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Give Up Trying to Make Yourself Happy

You are not powerless. By an act of your will refuse to view yourself and your circumstances as devoid of hope. God is still on the throne.

We aren’t called to be groveling beggars always on the outside looking in on the life we only wish we had.

There is no use waiting for this or that to manifest as if your life will finally be worth celebrating at some later date of dream fulfillment. We have one life and it must be lived passionately and intentionally moment by moment if we are ever going to experience it as God intended.

Whether sitting beside a dying loved one or walking down the isle to marry your long awaited promise, whether in debt up to your eyeballs or jet setting the world on a grand sightseeing adventure, the deepest longings of your heart are for God.

God is.

Whatever your character is now, whether a person that delights to do the will of God or a person that resists Him at every turn, isn’t going to shift just because what you are waiting for God to do in your life comes to pass.

Let God mold your character to fit the vision He has for your life. He knows what He’s doing. Cooperate. Don’t allow your longings to steal the purpose of the day called today.

If you are still focused on what God can do for you and not on God Himself and what He wants to do in and through you, it’s time for a shift. The word says in Mark 8:24,

‘If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests]’

Messages on financial prosperity and prophetic words on dream fulfillment and the Big plans God has for our lives are wonderful and have their place, but until we learn that we are not our own, were bought with a price and that our comfort, needs and desires should not be on the throne of our hearts dictating how we are experiencing God’s love, goodness and beauty, we will never possess true abundance.

Give up trying to make yourself happy. Get yourself off of your mind. Mindfully look for ways to bless others and be a blessing. Good intentions, planned to be acted on when your ship comes in are nothing but illusions of obedience. If you believe yourself poor and pitiful with nothing to give and lamenting all those that aren’t giving to help you, you’re likely to stay stuck right where you are indefinitely.

God’s Word is chucked full of maps on how to have fullness of joy. Read it. Don’t imagine you would be satisfied if others would do what it says. Get real with yourself. You’re the only one that can stand in Gods way of helping Himself to your life.

‘But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.’
-James 1:23-25

The Battle Belongs to the Lord

The enemy is grasping for straws. Much of what has been hitting your mind and emotions as legit concerns that the enemy has the upper hand in your situation is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

And those places where the enemy has gained a stronghold or an advantage over you? God has your back! Confess your sins to the Lord, turn from them, receive forgiveness and the blood covering of the cross. Ask for and receive His all sufficient grace. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

It is time for you to enter the rest of God by submitting yourself and your cares fully to Him and disentangling yourself from the battle. Relax in the knowledge that He is on your side, loves you passionately, is fighting your battles as you place your trust in Him and is infinitely more powerful than all of the powers of darkness.

He is not wringing His hands, caught off guard by the tactics of the enemy of your soul. He’s got this!

Trust in God’s heart to protect and care for you and not on you own understanding of what is taking place and your fear, pain and anxiety will begin to dissipate.

He has not abandoned you. He is not far off. He is a GOOD Father!

‘This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’
-2 Coronicles 20:15

Headed to the post office now to send a few more signed copies of my new book ‘Blooming Where You’re Planted: 52 Prophetic Words for Being Fruitful In and Out of Season,’ to individuals that have purchased them through my online store.

The box of books pictures here are those that have been donated by generous supporters like you! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™ I am taking them to a women’s work release program for female prisoners and sending a portion of them to a homeless shelter in Arizona where a single mother with three children that follows this ministry is currently residing. She reached out to me last week and asked if there was a book fund she could apply to for herself and other ladies there. I was glad to tell her there was!!!

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Laughter is a Gift of God

 

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Even though we know we are children of the Most High God, set apart and made Holy by the blood of the lamb, we sometimes don’t act and feel like the powerful, perfect in His sight, superhero new creatures God created us to be. Just like our life circumstances, we are a work in progress.

Although sin is never a joking matter, our bumbling efforts forward in grace don’t always have to be a source of self-loathing and a measuring stick of how far we have to go. We need to give ourselves and others grace, particularly in areas where there is no rebellion but perhaps just a splash of the realities of growing up in the Lord that aren’t perfecto.

When my son lived at home he figured out a clever way to pick apart my idiosyncracies and uncover to me any hint of detected hypocrisy without getting in trouble. He used humor. Even though he straddled the boarder of disrespect with this at times, he revealed truth in such a way I couldn’t help but choke on my food while laughing it was so spot on and funny.

It’s okay to look at yourself in the mirror and admit your not perfect and love yourself anyway!

Being able to accept and love yourself where you are while working to be more Christ-like is important. Lighten up in life in general but be careful to remain sober minded. We serve a Holy God.

Laughter is a gift from God and is medicine to the soul. Laugh and laugh often.

I laughed so hard while flipping through pregnancy memes night before last I had mascara streaming down my face. My husband came in and smiled while I read them to him. I imagine they weren’t quite so funny to him. This week as my uncomfort level has grown with my pregnancy body and its aches and pains I have not always handled myself with stoic grace. I have made sure to share with him regularly my process, when not with words, with grunts and groans as I waddled about the house and struggled to do things that use to be a cinch, directing my husband with an onslaught of new chores as I get the house ready for the baby.

I’m ‘Nesting.’

Yesterday I worked all day in my pj’s and didn’t even brush my hair! I didn’t really realize this until my husband got home from work. ๐Ÿ˜Š I proceeded to crack jokes about my pregnant reality. He cooked dinner for the third night in a row.

Last night he had a dream. Swans were ‘nesting’ in these trees, squawking, making a bit of a racket. He was thinking they weren’t as beautiful or as big as regular swans. He thought they seemed out of place not floating gracefully in the pond below them.

Hahaha. He would never dream of pointing out my imperfections, even with humor, as my son once did, but my ability to interpret dreams (especially one this obvious!) did it for him.

I’m not exactly the picture of grace and perfection this week as my body fills with extra blood, my weight soars, my circulation struggles and my trips to the fridge and bathroom increase and keep me up at night all while I give a blow by blow account to my husband. I know I haven’t been as charming floating on the water of the Spirit ๐Ÿ˜‚ lately but thank God he still loves me and Jesus loves me too!

I am still beautiful and perfect in the sight of God and so are you, regardless of how you may be feeling or even acting.

I laugh at myself and the reality of my week and I also pray for greater grace to rise above my bodily limitations that I know will tempt me to complain over the next 6-7 weeks.

I pray for each of you too. Live. Laugh. Love.

Miraculous Freedom

Every evil thing that is coming against you has to cease and desist and be used to strengthen you, heal you on deeper levels and confirm and move you into your calling in the name of Jesus and by the power of His blood!

Press into the pressure. Dig deep. Walk through the doorways of pain that must be walked through to follow Christ into the fullness of your identity in Him and your destiny. He did not will evil on you. It is not God’s doing! Trust firmly in His goodness and His ability to take what the enemy meant for your harm and turn it into a powerful testimony and increased anointing that will be wielded against evil to destroy plans to cause further harm to self and others.

If you are walking hand in hand with Jesus what you experience in life will be used to walk you back through doorways of woundedness into the broken places of your soul that if entered bravely, and in obedience, with the true knowledge of God as a shield of faith before you will lead you to enter higher levels of glory and experience deeper levels of joy and peace than you have previously possessed.

No matter how strong the bondage was that the Lord is leading you out of or how violently you are being pursued by the powers of darkness that hate to lose their slave labor, God will make a way. Take what the Lord has provided, His instructions and promises, use what He has already placed in your hand, and command the waters to part in front of you. Walk in the miracle working power of God and cross over on dry land.

Praise the Lord as you turn around and watch Him swallow up all that has oppressed you. Don’t forget what He has done before. Believe He can do it again.

Don’t despise the process of your own deliverance. Trust and obey.

“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.”

Exodus 14:22-23

Build Your House on the Rock

Stop thinking about the problem. Whatever you focus on you multiply in power over you.

Focus on the finished work of the cross. Search for and focus on scriptural promises that relate to the issues that seem to be pressing in on you.

Dream dreams. Envision yourself wrapped lovingly in the arms of the Father. Speak life over your situation. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Stir up your hope by guarding your heart and mind from contaminating influences. Set your heart and mind on things above, not on earthly things.

Everything, everything, you see with your eyes is transient. Keep an eternal perspective. Hold everything and everyone loosely. Only one thing is constant and unchanging.

Build your life on God and His word and the flood waters of life when they come won’t take you under.

โ€œTherefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.โ€
-Matthew 7:24-27