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The Reward Will Come

By Traci Mertens

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 10.59.44 AMEver since I can remember I have wanted to be married, have four kids, a dog, a cat, and a picket fence. That’s every girls dream, well maybe not every girl but quite a few! I had it all planned out. I would meet my husband in high school or college. We would get married and have all of our children by the time I was 30. Guess what. My plans have not come to fruition! I turned 31 this year and have never had a boyfriend, thus no husband or children for me. I do have my precious cat Piper but that’s about it from my dreams so far.

When I am frustrated that my plans are not working out I have to cling to my life verse, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans for a hope and a future.” God has me in the palm of His hand and He knows the end result of my life so I don’t have to worry.

It is so important to remember all the blessings that God has given you inScreen Shot 2014-10-13 at 11.06.31 AM life as you are going through the trials and the waiting. Trials will come to all of us, big and little, but we are blessed no matter what!  He cares about us more than we can even fathom.  Last year I had the word “blessed” tattooed on the inside of my left foot. I had been planning on getting a tattoo for quite a few years before I actually did it. I choose the word “blessed” because looking at my life I can see so many ways that God has blessed me. This summer I was working at a camp and heard a sermon on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. The Beatitudes teach us that we can rejoice NO MATTER WHAT because our reward is not on this earth, but is in heaven and we get to go there someday!

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My next tattoo (for my right foot) will have something to do with “no matter what” because I choose to declare that I am BLESSED, NO MATTER WHAT. This will be a declaration that I will choose to be blessed no matter what happens in my life but also a tribute to one of my best friends and one of the strongest women that I know. My friend, Danielle, is fighting stage 4 breast cancer but her devotion and unwavering faith is the epitome of being blessed, no matter what. When I lack faith I just have to think about her and the battle that she is fighting and her example increases my faith.   I am so grateful for her example in my life. We are praying for a miracle but know that God’s plans are already made. He is doing great things through her.

I encourage you to look at your life, reflect on the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon you. When the trials come, be blessed. When the good happens, be blessed. In all things, be blessed. Our Father is preparing our reward for us. Please, while you wait in anticipation for your heavenly reward rejoice in the blessings that He has given. -Traci

-This midlife domestic goddess is so blessed but the words of my sweet friend.  She has so many amazing gifts to offer.  I hope you have enjoyed what she wrote and that you will never forget that God has great plans for your life.  Hold tight in the promise that the reward will come 🙂

Please be sure to check out Traci’s beautiful work on Facebook at ABC Blanket company.  

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Photo Bomb

Just the other night I was taking some family photos of all the cousins as we celebrated the 4th of DSC_5170July.  My son saw the perfect opportunity to photo bomb one of the pictures.  He jumped in behind a few of his cousins and his sister with a funny look on his face.  As they sat smiling for the camera he stood behind them with a goofy look on his face  and messed up the photo.

The enemy loves nothing more than to “Photo Bomb” the picture God has for our lives…..

Yes I just said “Photo Bomb”.

Picture it. There is a beautiful backdrop of God’s creation, and in the photo you are looking at Jesus. His love for you radiates and you are filled with joy as you stand in the presence of your Savior. Then comes the Photo Bomb! The enemy jumps in behind Jesus pointing a finger at Him and whispering to you, “Don’t trust Him. It is all a lie. He must not love you. If he did love you that bad thing would not have happened”. It only takes a moment for the enemy to photo bomb and distort the beautiful picture God has for our lives.

When the enemy jumps in and tries to distort the picture we need to remember what the living and breathing word of God says. “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”. Jeremiah 29:11(NIV)

We live in a broken world. As the saying goes, bad things happen to good people. God doesn’t sit back waiting for the perfect time to bring harm to us. The enemy however, wants nothing more than to cause us to believe it is God that we can’t trust. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8,9 (NIV)

In the photo bomb, the enemy raises his ugly head from behind Jesus because he cannot get in front of Him. We need to remember that. The enemy has been put in his place; he has no power. He is like the annoying guy that is jumping up and down behind the reporter just so he can get his picture on TV. I don’t know about you but I always laugh at that guy. No matter how hard he tries to get in front of Christ he can’t. Christ will stand between the two of you. You can count on that. Also, you have been given the authority to tell him to back off. On more than 1 occasion I have said, “In the name of Jesus get away from me. You are not welcome here”. When you claim the authority you have been given by God you can photo shop him out of the picture.

Never be afraid to tell the enemy to take a hike when he rears his ugly head and photo bombs God’s picture for your life.

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