Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

Today I must share a post written from my beautiful sister which can be found on her blog...You may need a tissue or two, but just remember how incredibly loving our Awesome God is as He reveals His abundant grace.

The following was written by: Joanna Stevens Gaines

It was pouring down rain and cold this morning as I was on my way to drop the kids off at school. I am sure we are the family known for always being late, because we are always late. But not today, for some miraculous reason, everyone was dressed and emotionally ready to walk out the door at 7:45. On the way there, I passed by a kid who was standing in the pouring rain at the city bus stop. Not realizing my kids were listening, I said quietly, "Oh, that poor boy is waiting for the bus and he is soaking wet." Their ears perked up and they said "Why are you sad mom?" I knew if I told them they would without reservation tell me to go get him. I ignored them for three blocks and wrestled with it in my mind. "What if he's a.... or what if he does...". My instinct told me he was just a young kid who was drenched and cold, waiting for the bus to take him somewhere important...hopefully.
My kids were still pressing me on why I said what I said earlier. I finally just told them about the boy at the bus stop. What I saw as an opportunity to run from, they saw as an opportunity to help. They said, "Why wouldn't you pick him up, can we please help him?" Side note: I am not condoning picking up random strangers and taking them places. I am however encouraging you that if God impresses it on your heart to do something... do it.
I turned the car around and we headed that way. I rolled my window down and asked if he needed a ride and he started running my way. His backpack was falling, his glasses were foggy, and he was indeed wet. He said, "Thank you so much for doing this ma'am. I am not a weirdo or anything, I live at the Methodist Home across the street." He started telling me about himself and I was amazed at how polite and educated he was. His name is George, he has been a foster kid all his life, moving from home to home. His parents were illegals from Honduras and they got deported when George and his 3 siblings were young. The mother made the choice to leave them here because she wanted a future for her children. George and his brothers and sisters have lived apart all their lives. He keeps in touch with them often and He said he talks to his mother once a week. He is 18 now and George says she still cries every time she talks on the phone with him. She hasn't seen her son since he was 3.
I asked him how he has gotten through all this and he said, "I have learned that I just have to adapt to whatever comes my way. Yes it is sad not having parents, but I make the best with what I am given." Good stuff George.
He needed a ride to the technical college in town, he is a freshman studying culinary arts. It was funny because his girlfriend called and she said, "George! you don't get in cars with women!", his response, "Julia, she is old and has kids." Old?! I laughed out loud.
I realized this morning that God's grace stretches over the vast sea of all our circumstances and needs. Today, I need grace to train my kids to stop fighting, yelling and hitting each other. I need grace to see the beauty in all the noise. In Honduras, George's mom needs grace to make it another day without all the noise. This morning, George needed grace to know that He has a Father in heaven that knows him by name. He cares for him and on a rainy day like today, his Father asked a paranoid mom to show him love and simply take him to class.
Let God's grace get you through today, and if it is overflowing, let it pour out onto your husband, your children and those around you who are in need.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Will I focus on the prize or the fall?

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

Ephesians 6:10-18 & Philippians 4:13

Are the failures, disappointments, discouragements and seemingly continual rejections about to get you to bend and call it quits?

Take a look at this and get inspired by this 'triumphant victorious reminder' of what we are able to do when we focus on The Prize and not the fall...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stance of Victory...

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary."
~ Galatians 6:9 ~

I sit here at my desk wondering, pondering and squinting my eyes to see the letters form into words that seem to be swirling violently in my head.

What shall I write?

In this very moment as my fingers dance upon the keyboard, it is as if I can see both literally and figuratively a person throwing in the towel and giving up. Another one I can see has a countenance of frustration, throwing their arms up in protest as they shout, "I give UP!"

Are you about there?
Are you fed up with someone or something?
Okay...hold on.
Do NOT fear.
In this very moment make yourself aware to God's presence revealed by Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Stop what you are doing. Cease what you are thinking. 
Put a halt to what you are planning of how you are going to get them back or how you are not going to help them out anymore.

Although what I am about to write is a conundrum, I challenge you to 'hear the quietness', feel the peace and now breathe in and slowly breathe out, saying THAT POWERFUL NAME...Come on, you can do it!  Say the Name of JESUS.

Now, let me ask...Are you frustrated because your child, whom you have taught and loved on...are they going down the path of destruction?  Is this causing  fear, embarrassment, and sleepless nights?  Are you asking, "What did I do wrong?"  "What could I have done differently?"  Now 'hear' me, I urge you, I plead with you...don't go there.  This is the moment you focus on the Lord and His destiny over their lives.  Your child or children's choices are not a reflection of what you have taught them...they are making their own choices.  This is not about you...this is about what you need to do right now..."What's that?" You may be asking...let me tell you...PRAY.

I encourage you in this moment.  Ask the Lord God, "Lord, what do you say about 'your' child's life?"  Be still and allow the Lord to minister what He has already placed within them.  Now speak that over your child/children's lives.  If they are rebellious, then praise God right now that He put that rebellion in them to rebel against sin.  Now begin to declare that your child is a Rebel against darkness and radically abandoned to the assignment of God, longing for the same freedom over others in Jesus name.

Maybe you have a child who is a 'people pleaser' and in this they are vulnerable to the traps of falling into peer pressure.  I encourage you in this moment, begin to declare, "Father, I thank you that 'your' child (Say their name) is all about pleasing You.  He/she longs to please You and desires to see others take pleasure in his/her obedience to You.

Perhaps you have a child who is addicted to drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc. Begin to declare, "Father, I thank You that 'Your' child is transferring their addiction of these things to being addicted to You for the rest of their days.  Lord, as they seek You out, they will not only 'find' You but will also cling to You revealing the Glory of Who You are.

Let us begin to pray from the stance of Victory versus from the perspective of defeat.

What is it that you need?  If you need prayer or a 'Triumphant Victorious' declaration of praise spoken over you, then first of all, I encourage you, do not hesitate to call out on the Name of Jesus.  As you do this, if you want, please feel free to email me at and I would love to encourage you by the power of God's Holy Spirit, His Holy Breath and Holy Wind.

God bless you today!  Look up!  If you're down, then get up because there are others in this race called "life' that need to be lifted up too.  God has placed something inside of you to give to someone else.  Come on! Let's go and be reminded that we are on the 'Triumphant Victorious' side as we choose The One True God of Victory!