Fake it until you make it

Matt 15:18 tells us that things that come out of a persons mouth come from the heart and defiles therm.


Mark 11:23 tells us that if we would just believe, that we could tell a mountain to go and throw its-self into the sea and it would be done for us. So, this verse tells me that God will do for us what we believe. It’s not us doing it, it’s just us speaking it forth.

I have heard both sides of whether people should fake it until they make it. One side says you should never fake it because you are lying if you pretend to be happy or healed or whatever. Then you have the other side saying definitely fake it until you make it! This is seeing into the spiritual instead of the natural. I lean more toward that side of the line. 

I have, many times, told people that I’m doing great or that I don’t need anything, when, in fact, that was not the case. But, if I started speaking everything that was not going right, I would be giving life to the lie of the enemy. So which is it? Fake it or speak the lie? Are we healed by the stripes for Jesus even if we don’t feel healed or are we getting our healing in heaven? Didn’t Jesus come to earth so that we might have life and life more abundant?

You can’t go by your feelings. You’re feelings will lead you straight to hell. Besides, I don’t necessarily believe that people are faking it, they are just calling forth those things that are not as though they are. Don’t we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, who has resurrection power? Didn’t Jesus say that we would do greater works than he did? So, isn’t that Biblical? Romans 4:17 says that God gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. 

Time for rest

I have once again been inspired by my vacation to beautiful California. I am relaxing at the pool at our hotel and the view is like a tropical paradise! It’s so relaxing. I haven’t been able to relax in so long that I forgot how. Thank the Lord it comes naturally in an environment like this! Our bodies need rest. We are not made to be in the go 24/7/365. There is a time for rest. I have planted my seed of work and study and now it’s my time for harvest! Ecclesiastes 11:6 says, “Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plane. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”
When it’s harvest time, that means you can sit back and enjoy everything your hard work produced. We need the rest in between the times of work. That’s how we get rejuvenated and refreshed to do it all over again, with the right attitude! The time for planting is never ending because we don’t want to become idle and useless. Ecclesiastes 11:6 says,”Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both.” God has a plan for us and we should try to accomplish our tasks. But, He knows we need rest too.
Rest in the Lord and be recharged to take on the world!

Turbulence

Flying to San Francisco today, we encountered turbulence. I got inspiration while bumping through the air at 20,000 and some odd feet up above the clouds. Sometimes life is turbulent and bumpy. Really, most of the time. I have learned the hard way to take full advantage of the good, smooth times and just try go with the flow when it starts getting hectic and hard. It’s a little scary when you don’t have any control of the outcome. I really hate that. But, it’s a learning experience. We don’t have control anyway, we just think we do. Anything could happen at any time and there is nothing we can do about it.

So, does that mean that we give up on living just because we’re all going to go through tough times? I’ve been reading in Ecclesiastes and King Solomon was so pessimistic about life and happiness. It’s kind of funny to me because he had everything and he still felt depressed and hopeless. Here I am, a nobody and I have felt the same way. I guess money and fame really can’t buy you happiness. So what is the answer then?

Jesus is always the answer. He’s the answer to salvation and He’s the answer to happiness. The joy of the Lord is my strength! When I feel down and out, I have NO strength– physically, mentally, or spiritually. Life comes with turbulence but the rough times make you stronger and wiser. If you never fought the battles in your life you wouldn’t know just how strong you really are! I guess that’s why we press on, so we can try to live an abundant life. Jesus is the answer there too. He came so that we might have abundant life. That part is up to us. 

Are you going to let turbulence scare the life out of you or are you going to ride it out and overcome it? It only lasts for a short time and then there are clear skies!

Don’t get stuck in a funk

For whatever reason, the past few months I have been in a funk. My mood has been getting lower and lower until now I’m really struggling to make it through the day. A lot of this is due to my job. I already know that most people don’t share my work ethics. I can usually shrug it off and go on about my business, but lately it is making me really angry. 

I don’t want to feel like this and I know that this is not the way I need to live my life. I can only be responsible for how I do my job and I can promise that I do my job as unto the Lord. Whether or not I get any recognition for that is not my problem. The Lord sees my faithfulness, even if nobody else does. He sees what I do in private and He sees what others do in private.

Romans 4:23
Renew your mind

I will look up to where my help comes from instead of looking around at my circumstances. God is a rewarded of hard work and he will prosper all I set my hands to do. I choose to move forward and press on toward my goal. God has good things in store for me and I will not give up just because I feel down. This feeling is temporary and I will get to the other side. I’m excited about this year, the year of Jubilee! It is a year of restoration. I’m expecting good things to come!

 

Getting Prepared for your Dream

Do you have a dream? Something that kind-of feels like a Disney movie dancing in your head? When you think about it, you smile- then look around to make sure nobody was looking at you smiling to yourself like and idiot? I have a dream to start my own business. I can see it in my head! I am so excited about it!

When you have a dream, it is something that God put inside of you. Maybe you are dreaming about your future husband or wife. Or, you’re dreaming about starting your own business, like I am. Don’t you think you need to prepare yourself for your dream? If you are not preparing yourself for it, what are you waiting for? Are you happy with the way your life if heading right now? If not, do things that will move you toward your dream. Start somewhere even if it’s small steps. Go forward toward your dream and don’t stay stagnant.

Don’t waste your life and then wish you did something more with it when you get old. Rich people are rich because they keep doing what makes them rich and poor people are poor because they keep doing what makes them poor. That is the truth. Do something with your life and don’t expect others to do it for you. 3 John 1:2. KJV “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” God wants us to prosper, so why don’t we go for it? 

Roots -Weeds and Soul Wounds

While weeding my flower bed, I noticed that not all weeds were the same. Some of the weeds were very easy to pull up, but others were spread out across the flower bed. They were a little harder to pull up and took more time and effort to get the whole thing along with the root. These roots were deeper in the ground. Then there were the wees with needle like thorns on them. They enter-twined with the flowers and bushes and tried to overtake them. When trying to weed these out, I noticed that the root was very deep. Sometimes it was winding pretty far away from the actual weed. So, if I just snipped the weed at the soil line, the root would still be there.

Since these little devils have thorns, it took special care to find just the right spot to hold the weed while pulling it up. Sometimes it took another special tool to stab and dig the ground to hunt for the root bulb. The root could wind around several flowers and bushes under the soil. It really meant business. It meant it was not going to die. It meant to kill out what was around it so it would thrive.

Weeds are like soul wounds. Some are pretty easy to deal with. They are pretty obvious. They’re not too deep and you can pluck them out-no problem. These are not the wounds that you think about all the time or the ones that keep you up at night. They don’t make you re-live the painful re-enactment each time you think about it. In fact, you might not think about this type of wound at all. You just know, as a Christian, you need to deal with it so you can grow in your faith.

But, then there are the wounds that have made deeper roots in your soul. These have been festering for a while and have gotten bigger over time. These wounds have affected the way to respond to certain people or to certain situations. You might not even know why something made you react a certain way. In my experience, when you react in an un-Godly way to something, there is a soul wound that has some deep roots that need to be dealt with. These are not nearly as easy to get rid of since they are deeper and have spread to other areas. Now your personality has changed all because you have neglected dealing with this wound earlier.

The really difficult wounds to get rid of has actually entangled in every area of your life and the thorns have scarred you. This wound is trying to literally kill you. It is so deep that you probably have no idea where it came from or how to find the root of it. You could be sick, or depressed, or angry, or full of hate (maybe even all of these things) and you don’t have the strength to pull it up. You keep getting stuck by the same thorns when you think you found where to grab, so you let go. It takes determination to go and get the gloves and a tool to dig for the root, instead of just clipping off what you see. Those thorns hurt! If you really want this weed gone, you must dig your feet in the ground and use your tool to expose the parts of the root that is hidden. You can then pull that root to find where the bulb is. It takes time and effort, but that root bulb is there. If you stop before you find it, then it will keep coming back. But, when you get that deep root bulb out for good, you have conquered that evil prickly weed.

The first thing you need to do to heal any soul wound is repent and forgive.

Psalm 7:12 If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

Matthew 6:14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”

Colossians 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Renew your mind

I have started a 21 day ‘Renew Your Mind’ challenge. It started on 3/11/17 and ends 3/31/17. I will be putting some short videos on You Tube for 21 days and give some inspirational and motivational advice on how to get your mind renewed. It takes 21 days to form a habit. This will give you a good foundation that you can continue with after the 21 days are over. 

If you are depressed or living in fear or anxiety, take this challenge and change your mindset. It does help. Even Christians battle these things and need some help getting out of their funk. Go to my ‘Re-new Your Mind’ tab and print the free 21 day calendar and get started. Don’t let the enemy steal another minute of your life. 

State of Mind

I am starting to look into different websites and social media posts that are about helping people get free from depression. I found a website that has some good facts about depression. This website says that “Depression is both a brain disorder and a state of mind“. That’s what I have been saying for years! http://www.hopefordepression.org/depression-facts/

I know what it’s like to feel hopeless and feel like nothing will ever get better. I have been in a dark place and wanted to die. I didn’t know how to get free from it. I am so glad that I asked God to help me. I am living proof that He will help you when you ask. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” If we don’t ask, then we can’t expect to receive.

God’s word is the truth. John 6:32 says, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Sometimes we are not free because we just don’t know the truth. Some people are only seeking ‘their truth’ instead of seeking ‘God’s truth’. Without Christ, we will never know what truth is. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life according to John 14:6. 

Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:11 NIV, “Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.”
 2 Corinthians 5:18 NIV, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” 
Fingerprint of God
We are each unique and are marked by God.
 
 We are all called to the ministry of reconciliation. I never really knew that before about 5 years ago when I just happened to read this in the bible. It really excited me because my new job, at that time, was ‘reconciliations’. I took it as a sign from God. From there, I was reconciled with my dad and several other people in my life reconciled with me. It really felt like a season of reconciliation to me. 
 
Sometimes we don’t have a clue what our giftings are or where we fit in. If you ever wondered, this is it. Always strive to reconcile others to Jesus and reconcile people together. We are called to be united. Divided we fall. Matthew 12:25 NIV, “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spring is in the air

Today is a beautiful day! It is in the 70’s in Chattanooga, TN. It’s hard to believe it’s still winter. Everything is blooming and the pollen is very high today. I have spring fever. I don’t like the cold weather! It’s almost time to ‘spring forth’. I like the time change when it is daylight longer outside. It’s so hard to get up for work on those ‘fall back’ changes. It takes a couple of weeks to become accustomed to the change. It is a whole lot easier to get used to the ‘spring forward’ time change. You have that extra hour to sleep and it’s already light outside when you have to get up. The birds are already singing and it just seems happier and better.

Have a dream
Chase your dreams

One of the Merriam-Webster’s definitions of ‘spring‘ is to make a leap or series of leaps. I think it’s time for us to take a leap of faith and do things that we haven’t done before. Start trusting God to take care of the unknown and take that first step toward your destiny. In Mark 5:36, Jesus told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” Sometimes we are just to afraid to follow our dreams and then it’s too late. Don’t let your dreams pass you by. 

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Where do you see your life headed? Is it in a positive direction or do you need to change the way your thinking? Stop trying to figure out how God will work it out, and just trust that He will. You never know, your dreams just might come true. You will never find out unless you chase your dreams and never give up!

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