You will have to fight for every victory in the battle!

Hello! I hope you are having a great week and staying warm through all of the winter storms! I know so many of you are facing some true battles today. I want each of you to know that I am praying for you all the time. God just reminded me over the weekend that we are all either in a battle, walking out of a battle or walking into a battle. Then God helped my own heart as I am facing several battles at one time with this one thought, "Victory is yours through the blood of Jesus Christ but sometimes you must fight the battle!" This year, 2017, will be a victorious year but we will have to fight with one hand while celebrating with the other!
"I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine fatih put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory."  ~1 Peter 1:6-7, MSG
In the scriptures above you see that God knows we are absolutely aggravated. Some of us are on the verge of quitting and are at our last bit of hope. BUT GOD has a word for you today, "Don't give up during the test and the fires because you will come out so much better on the other side in victory!" I know this touched my heart and encouraged me and I pray that it will help you, too!
God can do anything. No thing- Nothing- is impossible for God. However sometimes God needs to train us for the next battle and the only way for training are the tests! Your faith will give you victory every time. Remember victory can not come without a battle! So keep moving forward in faith and God will lead you to your victory-- or to many victories this 2017!
My challenge this week is: if you are weary, tired, and hopeless please go to God right now and tell Him. God hears your cries and helps the broken hearts. Just pour out your heart to Him, your fears and your needs and cry, literally cry, to Him. Then ask God to touch you and comfort you in the way only He can. Then you will be ready to suit up for the battle again and have the confidence to know God will hand you the victory when we keep moving forward, keep our eyes upward and centered on Jesus! Trust God in the darkest hour, in the greatest fight, and when you can't see Him or feel Him-- He is right there in the battle with you guiding you to your next victory stronger, mightier, and more confident than you have ever been before-- JUST keep trusting Him!
Happy New Year! I love you all so much. Please send me your prayer requests today. I want to pray for you and for your strength to increase during your battles! Please, I ask today for your prayers, too. I need your prayers for strength, guidance, and protection while facing my own battles! I love each of you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. that you may have. I would This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a Lively week!

Livin' Lively with Love,

Laine Lawson Craft