Inspiring Women (05/17)

Healing a Broken Spirit

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Today’s verse cuts deep, because I have experienced its truth. I have days, where my heart is filled with joy. A joy-filled spirit that puts me in an exhilarating place. While this is true, my spirit is met with much grief too.

A joy-filled heart is curative balm, but a broken spirit hurts all the way to the bone (Proverbs 17:22; VOICE).

A broken spirit is one of the hardest things to face. I don’t think there are many words which accurately describe this place I get stuck in – where my soul is almost paralyzed {only I feel too much}.

Note: As we talk, just remember the struggle involved in these times. Celebrate the small steps, because it’s victory.

Take heart, God is with you! Keep trusting Him and relying on His strength!

Step One: Prepare for it. Knowing one’s triggers helps – immensely. You can avoid some of the moments of brokenness.

This Summer, I knew the need to prepare for what was coming. I didn’t want to be unprepared for the rough moments of Summer. So I am studying the book of Psalms, and using this group to help stay encouraged!

I invite you to come and join us for this time of seeking Jesus and His joy!

Step Two: Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is the weapon we need to utilize. Remember, prayer is a conversation between us and our Lord Jesus. Prayer is where we can “let it all out” and be built up. God wants to be the One helping us through this!

I want to take a moment to just share something with you.

God is real and loves you sooo much. If you haven’t met Him or talked in a while, pull up a Bible and just take time to sit with Him. Share with God what you are facing and feeling, because He wants to hear from you.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully (1 Peter 5:7, AMPC).

. . . present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).

As you spend these moments focused on God. Put on some praise music. Keep reading your Bible (or Bible app). God wants to help us during these difficult moments, and these are tools.

Worshipping God is our greatest weapon against a broken spirit. Let’s give our broken spirit as a worship offering, and watch Him give us joy and heal our broken spirits.

Step Three: Stay connected to Christ’s church. These dark hours are when it is most difficult to reach out for support. Everything can seem like too much effort. Give it a try, as you are able to. Text a friend, and be honest. Find support within your spiritual family, the church, where you can be guided closer to Jesus and have your needs prayed for.

. . . And if you need someone, I am here for you too. It can be difficult to find support, where we can share honestly how we are. And truthfully, I am still learning how to apply step three. It’s an ongoing struggle, too.

In Christ,

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Inspiring Women (05/17)

The Jesus-Girl Who Confesses

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As daughters of God who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, we need to willfully enter our prayer closet and bring before God our desperate need for His forgiveness and deliverance.

The most sacred thing in our lives, is our relationship with God. No act of human influence can compare to Jesus Christ who has touched our souls, for He has chosen to rescue us!

Lord, I told you about the evil I have done. I am sorry for my sin (Psalm 38:18; ERV).

This is what we need to do, because we are accountable to God for what we have done. While we may avoid this truth, if we could, the reality is – we can’t hide from our sin. No one has been able to successfully hide from their sin. Adam and Eve tried to, but they ended up only hiding from God. Walk out of the darkness, by entering Jesus’ well-lit presence!

Before we can become a woman of influence, we have to be a woman with a humble heart who acknowledges her sin before a most holy God. We must allow Jesus Christ into our lives.

Here are some truths we must grasp –

(1) God is set apart, and cannot even look upon sin.

O Lord my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal. . . But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil (Hab. 1:12a, 13a, NLT).

(2) Even though it is uncomfortable to think about our sin, let’s find comfort in our Christian community where we all must confess our sins and turn from them. Also, let’s confess to one another, so we may be prayed for and healed.

But he was wounded and bruised for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace; he was lashed—and we were healed! We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us! (Isaiah 53:5-6, TLB)

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16, ESV).

(3) Most importantly: As we repent of sin, let’s celebrate Jesus Christ as our Redeemer. He has paid the ultimate price, and loved us with an eternal love.

. . . Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice (Psalm 51:7b-8, NKJV).

I invite you to enter a quiet place, where you can talk to God about the struggles with sin and seek His forgiveness.

Want to learn more about confession, sin, what God says, and having a relationship with Jesus Christ? I am hosting a daily devotional on 1 John over at Indoor Outreach. Join us, as we dive into God’s Word!

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Chronic Illness · Journal · The Overcomer Life

Fighting Well When Weary

I have been sick for quite a while. Some days or weeks, are miraculously better than others. Then you have days like these, where there’s just debilitating weakness and nightmares (meaning: lack of sleep). Everything is snowballing. So, the question you habitually begin to ask is. . .

“Would someone else do a better job if they were placed in my shoes?”

You wonder if someone else would have more success, if they were in your exact shoes.  You begin to consider if it’s not your circumstances, as much as it is somehow you.

The Gift of God’s Grace –

Even as I wrestle with this question, there is something I know to be fully true.

I know, it’s by God’s grace that I have accomplished all I have. And I know that this same grace God gives, is why I can remain encouraged and endure through my circumstances. Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, I am not alone and He is carrying me and my grief.

I may struggle with how well of a job I am doing, but I am still here. I am still fighting. I am still staying where I am planted, and trying to be on the look out for something good to spring up from the ground of my circumstances – that makes it all worthwhile.

Even so, I still can’t help but wonder about that thing. That question. “Would someone else do a better job?” The question, I guess, we all find ourselves asking at one time or another. Even if it is not in sickness, we each face our own unique battles.

Let’s resolve to give this to God. May I give this to my God, with whom I have a relationship, because His knowledge and strength are far greater than my own!

I am what I am. I give what I give. I just need to keep my sword of intentionality nearby, so I fight this battle well. I need to be able to fight well.

Be Intentional –

I need to remember to be intentional. While I can’t break from my struggles, I can choose how I fight my battles. And some days, I will lose. But, I need to figure out how to win.

Our circumstances are not our choice, but how we fight is.

Many of us face circumstances, where we cannot pause our circumstances to regroup ourselves. There’s comfort in knowing I am not alone. The struggles are, as I said, unique for each of us.

I need to remember I am doing my best. Even when I am too weak to fight. Even when I am tired of fighting. I need to be careful in how I fight and learn to fight well.

The Tools –

And, fighting well means not giving up. Summer will be difficult on my body, but I can’t give up. I have to continue enduring and learning which weapons are best suited to fight my battles, which includes –

  1. Stay deep in the Word. As for this Summer, I am working toward reading through the book of Psalms and blogging as I go.
  2. Keep praying and fellowshipping with my Lord Jesus.
  3. Trusting myself and more importantly Jesus Christ. I need to trust that I am doing my best with what I have been given and that my Savior is well pleased with me – regardless of my sickness.
Inspiring Women (05/17)

The Generous Giver

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As we enter into this conversation about how to be women of influence, women who share Jesus’ love and power through their lives, we are reminded today that we will be made rich.

You will be made rich in everything so that your generosity will spill over in every direction. Through us your generosity is at work inspiring praise and thanksgiving to God (2 Cor. 9:11, VOICE).

God is powerful, my friends. He is pouring out His generosity into our lives. He is allowing His generous love to infiltrate our relationships, serving opportunities, and many precious {yet impactful} moments. On a daily basis, God is working in and through us.

While our Lord Jesus is influencing and changing us by His Holy Spirit, He is enabling us to be generous and influence the lives of others.

Just as we have been radically changed, because God has placed someone in our path, our great God is giving us those same kind of opportunities – and He will provide whatever is needed for that moment.

A truth many of us (myself included) need to hear, because truthfully I don’t feel like I have all too much to give. I have little to give in money and energy, but desire to influence lives.

This reminds me that it is about our relationship with Jesus Christ. This allows us to influence others’ lives. God is the One who makes me rich, and will provide my needs. God is making us rich, even when we don’t see it. He is paving the way for us to follow Him in obedience. If He asks us to do something, He will provide all we need.

He is the One who will fill us up, so we have the energy and words to serve others – thus influencing others for His Kingdom’s sake. Too often, we try to serve others without meeting our own needs.

The women who make the most influence, are often those who make the most out of what they have. It’s not that they have much money, time, or other resources to give. It’s that these women are rich in their willingness to love God and others, and know God will meet their needs.

We need to remember our transformation. This is the place, where we sit at Jesus’ feet – in Bible study and fellowship with our great God. As we sit with Him, we are being changed from the inside-out. As we are changed and walk in our new identity, others are changed too.

 God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others (2 Cor. 9:8, TLB).

Inspiring Women (05/17)

The Jesus-Girl Who Prays

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

The influential woman is not always on-the-go. I know, many of us have this mentality of becoming this amazing superwoman – that never stops. However as women loved by Jesus, we need to remember to stop and sit at His feet.

The Necessity of Prayer –

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17, CEB)

Always keep on praying (TLB).

Let’s be women who are serious about their relationship with Jesus Christ! While we are going to talk about praying, as given to us by today’s verse, let’s focus on fellowshipping with Jesus.

Remember the words we find in 1 John 1:3b – “And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” We have been given honest fellowship with God, because Jesus has cleansed us of all sin.

The Choice –

In Luke 10:38-42, we are given this contrast between always serving and deliberating entering a space where it is just us and Jesus. It’s here we learn that fellowshipping with Jesus is the one needed thing.

More than anything, we need to make Bible study and prayer a daily reality in our lives and make our fellowship with Jesus – the priority. We need to push the invisible pause button, and sit down to be with Jesus. This is of greater importance.

The Challenge –

The Holy Spirit is beckoning us to come. Just come. Let’s lay everything else aside, and spend this time with our Beloved Savior. It’s needed, and can change our lives! It changed Mary’s life (see Luke passage), because she took the time to spend with Jesus.

Prayer, as many of us have experienced, is powerful. It is powerful, because we are calling upon the God of all nations to work on our behalf.

Prayer is simply fellowshipping with Jesus. It is choosing to use the Holy Spirit to call  up Jesus, and have a needed conversation. While our lives may be spiraling out of control with overcommitting ourselves, take a step back to just seek Jesus and allow Him to direct your path. This is when we can make the biggest difference. We have to work on our own selves, before we can influence others – for His Kingdom!

Sisters, we need to be praying women. We need to be women who choose to converse with our Lord Jesus. As we pray, God is going to work miracles on our behalf. Without making prayer a daily “must” in our lives, we are operating in our own strength.

We are daughters of God, based on our faith in Jesus Christ. We can “get by” on scraps we find here and there, or just maybe we can choose to answer the invitation to enter the feast given to us by King Jesus. We have to ask ourselves one question:

Will we live like daughters of the Most High God, or live like poor servants who have to frantically search to get by?