strong enough in His strength

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“Go with the strength you have…. I am sending you.” (Judges 6:14)

God… I don’t honestly feel sent  most days, nor strong enough for even half the tasks in front of me. (There, I’ve said it, but You knew it anyways!)

When I read verses like this one, I find myself uplifted and encouraged by the two facts this reveals to me.

1. My strength is enough, because it’s my obedience that is the real issue, and His strength is more than enough to compensate for my weakness.

2. He is in the business of sending willing people where He needs them most. One believer in a situation or location can shift the atmosphere by inviting Him there.

So today friend? Let’s go. Using what we naturally have & asking for what we supernaturally need as we follow where He leads! For we are not sent away, but He goes with us wherever we go!

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Feathers or steel revisited

If you cut me open what would you find, feathers or steel?

Deep within,

I fear I am only made up of fluff.

Of feathers

which cannot stand up

to the gust of winds

which swirl around me.

You whisper

the truth that

You are with me,

and my heart leaps for joy

at the reality

that You are my strength.

That the steel

I can grasp & cling

onto for dear life

is in fact You.

You are the steel

which runs down my spine

and helps me to stand

when the harsh winds blow

You are the steel

which guards my heart

from the arrows

my enemies throw

You are the steel

which protects my mind

from the cannons

of negative thought

aiming to take me down

from the inside out

You are the steel

which surrounds me

yet is wrapped

in the feather coating of

love

It is okay to be soft

and to love like You do

but I need Your help

to temper the softness

You desire of me

with the fortitude

and strength that only

You can give me

Feathers or steel

is the wrong question.

Feathers remind me to keep my love on

no matter what

just as You do

and steel reminds me

there is a beauty and strength

found only in

placing my trust, hope and life

in Your hands,

Lover of my soul,

Strong enough to strengthen and save me.

growing pains

I love to sit on my front porch, and relax in my little patio chair beside my front garden.

Two of my best friends, and my daughter are all gardeners, and I have come to appreciate the rhythm of seeds & bulbs,  planting and pruning, weeding & fluffing.

But each fall, right before winter, my garden grows dormant, waiting for spring, warmer weather and the internal clock of the bulbs to awaken again.

I was reminded this morning that there is only one sure thing – day in day out, night after night, lasting forever – God’s Word. For it is a living part of who He is, eternally energized.

And on those days when the blooms begin to fade, the weeds need attention and the soil needs to be overturned again in my internal garden? Knowing God’s Word stands strong, and is a sure foundation anchors me.

“But even though grass withers and the flower fades, the word of our God stands strong forever!”

(Isaiah 40:8)

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when you hit full on brokenness

🎶“In the flash of a moment when everything changes, if you’re not holding on tight it can be dangerous. The heart is like glass, fragile to break. You can feel strong until you lose all your strength.”

For me, that flash of a moment happened eight years ago. A traumatic event in my family ripped my emotions to shreds, leaving me a blubbering, hyperventilating mass of brokenness.

Until God spoke.

🎶”I will remind my soul hang on and don’t let go. It’s always dark before the light starts to shine. Down in the valley low, there’s still a greater hope. He’s always in control, He’s always good.”

Hope stirred again at the sound of His voice. He sat with me in my distress, wrapped loving arms of comfort about me, and poured out peace until a calmness I could not otherwise have experienced flooded my soul. He reassured me with His presence that He was in control, I was safe and not walking through this storm on my own. I was able to extend forgiveness beyond my former capacity, and experience a freedom which could only come from the hands of a loving Father.

🎶”Nothing’s for certain, chaos can happen. But there is a peace that’s beyond understanding. I can sing in the storm, find songs in the fire. See every chain break when I run to my Father.

🎶My God is good, good, so good – that will never change. My God is good, good, so good – pain won’t steal my praise.”

📖May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! (Romans 15:14 MSG)

🎶”SO GOOD” – @ritaspringer & @cmcclarney
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Doing Life Together

The hardest lesson I have learned since the arrival of Covid-19 has been keeping connected in community. Coz I need it. Every. Single. Day. Even though I’m more than 50% introvert!

That’s why I offer a hope filled email each Monday morning, and a daily Facebook group for women. For free, no strings apart from heart ones, helping you feel connected to other women and God.

Interested in learning more? Click linktr.ee/karlalees – you’re welcome to connect.

Coz we all need a dose of hope now and then (I find I need it more on Mondays) and a daily dose of worship, the Word and connection.

#sharingHope #doinglifetogether

my Refuge

I’ve been hanging about in a few of my favorite Psalms for the past two weeks. Psalm 46 is one of my all time favorites to turn to when I am having an off day, or find myself over my head in a hard situation, especially the first 7 verses. And I know I am not alone in this as two of my fave all time worship songs echo part of this Psalm (There is a River – Michael English, & A Mighty Fortress – Christy Nockels).

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present  help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall;  God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts. The Lord  Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

(Psalm 46:1-7 NIV)

Thank You God for always being with me, and a safe place for me to run to when I need cover, and rest. You reassure me I will not fall for You are my very strength within, and are ready to fight for me at day break! Help me to run to You first, my Refuge. (Add your prayer here ☺️) In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

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#hopefortheharddays

uncertainty

If you are anything like me, you too dislike #uncertainty. How it likes to keep us off kilter and often distracted. Grumpy, moody and/or prickly often follow to round out this unbalanced fellowship in my life.

But none of those are actually the purpose of uncertainty, as I have been learning lately.

“Uncertainty chases us out into the open where God’s always waiting for us.” – Bob Goff

As I was preparing for my week, Romans 5 came to mind. Verses 1-2 in particular captured my heart as God began to unfold them to me.

“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”

Romans 5:1-2 MSG

In a nutshell? My faith in Him allows me to enter into His Presence to find He has ALWAYS been waiting there for me!

No matter what is going on and how impatient I become in those moments of uncertainty, He is the One in whom I can be certain, for He is constant and never changing.

“I love connecting patience and faith because when we put them together we will be able to persist in confident expectation.” – Graham Cooke

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Sonday short

This is what you can usually find me doing on a Sunday morning. Worshiping with my church family, and pressing in to His Presence. Is it a sacrifice to get up early each Sunday? Honestly, yes. Some mornings it would be so much better for my body to sleep in, but for my whole person wellness? Doing what I love most brings joy to my heart, peace to my mind and purpose to my soul. And when those three align up within me, I find that my body aches ebb off in their intensity, and I experience overall rest.

Do more of what sets your soul on fire, friend. We only have one life to live, so I have decided to leave the past behind and press on into the now and purposes He has for me today.

Ready to burn, Lord light the 🔥 in me.

#Sonday #worshipHymn #singanewpsalm

come and be…

🎶Come and be, wash over me. Open my heart to You alone. When I am weak, You meet my need, finish the work You started here.🎵⠀
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God, You invite me to come and be in Your Presence. Would You shine brighter, speaker louder and show Yourself stronger as I come to You today?⠀⠀

🎶I lift my life to You now, I’ll raise my voice to sing Your praise. I will follow Your commands.🎵
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God, as You meet me here I give you all of me once again in this praise offering, as I choose to go where You are leading me. Whether that is a physical location, a required shift of my character within or working on a relationship.⠀

🎶Find me here, calm my fear, strengthening hope inside my heart. Teach me Lord, to know Your Word – let it be alive in me, alive in me!🎵
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As I come to You, God, I bring my fear and weakness. Crowd out my fear with Your love, as You reassure my heart that You are with me, for me and empowering me. May I never forget that You are the living Word, alive in me, and that time spent with You is my source of strength.

“Come back to Me! By returning and resting in Me you will be saved. In quietness and trust you will be made strong.”

(Isaiah 30:15 TPT)

Song lyrics “COME AND BE” by Matt Brouwer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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