“But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Matthew 6:6 HCSB
Books upon books have been written about prayer. Some of these imply or straight up tell us our prayers are best heard and answered by God when we use their specific formula or types of words for prayer. Please, friends, know that God is not in wait for a formulaic prayer. He is not a genie in a bottle that needs to be massaged a certain way to get what you want. Rather, He longs for you to come to Him with your whole, undistracted heart. He aches for you to put Him first each day, acknowledging Him as Creator and Lord of the universe. He waits for you to earnestly seek Him to plead you heart’s desires for your hopes and dreams.
Is their room in your heart for God?🚦
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“The Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. He said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going? ” She replied, “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai.””
Genesis 16:7-8 HCSB
Hagar was placed into slavery as a young girl in a culture that considered women the very least of the least. Most of us would not have made eye contact with her because she was so low on the social scale. But God saw Hagar. He not only met her at the point of her need, but He placed a spring-fed well in the middle of the wilderness to meet her need for life-giving water. God left heaven to meet this young slave woman who was pregnant and had been disgraced by her husband at her point of desperation and God made her a promise to make her son Ishmael the father of a nation.
No matter what you are going through, no matter how hard this season is, God sees you. He longs to look you in the eye and speak life into you. Will you let Him?🚦
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“We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 HCSB
You’ve hit The Wall. You know which wall. It’s Friday, and you are at the end of your rope, maybe not even sure how you’ve hung on this long. You started the week standing tall, chin up. By Wednesday your shoulders were rounded over, and today the circles are darker. Right?
Wrong! That was the enemy feeding you lies, and your brain and heart had dropped their guard. Sure, the pressure gets rough, and the problems threaten to overtake, but we have a Living Hope who breathes new life through His Word. Go grab your sword and prepare for battle!🚦
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There is no fear in love; instead perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.￼ ~ 1 John 4:18
During my younger years I went through a period of time of being gripped by fear of being burglarized or attacked. At 23, I could confidently stand up in a room full of strangers to give a talk on the role of exercise in treating their disease process, but I was crazy scared walking from my car to my second floor apartment. One evening i stumbled upon the verse from Isaiah that would become my life verse:
Do not fear for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold onto you with my righteous right hand. ￼￼~Isaiah 41:10
Anytime I was scared I would say this verse over and over, and as I did this I found myself, over a period of time less afraid. Memorizing and reciting scripture moved me from fear to faith!
Fear can turn into a driving force in our lives, causing automatic negative thoughts filled with untruths from the enemy Satan. Are you making fear-based decisions or faith-based decisions?🚦
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“So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone.”
Ephesians 2:19-20 HCSB
Growing up I was always a bit socially awkward and felt like the odd duck in the bunch. Perhaps you know this feeling, too. It’s easy as adults to get caught up in those automatic negative thought patterns we started many years before. The beautiful thing in God’s family is we know we really do have a “family,” whether by blood or love, to which we belong. This “home” is built not with brick and mortar but by the spoken word of our Lord. Are you home?🚦
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Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Proverbs 4:25-27 NIV
Last year my dear husband’s Toyota bit the dust, but instead of buying himself a new truck, he selflessly bought me a brand new Subaru Outback and took over driving our tough-as-nails 2008 Honda Element. My new wagon doesn’t drive itself, but it does have steering assist. If I stop paying attention and start to veer over into another lane, steering assist beeps at me and gently steers back to my lane. I can override the steering assist when needed, and if I use my turn indicator, the car is smart enough to know the change is intentional.
God’s Word tells us to keep our focus on Him, and not to turn or be distracted in any other direction. The Holy Spirit will nudge us when we begin to stray. Sometimes, that nudge turns into a really loud buzzer when we need to stop right in our tracks, much like when a car ahead of me stops, and my “Sooby” practically yells at me “Stop!” But my car is steering assist, not an auto-pilot; I can override it at any time. God will not force us to follow Him; He wants intentional devotion that comes from a grateful heart.
Is God prompting you to get back on course with Him?🚦
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“Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:13 HCSB
Most, if not all, land sports have athletes utilize a “ready stance” position for either mobility , stability or a combination of the two. No matter the sport, a ready position is a stance of preparedness in which a person is best disposed for action or reaction. Legs tend to be apart for a wide base of support, knees bent with weight shifted slightly forward and arms flexed. One is poised for whatever comes at them when standing this way.
Likewise, Christ followers like you and I needs to keep our minds in “ready position” with our hope not placed in things of this world but in the grace of Jesus, eyes set on eternity. Poised with this mindset we maintain a right perspective of the crazy going on around us day in and day out. Is your mind in “ready stance?”🚦
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“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
James 5:16 NLT
Several years ago my husband and I were hiking in the Davis Mountains in West Texas when I stepped down from the peak of this hill onto a loose rock that shifted. My already unstable ankle snapped and twisted hard, and I fell face forward onto the rocky ground. I had several scrapes, and the pain was intense in my ankle, but I was otherwise OK. I maneuvered myself into a sitting position while onlookers called the park ranger for help. As I looked out onto the beautiful valley, my heart swelled with expectation as I lifted my request, knowing my big God was going to show Himself in a big, big way. Some time later a group of high school students came along, headed up by two certified wilderness paramedics who had just finished training these young men in wilderness first aid! In no time I had water, Advil, a professionally taped ankle and was traveling back down the mountain, courtesy of the students who carried me on the park ranger’s portable stretcher.
What is your need? Take it before the throne of God passionately and expectantly; ask your friends to do the same. And wait for God to show off!🚦
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“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-13 NASB
What a beautiful picture of the members of the body of Christ all using their gifts to develop and grow the rest of the body into a spiritually mature, unified group. ￼Are you fully integrated into a faith group that is in the business of equipping the saints (that’s you and me) so that they are growing in wisdom and grace and love through Jesus? If so, what a wonderful gift to never take for granted. If not, I encourage you to find a body of believers to grow with, be challenged by, and to simply abide with. 🚦
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“Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH…
Ephesians 6:14a NASB
When I was a kid my mom would wear a girdle to flatten her tummy and smooth out all the bumps. Although they go by a different name these days, many still wear these supportive undergarments. The belt a Roman soldier wore underneath his 70+ pounds of armor was wrapped around his waist tightly to provide core support needed for carrying and moving about with such a heavy load on his body without collapsing.
Core support. This is exactly what the truth of God’s Word provides the Christian. Our minds need to be armed with the exactness of scripture to discern the enemy’s lies of right vs. almost right. The absolute truth of God’s promises about who He says He is and who we are in Him will brace us against Satan’s attack’s on our hearts and minds.
“Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.”
Psalms 119:11 NASB🚦