Month: October 2021

Discover The Path God Created Just For One.

He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Psalm 62:2
Do you feel me?

The last few weeks have been a tad crazy. We have been preparing to get our house on the market. Everything except this stopped. I was unable to write or blog. I didn’t go to the gym. My most productive prayer time was when I was painting my bathroom. Seriously, do you feel me? LIve can get crazy busy.

Well, thankfully, we survived and the house is officially on the market, and under contract. Now it’s time to get back to all things neglected. The gym, (check), bible study/prayer time, (check), writing, Ummm, ok, truthfully, I’m struggling a little. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, oh, I have tons, my friends! I think I have too much! Is that even possible? Now that I am not consumed with prepping the house I think back over the last month.

I sat and pondered what to write and found myself sitting at my desk going through old and new photos. Have you seen the picture I have used above? I first saw it on social media for National Daughters Day last year and I loved it. I saved it and look at it often. When I see it I smile as it describes my feelings perfectly about my daughter.

And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. Nehemiah 4:14
You can’t make time stand still

This year was a big one for me personally as it is the year my daughter went to college. I wondered over and over who would be there to protect her. I agonized over knowing if she was ready. I agonized over knowing if I was ready!

It seems that somewhere in their senior year our kids believe they are ready to be on their own. Parents get frustrated/downright scared because they want their kids to make choices that will protect them from the pain of failure. Teenagers are eager to fly the nest, where at the same time, parents are desperate to hold them back.

Unfortunately, there is no stopping the ticking of the clock. For better or for worse, children are meant to fly the coop. Because of that, as responsible parents, it is our job to let them go. We have to rely on all that we have taught them as they were under our tutelage.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 

Building relationships that matter

Relationships are like any other living thing, if you feed them, they will grow. I realize as I look back over the last year I could see the woman my daughter was growing into. She is sweet to the core, funny as all get out, and passionately loyal to those she loves. She thinks she is awkward, that she is shy but there is a light in her that shines and attracts all that cross her path. I am so proud to call her daughter. I love calling her friend.

As I said, this year was monumental in more than one way. There are days I still wonder why she had to grow up, (any mom out there know what I mean?), days I wish I still had her depending on me for whatever she needs. I know that is not fair to her, her wings have spread, she is so ready to fly. Tears burn my eyes as I write. Not out of sadness, though there is a little, I will not lie. Tears burn with the amount of joy, love, and friendship I feel rising in my heart, it is almost overwhelming.

As much as I know I will always have my daughters back, (and honestly, I feel the same for my boys, but today is all about us girls) I KNOW God has a path that he created solely for her. It is now her time to grow and discover all she is meant to be in this world. I will NEVER forget the day, she turned to me sweetly and said, “Mom, I’ve got this”. Because of that and the relationship that has been growing between us, I will let her go, I will not hold her back, I will cheer her on as she soars.

Soar High Sweet Girl

There comes a time where you have to trust what you lean on. For me, that is my faith in Jesus and how he is there to lead, guide, and protect. I know he will guide my daughter in making her own choices. He will certainly protect and shield her when mistakes are made. He will soothe and heal through hurts and disappointments. That is the blessing of having a relationship with our Lord. He knows us, He protects us and He will ALWAYS be there for us.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 
Psalm 32:8
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3

So, I’ll wipe the tears away, tell her “baby, you got this, but mama will always have your back.” I will fall back on my relationship with Jesus, knowing I raised her as I was led to through him. Knowing that if there is anyone that loves her more than I, It is Him, and there is no one better to have at your back.

Heavenly Father, I ask for divine protection on my daughter as you shelter her from anything that would hurt her. I ask you to watch over her, steer her down the road you plowed solely for her to walk. Talk to her when she feels down, celebrate with her as she grows. Keep her tight in your arms as the world embraces her. I know she is in your hands and I believe, in Your name, she is cherished, she is protected, and she is YOURS. In Jesus’s name. -Mom

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Believing Life is Better Lived with the Holy Spirit!

Don’t Miss Out By Jeannie Cunnion-Daring to Believe Life is Better with the Holy Spirit!

Week Five-Chapters 21-25

For a recap of week four

Benefits of the Holy Spirit

Read John 15

I can’t believe I am almost done with this study. Usually by the time I get to the end of a study I am excited for my next one. Not so with Don’t Miss Out by Jeannie Cunnion. I find myself not wanting to be done with the Holy Spirit. He is not done with me, this I am sure of. As I put this book away and turn to my next study, I will keep it close. I have a feeling I will be opening this book constantly to gain more of the Holy Spirit.

This week we covered five topics.

  • The Holy Spirit Empowers Us to Obey
  • He Makes Us More Like Jesus
  • He Produces Fruit in Our Lives
  • The Holy Spirit Fills Us
  • He Keeps Filling Us
He Empowers Us to Obey

Usually, there are rules to follow with consequences if they are not. For example, to motivated kids to follow the rules of our homes, we often entice them? A system of rewards for good behavior is what I see many parents do. Of course, that does not always work. Kids will be kids, right?

A major role of the Holy Spirit is to motivate us by making Jesus beautiful to us. He does this by awakening our hearts to all that Jesus has done for us. He also provides the power we need to fight our weaknesses. The only way to obey is to let the Spirit guide us and grant us power.

"Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. The Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions."
Galatians 5:16-17

To be obedient we must work with the Holy Spirit, yielding and submitting to His leading in our life. It means knowing Him, knowing His voice so we can choose His guidance when our weak nature wants to take control.

He Makes Us More Like Jesus

I love this the most, most importantly, there is nothing I want more than being like Jesus. I am positive that the more I get to know and love the Holy Spirit the closer Christ will be.

Sanctification. This is a word that confused and scared me for a long time, therefore, let’s talk about it. Sanctification means to be ‘set apart, for a purpose. I’ve got goosebumps on my arms. Being set aside, for a purpose that God made strictly for me, makes me a little light-headed with excitement.

The more we are led by the Holy Spirit the more we want to be more like Jesus. We can not accomplish this in our power, we must rely on the Spirit. The Spirit helps us become more of who God says we ALREADY ARE in Christ. Let that sink in! Our pursuit of Christ is the proof that the Spirit is at work in our life, purifying our desires and producing holiness in our lives.

He Produces Fruit in Our Live

The closer we grow in a relationship with the Holy Spirit, His attributes will show up more in our lives.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,self-control. Against such things there are no laws." 
 Galatians 5:22-23

Growing a deeper relationship with the Spirit means we are living IN Christ. Without the power of Christ working in us and through us, we are incapable of producing the fruit that is God-glorifying. Jesus said:

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:4-5
He Fills Us

Jeannie writes on four things about being filled by the Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit is:

  • to be under the influence of the Spirits presense and power
  • a command, not a suggestins
  • essential to living the full and abundant life promised to us in Christ
  • continual

People who love and are filled with the Spirit are living under its influence. They choose to live with the guidance of the Spirit in their lives, following His lead.

Be filled with the Spirit is a command for every Christian. We can not be like Christ if we do not have the Spirit living in us, therefore it is essential to be filled with Him.

Our lives will not live up to their full potential if we are not Spirit-filled. The Spirit guides us to be more like Christ. If He is not pointing us back to Jesus, we can’t possibly bear His fruit. To bear fruit for Jesus you have to be abiding IN Him.

It is a continual action to be close to the Spirit and Jesus. It is not a one-and-done type thing, for that reason, we have to continually pursue Him.

He Keeps Filling Us

Just like anything we love and want to keep, we need to spend time with it. Getting to know it more, cultivate it, making it the center of our lives. Our God is so loving to us, when we spend time with Him, He will continue to pour Himself into us. It’s all about what we choose to do. Jeannie writes it best with this step-by-step guide.

  • Confess
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
John 1:9
  • Repent
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord 
Acts 3:9
  • Yeild

Jeannie helps by putting this one to prayer, she said:

Everything I am and everything I have is yours. I want you at the center of my life so that everything I desire and do will emanate from you. Help me submit my will to yours.
  • Abide
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Colossians 3:16
  • Ask
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 11:13

Friends, our spiritual journey is a journey of a lifetime. Ever growing and changing. It is a lifelong story that will continue to be told as. you grow in the Spirit.

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Believing Life is Better Lived with the Holy Spirit!

Don’t Miss Out By Jeannie Cunnion-Daring to Believe Life is Better with the Holy Spirit!

Week Four-Chapters 16-20

For a recap of Week Three.

Once again Jeannie Cunnion simply outdoes herself. If I could shake all the words of her book into a tub I would lay back and soak myself in them. I use the words bath and soak for two reasons. The word bathe, as we all know, implies something is clean. To soak means to immerse and absorb. This study has washed away many preconceived notions I had of the Holy Spirit and all I want to do is absorb all these words into my soul.

He Communicates with Us!

One thing we learned and discussed in depth was that the Holy Spirit communicates to us and speaks through us what He receives from God! To imagine that we have a direct line to God through the Holy Spirit was new and thrilling to me. It took me reading and rereading to absorb what that means. Whatever God wants us to hear is conveyed through His Spirit.

Have you ever been in a situation where you feel you have to say something? Maybe something you have been thinking about, something you feel you need to do? That, my friend, is what Jeannie calls the Nudge. The Holy Spirit is gently nudging you to do or say what God is leading you to. Sometimes it is all about being still, to hear him, to answer him.

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."
John 10:27

The Spirit speaks to us on Jesus’s behalf, it’s an amazing gift. He knows us intimately, therefore He speaks to us however we hear him best. Possibly through worship songs, maybe through a verse that just by chance comes to your attention. Maybe you have a friend that always seems to say what you need to hear. I hear him best when I am in His word and doing my studies with my study group. Things just seem to come alive and make sense. If you are not sure how you hear the Spirit, ask Him, He will let speak to you.

He Communicates Through Us

I know it is easy to try and take care of the world (wink wink) but if we just let the Spirit in He can speak through us. There will be times when we won’t know the right thing say. Someone will need to hear words that ease their hurts or sweeps away their anger, words that need to touch their souls. These will be the times that we need to step back and let the Spirit speak through us. He will heal wounds and make anger fade if we allow him to just speak.

He Makes God’s Love Real to Us

The Holy Spirit makes God’s love real for us. He makes our hearts tender toward Jesus by always pointing us back to Him. I love how the apostle Paul wrote.

"God's love has been poured into our heards through the Holy Spirit who He has given to us." Romans 5:5

Isn’t that beautiful? I envision a gorgeous crystal pitcher filled with the Spirit as a hand from above pours it out on us. All we need to do is lift our eyes to him, accept it and let it soak in. God wants us to accept it, to accept him. The more we accept, the more intimate our relationship with God is.

He Convicts Us

Many people seem to struggle with the concept of being convicted of our sin. The Holy Spirit convicts us of three things: sin, righteousness, and judgment. Jeannie did a great job explaining this, I am going to take the liberty of using the words she writes in her book.

First, the word convict can be likened to convince. The Spirit convinces us we need Jesus because of our sin. Without the Holy Spirit, we would stay spiritually dead and separated from God. The Holy Spirits’ job is to continually show us our sin and convince us to choose obedience.

Second, is concerning righteousness. The sense of peace we experience about our salvation with the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shows us our security in our Savior.

Finally, the Spirit convicts us concerning judgment. The Holy Spirit convinces us that the enemy (Satan) no longer holds authority over us. He has been judged by Jesus and lost.

He Helps Us Live in Freedom

Paul writes in Romans 8

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2

When Jesus took our sins to the cross, he took away the shame of our sin. We no longer have to live in fear of making a mistake and losing the love of Christ. Being filled with the Spirit shapes our life, but we live in a world that is filled with temptation to lead us away from God. The enemy would love for us to pick a sin-filled life, but we don’t have to. Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, setting us FREE. I pray you will let the Holy Spirit’s power help you LIVE FREE.