Hello again…finally!!

I ended up taking an unexpected blogging break over the past few weeks…and it feels awkward. I’m almost overwhelmed on where to pickup so I think I’ll post a little picture/description Summer update today and a devotional thought and hopefully (next week) be back to the routine of once-a-week regular posting.

As July hit, quarantine became a long thing of the past in my world, all of a sudden I’ve been bombarded with kid’s sports schedules, an increase in helping with my grandma, a camping trip, 4-h projects and presentations, a plethora of meetings, plus the ability to catch up on hair at the nursing home (something I’ve not been able to do since March, thanks to Covid).

I think I imagined that after quarantine things would slowly be introduced into my calendar again — not at all the case. I was hoping I could gradually welcome these things back in and it would feel like a breath of fresh air but instead it’s quite the opposite, and I can’t seem to catch my breath…to be honest I don’t like it.

While I was reading my Bible recently I came to Acts 16 where Paul and Silas were fulfilling Paul’s second missionary journey. Their mission (this round) was to visit and check-up on the cities that Paul had already preached in through an earlier journey. Reaching Philippi, a Roman ran colony, they faced trouble after Paul called out an evil spirit from a slave woman who was “used” to predict the future. Verse 19 says, “When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.”

They didn’t care that Paul and Silas has just performed a miracle (through God) and meant it for good over this woman. They didn’t care that these men were there to speak ‘Jesus’ to the crowds…they were too wrapped up in worldliness and as a result Paul and Silas suffered under their physical violence and landed behind bars.

Some of us may feel like we’re emotionally echoing the lives of Paul and Silas — like we’re caught behind sturdy immovable bars. With Covid and face masks, perhaps living in the fear of uncertainty or dealing firsthand with racial injustice, or (like me) overwhelmed with a busy schedule, we just can’t seem to shake the locks loose.

Listen, in the messy situation Paul and Silas were dealing with they still didn’t get downhearted; rather they praised and sang hymns to God (vs. 25) even resulting in leading their jailer and his household to Christ in the midst. They found joy in the tribulation.

Here’s my favorite heart-grabbing piece of this story from Acts 16:40, “After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.”

Catch those inspiring words from verse 40, ‘they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them’.

You see, when Paul and Silas were finally released from prison they didn’t mope around, they didn’t waste time wandering where to start again. They boldly faced their God-given mission, ‘meeting with their brothers and sisters and encouraging them.’ It would seem (to most) that after enduring such hardship they would be the ones in need of encouragement, but their faith flipped that thought-pattern right around and they embraced the opportunity to be the encouragers and God was glorified because of it.

I don’t know what struggle you may be facing (or what may feel like prison walls) but I pray that we would all have that ‘Paul and Silas mindset’ in trusting and praising the Lord regardless of the obstacle. God is so much more than good enough to stay with us — no matter what side of the bars we’re on. He’ll break them down in His perfect timing but it may not be until we reach Heaven.

When we share stories of God’s faithfulness we encourage others and point to Him, just like Paul and Silas did some 2000 years ago…and note how it’s still talked about all these years later.❤️

Thanks for reading, before I end here’s some of our July adventures:

Cherry picking in the backyard

4th of July celebration

Camping trip

Soccer season

Plus these two (below) actually getting along:

4-h week

Football League (he begged for and now dreads going)

Lastly one of my husband’s best friends passed away this weekend; he was such an amazing man — full of life, loved giving gifts (and a hard time) to anyone, and made the best BBQ food ever…please throw some prayers up for the family and friends of this man.

Sunday a sweet and humble uncle of Nate’s passed away after a long battle with cancer…praise for no more pain or suffering but prayers for peace and healing for family and friends.

Thanks so much!

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by forhispurpose.blog and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

27 thoughts on “Hello again…finally!!”

  1. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post. I myself have been wondering if I should share more of God’s Word on my blog, and I think your sharing of Scripture is nudging me more towards Yes! Awesome photos also 🙂 Did I see a sprinkler under the trampoline?? That’s genius! 😄 God bless you and your family, take care 🙂

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    1. lol yes the kids begged for a pool this summer since our town’s pool didn’t open this year but apparently they’re very hard to come by so these kids get desperate and creative!❤️

      And yeah honestly my blog is really all about my faith and was the only reason that I started one, every once in a while I’ll post a craft DIY.. this blog has seriously helped me overcome so many things, emotionally speaking. I think if you’re feeling a pull towards sharing a little of your faith on your blog it’s probably God’s prodding, people will either love it and be encouraged by it or they won’t …but at some point they’re gonna have to answer to Him anyways❤️…And in the meantime you would just be being obedient to His will!

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  2. Amazing and wonderful post Alicia. You are such a superstar of the faith. Keep going and keep preaching it. Hoping and praying you will get some relief from your busy schedule. Breathing is definitely a good thing. Love you! ❤

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      1. Ya it’s kind of the same here but many of the things I’ve had going on don’t require mask…however the stores are beginning to make them mandatory now in our area.

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    1. Thanks so much! It’s funny because some of these stories we read over and over and then it’s neat how at the perfect time in our life God uses some piece of it and it jumps out at us with powerful meaning and purpose!! Love it!
      Thanks for reading and commenting ❤️

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  3. This is so inspiring and motivating! I’ve definitely felt stuck behind the bars.
    It looks like you’ve had a great summer full of wonderful memories so far! 🙂
    I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s friend and the uncle passing away. My prayers are with their families! And with all of you, too! Don’t forget to take a break and get some “me-time”! 🙂

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    1. Yup even in those “barred up moments” we have to focus on the positive, focus on God and we gain encouragement to push us through…then we get to glorify Him by sharing that experience with others!
      It’s been a fun summer but I’m gonna need to start saying no to things because it’s too busy..
      For “me-time” I’ve managed to hang out in the she shed a few mornings this week which has been nice and probably the reason I was able to post today😉
      Praying for those bars to come down, your transparency (in admitting trials) brings you one step closer to getting out of them.🙏❤️

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  4. I am so inspired to read about the apostles’ rejoicing in their suffering, that they had been counted worthy to suffer for the sake of Christ. And I love that they sang in prison and the other prisoners were listening. 🙂
    I had a missionary friend who was on her way to the airport to go back to the States for her son’s graduation when she was hit by a drunk driver. This was a country where they dealt with accidents by jailing everyone involved until they could sort things out. By the end of the ordeal, there were some new believers at the jail. 😉

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      1. It’s in my book “BARRIERS (So, if prayers are so powerful, how come mine don’t get answered?)” Another highlight of that story is that one of the drunks in the car that hit her was a backslidden Christian. He got convicted. (They all could have died – I guess he imagined facing judgment having just killed a missionary!) My friend saw signs of repentance the next day. I hope he came back to the Lord, but we never found out for sure. God was clearly at work, though.

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      2. Wow so incredible! I sure hope he fully turned to the Lord…I’m so thankful your missionary friend survived the accident and was given the opportunity to share God with others because of it…and even blessing others when telling about it long after the fact.

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  5. Hey Alicia. I think you did just fine with your post. I enjoyed it.
    Loved the pictures! 🙂
    Sorry about your husband’s best friend and the sweet uncle.
    Praying for them and their families.
    Praying for you and your family too!
    God loves you, Friend, ❤

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