Here in The Presence

Some times, I can’t easily put into words how I am feeling.

Which is why I am so thankful for songwriters who capture our emotion so well as they put it to music.

This worship song by Elevation Worship nailed how I have been feeling this week.

Maybe you can relate.

🎶HERE IN THE PRESENCE

“Here I lay my burdens down, lose my worries in Your love. Casting every care on You, I have carried them enough.

We’re not alone here within His love. Emmanuel, He is still with us.

When the world becomes too much, near the cross I will remain. Until every fear is stilled at the mention of Your name.

We’re not alone here within His love. Emmanuel, He is still with us…

Mercy is falling, falling. Lift up your hands receive it now here in the presence of the Lord…

I know your past is broken. You can move on, it’s over now here in the presence of the Lord…”

(PS. The song keeps going past here, but I recommend hearing it for the full experience.🤓)

https://youtu.be/G262RNi9tOM

#sharingHope
#worshipHymn

How to fight off lies

The question I hear the most when chatting about lies is how to fight them.

Lysa Terkeurst nails the best response I have for this question.

“We can either sit in the dark and replay the awful things we think about ourselves or the things we think others are thinking, or we can turn the light on and read God’s Word, His truth. LIES FLEE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD’S TRUTH.”

Since we know Satan is the father of lies, and lies cause fear, may we sit at His feet and allow His truth and love to push out the lies within, as God embraces us in His Presence.

Let’s stop punishing ourselves for what God wants to forgive, heal and restore. Punishing ourselves only give internal ground over to the enemy to play in, instead of giving that  space over to Holy Spirit to nourish us in.

God, increase in us a love for Your Word. That Your truth would wash over us and deep within us, that fear would be pushed out so that Your Presence and love have ample room to roam within me. Where I have agreed with a lie, prompt me to break off my agreement and send the lie back to the pit where it came from. Fill that spot with Your truth, that I might be not only freed and restored, but protected from further attack in this area.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18a ESV)

“There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear.” (1 John 4:18a MSG)

“Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts.” (1 John 4:18a TPT)

#sharingHope

When a mistake leaves you feeling off kilter

This photo I found somewhere speaks to me, especially today. I forgot to bring my daughter with me to work this morning for her physio visit. 😅😳🤭 Epic mom fail, for the first time ever! (Forgetting her today, done plenty of other fails over the years!)

Some days we get up and the world appears to be out of sorts, or things seem to be upside down, don’t they?

The good news is God offers fresh grace to each of us every brand new day.

I called and apologized as she was walking here, as she was the one I offended.

So now I ask You God to forgive me for my thoughtlessness. Help me to be more aware of the needs of the others around me. Restore my focus, upright my perspective and keep me on even keel for the rest of the day! And if I can get an overflow of mercy and grace to help let go and move forward without beating myself up for my mistake, I would deeply appreciate it!

Can I get a 💙 from my fellow moms who’ve been there?

#newmercies #needinggrace
#sharingHope

Sharing Hope: Psalm 31:19-24 MSG

“What a stack of blessing You have piled up for those who worship You, ready and waiting for all who run to You to escape an unkind world.

You hide them safely away from the opposition. As You slam the door on those oily, mocking faces, You silence the poisonous gossip. Blessed God!

His love is the wonder of the world. Trapped by a siege, I panicked. “Out of sight, out of mind,” I said. But You heard me say it, You heard and listened.

Love God, all You saints; God takes care of all who stay close to Him, but He pays back in full
those arrogant enough to go it alone.

Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon.”

(Psalm 31:19-24 MSG)

#sharingHope

Clinging to My anchor through this storm

The past month has been an especially rough one for me.

Maybe you can relate.

As the water continues to trickle into our basement. As friends continue to come down with Covid-19 or other serious health conditions. As money is tighter than usual for most of us. As the isolation of this season threatens to overwhelm me, like so many of us right now.

I continue to hold on for dear life to the One constant in my life, God. My anchor through this stormy season.

⚓Abba who wraps me in His ever present love, and keeps me safe in the refuge of His Presence.

⚓Jesus who continues to walk alongside me and strengthen me.

⚓Holy Spirit who whispers truth, comfort and direction at every step ahead of me.

Together they reassure me that I am never alone, and God’s plans for me will come to pass despite the fog and heaviness of this season.

For I follow the God who both can silence the storms with a single word, or stand beside me as I find myself in the fire.

So I keep reading His Word. Singjng His praise. Claiming His promises. Trusting His plan. Resting in His love. Crying out when I feel overwhelmed. Welcoming His peace. Choosing His ways over my own.

Knowing that He is with me, for me, beside me, in me and battling for me every step of the way, every moment of the day.

#sharingHope
#myanchor⚓

Waiting on You…

I am not the most patient at waiting. I am better than I have been in my youth, but there are still days when I grapple with the wait.

And then I hear a song which reassures me that if You said it, You WILL do it.

So I will trust Your promises to come true, and wait for the timing in which You will release it, knowing that it will be for my best even if I can’t see it yet.

WAIT ON YOU by @dantebowe @chandlermoore @maverickcitymusic @elevationworship @stevenfurtick

🎵 “I don’t believe in fairy tales, I guess I’ve outgrown them. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t believe that there’s something bigger than me. ‘Cause I’ve seen, in a hospital room when the doctors said, “Sorry, there’s nothing more we can do” – well, it wasn’t through.

I’ve never seen a pot of gold
at the end of the rainbow.
But I’ve got a promise I can hold in the middle of the struggle. God, if You said it, You’ll perform it. May not be how I want You to but here’s what I’ll do…

(Chorus) I’m gonna wait on You, I’m gonna wait on You.
I’vе tasted Your goodness,
I’ll trust in Your promise.
I’m gonna wait on You,
Yеs, I’m gonna wait on You.
I’ve tasted Your goodness,
I’ll trust in Your promise.
I’m gonna wait on You…
Yes, I will, yes, I will.
I will, I will, I will.

I know You’ve ordered every step. Yeah, You are the Author and there’s no predicting what is next. But You hold the future and all the questions, they come second to the One I know is true, yeah. Oh, You’ve always been true….

(Repeat chorus)

(Tag) So wait on the Lord
Wait on the Lord
He will renew your strength, hey hey So wait I say…” 🎶

#worshipHymn #sharingHope

Praying Ephesians 1:17-19 MSG

On the days when I need to refocus on my why, it helps to know that the Word is full of similar prayers, just waiting for us to lift up to God – reminding us that we are not alone in our struggles, united in our faith.

“I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers, oh, the utter extravagance of His work in us who trust Him—endless energy, boundless strength!”

(Ephesians 1:17-19 MSG)

#prayingtheWord #sharingHope

JIREH, You are enough

🎶”I’ll never be more loved than I am right now. Wasn’t holding You up so there’s nothing I can do to let You down. It doesn’t take a trophy to make You proud, I’ll never be more loved than I am right now, oh.
Going through a storm but I won’t go down. I hear Your voice carried in the rhythm of the wind to call me out. You would cross an ocean so I wouldn’t drown. You’ve never been closer than You are right now.

(Chorus) You are Jireh, You are enough. Jireh, You are enough. And I will be content in every circumstance. You are Jireh, You are enough.

Forever enough, always enough, more than enough. X2

I don’t wanna forget how I feel right now. On the mountaintop I can see so clear what it’s all about. So stay by my side when the sun goes down, don’t wanna forget how I feel right now…

Chorus

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 (fathom) and that is enough, oh!”🎶

JIREH by @elevationworship & @maverickcityworship

#worshipHymn #singanewpsalm #sharingHope

Love is on the way…

“…open your hearts, love is on the way.” (Jude 1:2 MSG)

As we relax & rest in Him by trusting & claiming His Promises, we make a pathway for God to move in – within us.

Trust and belief are powerful change activators, aren’t they?
But the greatest & most powerful is the very One we are focusing upon, God.

When we open our hearts to Him through trust, actively putting our faith into action, we make space for Him within, so His love can actively & thoroughly displace the fear, worry, exhaustion and anxiety He longs to replace.

For His love is the motivator behind all He has done, does and will do for His people!

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of trying to do things in my own strength, and weary of my efforts trying to tame my emotions my way.

Trusting who He is (relax) helps me to claim His promises (rest) which makes way for His love to come to my rescue (as I open my heart to Him.)

All this wisdom found in unpacking one bible verse! Thank You, God.

#Loveisontheway #sharingHope