Prayer

Prayer graphicLet’s talk about prayer, it is a subject that many don’t think about very much. Some people say that they pray on occasion, others will say that they pray more often. Trust me I am no expert when it comes to praying. A good prayer life can look many ways, there is not one clear cut approach; however, everyone should be spending at least a small amount of time praying. Prayer can be short or long, and it can be as simple as having a conversation with Father God, or on your knees pouring out your heart.

  1. Make time to pray – What does that mean, just what it says make time. You can pray at any time and any place. Some of my best prayer time has been when I had a long drive to make, I would just spend the whole time praying and conversing with God.
  2. Pray from a thankful heart. It is all right to ask Father God for things, but don’t always ask, without spending some time thanking God for the things that he has done. Let me explain a little better. When I am praying, I take time to thank Father God for the things that he has done for me or the blessings he has bestowed on me. I thank him for my home, work that he has provided, vehicles that he has provided, family, etc. I try very hard to always have a thankful heart because it changes my perspective. If Father God has healed, you of something make sure and thank him for it. No matter how bad things may seem, there is always something that you can be thankful for.
  3. Pray with boldness and expectation. Yes, the bible tells us to come boldly before the Lord. So, don’t be afraid to ask for healing, for a broken heart to mend, for hearts to be changed. When I pray, and I ask Father God for something or to do something, I expect that it will happen, and I don’t just pray once for breakthrough. Keep asking and keep praying. I spent 3 years talking to Father God about the type of man that I wanted in my life, after a couple of bad marriages, and broken relationships. So, I had a mind and heart shift and I thought about the important things for the next man in my life. I prayed every day for 3 years, then I met someone that had all the qualities that I had been praying about. He had some brokenness in his life and so then I prayed for 5 years for God to tear down the walls that were built around his heart, and after 5 years we got married. Some answers to prayer come quickly, but others take time, just keep asking Father God, he listens to our prayers and he responds in time.

There is not a perfect way to pray, and there is no hard and fast rule about praying; however, you do need to pray to see breakthrough and change. Pour out your heart to the Father, he wants to know you. Spend time in prayer thorough out the day. For instance, when I wake up most days I thank God for giving me another day on earth, another day to be with friends and family, another day that I can share the love of Christ with others. Then as I go through my day, I will just talk with the Father; what does that look like, well I walk out the door and just see beauty in the sky. I throw my arms out and look up and thank God. I am driving, and I start to get frustrated with another driver, but conviction stops me, and I thank God for teaching me about patience and not to judge others. I change from complaining about the other driver to praying a blessing on that driver. For about 3 years I drove 87 miles one way to work, so I had a lot of time that I was in a vehicle. That became my quiet space, and the best God time I could have. I would pray and talk with the Lord about my struggles, dreams, any and everything that was going on with my life. The cool thing was, Father God was listening, and when I would be on my way home I would hear him talking to my heart through the songs that were playing on the radio. Just a side note I only listen to Christian music, as it is medicine for my Spirit. So, as you can see prayer can be elaborate and focused, or it can be a simple conversation with God. But you will find that when you start to spend more time with the Lord in prayer, changes will start to happen in your life. You begin to have a shift in your spirit and you start to see things through the Fathers eyes, instead of through yours.

God’s Reckless Love

reckless love of godHave you ever thought about God’s wild, reckless love for us? Or maybe you think of God is vengeful and angry. A God that only wants to bring wrath down on his people.

Well today I want to help you to understand that we have a loving God that is constantly trying to bring us back into right standing with himself. We were created to have relationship and good standing with our Father in Heaven. But early in creation sin entered the world and changed that forever. Since the time that sin first entered the world, Father God has been trying to bring us back into right standing so that we are in relationship with himself. God wants to know us and for us to not only call on him in times of trouble, but to always be talking to him.

What does talking to God look like? Well it is waking up in the morning and thanking him for another day here on earth. It is going through your day and taking the time to just talk to God about your struggles. He knows what you are going through, but Father God wants you to talk to him about it, just as a child would tell their parent. Talk to the Father about the good and the bad. I can remember a few years ago, I was crying out to God, because my Dad had Parkinson’s Syndrome, and was no longer able to talk to me, so he would not even let me talk to him. I was a Daddy’s girl, and I was missing my Dad so much, that I got on my knees and poured out my heart to Father God about how much I missed talking to my Dad. How I missed hearing his voice, and I just wanted to be able to talk to him about things going on in my life. What made it even harder was that I was 2500 miles away from my Dad at the time. Well the Father heard my cries, and he felt my pain. Two days later I got a phone call from my Dad and for 10-15 minutes my Dad could, talk and have a conversation with me. I knew instantly that this was a blessing and gift from Father God. It was the last time that I got to hear my Earthly Fathers, voice but it was priceless. This is what a loving Heavenly Father does, he gives good gifts because he loves us.

Just think about John 3:16-17: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” These are the words of Jesus as he is explaining to a respected Jewish teacher. So, if God was always angry and vengeful, he would never have sacrificed his one and only Son to bring us back into righteousness when we accept Jesus in our hearts. No this is something that a loving God would do, that has a father’s heart for each one of us. Think about how much love God really has for us, any parent knows that it would be hard, if not impossible to sacrifice their child for everyone else. I know I can’t begin to imagine the pain that would cause. So, to allow that to happen so that we could accept Jesus into our hearts and become saved, to be made righteous through the blood of Christ is the ultimate act of love.

READING YOUR BIBLE

Bible graphicDo you read your bible?  Is it just a book with words that you think is lifeless?  Is it just a bunch of history that does not pertain to you?  What if I told you that your bible is the living and breathing word of God!  It has history that we can learn from, but it is a tool that the Lord can use to teach us and speak to us.

There was a time in my life when I thought that my bible was just a book.  What I was reading made no sense.  It just seemed like it was talking about things that did not pertain to me, because I was not one of the chosen people (Israelite).  But then one day it was like a light came on, I decided to pray before I even opened my bible.  I asked Father God to help me to understand what was in the bible.  Suddenly the bible came to life and things were being highlighted to me.  I was understanding things that had been confusing.  Suddenly my bible was the living word and I would read, and have verses speak to my heart.

So, that started to change my perspective of my bible.  I also started to notice that I was having a heart shift.  I got excited about opening my bible and hearing what God had to say.  Then in 2016 I started an actual bible reading plan.  It was having you read part of the old testament and then part of the new testament.  A new awareness suddenly came to me as I was seeing how the old and new testament tie together.  I would get super excited, and pester my husband about what I had read which would lead to awesome discussions.  It brought me into new freedoms as I started to find out that some things I had believed about the bible were not true.  That was not what God had said, rather it was lies I had been believing.

Can I just say that when you make a dedication to actually read your bible in a year, it changes your life.  Freedom comes from knowing the truth of what God says and applying that truth to your heart.  You also start to discover your identity in Christ rather than in the lies of the world around you.  I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be a prisoner or a slave to the lies of the enemy.  Life is beautiful, and I want to live it to the fullest through Christ.  You gain wisdom and insight, so that you can make good changes to your life.  You start to memorize scripture and applying it to your life.  For instance Romans 8:1 There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.  Now talk about freedom when I read that and apply it to my life.  All of a sudden when I feel condemnation coming on I can stop it in its tracks and declare the truth of the Lord.  Bam just like that I have beaten the enemy back and taken another step forward.

Think about the bible as a tool to help you grow with Christ.  Yes there is history, but even through historical things that happen you learn so that you don’t make those same mistakes.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in the wilderness forever like the Israelites when they were freed from oppression in Egypt and then let fear keep them from the promised land.  I want to walk in bold confidence that God is with me just as Joshua and Caleb did.  But I did not gain that confidence until I actually made the time to read my bible and apply it to my life.

Yes that is the other thing, don’t just read, but apply what you are learning to your life.  If you are reading about being rebellious like Jonah was and you see what happened to Jonah.  Then learn from that story so that you don’t run from God but rather run to God.  Let your bible be a journey into learning to be more like Jesus.  Your bible is a tool and when you take time to read and apply it, your life begins to change.

 

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Jesus has changed my life

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog.  My life changed in 2008 because I found that there is a difference in being a believer and actually having a relationship with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

It has been through my realtionship with Jesus and God that my life has been transformed and I have found peace and freedom that I never had before.  My bible has become a voice from God, as well as the Christian music that I listen to.  As my life has been transformed, it has opened my heart to share with others so that they can find the freedom that I found.

When you walk with Christ, you start to change from the inside out.  Actually it happens and you might not even see the changes happening, but they are.  I was someone that lived life in fear of judgement from others and so I shut myself off from people.  I was not a hermit, but I was extremely shy, and I found it hard to trust people.  But I am no longer that person, I no longer walk in fear of judgement from the people around me.  Now I walk bold and confident because I have discovered a new freedom, and that is when I live my life for God, I don’t have to worry about what people think, but I focus on what God would think.

I hope that you find this site as a way to learn more about the Jesus that I have found and love.  For Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice to save man kind.  Jesus is not just a prophet, or a good person.  Jesus was both a son of man and a son of God.  Jesus suffered and was sacrificed on the cross so that we can be made righteous by the blood that was shed.  Jesus bore all of your sin and my sin, so that we could be seen as righteous in the eyes of God, when we belive in Jesus.  Jesus died, but rose on the third day and is now seated at the right hand of God, my Heavenly Father.

We now walk in a new covenant with God, and we have been given direct access to the Father through Jesus.  When Jesus died on the cross the veil was torn in the temple that separated the most Heavenly place where God was and opened up a way for us to talk directly with the Father through Jesus Christ.  Think about what this really means, it was the hand of God that tore the veil.  The veil that hung in the temple was 4 inches thick, and I read that it was 60 ft long, and it tore from the top to the bottom.  This helps you to understand the magnitude of what really happened when Jesus died, but he rose 3 days later.  Jesus has won the battle and taken the keys away from Satan.

So what does that mean!  Well it means that I don’t have to talk to a priest, who then talks to God, but rather I can talk directly to Father God.  Jesus has given us the ability to talk directly to God.  Jesus has made it so that we are washed clean and when God looks at us we are righteous.  Not because of things that we do, but because of the realtionship that we have with Jesus.  When we believe in Jesus that he was a sacrifice for our sins, that he was resurrected and now sits at the right hand of God, we get freedom.

I hope that you will enjoy my insights to living with God.