Taking a closer look at things…

After a month of almost straight double shifts, our first out of town overnight guests in almost a decade & still only being 8.5 weeks post major surgery, things have been a little off kilter of late for me.

I am sensing God calling me into a new season, one where I can remain in what I call ‘a pleasant place’ hidden close by & within His embrace, regardless of the storms.

This quote by Patsy Clairmont was the catalyst God used to encourage me to make time to examine three of my favorite books of the Bible, and practically apply their collective wisdom in my life.

Psalm your heart, Proverbs your footsteps, and Philippians your faith.

Patsy Clairmont

Join me as I begin unpacking this quote, friend. I pray God will meet both of us as we journey towards a deeper connection with Him!

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Prayer for breath

Ever feel like you are the only one who hides away in fear on the hard days? Me too.

And then I read about how Jesus’ disciples were hiding away in fear the morning after He revealed Himself to Mary, and Jesus shows up to not only say, “Peace be with you.” but this lovely verse full of meaning…

“And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ ” (John 20:22)

God, it will literally take Your Holy Spirit to drive this mess of fear out of me. Fear of letting people down. Fear of not measuring up. Fear of failing. Breathe on me, Breath of God. Holy Spirit, shake me up within as You drive out these fears. Release the Peace which passes all understanding into the space where fear used to dwell. Fill me up to overflowing again, as I trust You to do what only You can do. Amen.

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🌬️ Breathe in, breathe out

“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

(Job 33:4 NIV)

The past several days have been rough on me physically, emotionally & mentally. And not only did I need an inhaler for my lungs, I needed fresh manna like this today’s Word to boost my spirit & mind. What I have found when I do so? My emotions follow suit.

🌬️Breathe out the stress, breathe in new life. His breath.🌿

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🌬️ B r e a t h e 🎼


🌬️”This is the air I breathe. This is the air I breathe. Your holy presence living in me. x2

CHORUS: And I, I’m desperate for You. And I, I’m lost without You.

This is my daily bread. This is my daily bread. Your very Word spoken to me x2

CHORUS 2: And I, I’m desperate for You. And I, I’m lost without You. Oh, I’m lost without You. I’m nothing without You.”

🎥LISTEN & WATCH the video by Christy Nockels here:

🌬️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6B_kCo6v50

Writer(s): Richard Hall, David Oliver, David Peter Holmes, Gary John Mahon, Richard Ramsay-Hill, D Barnett, Dean Frederick Roberts, Michelle Barnett.

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🌬️ B r e a t h

🌬️BREATH. Which most of us, if we are honest, take for granted until we have difficulty making one. Catching our breath can happen due to a sudden shock, recalling a traumatic moment, or as a part of illness such as bronchitis, asthma and Covid-19. Without the ability to take one breath after another, our energy fades, our body begins to shut down, and if not resolved we can die.

🌬️The Jewish word for breath is RUACH, meaning “the breath of God.” If you recall, God literally shaped Adam out of the dust and breathed the breath of life into him, at which point Adam became a living being (Genesis 2:7)

🌬️That first breath for each of us when we enter this world is crucial, as it kick starts our lungs for the first time.

🌬️But more than just being air, the Greek word for breath, PNEUMA, also implies “spirit”. Acknowledging that our very breath is a gift from God, and somehow is more than just breathing in & out.

🌬️The next time you take a breath, consider the miracle you have been given of that very ability to breathe. Breath in, then breathe out your thanks.

🌬️This weekend, I needed an inhaler to help my lungs expand enough to take a complete breath. And let me tell you, when that fresh air expands your lungs to maximum again, there is a renewed, deep appreciation for the ability to breathe within my very spirit.  I am very thankful, indeed!

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My Provider

I often panic in the time crunch of a situation in motion or the unexpected crush of sudden emotion. 

Today’s verse reassures me that God will provide for my every need (Philippians 4:19). That He is my supply source for all the necessities He is ready & willing to provide for me.

Note that the verse pictured today says WILL. Not may, not possibly – WILL. His will is to provide for His children all that they need. Strength, healing, rest, provision.

Because He has chosen through Christ to make us His children, and what good father doesn’t want to meet their precious ones’ needs? (Matthew 7:11, Luke 11:13)

Today, friend, bring whatever you are needing to your heavenly Father in prayer. Spend time with Him, and let Him reassure you of His constant Presence, that He sees your every need & hurt, and He is waiting to provide as only He can.

As I draw closer to my surgery date, I am amazed at how He has been releasing provision in so many areas for me.  Through family, friends, the Church & my workplaces (and yes, the lines overlap with those words! 😁). Offering me support, prayers, rides to appointments, laughter & hugs when I need them most. 

Thank You God for revealing Yourself as my Provider this week. In every need, I declare You more than enough because of Who You are….

The God who sees.

The God who stays.

The God who provides.

🎵“So I will be content, in every circumstance for You are Jireh, and You are enough.”🎶

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Jireh…

🎶Some worship songs are worth memorizing or setting to auto replay in your playlist.

🎵JIREH is one such song. The truth that it contains has continuously reassured me that God is my provider. Not because of anything I do, but because of His great love & decision to make me His Beloved.
That powerful truth is enough to keep my eyes fixed on Him above the storms.

“…I’m already loved,
I’m already chosen.
I know who I am, I know what You’ve spoken. I’m already loved more than I could imagine and that is enough…

Jireh, You are enough.
Jireh, You are enough.
So I will be content in every circumstance
Jireh, You are enough.

He’s forever enough.
Always enough. Always more than enough. He is, He is.”

🎶JIREH🎵 by @maverickcitymusic & @elevationworship

🎥https://youtu.be/mC-zw0zCCtg

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Matthew 6:27-29-34 MSG

🌿“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.”

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

(Matthew 6:27-29-34 MSG)

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Jehovah Jireh

I was told to have a hysterectomy at age 31. Because a doctor didn’t think to check how my eldest was positioned, and left me in labour for too long before delivering without the cesarean I should have had.

As a follower of Jesus, I immediately prayed about that decision. Because as 31, your life feels wide open in front of you, and so do your choices.

My husband agreed with the specialist, but I had absolutely no sense of peace about it. Despite having had bleeding issues since my early teens, a miscarriage and 2 traumatic deliveries.

And that sense of no peace could not have been my own, because I wanted an end to my years of suffering.

Instead, I asked for a second opinion, and met with a specialist who had another opinion completely. The one God wanted for me. With an alternate plan to control my bleeding issue, and bring me to 41 before needing my next surgery.

God so blessed that choice that I made it almost 18 years instead of the 10 I was told before my next surgery became necessary.

And then, He again brought the right specialist to support me every 4-6 weeks through Covid, until my surgery date next Monday.

I fully believed He can & was willing to heal me with one touch like the woman who touched His robe, yet He has provided years more than I could have imagined with no bleeding through His alternate non invasive means.

Jehovah Jireh stepped in and provided a miraculous way, which defied expectation, for me in this situation.

And it was beyond any blessing I could have expected in the natural, seeing Him move over and over again these past 20 years.

Will be chatting more about this God who provides this week!

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