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Prophetic Prayer: Raw Wounds Or Raw Power

Published on Dec 23, 2018

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Encouragement For YOU! From Prophet Jolynne Whittaker :)

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R H E M A — I don’t know who this is for, but take it if it’s yours, for I assure you, this utterance is 100% truthful and reliable. I heard the Lord say: I’M NOT FINISHED. Don’t panic, don’t give up, don’t jump to conclusions, do not walk away too soon. In this moment, dare to glance right past the current situation, to the potential and promise of God’s word.
For it shall not return void

Don’t go by how it looks.
Don’t go by how you feel.
Don’t even go by the words currently being said—GOD. ISN’T. FINISHED. YET!
He will complete the good work He began… so have faith, speak life and let Him work!

It’s not over until you see God’s goodness reflected in the final outcome. It’s not over until God gets some glory and you’ve seen His favor. Again, I don’t know who this is for right now, but I do know when I hear God speak——and in this moment, this is what He said!

The Lord is working.
It’s not over.
Expect good outcomes.
Believe for miracles!
Your situation is a beautiful work in progress, putty in the Father’s hands. I decree and declare in the mighty name of Jesus: GOD ISN’T FINISHED YET!🔥🙏🏽 Hallelujah!

📖⚓️ Isaiah 55:11 | Philippians 1:6 ⚓️📖
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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.5.18 ♥

🎶It’s alright
There comes a time
Got no patience to search
For peace of mind
Layin’ low
Want to take it slow
No more hiding or
Disguising truths I’ve sold
Everyday it’s something
Hits me all so cold
Find me sittin’ by myself
No excuses, then I know🎶

This song came out in 1994, I was at the hight of my alcohol and drug use. “No Excuses” off of Alice In Chains album Jar of Flies was written by Jerry Cantrell for Layne Staley about his drug use. As I listened to this Alice In Chains song again today, I can see it being more universal than that. I think everyone has a time in their life that they just don’t have the motivation and patience to deal with others. Even family and friends. Depression and addiction is a B#tch. But if you tell people “I’m depressed” most won’t understand. They’ll take it as just an excuse to get out of doing something, or an excuse to isolate, or an excuse to get drunk and high. I think the lyrics definitely seem to fit Layne’s attitude towards the last years of his life. He knew he was depressed and a drug addict. He knew he was throwing his talent away. He didn’t want to lie and give some bullcrap excuse for his bad behavior. He, unlike most people in that position, was honest. There was “No Excuses”, so he didn’t give any. In many many ways I was just like Layne in my old life in this fallen world. The difference is I didn’t die in my depression and addiction. Today thanks to YeHoVaH/God, I’m sober, strong in my faith and even writing a book (hope to have it out soon friends) YeHoVaH/God is calling me to make an impact with my book and He has provided me the means to fulfill that calling. Even Moses didn’t feel he was qualified to do what YeHoVaH/God had called him to do. All Moses could see was his own unworthiness. To YeHoVaH/God there are “No Excuses” for not fulfilling the calling that He has put on our lives. When He calls us we can say, “I’m not ready, I’m not worthy, I can’t do it, and so on. But listen, there are “No Excuses” that matter to YeHoVaH/God. When He gives us a calling in our lives, He already has a plan for us to fulfill that calling. The only thing that holds us back is US! Facebook friends, if your fighting addiction, depression, illness or a whole host of reasons your not fulfilling your calling and making an impact. Please remember, if you have given your heart to YeHoVaH/God through Yeshua/Jesus, there are “No Excuses.” You have been given everything you need to make an impact. All you have to do is step out in faith and do it. Have you given your heart to YeHoVaH/God through Yeshua/Jesus ? Have you accepted Him as you savior and accepted His forgiveness of your sins? If the answer is yes, then make an impact for the Kingdom. If your answer is no, then give Him your heart today and join those who are making a positive impact on our world. Amen?

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Christianity, Church, Personal Journey

Deception.

Poem “Deception” written

By Bishop Dr. FS Bhatti

Purpose of Delilah

Blinding and deceiving

Purpose of world

Greening garden and deceiving

Purpose of Jacob

Receiving but deceiving

Purpose of Jezebel

Believing but deceiving

Purpose of Robber on Cross

Believing but receiving

Purpose of Prince of peace

Seeding but bleeding

Critical Summary of Poem “Deception”

• It is famous story of Old Testament “Samson and Delilah” How she did come purposely to “Samson” to deceive and she blinded his eyes for anger of his mother and king.

• The world shows green garden first of all but inwardly deceive.

• Jacob, Brother of Esau, Isaac loved Esau but his mother loved Jacob, she prepared him to deceive his father and his brother Esau to get the blessing of his father Isaac.

• Jezebel spirit is in Revelation of St. John in New Testament, spiritual polluted women who believes but deceives like Ahab’s of old testament had same belief

• Along with Jesus there was two more person on the cross, both were robbers and murderers, one of Robber accepted Jesus Christ as King by believing and receiving paradise by faith on the cross at that moment.

• Prince of peace, Lord of Lords and King of Kings is the title of Lord Jesus Christ who came according to the prophesies of prophets into this world for sinner and wrecked lives. In His holy love sow seeding righteousness in this world but he was crossed for not mixing up with world under the world’ control system. He did sow seeds of righteous, liberty, love, forgiveness. But he himself is blooded on the cross without any sin and mistakes for human.

I praise God for our Bother Farhad.

Please keep our persecuted Family in the east in prayer.

Remember The Faithfulness Of God in all of the previous “Red Seas” He’s parted in your life with His Great Mercy.

Glory to God for this revelation/reminder today! The people, variables, and circumstances may be different in every storm and season we go through, but God is consistent in His Sovereignty. God’s Favor and Faithfulness remain the same no matter what we are dealing with. Just as He provided for us in all the other seasons of life, He will do it again.

Praise God! I know that’s what I needed to hear today. The Holy Spirit is speaking. Are we listening?

God was with David as he took on the lion and the bear in The Bible. His Faithfulness was no different with Goliath. God is The same. He is steady. Your Heavenly Father is the only certainty you can count on down here under the sun.

The world is thirsty for new life and revival.

People are hurting and they need hope.

If you know Yeshua/Jesus, do not hesitate to share Him with the world! They need that Light!

There is a Kingdom of darkness on this earth under the rule of Satan, but don’t think for one minute that God cannot shake everything up in the blink of an eye! God OWNS all this.

Satan may be the prince of this world but God OWNS this world and everything else!

God will FIGHT for you and plead your cause if you just LET Him.

The only way to be Truly happy and at peace in this life (and the only way to Eternal life and to escape eternal damnation) is to surrender everything to Jesus Christ. To know Him is life and peace here and in the hereafter.

Cry out now. Help is only one prayer away.

You do not have to go to a church building to get help. Fellowship of Believers is vital and important, but we must all have our OWN personal relationship with God through His Only Begotten Son, The Lord Jesus Christ.

You are not over and no matter how dark it seems, know that with God ALL things are possible! ❤️

Christianity, Personal Journey

PRAISE Report for The Glory of God!!! ♥ †

Good morning, WordPress readers and the whole world!
Glory to God! I have a praise report to share with all of you!
That’s why we are here! To LOVE Him, to KNOW Him and bring Him GLORY!
 
I am blown away at the Nature and Character of my Creator…and how I encounter Him every day!
I praise HIM for supernatural healing and our relationship.
I never thought I would ever experience GOD like this!
I truly taste the Mercy and Grace of God every day and in this season of healing especially.
I have never been so ALIVE!
 
John 10:10 King James Version (KJV)
 
10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
 
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There’s this lyric that someone special shared with me, it goes like “Because of You, I desire reality.”
Well…these days, my reality is like a fantasy… I feel like I am dreaming all of the time. I am soooo happy.
Praise THE LORD!
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The Lord is truly nigh to the broken-hearted and saves those that are crushed in spirit. I love feeling His Fire all over me. He embraces me so tenderly!
The LORD sets us FREE!
Psalm 34:18-20 Amplified Bible (AMP)
 
18 “The Lord is near to the heartbroken
And He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin).
19 Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous,
But the Lord rescues him from them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.”
 
2 Corinthians 3:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom].”
 
 
 
2018 has been, is currently, and will continue to be the greatest year (so far) f change for me in my life. It was prophesied to me over Facebook through an obedient servant of The Lord! Like night and day, brunette vs. blonde, The Lord, my God has transformed EVERYTHING in me and my life. It’s an ongoing process, just saying that He’s on the move and not leaving any stones unturned.
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Yesterday I came to my Papa in tears and bore my soul before Him. He watched me hurting.
Psalm 30:11-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
 
11 “You have turned my mourning into dancing for me;
You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”
 
 
The timing of the answered prayer is the kicker for me.
A prayer was answered yesterday that I have waited on for a while. On the SAME DAY….
He loves to show off in all of HIS Majesty!!!
He TRULY is MERCIFUL. He KNOWS!
Yeshua understands all about our broken hearts and souls… He caught all of my tears. He cherishes all of our tears! He is my BEST Friend and I love Him soooo much!
 
 
Psalm 56:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
 
8 “You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not recorded in Your book?
Not one of them is broken.”
 
 
It’s all because HE IS SOOOO GOOD! God loves ALL of His Children! He LOVES the whole world! HE TRULY fights for us! He will never leave us nor forsake us! My life is a testimony of this verse as well. How GREAT is our GOD!!!
Thanks to all of my friends/family that have been praying for me. You guys are amazing! Praise The LORD for all of you!
 
I am FREE INDEED!!! So are you!!!
 
John 8:36 King James Version (KJV)
 
36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
 
 
 
“Free Indeed” by JJ Heller with lyrics
 
[Verse 1]
On the days, when I’m stuck​ in the mud
When I don’t, feel worthy of love
With the weight, of the world on my back
I’m never alone, remind me of that
 
[Chorus 1]
I am wild as a wave crashing into the sea
I’m coming alive with each breath that I breathe
I believe, I am free
I am free indeed
 
[Verse 2]
I work hard, but the harder I try
I only fall, farther behind
I’m done with the game, I’ve kicked of my shoes
With you by my side, how can I lose?
 
[Chorus 1]
I am wild as a wave crashing into the sea
I’m coming alive with each breath that I breathe
I believe, I am free
I am free indeed
 
[Bridge]
If You have set me free
Then I am free indeed
If You have set me free
Then I am free indeed
 
[Chorus 2]
I am wild as a wave crashing into the sea
I’m coming alive with each breath that I breathe
I believe, I am free
I am wild as a wave crashing into the sea
I’m coming alive with each breath that I breathe
I believe, I am free
I am free indeed
 
[Outro]
I am free indeed…
 
 
 
Personal Journey

Inner Healing… 8/2/2018 ♥

Glory to God.

This is the first inner healing journal entry I have ever shared with the world.

Yeshua has been healing my broken soul this year like never before. He leads me through the darkest of valleys into His Marvelous Light each day. I am more whole day by day. More to come later about the sensitive topic of inner healing and what it means to be truly broken before God…


 

Inner Healing 7.16.18

 

Eye doctor appointment is an eye opener for sure.

Filling out the paperwork was both humbling and sobering.

Praise God for resurrecting me…

This is huge.

From Beauty to Ashes. All pride is exposed.

Sitting here under this bright, white overhead fluorescent light makes me feel naked-just completely exposed.

The Lord is bringing me to places of confrontation where I have to look at and deal with things that make me seriously uncomfortable.

However, in the midst of it all is a greater intimacy and walk with my Creator-which is what Jesus/Yeshua died for. God wanted Complete Reconciliation between Himself and His Creation. This is The Revelation of The Cross. This is what The Lord used to show me my brokenness. I hadn’t seen The Passion of The Christ in like 15 years. I remembered the movie really wrecked me emotionally.

I was having a terrible 2017 so I tried to press into God like never before. One way I felt led to try was to watch the movie about Jesus/Yeshua. I had no emotional response.

Today, I expound.

August 2, 2018…

At the doctor’s office, I had to update my patient information. It had been so long… I took my clipboard and sat down, ear buds in my ears. I was blaring my personal playlist on Spotify-Particularly, Roots and Wings by Miranda Lambert as I pondered my Testimony and developments underway at The Very Hand of God.

This song is so personal for me. It’s like 2018 has been my year of Breakthrough and I am blown away at my Lord… The Miracles keep unfolding with The Truth!

 

 

Lyrics to “Roots and Wings” by Miranda Lambert

Roots And Wings
I got red dirt stains
On my boots and jeans
Calloused fingers
From my guitar strings
Wild like the wind
In the tall pine trees
I got roots
And I got wings
I raise my glass
On a Saturday night
I thank the Lord above
On my Sunday drive
For Daddy’s hands
And Mama’s dreams
He gave me roots
She gave me wings
He said run on love
And run on life
And plant some seeds
Until you’re tired
Don’t take anything at all for granted
She said raise your hands
And raise your babies
Be yourself
And never change it
Be everything you ever wanna be
He said run on love
And run on life
And plant some seeds
And take your time
Don’t take anything at all for granted
She said raise your hands
And raise your babies
Be yourself
And never change it
Be everything you ever wanna be
I saddle up
When I get down
Sing every night
In a different town
And I’ve got a man who wears my ring
And I got roots
And I got wings
Yeah I got roots
I got wings
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert
Roots And Wings lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

Back to the doctor visit…

The Lord pulled back the curtain of my heart as my eyes scanned the black and white form.

Emergency contacts. Diagnoses. Previous surgeries, family history, etc…

I could see my ashes all over the place. I am resurrected with Christ, far more than I ever thought. I had no idea just how dead I was.

The enemy tried to completely rob me of my identity. The Lord has intervened.

I am no longer cursed, but blessed, and the things that God is doing just takes my breath away… ♥

Praise The Lord! He is The God of The Living and not The God of the dead! ♥

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Also, on another beautiful note for The Glory of God, while I was there in the waiting room, I met this lovely couple named Danny and Anna Conn. They are amazing People of God and I praise The Lord for this Divine Appointment. We shared our thoughts about the current state of The Church and had a nice little fellowship. Praise The Lord! I shared God’s Awesome Deliverance Fellowship group with them, then around a week later I ran into Anna at work! We took a picture! Praise The LORD!

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Hallelujah!  ♥

In other news…

The LORD blessed me with a new hairstyle today on August 3, 2018.

I went for the Marilyn Monroe look.

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She was known for different reasons and remains an icon…but God knows why I chose this hairdo. He led me to as part of His story. I relate to Marilyn, like many other women. She may have been involved in darkness and living in sin, but she was a real woman, and she was broken. I praise God for healing my brokenness. It is through Yeshua/Jesus ALONE that ANYBODY can be made WHOLE. ♥

Praise GOD!

Personal Journey

“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin’ For…”

Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For? C.S. Lewis, Bono and the Argument from Desire via crossexamined.org

by Ted Wright

For better or worse I was a child of the 80’s, and during that time a new rock band came on the scene that changed pop music, both in Britain, America and eventually the world. I immediately loved their sound as soon as I heard it. Their style was unique, and the lyrics had a real message. Their songs resonated much deeper than the typical pop tunes being played on the radio. That band was U2 from Dublin Ireland.

In May of 1987 the band released their 5th studio album titled “The Joshua Tree.” The second track on that album is a “gospel-esque” song that producer Danny Lanois encouraged Bono to write.[1] The song is “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The song has been acclaimed by many critics and publications as one of the greatest songs of all time.[2]

What makes this song so unique and timeless? Sure it’s Bono’s excellent vocals, Adam Clayton’s chilled-out bass, and the Edge’s astral guitar licks, but I believe that it is also something more, something much deeper. The song touches on a truth that is embedded in all people – a deep sense of longing and desire for something that this present world cannot fully satisfy. Here is the second refrain.
“I have kissed honey lips

Felt the healing in her finger tips

It burned like fire

(I was) burning inside her.
I have spoke with the tongue of angels

I have held the hand of a devil

It was warm in the night

I was cold as a stone.

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for.

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for.”
The song is written in the style of a gospel-lament which has it roots in the Psalms, the Lamentations of Jeremiah and later, African-American Spirituals. So, what is the singer lamenting?

He is lamenting that no matter what he tries or what he does, ultimate satisfaction isn’t found in this world. His satisfaction must come from somewhere else. He was made for something else, for somewhere else, or perhaps for someone else. He is a pilgrim and a sojourner on this earth, “just a passing through.”

In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis articulates an argument for the existence of God based on our dissatisfactions as well as our deepest desire, which sounds a lot like the lyrics of U2’s song. I would even argue that the core idea is the virtually the same.

Lewis’s argument goes like this:

…A baby feels hunger; well there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world[3]

Philosopher Peter Kreeft has done us a great service and re-formulated Lewis’s argument from desire into a syllogism that might be a little easier to follow.

Every natural innate desire corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire
But there exists in us a desire which nothing in time, nothing on earth and no creature can satisfy.
Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth, and creatures which can satisfy this desire.
This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”[4]

Premise 1 – Every natural desire corresponds to some real object that can satisfy that desire

The key here is that every natural desire has a corresponding reality. The implication is that there is a distinction between two kinds of desires – natural desires and artificial desires. Everyone has natural desires, like the desire for water, food, sleep, friendship (companionship), etc…, but we also have desires for things that are artificial, or conditioned by society – like the desire to be famous, or the desire to possess superpowers (like one of the Avengers), or the desire to own a Ferrari.

However, with the artificial desires we don’t recognize a condition called “Ferrari-lessness” which corresponds to, say a natural desire like the desire for water (thirst), or for food (hunger).

Premise 2 – But there exists a desire in us which nothing in time, nothing on earth and no creature can satisfy.

This premise is existentially true, and either one senses it or not. It can’t be forced. It may be pointed out, however, that even though one might not sense a desire for God, it doesn’t mean that the desire is non-existent, just buried under the concerns, the worries and the busyness of life.

The Southern novelist Walker Percy commenting on “the search” in his classic novel The Moviegoer (1961) touches on this idea:

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be on to something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Something is missing, so we despair. Indeed, as Thoreau writes, “…most men live lives of quiet desperation” (Civil Disobedience & other Essays), or like mythical, Greek Sisyphus, we “feel” the futility and the endless drudgery of work & life and deeply sense that there must be “something more.”

If God is the ultimate source of joy and fellowship, then nothing but Him and Him alone (& life with Him forever) will satisfy the heart of every person.

This truth has been articulated by many different voices throughout history.

“For He [God] has set eternity in the hearts of men…” – King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

“Thou, O Lord hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee” – St. Augustine (The Confessions)

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” – Blaise Pascal (Pensees)

“Not to be onto something is to be in despair” – Walker Percy (The Moviegoer)

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” – U2 (Bono)

Peter Kreeft brilliantly summarizes premise 2 this way:

The second premise requires only honest introspection. If someone defies it and says, “I am perfectly happy playing with mud pies, sports cars, or money, or sex, or power,” we can only ask, “Are you really?” But we can only appeal, we cannot compel… Even the atheist Jean-Paul Sartre admitted that “there comes a time when one asks, even of Shakespeare, even of Beethoven, ‘Is that all there is?’”[5]

Premise 3 – Therefore there must exist something more than time, earth, and creatures which can satisfy this desire.

Premise 4 – This something is what people call “God” and “life with God forever.”

Admittedly, the conclusion of this argument is not an “air-tight” case for the God of the Bible, but it is certainly a stepping stone. When the argument from desire is placed alongside of other arguments for God’s existence, such as the cosmological argument, and the teleological argument, then I think it makes a pretty compelling case worthy of serious consideration.

Kreeft says, “What it proves is an unknown X, but an unknown whose direction, so to speak, is known. This X is more: more beauty, more desirability, more awesomeness, more joy.”[6]

Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. ~ C.S. Lewis (The Weight of Glory, pg. 42)

Truth, Goodness & Beauty

It may be that beauty, and our desire for infinite beauty and truth and goodness is where we feel the unfulfilled longing[7] the most, as Kreeft brilliantly explains:

There are three things that will never die: truth, goodness and beauty. These are three things that we all need, and need absolutely, and know we need absolutely. Our minds want not only some truth and some falsehood, but all truth, without limit. Our wills want not only some good and some evil, but all good, without limit. Our desires, imaginations, feelings or hearts just want not just some beauty and some ugliness, but all beauty without limit.

For these are three things that we will never get bored with, and never will, for all eternity, because they are three attributes of God, and therefore all God’s creation: three transcendental or absolutely universal principles of all reality. …Truth, goodness and beauty are ‘patches of Godlight’ here in the ‘Shadowlands.’ Their home is Yonder.[8]

Christianity teaches that the only way to truly KNOW God is through Jesus Christ who came to reveal Him for Who He truly is.

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3)

Personal Journey

Why Do I Have So Many Issues?

By Lysa TerKeurst

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There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 KJV

Have you ever looked at other people and thought to yourself, “How does everyone else have it all together? And why is it I seem to have so many issues?”

I understand. For most of my life, I’ve struggled with my weight and committing to a healthy lifestyle. My soul was rubbed raw from years of trying and failing.

I wanted something to instantly fix my issues.
I wanted to stop calling myself awful names I’d never let another person call me.
I wanted to be naturally thin like my sister.
I wanted to stop crying when I walked into my closet to get dressed in the morning.

So when I lost 25 pounds a few years ago and kept it off for the first time in my life, it was a huge victory.

But my real celebration hasn’t been over the smaller clothing size and reduced numbers on the scale. My real celebration is over the spiritual insights I gained while losing the weight and maintaining my healthy progress.

For me, this has been a spiritual journey — a significant spiritual journey with great physical benefits. I had been overweight physically and underweight spiritually and finally tying those two things together was life changing.

One of the richest lessons has been realizing the amount of mental and spiritual energy I wasted for years just wishing things would change. All the while, I was beating myself up for not having the discipline to make those changes.

If you have an issue with weight and food, you know what I mean. But no matter what issue you are currently dealing with, can I offer a bit of encouragement?

Jesus wants to help you with that issue. He really does. But you’ve got to stop beating yourself up about it and determine to follow His lead.

We like to identify our shortcomings, form them into a club, and beat the tar out of ourselves mentally. Over and over and over again. We label ourselves and soon lose our real identity to the beaten and bruised fragility we call “me.”

We compare, we assume, we assess, we measure and most times walk away shaking our head at how woefully short our “me” falls compared to everyone else. How dangerous it is to hold up the intimate knowledge of our imperfections against the outside packaging of others.

If there is one thing that living 40-plus years has taught me it’s this: All God’s girls have issues. Every single one of us.

But we can make the choice to identify our shortcomings and instead of using them against ourselves, hand them over to Jesus and let Him chisel our rough places.

The grace-filled way Jesus chisels is so vastly different than the way I mentally beat myself up.

My mental scripts are too often full of exaggerated lies that leave me feeling defeated. His chiseling is full of truth that sets me free.

Oh what a difference.

Jesus doesn’t compare.

Jesus doesn’t exaggerate.

Jesus doesn’t condemn. Our key verse, Romans 8:1, confirms this.

He simply says, “Hey, I love you. I love you just how you are. But, I love you too much to leave you stuck in this. So, let’s work on it together. You can do this.

There is something so powerful in really believing that with Jesus’ help you can do this. Say it with me, “I can.” I can is a powerful little twist for a girl feeling deprived and defeated.

I can helps me walk into the dinner party and find the conversation more appealing than the food table. I can helps me stay on the perimeter of the grocery store where the fresher, healthier selections abound and smile that I know this.

I can helps me look at the drive-thru menu and order a fruit tray without even giving a thought to the fried foods I used to snack on. I can reminds me to look online for a restaurant’s nutritional information before going out, ensuring wiser choices. I can reminds me no food will ever taste as sweet as victory does.

Having issues isn’t the absence of victory in our lives. It’s simply a call to action reminding us victory is right around the corner. Today is a great day to start believing you were made to walk in victory and to say to Jesus, “Yes, with Your truth as my guide, I can.”

Dear Lord, help me see myself the way You see me. Remove the lies that defeat me more often than I want to acknowledge. You have set me free. Help me live like I truly believe that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
2 Corinthians 4:17, “ For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (KJV)
God, Life

God’s Embrace

Standing in the hallway, I’m overwhelmed. My head is spinning. I feel just awful. Armies of racing thoughts invade my fresh-out-of-bed brain attacking in all out war. I ask myself why I feel down and drained and It’s like all at once, I get 5,000 responses in my head. Information overload.

The treadmill is broken and unrepairable, I need exercise. Because the area we live in now has mountains and we were in flat land for 2 years, my allergies are in full bloom this season. A bunch of other stuff trailed behind inside me until I went outside with the dogs. Still daylight at 8 p.m. and I remember why I love spring… I made sure the dogs were doing okay, then I just stood there beside this Bradford Pear tree in the middle of the lawn in front of the house. I gazed up at the sky, smoky gray. I thought about all of my problems and then just closed my eyes to feel God’s embrace. The evening breeze.

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

I felt a couple of drops hit my face a few minutes later and the dogs and I all went back inside.

It does the heart good to get out of the house and into nature. To look up at God so to speak, and away from my monitor sure felt good. I needed that hug. So bad!

God bless everyone tonight.

*Image combo created via Plumb “Cut” lyrics & Google images