Would you like to start life over?

Good morning! Today, I pour out my heart to you. I have been in a season that has been one of the most difficult seasons yet. This is a huge confession considering I have had to face the challenge of dying children, a dead marriage, financial ruin, and more! There are so many things I want to share with you but I will do it in parts as God unloads to me what he wants to use to help others. The seed of change was the catalyst for this incredibly gut wrenching season! I had to stop everything I knew in actions, thoughts, and desires and be still and know that God was going to finish what He had started in me when I was born!
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose to everything under the heaven:"  ~Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
As you read today's scripture you see to EVERYTHING there is a season. This means that life is full of change, evolving moments, and maturity. But what this really says from the Lord is that there are times God will ask you, "What do you need to give up or change to get to where I am taking you?" God is constantly stretching us to grow into ALL that He designed us to be and to be mature messengers of His great love and hope! For me personally, God asked me to stop everything and to bury everything-- all that I had done, all that I had become, and all that I had hoped for was to be buried into the ground! WHOA! I literally was left naked before God and buried myself (the seed was me) into the ground.
I had to die to everything I knew. God was planting seeds of change in my heart and in my life so that all things new could be birthed! This has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! God has taken me back to the very early years in my life and is re-birthing me from this preschool little girl age. He is remodeling me from the inside out! I gave it a huge fight at first but it just made the pain and reality worse! Finally I surrendered to God. I just pulled out of the world, I became very quiet, still, and I began to listen intently to what God was leading to me to do. I share this with you today to tell you that it has been almost six months today that I gave in and gave God all of me-- my heart, my soul, my body, my hopes, my dreams, and my entire life. Now you too can be a part of watching God grow what He desires for my life for my latter years. You can be a witness to a mid-age woman being remade, remodeled, and reconstructed from the inside out becoming a brand new creation through Christ. Though it's been dark, scary, heart breaking, and intense I would not take one thing in replacement of this season of completely getting off the wheel of life. I pray, as I continue to share with you each week, you too, can find the strength, worth, time, value, and desperation to stop and ask yourself: where I am going, what am I doing, and where do I want to end up-- or do I even like myself, do I like what I have become, and what can I do to become a better person?
My challenge this week is: know that you are valuable and worthy-- YOU are the daughter of the Most High God! I know some of you are deep in despair, tired, burnt out, and in need of new beginning! You are not too old, too close to the edge, or too far gone, for God to remodel you too and remake you from the inside out! I pray that we all can encourage each other to go deeper with God and allow Him to remodel us. I urge you this week to ask yourself these questions: do I like my life, do days fly by without any breaks, am I just doing life to get through the day, am I experiencing joy, peace, calm, purpose, love, and success-- YOU deserve to live a life that gives you these things-- God gave you His Son to die on a cross in exchange for you to know Him, love Him, serve Him, and allow Him to move in you and through you to save the lost. Will you take this season and stop and ask God to search your heart and your life and see if you too could use a renovation from the inside out. There is a season for everything and I urge you to live in the present, to stop, to be still, and go to God and allow Him to reset you to exactly where He desires for you to be.
I love you all so much. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. Also, I will be praying for all of you this week! 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