Posts tagged prayer
Commended for Faith, not an outcome

Hebrews 11:1-2 says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.”  It is so easy to get caught up in the belief that success is based on what we yield.  But what the Faith Hall of Fame advocates is, we will be commended for our FAITH in the journey – not for an outcome.      

Our culture operates strongly based on a finish line.  We train to complete a marathon.  We go to graduate school to get the MBA needed to become an executive. The purpose is to get to the end, to finish the goal, to complete the project.  Only then, when the finish line has been reached will we have made it.  Then we’ll be commended. Then we’ll be praised. Then we’ll be worthy because we reached our goal; with this mentality, it’s all about the outcome.

But what if we, like some of the heroes in Hebrews chapter 11, never get to see the final outcome?  What if we never reach what we’re working towards?


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Finding Freedom in Surrendering Your Imperfect Purpose

There is freedom in surrendering to who Christ designed us to be. As humans, we often feel like surrendering to anything means that we are giving up control, giving up power, and giving up freedom, but in Christ, we find true freedom when we surrender to His design. A freedom that can only come from the Lord because it is solely dependent on the price He paid for us on the cross. Yet, we allow ourselves to hold back from full surrender because it means that the imperfections and the mess will be uncovered, that our weakest points will be on display-- but what we are not grasping is that the Lord has us come just as we are. Our perspective of who we belong to has to be shifted, the chains of this earthly world must be broken-- as Christian women, we are to show up however He might have us so that He is seen through us. We have to daily remember that He has placed us here on earth for a set amount of time to share who He is, to speak His message, to build His Kingdom, all through the imperfections that we walk with. As a body of believers, our eternal perspective needs to bring us such a hope and peace that we are not battling ourselves to hold on to our own freedom.

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How Desperate Am I For More of God?

The miles flash as I speed through the desert. In its pre-dawn blush, the sky shimmers, mother-of-pearl. Rugged mountains cut a stark silhouette against the glow.

It’s breathtaking. 

But all I can think about is my rumbling stomach. I’m hungry. So hungry that my stomach's growling complaints fill the entire sound-space of my brain, leaving no room for any type of early morning appreciation of beauty.But I’m also in a time crunch, without even a moment for a pass-through at fast food joint where I could hurriedly snatch a rubbery biscuit loaded with cheese and a bit of overdone egg...

Instead, I gaze across the miles into a desert range rising jagged and bare, and I’m catapulted back to the image which captured my heart just days before. All about Moses and his hollow heart hunger, and how God showed up to feast Moses on the indescribable glory of His presence.


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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR LAUNCHING A PRODUCT OR SERVICE

In the past years, my business has changed a lot. The business I was running in 2016 is completely different than the business I am running in 2017 and 2018. There are a lot of things that influenced these changes, but there is one thing I really started to research and implement. It transformed my income and my business. You want to know what I am talking about?

THE LAUNCH.

I know “launching” is kind of a buzz word in the creative industry right now, so you might be rolling your eyes and thinking: “yeah, yeah, we get it. Launching is a big deal.”

But. It is. Like a really big deal.

And I want to give you all my secrets about planning a launch and being able to be on autopilot once it goes live.

Today, I will be sharing five tips to help you plan and execute a successful launch. Let’s dive in!

Before we get to the tips, allow me to introduce The Launch League! This is a FREE 5-day online challenge where I will lead you through the steps and strategy behind planning a successful product or service with ease. I will help you go from frazzled and stressed, to confident with every launch!

 

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How To Actually Schedule Time To Study The Word-- and stick with it

Confession: this year is the first time in my life I have been consistent with spending every single day in the Word for more than a month. You read that right. Yes, I am passionately in love with Jesus. Yes, I gave my life to Christ when I was 22 and have been chasing Him ever since. Yes, I consistently spent personal time in prayer and worship on the regular, but I never consistently spent time in the Word. Until now. Before I get into what changed for me this time, I want to share with you what was really holding me back: fear. I was afraid. And, I was embarrassed. I didn’t know where to start. I always felt like I didn’t understand the Bible when I read it and I would compare myself to my other Christian friends and feel like I would never know the Word like they did. But, the more time I spent hiding from my Bible, the more my Spirit thirsted for Jesus. Of course, I was spending time in His presence when I spent time in prayer or private worship and in church, but I felt that conviction in my spirit that it wasn’t enough. I knew that in order to go deeper in my relationship with Jesus and to truly KNOW Him, I needed to be in His Word. And, I needed to make sure that it happened and that I stuck to it.

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3 Ways to Transform Your Prayer Life

Our prayer life is transformed in walking out our faith, surrendering it all to Him, being expectant of the work He is doing, where we might be swept in a slew of directions, shaken, sifted, taught, even paused-- to actually being present, showing up to do the work-- meeting Him in that place. Honestly, we have to have a faith so rooted in Him where we allow Him the room to do the mighty works-- that is fully transforming, not necessarily doing but being one with Christ. 

 

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Prayers of the Bible | A guide to cultivating a spirit of prayer

Have you ever been in a place in your prayer life where you didn’t feel equipped in your walk with the Lord to turn to Him, or maybe you didn't think you had the “right” words? Maybe prayer is not your go to? With that, I want to challenge you and ask you why? Prayer is one of the powerful tools that the Lord gives us to connect with Him. It is a way for us to experience His fullness and know that He is at work in our lives. To cultivate the spirit of prayer lets define cultivate first- to prepare and use, to develop. In order for our prayers to transform our lives, the relationship, the faith in Christ has to be put to use, and we do that by talking to Him, calling upon Him, thanking Him, praising Him.

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3 Things We Can Learn About Prayer From The Way Jesus Prayed

 Prayer is one of our greatest tools that God has given us. It is our weapon in this fallen world.Prayer heals the brokenness. Prayer is the open life line that we have with our Savior that allows us to experience the all mighty powerful God. Are we using it, applying it, for everything in our life-- for our protection, deliverance, and victory? What holds us back from experiencing the abundance that is already laid out before us? Do you feel like you're unworthy, afraid at that God might want instead of what you want, fearful that His answer won’t be the one you think you need? Jesus was hungry and thirsty for God. He had a posture that opened Him up to the Lord. Jesus made sure that He was in a position to hear God speak in His life and abide by no hesitation. 

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