3 Steps to Being Real with Yourself through God

3 steps to being real with yourself through God

3 Steps to being real with yourself through God

BY: JESSICA VILLARREAL | TO LOVE & HOPE

Ok, first off God knows everything. He knows our past, present, and future. He knows our hearts, our deepest fears, and desires. He knows how we think, I mean he created the human race, right? He has seen generation after generation do the same things and go through the same things we are facing now. Nothing is new to Him. 

So, while I stood in my pain and sorrow, with tears and fits of anger I looked to God for help. I prayed incessantly. Except, I was doing it more to get out of my situation, to get what I wanted because “I deserve it”. I felt like I had every right, I hadn’t been all bad. Man did I get it all wrong. There was more to me than I could see. While I focused on the things that I wanted I didn’t realize that I was in a place to give God what He wanted.

1. God wants you to be real with Him, after all, He already knows but He wants you to realize it too. When you start building a relationship with God you have to come face-to-face with yourself. It’s scary to get down to the core of your heart, it’s scary to know yourself. Asking God to reveal the things in your heart that aren’t pleasing is to reveal things that you need to work on. Sometimes you know who you are or at least the not-so-nice things in you but don’t want to admit it because it’s embarrassing or shameful. Let’s get real, I was an awful person. Yeah, I looked nice and tried to talk nice and be nice. Inside, I was dirty. I was an angry person, impatient, envious, insecure, passive aggressive, prideful…oh this list goes on! But through the grace of God, I overcame that bad character I had built. It was through God and his Holy Spirit’s revelation that I was able to work those things out, not by myself but with Him. 

Galatians 5:22
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness

2. Pray, repent, and practice. After praying to God, repenting, and then practicing living Christ-like I was made new! I was no longer a negative person. I was no longer that awful person from a paragraph ago. I’m patient, understanding, caring, I look to others for wisdom and guidance, I am not quick to judge, I’m happy, I’m positive, I have faith in God! I’m a new person and I must say…I LOVE IT! There are days when old Jessica steps into the picture but I quickly shoo her out of here, because she is in the PAST and I am living in the NOW, with the NEW AND IMPROVED JESSICA.

Romans 7: 18, 25
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.

3. Renew your mind everyday. Because we are of flesh we have sin in us, it is in our nature to sin. It’s normal. The difference is realizing it, repenting, and coming to God with that. As I did my devotional today, God revealed the verses above to me and then at that exact moment I had a clear example of it. I was on my Instagram and saw these two beautiful women with perfect husbands, baby bumps, kids, images, lives…they have everything great! I started to feel envy creeping in my heart. I quickly responded to the Holy Spirit’s tap on my shoulder saying, hey hang on there what are you thinking? Instead, I went on to ask God for forgiveness and prayed blessings upon them. I reminded myself that I want to love others unconditionally and rejoice in other’s happiness and accomplishments.

Thank you God, for your amazing revelation, you are awesome!

Being real with God can be scary because you’re being real with yourself. But God is never-ending love and He loves you just the way you are. He just wants to help get rid of the not-so-nice in you and impart a beautiful spirit and heart in you. All you have to do is literally SPEAK UP and let Him reveal to you!

Blessings,
Jessica


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Jessica’s faith blog, To Love and Hope, was created to remind us that even in our worst circumstances God’s love is enough to give us hope to persevere. Her goal is to share God’s beautiful love with the rest of the world. Jessica Villarreal is a full-time graphic designer living in Southern California with her husband and their two kids. She loves spending time with her family, watching a good movie, and enjoys eating burgers and fries. She believes everyone has a unique story and would love to hear it!

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F.E.A.R

FEAR

OR Face Everything and Rise. – Unknown

BY: MANDY LIMON | MELODIC RHYTHMS OF HOPE

I discovered this quote almost two years ago and it power punched me in the face!

The play on words immediately took me a few years back to a church service where a leader I greatly respected approached me saying,

“Amanda, I see you as a Lioness with a great voice. You have a gifting that will bless a generation, However, you have lived enclosed in a cage for far too long. In times when you have attempted to step out in faith, paw to the soil, you cower back into your cage. You were meant to run free, to influence and to let your roar be heard for generations to come” 

*Jaw Drop*

I remember being blown away that someone could see into the depths of my soul (mind, will and emotions). It was in that moment I realized I had cut off the oxygen supply to my dreams and passions.

I began questioning everything like, “When did this happen? When did I take an extinguisher to the fire in my heart? And why have I allowed certain experiences in my life to dictate my future?”.

You know what I discovered?

I found that brokenness had led to fear.

Fear of failure, fear that I was not enough, and fear that my spirit would be crushed once again under the pressure of ill words by envious hearts. Instead of pushing forward with tenacity and faith in my abilities, I allowed myself to crumble.

Now, fast forward to the present.

It has been a process. Hard. Emotional. A process of healing & self-discovery.

Having learned from this journey called life, I refuse to let anyone or anything stop me from my pursuit to share with the world what has been divinely placed within me ever again. Every day is not perfect. My tender heart must choose to press forward when it would be easier to regress. But that is why it is important to take courage and place one foot in front of the other.

My hope is that you will face your fears NOW and not allow years of influence to be wasted because you spent your days caged up in defeat as I had.

I want to say to you, “RISE BEAUTIFUL ONE”.

I believe the self-doubt and running away stops here! We must tap into our inner strength and believe that we are conquerors. No matter where we have been and no matter the Giants that stand before us, WE WILL RISE!

Inadequacy will rule no more!

May we become the Lioness no longer confined, operating in her gift, leaving her unique paw print on the world.

Lastly, I must say as a new mom, this principle is at the forefront of my mind everyday. It is important that I not only do this for myself but for my baby boy as well. It is important to me to pave the way for bold and brave living. As I go before him I want him to know that fears conquered can have a ripple effect for generations to come, and it starts with OUR choice to rise when it would be easier to run. It is by setting this standard that I know the legacy will not be lost.

Let us FACE all that is before us, RISE empowered having conquered our fear, and be relentless in the pursuit of the passion within.

The time is NOW….


FEARMandy Limon lives in Northern California with her Husband and Son. Her passion to empower women is the heartbeat and inspiration to her personal Blog titled “Melodic Rhythms of Hope”. Her Motto is to live Bold and Brave, embracing your unique story with Great Faith. Mandy loves the creative arts, serving her community and spending time with her family. The beach is her happy place with a cup of coffee hand. She loves meeting new friends and hopes to connect with you! 

To read more about Mandy and follow her beautiful writings, head on over to her page right here! Also, follow her on instagram @melodicrhythmsofhope

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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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