Failure alert!

My best new communication move has been the “shut up” technique.

My colossal failures in communication have always occurred after I tried to go it alone. When I tried to coerce them into understanding that I was just trying to help them.  Attempting to force my heart intent and motives onto someone on a completely different place on the path than me. (insert laughter here or in my case most definitely my foot)

Needless to say it did not go well (understatement of the century)

It turns out the Maker of the Universe, the One who created the person I am failing miserably at communicating with may have some excellent pointers on how that person operates.

 

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When I finally sought His counsel, He instructed me to “shut up, be still and know that I am God.”  When I let Him be the Lord over both of us- things began to move. He was very busy working things out and into her heart and mine.  His gentle pruning needed time to take place and manifest.  Once this was done He created a pathway of easy, gentle communication I never could have established.

Ephesians 4:29 (AMP)

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].

I had been concentrating on speaking to be heard so that I could get the answers I needed to make decisions for the mission in front of me.  I missed Ephesians 4:29 by a long shot.  Never once did I consider that all communication should be a vehicle to distribute blessings.

Has the Lord taught you any communication tips that we can take into the Holidays and New Year? I would love any pointers I can get.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me of my hasty words I rocket at people without regard for their heart.  Help us to re-frame our words to be a blessing to all that hear us speak.  Not just in times of prayer and love filled conversations with people we care about but with all people we interact with.  Let the Holy Spirit speak through us without any hindrance.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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Flattened dreams = No praise?

Dreams of chocolate chip goodness wafting through the house promises of a warm, gooey and tasty delight.

“I should have checked to see if we had all the ingredients kids, sorry.”

Promises shattered we stared into a bowl full of ingredients but devoid of baking soda. Without baking soda, the mixture would be flat, dense and unrecognizable as cookies. All of that work not to mention drooling for nothing?!

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What is the one ingredient if left out of your spiritual life will create flattened and lifeless Christians?

                        Praise:

  • Is our purpose
  • Is the highest form of warfare
  • Is arguably the most individualistic ingredient in our Christian walk
  • Is a point Christians seem to ridicule the most (to raise hands or not to, to dance, or sway or even to bring out banners, flags etc. or to stand with hands folded across our chest)
  • Praise scares the daylights out of Satan and his minions because it negates every curse he could ever think to lay on us

 

What is stopping you from praising?

Your circumstances? God forbid.  Praise releases you from your rotten circumstances and unleashes God’s promises into your life.

We cannot go down aisle #4 and pick up some praise to add to our Christian walk but we can begin where we are at and build from there.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP)

7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—

 

When we begin to take account of His promises and live not by sight but by faith. Praise naturally explodes from within us.  You can’t hold it back any more than if you tried to hold your breath your body would burst out into life.

If your life looks like a rotten pile of steaming junk, do not speak life and strength into your rotten circumstances.  Speak glory and praise onto the Lord of your salvation.  Did He save you or not? If He saved you once, He can do it again.

 

Please pray with me to release God’s will.

 

I praise You for Your promises You say You will supply all my needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.  How great are the riches found in the depths of Jesus- I seek those riches, grant me my heart’s desire to know and walk within Your promises.  I proclaim that I seek the Lord, restore my heart to You as You grant me my heart’s desire- Your Presence.  You know the plans you have for me and they are for good.  Help me to rest in Your goodness.  Darken my eyes to the world and awaken the eyes and ears of my heart to Your Kingdom.  Let Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.  My life is Yours and I praise You for my finances for what You have given me and for the provisions that are to come.  Every knee shall bow to the glory of Christ Jesus and I bow now.  Your ways are so far above my ways.  Holy, holy, holy great is the Lord God almighty and greatly He is to be praised.  I lift my life as a living sacrifice available for Your great plans.  I desire my obedience and praise on earth to match my obedience and praise I live out in heaven.  My joy leaps within me let my praises lift You higher.  Please forgive me of where I had You seated in my life previously.  Cover me in the blood of the Lamb who is worthy to be praised.  Awaken the sleepers let the shofar blast be sounded- I will be found in You.  I proclaim and declare as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.  Teach me what it is to abide in You and You in me. My great and glorious Lord I praise You. Thank You, for loving me.  Amen.

Does God ask you to praise for His benefit or yours? (consider this question as you enter this time of thanksgiving)

What do you need to praise for?  Let me know and I will praise with you.

I know exactly where I am going- Whoops!

TUNNEL ROAD(Ladyheart, morgue file)

I have been through many tight spots with the Lord.  A season of pressure to remove some tightly held baggage.

 

Every time I emerged from those tunnels, I emerged with a clearer direction a tightened focus.  Not this time, this time I see in the near distance two paths I could travel.

 

Where will He send me?  I have already purposed my trembling heart to say yes.

 

John 6:66-69

Peter’s Confession of Faith

As a result of this [a]many of His disciples abandoned Him, and no longer walked with Him. So Jesus said to the twelve [disciples], “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You [alone] have the words of eternal life [you are our only hope].  We have believed and confidently trusted, and [even more] we have come to know [by personal observation and experience] that You are the Holy One of God [the Christ, the Son of the living God].” (AMP)

 

Please pray with me and for me:  Lord Jesus, there is no one else to turn to. My life is Yours to move and to dwell with in. I surrender my entire being to You so that Your glory might be found. I lay down any false beliefs about my life and it’s purposes. You are the author and perfecter of my heart. Guide me and I will follow. Strengthen my resolve. I refuse to listen to fear and I cling to Your every Word. Thank You, Amen.

Trust until???

My hands crash through my purse frantic to find the keys.  Their cold metal would be a delight to my fingertips, my heart races certainly; these are it. I pull out a finger nail file.

Panic no longer in the backseat but in full control, accusations fly at my children, “Did you move them?

I always put them in my purse!

I’m going back through the parking lot and the store.  Watch the girls, boys”

In a dead sprint, I look back in the drizzling rain to see the pathetic faces of my three, seven and twelve year old children, my hand slides down in defeat and makes contact with the keys attached to the ring of my purse strap.

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There are more times than I want to admit when I left the most important thing to chase after the lesser thing spurred on by panic.

In the above, scenario I left my precious children alone and vulnerable in the cold and dangerously dark parking lot in order to chase keys the thing I thought I really needed.

How many of us if we are honest have left the safety of operating in God’s will in order to chase something else that sounded good and seemed important?

Where was my trust in God that cold night?

It’s easy to look back and see where my trust was – in my own abilities to rescue us, the keys. I chose to look at the cold, dark world and see its power and not the Savior I serve.

 

Where in the bible does it say:

Trust until?

  • Trust until it doesn’t make since
  • Trust until you are in pain
  • Trust until your children are hurting.
  • Trust until your circumstances don’t match your dreams
  • Trust until it gets really hard
  • Trust until you did what other Christians told you to do and it still didn’t work
  • Trust until you are disappointed
  • Trust until you lose your business.

 

This is one of the promises of God.

Psalm 84:12

O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]! (AMPC)

 

I have been ruminating on this promise and concluded the simple and difficult fact is you are blessed when you get out of your own way.  When you don’t choose to try to control life but instead give full trust where it is due, Christ Jesus.

 

I can attest to the truth of Proverbs 3: 5-6, whenever I chose my own wisdom life takes very drastic and unfortunate turns. When I rely on Him my path becomes steady and true.  The word easy doesn’t come to mind when I think of the current path of my life but steady is accurate.  God the great provider is faithful to continue to bring me forward.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. (AMPC)

 

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to remember in the very moment of panic, anxiety and worry to trust in You.  To stop and breathe and allow the living and powerful God within me to take control.  Let my hands and feet and the speech from my mouth be an extension of Christ’s purposes.  Help me to navigate this dark world and bring Your Light to the hurting. Let the pursuit of my heart always be You.  Your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  Let it be so in my life.  That I fulfill Your will with immediate and full obedience. You are worthy of my trust and I proclaim my trust is in You- Christ Jesus. Thank You, Amen.

Over-filled!

Wow girl you’re biting off too much!

FullSizeRender (23)I wish I could say that I never bite off more than I can or should chew.  But that would be a lie.  More times than I care to admit I take on too much.  I then can’t do one thing with excellence the whole pile of it just gets a mediocre attempt.  And worse yet it leaves a huge mess to clean up.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (AMP)

Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].

 

As a Type A, getter-done woman really absorbing and applying 2 Corinthians 9:7, is difficult to say the least.  I love the concept of giving God delight which can be only achieved when we give from the heart not from obligation.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me the wisdom to say, “No” when I should.  Give me the strength to withstand the desire to constantly accomplish instead of soaking in the Word and in Your arms.  Forgive me of my busyness-without worth to the Kingdom.  Grant me the mind of Christ.  Thank you, Amen.

 

Mother’s heart

 

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“Thwang.” A giant drum spins and drives its timber into my heart cavity releasing a devastating quake into my mother’s heart.  An agitated, twittering flutter emerges where once a strong steady beat resided. This unnatural vibration of the heart sets into motion frantic thoughts.

            A simple statement of fact regarding a lack of a skill in one of my sons left me deadened for hours.  Dread settles in. The “what ifs?”-emerge.  What if he never improves?  What will he look like as an adult?  All the while, the other side of my heart wants to fully experience the gift of motherhood without undue expectations and worry.  How do you reconcile these two distinctly different realities? How do you operate with a divided heart?

As I struggle to breathe, a prayer escapes me.  “Lord Jesus, I can’t bear this.  I don’t have a clue on what to do to relieve this pain and to make the correct choices not based on fear but on Truth.”

As I let go, I feel the crashing- thudding weapon formed against my mother’s heart begin to dismantle.  I understand that God loves my children more than I do.  That this skill was improving and that if I laid this problem in God’s hand the solution would continue to unfold.  The moment I grab it back, it arrests the work that God is doing.  In the past fear had frozen me, forcing me into a sick dance from in-action to frantic ineffective action.  I cannot find balance alone.  There is no balance in my own mind or heart.  Desperate I release to Jesus and start the road to healing.

(I encourage you to proclaim this prayer out- loud over your life)

Prayer: Great is the glory of the Lord and forever He does reign.  His sovereign hand is on my heart and in my children’s lives.  I cannot save my children or myself my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.  I proclaim and declare trust in the living God- Jesus Christ.  Have Your way in my life.  Restore my family to their original creation design.  Enlighten the eyes of my heart so that I might hear from You and that I might begin to grow in the knowledge of Your majesty and understand my own standing in Your kingdom.  Thank you, Jesus.  Amen

Ephesians 1:17-20 (NIV)

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit [of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

 

FREE!

 

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Don’t sit and argue with the jailer when the gates are already open and you are set free!

Move.

Go.

Fly!

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Galatians 5:1 

Freedom in Christ

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.(NIV)