KARLA LEES

SHARING HOPE TO THE HURTING, THE BROKEN & THE LONELY.

Who doesn’t need to hear that God delights in them, especially on the worst of days?! Ever thankful for the promises enclosed in these two lines, a favorite from 2 Samuel 22:20 & Psalm 18:19.

#sharingHope

There is another type of HALT which came to mind after brutally long days for both my husband and I at work yesterday. So many opportunities popped up for us each to lose our temper, be unkind and/or wield our words as weapons. Because we all know that words can be full of wisdom, or harm, depending on how we speak them.

My husband and I both made it through with His help, because we HALTED our natural reactions and asked for supernatural help to respond as Jesus would.

When we HALT to ask for His help, He steps into the moment and offers clarity for the right response for each situation & person.

Something I have been learning about myself is I am kinder when I HALT, pause to invite His presence, and then proceed forward with Him.

I can honestly say that I would have done some significant damage to several relationships on a day like yesterday if I had not learned to listen for His HALT, and wait to speak again when I get His help.

What has learning to HALT been teaching you of late?

#sharingHope

Often when I sense the need to HALT, I am not always aware of what is stirring under the surface within me.

I find that in those moments, pressing into His Presence in worship helps highlight my emotions, and reassures me I can bring whatever I am feeling – any Hurt, Anger, Loneliness or Tiredness – to God for His healing, direction, and equally important, loving up on me with grace, mercy, love & kindness.

Here are 5 worship songs I tend to go to when I sense a HALT within.

Come & Be – Matt Brouwer

Worn – Tenth Avenue North

Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship

Jireh – Maverick City Music

My Father’s House – Cory Asbury

What song is a go to for you when you are having a rough day within?

#sharingHope

PS. Breakthrough by Red Rocks Worship is another go -to I love to lift up in worship. (This 6th one is shared for you, my blog followers, only!)

HALT.

I don’t know about you, but when I read or hear that word, something stirs within me to warn me of danger or to proceed with caution.

HALT is also an acronym of things we need to take a closer look at when they pop up in our radar.

Are you:
HURT?
ANGRY?
LONELY?
TIRED?

If you answer yes to one or more of these, you need to HALT.

1)Take a moment to pray, and ask God what He wants to say about your hurt, anger, loneliness or tiredness.
2)Work through anything He reveals to you, and do what He directs you to do.
3) Not make any snap or rash decisions until you have fully done steps 1 & 2.

My allergies have been recently seriously stirred up by some forest fires in our area, and my sleep pattern is being impacted by the time zone difference of the Olympics. Yesterday, I got home from work & grocery shopping, and was hit by the desire to go to bed at 7:30pm. So I took a moment to pray, and felt that was the right decision for me. I was out cold within the hour. My daughter checked on me an hour later and could tell I was a bit congested, but sound asleep.

I woke up feeling revitalized, and tired is no longer on my HALT list, nor are any of the other emotions we often feel.

Friend, take a moment to check in with yourself.

Are you:
HURT? ANGRY? LONELY?TIRED?

If so, head back up and put this action plan into action today.

And don’t forget, it’s okay to let others know that you are halting making any decisions until you finish sorting and processing your emotions.

PS. We don’t have to apologize for not giving someone an immediate answer if we are not ready to do so!

#sharingHope

(Note: I am an avid Christian fiction reader, and this HALT concept was found in a sentence in a book I recently, and although I screenshot the quote, I can’t remember who wrote it. Sorry!!)

There are days when I have to remind myself to breathe. When I need to HALT myself and process how I am feeling.

Maybe you too can relate.

Stay tuned as I unpack HALT with y’all this week, as we ask
🙏Holy Spirit for His insight
🙏Jesus for increased freedom, &
🙏Father for His infilling of love for ourselves & Him!

#sharingHope

Photo from Unsplash, Ollie filter by Pixel

🙏”God, I am unsure of my next step. The way forward is misty enough that fear is taking hold of my heart, as indecision fills my mind. Oh how I need You! Would You reassure my heart that You are more than enough of every single thing I need to step forward? Would You remind me how You love me, You are for me, You are with me, and Your willingness to battle for me? Would You cause my faith and trust to rise up, so I can be brave even if I don’t feel it yet? Would Your strength run through these veins, as Your Spirit boosts my confidence to do what You are calling me to? Would You rest here with me a moment, as You soothe my soul while I wait in Your Presence? Hold my hand as I jump off this shore into the newness You have for me, knowing that my bravery comes from Your ability to meet my every need, and my part is to be obedient to walk with you, step by step, as You make the way for me. You are the bravest, most courageous person I know, Jesus, for heading to the cross, and even though You knew the pain You would endure, You knew Your obedience would open wide the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth, and push back the enemy. I am so grateful that You walk this journey alongside me, my constant companion. Let Your bravery & strength saturate me whenever my weakness rears its obviousness, as I keep my eyes fixed on You.” 🙏

#BEbraveprayer

As I was struggling to come up with the right photo to post for today, one of our pastors texted me this one! And as it is evidence of me being brave, decided it was fitting to use it for today. 👍

There are a baker’s dozen of verses which I find helpful when I am needing a brave booster shot. (Brave is also used interchangeably with courage, so the verses reflect that word usage.)

BE BRAVE (& COURAGEOUS) BAKER’S DOZEN OF VERSES LIST

📖Deuteronomy 31:6
📖Joshua 1:9
📖2 Chronicles 15:7
📖Daniel 10:19
📖2 Samuel 10:12
📖Isaiah 41:10
📖Psalm. 27:14
📖Psalm 31:24
📖Matthew 14:27
📖Philippians 4:13
📖Ephesians 6:10
📖1 Corinthians 16:13
📖2 Timothy 1:7

(And as an added bonus, all of Psalm 91- so good!)

What verses help boost your courage or cause your bravery to rise up within you?

(PS. And yes, I could have made it easy for you & posted each full verse, but I think a bravery treasure hunt is well worth the 10-15 min it would take for you to look em up!)

YOU MAKE ME BRAVE
@amandalindseycook

🎶”I stand before You now, the greatness of Your renown. I have heard of the majesty and wonder of You. King of Heaven, in humility, I bow.

Chorus: As Your love, in wave after wave crashes over me, crashes over me. For You are for us, You are not against us. Champion of Heaven, You made a way for all to enter in.

I have heard You calling my name, I have heard the song of love that You sing. So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore into Your grace, Your grace…

Repeat Chorus x2

‘Cause You make me brave, You make me brave. You call me out beyond the shore into the waves. You make me brave, You make me brave. No fear can hinder now the love that made a way.

You make me brave, You make me brave. You call me out beyond the shore into the waves. You make me brave, You make me brave. No fear can hinder now the promises You made!

Repeat Chorus”🎶

Watch it here:
https://youtu.be/6Hi-VMxT6fc

Sometimes it takes stepping out into the waters and getting to the shore before you feel brave.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to lead the entire worship time at my church. Something I had not done for a few years, and actually a dream I had laid down at His feet a few years ago, trusting that if He wanted me to pick it up again, He would make it clear.

He did. So I said yes.

As the week progressed, it became evident that someone did not want me leading. Saturday afternoon i began to feel anxious, even though I was as prepared as I could be. The enemy began to use the fact I had not met two of the team members and the timing against me.

I reached out to my ladies group, and asked for prayer for myself and a few others experiencing the same that week. And one lovely sister reminded me that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

✅If He asked me to do it, He will strengthen me to do it.

So I pressed through. Around that same time, I heard a new song for the first time, and its bridge & chorus wouldn’t leave my mind.

When I got to the church Sunday morning, the anxiety got worse as things didn’t begin smoothly. So I pulled out that new song bit, and a few of us just started praying, then proclaiming it.🙏🎶

And God showed up powerfully within me. The anxiety quickly fled, and things went well from that moment on. 🙌

Looking back, I can now see that my obedience was being brave, even though I wasn’t feeling it, and led to a confidence that I was in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.

In what way has God helped you be brave of late? What verse has helped you step out in faith, even when you didn’t feel like it?

PS. My song order changed as a result of that brave breakthrough as well:

•Yes & Amen (Faithful You Are)
•Way Maker
•Call Upon the Lord
•The Battle is Yours (tag & bridge)