God’s Love Letter to Us

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB)

His love is everlasting. It doesn’t change, ever. How He feels about me is the same today as it was yesterday and won’t change tomorrow. Because of the everlastingness of His love, he draws me into Himself with His lovingkindness. He loves me enough to give me the greatest thing in the entire universe – Himself.

Continue reading

When God Calls You into the Storm

I want everything to be clear and understandable at. all. times. I’m all for God being the one to give me the direction and the focus, (He really is the only one that can.) but why doesn’t He do it more often? It seems like the more I step out the more confusion and chaos I feel. I start to question His voice and wonder if He even told me to step out in the first place. Doubts creep in and worry takes over. I physically have trouble breathing and I feel like I’m drowning in the questions that mostly don’t even need to be asked, let alone have an answer.

Like I talked about in the first post I ever wrote (here), God does call us to step out of the boat, out of our comfort zone. But, did you notice that when Jesus told Peter to step out He was calling him out into the storm?!

So, what do we do when we feel like this? When our focus is blurred and there are a million and a half things being thrown in our direction and pulled from our grips. (Have you ever tried to hold onto something while in a raging storm? It’s pretty impossible, especially if what you’re clinging to is of little weight.)

Continue reading

Because of His Love

What’s the story you tell yourself about God?

A.W. Tozer says that “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I think the reason he believes this is because how we view God – what we believe about Him – shapes who we are, how we live, and how we see the world – so basically everything about us. And I’d say that’s pretty important.

So, is the story we’re telling ourselves about God right? How can we know? Well, by checking our story against the one Jesus tells in Scripture. If what we believe about God isn’t in line with the God Jesus shares, then we need to erase the story we’re telling and replace it with the one of Jesus; because if what we believe about God is really the most important thing about us we want to get it right.

Continue reading

Looking Back to Move Forward Remebering God's faithfulness in the midst of anxiety & fear

This past week’s been a tough one. My anxiety has flared it’s ugly head and I’ve found myself trapped in a vicious cycle of negative mind-talk and overall feelings of inadequacy and burden.

There isn’t a specific reason this started, (I’m sure it’s a cluster of reasons) but I’m done trying to over-analyze this beast. It’s here, I hate it, but I know it’s not here to stay. This time, instead of dwelling on why it’s here, I’m going to work on how to get rid of it; all the while praying that if it be beneficial for me to know the why (to hopefully prevent future “visits”) that God would make it clear. I’m done wasting my energy on the wrong question.

So how am I getting rid of it this time? I’m taking that adage “Don’t look back, you’re not going there” and doing the opposite. (Leave it to me to do the opposite…) Granted, I’m not going back to where I was, but I’m allowing myself to go back, to remember, the times God has brought be through before – so many times before (Psalm 77:11).

Continue reading

Our No Doesn’t Change God’s Yes God's sovereignty doesn't rest on me

God is in control. Like complete and total control. He is sovereign. He can do (and does) anything He pleases (Psalm 115:3), and it pleases Him to use us for the good of others and His glory (Philippians 2:13). The fact that He chooses us, beckons us even, to be a part of His greater plan is amazing (and that word doesn’t seem sufficient).

When taken wrongly, to think that He uses us for His great purpose can feel like a burden, a huge pressure. It’s a big deal to follow Him! The things He asks of us not only affect ourselves but the lives of those closest to us, of the world, and even future generations. It’s heavy stuff. But, Jesus says that His way isn’t heavy, He specifically says that His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). But, how can that be? I mean, it’s such a big deal!

Continue reading

Watch Your Gratitude. Why and how we can be grateful for the hard stuff too.

It’s easy to be thankful for the things we enjoy – good health, great friends, a roof over our head, clean water, a tasty meal, [insert the thing you love here].

But, what about the other stuff? The stuff we’re not particularly happy about? The things we don’t like to think about and, when we do, we ask God to remove them – the bad doctor’s report, the hole in the roof, the lingering anxiety and fear.

At first glance it may seem smart, even right, to shift our eyes away from the bad, but is it right to shift our gratitude away from it too?

Continue reading

Overcoming Anxiety: Part Four 4 Practical Weapons to Use During an Attack

When the attacks come they normally aren’t in the most convenient times. For me, they tend to come while I’m committed to something else and can’t do some of these tips (like in the middle of a massage session). But, if it’s bad enough and I just can’t handle it, I excuse myself for a minute to regain composure and use some of these weapons.

(If you haven’t read Part One, Two, or Three you can check them out here)

Continue reading

Overcoming Anxiety: Part Three 4 Spiritual Weapons to Use During an Attack

Even with the preparation and use of the spiritual (part one) and practical (part two) weapons to prevent anxiety the attacks still come. At least for me anyway. I prepare and strategize and the ugly beast of fear and anxiety still shows up.

I guess knowing that the beast is coming helps in motivating us to prepare.

Maybe I should have titled the other posts as ways to prepare for an attack, not necessarily prevent one. Either way, these are some spiritual weapons I use in the midst of an attack.

Continue reading

Overcoming Anxiety: Part Two 4 Practical Weapons to Prevent Anxiety

Life is full of the practical:

prac·ti·cal /ˈpraktək(ə)l/

adjective: practical
  1. 1.
    of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas.
    “there are two obvious practical applications of the research”

The actual doing of something.

We have to actually do something to win this battle. The spiritual weapons create a call to action and we have to fight. Not every weapon we use looks spiritual, but there’s where we limit God. He’s in the “spiritual” and in the “practical”. He’s in it all and uses it all. The practical can be just as spiritual.

Let’s fight with some practical weapons.

(By the way, here’s post one on some spiritual weapons to help prevent anxiety)

Continue reading

Overcoming Anxiety: Part One 4 Spiritual Weapons to Prevent Anxiety

I have a lot of experience in the realm of anxiety, sadly. Like I shared in my last post (here), I’ve had an anxiety/panic disorder (rooted in fear) more than most of my life. I used to think that when I got older I’d be better (like there was a perfect age that would just switch this off), but it’s not like a pair of pants – you don’t just outgrow it, you have to fight it. (James 4:7-8) In this four part series I’m going to share with you some of the weapons I use most often, both spiritually and practically, to fight this awful sin (because, let’s face it, this anxiety is a sin).

(The first two posts will address weapons used before the anxiety comes, ways to potentially prevent it, and the last two posts will be ways to fight it during an attack.)

Continue reading