Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Prayer to Refresh Your Soul

Lord, today I will breathe in Your calming, peaceful presence. I will not allow my heart and mind to be disturbed, but will lean on You and focus on You in the midst of everything that gets tossed my way, whether expected or unexpected. I’m grateful that You give me a calm and undisturbed mind and heart and they are life and health to my body, because I need it! Thank you for calming my heart and mind, Lord, as only You can. In the beautiful name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How to Boost Your Plummeting Faith

When we’re in the midst of seriously hard times, it can be difficult to prevent our faith from plummeting.

But it’s not impossible.

When we’re tempted to allow our minds to rotate around and around our currently not so great situations, we need to take action and shift our focus. Because obsessively focusing on our not so great facts is precisely when our hearts shrivel and our faith starts to sink.

When we shift our focus from our hard situations onto God’s word, truth begins to push back darkness, our hearts are revived and refreshed, and our faith strengthens.

Here are 7 awesome Scriptures that will boost your faith in spite of what’s going on around you. Breathe them in. Exhale unbelief. Shift your focus.

1.  I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted. (Job 42:2)

2.  For with God nothing is ever impossible, and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. (Luke 1:37)

3.  The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. (Exodus 14:14)

4.  I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me—Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them! (Psalm 57:2)

5.  For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. (2 Corinthians 5:7) (AMP)

6.  The Lord is my strength and my impenetrable shield; my heart trusts, relies on and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him. (Psalm 28:7) (AMP)

7.  Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the word of God, and thus receive and carry away and enjoy to the full what is promised. (Hebrews 10:35-36) (AMP)

Whatever you’re currently going through, know this: God is greater. He loves you. And He is at work. Leave a comment so I can pray for you. And I invite everyone to pray for those who leave comments…let’s be a community of women who prays for and with each other!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Prayer to Refresh Your Soul

Hi Sweet Friends,

I’m changing things up a bit here on my blog, and will be posting every Tuesday, instead of only two Tuesdays monthly. Here’s how it’s going to work: two posts each month will be more biblically meaty and practical, and the rest of the posts will come straight from my Prayers for a Woman’s Soul community Facebook page.

Many of you have emailed me saying you aren’t on Facebook, and I understand and respect that. But the Prayers for a Woman’s Soul community is growing into something truly beautiful, and I want to share part of that with you.

I hope you find these prayers meaningful and encouraging. Every one of them is always written from my heart, in the first person, so you can pray them for yourself. Feel free to use each prayer as a springboard for your day’s prayer time, or use it as a focus for the entire week.

From my heart to yours, happy praying. And here's the first prayer:

Lord, will you give me Your divine perspective on the troubles I’m facing? Help me to remember that in the grand scheme of things they are small and won’t last long, and that somehow, in the midst of it all, they are achieving in me a glory that will never cease. That simple fact amazes me. Thank you for giving me grace and accomplishing Your beautiful, eternal purposes in and through me at all times, and especially in times of trouble. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Take That, Insecurity!

Hey Sweet Friends,

It’s my pleasure to host beautiful, seriously inspiring Jennifer Rothschild today. Her new book, “Invisible: How You Feel is Not Who You Are” releases today! Here's Jennifer:

Blind. Short. Menopausal. That’s me!
Sometimes I feel overlooked, underestimated and insecure – simply put, I can feel invisible.
Have you ever felt invisible? Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom who feels she is only seen when needed. Or maybe you feel overlooked at work because you’re at the bottom of the totem pole.
I know that feeling of being invisible all too well. I settled for and believed those feelings for far too long, but here’s the truth that has helped me hush the lies of insecurity: how I feel is not who I am!

I may feel overlooked or insignificant or invisible, but that isn’t who I am. When I feel invisible and like one big short menopausal insecure mess, that’s when I tell myself the truth, “I am not how I feel!” But, I also go a step further to see why I feel that way in the first place. And, most of the time, it’s because I’m believing lies.
When we are chained by insecurity or feel totally unimportant or just feel down right overlooked and undervalued, it’s most likely due to the fact that we’re believing lies.
So, let’s expose some sneaky lies and see them for what they are. I’ll give you the lie first and then follow it with the truth.
Lie #1: Who I am and what I struggle with are the same thing.

Sometimes we think, “If I fail, I am a failure.” But that’s not true! Yes, we all make mistakes, but our struggles don’t have to define us—they can refine us. God determines who we are, and our struggles can be used to clarify His life and character in us.
If we assume that we are our weaknesses, we will live in defeat. We are who God says we are; we’re not the culmination of our failures. You may “feel” rejected or unnoticed or nonproductive or…well, fill in your own word…but that doesn’t mean you are any of those things. When you know who you truly are and act out of your correct identity, you will always begin with “I am…” instead of “I feel…” when you describe yourself.
I am God’s beloved.
I am chosen.
I am not perfect, but I am valuable.          

Truth#1: Our struggles don’t have to define us—they can refine us

Lie #2: Who I am and what I do are the same thing.
We are human beings, not human doings. Our identity is not based on what we do—it’s based on what God did for us. If we base our sense of self on our abilities, our profession, or our status, we risk losing our sense of self when and if those things change. And that will only leave us feeling disoriented and wondering who we are.
Instead, we must base our identity on that which never changes—the truth of God’s Word and His everlasting love for us. We simply need to receive who we are from God, not achieve a status for God.
Truth #2: Our identity is not based on what we do—it’s based on what God did for us.

Lie #3: Who I am is not good enough.
When we are performance-driven rather than provision-driven, it causes us to live with a “not good enough” mentality. We tell ourselves that we must perform in order to be accepted, yet God tells us that He has already performed on our behalf—and His provision is enough. When we feel invisible, we feel the need to be “more”.
Unfortunately, when we feel invisible, it’s often because we trust our opinion of ourselves more than we trust God and His opinion of us. But there’s one thing I do know for certain. My opinion on its own is “not good enough” to tell me the truth of who I am! My feelings can be fickle and my hard-to-die habit of insecurity often tries to scream louder than God’s voice.
Truth #3: We do not perform in order to be accepted; God has already performed on our behalf.

Sister, when you know the truth about who you are, you will never feel invisible. Let’s help each other believe truth! When we know God’s truth and believe God’s truth, we are satisfied and freed up to embrace our true identity.

Jennifer Rothschild’s new book, Invisible: How You Feel is Not Who You Are is now available! If you order this week, you’ll receive several free gifts as Jennifer’s way to say thank you! CLICK HERE to learn more and grab your copy.