Let’s talk about Conquering, Triumphing, and Overcoming

We are not conquerors without something to conquer.

We cannot triumph without something to triumph over.

We cannot be overcomers without something to overcome.

we cannot be victorious…you get the message.

 Have you ever been frustrated because it feels like you are stuck?

Like you can’t get from where you are to where you’re going?

Where you want to be? To what’s next?

My NEXT is part of my Promised Land. The fact that there were giants to overcome in possessing the Promised Land was actually irrelevant to the truth of the Promise. The Promise stands sure and established as long as I move forward and into it. The giants cannot stop me unless I choose to let them. [Read more…]

Peace. Be Still.

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Speak it.

Pray it.

Over whatever is trying to steal your peace or stir up any kind of anxiety or amplify your brokenness.

Got some things hanging out at the edge of your mind eroding your joy? Your peace?

Maybe it isn’t that subtle. Maybe those things are flooding your thoughts and washing away your ability to think beyond the problems.

Don’t talk about the storm today. Don’t worry about the storm today. No matter what that storm is. Relationships. Finances. Health. Work. Marriage. Loneliness. Children. Parents. Whatever. Shhhhh.

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Seek Him. Find Him.

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  • I love all who love Me. Those who search will surely find Me. Proverbs 8:17 (NLT)
  • For whoever finds Me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 8:35 (NLT)

One of the things I love so much about the Lord is that He NEVER plays hard to get. Ever.

Did you ever play hide-and-seek with a very young child? They generally choose the obvious places to hide and aren’t very quiet while you “seek” for them. They giggle and wiggle and may have a foot or other body part hanging out in plain sight.

God brings it to a whole different level. While He tells us to seek Him… [Read more…]

Living Well

Live long and prosper!” ~Spock

I always loved it when Spock said that.

The problem is that he never really told us how to make that happen…

Dear Friend, do what I tell you, treasure my careful instructions. Do what I say and you’ll live well. My teaching is as precious as your eyesight – guard it! write it on your hands, etch it on your hands, etch it on your hearts. Proverbs 7:1-3

The more time I spend in the Word, thinking about it, meditating on what I discover about God and myself, getting clarity on how to apply what I study, and seeing the clear results and promises of being a doer of the Word (James), the more I treasure it. It is on purpose. Intentional. Active.

Shakespeare’s writings and plays captured my attention at a relatively young age. That probably slotted me right into some weird nerd status for some of you! I loved the beautiful prose. The clever dexterity of his writing. The wild ride of the repartee. I looked for and delighted in the subtle hidden wit, winks, and barbs. I enjoyed discussing what I read with others who were of like mind. I wasn’t a casual admirer.

I cannot be a casual admirer of the Word and begin to treasure it the way this and many, many other verses in the Bible instruct us to do. It begins with a quality decision to explore and continue exploring and to discover the precious and valuable gems and treasures inside. To hold them up to the light and become intimately familiar with them. [Read more…]

Give me eyes of GRACE…

Seven Things God Hates:
Here are six things GOD hates,
 and one more that he loathes with a passion: 
eyes that are arrogant, Proverbs 6:16-17a (MSG)

The NKJV and KJV both say “a proud look.” The NLT says “haughty eyes.”

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines “haughty” as “blatantly and disdainfully proud.” It defines “disdainful” as “contemptuous and scornful.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve read this verse countless times without stopping and assessing myself to any serious degree. Why? Because right there at the top of the list of things God hates is something I’ve excelled at since I was a little girl. Proud, arrogant, haughty eyes. Being judgmental.

Think about our everyday routines and how much judgey behavior and thinking we indulge ourselves in. [Read more…]

Faithfully His. Faithfully yours.

I want to be so committed to my relationship with God and so sure of His love for me that it spills out in every relationship I have – faithfully, lovingly, and lavishly.

 

Mark well that God doesn’t miss a move you make;
 He’s aware of every step you take… Proverbs 5:21 (MSG)

The fifth chapter of Proverbs is a loud and clear warning about the results of adultery and the call to faithfulness in marriage.

Relationships aren’t always easy and people aren’t always fabulous. That includes us – but, we tend to overlook that a little easier! Even in the best of marriages, there can be moments of frustration and temptation. We have to make a quality decision and plan BEFORE temptation strikes about how we are going to handle it.
If you aren’t married – hang in there. In a couple of paragraphs, this will veer out into a broader context!

I heard a pastor say once that he never, ever worries about his wife cheating on him. Not because he is so wonderful or even because of how much she loves him. He knows that her commitment to the Lord and love for Him is what governs her covenant of marriage.

I love that. [Read more…]

Wisdom, Understanding and Clarity

Proverbs 2: 1-6 tells us that applying his words and commands and treasuring them is the key to wisdom and understanding…

My child, listen to what I say,
    and treasure my commands.
Tune your ears to wisdom,
    and concentrate on understanding.
Cry out for insight,
    and ask for understanding.
Search for them as you would for silver;
    seek them like hidden treasures.
Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
    and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the Lord grants wisdom!
    From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 

Practical steps to a life of wisdom, understanding and clarity :

  • Purpose to receive.
  • Stop and think about what I am hearing from the Word.
  • Think about how it applies to everyone.
  •  Then, how it applies to me in general.
  • Then, how it applies to me specifically. Then, how it applies to whatever my current situation or circumstances are.  What the Holy Spirit is whispering to my heart.  Making it personal. That is how to receive.
  • Purpose to treasure and see as precious 
  • be conscious of the value of the Word.
  • Stop and think about the fact that the Creator of everything cares about me and my life specifically and wants me to have peace, to know everything I need to know, to see clearly…to succeed at all that He has assigned me to do. 

All of this is active; not passive. It isn’t going to just happen to us. We have to be intentional.

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Wisdom – the Checklist

Imagine how differently areas of our lives would have played out had we operated in the wisdom of God rather than our own understanding.

Good News, Proverbs 1:2 tells us that understanding and insight are available – that we can KNOW and comprehend wisdom. We can perceive wisdom and have insight.

Proverbs 1:2 (AMP)
That people may know skillful and godly Wisdom and instruction, discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight.

Proverbs 1:2 (NKJ)
To know wisdom and instruction, 
To perceive the words of understanding.

One of our greatest spiritual desires and commitments to the Lord should be that we may know skillful and godly wisdom and have great spiritual understanding and insight – AND employ and apply it in all areas of our lives. We know that God wants us to be led by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our lives every day.

Proverbs 1 also tells us that wisdom cries out to us…it isn’t elusive or hidden. It isn’t playing hard to get.

Sounds good, right? So, how do we get more wisdom?

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