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Unfailing Love.

No matter how long any of us have struggled, God is not giving up on us. Even if we’ve drained all the human resources around us dry,

He is our inexhaustible well of living water!

 

He may allow the life of a captive to grow harder and harder, so she will be more desperate to do what freedom in Christ requires- but He will never divorce her. He woos and he waits. The measures God takes to woo us to liberty may be excruciating at times, but they are often more powerful evidences of His unfailing Love than all the obvious blessings we could expound. When all is said and done, perhaps few truly know the unfailing love of God like the captive set free. 

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His UNFAILING LOVE and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy!” (Psalm 107:21-22)

Beloved, if he has become God alone to you, you have a powerful story to tell. Start talking.

-Beth Moore ‘Breaking Free’ The Freedom of Unfailing Love

I wish I could type out the entire book for you all, but once again, I encourage, encourage, BEG you all to do this study! Its rocking my world.

I’ve got a story to tell that just keeps getting better.

Overwhelmed by His UNFAILING LOVE!

(By the way, did you know the Bible uses the phrase ‘unfailing love’ 40 times? And all 40 times, its talking about God. He is the only Love that never fails. Look up the verses and rest in His unfailing Love. Don’t doubt it anymore, loved one.)

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Break FREE. (even if you don’t read any other posts, read this one)

For the past 7 weeks, I have been working through this Bible study by Beth Moore called Breaking Free. She bases it mostly off of incredible passages from Isaiah.

Now, hear me on this. I have done a lot of Bible studies in my short 20 years- looking for freedom from my fears and insecurities and anything and everything that distracted me, even a little bit, from the Lord. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has been more greatly used by the Lord in my life than this study. No sermon, no interaction, no experience so far has changed me as deeply as this study has changed me. It has changed the way I think, the way I feel, and the way I act. I have found myself doing and desiring the things the Lord wants me to do and desires for me: things that I have wished for for ages.

He is workin’. Oh boy, is He workin’!

It has cleaned out areas of bondage in me that I didn’t even know existed, as well as the ones that have been in the forefront of my mind and life for years. So whether or not you think you are in bondage and whether or not you think you need to break free of something in your life, do this study!!!!!! I don’t think there is one single person on the face of this planet that could not benefit from this study.

Beth says that, “You are held captive by anything that hinders the abundant and effective Spirit-filled life God has planned for you.”

A stronghold is anything that preoccupies your mind other than Christ Jesus. Now, I know I got a load of thoughts floating around up there all day, most of which are not about Jesus and His Word and His Truth. Honestly, I think a lot of degrading things about myself- things that Jesus does not say of me. Girlssss, are you with me on that? And frankly, I’m not okay with it anymore.

This is not about stronghold management; this is about FREEDOM, girls. Don’t you want to be free? Truth is, most of us don’t even know what free is yet. But the past 7 weeks, I’ve been getting taste after taste of freedom, and now all I do is crave it.

“I love loving Him. Surrending my heart to Him has not been a sacrifice. I don’t know any other way to say it: He works for me.”

I’m not stopping until my temptations are under my feet, and I have stomped them out along with all the lies the devil just looooves to feed me! I am so passionate about this, and hope for each and every one of you that you might find full and lasting freedom in Christ and the life that He wants for you. Get ready to do some hard and dirty work. But know that it will be so worth it.

You’ll get your life back. I promise you that.

He wants you so bad, girl. He’s just waiting for you to ask Him for some freedom. Go get you some healing.

A couple quotes that I have really loved (even though I pretty much highlight every word):

We were created for the purpose of giving God’s invisible character a glimpse of visibility. If we grasped the eternal implication of such a destiny, we would want to do anything possible to make sure all hindrances were removed.

All bondage begins with sin. All bondage promotes sin. Even a thin chain can strangle the life out of you.

Life’s way of reacting to a crushed heart is to wrap tough sinews of flesh around it and tempt us to promise we’ll never let ourselves get hurt again. That’s not God’s way.

When our hearts have been shattered by loss, we have an opportunity to welcome a supernatural power to our lives. It doesn’t come any other way. That is the power to live again when we’d really rather die. It is a power that displays the life of Christ in us like no other because it defies all odds. God becomes the only explanation for our emotional survival and revival. Perhaps the most profound miracle of all is living through something we thought would kill us. And not just living, but living abundantly and effectively—raised from living death to a new life.

Friends, please don’t miss out on the free and abundant and effective Spirit-filled life He has for you. It is more wonderful than you could ever imagine or plan or hope or dream. He knows your dreams. He longs to surpass them.

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In repentance and rest…

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says,

“In repentance and rest is your salvation;

In quietness and trust is your strength…”

Isaiah 30:15

I never thought that one of the most exhausting things ever would be learning to REST.

Physically. Just sit there. Be unproductive. (A terrifying thing for people like me.)

Spiritually. Repent. Develop a quiet spirit. Trust. (Even more terrifying. Much, much more.)

But I’m learning. And you wanna know what happens?

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

Acts 3:19

Aaahhh. My soul is sittin’ in the shade with a good book and tall glass of ice water. I’d love for you to join me.

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The Healing is Beautiful.

I wish that you could have been in church with me this morning. My family was gone today, so I went alone. But instead of being lonely, I had a moment with God. God always knows, doesn’t He?

We’re going through the book of Mark, and today my pastor spoke about the healings by Jesus that take up a third of the entire book (so they’re obviously very important). There was so much said that I would love to share with you, but this is the part that got to me. You can be cured and not healed. And you can be healed and not cured. When Jesus cured 10 lepers in Luke 17, only 1 returned to Him to praise Him for what He had done. It was only then that He said to that man, “Rise and go, your faith has made you well.”  The whole story is about 9 men who were cured and only 1 who was truly healed.

We hail doctors and nurses and researchers for finding cures to all the awful diseases and illnesses that hurt us and the ones we love. I speak from experience when I say-  Praise the Lord for the gift of doctors and medicine that He has given us! But Paul, the greatest evangelist to ever live, tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 that his thorn never left. He was never cured. He could have been angry with God and said, “Lord, I want to do great things for You. Why won’t you just make me feel better so I can?!” Sound familiar? But he doesn’t say that. Instead he says,

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (vs. 9-10)

Paul was not cured. But Paul was healed. Paul was sick, but he was whole, and he was delighted. He had a relationship with Jesus that he wouldn’t trade for all the health in the world.

Like I’m sure many of you, I have had a physical and emotional thorn for quite a while. I have been cured, only to be knocked down again and again by sickness and the devil’s schemes. The devil will settle for me being cured and physically healthy, but he does not want to see me healed because that would mean HE LOST. But finally I see that JESUS IS MY HEALER, and He is healing me from the inside out. What a long journey of ups and downs it has been, but how necessary it was. I have learned the difference between being cured and being really healed.

Don’t get me wrong, curing and health is so so important and necessary, but I LOVE and NEED the healing so much more. He is binding up every broken part of me and drawing me closer to Himself every day in such a real way I can hardly stand myself. I can finally say that I delight in my weakness and in my sickness because the healing would not be necessary without it. And the healing is SO BEAUTIFUL. I wouldn’t trade my thorn for the most beautiful rose in the garden. But the thorn has to be attached to something. Thank God its a rose. Don’t focus on the thorn so much that you miss the radiant rose its attached to.

I found myself with teary eyes at the end of church thanking the Lord and saying,

What a new heart You are giving to me!

What a new and intensely satisfying intimacy I have with You!

What LIFE You are giving to me!

Your grace is not simply sufficient, Lord,

Your grace is MORE THAN ENOUGH.

Friends, whether you or a loved one is suffering with illness, addiction, or emotional struggles- Healing is available. Jesus is here. The kingdom is near. Do not stop praying for a cure. Do not stop striving for health. But, I beg you, don’t neglect healing. It will be more beautiful than any cure anyone could ever find.

Sorry for the length of this post, but my moment could not go un-shared. Bless you for reading. Now go enjoy the sunshine and some Jesus!

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I love Sundays.

My mom mentioned this verse to me the other day. What a prayer. I hope I don’t miss out on opportunities to claim God’s promises by neglecting to dig into His Word and come before Him in prayer. He will satisfy me with His love. He will give me gladness unimaginable. He will make my efforts successful. May He make your efforts successful as well. How long will it take us to ask?

This has been the THIRD sunny day in a row. Either the Lord is giving me more joy than I have experienced in a while, or the sun just makes everything better. I’m gonna go with all of the above. (: Church this morning was such a blessing (and a challenge), I enjoyed an delectable lunch at Whole Foods (another happy place) on the sunny patio, then I came home and spent a little time reading and making ^that^ in the sun with the Big Guy and this little guy:

Only through prayer are we washed in peace. -Beth Moore 'Breaking Free'

I love Sundays.

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Love to the sky.

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Today I listened to a sermon by Tim Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Church in NY. It was called ‘The Wounded Spirit’.

What wounds your spirit? What steals your joy and takes away the sparkle in your eye and your passion for life?

A wounded spirit not only hurts on the inside, but it hurts on the outside too. I’m sure you’ve experienced it. I most definitely have. You can’t run from a wounded spirit. You can’t hide a wounded spirit. Its all over your face. It consumes your mind. It even makes you sick sometimes. There is no feeling more helpless than having the life sucked out of your heart.

Ever feel like no one understands you, especially your scars? Well, no one does. And honestly, you don’t even understand the very bottom of your soul. And when you realize something like that, how helpless do you feel? I can attest firsthand to hitting the bottom and feeling completely and utterly alone- like a foreigner in my home and an alien in my own body. I reached for things, good and moral things, that I imagined would satisfy and quench my thirsty soul. But nothing delivered. Tim Keller says that we’re all longing for “something we remember but we’ve never had“. We can imagine how things could be perfect, but we’ve never gotten a taste of true and complete satiation. Life can be one bummer after another sometimes, huh?

But that’s not the end of my story. In my loneliness, I realized that I was alone with the One and only One that understood the very depths of my soul. I’m pretty sure that anyone that really knew the depths of my soul would be pretty disgusted at what they saw. What about you? But get this.

The only eyes who can see to the bottom love you to the sky. 

The perfect and matchless God, who is perfect and pure to the very depths of His soul (and who should be repulsed by the bottom of mine) sees me and loves me to the sky. He is the ‘something I remember but I’ve never had’. And one day, when I see Him face to face, I will fall down in overwhelming joy because I won’t be able to stand the strength my spirit will get at that moment. It will be everything I have ever dreamed of and more. To meet LOVE face to face. It’ll just knock me out.

Want a taste? Check out a infinite color-filled sky on a cloudless night and experience the Lover of your soul. He’s painting for you. Sit back and get some healing for that wounded spirit, friend.

He loves you to the sky.

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