Nov. 13, 2006
"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of hm who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverence; and to perserverence, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is near-sighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if u do these things, yo will never fall and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
~2 Peter 1:3-11
In the first part, God just really touched me through his word.....his power is divine, its amazing!, its so powerful......even when we have no idea what is goin on and what lies ahead, and when we dont understand things that have happened in the past or in the near past, God is still sovereign and his power is incredible! when u r weak, he will make u strong as u seek him......u can rest in the peace, joy, and comfort that God is all u need, he is your all and everything if u have given your life over to him.....i know me personally, i am realizing more and more that all i truly need is God, my Savior.....he is my all and my everything! i yearn more of him daily and more of his word.....my heart is pouring out to him....im in love with him, but i desire to be more in love with him......his power is all we need for our brief time here on earth.
Also we are standing on his precious promises, like in verse 4......thru our faith in him and his sovereign power, he has called us to "participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption int he world cause by evil desires"......being a Christian is definitely not easy.....when u arent a Christian the devil has u under his stronghold, but once u give ur life over to God, he releases those chains from u and u are free from sin, not saying you won't sin, but that u have forgiveness from your sins, thats part of God's free gift of salvation to us......giving your life over to God, you have an everlasting hope and u r secure in the arms of your heavenly Father......the devil will come at us so hard the more we do to have a deeper relationship with God, he will try to win, but God's power will cast the devil away from us.....yea, the devil will seem very overwhleming at times and u will feel that he is overtaking ur life,.....but i'm determined not to let the devil have power over me, b/c i serve a God thats power does not compare to the mere power of the devil......that devil's tryin hard, real hard these days, and he is destroying many lives, many marriages, many relationships, homes, countries, our nation is thinking that homosexuality is ok and that there is nothing with harming your body.......your body is not yours, its God's, he created u, we are a bunch of God's lil creations walking around.......many people these days are held captive by the devil, the devil is in the minds of many people......the thing is people who have not given their lives over to God and are not a born-again Christian, then it breaks my heart, b/c these people are hopeless, they are left empty and broken, they search this world over and over for comfort and peace thru diff things like sex, drugs, alcohol, homosexuality, pornography......all these things are things this world has to offer, they will bring temporary "happiness," but Jesus is the way the truth, and the life....no one comes to the father but by him (John 14)......Knowing God personally, and having a personal relatioonship with him, growing closer to him daily is the only way to bring peace, comfort, and joy.....thru God, u receive eternal joy, not temporary happiness.........
my heart pours out to and is broken for this lost world we are livin in today.......its sad and it breaks my heart, i want to do so much to change it, somtimes what i can is limited, i sometimes get bogged down, b/c i wanna help ppl so bad, and i want them to give their life over to God so bad, but the thing that God is teaching me as i type is that he is the almighty, powerful God.....he can change the world thru his disciples planting seeds and telling people about him, but once we tell people about him, sometimes there's only so much we ourselves can do, not to say give up, but theres a point to where we have the cast them into God's almighty and powerful hands, the thing is we as Christs' disciples can tell them about God, and we can counsel ppl, and show genuine love for them, heling them as many ways as God uses us to, but there has to be a personal encounter between them and God, we dont have their hearts in our hands, we cant change their hearts, that between God and them....God is so powerful, he can change anybody or anything!!, i dont doubt that one bit!! so one thing we can definitely do is get on our knees and pray for them! prayer is amazing!! sometimes i take it for granted, and sometimes i feel like i just mumble out things....right now, i desire to spend more time with God, daily, praying for this nation, for the world we are livin in, for ppl i meet daily, for Christians that we would step up in faith, telling everyone everywhere about God, giving them an opportunity to have a life-changing experience, a divine encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.......prayer can change this world!!, us gettin on our knees, crying out to our almighty God, he will hear our cry for mercy, and he will begin to work in amazing ways!........i desire to see a revival on campus, and also in this world, and yea from our own eyes, that seems impossible, but with God, its not, at all......God has the power to change everything in this world right now this instant, but thats not his plan, he has chosen us to be his disciples, to be used by him in this world, when Jesus ascended into Heaven, the holy spirit descended onto earth, if u are born-again, u have the holy spirit livin in u, therefore we are crucified with Christ, its not us, but Christ living within us.....His power is amazing and sufficient......wow!, i have so much in my heart to say and express, i dont know where to start.......but i'll try........the thing is, we are his disciples, we are his chosen ones, he has called us to Go, and make disciples of ALL nations.....his power is amazing and yea, he could change everything in the blink of an eye, but he has chosen to use us.....he desires to use us, can u believe that?? that amazes me! we are his servants,.....he doesnt need us, he wants us, he wants to use us.......he doesnt want us to stand still in our walk with him, he wants us to grow in our wlak with him daily.......it just amazes me how when u start to talk to someone about God, the power of God within u takes over u, its nothing u say or do, but what Christ does thru us......that just amazes me!!......i cant get over it!.......thats why if we just stand still and live this life here on earth for ourselves, putting our lives into our own hands, relying on orselves to handle things and lay things out, then we just make a mess of everything and we push God aside........over the summer, i constantly drew near to God, and i prayed for discipline and spiritual growth and made the effort to grow closer to God thru prayer and thru his word, and to be used by him in any way he would use me......but over this past lil while, i have been slipping back into my old self, i was seeking God and his will, but at the same time, i was puttin it into my own hands......right now, i still dont understand everything thats happened over this past month or so in my life, but i do understand that i was slowly putting it into my own hands, the focus was on myself and what God had in store for me and what he was gonna do with my life....as i was focusing on my life and the circumstances within my life, i began to get slack with my daily walk with God, i began not to serve the way God is calling me to, i was slack in my prayer life, this selfishness leads to confusion, fear, and doubt, but God doesnt want that for us, he did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (2 timothy 1:7)....being focused on ourselves and on the situaitons we are goin thru, brings stress, but focusing on God and trusting him brings rest; I dont want to be selfish and focus too much on the cirumstances i am goin thru with fear, but to lift those up daily, praising God for what we go thru, b/c there is a purpose for everything we go thru, one is to make us stronger, if we run to him thru it........either we can place our live in God's hands, surrendering Everything to him daily, trusting him and having faith that his will be be done and will be revealed in his time, and listening to his still small voice as he speaks to us........or on the other hand we can live for ourselves, putting our lives in our own hands, gettin all the voices mixed up that are around us or that are in our head, and then our lives will fall apart, we'll have a huge mess.......all those broken pieces, God wants, he wants to take them, if we give them to him, and make something beautiful of your life here on earth......will u give God all the broken pieces in your life and let him reign over yor life today?
"God, I thank you so much for this day and i Thank u for everything u have blessed me with God!, i thank u for who u are and what u have done and are doing.....God i dont know what lies ahead, im not sure whats gonna come of everything, but thats ok, i dont need to know....but God, i want u to know that i praise u and thank u for this time, i know your hand is over my life right now and i thank u for your power and your soveriegnty, yea, im human, so im excited to see whats gonna take place, but i desire to be ocntent in all cirumstances God.......right now God, i pray for this scripture and the words u have given me, the words u have laid on my heart, may u use them to reach someone as they read this.....God, i want to say im sorry for being overwhelmed with my own self this past week or so, i was too focused on what u were gonna do which brought fear to me, but God u were standing there the whole time with open arms, saying, "Heather, stop tryin so hard, rest in my arms, take the focus of what i'm gonna do and how and when im gonna do it, and put your focus on me and on others, allow me to use u daily".....goin thru this has given me such a hunger for more of u God, i wanna spend all my time with u God, i love u so much......i dont desire to question things or try to figure them out, God help me to rest in your presence, trusting u God......i love u God......
God i pray for your children....may we unite together, and set oursleves out there to be used by u God....may we be rooted in u and lay your scriptures on our hearts God.....teach us, use us, mold us and make us God.....i pray for this world God, it breaks my heart with what we are livin in today, but thru the brekaing of my heart there is so much anticipation to reach people and to tell them about u....God place a burning passion within ur children to tell this lost and broken world about u......and as we tell them about u God, and live our lives representing u, may u take over from there, God change their hearts, work in their hearts God......God i pray for your will to be done and i love u God! i give this day to u..."
- Heather Francisco
- God crossed our paths on 4-21-06...we took our time to officially start dating--we prayerfully started dating in the Summer of 2006, got engaged on 5-19-07, and God united us as one on our wedding day, 12-15-07. Exactly 1 year later, 12-15-08, we found out we were expecting our 1st child, Bailey Josiah, who was born on 8-3-09. God has blessed us beyond measure with such a precious son! We are so thankful for each other & for the amazing opportunity to raise one of His precious children. Little did we know, that a short 4 years later, we would be living out our vows, "through sickness & in health"...we hope & pray that this struggle with Lyme is going to be temporary, but right now are just taking it one day at a time, trusting God each step of the way. "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9...."Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5b