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.

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.

Goliath

Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio Guys this book is just tremendous, stupendous and better than chocolate cake. I don’t know where to begin but if you are facing a giant in your life weather it be addiction or anger or anxiety or some other tormentor please read this book. It’s pure joy and love!Some notes I took:

  • It’s important to talk about your giant with a group of trusted people.. confess it don’t conceal it
  • We don’t have to fight with the giant.. Jesus is bigger than the giant
  • When you believe that Jesus is bigger than whatever your facing it will start to change you.
  • The giants can taunt us but Jesus always has the ultimate power

My giant has always been fear, anxiety and panic disorder. I have been fighting and battling it for so long and I know that it has kept me from being the person I am meant to be. It’s changing though and it’s all Jesus. I am praying and reading and learning and the more I do the closer he comes and the stronger I feel. Fear can not stand in the face of Jesus. I didn’t know this before but I do now and it changes everything!!

Grateful 


Guys I have been praying like crazy for God to show me my purpose, to allow me to want what he wants for my life.  I have been wanting this and wanting that. Want want want… 

I was listening to a podcast this morning and something was said and it just hit me.   Maybe God has me on hold because I am not being grateful for and appreciating all the good he has ALLREADY done in my life.  I’m not ready for more good.  I have a lot to learn yet.  I have to learn to be joyful and happy now.  Now with all that I have been blessed with.  Not later… now.   

My life is by no means perfect but it is beautiful. I have a wonderful family and kids. Great friends.  An amazing church.  So many things that I take for granted.  

I’m getting it and that is enough.  A little piece here and little bit there God is showing me, working on me and that is enough. 

Have a great day!!