I would be so very thankful if you are led to pray for me, Good News Ministry, my beloved handicapped ministry doggies, and the people worldwide the Lord is reaching through my heart and ministry.
I have recently been facing a flare-up of a long-time battle with anorexia, a digestive issue making it challenging to eat coupled with a bit of a sinus issue making me a bit run down, a big bout of anxiety which I have not had to this degree in a very long time, sadness in missing my family members who are very far away from my current location, missing New York City and all the ministry opportunities I had there, being pretty isolated in my current location especially with the season change, an ongoing big lack of financial support for the ministry despite a huge need for more people to step forward and donate and become Monthly Sponsors, my paralyzed doggy Mr. Simeon having a flare-up of some of his health issues, a big attack from the devil trying to get me to shut up and stop telling the world about Jesus, and lots of testing from the Lord.
I am THRILLED to tell you despite it all, I am filled with the love, hope, peace, and joy of the Lord Jesus Christ, I have every intention of going forward following the Lord in life and ministry, I refuse to stop telling the world about Him despite the devil’s attacks. and I am crying out to the Lord day by day for all I need to love and worship and serve Him with all my heart and to be able to continue helping people around the world to find and follow Him.
I would be thankful beyond measure for your prayers, and thank you in advance to anyone led to give to this ministry whether in helping with production and distribution of my tracts and devotionals and lara love’s Good News Magazine and/or in giving financially to help me fulfill my life’s calling for Christ.
Please enjoy today’s ONE MESSAGE below called the CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE STORY. I look forward Lord willing to doing much more writing as well as Video Devotionals and streets and beach ministry in the strength of Christ for the glory of Christ as His Holy Spirit fills me and leads me forth!
love & blessings,
Chocolate Chip Cookie Story
I went from years of not caring much for chocolate to eating so much chocolate at one point since going out on the road full-time for the Lord and ministry that several of my friends said they were worried about my health and said they would pray to God to take the chocolate out of my life. God answered their prayers despite how hard I wanted to hold onto my beloved chocolate, and the chocolate, double chocolate muffins, double chocolate cookies, chocolate frozen dessert, and chocolate chip cookies went bye-bye – for the time being anyway. Until I found myself facing an ugly flare-up of a decades-long battle with anorexia coupled with a digestive issue that caused me to lose my appetite and feel full most of the time. I figured chocolate chip cookies might spark my appetite and help me put on much needed weight as I desperately wanted to be pleasing and honoring to the Lord and whole and healthy for Him and my ministry work. So off I went one night to Wal-Mart to buy some deliciously yummy looking chocolate chip cookies.
The cookies looked so appetizing that I figured I would eat one on my drive back to the hotel where I was staying with my beloved handicapped ministry dogs. But there was a problem. No matter how hard I searched through the grocery bags in the dark of the car for those prized cookies while I held my other hand on the wheel and kept driving, I couldn’t find them! Turns out I had left them in the store! I was so down, dejected, and disappointed about those missing chocolate chip cookies only to discover the Lord wanted to use those missing cookies to give me a message – for me and perhaps for you reading this now.
Friend, I was so focused on those chocolate chip cookies I so wanted that I didn’t have an ounce of thanksgiving in my heart to the Lord for all the bountiful blessings in those grocery bags let alone in my life! The Lord helped me see that sometimes that is how some of us go through our lives. So upset about what we don’t have or so missing what we once had and have lost that we lose sight of all the blessings He bestows upon us and fail to be thankful to Him and to praise Him for how good He is to us each and every day.
Let us not miss God’s goodness, greatness, and countless blessings each and every day and remember to show Him our thanksgiving and praise in our hearts, out of our mouths, and in our actions – chocolate chip cookies or not!
This verse for me is such an awesome reminder that everything good comes from the Lord!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17
And I love how this verse inspires me to focus on praising the Lord continually no matter the circumstances of our lives. Even when our chocolate chip cookies are missing!
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
p.s. Rest assured I went back to Walmart and got some chocolate chip cookies. And I thank the Lord for His reminder to be thankful to Him for ALL His blessings – chocolate chip cookies included, hallelujah, oh yes!