Forget Not His Benefits…

Hello Beneficiary,

The world probably thinks you are strange, holding onto, clinging onto-Someone you can’t see. Maybe even you feel strange every once in a while-believing in the promises of the One who you cannot see. The world’s rewards may look tempting but you have the best benefits this world cannot offer. Your inheritance is greater than this world can ever perceive. Beautiful beneficiary: your reward is not here, it awaits you in Heaven.

The benefits were experience in Christ cannot compare to the riches of this world. With God, through Jesus Christ, we have:

Peace. Joy. Love. Hope. Comfort. Protection. Safety. Power. A sound mind. Patience. Self-Control. Gentleness. Security. Wisdom. Knowledge. Freedom. Restoration. Redemption. Salvation. And the list goes on!

May we wear the benefits of Christ. May we exude the benefits of God through Jesus Christ. May our lives exemplify the benefits of Jesus Christ.

We cannot forget the good things the Lord has done for us. The world needs to know about the source of our hope, our faith, and our peace. Think about someone who gains an inheritance-you can usually see what they spend their money on-a new home, becoming debt free, and material possessions.

Beneficiaries: let us demonstrate our benefits! Let us live out our freedom in Christ, our peace in the times of trouble, and our salvation now that Christ has paid the price for our sins.

Peace and Blessings

Our Portion: Freedom

Today is July 4th. For many Americans, this is their Independence Day. This day marks the point in history where the United States became free from British rule. For many, today represents freedom.

Today, many celebrations are marked with fireworks. Matter of fact, as I pen this devotional, I am surrounded by fireworks. Growing up and for many years after, I was afraid of fireworks. While they are beautiful visually, the pop sounds much like gunfire. As a child I grew up in a community filled with violence and because of that, many nights were marked by gunfire. I feared the sound and anything that sounded like it.

As a child, I remember going to see fireworks and crying in the car because of the sound. My mother gave me a blanket to hide under as the sound filled the air. I couldn’t appreciate their beauty because of the sound. This fear continued well into adulthood. But that’s not where the story ends!

As I came to Christ and developed a relationship with Him, the Lord set me free from the irrational fear of the sound of fireworks. He assured me that I was protected and safe in His arms. He promised to never leave nor forsake me. He set me free. And because of that freedom, I enjoy the beauty of fireworks.

Today, a nation may be celebrating its freedom from oppression and rule but we can also celebrate the freedom that we have in Christ! Freedom is our portion and promise. We no longer have to live in fear and bound by the enemy’s stronghold. In Christ, you can be free!

Maybe you are seeking freedom from addictive habits. Maybe you are bound by loneliness. Maybe you fear the sound of fireworks because of a childhood filled with gunfire. Maybe you fear relationships because of your past. Whatever the issue may be, know that freedom is your portion! In Christ, you can be free!

Woman of God, the Son of God sacrificed Himself so that we can be free and appreciate the beauty of God. We have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Be free! Freedom is YOUR portion and promise! Oppression from the snares and schemes of the enemy ends TODAY! Take your freedom back! Throw away those shackles. We are free!

True freedom is found in Christ.

Peace and Blessings

Built (Christ) Tough!

Have you ever heard the phrase “Built Ford Tough”? This phrase has typically been subscribed to Ford trucks because…they’re big! They are pretty sturdy and made with steel. Their wheels are big-simply massive.

Traditionally, when people are considered tough, they, too, are described in similar fashion. Think of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He’s massive and for men, he’s probably considered to be the prototype. For women, perhaps it’s someone like Serena Williams-she’s perceived to be a force to be reckoned with.

Supernaturally, however, the Lord does not look at the physical to perceive one’s strength. He doesn’t look at muscles, height, or athletic ability. We should be thankful for that! The Rock and Serena are unique human beings-and so are YOU! When the Lord looks at strength or maturity, let’s consider this verse:

Gentleness will win every time! Let’s strive to be built Christ tough! It’s kindness, patience, and love that demonstrates strength. Think about the world we live in? Do we need another person to yell? No. Do we need another “strong” opinion? Absolutely not. We need gentle responses to wrath. We need soft responses to anger tones. We need love as Satan, author of hate, roams the Earth seeking whom he may devour.

Woman of God, as you engage in this spiritual warfare, be built Christ tough. Be kind. Be gentle. Speak the truth in love. Choose silence. Choose love. Choose to smile instead of frown. Choose to be patient.

Know that the love you show to others, the kindness to show to others, the prayers you pray, the hospitality you show, the choice to be submissive to the Lord and your husband, the care you give to your household-this is what makes you strong! The tears that flow, the joy you show, and the quiet beauty you possess-these are demonstrations of true strength!

Mighty daughter of the King, know that you are built CHRIST tough! And this is stronger than any natural strength you could ever have!

Peace and Blessings

To the Broken-hearted…

There’s a song that asks: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? The songwriter has his own ideas but we know there is only one to way to heal a hurting heart-and that is through Jesus Christ!

Left unattended, the brokenness of a heart can produce bitterness, strife, and jealousy. But when we take all of the broken pieces and give it to the Lord-He’s bound to make us whole again!

Check out a snippet from our podcast, From Worn to Well, that breaks down this very truth:

We know that the Father is near to the heartbroken and that He is waiting for us to run to Him!

Hurting? Clinging to the Father! Need healing? Pursue the Lord! Broken? Let the King put you back together again!

Listen to the whole message here: Where Do Broken Hearts Go? Feel free to like, share, and subscribe to the podcast!

There is good news for the broken-hearted, cling to this truth:

Peace and Blessings

React vs. Respond

There is actually a difference between the two!

With reactions, they occur because of a behavior. Think about it, as a parent or maybe you were told this as a child-if someone hits you, you hit them back. We aren’t here to dispute if that’s a good reaction or not-but ultimately, it’s a reaction to a behavior. A response is a reply. If someone hits a child, we tell them to respond by going to the teacher or telling a trusted adult.

A reaction is immediate, a response is intentional. A reaction encourages us to act based off of emotions or feelings. A response encourages us to think before moving.

The Lord exhorts believers to respond. Turn the other cheek. Love. Be slow to speak, quick to listen. These are all responses. These responses draw us to this important truth:

Ultimately, our flesh is designed to react. It is designed to act with emotion. It is designed to feel good about reactions. But intentional responses build our spirit man! Our flesh reacts, our spirit responds.

We know it feels fleshly good to react but we need to respond! We need to respond to the Father. We need to respond to those who are hurting-they tend to lash out. We need to respond to our enemies-do good to those who hurt you. We need to respond to hate with love-love conquers all!

Choose this day, what will you do: Will you react or will you respond? Which choice will let your gentleness be evident to all?

Peace and Blessings

The Filling…

It’s time to empty ourselves of ourselves.

We are probably are familiar with the saying: “you can’t pour from an empty cup…”, right? Sometimes the cup isn’t truly empty. Sometimes the cup is full our ourselves: our plans, our desire, and our will. If we are the only contents of our cup, it is truly empty.

Do we leave room for the Lord in our cup? Not only should He be the center, but He must also be the content of our cup:

The love of God through Jesus Christ is what fills our cups. The quote of pouring from an empty cup often charges us to take a nap, get mani/pedi, or get a cup of coffee. None of those things are bad at all-however, it all starts with Christ!

The love that covers a multitude of sins, the love that shed its blood on Calvary, and the love that gave His One and Only Son so that we could be in greater relationship with Him-that is what must first fill our cups.

The filling of Christ’s love for us is what completes us, reconstructs our will to please Him, and molds our desires to satisfy our spirit rather than our flesh-this in our cups will truly change our lives.

Peace and Blessings

Wednesday Prayer Session!

Father,

Watch over the sister reading this prayer. Lord, we know that You are our place of refuge and safety, please keep this amazing woman safe. Lord, she is yours-may You show Yourself as her Father. Lord, she needs You-may you continue to supply all of her need according to Your riches in glory. Lord, she has cares and concerns-may you give her the desires of her heart as she delights herself in You.

Father, may she fall in love with Jesus each and every day. May Your Holy Spirit continue to guide her in all truth and understanding. And as she tries to understand what’s going on in her life, as she tries to understand what direction you have for her-may she lean not on her own understanding, acknowledge You in all her ways, and she will begin the right path for her life.

Father, build up this amazing woman reading this prayer to be a powerhouse for the Kingdom! Continue to strengthen and protect her from the snares of the enemy. May she continue to seek Your face above all else.

May Your love overwhelm this beautiful sister!

In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen.

Peace and Blessings

Adopted.

Understanding whose you are is an important facet of identity formation. You, our dear sister, have been adopted as you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. Let’s look to the Word:

Understanding that we are adopted, grafted into the love and promises of God through Jesus Christ is important to our identity as daughters of God! No longer do we have to search to belong-we belong to the Father! No longer do we have to pursue the love of people-we are loved by God Almighty!

This aspect of our identity provides us with a greater knowledge of our worth. Knowing that the Lord sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins helps us operate in this world that defines worth by income and outer beauty.

Sister, you don’t have to wonder about your worth anymore. No longer do you have to fight for attention. You have the Creator of the Universe as your Father-the only one who knows you in and out.

Abandoned by your father? Trust in the Ultimate Father! Left by your mother? The Lord is here to mend that brokenness. Betrayed by your friend? You are now apart of the family of the One who sticks closer than a brother!

You have been adopted-permanently, for all of eternity, never to be left again. Hallelujah!

Peace and Blessings

All of Me…

Sisters, let’s be intentional about giving all of ourselves-the beautiful and the messy parts-to the Lord. This can be a challenging task. Women are taught to be presentable at all times. Women are taught that no one will want them if they are too much: too vulnerable, too emotional, too needy. Now here comes the One who says He loves all of us-our endless tears, the snort that comes with a hearty laugh, and the frustrations that so easily beset us. That can be hard to believe but it is absolutely the truth:

The Lord loves all of you-the parts you were told were unlovable, the Lord can handle it. The “hot mess” that you frequently call yourself is considered the apple of His eye. So if the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings is so in love with you, why do you hold back parts of yourself from Him? Declare today that it shall be no more!

Let us pray with you: Lord, may the beautiful woman of God whom encounters this post declare today that she will surrender all of herself to you. You are the Creator of her very life. You are the author and finisher of her faith. May she reject the lies of the enemy and humbly bow before you, her King, who loves every part of her messy, beautiful, simple, and complex life. In Christ name, Amen.

Peace and Blessings

Fill Me Up!

Do you find yourself on empty? (Check out our post from last week Empty Cup…) If so, we want to encourage you to fill yourself up! We best fill ourselves up by sitting at the feet of the Savior. Emptiness is associated with experiencing a drought. Emptiness can be sadness. Emptiness can mean that you are just unsatisfied. But there is good news, we can find it here:

He will satisfy you! You know how you can eat junk food but still find yourself unsatisfied? Or maybe you can have a simple home cooked meal and be full as a tick? It’s all about the content when it comes to filling yourself up!

We want the Lord! Temporary relationships, meaningless work, toxic friendships will never satisfy! Eating the things of this world won’t fill you up! There is satisfaction in Christ! There is contentment in Christ!

Feeling discontent? Feeling sadness? Feeling dry? Seek the Savior and savor His living water! His Word promises to fill us, never to leave us longing again. Cry out for the Father to fill you up! He will fill you with purpose and direction, He will fill you with love and joy, He will fill you with peace.

This isn’t a cliche, this isn’t a momentary statement, this is truth-because the Father said so! If we are not careful, this world will drain us dry! Oh but we have a Father who will love us back to life! We have a Father that will fill us up with Him!

Let this song minister to you as you seek the Father to fill you up: https://youtu.be/LZzets3JTA4

Peace and Blessings