Monday Inspiration 1.19.15

“Willpower is your best friend when things go well, but it’s the first friend to check out when you get weary” – Joyce Meyer’s “New Day, New You”

Today I feel weary. I’m still trying to battle this cold I have. Yesterday a friend of mine from church got into a car accident and is in a coma. It’s hard sometimes not to feel tired when life happens. It’s important to remember that willpower is a fickle friend. It’s not reliable. We can’t only look to our own strength. That is what God wants. We need to let Him do what only He can do and get us through hard times or times of weakness/sickness/exhaustion.

Isaiah 40 MSG:

27-31 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
    or, whine, Israel, saying,
God has lost track of me.
    He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
    He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
    And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
    gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
    young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind.

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Wednesday Inspiration 9.3.14

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When you hear a lie going through your mind, say out loud:

2 Corinthians 10:5 “Satan, you are a liar. I will not receive (or believe) your lie in the Name of Jesus.”

1 John 4:4 “I remind you that it is written, ‘He that is within me is greater than he that is in the world.’ I command you to bow your knee to the Name of Jesus and leave me.”

(Now you have pulled the lie out–just as you pull a weed out of the ground. An empty hole remains where the weed was, and you will need to fill the space you cast the lie out of with Scripture.)

Philippians 4:8 Begin to think on the Word or begin to sing a praise song to God. Make a conscious effort to fill your mind with good, pure, wholesome, and lovely thoughts.

– http://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=scriptures_for_a_sound_mind

 

Today is hump day. It’s right in the middle of the week and so I thought this would make the perfect post. Sometimes it can be a struggle to get to the other side of the week or metaphorically to get over a way of thinking or a difficult situation. Even though I am not currently, today, struggling with any particular thought I think it is still a good reminder to be vigilant over your mind and pull out negative weeds so you have healthy mental soil. 

What is a thought that you can remove today? Once you’ve severed the root and turned it over to Jesus what was one verse/truth you planted in it’s place?

 

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Thursday Inspiration 6.26.14

Thursday Inspiration 6.26.14

Over-thinking situations can still be an area where I struggle. I never realized until the past couple of years how bad this really was. Instead of always trusting God 100% I can often over-think things and worry that I am wasting time, or going in a direction that doesn’t make sense. Today I received an offer from one of my interviews this past week and while I know it is the right decision there was a part of me that became discouraged afterwards. Don’t get me wrong I am happy that God answered my need so quickly for a replacement job but there is that small part of me that still wonders what I am doing in life and feels unhappy floating around when nothing is making much sense. I know a lot of people that are pursuing their passions, starting businesses, and basically just running after dreams that they really want. Instead I often feel like I have no idea what I am doing, where I am going, but try to just walk down the paths it appears God is directing me to.

I was reminded of this excerpt today:

“Waiting to see how you feel each day is never a good idea. Has anyone ever invited you to do something and you responded ‘Let me wait and see how I feel?’ That just gives the devil room to make sure you don’t feel like doing what you need to do or what can benefit you. We will sometimes have unpleasant times, but we don’t have to live by our feelings; we can choose to stand firm and be stable when we find our strength in the One Who never changes.” – Joyce Meyer “Power Thoughts”

In other words feelings are not facts. Just because I feel unhappy doesn’t mean this job/industry/decision is wrong. It just means it’s not where I thought I would be. It doesn’t mean that God isn’t right on time. It doesn’t mean I am wandering aimlessly. I can continue to trust God and find strength in the One who loves me and has my best interest at heart.

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Monday Inspiration 6.23.14

Monday Inspiration 6.23.14

On Friday I was laid off from my job. You know what? I haven’t felt sad, or guilty, or any negative feeling since. As a Christian you can often hear things like “the peace that passes all understanding” and feel cynical about it when you go through the hard times. In this situation though, I truly believe it. It would be normal to be worried, to feel sad, to re-hash every action you made at your job and wonder if there was anything you did to deserve it or to worry about how you are going to make ends meet. Instead–I feel weightless. Coming from someone who can be a little bit of an anxiety-ridden control freak this is huge.

In the Power Thoughts devotional it says “God’s Word teaches us to remain stable during every storm of life. The first mistake we often make is listening to the “This is just too hard” lie. Satan is a liar, and he always puts thoughts into our minds that say we are not capable, can’t, won’t, and never will be able to do what God has asked of us. The devil is a glass-half-empty guy, but God always sees the glass as full and overflowing. Choose to adopt GOd’s attitude and be an I-think-I-can-person, instead of an I-think-I-can’t person. If you believe you can remain stable and control your emotions even during times in which it is difficult to do so, you will find God working through your faith and enabling you to do what you believe.” How good is that?

I believe God ordained my lay off. So often I have felt beat down and finally I am set free. He set me free on the very day where His Word told me He specializes in setting people free. On removing them gently and setting them on new ground (Friday Inspiration 6.20.14). I trust Him. My God will supply all my needs.

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Monday Inspiration 6.16.14

Monday Inspiration 6.16.14

I’m still on a high from church yesterday. I spent the morning decorating the Hillsong NYC location in NJ for Father’s Day and went to the last service in Manhattan which I haven’t had the chance to do in a while. Today seemed like a good day to list out my thanks:

Thank You Lord:

1. For Hillsong NYC. I’ve gone to a handful of churches over the course of my life and by far this is my favorite house. I have never felt more challenged, more loved, and more creatively useful in my journey thus far.

2. For Venue Design Team. I remember going to my first Team Night/Creative Night at Hillsong NYC last July. It was a little awkward because I didn’t know anyone but I instantly felt connected there. From the playlist before the night started (Alt-J was amongst the songs played), to people giving me hugs, to the information bar helping me select a volunteer team, to the people who shared a message that night i.e. one about there always being room for you, I knew this was going to be a place for me. Now almost a year later I love my Venue Design team. I am one of the leaders of the team. And it feels good to have a mini church family.

3. For being a God of surprises. I am not an amazing singer. I can hold a tune but I’m not going to be cutting albums. I was on worship teams in two prior churches and in my last church I wanted to be part of the team but after auditions I was told my vocals weren’t as professional as they were looking for. I was disappointed but I wasn’t bitter about it. At Hillsong NYC it’s kind of a funny story. At my first Team Night I remember walking to the building and saying to God–“Well I just don’t want to sing here”. Little did I know there were only two creative teams meeting that night: vocals and musicians. Clearly I couldn’t fake being a musician so that only left vocals. I wanted to stay the entire night so I ended up going to the vocal team. I remember again saying to God–“Well okay but I’m not singing in front of anyone”. And I think you can gather what happened next. We were broken up into small groups and told to harmonize with each other. One of the leaders of my group sings in the worship band and is clearly much more talented than I am, but I swallowed my pride and harmonized with her. I felt awkward but other people were just as awkward and it was okay in the end. I remember weeks later another girl who sings in the band asking if I was going to join vocals and I recall saying something to the effect of “No, I’m not really that good. I don’t think it’s my gift”. Or something. And I wasn’t disappointed because well it’s not really something I was dying to do and not something I felt like I was up to par with. Hillsong is known for it’s albums and worship and there’s no way I am on that level. I admire it. I think it would be cool to have their voices for like 24 hours to belt out whatever I wanted to but beyond that I don’t think it’s what I was put on the Earth for. And I’m okay with that. The point of the story is God will surprise you. About three weeks ago this girl came up to me out of a group of friends as we were setting up for Venue Design and basically said “Hey, we’re short some people for choir, would you be interested? We always need 8 people or we can’t do it.” And I just remember laughing to myself like. Okay God. You’re hilarious. I didn’t ask for that. I didn’t even really want that anymore. And yet there was a need. And God knows me. I’m the type of girl who with no hand-eye coordination with small sporting equipment joined a JV softball team in High School because a girl in my class was desperate to play and the team needed 1 more player to keep a JV team. Now 100%. I was horrible. I can’t swing a bat. Apparently I drop my shoulder when I swing. I’m sure because I have the arms of an 11 year old boy. I was pretty much good for stealing bases and being hit with the ball to get on base. That was the extent of my talent. Now fast forward to this choir situation. I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now. Everyone is so happy to see me. I’m helping make sure that people who want to be in choir get to do it and meanwhile God is also showing me “Hey, if I want you somewhere–even if you don’t think you’re good enough for it–I’m going to create a need. I’m going to do this because I can”.

4. For this blog. For years it was painful for me to think about being creative with my writing. I had endured a terribly dark season following a horrible relationship. I didn’t feel good about myself. In a way I wanted to stay in my hole of despair and just go through the motions. I just wanted to survive. I didn’t really want to live. And granted. My blog is pretty insignificant in the scheme of things. But seeing people view it from other countries. Having even 50 people following me–is validation. It’s validation that this is my talent and my story is worth telling.

5. For my relationship with God. Ever since I started going to Hillsong I feel closer and closer to God. I don’t think it’s 100% the church but more like being in the right place at the right time. I started going to Hillsong late. I knew for about a year before I came that it was the place I wanted to be but I wasn’t ready to cut ties with my old church. Even though there was a lot of sadness in my old church and bad friendships I still felt like I needed to push on for some reason. I’m glad I took the plunge though. Even though I was in the midst of a horrible time at work, anxiety, sadness, and all sorts of things I needed something to be happy about. Something to look forward to. And church. And Team Night every week was like a dangling carrot to look forward to every week. I used to feel awkward raising my hand in worship. Worrying how I looked or worrying that it wouldn’t be genuine or thinking I was just doing it because everyone else was. But I look at my worship now and I feel God all around me. I hear Him in my days speaking to me, sometimes singing to me, showing me things in my dreams and as hard as this season of life can be–I still don’t think I would trade it for what I have now.

It’s always a good idea to reflect on what you are thankful for. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what isn’t happening but it’s a boost when you look at what is happening and what has happened.

A thought for the day comes from Joyce Meyer’s Power Thoughts. “As I began to study the subject of receiving God’s love, I realized I was in desperate need of the message myself. I had a subconscious, vague sort of understanding that God loved me, but I needed deeper revelation. The love of God is meant to be a powerful force in our lives, one that will take us through even the most difficult trials without our ever doubting God’s love. Power thought: I am actively aware of God’s love for me.”

I think even though I grew up in the church it was still hard for me until the past few years to really feel that God loved me individually. It was easy to think of God’s love as an umbrella and we are all equally underneath but His love for me individually is a waterfall and in actuality I am the only one underneath. He wants to bring us all to a place where we get a personal revelation of how much He cares for us personally. He is big enough to love each of us as if we were the only person on Earth He created. It’s time to receive that and to be thankful for all that He does to prepare us for it.

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Wednesday Inspiration 6.11.14

Wednesday Inspiration 6.11.14

Every morning I get a Push Notification on my iPhone which literally is just a little vibrating reminder when I haven’t read my devotional for the day. I love it because normally I beat the reminder but on occasion it serves as a little nudge if I haven’t done it yet. It’s something I’ve been doing since I got my iPhone in February and it’s something I look forward to. I’ve done devotionals before but it’s easy to forget your book at home or miss a few days and since you always have your phone on you I like the convenience. I’m mentally talking to God throughout the day but the devotional is more structured and I think that’s a good way to remember how to start your day and to pray.

One of my favorite verses was brought up by a sermon on TV by TD Jakes. The verse comes from Luke 2:52 ESV “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man”. He wanted us to pray that every day and insert our name into it..i.e. And Jessica increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. Unfortunately I haven’t kept up with it but I liked the idea of it. Basically using the word to remind yourself that through God and His Word and Knowledge I will increase in wisdom, stature and favor. That’s an awesome thought!

Another thought from a few months back was in the “Power Thought Devotional” By Joyce Meyer via Bible App “Grace is the power of the Holy Spirit coming to us freely, enabling us to do with ease what we could never do on our own. You might find other definitions describing grace as God’s divine favor, and that is certainly true, but His grace is also the power you need to live in victory. Grace can be received only through faith, and that is one of the main reasons we must resist fear. When we allow fear to rule us, we unwittingly receive what Satan has planned for our lives. But when we live by faith through grace, God is able to work His divine plan in us. Whatever you need to do today, lean on God and let Him empower you to be successful. Power Thought: by God’s grace I have the skills to do all He asks of me with ease.”

In other words when you start your day being aware of not only the wisdom, stature, and favor you will grow into day in and day out by exercising your spirit through the Word and prayer but you will also learn to disarm any fear. Rather than letting the Enemy start His attacks and sow fear and worry into our minds and hearts–we should be building a fortress around us through God’s power. Releasing the power that lives inside of us.

With that in mind I hope to continue to build up and release what I am planting inside of me each morning. Then I will truly be able to “stroll at leisure with God in the sunlit fields of life” Psalm 56:12-13.

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Friday Inspiration 4.25.14

Friday Inspiration 4.25.14

I love this verse because it’s great in and of itself. God is my strength and my song–how beautiful to think about being so secure that all you want to do is sing..because we’re HAPPY. That surely beats any song by Pharrell. 🙂

When I was reading my new Bible App plan “Hearing from God Each Morning” I was challenged by Joyce Meyer’s words:

“We are all guilty of treating prayer as a last-ditch effort and saying things like, “Well, nothing else is working, so maybe we should pray.” Do you know what that tells me? It tells me that we really do not believe in the power of prayer as we should. We carry burdens we do not need to bear – and life is much harder than it has to be – because we do not realize how powerful prayer is. If we did, we would talk to God and listen to what He says about everything, not as a last resort, but as a first response.”

I enjoy talking to God, so much so that I don’t always think of it per se as “prayer”. I think I “pray” all day. Of course I still enjoy a formal prayer where it is deliberate and intentional, but I value my casual conversations with Him as well. However, I still think it’s natural and human when I am feeling restless about a situation to be discouraged if I can’t solve it immediately. To have to be still and pray and hand it over to God.

I want prayer to always be my first reaction–not worry, not restlessness, but prayer. I want to be powerful in my relationship with Him always and be able to pray with the kind of confidence that Jesus had when he was talking to the Father.

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