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. 

Verses About the Power of Our Words

“We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” James 3:2

Just take that in for a moment. “God’s Word says that if we tame our words, we can tame our body and mind. That’s powerful.” Tim Cameron

I don’t know about you, but I need that kind of taming. I’ve been on a journey to change my mindset and I’m learning about how powerful my thoughts are…but also how powerful my words are! I want to speak life and rid my life of the toxic words I have spoken for so many years. Toxic words of judgement, criticism, sarcasm, complaining and negativity. I am learning that I can be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of my mind! Praise God!

In his book, The Forty Day Word Fast, Tim Cameron shares that if we can get our words under control, “we move from what is true to the truth, from the seen to the unseen, from the physical to the spiritual, from the negative to the hopeful. We will quit living in the past, allowing our failures, mistakes and sin to paint our identity with hopelessness. We will move into God’s intentions and promises for us. We will see God’s kingdom come to earth in our midst.”

I want that, don’t you??

Join me as we go through this book, The Forty Day Word Fast, during the month of May. I will be doing roughly 1 video per week on my facebook page. You can join in or watch later at your convenience. (I will not have a schedule but typically my videos are mid-morning. I will try to post ahead of time with what time I will be going live!)

As we read the book,  I also encourage you to read at least 1-2 of these verses daily. Read them, write them, pray them, meditate upon the truth found in them.

Verses About the Power of Our Words

the words we speak PDF

Find more Praying the Scriptures & Verses here. 

Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind {5-Day Email Series}

Scripture tells us in Romans 12:1-2 that we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds. But, do we really believe it? Do we take God at His Word?

That phrase “renewing” is an ongoing action word. It means we are in process. On a pilgrimage. We aren’t home yet. And that transformation? It comes as we renew our minds. Changing our mindset. Changing how and what we think!

But, what does that look like? How do we renew our minds? And will we stand on the promises of God and believe that transformation is possible? Even for me?

Spend 5 days digging  in to God’s Word with me as we chat about practical and intentional ways to renew our minds. Each day of this 5-day email series will contain a video chat and some encouragement from God’s Word.

If you’d like to dig deeper, feel free to grab the two books that I used to go through this study: 40 Days to a Joy Filled Life by Tommy Newberry and 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Myers.

Grab your Bible and ask God to help your unbelief. Begin meditating on and memorizing Romans 12:1-2 and Philippians 4:8.

Click here to subscribe to this 5-day email series! 

(you do need to subscribe separately from my regular emails if you receive them.)

Each of the 5 days in this series will contain a quote or post on what I am learning about renewing my mind as well as a video where I discuss the topic at hand. I hope you’ll join me!

There Are No Extras…

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are God’s workmanship, created in Him to do good works. God has a purpose for you. You are not a mistake or an extra.

“There are no extra human beings.” Tommy Newberry from 40 Days to a Joy Filled Life

Finding that purpose and walking in it brings abundant life and joy. Living life with the GIFTS He has given us, for His glory, is fulfilling and life changing. Taking God AT HIS WORD will rock your world. BELIEVING that God is who He says He is AND that He will finish what He started in me brings peace & grows my trust and faith in Him.

Don’t sit on the sidelines of your life. Don’t wonder if you are an extra. You are you for a reason. The creator of the universe lovingly formed you with His good purpose in mind.

Now, who can you go serve & love & bless with the YOU God is making today?? The world needs your story, your authenticity, your unique beauty, the lessons you’ve learned in your pain, the peace you’ve found in Him and the joy you’ve found in trusting that YOU ARE A NEW CREATION.

Take that, Monday. 

I am a new creation, you are too

The other day someone told me I was self-disciplined. I laughed, I rolled my eyes, and I cringed on the inside. If you could have seen me a year ago I was going through the drive thru nearly daily, eating way too much ice cream every night, and I couldn’t jog even a lap. I stayed in bed way too long in the morning and had no energy. My unhealthy emotions were all over the place.

Today I had a moment of realization. You know what??? I have lost 43 POUNDS. I am growing a business I love with over 300 FAMILIES seeking wellness! I am BECOMING self disciplined. I am BECOMING courageous. I am BECOMING strong. I am BECOMING a positive person. I am a NEW CREATION. And it started with a series of small daily good choices. It wasn’t over night. It wasn’t one big huge leap.

What good choice can you make today that might just transform your life? He is TRANSFORMING you by the renewing of your mind. Speak life and speak truth. Enough of the words of defeat that are on replay. Speak.life. Your mindset matters. Fix your eyes on Jesus and whatever is true, noble, lovely and right. You are a new creation in Christ.

Now, get up and walk in that newness of life. Go!!! My brave choice today was to do my first ever no make up Facebook live without dwelling on what anyone might think of me and my sweaty self.

What will your good choice for today be?? Tell me, I want to know!!

Here’s Your 15 Minute Pep Talk

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