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. 🙂

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.”