Take Heart, God Is All You Need

 

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I wonder how many of you have lost heart.  I wonder how many days, weeks, or even years you have felt tired, weary, depressed, discouraged, and ready to give up.   That is exactly what it means to “lose heart.”

If you haven’t experienced this kind of trouble, you will.  It’s inevitable.  No one is exempt!

But friends I’m here to remind you tonight of some good, good news.  God’s beautiful word says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33).

Jesus clearly tell us, “take heart.”  If you’ve lost heart, why don’t you make the choice to take it back.

Don’t lose heart throughout your trial.  If you have no one and nothing to look to, keep looking up and stay connected to God.

You never know God is all you need, until He’s all you have.

 

 

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The King Of My Heart

 

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There’s a battle out there called anxiety and it’s a very real battle.  The lies we tell ourselves, the lies we accept and believe, and living for tomorrow are all part of the problem. The enemy wants us to live in worry and fear.  He wants nothing more than to take our minds.  You see, if he can accomplish this, then he can take everything else.

With anxiety running rampant these days, the best way to tackle this problem is to turn to God. In the pursuit to help myself and others, I have found some bible verses that speak refreshing truths we desperately need to hear.  Replacing the lies with God’s truth is how I fight my battles and how we should all be fighting.

Here are some of my favorite verses that have pulled me out of the pit on several occasions.   God has provided practical truths for our daily lives.  That’s the kind of love God has for me and for you!  He wants us to not only read these promises, but to live by them.  Read them aloud and let them sink in.  Allow God to be the King of your heart. I promise his words will help you!  I know on many days, it has saved me.

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.                                     (Deuteronomy 31:6)

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the one who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.           (Psalm 3: 3,4)

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  (Psalm 139: 23, 24)

I remain confident in this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.             (Psalm 27: 13,14)

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.                                                              (Matthew 6:34)

When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.             (Psalm 86:7)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.       (Philippians 4:6,7)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.             (1 Peter5:7)

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”            (Matthew 14: 27)

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand I will not be shaken.(Psalm 16: 8)

Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.                                     (Psalm 40: 11)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

(Isaiah 60: 1)

Even though I walk through the valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.                                                 (Psalm 23:4)

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?                                                 (Psalm 27: 1)

 

 

Don’t Confuse A Season for A Lifetime

 

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When going through difficulties, we often wonder if this season will ever end.  During this time, we tend to get desperate, become blinded, and lose all hope.

When things are bad, it will pass!  But the fact that it will get easier doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt right now.  For those of you hurting and walking through a difficult season, here are several reminders I’d like to share with you.

  1. Pray without ceasing!  God hears you and He is carrying you through it.
  2. Nothing last forever, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
  3. Get your focus off your problem and focus on helping others,  It works wonders!
  4. Spend time in the beautiful outdoors.  Exercise, read a book, or simply take time to be still in a quiet spot outside.
  5. Remind yourself, that although your situation may be a difficult one, you are not the only one.  There is always someone going through similar situations, or even worst.
  6. With God ALL things are possible!  God doesn’t tell us, “some things are possible,” rather he promises that  “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”   Remember that!
  7. Consistently, hope in the Lord and soon your perspective will shift.
  8. And, finally, don’t confuse a Season for A Lifetime.  Things will change, they will get better and this season you’re walking in, without a doubt, will come to an end!

Have a Blessed Easter my friends!

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“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

 

 

An Expectant Heart

 

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I am learning to live a life of expectancy.  Living life in a space where I not only hope for good things, but I boldly expect them to happen.

I haven’t always been this bold, however.  Several years ago, 3 ½ to be exact, I was consumed by fear.  Afraid of my future and my now.  Feeling conflicted, confused, and disoriented, not knowing whether to look left or to look right, I became tired of being tired.  In my darkest moments, I asked God to help me and to show me, and that’s when I began to look up.

I made a conscious decision to keep my eyes fixed above and I surrendered everything. I began to trust at a deeper level, embracing the idea to expect the good each day.

At first, my shift was gradual.  I was expecting good things some days, but then others my focus was off.  But slowly, each day I began to transform from the inside out, within my soul and my heart.   In time, I came to the epiphany that surrendering was the key, and I was elated I had found it!

I’ve learned so much about navigating through difficulties since then.  So much so, that today, like the “Monday morning quarterback”, I attempt to offer hindsight solutions to my old problems.  A lot of good that does now.

Today,  I just keep moving, following the trail set before me, trusting even when I cannot see, and keeping my eyes on the prize with an expectant heart.

 

I Am Called To Trust

 

“You have turned my mourning into dancing for me;

You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

 Psalm 30:11

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What a beautiful promise from God!  He will wipe every tear from our eyes and bless us with joy, once again.  Troubles may come our way, but we shall dance once more.

When I’m relying on my feelings or not trusting like I should, time after time God reminds me that we are to walk by faith, not by our feelings.  I am called to trust and then hold tight to God’s promises. Even when in the natural things seem unlikely to change, I am called to trust and believe in God.

Believe that He loves me.

Believe that He is good.

Believe that He will help me.

And believe that He has the power to turn things around.

 

Coming to Fruition

I finally turned the page to a new chapter when two weeks ago, I began hosting a women’s bible study group.

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Perhaps you might be thinking, well what’s the big deal?  But you know what, to me it is a very big deal!  Some time ago, God placed the burden in my heart to start a bible study group in my home.  And truthfully, I was ready and so hyped to get the plans rolling, until I got in my own way, that is.

It all began with a small whisper. “What in the world are you thinking?” they said.  And like any willing Christian, of course, I ignored it.  But then those dang whispers got louder and more frequent.  I heard, “You’re not qualified.”  “You don’t have much understanding of the bible.”   And I specifically remember the very last thing I heard, “Are you kidding me? No one will come!!!!”

And so, that was the last straw. I believed the lies. I let fear win and I did nothing! And if that’s not bad enough, the worst part was I ignored God’s request.  I knew there was a reason why He placed this burden in my heart, yet I stopped and back peddled.

For the next year, I wrestled with the idea, going back and forth, convincing myself not to begin, certain that the lies I heard were the truth.

But as I rang in 2019, I made the bold decision to put an end to my self-doubting and insecurities and I moved forward with the plans.

Today I am happy to say marks two weeks since I began my teeny, tiny bible study group comprised of 4 women and I’m one of them!  But I’m humbled, grateful, and joyful.  We are all learning from each other, studying God’s word together, and sharing our experiences in an easy and non-threatening space.  But the thing that brings me the most joy is the fact that I am finally doing what God asked of me, and what He placed in my heart a year ago has finally come to fruition.