When the Storm Doesn’t Let Up & a Psalm I’m Praying

In this world we will have trouble…yes, we live in a broken world…and sometimes we find ourselves in a storm that we aren’t sure is going to let up. Or, we may wonder what the outcome will be. How is this going to end? What if it doesn’t end well?

Yesterday I woke up with this pit of hopelessness about a situation our family finds itself in.  I found myself dwelling on the outcome and what it might be.

I realized I had taken my eyes off the prize: Jesus.

Our hope is Jesus. Not in outcomes, circumstances or other people. Jesus, only Jesus.

I’m sharing about a Psalm that I’ve been clinging to this week as well as a song that has become a favorite. I pray it encourages your heart, too!! (scroll down to read Psalm 130.)

You can also see me talk about 3 of the oils I’m using during this storm of my own life.

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Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?                                                                                                        But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

Did you catch that?? With Him is FULL REDEMPTION. The NKJV says “abundant redemption.” Oh those words make me want to cry.

Our God is busy redeeming all things. With Him is ABUNDANT REDEMPTION. I wrote the words “He will redeem…” on a card and have been carrying it with me. He is so faithful, friends!

Morning by morning new mercies I see…

P.S. the study on The Forty Day Word Fast has been postponed. 

3 Years Off of Anti-Depressants

I would love for you to read an update now that I have been off all of my anti-depressants for 3 years and am thriving. God has been so good to me. My mindset has changed. My health has changed. We are never truly hopeless if we have Christ. We have the power of the Holy Spirit living within us giving us the power to make the steps necessary to BE TRANSFORMED.

My Journey Off of Anti-Depressants

My wellness journey & 51 pound weight loss! 

A Plan for the Rainy Days of the Soul

We all have them. Rainy days of the soul. Because we live in a fallen, broken world, it’s just a part of it. Oh but to gaze at the Savior and be reminded of our FUTURE HOPE that one day there WILL be a day with no rainy days of the soul! Praise Him!

Until that day, we need a PLAN. We need to do some battle. Find our armor. Replace the lies with truth.

Choosing joy can be hard. But it can also be simple. Let’s make a list together of the “little things” that bring us joy. I say “little,” but we all know that these little things do bring us moments of joy. And moments of joy lead to a grateful heart and a content spirit.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

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A Plan for the Rainy Days of the Soul

The Simple Joys

What are the “little things” that bring you joy? Joy is a fruit of the Spirit…let’s seek it, choose it, fight for it!

What would you add to this list?

  • Memorize Philippians 4:8 (grab this free printable)
  • Meditate on a Psalm
  • Memorize an encouraging passage of Scripture
  • Turn on praise music
  • Have a dance party in your kitchen
  • Read a chapter in a great fiction book
  • Go for a walk
  • Exercise
  • Have a cup of hot tea or coffee
  • Walk outside even for a few moments of fresh air
  • Text a friend
  • Call a friend
  • Write a thank you note to bless someone else
  • Meet a friend for coffee or lunch
  • Watch a favorite feel-good movie
  • Serve someone else
  • Pray
  • Speak the  Name of Jesus aloud
  • Turn on your diffuser with happy, mood boosting essential oils (citrus or joy blend!)
  • Open a bottle of frankincense or joy, take a deep breath and breathe it in
  • Write down 3 things you’re thankful for
  • Start a gratitude journal if you don’t have one
  • Let someone know you are thankful for them
  • Drink more water
  • Eat clean, healthy foods
  • Get out of the house for a little while
  • Have a small piece of dark chocolate
  • Tell someone you love them
  • Preach the gospel to our own hearts (Jesus is the GOOD NEWS)

40 Days of Praise

I’ve been going using the books 31 Days of Praise and 40 Days to a Joy Filled Life. Both such great books for helping us to change our focus and mindset.

Think About Such Things (printable)

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things… And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

Think about such things.

This passage is so powerful. If we lived it out our lives would truly be transformed. God’s Word says that we can be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our minds. (Rom. 12) and THIS passage tells us how to do it.

Mindset matters.

And God’s Word confirms that what we think about is very powerful. Try reading and meditating on Philippians 4:4-8 for even 68 seconds and see if you can re-focus your mind. Get the negative broken records & lies of the enemy out of your head by REPLACING them with truth. You can do it!  But to replace the lies with truth you have to be FILLING YOUR MIND with truth!!

Think about such things…whatever things are true…and the God of PEACE will be with you.

Philippians 4:8 Printable

We need reminders. We need to write the Word. Pray the Word. Hang the Word around our homes. Carry index cards in our hands. Turn up the praise music. Speak the Word aloud.

Whatever is true printable PDF

Encouragement to Think About Such Things

Behold Your God Day 23

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Behold Your God

We become what we behold. This passage brings us full circle. What are you beholding? Are you meditating upon the things of this world and all of your problems? Or are you meditating upon whatever is true, noble, lovely, right and pure?

The choice is up to you. What will you choose to behold in this life? Today? Right this moment? If you cannot physically make yourself change the direction of your thoughts, pull out your Bible and start reading the Psalms. Aloud. Turn them into prayers. Speak His Word. Pray His Word. Read the Word.

The enemy knows the way to steal our joy and steal our ministry is through our minds. We are tempted at every turn to become discouraged, defeated and belittled. But knowing this tactic of the enemy we must stand firm and CHOOSE to BELIEVE the Word of God. To believe what God says, we must be reading it. You may believe in God, but do you BELIEVE GOD?

Praying the Scriptures

Lord God, help me to take my eyes off of my problems and meditate upon whatever things are true, noble, lovely and right. Help me to fix my eyes on Jesus. Help my unbelief.

{read the rest of the series here.} 

Behold Your God Day 22

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:1-11

Behold Your God

To abide is to wait upon, to remain, to dwell within. To abide in Christ is to receive the gift of beholding Him in all of His glory. When we abide in Christ, we behold God.

When we abide in Him, we behold Him, we stay close, we remain in Him, we bear fruit. And then? Our joy is full.

We’ve spent many days learning to behold God, to stay close to Him, to know Him through His Word. And when we do, we abide in Him and He in us…and our joy is full to overflowing.

Praying the Scriptures

Lord, You are the vine and I want to stay close to You. I wan to abide in You that You may be glorified in my life. Help me to remain in You, dwell in You, to see You in all Your glory…to behold You as I learn to abide in You.

{read the rest of the series here.}