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Announcement || 2 Week Hiatus

Hey friends,

I wanted to touch base with you all and give a little announcement. I am going to take a two week break from our study {Inspiring Women}.

There are a couple reasons for this decision. One of which is the busyness of these next two weeks (A graduation, Vacation Bible School (VBS), beginning of Summer, that sort of thing). You may see me “pop in” from time to time. Although, I make no promises.

Want more devotions? Check out this page, where I will be continuing a daily devotional on 1 John.

Also, don’t forget: On June 1st, our new Facebook group will begin studying the book of Psalms for the Summer months. Join us!

Speaking of Psalms, I recently discussed my struggle with depression and the need to purposely read through the Psalms – as a way to walk through this difficult season with the reminder of our great God and how He will help me… help us, through whatever we face.

The season of depression has hit, so this is another reason for this little hiatus. If I need to extend the time period, I will definitely let you all know.

It is my hope that I will be able to work through some of this and be back soon, but as we know depression is unpredictable.

Those things listed in the above mentioned article, are going to be lived out. I am going to make prayer a priority, increase my “Bible intake” (time spent reading the Word of God), turning on praise music (because I know it makes a difference), and then make deliberate choices to try and stay connected to Christ’s church.

I have to say this one thing: I wish, I didn’t have to share this struggle or have a hiatus. But by sharing, I know people are praying.

By praying, we know God will hear His people’s prayers and answer them according to His will.

We can know He will strengthen us in our time of great need. He will keep us drawing near to Him, and help us to move {even in baby steps, movement is movement} through the difficult things we face.

We can choose to step back and worship Him through the storm, and that is what I am going to be doing – while I am gone.

I am going to be worshipping Jesus, and allowing Him to be my strength. I am going to allow Him to teach me that my strength doesn’t have to be enough, because His strength is absolutely enough and He will restore my joy.

In Christ,

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Inspiring Women (05/17)

Giving Our Best {Inspiring Women}

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!

Dear friend, you are important. You are important to those within your community of family and friends, but most importantly you are soo much more important in the eyes of our generous God! This is why God sent His Son Jesus Christ, to redeem us! God has poured out His love, and shown us how much we mean to Him.

As God pours out His love into our lives, through His Son Jesus Christ, He is inviting us to join Him in inspiring those around us. We get the opportunity to share God’s amazing good news with others and love them as He does.

We have been offered the opportunity to influence others, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By the power of God, lives are changed.

God is taking all the necessary steps, to ensure you are equipped to inspire other women who are in your midst. Sometimes it feels like our best isn’t enough to inspire others, but it is – because of the power of God. In a variety of circumstances, God is pointing others to His love through our lives. It is all coming together, and for His glory!

Whatever work you do, do your best. This is because you are going to the grave. There is no working, no planning, no knowledge and no wisdom there (Ecc. 9:10, ICB).

As we follow Jesus Christ, we are invited and even urged to give God our best. We can give God our best in many areas. Our relationship with Him is the most important of all areas, though.

God wants for us to give ourselves fully to Him. He has held nothing back from us. In our lives, every single choice allows us the opportunity to worship and grow more deeply in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We make decisions every day. Let’s consider how we can give God our best. Instead of settling, let’s dig deeper and give Him our best! He will lead us on and impact many others in their response to His pursuit of them.

As those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, let’s be willing to fight to give God our best. May we resolve to fight in this battle, so we can give God our best in whatever we do.

The best part is seeing how God allows our inspiring moments, to touch lives in a memorable way. These things last long after we got up the courage to love and inspire other women in our lives.

While God is infusing our bodies with His supernatural power, there is no limits to how we can inspire others and help them to seek after Christ. Each decision to give our best, can draw others to Himself in the process.

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.