Monday, February 27, 2012

Repentance

Being a Christian is not about a song sung or a prayer prayed, it is a lifestyle lived.
How are you living your life?
Who are you when you are alone?
Who you are when no one is looking IS who you are.

Convicted?
Joyfully repent. For it is his kindness that leads us to repentance.

Repenting isn't to confess your sin and sulk because you're a sinner. Repenting is to tell God "this is what I have done/been doing...I am sorry. THANK YOU for having grace and mercy for me" leaving your sin there and actively turning from it and replacing it with the fullness of Jesus. He waiting to release to you.

The enemy is going to come immediately after that. He is going to tell you that that wasn't good enough, that God didn't hear you, that he is mad at you, that you can't really let go of those sins. Those are LIES he is a liar. He is also a stupid uncreative butt head (tell him that) rebuke those lie. Take full awareness that THEY ARE LIES. Ask God to fill your mind with truth.
Stand up.
Stand tall.
Out loud say:

"enemy you have no hold over my life, you have no place in my mind, you are a liar, and so with the authority I have been given through Jesus Christ I rebuke you and I send you back to hell"

Psalm 6:8-9 depart from me all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping the Lord had heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.
Immediately begin praising the Lord. With thanksgiving lift your hands to the Lord and thank him for his faithfulness, for his loving devotion to you and for forgiving you. 
Psalm 26:6-7 I wash my hands in innocence and go around your alter proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.
Remember the enemy is gone now. It's just you and Jesus. He died so that you can meet him in this quiet alone place with him. He is so excited to meet you where there are no distractions. He loves you and longs for that relationship more than you do.
Ask the Holy Spirit to come and speak to you, and rest. 

This week I had so much break through and passivity really broken off in my life, and I was so excited! But with break through comes attacks. Attacks saying I was only doing things for attention, for affirmation, to make myself look good. As these attacks increased I felt like the Lord was challenging me even more to step out and do things that make me uncomfortable; to serve people I didn't know, to pray out in intersession times with people that intimidated me, to encourage people in high leadership, that I didn't know. As I did these things, the attacks got worse and worse. I felt like I was 'that girl' that did good things, but only for attention.
Yesterday morning I was sharing with my roommates about all these attacks and as I was explaining to them I felt the Lord tell me to read Psalm. I said okay..which one? He said all of them, today, in one setting. Uhm okay God, if you say so. So I sat down and read all 150 Psalms. (it took a little under 7 hours)
As I read I realized that David's whole life was a constant battle. But in his constant attack he was in continuous repentance and worship. David didn't let himself be attacked, he cried out to God, who knew of the works of the enemy in David's life, and He showed Himself faithful.
Psalm 11:5 says that God allows the righteous to be test. God allows us to be tested to see if we can be trusted, to see if we can thicken our skin but soften our hearts.
What kind of Christian are you when you are being tested?
Do you rejoice because God is faithful?

Revival is reality and it starts with simple obedience | repent

Thursday, August 11, 2011

22 years and counting



Happy 22nd anniversary to the most amazing parents and couple I have ever met. 
You guys have been the best example I could ever possibly ask for, for a godly marriage. Thank you so much for that.
Dad, thank you for always seeking the Lord’s heart, first. Thank you for always respecting Mom. Thank you for being the man of the house. Thank you for being full of patients and grace. Thank you for being the provider and protector. Thank you for being a team with Mom and empowering her. Thank you for giving me an amazing example of what a godly husband should be. I hope that my kids will be able to say the same about their daddy, one day.
Mom, thank you for always seeking the Lord’s heart, first. Thank you for always respecting Dad and trusting in his decisions. Thank you for showing me what it looks like to be a submissive wife. Thank you for loving Dad..yes, even in front of me- you’re still my parents so it’s still gross, but your marriage is beautiful and so so admired and cherished. Thank you for being a wife and a mother before anything else. Thank you for being the most incredible example I could possibly ask for as to what a godly submissive, loving wife looks like. If I never succeed at anything else, I hope that I can be the wife that you are and the mother that you are.
There is not a single marriage that I don’t compare to yours, and of course none of them even compare. Okay, maybe the Smiths, they are pretty dang close. Being away from you guys and under leadership of so many other couples I have really seen what I want my future marriage to look like, yours. The older I get the more I realize how great you are…yes yes I know, just like you’ve been telling me for the past 20 years that I would. I pray that Micah, Jacob and Abbey will realize the same and SOON. I pray that they never take advantage of what we’ve been given and that we all are one day blessed with a marriage that will be as beautiful of an example of Christ and his bride as you guys have been for the past 22 years.
I can’t praise you guys enough for the ways that I am grateful for you as parents. I miss y’all sooo much! Hope your anniversary is great! I love you lots!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Commision simplicity Download

First of all, I've not been taught this at all, this actually disagrees with everything I've been taught. This is completely my opinion and evaluation of my experiences, throughout my life, not just here at YWAM. Maybe I am completely wrong, and I'm totally flirting with predestination/free will ideas. I'm not asking you to agree with me, nor cause controversy, I just want you to open your mind to the simplicity of God's will. How theology and religion isn't what it's about. God never told us to figure it all out, so don't stress- because you can't, and you wont.
Love God, love people.

Simplicity. 

I think that God gave you free will. He's defiantly put specific calling on specific peoples lives, but not necessarily everyone. Such as Moses, God clearly put a very specific calling on his life. But just because he hasn't given one to you does NOT mean that he loves you any less. It's like healing, sometimes he does sometimes he doesn't. Is there a reason? Not most of the time, it's just how life is because sin entered the world. I think that a vase majority of the time God lets people choose.
What do you want to do? Be an engineer. 
Great love me and love my people while you're an engineer.
Where do you want to go? Alaska. 
Cool, love me and love my people while you're an engineer in Alaska.
God knows what you're going to choose, but he doesn't choose it for you. If he chose it for you, there would be no sin. You don't wake up in the morning with a to do list from God that says take 7 steps to the bathroom pee, use this many sheets a toilet paper and use this many ounces of this kind of shampoo while you use this many gallons of water in the shower... He gives you a choice. 
You want a to do list? Here it is- Matt 28:16-20
1. Make disciples of all nations.
2. Baptize them
3. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded (Matt 22:36-38)
Teacher, what is the greatest commandment of all? Jesus replied "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself"

So much has been put into the second part of number one (to all nations) that these 'Radical Christians' are missing the simplicity because they think its all about where you go, not what you do. Radical Christians are more concerned with the path than the goal! If God was worried about the path it took to get to the destination he probably would have given you a map, but he is sovereign, almighty and fully in control so he didn't have to give you a map.

God doesn't need you, but he likes you, so he's going to let you help him.
Moms, do you NEED your 3 year old daughter to help you make cookies? No, but you like her and you enjoy her help. 
Dads, do you need your 3 year old son to help you change the oil? No, but you like him and you enjoy his help. 


 Get married and raise Godly men and women; you're teaching you kids (Luke 6:47-48) to love God and to love people, you are living out the great commission. You're making disciples, you're baptizing them and you're teaching them to love God and love others. 

Maybe you want to be a world changer so badly that THAT is the cross that you're picking up and dying to. (Luke 9:23)
Maybe it's not about WHAT you're doing its the state of your HEART. 1 John 3:18
Maybe it JUST OKAY to be an engineer and live in Alaska. You don't have to be with an organization or a group, you are a group- YOU ARE THE CHURCH.
Use the gift God gave you, you can't marry the wrong person, divorce is not okay, love is a choice, JUST LOVE JESUS. It's not going to make everything rosy, but its sure as crap going to give you all the answers! You just have to love God and love people. 
If God has given you a heart to be a mommy THAT'S OKAY, HE gave you that heart, you don't have to do it in the deepest darkest places of the earth! No one can change the world, but you, with the authority you carry through the power and love of Jesus, can change a community.
Maybe the Great Commission was meant to be started within your family; family to community, community to state, state to nation, nation to world: world = all nations. I don't believe that everyone is called to over seas missions, that's not what the great commission says.

I've never been taught this and it's not with a rebellious heart that I write these things.
But what if every family in JUST Rome and Floyd county (96,317 people) lived this way? Then how fast and easily would this wild fire burn?

"His holy fire may bring judgment to the wicked, but it builds humility, faith and purity in those who seek an ever-deeper relationship with Jesus. For He promises to bring His faithful remnant "through the fire" and to "refine them as silver is refined." Then, when finished, He "will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, 'The Lord is my God.'"  (Zechariah 13:9)

Isaiah 5

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Counting Down, Day 48

Psalms 48:14 
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Counting Down, Day 49


Psalms 49:15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Counting Down, Day 50


Psalms 50:6, And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.

Monday, February 14, 2011

I spy....

 I spy with my little eye...








someone you trust..






greatest parents ever, I couldn't imagine anyone more perfect to represent what love is







someone to make you laugh..





someone to be help raise your babies..







someone that makes you excited..






someone who surprises you..






someone who gives you butterflies..





 your best friend..







someone who cherishes you..





someone to lead you..







someone supportive...













Matthew 19:6 
"So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 

I am truly bless to have such wonderful examples of Proverbs 31 women and Ephesians 5:25 men in my life.

Thank you all for modeling for With Charm & Grace!


P.S. Valentines Day, is stupid.