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Calling on the Name of the Lord: Danny’s Testimony

Where does our confidence in God come from? It comes from hearing God’s Word.

 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

That simple truth is further explained this way: “The beginning, progress, and strength of faith is by hearing. But it is only hearing the word, as the word of God that will strengthen faith.” 

Prepare to have your faith strengthened. In this testimony you will hear how God reached Danny in his darkest days. please don’t skip this video

Who could have imagined how radically God would transform Danny’s desperate life? He was a 108 pound man with three types of Hepatitis determined to die alone without an identity. But Wanda and her church prayed for him. They dared to believe God would save him. Their confidence in God was stronger than their doubts.

We can not imagine what God’s mighty power could do in the one we pray for. Who is praying with you? Who is agreeing with you in prayer that will be strong in their faith when yours is losing steam?

Today Danny became a trophy of God’s extravagant grace. God’s blessing came to him when he heard the word of the Lord and acted on it (Luke 11:28).

Faith happens when God's word is heard

“everyone who calls on the name of the LORD
shall be saved.” Joel 2:32

God, our Father, we thank you for strengthening our confidence in You and your willingness to answer our prayers. We invite you to multiply our faith and let it lead us to live a praying life. Inspire us to share Your Word so that others will call on Your name and be set free. In Jesus we pray. Amen

What inspired you about Danny’s testimony?

What’s your next step in praying for someone in need?

Know Who Your Husband is to God

This post is an excerpt from my upcoming Book: Prayers for New Brides: Putting on the Armor After the Wedding Dress. It was featured at StartMarriageRight.com.

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How do you see your husband? What do you see in him? What do you hope for him?

See what God sees in your husband

Do you look at him and see your personal need meeter? bill payer? listener?

When he speaks to you, do you hear his interests? his hopes and dreams?

When you hope for something for your husband, is it that he will change, be more ______, or less ______? Do you hope for a better job for him? Do wish he could be a better ________?

Do you think about him the way your mom thinks of your dad? Have you usurped her “these characteristics = good husband” mindset? What about your married girl friends? Have you decided a husband is who your friend says her husband is?

I hate to admit it, but the man I married has been the victim of comparison and my imagination. Shame on me! I married a unique person, one of God’s unrepeated masterpieces. I chose the multi-dimensional artwork. I said “I do” to enjoying this incredible creation for the rest of my life.

Click on over to StartMarriageRight.com to read the rest.

Wrestling with Confidence and Relevance in a Me World

As a blogger and author, one of the mental battles I fight is the fear that what I do is irrelevant. Will anyone read what I write?

Other devoted followers of Jesus successfully reach many more people with their blogs and books. So why me? Why does the world need to hear from both of us, all of us? Should I keep writing?

Then of course there is the pressure to be relevant from a publisher. They look at how many people read your blog, your e-newsletter, and follow you on social media – aka – how many people are ready to buy your book.

There it is – my lack of confidence and desire to be “somebody” – exposed like the dirty floor of the restaurant kitchen floor.

wrestling with confidence and relevance

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Surrendering Our Thoughts of Defeat and Rejection, a Prayer

Abba Father,

I am leaning in to You – the lifter of our heads. I bring to You the sense of defeat and rejection we feel today (or often).

You know all about it. You know the root. You know the influence it has on us.

We reject it today in the name of Jesus.

We are Your sons and daughters, walking in victory, vessels of Your glory.

vessels of God's glory

We are here to reveal Your glory. We are simple, small, but Yours.

But something is missing in the way we think.

Good Shepherd of our souls, lead us into the freedom that we are not living in right now. Lead us to victory, away from the stronghold that affects our hearts, our minds, and our confidence.

You are the One we trust. Thank You for being trustworthy and never changing.

Dig deep into our souls to unearth the lies. Show them to us from  your perspective. We will renounce them, and walk away. We will exchange that lie for the truth You have for us.

Help us Holy Spirit. Our faith is in You; Your power, love and sound mind infixed in us.

Amen

I would love for you to add your prayer to mine in the comments below.

Confident Prayers: Moving Beyond the “If You Can” Plea

How confident are you that God hears your prayers and moves heaven and earth because you’ve invited Him to do so?

God hears your prayers

There are days I have plenty of confidence when praying and then there are those other days. The days with moments when I wonder if the doubts in my head are winning. I’m guessing this happens to you too since we have a mutual enemy who is a faithful discourager. We are not alone friends.

Notice the confidence in these two biblical accounts of prayer:

The father of the demon-possessed son had a face-to-face encounter with Jesus. As the son was being tormented, the following conversation took place:

Dad: “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”

Jesus: “What do you mean, ‘If I can’? Anything is possible if a person believes.”

 Dad: “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:22-24 NLT

If we are honest, we’ve prayed “help us if You can” prayers too. And if we are really honest, we’ve studied our options in case God doesn’t come through. We really want to walk by faith, but maybe we are nervous about the lack of control that comes with it. We long for answers that have tried and true steps one, two and three explained in detail and in advance of moving forward.

In 2 Kings 4, we see that the Shunnamite woman had somehow overcome her unbelief. She confidently laid her dead son on Elisha’s bed. She declared “All is well” to everyone who asked her what was wrong. She pursued the man of God because she KNEW that he was the hope for her son.

Do you see her confidence in her posture? She lay on the ground and grabbed Elisha by the feet. Look at the boldness in her words,

“Did I ask you for a son, my lord? And didn’t I say, ‘Don’t deceive me and get my hopes up’?” 2 Kings 4:28 NLT

She not only reminded Elisha of the past, she interfered with his future. She was not leaving his house until he agreed to go home with her to change the deadness of her son. (2 Kings 4:30) Wow! I want to give her a Gutsy Girl award! She reminds me of Jacob who wrestled with God all night because he insisted on receiving a blessing. Gen 32:22-32

What made Jacob and the Shunnamite woman more bold with God than the father of the demon-possessed boy? I’m really not sure and I would love your feedback on it. My guess is their faith had grown with previous encounters with God’s faithfulness.

Here’s a let’s get real and more confident with God prayer prompt for us:

God wants to communicate with us

Faithful God,

You are the God who has invited us into relationship with You. You are the expert communicator. You are our Shepherd, Protector, Provider, Defender, Healer, Comforter and so much more.

You hold the power, the truth, and the answers to the desires of our hearts. You even give us desires that You are longing to answer for us. 

You see our unbelief and wavering confidence in You.  All we know to do is confess it and ask You to perfect it. We want to be bold like Jacob and the Shunnamite woman, who did not shrink away from believing in Your power and your gracious character. 

Grow our faith, our confidence in Your presence and Your faithfulness. Help us to know and live the freedom we have in casting all of our cares on You. Let the troubles of this life draw us closer to You. 

With the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen

Who is your inspiration to pray more boldly and why?

Confidence in God’s Name

I’ve been studying the names of God. Knowing His names (His character) helps me to know Him and trust Him.

This week, I’m focusing on Yahweh Tsidkenu which means  - the Lord our Righteousness. It’s found in Jeremiah 23:6 – “and this will be his name: The LORD is our righteousness. In that day Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety.”

How does knowing God as your righteousness affect your confidence in God?

confidence in yahweh tsidkenu

Isaiah expressed confidence this way:

I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 NLT

One way to express confidence in God as, Yahweh Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness is to see yourself wearing the robe of righteousness. To live out this reality is an act of worshipping God, honoring the Giver and displaying the gift He bestowed on you.

This undeserved gift of righteousness has been lavished on you and me.

As you abide with the Lord our Righteousness, invite Him to saturate your soul with this truth of His righteousness covering you.

Then take a step of faith in wearing this robe of righteousness to your weekend activities. See yourself with it on. Admire it in the mirror of your heart. Let it bolster your confidence as you interact with others.

A Prayer to Yahweh Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness,

Praise Your Name, Yahweh Tsidkenu! You are my righteousness.

In faith, I wear the garments of salvation, this robe of righteousness You gave to me. Thank You for giving me what I could never have earned or deserved.

Convict me of the lies I believe and act upon that do not reflect the truth – that I possess Your righteousness. Change me so I that I live out my true identity in You.

Bless me with people who will model this life You’ve given me. Teach me from Your Word. Let Your Holy Spirit remind me of who I am because of You, and Your gift of Jesus Christ.

In Jesus, I pray. Amen

For further study on God’s names, join me and Lyn Smith in the Come Away Events Facebook Community

Act Like God is Telling the Truth #ConfidenceRevival

What would change if 50 of us became considerably more confident in God? Confident that God is actively involved in your right now and strategically working out the details of your future.

Does your life reflect these assumptions?

God is …

  • Fighting for you
  • Leading you
  • Speaking through you
  • Intervening in desperate situations
  • Delighting in you
  • Providing for you [Read more...]

Your Confidence in God Regardless of the Obstacles

I’m in the midst of an exciting whirlwind of opportunities. I’m choosing to confidently step out and tell people that I am an author and share the news about my upcoming book. But, it is not happening without an inner battle with insecurity, the desire to be successful, the desire to be humble, and several other fears. I’m surely in need of a stronger and steadier confidence in God and less focus on myself.

pics from DenverI just returned from a really fun/networking trip to Denver and Colorado Springs. The Lord opened the door for me ride along with my sweet friend Louanne as she called on Focus on the Family and a few other Christian bookstores. I had the opportunity to see books I helped to promote on their shelves. That was a really WOW moment for me. I also got to share the story of my upcoming book.

South Pearl Street fast became my favorite spot in town. Quaint homes, interesting restaurants, and neat shops. We found it when Jill and I met with John, an urban missionary, and one of my Tribe Writer accountability partners. John and I meet with two other writers on a regular basis to discuss progress on our goals, give feedback on each other’s work and prayer together.

John introduced me to Brandon who has a ministry called My Quiet Cave for people who have the challenge of living with Bipolar disorder. I am AMAZED at the beautiful thing God is doing in that ministry. The church struggles to meet the needs of this community and God is changing that through this ministry. WOW! One of the books I plan to write happens to be a prayer book for families who live with the ups and downs of bipolar disorder. So I feel that our meeting had God’s fingerprints on it.

The HIGHLIGHT of my trip was seeing my friend Joanne Heim. Three years ago she had a major stroke and I’ve been praying for her since. She is doing well. Life is certainly FAR from EASY! But God has assured me that when it comes to Joanne and her future, It Is Well!

Joanne’s life has changed radically. Her today and her future does not look like she expected it to. And I wonder…

What would your confidence (my confidence) in God look like after a life-altering stroke in the prime of your life?

if you lost your ability to ____If you lost your ability to (______________) would you find yourself confident that God is able, through His mighty power at work in you and through you, to do infinitely more than you can ask or imagine? (Eph. 3:20)

It’s a personal, emotional, dying to yourself fight to look past the obstacles in front of us and look at God.

I’d like to encourage you to pray for Joanne and then pray for yourself.

Here’s my prayer for you and me:

Abba Father!

You see this world of brokenness around us. Help us to see it in light of Who You are – the Healer, the Redeemer, the One who makes all things new.

While body parts, brain chemicals, and relationships go awry, You are steady, sturdy, unchanging.

Change our mindsets so that regardless of our earthly influence, we are focused on You – Your strength.

Let our biggest weakness be the platform for the world around us to experience Your love and power.

Recreate our confidence in You so that our moment by moment heart cry is this: “My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Psalm 73:26 NLT

In Jesus’ strong name I pray. Amen

God Can Restore Our Brokenness

You and I have several things in common. Neither of us are perfect. Both of us have failed God and the people we love most. And we were born into a family with some flaws.

Maybe you feel like you are the one who broke the family’s perfect record. I doubt it. If your family seemed so perfect before you lost your way, your brokenness likely gave them a glimpse into their own faulty heart. Because seriously, there is no one without sin. The one judging your sin is just as guilty.

God sent Jesus to make a way for every sinner to have beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, and praise instead of despair. Instead of living a wimpy life, we can be as sturdy as an oak, because of Jesus. (Isaiah 61:3)

Are you focused on the Ancient Ruins? What your family has done? What you have done or might do?

focus on God not the problem

This verse woke me up to HOPE.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them, though they have been deserted for many generations. Isaiah 61:4 NLT

The stiff-necked Israelites would sin their way into captivity and our merciful God would free them. Then God would help them rebuild what was lost during those years.

God’s enemy wants us to see devastation and captivity in our family line and expect nothing but more of the same. He wants you and me to feel like we will never find our way out of the habits, addictions, and other illnesses that seem etched in our DNA. He would like you to forget about the “new creation” God is very able to fulfill in you.

Our confidence must be based on what God has done and can do.

If we are to experience a #ConfidenceRevival, then we MUST keep our eyes off of people and on to our Almighty God. Because ….

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Let’s get real with God on this subject. I’ll go first.

Thank You God for being this merciful and powerful.

I believe You are able to restore the brokenness in me and my family. But my faith is fragile.

I want to become sturdy as an oak.

Here are my ancient and not so ancient ruins. I confess that I am not able to rebuild them on my own. Shepherd me to a more complete dependence on You.

Make me whole and use me to build other’s confidence in You.

In Jesus name, I pray. Amen

10 Simple Prayers for Your Marriage {Confidence Revival}

In our #ConfidenceRevival, we are focusing on  a life changing, marriage changing and world changing dependence on God.

relying on God

Today we pray God’s Word, declaring the truth that He is able to secure our marriages. These prayers guide us in surrendering our hearts and minds to the Most High God. We pray these in the name of Jesus, the name above all names.

Help me to grasp the reality of your love for me and for _________. (Ephesians 3:14-19) [Read more...]