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You Have Searched Me and Known Me

  DAY FOUR:  I don’t know why I allow the enemy to have so much power over me.  John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  I’ve seen this.  I know it is true.  Yet when I get those old recurring thoughts replaying in my head, rather than dismissing them as lies from the one who has come to kill and destroy, I begin to accept them as truth. They may have been truth once, but they aren’t any longer.  Jesus came to give …

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He Is Our Refuge

DAY THREE: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30 That is what depression feels like to me.  It is a heavy burden.  All I want is some relief, some rest.  I would like for someone to help me carry the load and that is what He says He will do.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  If we …

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Groanings Too Deep For Words

DAY TWO: There are days when I desperately cry out to the Lord.  Those times of desperation do not come with beautiful words or clever turns of phrases.  Sometimes, the only word I can say is “Jesus.”  My soul is overwhelmed and I am unable to articulate exactly how I feel. That is when I am most grateful for the assurances of Romans 8.  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And He who searches hearts knows what …

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His Mercies Are New Every Morning

DAY ONE: Lamentations is a book I understand.  There are days when “my soul is bereft of peace” and “I have forgotten what happiness is” just as Lamentations 3:17 says.  No matter how many good churchy words I hear or say, they do not change the fact that I do not have the energy or the desire to pull myself out of bed. I know that I have a God of miracles.  He has done things in my life that only could be classified as such.  I know that He is good…all the time.  He blows me away with His goodness.  …

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It’s Not What You Do, But Who You Become That Matters!

  Somewhere during my journey with the Lord, I got it in my head that the things that I did would somehow validate me.  I went on a wild goose chase caught up in the “doing” and none of it seemed coherent.  These things had absolutely nothing to do with my purpose.  Though they were good things, they weren’t necessarily the things that God had for “me” to do.  I wanted the God-things! God things are those things that are unique to you and only you.  There is a gift that God has given each one of us that when …

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Surrendering To Your Purpose

Mark 14:36 “And He said Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup. But please, not what I want–what do you want?” How many times have you made plans and presented them to God for His blessings and approval? This girl knows all about making plans and asking for God’s grace to carry them out.  As someone who lived by a planner, I tried my best to live a somewhat controlled life. The planner had become my Bible and in so many words, I was asking God to order my steps–according to my plans. And then …

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Vision is a Terrible Thing to Waste

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 Perspective is a game-changer. Your spiritual vision is your perspective and it is based on the proximity of your relationship with God. Unlike natural vision, we choose life or death with our spiritual vision and we speak what we see accordingly. When you visit the eye doctor for your annual eye exam, there is a device that they use to measure your visual acuity.  When the eye doctor position the lens, they ask you if you see better with “1” or “2.”  Based on your response, the eye doctor continues …

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Knowing What You Believe

Scientists haven’t discovered a tool yet to see human beliefs.  It is actually not until we are faced with a situation that our belief systems are called to the forefront and our actions follow suit. I recall the season that I was discerning the voice of God telling me it was time to leave my job.  I distinctly remember trying to find an alternative to His command so “I” could suffice for the income that would be loss as a result of my leaving.  Yes, I was essentially trying to help God help me! And so once again I heard …

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Knowing To Who I Belong

When I participated in a spiritual parenting class at my church, we were challenged to come up with a mission statement for our family.  It took years for it to be revealed, but I finally settled on Be All God Created You To Be!  When I drop my girls off at school each morning, I encourage them to Be all God created them to be, not their peers.  My prayer is that they discover their true identity in God and live up to who He created for them to be. God uses our natural parental relationships to demonstrate the relationship …

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Discovering Who We Are

  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He Him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27 Before I had a initial revelation of who I was, there was some days that I would look in the mirror and see some real ugliness.  I had a hard time comprehending being made in the image and likeness of God.  Why did I see ugliness when God said I was made fearfully and wonderfully? And that’s when it occurred to me. I was not looking through eyes of faith.  I had to invite God …

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Complete Your Grace Assignment

Pearl #5: Complete Your Grace Assignment Yesterday’s blog issued the challenge to pray for a grace assignment.  But sometimes when God sends the assignment, our reaction is much like the look on this little guy’s face.   Our thoughts may be, “You want me to love her…you want me to extend grace to him…you’re asking me to let this one go?” In Luke 9:62 Jesus said, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. When we pray and ask for an assignment, we are effectively putting our …

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Pray for a Grace Assignment

Pearl #4: Pray for a Grace Assignment Have you ever asked God for a job you can’t do on your own? Have you considered praying as you go into Walmart…or as you driving to your family reunion…or going to that committee meeting…on your way to work: “God give me a job I can’t do on my own. Give me an assignment that I can only complete in you and through you.” What would you be willing to do if you knew you could not fail because you and God were doing it together?  Would you ask Him for a supernatural …

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