Praise Before Panic {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.

We can apply today’s Scripture to any area of life. While I was contemplating on if I was well enough prepared to write on this Scripture, I now know this is an important truth for any area of life.

Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries with his feet [acting impulsively and proceeding without caution or analyzing the consequences] sins (misses the mark). – Prov. 19:2, AMP

As I previously mentioned, I underwent a medical test. Any medical test can have the ability to be over-analyzed. I am thankful for the reminder to spend time considering my spiritual needs too. Before my big test, I sought out how to remain encouraged and Spirit-filled.

Typically, I prepare for specifics in regards to medical tests – by choosing a Scripture to focus on. Without this plan, I would be left in a dangerous spot. Without choosing to deliberately focus on our risen Lord, I might be unfriendly to the medical staff or inconsolable.

As I write this, I am in awe of what our God can do. Just as it is not good to act impulsively or fail to plan, we have to remember the goodness of our Lord. When I was placed into the MRI machine, I was not feeling very encouraged. To God be all glory, honor, and praise: He placed an ideal song on my heart. I didn’t belt out lyrics or move, but it encouraged my heart so much.

“Fearless” by Travis Ryan is likely one of the best songs to heart sing, in the midst of a medical test that is as tight in space as a coffin. It gets me a little bit emotional as I share this, because heart singing praise music isn’t something I would have expected. This was the best way God could have met me in the midst of my great need of remembering His presence and promise to stay with me.

Fearless, make us fearless | Give us courage for You are with us | Fearless, make us fearless | Come and mark us with Your boldness

God is in the details of our lives. While He was in total control during my medical test, I don’t want to consider my joy level had I not prepared.

Friends, let’s be lovers of Jesus who want to prepare and remember that we are forever His!

We need to seek His face and act wisely. Whenever we act impulsively, it can draw us away from our Lord and cause us to sin.

This is a testimony of how God meets us right where we are. Even in deep needs, God will meet us and act on our behalf – through His Holy Spirit.

Fearing Bad News (Summer ’17)

Tonight’s verse is written out to meet me where I am. This is not to exclude the men who stumble upon my little blog. Remember: God wants to meet each of us where we are.


[She] does not fear bad news; [She] confidently trusts the Lord to care for [her]. [She is] confident and fearless and can face [her] foes triumphantly (Ps. 112:7-8, NLT).

In our lives, we will face difficult days. All of us will, no exemption allowed. We will face difficult days, even more so as people who want to follow our risen Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel of John (ch. 14-15), I am reminded of this message: Because I follow Jesus Christ, I can expect difficult days. Also, I can experience the Holy Spirit and His peace in every season of life.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you (John 14:15-17, ESV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (vv. 27).”

This is why I can experience difficult days, yet not fear those same difficult days (or worse days). Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord, is the One with whom we have allowed our souls to be intertwined with. It is none other than King Jesus. We have allowed Jesus Christ, the King of the world, to enter our souls and to be one with.

For the follower of Jesus Christ, we have joined ourselves with our Creator in an unbreakable bond that lasts for eternity.

I have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, and allow Him into the deepest parts of my life. Although life is unpredictable, I can rest in knowing He doesn’t change. Although my health and relationships may greatly change from one season to the next, my God never changes His mind about me. He has chosen me to be His very own!

What have I to fear? I have Jesus Christ on my side. He is standing with me, giving me the strength to fight my Goliath’s.

While I may battle anxiety and fear, I have nothing to fear with God on my stand. Through this special relationship, I know Him and that He continues to hold me close through life’s difficulties.

This world may shake me to my core, but it cannot take away my faith in Jesus Christ. My foundation in Jesus Christ is essential. When I allow my life to be built upon Jesus Christ, I will be never find myself in “the wrong place” like I will – when I allow my choices and relationships to be built upon my own heart’s desires that often lead me astray.

In Christ’s grace I stand,

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Through Him we also have access by faith into this [remarkable state of] grace in which we [firmly and safely and securely] stand (Rom. 5:2a, AMP).

My Pursuit of Forgiveness {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.

In Colossians 3, we are reminded of the glorious hope found in Jesus Christ. We are made spiritually alive, through our Risen Savior. There is excitement in our new life, but we can become hesitant on topics like “forgiving others”. We are kind of like the Israelites in that sense, learning we can’t take our old life habits with us.

Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (vv. 13, TLB).

Why We Forgive

This isn’t something we can dance around. Forgiving others is an important struggle to endure, especially as we look to Christ who is our Source of hope. God has forgiven us of so much. He has gone through unimaginable pain to fix the relationship we have with Him. This is such a gift, friends.

We are given the opportunity to experience God’s power as we trust and obey Him in forgiving others.

While the world teaches us to hold a grudge, God has a very different take on forgiveness. We are commanded to forgive others, even when they have badly hurt us. God’s way is much different than how we likely used to think. God urges us to forgive and even tells us that “our heavenly Father won’t forgive us, if we don’t forgive others.”

The forgiveness we have received through Christ, should prompt us to forgive others. How can we experience the tender mercy of God, but not share it with others? A changed heart is what happens, as we experience the Gospel.

Friends: Keep fighting to honor God in your relationships. As we obey God by forgiving those who hurt us, we are choosing to put our faith in Jesus Christ before our pride (or emotions). In the Bible, God teaches us how to handle difficult relationships – which brings many blessings with it.

My Story

As I look back at relational conflicts, I am reminded of the heartache and pressing need to obey God by choosing forgiveness.

If we want God’s blessing and protection over our relationships, we have to be willing to obey His Word.

Partnership with God is what made the difference in my life. Things can get so messed up, but God is the One who restores as we continue following Jesus in the hard things. Forgiving others isn’t something I can do, but is made possible with Jesus Christ. He is the One who forgives and shows us how to really love others – with His strength.

God has responded to me in forgiveness – at the moment when I needed it the most. God’s grace isn’t based on our actions, but the heart of God that lovingly pursues us no matter how far we run. This is why we can forgive, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Hospitality: The Thing Lacking {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.

While we have many Scriptures left until we are finished with this series, we will be skipping around a bit and looking at hospitality. Our definition for hospitality is – “being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously (AMP).” 

Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! – Hebrews 13:2, TLB

A Key Aspect of the Christian Life

For the Jesus girl, she will seek after God – through prayer, His Word (the Bible), and by being an active part of God’s Church. Hospitality is the outpour of an intimate relationship with Jesus and being a daughter of the King.

This is an area, where many of us can grow. In our own lives, we probably don’t experience as much hospitality as God designed for us to. Our world is technology filled, and we have to make a deliberate effort to invite someone over or seek ways to deepen a relationship.

Hospitality is a worthy goal for Christian women who want to love God and influence other women in their walk with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Way We Love – Impacts Lives!

Indoor Outreach’s latest study taught me how loving God means loving others. And for the Jesus girl, hospitality is a key part of living out this commandment.

As we put our trust in Jesus Christ, God will show us how to love Him and people. As we expand in our love for God, it will spread over to how we love people.

Demonstrating a honest love for people is how we will impact many lives. People take notice, when we seek out ways to love them.

Obeying God’s Commands

Contribute to the needs of God’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality (Romans 12:13; AMPC).

In Romans 12:9-21, we are given a “blueprint” for how to live the Christian life. We aren’t left to guess on how to please a holy God. As we answer the call of following Jesus Christ, God wants to show us how to live the Christian life.

My Story –

In my own life, I have had to develop a willingness for hospitality – because it’s not my area. Yet, God calls me to obey His written word regarding loving others. It is through the Holy Spirit that I am learning to love others.

The Holy Spirit is God’s precious gift to His children who are following Jesus Christ. And, it is how God goes with me and equips me. I know I am pleasing to God based on Jesus Christ, but obeying God is what I am called to do. And so, I am trying to be honest with God about the struggle and obediently follow Him.

In Christ,

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5 Minutes with Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul

Quiet Time 4 Your Soul - 5 MinutesI want to share with you all a wonderful devotional that will fit into any type of schedule you could possibly have.

As a person with chronic illnesses, this devotional, 5 Minutes with Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul, is perfect for my life. It fits in with whatever kind of day I am having. This is a devotional I can use in my quiet time with Jesus, because it is just five minutes.

While each devotional is only five or so minutes, it is packed with much truth. Each day, Sheila and Sherri meet with us and share heartfelt truths. After this time of devotion, we met with a few Scriptures to help carry us through our day. These Scriptures share with us God’s truth about what we are learning. Truths we can hold onto. Truths that remind us God is greater. Life changing truths, that we can build our lives upon.

As the authors share with us in the introduction, our lives need a pause button. We need just a few minutes to catch our breath. Our time with Jesus is that time to breathe in and be given the strength to carry on.

God loves you. He never intended for you to live a frenzied, exhausting life. . . Jesus longs to give you the gift of rest, and it can begin with five minutes a day (p. 4-5).

Oh friend, let us come to meet Jesus. Maybe we don’t have much to give. Jesus Christ, the Living God, has much to give us. He wants to pour into our spirits and help us in our daily lives.

Even if you only have five minutes, this is more than enough time for you to meet with our Lord Jesus and find refreshment for your soul. I love this devotional, and look forward to the many treasures I will find in it. I absolutely recommend this devotional!

The 5 Minutes with Jesus series is the perfect way to start your day with a replenished heart.

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