He Fights For You #CalmHeart

When the unexpected and undesired hits hard, I don't always handle it well, at least initially. But that's okay, because I'm human, and so are you. 

And sometimes our minds go where they shouldn't and need realigning. Through God's grace and prayer we can regain our emotional and spiritual footing, and remember that we don't have to fight every battle alone. When we ask, God fights for us. What a relief! All He asks is for us to remain calm. 

LET'S PRAY:

Lord, when circumstances make me quake on the inside and I am tempted to have an emotional meltdown, will you please help me to remain calm and trust You, instead? Please enable me to realign my mind with truth and regain my emotional and spiritual footing. I am thankful that even when worst-case scenarios play out, whether in real life or in my mind, I can trust You to handle what I cannot. Thank you that I am never alone. Thank you for always fighting for me. God You are my Rock, my Fortress, and my defense. Please give me grace to resist anxiety, rest in this amazing truth, and just stay calm. In Jesus’s awesome name, amen.

The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:14)






Find more heart-calming prayers in Julie’s new book, Prayers to Calm Your Anxious Heart:100 Reassuring Devotions.  Available wherever books are sold.








He Shelters our Hearts #CalmHeart

Ever wish you could just run away from all the crazy? As I stared out a window the other day, I tried to think of a quiet, calm, safe place I could run to. Maybe a quaint log cabin in the mountains?

And yet even when travel is not possible (it's totally not in the cards for me right now...), God is a SAFE FORTRESS we can always run to. HE SHELTERS OUR HEARTS, comforts us, and fills us with His peace...no matter where we are. 

LET'S PRAY:

Lord, when my anxiety is intense and my days far too long, I'm grateful I can run to You. You are my You are my consistent, reliable help...the shelter my hearts longs for! Help me to remember this in the hard moments. When the headlines and my personal situations feel like too much for me to handle, may I breathe this truth deeply and run to You, my fortress and protection. Hold my heart continually in Your peace as REST IN YOU, completely entrusting every care into Your faithful hands. Thank you for moving in our nation, in my family, and in my life. Thank you for being my Prince of Peace, and for sweetly relieving and comforting my heart. In Jesus’s name, amen.


“Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71:3





Find more heart-calming prayers in Julie’s new book, Prayers to Calm Your Anxious Heart:100 Reassuring Devotions.  Available wherever books are sold.








A Prayer to Trust God #CalmHeart

Life in just about every corner of our nation is stressful right now. I recently told my daughter, "In my wildest dreams, I never imagined seeing our current headlines".  Keeping our thoughts aligned with truth is something we must make a serious effort to do. It's not easy , but we cannot allow worry to choke out our peace and joy.

Let's CHOOSE to trust God and ask Him for grace, peace, and JOY. Let's trust  and rely on HIM and not ourselves. 

LET'S PRAY:

Lord, help me to keep my thoughts aligned with truth. Help me not to trust in my own frail abilities, but instead to trust You. As I experience relief by entrusting YOU over what's currently happening in our nation and also my own circumstances, thank you for filling me with Your JOY and with new strength—Your limitless strength. When I feel weary and exhausted physically or mentally or spiritually, may I consistently see beyond what is in front of me and always choose to believe You, trust You, and hope in You. God You are faithful and You are sovereign. Thank you for intervening in all these things as only You can. In the strong name of Jesus, amen.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31




Find more heart-calming prayers in Julie’s new book, Prayers to Calm Your Anxious Heart:100 Reassuring Devotions.  Available wherever books are sold.






Celebrate with Me! {Give-Away!}

I’m pleased to announce the release of my third book, Prayers to Calm Your Anxious Heart: 100 Reassuring Devotions, written specifically for those who wrestle with anxiety. 

I can't help but think that God's timing on this book release is flat amazing. Who of us imagined the state that our nation would currently be in? Who knew that 2020 would be one of the most stressful year many of us have experienced? God knew, of course! 

So if you or someone you love struggles with anxious thoughts, worry, fear, or anything that robs you of peace (especially now, with all the current events rocking our nation and raising anxiety levels), I hope you will consider this Scripture-infused prayer book.

The devotions are intentionally brief, as the dozen or so people I spoke with while this book took shape told me anxiety makes it hard to focus. So they’re short but potent. The prayers are expressive and meaningful, designed to encourage, reassure, and lift anxious hearts. And there’s also a section to write out thoughts and prayers, making it both personal and practical.

To order your copy, CLICK HERE

My fervent prayer is that this book will find its way into the hands of many, many people who long to be free from anxiety’s suffocating grip. Will you join me in that prayer?

GIVE-AWAY! I am giving away 2 signed copies to 2 people. Just leave a comment AND INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL (so I can contact you if you win!). WINNERS will be randomly chosen and notified via email by Sept.7. Sorry, contest open only in the continental U.S. 

THANK YOU for celebrating with me! 

Reading this via email? CLICK HERE to leave a comment for your chance to win! 

Nothing Is Impossible

God,

You are strong and mighty. You are able. You are faithful. And in spite of how things might look to my eyes right now, I know and believe that nothing is impossible with You. I lift every circumstance to You that makes my heart quiver or my knees tremble, and I thank you, Lord, that they pale in comparison to You. God, NOTHING is impossible with You. 

Thank you for encouraging my heart, helping me to continue to trust in Your power and faithfulness, and for moving as only You can in my life. In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.