with eating well and getting over an eating disorder, start by saying "I can eat healthy food and allow it to nourish and energize my body, I love my myself and I'm not going to treat it badly." Maybe you need help in your finances, start saying "I make wise money choices, I tithe 10% to the Lord, I save and I spend what I need." 

Our thoughts are so powerful that Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Stop focusing and cementing in the negative, start speaking what you want to happen, speak life over whatever your challenge is. Remember that that Devil is out to steal your joy because he knows it's our strength. Nehemia 8:10 "And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold." Hold on to your JOY no matter what. It is where your strength is found. This is no small task, I know. Especially if you have debilitating physical pain, it's the very last thing you will feel like trying to have...joy. But pray and ask God for it, ask him how to get a hold of it and keep it. He will direct your steps for what is best for you and your circumstances.  I've found that starting with what I can be thankful for first, then leads me to joy.

I want you to keep fighting for your life, it's worth it. The enemy wants you to tire out and give up. But refuse, keep pressing in and pushing forward. You are not alone, the Lord says He will never leave us or forsake us. If it's only you and God, you are still the majority!

And I know that I'm praying for each person who reads these simple words, that you are strengthened in your inner man or woman, for joy to spring forth from your spirit, for healing of disease, old wounds, new wounds, and all the pains that can plague us in this life. Be made well and be whole in Jesus' Name!

I'm sending a huge hug to your right now. Keep going, it's going to get better. This is only a season and it will pass! Don't give up, your break through, your healing, your restoration,  your relationship reconciled, your financial stability is on it's way! I believe it! Get into agreement with me about the good future God has for you! And me!

Your future is so bright, I need to wear sunglasses! Ha ha ha!

Huge love,
Tiffany

PS: my 2.5 year old, Audrey took this photo. Ha ha!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Where did you go? And Lyme Disease!

Hi everyone...it's been a long time since I wrote a post. Here's a little update on what's been going on since I've been blog MIA (missing in action)! Ha ha!

As some of you know, I started getting sicker and sicker (and didn't hardly blog anymore) and last November I found out that I had Lyme Disease. You typically get it from a tick bite, but I can't remember getting bite. And sometimes you get a bulls eye type rash, which I never noticed getting, if at all. So all the normal clues I might have had, I really didn't get!

It all started with an episode of my heart racing, pounding, shortness of breath, and shaking (or tremors). This started gradually and then was happening all the dilly-a-la-day! Then it would wake me up in the middle of the night and more than once I went to the ER. I had no idea what was happening and it really scared me. Then I started to feel like I was going to pass out when I was driving. So I stopped driving by myself as I didn't want to pass out and have my babies in the car without a conscious mommy.  And I had terrible headaches, I couldn't concentrate, terrible stiff neck's that would last for two weeks, I started saying the wrong word for things, I would wake up drenched in sweat (night sweats), couldn't sleep at all--it was like adrenaline was pumping full force at 3am, I was beyond exhausted and then I had all sorts of gastrointestinal issues. And my poor heart hurt all the time, and still hurts but I have some days when it's better.

After seeing four different Cardiologists, one who told me to get a hobby. One pulmonologist, gastroenterologist, neurologist, six different general practitioners, I was referred to a doctor by a sweet lady at my church to an integrative doctor. I went there, and the main doctor didn't offer any insights or real help. But on a scheduling issue, or more accurately Divine intervention, I saw the naturopathic doctor there. She was an answer to prayer. After seeing me for a few months she mentioned that I might have Lyme Disease. I was very skeptical. But after no help and just getting worse and worse, I felt that life was leaving my body and I wouldn't make it even one more day. I was praying constantly! I couldn't even walk out in the yard with out feeling like I was going to pass out or stand for more than a few minutes. So I did the blood tests for it. It was extremely expensive and no insurance covers it, of course. It was positive for Lyme (Borrelia burgdorferi), and co-infections of Babesiosis, and a lung infection called chlamydia pneumoniae.

That pretty much brings you up to date! Yuck! Ha ha ha! So I've been on herbal (Samento and Banderol) and homeopathic things (A-Bab and A-Bart) , detox (by Body Anew) and antibiotics, amoxicillin, Doxyclycine, Plaquenil, and anti-malaria medicine that treats the Babesiosis like Malarone and Mepron. And a slew of vitamins, and of course I'm gluten free and try not to eat much sugar but that is a challenge unto itself. Why is gluten and sugar so tasty?!

All this to say, I'm doing better than I was. I think I've made about a 30% improvement, but I still have a ways to go. I'm driving again and not feeling faint (only once and a while) and I can walk to my mailbox and even do the grocery shopping again, which I had to give over to Byron to do more than I would like (He has a terrible time choosing "good" fruits and vegetables! Brings the ones with brown spots home! Ha ha!) And I've got my heart set on more babies, so I really want to get better and have them! So that's been my life in a icky nutshell! Ha ha! So if you are sick and struggling with something, I UNDERSTAND! I'm a sympathetic ear if you need one. And, if you are sick with anything, please tell me and I will pray for you.

Galations 6:2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

I'm praying for you right now, that every eye that reads this or ear that hears it will be healed in Jesus Name. Lord, send forth your Word and heal every need, every sickness, every pain, in Jesus Name. Even if you can't comment or feel comfortable sharing it with me, I pray you are healed now! Amen!  

Remember, this too shall PASS! As my grandma used to say, "In the Bible, things came to PASS, not to stay!"

Huge love to you friends!

Tiffany
PS: I already decided I'm going to get better, you do the same. Make up your mind about it, and keep re-making up your mind about it if you start to come undone about it. That's what I have to do as sickness is extremely discouraging, depressing and exhausting. But God is stronger than all of those and Jesus died to give us life, forgiveness and healing.


Psalm 103:3 (NLT)
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.



Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pray for your spouse, even if you haven't met them yet.


(Kandee and I when we are about 13 and 15)
When I was about 13, I went to a Christian teen convention in L.A where I learned something that would change my future. At the conference, there was main worship and then a few different classes you could take on relationships, marriage, growing closer to God and on and on. But the one thing that really got my attention was in the class on preparing for marriage one day. The speaker, taught about PRAYING for your future spouse. I thought this was kind of crazy since I had no idea who I would marry at the time. But God did, and I could pray to God for this Mr. X and God would see to it that what I asked for would be done if it was according to His will.



So off I went, praying for my future husband whenever I remembered to do it. I prayed for God to keep him safe, for God to guide him in his life.

Here's a few examples of areas you might want to cover in prayer:
  • Pray for is heart to be toward God
  • For his family, that they would be good parents and love him well
  • For God to guide his steps
  • For him to wait to have sex until you are married
  • For blessing over him and God's will to be done in his life
  • For Favor with God and then others
  • For wisdom from God
  • For him to love you as Christ loves the church (us- willing to die for us so that we may live)
  • For him to love God first, you second and then everything else
  • For him not to fall into addiction of drugs, alcohol and pornography
  • For him to be intelligent, smart to navigate life well
  • For his health, financial prosperity, spiritual growth etc.
This is just a starting point, feel free to add or change as you feel lead by the Spirit of God. If you still don't know what to pray, ask God to show you areas to pray for.

Are you wondering how my prayers turned out? Well, I'll tell you! Ha ha ha, even if you're not wondering! 

My faceless, nameless shadow of who I would marry--who received all of my prayers...Byron Myers. How delighted I was to hear of how different his life had been from most of the boys I grew up with. He didn't do drugs, drink or any of the other trouble starting habits that most guys I knew had. He had wisdom beyond his 23 years (that's how old he was when we met) and heart that had been prepared by God.

I know that the few desires I mentioned to God over the years had been answered, I had flesh and blood proof, and he was adorable. Still is. Ha ha ha! He is really my very own miracle, because as I dated through my teen years and into college--through breakups and heartache, I thought he might not even exist. But here he is, and right now he is playing with our precious little girls.

(Byron helping Audrey walk at Disneyland last week, with Sydney leading the way!)


See? It will all be okay. Don't be anxious and worry. God tells us this.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Pray for your future spouse EVERY time you start to get anxious. AND remember...

Matthew 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." 

Your job is to keep God first in your life, above all else. And to NOT worry about your life. God is at work on your behalf. Think about that for a minute, the God who formed the foundations of the earth, who holds the world together with His Word, is working all things out for the GOOD of those who love Him. Now take a deep breath, it's all being handled, by God Himself. Wow.



Huge hugs and may God bless you and your future spouse--or if you already married, my He bless your marriage richly!

Tiffany  

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