Fear

Notes from Unshakable devotional by Christine Caine

Take your fears one by one and work through them with God. Don’t be ashamed of your fears just fear, trust and repeat.

Believe the truth of God’s word over the facts of your circumstances. Look to God and not at everything around you.

Nothing to Prove

These are notes from the book Nothing to Prove by Jennie Allen

I am not enough and I am done trying to be.

We are not God. We do not have all the answers, strength, wisdom or energy.

I am not enough and that is absolutely Ok.

God is proud of you. He is not surprised by your list of sins or mistakes or shortcomings. He forgives you all of it when you confess to him and he never places a label on you. Your are not your mistakes. You are just his child.

Your are free

These are notes from the book You are free by Rebekah Lyons

We are not made to keep up we are made to be free to be who we already are!

Our hearts will be restless until it rests in God.

Those who keep score in life just want to know they count.

When you work for an audience of one (God) you always count.

Am I good enough? Do I measure up? Are they proud of me?

I am tired of asking these questions.

Growth

Growth in our life comes from God not just from the effort we put forth. Do you talk to Jesus about your dreams and the things you want to achieve?

Do you have patience, trust and faith?

Love

What is your favorite way to love others in Jesus’s name? Do you like to encourage people, cheer them on or give them money when they are struggling. I know it is something different for each of us.

Jesus

How is Jesus calling you out into deeper waters? What is it that you know he is asking you to do but your to scared to even start?

What does the first very small step look like?

Is Jesus asking you to see something in your life in a different way?

Is he asking you to leave anything behind?

Listen

What can we do with a clean heart and a renewed spirit? God can change us but then what is out part?

The Bible is literally filled with instructions on how to live a good life.

Isaiah 55:3 says “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.”

Come to me with your ears wide open! I love that!! This is what I wrote down when I read that verse.

How can I make my ears wide open?

  • Be quiet
  • Pay attention
  • Talk less
  • Listen more

I love Jesus and I am surrendered and I’m growing and changing everyday but I want to show everyone else the glory of God and I am going to have to be listening to do that.

I know it seems a little strange to say listen more when you want to share God’s glory but this works two ways.

  • Be quiet so you can hear God. If our minds are here there and everywhere we will never hear anything. If your reading the Bible but thinking about the grocery list, that’s no good.
  • Be quiet so you can hear other people reaching out for help. Listen to people. Hear them and respond thoughtfully not impulsively. Give God a chance to work on your heart and give you the right words to say.

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Forgive

1. We forgive because we have been forgiven

2. Be kind and tenderhearted, always

This verse makes me think about my own interactions with people. I like to say I am kind but there are so many times when I walk away from an interaction where I just feel icky about something I said or speaking when it really wasn’t necessary. I catch myself having judgmental thoughts and I really don’t like it. I am always quick to repent but I wish it would just stop. It is something I work on daily.

DO – be kind and helpful. Listen more talk less

STOP – judging and offering criticism

We are all so broken why would any of us ever think to give criticism instead of just kindness and love.