Why is it so hard for us to be vulnerable? First, my name is Val, and I have been married to my awesome husband nearly 2 years. I love God, the beach, babies, dogs, and many other things. Before I became a Christ follower I really struggled with being real and vulnerable. And I honestly didn’t even realize it until I met my husband who showed me that by being vulnerable you find FREEDOM. The freedom we have in Christ is not fully experienced unless we have real relationships, and that is impossible without vulnerability. When you fake it till you make it you do not know who you can really trust and who will stick around when things get tough. I have realized that this is something not only I struggled with. For some reason in the Christian circle it is very tough for people to be real and vulnerable, everyone is trying to seem like they have it all together and that prevents us from having deep relationships. Recently, I felt God tell me to help women who struggle with vulnerability, because come on, who doesn’t? And to do that I will have to be more vulnerable myself, and I pray that this account can encourage and help someone to step into the freedom that Jesus offers through being real.
Friends!!!! Double the fun, double the encouragement this week!!! For the first time we have two podcasts in the same week, yes two!! Look for the second one this Friday!!! ⠀ I’m so excited to have both girls Beth Duewel and later Rhonda Rhea on She Speaks Life Podcast!!! ⠀ ⠀ Today, Beth is bringing us a God story about control robbing us of our joy!!! If you bend toward the DIY independent, I can figure it out on my own type of person....ummm me🙋♀️ then you’ll love hearing this testimony about trusting God in letting go of control and His presence filling us with joy!!! ⠀ ⠀ @bethduewelfixherupper is releasing her book she Co-authored with @rhondarhea called, “Fix-Her-Upper, Reclaiming your Happy Space” Coming this Friday, June 28th!!!⠀ ⠀ The book is loaded with fun, uplifting truth and humor!!! 🥰🤣 You can receive your free copy of “Fix-Her-Upper” and some goodies with a 🎉GIVEAWAY🎉coming Friday!!! 🎉🎉🎉Get ready for an exciting week ahead!!! 🎉🎉🎉Link to listen in bio ⬆️ or iTunes, youtube and Spotify!!
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Who says I have to wait til Friday to introduce myself?⠀ ⠀ I'm Kirsten, and I don't have it all together. TRUE STORY.⠀ ⠀ I'm an Enneagram 7w6. I fiercely love my people AND my personal space, so finding a balance is tricky.⠀ ⠀ I get bored easily, which is why I dip my toe in so many projects, and then get stressed because I'm overwhelmed by ALL THE THINGS. ⠀ ⠀ I'm currently the most content I have ever been in my entire life, and it only took me 41 years to get here. 🤣⠀ ⠀ I live on Lake Oconee (literally - as in, my backyard is the lake) with my husband Mark, daughter Marley, and my mom (whom I love but we struggle sharing a roof sometimes b/c hello! We're both grown women set in our ways! HA!)⠀ ⠀ In addition to Sweet Tea Ministry, I work as the Communications Director at my church, using all the skills I've gained through 10+ years of blogging and online business to spread the message of Christ and grow our church.⠀ ⠀ QUICK FACTS:⠀ 👩🏼🦱 naturally curly hair⠀ 🐿 7 tattoos, one of which is a squirrel named Steve⠀ 👫 divorced once, have been happily married 11 years⠀ 🐾 2 black labs and a basset hound, and currently trying to find a forever home for a sweet rescue kitty⠀ ⠀ TELL ME ABOUT YOU! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #gettoknowme#sweetteaministry#fridayintroductions#enneagram7w6#lakeoconee#georgiagirl#tattoos#curlygirl#communityovercompetition#calledtobecreative#womenintheword#wordbeforeworld#bedeeplyrooted#godiswithher#faithblogger#christianblogger#calledtocreate#givemejesus#lampandlight#thepointedlife
ON THE BLOG :: Praise is simply speaking highly of someone or something. Sometimes we give praise directly, and sometimes we share praise about someone or something to other people. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -Brianna Polanco, Praise and Worship
His greatness never fails to amaze me. A few days ago, I visited a neighboring church to hear a special guest speak, and as he spoke, His presence came in and I couldn’t stop shaking and trembling no matter how hard I tried to stop and my body was getting hot. It was so awesome to experience something like that and to just get a tiny taste of how powerful he is that even our bodies can’t take it in. The following day, I read Psalm 2 and when I read this verse, I was in awe with how awesome he is and cool it is to see how he speaks to me and I just want to encourage you to seek him, there are endless amount of encounters we could all experience with Him and he longs to spend time with us. Chase after him and look for him in all you do and just EXPECT him and he will reveal himself to you in so many different ways.
Thanks to all if you who have celebrated with me, cheered me on with emojis, kind words, and affirmation in my IG story yesterday. I'm deeply grateful for your love and support and the opportunity to write another book for @bethany_house_nonfiction with @jeffdbraun as my editor. The date on the new contract is nearly to the day exactly four years after I agreed to write #rhythmsofrest. What??! Time flies. And in all honesty, some failure in between. Sometimes it takes some time, help, and waiting on God to get it right. . I look forward to sharing more about what I'm writing about in this one. I'll be sharing the process, back story, books I'm reading for inspiration with my patrons every month. Join the Patreon community through the link in the bio for an inside look into my creative process in London and charming cottage retreats. Meanwhile "I'm popping the cork" as my agent says.
It may look like I’m clinging to the coffee mug, but trust me, the grasp I have on that book in my lap is definitely stronger. Unfortunately, just because I know I need it, it doesn’t mean I always want it. Such is my struggle with exercise and healthy foods as well. Just because it’s good for me, doesn’t mean I always crave it. This week the practice has been forceful, like an early morning run mid-winter, or choosing the side salad over fries. I’ve felt a lot like David, so aware, so confident, of God’s faithfulness, His love, His care...and on the next page: puffy-faced, snotty-nosed, and blotchy skin from crying my guts out. In the pages of Psalms, I’m hearing David, and I’m meeting God. Again. To those burnt out on their reading plan, bible study, or just exhausted in your life season—here’s a pass to find sanctuary in the Psalms. Slip in quietly, or cannon ball with a shout. Either way, you’ll find David, with a knowing smile on his lips, and God, with open arms Selah
🌼 “I am standing here in the middle of this field, and all I see is this grass, and this sky and it is effortless to breath....” 🌼 Did you know that our prayer can be as effortless as breathing? ( 1 Timothy 2:8) “That all men pray every where, lifting up holy hands”. Quick thought on prayer; why is it that we “close our eyes and fold our hands” when we pray and why do we insist that our children close their eyes when they pray? Just thinking out loud here…. Throughout the bible we see men raising their hands, lying stretched out on the ground with their face downward, lifting up their eyes, etc…but we never see throughout scripture anyone folding their hands and closing their eyes. I’ve realized throughout the years of my hardships that there is great liberty in how I can prayer and it’s allowed. I’ve found myself stretched out on the ground with my face on the floor before the Lord, many many times.. .some days out of no strength to do otherwise, exhausted under heavy burdens and some days just to lay there in His presence. Sometimes, even my worship looks the same. I mean it’s not about the position of our bodies, right? It’s about the position of our heart. And sometimes my heart is just too crushed to stand on my knees with folded hands and closed eyes I love to take a walk with the Lord, imagining Him walking along side of me and just plainly asking Him, “Lord what would you like to talk about today”… and He always lays something on my heart or even someone and I begin to pray for that. What is your favorite “posture of prayer”? (Read full post in my blog, link in bio 😉)
Jesus will enable us to give others the grace to let us down. Meaning when we put our hope in the One Who will never fail us, then the frailty of best intentions, unforeseen short comings, and broken promises won't shake us. Rather than build a wall with every offense we receive, we allow grace to pave an open road that leads straight from our vulnerability to the cross. That grace paved road reroutes every offense away from our heart and straight to Jesus. He then transforms the offense from "a weapon meant for harm" into a tool that brings about our good and His glory. In doing so we become enabled to offer forgiveness and the hope of redemption, through Christ, to the offender. The ability to give others the grace to let us down comes from Christ alone. He exampled it first to His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. We too can follow suit and give everyone the grace to fail us. We can only do that when our hope is secure in the One Who will never fail us. In doing so we can endure offenses like He did, with forgiveness and absolute trust that God is using each one for our good and His glory.
HOW DOES SCRIPTURE IMPACT YOU? . There have been many times in my life where I've needed to reread this verse daily and just soak in it. During those times, the pressures of the world felt so heavy on me, I could only find comfort in the Word and God's presence. . This Scripture, and many more, have comforted me in dark times, encouraged me when I need boldness, and given me direction when I felt lost. . How has Scripture impacted you? . I'd love to hear your thoughts or testimonies. Please also share which verses have specifically impacted you, they can be an encouraging read for the rest of us! . . . Personally, Luke 12:6-7 & 22-32 literally saved my life and delivered me from suicidal thoughts when I was 16 years old. Since then, I have never felt suicidal thoughts. :)
..the intent was to impact their lives...yet, Oh, how they have greatly impacted mine. There is no template on how to do what has been instilled in you—just do with an open heart and all will unfold from there. 🙌#beyouandthrive
Do you ever just take a moment, and slow down in this busy world, to consider just how much God loves you? The fact that He will never reject or abandon you? When you feel abandoned or alone or unworthy, take a breath and think about just how much God loves you. Every part of your heart, every hair in your head, every quirk. He loved you before you were born. And He’ll love you forever. Bask in that love today. . Psalm 100:5 // “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
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How often do we relegate salvation as "asking Jesus into your heart" to help you make it through life? And yet the truth is so radically different. We did not just gain something to help us live a better life - we died. We laid something old down and picked up something completely new, something perfect and complete. How much of Christian life is spent trying to refine and sanctity the old life? A lot! We try to protect it, defend it, change its behavior, modify it to look better, when the truth is, it's DEAD. It is supposed to stay dead. You cannot step into the new life of Christ and try to bring your old life with you. I have been thinking about this a lot lately in regard to a relationship I've struggled with. The other day as I was journaling, basically complaining in a way that sounded humble, I heard so clearly, "it's because you think your life is yours." What?! Isn't it? Not if I laid it down to pick up Christ's life. I cannot fight to defend my old life and step into a new one. Since that day this relationship has radically changed. I have nothing to defend anymore and nothing to prove. This person does not owe me anything. I am even seeing how it is possible to lay down my life for them because that is what Christ would do and I'm living His life now. Christ would not waste time defending Himself against accusations or try to prove Himself or try to make people understand so He could feel okay. He would not withhold His love until the other person treated Him well and then give it as a reward - it has never been a reward but a gift. This is a few words compared to the journey and I did not plan on sharing this when I hopped on today but there it is. If you have time today, check out Colossians 3 (the Passion Translation is 👌). Paul never told us how to modify behavior to get a desired result; He always spoke to who we already are in Christ, "THIS is who you are! Now you are free to live like it and this is what that looks like!" Praying for my
It took me a long time to fall asleep last night. Feelings of worthlessness & fear filled my room, and loneliness kept hitting me on the head. Waking up this morning, I feel restless. I can’t shut my mind off. I can’t convince myself that I am worthy. I can’t convince myself that fear is just a lie. The devil is so convincing. He seems so powerful. Today I am trying to rest in the promise that God is far more powerful than Satan. God is the one who can free my mind with all of these nasty thoughts. As I am constantly reminding myself that Jesus is with me, I still feel the devil sneaking himself into my mind. But as cheesy as it sounds, NOT TODAY SATAN. I am choosing to receive God’s love, God’s comfort, & God’s presence. Though today may be a little harder to hold onto those positive feelings, I have hope that God’s promise is tattooed in my mind. Today may be a rough day, but there are plenty more fresh starts to come.
“The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.” -Psalms 103:19 It is HIS Kingdom, not ours. In our sinful flesh, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of building our own mini kingdoms; making our lives revolve around us. It’s all too easy to forget where to fix our eyes — on the author & perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ (Heb. 12:1-2). When our thoughts are centered on self, we’ll find our relationships suffering, anxiety growing, and comparison + envy a larger temptation. But when we remember that every moment of our lives is purposed to bring God glory, we can rest in our simple role in His big, big kingdom. We will find joy + contentment + REST in seemingly ordinary, daily acts of obedience. I’m praying for you, friend. May we fix our eyes solely on Jesus today. May we remember is it His Kingdom that matters.
I purchased 11kg of dud clay 😳 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was just starting out, and it was my biggest investment at the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The clay was riddled with little black fibres, which of course I couldn’t use for white jewellery dishes. Long story short, I couldn’t return it so the giant box sat in the garage 😓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Until I thought: WHAT THE HECK, I can’t let this go to waste. I’ll mix in some sand and see what happens 🤷🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Viola - the Speckled base was born. And it’s been so fricken popular, you guys LOVE IT. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m STOKED that clay was dud, because otherwise Speckled wouldn’t exist!! THANK YOU DUD CLAY 💗 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Moral of the story: If 11kg of dud clay can turn into a blessing, then maybe your current disappointments can too! So chin up, my girl ✨
💭Hard moments suck not just that but they can suck the life out of you, but they exist to make us better so that we can grow into who God wants us to become. Allow hard moments to build something great in you. Don’t throw in the towel, keep going. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ James 1:2-3 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ An awesome thing to remember is that you are not alone and you will never be alone. God will always be with you in every hard moment.🙌🏾
Maddie Anderson is a true Highlands Hero. 🙌🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Maddie helps check-in our Highlands Kids to their fun-filled service every Sunday morning. 👏🏼⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ You're a legend Maddie! Thank you for all that you do!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wearehighlanders
Good morning. I am so grateful for this season where I have the freedom to let my days start slowly, wit lots if coffee, reading and writing. ✨ Do you have a morning routine? What does it look like? #brittalovesmornings
6.25.19 // I have 47,000 goals approxiametly. I feel like jumping out of my skin with how many things I “want to do” but knowing it’ll take patience and discipline to do them all. - And that’s hard for me. I struggle with the slow work. I want things now. I want them tomorrow. Whether it’s a goal *i want to pay off all my debt including student loans* or a dream *i want to travel everywhere and never stop, I want to learn to play guitar and violin and how to paint and how to speak Portuguese, Latvian, and either French or Italian. I want to be involved with theatre and concerts and big fun events. - Or something as simple as wanting to be home for the Fourth of July. I just have so many things on my heart and at times I feel overwhelmed by all these feelings and want to run in circles making it all happen right now (newsflash: that’s impossible anyways). - And I’m so happy with life right now. I had a dream and I chased it. I didn’t let fear hold me back and now I get to live the tale of the girl who did something scary and didn’t die. And I get to use that to keep on pushing. But gosh darn it, I wish it was tomorrow and a million years from now all at the same time. I’m not trying to change seasons of life already, I’m just trying to make sure I don’t miss anything in this one wild and precious life I’ve got. 💕✌🏻
One of the hardest things I faced at the beginning of my faith was not having the support of my family. I had my faith mocked or questioned many times ... But God never let these words penetrate my heart, because lies find no place in a hidden heart and well protected by the Lord, like a private garden! Where only the gardener has access to plant and water His love ... 🌻 He promised me, that He would never, at any moment, leave me alone, and as He promised me, here I am, and He is right here, by my side! He never left me helpless or afflicted or homeless. On the darkest nights, He was like a ray of sunshine, from those who warm our heart in the middle of autumn, He was my refuge, when I fell apart, and when I cried, He was my strong arm, gave me shelter, gave me love when I lacked, and His promises gave me hope! He sent people who were to me a family, and never, never even, lacked support! He gave me a place at the table with Him! Trust more in what He says, people can hurt and sadden us, but He does not! Trust, because it will be as He promised! Today He invites you to sit at the table with Him! There is a place reserved for you! 💛 ~ Gio
From a deep place of rest comes forth creativity, ideas, revelations and innovations. An exhausted mind and body run on minimal survival mode but a mind and body that are well rested are able to come up with ideas as well as implement them in the best way possible. Don't be afraid to take time out to rest and drink deeply from the place that nourishes you.
Last summer, God gave me a vision. Love & serve a community of women in ministry. Step out in faith. Trust Him. Write. ⠀ ⠀ Writing has always been a special and intricate part of me but I never knew it was something intended to be shared with others. Until that vision.⠀ ⠀ I spent months praying & asking God for guidance and after some time, I realized that deep down, I felt afraid and unsure of this calling. I had never written for others before. I mean actually written what was on my heart and shared it.⠀ ⠀ As a perfectionist and people-pleaser, I allowed pride to rear its ugly head. What if the words that mean so much to me don't actually make a difference? What if no one likes what I have to share? What if my greatest flaws and failures are revealed and I'm seen as a fraud?⠀ ⠀ Fear of failure. Fear of exposure.⠀ ⠀ When you answer the call of God, you have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone and realize that you are only meant to serve an audience of One. 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind."⠀ ⠀ Have you ever thought of fear as a spirit? Something that can be cast away and released at the feet of Jesus? When I look at my fear like this, I realize that I am being used and distracted from my calling by the devil and allowing him a foothold in my life. ⠀ ⠀ I don't want to live captive by fear. I want to thrive and flourish in the one life that I have by answering the call of God - I have freedom in Christ. It's my choice whether or not to accept that freedom and then live in it.⠀ ⠀ I choose a fierce faith that will triumph over the spirit of fear and replace it with the Holy Spirit that already lives in me - a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. I choose to answer God's call and follow Jesus, no turning back.⠀ ⠀ Has God given you a vision and asked you to step out in faith in some way? ⠀ ⠀ Will you choose a fierce
(PT 1) I was brought up in a Christian household in Scotland in the UK. My dad was a pastor and my mum was heavily involved in the Church, so Church was always a huge part of my life. I was at every service. If it was on in the church, I was there! I loved going to Church because there was an amazing youth program which I loved. We always did so many activities and games. There were a lot of young people in my youth group and we all ended up really great friends. God, however, was not really my friend. It's not that I had anything against God... I just didn't know him. Having grown up in Church, I had so much head knowledge. I knew all the bible stories, all the songs, all the right things to say and do - and I thought that was enough. I often heard the phrase, "a relationship with God," and I knew I didn't have one. I really was absolutely fine with that. My life was perfect. I had a perfect family, perfect friends, perfect grades, and perfect everything. Why did I need to pursue this God?! My life was perfect as it was...
(PT 2) Then one day, when I was 15 years old, I came home from school and walked into my house. Do you know that feeling when you know something doesn't feel right? There was a strange atmosphere that scared me a little. The house was silent and empty. But then I brushed this feeling off - I had nothing to worry about - my life was perfect, right? I walked down my hallway and into my living room to find my mum sitting on the couch. She said to me: "Christy, have you any idea what's happened?" And of course, I didn't. And then she turned to me and said: "Your dad has left." This is such a common thing now all around the world and people just get on with it, but to me, I was shattered. Nothing bad ever happened to me. Why was this happening to me?! In the blink of an eye my whole world was turned upside down. I didn't know what to say or who to turn to, so I turned to God - but not in the way you're thinking... I was mad!! I remember shouting at God, demanding Him to tell me why He had allowed this. I hadn't done anything! And that's when it hit me. I really hadn't done anything - I hadn't prayed, I hadn't read my Bible, I hadn't pursued a relationship with God. Here I was shouting my head off at someone I didn't even know. So it was then that I realized I had a choice. I could run away from this God stuff once and for all, or I could try and do what I'd been learning about all of my life. I could run in to His open arms and see if what He said about love was really true. And that is what I did. I pursued God with all of my heart, and it was wonderful. Don't get me wrong, I still messed up A LOT! But God's love was really real. No matter what I did, He always took me back. My mum, sister, and I needed to find a new church. We weren't welcomed back into the church my dad was the pastor of before he left, which I was heartbroken about. But I knew we had to trust God. If what He said was true, He'd help us find somewhere. And He did...
(PT 3) Not long after, we stumbled upon this beautiful big church about half an hour from our home. We fell in love with it, and that is where we made our spiritual home. I attended the youth stuff that was going on there, and my faith and love for Jesus flourished. The youth pastor, Daniel, and his wife, Deborah, met me where I was. They came alongside me and took me on a journey of faith. They gave me opportunities which grew me. They let me lead youth group sessions, let me be in the church band, and gave me chances to preach. I absolutely fell in love with Jesus. And for the dad situation - I was hurt, and I didn't want to speak to him again. Then, I felt the call of God on my life for me to go to bible college. A couple of years later, the time came for me to leave that church and move 4 hours south to bible college! My mum and my sister moved with me - which made everything so much easier. I was heartbroken about leaving my church, but I knew not to fear or worry, for God wouldn’t bring me somewhere to abandon me. Much time passed since I last spoke to my dad, and every time I thought about him, I would get angry, but then I would feel the peace of God in my heart and that anger would go away. It wasn't until I did a Reconciliation class at bible college, that God really started speaking to me about forgiveness. I knew in my heart I had to forgive, but being the stubborn person that I am, that was NOT going to happen! However, more time passed, and I 100% knew God was telling me to forgive my dad. So, reluctantly, I got my phone out and I texted him to say I forgave him. And when I did, I physically felt a weight lift off of me. It was so freeing. Now, we are 3 years down the line since that day. I am married, living in England as a youth pastor, I have the most amazing relationship with my mum and sister, and I also have a relationship with my dad - something I thought was beyond the stage of repair. But friends, God is a God of restoration and
Hey friend, can I ask you a question? Do you think about what you’re posting before you post it? I mean this in the most grace-filled way possible.⠀ ⠀ I agree, they are responsible for how they react to what you post.⠀ ⠀ But are you being a stumbling block (Romans 14:13-23)? Are you being sensitive to those around you when you post?⠀ ⠀ Do the pictures you post everyday with your boyfriend cause your single friend to become discontent or jealous?⠀ ⠀ Do your posts about all of the new things you bought or all of the places you get to go cause somebody who barely gets by to also become discontent or envious? ⠀ What about all of those pictures of your kids and that woman who is struggling with infertility? All of the pictures with friends and that girl that feels lonely? ⠀ Am I telling you not to post about these things? Of course not! We want to rejoice with you.⠀ ⠀ But please think about HOW OFTEN you post and HOW the post sounds. Let’s be sensitive to those around us, even in this highlight reel of Instagram.⠀ ⠀ And sometimes, it’s not that you shouldn’t post it, you may just want to mention that you see them and love them.⠀ ⠀ Because I’ve been affected by it, and I’m sure you have too. It doesn’t feel good when somebody keeps putting salt on a wound. We all know that nobody’s life is perfect, but when somebody posts about how amazing their boyfriend is everyday, it kind of seems like it.⠀ ⠀ Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.⠀ Philippians 2:4⠀ ⠀ Let’s fill this app with joy and positivity, with maybe a touch of vulnerability, or at least sensitivity!⠀ ⠀ As always, if you don’t understand what I mean, DM me and we can talk ☺️
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5 WAYS TO CHOOSE JOY💫💛. . We’re blessed to have a choice every day. A choice to be negative or positive. A choice to be happy or sad. But, joy? I recently discovered that’s a choice too. . To set the scene, I started off 2019 with so much fire in my soul for God. I was serving in two ministries, rooted in community, and at church 3-4 days a week. Despite all that goodness, as I became busier, the joy came in lulls and it was pretty much non-existent when I was alone. I didn’t get it. . In search of the solution to my fleeting joy, I chose to seek God in prayer & His word, which never falls short. . God gave me the remedy to my problem in James 1. In this chapter, I learned about trials and temptations. James explains the importance of choosing joy, especially when you fall into trials because the testing of your faith produces endurance. . The Lord was calling me to have joy despite my feelings. If I was to choose joy by giving God praise and thanks, I would overcome the trial of negativity & most importantly, give God the praise He absolutely deserves🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻! . My lack of joy was caused purely through negative thoughts (i.e. lies from the enemy). You see, the enemy wants to see us wallow in fear, pity, and sadness. He wants us to forget about all the amazing things God has done in our lives. . When you keep your focus on yourself and everything that isn’t going right, this opens the door and rolls out the welcome mat for lies. Lies from the enemy will make you forget the gifts and rights you have as a child of God… . Obviously, I don’t want that for you or me. I want us to stand firm on the promises of God and live out the fullness of life with joy! To help you do that, clink the link in my bio for 5 practical ways you can CHOOSE JOY❣️
just a reminder from founder @charityawright that we serve a God who works all things out for G O O D ✨ best news ever this tuesday!! ☁️ verse of the day: “So produce fruit that is consistent with repentance [demonstrating new behavior that proves a change of heart, and a conscious decision to turn away from sin];” MATTHEW 3:8 AMP 🌟💗
This verse got me this morning. They rejected him, sold him, he was lied about, and put in prison for something he didn’t do. At the end of it all he showed them undeserving grace and forgave them, all because he saw God’s plan in it all. “But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” Genesis 50:19-21