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"Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, rivers in the desert."--Isaiah 43:18-19(AMP)
Each of us will greet the new year in a different way; some walking, some limping, some crawling, some running out of 2015 into 2016! No matter how we leave 2015, we have the assurance of God's promise--that he will do a new thing! That's good news!
Yet, if God is doing a new thing, we must be willing to move in tandem with Him. This is hard work because it may require us to let go of things that we may be holding onto. For example, anger, unforgiveness, offenses, hurt, pain, etc. These things can be extremely difficult to release.
Years ago I experienced a very traumatic event at the hands of a close family member. It was a cruel and hurtful event that bruised me greatly emotionally. The hurt in my heart quickly turned to anger and morphed into rage. I did not like the person I was becoming and I did not like the dark feelings that were overtaking me. I knew that I had to release the person, the offense, the pain, the hurt, the shame, and the rejection. It was HARD work because I was wronged and I did not want to let it go. I felt that I had the right to be angry and offended. Yes, I may have had the right, but that did not make it right. So, I willfully humbled myself and cried out to God for help and deliverance. And miraculously, over time, the anger, rage, pain, hurt disappeared. When I chose to run into the loving arms of the Father, he cradled my broken heart. He replaced all that emotionally afflicted me with his love, grace, mercy, and joy.
I am convinced, beyond the shadow of a doubt of the truth of God's word. He keeps His promises. If I had not taken God at his word, you would not be reading this blog post now!
May I encourage you to give whatever is plaguing your heart to the Lord? He WILL make things right.
Prayer Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray for those who may be struggling in their hearts today. I pray that you would give them the grace to release what they are holding on to and turn it over to you. I pray that you would fill every void with your love. May your joy be their strength. Give them the strength to do the hard work so they may receive the new thing that you desire to do in their lives. Amen. And so be it according to your word.
"For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." --Isaiah 9:6(AMP)
From all of us here at Holy Hill Ministries (A Broken Heart's GPS, IMMAXIMIZED, Zoe's Bakery of Hope, and Abigail's Ministry of Music)
MERRY CHRISTMAS! May the joy of this miraculous season fill your heart and home. Blessings!
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God..." --Psalm 46:10(AMP)
The vernacular of young people can be quite interesting; they have a way of merging two words together to make a new word. It is very creative. Take, for example, the word "chillax". (I learned this from my younger sister, Sabrei.) For those who may be unfamiliar with this term, as I was, it means to "chill and relax".
Although a trendy word, long before chillaxing gained popularity--God had already given this directive. It's found in Psalm 46:10. In times of fret and worry, God calls us to chillax or "be still", the Hebrew word "rapha" meaning to relax, let go, to be quiet and "know", the Hebrew word "yada" meaning to understand, consider, acknowledge. Understanding, considering, and acknowledging the truth of who God is brings peace, rest, and settling to our souls.
The Holiday season, which is upon us, can be a time of unrest and emotional stirring. It may be the dreaded family gathering, spending the Holiday alone, perhaps it's grieving or mourning the loss of a dear loved one, maybe it's a financial hardship, or the stress of last-minute shopping and preparation. Whatever may be causing anxiety in your life, God is calling you to "chillax"--relax, let it go, and acknowledge Him as 'elohiym, the "supreme, Most High God" and experience the satisfaction, grace, joy, and peace that comes from resting in Him.
Prayer Father, in the name of Jesus, I acknowledge you as Elohiym. You are the Most High God. There is none like you. I humble myself under your word recognizing only you can bring rest and peace to my soul. Amen.
"If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him."--James 1:5(AMP)
Years ago, I worked at an outpatient mental health center. Crises and psychiatric emergencies were common. It was a fast paced environment that called for quick interventions. Needless to say, it could be a stressful environment, and we all had our own way of coping. I remember one office had a stress-reduction sign hanging on the wall which read, "Bang Head Here". The best way of reducing stress? No, of course not. But the point is, we all have a natural way of coping with stress. It may be logic, reasoning, wittiness, "liquid" coping, "retail therapy", commiserating, denial, avoidance, etc. Generally, most of our self-devised plans to reduce stress do not work or do not last. Would you agree?
So, what do you do when you are at your wit's end? When your best efforts are not working? When things are getting worse instead of better? When you cannot see the forest for the trees? When you feel like you are encapsulated in the whirlwind? When there is seemingly no way out--no light at the end of the tunnel?
There is a key to stress-free living. Are you interested?
The key is to turn the stressful matter over to God and ask Him for help! It's that simple. Yet the challenge for us is humbling ourselves to ask for help and to receive help. By simply coming to a place of humility and accepting the truth that we do not have all of the answers--but knowing Who (The Lord) does--we are poised to transition from "stress-out" to "stress-free"!
If stress is plaguing you. If there is a financial need, a habit you cannot break, self-destructive behaviors/tendencies, a difficult child, a troubled marriage, a health issue, a problem with a family member or loved one--give the concern to the Lord. He is omniscient--He knows all things and is equipped with solutions. He will supernaturally download insight, wisdom, and solutions to you. Don't allow stress to rob you of another precious moment.
Prayer Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank you that you are very concerned about the stress I am feeling and carrying. I come before you confessing that I need your help. I do not know what to do. I am at my wit's end. I need your wisdom, your insight, your solutions and answers. I give _________________, the source of stress to you. I pray for wisdom concerning this area. I thank your for answers and solutions. I thank you that as I give you my area(s) of stress and concern, you are filling me with unusual peace, rest, and joy. I receive them now, gifts from You. Amen, and so be it according to your Word.
"Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full--pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back."--Luke 6:38(NLT)
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“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life." --John 3:16(AMP)
The Holiday season may not be a festive, "warm and fuzzy" time for everyone for various reasons. Yet, it is a time for us to remember the birth of our Savior and reflect on the significance. Jesus is the Gift who came to give. Will you receive the Gift? Will you receive what He is offering?
With Christmas just about two weeks away, may I encourage you to read, meditate, and pray on the following scriptures each day? Reasons Why Jesus Came
* Because God loves you! (John 3:16)
* To heal (Isaiah 53:5)
* To deliver (Galatians 1:4)
* To give Living Water (John 4:10, 7:38)
* To bring Light to darkness (John 12:46 and I Peter 2:9)
* To reconcile us to the Father (Romans 5:10 and 2 Corinthians 5:18)
* To give us words and wisdom that no adversary will be able to resist or contradict (Luke 2:15)
* To give rest to the weary, heavy-laden, and burdened (Matthew 11:28)
* To give abundant, prosperous life (John 10:10)
* To give gifts (Ephesians 4:8)
* To give us unspeakable victory! (I Corinthians 15:57)
It's easy to get overwhelmed, frustrated, aggravated, and weary with the cares of life. Marital conflict, problematic children, financial struggles, health concerns, and various other challenges in life can cause us to buckle under pressure. Weariness is real--that is why the Bible speaks of it. Yet, we know that no matter what measure of difficulty we may face in life, God has given us His word. His word is our power! God gives us His word to navigate and traverse through adversity
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."--Hebrews 4:12(KJV) God also gives us FAITH to believe in the power of His word! Even when things seem impossible--we must activate his word in our lives by speaking it. The more we speak/decree his word audibly (so we can hear it) over our lives, our families, our issues, our obstacles--the more faith comes!
"So then faithcometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." --Romans 10:17(KJV)
And ultimately, if we are standing on the word of God, if we are activating His power in our lives, and if we believe God by faith--we must have EXPECTATION! Expect the storm to pass. Expect your situation to turn around. Expect your marriage to strengthen. Expect cooperation from your children. Expect your health to improve. Expect a financial blessing. Expect! Expect! Expect! "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him." --Psalm 62:5(KJV)
Decrees Against Weariness "You shall make your prayer unto Him, and he shall hear you, and you shall pay your vows. You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee."--Job 22:27-28(KJV)
Father God, in the name of Jesus, I decree and declare:
* I will not grow weary while doing good. I will reap a harvest in due season if I do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)
* As I wait on the LORD, my strength is being renewed. I will mount up with wings like an eagle.. I will run without growing weary. I will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
* I am more than a conqueror and overwhelming victory is mine because God loves me.(Romans 8:37)
In Jesus' name, Amen and so be it according to the Word of God!
"Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burden day by day, the God who is our salvation! Selah."--Psalm 68:19(AMP)
I remember when my daughters, who are just 16 months apart in age, were infants and toddlers. Getting out of the house--even to run the most simplistic errand--was a feat! Car seats, diaper bag, lunch/snacks, sippy cups, change of clothes, double stroller, and my purse all in tow, sweat dripping down my brow as we attempted to head out the door. It was a lot to carry. But overtime, I developed such an efficient system that when people offered to help carry a bag or push the stroller, my response would be, "I'm good!" or "Thanks, but I've got it." Even though I knew the help would help--pride and "Mommy World" kept me from accepting or receiving help.
Can you relate?
If so, can you relate as a citizen of the Kingdom of God? Each day God offers to carry our burdens--the cares of life that slow us and weigh us down. Inner turmoil (stress, worry, fear, guilt, shame, anger, anxiety, etc.) family concerns, marital issues, finances, work place environments, etc. God wants to relieve us of all of that. It is a standing offer each day we live.
Can you envision the relief that comes when you put down something that is physically heavy? Now, transfer that feeling of relief to your soul. That is what happens when we take God up on his offer.
What are you needlessly carrying today? Turn it over to the Father and find rest and relief for your soul.
Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus, we bless you and thank you for your word in Psalm 68:19. What an assurance to know that you are wholly committed to the health and well-being of our souls! Thank you for being our salvation and the One who bears our burdens. We give them to you now. We thank you that as we give our burdens to you, you are bringing peace and rest to our souls. Thank you for wisdom, guidance, and solutions to any challenges that we may be facing.
Father, we especially commit this prayer to men carrying burdens germane to their roles as husbands, fathers, providers, leaders, employers, etc. We are reminded that Psalm 68 was written by a man, David. Cause men to yield to and receive your help daily. We pray that you would preserve their hearts, their minds, and their bodies. Strengthen them with truth of your word. Send tokens of encouragement that will minister to them we pray in Jesus' name. Amen, and so be it according to the Word of God!
I am a wife, mother, and Christian counselor who believes that God can heal and restore our broken hearts and put us on the road to wholeness, purpose, and productivity in our lives when we follow and trust his "GPS".