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you are covered from head to toe

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Have you caught wind of Christy Nockels latest album, Be Held: Lullabies for the Beloved?

I think the vision for this album is songs to sing over your children, but it is powerful and inspiring even for my 25 year old soul. This song about the armor of God has filled my car for most of my driving lately.

 

 

I ask Holy Spirit to deeply embed inside us truth of God’s armor available to us. I ask Him to give us ability and desire to step into this armor daily.

 

Even though you might be small
It is in you His kingdom reigns
And from your mouth the Lord has made
A fountain for His praise

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interrupt anxiety with praise

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Sometimes the wonder of Jesus Christ wells up in me so strongly I want to cartwheel and weep at the same time.

Does that ever happen to you?

It wasn’t until the gospel of Jesus entirely captured my mind and conquered my Pharisaical heart that I began to understand fighting lies with praise.

It wasn’t until the lavish, freeing love of God filled in the cracks of my lack did I begin to comprehend the strength and hope to be found.

It wasn’t until I wholeheartedly believed in the perfect guidance, and constant companionship, of Holy Spirit that I discovered peace in the unknown and uncertain.

Worship of God is the rope to pull you from anxiety’s enveloping quicksand.

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Believe God THIS Moment

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Can we all admit it can be difficult to see every detail or a situation? 

Silly question, we’re human and limited. Sometimes it can be challenging to even understand our own hearts. But God knows everything about everything.

Can we all confess we get stuck in the mud of insecurity, self-doubt, fear, discontentment, comparison, or anger sometimes?

I know I do. But God doesn’t.

In almost every moment, we are bombarded by cultural pressure, temptations in our sinful nature, lies from the enemy of our soul. 

Would you agree that it is vital for us to know our God, to communicate with Him intimately and frequently, to trust Him immediately when we’re battling? 

Do you know the personality and nature of your God?

God is:*

Wise: He knows what is best
Generous: He gives what is best
Loving: He does what is best
Good: He is what is best
Unchanging: He never changes
Creator: He made everything
Provider: He meets the needs of His children
Holy: He is completely perfect
Just: He is right to punish sin
Glorious: He shows his glory and greatness
Sovereign: He has the right, will, and power to do as He pleases
Compassionate: He sees, cares, and acts when His children are in need
Merciful: He does not give what His children deserve
Attentive: He hears and responds to His children
Worthy: He deserves all glory
Deliverer: He saves His children from wrath
Refuge: He provides places of safety for His children
Almighty: Nothing is too hard for God

God is El Roi, God Who Sees, El Elyon, God Most High, Adonai, our Lord… among so many other incredible names.

It should be of greatest comfort to you that Almighty God’s loving, caring eyes are on you at all times.

 


 

“It’s difficult to love what you do not know.”

I heard this idea from Jen Wilkin a few months ago, and it stuck to my mind like peanut butter and jelly.

In my own experience, it is also difficult to trust and believe Someone you do not know. Amen?

 


 

It can also seem intimidating to feel that your trust needs to be Hulk strong and Flash quick every single time.

Maybe this can be a new way for us: Believe Him for THIS moment. 

Believe what He says about THIS fear I’m feeling. Believe His nature when I’m tempted to dwell on THIS lie that just flew through my mind. Believe His Words for THIS instance, for THIS problem. Believe His Spirit’s help for THIS weakness.

One moment at a time will become the backbone of our lives, the framework for our living by faith and not by sight.

What difference does it make in your life to realize that God is sovereign, that He is ruler over all, and that nothing can happen without the ultimate sanction or permission of God? Kay Arthur

*found on blog Sayable

El Salvador, Here I Come

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My friend and I are headed to El Salvador in January. And I think I speak for both of us when I say we’re nervous-in-a-good-way and excited.

The only other international mission trip I have been on was to Brazil when I was 15. There my heart caught the spark of sharing the love of God and message of Jesus with all I come in contact with, overseas or in my neighborhood.

Since then I’ve been living life, cultivating relationships, sharing Jesus’ love for strangers who were hurting, financially supporting missionary friends and organizations I love, and working like every other human being.

A friend mentioned she was thinking of going on this particular trip, and later that night I told God, I think I want to go with her. What do You think?

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the Psalm (and God) that is changing me

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I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
    and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Psalm 145

 


 

Why do I say it is changing everything?

This Psalm sheds light on the grander perspective, the framework into which I put my activities, choices, and passions.

Our pastor recently asked a question, What will your life declare?

With a gracious foundation like mine, knowing and believing Jesus for many years, I knew what I wanted my answer to be. But the thing that stopped me from penning it excitedly in the blank that followed was reality. And Holy Spirit nudging.

I knew what I wanted to be about, but I don’t think my heart, soul, mind, and body fully and completely grasp the big picture.

This Psalm rescues me from the chains of self.

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