Showing posts from August, 2011

The witnessed aftermath of a fatal car accident

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "O my God! There's an accident happening right now!" As soon as I heard my friend say it, simultaneously we saw a tractor trailer come up off the ground and back down. Debris flew every which way as the 18-wheeler slowly came to a stop. The front hood of the large truck was now twisted metal, barely connected. In that same moment, we noticed fuel streaming from the 18-wheeler and leaking out onto the f

Reminder of God Who is Faithful!

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written By: Teresa Criswell "If we are faithless , He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself." ~ II Timothy 2:13 ~ I am so humbled as I look back. It is not regret of my past that leads me to this humbleness, it is the Awesomeness of God that has led me to repentance NOT regret. I shake my head in awe as the recollection of self-inflicted pain, lies, manipulation, and gossip were what people associated me with. As I reminisce of those times; I am not feeling condemned, yet I am in awe of God's Majestic Love over my life in spite of who I was. I am in awe of God's great mercy over my life. I am truly overwhelmed that He saw past the wretchedness and by Faith, because HE is FAITH spoke forth and knew what He meant for me to become in Him and with Him through Jesus Christ. I look upon this girl I once was. I don't see her as me, but as another person, longing to embrace her, then

August 20, 2011, "Surviving?"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by the Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell I Corinthians 13:4-13 To Do List for the day: Wake up (Check) Survive...Have you had those days where you only see evidence of barely getting by? Do you feel like you're in a 'rut'? Does it seem that if you were to describe your life in a form of exercise, it would be likened to walking on a treadmill? You know...the same place, same time, same scenery, just different day on the calendar. How do we get off the treadmill of survival and into the life of right now? Can you imagine with me for a moment? Notice the sky above you as the clouds seem to drift away in the majestic declarations of God. Notice the sounds of nature notifying all of creation who they were so intricately and beautifully created by. In awe as I walk, I finally see the souls who drive by in their vehicles. Who are they? Marvelling at the question, "What did God intend them to be?" Do

*Revised* August 9, 2011, "How is your story being written?"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by The Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." ~ Hebrews 12:2 ~ Anticipation. Expectation. The wonders of what we may encounter as joy and excitement are coupled with wanting time to stand still is an aweing thought that compels us to enjoy every waking moment with one another. The moment we knew would come has met up with us in this dimension of time with rapid acceleration. We are so grateful to The Lord to have had a week full of memory bank moments, and the interest accrued is priceless. Of course, in this week of great fun, I think of all the years prior made up of successes, laughter induced by happy times, great hopes and dreams fulfilled, and then the other moments that make up the 'DNA' of our live
Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by The Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell 1 Peter 4:8 and Proverbs 10:12 Do you have a hard time loving or even 'loving on' your spouse? Not me, and the reason is because I don't get to see him often. The undeniable privilege to spend time with him, as not only my husband, but someone's son and my daughter's father is truly amazing. This post is not to awaken condemnation, but to awaken a love and passion from you over your spouse. Don't wait until they are gone to long for them, let us long for them now. You know there is a sad saying, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"...this is a fact, but it doesn't have to be the truth. May our hearts grow fonder even when we are together. Faith goes hand in hand with love...and love which is God, covers a multitude of sins, including annoyances and ugly flaws. Thinking about this truth, I would only hope that my husband love me in that way with all of my fl
Triumphant Victorious Reminders Inspired by The Holy Spirit Written by: Teresa Criswell "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fulness." ~ John 10:10 ~ How is it that we get to be part of God's amazing, eternal story here on earth? There are numerous stories that consist of incredible, devastating pain, grief, hate, and evil, and yet even in all of this there is this vast, abundant power from God Who reveals much healing, restoration, and redeeming stories of Who He is in the midst of it all. What are you going through? Do you believe God is more than able to redeem your story, unfolding His great destiny over and in your life even in the midst of herrendous destruction? At some point our healing is revealed when we shift our question to "What are 'they' going through?" However, am I willing to find out? But, where do I begin? I keep hearing I can begin where He began with me...His amazing, wondr