There is Hope

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I love this verse. It speaks of the promises of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Are you currently walking in darkness? Are you longing for the smallest flicker of light to illuminate your path? If so, reach out to the One who holds the torch. He loves you more than you know and is ready to light your way.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

You are More

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You. Are. More.

I can hear it now. You are saying, “But you don’t know what I’ve done!” And you’re right. I don’t. But God does, and He still says that you are more.

You see, He isn’t concerned about your past. When you give your life over to Him, repent of sin, and seek Truth and obedience, He casts your sins to the bottom of the sea (Micah 7:19b). However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t have to suffer consequences from your actions. Perhaps you have already repented but still find yourself falling short. It’s okay. Repent and move on.

The Oxford dictionary defines repentance as “the action of repenting; sincere regret or remorse.” In other words, to repent doesn’t mean to ask forgiveness for something yet continue doing the sin. It’s a heart change, a sincere regret. The more we walk in obedience, the better we will feel, and the more God will bless us. If we truly love Him with all of our hearts, we will desire to honor Him.

The trouble comes when we continually beat ourselves up by allowing our past mistakes to define us.

We are often our worst critics. We say that we are failures. We say that we aren’t pretty enough, smart enough, talented enough. We compare ourselves to celebrities, most of which are Photoshopped. We compare ourselves to our “friends” on social media, most of which are only highlighting the good in their lives. All the while, the noise in our heads is drowning out what our Father says about us:

We. Are. More.

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So, before you except a word curse from someone,  yourself, or a diagnosis from a doctor and take it on as your own, dig deep into God’s word and see what He says about you, and about the situation. Do this whenever anyone speaks something negative over you, including yourself. I will blog another day regarding word curses because I feel that there is so much more to share. In the meantime, here are a few declarations you can speak over yourself:

1.) I have the wisdom of God today. I will think the right thoughts, say the right words, and make the right decisions in every situation I face. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

2.) Through Jesus I am 100% loved and worthy to receive all of God’s blessings. (Gal 3:1-5)

3.) I declare today that I cannot be defeated, discouraged, depressed or disappointed. (Phil 4:13)

4.) As I speak God’s promises, they come to pass. They stop all attacks, assaults, oppression, and fear from my life. (2 Peter 1:2-4; Mark 11:23-24).

5.) I choose life today. I choose health. I will not be depressed today. I will not be in lack today. I will not be confused today. (Deut 30:19; Neh 8:10; Ps 103:1-3; 2 Tim 1:6,7)

There are many books available that have declarations you can speak. I personally like John Eckhardt’s books.

Beloved, you are one of a kind. You are loved. You are beautiful (or handsome). You are special. You are valued. You are healed. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Enjoy this song.

 

New Day

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It’s a new day. A new chance to show love to others. A new chance to show love to yourself. Take time today to rest in the love of Jesus. Despite what is currently going on in your life, you woke up to another morning. Everyday deserves the chance to be a good one. Let’s make it happen! 🙂

The Pressure’s Off

A new year is often accompanied by expectations and a long list of resolutions. It’s a fresh start, and often times the pressure is enough to make someone crack. I know, because I’m a list maker.

I don’t make resolutions for the new year. Usually halfway through the year they are forgotten about because they are too big, and seem impossible to attain. Instead, I make quarterly goals and track my progress on a quarterly goal tracker sheet. I have a daily time blocking to-do list (setting times for when I will accomplish something) and a master to-do list as well.

I had to get to a place where I didn’t beat myself up when I didn’t cross everything off of my to-do list for the day, or meet my quarterly goals. I’m also still working on allowing Holy Spirit to guide me through my day, even if that means taking a detour from my plans. However, I know one thing that will always be on my list first thing in the morning: spending time in my war room/prayer closet.

I echo the words of the title from my first post last year: letting go. That is exactly what I am doing this year. No, that doesn’t mean I am ditching my goals or to-do lists because I do believe in using my time wisely, but it does mean that this year I am going to be easier on myself.

The pressure’s off.

I will hold my plans loosely in my hands while being sensitive to Holy Spirit and where He wants to lead me. If He prompts me to pray for a woman at the grocery store,  I most certainly will obey. I will allow myself to be open to His promptings rather than being so focused on moving on to the next task.

Most importantly, I will make it a goal to have more of God’s peace this year, rather than allowing all that needs to be done around me affect my mood. In the grand scheme of things, it’s just not that important. When I get to heaven Jesus isn’t going to ask me how organized my house was or whether I successfully completed my to-do lists. No, I have a feeling He will ask me how I loved others and what I did with the gospel He gave me.

My prayer is that 2016 will be the best year for you yet, and that you can take the pressure off as well. May Jesus lead you in peace and truth this year, and may you feel a greater awareness of His presence.

Enjoy this song.