Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,

and there are no grapes on the vines;

even though the olive crop fails,

and the fields lie empty and barren;

even though the flocks die in the fields,

and the cattle barns are empty,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord!

I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

The Sovereign Lord is my strength!

He makes me as surefooted as a deer,

able to tread upon the heights

Good Monday Morning! I hope you are all well and dry! Here in Destin, Florida we have just endured another hurricane! The rains and winds have been unbelievable but we were so blessed not to have any significant damage! As I was searching my heart on what to share with you today, I knew we had to talk about the storms of life. How do we trust God when our lives are faced with hurricanes: troubled relationships, financial woes, sickness, and so much more? Today's encouragement will lead us to a greater trust in God.

In the scripture above Habakkuk describes a very dark picture. There is death and lack everywhere. Basically he is describing one whose future looks empty, their today looks barren, and they feel like they have nothing to count on or fall back on. Could this be you today? Are you facing such a storm in your life that your dreams, your finances, and people in your lives seem dead? The good news today is that we can find joy, strength, and trust in God on the worst day of our lives!

The scriptures then say, "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord." What? How do you rejoice in the Lord when you are facing the hurricanes of life? I can share from my own personal brokenness that in my worst days I can always thank God for saving me! I thank God for loving me when I am at my own personal worst! I thank God that He is my Heavenly Father and that I know He will never leave me or forsake me. I ultimately remind myself that God loves me so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to redeem and rescue me! 

When we are able to be thankful and rejoice in the Lord-- it will always bring you strength! God will become your focus and not your circumstances! God will start helping you move forward with hope and a greater trust in Him. God will start planting your heart and feet solid into who HE is and who you are to Him! Then as the scripture ends with, "The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights." You too will find strength from God. God will help guide your path so that you too will soar high above the storm! You will have a new found level of trust in God and you will overcome through His love and power!

My challenge this week is: if you are faced with a hurricane or storms in your life then right now just thank God for loving you! Thank God for His Son Jesus and for their redeeming love, mercy, and grace. Then lean into God and allow Him to orchestrate your steps out of the darkness, pain, and storms. God will light up your pathway and give you the strength. You will be able to trust God in a greater way and you will have the power to overcome the storms!

 

 
 
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
 
 
 
 

 
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
 

 

 
 

 
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
 
 
 
 

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