What is your Hope in?

What is your Hope in?

Woman in praise

During my devotion time this morning the question kept coming up, what is your hope in?

These days it seems like so many are placing their hope in elected officials, other people or things. That kind of hope is false and uncertain. Things change, emotions flow and next thing you know you are left feeling hopeless and possibly wanting to just give up.

 

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

Why are we not placing our hope in the Lord as Christian women?

What is pulling us to trust man more than an unchanging God?

Why are we so determined to follow the world’s perspective before pressing into God?

What hope is NOT:

Hope is not, “I hope my team wins the Super Bowl” or “I hope I get a raise.” Biblical hope is not a hope-so but it is a know-so.  It isn’t wishing for the best.  It isn’t waiting to see what happens and hope that it turns out well. Hope is not a feeling or an emotion.  Hope is the knowledge of facts.  If someone says to you that “I hope you have a good day,” there is no guarantee that the day will go well.  To have a biblical hope is to have a sure anchor of the soul, not hoping for rain because the forecast says that there is a 60% chance of rain and you hope that you get your garden watered.  That is not hope…that is wishful thinking and it is utterly undependable and has no power to bring anything to pass. Human hope pales in comparison to biblical hope.

What hope is from a Christian perspective:

A Christian’s definition of hope is far superior to that of the world.  Instead of wishing or hoping for something to happen, a believer knows that their hope is solid, concrete evidence because it is grounded in the Word of God and we know that God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18; Numbers 23:19).  The Christian has a hope that is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  It is a hope that is like faith…a faith that cannot be moved by circumstances or what the eyes see because an unseen God is seen in His faithfulness.

What are you placing your hope in?

So what are you placing your hope in…God or what the world has to offer?

It does not matter who is in office God is still the King of kings and the Lord of lords!

Time to press into Jesus and stop moving and acting like we are His daughters.

God’s Perspective

God’s Perspective

Girl drinking tea in the evening on the balcony.

 

As we sit and watch things spinning around us, our lives, our businesses and our world we live in we can often wonder what is going on. We may ask why is this happening or even now what? You may find yourself freaking out or experiencing fear around things.

 

These are the times in our life where we need to stop, breathe and pray!

 

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in life is my perspective is far different in many cases than what the Lord sees.

The best example, we see life like a parade marching in front of us, while God sees it from the aerial perspective. God is above and He sees the beginning, middle and end of it all. He knows what has happened, what is happening and what is yet to come. Once we understand that and TRUST the Lord life takes on a who new perspective!

 

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV

As women of God, we need to find ourselves on our knees seeking God’s  perspective not the world’s views. We need to be the example and the light in times of turmoil and unrest in our world around us. You see if we KNOW Jesus we KNOW HE alone has it under control, HE is watching this “parade” from the aerial perspective and HE knows what is going to happen as HE guides it into place.

How are you responding to what is happening around you and in this world? Are you the light in a dark, dark place? Are you the salt to flavor the situation?

This year we have experienced an election like no other in history, we have seen so much hate and meanness happening around us (and some participating it in as well.) It is time precious woman of God to seek GOD not participate in what is happening. It is TIME precious woman of God for you to stand in boldness for what the Bible has to say, for what GOD has to say. Much will be changing in this country as we know it, we need to be praying for the changes coming and for that wisdom to lead to be given to Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence.

Time for us as women of God to set the example and not participate in the non-sense that is happening in the media and on social media because it went the way it did. It is time for us to be seeking God for HIS truth and direction, this was God’s plan from the beginning or it would not have happened. God is still in control!

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:4 NKJV

Will you humble yourself and pray?

Defining your value

Defining your value

Beautiful Girl reading her Bible by the sea

I have heard so many times women complaining about their value.

They say they are not enough, they don’t have enough, and in some cases actually speak the words I am of no value.

This breaks my heart, yes I have been there too. However, when we dig into what the bible has to say about us, we will find we are being deceived by the enemy and the world on a daily basis.

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”
Jeremiah 1:5

 

Before we existed God knew us, He knew who we would be, what we would do and more!

In life we define things of value based on who or where they are made. So why then do we not base our value on the same thing for ourselves?

If we are made by God, created by God…then would we not be of great value? I do not believe God makes mistakes, do you?

 

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

How precious are your thoughts about me,O God.
They cannot be numbered!

I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

Psalm 139:13-18 NLT

 

My dear friend, you are of great value because you are the daughter of the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, of our loving Father in heaven! It is time that we as women of God grab onto and own the truth that God has given us about who we are in Christ Jesus! We need to stop allowing the world, media and the crazy monkey chatter in our heads to tell us anything else.

You have been fearfully and wonderfully created in the image of Christ! Are you ready to change that conversation in your mind to embrace who God has made you to be? Are you ready to Thrive as a woman of God? Grab your copy (digital or spiral bound) of “Time to Thrive 30 Day Journal” and start the processing of changing the conversation in your heart and mind today!

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How important is your attitude?

How important is your attitude?

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This is a great question that ponders in some folks heads, just how important is my attitude in the real world?

According to a Stanford Research Institute report, 87.5% of our success in life comes from our attitude with only 12.5% coming from skill. WOW! 87.5% comes from our attitude, I would say it might be really important to us.

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Comparison Highjacks Contentment…

Comparison Highjacks Contentment…

I recently read this post from Girlfriends in God and felt it was an important message to share today with you. I thought about writing my own spin on the topic and decided this one was so perfect for each of us here that I would share their post with y’all! Enjoy, be sure to comment below.

 

A picture of a group of friends having fun in the city

“I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
Psalm 139:14

We live in a culture of constant comparison. Someone tweets that they just had lunch at a fab restaurant; you had canned tuna and raw carrots. Not even baby carrots but a big ole carrot out of the bag.

Someone posts an Instagram of a gaggle of friends dressed in Lilly Pulitzer pink lunching by the lake, and you’re reading about it dressed in sweats, trudging down the grocery aisle with a snotty-nosed kid pawing at the cereal displays.

You pull up Facebook and read about Barb’s vacation in Paris, and you’re happy for her . . . sorta.

A woman looks at Pinterest boards, and comes away with her greatest fears confirmed: her kids look shabby, her house looks dumpy, and her clothes look frumpy.

Social media accentuates the culture of comparison by sending the false message that your monotonous tedious boring existence is a poor excuse for living compared to others whose lives are awesomely exciting all the time. Secretly you hope your husband never stumbles across Pinterest to realize what a loser of a wife he really has. Mercy!

Social media breeds instant comparison at the click of a button. Comparing who has more “Facebook friends,” “re-tweets,” “followers” and “re-pins” is maddening. The age-old comparisons of appearance, accomplishments, possessions, and position are still around. Technology has simply magnified the access to other people’s lives, even though you’re only seeing what others want you to see.

Then there’s Christmas letters. Photo cards of friends and family with letters detailing every wonderful milestone of the previous year. We read them and think, “My life stinks!” That letter doesn’t tell about Brian getting suspended from school for cussing in the classroom, Megan getting caught lying about studying at a friend’s house, Brie’s on-going battle with depression, Dad’s loss of a major account, or Mom’s twenty-pound weight gain. Just the highlights. Only the good stuff. We read it and say, “good for them.” All the while thinking, “what’s wrong with me?”

Comparison is the devil’s tool that he uses to undermine your confidence and kills contentment like nothing ever will. It magnifies insecurities and fosters a self-absorbed pre-occupation of your inadequacies. As one pastor said, “One of the main reasons we struggle with insecurity is that we’re comparing our behind-the-scenes with everybody else’s highlight reel.”

Comparison sullies the canvas upon which God longs to display His greatest work. Nothing will rob you of your confidence in Christ like comparison. The measuring stick will get you stuck every time.

I love what Jesus said when Peter asked about John’s future. (Yes, he was comparing his future with John’s) “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” (John 21:22) In other words, “It’s none of your business! Stop comparing!”

Have you ever wondered why Jesus picked such a ragtag bunch of blundering blubbering misfits to be his disciples? Even though they stumbled their way through much of the gospels, once they were filled with the Holy Spirit, this uneducated, unrefined, untrained bunch of unruly fishermen changed the world. A few days after Pentecost, the Jewish Supreme Court questioned Peter and John about their persistence in preaching the gospel and their audacity to heal a beggar lame from birth.

The dynamic duo preached a mini-sermon that struck the religious rulers to the core. But here’s my favorite part of the entire scenario: When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

The Sanhedrin leaders were mystified at how this bunch of scrappy saw-toothed misfits could wax so eloquently. Then they had an ah-ha moment. They realized the men had been with Jesus. That explained everything.

That’s what I want people to say about me! She’s an unschooled ordinary girl. How does she do what she does? Oh, I get it. She’s been with Jesus! Can you think of any better accolade? I sure can’t.

Let go of the tendency to compare and take hold of your uniquely fashioned, pre-ordained, God-given talents and abilities. You are specifically equipped by God to do everything He has called you to do and to go through. Including being the mom your kids need.

Then when the world questions how you do what you do, they’ll say, “Oh I get it…she’s been with Jesus.”

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, help me not to compare myself with others, but to celebrate the way You created me! I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I know this full well. Now, help me to remember it!

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Think of all the ways you compared your life with others during the past five days.

Think of all the ways that others compared their lives to your life during the past five days. (You don’t think they did? Oh sister, they did. Believe me.)

Cain compared himself to his brother Abel. What did God have to say about that? Read Genesis 4:6-7.

Read Psalm 139:13-16. Spend some time thanking God for the unique way He created YOU!

 

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion came from my latest book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold. Just as a trapeze artist who grabs hold of a second bar, but refuses to let go of the first, we can get stuck in our faith when we refuse to let go of all that holds us back. It’s time to let go of all that holds us hostage to a “less than” life…and that includes comparing ourselves to others. Let’s take hold of all that Jesus has already taken hold of for us and placed in us! Check it out at www.takeholdthebook.com where you can download a free chapter and watch a video book trailer. The book also comes with a Bible study guide. Make sure and sign up for my weekly blog to learn when the free on-line Bible study will begin in the fall.

 

 

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