Why Would I Journal?

hearing god journal prayer Sep 26, 2019

When I say journaling, what comes to mind?

 

How many of those things that come up in your definition are things that you think, well, I don't do that or I can't do that, or I'm no good at that? Throw all those things away. 

 

I've love to journal. It's part of how I think and process. I encourage everyone to find a way to journal for two reasons. 

Process your thoughts

Use a journal to process new things that you're learning. Give yourself a place to collect the pieces that you're putting together.

 

Because it's your journal. It doesn't need to make sense to anybody else. Your journaling doesn't have to look anything like mine.

 

It's part of the way we're wired. If we write or draw something, it helps us to process it. It helps us to remember. That process of writing can look very different and very creative.

Record

 

Use your journal as a record of what God said. Record where He has answered prayer. Keep your record in any way that's...

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Your Emotions Have Something to Tell You

emotions hearing god prayer Jul 18, 2019

Emotions can be overwhelming.

They are overwhelming for a number of reasons.

  • We don't know what to do with them
  • We don't have proper tools
  • We don't know how to use the tools we have
  • Our emotions don't match our situation

A tool for dealing with overwhelming emotions

I'm putting this out there at the risk of you all thinking I'm crazy. I feel it was an idea from God. It was helpful to me when I first used it and again when I reviewed it.

The tool is having a conversation with your emotions in a place of prayer. I think it will be Holy Spirit speaking. Using your imagination opens your mind to hear things you might not otherwise. 

My conversation

My journal, in a place of prayer, I was talking to disappointment. I see this is a very familiar emotion for me now that I've learned to name them.

Me: Disappointment, why are you in my life?

Disappointment: I come when things don't go as expected and when needs are not met.

M: So when did you first come?

D: You've always known...

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What Can We Learn from Celebrating Independence Day?

overcoming prayer Jul 04, 2019

It's always kind of been my impression we’re celebrating the birthday of the United States when we celebrate Independence Day.

We’re not, I mean, we are in a sense, but it's just the day that they declared independence.

Birthing a Country?

It's not the day they gained independence. It's just the day they declared it. Really the birth of the United States would be when the revolutionary war ended, when England finally said, yes, fine, you can be your own country. You're not a colony of England anymore. 

Celebrate declarations

We celebrate the declaration because without making that declaration, that firm resolve, we would never have had independence. They resolved - We're sure this is what God is calling us to. We are sure He is with us in this. We are committing, our lives, our fortunes, our honor. We're giving everything to this. We're declaring this is what we believe and we are giving everything.

Spiritual truth 

The spiritual truth in that is that we can...

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Have You Thought About Your Relationship With God?

 

This week I'm sharing a video and transcript looking at our relationship with God. I'd love your feedback on the format.

00:44 On today's Mom Chat I'm introducing seven keys to lasting transformation.  These key areas have come through my journey with God and what He has shown me to be transformational; what is it that has worked for me and made the transformation that He does stick instead of here and gone.  

01:22 Those keys are:

  • Key 1 Your relationship with God. I know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. God is my loving father and Holy Spirit as my ever present help and comfort.  
  • Key 2 is hearing God. I know God's voice through his word and how he speaks to me personally. And that'll be next week.  
  • Key 3, Identity. I clearly see and understand how God sees me.  
  • Key 4 is Integrity. Walking in alignment with how God sees me.  
  • Key 5 is calling. I know the impact I'm called to make an am faithfully obeying God's directions to make that impact....
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How to Partner with Pressure

I like peace. I like easy.

As a lobster grows its shell becomes too tight putting the lobster under pressure. When life is bringing pressure on me I want it to go away. Yesterday.

The lobster follows the design of its Creator and goes to a safe place like the cleft of a rock. In the shelter of the rock the lobster sheds the shell that has become too small and grows a new, larger shell.

When life brings pressure I’m learning to take shelter in my Rock.

If I am being continually transformed from glory to glory my shell is going to frequently get too tight. I can complain about the pressure, wish it away, ignore it, and … miss out on what He has for me in this area of growth.

Instead of seeing pressure as a negative I can recognize it and say “Okay, time to grow!”. I can be intentional in asking the Lord for His strategy, His lesson, and who He wants to be for me. I want to come humbly before Him and shed my too tight shell. I desire to stay hidden in His...

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3 Reasons to Listen for God's Voice

hearing god prayer Apr 25, 2019

It Brings Perspective

We need the Lord to speak to us so that we get his perspective when we feel like we’re drowning. We’re not. We never are. We are already overcomers. Jesus has already overcome. Hearing His voice is vital. We can take all the facts and the realities of whatever we’re facing and hear His perspective on it. He can remind us He’s already won.

It’s Life Giving

 The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying: 
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Jeremiah 31:3 NIV

I want to hear His voice. It’s loving and kind. It brings life. He’s always seeking a relationship as a loving father.

He has Answers

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ 

Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

We can say, "I don’t know what’s going on with my kids. I...

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Alaska Earthquake 2018

Things aren’t coming together the way I imagined so I’m sharing a video this week.

I’ll outline the highlights:

0:00:38 The earthquake affected everybody differently.

0:01:18 Get back to normal. NOT!

0:01:50 Emotions that come with an earthquake

 An emotion comes like blinking your eye when something comes at your face. Then you choose what to believe and how to behave.

0:02:38 God gave us our emotions. They’re there for a reason. Ask what it is.

0:03:04 Adjusting

Things are different now whether we wanted them to be or not

0:03:43. Evaluating

What’s important? What’s not?

We didn’t lose any people

0:04:44. Eleven years ago

God’s protection

My family woke up with carbon monoxide poisoning

0:05:26. Perspective

0:05:53. December and 2019

0:06:12. Ask God His perspective:

What went well this year?

What are His highlights of 2018?

What is it He wants to heal, restore, or build in 2019?

Where is it that I need help in 2019?

...
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Do It Scared - How to Look Brave

fearless hearing god prayer Apr 04, 2019

Have you heard the way to look brave is to “do it scared”?

That’s what I’m doing! Stepping out and saying yes to God’s challenge to me.

God has been challenging me to share how He is transforming me. I share tools and practical ways to walk out the freedom Jesus bought for us by His death and resurrection. The first step is learning to hear God’s voice for yourself.

I created an online course called Transformational Quiet Times: Learn the Power of Conversational Prayer. Here’s the introduction.

Do you know God wants to talk to you? Do you know He has answers to your questions? He has good things to say?

He does and you can learn to hear from Him for yourself.

He desires a relationship with you. A good relationship requires good communication.

I have learned over the years, through various teachers, books, and lots of practice; that God wants to talk to me just like He wants to talk to you. I would love for you to join me in ...

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