This is what stood out to me this morning as I read in Isaiah. It confused me at first. I realized that I need the Lord to help my faith stand firm... to help ME stand firm in times where I stagger. But I need to have faith enough - be firm enough in what I believe - to trust the Lord to take care of me. It makes sense to me when I think of my kids. When they need me to help them, I can’t do that if they don’t let me... if they don’t trust me. They need to have faith that their momma is for them & with them & always willing to help. The choice is theirs; it’s not up to me to determine what they believe or how deeply. I can influence & teach & pursue them, but at the end of the day, it is their choice to believe in me or not. • And oh man, I will always be there for my kids. And how much greater the Father’s love for us! I choose to stand firm on my faith and when trouble strikes, the Lord is able to work in me and help me “stand firm” because I’ve kept my heart and mind and life in posture to allow that. • So I guess all that to say: Stand firm in your faith. How do you do that? Be in His word. Soak it in. Let it fill your cup. Just spend time with God. The more you do, the more you learn his character and heart and are able to discern His voice. And also, pray specifically for Him to help your faith be firm. He’ll show up. He always does.
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A little succulent love to start the week. . And a thought, paraphrased, from yesterday’s sermon: sometimes it is the very hardness of obedience to God that is the goodness we will glean from that obedience. . Sometimes life is hard; sometimes what we are called to do is hard; sometimes the things we can’t get away from are hard. But in all things, God is teaching us about himself, about our need for him.
“Worship is our heart’s response” - @planetshakers . This morning I have so much I could share with you! . The worship conference I went to last weekend was just so awesome! I learned so much, I have lots of work to do, and I’m just plain seeing things a whole lot differently. . I have so much I want to tell you!!! . I actually have absolutely no idea where to start! And I don’t want to overwhelm with all the excitement I have! . So I’ll share one simple thing! 👇🏼 . The more I know about Jesus- who He is, His heart, His plans, His thoughts toward me, His love- the more praise can flow out of my heart! . I don’t know about you guys, but I want to worship Jesus! . I don’t want to give Him a part of me. I don’t want to do it because everyone else is doing it. I want a heart that continually seeks Him and wants to know Him more and more! I want His presence in my life. . I’m sick of the heaviness of this world. I want the heaviness of Jesus! . So it all starts by me digging in to His word finding out who He really is and He will reveal Himself to me! . Are you having these same desires today?! . Start by reading through the Psalms. David truly wanted to know God and worship Him! . Start in Psalm 103-107! SUCH GOOD ONES! . Let all that I am praise the Lord! O Lord my God, how great you are! Psalm 104:1 . . . . . .
I grew up raised in the tension between a chauvinistic father, and an opinionated strong-willed mother. It was purely the grace of God in their marriage that brought four children to this world, all of whom love Jesus.⠀ ⠀ But that tension left me conflicted and at odds with myself. Opinionated, and strong myself... but un-affirmed by my silent father who thought women should be submissive and silent themselves. The combination would be deadly for the my future. I would say what I think, but then obsess over what people thought of me. I would speak truth, and then cower as I was afraid of the perceived opinions that others may have had of me.⠀ ⠀ I would go in circles. The pendulum constantly swinging back and forth. Strong or silent, silent or strong.⠀ ⠀ Defeated.⠀ Purposeless.⠀ ⠀ The blend of my upbringing would inevitably shorten the calling God had on my life.⠀ ⠀ But God...⠀ ⠀ But God removed the lid.⠀ But God removed the muzzle.⠀ ⠀ Just yesterday I repented of allowing the muzzle to be placed on my mouth. Because at some point our upbringing, personality, or fears are just an excuse to justify our disobedience to what God is asking us to do. ⠀ If I didn't get what I needed from my parents, or those around me, then it's my job to get what I need now so I can give it to my physical and spiritual children.⠀ ⠀ I will not play victim.⠀ ⠀ Friends, in Christ we are equipped for whatever God has called us to. We just need to walk in it. Stop the sad story-fest. Stop the pity-party. Stop hiding your talents and fittings in the shadows. Our God, and King, left the shadows and displayed his naked body on a cross so we could reclaim and become.⠀ ⠀ It's time to become the woman you were called to be. It's time to reclaim the woman who Christ designed you to be. He is deserving of it. He is deserving of us to leave the shadows, the fear, the not-enough-ness.⠀ ⠀ In Christ we are promised an abundant and victorious life.
I don't know about you, but I don't love Monday mornings. I usually dread them. Another week has started and it feels like the weekend just flew by. I head back to work again and dream about another Saturday morning. BUT TODAY I'm starting a journey to reframe my Mondays and view each week as a new opportunity to seek after the Lord and be obedient to whatever He asks of me. Every day is an opportunity to do the work He has called me to do. I'm #preachingtomyself the reminder that His mercies are new every morning and Mondays are no different. So I'm taking a hold of them and staring down my week. Let's do this. Are you with me? 📷 @lbcperspective Edit by me.
LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX, SHALL WE? Sorry for yelling, I’m just really excited. Today is part 1 of 4 of our sex series over on the podcast. Four weeks of talking about sex within the Christian sphere, like it’s something God created (spoiler alert: He did), the good, bad, & ugly. This week @lexibozarth and I talk sex before marriage and married sex to kick off the series! #crappychristianpodcast
Life is full of twists and turns, and so many times, we are caught off guard. Our emotions feel tangled and tender. In those moments, our souls can find rest and hope in God. You are not alone, God is with you. In this podcast episode, I talk with Cherie Endrihs about Psalm 42. May God surround your heart with hope and guard you with His peace. You can listen through the links in my bio or go to my highlights. #psalms #hopewriters#graceupongrace#shedelights#faithblogger#biblegram#graceandgratitude#homeschoolmom#bestillandknow#womenpodcasters#encouragingwords#rejoice#womenoffaith#wordbeforeworld#peaceinjesus#peaceinhispresence#christianpodcast#devotions#coffeeandjesus#jesuslovesyou#biblestudymoments#jesusgirl#trustinhim#soulscripts#godsword#christcentered#shereadstruth
With age & maturity you realize was is and what’s not important. || The sooner you realize the difference-the easier life becomes. || There’s another you that you don’t even know yet. || She’s hiding behind societal pressures and vague pursuits. || The moment you begin to prioritize your soul and wellness over the appearance of wholeness, you’ll discover the life you’re spending your all (time, money, and energy) to get to. || SPOILER: it can’t be purchased sis. || It can only be accepted. as you learn who you in Christ alone.
"I used to be a false prophet. For years I was so set on the mindset 'good people go to heaven.' Eventually I realized that that was simply an excuse to continue living life on my own terms. So, I counseled friends into why I thought sex before marriage was ok, I partook in drunk nights centered around gossip and seduction, I idolized the attention of my peers and popularity. I thank Jesus for stepping in and meeting me in those dark alleys. He lovingly guided me to the identity and purpose that begins and ends with HIM. But I wasn’t the only false prophet running around preaching a watered-down gospel, and there are many more still. Which is why we, still today, must adhere to the earnestness of Paul. We must learn how to be on guard for the false identities lurking in our everyday lives." - @walkwithamyhornbuckle • Read Amy's full blog post, False Identities, at the link in our bio 💕
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"You don’t need other people’s approval to be happy. You’re as happy as you choose to be! If others are unhappy with you, that’s their choice. If you haven’t gotten someone’s approval now, you’re probably not going to get it. And you’re going to be miserable if you try to live for the approval of everybody else." . When I read certain things, sometimes, I get pierced with a thought, a memory. One thing I remember - back in the early 2000's I had a prayer board that I went over every single morning. . One thing I will never forget praying over and over again was that God would help me to seek only His approval, and not the approval of ANY man, including my husband. . At the time, I had horrible marital issues. They were daily and went on for years. I became a very depressed person. I found myself thinking “what might have been if...” I was miserable. I could NEVER please him. No matter how hard I tried. . I will tell you that it WAS exhausting!!! Not to mention, I felt like a failure because I failed over and over again. I would take on the mentality that my trying to please him and failing was his fault which would make me loathe him even more. . It became a cycle and that cycle caused me to despise my husband more and more each day until I absolutely couldn't stand the site of him. Literally, I would be sick to my stomach. . I do believe I hated him, thinking back. And I would complain to others about him (because subconsciously this took the fault off of me). And even if it were true.. even if he was so hard to please - why did it even matter? Why was I so desperately seeking his approval? . AND it wasn't his fault that I was left feeling full of anxiety and depression. The thing is, I CHOSE to try to please him. . I pretty much died inside as a result of my choice, like the image here says. . The end of that story is that God developed me to become less of a people pleaser and I stopped living for others approval. . And the reality is - if
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We ask questions like...⠀ ⠀ "What if I fail?"⠀ "What if something happens to my loved ones?"⠀ "What if something happens to me?"⠀ "What if I can no longer provide for my family?"⠀ "What if noone respects me?"⠀ "What if...."⠀ "What if...."⠀ "What if...."⠀ (Some of these I question on the daily.)⠀ ⠀ That's fear talking. ⠀ ⠀ I was dealing with that last night during that storm we had with questions like...⠀ ⠀ "What if a tornado comes?"⠀ "What if the wind blows a tree on the roof and I don't have enough time to go get Harper?"⠀ ⠀ I was asking those questions because I was feeling scared. And I KNEW that feeling wasn't from God, so I prayed for peace and protection. I did stay awake.....just in case I had to make a mad dash for Harper and bunker down in the pantry. ⠀ ⠀ Well, this morning, I'm doing my bible reading and personal development. And my oh my, would you believe it was about fear??!? (Okay, Lord, I'm gunna get it)⠀ ⠀ "Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night."⠀ -Psalm 91:5 ⠀ ⠀ Whenever you start feeling scared, I encourage you to immediately pray about it! Give those fears to God! He doesn't want you to be afraid! Here are a couple verses that I hold near and dear to my heart and repeat them over and over when I'm scared. ⠀ ⠀ "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."⠀ -Psalm 34:4⠀ ⠀ "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."⠀ -Psalm 23:4⠀ ⠀ "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."⠀ -Isaiah 41:10⠀ ⠀ "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"⠀ -Psalm 27:1⠀ ⠀ Yall, significant things happen in our lives when we don't allow fear to rule the
Expect miracles. Say YES to adventure and being stretched. Get outside of your comfort zone, be unafraid to search your heart for areas that need a little bit of transformation! Pursue the truth of God with all that you have, and encourage people along the way! Be wild, passionate, bold and FEARLESS! Living fearlessly is all about vulnerability with God, chasing dreams, facing pain, working on weaknesses and coming face to face with YOUR purpose in Jesus! #littlebird#blog#christianblog#myprayerforyou#godofmiracles#goforit#nofear#fearless
Ultimately, as followers of Christ, we are called to surrender. We are called to weakness, to humility, to sacrifice. We are called to submit our will to His, to reflect that not only is He our Savior, but that true power comes from Him. ⠀ ⠀ The struggle we face is that in our nature is the desire for control, the desire to maintain our grip on the direction of our lives. But the tighter we try to hang on to our own will, the harder it is to maintain control. God calls us to submission because He ultimately knows what’s best for us. And we can only find God’s best when we are empty and broken before him.⠀ ⠀ The beauty of grace is that even though we are called to complete surrender, we are also promised a fulfilling strength. Though we face hardships and trials, by the goodness of His grace, Jesus is always near.⠀ ⠀ We are not to carry sacrifice just for the sake of sacrifice, but for the sake of surrendering our life’s purpose to Him. And in that ultimate surrender, He lifts us up. Let His grace sustain you, let His promise of strength motivate your position of sacrifice. ⠀ ⠀ “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;”⠀ 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 ESV⠀ ⠀ Encouragement today from my husband @williekaz
Do you have a gratitude journal? I love to begin my morning by rubbing a drop of Gratitude oil on my wrists and chest and focusing a few minutes on the blessings in my life! It is a so important to bring yourself into a positive frame of mind at least once each day. Everyone has bad days and frustrating moments, myself included. 🙋♀️But no matter what happens each day, I think about the good in my life for at least a few seconds. ➡️The result is that there is not a day that goes by without me specifically stating something positive that is happening around me. Positive thinking opens your eyes to more opportunities.
The new LOGAN SERIES BLOG is OUT NOW! It will be posted every Monday and Friday. It will be primarily a PRAYER blog as JESUS said 'My house will be a house of prayer' and I want to honour His words through mine. It will also contain (once every three months), a blog of writing the book that has just been published. It will document the journey, what God has been saying, the publication, and the whole process of what's been happening - so if anything, it's just another story, it's just another adventure that I get the privilege of writing. So WELCOME to THE LOGAN SERIES BLOG! I hope it inspires you, encourages you, and finds you at exactly the right time. God Bless, Alice xxx I NEED HELP: A SIMPLE AND HEARTFELT PRAYER TO GOD. TO READ BLOG - SEE LINK IN BIO!!! #theloganseries#theloganseriesblog#christian#christiansofinstagram#encouragement#faithhopelove#christianblogger#jesus#graceupongrace#dailywisdom#prayer#dailyprayer
“I always wanted to be a hero--to sacrifice my life in a big way one time--and yet, God has required my sacrifice to be thousands of days, over many years, with one more kiss, one more story, one more meal.” ~ @sally.clarkson
We want to take the time to thank everyone who participated in our Acoustic evening this weekend. We were blessed to have Joshua Lola and Joe Gez with us, men filled with the Holy Spirit. The night was wonderful, The glory of God manifested by the Holy Spirit, His presence was sweet and tangible. We thank God for His majesty, His presence and for His great love that he has shown on the cross of Golgotha! 💓 ••••••• Stay tuned our next event will be announced very soon ! Thank you all for your support, prayers and visit ! Holy Voice Coffee-Bookstore and Gifts is your Second Christian home ❤️☕ 1109 Cyrville Rd 6136951109 www.holyvoicecafe.com
Until the last year or so I was unable to see a coming season of discipline. These days, as long as I stay close to God, I can sense when I am being lovingly disciplined. . Every season of discipline has been refining me into a woman who trusts God and lets Him lead. Here is just one example: Whenever I put pleasing others, my career, money, appearance, success, my family, goals and plans ahead of God I fall into anxiety which often has led to depression. Why? Because I become overwhelmed with living life whenever I do it without God as my hope, sustainer and overseer of life. . Does God cause the depression? In my personal opinion I believe the answer is no as it is revealed through scripture that God is wholly good (example – Luke 18:19). Yet, I do believe it is a natural occurrence directly related to the brokenness in this world (success driven, perfectionism, idolatry, loss…etc). God is so good though and He uses that depression to refine us and draw us near to Him. . God has used the depression I have experienced (there are times it has been very dark) to strip away anything that falsely builds me up. He has used the depression to help me compassionately see this world and people through His perspective. He has used the depression to reveal His tender love for me. God has allowed depression to discipline me in learning how to cling to Him – trust Him. The truth is, in my anxiety I am not clinging to God and the ultimate goal of the future hope He has set before us (Christlikeness and eternity in His Kingdom). . God has taught me to not only recognize when depression is coming but how to survive it. He admonishes me to grab hold of Him and remember who I am in Him as well as rest in His sovereignty. God will never stop disciplining us into Christlikeness and that is amazing - He loves us enough to discipline us. He could simply forget about us and let us succumb to our demise of confusion and doubt. Yet, He chooses to use our brokenness to smooth
GOOD GRACE // “Yet through his powerful declaration of acquittal, God freely gives away his righteousness. His gift of love and favor now cascades over us, all because Jesus, the Anointed One, has liberated us from the guilt, punishment, and power of sin!” Romans 3:24 TPT . . . Design @dustincoopergraphics . . . #goodgrace#graceabounds#graceupongrace#dailybibleverse#faithquotes
Where do you struggle to trust that God is sufficient for the challenges you face? Jesus’ frequent “I am” statements in John are meant to strengthen His disciples’ trust in Him. He repeatedly assures them that He is sufficient to meet their deepest needs. Do you have needs? Do you hunger? Do you grieve in the face of death? Are you concerned about the future? Do you want to experience the peace and joy that Jesus experienced in relationship with the Father? Look to Jesus. He is present with you in your circumstances. He is sufficient for your every need. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”—John 14:6