Nothing Is Impossible for the Lord

Nothing is impossible for the Lord.   Katie Shea Design

I went to bed last night with a heavy heart and woke up with a heavy heart.

Starting my day begins with a nuclear hot cup of tea and Our Daily Bread Devotional.

When I opened the devotional site I was met with the following title:

“Facing The Impossible” 

I smiled at God because once again I felt his presence all around me.

There are things that come our way that seem to have no correct answers and seem mathematically impossible as well as not humanly possible.

Today’s day and age the millennial generation seems to have so many advantages and tools at their fingertips.  I agree that growing up in this Technology boom era has created so many new opportunities that my Baby Boomer generation did not have at our disposal.

There is one thing that is constant, has always been and will always be and that is God.

I have learned while navigating this journey that we call life that nothing is a sure thing.  My faith is what has carried me through the darkest hours and most joyous blessings.

All the technology and modern medicine within our grasp does not supersede the power of God.

As I pray today I am constantly reminded that God has a plan.  God’s plan does not necessarily mean that it lines up with my plan.  So I pray that God would give me the peace that surpasses all understanding.  Phil 4:7

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1

Nothing is impossible for the Lord.

 

God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder

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“God bears the world’s weight on His shoulder, yet holds His children in the palm of His hand.”

A few weeks ago I was once again reminded that God is in control and holds me in the palm of his hand during every breath of my life.

It was January 1st, 2015 and my husband could not find his cross that I had given him for a special anniversary.  I asked my husband of 31 years where he had already looked for it so I could search out other places.  We were busy preparing for our New Year’s Day celebration and this was distracting my husband since the cross meant so much to him.  The idea of losing something so meaningful to him on New Year’s day was quite distressing.

I went upstairs to search other places and also to pray that God would impress on me where to begin my scavenger hunt.  Almost at once I was led to the side of our bed where my husband had dropped his NY Jets socks ( where he already had looked).  I was on my hands and knees examining all around and nothing.  I pushed the socks out of the way and heard a scraping sound.  I immediately picked up the socks and there was my husband’s necklace stuck to the bottom of the socks hooked on by a rung of the chain.

I had been praying that morning very specifically for something regarding my daughter. When I found the necklace I immediately knew God was communicating to me once again through a piece of jewelry.

Ten years ago, New Year’s Eve 2004 we were not sure if our daughter was going to see 2005 as she lay so ill in her hospital bed.

“All of a sudden I felt a rush of Peace and understanding.  I cried and cried.  My husband held onto me and just thought this was me cracking finally. I was in fact crying in joy. God had whispered to me that if I had lost my earring for days and I had in fact been to so many places in and around our house and the large hospital and my earring could be saved from a loss why would he not save my daughter who was far more precious than a golden earring. Then a Bible verse that I had recited so many times took on a whole new meaning. 

Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Was I sure that she was going to live an earthly life through all of this, the answer was no.

What I became sure of was that God had her in the palm of his hand and He was in charge not me.  As the days and weeks rolled on it became apparent that the plan was that she was going to live through this ordeal.” Read More: The Claddagh Earrings

Finding my husband’s necklace on New Year’s Day after crying out to God that very morning regarding our daughter and again asking for his help to find the necklace was a huge sign to me that God is holding me and my family in the palm of his hand as he always has.  Something that seems so trivial in the grand scheme of things is of great significance to me.

God speaks in the most simple ways in everyday situations if you have ears to hear and eyes to see.

Joyia Love

Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.                                                                                                                    ~  Psalm 119:111

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Joyia Evangeline Paul  12.05.84 – 08.23.14

Saturday, 08.23.14 close friends and family were invited by Joyia to celebrate her ceremonial Baptism.  Joyia had already been baptized but wanted to have her friends and family visually witness her statement of faith by participating with her in a Baptismal ceremony.

Her Baptism was scheduled for 1:00pm.  We had received word early Saturday morning that the ceremony was cancelled due to Joyia’s failing condition.  We were then invited to come visit Joyia bringing our love, memories, favorite songs and passages to share.

12:00 pm Joyia closed her eyes for the last time an hour before her guests were scheduled to arrive.

Joyia’s parents shared that Joyia had a smile on her face after she took her last breath.

Friends and family arrived as scheduled in steady streams with hugs, words of comfort and platters of food.

Although some would say that 29 years old was a short life, it was a life that brought an abundance of joy to hundreds of people.

The evidence reflected in the throngs of crowds that gathered at the funeral home to pay their respects.  The lines were long and the tears were shed by the bucket.

The Memorial Service at Trinity Fellowship Church unearthed even more how Joyia’s life influenced and left so many impressions of joy and strong faith.

The eulogy was given by Joyia’s cousin and brother who presented so many sides of Joyia.  Joy, strength, hope, kindness, gratitude, love and faith she bestowed on so many.

The Pastors opened up the microphone for any who wanted to share a memory.

The microphone was passed like a baton. Speaker after speaker conveying so many memories but the same message:

Joyia was:

her own person

a fashionista

strong in her convictions

loyal friend to so many

encourager

loved her family

trusted God

loved ham ( YES I said Ham)


Joyia’s brother James and her parent’s message to all is that although Joyia is not present in the body with us here on earth; her Joy lives on in each one of us that she touched with her love and faith.

We can keep Joyia’s testimony alive by sharing  joy, love, hope, gratitude and faith with all that our lives touch in thought, word and deed.

There is no question that Joyia’s 29 years here on earth made indelible marks on so many lives which in turn will live on eternally for generations to come.

Joyia’s mother shared a journal on Caring Bridge to keep all family and friends updated of her journey battling liver disease.

“In 2006 it became necessary for our daughter Joyia to have a liver transplant. The fact that she received one was itself a miracle as God alone orchestrated the details…and He continues to sovereignly and providentially reveal Himself to us in the myriad details of our lives today!”  ~  Stephanie Paul   @ Joyia Evangeline Story  / CaringBridge.org

Joy's bench

 

Author’s Note: Joyia’s mother Stephanie Paul has been my friend for over 35 years.  Our family has been deeply touched and affected by Stephanie, Sesky, Joyia and James as well as the Paul’s extended family and friends. We are grateful to have had the blessing of knowing Joyia and the impact she has left on the world.

Please join us sharing messages of joy, love, hope, gratitude and faith.