Heartbreak to Strength Blog

When Doubt Creeps In

Have you ever been so excited about God’s plan for your life?  Doors are opening and you know you are on the right path.  But just as quickly as you felt excited, you start to feel doubt.  You begin to question if you heard God correctly from the beginning.

With each God size opportunity comes a Satan size opposition.

Friends, as we are living out our purpose, we can expect spiritual warfare. Satan’s plan is not creative; he uses the same tactics each time.  He wants to isolate us, distract us from our callings by making us doubt if we have heard God correctly the first time, and leave us disappointed and derailed. 

Remember as you get more opportunities from God, you will also get more opposition from the devil.

Friends, don’t let this discourage you but instead let it fuel you.  Each fiery dart he throws your way is just confirmation that you are on the right track.   Realize that Satan only tries to distract someone who is living out God’s purpose.  Just be aware of his schemes so you can boldly send him packing if he comes knocking.

The more you are doing great things for Jesus, the more Satan is going to try to shut you down. 

Remember his tactics: isolate, distract, create doubt, disappoint, and defeat.  Be aware of when doubt is creeping into your mind and ask God for wisdom and discernment.  Stay connected to other believers; get an accountability partner so that Satan cannot segregate you.  Recognize when disappointment has triggered you and left you defeated.

Prayer is your number one weapon against the devil!

Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as you pursue your purpose. Pray Scripture verses; follow Jesus’ example as He quoted Scripture back to Satan. My prayer for us is that in those difficult moments when doubt starts to creep in, we will remember this truth: Satan may be dangerous, but he is ultimately DEFEATED! 

Love, Jodi

Speaking of doubt, I love what Christa Hutchins shares about overcoming doubt on my podcast this week.

Depth Podcast Link

Remembering Rwanda

Her words touched my heart.

As she shared her story, her eyes revealed years of struggle and hardship.  A survivor of the genocide. A single mom of 3 kids.  A woman fighting HIV+.  Her frail, weak body poured out her heart to us as we crammed together inside a tiny room she called home.  

We asked how we could pray for her and she said, “Please remember.  Remember me and my family in your prayers when you return home.”  Her words keep ringing in my head.

Please Remember!

It has been one year since our life changing trip to Rwanda.  I thought it would be special to share and remember the God moments, the heart felt stories, and especially the people.  Below are some special people that we met and want to remember.

Florence, the single mom that I described above.  

As I stared into her eyes, I could see that life had been very tough.  She shared her husband left her when she became sick and paralyzed by the illness.  Thankfully the church stepped in to help with her children and get her medication. On my hard days as a single mom when I am tempted to complain or get frustrated, I want to picture Florence.  My hard days do not even compare to her struggles.  We truly have so much to be grateful for. 

We want to remember to choose gratitude!

Joseph, a twenty-year old who we met him on another home visit.

Sadly, he lost his father and siblings in the genocide. This young man is seeking.  As we sat in his home with his mother, he asked lots of questions.  He showed an interest in learning more about Jesus and being baptized.  Even after sharing our faith, he was not quite ready to make a decision.  Before we left, we prayed for him.  It was special that we were able to plant seeds in this young man’s heart and I know God will continue to water them.  Praying for God’s perfect timing for him.  We were thrilled to hear that he attended church the following week- God is so good!

We want to remember the power of prayer! 

 Innocent, a preschool teacher who we met while helping at his school.

When we asked about the challenges he faced as a teacher, he shared that they don’t have any visual aids or hands on supplies to teach.  Only a pencil and paper. As a fellow teacher, my heart just broke as a pictured my classroom full of colorful posters, manipulatives, and hands on supplies.  To help, we began saving our bottle caps from our water bottles as math manipulatives.  In addition, before we left, we gifted this school with crayons, soccer balls, stickers, and colored construction paper.  I will never forget their smiles as they received these teaching aids.  Helping meet others’ needs is a priceless gift.

We want to remember the importance of helping others.

The sweet, smiling faces of the children.

It is wonderful to see how much joy they have.  I remember meeting Divine and his younger brother, Jeffrey at church.  Divine was only 10 years old and he was holding and taking care of his 18 month old brother.  Jeffrey had fallen asleep on his lap so he could not participate in the singing or bible story activity. To help, I held his brother so he could participate.   This is not uncommon in Rwanda to see young children caring for even younger children. The older siblings don’t complain about the additional responsibilities whether it is walking to get water or taking care of younger siblings. 

We want to remember to have joy no matter what the circumstances.

As I think back to one year ago, my heart is grateful for the many life lessons we learned and the amazing people we met on this life-changing trip. Our hearts are forever changed! Thank you for Remembering Rwanda with us! 

Love, Jodi