Tag: grace

The Struggle of Infertility is REAL but So Is His Grace–Don’t Give Up!

The struggle of infertility may seem insurmountable but God’s grace is bigger AND more powerful. Here’s help so you don’t give up.

Many times during infertility, you feel like you’re about to fall apart (usually monthly). There is probably no one else in your life who truly understands what you’re going through, so talking to others about it can be difficult, unproductive, and very frustrating. That frustration can make you choose to just suffer silently. THAT is not a good choice! When you’re trying to hold all that emotion inside of you, it’s only a matter of time before you start to feel like you’ll explode. That explosion is sometimes expressed in anger, self-pity, sadness, bitterness, self-condemnation, depression, and many other destructive ways.

BUT, there is One who can help!

The struggle of infertility is NOT too big for Jesus.

In the midst of the all the pain and asking, “Why me?”, Jesus is the One who is capable of understanding this situation and helping you to get through it without falling apart. Colossians 1:17 [NIV] says, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. ” His love and grace are available everyday to comfort and guide you through the struggle so the negative emotions don’t overtake you and make you feel like everything is falling apart.

Look to Him today and on a daily basis. Trust His hands to hold you and to keep things in your life held together.

Let Him hold your whole world in His hands.

You can find more encouragement, comfort, and peace in my book, A Seed of Hope: God’s Promise of Fertility.

In the struggle of infertility He holds your world in His hands
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Sticky Note Thought #4 – Anxiety

Anxiety is no joke.

When it rears its ugly head, its mission is to distract you from enjoying life. As those anxious moments strike, the best cure is the distraction of gratitude.

By concentrating on the good things in your life that you are thankful for, it eases the effect of anxiety and brings peace to your mind.

Be grateful, no matter what you’re going through. If nothing else, you can always thank God for being right there with you (Hebrews 13:5).

 

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Focus Friday – Grace Rules

Focus on this scripture about grace throughout the day.

It’s God’s Word showing how grace, and not self-condemnation, should rule in your life. It’s what He desires us to believe. Believe it is true for you because God’s Word is Truth.

Use it as an affirmation. Speak this Word to yourself throughout the day. Personalize it by putting your name in it!

Grace Rules

Focus Friday – Receive The Gift to Reign

 Focus on this scripture throughout the day.

 It’s about God’s gift to you– HIS righteousness, not that born of your own efforts– that causes you to reign in life

It’s what He desires you to believe. Believe it is true for you because God’s Word is Truth.  Speak this Word to yourself throughout the day.

 

Focus Friday - Gift of Righteousness

SPEAK UP and Tell Hell NO!

Faith Speaks
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Most people find it easy to say “Hell No”. It slips off the tongue without even thinking about it. But there’s a time when saying “Hell No” is not cursing/cussing. It’s the time when you need to get the minions of Hell off your back and repudiate their authority within your circumstances.

I’ve learned the importance of feeling comfortable/bold to tell someone, “No.” If I don’t say “No” to the things I don’t want or to the things that could unnecessarily consume a lot of my time and energy, I get frustrated, stressed, and regretful that I ever allowed the “thing” into my life. I’ve learned it’s okay to say, “No.” That one little word is a complete sentence— it does not require an explanation to follow it.

Learning to tell Hell “No” is crucially important. The best way to do so is by using the Word of God to frame your responses to the things Hell sends your way. Anything that Hell sends is of the Curse. Those things are not what God wants for us to experience. Jesus died to redeem us from the Curse so that we could have a life filled with God’s good and perfect gifts. This means that He freed believers from the punishments and dominion of the Mosaic Law (curse) at the price of his vicarious death. He suffered in our place. He satisfied the requirement of our eternal death so that we wouldn’t have to. Because of Him, we are free to live in the abundance of God’s grace. Grace is God’s favor; it’s His goodwill, blessing, and preferential treatment toward us.

Which category do you think infertility, sickness, disease, poverty, dysfunctional relationships, etc., would fall in— Grace or Curse?

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How would you frame your response of “No” to those thoughts and circumstances that Hell sends your way? Jesus gave us the best examples of how to do it. His reply to Satan’s tactics always incorporated what God had spoken through His written words (Matthew 4:4-10). Jesus also gave instruction to not remain silent in the midst of trying times. He said that we are to speak to the mountain (Mark 11:23). The “mountain” is that thing that has raised its ugly head from the pit of Hell and is attempting to sabotage or block God’s good plan for our lives.

Speak up and tell Hell, “No!” Speak up using the Word of God and your praises to Him to silence the enemy and make him impotent in your life (Psalm 8:2).

After all, if you don’t do it, who will?

Monday’s Marinade – Wisdom

Monday’s Marinade is provided to you as a means of “soaking yourself” in the hope-filled Word of God at the beginning of your week. Start your week by meditating on this Word about how He has gifted you with wisdom. Repeatedly think about it and quietly say it to yourself.  Marinate and season your week with hope and a confident expectation of good things happening!

Here’s your spiritual marinade for this week:

Monday's Marinade Eph 1-8

Yeah…What HE Said

Proverbs 4-20

Do you know the power of your words?

Do you know the power of God’s words?

They can be one in the same, IF you’re saying what God said about your circumstances in His Word, the Bible.

Our words have the creative power of death and life (Proverbs 18:21). We get to choose whether they will be words of blessing or of cursing (Deuteronomy 30:19; James 3:10).

May I suggest that everyday, you choose to speak words of life and blessing? You may be thinking, “OK, but HOW do I do that?”

Find scriptures that promise what you need and then continually speak them, meditate on them, visualize yourself enjoying those promises of what you need  or desire. Then you’ll be automatically speaking life and blessing because that’s all that God’s Word contains (John 6:63).

So no matter what your challenge is, whether it’s infertility, marital issues, finances, health, etc., remember to believe and say what God has said about it.

Yeah…what He said.

14 Days of Love – Day 14

Valentines w:frameI hope you know that you are loved and will continue to immerse yourself in the depths of God’s tender love. It’s only by His grace that we have the privilege of tapping into His love which provides everything we need in life.

Have you enjoyed the encouragement for the last 14 days about how God loves YOU?

Did you pick up your gift, in celebration of my birthday? It’s not too late to do so. Get it at http://wp.me/p1xaMu-D5.

Here’s the last note for this series about the deep,unfailing, and eternal love of God. Enjoy.

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A Gift for You

A Gift for You
A Gift for You

“…please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand.”

Genesis 33:10 NKJV

In this season of giving, a time when we reflect more on the gift of a Savior sent for the entire world, I want to offer a simple gift to you.

If you are one of the first five people to  respond to this post, I’d be glad to send one of these small ornaments as a gift to you. After you hang it on your Christmas tree, you can repurpose it when the holidays are over and hang it on a bulletin board at home or work, or put a magnet on the back of it and put it on your refrigerator. It can be a tangible reminder to have hope, to use your imagination as you visualize any blessings to come your way, to enjoy life, and to live in God’s matchless and free grace.

Simply fill out the form below to let me know that you’d like to receive the gift. I’ll contact you via email to arrange for delivery at no cost to you.

Remember, the first 5 to respond will receive!

Be blessed as you focus on “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

Trust God

trust in JesusI was listening to Nicole C. Mullen sing an old hymn this past weekend. The title was “Tis So Sweet.” Many times, the lyrics of hymns like this one become so familiar that we don’t really pay attention to the words and their meaning.

This song struck me this morning, reassuring  me that trusting what God has said is key in enjoying the benefits of His grace. His words are containers for His grace. His words are a life-giving source.  His words are a reflection of His loving character. 

Trusting the stability and effectiveness what God has said allows us to experience His grace.  I want more of His grace exhibited in my life and in the lives of those I love. So I choose to trust His words and thereby trust His character and love for me.

Below is a video with the lyrics to this hymn. I hope the words bless you and assist you experiencing the sweetness of trusting in God’s love for you.

How do you encourage yourself to trust God for the things you desire? Do you use His Word to increase your confidence in Him?