As I was getting ready this morning my mind floated back to a care-free childhood. Ahhh, those were the days. Rest came easy. Not a care in the world. I had complete and total trust in my parents. They took care of my every need. I had a roof over my head, a really nice one (with biggest yard on the block!), nice clothes, plenty of toys, and lots of love from mom, dad, and my little bro. That was the life.

But then it ended.

It ended when I grew older and started “seeing”.

Seeing. It can cause us problems we didn’t have before we could see.

See what? See that my parents really didn’t have it all together. And that yes, there were times they walked through financial hardship and were smothered with stress. It’s just that as a kid, I had no clue. No clue meant it didn’t rock my little world. I continued to believe blindly therefore I was at rest.

Something happens when we begin to “see”. We stop believing in what the the Word of God says because we begin to “see” what circumstances say.

IRS: You owe the government money.

Word of God: God shall supply your every need. (See Phillipians 4:9)

Boss: You’ve made a mess out of this.

Word of God: Anything is possible for those who believe. (See Mark 9:23)

Doctor: You have an incurable illness.

Word of God: You have been healed. (see Isaiah 53:5)

Spouse: I don’t love you. I want a divorce.

Word of God: With God, anything is possible. (see Matthew 19:26)

Now, let’s connect this to my story. Regardless of my circumstances, I believed in my parent’s ability to provide for me and this gave me great peace. I went to bed every night completely confident that all was well. And it was simply because I believed.

Belief will help you rest easy.

It didn’t matter that my parents didn’t always have everything we needed. I believed they did, therefore I was able to rest.

There’s the key to resting like a child. Believe that you are taken care of and you will be at rest. It didn’t matter that they couldn’t always make ends meet. I thought they could. Therefore my reality was trust. And trust led to rest.

Now, imagine this scenario…

You really do have a heavenly father that has it all together. He owns everything on the planet. Nothing is out of his reach. He could slap a million bucks on you right now if he wanted to. There’s no need to worry. He has an unlimited supply.

So, then – we have a lot more to believe in, don’t we? Knowing God won’t fail us gives us even greater belief. And if you believe, you will rest. Rest in him. He really does have it all in the palm of his hand. You included.

The Word of God says: “Anything is possible for those who believe”. Not: “Anything is possible for those who see“. In fact sometimes the more you see, the less you believe.

Close your eyes.

Believe & you’ll rest.

 

15 Ways to Achieve Bravery and Grab Your God-Given Victory

Ralph Waldo Emerson said this, and I LOVE IT:

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”

5 minutes.

Sometimes that’s all it takes to make or break your God-given victory.

Think about it:

  1. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Staying in peace rather than slipping into frustration.
  2. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Loving someone who just ripped you to shreds.
  3. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Holding your tongue and not having the last word.
  4. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Saving your tithe instead of spending it.
  5. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Staying a tad bit longer to finish the job.
  6. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Sticking around to have that awkward conversation you’ve been avoiding.
  7. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Not taking that second look at the babe who just waltzed by.
  8. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Keeping no record of a wrong.
  9. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Refusing to get angry.
  10. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Turning the other cheek.
  11. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Not giving in to the temptation.
  12. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Refusing to retaliate.
  13. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Passing up the liquor store on your way home.
  14. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Continuing to pray and press through till you feel a release.

Galatians 6:9 AMP:

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

15. Being braver 5 minutes longer could mean: Reaping all that God has for you!

 Don’t miss out. Be braver – hang in there five minutes longer. You’re God-given victory is just around the corner!

If you enjoyed this post, 15 Ways to Achieve Bravery and Grab Your God-Given Victory, then you’d also like: How to Keep Fighting When You’re a Bloody Mess.


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Is Social Media Ripping Off Your Time With God & Others?
If your finding your relationship with God and others a little challenging, consider if time spent with your smart phone is ripping time away from the important people in your life. Let’s find out if your most important relationships are in danger of sabotage by social media.

Social media can kill your relationship with anybody but especially God. He doesn’t scream out for your attention like the other people in your life. But maybe the important people in your life have quit screaming!

Fact: social media is fun. It’s cool to be in the know. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Linkedin, can even help us engage with our family, friends, and circles of influence. But for social media to be an advantage it needs to enrich our relationships rather than rob from them.

Here are a few questions you can ask to determine if social media is killing what you really want to thrive.

Social Media Tilt-Meter Test:  (See if any of these apply to you.)

  • What’s the first thing you reach for in the morning? Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or your Bible?
  • Upon waking, who do you comment to first, your mate or your friends on social media?
  • If you added up all the minutes you spend on social media each day – would it be as much as you give God for Bible reading and prayer?
  • Do your know more about what’s going on in the life of your peeps than you do your kids?
  • How often do you check in with your tweeps and peeps in comparison to how often you check in with God?
  • When your dining with a loved one, do you know more about what’s on their plate, or more about the dish you just found on Instagram?

There’s nothing wrong with social media, as long as it doesn’t snuff out the time you need with God or other important people in your life.

Try the Media Fast Challenge:

Go on a social media fast. Try it for a week. You will be amazed at how much more time you have to talk with God and others. Instead of grabbing your phone or electronic device, read your Bible and other good books. Take time to think. Enjoy a walk with someone important in your life. Or hey, just take a walk by yourself. Remember what it’s like to smell the roses.

Unplugging will help you get your groove back. It will reset your brain. 

If you can’t resist the urge to check in with your tweeps and peeps, then delete the apps. Go ahead. It’s ok! You can always get them back.

Yes, you will miss social media at first. The first time I did a social media fast I thought I was missing out on everything important. But here’s what I learned: The world around me isn’t as important as what’s really important. God. My husband. My kids. My close friends, and yes…me!

You’ll find social media a hard habit to break. But once broken it will bring freedom. Freedom to your relationships. With God. With others. With yourself.

Don’t let social media rip away your time with God and all that’s important. Take a little media break. You’ll have greater clarity when you return…and better relationships.

 

If you’re tired of daily Bible reading plans that land you in guilt city like I was, move on over to a no-pressure plan that will refresh your soul. 

When I was in college I bought a Chronological Daily Bible. Along with others I thought it would be an great accomplishment to read the Bible through in one year. I started countless other “Read the Bible in a Year” plans but never finished. Maybe you’ve done this too.

This time though, I determined, “I’m going to make this work.” After all, the Daily Bible I bought broke the reading into segments so I could finish it within a year – IF I was faithful to read everyday. And when I say read everyday, I mean read a BIG honking chunk everyday. But sadly here’s what happened…

Problems With My Daily Bible Reading Plan That You May Have Experienced Too:

It became a chore rather than something I enjoyed. I no longer looked forward to my time in God’s Word. It had become a rountine rather than a refreshing that I desperately needed.

My goal became reading to finish instead of reading to be replenished. Reading for the sake of completing rather than reading for the sake of understanding. Reading for accomplishment instead of reading for communion.

When I got behind, it was tough to catch up. Two days trying to catch up was even harder, three days – forget it. (That’s when most people give up.)

My conclusion: What ‘s the big deal about reading the entire Bible within a year anyway? Is a year the magic number that will usher you into a bigger blessing of some sort?

So here I am, a student of the Word, who has spent over 20 years in full time ministry, have a degree in pastoral theology, have taught thousands and thousands of people from the Bible, yet still I have NEVER read the entire Bible through in one year’s time. I have read the Bible from cover to cover, yes, but not crammed within the time frame of one year.

So shoot me!

Does that make me any less serious about studying God’s word? No, that makes me smarter.

No-Pressure Reading…

I will not bow to the customs and traditions and whims of men and women. I will enjoy every time I read my Bible because I do so with no pressure. It’s just me and God. Slowing down and giving him time to speak. Slowing down and allowing myself time to hear.

There are days I read multiple chapters depending on:

  • How much time I have.
  • What I am studying (If I am working or researching for a teaching or a writing project).
  • What I feel God is leading me to do that day.

There are days I read only a verse or two depending on:

  • How much time I have.
  • What God is trying to show me in what I just read.
  • When I begin praying that scripture over my life and over the lives of my loved ones and camp out there because I am so moved by it.

Know what kind of Bible reading blesses me and brings me freedom from pressure?

Taking It Slow.

When I take it slow and enjoy the tasty morsels God’s throwing into my mouth I’ve hit the sweet spot. Sometimes I read one verse and stop. I chew on that verse, thinking about it, muling it over in my mind all day long. As I do, God speaks multiple things to me about one little verse. It’s like swallowing a sip of coffee with multiple complexities. I savor the flavors being uncovered at every level.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

If you take too big of a chunk of scripture you can’t get as much out of it. It’s like putting too much food in your mouth and being forced to chew fast and swallow. Not as enjoyable as when you have time to savor every bite.

So Here’s a No-Pressure Bible Reading Plan:

  • Take just one bite of scripture at a time.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • Give the scripture time to digest.
  • Enjoy it!

So give yourself a fresh new Bible reading plan without guilt or pressure. It will taste better and will do your spiritual body good! Be free. Taste and see that The Lord is good!

If you’ve enjoyed this post, Fed Up With Daily Bible Reading Plans That Land You in Guilt City, you might enjoy this post: “How Just One Minute in the Word Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Day”. And don’t forget to sign up for your free subscription to this blog, you’ll receive fresh new posts delivered right to your inbox without any effort on your part! Subscribe here (and you’ll get a nifty little gift for doing so!).


Are you God-Possessed? Here’s How to Tell
Wouldn’t you love to be so full of God that people could actually describe you as being God-possessed?! Wow! What a compliment! But how can you tell if you or anyone else is REALLY God – possessed? Take a look and I’ll show you…

God is love. 1 John 4:8

 Ok, so if you have love, God is in you. True? You could say, you are God-possessed if you are love-possessed. God is operating inside you. But how can you tell if you have God’s kind of love in you?

You might think, “If I feel love welling up inside of me so that would mean I have love.”

Not so fast!

The question is not – Do you feel love?

The question is – Are you releasing love to those who are faithless, hopeless, and starving for true love?

God didn’t just feel love for us. He released his love for us. And this is how he did it…

 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NLT

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 NLT

His love was proved by what he gave. He released.

Love: It’s not about feeling it. It’s about releasing it.

  • Are you loving people today who don’t deserve your love?
  • Are you loving people today who are hard to love?
  • Are you loving people today who don’t love you?
  • What about tomorrow?

Consider what Jesus said about releasing love:

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34 NLT

I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. From John 15: 9, 10, 12, 13 NLT

You can’t release what you don’t have.

If your releasing love, it’s inside you.

You’re possessed…by God!


How to Make a Difference With Little Things – Video

Everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Learn how you can make a BIG difference with LITTLE things. I’ll share a story of how I blew it – so you don’t have to! A little bit of salt goes a long way – here’s how you can be the salt of the earth. Watch this video so you can make a big difference in someone’s life.

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Got a dream you desperately need to come true? Want your desires fulfilled? Of course you do. But let me rock your thinking for a moment. Think God is waiting for you to get things right before he gives you the desires of your heart?

I hope not. Cause if that’s so….you’ll be waiting a looooooong time!

God fulfills our dreams and desires based on his deeds not ours.

Psalms 37:4 says:

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (NIV)

NOT…

When God is delighted with you he will give you the desires of your heart.

Nope. Not how it goes.

Read this slowly:

God already delights in you.
He’s not waiting on you to get it right.
He’s waiting on you to delight in him.

Got that? It’s not based on your performance. You can’t do enough to get God to make your dreams come true. He just wants to be your delight.

A Snapshot of Delight

My favorite moment every day is early in the morning when my husband and I first get up. While everyone else is still snoozing away we sneak in an extra long hug as the coffee is brewing. Ahhhh, I delight in his hugs. It’s something I treasure. Morning breath, unshaven face (his not mine), and his arms around mine starts my day in a delightful way.

How can you define delight? It’s being taken with something. Allowing the sweetness and the goodness of someone or something to enrich your life. And when you find something delightful, you give it priority. So if you delight in God, you’ll give him priority. Look at how this provides a win-win for you…

Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Matthew 6:33 (NCV)

We can paraphrase this and combine it with the verse in Psalms:

Seeking God first is delighting in him and it moves him to provide you with everything your heart desires. (Author’s paraphrase)

How does this work?

When you delight in God something amazing happens. Your desire actually begins to mimic his. You end up desiring what he wants you to desire. Something goes off inside of you that screams, “His way is best!” God plants his longings deep in your heart and you want them so bad you crave his will and BAM! His desire becomes your desire.

Your Delight in God is More Important Than Your “Do”

It’s got nothing to do with what you “do”. You can’t work your way into getting the desires of your heart. Your good works aren’t going to work your way into God’s favor. Look at this verse below…The reward goes to those who seek him and delight in him, not to those who work their butt off trying to be perfect and righteous.

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

If you diligently seek the Lord, a.k.a. – “delight in him” he will reward you and give you the desires of your heart.

So if you want to increase the likelihood that God will give you the desires of your heart, trade your “DO” for “DELIGHT”.

Dreams. Check!

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Video: How My Hunger For God Helped Me Lose Weight – It Can Work For You Too!

Video: Have you ever struggled to lose weight? Me too. Take a little stroll with me back in time. I share an incredible weight lose strategy that I picked up on that blew my mind. I explain how my hunger for God actually changed the way I hungered for food. Watch this video and you can do the same starting today.

Click here to watch video: How My Hunger For God Helped Me Lose Weight – It Can Work For You Too!

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