Overcome Discouragement In 4 Steps & Tune In Thursday Linkup #4

Overcome Discouragement In 4 Steps & Tune In Thursday Linkup #4

Tweet I watched the screen, excited for the young girl headed out into the open waters of the ocean, on the adventure of her life.  She was full of dreams, and passion.  Nothing could hold her back now, or so she thought.  She had almost made it passed the barrier reef that the waves crashed upon, when she was suddenly blindsided and overtaken by a wave.   The wave pushed her down toward the ocean floor and she was all turned around. Which way was up toward the surface?  With every second, my heart beat faster as she struggled to get to the surface to gasp for air.   Only to then be tossed and turned and pummeled by wave after wave.  Nothing she did seemed to help, until all of sudden she broke free and seemed to be able to gain her bearing and swim to shallower water where she gained her footing and breathed.  Deep, gasping, cleansing breathes, just happy to be able to breathe without being pushed around, forced under, or wondering which direction was up.   I sat there on the edge of the couch, feeling what this character on the TV screen was feeling.  It was as if I was right there in the water with her.  Gasping for air.     Have you ever felt like you were drowning in the activities of life?   As I sat staring ahead in quiet contemplation, at the scene I had just watched. I tried to calm my racing heart, no words to say, just BIG …. Deep …. breaths.   Lately life has been tossing,...
Tug Of War Vlog #30 Lessons from the Lake

Tug Of War Vlog #30 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Have you ever felt like you were in a spiritual tug of war with the enemy? I sure have.  In fact, life’s circumstances these last few weeks have resembled this very picture I share on today’s video blog below. When I recorded this video, it was well in advance of the last two weeks.  I didn’t anticipate or think I was on a verge of being in a spiritual battle.  But God!  God is so good, that He knew in advance, exactly what I needed, and He made sure I had this encouraging picture to hold on to. We are already Victorious, becasue Jesus was Victorious!Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Sometimes, it feels like we are getting pulled over the line and we are about to lose, yet, the Word of God promises as we call upon the name of Jesus, He will come.  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 ESV) Jesus has already won the victory and when we are on His side, we win too. We are victorious. He is our Rock and Our Salvation.  He is our ever present help in time of need. “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? (2 Samuel 22:32 ESV).   God is our refuge and strength,     a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,     though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam,     though the mountains tremble at its...
Got Peace ? & Tune In Thursday Linkup #3

Got Peace ? & Tune In Thursday Linkup #3

Tweet What is real peace?    What does peace make you think of? How would you describe peace?     What does peace look like to you? Okay, do you have a response to what peace looks like to you? Maybe it’s a mental picture, a word, or a series of words you would use to describe peace. Maybe this picture would describe your definition or real peace? Or maybe this one?     In case you missed this Tuesday’s video blog Lessons from the Lake, I also discuss peace and it’s unique definition.  Check it out here by clicking on the picture below: The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom, which basically means, wholeness and well-being in all areas of life. The Shalom Peace of God speaks of destroying the authority attached to chaos! Did you catch that? I almost missed it and brushed past it all these years, until recently when talking with a friend.  We were talking about peace, because I was researching it for a sermon on the fruit of the spirit – Peace. As we were talking she said, “Peace isn’t peaceful at all. It’s an offensive attack against the enemy!” The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 (NIV) I have learned that my peace, is directly proportionate to my trust. Peace comes from knowing God is in control. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You! (Isaiah 26:3NLT) Peace is directly proportionate to your trust.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This I know, it is easier said than...
Where’s your Peace? VLog #29 Lessons from the Lake

Where’s your Peace? VLog #29 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet   The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace ….. (Galatians 5:22) Have you noticed that there seems to be a lot of chaos in the world today? Peace seems like a cliche, the utopian idea that everyone longs for, and hopes will occur throughout world.. World Peace!  Yet no one really believes we will ever experience or see it in this lifetime. (Not until Jesus returns that is). So what exactly is peace? Where does peace come from?  Is peace even possible?  What exactly does it mean to have peace? Find out today on this weeks video blog edition of Lesson from the Lake. Peace = Taking Authority over the Chaos.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Peace isn’t really peaceful at all. It’s an aggressive overthrowing and an overtaking of those external pressures surrounding us. It is standing up and in the authority that God has delegated to us, and aggressively overthrowing and overtaking the situations and circumstances that are coming at us from all directions. It is HIS power in us, which gives us authority over the chaos around us. Peace is standing UP & IN the authority given to us as believers.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Shalom Peace of God is ours – take our authority …. over the chaos External pressures will continue.  However, just as Jesus was able to sleep in the boat while it was tossed to and fro in the storm, so shall we be able to come to peace inside ourselves and look to Jesus. External pressures are all around, YET, we must exhibit Peace.Powered By...
Hello My Name Is & Tune In Thursday Linkup #2

Hello My Name Is & Tune In Thursday Linkup #2

Tweet Welcome to this week’s Tune in Thursday! (linkup below) Hello My Name Is . . . This week has been a rough one for me.  Sunday afternoon, my husband and I were notified that the previous pastor of our church had suddenly passed away.  We were in shock.  We knew he was sick, but the last time we had contact, he was holding his own.  Pastor Jerry had been our friend for 15+ years and our pastor for a little over 7 years before he passed the baton of leadership to my husband and me.  Pastor Jerry, was a true pastor, he loved people, and he was a gifted teacher.  This week as I am writing this post, everything keeps reminding me of him.  Pastor Jerry had a way of making the people in the Bible come alive. He fondly referred to Blind Bartimaeus as Blind Bart.  So today, in honor of Pastor Jerry, I will do the same. Tuesday on the video blog I asked this question:  Is your mantle on? If you missed it you can watch it by clicking on the picture: I realized some may not even know what a mantle is or what it is referring too. In some translations of the Bible, instead of the word mantle, the word “cloak” or “robe” is used. Simply, it means a large, loose fitting garment or covering possibly made of animal skin. In truth a mantle is an article of clothing that was worn in Biblical times that identified a person, or their station in life.  Such as Prophets, Pharisees, and even Blind Bartimeas in...