30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; MY STORY, DAY 20

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking truth into our lives; my story.

Welcome to day 20!

Yesterday we talked about or walk with Jesus, and that we can expect to fail sometimes.  Let me tell you, I know that word well! Today I simply want to share a bit of my story in hopes that in can be encouraging to you! 

Day 21! No post! What? Instead a video, a recap of our journey so far! And an inside look at my mornings with Jesus! They are not glamorous by any means, but filled with Jesus!

Being broken leads to opportunity……………..

Running into Jesus in the best thing one can do. It took me awhile to figure this out, although somewhere in my subconscious I knew it to be true. For many years, instead of running into Jesus, I ran away. Why?  I didn’t see being broken as an opportunity, but a weakness.

There was a time in my life when I ran, and lots, almost daily. To some degree the miles that I put on my heart and shoes was temporarily helpful. It gave me some measure of peace and rest, but not the kind I longed for, searched for, and desperately needed.

Without fail, the minute life started to feel out of control; whether it was the restlessness in me, or circumstances, out the door I would go to find some sort of relief through physical exhaustion.

 The more I hurt, the harder I would run.

 We all have our vices, mine just happened to be running.

I was literally running from the chance to be broken. Yet, in all my running, God was there. He continuously and patiently waited for me to exhaust myself, to give up.

Then something amazing happened. I completely broke…..I reached a point……I couldn’t run anymore….It wasn’t working….I had no choice but to look outside of my own efforts, to God. I knew I had to surrender.

Absolute surrender comes after complete brokenness. We willfully make this choice, when we have no other. What I once foolishly ignored quickly became my only source of hope.

What I fought against for so long became my biggest blessing, being broken.

 Being broken is an opportunity to let God in. It is a time to surrender all. So how do we get to this place of absolute surrender? Let me share with you how God helped me do it:

  1. I let go and let God be in control. Psalm 46:10, Isaiah 64:8, Matthew 16:24-25.
  2. I recognized my need for Him, and daily. John 15:5, Philippians 4:19-20
  3. I allowed myself to be broken. (I laid down my pride, my desire to please everyone in my life, and starting looking to God for all my needs: love, healing, deliverance, clarity, and His power to bring about the healthy change in my life that I needed). Psalm 34:18, Jeremiah 30:17

Absolute surrender is not easy. It takes courage, because it goes against our natural fleshy propensity to do things our way, to try harder, to depend on ourselves, and ignore our pain.

When I made the decision to completely let go, surrender, and let God in, I experienced a breakthrough!

He provided me with all that I needed and so much more. He knew my heart, hurt, and need far better than I did.

 I still run, and I still cry when I run. The difference is, I run to Him; now I shed tears of joy and thanksgiving for what He has done in me and for me. He desires to do the same for you. It’s ok to be broken, being broken leads to opportunity.

I hope this blessed you dear friends,

Tomorrow I will have a video for you! As we recap these last 20 days, thank God for what He has done in your heart! Thank Him for what He is going to speak to your heart in the next 9 days! Together Let’s begin to pray asking God to lead us, change us, and to show us the changes He desires for us!

xoxoxoxox,

Missy

Song of the day! This what God does for us!

Fall afresh on us, by Kari Jobe

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In Christ Jesus all things are possible

With Christ all things are possible.

It’s only in Christ Jesus that all things are possible. 

Not in our strength, but in His do we persevere and find the sufficiency to endure all things. Everywhere I look someone is grieving due to loss, personal trials, disappointments, set-backs, & debilitating health struggles. Today during my morning devotional  I read about a son’s life that was taken in Romania due to his father’s faith in Christ. I ponder the real everyday struggles that look so different from mine, and think to myself, how can one endure a trial like that?

After some thought, the Lord reminds me; they can’t …..I can’t…..we can’t.

I found myself putting myself in another’s shoes, in order to glean a deeper understanding of how we deal with the various trials that some of us are asked to face. As I’m doing this, I realized that I am putting myself in another person’s experiences in my own strength and understanding.

In that moment I failed to see that those in far off countries, and those close by in my community are not persevering alone, but with the help of Jesus. Christ quickly reminded me that it is in Him that we can face everything. His grace and power are sufficient for all situations. It certainly doesn’t take away the difficulty of a person’s trials. Nor the pain that follows, but explains perfectly the victorious outcome.

Again I am reminded that:

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  All we can do is cry out for help with an unwavering expectant faith. Trusting that is plan is perfect regardless of the outcome.

No King is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. (Psalm 33: 16-17)

The Lord is our help and our shield.

Through my thoughts and stories read today, I was humbly reminded that His power and His plan always prevail. This life is not meant to be perfect or easy. It’s only temporary, a short time, until we meet Jesus, and on that day sin with be no more. Those who have had say goodbye to loved ones for now, will at last be reunited with them again with the promise of forever. I can’t wait for that day.

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Christian marriage tips.

 

When your fairy tale turns ugly

Christian marriage

Deep down we all long for that fairy tale relationship, one that ends like Cinderella. Why wouldn’t we? We have been groomed since school age to view relationships in a “Happily ever after” kind of way.

Then we grow up and start dating, or perhaps get married, and quickly realize the fairy tale is anything but real. We soon find out what is blissful in the beginning , turns a little sour. Leaving our hearts hurting, bruised, and quite confused.

I am always one to focus on the positive, but today I must simply be honest.  The truth is, the fairy tale love story is a minority not majority, and here’s why.

We live in a broken world, full of broken people that come from broken homes.

Knowing this we cannot expect our relationships and marriages to be perfect. In fact, more often than not they are very imperfect.

I’m not a relationship expert, and have done marriage the wrong way for many years.  It’s been far from perfect.  At times, it’s been really ugly. There have been moments of deep hurt, moments that without commitment and God’s grace we might not have made it.

However, over the past twelve years, God has shown me five things to implement in my marriage, and today I am grateful to share these christian marriage tips with you!

  1. Pray for your husband/partner– There is power in prayer. God has the ability to change hearts, open eyes, and heal wounds that cause us to hurt our spouse.
  2. Turn the other cheek– It’s so easy to retaliate when hurtful words are being said, but when we choose not to participate we are setting an example.
  3. Be a servant to your husband/partner- Just as Christ puts us first, we too, can show our husbands that same graciousness.
  4. Validate your husband/partner– never disrespect your husband around others, or talk poorly about him, even if his behavior was poor. Instead speak to others what you want him to be. (I’m not saying you can’t share personal things with close friends or get advice; rather, don’t get in the habit of talking bad about your husband).
  5. Lastly, Pray for yourself- ask God to open your eyes to the changes that you need to make in order for you relationship to be healthier. Ask Him to change your heart too!

Everything that I have encouraged you to do, I have done wrong many times, and can attest to the fact that it only breeds more dissension, pain, and resentments.

Marriage is always a work in progress. It requires effort, intentionality, selflessness; but mostly prayer, and putting God first.

My husband and I have both had moments when we seriously questioned quitting, throwing in the towel. I’m thankful we didn’t. God can turn ugly things into beautiful things. Had we given up on one another, we would have lost our life partner, and best friend. With God the fairy tale does exist!

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Absolute surrender, what God desires from us

Absolute Surrender; He can be trusted.

The hardest but most rewarding thing we can do is to let go and let God; absolute surrender. One of the most challenging things to do in this life is to give God full control, but it really is the very thing He longs for us to do. So why not give it a shot!

Absolute surrender requires complete dependence on God. Our natural born tendency is to be in control of our life, dreams, and goals. We want to plan things out, know what to expect, we want to be in charge of ourselves. 

Ultimately, we don’t know what is best for our lives, only God does.

Perhaps there is something holding you back from giving God full control of your life. Maybe you are afraid of what God wants for you:  a different job, different partner, different school, or different choices. Deep down you can feel His promptings, yet you are afraid to fully submit to the direction you know God is calling you.

If this is the position you are in, I cannot promise it will be easy. Nor can I tell you absolute surrender will save you from tough decisions. However, what I can tell you is that God has His very best for you in mind for you!

The hardest but most rewarding: absolute surrender.

He is all-knowing, omnipresent, and all-powerful. He can be trusted.

He sees the beginning and the end. He will see you through if you let go and let Him work in your life. Here are three promises that have blessed me in times of difficulty and change.

  1. For I the thoughts I think towards you declared the Lord; thoughts of good and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
  2. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5
  3. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my own eye. Psalm 32:8

Whatever it is that God is seeking from you, I encourage you to say yes. Give Him full control over it. Let go and let God work it out. I promise you will look back and be thankful that you did. God never asks something of us, unless it’s best for us. He never calls us to do something, without enabling us to do it.

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When God is silent

When God is silent

There is nothing more exciting than the moments that God speaks to us, when He shows up and touches our heart, and teaches us something new. His voice in our lives; no matter how big or small,  is inspiring. It provides us with a super natural charge, an energy, a deep joy! Sometimes when God is silent we don’t know what to do.

His hand at work in our lives, gives us hope, gives us purpose.

But sometimes God is silent. Sometimes, although He is still just as close and continuously working on our behalf, we don’t hear Him, sense Him, or feel Him as strongly.

This can be a tough place to be…….

Do you ever feel like you are seeking, pursuing, & still……..He is quiet?

If you have felt this way, know that you are not alone. I too, have felt this way many times. 

I could get frustrated, I could quit showing up each morning….Instead I will keep coming, seeking, and asking Him to reveal His purpose in this quiet time. Like loyal pup that loves his master and waits…….

I too, will wait!

Because I know that He wants me to!

He wants me to…….

Keep coming, keep seeking, and keep asking. I know that He is here ever so close even though it sometimes doesn’t feel that way.

So, instead of faltering, I will choose triumph!

And here is why:

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Here are three things that I will choose to do in this quiet time:

  1. Trust- Proverbs 3:5
  2. Lean in & Listen- Psalm 32: 8
  3. Wait- Psalm 46:10

It is easy to get frustrated, wonder why, and feel the disconnect……But if we believe God’s word to be true, then we know without a doubt that His presence is with us even when it doesn’t feel like it!

We know this to be true because of what Christ did on the cross for us.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

It is impossible for Christ to be far, because He lives in you and me.

If you find yourself in a similar season, lean in, ask, and wait! Trust Him, knowing that He has a purpose in this moment of silent time.

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