Fit for Jesus, Mind Over Matter

About two years ago, after we had our fourth baby, my life came to a haltering stop. This feeling of being…‘stuck’ had become so prevalent that it was far too much to bare, or ignore, any longer. I felt overweight, overwhelmed, extremely exhausted, and completely out of control. After weeks of prayer and tears, I decided I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, which is sometimes what it takes to make a permanent change in our lives. I wanted something more.

Looking back, I realize it was the burdens I had become accustomed to carrying for so long, that ultimately brought me to my knees. They had become so heavy that I finally fell flat on my fanny. Enough was enough. I didn’t want to just coast through life anymore. I wanted to make a difference; and I knew that if I was going to make a difference, then I had to be willing to first allow the change to take place with me.

It was not just about my physical body. I wanted to grow spiritually and mentally also because “what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (Matthew 15:18). Our hearts are full of wickedness, at least mine is. Until we allow God to come into our hearts and start cleaning it up, we are FULL of wickedness. Worst yet, we are usually ignorant to just how ugly we actually are, or I was anyway.

I struggle with LOTS of pride. Before God got a hold of me, I had an unwillingness to surrender control, ugly UGLY amounts of unforgiveness, along with unfruitful, deceitful thinking. I still struggle with my feelings, but I choose His ways anyway. I choose to forgive, to surrender, as well as to listen and act on what His Word says. Sometimes it takes me longer to work through my stuff then other times, but it is a process. I did not get this way overnight, so I will not change overnight either.

I will continue to wrestle with my emotions until my days are complete here on earth, but I choose NOT to stay ignorant about them. I ask Him to search my heart and to show me where I am wrong. This way, I can repent, surrender it to Him, and then get the privilege to change for His glory since only He can change my heart. He knows me better than I ever will. He sees all of my heart and can change all my ugly, but it is contingent upon my willingness to put in the work required of me. It is not easy to see how ugly we are. I use to think I was a pretty good person. SHEW WEEEEE! I was WRONG. He is making me more and more into His likeness every day, but a part from Him, I am not capable of good. “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18).

Anywho, the next thing I know, I signed up for a gym membership, and purchased a brand spankin new pink Bible (oh, the smell of a newly purchased book). So here I was…gym membership in one hand, brand new pink Bible in the other. My mind was set. It was time for transformation and it was ON!!! The cross was before me and I had my new running shoes on, ready to run as far away from the world behind me as possible with no desire to turn back.

My first day in the gym was such a monumental moment in my life. Here I was determined and fully seeking God for transformation with a willingness to do whatever it took. When I started, however, I viewed physical fitness separate from my spiritual growth. I mean, I was ready to bring God to the gym with me. It was the start of my ministry outside of my home. I wanted to pray for people at the gym, read my Bible while I was at the gym, as well as praise Him with hands lifted while running or lifting weights. I just never knew how much of a transformation, impact, and ministry this was going to become. I never imagined that over time, God would take physical fitness and merge it beautifully with spiritual fitness.

I am not sure when I started to realize, but through physical fitness God was teaching me how to overcome my daily trials and temptations. He was allowing physical fitness to take place while simultaneously teaching me true fitness… how to be fit for Jesus. He took these separate desires, and turned them into something much greater than I could have imaged for His glory. HALLELUJAH!!!!

He was turning me into the man who built His foundation on rock and withstood the storms because the man’s house was built well. (Luke 6:48) For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), and will refine us, test us, and purify our hearts if we will simply surrender to His will. (Isaiah 48:10; Psalm 66:10-12; Zechariah 13:8-9; James 4:8: 2 Corinthians 7:1)

While in the gym, I use scripture like…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13; whatever you do, do it well (Ecclesiastes 9:10); when I am weak, [You] are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). We are taught that success in fitness is mind over matter. We overcome mentally, and then we can overcome physically. Sounds pretty applicable to our walk as Christ followers don’t you think? Praise God for this revolution!!!

So, you learn how to apply the same principles in life as a devoted follower of Jesus as you do in fitness, then BAM!!!… You have an equation that the devil himself will be after to destroy. Might even be one of the reasons why He attacks our nation physically because as it is best stated by Elle Woods in Legally Blond, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.”

God gave us our bodies and intended them for sleep, exercise, and food for a reason. We are not God. We need rest, a good amount of sweating during a run/walk, and a wholesome/healthy diet for a reason. It makes our bodies more equipped to face the daily trials and tribulations that are unavoidable.
To date, God has turned my insomnia into at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep. He has turned my 175lb body into 140lb muscle. He has turned my fast food into grilled chicken and vegetables, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, He has begun the process of turning my ugly into TRUE BEAUTY as I am FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE (Psalm 139:14), I am MORE PRECIOUS THEN JEWELS.

{Proverbs 3:13-18; “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is MORE PRECIOUS THAN JEWELS, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.”}

I have NEVER felt better in my life. I am running circles around who I use to be. Through fitness, this includes physical and mental, God has afforded me to genuinely LOVE people. He allows me to build people up through encouraging words, opens doorways of opportunity to pray with others, as well as establishes some pretty amazing relationships with some pretty amazing women. He started my ministry long ago; I just didn’t receive the title, Women in Waiting, until He was ready to clue me in. :-)

So, if you have never really thought about what it takes to get physically fit and compared it to what it takes to pick up your cross, daily, and follow Jesus, then I encourage you to reflect on it. Working out takes, what I like to refer to as the three D’s: drive, determination, and dedication. It takes drive to persevere, determination to endure, and dedication to never EVER give up, no matter what may come, til the very end. Sounds A LOT like something James, Paul, the disciples, the writer of Hebrews, or pretty much any devoted follower of Christ, might say.

Revivals don’t just happen; they have to start with me…with you…with the person wanting to make the difference. Remember, we can’t give away what we do not possess ourselves, and we must be willing to freely give out what we freely have received. (Matthew 10:8)

How do we receive? We receive by allowing God to change us completely. He takes our old ways, and makes them into new, shiny, STRONG, UNSHAKABLE ways.

{2 Corinthians 5:17-18; “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” }

Every time my feet step into the gym, I realize this is His time to shine through me as well as a time to teach me. To teach me what it takes to run my race well. To preserve and trust the unseen until it becomes seen. When I run, lift weights, or Zumba, I don’t see instant results. It does not happen overnight. No, it takes drive, determination, and dedication to be willing to keep pressing through until the reward is in full view.

Regardless of the how, let Him guide you through a complete transformation. Let’s get FIT FOR JESUS!!!! He knows what is going to make you run like you’ve never run before…”for those who wait for Yahweh shall renew [their] strength. They shall go up [with] wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

So whether it is in the gym, in the classroom, in the office, in the grocery story, behind a podium, at your house, or in your car, allow God to transform your old ways into a new way to truly live. Allow Him to show you that all you lose is really a way to truly gain.

{Philippians 3:7-9; “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”}

Weekly Prayer

Thank you Father for this day!

I praise Your Holy name, Lord. I am beyond grateful for the wisdom and knowledge that You afford me to have.

Thank you for allowing me to be quick to recognize the schemes of my enemy as You deliver me from the hand of the evil one.

Continue to guide me. Continue to discipline me. Purify my heart O’ God. Continue to allow discernment and knowledge into my life so that I do not fall prey to the devouring lion looking to steel, kill, and destroy my life.

The devil does NOT play fair, and I will choose NOT to be ignorant of this. You are my strength, You are my defender, but this still requires action from me as true acts of worship are acts of obedience, not just words of praise.

I recognize that like a fish swimming up stream, I too will feel the resistance of this world as I swim against the current. However, I choose the cross before me as the world becomes more and more distant behind me. I want to be in the world, loving others, but not of the world. I choose to be set a part so that Your purposes may come into fruition among the Earth as Your kingdom comes and Your will is done.

I want to do more then just hear your Word…I want to live it. I am your disciple in today’s world, and just as Jesus instructs the 12 disciples in Matthew 10:5-8….I want to give what you allow me to receive.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a]drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Thank you Lord for this day. For this is the day You have made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Forever and ever in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Weekly Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving me. You have chosen me, not by chance, but by choice, to be a part of Your purposes among the Earth. I want to be about your business through faith by works. Loving the unlovable, extending Your light to those in darkness, praying for those who are both running his/her race as well as for those who are still searching for You, while surrendering judgement of all to You.

We all fall short of the glory of God and we are all running our own individual races. My mind and my heart are Yours. There is no room for thinking about other’s shortcomings. Keep my eyes fixed on You. I receive Your acceptance through repentance, as well Your discipline and the renewing of my mind. I choose to focus on my own shortcomings, as there are plenty.

I want to have a heart pleasing to You so that I am able to meaningfully carry out all the plans You have for me. I will wait on You, Lord. I will move when you say move and stand when I am to stand, while praying and claiming Your Word. When I fail, correct me so that I do not stay off Your path long.

I refuse to be ashamed of You and all You’ve done for me. You are hope, consistency, and true justice in a world who does not know what these three characteristics truly mean. You are judge overall. I am nearly Your vessel…a servant who can do nothing without You. Abide in me, Lord, as I choose to surrender my ways and wants…my pride, so that I may truly live by abiding in You. It is worth the choice and all that comes with making that choice. For it is not me that people reject, but it is Your son’s name, YESHUA, that remains offensive to all who do not truly know You.

I praise You and give You all the glory and honor. My ministry starts at home. Help me to be a wife who respects and submits to her husband as well as a mom who disciplines, loves, and teaches Your Word to Your children through my actions first and then by my words.

These are the days that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in them. No matter what may come, because You are in control, and Lord of my life.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen! 7bb0c918739d1d34d78404f6c3fa7919

Weekly Prayer; humility

Dear heavenly Father,

I come before you today, Lord, and lay down my pride. I admit that pride is extremely natural for me, that it is very visible within my heart, and that it is the most difficult thing in my life to lay down as it is the root to all my sin.

Please forgive me, God. Only You are capable of severing this servant’s root of pride and turning it into a beautiful life lived in humility.

Christ’s whole life was a life of humility…the cross itself was the ultimate act of humility.

Redemption and salvation, which I am not capable of doing for myself, was/is only attainable through Christ, who came to serve and not to be served. That is humility. I want to know and act out that kind of humility.

I recognize that every day, and even every moment, I must choose to hand my pride over to You. I also recognize that there will be days/moments where my pride will be so strong I won’t even recognize it, but please done let me get away with it. Refine me, teach me. Your ways, not mine. Teach me how to carry my cross daily and how to crucify self [pride] so that there is more room for You and Your ways [humility].

I realize this will take perserverence, as well as my being led by Your holy spirit.

For I am nothing but dust and ashes… (Gen. 18:27)

Just like when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, I want to be able to say…

“It it is written: man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4)

“It is written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” (Matt. 4:7)

“Away from me, satan! It is written: worship the Lord you God, and serve him only.” (Matt. 4:10)

My own strength is not capable to stand against temptation, and my carnal self is only capable of destruction because of pride. “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessesed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matt. 5: 3-12)

I don’t want to be the normal, but rather I want to go against the normal so Your ways stand out. I want to be known as Your servant, a servant who lives counter-culturely.

I praise you through my pain as refinement is never easy, but well worth the results.

In Jesus’ name am I even able to pray,

Amen

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Weekly Prayer

Hear my cry, Lord! Search my heart, Father, and continue to build my foundation on rock. I don’t want to waver, I want to stand firm when the storms come.

I realize I am completely incapable of doing this as my natural tendency is to take the easy way out, give up, or give in. Therefore, I hand my heart, my life, and my ways all over to you. No matter the cost or how many times I fail. I will NOT STOP!

I praise You for Your love and discipline. Whatever it takes to make me who You have intended me to be, Lord, I trust You. I don’t want to grow weary in doing good. I want to agape love with truth.

I choose to draw near to You, God, so that you will draw near to me. I choose to allow cleansing as I am a sinner by nature. Purify my heart because I know I am capable of being double minded. (James 4:8)

I will not be overcome by evil; but will strive to overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

Therefore, I will fix my thoughts on Yeshua (Hebrew for Messiah), whom we acknowledge as our apostle and High priest. (Hebrews 3:1)

I will consider it pure joy when I face trials of many kinds, because the testing of my faith produces perseverance. (James 1:2-3)

I will give my ears and hear Your voice; I will pay attention and hear Your speech. (Isaiah 28:23)

And when I’ve done everything I know to do…surrender, trust, love, walk by faith and not by sight, fast, and pray…then I will

wait for the Lord. I’ll be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

You are my God, my eternal, loving, faithful, just, consistent, God. My trust is in YOU. No matter what, I will trust You!

You (the world around us, even ourselves at times, the enemy) intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20)

In His MIGHTY name, He is able, AMEN!!!

Don’t believe the lies that say you are not good enough and can’t because with God, you are more then enough and CAN…YOU MATTER!!!

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BRAVE to BLOOM

Our alarm clock sounds…our eyes open. We wipe the sleepy out of our eyes as we lay there with a whole new day unwritten before us. At that very moment, as we become more and more cognitive of the day ahead, we are faced with a choice. Will we receive what God has for us, or will we try with every ounce of ourselves to take control?

Everyday life, so called, ‘happens’ to us as we are making plans. Our days become FILLED with unpredictable outcomes, and if you are like me, you are not all too fond of unpredictable outcomes. I want what I want, to happen the way I want, and how I want it. If one thing goes wrong, or one thing does not get done….well, let the negativity begin.

Do you grapple with this? Do you grapple with staying positive in a world that seems to have so many endless demands with so many uncontrollable outcomes? Do you struggle with surrendering your need for control?

As you reflect, realize that days, more times than not, WILL inevitably be filled with did NOTs we couldn’t get to. However, if we choose to be consumed by the unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves, we in turn, become slaves to self…self-ambition, self-motivation, self-satisfaction, etc. Furthermore, in the midst of all the unavoidable we did NOTs, and as slaves to self…we are quick to use these as the basis for rating our self-worth. We become so caught up in the success or fail of our performance that we cannot even see how consumed by self we actually are.

Before the days even end, we are quick to compare our lives to someone we don’t even know. The young lady at the grocery store, the super model on the television, the knock out beauty walking across the street, the list could go on and on and on and on. We are prone to look critically at ourselves in the mirror, cry because we are overwhelmed, get super angry because it is not going our way, or constantly think of ways to improve our appearance, house, and/or careers because we are unable to control “the world around me”, that we so exhaustively strive to control. It is a never ending cycle of INSANITY.

However, may I propose that God is calling us to something much more, with a much greater fulfilling purpose? Days FULL of He DIDs so there becomes less and less days filled with the discouraging I did NOTs. How? Well, I am purposing that God is calling us to be BRAVE to BLOOM. He is calling us to be

B-bold in our faith

R-relentless in never giving up

A-admitting our need for Him

V-victorious over our carnal selves and selfish desires

E-encouraged by His word and others on this journey with us

He is calling us to CHOOSE to be BRAVE so we can, in turn, become….

B-beautiful from the inside so it radiates on the outside

L-loving; as it should be the driving force for behind our actions

O-obedient as we learn how to distinguish His voice over others

O-overcomers of the trials we cannot escape in this world

M-merciful towards others so we can build each other up

He is calling us to be BRAVE to BLOOM!

 

Lamentations 3:22-24 says…22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”

So ladies…..what are you going to choose? His mercies are brand new EVERY morning. They are unique and available to us EVERYDAY. Will we choose to surrender to HIS WILL so He can produce HE DIDs? Or, will you choose to stay wound up within the insanity cycle of control and wind up with several I did NOTs?

Be BRAVE to BLOOM…you were made for it!!!!!!

So much love for your life,

Me :-)

Weekly Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for Your sovereign hand in all things.

I ask that my heart constantly lines up with Your will…Your way. I want to hate what You hate…love who, what, and how You love. I want the desires of my heart that are only known by You and that only line up with Your purposes for my life. I want to be about Your business, Lord.

11 For I know the plans I have for you [me],” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you [me] and not to harm you [me], plans to give you [me] hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) 

4 Delight yourself [myelf] in the LORD and he will give you [me] the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways,when they carry out their wicked schemes (Psalm 37:4-7).
My Father, this week has had some ups, some downs, and some in-betweens. However, I choose to praise You through the tears, praise you through what appeared to be the lonely moments, through the bad choices, through the good moments, and through my ugly moments. I know You are good. I know that I do not have to be afraid, discouraged, or dismayed because You, my God, are with me wherever I go. (Joshua 1:9)
Even when I think I’ve messed up big, You are able to work it out for good.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Thank you, Lord….thank you! Thank you for loving me enough to grow me up and for never forsaking me through the process. No matter what may come…
I WILL NOT STOP
In Jesus’ name I ask,
Amen!

Weekly Prayer

I cry out to you my Father,

I want to thank you, Lord, for the areas in my life that have been revealed to me that need changing. If there are more, please reveal them to me. Help me! My life is unmanageable without you for I cannot fix myself.

Your word says in Matthew 6:24, “you cannot be a slave to two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other ” Therefore,  I cannot serve myself and you at the same time. The harder I try to do the right thing, the more I struggle. (Romans 7:18)

“Pride ends in a fall, while humility brings honor.” Proverbs 29:23

I choose to humble myself before you as I choose to despise self and serve YOU. I thank YOU for making this possible. I thank YOU for purifying me because I am unable to do this for myself. I love you, my Father.

I praise YOU for the change that has already begun in and through me by the power of your Holy Spirit. I claim it and will allow YOU to cultivate it in me. As you say in John 15:5-6, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing. If you don’t remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers;such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned.” Help me to remain in YOU, Lord.

“As for me and my house, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.” Joshua 24:15

In Jesus’ precious name,

AMEN!!!!

Please join me by praying this for your own life. We are women in waiting, and if we are going to serve the right way, then we have to be served by the greatest servant this world has ever known. Apart from Him, we can do NOTHING!!! We NEED Him, not ourselves. Find strength in His abilities, not your own.

If you struggle with understanding this, please respond in the comments below. I want to pray for you specifically. It is life changing.

May 2016 be a year of prayer and growth as belssings are poured out over lives for choosing to serve the Lord only.

Much love,

Me :-)

Submission, OUCH!

As the year was coming to an end last night, my four kids and I had our New Year’s Eve planned. We loaded up in our van with our things gathered, and our excitement on, as we were ready to fellowship with our Memen and friends from her church before we headed off to meet my man at midnight for our New Year’s kiss that we have never missed.

Well, my so called “plans” were altered by unexpected car trouble, and what appeared to be a night of excitement suddenly became a night for opportunity in character growth. I was making my mind up to my way, but my husband proposed for me to go his way…which was I going to choose? My ‘feelings’ were screaming “MY WAY!” However, I surrendered my feelings as I chose… as I chose….(deep sigh) submission, OUCH!

As a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, I have chosen to TRY to allow my emotions to indicate my part during a moment of feeling offended, mistreated, or corrected. So basically moments when I ‘feel’ a need to defend myself. This, for me, has been a HUGE indication that what is actually set before me is not conflict, but my next opportunity to grow in my character…if I so choose. I don’t always choose yes, but I am learning every day to be more and more accountable of me, and less worried of others, by choosing yes more frequently than no. I am learning that in these moments, rather than defending myself with words, I must surrender myself to God in prayer. It is very hard, and I don’t always get it right, but last night I had victory because of the power made available to me through Jesus Christ.
Now, before I continue on I would like to point out that my husband is so worthy to be honored, respected, and loved. I thank God for my husband, and pray harder than ever before that He will continue to become the man God says He is, not who this world lies and says He should be. Equally, my prayer is that I continue to become the women God says I am, not who this world lies and says I should be. I do not want to be conformed to this world, but (rather) be transformed by the renewing of [my] mind. –Romans 12:2
I have found this choice to be one of the hardest choices to make. It is entirely up to us, as women and as children of God, to submit to the authorities set in place for us. One of my weaknesses is the need for control, which is fueled by my built in strong-willed personality. Last night, however, I got one step closer to putting that weakness to death as I chose to submit to my husband’s decision. I chose to yield myself by surrendering to what He felt was safest and best for our family rather than choosing defiance and fueling my need for control by doing what I wanted to do. :-)
Ephesians 5:22-24, Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now, as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Now before we get all tense with this word lets looks at its definition. Submission, by definition means the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person. It is an act of surrendering to a hold by one’s opponent; humility; meekness. The antonym is defined as defiance or resistance. So, in other words…if we want our husbands to lead, which many of us do as followers of Christ, then we must choose to become humble, meek, and yield to the authority of our husbands. If we do not choose to surrender to the authority, or headship, that we want them to have, then we choose the opposite, which is defiance or resistance.
Wives submit yourself to your own husband as you do to the Lord…what was revealed to me as I read this, is that if you have reached the place in your journey that you genuinely are choosing to submit to the Lord, then you should also be choosing to submit to your own husband.
My purpose is not to convince, debate, or persuade anyone of this choice. (Even though my prayer is that many women will become more willing to the idea, they must first choose to submit to the Lord.) Rather, my purpose is to encourage those who feel discouraged in this area, or are earnestly seeking a growth opportunity and feel stuck in their walk with Jesus. My purpose is to admit, repent, and surrender, to the Lord, my own struggle in this area so that others may be encouraged to do the same. My purpose is for us, as women in Christ, to build each other up so that we become more and more like the women we are called to be.
I LOVE the quote from the War Room when Mandy says, “Submission is learning to duck so God can hit your husband!” I just love that, because it is not our responsibility to control or change our husbands…it is our role to pray, love, encourage, build-up, and pray even harder for our husbands. It is our role, as their help mate, to help them and not break them. So, the next time you are presented with an opportunity to submit to your husband’s authority, then I encourage you to listen to the invitation and choose yes. Now, this does not mean put yourself in harms way or risk any type of safety. This is encouragement to surrender our need for control over our husbands so we can see our men become Mighty Men of God.

If you want a challenge, or a New Year’s resolution, that will transform your life from the core (heart), then choose to learn how to submit to the authorities set in place before us rather than choosing defiance and resistance. Learn how to lay down control, and pick up prayer.  It will change our lives.

Let us rise up mighty WOMEN IN WAITING…RISE UP!!!!!! It is a REVIVAL, but revival starts with ME!!!!
In Jesus’ name and for His glory only,
Me :-)

Closing 2015

Lord, I thank you for 2015. With it came tears, trials, joys, triumphs, unexpected and beautiful gifts, freedom from so many lies, and a purpose that I am afforded to currently see begin.

As this year ends I want to praise you as you were, are, and forever will be. You are the great I am and I want to honor you with ALL of my days. May your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Please forgive me as I forgive those around me. Please continue to reveal my part, my weaknesses, and my heart. As I cry out to you…please, continue to transform my heart and build my foundation on the rock that cannot be shaken. Shake everything in me that is not of You. Help me to become the woman you purposed me to be and please give me the wisdom and discernment to see what needs to change so I can surrender and give it to you.

Thank you for every person who reads this. Please build them up, Lord. May they receive the courage and wisdom needed for transformation that surpasses all human understanding so that they let [their] light so shine before men that [others] may see [their] good works and glorify [their] Father in Heaven.   -Matthew 5:16

In Jesus’ precious name,

Amen

May you be encouraged at the close of 2015 as we praise God and pray for the days ahead in 2016.

Much gratitude for your life as we matter and are worthy because He says so! 

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

MUCH love,

Me :-)

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