Relax, Reflect, Recharge

Will God Really Help Me?

Thank you Kelly Balarie for today’s message….

“Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30, NIV

I want to rescue him.

That’s what I thought on school field day, as I stood on that white painted gym-floor line getting ready to race.

I want to save him from all the bullying, taunting, and discouragement that destroyed him at his last school. Because, I know his pain. If we win, my little guy will finally see He’s worthy of love.

At the sound of “Go!” I exploded off the line with all the weight of a six-year-old boy loaded up on my back. It was amazing. With everything in me, my body seemed to run faster than itself. So much so, that I’m sure I was close to twisting my ankle. In fact, we nearly toppled over two times, but I didn’t care. No sooner had I crossed the line to win, a mom turned to me to say, “I didn’t know if you two were going to make it…and then, you did.”

“And then, we did…”

We made it. And I felt happy. On my back, I carried my son’s pain because I believed in his redemption.
Likewise, on Jesus’ back, He carried our pain because He believed in our redemption.

Jesus ran His race fully invested in our victory, and He won. He carried our pains, faults, and tears-to-come. Taking all the guilt, shame, and self-reproach we are prone to heap on our back.

“Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30, NIV)

Jesus gave up His life, so we could find ours. Jesus gave up His life, so we could find true hope. Jesus gave up His life, so we could be set free. This is redemption-life.

Oxford dictionary defines redemption as, “the action of gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.”

New friend in Christ, your debt has been cleared. Every old mistakes, trauma, humiliation, and embarrassment has been carried and covered by the love of Jesus. Redemption ran the race and paid the price – for you. You have “new life,” Choose today to believe in it.

“New life” believes the following:

– I have been forgiven, and I am free indeed.
– Jesus loves me, and I am entirely loved.
– Jesus saved m, and I cannot be un-saved.
– God wants me and will not reject me.
– God’s gift and call on my life are irrevocable (see: Romans 11:29)
– I am no longer enslaved to my flesh, but alive to the Holy Spirit.

By Jesus’ stripes we are healed. Praise be to God! It is done.

No longer dwell on days of old, for today is a new day. It is full of “new life.” Go forth and live in the joy of your Savior. He has given much to love you.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

East Coast Paws N Claws

Happy Saturday!   The weather may be a little shakey depending on which weather forecast you watch or listen to but it is going to be a GREAT day at the Summer Kick Off Tricky Tray/ Vendor Event.  This is a fundraiser for the East Coast Paws N Claws.  Here is who they are:

East Coast Paws n Claws Animal Rescue is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.  We are dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. By working with committed volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians, trainers, and boarding facilities, we are able to rescue hundreds of animals every year, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. We also serve as a resource to our community and all pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition.


I will be partying Thirty One style with lots of friends who also happen to be vendors like Tastefully Simple, Origami Owl, Avon, Damsel in Defense, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Diaper Cakes by Heather, Dawns de lights, Passion Parties and Scentsy.  If you book your Thirty One party at this event – I will donate 10% of YOUR party sales to the cause!  What a great way to get FREE products AND help a GREAT cause.  

MEET THE RESCUES!  There will be Adorable adoptables  from S.A.V.E cat rescue and Bear Akita Rescue.  Come meet Elite USA 2013 Miss Teen New Jersey – Jessica De Forne
Founder of Crowns For Critters who will be doing face painting for the Kiddies!  Maybe I get her to do a purse on my cheek!

The event will be held from 12 – 5PM at the Bayville Elks, 247 Route 9, Bayville.  Stop by and visit, donate to the cause.  Our family has rescue pets that we love – Oreo (the crazy cat), Zoe (my daughter’s dog), and Turner (our “adopted” daughter’s dog).  My hubby is just hoping that I don’t come home with ANOTHER rescue animal.  I am not sure that Oreo could handle sharing her “princess role” with another pet.  


Hope to see you there!  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!