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.

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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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

Change the way you think

The Bible has a lot to say about the way you think and I had no idea about any of that.  This is what I have learned.

1. Your responsible for your thoughts

  • Are you going to believe God’s promises for your life?
  • Are you going to continue to entertain your negative and fearful thoughts?

2. What you think about is what you get.

  • You will reap in accordance with the thoughts you think
  • Thinking shapes  your feelings and actions
  • Guilt and fear will sabatage you
  • What thoughts are creating turmoil in your life?

3. You can change your life by changing your thoughts

  • Your thoughts should be :
  • True
  • Noble
  • Right
  • Pure
  • Lovely
  • Admirable
  • Excellent
  • Praiseworthy

4. If you want God’s best you MUST take authority over your thoughts.

  • The moment you catch yourself in a negative thought,yield to Jesus and surrender it to him

Guys,  I love all of this so much!!  This can be done.  I have been doing it.  

Have a blessed day all!

The Shower

Hey guys,

I have a trip coming up with some family and trips always cause me anxiety. The travel, the elevators, the taxis and so on.  I always do ok but there is a lot of anxiety leading up to it.  So….I’m in the shower this morning just minding my own business, washing my hair and snap all the sudden my neck is in a crink.  Almost instantaneously I hear the word “STOP”

I knew immediately that this was no coincidence.  I have been learning in church for 4 weeks now about how the power of our words and thoughts influences our lives.  I was standing there washing my hair thinking about how I would navigate the elevators and the taxis, worrying and fretting.  

So I did stop.  I stopped worrying and thinking about it because I don’t need to.  I had just momentarily forgot that I am a child of God.  He is with me and he is going to always be with me because he loves me.  

My thoughts should be on all things that are good, pure, noble and true.  I have a long post to write about this and I will later.

Satan sneaks in on our thoughts without us even noticing.  It has been happening to me all of my 46 years and I am just now becoming aware of it.  

I thank the Holy Spirit for being there with me this morning, to alert me to the fact that I am not going to live that way anymore.  A reminder.  I am feeling so blessed and grateful today.  My neck is fine by the way, not even the littlest of aches.  
Have a blessed day all!!

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!