It’s not easy to walk by faith and remain steadfast in prayer. It can be difficult to trust and believe God for something which seems unobtainable or impossible. It can be easy to allow discouragement to consume us and we can fall into a trap of ordinary complacency or fear.
But when we waiver in doubt, one bad day can land us into the valley of despair. Doubts will come but we don't have to live in a state of hopelessness; we don't have to let the enemy steal our joy, peace and strength.
What increases our faith is standing steadfast in prayer and mediating on the word and promises of God. The word says; "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17) "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."(Romans 8:28)
We may want to give up on prayer when we don’t see immediate results. But remember that “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
The ultimate truth is that the dreams and desires in our hearts can be accomplished by God; and God alone. We can do nothing in our own strength and therefore we need to put our total dependence and faith in God. God will answer our prayers according to His will as He knows what’s best for us and sees the bigger picture.
I never realized how powerful prayer was;
until I witnessed miracles I never believed possible.
Jesus Christ Himself is a “Prayer Warrior”. He intercedes for us speaking directly to God our Father. We can be assured; secure and comforted by knowing Jesus is on our side and standing in the gap.
If you feel like you are wandering around in the wilderness without answers to your prayers; be confident knowing that God is in control and your steps are ordered by the Lord. (Psalm 37:23) Your destiny is in His hands and nothing can keep you from it.
When we trust God we will be filled with a peace that surpasses all understanding, our faith will increase and it opens the door for God to work in our hearts and lives to do mighty works.
“I believe God for things to come but yet I haven't seen.
I believe God to make things come true that He’s given me to dream.
I believe God is working and preparing the way;
I believe God and I know He answers when I pray.
I trust God and know He is King;
I trust God because He is my everything. “
You were right and I was wrong.
Okay, now stop there. Do you see the period after the word wrong?
That's the end of the sentence.
The end of what needs said.
Sometimes we keep talking and let our "but" get in the way.
"But, I just wanted to"...."But, I meant to say"...."But, you needed to hear"...."But You!"....
The truth is we don't need to rationalize. We don't need to justify or explain ourselves away. We need to simply say, " You were right and I was wrong." We can apologize and pray for God to change our hearts. We can take ownership of our mistakes and sometimes our blatant rude behavior.
And we can admit our mistakes; rather intentional or not.
Let's allow God to work in us without reflecting onto someone else.
Something so simple, is yet so profound. Humility can make a significant difference in our relationships and also allow God to do a mighty work in us!
Is it easy? Almost never!
Is it worth it? Always!
"So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor." (1 Peter 5:6)
Ten years ago I almost left my husband for another man. While I had issues of my own and needed therapy, I found out he was a pathetic liar who was married, having previous affairs. He didn’t want a lasting relationship with me; he needed me to temporarily meet “his needs.” This crushed my self esteem, adding to existing damage; I felt used and stupid. If only I had known a portion of the truth, I could’ve made better decisions and judgment calls. Lying is a cowardly way of working yourself into someone’s life because you fear their response to truth.
Lying may temporarily cover up reality; but the real damage is what you are doing inside yourself every time that big elephant in the room sits on your chest. Some have been hurt, messed with, taken advantage of and simply blindsided. No one wants to spend time and energy pouring themselves into a relationship only finding out it’s built on a foundation of lies.
We need to be upfront with each other in the beginning, creating boundaries to protect our hearts.
Within any type of relationship, honesty needs to be
a priority and an expectation for both parties.
Lying is intent to deceive and a conscious choice. It’s wrong, deceptive, misleading and cowardly. We need to possess the characteristics of the person we want to be in relationship with. We attract what we model. There are no guidelines for when and how to be honest; always be honest. This kind of character includes risk and a willingness to fail as we give ourselves over with vulnerability. We get back from our relationships, what we put into them. Honesty is beneficial and worth the effort.
“ 5 Ways Honesty Can Save Your Relationships ”
1. Honesty creates a sense of security and emotional bonding. This brings people closer together creating a safe connection.
2. Honesty helps build and recognize compatibility. This shows you genuinely care about the other person and you respect yourself.
3. Honesty provides happiness and fulfillment in the relationship. This enables you to break free from any fear and allows for authenticity.
4. Honesty proves maturity and self-acceptance. This demonstrates self respect and respect for others that can evolve into a loving relationship and set a good example for others.
5. Honesty will keep you out of trouble and stressful situations. This will keep you from fearing anticipated consequences from something that wasn't necessary in the first place.
There is no way to “fool proof” any relationship. But you can respect yourself and others, always tell the truth and never be a fool.
Honesty reaps reward and creates personal connections
upholding honor and commitment.
"Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds." ( Colossians 3:9 )
I’m not too prideful to admit I have a problem making decisions and worrying about their outcome. I can be indecisive, weary or cautious because I want to do what’s right and what God wants for me and my family. I can also be selfish because I want to suite my own schedule, needs and feelings.
I’m easily frustrated and unsettled when I can’t decide what to do. Indecisiveness creates confusion and clouds my ability to feel God’s peace and direction, even during times of prayer. When the right decision isn’t clear, I feel tortured attempting a logical thought process because I’m more of a “feeler”. Therefore, weighing the pros and cons doesn’t create a clear answer to my dilemma; it adds more stress to my mind with additional possibilities of consequences to wrong choices.
What I’m learning through the decision making process is I can prepare myself to do what’s right; BEFORE I come to dilemmas. I can “pre-decide” to choose wisely. I can create a mindset that no matter what, I’m going to stay in prayer, not worry, do my best to remain calm and trust God as I strive daily to be more “Christ-like”.
Unexpected circumstances in life simply occur. Life is creatively designed by God Himself and I can’t be so naive to believe everything I plan will go my way. I need to submit and surrender to God, drawing close to Him. I pray for God’s peace to encompass and embrace me while trusting Him to give clear direction. I choose to trust that God will work everything out for His good because I believe His word. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)
When making a decision; prayer is essential. God knows my heart, motives and intentions. I can ask God to make things right, even if I choose wrong. He can do anything! Prayer also proves that listening "For" God's voice is just as important as listening "To" God's voice. He speaks to me in unexpected ways deep into my spirit. Prayer also helps defeat the enemy and his plans to thwart me; as he knows just what to throw at me to produce confusion and indecisiveness. Therefore, after I make a decision I’m learning to stand firm in it, pray and trust God. Then I “Give all my worries and cares to God, for he cares about me.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Patiently waiting on God is a mindset and an attitude of the heart. It entails trusting in God's timing; and understanding that He wants the BEST for me.
I'm joyful and gracious that my God is always watching out for me. When I surrender all to Him, He has His way in my life and that works much better than doing it alone or my own way. We never see things as God does and that's because we measure and perceive with our own human understanding; yet God knows the ULTIMATE truth of every reality.
Dear God, open the eyes of my heart and let my Spirit know truth that my soul will act upon. Speak life into me and guide me in all I do. May every decision I make glorify you. Amen
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I'm mentally exhausted. Trying to do too much and feeling unsatisfied with everything I do. I’m discontent and wanting more from life; while not seeing the results from all my hard work! What does that tell you?
It tells me that I need some down time from DOING; and more time with God!
Negative emotions create insecurity in me; igniting a yearning to be more successful in writing and reaching more people. Ironically, while feeling burned out and empty; I believe DOING more will fulfill me.
Doing more would be a TEMPORARY fix to my internal chaos; but I can’t even do that right now. I’m sitting at my computer unhappy with writers block! How can I produce work this way? How will I reach people with words if I have nothing to say?
Now I’m even more stressed out. But wait; I know what to do because I’ve been in this place before. I’ve felt like this before. And now I remember what worked. Making time for God, prayer, reading the Word, putting things away and acknowledging the World won’t fall apart if I don’t write a tweet, create a post or deliver a new article.The World doesn’t rely on me for their needs; that’s not my job! It’s Gods!
My calling, work, gifts and skills don't define me or declare my worth. Although, I receive gratification when people read what I write, buy my books, send emails and appreciate me; obtaining recognition should not be my ultimate goal. Receiving praise shouldn't boost my ego; and taking on the world solo, doesn’t work! Jesus already died to save the World and he knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t need me; he chooses to use me to make a difference!
When I know and remember who I am in Christ; I can think and act in a confident, assertive and positive manner. When I release all control into God’s hands; I can experience his perfect peace, live in freedom and trust he has my best interest at heart and will take care of me.
Here's the HEART of this Trial;
When we know and understand God's love, we can live in a peace and contentment that is by far the most compelling motivator of all! We need to recognize the necessity and importance of sitting quietly and basking in the presence of God and his love!
Nothing we do or don’t do will change God’s love for us. He loves us just the same yesterday, today and always!
We need time alone to be refreshed and renewed. Quiet time to talk to God and listen to his voice.
We need to shut things off and put our focus on our marriages, kids and relationships.
We need to take a shower, go for a walk and just stop doing something all the time.
We are humans with limitations and it's important we learn and accept we all have them.
It's okay to breath. It's okay to live, having fun and enjoying life without feeling the need to prove ourselves constantly.
God understands more than we know!
Just Breath; Just Be! It's okay!
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
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