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The Oxford dictionary defines discouragement as “A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness.” I could not agree more. For the believer, it’s that feeling when everything feels grey and dull. God feels far away. Satan bombards our minds with thoughts such as – you are doing badly with your walk with God. You have hidden sin. God is mad at you. Why bother to pray, read your Bible or go to church- it makes no difference. God will not help you. This is your fault. Satan’s arrows at first may be subtle, but if we pay attention, the voices get louder and more condemning, drowning the voice of the God who loves us.
One of the biggest lies that needs to be exposed about discouragement is that IT IS NOT FROM GOD. The Lord already says in the Bible that He is for us (Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.) The Bible also says that Satan is the accuser of the brethren who accuses us night and day before God (Revelations 12:10). Read the rest of this entry
Liked this post from a fellow blogger.
Seasons of being alone and isolated can actually bring about a lot of spiritual growth.
I have been through many long seasons of being alone or completely isolated in the past two or so years. I have experienced those seasons both negatively and positively based on the posture of my heart during that time.
I noticed some patterns in those seasons that others who have gone through a similar time could identify with:
- giving into sin to temporarily satisfy desires instead of waiting for God to answer or meet those
- feeling trapped or helpless
- uncared for, unloved, worthless
- insignificant, unnoticed
- ‘completely alone’
- hurt and intense pain
- self-protection, shutting out others
- turning inward, self-focus
I could go on, but you get the idea. These times can be very painful and full of brokenness, but they can also be full of deep joy and intimacy…
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Disclaimer: This post is not addressing Godly biblical advice which we all need. This is about grey areas where the Lord allows us liberty to choose.
When making choices, we can get a lot of advice from well meaning friends and family. Everyone has an opinion on what we should do.
I think you should take this job
I think you should take a loan
I think you should marry her
I think you should go back to school
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I prayed in those last few weeks of 2015 over my “one word” for 2016. It’s not a prophecy or a magic trick. It’s just a way to quiet the noise and ask God what He wants to do in the new year. How can I join Him? How can I prepare my heart for His intentions?
While I knew the idea of what I wanted, I couldn’t find that One Word to pull it all together
I wanted it to be about seeing God complete His work. He’s stirred my heart in new directions, turned over soil, planted new seeds. He’s closed doors and asked me to step down from long-term commitments. He’s begun the work, and now I long to see the fulfilment of His promises, His plans, and the desires He’s placed on my heart.
Completion. Fruition. Harvest.
But there’s more.
I want to be fulfilled in Him…
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This is relevant for anyone waiting on God. What are you doing… not why. Let this be our question.
While at Walmart last week I turned down the canned food aisle and up ahead I saw a woman pushing her cart with an adorable baby sitting in the front seat of the buggy. I didn’t give it a second thought until our three-year-old foster princess asked me her second favorite question… “Why she got a baby?” Just like the other 156 times she has asked me this question while seeing another woman with a baby, I didn’t have an answer to give her. None of the ones I have ever come up with sit well with me, so I just shrugged my shoulders and continued looking for the canned beans. I could tell as she turned her head to the side and scrunched up her eyebrows that she wasn’t satisfied with my answer. Thankfully she didn’t push the question. Instead she just followed it up with another question–“Whatcha…
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Loved this post from refinedinthefire
Several months ago, the Lord said to me, “Let the Word of God speak for you.” At the time, it wasn’t clear to me exactly how to apply it, but He has continued to remind me of that word and to give me understanding of it.
Here are some ways He is showing me to live it out:
1.) I let the word of God speak for me in prayer. Reading the Bible consistently and becoming familiar with it is a good thing! But we can get to a place where we know the principles in it so well that we pray from our knowledge of what it says without actually praying specific verses to press our point. We paraphrase the Word in our prayers — sometimes quite loosely.
The Lord has been prompting me to slow down in prayer, take the time to look up the actual…
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