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.

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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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!!

Don’t worry 

I have had my face stuffed in the Bible lately like it is a piece of chocolate cake.  I just can’t get enough.  I’m hungry for it.  Some notes I’ve taken recently:

  • Don’t worry about the correct way to reach out to God, just reach.
  • Be merciful 
  • Acknowledge your need for Jesus
  • Admit you don’t have the answers
  • Take joy in doing God’s will
  • God dislikes pretense and hypocrisy 
  • Do what is right
  • God can change what seems unchangeable
  • Christ can heal the broken, release addiction and heal emotional scars
  • God uses ordinary people to do his extraordinary work

I can’t fully explain how much I want to read his word and know it and understand it and use it.  

I can’t fully explain how much I want to have a relationship with Jesus that is undeniable.  

I hope you all have a blessed day!

My Mountain

I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, Go throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. – Mark 11: 22-23

In small group this week we talked about this verse and how belief is important.  How we doubt this truth.

I have been thinking about what my mountain is.  I think first and foremost anxiety is my mountain.  It has shaped every aspect of my life.  It has controlled all my decisions for as long as I can remember.  It has made me feel less valuable and unloveable.  

I have been asking Jesus to help me move this mountain.  I do believe it can be done.  I have been feeling so confident the last few weeks.  I still have moments of anxiety but I am quick to tell it to go throw itself into the sea.  I have been more diligent about the words I speak to myself.  I am making sure they are loving and faith filled.

I will not forget how God sees me.  I won’t forget that I am a child of God and that he loves me.  

I no longer what to be passive about my life and my anxiety.  I want to grow and flourish in my life.  This is what. I have learned about how to do this:

1. Feed on God’s word. 

  •  Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. 
  • Ask God to feed you from his word
  • Ask God to confirm the way for you

2.  Anticipate positive results

  • Visualize the outcome you desire
  • When you step out into fear be ready to stay there for awhile, things dont always happen instantly 

3.  Initiate action toward the desired end

  • When you move God moves
  • What are the changes you need to make
  • What are your dreams for your life

4.  Train in a specific area of need

  • Learn what you want to know or change

5. Hate staying bound by your passivity

  • Ask what is keeping you from God’s best for your life?
  • Get to the point where you can’t stand where you are anymore
  • Pray for a holy hatred of the things in your life that are holding you back
  • Be sick and tired of being sick and tired
  • Have faith

A Page from my Journal

I find it really interestesting to go back and read my old journals.  It really helps me to see where I was and what I have improved upon and where I still need to do some work.  Here is my entry from:
December 14, 2016

I have attachment issues? Yes that is a question. I might. I am on a journey. I want to stop focusing so much on happiness and move toward being fulfilled. Happiness is fleeting. It comes and goes. It isn’t something that stays 24 hours a day. Fulfillment though, that can happen.

I say yes a lot when I really mean no. I think this comes from being raised in a home with drinkers. When you are a child and you are also the fixer you become an adult people pleaser. At least I did. What if I started asking myself these two questions. Am I able to? Do I want to? It is ok for me to say no. I am learning.

I have to hold myself accountable for my own fulfillment and focus on what I want and need. I want to be one of those people that doesn’t speak badly to themselves. Talk to yourself like you would a child, they say. It sounds so easy. It is not, trust me. I will work on this.

My house is an absolute cluttered disaster . It’s messy and I can’t seem to keep it clean. Yes I have two kids still at home but they are older and it shouldn’t be like this. I want my home to be a haven for me. A place I want to be because it is so beautiful and relaxing. That sounds so amazing. I am working on this too.

So…that was Dec 14.  Less then a year ago. A couple of things since this that have happened.

I am no longer talking badly or negatively to myself.  I mean it happens unconsciously but I am so much more aware of this.

My cluttered house got a big make over this summer.  I got rid of so many things.  There is still a long way to go but I did make some really good progress!
Happy Tuesday!!

3 Things Monday


1.  Church yesterday was baptism day.  It’s my favorite.  I can’t properly explain what it does to my heart to see these people make the decision to be baptized.  It’s glorious and it fills me with such hope and happiness. 

2.  Have you ever just stopped and asked yourself what matters to me?  What do I value?  What does my ideal life look like in my mind?

3.  Just because you think it, doesn’t mean it’s true.  Examine your thoughts especially the ones that bring you down.
Happy Monday!