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Freedom from Fear and Unnecessary Self-Defense {Freedom Friday}

For over a year, I’ve been asking God to slay my pride. I can’t take credit for the prayer request. God himself prompted me to pray it during my dad’s extended illness. The situation was so much bigger than I could handle in my own strength. I knew God was directing me to pray in a way that would preserve me and bring healing.

I’ve caught a few glimpses of the pride in me that God wants to slay. One of the reoccurring themes is defending myself. I tend to defend my ideas in fear that I would not be respected as smart or understood. This self-defense in not always expressed in words. Many times, I tell myself that I will not be heard. So I dream up a potential conflict. Then I decide I will not get my point across and give up. By then I’m bristled by an imaginary battle and angry that I lost. (I’m shaking my head at how stupid that sounds and how vulnerable I’m getting)

Prickly plants like this one paint the picture well.

Self defense fear or real threat

I’ve got thorns that keep me from interacting with “Mr. or Mrs. Whomever”.

The bottom line is: I might not express myself well and you might think I’m an idiot.

Is that a Fear-Induced Idea or Real Threat? 

It feels like a real threat. But I am not supposed to trust my feelings (Jeremiah 17:9). And my gracious God is revealing the fear-induced ideas that I am allowing Sir Pride to defend.

God is also teaching me to ask Him questions. (Less Pride= More Freedom to Ask Questions = Healthier Jennifer) Join me in asking Him this question:

Am I defending myself from real threats or fear-induced ideas?

My Prayer for Us is this:

Abba Father, thank You for being a safe place to ask personal questions.

I invite You to reveal the unnecessary battles we are fighting in our minds and our relationships. Allow Your Truth to transform our thoughts. Replace the prickly points of contention with Your peace, joy, and unity.

Help us, Holy Spirit, to live fearlessly. You are our Defender. We relax in this Truth!

In the name of Jesus, I declare that we are FREE from fear and the pride that defends it.  Amen

Would you pray this with me? for me? Add to our dialogue with God in the comments below, or in an email back to me. Let me know how I can pray for you.

Let’s enjoy the freedom God let Jesus purchase for us.

Freedom Fridays

Jesus makes people free

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. Isaiah 61:1

 

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Receiving Easter

Last week, I shared with you the welsh hymn, Here is Love. The song has been at the forefront of my heart for days now. This line seems to be searing itself into my heart: “Grace and love like mighty rivers flow incessant from above.”

receiving easter love

I believe God has been preparing me to receive this truth in a much deeper place within me.

I’ve heard the words grace and love often – but I saw them floating by. Or maybe I saw them as a facts, beautiful pillars of truth in the landscape of my faith in Christ. I’ve touched them, enjoyed them, sat under the shade of them. I delighted to hear about them, study them, and tell about them. They are remarkable, aren’t they?

But have I felt them race toward me so powerfully, so purposefully – the way a river rages?

Have I seen myself as the recipient of them rushing towards me on purpose? Have I recognized that they never relent?

Today, I see it more clearly. Even as I type these words, I am seeing it. The verbs of love and grace. I am starting to experience the reality of Jesus’ relentless pursuit.

Today, at forty five years old, I received a taste of this raging river of Easter love. I’ve been a bit of an emotional mess. And yet, I’m more OK than I’ve ever been.

How was Easter love revealed to you today?

Here is Love, an Easter Prayer

I woke up with the words of a beautiful hymn playing on the radio of my heart today. It’s a welsh hymn titled Here is Love. The first words paint such a beautiful picture! “Here is love, vast as the ocean, Lovingkindness as the flood, When the Prince of Life, our Ransom, Shed for us His precious blood.”

It’s our Resurrection heritage. This love that can not be contained or experienced all at one time – it’s just too big to comprehend. It is our  ”everything can be made new again” and “nothing is impossible with God” present hope.

See these words from the song. Let God use them to paint a picture for you.

Grace and love, like mighty rivers

Poured incessant from above [Read more...]

Grasping the Gospel of Jesus

Would you die to save the life of  your spouse?

What about your kids? If their life was in danger, could you take the bullet?

Could you die for the person who tells lies about you?

Would you trade your life for the boss who yells at you?

Would you die for the beggar on the corner? What if that beggar killed your son and walked free?

would you take a bullet for a beggar?

[Read more...]

God Answers Prayer: $80k Education Expenses Covered

I’m on a mission to encourage you and others that our God answers prayer.

God invites us to pray about everything. Meanwhile, His enemy wants to discourage us from making the effort to pray and believing prayer will make a difference.

Have you experienced this discouragement? Me too! 

God invites us to participate in His will being done by praying. Our church prayer team joined Chelsia Harris in praying for God to provide one hundred percent of her doctoral program expenses.  Chelsia shares her inspiring testimony of God leading her to enter the program and then providing for it in this short video:

God used Chelsia’s story to encourage me to keep praying. I hope it does the same for you.

Our God Answers Prayer! So keep praying.

Get more true accounts of answered prayers,in my free ebook: Prayers Spoken, Lives Changed: God’s Extraordinary Love in 18 Ordinary Lives. With it you will also begin receiving the Prayerfully Speaking email newsletter.

Praying God’s Name & Freedom Fridays

God is revealed to us by the names or titles He is given in the Bible. 

Jehovah Nissi (The Lord is My Banner) is found in Exodus 17:15:

“And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner.”

I picture banners as signage at sporting events. And this amazing scene.

The Lord is My Banner

Image Credit: Beverly & Pack

So how is the Lord a banner?

In battle, opponents once flew a flag on a pole at their own front line. The flag was a sign of hope to them. The warriors could focus on the flag, remember for whom they fought, and press on.

With an altar, Moses declared  that Joshua and his army had fought and won against the Amalekites because the Lord was Israel’s banner. God directed them through Moses’ leadership. Victory came as Moses stood on the mountain holding the staff of God in the air with Aaron and Hur helping Him. (Exodus 17:8-16)

God is our banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point. With eyes on the victorious God, we will not lose heart.

But you have raised a banner for those who fear you–a rallying point in the face of attack. Now rescue your beloved people. Answer and save us by your power. Psalm 60:4-5

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD. Proverbs 21:31

Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37

Knowing God (Jehovah: the God who reveals Himself unceasingly) as our banner (Nissi) should give us great peace and bold courage. And that knowledge should affect how we communicate with Him.

Let’s pray together to Jehovah Nissi: The Lord is My Banner.

I praise You, Lord: Jehovah Nissi. You are the Victorious God who fights and wins against the prince of this world. I am proud to fight under Your leadership.

You are the God who fights for me and leads me into victory against temptation and distraction. You have saved me. You are saving me today. I believe in Your power to save others.

I bless Your name, Jehovah Nissi. Use me to demonstrate bold courage and great peace in this very real spiritual battle.

Infuse my thoughts with the sure victory You desire to bring into every marriage and family.

I will raise my hands in faith that You are wining the fight in the spiritual realm. Let the people praise You because they see my faith in You.

Introducing Freedom Fridays

Jesus makes people free

The enemy of our souls wants to discourage us. His battle plans include smoke screens of defeat. He hopes that you and I will forget that Jesus’ purpose was and still is to set captives free. Jesus is fighting and winning all around us. Freedom Fridays will be a time to focus on the victories.

I will be sharing true accounts of victory in the spiritual battle. I would love to share your story too.

How  has Jesus has become your focus and encouragement in the battle against good and evil?

an April You Want to Remember

Do you have enough joy in your days? 

Maybe that’s a DUMB question. But I’m not calling myself, dumb, here.

The waiter stops by your table and asks the question, “Would you like a refill on your joy?” And you say, “__________”.

Me? I say, “I’ll take a refill now and be sure to stop by again soon, ok!”

The #JoyMission: to experience more joy and share joy continues with this free printable. It is packed with daily joy prompts including quotes, songs, Scriptures, assignments and prayers.

Let’s declare April 2014 a Joy-Filled month you will remember! Click to download the Word doc or PDF and get started today.

printable to experience more joy and share it

image credit: Symmetry_Mind

a New Glimpse at the Real Jesus

I’ve been thinking about this verse lately:

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6

It’s one I’ve heard all my church-going life. You too?

My mental image of Jesus in this verse is changing. It’s a refreshing change for me. I hope it will be for you too.

I blogged about it here and would love for you to click on over and read: On the Beach with Jesus where the Waters of Salvation Lap at Our Feet.

jesus is the way, truth, light

Noah: the Movie, the Bible, our Culture and Prayer {Guest Post}

Today we address a very important topic. Our culture and the Bible and how they intersect in the NOAH movie. BibleGeekGoneWild.com blogger and AuthorTalks Podcaster, Shaun Tabatt has seen the movie. I respect his opinion very much and invited him to share his insights with us. 

Christian perspective of Noah - the MovieRussell Crowe’s film NOAH releases today in theaters. As many of you are aware, there has been substantial controversy in the media over whether or not Christians should support this film. I was in the unique position to attend the NOAH press Junket in Beverly Hills, CA last weekend, where I viewed the final cut of the film and participated in a roundtable Q&A discussion with Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. In the days leading up to the press event, I had been listening to the audiobook edition of Mark Batterson’s book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day (Multnomah Books, 2008). The following quote gave me substantial food for thought: [Read more...]

Transport God’s Blessing

One of last week’s  Joy Missions has my mind hovering around Isaiah 12:2-3. Since we started the Joy Mission blog series, the word “JOY” jumps off the page each time I see it. (So cool!) I read these words and my heart just wanted to linger.

“See, God has come to save me.
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
The Lord God is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.”

With joy you will drink deeply
from the fountain of salvation!

Transport the Blessing with Your Words

speak blessings from God's word

We started 2014 together speaking blessings from God’s Word. God prompted me to add these verses to our list of spoken blessings. [Read more...]