Oh, the power of speaking the principles and promises within the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!
My precious lamb, I, the Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. I breathed the word, and all the stars were born. I made you in My image and now you too can speak life into every situation. You can declare a thing and it shall be.
Keep yourself from negativity. Be quick to forgive and keep your heart pure before Me. Let go of the things that would try to pull you down and rise above those things, then you may declare My Word boldly and with power.
Sow seeds of peace and joy everywhere you go that others will recognize My nature in you. When things are difficult remember that you belong to the God who hung the stars in place and called them by name. Beloved, come, learn of Me, spend time with Me, place your trust in Me, walk in all My ways and let Me shower you with My love, My grace and with My mercy.
Have you ever found yourself experiencing what I call Fakebook envy, or Insta-regret as you scroll through the pages of others seemingly staged perfected lives? You’re not alone!
Thanks for joining us today for our Wednesday’s Word with our guest blogger, Breanna Foster! I love her transparency and I’m sure you will too!
We will resume next week with more of When Faith Meets Suffering.
As I get another year closer to 30 as a single mom, the emotional and mental breakdowns occur seemingly way more regularly. It’s so easy to lose sight of how far you’ve come and where you are today and instead be laser-focused on the one thing you don’t have, especially when you log in to the utopia we call Instagram and/or Facebook and see everyone with their perfect 6’4” God-loving husbands and farmhouses built from the ground up.
It’s almost like I become a toddler in a candy store throwing a fit via text to my girlfriends accompanied by a screenshot screaming “WHY CANT I HAVE THIS?”
But that’s just the thing about social media. It conditions us to subconsciously compare our triumphs, wins, success, happiness and lives to people who may not even be happy below the surface. This is not to say that people are all secretly miserable but instead, I am learning that it’s okay to wait for something that doesn’t just look good, but that feels good too.
Happiness and success look different on everybody. I know this season of my life has called me to do other things. I may not be growing my family but I am growing in other ways. I may not be where I thought I’d be at 28, but I am where God wants me to be. I won’t compare. And I’ll rest easy knowing that God is working in ways I can’t even see. All for me. Plus, look at this cutie who looks up to me.❤️
Steadfast in truth
Can you stand strong on your own?
Or do you break down
Feeling the emptiness deep in your bones
Remembering the days when you were so young
So wild, So free
Dreaming up stories, fairytale scenes
Thinking one day ‘that will be me’
I will meet my prince on a bright starry night
And off we will ride into the moonlight
On his white stallion horse
But that wasn’t your course
You took a turn here, stumbled a bit there
Pricked by a thorny rose bush
Soon you were more than stumbling
No longer that strong, independent girl
Alone, afraid, and lost in this world
Anxiety crept in
Dark thoughts took you through a spin
When does the madness ever end?
My friend you look lost
A bit over tossed
By the waves and the wind
The storms took you and kept you in
You’ve lost your sight
With those burning tears in your eyes
Your help is here
There is a light
He is shining for you, Oh so bright
Waiting for you to take flight
He will cut all your chains
At the shout of His name
Singing ‘Jesus you I will forever praise!’
How glorious and marvelous is your magnificent name
I’ll hold you dear
Knowing that by Your grace I am more than saved
My path has been paved
Thanks for joining us for When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 10. Our author has actually been asked several times by some of her prayer team members if she was writing this journey down, to which she replied that she was via this blog, When Faith Meets Suffering. So, again, we want to emphasize that we realize Social Media is all about the “happy” side of life, and this may seem like a real bummer, but the author wants to share from the side of pain, because pain is a part of real life. On the other side, she knows in her bones that God will bring a victory from this season of suffering and will be just as transparent about the victory as she has been about the season of suffering.
Their difficult conversations in the days ahead revealed a revelation so painfully filled with truth that it hit her soul, rocked her mind and literally sent her to her knees as she imagined what he had felt like for all those years without the affection he craved. Never mind her perception, her truths that brought a different light to this particular snare that had sent him running from her and into her snare; just looking at it from his perspective was enough to bring such a palpable painful Godly sorrow.
She cried for what felt like hours and as she prayed for forgiveness for her part of this tragedy, she felt a peace wash over her and cleanse her from all that had stolen from her, a peace that surpassed what had been her inability for years, the ability to connect with the man God gave her nearly 15 years ago in marriage.
As she rose from her prostrated position of prayer and sat in her chair to journal, another powerful revelation landed in her soul and she began to write: WE BECAME ENEMIES IN INTIMACY.
The tears came again, but mixed with the pain was an attitude of gratitude that God loves her enough to reveal these things to her and to not leave her the way that she was.
She clicked on the link for the devotional she had gotten the day before to finish it up and smiled at God’s perfect timing yet again that reminded her she was not in this battle alone; that He was/is and will continue to fight for their marriage.
“Longsuffering leads to Godly sorrow
If you are someone who’s been heart recently in the name of love, I pray that you will feel The Father’s arms of love wrap around you today, guide you and keep you in His perfect peace.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your path” Proverbs 3:5
Yet so hard to grasp
Our human minds only see the task
A decision set before us
Deemed to make without knowing what’s in store for us
So easy to say ‘let go and just trust’
Yet too often we trust our own process
and not the Person behind the progress
Not the Spirit giving us that small push
Or the voice we hear beneath the burning bush
Flames keeping that burning desire in our hearts
Yet the decisions to be made keep us from the start
So we sit and we wait
All of the possibilities instead of the actuality
Too afraid to face the reality
When the weight seems to be too much
All we can do is let go & just trust
Trust in the One
Trust in His word
Whispering to us
“This light momentary affliction is preparing us
For an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison”
and once we release that weight of worry
Allowing God to take the glory
We can finally see
“not the things that are seen but the that are unseen –
For the things that are seen are transient,
But the things that are unseen are eternal”
and that promise of eternity is beyond all fears of the external
The decision may be ours
But we must take arms
The battle is not easy
But we are given His fortuity
And the chance to make the most of the opportunity
[2 Corinthians 4:17-18]
Faith Filled Fridays
My blessed child, look away from the natural realm and fasten your gaze onto Me who birthed faith within you and who leads you forward into faith's perfection. That is letting go of everything that holds you down or holds you back, that you may keep your eyes on Me.
Let faith arise in your heart! Be one that says "I can," instead of one that says "I can't." Stop second-guessing yourself, for as you spend time with Me you will know My voice.
Believe when you pray and watch as I open the door to the next step. For I am doing a new thing, it is springing up, do you not perceive it?
I don't remake the old I create the new! Every time I open My mouth I create new, just like I created Heaven and Earth, I create new in you and in your life. I have new for you today, just like My mercies are new every morning.
Beloved, come and bask in My love, come and let My love overflow you in every way.
A kick in the stomach
A punch in the gut
Time to wake up
Uncomfortable & unsatisfied
Do you ever wonder when your soul died?
Tossing and turning
The movements are jerking
Pulling you this way
Pushing you around
Yet, you never seem to make a sound
Don’t you ever want to speak up?
But the words can’t come out
Duct tape around your mouth
Feet sinking deeper, deeper into the ground
Speak up, shout!
Your worries are not worthless
Your troubles are not to be hidden beneath the surface
Your swimming has turned to drowning
Your grip no longer bounding
It’s time to loosen the sails
Stop being so afraid to fail
The control in your eyes
Is merely a disguise
It’s okay to let your tears fall
Breakdown and cry
He wants to hold you up
He wants to help you fly
Your ship may be sinking
But your captain is the True King
Let Him calm the storm living deep inside
Let Him hold you close wiping the tears in your eye
Faith Filled Friday
Beloved friend, what should be your proper response to My marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourself to Me, your God to be My sacred, living sacrifice. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights My heart, for this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
Worship is your weapon to defeat and overcome every obstacle in your life. Worship empowers you! Sing My Word, make it your worship. I said in My Word to put Me in remembrance, not that I forget, but that you would know My Word. For it is life and truth and truth will set you free.
So be free to worship Me no matter what is going on in your life, you can push through into worship. Put on music and let it push you through; let it inspire you to enter into My gates with singing, into My courts with praise. Dear one, you are Mine, I have called you by your name.
When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 8
Why, oh why, does the truth have to hurt? Is this why so many run from it?
Thanks for joining us for When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 8. Again we want to emphasize that we realize Social Media is all about the “happy” side of life, and this may seem like a real bummer, but the author wants to share from the side of pain, because pain is a part of real life, but also, she is claiming God’s victory in this season of suffering and will be just as transparent about the victory as she has been about the season of suffering. Let’s get back to where we left off.
He had continued to text her, call her and she stayed in the dance, unknowingly dancing a dysfunctional dance and following his lead. She had drawn a boundary, crossed it herself, and now felt completely confused.
She picked up her phone, remembering one of her prayer partners had sent her a link that they had said would help her in this painful time.
She clicked on it and as soon as she saw the first line, she couldn’t stop reading.
“Sometimes things get worse before they get better. What at first seems very negative and painful actually becomes the catalyst for a breakthrough. “
Oh, Abba, let this come true in my life right now…
She continued to read:
“It could be a relational or personal blowup like:
She continued to read the other instances that could cause a personal blowup, including getting fired from a job, exposure of a sin, burnout, disillusionment, getting arrested, anxiety attacks/nervous breakdown, and financial crisis.
As she looked at the list, she almost wished she could trade her broken marriage for any of them. She continued to read from the link.
“I don’t believe it is God’s “Plan A” for us to go through a painful experience in order to grow, but He can use it powerfully because:
Thanks for joining me in this painful journey; I can’t wait to share the victory with you that I know is coming and backed by His Word!
As sure as the moon lights the night sky
Your Holy Spirit is our earthly guide
As our time ticks by
You gently nudge us to move at exactly the right time
But it’s up to us to not give up
It’s up to us to press our trust
When an opportunity comes knocking
Will we grab it or simply keep walking?
And the feeling always comes back
The feeling of a lack
Let the Spirit move
Showing you what to do
Whispering words of inspiration
Reminding you that you are HIS creation
And when it takes you by surprise
Embrace how the stars have aligned
You may not see it through the clouds in your eyes
But He provides all in His perfect Time
Feel the breeze blowing
The stars are showing
His perfect painting for you
Grab your paint brush
These opportunities were made for you
Take the chance to pursue