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31 August
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How’s Your Roar?

Be alert and of sober mind.  Our enemy the devil prowls around “like” a roaring lion looking for someone to devour 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

As I sit and think about that verse something comes to my mind right away….the enemy loves to imitate the good things about God and he does it in a way that sometimes it is tough for us to tell the difference.  He daily sends a lot of thoughts our way…he ambushes our minds as often as he can with his lies and deceit.  But I want to point out something VITAL here….the scripture actually says prowls around “like” a roaring lion.  Immediately a picture comes to my mind of a little kitten standing behind a megaphone roaring.  With the megaphone it sounds loud and maybe even a little scary depending on what kind of kitten it is…haha…but the reality that it’s just a little kitten doesn’t change.  The devil is never truly a lion.  He just tries to give us that impression. He cannot conquer one of God’s kids cause we are protected, we are covered and as Isaiah 58:8 says, “and the LORD’s glory will be your rear guard”.  We have been provided with an armor we can dress in every day.  I too am guilty and some days start my days before I pray the prayer over myself and my loved ones putting that armor on and declaring it upon them too.  The helmet of salvation is to be placed upon our heads.  I imagine that the reason they used the phrase “helmet of salvation” is because when Christ died on the cross He defeated in that moment every battle we would face, including the battle we would face in our minds many years later.  When we receive Jesus into our lives we receive the gift of salvation.  His blood that was shed for our healing, our freedom, our joy, our peace and our victory in that moment is applied to our lives.  We often have to  catch our minds up to this truth and the power that is available to us every day.

Thinking back to our Lion of the tribe of Judah vs the devil who prowls “like” a lion….A clip from a popular movie also comes to my mind.  In the movie the LionKing, Simba and his pal Nala go off on an adventure into an area that his father told him not to go into but Simba went anyway.  They get into a bad situation in the elephant graveyard and Simba is now trying to protect himself and Nala and is trying to scare off the hyennas ….Scars little bad guys co-horts and he is roaring as loud as he can but his little roar just isn’t grown up yet and doesnt scare them away.  I think this is a great picture of us sometimes
- some of our roars just arent grown up yet
- maybe we are “grown up” in certain truths about the Lord and areas we have received healing but maybe there are other areas we havent grown up in yet.
- maybe we find ourselves tonight also standing behind a megaphone of our own when what we need to do is turn to the Lord and let HIM roar for us.

Going back to the movie.  As Simba roars and they don’t run away, then he roars again and they run away.  What was different this time?  Then you see Mufasa big and strong enter and walk up behind Simba.  The roar they really heard was Mufasa’s.   Picture us now in Simba’s place and The Lord is Mufasa.  He is always close to us and looking out for us.  His roar, His power, His glory is strong, it’s sure.  The enemy will and does flee at His command.

Has the enemy been trying to roar at you today?  Have you stopped and turned to The Lord and give it all to Him and let Him protect you?  Don’t allow the enemy to use this post to make you receive a lie from the enemy of guilt of shame either.  We all face a battle in our minds.  We all face the enemy who tries to pose as the scary lion.  He can pose all he wants…it doesn’t change the fact that in Christ we always WIN!  It may not always turn out the way we want it too but that doesn’t mean we lost.  The Bible declares, that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him.

Today as I am finalizing this blogpost I found the attached video clip from the movie the Lion King that is from right after the scene where Mufasa roars and scares the hyena’s away and saves Simba.  I want you to have an open mind here.  The reason I am attaching the below video is sometimes it just helps to have a visual picture or idea for me when I am thinking of my relationship with the Lord.  I humbly post this reminder of how The Lord is always looking out for us and He is our pal but He is also our King and He knows best.  I hope this blogpost encouraged you to remember that you are NOT alone.  The Lord is always with you and He walks with us through the good times and the bad times.  When we are weak, He is strong.  Trusting in His goodness and grace as I continue to turn to Him when my roar just isn’t much of a roar and thanking Him for helping me learn how to tear down the lies of the enemy when they come and for my “roar” to continue to grow up in Him.

God bless you and be encouraged He will NEVER leave us nor forsake us.

 

 

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24 March
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LIGHT in the Tunnel of Hardship

John 8:12

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Have you ever heard the saying, “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel”?  I have heard that many times and a few years ago when I was walking through the deepest part of my valley, God changed that saying for me.  He showed me a truth that changed the rest of my journey through the valley.  The truth is simple yet powerful!  If you lay hold of it and apply it to whatever valley or trial you are facing, I believe it will change your journey through the valley as well.

As I was walking through these extremely dark times, I kept asking the Lord, “Why does this have to be so hard? Why are You so far away? And Why did the “LIGHT” have to be so far away at the end of the tunnel?” I kept thinking that eventually when I get to the end of the tunnel, where the light is, the trial will start to get easier.   It was then that that HE answered in His still small voice and spoke truth into my spirit.  What I heard was this, “I AM the LIGHT in the midst of the tunnel with you”.

Selah (pause and reflect)….my translation… Wait, what?  Stop.  I think I need to hear that again Lord!  Lol!

And the Lord’s voice came again and said,  “I AM the LIGHT in the MIDST of the tunnel WITH YOU”.  At that moment, the reality that I was not alone in my “darkness” finally became a truth I could grasp.   I kept having these thoughts over and over and just kept soaking in the truth.  “He is right here with me.  I am not alone.  I don’t have to be afraid.  I am not alone.  He is right here with me.”

Then the truth began to go even deeper into my spirit and went to a CORE lie I had believed since I was a child and began to crush the lie and bring freedom to my soul.

The lie I had believed: “I was abandoned and there was no one to protect me”.

 The enemy often brings lies right at the core of our pain because he knows there is a greater chance we will believe them.   The serpent had lied to me long enough!   As I basked in the truth God spoke to me that day, Christ began to bring more truth.  With more truth came more FREEDOM.

The truth was this: Christ, My Daddy, was standing right there with me.  He was not going anywhere.  He had NEVER left me.  He was holding my hand and was fighting with me and for me.  That I am His beloved daughter and He hurts when I hurt.

As I opened my heart and mind more to these truths, the tunnel of darkness that was overwhelming me became a tunnel filled with LIGHT.  A tunnel I now felt I could not only face, but come through it victoriously!

These truths changed me to the core and they changed the way I faced my trial(s) from that day forward.  I now stood in a position of authority and confidence knowing that my Father was standing right in the middle of my trial with me.

When a light is turned on in a room, the darkness disappears.  So if Christ, The Light of the world is in the middle of my trial(s) with me, then ALL darkness disappears and I no longer have to fear   That is also true for you!

There are promises all throughout the Word of God that reiterate that we do not walk through this life (the good or the bad) alone.  When we read The Word, apply its truth to our lives and allow its truth to soak into our spirit and transform us, it will strengthen us and prepare us as we face the trials of this life.

These are some other scriptures that have really helped me as I have faced trials in my life and I hope they bless you and encourage you as well.  As you face the weeks and days ahead, know that God Your Father is with you wherever you go.  He is for you, so who can be against you.  He is the lifter of your head.  He is the light of your world.  He collects all your tears in a bottle.  He will pour out a blessing that you cannot contain and He works all things together for good for those that love Him.

Be blessed and know that you are not alone in your trials.  If you ever need prayer or support for anything you can always email me at bethany@hopeigniters.com.  I’d love to hear from you!

Psalm 119:105

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 23:4

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 comfort me.

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15 February
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Overcoming FEAR!

The Word of God says that “we overcome by the blood of The Lamb and the word of our testimony” …what are we declaring over our lives?  Are we speaking life or death?

Walking through abuse as a child there were many times that fear would grip me.  I was terribly afraid of the dark and was always afraid someone was watching me.  It was to the point that I would sometimes run from one part of the house to the other because I was afraid to walk in the dark and had to run to the room that had light.

Even as I type this, my spirit remembered how it felt when I felt compelled to run to the light.  I felt “safe” in the light.  The other is that I was terrified of something that wasn’t even there but in my mind and spirit, FEAR gripped me and caused me to believe something or someone was there that was not.  I believe this FEAR was strong in my life due to several things: 1) the abuse I experienced 2) the influences through scary movies or TV shows 3) other people’s fears.  As I grew older, these FEARS and experiences with the dark followed me into my adult years.  I felt silly but I truly struggled to overcome the fear that would come upon me.

Skip ahead a few years…after I gave my life to The Lord, He started speaking truth to me and I heard the teaching that FEAR is nothing but False Evidence Appearing Real.    I felt led to start speaking the truth of The Word of God over myself.  When those feelings would try to come over me, I would make myself stand still where I was and not run BUT begin telling the devil that I would not fear.  As I would take each step I actually would speak out loud and say things like, “I am not afraid.  I will not fear because God You are with me.  I do not have a spirit of fear but of love and of power and of a sound mind.  I bind the spirit of fear in the name of Jesus.” I said these things over and over, as much as I needed to.  I was protected by the strongest man I knew, Jesus Christ and He assured me I had nothing to fear as I remained in Him.  I began to take hold of fear and no longer allowed it to have dominion in my life and little by little the fear went away.

This is one way fear manifested itself in my life.  Over the years fear has tried to find its way back in through any crevice it could find…especially in the area of my thought life.  The enemy loves to control our thoughts because our thoughts determine our actions.  I had to tear down every negative thought and insecurity I faced and continually visualize myself being in God’s hands and as I did this, I was able to let go of the lies of the enemy and God poured His truth into me.

Walking out of abuse and abandonment, the lies often came in like a flood…BUT God always came to my aid.  As I met with Him daily and renewed my mind in His Word and began to learn about who He said I was, the old thought patterns grew weaker and weaker and His Spirit in my life grew stronger and stronger.  This is still the most effective thing in my life – my daily time with the LORD.  It is in these times that God provides me with His peace, love and grace for the day.

Whatever fears you are facing today, Christ wants to bring you the same freedom & truth that I experienced.  He will meet you right in the center of your circumstance and pour His liquid love into your heart & mind if you will let Him in.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says,  “therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”. As you allow His truth to fill your soul, the fears of the future and what it may hold will also begin to fade.

What fears do you need to face with Christ today?

Where has the enemy kept you captive too long?

Join me in this prayer as we invite Christ to come in and bring His truth, light and life to every area of our souls:

Father I thank you that we are new creations in Christ Jesus.  I thank you that You are for us and no one can stand against You Lord.  Father help us to open our hearts to Your truth and cause us to hunger and thirst for Your righteousness.  Help us Lord to face our fears knowing that You rise on our behalf against the enemy of our souls.  That You fight for us Lord!  Wash over my mind and bring the light of Christ.  Help us to hear what Your Spirit is saying and “shut the mouths of the lions” in our lives Lord.  Help us to stand upon Your Word Lord that we would see Your glory revealed in us and through us.  In Jesus name. Amen.

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29 January
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It’s a Trap

Are you caught in the trap of bitterness and resentment?  The enemy walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.  One of his best tactics is to get us to fall into the trap of bitterness and resentment.  So my questions is …are you caught in his trap?

Bitterness means: accompanied by severe pain or suffering, exhibiting intense animosity, expressive of sever pain, grief or regret.

Resentment means: a feeling of indignant displeasure or persistent ill will at something regarded as wrong, insult or injury

You may have been deeply wounded by someone and the pain of the wound led you down the road of bitterness and resentment.  What they did was wrong.  Let me say that again, what they did was wrong….BUT you are actually continuing to hurt yourself over and over again by holding onto the anger, resentment and bitterness.  Imagine a hot air balloon trying to take off the ground but it’s held down by the ropes on the ground and these ropes cannot be removed because they are rooted in bitterness.  Now imagine yourself as the hot air balloon and you are the one being held down in life and held back by the roots (ropes) of bitterness.  God is wanting to take you higher and wants you to have all the good things that He has planned ahead for you but you cannot reach them because you are bound by these roots.  Will it also hurt to choose to let go of the bitterness…yes maybe temporarily because you will have to work through the painful memories but I can tell you from experience that when you choose to let go of past hurts, bitterness or resentment and choose the path of forgiveness that freedom and joy truly do come in the morning as the Bible promises.

When we choose forgiveness, the Lord will come in and cut the roots (ropes) that have been holding us back.  He will enable us to soar on wings like eagles!  What soaring on wings likes eagles means to me: God helps us rise again and before you know it you are above the problems and trials that arise and you will begin to see things differently.  All the itty bitty details as well as the BIG things in your life will begin to align.  You will start to notice the blessings of God begin to open up upon your life.  You will start to hear God in a new and fresh way.  Not that all these things will happen all at once but God is true to His promises to work all things together for good in our lives and I have seen it time and time again that God loves to show up and show Himself faithful.  Will you let Him do this work of healing in your heart?

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12 January
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I Believe

As I watched Polar Express before Christmas this past year I was reminded of how often our faith is challenged in every area of our lives.  In this movie, the little boy had lost his faith or “belief” in Santa.  But this principle and concept got me to thinking.  Why did this boy struggle to believe?   Was their something that crushed his belief?

As he rode on the train and he watched all the other kids so excited to go see Santa, his faith “belief” was not what theirs was.  I started thinking about our hearts and how we can start to doubt the Lord as we journey through life sometimes.  How the things that we witness or experience can wound us and at that moment how the enemy will try to come in to cause us to lose faith in Christ.  When I think back before I knew the Lord, I can relate to how this boy must have felt on the train.  I saw a joy that others had and I wanted that for myself, but I didn’t know how to get it.  In this movie, he encountered Santa before he truly “believed” or had faith that Santa existed.  But once he encountered Santa, he had no problem believing.  Have any of you ever felt that way?  That you truly needed to experience Jesus before you could believe.  I have felt that way before.  As I think back to those times in my life, it makes me think of the story in John chapter 20: 24-29.  Jesus appeared to His disciples but Thomas had not seen him.  The disciples came to Thomas and tried to tell him that Jesus had risen from the dead but Thomas replied, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”  In verse 27 Jesus reveals Himself to Thomas and says, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into my side.  Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

Is someone in your life trying to tell you that Jesus is there and willing to help you but you struggle to believe?  Maybe your going through a difficult trial in your life and the enemy is trying to wear down your faith with his lies.  Is your heart crying out to “see” Jesus before you can believe that He is with you in your current situation?

I can tell you that all the times that my heart cried out to “see” the Lord in my situations, He extended His amazing grace, love and hope to me just as He did Thomas in this story.  He will not turn you away.  He understands right where you are at and has His arms open wide to you.

Going back to the movie, after the little boy encounters Santa, he begins to experience the joy and magic of Christmas again.  Something also changes in his countenance as he experiences this wonderful connection in his spirit.  All of the children go back to board the train that will then take them home.  Before they get on the train Tom Hanks punches a special word onto each child’s ticket.

In his ticket the word “BELIEVE” was punched as a reminder for him to continue believing.   Is there a part of your heart and spirit that God may be trying to awaken that the trials of life have crushed them or made it difficult for you to believe in the Lord or in the great plans He has for you?  Call out to Him and ask Him to help you to have the faith to believe.  Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit (those who are crushed in spirit).”    I am attaching a link to a clip from the movie and as you watch it, may you open your mind to the words and the heart behind the video.  About “if you just believe” what could be possible.  May it awaken your heart to have a renewed faith in the God that you serve.  May it bring a warmth to your spirit that Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  That even when the enemy lies to you that He is not with you, that you are alone, that He has left you, that faith would rise up within you and help you to turn away from the lies of the enemy and choose to hold fast to your faith until you see the glory of the Lord in your situation.

Polar Express “Believe”

 

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06 January
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Take His Hand

As I sat in church last Sunday, the Pastor made a very valid and important point!  He said, “you won’t recognize the things God will do unless you can recognize what He’s done in the past.”  As I sat there thinking about this past year of my life, there were some difficult things I had to work through this past year and then all the great steps that I have taken this year started coming to my mind.  With that being said, as I look back over my life there were so many times when I could have accepted defeat, when I could have given up, when I could have believed the lie that God did not love me.  Maybe that’s where you are today.  I can tell you that overcoming a life that was built on a foundation that was not stable has not been easy.  Each day I have to ask God to continue to renew my mind and my heart to become the woman of God He wants me to be.  I mess up.  I fall down.  But God has always …..ALWAYS been there with His grace and His loving arms and helped me continue to move forward as I have chosen to accept His hand that is outstretched to me.

Think back to when you were a child and you were running or riding your bike and you fell down and scraped your knee(s).  If you were like me, you probably had one of two responses: 1) cried out for your parents to come help you 2) or you brushed the dirt off your knees and got back up to play again.  So you either had to choose to believe that your parents would come to your aid or you had to choose to believe in yourself, that you had the strength to get back up and “get back in the game”.

Close your eyes again and imagine that God your heavenly Father was there with you when you fell.  He has never left your side.  Now apply that to the circumstances you are facing today.  When we experience pain, we often revert back to former knowledge or experiences that we went through in the past.  So if we felt alone when we went through a difficult time then, until that part of us is healed, when we go through difficult experiences now we will often have a flood of the old feelings and emotions that we felt in that previous experience.

My heart for all of us in this new year is two fold:

  1. That we would allow the Lord to come into our difficult experiences and create new memories in place of the bad ones (that ones that bring us pain).  To bring His truth and light into the areas of that pain in order that we may be healed in those areas.
  • Psalm 27:10 says, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me.”  For some of us this will ring true to the core regarding our parents. This scripture has often been a comfort to me as I have struggled regarding the relationship with my parents.  But I also know that this can apply to any relationship any of us experience where it’s not fully what we want it to be.  I believe the Lord will come in and “take care of us” in these areas where we have “fallen down and scraped our knees” if we will choose to believe that He is there and wants to help us.  If we choose to reach out and take His hand.

2. That we would take the time to reflect on this past year of our lives to see the areas that we want to improve and see the areas where we have overcome.  That we would celebrate the areas where we have taken steps to “get back up” or to move forward in our lives.  Let this reflection time be the fuel to encourage you in this next year.

  • Do you believe that God is for you?  Well the Word of God says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31  You may have challenges and trials in this next year but you have a God that WILL arise on your behalf.  Do you believe it?  Will you receive it?  It’s easy to say a quick yes to both of those questions.  But let’s take some time with them.  Really go to the Lord with them.  Do you believe that the God of heaven and earth has His eyes on you all the time and that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for you?   As we allow the Lord to take us through our hurts as well as our victories of this past year and speak His truth into EVERY area, I believe it will catapult us into a deeper relationship with Him in this next year.

Heavenly Father you see every area that we have a deep need of you.  I pray that you would help us to open our hearts completely to you.  That you would help us to let you in, even in the areas we are afraid to let you see.  Lord that you would bring healing to every wound, to every scar, to the fears and doubts that we carry.  Help us to celebrate our victories and continue to grow in our ability to trust You Lord in this next year.  I pray that you would tear down all the lies of the enemy and help our ears to hear what Your Spirit is saying to us and about us.  Thank you Lord that your mercies are new every morning.  I thank you Lord that you have great plans for all of Your children.  Help us to receive Your blessings and love in Jesus Name.  Amen.

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02 January
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iChoose2 Love My Life Book Changes Lives

iChoose2 Love My Life Book

Do you believe that God can ordain even the small things in your life?  That He cares about everything you care about?  Early last year I was praying and asking God to help me find more balance and really learn how to love my life more.  I prayed about this fervently and truly wanted this and in early March, God answered!  The Bible says that He speaks to us with a still small voice and on this day in March, He definitely did that.  A dear friend of mine posted a link to iBloom’s iChoose2 Love My Life book.  My friend was my first Christian Mentor in the Lord and I look up to her a great deal and so when she posted a link to the book I had to check it out.  In reviewing the book and iBloom’s mission and heart behind their ministry I instantly had to buy the book and a few extras to share with my friends.  That next day I got on my first monthly group call and God immediately began daily changing some very important things in my life.

The weekly readings and concepts are broken down in a way that I could apply them to my life and start seeing and experiencing change instantly.  I loved being on the calls and participating in the iBloom online Facebook parties because I started growing again in Christian community.  God knew I needed other godly women to grown and learn with and He sent me iBloom.  I am SO thankful every day that I saw the post my friend posted and that He helped me respond.

iChoose2 to Love My Life helped me to begin to lay out my dreams on paper and begin to truly LIVE again.  It gave me the tools and steps I needed to start leaning into my dreams and priorities in a way that would completely transform my heart and mind so that I could truly begin to flourish in every area of my life.

This book impacted me so much that when Kelly Thorne Gore and the iBloom Team put out a call for iBloom Ambassadors, I was HONORED to a be a part of spreading the message of living the life you love to women in my circle of influence. Kelly has an awesome vision and heart and I am excited to be a part of telling others about the iBloom team.

The iBloom team is having a New Year’s party http://ibloom.co/2013party like no other and this is my special invitation just for you! Kelly and the ladies at iBloom want YOU to be a part of a party where you will be inspired and equipped to begin living a life you love in 2013!

You are invited to grab a copy of the book iChoose2 to Love My Life for $10 or join without the book. The goal is to SIMPLY BE THERE http://ibloom.co/2013party– book or no book- because it will be a blast! But I can tell you having the book in hand will be beneficial and you can’t beat that cost for entrance to a party that could literally help you begin to change your tomorrows and help you begin to flourish in all areas of your life as well

I hope you can join all of us because I value you and your presence in my life – online and offline! I want you to experience what I have being a part of the iBloom community! So come on…

JOIN THE FUN! http://ibloom.co/2013party

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29 December
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And then His Light Entered

“The LORD is my portion”, says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

Where are you in your heart and emotions as this year starts to come to a close?  What areas of your life would you like to change in this next year?  Do you believe that these things are possible for you?  Do you believe you are worth it?

The Lord desires to be our “portion” our fullness…our EVERYTHING in this next year.  What areas of your life right now are you struggling to place your hope (your trust and ability to patiently wait for Him) in Him?  Do you believe that He has good things in store for you?   The below quote made me think today about why some of us struggle so much to believe that He has good things in store for us.

“Stop hating yourself for everything you are not.  Start loving yourself for everything that you are.”

How many of us struggle with this?  We don’t believe the Lord has good things for us because we often don’t even see our own value/worth.  I have often heard others putting themselves down over and over again.  I have caught the enemy trying to take me down this path when things were tough.  When we do this, we are speaking death over ourselves.  What would happen if we would change the words that we speak over ourselves?  Lately the Lord has checked my spirit when I start following the lies of the enemy down the negative path.  He shows me how when I start “thinking on the things above and not beneath” how quickly my whole mindset and attitudes about myself and about life change.  I too have to work at ”changing the record playing in my mind”.  When I stop and ask the Lord for His truth, His light enters and things in my mind, spirit and heart begin to change.  I know it can be tough, but it is possible.

Past hurts in our lives can often be an area of weakness because we know pain, suffering, isolation, etc. The enemy will come to these wounds and try to spread His lies and that’s where it’s up to us to shut Him down.  So what we have to do is take steps daily to begin to reprogram our minds.   As you begin this new year, I encourage you find scriptures that encourage you and speak life over the areas that you are struggling with.  Speak these over yourself daily and watch the light enter into your spirit as well.  Areas that were dead, when the Lord breathes life over them, will come to life.

Maybe you don’t realize areas where you are currently speaking negative things over yourself, your life and your future.  Maybe you don’t realize areas that you are believing the lies of the enemy (in darkness).

Micah 7:8 says, “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness the LORD will be a light to me.”

What area of your life is currently in darkness (where are you experiencing misery, destruction, death or sorrow)?  Do you believe that your heavenly Father is waiting for you to call out to Him in your brokenness?  As this scripture says, when we are in darkness HE will be a LIGHT to us.  Light here means illumination literally a luminary in every sense.  Illumination means the act of illuminating (brightened with a light; spiritually enlightened).  He desires to bring us truth and brighten up our dark areas and is waiting for the call for His help.

No matter where you are at in your life, the LORD can be your fullness…He can brighten up your life.  Every area that we struggle, feel lonely, inadequate, broken, fearful, etc. the Father can come in and in one instant change the scene.  When His light enters ALL darkness must flee.  The darkness cannot remain when His light enters.  You are NOT alone in your misery, destruction, heart ache, pain, sorrow, death (whether physically, spiritually, emotionally or financially).

So with this truth, I also know that He desires to show us areas that we need more of His truth and life.  So again, I ask you as you begin to prepare for 2013, will you ask Him to come in and shine His light into any dark areas of your mind, heart and soul?  I’m doing this and I challenge you to do it as well.  God bless you and may this next year be full of His goodness.  May you experience His revelations in a fresh new way.  May you sense the presence of His Holy Spirit surrounding you and guiding you with each step you take.

 

 

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18 December
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Shedding Light on the Darkness of Abuse

When I think about all that I’ve gone through in my life, I realize how blessed I am that God has walked with me arm in arm the whole way.  As a little girl I often felt alone and afraid but somehow I knew I could “cry out for help”.  I remember often sitting at the back end of our yard behind this big pile of yard brush crying and asking for help.  At the time I really didn’t know that I was crying out to God.  I had gone to church for years with my Grandparents but really don’t remember actually saying, “Jesus I need Your help”.  But looking back now, I asked The Father for help the only way I knew how.

Today I sit here as a woman who has traveled over hills and through deep valleys and I know all of these experiences have made me who I am today and they have helped me to have a heart for the abused, broken, ashamed, hopeless, fearful, etc.  I have a heart more today to shed light on the darkness of abuse and it’s effects on the lives of those that have been abused.  I truly believe that the things that are in darkness, when they are brought to the light, they can be healed, restored, and new life can begin to grow.  If they are left in the darkness just like mold on a piece of fruit, they will only continue to grow and overtake that which they “grow on”.

Imagine a household where the secret is kept quiet even when exposed….even when one cries out for help.  Why would one keep something like this quiet?  Is it because those in the household are also ashamed, broken, afraid, etc to face the “secret”, the abuse, the darkness?  What do you think will happen in this household?  The darkness, death and destruction will continue to grow because the enemy has been given a foothold.  He has been given an open door to come in and bring more destruction, pain and hurt.

So today, I write to you and ask you to join me in raising awareness regarding abuse (whether it be emotional, financial, mental, physical or sexual).  I ask you to join me to begin to end the destruction and darkness of abuse.  I ask you to be a “city set on a hill”.  I ask you to join with me so that we can grow in strength together to OVERCOME evil with good…to “shed light on this darkness”.  Imagine walking into a dark room and turning the light on.  Immediately darkness disappears….darkness has to flee in the presence of light.


If you know someone that has been abused in any form, I implore you to pray for them, encourage them, support them the best you can and most importantly love them.  Walking out of abuse myself it was often tough for me to put into words what I needed and I often felt so ashamed and fearful all the time that I really was never able to fully open up to my friends and those I loved.  As I have allowed the Lord to come into my heart day after day, year after year He has continued to heal all my wounds as He promised and this still continues today.  I don’t say any of these things because I have arrived but because I HAVE OVERCOME and I want to take others with me.  My hearts desire is for people to gain courage to talk about the hard things so that we will turn a light on in this area of darkness more and more every day.  As I open up my life and heart in my blog I do so in hopes that it would help someone else who has been struggling and give them a glimmer of hope and that they would know that Christ’s love can heal any wound.

Even when we feel alone in this big world, the truth is, we are never alone.  God is waiting with open arms for His sons and daughters to run into.

So how can you help raise awareness on abuse?

  • Most importantly talk about it with your kids.  Educate them on their level and create a “safe place” for them to know they can come to.  (If you need resources to do this, let me know I have some great information from a local Child Abuse Prevention Agency)
  • Become educated on public services, resources and websites to get help if you or a friend should ever need help in any area regarding abuse
  • If a friend comes to and says they have been abused, be there as much as you can.  Listen to them and encourage them to get counseling, find a group at a church that helps individuals that have been abused or any other local organizations that have classes to teach about healthy relationships.
  • Don’t be afraid to admit that you also need help so that you can better help or support any friends or family that have been abused or may encounter “inappropriate touches”.

As I close, keep in mind that where there is unity there is strengthUnity grows and flourishes in an environment of love.  When the enemy is able to isolate someone he will have a stronger chance as trying to defeat that person.  Look around you in your life currently and ask God to open your eyes to the hurting and abused around you.  I strongly believe that the Lord will reveal those that need help to us when we ask Him to reveal them.

Everyone of us can make an impact every day…the question is, which impact will we make.  Today I choose to rise up against every fear and say “no more” to abuse, violence and destruction in our homes all over the world.  Today I choose to say that abuse does not have the last word in my life.  Joy does come in the morning!  Will you rise with me in this vital battle against abuse?  Will you ask God how you can “SHED LIGHT” on abuse this day in your world?

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04 December
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Rejection is at the Root

Reading this quote tonight “Rejection lies at the root of all human ills”…boy does this ring true in my spirit!  I truly believe there are often struggles that we have personally in our view of ourselves and how we relate to others that are affected by the root of rejection in our souls.  As an overcomer of abuse and abandonment I know there were times that my eyes had “scales” on them because of the wounds of the past and I had to pray for God to remove these so that I could see myself and others more clearly.  I’ve often prayed that God would give me His heart in these areas.  The more that I seek His heart the more He brings healing to my soul and helps me to love those around me with His love and not through the old wounds of rejection that used to often be in the way.

The enemy will often come in as a wolf in sheep’s clothing…by that I mean he will come in subtly and whisper lies to get us to doubt God and His plans in our lives or that we are worthy of love.  We often believe these lies due to unresolved wounds in our hearts and lives.  God is calling us out of the darkness and wants to bring complete healing and wholeness ….will we allow Him to come in?

That leads me to think of a few other questions…

“Have you pushed someone away today that was trying to love you because you felt unlovable”

“Did something good come  your way today but you had a hard time receiving it because the lies of the past were louder in your spirit than God’s voice?”

“Have the wounds caused by others in your life caused you to self-protect and put up walls that keep others out?”

“Do you often feel surrounded by darkness, sadness or resentment?”

If you answered yes to any of the above, God may be trying to show you tonight that “Rejection is at the Root” of what’s holding you back.  You can pray now and ask Him to help you let go and let Him come in to bring His healing balm of Gilead.

As you read the truth of His Word and meet with Him in prayer the lies of rejection will begin to be revealed and the light of day will begin to arise in your spirit.  Will you reach out to Him….He is waiting with open arms.  His love for you is GREAT!

Luke 4:18 says, “He was has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed”.

His desire is for you to be FREE!  COMPLETELY FREE!  No longer pressed down or held back… but all the chains, fetters and shackles COMPLETELY dismantled and shattered!  He died on the cross and shed His blood for your healing this night.  The work has already been finished in the spirit and now you just have to align yourself with that work in Jesus name.

 

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