This, That, These, & Those|Being Fully Transparent

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Many of you have been wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to over the last few months. I assure you that I have been entirely present, albeit quietly so. In truth, I have being doing life. I have been living and breathing and moving and pretty much resting in Psalm 46:10. That looks different day by day. It has been the best thing for me, however.

THIS…

Where I currently stand is in the heart of family/community life. I am a wife, a mom, a teacher, a tutor, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a career woman, an encourager, a student, and so on. I am so many things to so many people. (I’m certain you can relate to what I’m saying.) In all of that – those roles – thankfully, there is grace and love. And yet, in that or rather in this, I confess, that I have lost a bit of my intimacy with the LORD.

THAT…

The intimacy, the connection, the relationship that I have with the LORD God, that is vital. It is critical to my existence. I cannot breathe without Him. I cannot function properly without Him. I don’t even want to try. Every part of my being, every role that I am called to live in, is utterly and completely dependent on the Most High. When I was led to tabernacle in Psalm 46:10, I didn’t realize that it would bring me to days like this.

THESE…

These days that I have been given, they are remarkable. They are beautiful and unique opportunities that continue to draw me closer to the heart of God. They allow me to know God and to make Him known in diverse and colorful new ways. They allow me to be reflective and fully transparent. They are challenging. They are uncomfortable. They are unpredictable. They are humorous. They are heartbreaking. They are real.

THOSE…

All of those things – the challenges of each day, the uncomfortable situations, the unpredictable moments, the humorous adventures, the heartbreaking lessons, and the realness of the real – they have revealed a hidden depth, as it relates to my Psalm 46:10 life in the LORD. It has been breath-taking…literally. It all keeps me both humbled and prostrated. That is where I need to be.

Being Fully Transparent…

God is bringing me back to Him. He is revealing that which needs to be seen in me.  He is showing Himself to me in the ways that I need. I shall continue my tabernacle with Him, quietly so, until such time that I am led to return here on a more consistent basis.

Encouragement

Before I quiet myself again, I would like to encourage you. I lovingly urge you to draw nearer to God. Be still and see Him. Fully. Clearly. Experience Him anew. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Surrender every part of your life to Him and witness His majesty. Know that I will be praying for you.

May God bless you all in this, that, these, and those days.

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CLING| Now Available!

Good morning and blessings to all!

By now, you may well have heard the news – CLING by Kim Cash Tate is now available. This is exciting news for many reasons. Not only will you now have access to this amazing Bible study, but you will also get to take part in a Phone Tree featured reflection walk with me.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my heart’s response and my own transparent convictions about how Kim’s words and lessons affected me. In sharing with you, I will hold nothing back. It is my hope that through this exercise of openness and honesty, others seeking a “lifestyle of intimacy with God” will be encouraged to do the same. Just as Kim’s very real truths impacted me and showed me the more of wanting and knowing God, I pray that you also will be impacted and want the more of knowing God.



Phone Tree Book Review: 

CLING: Choosing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God by Kim Cash Tate is a Bible study that will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go. The appeal of this book lies in its invitation to know God; but really, it’s more than that. With Scripture-rich points and narrative vignettes, Tate extends her hand and leads readers toward the One who knows them best. For those ready for and/or needing more, this book will do much to propel you forward, to urge you further, and to ground you deeper.

Rating: 5/5

Recommend: Yes

Audience: All

Status: Non-fiction, Bible study, Christian 

Books are available for purchase via Discovery House, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, & Christianbook.com. Get your copy today! 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/orD8wTuoz78

When Others Want…

When others want to write the wrong words on the pages of your life, remember what the LORD says…

You are:

– Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

– Made in His image (Genesis 1:27)

– The apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8)

– New (2 Corinthians 5:17)

– Forgiven (Colossians 1:13-14)

– Loving and prayerful (Matthew 5:43-48)

  

In the A.M.|Am I Strong Enough?

In the A.M. (My Thoughts About the I AM in the A.M.)

4:23 A.M.

“for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].”

See 2 Cor 12:9-10 (AMP)

Am I strong enough when I am weak to call upon the LORD?

Do I have enough fortitude to bow my head and confess that I am wrong?

Do shame and dread consume me or has hope become my voice?

Am I wise enough, insightful enough to recognize a greater, more precious want?

Am I ready to surrender all in deed just as with word?

Am I ready to forsake all else and take God at His word?

4:59 A.M. #HeisAble #GODstrength #JESUSbreakseverychain #livingTRUTHfully #encouragement

Encouragement for Your Day

  

Lessons in Unexpected Places

Over the past couple of days, I have been blessed to receive two very powerful and very beautiful lessons. One came by way of Kathy Lee Gifford’s video tribute to her now deceased husband and the other came by way of a picture quote from Christine Caine. I am truly overwhelmed with gladness that I was able to learn something in both instances. I praise God for the lessons that are all around us. I pray that we may appreciate the simplicity and depth of the messages. 

Link to KLG’s tribute video:

  
Question: What powerful and/or beautiful lessons have you learned today?

Going Back in Time

j0444721The longer I live, the more aware I become of the struggle that people have with moving past themselves. The more aware I become of just how difficult it is for them to release or to let go of who they were before Christ.

I have seen and heard tell of countless instances where they, in a sense, go back in time. They are transported back to the ugliest of their sins. They relive the worst of their faults. They refuse to part ways with that thing or those memories that separated them from God…even though in Christ they have been made free.

Stuck in a seeming cyclical pattern of sin-believe-repent, they endlessly shift between two extremes – guilty or shame-filled sinner and faith-driven saint.

But how can those who daily or periodically transport themselves back in time and repeatedly relive their sins move past their stuck places?

How can they live by faith, knowing that they are the freest of free?

How can they once and for all end the mentally, emotionally, and spiritually draining pattern of sin-believe-repent?

Might I suggest the following ways to combat the negative “going back in time” challenge that many may be presently dealing with…

Read

Get in God’s word! Sit in it. Soak it in. Allow it to saturate your mind and heart. Don’t walk away from it. Even if you have to read one verse over and over again, read it faithfully until it speaks. (Psalms is a good book to find yourself and to be encouraged.)

Reflect

Remember what you have been taught. Remember what you have read, learned and studied. Remember what initially led you to the experience of salvation. Remember the words and sacrifice of Christ. Reflect on what led you to your baptism. (Make this a daily exercise.)

Rewind

Rewind your mind. As soon as wayward shadows or dark whisperings from your past try to lay hold of your thought life, recite a Scripture or lift up a praise. Combat the unholy with the holy. Condition yourself to immediately respond to sin’s influence with a touch of grace.

Renew

Engage in those activities and experiences that will renew and invigorate your life in every way. Take time to get to know God and to appreciate the things that He has made for His pleasure and yours. Be blessed by His creation and infinite provision.

Release

Release every sin and weight which so easily entangles you. Do this by first recognizing it, confessing it, expressing your struggle with it (in words to the LORD) and trusting in Christ (knowing that He has already spoken to and overcome it for you.) (Get a red letter Bible and read all the words of Christ. Allow His words to show you His true intent.)

Reject

Resist the devil and he WILL flee. Reject the evil one by injecting Christ at every encounter.

Rehearse

Rehearse, practice, and live out righteousness. Rehearse, practice, and live out holiness. Rehearse, practice, and live out Truth.

Repeat 

Every thing that you have just read, go back and do.