When Fear Sneaks In

Have you ever been so overcome by something that all hope completely abandons you and faith doesn’t seem like enough?

It was about a little over a week ago, everything was going great. I had my bible time, my prayer time, my worship music constantly playing in the background. I would say my relationship with God was awesome.

Until one night, I got an attack from the enemy in that strange middle ground of being half asleep, half awake. I was able to come out of that in victory, glory be to God, but that night opened the door to fear in my life.

Whenever I would walk around I would look over my shoulders a lot because I would feel like I was seeing something just outside of my peripheral vision. I wouldn’t stay up too late anymore, the music played less and less, I forgot to read the word most days. These were all things I didn’t notice was happening, at the time.

Fear came in and completely blocked my relationship with God.

 

The Breaking Point

It was about two nights ago when I attempted to attend a party, with people I don’t truly know so well. Which is a big deal for me because I get social anxiety. But I thought, “God’s got me, I can do this”. Now, I wasn’t wrong to think that; God would’ve helped. However, I underestimated the amount of damage fear had caused on my mind by this time.

How’d the party go? It didn’t. At least not for me. I went in and walked out shortly after and from that moment on could not move myself to walk back in. I cried, I prayed, I begged God, but my feet would not move. I was terrified. I had a full blown panic attack and then left. (That’s another story for another day. Ha!)

I spent the next day extremely depressed and thinking all types of things that I know the enemy himself was feeding me.

The thing is, if we’re honest with ourselves and really listen in to Gods voice then we know that what we are experiencing is an attack from the enemy. However, just because we know this doesn’t mean it’s always going to be easy to fight it off.

Why am I sharing all this?
God never left me. I heard His kind whisper that night telling me to give it another try. But I didn’t push myself out of my fear to listen. He constantly reassures me of His power, love, and authority every time I walk around scared. I have to purposely talk myself out of being afraid.

God told me this morning,

“Sometimes, it’s not about the storm as much as it is about how you come out of the storm”.

Has the enemy been trying to scare me out of a relationship with God? Yes.
Has it been hard to talk myself out of fear at night? Yes.
Has God ever left me hanging when I try? Never.

I have to talk myself out of fear, I have to remind myself and the enemy Who I serve. But every time I take that step of faith and proclaim God’s authority at that moment, God shows up. His love and comfort surrounds me.

There are times when it happens almost immediately, and moments where it takes a good fifteen minutes to manifest. Let me explain. It’s not that God is sleeping on me. The amount of time it takes depends on the amount of faith you have at that moment when you proclaim God’s Word.

Fear is simply the absence of faith.

We fear because we trust our fears more than God’s ability to rescue/protect us.
God has been an ever-present help in my life and on days where the enemy or life itself wants to try and make me forget that, I need to remind myself of God’s goodness and the promises He’s made to us in His Word.

Just as much work as it is to build a good close relationship with God, it’s double the work to protect it.

You might be going through a storm right now and you’re wondering what is the purpose of this? Why am I experiencing this? Honestly, only God can reveal that to you. However, sometimes we go through things to build endurance, to develop strength in the Word, to build our faith, to learn to trust in God. Sometimes it’s not about the storm itself but in the steps you take to get you through it that end up being the lesson.

So don’t let the enemy win! Don’t allow him the victory over your life!
Fight back in faith! Do it afraid and I promise you will feel God’s peace and authority fill you when you decide to take that step. Speak life into your mind. Whether you are fighting fear, anxiety, depression, anger, hurt, it doesn’t matter the storm. What matters is who are you going to turn to for help?

I am so grateful to have such a forgiving, kind, loving, compassionate God in my life. He understands my heart and He is working in me every day, even in my storms He reaches in and teaches me more about Him. He is so good and faithful. Don’t let the enemy distort who God is in your mind.

It may seem hard but it is definitely NOT impossible; not with God.

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Fighting The Enemy

Ephesians 6:12
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

The spiritual realm is real. This is something that is not emphasized enough. God is powerful and real and the love He has for us is immeasurable. However, there is another side to this. With every positive, there is a negative; the devil.

God has a plan for each of our lives and there are many people who die and never carry that plan out. Not because God made a mistake but because He allows us the freedom to choose in which direction we want to go in life. Our own way, or His?

He puts big, passionate dreams inside of people. He gives people visions of great and wonderful things they can accomplish through Him. He lights a fire and a desire in His people’s hearts to want to go out into this world and make a God-difference. Doing things only He could have equipt them for, things only He could have carried out through and in their lives, things that always point back to Him.

He wants us to wake up every morning and seek Him to great extents. He desires for our hearts to be fully immersed in His presence. He longs for us to be sensitive to His voice and walk out His word in our daily lives.

God has chosen you since before you were born to be in this moment, in this generation, and allow that fire in your heart to shine into the lives of those around you and break chains, tear down walls, free minds, all in His name!

Your life, your family, your situation, was no accident; God don’t make mistakes!

So when you start to feel that passion rise up within you and you begin to walk out in faith and you follow the path the Lord has set out for you, GEAR UP! (Eph.6:13)

The enemy is out for the KILL!

He is waiting to scare you out of the dream God has placed inside of you. He is ready to put fear in your heart and doubt in your mind. He is on the lookout for anyone walking out Gods big plans and he is ready to destroy.

His plan is to scare you out of continuing your walk with God. To bring you back down to a “comfortable” level of Jesus in your life; don’t get too crazy. He is ready to deter you from the promise God has placed within you by trying to convince you that you are weak, you are not capable, God made a mistake choosing you, you are not worthy, you can’t.

I want to encourage you today by letting you know that the enemy is a LIAR! It’s his best tactic, to use our own insecurities and our lack of the Word to draw us away from what God spoke over our lives.

    You are dangerous!

The enemy sees your potential more than you do! He sees the God in you that is capable! He sees how strong you are in Gods hands, and he’s scared! So what does he do? He tries to scare you out of it. He lies to you. He distorts your vision of what God has planned for you. He puts worry in you about how you’re going to get there. Don’t play his game!

You are worthy!
You are capable!
You are strong!
You are redeemed!
You are chosen!
You are equipt!
You are able NOT because of you but because of the God in you!!!!!!

Remember, if He has called you to it, He will walk you through it!

Do not buy the lies of the enemy! Do not allow him to steal your purpose! Do not allow him to trip you up! Do not allow him to put fear in your heart!

The only one you need to fear is God and HE’S ON YOUR SIDE!

Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

THIS is our God. One who promises to be there for us through it ALL! One who has called us into this life of saving souls for Gods kingdom, spreading the news of the Lord. He will carry us through every situation we encounter. TRUST HIM; BELIEVE HIS WORD!

Here are a few more words from God to encourage you in your journey with the Lord and I pray that when you are face to face with the enemy you will speak the Word in confidence, that the Lord is true in His Word and He is there to help you.

Psalms 60:12
“With God’s help, we will do mighty things, for He will trample down our enemies.”

2 Samuel 22:7
“But in my distress, I cried out to the Lord; yes, I cried to my God for help. He heard me from His sanctuary; my cry reached His ears.” (He hears you!)

Psalms 55:1
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Psalms 54:4
“God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive!”

Isaiah 41:3
“For I hold you by your right hand-I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

Exodus 14:14
“The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Luke 10:19
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Exodus 23:22
“If you indeed obey His voice [the Holy Spirit] and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”

And finally…

Luke 1:37
“For with God, nothing will impossible.”

Read the Word. Know what God has promised you. And when the enemy comes TRUST THAT GOD CAN!!!

The Moment of Conception

How many women have had sex and then instantly knew they were pregnant? I know for sure that has never happened to me and I have 3 kids.

I feel it’s almost impossible for something like that to happen, though I can be wrong so instead of impossible I’ll use very rare.

Now how many people have ever had a moment when you feel a shift in the atmosphere of your mind? Like you knew something was up but you weren’t exactly sure what. Something inside of you was conceived at that moment?

I know these moments can happen for some brilliant business idea you get or maybe a new recipe you just thought of while lying in bed. But what if it was something more and it happened right after we fail God?

What if you felt pregnant but your conception was with sin?

What if the moment you let go of your God-values and submitted to your flesh you felt the shift?

Now I believe it is worth mentioning that in order for a shift this dramatic to be felt you have to have been fully committed to God. Meaning though we mess up and sin daily you cannot have been living in sin.

Let me explain. When we walk directly next to God our lifestyle shifts. We talk differently, we think differently, we act more intentional, and our entire life shifts to a heavier God-valued life.

So when we mess up daily trying to live Gods way it is completely different from forgetting about Gods way and doing something that you know is not good for your relationship with Him.

God requires us to be more aware of life, more intentional with how we live every day. So He expects us to be mindful of what we watch, what we listen to, who we’re friends with, how we dress, what we think, what we believe, and so on.

He wants for our lives to look and feel completely different than before He was actively involved in them.

So it goes without saying that when we live a life like that and then fail Him in a more intentional, I-knew-what-is-was-doing-when-getting-into-this-sin type of way then a shift in your atmosphere is definitely felt.

A little into a pregnancy a woman’s body starts to feel different, she is now aware of hormonal changes happening within her. She KNOWS she is pregnant.

It is the same when we fall into sin.

If we’ve become pregnant with sin it is because we have CHOSEN to sleep with the enemy.

And because it is something we have chosen to do it is not something we can simply breeze by as if nothing happened and everything is still cool.

When you have a Christ-centered life, falling into sin isn’t something that tends to be a habit but because we all fall short of God’s standards (see Romans 3:23) then these moments can and will happen if we aren’t vigilant about everything coming into our lives.

1 Peter 5:8 (MSG)
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The devil is poised (always on the ready) to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.
[emphasis added]

We must always remain aware of the fact that the reality is everything we face in life is an opportunity to either move closer or further from God’s presence. I know a lot of people preach about people who turn everything into something spiritual. But the truth is that it is. (see Ephesians 6:12)

With every choice we make in every area of our lives we project who we serve. That’s why the Bible tells us over and over that, we must do everything for the Lord, pray constantly and for everything, lose our lives to find His, etc.

Sure some choices we make bring its own trials but sometimes it is the enemy trying to trip us up and sometimes it is God trying to shape our character. Regardless of where the storms come from the point of the storm is still the same. Who will you serve?

The great part about our God, (see the second half of Romans 3), is that He is generous with His kindness and grace, and though we don’t deserve it, He freely shows mercy on those who believe in His son and the meaning behind His sacrifice.

Life is real, sin is real, the devil is real and always on the ready. However, God is so much more than any and all of it! He has promised us so much more than what this world has to offer. And though the temptation of giving in to our desires and old habits is a real and constant battle we face daily, Gods mercy is new with every sunrise we experience. (see Lamentations 3:22,23)

Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve.
Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.

 

Small Faith

Did you know that God is the same God from the early Bible days, from when Jesus walked the earth, today, and for your kids’ kids in the future? He never changes, He always was, is, and will be. What He says is real and He will never go back on His word.

That being said, I feel like we see Him as someone completely different from the God of Moses and different from the God Jesus prayed to, different from the God who brought the Israelites a cloud and a column of fire, different from the God who made the walls of Jericho fall simply by the shouts of His people, different from the God who made the blind see and the paralytic walk. That was all the same God.

I went to a youth conference this weekend that was amazing. There was an amazing evangelist there Nathan Morris and he was one of those old school, God fearing, faith preaching, miracle believing preachers. When he was peaching he revealed to the youth some of Gods abilities. He prayed over people and their vision was restored, their legs were healed, literal movements from God were happening in that conference. As amazing as that sounds there were youth, after the session was over, talking about how unreal it all was. They would say things like “I can’t believe that, how can that even happen?” or “Those people were just faking it”.

It surprised me a little to listen to so many youth walk around in such disbelief and completely unaware of Gods ability to make miracles happen even today.

I asked my daughter this morning over breakfast, do you think, nowadays, that God can heal someone’s leg and they begin to walk instantly? Or that God can take a sickness away from someone? Or make someone see who couldn’t before? Her response, “no…”.

I had such a strong blow to the gut realization of just how much unbelief and doubt runs deep through our young ones these days. Not only them but all of us. The bible says that if you would have faith, IN GOD, the size of a mustard seed, which is so tiny y’all, then He will do BIG THINGS through you.

 

mustard seed
Photo from Garden In Delight

Isn’t it crazy to think that’s all it takes for God to work through us, faith that small!

Doesn’t it make you feel some type of way to know that we don’t believe not even that much in God’s ability to be GOD? The bible says, if you pray, BELIEVING that God CAN do it, you will receive it. These are promises from God. He is telling us that He can. Jesus said while here on this earth when someone asked him to heal their daughter and the guy told Jesus “if you can” Jesus said, “what do you mean if I can, anything is possible if you believe”.

IF…

God can do anything, and anything is possible with Him. He keeps this Earth in rotation, He calls the sun and moon to rise, He is the oxygen flowing through our lungs, He brings the wind and rain.

Science is the worlds way of writing off Gods goodness.

We need to go back to the basics and start preaching about God and Who He is. People have forgotten that He is bigger than every thought in our minds about Him. We need to go back to the stories of Gods work and preach on how that can look today in our lives. We can preach about the commandments and communion and hardships all day but if we forget to preach about The One who causes ALL THINGS TO BE we are failing in some way to teach the people of who we are truly saying yes to. We need to bring back teachings about faith, miracles, believing, authority, and trust.
If you truly knew Who God is, you wouldn’t doubt anymore.
If you truly knew what God can do, He’d be your first call.
If you truly knew what He has done for you, you’d be dedicated to Him for life.
If you truly believed in all He promises you wouldn’t be able to keep your mouth closed.

When I think about how much I have doubted the Lord it makes me sad.
Faith the size of a mustard seed! That’s small! It amazes me just how little faith we truly have if we can’t even match the size of a mustard seed.
Today I own up to my lack of faith. I take responsibility for not sharing Who God is with the world. I own up to not believing in all that He has promised us and cry out to the Lord,
“I do believe, But help me overcome my unbelief!”

Why We Fear Praying Out Loud

I know to some people this topic might sound silly, but for those of us struggling with the please-don’t-pick-me’s the struggle is definitely real. I don’t think I would be too far off to say that anyone who comes into “church life” would disagree with this being something we worry about whenever it’s time to close anything out in prayer.
We worry we’re going to get picked to pray in front of the entire group and our prayer is not going to sound as well versed as the one who normally closes.
Maybe we’re out in the streets and meet someone that needs to be prayed over and we get nervous.
Maybe we’re at our youth group and are asked to pray, or we’re at a dinner and have to pray over the food (Thanksgiving is just around the corner).
Whatever the situation may be we get nervous our prayer isn’t going to sound “the best” and we end up doing our “best” praying at that moment just trying not to get picked to pray. Am I right?

Here’s the thing about prayer. It is LITERALLY just a conversation between you and God. Whether you pray out loud or in your head, it is just you coming to the Lord to talk.

I’ve thought about what makes a “good and bad” out loud prayer and this is what I’ve come up with. (Disclaimer: These are just my thoughts)

First…

THE BAD

Why do we get nervous to pray out loud? Really, I think, the only reason is that we are nervous our prayer is going to sound dumb, too juvenile, too short, too weak to everyone listening. And THAT is what makes a BAD out loud prayer, worrying about what others think about your prayer.
I don’t know why but in this day and age we care tremendously about what other people think of us.

I know I do. I worry an unhealthy amount of times about what others think of me and not only when it comes to praying out loud but in social settings, in my work, in my parenting, in areas that others opinions should mean absolutely squat. This is something I am definitely praying for God to remove from my thought life and honestly I see the change.

Which brings me to my next point…

THE GOOD

Prayer is such a powerful tool that we have in this world and I don’t think we realize this fully. Prayer is open communication with God, the creator of the world. Let that sink in.. The one who created everything with His words, the one who spoke life into existence. The one who knows your past and sees your future. The one who walks with you every single day. He is the one we are speaking to when we pray.

So when you pray out loud or even in your head, the only thing that should be on your mind is the conversation at hand. Think about it, when you speak to someone and are thinking of something else as you’re talking, your conversation is going to trail off and not make sense. You’re going to lose your train of thought or even worst, start rambling on about much of nothing.

A “good” prayer comes from a good friendship with God. If you spoke to someone you’re not close to, the conversation is going to feel very topical. It’s going to be a whole lot of fluff and fillers. But when you speak to your best friend you dive deep and quick, going straight for the real stuff. Same thing with prayer. The closer you get to Him privately, the more confident you’ll feel about doing it in front of other people.

Another thing I want to add though is how we tend to feel prayers SHOULD sound like.

Everyone is different and everyone develops a different kind of relationship with God. Some people use proper words and full scholar-like sentences. And some just let it come out as natural as speaking to a close friend because that’s just how they roll. Neither one is wrong, just different styles of relationships. There are no specific type of words that you need to say. There is no right order to praying. Just close your eyes, open your heart, and talk to God.

TIP: Practice praying out loud at home. Just so you can start getting used to hearing yourself pray out loud. Incorporate praying for others as well, that way you begin to develop more of a “We The People” mindset instead of only praying for yourself.

 

SIDE NOTE

God is so beyond amazing and HE IS REAL. Too many times we come into this thinking He’s beyond our reach and we have to be a certain type of way before He can answer us or even listen to us. But I want to tell you that is NOT true. Gods love is definitely something hard for us to understand because we share such conditional love, but He doesn’t.

He sees our dirt, He sees where we struggle at as humans, He knows your weak points and all the things you’re ashamed to speak about but He loves you anyway!
He wants a relationship with us.

Think of a mother who brings a child into the world, loves them with a love beyond her realm of understanding. Raises that baby to have a good life (because isn’t that what we want for our offsprings) and then that same child goes off and loses themselves in drugs, sex, gangs, and really just completely stops talking to the mother because they have a “new life”.
That mom is constantly thinking about that child. Praying for her baby. Worrying if her kid is still alive. Waiting and wanting for her baby to just come back home.

Now think of God, who has exceedingly abundant love for us and has the ability to walk with us and watch over us. He always allows us to make our own choices but longs for the day when you’ll pick up the phone and just reach out to Him.

He is with you. He is ALWAYS with you. And on those days when you think He is not with you, open your heart and reach out for Him believing He is there for you.

I’m sorry, I’m not trying to preach but I just love Him so much and it hurts me to think that some people feel like God is beyond their reach when He’s sitting right there with you, looking at you with love in His eyes, waiting for you to just want Him too.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON PRAYER? DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH PLEASING PEOPLE WITH HOW YOU PRAY MORE THAN FOCUSING ON THE PRAYER ITSELF? WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU DO TO OVERCOME THAT BATTLE? PLEASE SHARE AND LET’S HELP EACH OTHER TAP INTO THE AMAZING GRACE THAT IS ALREADY THERE WAITING FOR US TO JUST SHOW UP.

Relationship Goals

I don’t know if you know this about me but I am on the more severe end of the spectrum when it comes to introversion. I am extremely shy to the point where, at times, it’s paralyzing. This is something that I am definitely praying over constantly but till the day I can walk up to anyone and intro and outro myself, this is my reality.

That being said, I think about communication and interactions a lot and whenever I do interact it’s something that plagues my mind for days after. My mind starts to go through the questions of
“did I come off too strong?”
“did I come off as too quiet?”
“did ____ come out right? I feel like they could have taken it the wrong way..”
And my most played question is,
“did this feel as awkward to them as it did for me?”

I know some of you won’t be able to relate to my craziness but these are real questions that pop into my head after an interaction. And yes, so you know, I am laughing over here about them too.

With all this being said, the Lord gave me a word about my fears that I wish to share with anyone who can relate to where I am coming from.

REVEAL

DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT THE OTHER PERSON THINKS OF YOU OR EVEN ABOUT HOW MUCH OF THEMSELVES THEY’RE GIVING YOU IN THAT MOMENT.
JUST LEAVE 100% OF YOURSELF EVERYTIME YOU CONNECT WITH SOMEONE. THE END.

This is something that really blew me away because He went on to explain that that is what it means when we say LOVE CONQUERS ALL.

Isn’t that insanely awesome and mind-blowing?!
I know none of this sounds revolutionary in the natural but let me ask you this question, a question the Lord Himself asked me after He explained all this to me.

How different would our current relationships look if we gave 100% of ourselves EVERY TIME we spoke, no conditions

That question is life-changing for me when it comes to building relationships and loving Jesus.

REFLECT

When I interact with someone whether they’re new to me or not, I leave wondering so many things that half the time, I talk myself out of actually just enjoying having shared a moment with someone. No matter how awkward it may have felt.

How often do we leave a conversation and wonder,
were they being genuine?
was I just bothering them or taking up their time?
do they even care about anything I just shared?
it didn’t feel like they shared as much as I did.
it didn’t feel like they were really into the conversation.
what did their tone mean when they said _______?
The list can go on but you get the gist.

We get in our own way 99.999% of the time! Don’t get me wrong, there will be times when people won’t be genuine with you, where it will seem fake and forced. Times when they will cut you off and walk away because “something better” caught their attention. Moments when you feel you are really there, in the now, and they.. just aren’t.

God is saying, THAT’S OK!

It’s ok if you feel ignored, pushed aside, taken for granted. Not because you deserve that but because it’s THEIR loss. The people who ridiculed Jesus and worked hard to get Him imprisoned and then killed, the people who rejected His word and His life, it was THEIR loss.
Jesus did not lose sleep over what others had thought of Him. He did not worry about how they would take His words.
He spoke.
He just was.
And those that believed in Him, those that believed in what He said and what He represented followed. Period.

RE-FOCUS

So all this to say, Love conquers all.

Live love.
Give love.
Speak love.

Not because they share in that with you too but because God is in us and if He lives in us then there is only one thing to do and that’s love.

Love WITHOUT conditions.
Love WITHOUT doubt
Love WITHOUT insecurities

LOVE BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE WERE CALLED TO DO.

If someone appreciates that then they will be compelled to reciprocate with love, if not then just keep moving forward. Keep doing your part on this planet to show the love of God through how you speak, what you do, and all that you are.

God works ALL THINGS out for good when we choose to remain in love.

I love when God speaks to me in moments when I am failing, LIVE! I don’t take it as a bad thing when He speaks up and corrects my thinking. It just proves that though I love Him very much I am not perfect and He knows that and loves me still. He helps me in my everyday life and I am forever grateful for His presence.

What are some real-life moments where God has shown up and helped out your thinking a little?

THE BREAKTHROUGH

There are days where I feel like I’ve got it all together. My day went well and the kids were working together. The house got cleaned and dinner was cooked. Maybe even a friendly phone call or text was sent.

Then there are the rest of the days. My bad days, my human days, my reality checks. Days that seem to fall apart shortly after my alarm clock goes off. Kids won’t stop bickering, no work has gotten done. It’s five o’clock and I still haven’t figured out dinner. My temper blew and my patience took the day off. Everything I seem to say comes out completely wrong.

It’s easy for me to become so discouraged on days like those because all I want to be in life is a great mother and a good friend. I care about people and the world and yet on those days that could seem farthest from the truth.

This is how I see it…

It’s as if I am covering myself in plaster, layer after layer, day after day; the plaster represents everything that I feel is wrong with me.
I ask God for healing, for a breakthrough, and He chisels. We don’t see it as a physical chunk falling off of us but somewhere in our daily lives, we take a hit. Something has popped up, giving us a chance to react differently, to make better decisions, to be the person we see God intends for us to become. But it hurts, we fail, we miss the mark. Another layer of plaster added.

We beg and plea with God for a “revival”, for something to change. What we really seem to be asking for without fully realizing it is for Him to magically change us. We want to wake up a better mother, a kinder spouse, a friend who listens more, an employee who goes above and beyond. We want the work to be done by the time we’ve finished praying.

We do need a breakthrough but it’s not going to come in the form of the Red Sea splitting before us or manna falling at our feet.
It’ll be more like the years of hard labor Noah had to put into the arc in order to protect his family. Years of slow process and possibly people mocking you for something they cannot see yet.

It may not take years but it could. It could take even longer for the days we choose to stop and give up. The days we choose to see the hard work in front of us instead of the promise God put within us.
We look at what hurts us right now instead of how our work can one day positively affect our lives and the lives of our children.

There are so many suffocating days where all I want to do is hulk through all the plaster!
I need God to break through my negative thinking, my irrational fears, my bad temper, my pent-up emotions, my dysfunctional routines.
I want Him to snap His fingers and do what only He can. I want a miracle.

THE BREAKTHROUGH

The miracle, for us, (unless God wills something else) looks like hard work, looks like learning to put up room walls for each animal. It’s long days of sanding, priming, and sealing wood we had to chop down ourselves.

The breakthrough comes when we give our day to God every time we wake up and trust Him to work it out for good. Smile when we want to tell someone off, pray when we want to doubt, call someone when we need encouragement and encourage them. Breakthroughs happen when our faith is in action.

Strongholds are never too late to break out of. Our minds can be renewed daily but only when we trust His promise. Our strength comes from Him, therefore, we have the power within us to reach down and grab onto the call He placed on our lives.

We are already the people we need to be, we just don’t have enough faith to walk that out yet.

Wow, let’s think about that for a minute. We are already the person God has made us out to be. When He looks at us He sees our potential, our new (in Him) selves. The only thing that is stopping us is TRUSTING He has given us the authority to carry out that purpose and FEAR of letting go of everything that we have grown comfortable to.

Fear of letting go and doubt He’ll catch us on the way down.

What does trusting Him look like for us?

Patience: I already have the ability to withstand the little things that drive my patience short because God has given me access to His peace. However, I am refusing to use His peace once I react on my impatience.

Gossip: We have the opportunity to spread the news about Gods love and mercy and we let go of the opportunity to show others God through us the moment we join them in negative conversation.

Rudeness: We have the ability to keep our mouths shut and allow God to be our vindicator in His timing but we relinquish that the moment we take matters into our own hands and say something that is not edifying.

Negative Self-Talk: We are wonderfully made by God Himself who happens to love us in a way that we can’t even fathom (and maybe that’s why it’s so easy for us to forget this one because our love is always conditional but His never is).

He looks at us and sees greatness and beautiful colors. We look at ourselves and see what the world(society) has told us is wrong with us. We’re dumb, ugly, fat, tomboyish, loud, etc. God knows you, the deep inner you that even you have a hard time figuring out and yet He still looks at you in love! That is an amazing kind of love.

It’s ok to encourage ourselves when we feel we are beginning to fall into the trap of negative self-talk. That is a great reason to memorize some verses(promises) of the Bible that you feel will help you in this season.

MY POINT

God is more understanding than we’ll ever be and He is willing to help us in this life every step of the way if we invite Him to. That is where the breakthrough happens. Inviting God into your mind, your job, your family life, your marriage, your confusion, your questions, in your loneliness, in your pain, in your mistakes. Make Him a part of your daily life, of your every thought and decision.

He is working in your life, all you need to do is TRUST Him and know that He is working ALL THINGS out for good.

   God is right there with you, tune in.

We all fall short of Gods grace. Which is just a fancy way of saying none of us deserve Gods goodness. But we get it, anew, every single day. What are some ways you try to break out of your old self and try to stay focus on Gods promise for your life?