Hope Amidst Chaos

In a world full of evil, hate, destruction, and constant chaos, people are always at war with each other and with themselves. Be it rioting over political agendas, illness, negative posts of social media, family crisis, or even attacking your own body and mind with the idea that you are somehow not good enough. There are so many different forms of distraction that surround us everyday that we have forgotten who the real enemy is. We are in a war much greater than we know, and the fight is for our souls.

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." -Ephesians 6:12

I am so happy to finally share with you "To the Healer", the first piece in the series HOPE AMIDST CHAOS, a post apocalyptic take on the spiritual warfare we are encountering everyday without even realizing it. "To the Healer" portrays the courage to finally surrender your heart to God, letting Him completely transform you even as it goes against social and cultural norms.

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." -Psalm 51:10

But even with a renewed heart, the battle rages on. You must not be mislead to believe that suddenly things will be easy. Christians are a threat to Satan, and he will try to stop you every chance he gets. Though, remember the power and authority you have been given as a child of God.

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." -Ephesians 6:11

"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you" -Luke 10:19

My goal, with this series, is to remind the viewer that even when everything seems lost and your world crumbles around you, there is ALWAYS HOPE in JESUS CHRIST.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." -John 3:16-17

Where does my Joy come from:

 People continue to ask me where I am at with my flying? Do I have my license yet? and so on.. all the while I sit and watch as my friends get their license and are even finishing up with their commercial. So this is where I am at with it.. For over a year a was going to doctors and specialists traveling out of state to see one of them, and filling out a mountain of paper work and trying to get the FAA to give me the OK and give me my medical certificate needed to even solo. I was more than ready to solo even starting into my instrument training before I finally got a letter back from the FAA. While the letter did give me permission... it came with a big BUT... BUT you have to see a psychologist once a month and report to us... I made the decision that it was just not going to work if I had to do that every single month. That was too much money and too much time of which I had neither. I went through a period after that of feeling like the biggest failure ever! Truth be told, I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do with aviation, all I knew was that I enjoyed it. But when it became increasingly difficult to attain my license, it became that much more desirable to me to do it. I do not like being told what I can and cannot do. To be able to get my license felt like it would be my way of saying I CAN do big things! I am strong enough! I AM smart enough! Despite how people made me feel all through elementary school and all the way through high school, I would show them that even though I struggled in school and learned differently than the other kids, I could still be successful in what ever I wanted to do! I love traveling and I love just being in planes, after my first flight in a DA20, I knew I loved to fly! I felt free and strong and an overwhelming sense of self worth. So walking away from aviation devastated me!.... And while it still tends to feel like salt on an open wound when I see those around me doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing right now, I have come back to knowing who I REALLY am, and I am comforted by this knowledge: My career, my skills, my location, my talents, my level in school, my health DO NOT DEFINE ME! Who I am is and was and always will be a child of the one true King God Almighty because of his One and Only Son JESUS CHRIST!...I am loved, I am cherished, I am desired, I am precious. I have been humbly reminded that I cannot find my joy and my happiness in aviation, or in photography, or art, or a man, or my friends, or even my family, but my joy is in Jesus Christ! Coming back to that has filled me with the most intense emotions! My purpose and my identity have been given to me by the Father and I don't need to look for it anywhere else ever again but I can be content in who I am and in where I am! Someday I hope to try the aviation thing again but when I am free from antidepressants. And IF I get my license, it will be a blessing from God... a gift from God... BUT... It will NOT be my happiness. Don't ever let things define who you are. Things can be easily taken away from you. But let God be the one to tell you who you are! And let God be your joy and happiness!

James 1:2-3 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."

Luke 15:3-7 "Then Jesus told them this parable: 'Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep. I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.'"

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."