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.

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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.

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.”

Bold Faith

Because today I am ending a time in my life and getting ready to begin another, the future is on my mind.

This morning I was driving to my last day of work, creating a vision for what I would like my life to look like now, and coming up with some modest goals. These included starting up a ministry, leading a small group, taking classes online, volunteering at the food bank multiple times a week, making new friends, getting a part-time job, and becoming the greatest wife and housekeeper imaginable. I laughed at myself while the list went on and on, and decided I was getting in over my head a bit. But then I started thinking about the Lord and His bold vision for His children’s lives, and instead decided to add a couple more things onto my list.

The truth is, anyone who is making waves for the Lord is in over their head. But He is never in over His. I want people to look at my life and say, “that’s gotta be God, because there’s no way she could do that on her own.” I want them to marvel at the miraculous work that the Holy Spirit displays through me-a sinful, imperfect person-and praise God for His perfection because of it. If you want your life to reflect Him, you have to leave some space for Him to show Himself! This means stepping out in faith and pursuing some things that you won’t be able to accomplish unless He steps in. This means adding a couple more things to your list, trusting that you will succeed or fail for His glory. It may not be in His plan that you achieve everything you set out for, but He will never do great things with you unless you believe Him for great things.

God honors the dreams of those who have big faith, because those who have big faith honor Him.

Hebrews 11:6

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

Pride Before Destruction

Proverbs 16:18 & 19

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

If you are married, you understand that pride does go before destruction! It is too easy to become prideful when you are in an argument with your spouse. It can become almost second nature to believe the lie that you deserve better, you are entitled to better, or you simply are better. Don’t be misled, this kind of thinking is directly from the enemy, and he will undoubtedly feed off of it to create as much destruction as he can. Child of God, do not let the enemy into your mind or your marriage that way! Proverbs 16:32 says, “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Learn to rule your spirit, turn away from pride and self-importance, and make sure your heart is in a condition of complete obedience to the Lord. Don’t give the enemy a footing in something that he has no business entering.

Proverbs says that, “It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.” The Lord would rather you have a lowly spirit and little riches than a prideful spirit and many riches, because He promises a great inheritance for the meek (Matthew 5:5). Having a quiet and gentle spirit is very valuable to the Lord, because it is proof that you have died to your selfish nature in light of His sacrifice for you. And that is the key. Although a humble spirit does not come naturally for us, it can be developed through the constant renewal of our minds back to His death that let us live. The truth is, we will stop thinking so highly of ourselves when we realize that He is higher than us all. We will not boast in anything except His perfect love when we realize that it cannot be matched. We will not lean on our greatest qualities when we realize that one breath from Him holds infinitely more power than anything we could ever accomplish. When we sink into the fact that Jesus-the man who had every reason to be full of pride-had none at all, but in complete humility laid His perfect life down for us, our spirits will be changed.

Give Me Jesus

I need Him.

I need Him because I am tangled up in this world. I need Him because I am out for my own selfish gain. I need Him because I’m insecure. Because I’m prideful. Because I’m a liar. Because my sin is ugly.

I need Him because I know I am broken, but still I long for beauty.

And oh how beautiful Christ is! How precious are the quiet moments with Him where my silent prayers are heard. How tender are the tear-filled nights with Him when He wraps His arms around me. How invigorating are the bold prayers of faith prayed by His children. How full of hope I am when His strength is displayed in my life. And oh, the peace that invades my heart when I hear the words, “it is finished.”

I want Him.

I want Him because He wanted me. I want Him because I want a life that matters, a life that is truly intoxicating. Because I can’t do it on my own. Because I don’t need to.

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.”