Made For It

Made For It

Adversity. It keeps popping its head up into my life, and it continually takes me by surprise. I don’t know why I have the Pollyannaish expectation in my head that when I’m following the Lord and being obedient to what He has set before me, that everything will go smoothly and there won’t be any difficulties. For some reason, I am always surprised when hardship, and heartache, comes along in wave after wave. If it were not for the Lord, inevitably I would be overtaken. A friend posted an excerpt from a book recently, and I found myself reminded once again: “Give up the illusion that you deserve a problem-free life. Part of you is still hungering for the resolution of all difficulties. This is a false hope!” Jesus Calling, Sarah Young “Beloved friends, if life gets extremely difficult, with many tests, don’t be bewildered as though something strange were overwhelming you.” 1 Peter 4:12 TPT Well, Peter, I am bewildered when I encounter difficulties...
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Embrace It 2

Embrace It 2

In the previous blog (Here) I shared the words of the Lord to my heart about embracing the mess, struggle, and pain. This article will explore the fruit and importance of saying yes to His path, regardless of the difficulty. Refresh yourself with the story in Mark 6:45-56 and let’s take a look at the fruit and the lessons to be learned from the struggle on the lake. Jesus came walking on the water, the disciples called out to Him, He came on board and spoke to the wind and calmed it. Verse 52 says, “for they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” Such a curious phrase! What was it about the loaves that they should have applied to this situation? Remember when Jesus said, “you give them something to eat?” (Mark 6:37) He showed them that God does miracles through the hands of His servants. They should have translated that lesson to the situation with the...
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Embrace It

Embrace It

It’s funny how sometimes things work together to reinforce a message. I’ve been hearing the Lord say, “Embrace the mess. Embrace the pain. Embrace the struggle.” I like to avoid all these things. I do not like the messes of life, or of dealing with stressful situations. I do not like the pain of discipline, nor the effort and energy it takes to struggle through difficulties to reach the desired outcome. I’d prefer to take the path of least resistance, although I have learned that the path of least resistance does not produce the fruit of real transformation. The irony of the path of least resistance is whatever you don’t want to deal with is the very thing that continues to rear up and cause continual difficulty like a dead mouse smell permeating through your wall. My pastor says, (and it is so true) “If you don’t treat the little things like big things, they will eventually become big things that you...
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Ready To Receive

Ready To Receive

I recently had lunch with a friend who is passionate about pursuing her God dream. (Click here to visit her website – she writes and podcasts extensively on this topic!) We discussed several challenges we all face in following our dreams, even the ones where we question whether or not we are supposed to pursue them or let them die. Following this conversation a key thought formed in my heart. Contentment is void of striving. The absence of striving results in rest and, rest positions our hearts to receive. When your heart is not striving, but resting in the place of God’s sovereignty over your life, then your heart is open to receive. God can breathe and bring to life His plans and purposes. It is in the place, where striving has ceased, that what seemed to be dead and gone is breathed to life through His power, resurrection, and in His perfect timing. Many of us have a God dream, but...
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Roadblocks To Grace

Roadblocks To Grace

What keeps us from the fullness of God's grace? I’ve encountered several hindrances to walking in grace. I’m sure there are more, but here are the ones that plague me: Unbelief. Not truly believing in my heart that He loves me, that He is for me, and that what He says is for me or that I can do what He has said. I find it easier to believe Him for other people than for myself sometimes. Unfortunately, unbelief is a sin and it will 100% of the time keep us from walking in the fullness of His plan and from embracing grace. Procrastination. Putting things off rather than being disciplined to get it done now is a terrible habit. I relate to Scarlett O’Hara too many days, and it always brings regret. A busy schedule. Allowing busy-ness to keep us from pressing into the Lord, allowing activity to substitute for relationship is a thief of joy and intimacy. Taking care of family,...
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Say Yes To Grace

Say Yes To Grace

Sometimes it is God’s grace to wake up at 4 a.m. It's an invitation from God to embrace His grace! The wakefulness is an answer to the prayer for more of Him, but the call to step into grace is not always answered with an enthusiastic yes, but with a groan and a disdain for being awake at an “ungodly” hour. These are the times when we have a choice to accept grace or not, where we must deliberately step into it and make a conscious decision to pursue a closer, more intimate journey with the Lord.   The Lord is faithful and loving, and He will always respond to us from His nature and character. He is for us, not against us, and is working and interceding to see that we are a success. He is committed to helping us accomplish the works prepared in advance for us (Ephesians 2:10) and to receive our purpose, hope, and future (Jeremiah 29:11); yet...
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A Fresh Look At Grace

A Fresh Look At Grace

  Grace is a word we hear and use so often that many of us don't even consider its meaning or its work in our lives anymore. In some ways, it's become a cliché, a redundancy that floats around in our vocabulary inoculating us to its power in our lives. It's a word that has been overused, misused and misunderstood. Grace is not just a word destined for a plaque on the wall, nor is it a free ticket to sin or do whatever you want. Grace is power. It is supernatural, and a fresh perspective on grace will rejuvenate your walk with the Lord. I had come to a place where I didn't consider grace too much. It had become a cliché to me. But, as I began to pray for the coming year, the Lord breathed the word grace into my heart, awakening me to consider this supernatural phenomenon once again. If you've gone through my bible study, Fitted For Grace, then you...
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The Nature of Beginnings

The Nature of Beginnings

Sometimes beginnings can last for a long while. A beginning looks like a wide open frontier laying sprawled out before us, just waiting for us to enter in and construct something upon it and in it. It is unwritten and unstructured. We’ve only just begun to walk in our hopes and dreams. Beginning speaks of potential, a future not yet determined but full of hope and expectation. A few years after beginning we can still feel like we are standing on the threshold of something yet unwritten and undefined. The hope, joy and excitement of the unwritten possibilities has faded a bit and has lost its clarity in the mist of time and delay. You’re only beginning. Those words were spoken over me two and a half years ago. I look back at these past few years and I can say I am not where I was but I am not where I thought I would be either. I feel like...
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Unveiled

Unveiled

I was praying one morning asking the Lord to cleanse me from all of my unrighteous acts and I was struck by the fact that He won’t clothe us in our unrighteous acts but only in our righteous ones. Revelation 19:7-8 are the foundational verses for the Fitted For Grace bible study (coming out soon) but yet I had not quite made this connection before. The verses say, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” These verses reveal to us that the righteous acts we commit here on earth become the fabric of the garments we will be given to wear in heaven. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 explains that the works of our life will be tested with fire...
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Life’s Not About ___

Life’s Not About ___

The Lord just dropped this into my heart. I’ll be honest and transparent and tell you He did it because I needed to hear it. Oh, how I needed to hear it. I’m so thankful for His reminding me that I am His own and that He believes in me…not in what I can do, but in who I am: a vessel filled with His likeness and created to release His goodness to the world around me. This is somewhat (o.k. very) raw. It is straight from my notes and I don’t feel it needs refinement because there is an anointing on the unembellished word that is sharper than any two-edged sword and able to divide between soul and spirit. I can’t improve upon that! Here’s what I sense in my spirit: Life’s not about being a ___ but letting the (unique to only you) expression of God flow through your life To those around you To the things you do In whatever it...
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