The Future Terrifies Me

Apparently I’m not the only one with TRUSTING GOD on my mind! 🙂

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I don’t like growing up. I don’t like being on my own, I don’t like having bills, or buying groceries, or working full-time, or being an adult. It scares me that in two years, I’ll be done with college, done with living in dorms with my friends, done with shenanigans all the time and I’ll be legitimately on my own, not just for the summer but I’ll legitimately have to have a plan, start looking towards my long-term career goal, be an actual grownup, with all the responsibilities that come with that, even more than I have just now.
The thought of this all terrifies me, and honestly, though I should be preparing for this even now, I haven’t. I know mostly what I want to do, be a police officer for 3 years and take some law classes, then go to finish law school somewhere then apply to the…

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Long time no see!

Phew, I’ve been flighty recently! Not posting much. I could say a lot has been going on…but I don’t really think it has 🙂

Has anyone out there ever considered community living? Like when you were in college and you shared dining spaces and common areas like lounges? This is a dream of mine and Rick’s. We want to live with other people! We would love to have a college house where college students can live and hang out with us older family people. We want to share household chores, dinners, dishes, love, and fun! The opportunity to do something like this with a relative of ours came up last week. Both Rick and I heard God telling us to go for it and ask the person if she would like to get a place with us. So, very excitedly, we asked her.

She said yes!

All week long I’ve been thinking and dreaming and wondering when and how it will all turn out. So very excitedly praying that God will prepare a place for us, etc.

And then last night…I got word that she changed her mind.

Total bummer.

I have this problem with disappointment. I didn’t even know how to react. I just kind of sat down quietly on the bed and sighed. I wasn’t mad, just sad. Looking to God, I thought of reading Psalm 37:5. (I don’t even know what that verse is off the top of my head, but for some reason I thought it was a good one to think of! ha!) So I went to turn on my Bible app, only to find a Bible verse already opened.

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord; 

Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

God spoke to me.

I don’t know why He told us to ask her. I don’t know why we got so excited only to be let down. I don’t know why she said yes if she really meant no. But the thing is, God is still in charge. And if I say that I love & trust Him with my whole life, then I suppose this little incident is included. He knows what’s going to happen.

So I will wait for the Lord. I will be strong, and my heart will take courage. Yes, I will wait for the Lord!

[oh, and PS. Here is Psalm 37:5, since I decided to look it up: 
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
Oh yes. Definitely perfect, thank You Jesus. And I received this prophetic word today too! Also applicable, thank You Jesus! “Absolute Assurance. TRUST.” 🙂 ]

Miracles in Your Life!

I am going to post my first book review! I am really enjoying this one 🙂

You Were Born for This: 7 Keys to a Life of Predictable Miracles
By: Bruce Wilksinson & David Kopp

At first glance, I thought both the subtitle and the cover of the book were pretty cheesy. But I had just finished reading “The Prayer of Jabez,” and I had also judged that book by its cover, so I thought I should give this one a good chance! 🙂

I really enjoyed this book! Filled with tips on how to see what God wants to do and then help Him do it and gives really awesome, exciting and fun stories of what God has used ordinary people to accomplish on the earth for others– Wilkinson calls these “personal miracles.”

I love that Wilkinson pushes us to reach beyond what we would normally do– a good deed—and into the realm of the miraculous. He emphasized that most of God’s miracles have come through a human hand—not by angels or when He literally shows up in bodily form. On page 39, he says this, “Since Jesus is no longer on earth, we need to ask whom God is looking to now to complete His agenda.” So true! Most Christians don’t seem to understand that they can bring God’s miracles to those who hurt! The common question of suffering when there is a good God can be answered –we are supposed to bridge the gap and help the suffering!

I seriously love Wilkinson’s faith that is obvious in every chapter. The whole book is biblically sound, especially his emphasis on listening to the Spirit. His willingness to help others and ask the Lord for the chance to help someone is probably the most important part of this book. Actually seeing someone model the lifestyle he wants readers to mimic is very powerful. In my opinion, his most important points that he models in the stories is what he calls, “The People Key.”

The people key is how you make God’s agenda and heart for people your own. You prepare for the inevitable collision between your preferences and God’s by yielding your rights I advance. That way He can deliver a miracle through you to anyone at any time.” (p. 69). And Jesus modeled that exact thing!

So if you’re considering this book, if for nothing else, at least get it for the stories. 🙂 They will inspire and encourage you to ask God to let you bring a miracle to someone! 

Check out the author’s website here
Check out the book on Amazon.com 
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review!

If you have 4 minutes

Then read/declare this out loud! The power of the Word of God! Rick (my husband) and I just came across this and after we read it aloud together, we felt so full of life! (Which totally makes sense since God has the words of eternal life!)

KNOWING WHO I AM IN CHRIST (thank you, Joyce Meyer Ministries)

I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).

I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).

I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).

I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18).

I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).

I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).

I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).

I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17,18).

I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17,18; Luke 10:17,19).

I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9,10).

I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).

I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).

I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).

I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

I am God’s child⎯for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).

I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10).

I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I am a spirit being-alive to God (Romans 6:11;1 Thessalonians 5:23).

I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).

I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22, 25).

I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).

I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).

I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).

I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3,4).

I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).

I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).

I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

2I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19).

I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).

I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).

I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and patience (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).

I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7).

I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).

I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Galatians 3:13).

I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).

I am called of God to be the voice of His praise (Psalm 66:8; 2 Timothy 1:9).

I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24).

I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12;).

I am greatly loved by God (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).

I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).

I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).

I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14).

For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20). 

Freedom!

The Lord has had me thinking about freedom.
So I asked my husband if we could start reading Galatians together.
It’s been fabulous so far. Even provoked a faith discussion!

It’s totally all about FAITH.

Galatians 3:22
…so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.”

Only.by.believing.

We like to add a lot of “shoulds” to our lives.

“I should read the Bible more…”

“I should tithe more…”

“I should pray more…”

First of all, if you really ‘should’ do these things…do them, for goodness sake!

But, as the word says, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

I’m so done with shoulds. I hate that I subject myself to them ALL THE TIME!! Why do I love to make laws for myself?! For example, “Oh…before I do this [ex.rest] I need to do that.” Ugh! I even found in an old journal recently that I had realized that in the past too!

And what is up with other people trying to steal away the freedom that you have in Christ? Freedom to dance, sing, laugh, enjoy yourself during church, for example. We read this in Galatians the other day, “some so-called Christians there-false ones really- who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations.” (Galatians 2:4).

Has this ever happened to you??

Seriously, I have to be taught HOW to stop making laws for myself.

Here’s some other examples:

  • Being on a Bible reading plan can become all about law…for example, if you miss a day, do you feel guilty? Strained to catch up? Forget it! Just move on! We have freedom in Christ. God’s not mad at us, and He’s especially not mad at us for missing a day of Bible reading!! Our lives are much more than reading. They are LIVING! (James 1:22 “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”) Yes, you need to know the word, but not by becoming a slave to a reading plan! Have grace for yourself. 🙂
  • Doing housework
  • Sticking to a budget
  • Sticking to a schedule
  • tithing (10%)

All these can be great things! But all of them have the potential for a grace mix-up. A forgotten grace. Go easy on yourself!

Galatians 5:1 NLT
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

and this…

Galatians 5:1 NASB
It was for freedom that Christ set us FREE!!!!!….

He didn’t set us free to become slaves again! (Although He does say that we have become slaves to righteousness–but that is because Christ lives inside of us!)

His freedom…wow. Just think about/ask God about the areas of your life that you have been clinging to some law. Throw it out!

Live in His freedom.

It’s rich!