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God’s Will for Your Life- Right Now

God’s Will for Your Life- Right Now

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; God's Willonly use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 

I remember in college the big question was always, “What is God’s will for my life?” We were constantly talking about it, praying about it, searching for it.

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Why Did Jericho’s Walls Fall?

Why Did Jericho’s Walls Fall?

Yesterday after I had my toddler’s class marching around our “wall” in the center of the classroom, yelling when they reached the seventh time with the trumpet blowing loudly I asked them a question: Why did Jericho’s walls fall?

Jericho had completely shut up their city for fear of Israel. There was no way for Joshua to get his men into that city. But then an angel appeared to Joshua with specific instructions. They were to march around the city with the Ark of the Covenant one time each day for 6 days. But on the seventh day they were to do that 7 times and at the end shout as the priest blew the trumpets.

And after my class had reenacted that scene and our make-shift wall fell I asked them why did that wall fall. Was it the marching? Was it the yelling? Was it the trumpets blowing? What made Jericho fall?

God. God made Jericho fall. Why? Because the children of Israel were obedient to His command. Do you think some of those people felt silly waking up each morning to march around the city one more time. Don’t you think it required faith to stand outside your enemies walls and just shout at the top of your lungs because God said so? Their fear didn’t hinder their faith. They obeyed God.

What walls stand in your way today? Has God given you instructions on how to defeat them? What is keeping you from marching around your wall? I am not saying that your wall is there because of disobedience, so please don’t misunderstjerichoand me. But I do know that if God can make Jericho crumble at the shout of soldiers then God can remove your wall. God is strong enough. What does God require of us?

Faith. Obedience.

Be listening for God’s instructions on how to defeat your wall.

Are you standing in an even place?

Are you standing in an even place?

Did you know there is a Wikipedia page for falling accidentally? Weird, but true! If you go to that page you will learn that falling is the second leading cause of accidental death worldwide. Isn’t that crazy? I would have never guessed! And then if you look a little further there is a whole page dedicated to preventing falls. Among others, some ways to prevent a fall were to increase lighting, increase balance and strength, and to change your environment.

Psalm 26:12 says, “My foot standeth in an even place…” David was making an effort not to fall. He wasn’t putting himself in a place where he was likely to fall. Where are your feet today?

Are you dabbling in sin? Are you setting yourself up to fall back into your old life? Are you entertaining thoughts of sinful pleasures? You are not putting your feet in an even place. And just like falling down causes so much pain and sometimes death among the human race, when Christians fall it hurts. It hurts the individual who has fallen and it hurts the people around them.

How do we prevent falling spiritually? In many ways it’s the same as how we prevent falling physically.

Increase lighting. Be in God’s Word more often, be in church hearing preaching, be among God’s people, listen to godly music. Increase the Light in your life.

Increase balance and strength. Exercise faith. Exercise prayer. Exercise obedience. Strengthen your walk with the Lord.

Change your environment. Stop going to the places that cause you to sin. Stop being around the people that bring you down. Then start going to the places that encourage you to live right and be around the people that do the same.

Let’s start this weekend out right. Let’s make some changes in our life that will keep us from falling. Ask God to help you keep your feet in an even place.

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5 Ways to Magnify the Lord

5 Ways to Magnify the Lord

What have you magnified this week?

Magnify- to make larger, to glorify.

What have I magnified this week? Myself? Probably. My problems? Probably. My God? Maybe?

We spend so much time and effort building up ourselves or maybe complaining about this issue and that issue that we lose focus of what or Who should be magnified.

It is not a politician. It is not our workout routine. It is not our children.mary 2 It is God Who should be made larger, glorified.

Luke 1:46- ” And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord;”

Psalm 34:3- “O Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

Psalm 69:30- “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

I cannot physically make God larger. He is God, after all. How can I magnify Him then?

How can I make him larger in my life?

1. Tell people what He has done for me.

2. Praise and thank Him when He has done things for me.

3. Purposely see Him and the good He has brought in every situation.

4. Notice the beauty of His creation.

5. Sing songs of praise to Him. 

How about you? Who do you magnify each day? How do you purposely magnify the Lord?

Digging Deep in the Word

Digging Deep in the Word

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When I was 14 years old my camp counselor encouraged me to try to read the Bible every day for a year. I really admired this woman and wanted to be like her. So, I decided I would do what she said and come back the next year to camp to show her I read my Bible every day just like her.

Although my motives weren’t exactly on track I know for sure that is when I really learned what it was like to be close to Jesus. I grew spiritually that year, developed personal standards and even a burden for the mission field.

Since that time I have had spiritual highs and lows like any other Christian. I have not always been faithful to my Lord in having daily devotions. I have not always been eager to open my Bible and honestly there have been times I struggled to find the time to pray let alone read psalm6my Bible. But none of that changes the fact that we need to be in our Bibles daily. Without a doubt, the times I have been closest to Christ have been the times I was having devotions every day.

I know it can be hard to find time to have devotions. I know it can be hard to find a Bible study that keeps your interest sometimes. I have been there. That’s why I am so excited to team up with Anna from Grace Happening and Young Housewife from Psalm1830 to bring some of our favorite ways to Dig Deep in the Word. Stay here for my current Bible study then click along to Grace Happening and Psalm1830 to find what they have been doing. Leave comments along the way to tell us what you think and what your favorite Bible study has been. My prayer is that we encourage other women to get into the Word and grow close to the Lord.

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Starting in Psalm 1, as I read I will write down things that I see I need to work on in my own life, or ways I should be praying. I will write down how a Christian should live if I come across verses speaking of that. Basically, anything I could work on in my own life if a verse speaks of it I write it down along with it’s reference.

For example, I see in Psalm 1 that I need to delight in God’s Word, meditate on His Word day and night, and not be easily moved. So I wrote those things down. Some days I do a whole Psalm, some days I do a couple verses. Some days I do 3-4 Psalms. This is the no excuses Bible study because whether you have 10 minutes or 60 you have time.

Then this is where it gets really exciting. The next day before I begin the next Psalm I will first go through the Psalm I did the day before and pray over them. psalm2So, if yesterday I did Psalm 1 then today I am praying that the Lord help me delight in His Word, that He help me to think on His Word all day, and that I stand firm in the convictions He’s given me.

I really love reading my Bible and praying this way. I believe the Bible is a great guideline for our prayers and it helps me to stay on track and not day dream as I pray. Also, it gets me out of the rut of the repetitious prayers we sometimes get stuck in. It challenges me.

It’s important to find a Bible study that keeps you excited. What do you do? What struggles do you find when it comes to your own personal devotions? Ready for more ideas to get you digging deeper? Go ahead and visit Grace Happening and Psalm1830 now.

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6 Ways to Stay Excited About Your Quiet Time

6 Ways to Stay Excited About Your Quiet Time

What do you get excited about? What do you look forward to most out of the whole day. Coffee? Okay, you have your coffee. Let’s move beyond that. What are you most looking forward to? Many of us might say our quiet time with the Lord. Then many (myself included) might admit that that isn’t always the case. Yes, there have been seasons of my life where my alarm clock would go off far too early in the morning and I would literally jump out of bed (I have a high bed) to get to my devotions before the kids woke up. But there have also been many seasons of life where I sit and stare at my Bible and my notebook and all I can think about is finishing some project or running an errand. So, how do I stay excited about my devotions?

  1. Find a devotional or study that you like…no, love. I am not going to go too much into that topic because Grace Happening, Young Housewife and myself have some exciting things planned in that department. You will just have to stay tuned to see what we are talking about. But I do want to say that it is mandatory to find a study you love if you want to stay excited about it.
  2. Use a notebook. Make it look pretty. Make it something you would want to come back to and use as a resource one day. Have you guys seen the gorgeous notebooks that Kristin Schmucker has?file5661288045116
  3. Find a quiet spot. My spot is at the dining room table. I have tried the couch and the bed attempting that nice cozy feel but no. It just didn’t work for me. Maybe it works for you? Try it. Find your spot and then *cough* keep it clean *cough*. Moving on…
  4. Pay attention in church. Take notes even. As sleep begets sleep, I believe learning begets learning. Getting excited about learning something new in God’s Word will only cause you to want to know more.
  5. Tell others what you are learning. If you learn something new and it gets you excited tell someone! Shane is usually the one I am texting during my devotions but my sisters often get a bit of this, too.
  6. Follow the right social media. I feel a little strange adding your social media list to ways to stay excited about devotions but I really find this to be true. I recently went through my facebook list and unfollowed A LOT of people and brands. Same with my Instagram account. Then I went through and purposely found the people out there posting about their walk with the Lord. The Better Mom, The Unveiled Wife, Women Living Well, Karen Ehman, etc. They all post encouraging things and often post about what they did for devotions that day. That gets me excited about getting to my own devotions. BE CAREFUL THOUGH. Just because you are following a Christian account does not mean it is edifying or encouraging. Wow, I spent way too much time on this point.

What things do you do to stay excited about your devotions? What does your notebook look like? Where is your spot? Who are your favorite people to follow on Facebook and Instagram?

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God Based Comforts

God Based Comforts

Last week I spoke about sharing our struggles and finding help knowing that we are not alone in our struggles. Well brace yourselves. You might be about to learn more about me in the next couple months than you might have wished to. Or maybe you’ve seen these struggles all along and are thankful I am finally discovering it myself!

Something that I struggle with on a daily basis is turning every situation around to be about me. Self centered much? I hate it. I usually don’t notice myself doing it until mid sentence or even sometimes completely after the fact. Someone will talk to me about their pregnancy and all I do is talk about how that compares to my pregnancies. Someone will tell me about their workout and I just want to tell them what I have been doing. A friend might tell me something their struggling with and in some strange attempt of making them feel better about it I will tell them how that reminds me of some struggle I have had recently. And I don’t mean in the “yeah I struggle with that, too” sense. I mean I completely turn the conversation to be about me. It’s an awful character trait.

Isaiah 35:4 says, “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.”

What does this verse tell me? Our comforts are to be based on God, who He is, and His capabilities. Not on me and my past experiences!

  1. Who He is- “your God will come…” He is mine. He is my personal Saviour. He will care for His own.
  2. His capabilities- “with a vengeance, even God with a recompense…” He knows what situations you have been in. “Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) God will take care of it. He will compensate you. When Job lost all his God's capabilitiesfamily, riches, and health he was given far more in return.

When you are comforting someone how often do your words of comfort turn into a story about yourself? We are human, failures. What comfort can that really bring? Point the fearful in heart to the Lord. Remind them who He is and what He is capable of.

Move or Rest?

Move or Rest?

Two days ago I had a LONG post all typed out and ready to go. It was prepared after months of thinking about it. It truly was my heart poured out. I spoke of personal struggles and victories. I added nice images. I clicked ‘Publish’. I waited about 10 minutes but I could not get peace about it. I quickly clicked delete and just hoped no one had read it yet. I cannot understand why the Lord doesn’t want it told but I must obey Him. I am hoping I will have the peace one day to share that post with you all. But the Lord knows.

I am not the first person to be told to be still. God spoke to the Israelitesnumbers using the cloud and the fire. When God said to move they moved. But when God said to rest, they rested. God didn’t always tell them to move. God didn’t always tell them to rest. They had to be watching to know.

I mentioned a couple months back (here) that Mary and the shepherds both knew about Christ’s birth but they responded so differently from each other. The shepherds went and told everyone while Mary pondered it in her heart. They were both doing what God wanted them to do. But they didn’t both speak.

A couple weeks ago I ran into something that I didn’t quite know how to handle. I didn’t know if I needed to speak up or not. I went to Psalms and started looking for an answer. I found it in Psalm 4:4, “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” This was a clear answer to me that I was to just be still. Pray about it, but not speak about it. I think that if the Lord had wanted me to speak He would have led me to a different passage.be still

I say all this to encourage you to think before you speak. Better yet, pray before you speak. Does the Lord want you speak? Maybe He does. Make sure first. Does the Lord want you to be still and quiet? Maybe He does. Make sure first. And just like the Israelites had to be watching to know if the Lord wanted them to rest or move we need to have our focus on Christ to know whether to rest or move.

When Fear Hinders Your Faith

When Fear Hinders Your Faith

In Genesis 14 we learn that a man named Lot is taken captive when he was living in Sodom and Gomorrah. Abram, Lot’s uncle, heard of this and went to save Lot. Not only did he recover Lot, he also defeated the enemy army and brought back all the goods and people that were also taken. The king, who is not only impressed but also grateful, tells Abram to take whatever he would like as a thankyou.

But what does Abram do? He denies any reward. He wants to make sure everyone knows it is the Lord who takes care of him and not the riches of men.

Then God says, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)

What? Why would God need to tell Abram to fear not? Without a second thought he went out and defeated the enemy! Without a second thought he turned down the king’s riches. This is a man full of faith. Why would God have to tell him to fear not? Abram must have been fearful. But he did not allow his fear to hinder his faith.  He declined riches in order to see God provide.

Then God so lovingly assures Abram that he made the right choice. God says not only will I be your Shield- your Protector- I will also be your EXCEEDING Great Reward. Moses turned down a reward for an exceeding Great Reward. I’d say he made the right choice.

Now the choice is ours. Each and everyday we choose to either be fearful of what we are currently going through- financial trouble, physical trouble, emotional trouble, etc. or to have faith that God knows and will provide for our every need.

Fear tells me to only rely on what I can see and touch. Fear tells me to do what I need to do to get what I feel I need to get. Fear tells me to stay within my comfort zone. Fear tells me to be afraid of what others might think of me.

Faith tells me to let God work. Faith tells me to follow God even if I don’t know where He is leading. Faith tells me to trust in the promises God has given me in His Word regardless even when they seem impossible to me.

Let God be your shield and Exceeding Great Reward. Don’t let fear hinder your faith.

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