Be Still And Know…

God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

God is in control

At times I feel scared.

I can stay afraid

Or I find faith,

strength

To choose love

I make a choice

Turn my eyes upon Jesus

Allow my heart to rest in His

He shelters me from the storm

from the chaos of the world

He guards my heart in His

He shares his peace with me

I need only be still

God fights my battles

God rescued me from the pit

His love never ends nor fails

God will rescue our world

in His time and His way

for His purpose and His glory

Have you surrendered your heart to the God of our Universe — the sovereign creator of heaven and earth?

It is my heartfelt prayer that the breakdown of our world leads to its biggest breakthrough.

I pray that our hearts return to greater love for God and our fellow “neighbor.”

I pray that your heart is guarded in Christ Jesus, and that you are protected with a supernatural peace that surpasses all understanding.

Now is the time to express the deepest desires and pains of our hearts to Him in prayer, to pray for our “neighbors,” and give generously.

With hope,

Ruth Renee

Letting go…

I loved celebrating my mom on her wedding day!

It was a special gift to help her dress in the bridal room, to hold her shaky, nervous hands, and pray for her just before the ceremony.

It was a moment I will treasure forever, being able to give thanks to God for her, to ask Him to bless her on this joyous day, to remind her that of all the roles she plays, her most important identity is as a daughter of God.

One of God’s greatest gifts in my life has been giving me a mother whose heart is full of faith and trust in God, joy and gratitude in all times, and forgiveness in all circumstances.

It was hard to let go of her hands, but I know my mom is a woman who will always be there for me and my siblings, no matter what.

Terry is one lucky man, and I am thankful my mother has a loving companion to walk beside her and hold her hand in all her adventures!

My Anchor…

I’ve written a lot about my dad on this page. I was only 15 when we lost him. My heart broke in ways I am only now comprehending.

But my mom, she is an anchor in my life. She has weathered so many storms with me and loved me through it all. We don’t have exactly the same interests, but she is the woman who taught me by example of her daily obedience…..to “trust in the Lord with ALL my heart, and to lean not unto my own understanding.”

This photo is one of my absolute favorites!!! She came to my need last year on my birthday, near what is always one of the hardest days and weeks of her life to remember…the day she let my father choose to come home to die, and the week we brought him home. All during Thanksgiving week.

I write from the heart, and in the moment, so my grammar isn’t always perfect. But I’m human, and that’s okay. We weren’t made to be perfect. That’s why we have a good, good God. My mom studied and highlighted her scriptures every day. She always brings her own set even on vacation. I am beginning to wonder if she ever misses a day.

This I am learning, because of HER….radical obedience brings radical Joy! I love my mom with ALL MY HEART, just like my Great Aunt Betty told me I had to do. “You have to surrender to God with ALL your heart. It has to be ALL. Nothing less.” I guess making it to 95 can make one pretty wise!

Mom, at 77, you remind me that life is ALL about forgiveness and letting go. In this broken world, you taught me to simply be my authentic self. You taught me by example the most precious gifts of all….faith, forgiveness, unconditional love.

Mom, I love you so much. ♥️

Ruth Renee

11-20-2018

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Let your love be greater than your fear…

“Let your love be greater than your fear.”

In this moment, I feel a calm peace in my heart after feeling the pain of what felt like a heart attack….a stabbing tightness in my chest, accompanied by anxiety and fear.

In order for my heart to stop hurting, I had to let myself be still. I had to breathe deeply to find the place in my heart where love is greater than fear.

I’ve done a lot of trauma and grief work these last few years. It’s been a roller coaster. I’ve cried and panicked a lot, but I’ve also been smiling bigger and laughing more, letting others love me more, accepting I can’t do it all alone.

The key has been to let go, surrender, and let real love in, something very difficult for me. Real love can be scary, because I know the pain of losing it at a young age.

I am stubborn. I don’t always ask for help. I make a lot of mistakes. I push others away. So, if you’ve been determined enough to love me anyway, I just have to say this now….

Thank you for opening your heart to me.

Thank you for sharing a piece of your soul .

Thank you for encouraging me and praying for me.

Thank you for being a part of my soul journey.

Thank you for helping me find my way back to love.

With love,

Ruth Renee

Just Breathe…

Let go of anger.
Let go of resentment.
Let go of negativity.
Let go of fear.

Let obsession and worry go.

They lock you into suffering and pain.

Breathe in gratitude.
Breathe out hope.
Breathe in faith.
Breathe out love.

Hold space until you can feel God within.

I promise freedom and grace.

The peace that surpasses all understanding will come.

Your breath is powerful.
God will meet you where you are.
Your breath is a great place to start!

🙏