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?

Inspiring Women (05/17)

Working for Jesus {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!

As daughters of God who follow Him faithfully, God wants to empower us in our acts of service. He wants to turn the simplest acts, into meaningful worship. Because we have the Holy Spirit, this is made possible.

Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men (Col. 3:23, AMP).

Whatever task we find ourselves doing, it needs to be for the glory of God. While we may be tackling a typical “to do list,” we can live our lives in such a way – that people are drawn to Jesus Christ because we chose to live for Him (see Phil. 1:21). Even if we are simply washing a dish, we can allow God to be the One we are doing it for, focusing solely on Him.

A few days ago, we talked about being guided by the Holy Spirit. When we are walking by the Spirit, everything else fades into the background. We are consumed by our Maker, and living only for Him! As we enter this new life, the Holy Spirit will cause on-lookers to take notice and glorify our great God!

God is the One who will reward us. When we make God our focus, we are –

  • Creating investing in our relationship with Jesus.
  • Freeing up our minds to focus solely on Him.
  • Pointing others to Him.

Best Efforts

We can easily become consumed in the act of doing. We are modern-day Martha’s (see Luke 10:38-42), where it is easier to perform tasks versus sit at Jesus’ feet. This is why we check our hearts, because we all have tasks to do.

While we may not love our jobs (or lack of) and daily tasks, we will have a different attitude when we realize we can worship God through it.

As someone with sickness, I can honestly say I want to have the opportunity to complete tasks. While circumstances often limit how I can serve, I am not given a pass on this verse. I have a passion to serve, and have small efforts to give.

The beauty in this arrangement of working for God is – we are still God’s daughter, even on the days when our best efforts are small.

We have a relationship with the King of Kings, and His love is unconditional. This drives us to serve God, rather than man. In Romans 12:1-2, we are reminded of the concept that our best efforts are a living sacrifice – a worship offering to our great God!

When we allow our Lord, our King, to be the object of our tasks, something happens! We need to remember that our God is –

  • the Source of our strength.
  • more than enough.
  • our Hope, Inheritance, and the One holding us together (see Col. 1:17).
  • the One equipping us to live out our faith in our tasks.
Thessalonians

Week 9: 2 Thess. 3:3 (God is Faithful)

Life can be intensely overwhelming and confusing at times. As we go through circumstances in our lives, we will be met with the reality of our faith – as it stretches or shrinks.

| The key is in seeking Jesus with whatever we have to give. |

Lately, I have faced difficult days, but the truth is – those days have forced me to remember God is faithful. He is the One I can truly count on. While I can’t “count on” better circumstances, I can expect God to be faithful – regardless of what I face. He is always available, holy, authentic, and loving.

God is always faithful and true to His Word! God has much to give us as we seek His face. He wants to pour into us His truths and the reality that He is for us!

God has declared His faithfulness and everlasting love, to us, through His Son Jesus Christ!

. . . Praise God for His faithfulness!

God’s Faithful – Even When We Aren’t!

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:3).

I am thankful for this week’s verse, because life can really beat me down. Yet in today’s verse, we are given the hope found in Jesus Christ.

. . . While I may find myself in a place where I am struggling to just hang on, God is ever-faithful! He is the One who gives me hope and carries me even when I feel like I cannot take one more small step.

The amazing part is – God meets each of us, right where we are, and reminds us He is faithful. He is absolutely for us and pursuing us. I am not sure what you are facing today, but know you are not alone.

God is with you, enabling you to hold on, and remember His hope found in Jesus!

God Reminds Us of His Truth

God reminds me in this place of sticky circumstances that it is about Him. It is about drawing near to Jesus Christ with our whole hearts and receiving what God has chosen to give us.

It is about the relationship we can have with our heavenly Father, because of His amazing love that reconciles.

It’s knowing that God

. . . will light the way.

. . .  offers us His hope found in Jesus.

. . . has made a declaration with His authentic love for us.

. . . stays with us, as we face life. Not only does He make His presence known, He is fighting for us – just as He has always done.

May We Resolve. . .

. . . to stay close to our Savior Jesus Christ and experience His hope and love for our lives. May we resolve to choose Him again and again, even if we are having a rough day. While difficult circumstances are not our preference, let’s allow this time to remind us of the great faithfulness of our God.

Yahweh, our great God, gives us three specific promises in this week’s memory verse –

(1) God is faithful.

(2) God will strengthen you.

(3) God will protect you from harm.

Thessalonians

Week 8: 2 Thess. 2:15 {Stand Firm, My Friends}

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15, NIV). 

I have this week’s memory verse posted in several places of our home. It has continued to serve me with the needed reminder to stand firm and hold fast to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Even though I finished week 8 many weeks ago, I haven’t been able to take it down.

It has provided necessary encouragement, throughout the difficult days, when giving up seems tempting.

Stand firm literally means to keep one standing. In order to stand our ground, we must remember the hope we have found in Jesus Christ. We cannot allow circumstances to cause us to waiver either to the left or right, if God has called us to a specific thing. Let’s trust Him and obey Him in that specific thing.

In order to persist, we need to remember Jesus Christ’s word – which has lovingly been given to us. While in the Bible we are taught many things about God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the life He is lovingly calling us too, this is where the Holy Spirit steps in. In many different scenarios I cannot tell you what God is calling you to do, but God definitely is able to do exceedingly more than you could ever ask Him to do.

He promises us wisdom when we ask for it, gives us the resolve to stand strong, and helps us to continue on. A message we all, including me, need to hear – because we can get weary at times. God is calling us to stand strong in our faith. It is impossible to do this, when we are not allowing ourselves the necessary time spent in His presence and reading our Bible.

Keep listening for His voice, as you persevere and seek Him above all things.

This is definitely one truth we need to hold close to our heart, as we seek to live out the truths we learn in the Thessalonians.

See Psalm 46:1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Eph. 3:20; James 1:5

Chronic Illness · Five Minute Friday · The Overcomer Life

FMF – Joy

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Welcome to this week’s edition of Five Minute Friday! This week’s theme is “joy”. FMF is a weekly online gathering of writers where we write for five unedited minutes. To learn more about Five Minute Friday, please visit Kate’s blog for more details…

After two decent health days, I am back to any motion of standing trying to bring me down like a deck of cards (which apparently means I rather skip dinner than stand again…). It’s been weeks of feeling like this. Nonstop almost, or so it seems. I could scream. I could verbally share my frustrations with the world, or even manipulate my facebook account into sending out word weapons in effort to share my true thoughts on the subject (of standing).

… But, it will not bring me joy.

Joy isn’t a feeling.

It has to be a heart felt response to – yes- our lives, but more than that. Joy is something God is capable of giving us – even when we feel like we are in a place that is quite rough.

Joy is deliberate.

It is found in my mindset, and where those thoughts wander.

It is found in what I choose to do with my time, mind, and energy level – while I sit in captivity and do anything but stand.

. . .

I started writing out the Word of God. As a chronically ill person, I have quantities of time available. But, that’s not my identity. My identity is wrapped up in my Savior, not these moments where I sit on my bed wondering what to do with myself for the rest of the day… God is where the joy is found.

I have been trying to write out the Word of God, in these moments. It’s a new habit I am forming. It allows me to get to know my Abba Father on a much more intimate level. This is where the joy is found.

While standing is not anything joyful, God is present in the storm. God is the One strengthening my body as I rise, and giving my heart the courage to stand.

God is the One giving me courage and joy, in midst of heartache.

While our trials don’t last forever (imagine that!), my God does. Scripture is clear. God endures forever. It is found in Scripture many many times. Just as God endures forever, so does every single one of His attributes – including joy. This is what He gives, He lovingly offers to those who have believed in His Son Jesus Christ and been called into His beautiful family!

During today’s Scripture writing, I came across this verse in 1 Corinthians 1:9.

“God is faithful! God has chosen you to share life with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord!”

I absolutely love this verse. Jesus is my forever companion, and that is where my joy is found!

Jesus is my full-time Companion who walks with me during the storm, and brings with Him joy to be available to me.

I really enjoyed Andrew’s guest post on Five Minute Friday. Be sure to check out his post.

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