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What to do after you face off against your self

When you make a change in how you think, the next step is literally the most important one. Are you gonna get off the usual train of behaviour, and start walking in a new direction… Or keep on the familiar ride you were used to?

Friend, it isn’t safe for us, being on that train of self. It not only takes our eyes off of how we are meant to do life together in community, and lean on one another when needed, but it skews our minds and feelings to be the sole centre of our world. Which we aren’t.

We are meant to be weak, for we are stronger together. And weak vessels need their Maker, moment by moment, day & night, for refilling, reshaping and repurposing.

If like me you recently made the choice to make a major change. Just take the next step today, friend. Tell a close friend or wise mentor. Pray with them about what that next step should be. Then invite God to help you step off that comfy train, and hit the road with Him beside you. Nothing beats going forward together!

#sharingHope

Weary yet ready for what is ahead

This is me. Waiting for my eldest who’s at yet another medical appointment. Stressed & weighed down by concern about:
✅Our family’s health.
✅Provision.
✅Work.
✅Extended family.
✅Close friends.
And today, as I got out of bed, I hit the wall. The wall of self came crumbling down, as I fully got that I can’t do this life on my own, carrying the weight of everything.
And I was never designed to do so, yet that red herring is one of the best weapons the enemy has used against me.

☕God comforted me with Matthew 11:28 in my devotion today, and so I looked up the full passage He was reminding me of, as Holy Spirit redirected me to the Truth it holds:

🌿”Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to Me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with Mine. Learn My ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in Me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.”

📖Matthew 11:28-30 TPT

🙏So here I am, God. Weary from the battle as I have limped along on my own, stubbornly trying to pull my life along instead of surrendering to Your leading. By refusing to follow Your ways, I ended up a mess within from keeping all this weight hidden within. No more. I lay all I am, all I have, all I hope for, all I love here at Your feet. Heal me, direct me, use me as You choose. I offer myself as a willing partner in this life You have blessed me with. Thank You for all the many blessings You have poured upon me and in my life.   As I pour out my heart like water before You, I am so grateful that You not only dry my tears, You store them. And I suspect just as You turned water into wine, those tears will become something beautiful & a blessing in Your Kingdom. I humbly bow in awe and wonder at the fact You care so much for me, and are always waiting for me to come running. With no judgement, only love. 💕Amen.

#psalmmyheart

Living Word

I have been a ferocious word reader since kindergarten, and it would have been earlier but I couldn’t read until then. I did ask people to read to me a lot as a toddler though. 浪

I was once asked why I read so much. I think in part it was a natural consequence to being the child of two avid readers who modelled reading every night before bed, in part a coping strategy to being lonely as a child, and in part because I love to learn.

I find reading thrilling, relaxing and informative all rolled into one.

But no book is quite like the Word.

Because the Word comes alive in ways that no other book could compete with. Not even Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, L.M. Montgomery or Louisa May Alcott, my constant companions growing up.

The Word actually becomes a part of you if you let it. It’s invitation is clear: to come, encounter the Living One, and be changed for the better on the journey you will start taking with God – Abba Father, Jesus Christ & Holy Spirit.

The Word cuts through the chains of bondage, reveals deep rooted lies, and highlights the wrong we try to hide within. Yet it also restores what was lost, binds up what was broken, heals what has been hurt, and pours out the unconditional love every one of us searches for.

So my go to most mornings is the Word. Because I need to come fully alive in the wee hours before work, and nothing quite opens your eyes like living Truth.

The Psalms & Gospels are my most read books in the Word, followed by Ruth, Esther & Isaiah 61. How about you?

#psalmmyheart #wordnerd #bookworm #writeHER

Gratitude – #singanewpsalm

“All my words fall short, I got nothing new. How could I express all my gratitude? I could sing these songs as I often do. But every song must end and You never do.

CHORUS: So I throw up my hands and praise You again and again ’cause all that I have is a hallelujah, hallelujah. And I know it’s not much but I’ve nothing else fit for a King except for a heart singing hallelujah, hallelujah.

I’ve got one response, I’ve got just one move. With my arm stretched wide I will worship You.

Repeat Chorus

So come on, my soul. Oh, don’t you get shy on me. Lift up your song ’cause you’ve got a lion inside of those lungs. Get up and praise the Lord, praise the Lord!

Repeat Chorus to end.”

GRATITUDE by Brandon Lake

Listen & watch it here:

#wotshipHymn#singanewpsalm#psalmmyheart

How you doing this season?

It’s been a few days now that things are overflowing, and not my tea or coffee pots 🤪

Intentionality helps remind me that I can say no to something good, because I am okay with letting other people use their gifts too!

What are you needing to let go of this season?

#pointstoponder

Never out of Your sight

🌿”God, investigate my life: get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to You; even from a distance, You know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of Your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and You’re there, then up ahead and You’re there, too— Your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid Your Spirit? To be out of Your sight? If I climb to the sky, You’re there!  If I go underground, You’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute— You’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, He even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to You; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to You.”

📖Psalm 139:1-12 MSG

#neveroutofyoursight
#psalmmyheart
#sharingHope

Wherever I Go 🎶

🎵”Well I sweat in the heat of the battle and I fought through the dust & the shadows. Oh, You never left my side, never left my side, no. And I stood at the top of the world, I swam through the depths of my soul. No matter what I find, no matter what I find, oh. Drought or famine, high and low…

Chorus: Wherever I go – oh, You’re gonna find me there. Wherever I go – oh, You’re right beside me there. In the rising flame, even in the pouring rain, even in the flood, I’m safe oh oh oh. You go wherever I go, wherever I go!

You hold all the pieces together, You bring me strength in the desert. Oh, You defend my soul, You defend my soul. No height, no depth, no grave – nothing on earth can keep You away. Oh, You’re my only hope, You’re my only hope. Life and death, this truth I know…

Repeat Chorus to end.”

🎶WHEREVER I GO by Dan Bremnes

Watch & listen here:
https://youtu.be/S15mk_5nTdY

#worshipHymn #singanewpsalm #psalmmyheart