My Emotional Breakdown {Inspiring Women}

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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 17 {Summer ’17}

These past few weeks, I haven’t been able to write like I usually do. Life has become difficult, but I am moving forward. I may be behind in my Summer Psalms study, but it’s okay. It is okay, that it might take much longer than anticipated. It’s about the journey. Some journeys take longer than others.


Today, I was able to write out a little bit on the Psalms. What struck me the most was – Psalm 17. In this particular Psalm, it just really hit me – as I began to write out verses 6-12.

Vicious Enemies

Life with chronic illness is hard. It literally feels like, I am being surrounded by vicious enemies who seek to put me in danger. I face a real battle, but I don’t do it alone. I have God on my side.

In verses 11-12, it really just strikes like lightening.

“They track me down and surround me, watching for the chance to throw me to the ground. They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart – like young lions hiding in ambush (NLT).”

Seeking After God’s Protection

As I read through this Psalm, I am continually reminded about the protection God gives to His people – His children. As I continue my journey in following Jesus Christ, I am standing under His protection. God is the One who will guard my life, even when things seem a bit more messed up than I am used to.

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
    Bend down and listen as I pray.
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
    By your mighty power you rescue
    those who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.
    Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
    from murderous enemies who surround me.

What Happens Next?

13 Arise, O Lord!
Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!

God will arise, and touch us in the deepest parts of our lives. God will rescue us, and bring us to a place of healing. He can heal even the deepest wounds (or battles) we face. Even the ones that we feel are too big to hand over to God. God stands ready to act on our behalf. We need to be willing to cry out to God.

The beginning steps of gaining victory over these battles isn’t in striking down our enemies. It starts before that, as we step up in following Jesus and prayerfully share with Him what is honestly going on in our lives. And then, He acts in power – defending His people.

31 What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else? (Rom. 8:31-32, TLB)

Job 21-23; Psalms 21-22

I got behind this weekend, so I am going to start anew today. I have read almost all the Psalms from January 7-8, but, not the chapters of Job. Hopefully, I can come back to those reading at some point.

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Assigned Reading for January 10: Psalms 21-22; Job 21-23

Psalms –

Chapters 21 – God shows us His strength in the way He treats us. The victory we seek, is in Him. Our trust rests in Him, where we cannot be shaken. God is the Authority over all of our foes. God loves us, and will act for us.

How are we praising God for His strength?

Chapters 22 – This psalm prophesies Jesus and His crucifixion. Throughout the psalm, we learn increasingly more about what Jesus faced and felt at the cross (and it was written long before Jesus was born in a manger). Jesus went through so much, for our sake. He is our Strength even now, when life seems like it is ruled by uncertainty. God is the One who gives us life, plans out the details of our lives, and listens to our heart’s cry – even crying with us. Jesus has come for us; He has done it, and brought salvation to all mankind.

For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help (Ps. 22:24).

Job –

Chapters 21-23 are what is on the agenda for today. We are half way through the book of Job. Can you believe it? I have been struggling with reading the book of Job lately, but I am trying to keep going – knowing it is about meeting God in this place and see what He says about the life of Job. It’s been interesting to read Job’s response to sufferings and then to read David’s heartfelt prayers on his struggles.

Job knew the character of God, as he made his case before God. He is outraged about how the wicked get to live in prosperity, while he struggles in his time of testing. But, I think his friends just added to its intensity. Eliphaz falsely accused him of even striping people of clothes, leaving them naked (see 22:4-10). They are convinced he has done something wrong – worthy of suffering like he faced. If there was one word for Job, it would be deliberate. Job is trying to find God, and his suffering adds to how he reacts to his friends, to God, to everything.

Our suffering is brought on, by being Satan’s enemies – quite honestly. Satan, our accuser, wants to destroy us and our faith in Jesus. But, we have already won the victory – because of Jesus Christ. Our hope is in Him! We have won – so stay the path, and watch how God will restore you and remind you of your hope.

When The Holy Spirit Speaks…

A few days ago, I mentioned things have been increasing in their difficulties. While things may seem to get worse before they get better, I am sooo thankful for the Holy Spirit. I have had many “ministering moments” lately, similar to what we see in chapter 4 of Matthew. We are reminded that the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, and that’s the One who is doing a lot of comforting in my life lately. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit, making sure I know that He is with me in this!

I wanted to share a few truths, today. These are truths I am learning to hold onto in my trials. And, it is my hope that they will help you too – in whatever season you find yourself in today!

  1. Jesus promises to be here with us.
  2. Jesus promises that He knows the weaknesses we face, and that’s exactly why we can come to Him.
  3. Finally, the problems of today mean glorifying God for all eternity. I don’t understand or like my trials, but it is comforting – just knowing that God will use this for something good, something eternal, and this won’t last forever.

Psalm 23 teaches us about the sovereignty of God and how He meets us – even caring for us and pouring blessings over us in the presence of our enemies. Let’s listen to a small portion of this Scripture –

The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need… He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid. You are with me. Your shepherd’s rod and staff comfort me (Ps. 23:1, 3b-4, NIRV).

Hebrews 4:14-16 proclaims the truth that King Jesus knows exactly what you are going through right now. None of your family or friends may know, but God knows it all. In Psalm 139, we are reminded that God is our Creator. He made us. So, it makes sense to us – as believers in Jesus Christ – that He would know the exact trials or times of weaknesses that we are going through right now. And, He is interceding on our behalf. He is going to love us through it! He is going to make sure we know that He stands on our side! This is our blessed encouragement and a good reminder of why we can keep the faith, even in the middle of trials. In 1 Peter 1, we are reminded that trials show us where our faith is. Keep on believing, and trusting Christ!

We have a great high priest. He has gone up into heaven. He is Jesus the Son of God. So let us hold firmly to what we say we believe. We have a high priest who can feel it when we are weak and hurting. We have a high priest who has been tempted in every way, just as we are. But he did not sin. So let us boldly approach God’s throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 reminds us why we can keep going and not give up. Our trials are not for nothing. Because we are in Christ Jesus, they can be used to bring glory to God!

We don’t give up. Our bodies are becoming weaker and weaker. But our spirits are being renewed day by day. Our troubles are small. They last only for a short time. But they are earning for us a glory that will last forever. It is greater than all our troubles. So we don’t spend all our time looking at what we can see. Instead, we look at what we can’t see. That’s because what can be seen lasts only a short time. But what can’t be seen will last forever.

 

The Humble Win {{Week 3}}

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The Scriptures – Matthew 5:5 and Psalm 37:11

God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth (Matthew 5:5, NLT).

But the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in abundant peace (Psalm 37:11, ESV).

Devotion

What is humility?

Humility is known as gentleness. This is where the mild seek God. He is where they glean their attitude (see Phil. 2).

What are characteristics of the humble?

The humble win… because they aren’t distracted by the cravings of this world. (Click-to-Tweet)

Their sights are clearly set on God and His Son, Jesus Christ! They want, only what He longs to give them. I wouldn’t consider myself a humble person, but I can see fragments of this in my thought life right now. I am longing for God to pour His truth into me. I need to see and hear from my great God. Good news too, for the believer!

 In James 4:8, 10, we are reminded that when we are drawn near to God and humble ourselves, He meets with us and will lift us up.

Hold onto His promises, friends. As we lean on Jesus and His attitude, we are reminded that we win in the end. Jesus gives us the victory! By seeking God and remaining obedient, we are carving out space in our hearts and lives to be given the victory. But, it only comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ! There is no other way, except through Jesus.

We are invited to humbly walk with God (Micah 6:8).

As we think about humility, we need to come up with a plan of action.

How can we position ourselves to have an attitude like Jesus?

The key is in abiding with Jesus (see John 15).

  1. Stay in the Word of God on a daily basis. In Joshua 1, we are taught to meditate on God’s Word day and night (verses 7-9) . When we meditate on His Word, we know Him more. As we meet with our beloved Savior, He begins to change our hearts by His Holy Spirit. Remember gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
  2. Be prayered-up. I need to make sure that I am praying throughout my day,even about the things I feel too broken to share.
  3. Be watchful of my attitude, as I go about my day. I know, I make less wise choices if I am tired. So, I need to do what I can – to make sure I get enough rest.

In order to stay humble, we need to keep seeking Jesus on a daily basis! (Click-to-Tweet)

Lord God, grow me in humility please. Protect me from an attitude of pride. Uproot it , and make me a person after Your own heart and attitude. A person of gentleness. That’s where true victory is found. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.