Are we feeding faith or fear: Overcoming Anxiety 

  

Have you ever dealt with anxiety? 

I have. FOR YEARS!!! And here’s where I found the solution! 

And I continue to use it whenever new issues, people, things, and problems try to overwhelm me! 

And yes, you’ll need to continue to ‘work it out’ on a regular basis just like one visit to the gym won’t make you fit, one prayer won’t keep you well! 

  

Surrender 

I started this devotional on the bible app and asked God to help me remove anything that’s a distraction from allowing Him access to my heart, (Psalm 139:23) my life and my mind. I’d love for you to join me. 

The 21 Day Plan – We start TODAY! 

I’m reading the @YouVersion plan ‘Living the Surrendered Life’. Check it out here:

http://bible.com/r/51

No spirit of fear

Friends, Grace covers us and removes every fear, every anxious thought, every regret, every what if, every thought that tries to hold itself higher than the name of Christ, every doubt that says we can’t because we think we are either not enough or too much, every deception & lie that disguises itself as truth and tries to convince us that it’s too late or too soon. Grace is the qualifier. Grace IS the reflection of the cross & the Cross was enough! 

For you, me & her and all the rest of them! 

 
I’ve seen many searching for answers far & wide and I know we’re all searching for answers only you provide and you know just what we need before we say a word. 

➕ And you call me deeper still… (Good Good Father Chris Tomlin) 

““It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭65:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Listen to Search My Heart by Hillsong UNITED on @AppleMusic.

No fear, you have everything you need

You split the sea so I can walk right through it, you drowned my fears in perfect love, you rescued me and I will stand and say I AM A CHILD OF GOD. I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God. I’m not longer a slave to fear. I AM A CHILD OF GOD. – Bethel Music

 

 

 

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Intentional expectation -cultivating a flourishing life  

Our victory is that we treasure Christ in a way that exposes the world as unsatisfying – John Piper 

  

   

Friends, yesterday I listened to Lara Casey’s periscope on imperfect progress with a huge knot in my throat. And with tear stained pages, I fervently scratched down the notes as she spoke straight to my heart. 

I don’t have to stop living while I’m making progress – Lara Casey

God has been unfolding the many layers & depths of His love for us. Bit by bit, moment by moment He unveils the immeasurable purposes He has for us; but we can’t  unlock that treasure without  the key – His love.

His love. 

I know. It seems too simple of an answer to our overwhelming issues and mind scattering concerns. 

But in the shadow of the Cross, we see why His love is enough. 

But hear me out; our lives are NOT overshadowed or overlooked by the cross, no; Satan would want us to believe that. In fact, our lives are {found, redeemed, defined, discovered & restored} because of the shadow of the Cross. 

The shadow falls behind the cross, facing God, with His glorious light shining directly on the Son who stands in front of us as our protection!

Satan would want us to believe that in the shadow we are hidden – not seen. When in fact, it’s because of being hidden in THAT shadow; we are seen & found! 

See, Satan wants you & I to believe that God can’t be bothered with our daily worries. The mundane stuff, the insecurity stuff, the ‘I thought I was over that’ stuff, the ‘why didn’t my husband notice’ stuff, the ‘where’s my husband’ stuff… Right? The stuff that we think we can satisfy with our own hard hustle. I HATE THE WORD HUSTLE! BLEGHHHH 

Hustle isn’t intentional focus. 

Let me repeat that HUSTLE IS NOT INTENTIONAL FOCUS!!!

Intentional focus is rooted in deep soul that God has tended, dug up the hard places and given us a new heart! 

Satan would want us to think that good intentions, hopes and hustle unlock the promises of God so He keeps us there. Overshadowing the cross.

Friends, if we’re going to be anything that God purposed for us, let us be diligent in seeking His heart.  

I’m so glad Lara Casey captured her encourage my on katch because y’all need to listen to this! Here’s the message

BUT WAIT… There’s more… LOL I’ve always wanted to say that! 

Open Your Bible

I nourish my life with good intentions and expect it to thrive, when only Jesus can quench my soul-deep thirst. – She Reads Truth 

Seriously y’all, the Open Your Bible study has been showing me just how synchronized God is. EVERYTHING is lined up. HE IS INTENTIONAL.

Have you ever set your focus on something & start seeing a theme or similar messages along your path and finally your light bulb goes off and you realize that God is trying to tell you something?!?!?! THAT is God’s providence! 

It’s week 3 of She Reads Truth – Open Your Bible study & we’re talking about Engaging Truth! 

Open your bible and read John 4:7-15 

  • What’s the woman’s response when Jesus tells her the effect the living water will have on her life? 
  • What are the empty wells the Samaritan woman drew from in her own life? Did Jesus disqualify her from His invitation because she was broken, or did He offer the water because she was empty?
  • What are some empty wells you go to each day in search of life-giving water? How are those different than the water Jesus describes in verse 14? 
  • What would it be like to stop nourishing our lives with good intentions and empty wells? 

Embrace the imperfect, it’s better than being stuck – Lara Casey

  

30/30 Intention 

Therefore if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The Old life is gone – and see – a new life has begun. 2 Corinthians 5:17 

Our new addition to the tribe 2002

My blessings of cultivating intentional expectation shows up in the imperfect progress of my family! Friends, let’s open our bibles to find God, knowing that His word is unlocking our lives-engage God’s Truth expectantly! 

Imperfect progress is progress! It’s moving forward- Lara Casey 

Snowday 2016

   
GRACE WINS EVERY TIME!!!

https://youtu.be/3a1WKcB7umU

Unlock your best ideas

Oh friends as I read this morning’s incourage devotional something in me stood up tall and my heart rate increased with so much expectation!!!! I trust that light & fire in you will feel the fanning as well!!
  

“It’s locked in you. You know it. You feel it.
It’s a sacred stirring. You sense it so deeply that you know it’s not an inkling of your imagination but rather an igniting of God’s revelation. God is pointing you in the direction of this idea. You are thrilled by the general sense of it. You are willing to do it. You are eager for the specifics and desperate for the details to come into focus.
You just can’t get a clear picture of what it is.
You just haven’t figured out how to get to it.
This is the chaos of the creative who gets close, very close to their very best idea ever.”
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR BIG IDEA? 
Read the rest of these life giving advice tips – click on this link http://www.incourage.me/2016/01/your-very-best-idea-ever.html

Give your best self as a gift for Christmas

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12

  
 What if the greatest gift we could give is our best REFRESHED selves? 

I’m not going to pretend that buying the perfect present doesn’t make me giddy. Whether it’s a birthday, wedding, just because or Christmas I think giving gifts is one of my love languages. I like taking the time to consider the persons lifestyle, quirks, the conversations we’ve had, their needs, hinted-at-wants and shameless plugs. I thoroughly enjoy watching the expression on their faces when they realize that I paid attention to them. That I took notice of the thing they really wanted. I love knowing that God gave me the ability and opportunity to be that blessing. 

One thing I’ve noticed recently is that even with my best made plans and efforts, the best gifts aren’t received if the person giving or receiving isn’t their best. Sometimes the ‘gift’ isn’t what’s packaged and tied up with a bow, it’s the giver and they spirit behind the giving. 

If the spirit or intention behind the giver or the receiver isn’t well or at peace; the gift often goes unnoticed. 

Do not fear your weakness for it is the stage on which My Power and Glory perform most brilliantly – Jesus Calling

“Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:7-11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

 

I was reading in the Make Room For Advent devotional “God invited Mary to carry the Hope of the World in her small womb. Her answer was completely about God. She partners with God! God asks us to carry Jesus to our neighbors, in our words, our witness and our lives. Mary agreed to carry the Savior, aware that she could lose everything in the process. As we accept the invitation to carry Jesus in our hearts, words and lived; we will find that He provides all we need in him. All we need is to say yes.

Mary was brave.

Yesterday as I sat in the chiropractor’s office, trying to take my mind off of the pain & pressure on my neck and head; hoping for relief; I could only turn my thoughts toward PARTNERING with God in this process.

His word promises that if we lean in toward Him He leans in toward us. (James 4:8) He invites us to partner in every arena of our lives & He will supply all of our needs, in Him. (Matthew 6:33)

Today, in the midst of a nauseating gazillion ton elephant sitting on my neck pain; I’m making room for Jesus to invade me!!!

My thoughts, as much as I want to plan ahead, aren’t even projecting toward tomorrow let alone making goal lists for next year, I need Jesus today

I’m not afraid to stand with Him in His Truth that He is my ever present help. God is our safe place and our strength. He is always our help when we are in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) 

But here’s the thing friends. If He’s going to help me/us where I/we need Him I/we must be willing to tell Him EXACTLY where I am!

And right now, I’m here, giving my best brave; albeit desperate; waiting for the Wonderful Counselor (His help) and Prince of peace!

The past few days I’ve cried tears of pain, desperation, fear, frustration and a few “why me God”. I know there’s a purpose for the process and that process might bring pain. Did God bring the pain, ABSOLUTELY NOT, and what too often we fail to recognize is that we have a very real enemy, Satan, who wants nothing more than to see us shift our focus on what he has brought into our lives as a road block. But let me tell you, what the devil meant for harm, God will ALWAYS use for our good and His glory…for those who are called according to HIS PURPOSE!!!

  


You Are Called

You are chosen, blameless, ransomed, destined & restored!!!! “Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:7-10‬ ‭MSG‬  

Laughter is medicine for the soul

I was given the opportunity to review this collection of DVDs by Christian comedien Chonds Pierce and they couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. My soul needs medicine! My soul needs laughter! 

“I share about my pain, struggles through life, sharing the same stories. I don’t know if that makes me brave, but it makes me blessed. Blessed to be a part of a sisterhood. This is the bravest thing I’ve ever done.”

I’M GIVING AWAY A COPY OF THESE TO ONE LUCKY READER… STAY TUNED FOR OUR CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAYS!!! 

Preparation for brave

You’re in a battle to own & boldly live out your freedom and the world; full of its temptations wants to make you believe that you never overcame those things that have held you back or held you captive! DECLARE YOUR FREEDOM SISTER!!!  

If you ever intend to win any battle you have to realize that it does require some training and also requires that you have on your FULL ARMOR and it also requires that you know the battle plan!!!!

Any soldier that marches into enemy territory unarmed, unprotected, unaware… Foolish!
But to the one who goes in with orders, cocked and loaded, with a battalion of troops surrounding him KNOWS that the victory is his!!!

Yes you’re still in a battle, maybe even daily. A battle to declare you ARE CHOSEN by God to do that thing only you can do and Satan wants nothing more than to declare you either aren’t the one or that you’ve been defeated. 

You’re in a battle to define the standard of excellence, beauty and confidence. We will continuously be overwhelmed by what the world claims is the best of the best, the top 10 and who deserves the crown based on its rules but God already declared you royalty! He already decided you are wonderfully made! He already breathed into your lungs and declare THIS IS GOOD!!! 

Yes it’s a battle, but it’s not yours to fight; orders might come from the Lord but it is yours to win! He will allow you to live in the victory as long as you always remember to give Him the glory. 

A friend blessed my brave with these words: 

The thing is, you don’t need to fight with, in, or against (as he’s trying to get you to) your body. You are already victorious because Christ went before you. Just hold onto the Sword of the Spirit as your comfort and wield it as your weapon.

PUT ON YOUR FULL ARMOUR! Head to toe you must be guarded! 

Where are you exposed?

Where’s your head?  (Helmet)

Where’s your heart? (Breastplate)

Where’s your faith? (Shield)

What’s in your hands? (Sword/God’sWord)

What’s your truth? What are you believing? (Belt)

Where are you headed? Which direction have you been going/following? (Feet)

Get honest… I want to know. You can’t get where you’re supposed to be going until you are willing to admit where you are…
WHERE ARE YOU?

  

Advent Holy Yoga 

http://youtu.be/J0jAtejac5o