Monday, October 22, 2018

Even in the Wilderness, He Provides

Maybe today you’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting- for a break, for a breakthrough, for a miracle- and you are weary. Maybe you feel like you are walking through the wilderness and it’s taking a sweet forever, you are losing hope and you truly can only see sand for miles and miles ahead. Whatever the desert you are walking through, whatever need you have (seriously, WHATEVER it is)........God’s got this. He is able to completely and fully provide what you need and give you the strength and endurance you need to walk through the desert you are in. 

Deuteronomy 29:5-6 says….
Yet the Lord says, “During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet. You ate no bread and drank no wine or other fermented drink. I did this so that you might know that I am the Lord your God.” NIV
God is the great provider. Deuteronomy is full of amazing reminders of God’s provision. The verses above are incredible. 40 years and they didn't need new clothes or sandals? 40 years with no food? Only God could do that! I love these verses because they are a beautiful reminder that..... 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝘀. 𝗔𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀. It may not look as we hope or desire, but He does provide. My prayer today is that when you are weary of the desert you are in, you are reminded that He will satisfy your needs, even in desert times.

Memory Verse: Week 43


I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 43:


     

You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE

Monday, October 15, 2018

Relentless Savior


My sweet puppy Poppy is only about 6lbs. Because of that we often lose her... in our house. That sounds a little crazy but she follows so closely behind me almost everywhere I go that sometimes I walk into a closet or room and grab what I need and close the door without realizing I’ve trapped her inside. A few minutes later I will realize she’s not in the room with me (because she is always in the room with me) and start to panic. I quickly retrace my steps and typically find her laying on the floor in the closet waiting for me. Now we have two dogs and when I realize Poppy is missing, I could just say… “Oh well, we have another dog, I’ll just forget about Poppy because she doesn’t matter” but of course I don’t. Because I love her so and because it’s my job to care for her, I immediately search for and find her- making sure she’s safe. This is exactly how God feels about us, His lost sheep.

Luke 15:4 says...
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
When one of God’s sheep is lost He follows it, searches for it, and doesn’t stop until He finds it and brings it so. He does this because of His great love for us. He knows that the sheep (and we) can’t save itself. He takes action and actively seeks out the lost. He doesn’t do this grudgingly- 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗿. 𝗛𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗿! He left the 99 to save you and me!

Memory Verse: Week 42




I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 42


     
You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE

Friday, October 12, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 41


I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 41


     

You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Stormy Seas

I'm willing to bet that you (or someone close to you) is in the middle of a storm. An old seaman once said, "In fierce storms we can do but one thing. There is only one way to survive. We must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there."

Richard Fuller commented on the old seaman’s words: 
“This, Christian, is what you must do. Sometimes, like Paul, you can see neither sun nor stars, and no small tempest lies on you. Reason cannot help you. Past experiences give you no light. Only a single course is left. You must stay upon the Lord; and come what may -- winds, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightning, frowning rocks, roaring breakers -- no matter what, you must lash yourself to the helm and hold fast your confidence in God's faithfulness and His everlasting love in Christ Jesus.”
Isaiah 25:4 says....
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall. and like the heat of the desert.You silence the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled. NIV

No matter what storm rages in your life today – no matter how fierce the winds or how high the waves may be or how out of control you feel, remember this – 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙉𝙊𝙏 𝙖 𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙂𝙤𝙙. Heaven is not in a panic. 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗮𝘇𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗛𝗶𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗴𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀. “Lash yourself” to Him, and He will supply everything you need to stand firm in the storm.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Speak TRUTH


“If people really knew you they wouldn’t like you at all. You are a big fat fake.“

I don’t know about you but there is often a list of lies running around in my head. (True confession: The one I hear most often is the one listed above.) The more those lies run around in my head, the more likely I am to believe them because those sneaky little things start to burrow and take root. And eventually they begin to feel like truth. Why? Because Satan is crafty and he will do everything in his power to root those lies in our heads and confirm them in our hearts.

Your lies may be different but my lies are things those like:
  • You are a stupid idiot. How could you make that mistake? Can’t you do anything right?
  • Wow. __________ is so much smarter, prettier, wiser, kinder, more successful, more witty than you. You suck.
  • Why can’t you get it and keep it all together? Everyone else can- you just aren’t strong enough or smart enough. -You aren’t good enough. You will never be enough. 
  • You should be able to do everything and meet everyone’s needs simultaneously. You shouldn’t ask for help because it just shows what a slacker you are. 
  • You are a crappy wife. You’ll be lucky if your husband doesn't get tired and leave you for someone better, prettier, younger, smarter, kinder.
  • You have zero self-discipline. If you did you would consistently eat better and exercise more. You are destined to be a big old lazy fattie. 
  • Your dreams are ridiculous. You’ll NEVER be able to make them come true so you shouldn’t even bother. 
Now none of those are things I would say to ANYONE else. EVER. So why is it okay for me to speak it to myself? It’s not. If you wouldn’t say it to your friend, you shouldn’t say it to yourself. Those lies are a ploy Satan uses to convince us those lies are truth. Satan wants nothing more than for us to listen to and believe those lies. He wants to distract us and disable us- that is his ultimate goal.

1 Peter 5:8 says:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. NIV
Did you know that lies lose all power in the light of truth? They do! We must notice when we are listening to those lies, take every thought captive and replace those lies with THE truth. The truth that God’s word is full of. We just have to remember to listen to (& read) His word instead of Satan’s stupid lies. 𝙄𝙛 𝙂𝙤𝙙’𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙨𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧- 𝙜𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜? 𝙔𝙤𝙪. If we kick those thoughts out the moment they arrive, they won’t be able to take root and control us. Is it hard? For sure. But the more we fill our head with God’s truth, the less frequent and quieter those lies will be.

My prayer today is that we are aware of the lies we allow in our head and that we immediately counter them with truth from God's word!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Scripture Lock-Screens

     

     

Setting your phone lock-screen to a Bible verse is a GREAT way to
memorize a verse or to remind yourself of one of God's promises.

If you are looking for a lock-screen, the crazy talented Krystal Whitten
has a ton of beautiful Bible verse lock screens you can download for FREE HERE.

And while you are there, check out all of her awesome work- she's incredibly talented!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Memory Verse: Week 40


I believe that Satan doesn’t want us in God’s word and will use any and every means possible to keep us from the truth and therefore we must be prepared and have a PLAN!

To work on hiding God's word in our hearts, 
this year I'm going to be posting a memory verse for each week
 along with a printable to print out and hang up. 


Here's the verse for week 40:


     

You can print out the verses in English and Spanish and the complete list in a folder  HERE