tug-of-war.

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There is a war waging for our hearts, to shut them down and disable those who love Jesus.

I feel it stronger than ever before. I went away for a women’s retreat and found God in a place I hadn’t visited for a while. Not a physical place, but a place of depth within my soul. I found Him waiting for me for to crawl through the haze and reach Him.

There is power in people, in bodies who hold the same spirit. When we are together and dig down deep, our spirits unite and God seems to swell up and make Himself known in a way no one can deny. There is strength in unity and love. There is strength in wanting and needing God. There is strength in honesty and humility.

We found God. Anyone who was there can confirm that their hearts melted into one big pile of butter!

That is where I am finding myself now. I am butter before God. The moment I begin to worship Him, whether in my car or church, read the Bible or pray, there He is. I feel Him close and my eyes continue to instantly well up with tears. It’s like all that “stuff” that was between Him and I has diminished. I don’t have to work as hard to find Him. I don’t feel like He is a million miles away. He is close and I trust Him.

But, I have a feeling that something doesn’t like it.

I feel a strong pressure in my weaker moments to collapse, to give my thoughts back to the one who confines them. It feels like spiritual tug-of-war. Satan sees power in the hands of those whose hearts and minds move freely within God’s will. My days, since being home, have been harder than ever. I’ve thought things like “I should have just stayed in bed today.” On the other hand, my moments with God have been richer than ever. He is worth it. I choose to fight this fight against the one who devours. Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil. (Ephesians 6:12)

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:1-3

If this is you, I encourage you to fight. Lift your eyes up and realize where your help comes from! He is worth it! 

HLC Women’s Retreat

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In His hands are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. Psalm 95:4

HLC Women’s Retreat starts TOMORROW! 

We are heading to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia! From the moment the retreat was scheduled, I began praying that every women who was meant to be there would find a way to make it happen! Every time someone added, I began dreaming about all the things God had in store for them.  So, for those of you who are going, it is meant to be!

God has something fantastic waiting for you this weekend!

XOXO

See you there!

Margie

About the Blog

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Me and My Nest

My name is Margie and I am the writer here at “Let Love Abide.”

I am a pastor’s wife and nurse who mostly stays home to homeschool my little ones. I also have a shop on Instagram called “Happy Hen Vintage Shop.” Go check it out!

I have three little darlings. Two boys, 8 and 5, and one little girl who is 3. My hubby and I have been married for over 10 years. He is a seminary graduate, pastor of Hamilton Life Church in Chattanooga and city boy married to a semi-country girl. We live happily somewhere in the middle.

Home + School

I said I’d never homeschool and here I am, eating my words. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way! They flourish and I love the time I have with them. I am honored with the opportunity to mold their little hearts & minds. With God’s help, I am growing fantastic,  brilliant little people that will someday become awesome adults who love their creator! I’m learning that homeschooling is just as much about character building as it is about succeeding scholastically. I predominantly follow the classical curriculum suggestions of The Well Trained Mind.

God & Me

I am absolutely passionate about God. He is the center of my life. Every decision I make comes back to Him and where He is leading me. I believe in miracles. I believe His presence dwells within me and all around speaking in different ways. I believe He answers prayers and loves us. I believe He has our best interest in mind. I believe He sent Jesus Christ to be our savior.

I lead a lovely group of women at Hamilton Life Church! There is so much love and community among them and they represent God in the most amazing ways!

Lovely Things

Vintage things make my heart flutter! I love rummaging through junk stores and estate sales to find beautiful treasures. My home is filled with a lot of old-fashioned love that once belonged to someone else. Those things are all about the people who made them or treasured them and we continue on, loving them just the same.

I love poetry, heartfelt stories and classic literature. Seeing my kids, cuddled up with a book in hand, amused by the stories of Narnia, Green Gables or 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, makes me feel very proud!

Nature is medicine. It revives my creativity and enthusiasm and reminds me how close we are to God.

Farm and Garden

I’ve been gardening organically for a long time on a half acre in the city. My garden spot is ridiculously large (for such a small yard) and produces more food than my little family can consume. It is so much fun to watch my kids take their little baskets out to the garden to gather food. I also have back yard chickens and a mini pig. I’d like to have a real farm someday but we will have to see where our future leads us.

That just about sums it up! I’d love to pray if you need prayer! You can message me here. Thanks for visiting!

Margie