A Consuming Fire

On Monday, I unexpectedly got to get my MRI done early. Yesterday, I got my results back.

Nothing. They found absolutely nothing. My brain & head are 100% healthy.

God is good, am I right?! He hears our prayers. He answers our prayers. He heals. He renews. He strengthens. He is so good.

My symptoms aren’t gone…yet. But I will continue to pray for that daily. & I believe so strongly that He will deliver me from this trial with His mighty, mighty hand.

It’s hard to understand why I’ve been feeling the way that I have. But I do know that God has revealed Himself to me in ways that I never knew He would. He has revealed to me wisdom that I seriously just can’t contain.

So lean in on this, brothers & sisters in Christ. God will give us many blessings in this life, & He will take many away. But why is it that we wait until He takes them away to appreciate them? Why do we wait until we are sick to appreciate being healthy? Why do we wait until we are dying to appreciate life? Why do we wait until our spouse has left to appreciate their friendship? I took so many things for granted before I fell into this sickness. I would rush through taking my dog for a walk, dread making dinner every night & put off going to the gym after work. Now, I seriously celebrate when I have the strength to do ANY of those things. I am only now recognizing how the Lord had blessed my life so graciously with good health for so many years.

I really believe that I am going through this so that I can share this with you: you are so blessed. I am so blessed. We have been given another day to taste the goodness of our God. We have a Savior who took our sin, along with our guilt, & did away with it for good. We have the hope of eternity in our hearts-an eternity in the presence of God. See, this is not something to be taken lightly. This gift of life that we have been given needs to start being experienced with a responsibility like we’ve never known before. The Word says in Hebrews 12:29 that our God is “a consuming fire.” He is not a gentle breeze that blows through every now & again to remind us that He is still around. No, He is a consuming fire. His strength is uncontainable.

He is moving among us, you guys. He is changing lives, He is changing people’s eternities every single second. He is calling us to fight, to advance, to conquer. He is healing people, saving people, raising people up. He is training leaders to speak for Him in a world that really only seems to want to speak against Him. His power cannot be quenched. THIS is the God you serve, the God I serve. THIS is the One we believe in. The One we put our hope in.

Live like you know who your God is. Thank Him for what He has poured into your life. Use the talents He has given you to advance His Kingdom. But do it now. Don’t wait-there’s a reason the Lord has spoken certain dreams into your heart at this very time. Because before you know it, you may not be able to act on these things anymore. Let yourself be consumed by Him, let Him set you on fire today. & keep on burning for Him-today, tomorrow, forever.

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Fair Weather Fans

Last week, my boss told me that since it was playoff weekend, we were all going to wear football jerseys Friday through Monday. So on Friday, I excitedly pulled out my Broncos shirt & represented my team & my state proudly! There was a little bit of smack talk about Sunday’s game, a lot of bets made, & even some fighting words tossed around.

Well…now it’s Monday. & of course, I am faced with the unfortunate dilemma on whether to wear my teams jersey again (which is now the losing jersey) or not. Do I represent the team that I once had so much hope would win? The team that kind of…let me down? Or am I going to shy away, be ashamed & embarrassed that they didn’t pull through?

My decision? Well, the blue & orange on my shirt says it all. I don’t want to be a “fair weather fan” (as my mom used to call it). I want to be proud of the team I support, even when the outcome isn’t ideal.

When I was thinking about this idea of being a fair weather fan, God definitely used it to convict me on deeper levels than football. He asked me a very tough question. Am I a fair weather fan of Him? Am I okay with praising Him, proclaiming His name, even when things aren’t ideal? For me, I have had one very specific prayer for almost a year now-a prayer of healing-& yesterday in church, I prayed again that the Lord would divinely heal me. I believed for it in my heart, worshipped Him for what I was sure He was about to do, & may have even talked some smack to the devil. 😉

Well…now it’s Monday, ladies. I woke up feeling just as bad as always. & so I’m faced with this-does this outcome mean that I’m not going to wear His jersey today? That I’m not going to proclaim whose team I am on? Am I going to let the enemy soak up what looks like his victory while I’m embarrassed that God didn’t “come through” for me?

No! Here’s what I plan on doing. I plan on saying His name louder than before, telling of His goodness more boldly than before, & speaking out His truth more proudly than before. Because listen ladies, our God DOES NOT lose! He NEVER once has had an “off” game! He is STILL absolutely covered in grace, infused in mercy, & strengthened with healing! & even though I am not healed, MY GOD IS STILL A HEALER! If I get up every single day, regardless of circumstance, & put on His jersey-the jersey of worship & praise-I will never be representing the losing team. But if I put on the jersey of hopelessness & disappointment, then I am choosing to represent the enemy’s team. Well here’s a little bit of a spoiler alert: that team already lost. They’re out. I mean, no playoffs, no Superbowl, NOTHING for them. When Jesus died on that cross, He defeated them forever. & that’s why I will confidently wear HIS jersey day after day after day.

Please Agree with Me in Prayer

This post is going to be a bit different. Tonight, I need to ask anyone who is reading this to agree with me in a prayer of healing.

Matthew 18:19 says: “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

I am believing this. I am putting my complete faith in it. & if you all would come with me on this, I would so appreciate it.

For the last 7 months now, I have had a feeling of lightheadedness from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep. I constantly feel close to fainting & more exhausted than I ever have before. I have headaches, blurry vision, & a few other symptoms. Needless to say, I have been fighting off a lot of fear in these past months. I have been to multiple doctors, & have finally gotten an MRI scan scheduled for January 28th. The fear, of course, is that I am going to receive bad news. My mind has a way of jumping to things like tumors or MS. These symptoms are impacting my life every day, & I just feel my strength depleting more & more. Thank God that HE is our strength, right?

So, here’s my prayer. I am believing 100% that these symptoms disappear by the 28th. That I walk into that office completely healed & restored by the grace of God. That I walk into my scan KNOWING that I am already healed & have already been treated by the TRUE physician & healer. I am believing this with all of my heart, & I hope that you will agree with me on this.

Lord,
Tonight I come to you on my knees, asking you to heal your daughter in the precious name of Jesus. Please Lord, take away my lightheadedness, my exhaustion, each symptom that I am having. Only you know what is going on in my body, and God, I just pray that you would divinely take care of whatever is causing me to feel this way. On the 28th when I go in for my scan, I just pray that I am walking into the doctor’s office already healed, without any symptoms, & in complete confidence that my God has already taken care of the situation. But most of all, I just pray that Your will be done. If it is not in your will Lord, take me through whatever comes my way. And if it is your will to heal me, thank you. I know that you are a healer, even though I am not yet healed. And I look to you so humbly because you are such a loving and faithful God. I love you and praise you in Jesus’ holy name.
Amen.

If you are agreeing with me on this, will you please pray this prayer with me? & please let me know in the comments. I would really appreciate it & be so very encouraged by it. Share with your friends, too, the more people bowing their knee to God, the better! & of course, I will keep you updated on what He is doing. I am so believing in the power of the Lord & the power of prayer on this one. Thank you for believing with me. 🙂

The Heart of the Matter

It may be time to get to the heart of the matter, precious Daughters of Christ. The Word speaks so much about our hearts, and how it is of much importance to keep them on the path of righteousness and integrity. Specifically, in verse 23 of Proverbs 4, we are commanded, above all else, to guard our hearts. In the ESV, it tells us to keep our hearts with vigilance. The truth is, your heart is the foundation on which you build your daily life. Your words, your thoughts, your intentions, are all dictated by the state of your heart. Matthew 12 verse 34 says, “For our of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

You want to know what a woman who stands in the truth of the Lord looks like? She looks humble, but so confident in her King. She looks broken, but so complete in what He has done for her. She looks grateful. She exudes love. But most importantly, she walks in discipline. To be vigilant means to keep a careful watch for approaching danger that may be ahead. It is not passive. It is alert and cautious. Because a woman who stands in truth understands that she is guarding something incredibly valuable, something not to be taken lightly. She understands that what she lets into her heart shapes her walk with her Father & the direction of her life. She won’t allow trash into her heart, because she knows how precious it is to the One who created her.

Let His Word creep into your heart. Let his Truth surround it & prayer consume it. Position yourself so very close to the Lord, & ask Him to help you to be diligent to continuously choose Him over everything else. Choose to protect the beauty that the Lord has given to you & so lovingly paid the ultimate price for. Don’t give it away to anything else-it simply isn’t theirs for the taking.

Who’s Fighting Harder?

It is always through words that ideas and concepts are conceived. It is through communication that things are understood among people. Words are what create and develop morals in a society as a whole. They encourage, discourage, insult and compliment. They give advice and counsel as well as display opinions and decisions. So why, if words are so crucial in so many ways, are they so passively used? Why are they flying from our tongues without consideration a lot of the time, if these exact words are what hold the “power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21)?” 

I believe it is because the enemy is alive and well and is in full pursuit of our lives. Because he wants to make sure we are fed lie after lie, and he does it through conversations and relationships as he knows how impactful those things are-on even national levels. False teachings and harmful ideas enter our minds and slip so seamlessly off of our tongues, and spread from person to person to where it becomes a normal and accepted way of thinking. Then, our society begins to idolize and develop itself around that idea. This is how the devil easily invades our lives. And imagine the leg up he has now that information can be passed to millions with the push of a button. 

With this, we see a call to believers, to counter the ideas that are being spread, with our words. When we decide to speak our ideas, the devil finds that he is held back from his plan to destroy. But if we are being honest, who is really speaking louder in this world right now? The devil or God’s people? We know that God’s voice is louder than the devil’s ever could be, but we are His church-His bride-and we are called to be His voice, His love and His passion here on earth. We are given the divine calling to be Jesus to the lost and broken. So are we stepping up to override the devil’s lies with God’s truth? Are we creating roadblocks for him or just enabling him to pass right through? 

The words you may speak to somebody may decide where they spend eternity. They are surely being fed plenty of deceitful thoughts, and it is our call to oppose those thoughts. God will do the rest, as His voice can be heard much louder than any of ours. But He has given us a purpose, to love and stand up for those who are far from Him. Don’t let the devil fight harder for those souls than you are. 

Prayer Of Thankfulness

God, how can I thank you enough for being who you are? How can I praise you enough for your grace and mercy towards me? Thank you for your compassion, thank you that your heart is sad when I cry, and that your eyes are filled with tears when I am broken. No amount of love, acceptance or attention on this earth will ever compare to your love for me. Please don’t let me lean on this world’s love to fulfill me, Jesus. I want your love, the love that never fails, never deceives, and never lets me down. God, I want to lean so much on you that when everything around me crashes, I can stand up strong because you are truly my rock. You are my best friend, the only one who always listens and is constantly loving towards me, even when I am unlovable. Thank you for overcoming this world so that I can, too. I love you, Jesus. Amen.

A Beautiful Life

How do the people around you know that you follow Christ?

Is it because of the way you love them, have generosity towards them, and encourage them? Because of your grace and forgiveness towards them, and the way that you relentlessly believe in them? Or is it because you just simply tell them?

Read Chapter 8 of 1 Corinthians in your Bible, where Paul is warning the more mature believers to be cautious of the way they live in order to prevent the non-believers and new believers from stumbling. He stresses the importance of not becoming a stumbling block to others, as you are then sinning against Christ. In this chapter, Paul wants us to realize that the way we live as Christians is not only impactful, but crucial in other people’s faith and walk with the Lord.

If you never told anyone that you were a Christian, would they still notice something different about you? Would they wonder how you had peace in the midst of trial or kindness towards those who have hurt you?

Today, aim to get people wondering about you. Shine the light that following Christ has placed inside of you, and watch as people are drawn towards you. As believers, we have been given a great responsibility and influence over our world. Use this influence, and He will use your life as an example of His love. A beautiful life is the sign of a life full of Christ.

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”