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My Heavy Shield

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Joyce Meyer spoke about the shield of faith today.  She had a large shield on stage that was borrowed from the prop room.  As she talked about the “fiery darts” from the enemy she would lift that shield and hold it up over her body covering even her face and head.  She said it was very heavy.  At first when carried out by one of the men, she wondered if she would be able to lift it.  It actually made a great analogy for what we sometimes deal with exercising our own “shield of faith” in our own lives.  It is much easier to just leave it sit there on the side-lines – never pick it up and actually use it.   After all – it is kind of  – heavy.  It’s way easier to just to our own thing instead.

As she cited many scriptures on faith including the famous ones from the book of Hebrews, something swelled up in me.  Something made real sense to me.  Those people like Abraham, the woman with the bleeding issue, the man who asked Jesus to heal his daughter and many more were people just like us – but with one difference:  they spoke out their faith and believed even when it looked impossible.  

This is a great lesson.  It is one that I for one have heard my whole life.  I know those Bible stories by heart.  Went to Bible school and studied at great length and have been in ministry with my husband for 0ver 25 years.  And yet, I fall short.  I have let my personal situations bring me down.  I have allowed others to rob me of my joy.  I have failed many times.

And yet – I remember the times when I did believe for things that looked or seemed impossible.  I can remember a specific time when praying for and about my daughter.  I remember the times when I spoke out these words:  Lord, you know the future.  You already have the answer to this situation.  I don’t have to worry about it.  You are working behind the scenes for my benefit.  You are going to do what you promised.  I believe that things will happen just as you say it will – in your timing and not mine.

Things did not always change immediately.  But eventually I received an answer.  The problem is, I don’t always remember to pray that way.  When a storm comes – I forget.  When someone hurts me – I forget.  When a situation comes my way that I don’t understand – I forget again.  My first response comes from a severe lack of faith.  I pull into myself, or blame the other person.  Or worse than that – talk about it to a friend.  Ouch.  And I don’t have my shield of faith in place.  And that’s when I’m hit REALLY HARD in the head with those fiery darts.  And it feels like now I’m fighting for my life, while wounded!  When I could have just remembered to speak out those words of belief and faith.  All the while – raising that heavy shield – which gets lighter all the time I express my faith in God.

Are you going through something right now?  Most of us are.  It’s the unseen things that trip us all up.  Most people don’t look like they are in a battle, when they are.  There are things hidden deep in the heart, hurts that go way beyond understanding.  There are situations that bring us down like physical illness and loss.  It is hard to remain positive with long-term trouble of the heart, mind and body.  But just a little step of faith can make a HUGE difference.

God doesn’t promise to elevate us out of the trial – but He does promise to be with us.  And when He is with us, we CAN go through anything.  And I’d much rather have Him beside me than to face it without Him.

My own personal prayer today looks something like this:

Lord you know what I’m struggling with.  I know you have the answer.  You are working behind the scenes to bring healing and restoration.  I release my time-table to you.  I believe everything that happens is ultimately for my good and has a purpose.  Even when I can’t see it.  It is comforting to know that you see the final outcome for my situation.  I am convinced you are more concerned with my attitude and heart than anything else that might be immediate gratification.  I believe you will do what you have promised concerning my life.  Help me to be a blessing and help others even when I don’t yet have all the answers.  I trust you.  Amen

As I release this prayer – my shield doesn’t seem so heavy any more.  And I’m protected.  It doesn’t change the situation right away – but I am changed by saying it.  And as I believe – my shield holds.

 

What does your prayer of faith look like?

 

God Bless

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Freedom To Be Me

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I was watching a Joyce Meyer video teaching this morning during my morning devotional time – as is my custom the last couple of months.  She is direct and motivating in her teaching style – and I appreciate that she speaks from a place of personal pain and victory – mistakes and repentance – experience and transparency.  She is quick to say how far gone she would be without the grace of God – His love and mercy.

Today she was talking about being ‘good to yourself’, getting enough rest, not overdoing, finding balance.  And appreciating those in her life that give her the freedom to be herself.

She told of how she has that kind of relationship with her own daughter, the two of them can have something planned – but if she has to cancel or just simply doesn’t feel right about it – or just doesn’t want to do it – there are no questions.  Her daughter just says, “fine – no problem, whatever you want to do”.

What freedom to have people in your life where you don’t have to explain yourself – you can just do or not do.  Sometimes we take this for granted – this is a HUGE thing.  Acceptance, no questions – just freedom to be me.  How rare a gift this is!

Life and people can bring expectations.  Unspoken (and sometimes spoken) list of expectations as to behavior, protocol and proper procedure.  Sometimes those that place those spoken and unspoken “rules” on us – are coming from their own place of insecurity,  lack of information and fear of losing control.  We tense up or “clam up” when around them.  And whether real or imagined – it seems real to us.

I love that God does not place any “expectations” on us.  He is not just some ‘big giant in the sky’ – or mean father above ready to pounce on us when we mess up.  He waits for us, like a gentleman.  He comes in love.  He pursues us at our own pace – because He knows us.

 There is no one that knows me like He does – and because He knows me, He also knows what motivates me.  He is an expert on me.  He wrote the “Master’s Class on Cindy”.  Even the closest people in my life have messed up in this area – because of their own personal perspective and agenda – but  GOD never does.  He treats me the same – loves no matter what – and gives me freedom to be me.

I’m glad to have a heavenly father who is easy to be around – peaceful and easy.  I do not fear that I cannot talk to Him about the things on my mind – my concerns and pain – my little funny quirks and thought patterns.  He knows it all – understands and still allows me to be me.

Even if you are not lucky enough to have people in your life that allow you this freedom (I am lucky, I have several) I am hoping you will allow the love of God to invade your chaos, your feeling that “nobody gets me” – or “nobody really understands me” and release that to the one who made you.  What you will find is one who knows you best and loves you most.  He wants you to experience that freedom. That freedom that comes from being uniquely you.

I am praying for you

 

God Bless

Things That Don’t Bring Shame

Running after our own desires only brings shame

When was the last time this statement had you nodding your head in agreement?

Heard an excellent message yesterday morning at a church we were visiting.  The pastor had many great points about Ephesians 1 – and in particular what God desires for us.

Are our own desires always bad?  When they don’t line up with the word of God and God’s ultimate plan for our lives – our desires can bring us only temporary happiness – but not lasting joy.

Heard another excellent video message this morning from Joyce Meyer.  She was speaking on the subject of “Fear”.  One of the best I’ve ever heard on this subject.  In the middle of the message – she almost echoed the words above that the pastor had spoken yesterday – “when we follow after something from the flesh – it only satisfies for a little while – but then we end up feeling REALLY STUPID and having tons of regret”

The question should be:  “What does God want for my life?”  Period.  He has so much more planned for me than I can ever imagine – and the things He does not give me is only to protect me or give me something better instead.

That simple trust is very hard.  We want what we want.  I want what I want.  I sometimes try to “help” God, trying to manipulate circumstances to get it – instead of just giving it up and asking what He wants for me.

Are you asking for something today and God is saying, “No”?  Is it a desire of the flesh?  Is it something He does not want for you?  Is it withheld because of the great lesson you are going to learn from it?

God will never give you something that causes shame.

You can take that to the bank, my friend.

Romans 9:33 – As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

I am praying for you

God Bless

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