The search is over

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I’ve searched, oh how I’ve searched. Purpose, where are you? Meaning, will you please reveal yourself to me?! I’ve studied journalism, early childhood education, forensics, criminal justice, sociology, philosophy. I’ve worked, I’ve searched. I prayed and begged for motherhood, surely that would give me purpose. So why then am I still searching?

Because I am overlooking, or maybe perhaps, UNDER-looking. My sight is shallow.

We all desire to find our purpose. The problem is we believe in purpose as a title, a position, a career. We seek meaning, looking in each corner of the earth, but we don’t look up. Purpose and meaning can be found when we look to the Creator. HE is our purpose. Meaning can not reveal itself, but God can reveal meaning.

He’s opened my eyes. I now see that meaning-is loving. That purpose-is loving. We all have work to do. My work is to be a Mom. My work is to write-to share the good news-the glory of God. My work is to do unto the least of these. My work is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.

My eyes are open. I’ve removed idols. I’ve stopped asking for meaning to reveal itself to me, and asked God to do so. Do you know what He said? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”

When we do that, everything else becomes meaningful. We have and recognize purpose. When we live according to our purpose, ALL things are possible.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Lord, I love you. I will love others as You have loved me! Thank you for opening my eyes to true purpose. You are glorious and I give you ALL honor and praise. You are worthy! Amen.

Encouraging Scripture: Matthew 19:26, 22:37, 25:40, John 4:34, 13:34, 15:13

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My first mission..

Can you imagine fighting rats for thrown-out scraps of food? Can you imagine lying down at night in a bug-infested bed? Can you imagine having to sift through trash for goods to use, or sell in order to survive? Can you imagine having to consider selling your children into prostitution in exchange for living necessities and resources? These unfathomable things are an everyday reality for those living in “La Chureca” or “The Dump” of Managua, Nicaragua.
The youth group of Glad Tidings church will be heading to Nicaragua on their 4th mission, July 13th-20th. This mission group, called Earthen Fire, will be working together with Forward Edge, a Christian outreach organization, at a devlopment established to care for young girls called Villa Esparanza, or Village of hope. Village Esparanza removes at risk, vulnerable, exploited and endangered girls out of extreme poverty, providing for them adequate shelter, nourishment, clothing, and Christian guidance. Those are all the same things we expect and provide for our own children. Villa Esperanza works in agreement with the girls’ parents in order to bring them hope for a better life. All funding for these precious children comes from sponsorship much like that of Compassion International.
It is Earthen Fires’ goal to assist Forward Edge at the Village of Hope in any way which is deemed necessary. We servants may be asked to provide manual labor, care for the girls, work with other children outside of the villa, or help the local church. It is our great honor and joy to do so.
I have been quite blessed with this grand opportunity to join this awesome youth group on their 4th mission. I have been humbled that God has loved me so greatly to honor the desires of my heart. He has boldly combined my passion for missions travel with my tender heart for His young daughters. Having once been a young daughter with dim hope, He revealed His resurrection power to me. I believe firmly that when we ourselves have been granted such a precious gift, we have an obligation to share it with others. A gift cannot multiply unless it is shared. I am honored and humbled to be called forth to bear witness of the great and awesome saving power of Christ, my Lord, who is able to take a dim flame of hope and make it a torch!
I expect to leave Managua, Nicaragua, to leave Villa Esparanza, having received more than I gave. I expect to leave having formed special bonds with God’s beautiful daughter’s that will last for eternity. I expect to leave Managua, Nicaragua with unfailing gratitude. Will you please join me on this journey? I humbly and graciously ask for a financial contribution, a sponsorship of my own. I have yet to raise approximately $1300, which includes funds for service projects while there. I humbly and graciously ask for your prayers! I send an abundance of thanks for blessing me, understanding that anything and everything is a rewarding help!
For more information on how to help, send me an e-mail, or private message. Also feel free to check out Forward Edge International at Forwardedge.org. Thank you again, in advance for your love, prayer, and generosity.

SGCreates@yahoo.com

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace

Sea of Life

Drowning. The sea tries to swallow. Attempts to suck us down in one gulp. We fight. Kicking, arms flailing, we fight. Determined to not make it all the way to the bottom, where then the muck will bury us. Can you visualize the fight? Now visualize what happens when we stop fighting, and just rest. What happens? We float. We lay on our back, resting in quietness, confident that the waves will carry us where we need to be.   (Praying it’s not into the belly of a whale, or shark.)
When we’re drowning in the sea of life, we should apply that same quiet, confident rest.
For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
We first must reach out to the life saver, or, return to the life Savior. We must rest, float, on the palm of the Almighty. We should be quiet, because when we’re quiet we can hear the answer. We should maintain our confidence in the promised word, God will carry us to exactly where we need to be. This is our strength.
Return to Him who is able.
Rest in Him. On His promises.
You shall be saved!
Be quiet, listen!
Maintain confidence!
This shall be your strength.

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace

Glory to God

I love when I awake early in the morning and the first words that run through my head are music lyrics. This morning, the first words my brain processed were “Our God is able.”
You see, like any other human being, life presses in all around, attempting to fill my brain with worry, fear, anxiety. My walk has taught me to capture those thoughts, and be an optimist. I fall sometimes. I’m human. But, there’s always this strength. I can’t see it. Can’t touch it. No, my senses can’t identify it. Yet, it makes itself known.
After I sing my morning song, I roll on my bed to bow on my knees in praise and thanks for a brand new day. I confess that I know He is able, applying His ableness to my current, and temporary, earthly worries that try to possess my thinking. Like every other morning, I start the brew and fit in a quick morning tone-stretch-pick me up. (I’m not sure you can call it a workout when it only takes as long as it does for the coffee to brew.) I then take my fresh cup of joe to my recliner for my morning devotions.
I always start with an old, and very special book. A 21st birthday gift from my beautiful and inspiring cousin, Mia. (2001 old. I said the book is old.) It’s called Grace for the Moment by, Max Lucado. The scripture is Jude 24. He used the NCV, which reads, God is strong and can help you not to fall.
I’m intrigued. I woke with “He is able” and my first devotion follows with, “He is strong.” My intrigue encourages me to open my bible, NKJV, to Jude 24. This version reads, Now to Him who is able…
An answer. An encouragement. A note of faithfullness. A love letter from God Himself, who IS able!

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace

Unashamed

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Hungry, homeless, sick and dying,
Full and fed, sheltered, strength defying.
I will bless the Lord at all times.
Lost, lonely, poor, in need,
Found, loved, rich too; His word I heed.
I will bless the Lord at all times.
Imprisoned, shackled, chained and bonded,
Free, dancing, confident; He has responded.
I will bless the Lord at all times.
Yes, I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth!
Psalm 34

In love and trust in Him, Samantha Grace

False Hope

Hope was in your eyes, your fingers locked in mine.
Hope was on your lips so soft and so swift.
Hope was in my heart, as silly-puddy in your hands.
Hope molded me, encouraged me, hope told me we would be.
But where were you when the hope was in my eyes, your fingers locked in mine?
But where were you when hope was on my lips, so soft and so swift?
Gone, not there, how unfair, to lure in hope and give it flare, to take it all and make hope fall.

Lost and Found

For thus says the LORD GOD:

“Indeed I Myself will search for my sheep and seek them out.”

Ezekiel 34:11

Are you buried beneath the pile of rubble called shame? Are you hiding in the closet of fear? Are you drowning in the river of worthlessness? Maybe you’ve made a home in the pit of despair? Perhaps you’ve been raked over with leaves of ingratitude? It’s no matter, God is looking for you, seeking you, calling your precious name. He will bloody and blister his hands removing the rubble. He will blow down the closet door. He will swiftly carry you out of the raging waters. He’ll dig you out of the pit with His bare hands. He will surely pull you out! He’s already done more than that. He’s sent His Son to be executed on a cross, so that YOU could be set free, and His Son freely went to do so. Why? Because you are loved. Believe me when I say, He won’t stop searching until you’re found!

Father, I know firsthand your word is truth. You hunted me down like an avid hunter, shooting me with arrows of love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. You carried me through the valleys, and led me to the top of the mountain where you tenderly cared for my wounds. How thankful I am! You are so good. I will never hide myself from you, I will instead awake every morning calling out Your name, and seeking You. I have no desire to take a single breath apart from you. I love and trust You. Thank you for this life. Amen.