CREATED FOR LIFE ◽ YOU
Bright and early every morning we can anticipate observing a world of splendor right in our own backyards. Even though it is July, green fields still spill out upon the roadways throughout local neighborhoods. This year we have especially enjoyed the exquisite result of rainy days and nights.
Breathtaking flowers fill the landscapes while fountains shoot water into ponds and pools. Even the creeks still flow with fresh water from springtime. It is truly a beautiful place to live.
The butterfly receives its nourishment from the colorful flowers, while the flowers reproduce because of the beautiful butterflies. What a perfect plan. Hidden in plain sight all over our world, God’s perfect balance is displayed for all to see.
We realize in a heartbeat that our hot sun will roast the lawns and things will begin to turn brown. Yet while it lasts, we hope for continued rain and cooler breezes.
The universe was created in perfect balance, and we long for it to remain that way forever. Our identity began in a perfect garden. It’s in our DNA. It’s who we are. Beauty was adorned in every nook and cranny, given to us to discover. What a joyful scene to picture!
by Ginny Hurley
CREATED FOR LIFE ◽ YOU
Running Toward Freedom
by Ginny Hurley
This has been a season of incredible stories of miracles and incredible testimonies of abundant transformations. At the same time I hear about a stunning victory, I receive a text or email to pray for someone going through extreme trauma and difficult circumstance. Recently, I went through a surprise surgery and found myself in a new circumstance that I had never experienced. My family has experienced various trials and trying circumstances requiring daunting warfare, but I had never had any physical trial or ordeal. As I was being taken to the surgical area I can say that I truly felt the comfort and protection of the Lion and the Lamb. I felt held and drawn into a new level of trust. I was not afraid.
Patience has never been my best trait and being commanded to a period of non-movement, I quickly realized how much I can learn from the place of, ‘be still, rest, and wait.’ To say that I passed with flying colors would be a far truth, yet I really did embrace God’s goodness through trials. That He makes us stronger through difficulties is true. It just is! As my faith is stretched, it grows.
As I was watching the movie, Harriett, based on the true story of Harriett Tubman, my heart pounded as her feet flew swiftly through the woods escaping cruel captors, literally running toward freedom. I found my feet moving back and forth and calling out, “Go, go, go!” I knew the story, but the picture of her hearing God’s voice and submitting completely toward His directions, gave me such joy and excitement. I realized how Harriett was born for just such a time in history. Her bravery and ability to listen to God’s voice transformed this nation and saved hundreds from the horrors of slavery.
At one point she is told that her desire to save more was absolutely impossible! The fact that she had no map, no directions, and couldn’t read did not dissuade her and her reply was that the Lord would show her. And He did! Time after time! Nothing could stop her and she wasn’t afraid of death, as she had already experienced so many hardships that freedom’s call rang louder.
After the movie, I would close my eyes and see running feet, pounding toward freedom. I felt the Lord say that we are in similar days ourselves and that He has created us for just such a time in our age and culture. Our call to set the captives free and break down the barriers of hatred and sin is here right now. Now I hear the pounding of horses’ hooves and am quite convinced that He is speaking very clearly. We just need to wait, listen, and obey when we hear.
Our trials and tribulations have made us strong. They have built our faith and given us a testimony. We have been through many and various circumstances and He has prepared us for courage and obedience. These are the days spoken of long ago, and those least in society are coming first. They are flocking toward freedom, and more will come. They are advancing toward relationship, love, and freedom.
Therefore, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Nothing is too difficult for Him. Listen to the running feet and the pounding of hooves toward freedom. He’s calling us into intimately hearing His perfect voice.
“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties,
see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!
For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things.
And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into
every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.”