Category: God

Some Days I Am Just Overwhelmed

I wish everyday was good. But it isn’t. I wish I had all the answers. I don’t. I wish I was always happy and hopeful. I’m not. Welcome to reality Miss D. There will be days when I am drowning in debt and worry. There will be days when I just want to run away and hide. There will be bad days when my faith is weak and my heart is heavy. God said we would have troubles. Man – He wasn’t joking was He?

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 


But I do have something that I did not have before. Today in the midst of my mess I have Jesus. He is with me. And He is my hope when I have none. He is my strength when I am weak. He is my provider when I am running on empty. And He will make a way in this wilderness.

 

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    I see the work of Your Hands
    Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
    All that You are is so overwhelming

    I hear the sound of Your Voice
    All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God
    All that You are is so overwhelming

    I delight myself in You
    Captivated by Your beauty
    I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

    God, I run into Your arms
    Unashamed because of mercy
    I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

    I know the power of Your Cross
    Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
    All that You’ve done is so overwhelming

    I delight myself in You
    In the Glory of Your Presence
    I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

    God, I run into Your arms
    Unashamed because of mercy
    I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You

    You are Beautiful, You are Beautiful
    Oh God, there is no one more Beautiful
    You are Beautiful, God you are the most Beautiful

    You are Wonderful, You are Wonderful
    Oh God, there is no one more Wonderful
    You are Wonderful, God You are the most Wonderful

    You are Glorious, You are Glorious
    Oh God, there is no one more Glorious
    You are Glorious, God you are the most Glorious

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Loving Others Extravagantly in 2016

My goal for 2016 is to open my heart more. To love others extravagantly and without measure. To give grace abundantly and to open my life to my fellow brothers and sisters. 

2 Corinthians 6:12-13 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also. 

It troubles me that we are not bound together in our everyday lives. We come together on Sunday and praise the Lord yet on Monday or Tues we don’t even talk. The body is hurting. And we are not even talking about it. It’s time to get real – and share our struggles. I’m not talking about a church function where we all out on our ‘religious faces.’ It’s the ordinary, everyday lives that we should share with each other. Let it begin with me Lord. 

When did fellowship become an event?

When did a meal together become an event?

What happen to just sharing our lives? 

I pray for humility this year. To stop the religious ‘busy-ness’ of events and just ‘be’ with other believers. To be spontaneous and have fun together. To be the family that laughs together and cries together and prays together. 

  

Philippians 2:1-4 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. 

Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 


Let me put others needs above my own this year Lord. Open my eyes to see where I can help my brothers or sisters. Let me see and fill their needs – whether it is time, money, food, prayers, or just sitting down long enough to listen – use me Lord to build up the Body of Christ, in Jesus Name.

  

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 

  

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Thank you to all the visitors at Prayers and Promises. I treasure all of you. You are amazing! God bless you all in 2016!

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

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God Will Rescue You From the Pit

This morning I had a vision. I was in a deep dark pit, similar to Joseph. Yeah, after his so-called brothers threw him in there. Tormented by family. They were driven by jealousy. Blinded by their own insecurities. Joseoh was thrown to the enemy to die – by family. Yeah, been there. You?

Genesis 37:24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. 

Have you ever felt like your brothers or sisters (by blood or church) threw you in the pit with their laughter at your circumstances? Ever been trampled by their so-called superiority? Me too. It hurt. 
Yet God has bigger plans. God is mighty to save. 

I could see the black walls of mud around me and no matter how hard I tried to climb out by myself, I kept sliding down the mud walls. Darkness of despair everywhere. But that is exactly where God showed up. 

In the next instant I was standing outside of the pit and l looked up to see the vastness of the night sky filled with stars. I was free! Next I saw the fullness of the Galaxy and all of God’s creation. God is greater and the Creator of all things. And He is more than able to deliver us!

And like Joseph, I pray for my brothers and sisters regardless of what they did or didn’t do. I pray they have a fresh revelation of the love of the Father. Melt their hearts with your goodness God, in Jesus Name! Give them many treasures in their sacks! For what they meant for evil God has used for good.

  

Psalm 40:1-3 

I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord. 


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When You Can’t Be Together at the Holidays

Holidays are hard sometimes. Especially when for whatever reason you can’t be together. Maybe it’s because of an illness, or distance, or death, or service. No matter what the reason it makes your heart hurt. That’s where I am today. Don’t get me wrong – I am grateful for the get togethers. Yet I miss _____. Funny how you can feel two things at one time. 

Yet time goes on. The moon still sets and the sun still rises. The breeze still blows as I sit here feeling like I’m frozen in time. And here, in this moment, is when I hear,

“I will come to you.”

And again, 

“I will come – TO YOU.”

Right here, right now, in the middle of this loneliness – this is the place where Jesus will come – to me.  All of a sudden He is the pursuer in this crazy love relationship. He is on the offense making the ‘first move’ to get closer.  He will come when His Beloved is hurting. He hears our heart cries. I am humbled- and grateful.

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. – John 14:18


And He will come to you today too. In the middle of your loneliness – He will come to you. 

In the middle of that sorrow – He will come to you.

In the middle of that sickness – He will come to you.

In the middle of that grief – He will come to you.

In the middle of _______ – He will come to you.

  

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Let the Power of God Overshadow You This Christmas

There is One who can change all things. One who has the power to make all things new – Jesus Christ. I pray that you open your heart to Him this Holiday Season. Receive the gift of salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit as a deposit of your inheritance. Let the power of God come upon you just as He did to Mary –  And birth new things this season!

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

Outrageous Blessings

It’s way bigger than you think. 

It’s way bigger than you could even imagine. 

Its so big you can’t even contain it. 

Your cup is spilling over the top! 

That’s how big God wants to bless you! 

Totally outrageous blessings!

  
That’s who He is, the King of Glory. He owns the Heaves and the Earth. Everything that was ever made is by Him and through Him and for Him. 

We’ve been adopted into the Royal Family just because – He loves us!

Ephesians 3:20-21 

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 

Feelings Shouldn’t Always Be Trusted

Why can’t you trust your feelings? We live in a culture of I want what I want when I want it. And if it feels good do it – right? Well, that may be exactly what is wrong.  Yes, feelings are important. But they change, moment by moment. And feelings may not be based on truth.

I have had a few new followers based on my posts on suicide and cutting. Yes, I have been delivered from these things. Thank you Jesus! But looking back, I realize how much I made my feelings my God. And if my thoughts were wrong – my feelings were wrong – and my actions were destructive.

According to Psychology Today:

For if our thoughts are erroneous, or based on false assumptions, the feelings tied to these thoughts are bound to be equally distorted—and hardly to be trusted.

 

The Fickleness of Feelings

  1. Change over time

  2. Are sometimes unreliable

  3. May be based on old hurts

  4. May betray you

  5. May be based on false information

Now I am not saying we should be robots. But perhaps we should TEST the voices that we hear in our head. They are not all good. They are not all from God. I Know that when I was plagued with destructive thoughts I would replay the bad messages again and again in my head.

“You are no good”

“You deserve to die”

“Your family would be better off without you”

Now today I know that none of these things are true. They were lies from the Enemy of my Soul – the Devil, the Deceiver, and the Father of Lies. Yet in the past when I dwelt on these thoughts I ended up hurting myself.

My thoughts were not based on Truth. I believed the lies. And I was the one who suffered for it.

 

Even Dr. Dobson says our feelings should not always be trusted. According to Dr. Dobson:

We are told in 2 Corinthians 11:14 that the devil comes to us as “an angel of light,” which means he counterfeits the work of the Holy Spirit. This is why he is described in profoundly evil terms in the Bible, leaving little room for doubt as to his motives or nature. His character is presented as wicked, malignant, subtle, deceitful, fierce and cruel. He is depicted as a wolf, roaring lion and a serpent. Among the titles ascribed to Satan are these: “Murderer,” “Dragon,” “Old Serpent,” “Wicked One,” “Liar,” “Prince of Devils,” and more than 20 other names which describe a malicious and incomparably evil nature.

These scriptural descriptions of Satan are written for a purpose: we should recognize that the “Father of Lies” has earned his reputation at the expense of those he has damned! And there is no doubt in my mind that he often uses destructive impressions to implement his evil purposes.

Let us test our thoughts today. Let us take every thought captive. God does not want any of us to perish. I am praying for all my friends here battling destructive thoughts. Get help today. I had to. Just because I had a feeling doesn’t mean that it was true. Once my thoughts changed, my feelings changed, and my actions changed.

 

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The Door – Prayer Image

My husband bob got a Word from the Lord I would like to share with you today. God gave his this Word at our recent Prayer Meeting to share with the Body of Christ.  It has to do with the DOOR.

 

“My children, this door, this door that you that you keep talking about, this door that you see every Sunday, this door opens- but it opens both ways.

We don’t need just to PUSH, we need to PULL. I want you to to PUSH into areas of service and healing and outreach. I want you to PUSH during worship, and PUSH when You praise me, I want you to PUSH  in your relationships.

But you are not alone, I want you to PULL Me closer, I will give you the strength, I will give you the courage and I will give you the wisdom you need. I will provide. I have never failed. PULL Me close, closer than you ever have before. Trust Me, trust Me more than ever before. I cannot fail. I cannot fail, I  will not fail you.  I AM the Lord your God. PULL my Word, PULL My Word around your heart and PULL My Word around your thoughts. Let it protect and guide you. Let it burst forth newly in your life and the lives around you. I AM the  DOOR. I AM the access to the Father.

Keep PUSHING, Keep PULLING, and arise my Royal Children!

Jesus is the Door

Be Still and Know “I AM”

I woke up singing this song today. It’s from the Fray. I love how God sings over us when we sleep and we wake up praising His name!

 

BE STILL

by the Fray

 

Be still and know
That I’m with you.
Be still and know
That I am here.
Be still and know
That I’m with you.
Be still, be still and know.
When darkness comes upon you
And covers you with fear and shame.
Be still and know that I’m with you
And I will say your name.
If terror falls upon your bed
And sleep no longer come
Remember all the words I said
Be still, be still and know.
When you go through the valley
And shadow comes down from the hill.
If morning never comes to be
Be still, be still, be still.
If you forget the way to go
And lose where you came from
If no one is standing beside you
Be still and know I am.
Be still and know
That I’m with you.
Be still and know I am.

Psalms 46:10 – Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Mark 4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!”And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

This World is Not Our Home

This world is NOT our home. It is not supposed to be all comfortable and cozy here. No wonder I felt like I never fit in here. Always like an outsider looking in through a glass window.

God had given us a Heavenly Assignment here. We are Ambassadors and Ministers of Reconciliation. Enlarge your vision today my friends! We are chosen and loved and are doing the will of the Father while we travel on!

  

John 17:16-19 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.