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Defeated fear {Into the Word Wednesday}

Sara over at The Hickman Five invited me to a talk on fear.   She knows my heart and how much I’m working on growing closer to Him.  What a great friend!

I’ll start by saying that I wasn’t originally going to go. I didn’t really feel compelled to go. I’ve been following my spirit a lot more lately.  If I feel it then I do it.  I’m listening to Him as much as I can. In this instance I read the email from Sara but it didn’t hit me in my spirit.  I kept her email and said I’d let her know.  One thing I know is just because I decided I wasn’t going didn’t mean that was the final say.

It was three days before the seminar.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  Some things occurred in my life which made me feel down.  I was bummed that all the hard work I’d been doing, putting my heart into was coming to an end.  I feel relationships have been strained and my stress level is through the roof.  Clearing out my email I came across the email from Sara.  I went to click delete.  I couldn’t do it.

I continued on deleting old emails and filing some for later.  Again, there was the email with the subject ‘Hi – July 14th – Fear’ staring back at me.  I couldn’t click to open it yet I couldn’t delete it either.  I took it as a sign that I was meant to be there.

Bryn from Restoring Lives International shared her story. It was inspiring, emotional and real.  I’ll not share her story but I’ll share mine.

A few things she shared were astounding.  So near to me I almost felt ill.  Things I didn’t even really realize were holding me in fear I started to recognize in what she was sharing.  She asked if we were stuck in a cycle.  A cycle of fear.

The answer was yes.  A hamster wheel of fear. I was on and I couldn’t get off.  Fear of the past, fear of the future.  Fear of letting other people down.  Fear of not being a good enough wife, mom or friend.  Fear, fear, fear.  It was as if I finally realized what was holding me back in that very instant.  Something I’d been burying deep inside me from when I was five.  The root of my fear was there.

She said one thing that hit me like a ton of bricks.

~Jesus defeated fear on the cross

It’s so true!  He did.  We aren’t meant to live in fear.  We are to cast all the fear away.  When we allow fear to stay in our lives we aren’t trusting Him fully.  It’s time to shut the door on fear.

I stayed to pray with one of her prayer warriors afterward.  It was amazing. She really got to the root of where my fear was coming from.  I let it go that day. It felt like a gust of wind came and took it away.  There was no wind but the feeling was swift and calm yet powerful.

Is there fear in your life? Embarrassment? Control? Anxiety? Nervousness?

All of these fancy words for fear can hold us back from accomplishing our dreams and living our best life.

Remember Jesus defeated fear on the cross. It has no place in our lives.

I’ll leave you with some verses she shared with us.

Ephesians 2:14

Isaiah 26:3

2 Timothy 1:7

Job 4:12-16

Hebrews 11:1

–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

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4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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Into the Word Wednesday {For I Am With You}

What am I learning in the Word this week?  That is a loaded question.

I’m still studying Proverbs 31.  In the midst of week nine of the study and reading a book along with it.  Starting another bible study here shortly.

Outside of that I’m leaning heavily on a few verses this week.

Psalm 55:22  Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain thee: He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Matthew 19:26  And Jesus looking upon them said to them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Isaiah 41:10  Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.

I wrote yesterday about the struggle as well as a few possibilities that are happening in my life right now.  I was picked up yesterday at the thought of a solution.  Today, however was a different story.  I was snapped back to reality pretty quickly.  The gravity of the situation at hand was more than I could bear.  I gave in to the worry.  The battle in my mind was raging.

So for now….I am choosing to believe.  I am choosing to have faith.

I’m standing gingerly on these verses this week, praying for His guidance.

It’s a short one for me this Wednesday because my mind is swimming!  I’m trying not to dwell on it too much so I’m going to keep it short and sweet for this week.

–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

Tales of Beauty for Ashes

4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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Into the Word Wednesday {What it means to be free}

It’s the freedom of our country, the freedom of our people, freedom to be anything we want to be, to own a business if we so choose, to live where we’d like, raise our children as we wish…

I went searching through the word this week looking for verses about freedom.  This verse really stood out to me.

You will soon see that the title of this isn’t even really what this ends up being at all.  Freedom and Independence Day is what I wanted to post about yet I was led in a very, very different direction.

We are called to be free.  It is our right to be free.

Now I don’t know the bible by heart.  I know some verses of course but I’m no biblical scholar.  I’m working my way through learning more right now as I’m a work in progress. I didn’t know the next verse would change my entire post.  I didn’t know that the next verse would be blog post changing.

I hadn’t planned on talking about this at all but here we go….

Love your neighbor as yourself, love your neighbor as yourself, love your neighbor as yourself.  These words keep resonating in my mind.  Have I been loving my neighbors?  Have I taken the time to get to know people, help others, show my compassion?

I really haven’t.  I’ve been so wrapped up in my own despair, my own worries the past year or so I haven’t done much for anyone else.  Of course I’m still a wife and mom but there are many more ‘neighbors’ in my life.

However He has opened my eyes to see that in all this I was already loving my neighbors and they were loving me back.  I just found this verse only just last night yet in the past eight weeks I’ve been changing.  Looking outside myself.  Really seeing how I can be a blessing for another.  I didn’t realize I was doing it.  I’m not mentioning it here to brag about it.  I want to share so you too can see how you may in fact be changing even when you don’t see it!

I’m mentioning it because in the past eight weeks a TON has happened yet I was too worried about other things to see it happening!

  • I met an extraordinary group of ladies through my Good Morning Girls bible study group. Praying for them has been really eye-opening. They do not live in close proximity to me at all but I feel as we’re growing as close as neighbors.  I’m loving them from afar.
  • I made several new friends that do live near me and I’m slowly becoming close with them.  What I find interesting is that even though I’m struggling with my own issues each of these ladies is battling something much more dire in their lives.  I believe they were brought into my life to show me that things could be much worse.  It doesn’t belittle anything my family is battling but it is showing me that if I can muster up half of the strength these ladies have then I’ll be okay!!
  • I’ve started this blog, learned a lot about myself, grown by leaps and bounds.  Made a ton of new blogger friends that have shown me that there is no reason to be afraid of making friends, online or in real life.  Each one has been helpful and sweet in their own way.

So on this Independence Day in 2012…how have you loved your neighbor today?  Have you been doing it all along but were too overwhelmed to see it?  I would absolutely love to hear about it.  It’s amazing what we see when we free our eyes and heart to really ‘see’.

 

–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier!  Check out our sweet new button…

Tales of Beauty for Ashes

4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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Going it alone.

Are you like me? Do you try to do everything on your own without asking for help?

I’ve been really working on how to start asking for help. Letting some things go so I’m not overwhelmed. Saying no, not because I don’t want to but because it truly isn’t the right thing to do. I wouldn’t say I’m a people pleaser but I do always try to help when I can, go the extra mile and genuinely make others lives better.

At the risk of sounding selfish…what about making my life better? What about what I’ve wanted to do, what I’ve put off to help others?

I’m pondering though that maybe, just maybe I haven’t been doing all of these things to glorify Him. Maybe I’m just trained to do so. I was raised this way and I believe it’s the right way to live my life but am I taking it too literally?

Am I making good decisions on a daily basis that will benefit my family or just jumping to help another before thinking it through? I’m casting my cares on Him this week.  Taking a step back to really listen to what He has to tell me.  I need clarification on what direction my life needs to head in.  I want to follow His plan and right now I can’t see what that plan is.

I’m in a bible group right now to study Proverbs 31 and it really isn’t helping right now!!  That. Woman. Is. Amazing.  She does it all.  She is who I want to be more like but not at the risk of it being for ‘show’ or taking me out of line with what God has in store for me.

Matthew 11: 28 has really helped me realize that I have been heavily burdened these past few weeks.  I need to rely on Him and pray about this season of my life because there are decisions to be made.

I’d love to hear if you have or are going through this right now!

By the way I’m linking up with a few other awesome bloggers today for Into The Word Wednesday.

Becky *hostess* at Beauty For Ashes

Sarah *co-host* at Fontenot Four

Falen *co-host* at Upward Not Inward

Into the Word Wednesday Blog Hop Rules:

1. Write a post about what God is teaching you this week.

2.  Follow the host and hostess via GFC.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier!

4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs and be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world!

Into The Word Wednesdays

If you are interested in co-hosting in the future, send Becky an email and let her know!

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