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Day 24 – I’m hungry for more

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Day 24 350x268 Day 24   Im hungry for moreOne of the questions I’ve asked the LORD many times over the years is “LORD, how do I walk in all the power that You’ve made available to me, so that the world can really see who You are? How do I show the world You?” I’m hungry for more…

I get so discouraged when I go through the same issues again and again, and I see others do it too. I know in my ‘knower’ that Jesus can break those cycles and mindsets and set us free from them forever. There’s plenty of evidence of it all throughout the New Testament. He told a sickness to go or commanded health, and it happened straight away! No hesitation, no coming back to the prayer line another couple of times before it worked, just instant healing. Now, if He said that we would do even greater works than He did, then I want to do them! I want to see people walking free from physical sickness and from mind sickness (which we all have in various areas). It hurts me too much to see people still walking around with problems that Jesus can fix in a second! I’m hungry for more…

I met a friend for coffee the other day and they aren’t Christian. But, as generally happens with my secular friends, they steer the conversation round to ‘religion’ and they’re usually prefaced with statements like “I’m not religious, but…”.
I used to be so worried about how I would answer questions like ‘Where do dinosaurs fit into the Bible?’ and ‘How did the population increase if there was only Adam, Eve, Cain & Abel?’. I would get so worried about letting God down or ruining His reputation because I didn’t have a definitive answer. This drove me to study relentlessly thinking that I could learn all there was to know and thus be able to refute every argument anyone came up with. There came a point in my journey with God where I learned to let that go. I believe that if I am to respond to anything that anyone says, the Holy Spirit will tell me what to say. If He doesn’t say anything then He knows what He’s doing and He’s big enough to look after His own reputation. Phew…
So, at the end of our discussion this person said something that is still ringing in my ears. They said, “The Bible isn’t logical and I am a logical person. SHOW ME that God is real and then I might believe.”
Those two words revved up the fire in my belly and fanned the flames to the point where I burn with the passion to move up to the next level. Of course, if (and when) my life is such that when people meet me, they meet Jesus, they will then see who He is and not just hear words that make no sense to them. They will experience His love and power. They will walk away changed, healed, loved on and set free from stuff that has plagued them for years! I’m hungry for more…

So now my ‘ask’ of the LORD is to heal me, love on me, show me how to be so aware of Him and to walk so closely with Him that the world sees Him when they look at me. I’m hungry for more…and He’s showing me!

I’ve just read this line and it says it perfectly. A lady really wanted to step up and Jesus said to her…

‘You provide the effort and I’ll provide the strength’

Thank You LORD – here we go!!!!!

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Day 23 – Truth vs Lies

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5169044 s 350x268 Day 23   Truth vs LiesToday has been one of those days that are full of fabulousness as well as drudgery. Ever get those?

Some of the things that happen are simply amazing and then some of the things feel like you’re wading through syrup.

I had a wonderful QT with the LORD this morning where He downloaded an outline of an idea that is so exciting. I then met an old friend for coffee and left, buzzing. On my walk home I listened to an amazing teaching that had me all fired up. What a morning!

By the time I got home, I was tired (I haven’t been sleeping so well lately), so I decided to have a ‘recharge nap’ but sleep evaded me and I lay awake staring at the ceiling before finally deciding to just get up and do something. Now, all the work I’m trying to do just feels like I’m trudging through thick mud.

When things like this happen, I ask the Holy Spirit to show me what’s really going on.

This is what He led me to:

Ephesians 2:10(AMP)

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

And this is what I wrote:

I see God actually looking at a plan and saying,” I will make one human being and she will be called Lisa and she will do this during her lifetime. I will make one called Frans and he will do this during his lifetime. Frans and Lisa will meet when they are 21 and 24 and this is what will have happened in each of their lives up until the time they meet and this is what will happen in each of their lives after they meet and this is how, where, when they will meet. He did this because He is kind and so that the world would see His goodness in, and through, us. All part of His wonderful plans. WOW!

It is quite astounding how reading the Truth of what God has to say, can shed so much light on a situation that it gets resolved quickly and completely. The Truth is that my ‘today’ was already written and planned out before I was even a twinkle in my dad’s eye (J). Now, my choice is to see the kindness and goodness of God which will automatically put a huge grin on my face and I will be glad, or to continue to see things as a struggle and stay sad and mad.

Oh my word! I choose to be glad LORD. Truth beats lies every time. Thank You!

 

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Day 22 – Lead me not into temptation…

Temptation

4182615 s 350x326 Day 22   Lead me not into temptation……but deliver me from evil (Mat 6:13)

One of the greatest things I used to struggle with as a Christian was the incredible sense of guilt I felt when I didn’t do what the Bible said to do. When I got angry at a stupid driver or felt deeply jealous of someone else’s success (just to name two), I’d beat myself up for days and feel as if I’d failed miserably and really hurt God’s heart.

In the early days I would feel like I’d let ‘the process’ down. Like I’d failed to stay the course that I had committed myself to – that of being a Christian. It was like this Christianity thing was a new project for me to conquer. Unfortunately for me, it proved to be much more difficult than anything I’d ever done before. At least that’s what I thought in the early years. Now I know that it’s exactly the opposite…but more on that later.

So, just like everyone else, I had ‘temptations’. Both those common to everyone, as well as my own special little hangups. Things like trying to eat healthily and staying fit (giving up eating so much chocolate was the worst). I had a bad temper that used to flare up at the drop of a hat and I really struggled to calm it down. I had always relied on my own ability and proactivity, so laying that down and learning to hear from, and trust God, was difficult for me.

I would go to bed after making yet another decision to ‘get it right tomorrow’, only to mess up in some area again. I would get so mad at myself and call myself ‘stupid’ and ‘useless’ and sometimes I’d just stay in that place of feeling worthless, for days on end. Eventually when the worst of the condemnation had subsided, I’d decide to try again.

This went on for years!

I got to the point where I was sick and tired of the cycles of ‘up and down’. Sometimes feeling on top of the world and sometimes just wanting to be squashed under it.

Then I heard a teaching on temptation that blew my incorrect thinking out of the water. I had always thought that to feel tempted meant that I was weak and wasn’t being a strong enough Christian. I thought it meant that I’d failed, yet again and I would go into the cycle of condemnation, guilt and recovery again.
What I learned was that it’s not the ‘feeling tempted’ that God knows isn’t good for us, but the ‘falling into it’. There’s a big difference between the two.

So I started looking at this more closely and asking the Holy Spirit to show me where it happened in my life, so that He and I could get it healed. I began to see that when something happened that would trigger anger in me, I started to become aware of what was happening far more quickly than I used to. I’d ‘wake up’ to the fact that I was gwtting angry and be able to see what was happening as if I was looking in on the situation. This gave me the opportunity to decide whether I would continue going down the path of being angry or if I’d choose to stop.

God knows that one of the devil’s main tactics against us is to tempt us to do things that God says aren’t healthy for us. It will happen all day long because he’s always trying to get us to feel bad or do bad. It’s what he does.

The difference is whether we fall for it or not.

Being tempted means that something happens to ‘push our buttons’. In my case today, I felt like I hadn’t worked hard enough (we all have areas where we’re particularly vulnerable).
Someone might cut you off in traffic or clothes are left lying on the floor even though you’ve asked for them to be put in the hamper 100 times or someone gets a promotion that you think you deserve or the checkout lady is rude to you etc. Whatever it is that can push your buttons, it will come along and try to tip you over the edge into a full-blown reaction. Allowing these reactions to happen is what is called ‘falling into temptation’ and that’s what God knows is not good for us at all.

When I understood the difference between ‘being tempted’ and ‘falling into temptation’, I was so relieved. Now I knew that I could ask the Holy Spirit to help me to become aware of being tempted and then ask Him for help not to fall into it. I realized that there would always be temptation around me and that the devil was actively trying to get me to fall into it and act on what I saw/experienced/felt. When I really ‘got’ this, I stopped feeling bad for my initial reactions to tempting situations but I also realized that this meant that I was aware of the CHOICE I now have to fall into them or not. Now I have the awareness of what is happening and it will be my choice to stay out of it or fall into it. This will determine how much I access the grace that God gives me to help me not to fall into it, once I’m aware of it.

When a situation comes up now, the Holy Spirit quickly makes me aware of what’s happening and, most of the time, I quickly repent (say I’m sorry and make a decision to go in God’s direction and not the devil’s) and quickly access the grace to be able to let the situation go. Then I ask for wisdom to know what is really going on and what to do about it. I ask the Holy Spirit to heal whatever is still hurting in me that causes there to be that button that the devil can push and then I just say thank You for ‘rescuing me’, receive God’s forgiveness and I shake it off and move on. This all takes a couple of seconds and happens many times a day.

I’m so grateful for Jesus giving me the opportunity to do this because of what He did on the Cross. I’m so grateful that He knows what I’m going through and has given me the opportunity to hold on tight to the Holy Spirit and get His help, every moment of the day. Wow! I’m so grateful that I no longer have to live through those massive highs and lows that I used to. Now, it’s easier to realize what’s happening and I’m quicker to access all the help that God has put in place to help me recover instantly and completely and just move right on with life. I’m so grateful that all of this doesn’t rely on my effort in order to be successful – it’s totally God’s strength and goodness that makes the whole thing work. Now I realize that being a Christian isn’t complicated at all, it’s really very, very simple. Not always easy, but very simple. Love God (wonderful Father God, amazing Jesus and precious Holy Spirit) and let them show me how truly astounding they are and how very much they love me too.

I’m just so very, very grateful.

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Day 21 – Dream, dream, dream…

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I’m constantly learning, but one of the things that I fall down on is implementing all that I learn. Sometimes it’s because I simply learn too much and there isn’t time left over to implement. Sometimes it’s because there are blocks in my thinking that stop me implementing. Sometimes it’s ‘overwhelm’ and sometimes it’s simply laziness.

Over the past few days I’ve been remembering the lessons I’ve learned about grace. Before I went to sleep last night I read an article about how God’s power is shown to be strong in our weakness. I was reminded of the verse where He says ‘let the weak say I am strong’ and ‘let the poor say I am rich’. It’s calling the Truth of God’s word and His promises into our lives, even while the circumstances around us say the complete opposite.

So, after hearing a podcast and reading this article, I went at it with renewed vigour this morning. I sat and dreamed about exactly what I want to happen in my business. I mean, exactly. How many people I want to talk to via Social Media every day. What I want the statistics page to look like. The fact that I want to be a New York Times Bestselling Author. I imagined the changes I want to see in people’s lives because of hearing God’s word through me. I saw the smiles on people’s faces. I saw marriages being healed, children being nurtured and friendships being put back together again. I felt the feeling I always feel when I am standing on a stage talking to an audience about how amazing life is with God. I saw my lost friends and relatives realizing that the only answer is Jesus and finally laying down the heavy burdens of their lives.

The pictures were vivid. The emotions were real. The joy was amazing.

The funniest thing happened. The more I dreamed, the more I felt like what I was dreaming could really happen. It made what I had only previously hoped for, much more real… and I started getting excited by the possibilities.

Now traditionally I’m not very good at keeping something up once ‘ve started it. I get hooked on the excitement of a ‘new thing’ but my enthusiasm tends to fizzle out close to the middle. So, if I want to continue doing something all the way through to the end, I really need help.

This is where the teaching about grace and ‘calling thinbgs that aren’t yet visible, into being’ will be great for me. I’m a visual person which means that I can easily see what something will look like, but am not so hot at building a model of it or listening to someone talk for 2 hours non-stop. So, this practice of visualizing what I dream about is a fab way to help me stay connected and interested.

As I start this I’m going to start at the place where all power comes from – God. I’m not going to do this by myself (been there, done that and felt the pain of failure too many times). I’m going to take a deep breath and ask for God’s help. It seems like a ‘no brainer’ doesn’t it? He is almighty God. He knows how to love on people via social media. He knows how to write books that the world will read. He knows how to mend a broken relationship so that it’s whole again. He knows how to help me to finish what I start.

So, the first thing I’m going to do is just rest in the fact that He is so amazing. Rest in the fact that I am His much beloved little girl. Do you know that He thinks about me ALL the time?! He has these beautiful plans all laid out for every day of my life and everything in them is only there to make sure that I am so blessed that I’m in total awe of what He does. He likes to show off like that J. It blesses Him so much when I trust that He has it all sorted out; that He really can do things that would blow my mind. It’s like giving Him permission to flex His muscles on my behalf and to just knock my socks off as I marvel at who He is.

And do you know what the amazing thing is? He feels the same way about you! Woohoo!

In all the areas that I feel so inadequate I’m just going to dream about what life will look like when God fills in my gaps with His wisdom and power. Then He’ll add His rocket fuel anointing power to the whole thing and astounding results will follow! And He will get all the glory for what has been done because it will be so much more than I could ever have done on my own!

Just a few of the verses that I will rely on during my journey:

  • Philippians 2:13
  • Philippians 4:13
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Ephesians 3:20

 

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Day 20 – I’m starting with the woman in the mirror…

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Day 20 267x350 Day 20   Im starting with the woman in the mirror...I’ve woken up this morning after a night filled with random and confusing dream snippets. I am getting used to waking up and writing the dreams down because I know that one of the ways God talks to us is through our dreams.

. I figure that if I’m faithful to record them and ask Him what they mean, I’ll hear all the more clearly.

When I woke up and talked through the dreams with my husband, I saw that a common theme emerged and so now I know that I need to ask God what to do with what I dreamt. I’ll also know to be on the lookout for anything that happens around me that corresponds to that theme.

My husband’s answer to my question of why I dreamt all of these things was that he reckons that when we’re in a hotel, our sensitive spiritual antennae pick up what is happening in other people’s lives. Very interesting…

We went down to breakfast and saw a fascinating interaction between two people. This hotel chain prides itself on its service to white collar workers as there are quite a few international business parks surrounding it and they are its usual clientele. The restaurant was beautifully laid out and the food looked delicious. As we sat there eating I noticed that we were the only couple and all the rest of the people were individuals eating breakfast alone. An Asian man came in and was shown to his seat by an older white woman who was a waitress. In between her seating him and him putting his breakfast down, he decided to move table (there were plenty available). As soon as he’d put his plate on his table she came up to him, and in a voice loud enough to be heard by everyone, looked at him and said, “That’s not your table, this one is”. Even I was embarrassed for him!

It’s so interesting looking at the way we all interact with each other. My perception of what went on is that even though the woman was, in this scenario, the server of the man, she felt superior to him and thus justified in talking to him this way because she was white and he was Asian; she was British and he was a foreigner (just my perception of the circumstances).

The roles we either put ourselves into, or are put into, are varied and change throughout the day. For instance – while someone is at their job and is a customer service representative for example, they are the server of the client and thus having to cater to that client’s needs. This all happens because the ‘server’ is at the mercy of the ‘servee’. The server caters to the servee’s needs because they want the servee’s money in exchange for the service they’re offering. Yet the moment the server’s shift is over, they shed that persona and revert to being on even ground with the person they were just serving. Now, because they’re free of the role of having to cater to the other person, they will put on whatever their ‘normal’ persona is – bully, introvert, social misfit, dominator, intellectual, party girl etc etc. We change these personas to fit each situation we’re in throughout the day, depending on the circumstances we’re in, our past conditioning and how we want those circumstances to turn out.

As I parked back to the hotel after dropping my husband off at work, I found a parking spot and drove into it forwards. Now, let me stop right here and say that I think I’m a pretty good driver. Others do too and have commented on it. So, it’s a particular point of pride for me.

Our car is big and long, so as I went into this space, it was difficult to straighten the car sufficiently in order to leave enough room for the doors of the cars either side of me to open comfortably because my car was at an angle. I was between the lines but I know how mad I get when I can’t get into my car because someone else has parked skew in their space. So, I reversed in and out another twice before the car was exactly square and everyone had room. As I was doing this, there was a gentleman standing outside the hotel, having a cigarette and he was watching me. Now I’ve seen enough videos on the internet of women doing silly things when they drive, to have an idea of what this guy might be thinking. My pride was getting severely dented because I hadn’t got this manoeuver right the first time and I was becoming so embarrassed that I was willing to wait in the car until he’d gone inside so that I didn’t have to face him. As I switched off the engine, I asked myself a question. “What was your motivation for trying to park the car squarely in the space?” Did it take you 3 tries because you’re a bad driver or because you wanted to give the driver each side of you enough space to comfortably get into their car?”

When I realised that I did it out of consideration I then asked myself, “Are you happy with your reasons and can stand tall in them without having to worry about what the man might be thinking?” Phew…loaded question!

I realized that I could. I was happy with my reasons – whether he knew them or not and regardless of what his opinion was!

I still had that tweak in my tummy when I got out of the car and saw him there, but I squared my shoulders, reminded myself of my answer to the question and walked right on by J

As I looked out of our hotel room window at the cars parked in the parking lot, I thought about all of the different stories behind the owner’s of each car. Just like all the stories I dreamed about last night, the lady and the gentleman at breakfast, the man in the car park and me – each person has their own story. Each person has their own fears, confidences, pride, insecurity, history and future. Each story is completely unique and different to anyone else’s. In every interaction we have with another human being every day, we bring our own story and it meets up with their story. Every time this happens it writes another part in each of our stories, as our world’s touch for a time.

I listened to a podcast of a well-known preacher on my way back to the hotel and in it he was reminding us that we’re ‘masterpieces’. He told a story of how an elderly man passed away in complete poverty and when his home was cleared out, they found an old painting on the wall. They sold this to someone for a little bit of money and then this person took the painting to an art gallery. Turns out it was created by a famous artist and was eventually sold for 3 million dollars. All that time the old man lived in such poverty, he had $3 million hanging on the wall by his chair. He had all that treasure but never knew it. Similarly with us. We have been created by THE master painter and are tremendously valuable as a result. Most of us don’t think about how amazing we are but choose, instead, to belittle and criticize ourselves.

When we can look at not only ourselves, but every other person we come into contact with every day, as the masterpieces we all are, imagine how much more amazing each day would be. Love would disarm so many potentially harmful interactions and we’d all be more comfortable with who we really were created to be.

I can dream of what the world would look like if we all acted this way, but I think the place that I have to start, is with me. As Michael Jackson sang ‘I’m starting with the man in the mirror’.

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Day 18 – The Armor of God

Armour of God

Day 18 350x275 Day 18   The Armor of GodI shared a little about this in a previous post. That’s one of the great things about this journey with God though – He doesn’t stop helping you to overcome something that’s wrong, until it is completely healed. No matter how many times it has to be dealt with.

I had a lovely QT with God this morning, just dreaming about the future and going over things that are currently happening in my life. I ask Him what to do about these situations and He either brings something to my mind that helps me to see the situation clearly or He leads me on a ‘thought journey’ that explains a little more. There’s always a ‘next step’ to be taken in my day. I may not get a full answer or understanding, but I always get a ‘next step’ – even if that means to do nothing about it for now.

We’re re-decorating our house at the moment and there’s a room that is almost finished. We’ve stripped everything back and we had a last coat of paint to put on so that it can be ready for us to move furniture into tomorrow. I got up and went straight to do my portion of the painting, figuring that the longer it has to dry, the better. After that I got ready for the day and was making breakfast at the time I usually do. Because of the painting and a much needed thorough clean of the kitchen, I hadn’t yet put my make-up on by the time I am normally at my desk. When my schedule is disrupted like that I begin to feel a knot of fear starting to develop in my stomach. It’s the weirdest feeling. It feels like when you’ve been called to the Head Teacher’s office and you know you’re in trouble. The more time I knew I’d be away from my desk, the stronger the feeling got, until my tummy felt like it was tied in knots.

I’m beginning to recognize that this feeling isn’t peaceful, and therefore it’s not from God. That’s my indicator that I need to ask the Holy Spirit for help to correct whatever is wrong.

  • First, I ask Him what it is that is going on. It doesn’t help to try to ‘blanket’ fight everything. You have to know what it is that you’re facing.
  • When I know what it is, I then ask how I must deal with it.

The answer I got was that it was fear that had come up and that I needed to calm down the root thoughts behind it. These thoughts were that if I didn’t complete a certain amount of hours of work today then we would be short of money this month.

(When I say that I got an answer, it’s like a thought comes into my mind and all I need to do is let the fear loose for a bit and see what it’s saying and then I have my answer as to what needs to be gotten rid of.)

 

The Armour Of God in Eph 6:10-18 says this..

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the [a]firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness [b]produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.

16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit [d]wields, which is the Word of God.

18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

 

At the beginning of my Christian walk, I came across a little template by Kenneth Copeland Ministries that helps you to make the Word personal to you. I’ve adapted it and I just simply take a passage of scripture and do two things..

  • Insert my name and make it personal (like it’s being spoken directly to me)
  • Read, pause and ask “Lord, what do I need to do in this situation?”

So, as this knot sat tightly gripping my insides, I took out my Bible and began to apply the two steps to my current problem. This is what it looked like…

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10 In conclusion Lisa, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

* So, Lisa, when you either a) don’t have the strength you need or b) you don’t know what to do, then draw strength/wisdom/ability from God because you’re connected to Him. He’s got everything you need in order to fix what’s happening.

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11 Lisa, put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

* Lisa, instead of letting the devil run all over you, use the tools God’s given you and you’ll be able to successfully stand up against every lie that the devil is trying to get you to believe. You’ll be able to stand up against every strategy that he’s using to get you off your path!!

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12 Because I am not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

* It’s not what is in front of my eyes (what I can see and what I’m experiencing right now) that is what I need to deal with, it’s whatever is going on in the spirit realm.

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13 Therefore I’m going to put on God’s complete armor, so that I may be able to resist and stand my ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in my place].

* So because the fight is in the spirit realm, I’m going to use the tools that God has given to me to use because I know that those tools will be successful. I’ll then really be able to resist the temptation to sin and stick to my faith in You. Lord, You will then tell me what to do (all that the crisis demands) and once I’ve done that I’ll be standing firmly where I’m safe.

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14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

* As I stand where I’m safe then, I will remind myself of the Truth in this situation – I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control (2 Tim 1:7). My God will meet all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phi 4:19) and even before I was born, You had written in your book
everything I would do. (Psa 139:16) so I don’t need to be afraid of not completing what You sent me to do.

I now have the power of God and I will use it to do what the Holy Spirit tells me to do!

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15 I put on the shoes of the Gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] by it. 

* Everywhere I go and in everything I do, I will show the world what it looks like to be in love with You Jesus. I’m ready to do what You’ve called me to do. Thank You so much for helping me.

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16 Lisa, lift up the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

* I BELIEVE what God says and NOT what you say satan! God’s plans for me are amazing and I choose to believe what He says! (Just this declaration completely stops anything that the devil has sent to mess with me)

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17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

* I am God’s child! I’ve accepted and received what Jesus did for me and I’m set FREE from having to sin (miss the mark) and I’m doing the best I can every day. I’m free from your manipulation. I’m free from fear. I’m free from poverty and manipulation.

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18 Lisa, pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. Keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

* I pray in the Spirit, on purpose and when You prompt me to Holy Spirit. I know that You then give me the wisdom I need in order to deal with what I’m facing. Thank You so much J

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I tell you – once you’ve done this you’re on fire! You’re so filled up with all the promises of God and all that only He can do, that you feel invincible (and the truth is that you are, because of Jesus).

By the time I’d reminded myself of the Truth of what God says about me and my circumstances, I was not only no longer afraid, but I was raring to go!

The truth is that as soon as we realize that we’re on the wrong thinking track, we just need to ask the Holy Spirit
“What it is that is really going on and what do I do about it?”
He’ll then tell us which piece of the armour to use and once we’ve used it, the situation is resolved. Simply replacing a lie with the Truth. Woohoo!

I am just so amazed by the power of God’s word and the ability it has to do what God sent it to do. As I was marveling at this I thought:

“Success isn’t tied to the amount of hours that I work, but to my obedience to do what You say, when You say to do it”

Simply amazing. The Truth sets us free.

I’ve asked the Holy Spirit to let me know when I’m off track; when I’m believing lies instead of the truth and it’s getting to the stage now that as I go down the wrong thinking path, I hear the correction. I then get to choose if I’ll take God’s way or not. More and more, I choose God’s way. Nothing else even comes close.

 

 

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Day 17 – The little gems in every day

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Today was one of those days that just consist of lots of little things that all weave together to make lovely tapestry of a day.

The Holy Spirit woke me up early and I came through and spent some time with Him. I asked Him what He wanted to talk about and He shared some direction for the business and got me to work on compiling the book we’ll be releasing soon. I worked for a while and then started to feel tired and sat yawning. This is my cue that it’s time to go back to sleep because we’ve finished what He woke me up to do.

One of the things I’ve learned to do is to start a task that can continue running, while I’m doing something else. So, when I woke up later and had gotten ready for the day, I painted my nails so that they could dry while I type. I put an oil treatment on my hair that could work it’s brilliance for two hours while I work and I put dinner on to ‘slow cook’ so that it’s ready to eat before we go to class tonight. It’s amazing how much I get done by combining tasks like this. It also takes a lot of the ‘effort’ out of things – like sitting around waiting for my nails to dry before I do something that could smudge the polish. This way, my nails dry perfectly while I’m still doing other work.

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The BEST hair treatment (in my opinion icon smile Day 17   The little gems in every day

As we sat at our desks working, I looked up and saw a piece of the felt that we have on our garage roof, flip up and threaten to tear loose. The weather report forecasted gale force winds here today so I knew we’d better get out there and fix it. So, there we were climbing up ladders and clambering onto the roof, nailing down the felt as much as we could. I must admit to feeling a little like a ‘Charlie’s Angel’ (in my braver moments icon wink Day 17   The little gems in every day ) as I walked along the joist – hammer in one hand and stud nails in the other!

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The Garage roof

One of the things I love about God is the way He encourages me. I recommended to a friend of mine that they read the blog as I’m creating it so that they can see the journey of someone else who loves God. This is what they wrote in the text they sent me:

Dear Lisa. I read your blog and I was amazed how much God was speaking to me through it! It was very helpful and I do try to apply your wisdom to my life. I was always beating myself up about things. I have never felt more blessed than when I read your blog. I’m so grateful to God for sharing it with me.

My face literally felt like it was split from side to side by the smile that text brought me. It’s a high that nothing else brings. Walking in my calling and hearing how people’s lives are changed is the feeling that I live for. It makes me so very grateful to God for what He says to me and through me. It helps me to realize how much He cares, how amazingly He’s putting everything together to help us, heal us and guide us. How amazing is He!?
Throughout the day two other people sent encouragement to me and I was just so humbled by God showing me what He can do when we’re obedient to His call on our lives.

A lot of the revelation that He gives me just comes from observing the world around me. As I was sitting here, I saw the flower baskets that we hang from decorative brackets on the side of the garage, really being buffeted by the wind. As I watched, I thought – “I’d better go and take those down so that the metal brackets don’t develop a weak point because of the stress of the wind blowing the basket.”
Then my thoughts turn to other applications of ‘stress’. If that metal bracket could develop a ‘stress weakness’ then so can we. If that bracket could be saved by removing the stressor from it during this period of intense stress, then the same can work for us. So, if we’re experiencing a very high level of stress because of a short-term stressor that is not of our making and we can relieve ourself of a factor that could cause a ‘stress weakness’, then we should. Just like the act of taking the heavy basket off the bracket during these gale force winds, will enable it to be strong for longer, the same can happen to us. WOW.
When this thought pattern happens, I write it down in a document that I have on my PC. I find that the more I write them down, the more of them come. The more of them come, the more I have to share with the world that can help them. Thank You LORD!

Lastly, before I go down and eat the dinner that has been ‘slow cooking’, I caught a concept that is in the material I’m studying at the moment. The author said that the top 3 thoughts that we’re thinking all day long, determine what happens in our day. Hmmmm….
So, I have written what I want my top 3 thoughts to be and I’ve pasted it on the window right in my field of vision. They will remind me of the Truth and get me back on track when I wander off!

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Another day done and I believe it went just the way it was supposed to!

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Day 16 – I get by with a little help from my friends…

New home

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One of the things that I’ve been learning over the past few months, is how to lay my plans down before God and let His purposes happen instead. For a person like me who likes to have her plans written in stone, this is a concept that is taking me a little time to get to grips with.

So, yesterday, I had my plans and as I sat down to start my work, I received a text message. It turned out that good friends of mine were moving house and the promised number of movers from the moving company hadn’t turned up. They had to be out of the house by 1pm and things weren’t looking good! The reply I got was ‘We need bodies”. So, my husband and I put on our ‘painting’ clothes and went straight over.

By the time we got there a few more people from Church had arrived. Everyone was getting their orders and lifting, sweeping, carrying, cleaning and loading – a real hive of activity. When we arrived the rain was a fine mist and everyone just looked a little damp. But, as often happens in Britain, by the time we had gone inside and come back out again, the heavens had opened and it was tipping with rain. Needless to say we all got soaked and inbetween squelching trough the house with ‘mudless’ boots, we filled up on cups of hot tea and lots of laughter.

Half of us went to the new house while others stayed behind to clean the old one. I went off to buy sandwiches etc for everyone because it really is true that an army marches on its stomach – and these men looked hungry!

It was lovely to see everyone using their gifts for various parts of what needed to be done. The guys all broke out the muscle and moved mountains of things, all working together to get it done excellently and on time. The girls all got the cleaning things out and made the two houses shine! The organiser’s made phone calls and got food and the extroverts kept morale high by making everyone feel good.

By the time we left it was already dark and we were all rather tired, wet and sore. BUT… it felt so good to have laid aside my plans and done what God wanted done today. It really lifts your spirits to see people coming to the aid of a friend in need and helping to make their day a little easier.

All in all, an excellent day.

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Day 15 – Unconditional Love

Boytjie

IMG 0063 350x350 Day 15   Unconditional LoveI posted this on Facebook today:

I’ve had to have my precious little boy put to sleep today.

He taught me about unconditional love – purring in the depth of his being and rolling on his back to get his tummy rubbed. He curled up against my belly, nuzzled me with his nose and purposefully stuck one nail (yes, just one) into me when he was starving icon smile Day 15   Unconditional Love .

I will miss him terribly and all I can say is that he has left an indelible mark on my life.

RIP Boytjie, Mommy’s precious little boy

He was with us for 16 years and was 17 years old. We found him in a dirty alley behind a Beauty Salon I used to work in when we first came to the UK. We’d never had a cat before and the process of him getting used to us, and us, him, was a funny one indeed. On the second day we had him, he vanished. We were frantically searching all over for him, when we started to hear a faint miaowing sound above us. As we looked up we saw this tiny speck of black at the very top of a 50ft conifer! He’d been so scared that he’d climbed all the way to the top and was stuck. After a good hour of trying, we eventually got him down and he never ran away from us again. It was like he knew he’d found people that would love him and look after him.

He was my little cat. We had a special relationship and even had our own language that we ‘spoke’. We knew exactly what each other was saying, even though no-one else did. We had our routines and the things we always did together (like him cuddling up on my lap during my Quiet Time every morning.) This was, of course, after he’d jumped on our bed and plonked himself so close to me that he could put the end of his nose onto the tip of mine and breathe all his CO2 directly into my brain! This being his favourite way to wake me up so that he could be fed J.

He’d become very ill toward the end and even the vet suggested that it was now time to quietly put him to sleep. I knew this was coming and so I took the weekend before to spend time with him. I cuddled with him. I gave him his favourite food and I generally ‘loved him up’ as much as I could.

I’ve learned some great lessons by having him in my life.

I’ve learned:

  • What unconditional love looks like. It didn’t matter what I looked like, smelled like, what I’d said or what I’d done – he loved me anyway.
  • What it means to be delighted when you see someone. He lit up my face every time.
  • How to play. He loved to act like he was waiting to be cuddled and then his tail would begin to swish and I knew that ‘play fight’ time had come – hilarious (until I got caught by a razor sharp nail)
  • Responsibility for looking after an animal. Good, cute times and bad, sick times.
  • How to let my heart be cherished. He would just lie by me like I was the best thing on the planet. He adored me and I adored him. He totally trusted me and would let me carry him like a baby, hug him real tight and play fight with him.

When he went, I have learned:

  • How to let myself grieve. I’m a ‘no-nonsense’ gal and am ever quick to ‘pull myself together’. I just couldn’t this time though. I cried on and off for the whole on Monday and eventually just took myself off to bed. Now, whenever I feel sad when I remember him, I just let myself cry.
  • The importance of recording memories. I just sat down and wrote down everything I remembered about our time together. It was a wonderfully cathartic way to cry it all out and move on with a big smile on my face every time I remember.

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Day 14 – Happy Anniversary!

Anniversary

Today was our wedding anniversary.

We’re a little strange when it comes to celebrating things like birthdays and anniversaries. We will wake up and sing and maybe give a small prezzie and have a piece of cake for dessert, but other than that, it passes just like any other day.

I used to be upset about this as our relationship started off with my husband telling me this.
“I will never give you flowers because as far as I am concerned, it’s silly to kill flowers in order to give them to someone. I’d rather give you a live plant instead”
Well, that set the tone for that!

Similarly though, I am not a very creative or sentimental person, so even when I do get a card in celebration of something, I tend to throw it away straight after I’ve read it. To me, the important thing is what was written, not how it looked.

So, between the two of us, we don’t give flowers or cards! Sorry Hallmark!

Over the years though, there’s something else that we have developed a habit of doing, that serves both of us really well. We don’t wait for an occasion before we lavish love on each other, we just make sure that we do so every single day of our lives. We’re constantly telling each other that we love each other. We do little things that we both know are expressions of love (like I will make him coffee without being asked and he comes and hugs me so tightly that I wheeze icon smile Day 14   Happy Anniversary! ) We really are each other’s best friend and that permanent undercurrent of feeling safe and cherished, is far more important to us than flowers or cards ever could be.

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Day 12 – Captive thoughts

Thoughts

Thoughts 350x350 Day 12   Captive thoughtsWe went to Week 5 of our Thursday evening Bible study class last night. The topic was ‘Humanity and Sin’ which seemed like it might be a heavy one. Funny how even the thought of talking about ‘sin’ feels heavy.

We sat and talked about the fall of the first Adam and how Jesus came to set us free from all that came when Adam gave away his dominion. We debated everything from the issue of pre-destination and free will to wether it was Adam or Eve’s fault for eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was excellent and we all walked away with some more understanding of the relationship between God and us and how sin doesn’t have a hold on us anymore.

One of the best things I walked out with was the reality that being ‘legalistic’ doesn’t achieve anything. The more the teacher spoke, the more the tears ran down my face. This often happens when the Holy Spirit pinpoints something in our lives that He knows is hurting us, and begins to help us be healed. It’s just such an amazing process. He knows what is going on in our lives that isn’t God’s best for us. Areas of hurt, unforgiveness, guilt, anger that slowly eat away at us and keep us from living the amazing life Jesus gave us.

I am reading ‘The Blessing of the Lord’ by Kenneth Copeland and in it he explains that we’re being transformed from the inside out…

And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18 (Amp)

We try so hard to give up smoking by putting on a nicotine patch or going ‘cold turkey’ or whatever other ways there are. We try so hard to not get angry at the kids by trying all sorts of tricks and techniques, but in reality, all that we need to do is keep looking at Jesus. We just need to ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to keep our minds on what He did instead of what we’re doing and experiencing. As the penny was dropping in my thinking, the verses about taking our thoughts captive to Christ (2 Cor 10:5) and thinking on lovely things (Phi 4:8), came to mind.

The revelation that was dawning on me is that I am so legalistic with myself. Always trying to meet self-imposed deadlines, always setting goals and then feeling so condemned when I don’t reach them – and it’s ll because of legalism. The kicker is that Jesus did away with legalism and came to show us all about grace. All about love and rest and peace and Holy Spirit directed activity – not works! It’s the most amazing feeling when you get a revelation that you know will help you to stop doing something that is detrimental to you. It’s even better when you know that you don’t have to do it by yourself – that’s why the Holy Spirit is here to help!

I’ve learned over the years that when an issue is highlighted in my life, even though I know it’s going to hurt to look at and deal with it, I’d rather have it gone than hanging around any more. So, I have spent today just asking for help. Asking God to help me to be healed of this thing that is hurting me so much. Asking to be able to walk free of it and step into the next level of freedom that He has for me. Asking Him to help me to bring all of my thoughts into line with what God says about me and settle there. Phew…

I’d rather be looking at the Truth of what God says about me than the lies I’m being presented with. The Holy Spirit helps me to do this all the time. icon smile Day 12   Captive thoughts

 

 

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