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

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; UPWARD & ONWARD, DAY 19

30 days of speaking God’s truth into our lives; onward & upward!

Welcome to day 19!

Two more days, and we have officially  made coming to Jesus, and soaking in His love a new daily habit! Praise Jesus!  

Yesterday we talked about worry and what to do with it. Today I want to talk about the blessing that comes when we keep coming back for more! More of Jesus! And the importance of not letting our failures get in our way.

Together we have been setting the groundwork for the last nine days of our journey together! In the last nine days we going to bring all this goodness together and ask God to show us how we can bless others! 

Onward & upward we must go if we want continual change in our lives. God is doing a new thing in you and me! Together let’s not loose heart, but keep pressing in! Let’s not treat this journey like a diet. Rather, let’s embrace it as a lifestyle change. Can I get an Amen!

Verse of the day!

Proverbs 24:16

Onward & upward with our Lord is not about perfection. It’s about failing forward. However, it’s not about ignoring God’s word and doing what we want either. Rather, it’s about giving ourselves GRACE in the moments that we need to. As we look back over the years, we will see the mistakes we have made. Our lives will most likely be sprinkled with dry seasons. Our hope is that as we look back through our ups and downs, that the trend is upward. 

It’s imperative as followers of Christ that we understand that we are all in this together. We need GRACE, and we need to give others that same GRACE Jesus daily gives us.

Our lives will be a reflection of Jesus not because of what we can do in ourselves, but because we keep exercising our will to come. And we keep coming with and open heart and mind, ready to receive more of HIM.

The Bible says,

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26).

The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37: 23-24).

Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon ( Isaiah 55:7).

It’s is the continuous act of failing and coming that changes us! The change we desire comes from a constant pursuit. It’s what we do with our failures that makes the difference. We can let them get us down, or we can let them spring us forward in to Jesus hands!

I’ll leave you with this dear friends,

“There are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ and who really desire to be children of God, yet they realize that their character is imperfect, their life faulty, and they are ready to doubt whether their hearts have been renewed by the Holy Spirit. To such I would say, Do not draw back in despair. We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and mistakes, but we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected by God” (Steps of Christ, pg 64).

Together let’s not grow weary, but keep coming!

xoxoxox,

Missy

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Until you came along, JJ Keller

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; WORRY, DAY 18

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; worry.

Welcome to day 18!

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Worry………

Do you worry? Does worry like to take over? Do you ever give God your worries at 8am only to take them back by 3pm? Well, you are not alone! I think sometimes we all do. However, as more truth is spoken out, worry will lessen! Amen to that!

God’s word has many similar promises for a reason. In His word, He tells us the same things over and over again. God’s word is full of men learning the same lessons as they walk out life with Him. Life for all of us is a constant growth process. He knows we need to be daily reminded of How great He is and how trust worthy He is…….He knows our sin nature!

Instead of worry, let’s glean some wisdom from Paul on this matter! Verse of the day!

Philippians 4:6-7

We all have many things to worry about:

Finances, our kids, jobs, our health, broken relationships, difficult circumstances, to much to get done, and on and on it goes! If you are prone to worry read this passage over and over. It will remind you that God has us covered! Matthew 6: 25-43 says……..

 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

How to daily overcome our worry!

We will always have days of overwhelm. Worries will always try to creep in stealing our focus, robbing our joy. When this happens, we know what to do! We have a game plan! 

Pray- we can ask God for help! Ask Him to switch our focus back to Him & His ability to help us overcome. Remember, Christ fights all our battles for us!

Praise- we can begin to thank Him for what He is doing, and has already done! We can speak truth, and recount the many blessings in our life!

I will leave you with this last scripture!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”( Matthew 11:28-30)
We are so blessed to serve a God that wants to meet all our needs! He wants to carry our load, fight our battles, and depend on Him! What an awesome and loving God we serve! 
 
Thank you Jesus for all that you do for us, together we choose to turn our worry into worship!
 
xoxoxoxox
 
Missy 

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; TRANSFORMATION, DAY 17

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; transformation.

Welcome to day 17!

Yesterday, we talked about owning our story; the lies, and our identity before we say YES to Jesus!

Today we are going to look at transformation. Who is worthy of transformation? What does our lives begin to look like when God does His work in us by the power of the Holy Spirit? Exciting stuff!

Transformation……..

BIBLE VERSE

The Bible also says, 

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8).

There is so much power in love. God came and died for us, the sinners. It’s this very act of love that draws our hearts in. As He draws us in we experience a love never known before, because until we meet Christ Jesus, we have only felt the love of man. 

All throughout the Bible we see Jesus extending His love to ugliest of sinners, meaning those that have been the most heartless in their actions towards others. Yet, Jesus saw something in them. Jesus called them. He pursued them.

Christ’s account with Zacchaeus the Tax collector in Luke 19….

is a great demonstration of just how much our Savior loves us and longs to enter into a relationship with us. Tax collectors in Jesus day were despised and hated. Many of them worked for Rome. They collected what was Romes, and the rest they kept for themselves. Whatever taxes they could add on, was theirs to keep. They were know to be extortioners of large sums of money.

The people talked amongst themselves stating that Christ came to be a guest of a sinner. Christ chose to Zacchaeus and in the presence of Christ Zacchaeus no longer wanted to live the life of a tax collector! In Christ he was a transformed man.

Christs account with Saul who became Paul in Acts 9…….

Saul was heartless until he encountered Christ. Like Zacchaeus, Jesus chose Saul. Before his acceptance of Christ, Saul was a murderer of many good people. However, Christ in His great love for Saul pursued him. Saul was won by Christ, surrendered his life, and began to fight the good fight for Jesus!

I am so encouraged by these stories and how much Jesus longs to pursue even the ugliest of sinners (all of us). It gives me great hope. Christ’s desire to love and change us regardless of how we look or what we have done draws me in! Christ takes our sin stained hearts and makes them beautiful. He takes our broken stories and gives us a testimony! In Him, we are transformed, made beautiful.

P.s I just highlighted these bible stories, but I recommend that you read them in whole!

He has such great plans for us all. His greatest desire is to transform our hearts and give us life! Together, let’s embrace this great love. Let’s ask for more, and eagerly anticipate all that He has in store for us this next year!

xoxoxoxox,

Missy

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; LIES, DAY 16

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; dismantling the lies!

Welcome to day 16!

Lies…..

Today we are going to look at the way the devil lies to us and why He does this. Then together we are going to commit to raising our awareness of our thoughts so we can speak truth over these lies. We all know that we are what we think.

Whatever is going on upstairs in our mind, is what is going to come out. 

Let’s start by recognizing where the lies began; in the Garden of Eden. The devils first encounter with man was a lie. He lied to Eve, but in a very crafty way. He deceived her by making sin look better than good.

Fast forward a bit, and here we are today; still in battle with satan fighting the lies as followers of Jesus. Apart from Christ we have no power over our adversary. However, because we belong to Christ we have been given authority over him. 

The verse of the day!

1 John 4:4

What does the devil’s lies look like?

  • You might as well quit.
  • Go ahead and give up.
  • You don’t have what it takes.
  • Nobody loves you. 
  • You are going to end up lonely.
  • That is not going to work, so don’t even try it.
  • Your marriage will l never get better.
  • You are not good enough for God.

And the list goes on……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Why does the devil lie to us?

He wants to control our thoughts because when he does we become ineffective, hopeless, and we loose our ability bless others. That is his plan for this world, death, hopelessness, and captivity. He knows that our thoughts determine our actions, and that is why he starts with our minds. When we give into the devils ploys it leaves us debilitated.

God’s word says,

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ ( 2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20).

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19).

“If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes ( Mark 9:23).”

Together as we speak these truths out over our lives and our families lives, God will be faithful. As we train ourselves to recognize the work of the devil, we will be able to put his lies under us. They will loose power over us, and we will become victorious in Jesus name. 

God has so much in store for those that pursue Him. He longs to rock your world in ways you can’t even imagine!

I am praying for you all, that God would  manifest Himself to us all in such a powerful way that we cannot ever forget His goodness towards us.

xoxoxoxxo,

Missy

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