God, please show me the way!
 
"The Lord says, 'I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway of life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide.' " ~Psalm 32:8, Passion
 
Hello friends! When I saw this Psalm, I was so thankful for David and his wonderful writings that are so real and comforting! I don't know about you, but in this dark season I am in great need of God's directions, guidance, and revelations now more than ever! I am at a place in this dark season that the only question I long to be answered is, "God where do I go from here?"
 
In the scripture above I was comforted by God's promise to us! God Himself gave us these words! I love the first part, "I will stay close to you." In the dark seasons of life God can seem very far away in our minds, hearts and lives. But right here we are assured God is very close to us! The next part of the scripture promises guidance, advice, and leading! Isn't this amazing? The God who created the universe promises that He will be close to us and get us where He needs us to be!
 
The last part of the scripture just blew me away. It says, "lead you forth with my eyes as your guide." God will lead me with His eyes! I was humbled by this promise. I immediately went to Jesus and asked for forgiveness for all of my sins and particularly the sins of me trying to control my journey! I asked God to give me the eyes of His heart today so that I could see my next step more clearly!
 
My challenge this week is: if you are desperate to find the next step in your life then take this scripture and declare it right now over your life! Agree with God and tell Him that you know He is your guide and counselor! Ask God to create in you a cleansed and clean heart so that your heart can have the eyes He needs to lead you. Then trust and obey that God will lead you all the way step-by-step as you walk out His purposes and promises for your life!
 
I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I would love to pray with you!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,
 

Laine Lawson Craft
 
 
 
 

 
We can't escape death!
 
Good Morning! I want to thank so many of you that have prayed for me and touched me during the last few weeks as my Dad was dying. Daddy was an amazing man and we laid him to rest here and celebrated his new life in heaven. There were so many things I wanted to share with you today, but I felt led to focus on one point: We are all going to face death one day, but that's just the beginning of our story!
 
I did some research on facts about death. Worldwide, there are approximately 56,600,000 deaths a year. That works out to 4.7 million per month, 155,000 per day, 6,500 per hour, 107 per minute, and 1.8 per second. So, as you can see, no man has ever escaped death here on earth! You know so many of us take today for granted. With our lives being lived out longer and longer we seem to feel life lasts forever. But God! In today's scripture below it says, "we are an earthly tent." That's right! We are a tent that only lasts a while then it is torn down to go to our permanent and eternal home. 
 
"For we know that if the earthly tent [our physical body] which is our house is torn down [through death], we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."  ~2 Corinthians 5:1, Amplified
 
The second part of the scripture is so encouraging! It says, "We have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." God has literally made a home for each of His children in heaven. We were never designed to live on earth forever. God designed us to one day come to Him in our eternal home for eternity. We leave our tents (we are just a shell) on earth and our spirits live on forever with Him!
 
Today, I ask just a few questions as we face our own mortality. Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Do you have an intimate relationship with God? Do you tell Him all of your hopes, dreams, disappointments, and pain? Are you spending time with Him and allowing Him to touch you, speak to you, and move through you? In the rest of 2 Corinthians 5 it continues to say that God made a down payment for you! He deposited the Holy Spirit into those that have taken His Son, Jesus, as their Savior. God gave us His Son to die on a cross for all of our sins reconciling us to Him, our creator of life, so that one day God promises to take us home to our eternal homes in heaven that He hand designed!
 
My challenge this week is:  If we knew today was our last day here on earth what would we do or what would we do differently? I am just so thankful that if you are reading this today we have another day by God's grace to really search our hearts on this! Then together let's celebrate and rejoice in today and be glad in it! Next share this -- this hope of eternal life for all that will call upon the name of Jesus-- with all that we know so that they, too, can live life abundantly and eternally just as God promised!
 
I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft
 

 

 

It is God's secret place!
 
"You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place; carefully, shaping me from nothing to something." ~Psalm 139:15, Passion Translation
 
Hello y'all! Thank you to those that have offered prayers and comments on this amazing new transformation God is doing in my life. Many of you, too, are feeling God tugging you and orchestrating changes in your lives as well. When I read this Passion version of Psalms 139 this scripture above encompassed several of the past notes into one scripture. But then another new revelation was shown to me that I felt led to share. 
 
A few weeks ago, I talked about one of the names of God, Elohim, the God who creates something out of nothing- the God who creates order out of chaos and the God who made the universe out of nothing! (Read blog here: http://www.lainelawsoncraft.com/blog/70-god-created-you) Which then led us to the question, do we trust God that He has our lives planned, our days orchestrated and numbered-- no matter what our circumstances may look like? We are reminded again in today's verse that God is Elohim, He even made us out of nothing to make us something! Then the next part of the scripture is what really hit me. It says, "in the secret place." Some translations call this, "in the darkness." Then today's encouragement hit me!
 
As I shared last week, God has had me in a John 12:24 season where I have buried everything I am into the ground. Man oh man some days it is so dark. Some days I can't see where I am going or even imagine coming out alive! But God! When I saw this secret place reference God showed me that what we think is a dark time or season is really His way to get us into His secret place! WHOA! What a perspective change. I know many of you are in a dark season today. What I want to tell you is that when we change our view of the dark place into our secret place with God- EVERYTHING changes. Now I cherish the darkness. Now I am no longer afraid. I realize that just maybe God has me here so that He has my complete and full attention! Now He can really begin a new work in me. I am not just conforming but TRANSFORMING into what He truly designed and created me to be!
 
The rest of the scripture shares, "carefully, skillfully shaping me." That's it, sweet friends! The enemy tells us we deserve the darkness,  the devil frightens us in the darkness, and the enemy shames us in the darkness. TODAY I declare that your dark season is really just another way that God loves you so much that He is with you and meets you in this secret place to love on you and transform you! What may seem hopeless or has left you desperate and separated from God is really where He is creating something out of what appears to be nothing! God loves remaking and doing what man calls impossible possible!
 
My challenge this week is: if you are in a dark season take HOPE in today's word from God. He made you with His own hands. He loves you because YOU are His daughter. God loves to meet us in the secret places where He can become our everything and our trust is solely in Him. Tell the devil He is a liar and that God is shaping you and reforming you from nothing to something! Then run into God's arms in this dark season and allow God to orchestrate everything He needs to do and know that He will bring you into the light as a beautiful new creation made in His image inside and out! You will have victory! You will have better days and brighter seasons! And just remember, when faced with another dark season, it is God's secret place where only He can meet you and make something out of nothing just for you - His beloved daughter! 
 
I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,
 

Laine Lawson Craft
 
 
 
 

 
A place where you are never alone!
 
Good morning! I pray that you are having a good week so far and I hope you know I love you very much! I have been in so much prayer these last few months and I want you to know I pray for you often. This week this scripture just stood out. Again it was another layer to what I feel God is really pressing into me in this very quiet and dark season. I hope that you will find amazing comfort today through this inspirational thought. 
 
I know that if you are reading this today that you are seeking the Lord and your heart loves the Lord. Today's thought should really touch you. God has a very special place just for you! A "private place" as the scripture describes is made just for you. Sometimes in the darkest seasons of our lives and in the roughest storms of life, God pulls us near into a private place! A place designed just for you!
 
"There's a private place reserved for the lovers of God,
where they sit near Him and receive
the revelation-secrets of His promises"
~Psalm 25:14 (Passion Translation)
 
In this private place, God is so near to us! When we are at our last hope, when we have no one to bail us out, or even anyone who really cares about us-- God pulls us near and begins to work within us! There in this "secret place" there are no distractions, no noises from the world, just our brokenness in need of God's help! This is where we sit near to Him and He is able to reveal secrets to us that will insure our victory and increase our maturity and confidence in Him! My question to you today is: Will you receive what He has to say and reveal?
 
For me in this "private place" season it has been bittersweet - like everything in life. Some days it is very difficult. God has revealed to me some things about my life that I have believed were true all my life that are NOT true (things people spoke over me, lies that hurt me all my life, and realities that are hard to face). But also God has revealed things to me that are true about myself that I have had to change so that I look more like Him. Thus I have had to do some changes from the inside out to line up to who I need to be in Christ. Each time I think I am about to get out of this time God shows me another secret that only He can reveal to me! But I know that when this season is over-- learning how to really endure the storms and darkness of life with trust and confidence in God- I will be a better and more mature woman of God! This incredible intimacy is the sweet part of this season. Although some days I have been so challenging emotionally and spiritually-- I always know God is with me, loves me, and is making me into what He needs to be! 
 
My challenge this week is: if you are facing anything in life that seems impossible today, addictions, debt, lost job, failed relationships, wayward children, death, and more then please know that God has a private place just for you. In this private place He will reveal His great love for you, His plans for you, and His steadfast provisions for you! He will show you that you are not alone. He will show you maybe some places in your life that you too have believed lies about yourself or family and will show you the truth! The truth will set you free! Maybe He will show you places that need to line up with His will for your life. But in the end you will leave this secret place forever changed knowing God was with you in the darkness and He loves you so much and He will bring you to victory!
 
I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft
 

 

 
 

Would you like to start life over?

Good morning! Today, I pour out my heart to you. I have been in a season that has been one of the most difficult seasons yet. This is a huge confession considering I have had to face the challenge of dying children, a dead marriage, financial ruin, and more! There are so many things I want to share with you but I will do it in parts as God unloads to me what he wants to use to help others. The seed of change was the catalyst for this incredibly gut wrenching season! I had to stop everything I knew in actions, thoughts, and desires and be still and know that God was going to finish what He had started in me when I was born!
 
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose to everything under the heaven:"  ~Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
 
As you read today's scripture you see to EVERYTHING there is a season. This means that life is full of change, evolving moments, and maturity. But what this really says from the Lord is that there are times God will ask you, "What do you need to give up or change to get to where I am taking you?" God is constantly stretching us to grow into ALL that He designed us to be and to be mature messengers of His great love and hope! For me personally, God asked me to stop everything and to bury everything-- all that I had done, all that I had become, and all that I had hoped for was to be buried into the ground! WHOA! I literally was left naked before God and buried myself (the seed was me) into the ground.
 
I had to die to everything I knew. God was planting seeds of change in my heart and in my life so that all things new could be birthed! This has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! God has taken me back to the very early years in my life and is re-birthing me from this preschool little girl age. He is remodeling me from the inside out! I gave it a huge fight at first but it just made the pain and reality worse! Finally I surrendered to God. I just pulled out of the world, I became very quiet, still, and I began to listen intently to what God was leading to me to do. I share this with you today to tell you that it has been almost six months today that I gave in and gave God all of me-- my heart, my soul, my body, my hopes, my dreams, and my entire life. Now you too can be a part of watching God grow what He desires for my life for my latter years. You can be a witness to a mid-age woman being remade, remodeled, and reconstructed from the inside out becoming a brand new creation through Christ. Though it's been dark, scary, heart breaking, and intense I would not take one thing in replacement of this season of completely getting off the wheel of life. I pray, as I continue to share with you each week, you too, can find the strength, worth, time, value, and desperation to stop and ask yourself: where I am going, what am I doing, and where do I want to end up-- or do I even like myself, do I like what I have become, and what can I do to become a better person?
 
My challenge this week is: know that you are valuable and worthy-- YOU are the daughter of the Most High God! I know some of you are deep in despair, tired, burnt out, and in need of new beginning! You are not too old, too close to the edge, or too far gone, for God to remodel you too and remake you from the inside out! I pray that we all can encourage each other to go deeper with God and allow Him to remodel us. I urge you this week to ask yourself these questions: do I like my life, do days fly by without any breaks, am I just doing life to get through the day, am I experiencing joy, peace, calm, purpose, love, and success-- YOU deserve to live a life that gives you these things-- God gave you His Son to die on a cross in exchange for you to know Him, love Him, serve Him, and allow Him to move in you and through you to save the lost. Will you take this season and stop and ask God to search your heart and your life and see if you too could use a renovation from the inside out. There is a season for everything and I urge you to live in the present, to stop, to be still, and go to God and allow Him to reset you to exactly where He desires for you to be.
 
I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft
 

 

 

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