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Discouraging Days

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Discouragement, at some point, strikes us all and if allowed will grip onto you and suck away life, joy, and hope.

If discouragement has a grip on you, know that you’re not alone. But also call it out for what it is, an attack and tool of the enemy. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. He will do that in any way he can.

Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy.

Discouragement steals our hope and if we lose hope, we lose faith. For faith IS the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. So if the enemy can steal our hope and get our eyes on the evidence of hopelessness he has hit us where it hurts. For when we lose our hope, we also lose our faith. At that point, losing joy, praise, peace, and thankfulness isn’t too far behind. You see we need our joy, our hope, our faith, and our praise. These are our tools and weapons against the enemy. We especially need our faith and praise. Two powerful weapons. If we have a mustard seed size of faith, the mountain has to move. God inhabits the praises of his people and where God is the enemy flees. If we let the enemy can take away our praise and our hope he deals a vicious blow.

I know it’s cliché.

So, okay. I know it’s cliché, but even clichés can be true. You have to praise God in your storm. Praise him no matter what the facts and circumstances are, hold onto his hand, and hold onto your hope.

Hope of a better day
Hope for the future
Hope for healing
Hope for rescue
Hope for freedom
Hope for substance.
Hope for encouragement
Hope for your faith
Hope for the promises of God

I encourage anyone who is dealing with discouragement, hopelessness or depression to first and foremost reach out. Tell someone. Bring it into the light. Don’t let it hide. Confess it to the Lord and to others. Ask for prayer. What I think you will find is that not only will it make you feel better, but you will also find others who struggle with the very same things.

Wage war on the enemy’s lies

After you confess it. Wage war on that lie from the pit of hell. Speak scripture and truth over yourself and to the enemy. Pray it out loud for faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word. Get with others who have had the same battle. Listen to their testimony and share yours, even if your are still in the battle.

Remember that Jesus paid for all things on the cross. He said it is finished. Nail those things to the cross and remind the enemy that you are bought and paid for and that he has already lost. Remind him that you are a child of God. That you are created with purpose. That you are important. That you matter. That you are set free, cherished, and loved. Then remind him who your Father is. Tell the enemy and yourself that you will not let your hope go, and that you won’t let go of the Father’s hand. And then just hold on and let God take care of the rest. Be blessed my friends.

For more on who you are in Christ read this post from the Identity Series:

Identity Crisis: True Identity


John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove from here to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

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The Point of No Return

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Many times in life we pass a point of no return. Whether it is good or bad there’s no turning back. No going back to the old ways. No turning back to how things use to be. No turning back to before we had the knowledge that there was more out there to be discovered. We are only left with one truth. We must press forward because it’s the only direction that is left.

Fail or succeed. The direction is forward. It’s the only way to get more. To become more. To see the unseen. To discover the unknown. To find the answers to the questions. To go to the next level. To quench the thirst. To feed the hunger. Forward. No looking back. Completely abandoned to this only option. The point of no return.

Through it may be scary. And it may feel like my feet will fail. I will press forward. I will not look back. I will take the next step. Then the next one after that. I will keep putting one foot in front of the other. Even the greatest journey starts with the first step. I can do this. You can too.

Be Blessed my friends.

Redwoods

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This spoken word is so beautiful. Spiritual community is about needing and depending on each other. We are better together. I hope you enjoy this spoken word. Be blessed my friends.

Standing Outside The Fire

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This week’s Poetry Tuesday feature is “Standing Outside The Fire” by Garth Brooks. What is there for me to say about this song? So much more than a country song. I love it. It speaks deeply to me. We all pay a price in life whether we know it or not. My price is I have to be in the fire. I have to dance in the flame. I have to always be stretching and reaching for more. It is who I am. It is who God made me to be. It is not easy. But I am who I am. And though sometimes I am misunderstood, I have come to the place of being comfortable in my skin. I have loved this song from the first time I heard it. At the time, it put into lyrics what I had never been able to say. I also love the video and it’s story line that I posted below. Be blessed my friends and never be afraid to seek your dreams and take a risk. You may get burned, but you might also end up far beyond all that you can imagine.

Standing Outside the Fire

We call them cool
Those hearts that have no scars to show
The ones that never do let go
And risk the tables being turned

We call them fools
Who have to dance within the flame
Who chance the sorrow and the shame
That always comes with getting burned

But you’ve got to be tough when consumed by desire
‘Cause it’s not enough just to stand outside the fire

We call them strong
Those who can face this world alone
Who seem to get by on their own
Those who will never take the fall

We call them weak
Who are unable to resist
The slightest chance love might exist
And for that forsake it all

They’re so hell-bent on giving ,walking a wire
Convinced it’s not living if you stand outside the fire

Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

There’s this love that is burning,
Deep in my soul
Constantly yearning to get out of control
Wanting to fly higher and higher
I can’t abide,

Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried, it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

Going around again or moving forward?

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Here we are, already more than halfway through January in a brand new year. 2014 was quite an adventure for me. Lots of changes. A lot of growing. And a lot of letting go of my own will. It has probably been one of the most rememberable years of my life. I truly feel like The Lord started the year by saying, I want to take you on a journey, will you go with me? When I said yes to him. I heard the Lord say, “Just let go. Stop asking me how and why all the time”, “just know that I have all the answers and have had a path laid out for you since the beginning of time”. He truly has taken me on a journey this year. He has birthed new vision. I have trained in new skills. I have been on adventures. My oldest child has launched into his own path and walk with the Lord, and child two and three are about to be launched in just a matter on months. I have had to let go of some things that I loved, and give room for the Lord to heal old wounds and breathe new life on old dreams. All in all it has been a year with an incredible journey, restoration, and change.

I have always thought change is hard. But not changing and going around the mountain again is hard too. Sometimes when we come to a crossroads, it’s hard to decide, go on the known path, (again) or take a risk and try the new undiscovered trail. Sometimes as much as we hate going around the mountain again, it can also be comforting. Familiar. At least we have been here before. We recognize things. In uncharted territory, there are no familiar road marks. No part that says, oh wait, I know where we are. It’s all new ground. Total reliance on God. I think this is why we often resist change and new things, because it requires more trust in God. But there comes a time when going around the mountain has happened for too long. It is time to move on to new and better things. Time for us to step into the unknown and blaze a new trail. That is my prayer for each of you this year. That if the Lord is taking you on a journey, that you let him. That you face the unknowns, even if you are afraid. That you will even find excitement over the changes that the Lord is making in your life.

As we continue into a new year I am excited about my journey. It isn’t easy, but I trust the Lord. Change can be hard and even scary at times. But, in my life, not changing has become even harder and scarier. I don’t want to stay the same. I want to go where the Lord directs me. I want all that he has for me and my family. I want new adventures, the Lord’s adventures, no matter the cost. If this is where you are as well, let’s pray for one another and take comfort in the fact that we are not alone in our walk. That we have each other and that we always have a trustworthy Lord and Savior. Be blessed my friends.

By Faith

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Faith changes everything. In fact, the bible says, without faith it is impossible to please God.
Living by faith has been very hard throughout my life. Especially when faith leads me out of my
comfort zone and doubts flood my mind. Sometimes I walk in fear, rather than walking in faith. A
great war rages inside me, as fear and faith duke it out. I would like to say that faith wins out
most of the time, but truly, I am not for sure. I do know that my life has been transformed again
and again by faith. I am thankful for that and left wanting more.

When I think of faith, I often think of Peter walking on the water. It is one of my favorite stories in
the bible. Peter says, Jesus, if it’s really you, tell me to come and I will. When Jesus said come,
out of the boat Peter went walking on the water. It was only when Peter saw his circumstances
and took his eye off Jesus that he began to sink. Jesus said “oh ye of little faith why did you
doubt?”

Jesus took Peter’s hand and said oh ye of little faith. My question has always been if Peter had
little faith, what about the ones in the boat? In my life, I feel too often like the ones in the boat,
when I really want to be Peter walking on the water. I am in a season of my faith growing. Back
in the summer I talked about the times in life when we must take a leap of faith. I find that the
more times I leap, the more faith I have for the next leap. Not that it becomes easier, but my
faith has given me more courage. Like Peter, even when I have taken my eyes off of Jesus, he
has stretched his hand out to catch me. I am learning to trust Jesus more, even when I don’t
understand how or why. I guess if I knew the how or why, it wouldn’t be faith anyway. For the
true definition of faith is ” the things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” so if we can see
it, then we don’t need faith.

As we go into 2015, I hope to live my life more like Peter by getting out of the boat. As the war of
faith versus fear rages inside of me, I will try to have at least a little faith and take the first step
out of the boat. I will remember Hebrews 11and hope for the evidence of things not seen. I will
hope to live my life in a Hebrews chapter 11 kind of way.

I love Hebrews chapter 11. I love to go down the scriptures and look at them reading by faith…
By faith we understand the worlds were framed by the word of God, By faith Abel offered a
sacrifice, by faith Enoch was taken away, by faith Noah built the Ark, by faith Abraham obeyed,
By faith Sarah conceived a child, By faith Isaac blessed Jacob, By faith Moses was hidden, By
faith they passed through the Red Sea, By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, By faith, by faith,
by faith. I want that kind of faith. I’m renewing my mind and seeking that kind of faith. I just need
a mustard seed size right? Just think what our lives can look like with a little more faith. Be
blessed my friends.

Hebrews 11

Identity Crisis: True Identity

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It’s been a little while, but today we finish up the identity series. Last time I shared my story and how this is still a journey for me. I shared that I had reached a point of needing something to change and asking “where do I go from here?”

I think many of us reach this point. Where do we go from here? Well, we can continue with more of the same or look to God for answers. I did the latter and after many years have come to realize how important it is to know who God created us to be. As people and as the body of Christ, we really need to know who he designed us to be.

-Knowing your identity in Christ brings freedom.

To get there, one place we need to start is with renewing our minds. Identity is tied to our thoughts. We must change the way we think. Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on good things. We need to start believing and speaking the truth. We need to speak positive over our lives more than the negative. Another thing we need is healing. Healing from wounds and past hurts. Healing from lies we have believed. Healing from any false identity that we have created for ourselves. We can ask the Holy Spirit to show us any lies we have believed and to heal any wounds we may have. One big area I feel we need to grow in as Christians, is to receive and experience God’s love. When we receive God’s love, then we can love ourselves. If we don’t love ourselves we can’t fully love others and we can only minister to others to the level of our own healing. We must look to God for who he created us to be. When we are looking to others and to things arounds us to define us, we are unable to walk in our God designed identity. We suffer and the whole body suffers when we try to be something other than what God has called us to be.

-The true you is always more popular than the fake you.

So here it is…. change isn’t easy. But change is worth it. There is a price to pay, but wherever you are in life, you are already paying some kind of price. Living bound to a false and ungodly identity has a high price in anyone’s life. Knowing who you are in Christ sets you free. Freedom is waiting for everyone. So, how do we begin to find out who we are in Christ?

Let’s start by defining identity.

According to Mr. Webster, identity is who someone is, the quality, beliefs, etc. that make a particular person or group different from others, the distinguishing character or personality of an individual, and my personal favorite, the condition of being ones self and not another.

Now lets look at what God says about our identity.

These four things frame everyone’s identity.

1. You are unique. Psalm 139 tells us that we are made unique, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. It tells us that no matter where we go The Lord is there. It also says that God’s thoughts about us are precious.

2. The Lord has designed you for a specific time and purpose. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 1:3-5 tells us that God chose us in him before the foundations of the world…

3. Nobody can take your place in your world. Each of us has a place to be fitted in the Kingdom. Ephesians 2:19-22 tells us we are members in the household of God and are fitted together to grow into a holy temple.

4. You are uniquely gifted and needed by those God has called you to be with. I Peter 4:10 tells us that we each have a gift and should minister to one another.

Each of us are unique. We all are created with a purpose. Each of us are needed by each other and in God’s Kingdom. We all have gifts and talents. We are all a part of one big puzzle and each of us need fitted into the picture. We need to be confident and steadfast with who he created us to be.

There is no such thing as a perfect identity. We as humans certainly make mistakes, but trying to live our lives in the way God created us will give us a freedom and a peace we will not find anywhere else. If we always try to be someone that others will like, we will end up not having peace in our lives. We will never make everyone happy and everyone is not always going to like us. However, to have peace in our lives, we must listen to God and get comfortable being who he wants us to be. We’re meant to rely on him, to know his love for us, and trust that God has the best plans for us. It’s not what others think of us, but what God thinks of us that really matters. It’s how we see ourselves that defines who we are, not how others see us.

True identity lies in Christ. We may look for it in other places, and even find it there for awhile. We may create an identity for ourselves that may carry us for a time, but in the end if we put our identity in anything else, other than Christ, it is temporary. Build your identity in Gods love for you. Unchangeable. Unconditional. Never failing. Build your identity in who he says your are. I want to leave you with this thought. Ask God to show you who you are. Ask God to see yourself through his eyes. If you need a place to start, here are some things God says you are:

Beautiful
Loved
Cherished
Justified
Set apart
Set free
Gifted
The Apple of his eye
Protected
Adopted and Born of God
Made with a purpose
God’s workmanship
Fearfully and wonderfully made
He knows every hair on your head
A new creation in Christ
Chosen by God
You are never forsaken
He has laid out a path for you and made your path straight
You are forgiven
You are redeemed
You are perfect in His sight
You are made righteous
You are Gods representative
You are warriors
You are sufficient to minister to others
He will give you the mind of Christ
He heals the broken hearted
You are the sons and daughters of Christ
He has made you righteous
You are more than conquerors
You are an overcomer.
You are ruled by peace and not fear
You are quickened by His word
You are complete in Him
You are a Kings kid
You are bought with a price.
He died for you and bought you with His blood.
He loves you
He will never forsake you

Be blessed my friends.