Friday, December 30, 2011

Remember


Remember.

Take steps,
the way I show you,
to set up a touch stone
a visible reminder
of what I have done for you.

A memorial forever. 


Joshua called out the twelve men 
whom he selected from the People of Israel, 
one man from each tribe. 
Joshua directed them, 
"Cross to the middle of the Jordan 
and take your place in front of the Chest of God, your God. 
Each of you heft a stone to your shoulder,
 a stone for each of the tribes of the People of Israel, 
so you'll have something later to mark the occasion. 
When your children ask you, 
'What are these stones to you?' 
you'll say, 'The flow of the Jordan was stopped 
in front of the Chest of the Covenant of God as it crossed the Jordan—
stopped in its tracks. 
These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.

Joshua 4:4-7 msg

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Available



"Consistently trusting in Me is vital to flourishing in My Presence."
-- from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young




There is no peace apart from You.

I know this so well
because I wander so often.

Why I think I can do better,
why I think that You expect me
to do it all on my own,
I have no idea. 

I know that it is only by Your 
precious Grace 
that I am 
saved,
forgiven,
restored,
redeemed,
justified....

Why I think I can 
do anything apart from you,
I have no idea.

I try to be like You
but I can't.

Only You can be You
in me.

Teach me 
how to be available,
available 
to You
for You are all I need.




"The only limitation 
on what God can do 
in you and me 
is our 
availability.
Be available to Christ, 
and His divine dynamic
will be released."

"The Christian life is not about 
our own capacity and ability, 
but about God's; 
not about who we are, 
but who He is; 
not about what we have to offer, 
but what He offers, 
which is all of Himself,
 if only we are as available to Christ 
as Christ was available to His Father."

-- from The Indwelling Life of Christ by Major W. Ian Thomas



Blessed are you
who give yourselves over to God,
turn your backs on the world's "sure thing",
ignore what the world worships;

Psalm 40:4 msg


My help and glory are in God
—granite-strength and safe-harbor-God —
So trust Him absolutely, people;
lay your lives on the line for HIm.
God is a safe place to be.

Psalm 62:7-8 msg

Monday, October 17, 2011

Words to Live By



BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) 
is the man who walks and lives not 
in the counsel of the ungodly 
[following their advice, their plans and purposes], 
nor stands [submissive and inactive] 
in the path where sinners walk, 
nor sits down [to relax and rest] 
where the scornful [and the mockers] gather.

But his delight and desire are in the law 
of the Lord, and on His law 
(the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) 
he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) 
by day and by night.

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted 
[and tended] by the streams of water, 
ready to bring forth its fruit in its season;
 its leaf also shall not fade or wither; 
and everything he does shall prosper 
[and come to maturity].

Psalm 1:1-3




 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?
Any comfort from his love? 
Any fellowship together in the Spirit? 
Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other,
 loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. 
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 
Don’t look out only for your own interests, 
but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Philippians 2:1-5




And so, dear brothers and sisters, 
I plead with you to give your bodies to God 
because of all he has done for you. 
Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—
the kind he will find acceptable. 
This is truly the way to worship him.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, 
but let God transform you into a new person 
by changing the way you think. 
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, 
which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

Monday, September 19, 2011

Deciding in my Heart


I have become so dry. 
So closed in and holding tight to the little I have. 

I have felt a distance between me and God, 
all the while knowing that it was not Him that had moved. 

He never leaves, never forsakes. 

He gave me these verses this morning 
as I came to Him and 
simply confessed the distance in my heart.

 I asked Him to show me,
 to search me and show me 
what had come between us.
 
Repent, all of you who forget me, 
or I will tear you apart,
and no one will help you. 
But giving thanks is a sacrifice 
that truly honors me. 
If you keep to my path, 
I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” 

Psalm 50:22, 23 




I had stopped being purposelly thankful 
and offering Him praise willingly and often. 
I had been focused on all that I have to do 
instead of Who He is. 

But thanksgiving throws open the doors to God. 
We are to enter His courts with praise. 

Enter His gates with thanksgiving 
and His courts with praise; 
give thanks to Him and praise His name. 

Psalm 100:4 


As I read 2 Corinthians 9 this morning 
after God showed me my need 
to return to giving Him thanks, 
verse 7 jumped off the page at me. 

God doesn't want me to give because I have to, 
He wants me to be joyful 
as I come to Him with my thanks. 

And, I have determined to do just that.... 
To regularly give Him thanks, with a joyful heart. 

"You must each decide in your heart how much to give. 
And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. '
For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.'"

2 Corinthians 9:7


As I was typing this out, 
this next verse just popped in my head. 
So, I share it now as I close. 

What, then, shall we say in response to this? 
If God is for us, who can be against us? 

Romans 8:31

Monday, September 12, 2011

Brand New



I have been made for a purpose!

"...to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 
so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 
Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose 
and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, 
guaranteeing what is to come."

2 Corinthians 5:4-5 niv




Sometimes this mortal tent 
can seem so heavy, 
so constant,
never ending.

But there is more to come!
This is not the extent of it all.

Therefore, I can have joy 
as I cling to the promise of what is to come.


We live by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7 niv




So we make it our goal to please him, 
whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 
For we must all appear 
before the judgment seat of Christ, 
that each one may receive what is due him 
for the things done while in the body, 
whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 niv


Because of what is to come,
I have a goal. 

Pleasing the Lord
should be the goal of my life. 

I am His
and one day I will stand before Him.

What will He say?




And he died for all, 
that those who live 
should no longer live for themselves 
but for him who died for them 
and was raised again.

2 Corinthians 5:15 niv


To live for Him, 
Who died for me,
is the least that I can do. 

He paid the price
and gave His all 
for you and me.




Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, 
he is a new creation; 
the old has gone, the new has come!

2 Corinthians 5:17 niv


I am a new creation!
Through Jesus 
the old has gone
the new is here to stay. 




We implore you on Christ’s behalf: 
Be reconciled to God. 
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, 
so that in him 
we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:20b-21 niv




"Jesus paid it all,
all to Him I owe!

Sin had left its crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow!"


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Filling my Vessel of Earth with Light




For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, 
has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] 
the Light for the illumination of the knowledge 
of the majesty and glory of God 
[as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] 
in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah). 

However, we possess this precious treasure 
[the divine Light of the Gospel] 
in [frail, human] vessels of earth, 
that the grandeur and exceeding greatness 
of the power may be shown to be from God 
and not from ourselves.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 amp




It comes so slowly,
the realization that dullness has come.

How dry life has become,
void of the crackle of life,
so heavy, and hard.

Looking down,
focusing on the vessel of earth,
dims the Light.

All I can see is the cracks,
the powdery residue drifting all around.

Where is hope?

I'm just a clay pot.
And a broken one at that.

And all around me are broken jars,
bumping into me,
bruising and jostling.




The hunger for Light is there.

I know where the Source is. 
I just have to lift my eyes. 


Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? 
Why are you crying the blues? 
Fix my eyes on God— 
soon I'll be praising again. 
He puts a smile on my face. 
He's my God.

Psalm 42:5 msg


I may be a broken jar,
a vessel of earth.
But I am filled with the fullness of Life and Light.

Looking up, He floods my face 
with the Light of His Glory and Grace. 

Filled.

Life abundant.


For our light, momentary affliction 
(this slight distress of the passing hour)
 is ever more and more abundantly 
preparing and producing and achieving 
for us an everlasting weight of glory 
[beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all 
comparisons and all calculations, 
a vast and transcendent glory 
and blessedness never to cease!],

Since we consider and look 
not to the things that are seen 
but to the things that are unseen; 
for the things that are visible are temporal 
(brief and fleeting), 
but the things that are invisible 
are deathless and everlasting.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 amp


My brokenness is temporal.

He is Eternal, Deathless and Everlasting.

Oh downcast soul, 
look up!

He will fill with Light.
He lifts us up. 

Fix your eyes on Him.


Friday, August 26, 2011

He is the Source



For our knowledge is fragmentary 
(incomplete and imperfect), 
and our prophecy (our teaching) 
is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). 
But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, 
the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away 
(become antiquated, void, and superseded). 

For now we are looking in a mirror 
that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection 
[of reality as in a riddle or enigma], 
but then [when perfection comes] 
we shall see in reality and face to face! 
Now I know in part (imperfectly), 
but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, 
even in the same manner as I have been fully 
and clearly known and understood [by God]. 

And so faith, hope, love abide 
[faith--conviction and belief respecting 
man's relation to God and divine things; 
hope--joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; 
love--true affection for God and man, 
growing out of God's love for and in us], 
these three; but the greatest of these is love. 

1 Corinthians 13:9-10, 11-12, 13


In the past when I have read 1 Cor. 13 I have always sighed 
and stepped away feeling discouraged. 
In fact, even this morning, when I realized we were reading 
this chapter I felt heaviness and just sighed. 
I could only see what I was not and what I did not have.

Through a few different sources, 
(including vs. 13 in the Amplified Version) 
the Lord reminded me that He is the source of this love. 
I do not have the ability to conjure up true love. 
He alone is the source of real, Godly love. 
Thus, another reason that I need to put my whole trust 
in Him and rely on Him solely and completely. 
Only as I keep my eyes on Him do I become more like Him. 


“And we all, with unveiled face,
 beholding the glory of the Lord, 
are being transformed into the same image 
from one degree of glory to another. 
For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

 -- 1 Corinthians 3:18


“And everyone who thus hopes in Him 
purifies himself as he is pure”

-- 1 John 3:3

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Returning




This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, 
in quietness and trust is your strength, 
but you would have none of it.

Isaiah 30:15 niv84


It doesn't take much, really.

And in the midst of learning new things 
and starting back up in others,
it comes so easy.

Discomfort.

Unease.

Creeping up from the pit of 
my stomach.

Straight to my head
where it rolls around 
enlarging with each circle.

Simple worlds shared by another
sent me reeling.

Why?

Is there something wrong with me?

What should I do?

Then Your words come.

Spoken so clearly and direct.

Straight to my heart.

Quietness.

Trust.

Return.

Yes, Lord. 

Oh, Yes!


Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; 
he rises to show you compassion. 
For the LORD is a God of justice. 
Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 30:18 niv84



Friday, August 12, 2011

Getting to Where I'm Going



"In the same way I was with Moses, I'll be with you.
 I won't give up on you; I won't leave you. 
Strength! Courage! 
You are going to lead this people to inherit the land 
that I promised to give their ancestors. 
Give it everything you have, heart and soul. 
Make sure you carry out The Revelation 
that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. 
Don't get off track, either left or right, 
so as to make sure you get to where you're going.
 And don't for a minute let this Book 
of The Revelation be out of mind. 
Ponder and meditate on it day and night, 
making sure you practice everything written in it. 
Then you'll get where you're going; 
then you'll succeed. 
Haven't I commanded you? Strength! Courage! 
Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. 
God, your God, is with you every step you take." 

-- Joshua 1:3-9 MSG




God is with me! 
He is not ever going to leave or turn His back on me, 
and He's not going to give up on me.

But how many times do I give up on Him? 
How quickly to I turn and give up? 

He guarantees my success, 
promises to be with me always and gives me His Word 
to guide me and show me how to live. 
But I have even more! 
I have the Holy Spirit to lead and counsel and guide me, 
and to pray words for me when I have none. 

I have a part in this too.
 I have to follow and give it all that I got 
and stay in HIs Word and fill my mind and heart 
with all that His Word says. 
But most important, I have to do what His Word says. 
Then I will "get to where I am going. Then I will succeed."

As I read back over the verses in Joshua again,
these words jumped out at me:
"You are going to lead this people to inherit the land 
that I promised to give their ancestors. 
Give it everything you have, heart and soul. "
As a mom, I have a "people" that I am leading. 
At times I feel like we are out in the wilderness,
and the way can get so rocky and scary. 
And I can lose heart. 
I can become half-hearted and lazy. 
But as I read these words today, 
I felt like the Lord was speaking directly to me
and specifically about my mothering. 
"Give it everything you have, heart and soul!"
"Don't be afraid or discouraged! I am with you!"
"I have given you everything you need to succeed,
you just need to fill up with my Word and do what it says."




Father, Thank You for always being with me. 
Only then can I be strong and courageous. 
Thank you for giving me all that I need to succeed. 
I have Your presence, Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. 
And as it says in 1 Corinthians, I have every spiritual gift that I need 
and You will keep me strong to the end. 
Forgive me for the many times that I have turned away, 
that I have not trusted in You, 
that I have been full of fear and empty of Your Word. 
Help me today to choose to stick close to You. 
Thank you for showing me my half-heartedness, please forgive me.
Thank you that You have given me all I need to lead my flock.
Please help me to give it all I have as I fill up on Your Word 
and as I trust in You.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Living by God's Power



So don’t make judgments about anyone 
ahead of time—before the Lord returns. 
For he will bring our darkest secrets to light 
and will reveal our private motives. 
Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. 

-- 1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT


For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk;
 it is living by God’s power. 

-- 1 Corinthians 4:20 NLT

~•~

Oh man! I do this way too often! 
Jumping to conclusions about someone, 
for good or bad, and then holding them to that assessment 
(which is completely my own) in all my dealings with them. 
This affects the way I think of the person 
and the way that I talk about them. 

As it says in verse 20, 
I can talk night and day about not judging people, 
but if I don't, by God's power, stop judging, 
my talk is just idle chatter. 
A clanging cymbal. 
(Hmmmm, sounds like another passage 
that is coming up in 1 Corinthians....)
As I sit here, all the various analogies 
of what our relationship with God 
is supposed to be come flooding into my mind... 
He is the Potter and I am the clay,
 He is the True Vine and I am the branch, 
I am the cracked pot and He is the Life and Light that fills me. 
He is my Shepherd and I am His little lamb. 
He is God, I am not. 
He knows all things, I see as through a dark glass. 
I see in part, He sees it all. 
He is the Judge and He is Love. 

As I look at people around me, 
I have no way of knowing the whole story of their lives. 
I have no way of seeing all that led up to someone 
making the choices they have made, right or wrong.
 Only God sees and can judge the motivation of the heart. 
And He does so with Everlasting Love and Mercy. 

Father, I choose to live by Your power. 
Help me to come to you with all things and allow 
You to speak to me and show me how I should live. 
Fill me up with You today. 
Fill me with Your love. Amen.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011




For I resolved to know nothing 
(to be acquainted with nothing,
to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, 
and to be conscious of nothing)
among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) 
and Him crucified. 

And I was in (passed into a state of) weakness 
and fear (dread) and great trembling 
[after I had come] among you.

And my language and my message 
were not set forth in persuasive
(enticing and plausible) words of wisdom,
but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power
[a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me
and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions
and thus persuading them], 

So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men
(human philosophy), but in the power of God.

-- 1 Corinthians 2:2-5 amp


~•~


Where is my focus most of the time?

What I am determined to do or say or give out in my life? 

As I read Paul's words, I knew that I could not 
join him in his declaration of firm resolve
in only Jesus.

Even though he had resolved to present only Jesus
to the Corinthians, he still was filled with fear
and his words were not eloquent or persuasive.

He came in weakness
but he was focused on Eternal Strength.

I confess that I focus so often on my weakness
forgetting about my Eternal Strength.

I pray that God's Holy Spirit is evident in me
as I daily walk among my children 
cloaked so heavily in my weakness. 

I choose to fix my eyes on Jesus. 

Fill me, use me, be glorified in me today.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Reflections from 1 Corinthians 1



This is what I hear the Lord whisper to my heart
as I contemplate 1 Corinthians 1:

As you face this coming day, 
and all that you feel you need to accomplish and prepare for, 
I want you to consider and remember these truths. 

You have been summoned by the will and purpose of God 
to be a wife and mother, friend and daughter. 
You have been consecrated, purified and made holy in Christ Jesus. 
You have been selected and called to be a saint -- one of God's people. 

From Jesus you have received the grace (favor and spiritual favor) of God. 
He enriches you, fills you with His power, 
gives you readiness of speech with complete knowledge and illumination. 

He will establish you to the end, keeping you steadfast and giving you strength. 
Jesus guarantees your vindication, 
He will be your warrant against ALL accusation or indictment 
so that you will be guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The message of the cross is foolishness to this world, 
but to you who are being saved, it is the power of God! 

God uses the foolish things and the weak things to put the world to shame. 
You have no place to boast in yourself. 
It all comes from Him. 
Your life is from and in Christ. 
So boast loudly and rejoice fully in Me. 

Amen.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Just Breathe



Diving down

Submerging

Pulling in

Closing doors

Shutting blinds

Snuggling down into the covers

Holding on, holding tight

Shhh, hush now there will be time for all that.... Later.

For now, just be

Just wait

Just trust

Just breathe.



Sunday, June 5, 2011

Trust, Delight, Commit, Be Still and Rest



Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) 
in the Lord and do good; 
so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely 
on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, 
and He will give you the desires and 
secret petitions of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord 
[roll and repose each care of your load on Him];
 trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) 
also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

And He will make your uprightness and 
right standing with God go forth as the light, 
and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.

Be still and rest in the Lord; 
wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; 
fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, 
because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

Psalm 37:3-7 amp




I am so thankful for His faithfulness.

He is so good.

Over and over 
I forget to remember
Who He is
and who I am.

Ever so patiently
He is teaching me
to come to Him,
to trust, 
to delight,
to commit,
to be still
and to rest.

Thank You, Father.
Thank You.




Saturday, June 4, 2011

Learning to Stay Close




"Welcome challenging times as opportunities to trust Me. 
You have Me beside you and My Spirit within you,
so no set of circumstances is too much for you to handle.
When the path before you is dotted with difficulties,
beware of measuring your strength against those challenges.
That calculating is certain to riddle you with anxiety. 
With Me, you wouldn't make it past the first hurdle!

The way to walk through demanding days is to 
grip My hand tightly and stay in close communication with Me.
Let your thoughts and spoken words be richly flavored
with trust and thankfulness. 
Regardless of the day's problems, 
I can keep you in perfect Peace as you stay close to Me."

-- Jesus Calling by Sarah Young





Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, 
consider it an opportunity for great joy.

James 1:2 nlt


I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me 
[I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him
 Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].

Philippians 4:13 amp


You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace 
whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, 
because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

Isaiah 26:3 amp




Thursday, May 26, 2011

Light Breaks Through



I have told you these things, so that in Me 
you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. 
In the world you have tribulation and trials 
and distress and frustration; 
but be of good cheer 
[take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! 
For I have overcome the world. 
[I have deprived it of power to harm you 
and have conquered it for you.]. 

John 16:33 amp




Jesus paid it all!
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left its crimson stain —
He washed it white as snow.




My vision can be so clouded so often.

So much gets in the way 
so that I can't see You. 

Within, without,
lies, cares, worries, things
block my view
weigh me down
keep me from 
truth
peace
joy
freedom.

I keep forgetting to look.

My gaze rests everywhere
but on You.

I forget You are there.

I think I have to do this
on my own.

Once again I remember.

I lift my eyes.

Light breaks through.



Monday, May 2, 2011

Abundant Life!



From Jesus Calling — May 2

"Living in dependence on Me is the way to enjoy abundant life.
You are learning to appreciate tough times, 
because they amplify your awareness of My Presence.
Tasks that you used to dread are becoming
rich opportunities to enjoy My closeness. 
When you feel tired, you remember that I am your Strength;
you take pleasure in leaning on Me. 
I am pleased by your tendency to turn to Me
more and more frequently, 
especially when you are alone.

When you are with other people,
you often lose sight of My Presence. 
Your fear of displeasing people puts you in bondage to them,
and they become your primary focus.
When you realize this has happened,
whisper My Name; this tiny act of trust brings Me
to the forefront of your consciousness, 
where I belong. 
As you bask in the blessing of My nearness,
My life can flow through you to others.
This is abundant life!"




So often, I start my day so close to You.

So full of peace 

and trust

and joy.


And then the day starts rolling.

The noise starts.

Activity gets jumping.

And I forget. 


How many days to I 
go to bed feeling the distance,
realizing that I left You behind
sitting at the kitchen table. 

But, thankfully, 
the truth is, You have never left me.
You have never forgotten me,
and all I have to do is whisper Your name
and turn my thoughts to You.


The fear of human opinion disables; 
trusting in God protects you from that.

Proverbs 29:25 msg

Thursday, April 28, 2011

He is Good!



Open your mouth and taste, 
open your eyes and see —
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to Him. 

Psalm 34:8 niv



"Call to Me and I will 
answer you and tell you
great and unsearchable things
you do not know."

Jeremiah 33:3 niv




I am blessed when I run to God 
and I am answered when I call to Him. 
He is good!

 He is so good that 
He even looks good and tastes good! 
He tells me to open my eyes 
and see that He is good. 
All around me must be evidence of His goodness. 

Thank you, Father! 
You are good! 
Help me to see Your goodness 
all around me today and to call to You 
as I go through this day.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Confessing the Word




"Ah, Sovereign Lord, 
You made the heavens and the earth 
by Your great power and outstretched arm. 
Nothing is too hard for You."

Jeremiah 32:17 niv




This week a passage from a fiction book I am reading
really jumped off the page at me. 

It made me take in a breath and say, "Oh!"

The truth of this passage 
really spoke to me
and showed me something that 
I want to apply in my life. 

The book I am reading is 
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down
by Neta Jackson.

Within the story, several of the main characters
experienced a very traumatic event together. 

This section comes a couple of weeks 
after the event, but is the first time 
the prayer group has gathered since it happened. 


Avis quickly discouraged simply rehashing the details. 
"We need to help each other move 
beyond the trauma to a place of faith."

"Uh-huh." Ruth considered that. 
"So spiritual, I'm not.
Exactly how do you do that?"

Stu snickered. "You sound like Yo-Yo."

Yo-Yo, sitting crossed-legged on the floor
and cleaning her fingernails with a pocketknife,
just grinned. 

Avis took the question seriously.
"By confessing the Word —"

"Avis! Plain English!" 
This time Yo-Yo did speak up.

"All right, plain English.  
But it's an important concept, so I'm going to break it down.
Confessing — it literally means 'to tell, to make known.' 
The Word, of course, is what God says in the Bible.
So, we can either go around confessing
'Oh, wasn't that awful' or, 'I'm so scared' or, 
'I'm so angry about what happened.' 
Or we can confess the Word:
'I'm created in the image of God.' 
'God knows and cares when even a sparrow falls
to the ground; how much more He cares about me!'
'All things work together for good for those who love Him
and are called according His purpose' —
to name just a few. 
That's what I call 'confessing the Word.'"

I knew I needed that kind of encouragement to actually
speak the Word. Say it out loud. 
Remind myself what God said about stuff 
that happens when my feelings 
are flying off in every direction.

...

"Stu, I don't mean to deny anyone's feelings. 
We all have natural feelings including me. 
Yes, I felt angry. Yes, I was upset. 
I don't think one day has gone by that I haven't cried
about Hoshi's pain, and I don't know how pretty bad.
But I do know that if I stay there in the natural,
focusing on all my feelings, Satan gets a foothold in my heart.
I begin to doubt God's love. My trust slips —
is God really in control? 
All I'm saying is, what I need to do is confess 
the promises of God, and I need to do it right away.
'Satan, you're a liar!' 
'God, Your ways are above my ways, so I trust You!" —
even if I don't feel like it. 
Because that's the only way I can keep my feet 
on solid ground and my heart from 
giving in to fear."


The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down
by Neta Jackson
pg. 192-193, 194




Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, 
set your hearts on things above, 
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:1-3 niv