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Overcoming the Mountain

Today’s post is not deep theology. It is a simple reminder of the strength we can find when we are in the word of God.

Sometimes the mountain in front of us can feel overwhelming. With God we can find the strength to keep moving forward. If you find yourself with what feels like an impossible mountain to overcome, hold on to the truth of the word of God and keep pressing forward.  Psalm 18 is one of my favorite Psalms and it is the perfect scripture to turn to when you need strength to scale what is in front of you. 

“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way”. Psalm 18:32-34
 
Have faith and trust God to give you the strength you need to get to the next mountain top. Lastly, don’t forget the power of prayer and the power in praying scripture.  If there is a mountain in front of you, this prayer is for you and it is taken from Psalm 18.  
 
Abba Father, Today I pray that you give my brother/sister strength and keep his/her way secure. Make his/her feet like a deer so that he/she can stand on new heights. Lord be his/her shield and may your right hand sustain him/her. Father, provide him/her with a broad path so that his/her ankles do not give way as he/she overcomes this mountain with you by his/her side.  In Jesus’s name, Amen.  
 
Today I hope you take a moment to read all of Psalms 18 and let the truth of God’s word fill you with strength.  Here is the link to Psalm 18 but I hope you choose to open your bible instead of reading it online. There is something so special about the feel of the Bible in your hands. 
Keep pressing forward and have a Simply Blessed day.
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Comfortably Numb

I woke up with the words “comfortably numb” on my mind and it reminded me of the song by Pink Floyd.  Comfortably numb…hmm…have
I become comfortably numb? Have you become comfortably numb?  As the day went on, those two words continued to roll around in my head like the clothes being tossed to and fro in my dryer.  I was sure God was trying to show me something that needed to be shared with others.

The next morning at 4 a.m., I am wide-awake because I am still hearing the words “comfortably numb”.  As I lay in bed I say, “Okay God, I hear You, You have my attention. What are you trying to show me?” Any thought of staying in my warm bed was gone at that point.

Snuggled in my warm bathrobe with a cup of coffee, I sat down and got to work trying to understand what God was showing me. Thank goodness for Google because at 4 a.m. I was not ready to go looking for a dictionary. I looked up the definition of “numb” and its synonyms.

Numb when used as a verb means to “deprive of feeling or responsiveness”.  Some of the synonyms for numb are: apathetic, indifferent, callous, detached, aloof, disinterested, insensible, unconcerned, and unfeeling.

Ouch! The definition of “numb” should be enough to get our attention and the synonyms ought to pierce our hearts.  Have we as Christians become numb to the needs around us?  Have we become apathetic, indifferent, callous, detached, aloof, disinterested, insensible, unconcerned, and unfeeling towards those lost in the darkness?  Are we so “comfortably numb” that the depravity of this world no longer bothers us? Is it possible that we can make a difference?

In Ezekiel 22:30, God is looking for intercessors, people who will stand in the gap.

“I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone.” (MSG)

God couldn’t find anyone. Not one priest, not one prophet, not one prince, and not even one person who was willing to intercede in prayer.  Today God is still looking for prayer warriors who will stand in the gap. He is looking for those who have not become comfortably numb to the needs of those in their community and the world.

One person can make a difference with their prayers. Will you answer God’s call in Ezekiel 22 and pray for the lost. Can we join in prayer against the wickedness of this world?  Will you pray for our leaders and will you pray against the division in this country? Lets ask God to burden our hearts for the needs of this world so that we never become “comfortably numb”.

What was Pink Floyd singing about in their song, “Comfortably Numb”?  Some say it was drugs. Roger Waters who wrote it said it was not.  I really don’t think it matters.  What matters is that God is creative and he can use any means to reveal his message to us.  Let the opening lyrics of the song play in your head and listen closely for what God has to say to you.  They seem to go perfectly with Ezekiel 22.

Hello? Hello? Hello?

Is there anybody in there? (Or in this case, “out there”?)

Just nod if you can hear me.

God is looking for someone to answer the call to intercede in prayer for this world. Is that you?  Just nod if you can hear Him.

Until next time, may you be Simply Blessed.

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Don’t Go Through Life Naked…By Susan Mead

There is a culprit…

And he comes to steal, kill and destroy each one of us, yet many of you are totally unaware of him, his timing, tactics and tendencies to take you out when you are down. It is time to take him out of your life.

In today’s world, where a generation – or two – is more absorbed and intrigued by the paranormal than the supernatural power of God, it is harder than ever for us to realize – or communicate – there is a culprit with an agenda to steal, kill and destroy us. Yes, all of us.

How can this be, you ask? We pray to God when we remember, if we remember, or dare I ask, if we even know to pray to the God of all creation?

For many of you have unwittingly created a standing invitation to the enemy with wide-open access points. Like open doors to your homes, there are open doors to your souls.

Here’s the deal. The enemy loves an open invitation to step into your life, wreaking havoc. And the one who enters may be that sneaking thief, that serial killer, or that defiant destroyer of old – with a legion of foul fiends – laughing at the easiness with which they distract, deceive and destroy you…and others you dearly love.

When was the last time you heard prayer for protection on the playground, at the ballpark, over the speaker at school, on TV, or in the halls of justice? When was the last time you EXPECTED an answer, an immediate answer, to the prayer, if you heard one prayed?

Yet there is a book that answers your growing desire to be shielded from the enemy of your life. The very best book is the Bible – the very Word of God, yet Don’t Go through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power focuses on scripture with new insight and revelation that is easy to implement.

Don’t Go through Life Naked has been designed to help you resolve your daily battleground questions and help you equip or re-equip your war room with powerful prayer strategies and tactics. This book is for people who feel overwhelmed, outwitted and under resourced for the good fight of faith. Your faith is there – yet so is the enemy! And he’s gotta go…

Remember, Jesus himself tells us in Revelation 16:15, “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”

Are you ready?

About Susan B. Mead:

With over 22 years in corporate American, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelf, an MBA and a Certificate of Ordination hanging on the wall, as well as a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan B Mead shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships. A master storyteller and award winning, best selling author, Susan leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle.

Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.

Connect with Susan on her website at SusanBMead.com where she writes each Friday, on Facebook and Twitter where she posts daily inspiration or on Amazon where her award-winning book, Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace and her newest book, Don’t Go Through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power, is available.

Are you looking for a free mini-course to deepen your faith? Text DanceWithJesus (all one word) to 444-999, then reply with your email to receive 6 days of Biblical encouragement.

 

A heartfelt thank you to Susan for sharing with us today.  To order her books simply click on the book titles above. Have a Simply Blessed day.

 

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 5

Today we bring our study of prayer what Jesus has to teach us about prayer to a close. In John 17: verses 9 and 15 Jesus demonstrates the importance of intercessory prayer when he says, “I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. In verse 15 He prays, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one”. Just as Jesus intercedes in prayer for us, we need to follow His example and intercede for others.

If we read on in John 17 Jesus continues to pray for all believers. I am going to give you some homework. Sometime this week I would love for you all to open your bibles and read all of John chapter 17. It is only 26 verses but it is a beautiful look into the prayers of Jesus.

Right up to the very end of his life Jesus demonstrates prayer to us. While on the cross, Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. In my opinion those 12 words are the most powerful prayer ever spoken. In his last moments of life Jesus prays for those who have nailed him to the cross. Father forgive them is a petition. He could have prayed father consume them for what they have done but instead he intercedes for his transgressors. The last part of Isa 53:12 foretold of Christ’s prayer of intercession. “Yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors

Jesus Prayed often, He prayed for others with prayers of intercession. He is sitting at the right hand of the father interceding for us now. He prayed alone, he prayed with others, He prayed the long marathon kind of prayers. He prayed right up to the end of his life. Jesus prayed and so should we. To read the other 4 days just scroll down in the blog.

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Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light-hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

 

 

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 4

Welcome back to our 4th week of prayer and what Jesus has to say about it. Last week we looked at Mark 9. Jesus showed us how we need prayer and that we need to rely on God not on our own strength. Besides reminding us how much we need to rely on God, prayer also recharges us when we are running on empty. Prayers give us hope at the end of our rope.

My husband said this to me about prayer. He said, “Prayer allows you to tie a knot in the end of that rope so that we can keep hanging on”. Prayers give us strength when we are weak, wisdom when we are not sure what to do and, comfort in the hardest times.

In Luke 6:12, Jesus prays the whole night and like Jesus there will be times that our prayers will require long periods of time. My husband and I have a prayer closet and there have been times that we have spent hours contending for things in our little room.

Jesus talks about going into your room and closing the door to pray in Matthew 6:6. Now not everyone has a prayer closet and that is fine. What Jesus is teaching us is that he doesn’t want us to make a public spectacle of ourselves. Standing on a corner praying for all to hear puts the focus on us and not on God. Now I understand that there will be times when you do pray in public. Jesus doesn’t want our prayers to be a “look at me, I am praying for all of you to see” kind of thing.

Also, we can look to Jesus as our example of how much we should pray. Luke 5:16 says “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”. Notice it says OFTEN. It doesn’t say occasionally. Just like Jesus prayed often so should we.

This week pleases take some time to sit quietly with Jesus. Go to a place where you can close the door and step away from all distraction and all people. Spill your heart to the Lord. God loves you and he hears every prayer. I look forward to one more week with you on the subject of prayer.

Have a “Simply Blessed” day.

For more of my heartfelt ramblings pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light-hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 2

Hello and welcome back to the Prayer and WWJD series.

Mark 14:32 says, “They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray””

Jesus prayed for all kinds of things and if the Son of God needs to pray than how much more do we? There are so many examples of how Jesus prayed throughout the bible but I can’t cover them all…today let’s look at two things Jesus teaches us about prayer.

We see that in Mark 14:32 that I shared with you at the beginning of this lesson that Jesus knew the importance of praying along. He told his disciple to “sit here while I pray”.  In Luke 9:28 Jesus took Peter and John with him to pray. By praying with Peter and John, He also demonstrates the importance of praying with others. Just as Jesus prayed alone and prayed with others, so should we. Having people to pray with is so important. God never intended for us to go it alone so please make sure to have a few people who you can turn to for prayer when you need it and always be willing to pray for them when they need it.

Second, in Matthew 19:14-15 Jesus asks that the children come to him so that he can lay hands on them and pray. As a parent I cannot stress enough the importance of praying for your children. I have prayed since my children were little for their spouses. God answered my prayers for my son and he has an amazing wife. I continue to pray for my daughter to find the perfect someone in God’s perfect timing.

As the body of Christ we should pray for all the children. We can stand in the gap with intercessory prayer for the lost and broken youth of our communities.

This week if you don’t have a prayer partner or two, please ask a friend who knows the Lord and who you can trust to keep your prayers private to be your prayer partner. Also take some time to pray for the children in your family, your church and your community. Until next week ladies, may the joy of the Lord fill you to overflowing.

For more of my heartfelt ramblings pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

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Keep Your Eyes on Him

I hope that your day is off to a fantastic start. I pray that in all you do keep your eyes, mind, and heart on the Lord. You can count on Him to go before you through the valleys and to the mountain top moments. You just need to stay focused on Him. Proverbs 4:25-27 is the perfect reminder of this…

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

Just like we keep our eyes on the road when we drive, we also need to keep our eyes on God for direction.

Today my payer is this.

Father God, Today I pray that you will remove the distractions from in front of us so that all we see is you. Guide us and keep us from evil. Bring us from glory to glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Change Your Perspective.

I love to take pictures of my daisies.

While photographing them, I felt drawn to look at some the daisies from another angle. The simple beauty of the daisies stretching towards the setting sun spoke to my heart. The word “perspective” rolled around in my head as I looked at the picture I had taken.

Perspective…what you see depends not only on what you look at, but also, on where you look from. -Author unknown.

Sometimes we need to change our perspective to see things more clearly. To change your perspective…”set your mind on things above and not on things that are on earth” Colossians 3:2. In other-words, set your eyes on God.

If you find yourself looking at things through the eyes of the world change your perspective and look at things through God‘s eyes.

Father God, I pray that you would give each one of us a new perspective where it is needed.  Help us to see things as you see them.  Help us to see the beauty in the hardest trials. Father, help us to always keep our eyes and our minds focused on you, not on what the world wants us to see. In the name of Jesus, Amen. 

Have a “Simply Blessed” day.

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The gift that will not fade …

10665930_10152750701973749_4060286779736131217_nGuest Post by Joe Duenich

What is the gift that will not fade?

My two daughters are grown and experiencing their very own adventure of life. While my wife and I are excited about being empty nesters and watching them blossom, it is kind of sad. We miss taking care of them and seeing them each and every day. But in the eternal scheme of things, not seeing them for days, weeks, or even months apart is really nothing. The day is coming when I who entered this world at one point will face eternity. That day is also coming for my kids…yours too. Our sons and daughters will hear from a just and holy, loving God about an eternal destiny. The thought of missing one of my kids in eternity is just unbearable for me.

So, if you’re a parent, I’m telling you, do whatever you need to do. Talk to your kids about their faith and about their futures and about God. And if it’s awkward or hard or embarrassing or you feel like you don’t have all the answers, talk to them anyway! You’re the parent. In addition to talking to them, allow them to see into your heart and your own walk with God. Teach them through your example. Be a great role model.

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It took a lot for this UW husky fan had within her to post this photo of WSU fans on her page.

Role modeling is one of the best ways to reach our kids. What is the example that we are to use to have our kids model after? Here’s an idea from Ephesians 5:1-4. “Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.”

This is not an exhaustive list but what a powerful place to start. Paul is encouraging us to imitate God…in other words, let your kids see you acting like Jesus by walking in love! Model purity…they need to see this from us as parents because they are hard pressed to see it from anyone else. And our mouths…the words that come out of our mouth have immense power to give life or death. We should choose words wisely around our children.

Lastly, make the commitment to pray for your kids every day. We live in a world where parents think so much about parenting and work hard to give so many gifts to their kids that are going to fade. There’s only one gift we can give to our kids that will never fade, and that will last for all eternity, so give it. Give it the best you can!

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