Christian living

Where’s my Joy

When we allow God to define our identity, what happened in our past isn’t nearly as important as what’s promised in our future.

How can you overcome heartache and despair? 

Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, the LORD, God of Hosts.

– Jeremiah 15:16

According to today’s verse, joy and delight come from devouring God’s Word. That means more than simply reading the Bible–we need to memorize it and meditate on it.

When you are in stormy seas of life, there comes One who can give you joy and peace. God’s Word is a joy – no matter what you’re going through.

This is hard for some people to do, when you’re going through a rough season, do you run and tell others, do you gossip about someone, do you seek help from a friend? The Bible tells us that we are to turn to the only one that can heal us and truly give us Joy. If we turn to his word and “ate” them as the verse is telling us, then we will receive Joy and the rejoicing of our hearts. All that is hurt, will be healed in your heart through Reading his word.

I pray that when you’re in a hard season, that you will turn to God to find joy!

Dear God,

Please help me draw near to You today and be a blessing to others!

I trust You completely.

Please give me a greater hunger for Your Word.

I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Be still Shirt

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Preparing for adventure

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

-Psalm 119:18

We underestimate the power made available to us when we spend time with God. Have you ever thought to yourself how powerful our God actually is? Sometimes he really makes me laugh out loud. Like the times when I’m struggling with my husband and nothing I say gets through to him. I like to pray in the midst of a conversation, I used to get really mad and just yell back, or fight back with my words. However that gets us nowhere. Instead, when I’m upset about something i go straight to the Lord, it might be while driving, or cooking, or even doing nothing at all. The other day I couldn’t get anything across to my husband, and when I get mad I just stop talking, I mean like crickets there’s nothing coming out of my mouth now that you made me mad. However, I’m learning that if I pray about whatever it is, my husband and I are able to revisit the conversation and actually talk about it. God has been making me laugh with this very same thing. I prayed the other day about what my husband was doing that made me so upset, and not even 10 minutes later he walks into the kitchen and says the very thing I just prayed about! I know things don’t always happen fast when we pray, but man did God make me laugh when my husband came in and said just that of my prayers.

It’s time to stop feeling guilty and I’ll-equipped and start embracing the incredible privilege of meeting with Jesus every day. Most days before I start my time with the Lord, I pray a very simple prayer, that puts my heart into the right place with God.

God, I want to see you. God, I want to hear you. God, I want to know you. So that I can follow hard after you.

This prayer is not a magic formula, just four short sentences that perfectly express my desire to experience God throughout my day.

I want to see him working in me, around me, and through me. 

I want to hear his voice so clearly that I won’t doubt when he ask for my obedience.

I want to know him- not just facts about him- but really know him personally and intimately.

I want to follow hard after him, to be the woman he wants me to be in every circumstance of my day.

I don’t want to just read and pray to check it off my to-do list. In Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” A request God delights in answering.

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Fullness comes when we remember to be with him before going out to serve him

He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons

-Mark 3:14-15

I was doing a lot, pouring myself out for God, but not really spending time getting filled by God. Maybe you can relate?

We run around trying to do everything, and please everyone.  We say yes to volunteering and baking something for the kids school party, taking the kids to multiply after school sports or events. We fill our plates completely full. However were missing out on what God want’s for us, he wants us to slow down enough to receive from him. I don’t know about you, but I’m always praying for God to help me, help me with all of my daily task. I have a hard time saying no, and then end up overworked in the end. I love to serve, however I’m missing out on being served and left feeling empty. He really does have it all worked out. The gaps filled. The needs met. The questions answered. The problems solved.  And the parts he’s purposed for us? They’re all perfectly portioned out in assignments meant for us today. No more. No less. All he ask is that we personally receive from him BEFORE setting out to work for him. This is HUGE and I don’t want you to miss this. In doing so we are encouraged by his presence. This is the daily sacred exchange where ministry turns into pure delight. 

He is capable! We say we trust him but act like everything depends on us. We give all we have to the task at hand with only occasional leftovers of time slightly acknowledge him. It must break his heart when we work like we don’t believe he’s there to help us. Jesus doesn’t participate in the rat race. He’s into the slower rhythms of life like abiding, delighting,and dwelling. When Jesus appointed the disciples, there were two parts to their calling, as we see in Mark 3:14-15. Yes they were to go to preach and drive out demons, but FIRST they were called to be with him. Fullness comes when we remember to be with him before going out to serve him.

He wants our hearts in alignment with him before our hands set about doing today’s assignment for him.  We need to receive in prayer, worship, and truth from his word. Fix your eyes, not on a worldly prize, but on staying in love with me.

That’s an agenda that’s always completely satisfying.

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4 ways to a productive day

Here are 4 ways I start everyday

1. Pray- I start out every morning praying for my day, before I get out of bed I pray for what is in store for me.

2. Devotional- Starting you’re day in God’s word is a much more productive way to get your day going. Think about it, if you start out on facebook, or instagram that is going to set your mood for the day. Don’t believe me? when you start on facebook and instantly see all the bad news, or people sharing negative things its going to put you in a negative state of mind. You are more likely to feed off the bad of the world, instead of making good. Instagram is great, however if you compare yourself to others, its setting you up for a bad morning. How you ask? well let’s say you look through all you’re friends pictures before getting ready for school, and you’re friends are all sharing pictures in their new clothes, and how good they look. You are instantly trying to look better, or have nicer things than them. If you simply start out by reading a daily devotional, you are getting the truth of God’s word, and are able to relate to what he has for you. You are starting you’re day with positive thinking, and hope for the day.

3. Breakfast- Yum!! how people skip eating? I will never understand how one can simply forget to eat. I mean I wake up ready to eat, maybe I love food more than them? idk however I simply won’t skip eating. You can’t be you’re best if you’re not you’re best, you get out of what you put in. To stay healthy, you simply need to be eating the right foods, and feeding your brain, you won’t have energy for your day if your skipping meals.

4. Chores- yes you read that right, I said chores!! I know not everyone loves to clean, or thinks it’s something that’s going to make your day better. However if you make the time to clean, and put things where they go, you are actually saving time later in the day when you are tired after work, or tired after being with your kids. If you simply clean as you go, or make it a daily routine to keep up with cleaning it takes less time, and you are left with a clean, happy home. My kids know how much I can’t stand clutter. my youngest is Four and she always say’s mommy doesn’t like it messy. And it’s true, I can’t function when things are messy. It’s easier to cook when the kitchen is clean and I know where everything is, it’s easier to get the kids ready when I know where their clothes and shoes are, it’s easier to go to the store when I know what’s in my pantry. It’s something that is important for me to be able to do all i need to do when things are in place. 




I know there are many other ways you can start you’re day, but these are by far my favorite and what I have found that work’s best for my family and I. I hope this helps you get in a better routine, and can benefit from this. Comment and let me know if this helps you, Have a blessed day! 

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Keep it shut

I highly recommend the book “Keep It Shut” by Karen Ehman.

It contains a section about how to make sure your words are always God-honoring. Ehman says the key is making sure we spend as much or more time talking to God in prayer and through reading God’s Word as we spend talking and listening to everyone else.

She says that when God is the One we spend the most time talking to, He will become the One we most want to please—the One whose opinion of us matters most.

Wow! Talk about an “ah-ha” moment! This sage advice is so obvious, but yet so easily overlooked. When we spend time talking and listening to God through prayer, reading and studying the Bible, singing songs of praise, enjoying the beauty of creation, and enjoying the talents and abilities God gave you in ways that honor Him, we draw closer and closer to Him.

Today’s verse is to our spiritual life what the adage ‘you are what you eat’ is to our physical body.

Be mindful of what you allow into your mind, because it goes straight to your heart, before flying out of your mouth.

Pray

Dear Lord,

Fill my mind and heart with only those words that honor You.

Let my words be uplifting, encouraging, and full of love and grace.

When I speak to Your children, please let them hear more of You and less of me.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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God.Family.Faith

If God says he will do something he will be faithful to preform. Don’t let impossibilities quench your faith. Instead, allow it to fuel your faith! Look beyond your circumstances to a completely loving, faithful and powerful God.

The more we intentionally praise God, the more reasons we will recognize to praise him. Psalm 92:1 “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

God is Greater Than the Highs and Lows