The Road to Well: R.E.S.T

The hardest part of the wellness journey can be resting. So often, this world tells us to grind hard every day. The world looks down upon rest. However, it is nearly impossible to get well without resting.

This rest is not the one you are thinking of-this version of rest requires focus, concentration, and commitment. This version of rest can only be achieved at the feet of the Father. Your bed won’t cut it, that massage won’t do it, nor will a midday nap achieve the goal of resting.

Season 2 of “From Worn to Well: Becoming Whole for the Kingdom” breaks down this version of REST-Restoration, Expectation, Saturation, and Timelessness.

Check out a snippet here:

You can listen to the full episode here: It’s time to R.E.S.T!

Rest is a promise from the Father. Rest is the portion for His children. Rest is essential for becoming well and whole.

As you consider rest, anchor yourself onto this truth from the Lord, your God:

Peace and Blessings

The Name(s) of the Lord…

Immanuel. Jehovah. Yahweh. Lord. God. Jesus. Jehovah Shalom. Jehovah Nissi. Abba. Father. Holy Spirit. Something powerful happens in worship when we call out these names for the Lord. Your heart flutters. You get goosebumps. Tears may fall. There’s a level of intimacy that just cannot be explained.

Why? One may ask. Why do we melt when we call Him Yahweh? Why does Immanuel make us warm inside? Perhaps here’s why:

Our heart flutters when we call Him “Healer” because we have been sick. We cry at calling Him “Abba” because we have been fatherless. We shout “Protector” because we have felt unsafe. We are exclaim “Immanuel” because we have felt His presence to know that He is indeed with us

Our trials and obstacles have reveal just who the Lord, our God, truly is! Our pain and afflictions manifested His power for us. Our failures help us to see just how magnificent He truly is. The Name of the Lord is a strong tower because it has withstood all of our storms.

Sisters, let us not curse our struggles and tough seasons-those painful moments is where the intimacy of the Lord develops. Those moments are the unveiling of His name! Our trials stand as altars of what the Lord has done and out of that altars-we learn about the Lord in new and powerful ways. His name stands above every name because we have a personal testimony about that name.

Praise your Abba Father! Bow at the name of your Jehovah Shalom (Peace). Worship the Lord. Shout Hallelujah to the Miracle Worker.

He is the name above all names and He is worthy of our praise…

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Well: Thankfulness

It’s incredibly challenging to give thanks in hard seasons. Becoming well means that at one point-we were not. Therefore, the road to well isn’t always a pleasing season. However, we must adhere to the command of the Lord:

With tear-filled eyes-we must give thanks. In difficult circumstances, we must give thanks. In painful moments, we must give thanks. In seasons of plenty, we must give thanks. When the doors open-we must give thanks. When the doors close-we must give thanks. When we hear the Lord say yes-we must give thanks. When we hear the Lord say no-we must give thanks. And the list goes on…

Whatever happens-we must give thanks. Thankfulness is progression. It’s the indication that we are walking by faith and not by sight. It’s the expression of giving glory to God for it all. It’s the power to take each step forward. Thankfulness is how we become well and whole.

The opposite of being thankful is being ungrateful. If we decide not to thank the Lord, we are giving space and place to the root of bitterness and resentment. These roots will have us tripping and falling as we tread the road to well. The walk will become long and even more challenging and we may be tempted to go back to where we came from.

Choose thankfulness and see how swiftly we are able to move. A thankful heart delights in the healing that the Lord provides. Thankfulness births joy in trying seasons.

Thanksgiving may have been a couple of weeks ago but giving thanks never ends.

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Well: Death

Wellness and death rarely go together, right?

With the Lord, however, we know that He is intentional about disrupting the natural for the supernatural. So yes-on the road to well-there must be death.

Death to sin. Death to strife. Death to stinky thinking. Death to toxic relationships. Death to the flesh. Death to the old way: this is how we reach that beautiful destination of wellness.

Autumn is a beautiful indication of the beauty of death. Those beautiful fall colors only appear because the leaves are dying. They have to die so that the beautiful spring flowers can appear. The death of the leaves is gain. We gain flowers so that the bees can pollinate and produce honey to feed us. Death = life.

As we become well, we must put to death the things that are making us ill. We must surrender. We must be delivered. We must be set free. We must let go. We must kill old habits and old traditions. As we walk down the road to well, we are leaving behind those things that hindered our walk and our health.

So let it go, sister! Be free from those snares and obstacles. Be committed to becoming fully whole and well. Kill those things that are not of God. Put to death those relationships that lead us away from the Father. Encounter the death of your old man to fully live in the new that the Lord has for you.

The death of Jesus produced eternal life for us. We must die to gain life.

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Well: The Way

When we aren’t feeling well, we are trying to find the answer to this question: How do I get better? What’s the way? Think about it-when we are dealing with the common cold-we wonder which brand of medicine will work. We wonder which remedy will get us better. This is also true for those aches and pains that aren’t so visible.

What’s the way? It’s the million dollar question. And we have the answer!

The Way is Jesus Christ. He is the road to well. Last time we discussed how exhausted is a stop on the road to well. Now, we are discussing how Jesus is the way to well! We don’t have to wonder if we go to the left or the right, we simply follow Him and He will make us better, He will make us well, and He will make us whole.

So dear sisters, we no longer have to feel lost or direction-less, there is a Savior for that and it is Jesus Christ! We seek Him out in prayer, we connect with like-minded believers, we fast, we praise His Holy name-these are the things that set us in the right direction. Rejoicing and worshiping the One and True Living God is how we transition from feeling bad to getting better to being well.

There is no way to wellness without Jesus! So follow Him, His hand is extended to us-we just have to grab it. His shoulders are prepared for our loads. He is the Living Water for the journey. His voice is the only map we need. And the hem of His garment shall make us whole.

If you are hurting, in pain, or heartbroken-He is the Only One that knows the way because He is the Way.

Peace and Blessings

The Road to Well: Exhaustion

Wellness and Exhaustion are two very different things. But the two are very connected. Wellness is always the goal, but exhaustion is often times the first stop on the road.

Think about having a cold-the sneezing, the coughing, you can’t sleep, you can’t breathe-you are downright tired. Wellness is breathing again and sleeping peacefully. Exhaustion is on the journey to well. Think about giving birth-the contractions and the pushing are exhausting! But seeing the beautiful face of your child means all is well!

We don’t have to live being tired, however. We can be determined to regain our strength and our power. We first must tell the truth: Are you tired of being hurt? Aren’t you tired of being bitter? Aren’t you tired of living in a depressed state? We must surrender these exhausted feelings and emotions so that we can move forward to well.

The Father invites us to exchange these feelings of tiredness and exhaustion for something so much greater:

Rest is the beautiful exchange! To become well, we must transition from exhaustion to rest. Sisters, it’s time to give the burden away! It’s time to conclude that we are on a different path-we must proclaim that we are on the road to well.

It’s time to admit we are tired so that we can move forward towards wellness. It’s time to acknowledge that wellness is our portion and our promise. We don’t have to live tired. We don’t have to live worn out or defeated. We don’t have to live with the burdens on our backs. It’s time to be set free, it’s time to be delivered from tired and worn out.

Live free, sisters. We are on the road to well!

Peace and Blessings

Strategic Positioning…

Positions are a key strategy when engaging in spiritual warfare. We must evaluate our stance. Are we hiding in a cave, hoping not to be seen? Are we hiding behind someone else when we should be the ones standing in the front? Or are we in standing strong in the front, ready to handle what comes our way?

Here’s the thing: the position we take will determine our victory. For the ones hiding in the cave-we will miss the goodness of the Lord because we have chosen to hide. For the one hiding behind someone-another human cannot save you. For the ones in the front-their confidence is not in their ability but in His ability.

We must stand on the position of victory, because we are already victorious:

Position yourself on victory! We don’t have to hope that we win the battle, we have to know we’ve already won because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross! We don’t have to fight for victory, we fight from victory!

We stand on the promises of the Lord, knowing that they will all come to pass. We stand on our faith because we believe in the One we do not see. We stand on the Word of God, knowing that it is the only truth that matters. We position ourselves to be victorious, because we are victorious!

The goodness of the Lord will only be seen from the place of victory. It’s time for us to come out of the cave and from behind people, it’s time for us to stand-knowing that God is able to win every single battle that we will face. He’s already defeated death, there is nothing to hard for Him to handle.

Where are you standing?

Peace and Blessings

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

Follow the Leader…

Trust exercises include a leader and a follower. The leader conducts a series of movements that the follower must copy. The follower may be nervous in following the leader because they may end up doing silly or embarrassing movements. Nonetheless, the exercises are done to build trust between one another.

If we are willing to follow the movements of another human being-one who is finite and flawed-why are we so apprehensive in following the lead of the Holy Spirit? By design, the Spirit of God is perfect in every way. The Holy Spirit only leads as the Father directs. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter and Counselor. To follow His lead is to be a child of God:

The Holy Spirit teaches. He guides us into all truth. He intercedes for us. He is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Do we know of a better Leader to follow?

We are guided by Pastors, teachers, bosses, friends, and family. Before we follow their lead, let’s be compelled to follow His lead. Let that small voice be the loudest voice of our lives. It’s time for us to let go of that fear that can speak so loudly.

You’ve heard that voice: End that relationship, call that person and forgive them, choose peace, love your enemy, be gentle, start that business, write that book, pray, fast, rejoice-it’s time for us to follow the Leader.

Sisters, may we trust in the Creator enough to follow the lead of His Holy Spirit-He has never failed us yet.

Peace and Blessings

Armored Up: Breastplate of Righteousness…

The breastplate goes over the chest. The chest contains our most vital organs. If someone gets pierced in the lungs, their breathing is affected. If someone gets shot in the heart, their life is affected. The breastplate of righteousness is designed to protect our most vulnerable organ: the heart.

The Word of God tells us just how important the heart is, naturally and supernaturally:

As we engage in spiritual warfare on this battlefield of life, we must ensure that our breastplate of righteousness snug and fit on our chest. The fiery darts of the enemy are subtle and if we aren’t careful, we leave our hearts visible to the enemy. We must protect our most vital organ, for everything we do flows from it.

This is why the armor of God works in conjunction with one another. The helmet protects our mind, the belt keeps us standing strong, the shoes directs our path, the shield and sword empowers us with the word and if our hearts aren’t guarded-the rest of us is left susceptible to the attacks of the enemy.

Mighty warrior of God, protect your heart. This is the source of your very life. Pray over your heart. Etch the Word of God onto the flesh of your heart. Lay it on the altar each and every day. Be mindful of what goes into your ear gates and eye gates. Hold fast to your faith. Cling to the Word of God. Surrender yourself unto the King. Trusting, believing, and clinging are the components of your breastplate. Choosing the Father over the flesh is your breastplate. Going His way instead of your way is your breastplate.

We hope this series helps our fellow sisters in Christ stand strong in the midst of spiritual warfare. We pray that we stand-Armored Up-fighting from the stance of victory!

Mighty woman of God-you are victorious!

Peace and Blessings