Monday’s Manna from Castro’s Corner @ Chicklit Power

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Happy Memorial Day! Whether you got called into work today, or are off in observance of the Memorial Day, please take time out of your day to thank someone who has actively served or is serving in our armed forces. So many sacrifices have been made by these brave young men and women to preserve our liberties and we are blessed for their service to our Country.

Last week we ventured through 2 Chronicles and the book of Isaiah as we covered the nation of Israel’s return to obedience. Through consecration and sanctification, the Israelites had returned to their first love- Yahweh. The transformation that takes place within our hearts once we have rededicated ourselves to the will of our Father reestablishes our relationship with God. As believers we are either backsliding, stagnant, or are growing in Christ. I’ve been through all three phases within my own walk, but through fellowship, prayer, and regimented reading of God’s Word we have the tools necessary to grow as Christians.

Last week was a great week. It was one of those weeks where I felt like I had caught up with a majority of my tasks at work and I was ahead of schedule in planning for our big charity event on June 25th! I often bite off more than I can chew, but in planning for this event I knew that it was all about making that deadline. As we all know, the enemy loves preying on those who are physically, spiritually, and emotionally depleted. I was the prefect prey last week and the enemy laid it on me…hard. The aftershocks of conviction were just as heavy and my shameful act of distancing myself from God followed.

Conviction adversely affects everything- my attitude, prayer, reading, worshiping, and fellowshipping. Later that week one of our members walked up to me and asked how my week was going. I told him how I had recently felt distanced from God, so he shared a few things with me. He reminded me that our heart is what God searches. God had seen my desperation, my weakness in trusting in him, but God had also seen my longing to return to Him.

It’s incredible how much you can learn through making mistakes. I have never perceived my own shortcomings, which are too numerous to count, as spiritual opportunities. God’s ability to work in these situations exemplifies what true grace and love is all about. Growing is learning and although painful at times, God knows our hearts and seeks our submission to Him and His perfect will.

I wanted to leave you all with the verse bellow. I know God will continue to bless each and every one of you. I’m excited that God is working in your lives and it’s incredible to see God’s hand moving within this ministry. God Bless You!

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalm 139: 1-12).

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Garret Castro

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