My Emotional Breakdown {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

Each of us face our own battles, and it’s an ongoing struggle. None of us have enough energy or power to face these struggles on our own. This is why this Scripture is of such great importance {click here for part one of this message}. Even though we may lack every resource needed to fight our battles, God holds the key. God is the key to conquering these struggles. Join me, as we think on God’s ability to tackle our problems.

Finally, be strong in the LORD and in his mighty power (Eph. 6:10, NIV).

Throughout Scripture, we are reminded that God is all powerful. Not only is our great God all powerful, He uses His power to influence our lives – for the better. God wants to help us with the great hardships we are facing.

We face so many things on our own, and the crazy thing is – we don’t have to. I have assembled a small list of Scriptures that have something to teach us, in response to learning about our God’s great power and how He is our Hero who wants to save the day in our lives.

We are more than conquerors, because of Jesus Christ who has loved us. This is what we are taught through Romans 8:37. We can have victory over our circumstances, because of our great God.

God’s Emotions in the Storm

God has been teaching me lately about the truths of Hebrews 4:14-16. I have been going through an emotional breakdown due to the season of life I am in. Life gets unbelievably hard, friends. I know that you know that, but there is something else to add to this.

God is the One who grieves with us. He is feeling everything we are going through. So, we don’t have to endure all the stuff of our lives – all on our own.

There are countless individuals who are struggling and maybe on the brink of doing something big – like taking their own life. Because, life gets hard. And when life gets hard, we become convinced that we are in this all alone. But friends, this is far far away from the truth that we find in the Bible.

See, God wants to pour His strength into our lives. God wants to hold us, weep with us, revive our broken spirits, heal our wounds, and take us to a place of greater heights where we find His joy and peace.

Let’s resolve to stay close to Jesus Christ! Right now, in whatever you are facing, cling to Jesus. We have an amazing God who wants to be everything you need right now, but you have to be willing to seek Him.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13).”

In Christ,

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Psalm 1 {Summer ’17}

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. But they delight in doing everything God wants them to, and day and night are always meditating on his laws and thinking about ways to follow him more closely (Ps. 1:1-2, TLB).

In this Psalm, we are reminded that we can either: spend our time with the wrong kind of people or center our lives around God’s Word. The difference between the two – is life changing.

Oh, the joys of those who . . . delight in doing everything God wants them.

We are given the opportunity to be excited about the Word of God. We can open our Bibles, and hear directly from God day or night. We can find excitement in our lives, through our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We don’t have to turn to sin or the wrong kind of friends, in order to feel soul satisfied.

More than anything else, God wants to show us how much happier we would be – if we sat at His feet and let His Words transform our lives (and even our circumstances).

Meeting with God brings prosperity. It isn’t about choosing friends with the right connections. If we want things to go well in our lives, we need to seek after the Lord. Let’s take this Summer, to read the Bible and take our cues from God. He has soo much to share with us, as we come and bring all that we are – to Him.

Our relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, is the most important one we have. Our great God has chosen to make His dwelling place with us, out of shear love and desire to be with us. While things arise making it difficult to meet with the Lord, we can still make that choice to be with Him. It may look totally different from one day to the next. But, this is a choice we will not regret.

Being with Jesus leaves us changed men and women. Remember what is said about the Apostles in Acts? People knew they had been with Jesus. Their lives were completely changed, because they spent time with Jesus. May the same be true for us too!

[Those who devote themselves to God and His Word] are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper (vv. 3).

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13, NIV).

Just a reminder: Our Psalms study is kicking off in the Facebook group. Don’t be shy, just hop on over and join us – as we read through the Psalms this Summer! {Also note: I am in the process of updating my blog, to merge the chronological//psalms blog with this one}

In Christ,

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Dwelling in His Beauty {{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!

Women of God, we have been given an imperishable beauty – that comes from Christ alone. In this day-and-age, it is easy to be consumed with our outward beauty, but we are far more than just external beauty. God has made us His daughters, and we can become even more beautiful with each day that we follow Jesus Christ.

Our Scripture

Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit that is so precious to God (1 Peter 3:4, TLB).

. . . but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious (ESV).

Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in (MSG).

Circumstances Can Make Us Beautiful!

No matter what is going on in our lives, we can cultivate inward beauty. We can become women who are quiet and gentle – without losing our chance to “be strong and courageous” as Joshua 1:9 teaches.

Each of us is given an unique set of circumstances in our lives. Although these things are difficult, they continue to make us more beautiful on the inside. This is part of the pruning process we are given. We learn about this dreaded, but beautifying process in the book of John. In chapter 15, Jesus has a much needed talk with His disciples. Although He was going away, He reminds them of their need to stay connected to Him (which is accomplished with the Holy Spirit).

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me (John 15:4, AMPC).

As followers of Jesus, girls, we need to stay deeply connected to Jesus. We need to find ourselves clinging to Him – regardless of the circumstances of today.

The difficulties of today, will enable us to experience the fruit of tomorrow. This is the beauty that lasts. Jesus wants to make us even more beautiful.

Our eyes need to be on the prize, which isn’t a stash of newly bought makeup for our faces to hide the real appearance of who we are.

Instead this eternal prize is the beauty of Jesus Christ, powerfully on display – as we live out our lives.

This is the goal worth pursuing. This is the beauty that can still remain when we are old and grey.

As long as we are pursuing Jesus Christ and welcoming His love pursuit of us, we are choosing inner beauty as the priority. Choosing inwardly beauty doesn’t mean never wearing makeup again. It only means, we are choosing the better thing.

Be Bold in Christ {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the month of May, 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!

With today’s verse, we could go ten million different ways. It is a Scripture we all know and love (granted, it is a bit scary too!). But, how do we become strong and courageous? And honestly, depending on our circumstances, how big of a difference does some courage make?

Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9, TLB).

In the first chapter of the book of Joshua, a new leader is in town. Joshua, the assistant to Moses, stepped up and began to lead the people. In this chapter along with the following commentary, we learn that the way we lead our lives – really does make a difference.

Asbury Commentary reminds us of the context of this passage.

God commanded Joshua three times (vv. 6, 7, 9) to be strong and very courageous. Then, for good measure, the people said they would follow Joshua if he would be strong and courageous. . .

Pondering –

We might be bold enough to bring up the obvious. We aren’t Israel’s leader. We aren’t tasked with the enormous mission to lead millions of stubborn people, so they make it to the land God was promising them.

Their faith was dependent on how Joshua led. Likewise, how we live will either draw us near to God or away from Him.

Even though we are not Joshua, we still need to listen to the truth of Joshua 1:5-9.

Clinging Truth –

In Joshua 1:9, we are urged and reminded that we can be strong and courageous because God is going with us. This is perhaps the greatest reason to take this verse and apply it to every area possible in our lives. We need to pray this verse of our lives, and that of those around us.

The greatest motive is knowing we will never be alone. This life can be awfully lonely, at times. In our circumstances, we can find ourselves experiencing even more loneliness. But, God is arming His following daughters – with strength, grace, and boldness.

As women, we don’t have to passive. We can be strong and impactful too, because we are created by the Most High God! This means something big for us, ladies.

This is a tremendous truth that would radically change our lives. It would just change everything about us and our lives. Our relationships would even be different, because we are going to be the strong daughters our great God is calling us to be!

It is only because of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we can live boldly! We have to decide if we want to accept the boldness the Holy Spirit equips us with. Choose today who you will be and who will guide your life.

 

Following Perfection Versus Jesus

I have been feeling led to study 1 Timothy for quite a while. As I study, I generally blog about whatever it is – that I am studying. The Timothy study is tugging at my soul frequently these days, reminding me of where I need to be.

Why haven’t I committed to this study? I have perfectionist tendencies and set lofty expectations I cannot realistically meet. My heart and physical abilities are in two separate places, and must be able to meet.

Developing Courage

We miss so much when we put everything on hold – in case we can’t follow through as planned. Our expectations cannot be more important than God and relationships.

Here is the thing: Perfectionist level expectations can strain those relationships and hold us back, to the point where we won’t immerse in our friendships or read our Bibles without the promise of expectations being met.

The Real Question

How willing are we – to step out in faith, where we trust Jesus Christ to make us courageous people?

We have been called to be strong and courageous. Every little bit we give to God is a worship offering. Just because we miss our own expectations, does not mean that we somehow miss His or those of loved ones. We have to be willing to lay down our own expectations, and exchange it for time with Jesus and those we care about.

Allowing Ourselves to Worship

It goes back to the truth of being a living sacrifice. When we give ourselves to God, we become an acceptable offering.

Jesus Christ is the key ingredient. We need Jesus to be the One leading us, even in our expectations. He is the One who enables us to set reasonable expectations for ourselves and those around us. So, let’s make our lives about our relationship with Jesus Christ.

While my best efforts aren’t enough, I have a Father whose resources are unlimited. This Father of mine is willing to help out His sons and daughters in any and every way – as we call upon His name. We may not meet our own expectations, but this is the place where we meet the grace and amazing love of our great God.

Choosing Wisely

Standing in this place of  God’s love and grace is where we can allow ourselves to make a trade. We can trade in our high expectations, for the opportunity to stand in awe and worship God – as we trust Him to make a way.

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9, NRSV).

Friends, we must choose whether we want to follow our perfectionist tendencies or Jesus Christ – the Living God. Our lives are messy and out-of-control, which may lead the perfectionist march, but Jesus Christ is more than enough. He doesn’t have to try to be, for He is perfect!

As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure (Ps. 18:30-32, NIV).

Until next time,

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