Trusting God Instead Of Yourself

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).”

Do you have to be in control and have everything figured out?

It is this controlling attitude that gets women in trouble. God’s plan of faith is that we rely on Him and not our own insight. Sometimes, we talk faith while trying to make sure we have everything figured out with life. This is not what God had in mind when he asked for us to trust Him with all our heart. Trusting is putting aside your ideas for God’s ideas.

Can you trust God, today? Can you lay aside all your earthly knowledge and trust God with all your heart fully believing His Word of truth.

Practice this prayer. “God, I am trying to understand what is going on in my life. I have some ideas about what should be done. However, I have decided to trust you, so that is what I am going to do. I give you this, and I am going to trust that you are good and faithful.”

Trust God today and do not trust your own understanding.

“So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man (Proverbs 3:4).”

Because Of Christ…

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)”.

Today, focus on Christ and not your problem. Problems come and go. Tomorrow the problem may go away, or it may get worse. When you see only the problem, there can be no victory. Our victory is in Christ! It is because of Christ we can stand strong and face tomorrow.

Do not wait for things to get better to rejoice. Live and work with joy for the Lord today.

Focus on Christ and take action in the midst of your problems. You have victory through Christ. Do not give up! What you are doing is not in vain when you work for the Lord.

Turn your eyes to Christ. Experience His victory in the middle of your problem!

God Is Love, I Am Just To Messed Up For Him To Love Me

God is love. I believe it! I have known John 3:16 ever since I was a small child. I do not doubt that God is a loving God, I just doubt that he will love me.

I heard religious leaders and teachers talk about how bad it was to doubt God, and I did believe it was true that he was a loving God, so I pushed back my feelings. I would not express my thoughts outside of my mind, and I would stifle them as quickly as possible.

All my effort was not good enough. I lived plagued with fear, anxiety, and depression.

I wanted what was right. I looked right on the outside. Why couldn’t I experience peace?

Have you ever wondered if God if love you. Maybe you had knowledge of God’s love, yet you doubted He would love you.

I know if you were standing in a church and someone asked you did God love everyone? You would say yes, definitely. If someone asked does God love you? You would again say yes, he does.

You would never argue that God does not love you.

I knew this truth in my mind. However, I did not let the truth internalize in my heart.

Here is how this internal battle plays out in everyday life.

  1. No lasting peace or joy
  2. Isolation from God and others
  3. Closed off from spiritual growth

To reach a place of healing, I had to face myself and face my God.

Here are some steps to reach healing.

  1. Admit faulty thinking – Allow yourself to admit what you are thinking. Do not push the thoughts aside and ignore them. They are running your life you should be able to admit them.
  2. Tell God about it – Telling God the truth is not an easy task, especially when you are a people pleaser. Well, he already knows, so you might as well let it out. There is something therapeutic that happens when you tell God what is going on in your heart. It is in this place of honesty that healing comes.
  3. Constantly retelling truth – In the Bible this is called renewing your mind (Ephesians 4:23). As you retrain your mind with truth from God’s word. It may look like learning new verses or writing out note cards with a prewritten script or prayer to read to yourself when you are experiencing doubt.
  4. Trusting God and His Word – Reminding yourself to trust God even if you do not believe it for yourself at the moment. Sample prayer – “Dear God, I feel like you won’t love me if I don’t act right. But your word says  you do love me(Ephesians 2:4) and that you will never leave me alone (Hebrews 13:5). So, I am going to trust what I know from your word not what I feel. Please help my accept your love and trust you better.”

You can have peace with God. you were not made to live in constant defeat. Talk to God today and begin recovery. Consider talking to a trusted friend, such as a pastor, Sunday school teacher, or a friend who can help support you. Let me know if there is any way I can help. I would love to hear from you.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved; (Ephesians 2:4-5)”

Question: What keeps you from feeling like God loves you? Comment below. I would love to hear how God has helped  or is helping you.

 

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Have You Lost The Spirit Of The Holidays And It Is Not Even Thanksgiving

Christmas and thanksgiving are just around the corner, and life is about to get busier. If I didn’t have enough on my plate, with keeping little people happy and healthy, now I have to give them delight and wonder and  it is not even Thanksgiving!

I know some of you already have your Christmas decorations up. I am lucky to have normal decorations. Keeping up with my newly walking toddler while the older kids encourage his liveliness, we will, hopefully, get a tree before Christmas eve and take it down before Valentine’s day.

If you are like me, you already feel a longing to be close to Christ for the Holidays. As I remember all I have to be thankful for, I think of God loving me enough to make a plan that involved saving my needy soul. I look toward Christmas with a craving to experience the wonder of Christ.

I can look back on Holidays where I totally missed it. Where the parties, plays, and Christmas music all but drown the baby in the manger.

I do not want to miss Christ this year. I want to be close to Him and enjoy the fullness of the celebration of His life.

For the month of November, I am going to move purposefully close to Christ in prayer. I am going to lean into His word and rest upon His goodness.

Will you join me on this journey?

If so here is the challenge-

1.    To purposefully meet with God daily

2.    To meditate on a small portion of scripture daily

3.    To remember thankfulness

4.    To trust God with the anxiety in my heart that comes from the Holiday’s

 

If you want to draw intentionally close to Christ during the Holiday’s then join with me on this challenge!

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Join with me, and many other women, as we intentionally hold onto hope this Thanksgiving and Christmas!

 

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Christ’s Beauty In A Broken Girl

There are days that are not good, yet they are not always bad. They are just days. Days where survival is all that is accomplished and in the end all that is possible.

We have all had those days.

We have all loathed those days, while sometimes secretly longing for them.

The days were hair goes unfixed and makeup is ignored.

Where children are dirty and fine china is paper plates.

Are they hard or are they rest?

Sometimes, it is hard to tell. I cannot decide.

In the midst of the mundane routine of life, with all of its love, joy, hurt and pain, I wonder if it is all a scheme to chase me to Christ.

Is my messy life here to show the beauty of Christ’s work, in a broken girl?

Question: How is Christ’s beauty revealed in your life? Comment below!

3 Ways To Escape The Trap Of Survival

As a young mother, I did not have the time to dream of the future. The notion of thinking about tomorrow was overwhelmed in daily responsibilities. There was always something more important, something or someone whose needs surpassed my own. To desire to be fulfilled was a selfish thing. It was more important to survive, then to thrive.
There are seasons when it is ok to live with a survival mentality, when it is important to care for another’s needs above your own needs. However, is it a sustaining approach to life? Can you maintain the look that everything is, ok? Can you continue to pretend that you are satisfied? When do you say it is ok to expect, ‘something more’ out of life? How do you find that something more, that does not lead to the negative aspects in Reba McEntire’s song, “Is There Life Out There”?

There are many stages of life besides early mothering that lead to simply surviving. You could be married, single or a widow. Caring for children or caring for parents. Whatever stage of life you are in you do not have to settle for just getting by. God has plans for you.

What are the signs that you are staying too long in this harmful way of life?
• Lack of learning new knowledge.
• There are little visible acts of self-care or excessive outward self-care.
• Responsibilities are done out of obligation.
• The main relationships in your life are troubled. (Marriage) (God) (Children)
• Resentment for your spouse or other women who do not have it as hard as you.
• Your appearance is neglected.
• Acting out of character, usually by stopping activities you normally would enjoy.
• Questioning the choices you made in life.
• Little care is given to spiritual growth.

Here are a few reasons it is harmful to continue in this survival mentality.
• It prohibits spiritual growth.
• It places maturity at a standstill.
• It can lead to depression.
• It could lead to ill treatment or abuse of the person or persons in your care.

Here are 3 ways to begin to escape the trap of survival.
1. Learn something new
This point may seem trite and maybe even make some people mad. It makes me mad. I get a little attitude and think things like, “is that all people think women can do bake cakes and scrapbook.” Nevertheless, for now we will all put aside our attitudes, me included, and look at the bigger picture. I believe in you that you can do bigger and better things, but sometimes we need to start somewhere. What’s wrong with a hobby anyway? This step is like jumper cables to bring life back to a lifeless heart.
Look for something new to learn. It can be a craft, or hobby. Think of photography, cake decorating, scrapbooking, or website design. It can be anything that stimulates your creativity, and if its fun that is even better.

2. Get out of isolation
Look for ways to step out of your comfort zone and get out among people. Go to the park. Join a Bible study. Ask someone from church out to lunch or over for supper. Do something you would have enjoyed before this time in your life. Call a friend or do something to serve someone else.

3. Look to the future
This point is sometimes difficult, especially when your day is filled with so many responsibilities. It is hard to look past today and see the horizon of tomorrow. It is even harder to have the courage to reach out with hope for the future.
Do not be afraid dream and think of your future. Talk to God about what he has available for you. Trust him for strength for today; while you trust him for enthusiasm for tomorrow.

What stage of life are you in today? What dream do you have for tomorrow? Comment below or shoot me and email. I would love to hear from you.

 

 

Cinnamon Rolls, A Family Tradition

There is nothing better than the smell of cinnamon rolls. Just the smell brings back memories from my childhood. I make these for my kids just as my mother made them for me and boy do my kids love when I do. I am all for making memories, but I am a busy Mom who finds it hard to want to get the flour out and make a mess. I use this recipe and make how many I need and freeze the extra. This recipe can easily be doubled, which is what I usually do.
Go make these for your family. Enjoy the smell of cinnamon baking, and the sweet rich flavor, but most of all enjoy making memories.

Preheat oven to 375.
2 cups of Plain flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of milk
6 tablespoons of butter softened (or sliced thinly)

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. (Or just use 2 cups of self-rising flour instead of these three ingredients.) Use your hand or fork to crumble the butter into the flour mixture, until it is pea sized. Add a cup of milk and slowly form dough into a ball. Do not over mix the dough. Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out flat, like pizza dough, about a fourth of an inch thick.

3 tablespoons of butter softened or melted
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 to 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon

Mix butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Then pour the mixture on the dough and spread evenly. Lift one corner of the dough and roll into a log. Use a knife to cut the slices half and inch thick. Place two inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until they are lightly browned.

Flash freeze some for later.

Place raw slices on a plate or pan do not let them touch. Place in freezer. After an hour remove the frozen slices and place in a freezer bag. Now they are ready for a quick snack later.

Preheat oven to 375. Remove frozen cinnamon rolls and place them two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 16 to 19 minutes, until they are lightly browned.