What are we listening to? What sound are we allowing to penetrate our spirit? What are we allowing to speak to our spirit?
These questions are explored in “From Worn to Well” first session of M.E. Time! This series is designed to help us pause for the cause, reflect on the goodness of the Lord, and to apply the Word of God to our lives.
Achieving mental wellness requires us to pay attention to the sounds that surround us. We must be able to hear the voice of the Father at all time. The noises of this world cannot be greater than the beautiful sound of the Father.
It’s time to ensure that we hear our Father. It’s time to block out the sounds of this world. We must be able to hear the voice of the Father so that we can maintain a sound mind. The state of our mental health determines our ability to know what the Lord is saying to us. He is the One who transforms and renews our mind. He is the One who strengthens our spirit. He is the One who gives us peace.
It’s time examine what sound we allow to impact our mind, body, and spirit. Mighty woman of God, may you be moved, strengthen, and empowered by the sound of the Lord.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Often times, the Lord and Mental Health are discussed as two separate entities. As the One who created us, the Lord and mental health are one in the same! Firstly, we ALL have mental health. Secondly, and most importantly, the Word of God discusses mental health matters and the Lord cares greatly about the state of our mental health.
The Word says so:
Make no mistake about it, we are champions for Jesus and counseling. We also know that the state of our mental health cannot be transformed without Jesus! It is with Jesus that we become well-in mind, body, and spirit. And we understand this truth: “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, And in an abundance of [wise] counselors there is victory and safety.” Proverbs 24:6
On our podcast, “From Worn to Well”, we discuss achieving mental wellness with a clinical psychologist. Check out this snippet:
Mighty women of God, we no longer have to be ashamed of our mental health. We no longer have to be defined by a diagnosis or defined by people’s preconceived notions about mental health. Our mental health is at the feet of Jesus and with Him, we are on the journey to being well and whole!
The tongue is a powerful tool! The Word of God says so:
We’ve all heard that one, right? While the term “cliché” may come to mind, we must remember that the Word of God is LIFE and there is nothing cliché about the Word of God!
The tongue is an important weapon in this spiritual warfare battle that we are constantly engaged in, woman of God!
From the life perspective of the tongue, this is where we can speak life into dead situations. The tongue can bring dead things back to life: your sick loved one, your dead job, your lifeless marriage, your wayward child. Our tongue speaks the life-filled Word of God! Yes, let’s learn how to arm ourselves with life-giving scriptures, encouragement, and positive words. Let’s use our tongues to communicate the promises of God. Command your mornings. Speak healing words over those who are hurting. Declare and decree the truth of the Lord over your family. There is LIFE in the power of the tongue and we must be ready to speak life at all times!
Let’s look at the tongue as a tool of death, we know how words can hurt right? We know that old saying of “sticking and stones breaking our bones but words never hurting” is a complete lie. But mighty woman of God, did you realize that your tongue can be a tool to kill the schemes and strategies of the enemy?! Oh yes, let’s use our tongues to trample all over the agenda of the enemy! Let’s use our tongues to extinguish those fiery darts coming our way! Let’s put to death those lies from Satan’s mouth! Declare and decree that every witch and warlock have no power over you. Use your tongue to kill the desires of the flesh!
Yes, sister, there is life and death in the power of the tongue. It is time to use that tongue to give life and to put to death the demonic agendas that is trying to rule and reign in our lives.
Let us shout the name of Jesus with our tongues and advance forward, the battle is already won!
‘Tis the season, right? This season is usually full of shopping, family, cleaning, and yummy food-rarely does rest come into the equation. Even though many job places are intentional about giving employees time off, school shuts down, and many operations cease during this time-rest is rarely on the agenda.
Mighty warrior, the rest of the world may be hustling and bustling during this time but we cannot afford to do so. Everything we do, must be from a place of rest. The enemy wants to see us weary and worn! When wearied, we become reckless with our words, our quiet time disappears, and we become less compassionate.
Our victory is obtained through resting in our Savior, the One who won the battle for us. Being rested means abiding in the risen Savior. Resting is choosing to focus on Him instead of the newest and shiniest material possession. Resting in Jesus is less about having the nicest decorations and more about savoring time with loved ones. Rest is functioning from love instead of obligation.
Being well-rested is a powerful tool in our spiritual warfare! We are able to hear the Lord better, able to focus more, and we are able to operate from a place of wisdom.
We talk about rest on our newest podcast! Check out a snippet here:
As you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, let’s commit to focusing on this powerful promise of the Lord: “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.” Matthew 11:28-29 TPT
Our minds are so vulnerable, this is why we are instructed to put on the helmet of salvation every day. If Satan affects our thinking, he wins! It’s important to know the Word of God and the promises of God to stand firm in the midst of battle.
The helmet of salvation helps us to remember that we belong to the Lord! It helps cement the fact that we are children of God. The helmet protects from the fiery darts and lies of the enemy.
When left unprotected, our mind becomes susceptible to faulty thinking. We must remember that the warfare is real and Satan’s schemes are subtle. It starts with the comparisons we make when we see someone who we think is prettier, smarter, more financially stable or a better mom, wife, etc. The Word of God warns against this form of attack:
So what does this helmet look like? It’s our salvation story, it’s our testimony about the goodness of the Lord, and it’s our attentiveness to the Word of God. It’s the power we tap into when we make our thoughts bow to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
So we stay covered by reading the Word. We remain constant in prayer We put on the helmet of salvation when we believe the Lord over the world. We guard our ear gates and eye gates. We renew our minds daily. We remember that we are victorious through Christ Jesus. We focus on being more than conquerors. We operate from a position of thankfulness.
Keep your helmets on sisters-the battle is raging on but we have already won!
Scriptures have been used to justify slavery, to justify belittling women, and used to condemn others. We wonder how the Lord feels about that? Did we even seek Him out? His Word is too powerful to be misused!
We can only imagine that the Lord is not pleased when His Word is mishandled. He knows that the Word is authority and we should know as well. It will do what He has commanded it to do. He is not out to see others enslaved, women demeaned, or people condemned. His Word is life and it has been used improperly.
Let’s remember that His Word is authority, used to cement the the rule and reign of God Almighty.
His Word is firm. His Word is settled. His Word is cemented. His Word is power. His Word is authority. What did God say about the matter? If He said it, it is so. We are to stand on His authority and His alone.
Our situations must bow to the authority of God’s Word. Our enemies are defeated by the authority of God’s Word. Our purposes and plans are found in God’s Word. It is His promises that define our lives. Before we research the world’s perspective, did we seek out the Father’s command?
The Lord’s Words are not empty, meaningless mumblings-they are life shaping, life forming, and life giving. God’s Word is authority.
We pray that you will re-focus. Instead seeing how numerous and massive your problems are, you will see the wonder of the Father’s works in your life. May you see how amazing and strategic the Father is as He orders your steps according to His Word. May you whisper the promises of the King over yourself as the lies of the world try to envelope you.
Our sister, may you grasp just how wide, how deep, and how long the Father’s love is for you! It’s time to re-focus on the Refiner. It’s time to put your eyes on Perfect Peace. It is time to focus on the Author and Finisher of your amazing life’s story.
Re-focus and see just how wonderfully the Father is working in your life.
What could we give the Creator of the Universe that would demonstrate just how much we love Him? Let’s consider the scriptures:
Our money, our time-while valuable here, doesn’t carry the weight of a broken and repentant heart. How amazing is the Lord in that He wants our broken and messed up selves? He wants us to take our broken and sin filled selves and lay before Him. We are the greatest sacrifice, the greatest gift we could give the Lord! He wants the nooks and crannies of our lives that we insist on hiding. He wants the destructive thoughts. He wants us-stain filled and all!
From the heart flows the wellspring of life, it’s no wonder that this is our greatest sacrifice! We spend our lives giving our hearts to humans who are designed to fail us, careers that will eventually end, and relationships that cannot save. We have to first start with the One who created us in our mothers wombs, the One who died for us, the One who defeated the grave for us. He wants your heart!
Sisters, let’s lay our broken selves before the Lord God Almighty. Let’s take our weak spirits, our weaknesses, our stinky thoughts and lay them at the feet of Yahweh! This our greatest sacrifice: our beautiful, broken, and complex selves.
It’s something lovely when you see the big picture. You can see the big booming business, you can see the strut across the stage, you can see the beautiful children-the vision looks incredible!
Rarely do we picture the work. Rarely do we see the tears and the sweat. Rarely do we see the money spent and the time put in. But there is work required for the vision, friends.
That business requires a plan, time, and money. That degree requires long nights and tons of studying. Those children have to be carried, pushed out, and cared for. That beautiful vision requires work.
The vision requires prayer. The vision requires faith. The vision requires relationship. The vision has to be submitted to the Lord so that He may establish the work of our hands. The Word tells us so:
The vision must be put on paper and put into action. Vision works! It requires connections, community, and collaboration. Seeing the vision of God come to pass in our lives requires a trust in Him that far exceeds what we see. We must look to the hills from where our help comes from.
Friends, the vision must accompanied with unyielding faith in the Father-and that requires work! Declaring prosperity in dry times is work, decreeing a thriving environment while operating in survival mode is work, declaring positivity in a world full of negativity is work!
Work the vision, friend! Commit all that you do to the Lord and see the establishment of your plans!