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Doubt & Confusion

I’ve been struggling with doubt and confusion, questioning God as to why I have to deal with my struggles as a sleep-deprived mom. This month I was at an all-time low, and the day before Easter, I decided to open up my book, The Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer.

There were two chapters about doubt and confusion and with her insight I felt more calm and again more focused on my faith. I know in life Christians will flutter in their faith, and that’s why it’s important to have a good strong support system and a sense of where to go to re-align. I find focus and strength through reading bible verses and positive quotes and through prayer. I mindfully focus on those quotes over and over in my head, especially when I’m in a difficult situation or when I feel my worst.

 

Here are some of Joyce’s words and Bible verses that helped me calm my doubts:

“Even in adverse circumstances and storms and spiritual warfare, keepy your mind on God to build up your faith.”

“Get quiet and still, turn off your head, and look into your heart.”

“May the God of hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound and be overflowing with hope.” Romans 15:13

“Take captive every thought into the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“Experience the peace of mind and heart that comes from trusting in God.”

“Turn the matter over to God, trusting Him to work out all the things for good regardless of what happens.”

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and you will.” Mark 11:24

 

Here are four more posts that we’ve done that include quotes from The Battlefield of the Mind

Change Your Mind To Be Obedient To God

Choose To Follow

Humble Yourselves

God Keeps Us Going

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Psalm to our loving God

What a beautiful song from Psalm 36:5-9! When I read this, I am reminded to praise Him, to have hope, to focus on the joy that He gives, and to renew my thoughts to be more positive and thankful.

God will provide. He is here with us, protecting us, keeping us safe, giving us abundant love, and bringing life into our souls.

Rejoice in God, who is faithful, righteous, loving, and overflowing with life! 

 

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

– Psalm 36:5-9

 

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Encouragement for Parents

Being a mom is hard. It’s a beautiful thing to have so much love for your child, but it’s also the most challenging experience we’ve ever had. Lack of sleep can make any parent cranky, frustrated, and emotional at times.

To help us when we are feeling down, we try to focus on the positive and the joy. Below we’ve compiled some quotes that will help make any parent feel a little better.

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” -Mark 10:27

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

“There is sunshine in my soul today, more glorious and bright, than glows in any earthly sky, for Jesus is my Light.” – Hymn, There Is Sunshine In My Soul

“But if you lift your eyes, See it in a different light, Just a cloud up in the open sky
Let the rain, fall away, Cause today is beautiful” – Today is Beautiful, David Dunn

“For the joy of the Lord is your strength” – Nehemiah 8:10

“Be joyful always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“The key is this: Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today.” – Max Lucado

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” – Romans 15:5

“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.” – Joel Osteen

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” – Colossians 1:11

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6

 

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Psalm 23

Everytime I read Psalm 23, I am reminded of Max Lucado’s book, Traveling Light, for which the entire book reflected on this Psalm. Such beautiful words about our God and resting in Him. I encourage you to read this Psalm as well as Lucado’s book!

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
They comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
In the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

Our God is our shepherd – one who gives us peace and rest, who restores us, who brings about justice and righteousness, who provides comfort and care, who casts away our fears and sorrows, and who brings about overflowing life and goodness!

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Armor of God

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:5-10

I love this image of being equipped with God’s faith, love, and hope:

With a breastplate of faith and love, and a helmet of hope, we can be strong!

We are conquerors through Him!

With God’s armor, we are warriors – against sin, evil, and darkness – and we are defenders for goodness, love, and light!

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Stand Firm In The Lord

“Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!” – Philippians 3:17-4:1

God calls us to follow His direction in every moment of life and to stand firm in His ways. He will “transform” us into a holy people. What does it mean to stand firm in the Lord? 

  • “Rejoice in the Lord, always” (Philippians 4:4) even through difficult times, knowing He knows what’s best and He is there for us.
  • Be determined, keeping a joy-filled positive attitude
  • Engage in the people around you, showing His love 
  • Be willing to relent and let go of your frustrations and fears – “Do not be anxious about anything… present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
  • Remember God’s words and promises
  • Hold fast to the wisdom that you have His strength. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13)

 

“No storm can shake my innermost calm, while to the Rock I’m clinging” – lyrics from Hymn My Life Flows On

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Recycled Post: Be Active and Achieve

This post comes from January 2013, but I think it’s something important to always focus on. Lent is coming soon, and why not reflect on how you can go above and beyond your comfort zone to achieve your goals and desires?

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action” – Benjamin Disraeli

Get up and get moving! Be active, achieve things, experience things. Follow your dreams and desires, speak up, engage in conversation, engage yourself. Be active in your life. You may bump into some difficult moments, but like Benjamin states, happiness is achieved if you go and act.

Example – you want to gain friendship, so instead of wondering when it will come to you, go out, engage in small talk, find similar interests, and be bold to start a friendship and to hang out sometime.

Example 2 – you wish you had more vacation time from work, but nothing has come up. Finally you find the courage to ask your supervisor, and as easy as 1, 2, 3 you get an increase in vacation on your next paycheck.

Example 3 – you have a dream to make some homemade gifts and sell them at your local market, but are afraid no one will like them or afraid the business aspects are just to scary. But you go ahead, work hard at your work, and show it to some friends. Soon enough you are selling your gifts and excited for more things to come.

So go do what you love, be courageous in your decisions and soon enough happiness will follow.

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Keep at it, don’t fail

A lovely statement on keeping positive:

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Christmas Poem

Here’s a repost from 2012, where we share a beautiful poem written by Mary Fairchild. May you celebrate Christ and the life He brings into your life this Christmas day and everyday of the year.

Lord, this is my prayer 

Not only on Christmas Day 
But until I see You face to face 
May I live my life this way: 

Just like the baby Jesus 
I ever hope to be, 
Resting in Your loving arms 
Trusting in Your sovereignty. 

And like the growing Christ child 
In wisdom daily learning, 
May I ever seek to know You 
With my mind and spirit yearning. 

Like the Son so faithful 
Let me follow in Your light, 
Meek and bold, humble and strong 
Not afraid to face the night. 

Nor cowardly to suffer 
And stand for truth alone, 
Knowing that Your kingdom 
Awaits my going home. 

Not afraid to sacrifice 
Though great may be the cost, 
Mindful how You rescued me 
From broken-hearted loss. 

Like my risen Savior 
The babe, the child, the Son, 
May my life forever speak 
Of who You are and all You’ve done. 

So while this world rejoices 
And celebrates Your birth, 
I treasure You, the greatest gift 
Unequaled in Your worth. 

I long to hear the same words 
That welcomed home Your Son, 
“Come, good and faithful servant,” 
Your Master says, “Well done.” 

And may heaven welcome others 
Who will join with me in praise 
Because I lived for Jesus Christ 
Not only Christmas Day 

– Mary Fairchild

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A hopeful future

“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:18-19

We move forward…it’s the only direction that God gave us.

May you see God’s light ahead and stay hopeful to what’s to come! Especially in this time of advent, we are to hope and believe in Christ. We are to move forward and allow God to change our lives for the better.

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Remember to celebrate the future — a future of love, peace, and forgiveness, a future with God present in our lives — while enjoying the present that God blesses us with today.

Rejoice in life today and the life to come tomorrow! Hope in good things always.

 

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Prayer List

I know I haven’t posted in a while; I just haven’t felt inspired. Today I thought to discuss prayer requests:

Every week at my church, members write in their prayer requests to be lifted up in service as well as on our email prayer chain. I think this is a great idea, to make a prayer list. When I pray in the morning, throughout the day, at meal time, or at bedtime, I don’t recall all the people that I need to lift up in prayer. With a prayer list I can focus on all those that need God’s blessing.

Here’s my prayer list for this week.

  • the homeless and hungry, that they may be warm and fed
  • all the cats and dogs who are out in the cold, that they may be warm and loved.
  • the people who live in conflict-ridden areas, such as Syria and the Middle East, that there may be peace and joy to come.
  • for a high-school classmate of mine, who has a cyst on her ovaries, and has had other health problems, that she may be blessed with good health.
  • for the people of Central Oregon today who are on the roads, that they may be careful drivers and be safe on the icy roads.
  • for people in hospitals, nursing homes, and in sickness, that they they may be well cared for and be comfortable.
  • for compassion, love, and peace for all God’s people

Many blessings this Christmas season,
Lisa

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Weekly Song: Back to Home

I was intrigued by the meaning of the words in Back to Home, by Tristan Prettyman. The words are deep, meaningful, and powerful, and could be interpreted in different ways.

For me, I think it’s about being in a difficult moment but realizing that it’s “all gonna change”, and that you’ll go “back to home” and “make a new start”. There’s a “sundown” and a “sunrise” for every day, a chance to start new and “turn the page”. If you need to forgive, then forgive, and let go whatever is troubling you. God is guiding you in darkness, bringing you back to the light and back to where you should be.

Back To Home

Holding my breath and I’m making a wish
You brace yourself for the moment, when its all gonna flip
We couldn’t stop if we tried
Stuck in a space but its all gonna change
So there’s no reason to be scared of turning the page
We couldn’t stall if we tried
Sundown. Sunrise.

Chorus:
We won’t be lost in the dark
Between our head and our hearts
All of these roads lead us back
Back to home

La la la la ‘s

Get what you give, and ya give what you get
The hardest part is letting go, so just do your best
There’s no need to wonder why
Out of your head and into your heart
Strick a match and watch it burn
Make a new start
We are the architects of light

Chorus
These aren’t the walls that hold us in
Sometimes it’s just easier to forgive
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home

La la la la ‘s

Chorus
These aren’t the walls that hold us in
Sometimes it’s just easier to forgive
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home
All of these roads, lead us back, back to home

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