It feels like everything tries to pull me away from prayer.
I see others who seem like prayer superstars. I imagine their knees crisscrossed and scarred.
I kneel and suddenly I’m tired. I think about my grocery list or the thought that I need to write 1,000 words that day or I won’t be on deadline. I used to feel guilt about the fact that I struggled to pray, or that I had to push through. I somehow thought it should come easy, because it looked so easy for others.
Until I acknowledged that prayer is communicating with God, and it makes sense that this is the one area where the enemy would fight the hardest.
Sam Storms, in his book, Practicing the Power, wrote:
If you want your life to experience divine power, it needs to be a praying life.
I have a God who processes my story with me quite well.
It was a humble statement from a woman of faith. She had sinned and struggled for years with shame.
She had to regain the trust of her husband, children, close friends, and family. In order to move forward, she couldn’t allow the judgment of others to keep her from healing.
She couldn’t let judgment keep her out of the grocery store.
Or from attending her children’s events.
She couldn’t allow it to keep her from rediscovering where Jesus wanted to take her. [Read more…]
The words you speak become the life you live.
We may not be able to change the words others have spoken over us, but we can change how we talk to ourselves.
Today my guest is bestselling author, speaker, and beautiful friend, Jennifer Rothschild.
She is a popular guest on major media programs. She speaks around the world. Jennifer’s desire is to help women live beyond the limits.
Today she takes time to sit with us. She has just released a new book called Me, Myself, and Lies.
She shares the destructive ways we talk to ourselves. Jennifer says when we change the way we talk to yourselves, we change the way we live. That’s powerful! [Read more…]
I haven’t been able to say it.
I’ve alluded to it, and forgive me for waiting to share it with you.
It’s the one thing I cannot change right now.
Cancer has hit my family. . . again.
I found out both sets of news within a couple of days of each other. I was on my way to Arizona to work with a ministry team when I received the first news. I was on the way home from Arizona when I received the second phone call.
The first was hard. The second? It knocked the wind out of me. I walked into an airport bathroom, found a stall, and wept until I was empty. [Read more…]
“That’s messed up, right?”
Those are the words my friend said, and I had to admit that there was truth in her statement. She is strong. She is caring. She is someone I admire, but she doesn’t see herself the way that God does.
Instead, she holds a mirror that reflects a set of circumstances instead of who she really is.
Today we look at how to begin to reclaim our identity. ~ Suzie
Day #12 of 21 Days to Moving Past What You Cannot Change
Read Psalm 51:6 (NASB)
This psalm was written by David. He desired God to restore the joy he had lost due to his own sin. He longed for truth (his real identity) to be restored. That same prayer is powerful when we’ve been hurt by unwanted circumstances, or another person’s actions.
Q: What might it mean for God to restore truth in your “inward parts?”
Job’s loss was unexpected. His circumstances nearly crushed him. He asked God to restore him — not just what he had lost, but who he was.
- Write a prayer in your journal. The breath of the almighty lives in you, and will give you understanding of who you are.
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What is true?
Imagine you are in a room. There are no windows. You can’t see what is beyond the four walls. The only way out is through the door, but it’s locked. There are five different sets of locks, and it is impossible to get out. So you stay, even though you desperately want out.
One day you hear a whisper.
Try the doorknob. [Read more…]
I met this amazing woman four years ago when I moved to NW Arkansas. I called her and said, “I think you and I need to be friends.” That became true and I am thankful. I love her wisdom. I love that she is an equal mixture of kindness and sass.
Holley is a licensed counselor, a bestselling author, a speaker and co-host of More Than Small Talk. Today Holley shares how we can move past those things that don’t turn out the way we plan. ~ Suzie
God speaks the world into being.
Stars scatter light across the sky. Birds debut their first songs. Trees stretch their branches high in praise. Glorious. Then one bite of forbidden fruit and everything changes. We often talk of all we lost as humanity that day in the Garden of Eden. But God lost something too–His dream of what this world would be.
Uncomfortable truth: Even if we’re perfect, even if we’re all-powerful, even if we think of every detail…there is no guarantee that things will happen just as we’d like. [Read more…]