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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Being Transformed

My beautiful purpose.  Knowing what God can and will do through me.  What a concept!!

I have a purpose. 

God CAN use me.

God WILL use me.

He knows my weaknesses and He can use them for His glory.

He knows my greatest fears and He will stand beside me and make me courageous.

God can TRANSFORM me if I allow Him to.

I believe and I am learning to walk in this truth - its time for women to rise up - not with a chip on their shoulder, but with humility, strength, purpose, conviction and bold perseverance, to be the women God has called us to be.

We are not 

    ....bullied by our fears
    ....chronically petty and jealous

Nothing is more BEAUTIFUL than a confident woman.  A strong, humble, God-fearing woman who knows WHOSE she is and WHO she is.

Who am I?

I am the daughter of the most High God.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  I am his beloved.  I am chosen.  HE CHOSE ME!!!!   I am not weak or fearful.  My life matters and what I do with it should matter to God's kingdom.  We need to be more mindful of where we spend our  time and resources.  We need to remember this exhortation from Eric Ludy  in his book Wrestling Prayer:

    There is absolutely no excuse to stay where you are at right now.  If you are weak, He can make      you strong.  If you are timid, He can make you brave.  If you are a pervert, he can make you pure. If you are selfish, He can make you selfless.  If you are a shepherd, He can make you a king.  If you are mediocre, He can make you a Mighty one of valor.

God qualifies those He calls.  He is with us every step of the way.  So, why do we walk around worried, meek, quiet, timid, and scared?  God calls us to be strong, courageous, bold, full of holy confidence!  If you want to feel God moving in your life, you have to spend time with Him.  Commune with Him.  Talk to Him.  Listen to Him.  Prayer will lift you closer to God than anything.

One thing I've noticed and learned of late is that many Christians are going through the motions, but the passion of Christ is gone.  We see Christians in other parts of the world losing their lives for Christ and we are apathetic to their plight.  We should be face down on our knees in prayer for them. I wonder, if someone asked you if you believed in Jesus, and your life depended on your answer, what would you say?  

Be transformed in your hearts and your minds today.  Be strong and courageous.  God is mighty and powerful and He chose you!  Walk in that power today.   

Deut 31:6 (msg)  Be strong.  Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you.  He's right there with you.  He won't let you down; he won't leave you.

Psalm 62:7-8  My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my might rock, my refuge.  Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Taking Steps


Taking steps.

Its an action we do every day yet we don't really think about it.  Its also something many of us don't do enough of. 

My son sent me a text this week and said "Mom, download the Fitbit app and add me as a friend."  Ok, but I don't have a fitbit.  "That's ok, if you carry your phone it will still measure your steps".

So, I did, and he challenged me with a daily goal of 10,000 steps a day.  Not a big deal.  WRONG!  This opened my eyes to how sedentary my life really is.  I sit at a desk all day at work, sit in a car to a from work, then I come home, do a few chores and then I SIT!  WOW....what an eye opener!

So, its become a challenge to daily reach my step goal.  Which means I must get up and exercise in the morning and in the evening.  Move, move, move!!

 Yesterday morning, as I was out in the early morning fog, I was walking, stepping, moving...and praying.  God asks us to move.  He wants us to trust Him and know that He is walking beside us in our faith "walk".  I realized as I walked and prayed that I have feared God most of my life.  I have walked in shame of my past.  And because of my past, I feared that God was punishing me for things I have done.  But, I realized the only person punishing me was myself.  When I repented of my sins, God forgave me and remembered them no more.  I have walked around in my shame and walked around feeling like things haven't worked out "my way" because God was punishing me.  

With each step I took, I left something behind me....I left my fear of God and walked into his loving arms.  I left my shame behind and walked into his cloak of grace.  I realized that there are things God has called me to do that I haven't done because of my fear of failure, my fear of inadequacy.  So, I walked into the promise of His ability to do far more in and thru me than I am capable of doing.

Yesterday I left footprints behind me and it felt so good!  God is so good, and patient, and loving.  It was like scales were scraped off my eyes.  I saw that he has patiently been loving me as I have walked in fear of him.  Fear that if I did something wrong he would punish me or withhold my blessings from me.  I realized that no matter what I do, He is gently shepherding me back into his arms.  I walked, I prayed, I cried, and I worshipped.  

It was all started because my son wanted me to track my steps each day.  Little did he know that getting me walking and watching my steps would lead me to walking right into the loving arms of a father that for years I have feared.

What steps do you need to take today to leave your past behind?  What steps do you need to take to get closer your fathers loving embrace?  What things do you need to leave behind as you walk closer to him?  Get moving and start stepping today!!