Thursday, July 25, 2019

Posture of Prayer


Friends, I got schooled this week by God. And I needed it.

The other day I was on my knees lamenting to God over a list of things I've been praying about where I have yet to see movement of any kind--well, unless you count backwards movement. I reminded him of the verses in HIS word that said we need to ask--in some places he even encourages us to be persistent! You find this message in many forms throughout the Bible, and so there I sat, reminding him that I was, once again, asking only to see no results. And as my lamenting went on he stopped me with these simple words:

Child, you haven't been asking for these things, you've been whining about them. Whining is not the same as asking.

Oh, boy. I nearly got offended. Nearly. Except, he was right! 

Friends, there is absolutely nothing wrong with crying out to God about issues that plague us or areas where life seems stagnant and we know that we know that we know that God can move in them. However, we cannot get stuck there! We cannot turn our times of prayer into times of whining. That stops our battle in its tracks! We need to be actively seeking him in the midst of our situation even when it seems our situation has stalled out. Whining will get us nowhere, but James 5:16 says that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Bemoaning something isn't effective, but asking, seeking, and calling out to God (which is what he tells us to do!) moves him on our behalf. We shake the heavenlies with our prayers and that shifts to right here on earth.

Today I'm challenging you to look at the posture of prayer you've taken lately. Could it be that you're whining more than your asking? I admit, I was. But that stops today.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Fighting Defeat


Friends, today is one of those days where I want to throw the towel in. Defeat isn’t just a whisper in my ear, it’s a shout in my face, telling me to give up on dreams, friendships, hopes, plans...everything that just doesn’t seem to be working in this moment.

This. This, my friends, is why we need to know the word of God. It’s never an “if” days like this come, it’s “when” they come. What will we use in battle if not the Word? God’s truths, his promises, his very word are our weapons—and they are undefeatable. 
Things like—No weapon formed against us shall prevail. Isaiah 54:17

He KNOWS the plans he has for us and they are to prosper us...to give us a HOPE and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

All his promises are a yes. 2 Cor. 1:20

He came to give us abundant life. John 10:10

He uses ALL things for his good. Romans 8:28

He loves us so much that he rejoices over us with singing:) Zeph. 3:17


What are some of the verses you use when fighting defeat?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

More of Him


Friends, we will never be all we want to be until we align that pursuit with who God created us to be. Until we take our eyes off of our earthly hopes and focus on his heavenly ones for us, we will constantly fall short and be left wanting for more.

More success
More weight loss
More beauty
More friends
More love
More...

When ultimately the ONLY thing we need more of is him.

His peace
His perspective
His strength
His approval
His direction
His love

Then, and only then, will we finally become all we were meant to be.

His daughter in whom he loves and is well pleased.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Not Alone


Solitude: a lonely place, the state of being alone.
Lately this has so been on my heart. Watching my girls or the women around me try and navigate friendships—myself included—has brought one word to mind over and over...lonely.
Friends, the enemy wants to rewrite our truth. Through silent phones, busy friends, unreturned texts, or even the perception via social media that we’re “left out”, our enemy wants us to believe we are alone.
And, oh, I’m not minimizing the fact that sometimes people do leave us out. Sometimes our lives are silent. Sometimes loneliness does settle in—but we are NEVER alone. God is always, always, always there.
I’m praying for those facing loneliness today. That God makes himself known to you. And I’m challenging all of us to reach out to someone today with a smile, a text, or a phone call. Sometimes the smallest action can change someone’s entire day.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

10 Weeks of Romance Giveaway!

Welcome to WEEK 3 of the 10 Weeks of Romance Giveaways!

Ten of some of the best authors in the inspirational and sweet romance genres are hosting a 10 Weeks of Romance Giveaway to celebrate their new Resort to Romance series! 

Here’s the series premise:

It’s Matchmaking Week at an all-inclusive resort on a private island in the Bahamas. Each guest has been expertly paired and is here to enjoy one full week with their match. While there’s no money-back guarantee on the paid trip, the participants are guaranteed to find love!

Each week beginning Tuesday, February 19ththrough the week of Tuesday, May 7th, a new book by a new author in the series will release, and you have the chance to win one, some, or the grand prize which includes all ten novellas plus a $150 Amazon gift card!




Here’s how it works: Register at the rafflecopter below. We’ll randomly select a winner each Tuesday. And the great thing about this giveaway is the books build with every author’s new release! That means your entries roll over each week all the way up the GRAND PRIZE.


This week’s prize includes an ebook copy of:
A Meddled Match by Jill Kemerer
A Messed-Up Match by Jessica R. Patch
and
Met Her Match by ME!

Two old friends. One unexpected reunion.

Parasailing captain Pemberley Truitt has almost grasped a sense of home after two years in the Bahamas. While she misses her family, she’s never felt like she fits in; especially when it comes to TruLove, their family’s matchmaking business. When her brother calls and begs her help with the now struggling company, she’s happy to oblige and obtain the chance to find her place with them. But then she discovers she’ll have to work with Tobias Bradshaw. The last time she saw him, he broke her heart.

Tobias Bradshaw is ready for his love life to be as successful as his winning record in the courtroom. Which is why he agrees to his friend’s two-fold plea: professionally research Joy Island’s matchmaking service and personally be matched himself. No objections there. Until Pemberley Truitt crosses his path again, and she looks about as happy to see him as someone chosen for jury duty. It’s fine. He’s faced hostile witnesses before. Except he soon realizes he wants more than a temporary working relationship. He’s taken on difficult opposition in court before, but this time he’ll need more than a persuasive argument if he hopes to win Pem’s heart.


Be sure to stop by Kristina Knight's blog next Tuesday to see what book is being added to the giveaway.


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