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This week we are delighted to feature Laura Emerson of Cheered on Mom,a Christian lifestyle blog sharing the successes and (many) downfalls of life as a stay-at-home mom. Laura is a busy mama fueled by coffee and livin' on a prayer. She shares encouraging words for moms, resources for spiritual growth, and tales of the SAHM life.
Laura's heart is for you to feel encouraged, understood, and just plain happy when you read her words. That is easily done because reading her posts feels like chatting with an old friend. See for yourself with this week's interview!
Hi Laura, could you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
I'm a stay-at-home-mom of two, married to a wonderful man, and a native Iowan with a love of thunderstorms and the state fair.
Can you tell us about Cheered on Mom and what inspired you to start it?
I started my blog way before I was serious about it, when I was about to give birth to my second child. I wrote for a week or two before I took a year-long "break" while I figured out our new family life.Once I was ready, I started blogging for other women and moms who could learn from my mistakes and use a little encouragement. I became pretty passionate about sharing my real-life mommy moments, and throwing around as much grace as I could for other moms.
When did you first fall in love with Jesus?
I accepted Jesus at age twelve at a Christian camp, after hearing the gospel and seeing Him in the flesh (a camp counselor dressed as Jesus). In that moment, everything changed for me and I began to live out my faith.
You are a stay-at-home to 2 littles. How do you maintain a healthy spiritual life?
It can be so challenging! The key for me is in being flexible and gracious toward myself. I have a personal goal of reading in the Bible every day. My husband and I read from the same book of the Bible so that we can talk about it, and that's been awesome! But I don't hold myself to a specific time of day or a specific number of verses to read. I want to be careful not to create a formula or to get legalistic in my devotional life.I love surrounding myself with pretty things, so I have verse cards and printables in my home and on my devices. I also pray throughout my day, listen to Christian radio, and have devotionals with my kids.
Have you always been a writer?
Since fourth grade or so, I've been writing my little heart out in poems, humorous stories, journals, and essays. I got serious about writing in college. Yay for English majors!
You have a great list of resourceson your site. What are some of your "can't live without" ones?
A favorite Bible - I'm passionate about Bible journaling, and making it easy for anyone to start. I think there's a lot of high expectations and pressure people put on themselves when they want to be creative. I hope to remove those barriers. I've found that having the Bible that's right for you is incredibly helpful in connecting with God's word regularly!For bloggers, my favorite resource is SiteGround. A fantastic web host is one of those things that you don't think about unless there's a problem, so while it's not a glamorous resource, it's possibly the most important.
What is your favorite "GOD MOMENT" that pops into your memory?
Several crazy things happened when my husband decided to switch careers to become a therapist and take us to Colorado for grad school. First of all, God worked on my heart so I'd be open to the idea of moving from North Carolina halfway across the country, after I swore I'd never do it again. Second, our house sold in one day instead of the months we thought it would take so that we could move and get settled before classes started. Third, He provided jobs for us both!
When we got the call that we had a great offer the day after we put the house on the market, it was one of the biggest surprises and blessings of my life. I knew that God was telling us we were on the right path, and I was so grateful He'd made it easy for us to go through a lot of change.
Do you have a favorite passage of Scripture?
I don't have an all-time favorite (I can't choose!) but right now I'm lovingPhilippians 4:4-7.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.
If you could give one bit of advice to a new believer what would it be?
Get to know God's love for you, as fully as you can, and let it transform you.
What’s the biggest tip you have for anyone wanting to start a faith-based blog or ministry?
My best advice is to convey passion, and focus on making real connections with others. Don't focus on numbers. I hear so much about bloggers getting burned out and giving up, and I think it happens because our blogs don't "take off" the way we expect them to. It's so hard to strike a balance between being a faithful steward of our blogs, and simply living out our calling without demanding results. Go easy on yourself, do what you love, work hard, and see what God does.
What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
I would have started out blogging with more confidence, and--I have to say it--on Wordpress with Siteground as my host.
What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
My skills, passions, strengths, and weaknesses are the perfect combination for what I do. His power is made perfect through all my imperfections.
Is there a specific person/story from the Bible that continues to inspire you?
Moses is my favorite person in the Old Testament. The last time I read through his books, I was so sad to say goodbye to him, like I am when I'm reading a gripping novel. I love stories of unlikely leaders because I've always been one of those quiet, behind-the-scenes types.
What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?
I'm 39-years-old, and am often mistaken for a college-aged person or younger. It sounds flattering, but there's quite a big down side. (Like an adult asking me if my mom was going to pick me up from church.) My new goal is to look 40 by the time I'm 40! ...Or maybe just look 35.
What’s next for you?
I'm working on a devotional as well as expanding my online storeright now. There's a lot going on, and I'm so excited for what's ahead!
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Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
I will always remember being in one of the first small groups that I ever attended and someone asked everyone to pray that she would have patience. Both group leaders immediately were like “No! You should NEVER pray for patience!” Okay, so apparently some Christians think that the word patience is like a curse word. The reason behind that statement is because usually when someone prays for that, their patience will be tested. And in almost 10 years, I have very rarely prayed for patience. I usually pray for strength, or that the waiting wouldn’t be wasted instead.
But this week, another word trumped patience.
Endurance.
Endurance is the new patience. I streamed a conference this past weekend. It was all about endurance, running the race that is before you, and discipleship. It was an amazing conference, and there were a few sessions that I streamed more than once. Mike asked me what I got out of the conference, and I told him that I felt like I was going to need endurance. And when the young woman I mentor and I exchanged prayer requests on Monday I told her that I felt like I needed to pray for endurance because I felt like something was going to be coming at me.
Well… just the next morning I saw something that I wished I hadn’t and I wanted to run. And not run my race, it was more like run away from my race. And as the week went on, and got flipped upside down and backwards, the hits kept coming at me and I have kept wanting to run the opposite direction. I try to be one who keeps my commitments, but this week I have wanted to walk right away from the commitments I have made, and I have wanted to put unrealistic boundaries in place to protect myself from everything coming at me.
You have had those weeks right? I am sure you have, because I texted one of my friends asking her how her endurance was going this week and she said “empty”. We can’t be the only ones who have endurance issues!
Why should we endure?
So what is the point of enduring when you feel like you are running on fumes?
Because even though sometimes you may feel like you are running on fumes and maybe feel like you are in chains, the truth is that His word can not be chained (2 Timothy 2:9). I was blown away by that scripture verse. I had probably read it many times before really seeing it. And I was actually reading another version of scripture that says His word cannot be bound. The Bible I was reading was bound, and as I read that verse I just imagined the binding coming off the edges of the pages, and the pages of Truth being carried throughout the world by the wind til ever ear would hear.
Sometimes the wind would be like a Spring breeze and sometimes it would be like hurricane force winds. Regardless of the condition, His word is not bound, it is not chained, it goes forth. Let that truth sink into your heart for a minute, because it is comforting.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, and because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 2 Timothy 2:9
His word wasn’t even chained when Jesus died on the cross. The cross was meant to stop Him, yet even death couldn’t chain Him, couldn’t bind Him. Because mountains would move at His gentle whisper, and storms could be tamed at the sound of His voice.
So why should we endure? Because Jesus did. Because even if we are faithless, He is faithful (
2 Timothy 2:13). Because His word can not be chained, bound or imprisoned.
Yes, another translation uses the word imprisoned instead of chained or bound. And here is my desire. I want to run my race looking to the One whose word is not imprisoned, chained, or bound, yet whose Word breaks the chains of the prisoners and sets the captives free.
Heavenly Father, sometimes it is just hard to endure. Sometimes, we feel like we are on empty and we just want to run the opposite direction from what you have before us, but even when we feel empty Your cup never runs dry. Help us to keep our eyes on You, Jesus. Let us not to the left, the right, or behind, but only at You. Because You are the perfector of our faith. So as we run after you, may we only thirst for You, may You will us with Your living water, and may You help us to endure because You endured. In His precious name. Amen.
(originally posted HERE)
Jessica is a writer who desires for women to know that they are loved by a beautiful Creator, and in hopes to encourage women in their walks with Christ, she began blogging on her site The Path I Follow. Coffee, chocolate, and pink roses are her love languages, and she will use any excuse possible to make cupcakes. But above all she has a deep love for Christ, and a desire to follow where He will lead. Jessica currently lives in Norwalk, CT with her husband Mike, and two children, Charlie and Olivia. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, walks at the beach, helping with women’s ministry at her church, and relaxing on her parent’s boat.
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Undeniably God Ministries Blog by Marlena Rice - 3M ago
When I think about what brokenness means, I think about how I feel when everything in my life is going great, and the feeling that I have when something, or someone interrupts that feeling of greatness. If I'm being honest, this feeling of greatness is the equivalent to me experiencing a time in my life when hardship is virtually nonexistent.
It's like standing very still while wearing a pair of beautiful heels (like the kind I used to wear before I had my son :) ) and someone who doesn't know how hard it is to stand on those bad boys gives you an old atta boy on the shoulder. You smile, and it slowly wavers just a little and ultimately turns into a shriek of anguish as you realize that your balance is gone and you're about to hit the floor. I don't think we'll ever be in a position where brokenness comes to us as anything but this. Why? Because no matter our circumstances, we always expect the best and we never settle for what we don't want to happen because we think we can will, think, dream, hope and pray ourselves into the results we want. If you're on a wall with Jesus, you can go ahead and smile, because we know that what we want does not matter! It's not our will we're here to fulfill, it is His.
I think we feel broken because of how we pray. Or better said, I think we are broken BECAUSE OF HOW WE DON'T PRAY. When we are feeling defeated and lost we tend to think of ourselves in a way that makes us feel worthless. While in one of these moods myself recently, I made a list of all the ways I felt broken and it made me think of every area in which I felt less than what I thought I should have. Here are a few...
BROKEN relationships...BROKEN feelings...BROKEN attitude...BROKEN expectations...
This isn't how "this" aspect of my life is supposed to be. But why can't I change it? BROKEN dreams...I have support, but not from the people I need (want??) it from the most. Why do I allow this to effect my dreaming??? BROKEN hope...I will never be able to do...(insert everything I'm excited to accomplish here) BROKEN body...Why can't I motivate myself to eat better and take care of myself?
Do you see how down in the dumps that list is? Ugh. SO, when I'm praying, how do you think I pray about these things? I pray for these things to get better (according to what I think would make them better), I question God about what I should be doing, changing, fixing, etc., to make a long story short, there is a lot of "me" and "I" involved.
I didn't really have an endgame for this post when I started, but as I've been writing, I do have an answer. Eureka! :) This is how His Spirit works within me, but that's a whole other post!
Here are a few things I think we all need to do during these times when we're feeling broken in spirit and so many other aspects of our lives.
1) Accept our brokenness, but do not allow ourselves to wallow in it. I'm a wallower (is that a word???) I like to wallow, wallow some more, cry, pout, think about a multitude of "what-ifs" and, again.... you guessed it, wallow some more! Sometimes things do not work out for us because God knows that they are not meant for us. Sometimes we cannot do things because God knows that they are not meant for us to do. Sometimes this is His way of saying, no, this is not for you. There may be something greater, or, if we're being honest, there may not be something greater, but if we trust him, we will know that whatever it is we have, or do, instead is what He wants us to have or do.
2) Continue to pray and seek the things we need to change about ourselves, but, instead talk to God and rather than making ourselves the center of our prayers, make Him the center. God is Elohim, our Creator God. He made all things, created all things and decided to make us for this time that we are in. No mistakes were made because God is perfect. His decisions are perfect and His will is perfect. We always need to pray for our situations, families, and whatever else we feel needs to be brought to God, but, most importantly, we need to understand that when we feel broken or worthless, God doesn't flinch. He created the light with nothing more than His voice and he created woman from man's rib. Brokenness is not an obstacle for God, and if you think so, you aren't serving Elohim, you're serving a "lesser than" God. Psalm 34:18 says, The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
3) Think about why you feel "broken," and embrace it and think about what is truly broken. When I think about the things that make me feel defeated and less than, I see a lot of "self." I also see hardship. For whatever you're feeling is broken, is it really broken, or is just harder to accomplish, think about, or do than everything else in your life that proved easier to maintain? Are you truly broken, or have you just lost faith in the things you cannot see but can only think?
Hebrews 11 tells us that, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
So as Christians, our entire hope for salvation in Jesus Christ rests in our faith that he came to Earth, lived a sinless life and took our sins, past, present and future onto himself so that we can be free to live an eternal life. It's evident that this same faith we assert that our Jesus is real, is the same faith that we must assert when we are going through hardship.
Just like we have faith that Jesus died and rose again to save us from our sin nature, we also need to have faith that his promises will come to fruition if we are faithful.
xoxo
Marlena
(originally published HERE)
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We have Daren Mehl. Daren is a loyal son of God, loving husband, proud father, and the president for Voice for the Voiceless. Throughout high school, college, and his career, Daren’s expressed identity changed several times. Initially identifying as a gay man from high school through his late 20’s, Daren met his wife and his journey took a course change. After several years of marriage, extreme spiritual truth seeking through weekly prayer with a brother in the faith, Daren now expresses his identity as a heterosexual man, a husband, and now with two children, he identifies with his role as a father.
Daren is a strong pioneering voice that proclaims the freedom found only through the redemptive blood. Read on and visit his links below after you enjoy this week's interview!
Hi Daren, could you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
I'm 40 years old. I'm living in MN with my wife and two children. I've been married for 12 years. I enjoy being a husband and father. My family is part of our local church family. I enjoy time with family and friends. I am currently President of Voice of the Voiceless, an advocacy group for the community of believers who have left the LGBT identity for a greater one in Jesus.
Can you tell us about the Daren Mehl Blog and what inspired you to start it?
www.darenmehlblog.com was started as a means to communicate the revelations from the Holy Spirit I've received in my own journey with Jesus out of the LGBT identity and behaviors and into the identity of being a disciple of Jesus, and living as Jesus leads me. My hope is to encourage people who share the beliefs in Jesus as I do, and are trying to align their identity and behaviors accordingly. A lot of my journey was hit and miss, years of struggling in my own strength.
When did you first fall in love with Jesus?
I fell in love with Jesus when I was in high school. I was extremely alone and depressed, feeling rejected by my peers and family. Jesus drew me close and I experienced his love which gave me a new hope for life. His love has never failed me. As I've grown in my relationship with him, his love has transformed my heart and mind.
How do you maintain a healthy spiritual life?
Maintaining a spiritual life is a daily event. God's manna lasted only a day for those in the wilderness. His mercies are new every day. Jesus taught us to pray, "give us today our daily bread", and in that spirit I realize I need to seek God daily. In my journey out of the gay identity and to break the addiction to gay porn, I developed an accountability and prayer life with a brother in the faith. We met at least weekly and he helped me by encouraging me to keep going with Jesus. My life changed when I went from weekly prayer to daily prayer. (http://www.darenmehlblog.com/2017/04/mor-daily-prayer-card/). In addition to daily prayer and accountability, my family faithfully attends our church. We maintain regular fellowship through church small group as well. Regular scripture reading keeps my heart aligned to the word.
You share very openly about your previous lifestyle in the gay community. Can you expand a bit more on this?
When I gave my life to Jesus in high school, I was all in. I grew up culturally Christian, but didn't know Jesus personally or anything much of the faith. In reading the scriptures I realized that homosexual behaviors were sinful. I was convicted that my gay porn habit was sinful and I needed help to overcome it, but I was very shamed of dealing with homosexual attractions. It took a lot of time and courage to tell my youth leader what I was struggling with. I was received in mercy and told that I was being obedient to the holy spirit in confessing my sin and that God would help me to live according to how scripture teaches. I spent the next few years trying to pray away the gay, but my attractions never changed. With no spiritual guidance or wisdom around this area of struggle available in my church fellowship, I grew tiresome of the continual struggle with unwanted same sex attraction and so I gave in and lived openly as a gay man. However, the holy spirit continued to burn the truth that I was living openly in sin. A brother reached out to me in love and encouraged me to pray and ask God to end my relationship with my boyfriend and to cultivate a relationship with a woman I liked but was uncertain could become an intimate relationship. God answered the prayer immediately in that my boyfriend eneded our relationship the next day, and within 2 years I was married to the woman. I spent the first 7 years of my marriage praying for deliverance from gay porn addiction. It was year 7 that I failed my marriage covenant by cheating one night. That lead me to my darkest week of my life. I received mercy when I repented to God and asked for and received mercy through forgiveness from my sin. My wife received me back. I then realized trying to "pray myself straight" wasn't working. I realized everything I was doing to that point was focused on my sin, my old identity, and was done through self righteous, legalistic works. I gave up, and asked God for direction. In that I felt a covenant with God related to my eyes was worth attempting, something radical. I couldn't get over porn, so my covenant was to not double take. If I saw a person I would normally lust over, I would look away. God would be responsible to empower me to not look back. That was the key to cleaning my soul. That came along with changing my prayer life to praying who I am in Christ. And leaning into God's grace to live above the temptation of sin. It was truly a tangible experience of living in his grace. With a clean mind and heart, God then began to reveal broken areas of my life, especially lies I had believed about myself. Once those were revealed, and lies exchanged for God's truth, I found myself no longer desiring to lust after men. I believe scripture in Rev 12:11
that says we overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb, the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives unto death. I believe being open with what God has done in my life gives HIM the glory for a life transformed by his love and truth.
What is your favorite "GOD MOMENT" that pops into your memory?
One of my favorite "God Moments" is when I was just starting my college classes and the youth group was heading off to a revival meeting in Minneapolis with a prophet/evangelist guest speaker. On the way there I had told my friend that I was going to switch my college direction from computers to broadcasting. My friend said he felt that wasn't wise and not what God had for me. I remember telling him that unless God said clearly otherwise, I would be changing my plans. At the service the preacher stopped his message abruptly, I felt the fire of the Lord fall all over me, and he pointed to me and called me forward and prophesied over me. (I still have the recording!) He stated that there was no lack in my life (speaking to my struggles with same sex attraction, I was wearing thin then), and then he said that God had put me in college for computer programming. The youth group and I just lost it, myself laughing out loud in shock, and my youth group friends cheering because they knew of my skills with computers was where God had me, not broadcasting. Needless to say, I stayed on the computer track and that lead to a great career.
What is your favorite post you have ever written?
Emotionally, my favorite post I've written is probably the one where I shared my eye covenant and the revelation of grace, and my prayer for purity. That was the most deeply emotional post. http://www.darenmehlblog.com/2016/05/new-grace-part-1/
My favorite most practical post that gave the most direction to my healing, my identity in Christ, and laying a foundation for discipleship and staying in the will of God would be my daily prayer post. There I outline the prayer card that I used, and my daily prayer I used after my eye covenant prayer. http://www.darenmehlblog.com/2017/04/mor-daily-prayer-card/
Do you have a favorite passage of Scripture?
Gal 2:20 - my identity in in Christ
Special call out to 1 Cor 6:11
, which it was many years into my struggle with same sex attraction that I realized "Such were some of you..."
If you could give one bit of advice to a new believer what would it be?
Don't give up. I held onto Romans 8:28 like it was my lifeline when I went through struggles. It was for the longest time a verse of hope, and now it is a verse of testimony. Having been through the dark night of the soul, that is finding the end of yourself, and feeling utterly destroyed in sin, is not the end of your life. It is the beginning of realizing your own strength isn't sufficient. Remember, in our weakness, we are made strong through Christ. (2 Cor 12:10). Also, God is good. God is love. Believe that. Change requires growth, which frequently hurts. But when you pass through, what is left is gold. If Jesus is worth anything, then Jesus is worth everything. Give him your everything, and know you're in good hands.
What’s the biggest tip you have for anyone wanting to start a faith-based blog or ministry?
Get started! Join the Christian Blogger Network on Facebook and find encouragement and help there.
What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
I would have been much more selective in how I boost my posts on Facebook. Boosting your posts using keywords for audiences where you want to minister is not wise. It can feel intrusive to those who don't know Jesus, and may end up with more hate mail than followers. Instead, boost to those who already follow you and ask for them to share to get more like minded people. Spend your money on effective search term alignment with your blog so people can find your blog. Secondly, I would have ensured that my cross posting was effective by setting standards for graphic design. It was incredibly annoying to have my image that worked on my website get cropped and totally ineffective when used by Facebook or Twitter. It took quite a while to figure out how to create the right graphics in an post that looks good across all platforms. Also, I wouldn't use text in my images either. That significantly decreases the organic promotion of it on Facebook.
What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
WordPress has a "ping back" feature that keeps track of other WordPress sites that have created links, references, back to your site. Seeing ping backs from sites that were critical of my posts was quite surprising, but useful to know how my writing is being received in public. It was surprising that other sites would enable the feature to let me know. It seems courteous, though likely just an oversight on their admin's part. I am also surprised how much Facebook cross posting is the FIRST means of most people getting to my blog. Sharing posts on Facebook has generated, by far, the most leads to my blog.
Is there a specific person/story from the Bible that continues to inspire you?
King David. He was after God's heart. Even in his failures, he believed in God's goodness. He pushed through his own failures and the trials that came his way.
What is one thing our readers would be surprised to hear?
My son Sebastian is named after his God Father, my best friend and brother in the faith, Jimmy. (Jimmy's middle name is Sebastian)
What’s next for you?
Pursing equipping of the church with the truths about human sexuality, identity, sexual brokenness. As President of Voice of the Voiceless (
www.voiceofthevoiceless.info), I'm advocating for the exLGBT community, helping them get into the church to share their testimony
so that the church can see the healing and truth related to a transformed life coming out of LGBT lifestyle and identity. Equipping the church with the truth of freedom from labels and sin.
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‘Mommy, I don’t want to do it,’ she cried. I could hear the tears in her voice, and feel the fear that gripped her as we spoke on the phone that day. Unable to scoop my daughter up and hold her through what was shaking her, I did what I could – I sat there and listened. She was afraid, and her fear wasn’t legitimate. Understandable, but not warranted. After she said what she needed, I stepped in and began to explain why her fear wasn’t okay, and how she and I were going to stand together and overcome it immediately.
Fear is an unyielding emotion that attempts to take hold of all of us at one point or another. It is powerful, persuasive, and knows exactly where we are weak, using that weakness to leverage its hold on our mind. It is a tactic used to drive us to bondage keeping us from experiencing the freedom promised in a life submitted to Jesus Christ.
The King James Version of the Bible says, ‘Fear not’ or, ‘Be not afraid’ 103 times. It even goes further to tell us to not be anxious and do not worry many more. The number of instances God addresses these emotions is an indication that He understands our temptation and this emotion’s ability to cause us to stumble. His understanding nature opens our eyes to the truth that He is a God who knows His creation, and desires to protect us from all hindrances. We know this because of the tools he has placed in our hands to give us power over the things that come to lead us astray, equipping us to be overcomers when we accept the truth of scripture and its weapon like ability to fire back when the temptation to fear creeps into our mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us,
For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Hebrew 13:6
So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’
Deuteronomy 31:8
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
ALL strength drawing words that have been purposely laid out as ammunition waiting for us to pick up and use against these aggressive emotions.
In the following days after that tearful phone call from my daughter, she determined in her mind to face the fear that had held her so tightly, and when she did she stood in triumph, and emerged with a confidence that spread widely across her face. It was beautiful to witness as I stood back watching it all unfold. In those moments, I couldn’t help but allow my mind to wander to God with thoughts that… He is exactly the same with us as I was with my daughter. He knows the fear we face, and the effect it has on us. We bring Him these issues telling Him, ‘God, I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to go through that.’ And there He sits patiently listening to what it is we have to say, then directing us to His word to identify for us that these feelings are not from Him, and this fear is not warranted, encouraging us over and over again that we will not face this alone. I imagine the pride that swells within Him when we choose to face our fear head on, to be just as incredible as it in us as parents when we stand back and watch our children find courage to face what cripples them.
If you find yourself captive to fear, I encourage you to read, and reread the scriptures I have shared, and as you do understand that yes, they were written thousands of years ago – but they are still relevant and directed specifically to you in this day. It is not God’s will for us to be afraid of anything, and it is in these words that He is beckoning us to step outside of it.
As you begin your day today, and you battle this emotion throughout, take Deuteronomy 31:8 make it personal declaring to yourself and the situation you face,
‘It is the Lord who goes before me. He will be with me; he will not leave me or forsake me. I will not fear or be dismayed.’
Stand on these words and allow God to fill you with courage as you take each step trusting that the God of the Universe is going before you just the same as a protective father does for his child. Move forward in this day, trust Him – Choose Him.
(originally posted HERE)
Hi, I’m JD! I am a wife, and a mother of four beautiful children. I also work full-time outside of the home and understand and love the beautiful crazy chaos that it presents. I am not a preacher, I am not a licensed minister, I have no degree in theology - I have no credentials to prove to you why you should read the words I write. But write I must, as God has birthed within me (and so many of you) a testimony that he has charged me with telling to all who will listen. I am a sinner saved by grace…A lover of Jesus Christ. I am filled with His Spirit and washed in His blood. I am a prodigal who was estranged from my Heavenly Father for years, yet thankfully his grace has led me home. Once lost and feeling unworthy of His love, He pursued me, had mercy on me, and captivated my heart. His mercy gave me a second chance, and it is His mercy that longs to do the same for you…
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If you would have known me in my young adult life you would have probably said I was independent, outgoing, an overcomer and very much associated with the things of the world.
I lived most of my life separate from God. I didn’t know anything about His personal love for me, nor did I have the desire to know.
Most of my childhood was filled with chaos and dysfunction. My teen years were spent exploring how to cover up the pain from my past but also how to fit in with my friends and navigate the pressures around me. Although my childhood was extremely dysfunctional, my adult life was probably similar to some of yours. To read more about my childhood journey click here By God’s Grace.
With the help of my Grandparents who took me in for a second time when I was 14 years old (click here to read more about that story Family of 5), I was able to graduate from high school, go on to college, and then get my masters degree in Social Work. I looked for a job in the social work field but couldn’t find a good fit financially so I ended up working with some friends in real estate. It would have appeared I was on the right track.
I did what I could to enjoy life. I indulged in the freedoms and luxuries this world offers you without thinking too much about it. Making money, spending money, late nights, trips, parties, pampering, you get the picture.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Besides a few close family members, I relied on myself for everything. I tried to be strong and give the appearance I had it all together. When things were going good I would pat myself on the back for a job well done. When things were falling apart I would blame my past or find someone else to shift the blame too.
Looking at your own life, do you see yourself striving to keep it all together? Do you try and fix the challenges you face in your own strength?
Sometimes I would pause, just long enough to wonder why I felt the need to always be doing and going and spending. Why I always had to be in a relationship. Why I felt like I was on a hamster wheel constantly running to achieve something greater or feel something substantial but never gaining anything.
Looking back, I knew there was brokenness in my heart but I didn’t know how to gain true healing. So I masked my feelings and fed them with anything that temporarily made me feel better.
Take a moment to consider how you make yourself feel better? Is it working?
On the outside, I lived a life others may have been envious of.
On the inside, I desired to be anyone but me.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
I would sometimes ask God, why me? Why did I have to go through so much?
But in the next breath, I was back to pretending like I was ok and covering up my hurt with the next best thing.
I will never forget one particular trip I took. I was sitting on an airplane and the woman next to me started to engage in conversation with me. She boldly yet lovingly shared who Jesus was and explained that He loved me.
She reached out to this non-believer and I still remember her today.
The seed was planted.
“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Mark 16:15
I can name countless times my Dad and Stepmom would share with me about their new relationship with Jesus. They would describe how their lives had changed and try to offer hope that He could do the same for me. I remember feeling annoyed. I thought that it was great for them but I wanted no part of it. It would have disrupted my lifestyle.
But every time someone shared with me about their faith, there was a part of my heart that wondered, “Could it be true? Could a love so great exist?
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:18-19
Still, I pursued on with what I knew.
But life wasn’t always easy. Carrying so much inside started to take a toll. So I pleaded with God, I said: “Lord, if you want me to know You and trust You, You are going to have to show me You are real.” And He did, a handful of times. Most of which I chalked off to coincidences.
But finally, there was one instance I couldn’t dismiss. I was in a relationship that was having some difficulties and so I was praying for a sign to end things. Shortly after my boyfriend said to me, “It’s almost as if it’s a divine intervention that we are not supposed to be together.”
From that point on, I decided to take the next step and learn more about this faith I had heard so much about. So I attended a small women’s group that a friend invited me to.
It was in that small group that I saw imperfect people just like me. The only difference was that they were living a life that overflowed from a relationship with God and Jesus.“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
A few weeks later I trusted in a verse my stepmom gave me:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
And by the grace of God, I embraced the love He so freely offers.
Friends, His love is real. Beyond anything, you can imagine. And it’s not inclusive, it’s for EVERYONE!
I hope you walk away from reading this feeling encouraged and loved. If you don’t know Jesus personally, I hope you will reach out to someone who can tell you more. I would love to hear from you.
(originally posted HERE)
Hello friends! My name is Fran Maynard and I am a woman saved by God's amazing Grace. I have been married for 11 years to my beloved and I am a mom to three beautiful little ones. I am also a South Florida girl newly moved to Nashville figuring out this southern way of life.
My heart's desire is to encourage others as I share my story about a God who restores hurts and heals hearts. I share so that others may know that healing and freedom after tragedy do exist. From a heart that needed to know-I share so others may know there is no place God's love and grace cannot reach. Come visit my blog where I share my story and others at What Love Has Done.
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