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.

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.