UPDATE + He’s All In!! {Trial Truths}

If there was anything I could say to those who feel lost, broken, or whose hearts feel like they might burst from all the stuff coming at them..,

it would be a simple yet significant reminder of our Risen LORD and the peace that comes from knowing and having a relationship with our Lord Jesus.

While I have endured things in my life, I know the one key difference maker in my life – has a name. His name is Jesus Christ. I have endured difficult things. Some of which I have kept hidden in the depth of my soul. But my Savior and my God knows those deep things. I don’t have to speak of them, in order for Him to see those things.

Eternal Gifts –

He is the One who makes circumstances feel and turn out differently. I can walk through the fiery road of chronic illness, and yet Christ gives me absolute peace and joy in the midst of these almost unbearable things. He offers His peace and presence to us – in the midst of what we are going through. We just have to keep holding on!

Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me [Jesus Christ]. . . I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:1, 27, TLB).”

A question I have the privilege of asking is – “Do you have peace about the circumstances of your lives?” We need to dig our heels in, and seek the Lord’s peace and presence in our circumstances. This is an important question, because the Lord promises us His peace and presence. When we seek Him and surrender, the Lord makes Himself available and will speak through the silence or harsh season.

By inviting Jesus into our situations, we are actually ushering in His incomparable peace that begins to heal our shattered hearts.

The Lord meets us in our difficult situations and cloudy days – and presents good, eternal gifts to us. 

He just knows exactly how to meet us where we are. In the midst of our brokenness.

Where Our Savior Meet Us –

Instead of staying away, that’s the place where He meets us the most. As Scripture says, He came for the lost (see Luke 19:10). He came for those whose hearts are breaking. He has come for us!

The Lord is our loving eternal Father who wants to carry us through the good and bad. He wants to absolutely love us through it, and remain faithful!

If you hear nothing else, hear this. The Lord, our great God, is all in and ready to dive into life with us!

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Also: Find out what Gracefully Overcoming is up to – on Facebook! Several good things going on: Our women’s small group is studying Mark before our new study begins, while the Facebook page is diving into a chronological reading plan!

In Christ,

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Schedule for Remaining Blog Study

Hi friends!

For the last few weeks, we have been going through the Sermon of the Mount. But before we reached Jesus’ awesomely convicting sermon, we were met with the temptations Jesus Himself faced.

The Father sent Him out into the wilderness, too. In the wilderness, where it was just the Father, Son Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the tempter Satan. In the wilderness, is a sacred but difficult place. Sacred, because of commune with the Father. Difficult, because of the heaviness of the temptations He would endure.

Jesus shows us how to walk through our own wildernesses.

And sometimes, it means getting away from everything we once knew. To be given our Father’s perspective on our life’s difficulties.

My Own Wilderness

Lately, I have been feeling like I need to take a step back in my online presence. This will only affect social media, not my blog itself. With that said, I have made a schedule to keep everyone in tuned with where we are in our study.

While the journal is available on Amazon (and your support is soo needed and appreciated, it’s what keeps this blog running), I have been posting the main scriptures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Although Facebook had a glitch this week when I made my new Instagram for my new blog, Chronically Overcoming.

Disconnecting…

Just like my Instagram account was disconnected from its purposeful source (Facebook is honestly the primary reason I began using Instagram in the first place, but anyway). A lot of times, we mean well… but in the process, we become disconnected from the important things (see Col. 3:1-2).

We need to take reflective rest breaks, and just take time out to allow our perspective to be renewed and to take inventory of our spiritual lives. There is absolutely no shame in this. It is actually really good to plug in and just take inventory of our spiritual lives. Where are we? And, where are we trying to go? Has God been the One leading us?

This is what I need to begin exploring.

As we continue our study, let’s expect God to move things around in our lives. Let’s expect God to show us what we need to surrender to Him. I don’t know where you are in your life, but I can guarantee you – He is asking you to surrender something. Take time to disconnect and check your connection with Him. Make sure you know what He is willing you to do. Make sure you can clearly hear His voice. Just disconnect for a bit, in whatever way God leads you.

Again, this choice will not affect the blog posts you all have grown accustom to seeing here on Gracefully Overcoming.


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* You can find all of the posts for our Gleaning study here.

Bright Stars

phil 15Yesterday, I got the opportunity to just write out my thoughts on sharing the love of Christ through my actions, and what to do when it doesn’t happen as it should.

Truth is: I fail. I fail at showing His love. Though I may fail, I need to remember the bigger picture. It is about much more than my attitude, heart, and actions. Those things are important, but I have to remember how my attitude impacts the world around me.

“If we want to know what to do when it matters most, we’ve got to be committed to showing up to practice.” -Lysa Terkeurst

In order to cultivate an attitude of showing Christ’s love, we must practice. We must take up this exercise daily of learning to show His love no matter what we may face in our day or life. It is repenting daily for the ways of failing Him, and praising Him when He helps us show His love.

In order to love, I must consider my best yes opportunities and lay down the decisions that are not my best yes. I must count the cost of my decisions if I want to make “best yes” kind of decisions. I take up many activities that I should decline, or leave available for others. I know, many of us do. “If I don’t do it, who will?” In order to do things with the love of Christ as my motivation, I must learn to lay down those decisions that are not my best yes moments.

So, what is at stake? Philippians 2:15 teach us the importance of our best yes decisions and having an attitude of love.

  • We are showing ourselves as pure and innocent. Uncontaminated by the things of this world James 1:27 talks about being uncontaminated from the world.

    When we are seeking this kind of lifestyle, we will pursue showing the love of Christ when it means putting aside our feelings, to do the will of God.

    It will also mean saying “no”, when we sense that is something God is instructing us to do. It means showing an attitude of love, and willingly being His Witness!

  • As we pursue a lifestyle of love, we prove that we are children of God. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved and called His own! But as we celebrate our new life in Him, we pursue a lifestyle where:

→ We are putting God first

→ Seeking to repent of all wrong. We want to get and stay right with God!

→ Pursue a life that glorifies Him. We need to put away the things that don’t glorify God and in fact hurt our relationship with Him. This is why it is so important to consider our ways, and stay untainted from this wicked world.

Remaining steadfast in our resolution to not grumble or complain plays a key part in trusting God and His direction for our lives.

We need to consider His ways, desire to please Him, and walk likewise in His ways. The Bible teaches us how we can please God.

Among the world, we can be seen as bright stars shining for His purpose and glory!