Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gratefulness Timeline

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

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"
~ II Corinthians 5:17 ~

It was July or August, 1986 I received my first pair of glasses, at age 11, about to enter the 6th grade (Almost 30 years ago to this moment).



August 10, 1998, my life would lead to change like I never imagined in which I married the man of my dreams.  The protector and provider and the hilarious man of my life.







March 27, 2000, my world, our world would forever change as we met our world changer; our bold, brave warrior Tristin Keelea (Pronounced Key-lee)

























October 2002, My parents flew to Michigan as dad made a ring for each of his daughters - and wanted to personally give it to me and pray over me even while I was not walking with the Lord and then five months later that ring became a point of contact for something that would be for the marking of eternity...






March 6, 2003, EVERYTHING changed for eternity as I had a life changing encounter with God through the power of the Holy Spirit revealing Jesus as I awoke to His sweet, gentle touch which led me to the office where I sat with Him as I wrote for the first time in my journal that I had bought the day before - and that journal would become one of many that would express my praises to The King!



February 1, 2004, it was a life altering decision for a young boy, age 11, Tim's son Cody and my bonus son would add to our family of three to a family of four. It was challenging as I grew up even more so into the mother I needed to be for these two children, and it was an honor to raise this young man who is now been married for 5 years to the "daughter-in-love" of our dreams!






March 14, 2004, began writing my book, "God Is Enthralled by Your Beauty"

March 7, 2007, the book was finished




In 2007, God used a movie, "The Joy Luck Club" to cause me to fall in love with my beautiful Korean mom. Years prior as a little girl a lie had been sown into my mind that somehow she wasn't proud of me and even ashamed of me as I struggled in school with good grades and was the class clown - yet in reality, the truth was she and dad were the ones who cheered for me, taught me so much, prayed for me without ceasing and realizing all those times I was loved and celebrated the most by her and when she disciplined me, it wasn't because she wanted to, it was because she was trying her hardest to get the rebellion out of me so that I would live a life of honor, character and integrity so that I would not be shunned or looked at as foolish.  That movie made me cry out to God and ask Him to forgive me for all those times I dishonored her and my dad...and yet they still were for me - and from that moment our relationship has only blossomed, revealing the grace of God like only He can reveal! I'm still in awe...God used a movie in my relationship toward my beautiful mother...



So much has happened in between these moments and then yesterday, that moment I've been believing in God for...for many years...and in a moment it seemed like a "SUDDENLY":

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Too short for this?

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



For those who need pithy/short version:
GOD IS FOR YOU AND NOT AGAINST YOU! He has proven it by Holy Spirit Who is within you - more powerful than every evil combined!

Detailed version:
Holy Spirit whispers His rest and bids you to know that He has you, your family and if there are any "next steps" - as you walk in Him, the steps will be unveiled upon movement all the while trusting and your mind being still KNOWING HE IS GOD. Nothing is too difficult for Him. Nothing. You have more favor than you know what to do with - there is a "plenty" mindset replacing all "poverty" mindsets in Jesus name. Your declaration in life will be, "Is His arm too short for this?" And with laughter, you will rhetorically say, "NO WAY!" Simply declare the Pleading of the perfect Blood of Jesus over your (As our pastor Chris declares) faith, family, finances and future. Life in Christ is not a struggle - it's an adventure and I believe you're beginning to see that more and more. The struggle is around us - but we will not be touched by struggle - struggle will be touched by us because it is pulverized in Jesus mighty name and we are beginning to know the authority we have been given in Christ Jesus!

Do you know we sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus? We see from His glorious perspective!

Scripture references:
Romans 8:31
Psalm 46:10
Psalm 119:105
Jeremiah 32:27
Genesis 8:14
Romans 12:1-2
Hebrews 9 & 10
Ephesians Chapters 1 & 3
Ephesians 2:6
John 10:10