KARLA LEES

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

There is an annoying monkey 🙈 many of us carry on our backs, who causes us to lower our heads when we recall our past.

That monkey is called shame.


And just like the monkey with its hands over its eyes, it blocks us from seeing truth.

SHAME is defined by Oxford Languages Dictionary as:

a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior.”

The thing is, 99% of the time we know when we have done something wrong or foolish.

And when we come to God, confess that wrong or foolishness, we are forgiven.

💯

For all of it.

When we allow shame to speak louder than truth?

S hame
H olds up
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E xaggeration

in front of our gaze, and distorts the truth into a false version of reality.

The reality is that when we confess, He forgives. Period.

When the enemy spirit of shame distorts our vision, it redirects us to act in ways other than how God intended us to by extending us that forgiveness.

Stay tuned this week for more about how to let go of shame, and what God has to say about it.

#letitgo #shameshamegoaway
#sharingHope #Christian #faith #blogger #writer #God #hope

Relationship status: It’s caffeinated. ☕😉

Thankful my husband gets that my mornings start with a good cup of coffee, even while on vacation! Found a new fave indie coffee shop this weekend. 👍

#coffeelover #dailygrind

🍁When the seasons decide to shift and the weather follows along, I am thankful that the One who set them into motion is always by my side. Fall usually means achy joints for me, as the sudden shift of temperatures & busyness triggers my osteoarthritis.

Which is why I work extra hard to keep my focus on God. Not my current circumstances, nor what has happened in the past to muddle my mind in the now.

@WondHERful writer Heather suggests the following when you start to feel anxious:

🫁 Breathe in 1-2-3 as you think “JE”
🫁🫁Breathe out 1-2-3 as you think “SUS”
🫁🫁🫁Repeat as required until you feel calmer again.

🙏Inviting Jesus into our current situation & emotions helps center us on His presence & His perspective.

🍁So even though the wind may be shaking the leaves about your head, you can stand firm knowing God is with you, God is for you, God goes before you, God walks beside you, and God adores you for being you.
Those truths will help keep you safely rooted during stormy weather.

#sharingHope #letitgo #thepastisgone #newlife #livepresent #faith #Godwithus

🎶BITTER/SWEET🎵

written by Amanda Cook, Jason Ingram & Paul Maybury

🎶”You make all things new.
You make all things new.

You turn the bitter into sweet, the bitter into sweet, the bitter into sweet.

You turn the winter into spring, the winter into spring, the winter into spring.”🎵

Once in a while, a simple song comes along that shakes me to the core. 

This song has come to mind so many times since I memorized it when it was first released, and Holy Spirit continues to minister to me through it.

He makes ALL THINGS new.

Both you & I are included in that promise, friend.

🌿That winter season? Spring is coming.

🌿That bitter situation? He will make it sweet.

🌿That cocoon of a waiting period? Transformation is ahead.

🌿That seed of faith you sowed? Growth is on its way.

📖His Word never returns void. Yesterday’s verse from Isaiah is as true today as when God first spoke it to Isaiah so many generations ago. For He never changes, friend. He WILL make things new, regardless of your past, season of waiting, or current situation.

➡️Add this song to your Spotify, Apple or You Tube playlist, and allow your spirit to start to soar within as you declare His promise over your life.

🎦 https://youtu.be/zyDXYAMiMuM

💿Brave New World

#sharingHope #letitgo #parkingthepast #faithwalking
#trust #christian #blogger #letfaitharise#hoperestored #hopefortheharddays

Unlike our rearview mirrors, which were designed to help us be aware of what is behind us while we are in our vehicles, our past is not meant to be continuously focused on in our daily lives.

Our past in God’s sight?

➡️In our past. History, to be left there unless He wants to heal something from it as a part of His Story in us. In which case, it becomes something new in our present as He restores us.

Stop dwelling on the past. Don’t even remember these former things. I am doing something brand new, something unheard of.

(Isaiah 43:19-19a TPT)

So if the enemy keeps pulling out his rearview mirror and tried to catch your vision?

➡️Turn away.
➡️Look to God.
➡️Ask for His perspective.
➡️Repeat as necessary.

Friend, this will become more of a positive habit in your life when you stop getting distracted by the past.

You don’t live there anymore.

The emotions that try to suck you back under are meant to remain in the past where they belong.

But you are living here, in this moment where you are now part of His family. The best is yet to come, for He promises His constant presence, His forever love, & an eternal home in our future.

Its time to look ahead into His face, remain in His embrace, and run the race He has set for us while He cheers us on!

If you find yourself stuck in a moment in the past, ask God to meet you there, to shine His light on the situation and show you the way out. He has done so for many people, me included, and as His character doesn’t change – He’ll do it again if you ask Him!

#letitgo #parkinginthepast
#sharingHope

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~ C. S. Lewis

This week, let’s chat about one of the hardest things for us to let go – the past.

And why it matters so much!

#sharingHope #letitgo #parkinginthepast

This topic is one that matters a great deal to me for many reasons.

I have now experienced two episodes of mild depression following periods of extreme stress & loss. I am currently in my 2nd one.

One of my best friends in high school attempted suicide by overdose. I was the one who brought her to our school counselor & the hospital for help. I am so grateful she is still here.

One of my boyfriend’s best friends unexpectedly died by suicide that same year. It was a huge blow to our community.

My husband’s family have battled with mental health disorders, in particular anxiety & OCD. His younger sibling died by suicide, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts & family.

My husband is in an exceptionally high stressed job nursing palliative patients& helping their families along that difficult road.

I realized after taking my regular first aid this past spring that I needed more in my tool box to better help those around me.

A few family members & coworkers are coping with anxiety, and I needed me to be more equipped & strategic in how I support them.

For part of my personality is to help fix it. What I have come to realize is unless the person wants to recover/move forward, they won’t – no matter how much I desire to help them.

God reminds us in 2 Timothy 1:7 that He doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but Holy Spirit who gives us power, love, self control and a sound mind.

We are able to overcome with His help, but we often need supportive people and systems about us to do so.

And that is common, friend.

If you are struggling with panic attacks, anxiety, worry – I see you. I get you. I am you.

Often fear likes to work its way deep within our minds and speak negatively to us.

Sometimes, which it was on my case, my vitamins & hormones were out of whack, and needed balancing in order for my moods to improve physically.
But I also needed people to talk to, a bit of mediation, a change in diet & suppliments, more exercise & sleep in order to regain my mental wellness.

And that is okay, friend.

Need to talk? I am here to listen. Because you matter, just as you are! I want to you stay & live. Let’s talk. ☕

#nationalsuicidepreventionday

Taking a Mental Health Day, literally today, as I take the CMHA Mental Health First Aid Course virtually today. A must needed tool for my skill set. Will share more about this soon. #mentalhealthmatters

“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me. You have been so, so good to me. Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me. You have been so, so kind to me.

(Chorus) Oh, the overwhelming, never ending reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine. I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it – still You give Yourself away. Oh, the overwhelming, never ending reckless love of God!

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me. You have been so, so good to me. When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me. You have been so, so kind to me.

Repeat Chorus

(Bridge) There’s no shadow You won’t light up, mountain You won’t climb up coming after me. There’s no wall You won’t kick down, lie You won’t tear down, coming after me. X4

💙RECKLESS LOVE by Corey Asbury

➡️https://youtu.be/M-qWMqzSwys

#letitgo #farewellfear #bringonthelove

💙”DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE.”

The first time I read 1 Corinthians 16:14, I thought to myself, ‘Really?!’ And dismissed it.

Then I grew to realize that everything we do has a driving force behind it.

More often than I like to admit, that for me has been fear.

➡️Fear of opinion.
➡️Fear of failing.
➡️Fear of being left out.

There is another verse that God has been using to remind me of just how powerful love truly is.

💙”Perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18)

Which is why I always feel calmer and more loved when I draw close to the Father, for His love pushes out ALL fear in its wake.

Everything He does is motivated from a heart of true love.

Not fear.

So this week, I am focusing on asking myself before every decision, “Am I choosing to do this out of love, or something else?” And if the answer is yes to anything but love, I am letting it go, and realigning myself within to respond and act out of love.

Do I always want to? Umm, no.

But as Bob Goff so eloquently puts it in his book ‘Love Does,’ it’s those with the greatest love that make the deepest impact upon our lives, for they change us for the better.

And because Jesus has such a great love for me, I can choose to be more like Him in how I interact with those around me. Because He always acts & responds to me out of love.

May love be the motivation behind all we do, friends. And bit by bit, the more we capture every thought, the more we can choose to live out of love, like God does.

#letitgo #fear #chooseloveinstead