A Word of Inspiration

Abuse is not your fault!

We all have dreams and aspirations. There is a big difference between the two. Let me explain my thoughts.
       To dream of something is to have repeated images,  in your thoughts, mind, or sleep. It is a series of longings for the same thing- over and over.
An example: Many young girls (and older ones) dream of the day they will get married. They have an image of what they and perhaps their spouse will look like.  The ceremony has played  in their head for years.  As they wait this dream has been etched in their memory.
        In contrast, to an aspiration which is defined in dictionaries as a "strong desire, longing, aim or ambition". At a quick glance, they may appear to be the same. But if one looks closer they are not.
        An example of an ambitious person is found in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. Peter was called from a life of catching fish for a living to catching men as a calling. Perhaps, as a child, he dreamed of being a fisherman, continuing the family tradition. But then, he met this man, Jesus. Jesus told him, "Follow me and I will make you a fisher of men".*  Peter did not hesitate to lay down his nets and go with Jesus on this new adventure. An ambition was stirred in him. It put purpose and action behind the desire to follow him.  He aspired to be the man Jesus called him to be. He was still fishing, but for greater stakes. *(Matthew 4:7)
       A dream will keep you longing for something. It is the first phase of a change in life. God has given us all dreams. What we do with our dream is up to us. We can let it sleep dormant in the mind or allow the Holy Spirit to stir and nurture it.
        We have to step out of our comfort zone with action. The action part is the aspiration to accomplish the dream. This brings joy; as we are only truly happy when we are doing what Jesus calls us to do.
        As I recall one of the most famous stories of Peter I remember he is the one who walked on water. This was a great aspiration as he stepped out of a boat on the water to imitate Jesus. Before reaching Jesus Peter began to  sink. BUT...  Jesus was there to take his hand and carry him through to complete the task.
       He will do the same for you! All that is required of you is to have faith to step out of the boat. If you feel you are sinking, call out to Jesus and He will carry you to safety.  Amen​
​      I want to encourage you to stir the dream to become a reality in your life. Trust God- if He gave you the vision He will give you the provision to see it realized. But, first, you must step out and move towards fulfillment of the dream.
Then stand and see the hand of God move you to where you need to be. Just as Jesus did for Peter.

"Hi Son Shiners
A thought came to mind yesterday that is not my normal devotion. As I relaxed, last night a scene began to play in my head. It was from my High School years. It confirmed my earlier thought so here goes.
       I was a cashier at Gibson’s Department store my Senior year. It was closing time when a girl jumped out of the car and ran into the store. A guy got out of the car and started yelling at her. I locked the door as I could see he was up to no good, and it was time to close. She stayed inside with us until we had to count the registers. She wouldn’t let us call the police or a cab. When we were leaving, she went back outside. She walked to the waiting car. He got out, grabbed her arm which was casted, and began beating it on the top of the car. She was screaming! I unlocked the door, ran out, and started yelling at him to leave her alone. The manager came to see what was going on. He called the police. The cast broke into pieces and fell off her arm. My manager told him to let her go. The guy jumped in the car and left as she stood there in pain. We brought her inside the store and talked as we waited for the police.
      The guy was her husband! I told that was more reason to leave, he should not be beating you like that. The police arrived. She thanked me for my help and words. Then asked the police to bring her home. She said he was mad at her because she didn’t go get groceries, so it was her own fault. He broke the cast off her arm, so she could “Now, go buy the groceries.” The police told her that was no excuse for abuse, she could press charges against him and they would put her in a safe place. She wouldn’t. They brought her to the hospital for treatment and left a number with her to call for help.
       A few days later, they came in the store together. Her arm was casted again. She told me, “He promised he’d never hit her again. I believe he means it this time. And I love him.” So she was with him choosing to live in this lifestyle.
       I share that memory because it is on my heart to share today that IF you are in an abusive relationship, male or female, please break away to a safe place. Let 2018 be the last year you suffer at the hand of your abuser. Go into 2019 free from living in fear. I do believe this is for someone or it would not be on my heart to share.
        You are loved, valuable, and a treasure to someone that thinks you were to die for. His name is Jesus. Jesus did not go to the cross and suffer abuse for you to continue to live in abuse. He bought your freedom and your pain. He wants to set you free. You are too valuable to be a punching bag to anyone. That is not loving. That is not how love acts. Love cherishes and comforts, protects, and wants to see you whole and healthy.​​​​​​

Heavenly Father, you know the names of those who are in abusive relationships. Abba, we lift them to your throne. Thank you for being their protection from worse harm to this point. We pray you would reveal yourself to them in a new way; in a love that cannot be masked or denied. Father protect them from any permanent harm to the body or spirit. We pray for supernatural strength in them to leave the abuser once and for all. As they enter a new year, help them to also enter a new hope. Help them to make the move to leave the anger and abuse behind in 2018 and start fresh with you. Lord, we pray send the laborers to cross their path with insight and a plan to help them make the move. We bind all fear and pray for your peace to bring them through to a new life and a new identity in Christ. In Jesus name, we pray. All who agree to say Amen.
From bent knees hugs & blessings, Liz"
An excerpt from https://www.facebook.com/authorofGod, December 31, 2018.