Finding Strength in Our New Reality

I don’t know about you, but the soberness of this unique time in history started to sink in this week. After the initial adrenaline rush of preparing for quarantine living and social distancing, I think I have begun a new level of processing.

The newness of it all has worn off and living my own version of Groundhog Day is not nearly as comical or fun as I thought it might be. 🙂 

It sort of reminds me how the excitement of a new school year quickly wears off in the daily grind.

So what are we to do? How can we grow and make the most of this unique opportunity?

If I have learned anything through the challenges I have faced over the passed few years, it would be to be honest with myself about my feelings. I try to allow myself a time, often through journaling, where I process my frustrations, anger, disappointment, sadness, grief or any other combination of emotions.

I name what I am feeling and why to the best of my ability. Then I bring it to the Lord so we can share it and He can help bear my burden. I worship to my favorite song or wait and sit in silence, if necessary, or however I feel led in the moment.

I begin to feel a lightening in my heart and sometimes I can even sense the burden coming off of me. I thank the Lord for the gift of His presence and demonstrating how He is my burden bearer.

What a glorious God! He gives us salvation over and over, then daily he carries our burdens!   Pause in his presence

Psalm 68:19

I usually ask Him what else He wants me to know right now and take time to write down whatever I sense. I review my journals regularly for overarching messages or insights.

I really feel like the Lord wants us all to learn what it means that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13) Many, if not all of us, are being challenged to live in a new way and do things we would not choose to do. But it’s our reality and we might as well give it our best and learn all we can.

I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.

Philippians 4:12-13 (TPT)

All who are willing can be trained “in the secret of overcoming all things” and the key is “Christ’s EXPLOSIVE power” INFUSING me to conquer every difficulty!”

Catch that?

Every. Single. Difficulty.

There are no exceptions.

So let’s seize this opportunity to focus on Jesus and choose to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit to be more aware of HIs presence. Let’s not get lost in the monotony of our situation, but be infused with the strength of Christ’s resurrection power that is in us as Christ followers. 

Now is the time to receive the secret of overcoming ALL things for the honor and glory of Jesus so the world may see how real He is to us, His beloved children.

May Jesus be more real, now than ever, for you and your family!

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Opportunities for Growth Living in Quarantine

How are you?

Perhaps the shock of our new way of life is starting to wear off as you establish a new normal for this season.

I would encourage you to pay attention to what emotions bubbled up over the past week. It is very likely that many of us were triggered in some way by an emotional memory or traumatic event and that’s okay.

The Lord allows us to be triggered in areas where He knows we are ready for Him to bring healing. He invites us to bring those feelings to Him and dialogue about them.

Yes, I really do mean dialogue.

Expect Him to speak back as you quiet yourself and listen for His gentle impressions, still small voice or highlighted verses as you read the Bible or devotional resources.

The Holy Spirit is a real person and wants to bring you comfort and peace. There is a reason He is called the Counselor. He longs to bring truth and understanding to what is going on inside of you because He knows and cares. He loves YOU!

Since most of the world is in quarantine, we have a unique opportunity to slow down and simplify our lives to what matters most. The quarantine forces us to face ourselves and our internal reality. We have a choice: to fill our time to “just get through” or to seek to grow.

I believe many of us need to grow emotionally, spiritually, relationally or even intellectually.

I have been reviewing my journals over the past year to see what bible verses, songs or quotes have really been speaking to me. What have I heard the Lord say to me over the past year or so? What has He been teaching me?

This is important because I believe He has been uniquely preparing each of us for this time. He has equipped us with biblical truths that He wants to become a reality in our lives in a new way. This is when we go from simply mentally agreeing with biblical truth, to actually experiencing it in a way that it becomes a deep part of our life.

I have been listening to songs that have touched my heart in the last few months and asking the Lord to reveal some of the reasons He has highlighted these song to me. I then put these songs on periodically throughout the day and worship until I once again believe the truths they declare and fortify my peace.

I truly believe we have a unique opportunity for the Lord to firm up our foundations so we can truly abide in Him like never before. He wants us to be so anchored in Him that others take notice and want to know the Jesus we do.

We must choose to believe He is who He says He is and who He has demonstrated Himself to be in the Bible and in our lives up until this point.

“Jesus, the Anointed One, is always the same—yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 TPT

Our circumstances are changing, but Jesus is not. Let Him keep you anchored in this storm so that you may stand even when things are shaking all around you.

So now, beloved ones, stand firm and secure. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures.   1Corinthians 15:58 The Passion Translation

I want to leave you with this powerful song by Bryan and Katie Torwalt, “Prophesy Your Promise,” to encourage you to declare the truth of who He is in the times when it may be hard to remember.

“Fear can go to hell, shame can go there too,

I know who’s I am, God I belong to you.”

What verses or songs have been strengthening you recently?

Feel free to share them in the comments as it may encourage someone else.

Blessings to you and your family for good health and peace.

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Worship Your Way into the Weekend…..

I really sense this is a season the Holy Spirit is encouraging many of us to dig deep into the Word of God and discover His Presence like never before.

There is power in our praise because He “inhabits the praise of His people” (Psalm 22:3). It is the Presence of God that distinguishes us from other people and where we find rest (Exodus 33:13-18).

However, I have had seasons of life where I was too weak to worship and could only let worship music wash over me and strengthen my spirit until I had received enough to actively participate. (You can read more about that season in Receiving When You’re Not Okay.) If that’s you, I invite you to listen to this song, or any other worship song that declares the truth about the power of Jesus and the victory He has won for you.

The first video is a message from Natalie Grant about her new song “My Weapon” and the power of the song to become a battle cry in whatever we (or our loved ones) are facing.

This next video is the official music video for the sacred version that is performed with a live orchestra. Personally, I find the orchestra to add a new dimension to the song, like the instruments are singing their own lyrics that can only be discerned by our spirits. When you have the time, it really can be an empowering experience.

I hope this song can be a weapon in your arsenal to fight against the schemes and lies of the enemy. When we focus on the goodness and power of God, we are encouraged and strengthened to persevere until He brings the victory. Let’s declare the power of Jesus’ name over every circumstance!

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!

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Advent: A Glorious Awakening

Sometimes there are moments where you know something has shifted and you are experiencing something significant, even if you don’t know exactly what it is.

It happened this past week as I joined intercession with Christians around the world at the request of parents who dared to take God at His Word.

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8

As Andrew and Kalley prayed for the resurrection of their two-year-old daughter, Olive Alayne Heiligenthal, the song “Come Alive” by Hillsong was a frequent weapon of war. This song is based out of Ezekiel 37 and the valley of dry bones that come to life as a mighty army.

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(The above picture from Instagram is of a painting done by artist Jacob Daniels of Olive.)

What many of us soon discovered was that we were actually prophesying over ourselves and that we were coming alive. Olive may not have woken up to live out more days here on earth, but her name meaning “Victorious Awakening” has been used by the Lord to awaken many in His church.

I don’t have words for all I am feeling and sensing, but I know I am “waking up”. There’s no other way to describe it. The trials and heartbreaks from the last decade had dulled me in ways I was not even aware. I feel that is breaking off and as I continue to pray and worship, I am awakening to step into the long awaited new season the Lord had promised. 

I hope you and your family are experiencing blessings in the midst of any transitions or trials that you may be facing. I pray that you would be awakened to His love and goodness like never before and we would all arise as a mighty army of radical lovers. I believe a glorious awakening has begun. Come alive!

Let this song prophesy over you.

 

Click here to view “Come Alive” from Hillsong Worship

 

Have a blessed Christmas and receive all He has for you!

 

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New Vision for Thanksgiving

The holidays are often complicated times for many people. Time with family can bring back heartwarming memories as well as very unpleasant or downright hurtful ones.

There is often a mixed bag of emotions. Sometimes loved ones are missing, other times they are with us, but suffering. It’s hard. Our hearts hurt for ourselves and for those we love.

Thankfully, we are not called to carry this burden alone. Jesus is the great burden bearer and wants us to bring these complicated emotions to Him.

What a glorious God! He gives us salvation over and over, then daily he carries our burdens!

~Psalm 68:19 The Passion Translation

He wants to acknowledge your hurt and pain and grieve with you. He wants to comfort you as you grieve so that He can bring healing. But that’s not all, He wants to then work through you to bring healing to others.

Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!

~Romans 15:13 The Passion Translation

I feel very strongly that He wants to impart a grace for us to see ourselves and our family members with fresh vision from His perspective.

Its time to repent for the labels we have accepted for ourselves or have assigned to others. We must confess them and leave them at His feet and turn from these unhealthy habits of relating to one another.

The Lord is restoring and healing families and He wants to partner with His children who will have faith that this year will be different in Jesus’ name.

He wants children who will pray for their extended family and all of the interactions over the holidays and be an agent of love and grace.

The Holy Spirit wants to flow through you to everyone at your table, whether they have been scoffers and mockers or “far too intelligent” to believe in God before.

The season has changed.

The Holy Spirit is drawing our lost family and friends to Himself like never before to bring salvation, transformation and reformation to family lines.

Let’s pray.

Lord, forgive us for the ways that we brought disunity to our family. The Kingdom is family and I want to partner with You to see Your Kingdom come to my family in very real ways. Please give us a heart for the lost and misunderstood in our families and fill us with Your love for them. Help them to see You in us and feel Your Presence when we hug, smile or laugh. We want to see You move in our families and will play whatever part You want us to. We will pray quietly, love lavishly and speak life as You lead for the honor and glory of King Jesus. Thank you in advance for all You are going to do in our hearts and through Your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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A Miraculous Way Out

He [Peter] signaled for them to be quiet as he shared with them the miraculous way the Lord brought him out of prison.

Acts 12:17 (TPT)

Peter was securely bound with two chains between two sleeping guards and awakened in the middle of the night by an angel of the Lord who escorted him out of jail.

Peter decided to go to the home of Mary and her son John Mark where the house was filled with people praying.

Needless to say, the people were very surprised to see Peter appear at their door in the middle of the night in such a dramatic answer to their prayers.

As I read this account yesterday, I was immediately drawn to the “way the Lord brought him out of prison.” While letting those words percolate in my heart a question arose.

In what ways has He brought you out of prison?

It was a powerful question.

This blog originated as an opportunity for me to share how the Lord is leading me out of the prison of depression, insecurity, and people pleasing to name a few.

He repaired some cracks in my foundation and fortified my relationship with Him in a very deep and real way. I now KNOW, experientially, in the deepest places of my heart the security only found in being His beloved.

I’m still very much on a journey to experience greater freedom and healing and I hope to continue to share some of what I am learning along the way in case it may be helpful or encouraging.

So now I ask you, friend, in what ways has He brought you out?

Let’s pray.

Father, I thank You for the freedom You have already brought us through the power of the blood of Jesus. Holy Spirit, please continue to work with my brothers and sisters to break the chains that keep them stuck in the past or in unhealthy patterns. Release an anointing for them to experience Your love like never before so that they will KNOW, experientially, in the deepest places of their hearts the security only found in receiving Your love and letting it heal and transform them for the honor and glory of King Jesus. May it be so.

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The Power of Presence

All relationships experience ebbs and flows.

There are times of exciting discoveries about one another. The process of learning someone’s likes, dislikes, what makes them unique, laugh and feel loved.

There are fun times where time flies.

There are hard times and heartbreaks.

I have found that my deepest relationships are those that have stood the test of time and weathered life’s storms.

I feel known and accepted for who I am: no need for performing or pretending. Silence is comfortable and communication that transcends words is natural through the glance of an eye or the connecting of hearts.

This has been true of my relationship with God.

It has taken time to truly discover each member of the Trinity for who they really are and not my perception of them. I needed to move beyond theological knowledge, to knowing the actual Persons of the Trinity, all of whom are equally God.

It is a mystery and a marvel that it is even possible.

I once spent a lot of time anxiously pouring out my needs and struggles. Eventually, I also learned to really listen and just enjoy His presence. Our relationship is growing deeper.

He is enough.

His presence makes me come alive.

There is nothing like His love and acceptance.

The song, “Be With Me” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt has been a blessing to me. It puts words to my experience.

It helps me to slow down and focus on the presence of God and bask in His love. I hope you are blessed by it as well.

 Click to listen to “Be With Me”

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LYRICS:

The world falls away

When I see Your face

Jesus, it’s always been You

And I hear Your voice

Above all the noise

Jesus, it’s always been You

Jesus, it’s always been You

Be with me

I just want You to be with me

I don’t need You to do a thing

Your love is enough

There’s nothing to hide

I’m Yours and You’re mine

Jesus, it’s always been You

I am complete

What more could I need

Jesus, it’s always been You

Jesus, it’s always been You

In Your presence

I know where I stand

I know who I am in Your love

In Your presence

What more could I need

I know I’m a child of God

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Let’s pray.

Thank You for meeting us where we are and taking us deeper with You. Please help me discover even greater depths of Your goodness and love. Take me deeper into Your heart so we can connect beyond words and I can become all You created me to be for Your honor and glory. May it be so.

Have a blessed weekend and receive all He has for you!

 

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