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October 22, 2013

Fan the Flame

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Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Each day, as often as posssible, I'll share a few additional thoughts on the blessing I share on Facebook. Here's today's blessing:

Start a Day Prayer: Father in Heaven, I pause this morning and I look to You. Fan the flame within me, Lord! Bring life to the gifts You've imparted to me! Open my eyes to see evidences of Your glory everywhere I turn. Put faith in my heart to step out, to be a necessary miracle in somebody's life today. And as I wait for my own personal breakthroughs, work through me to help someone else break through to their next place of promise. I love You, Lord. I need You every hour. And I have You every moment of every hour. I'm abundantly blessed. Amen.

A while back I received

I received an email from a precious woman who wondered why I’ve not posted for a while.

I asked her what she’d like me to write about and she replied, “How do you get the fire/zeal back in to your prayer time?  Why do we go through these dry places where our prayers seem blah (and very "me" centered). Why is reading the Word sometimes a chore instead of a delight?  

Great questions, no? 

So here’s my best answer: TRUST…

A while back I had author Emily Freeman on my show and she said the best thing: Is it more important to please God or to trust Him?She went on to say, “If we focus on pleasing God, we’ll quickly get into striving; but if we entrust ourselves to Him, and trust Him for all He is, we’ll stay in that place of grace, and we’ll please Him in the process (my paraphrase).”

 

Using ‘TRUST’ as an acronym, here are few things I learned about reigniting my prayer life:

 

T- Thanksgiving: Almost always, when I sense that the fire has gone out and my passion has waned, it’s because I stopped being grateful, stopped thanking God for all of the blessings I enjoy. When we focus too much on what we don’t have and on what God is not giving us as the moment, we lose sight of the fact that God is always wonderfully good, is beautifully for us, and will never forsake us. Start today by thanking Him for everything you’d miss tomorrow if you woke up and it wasn’t there.

 

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 

 

R – Repentance: Another fire-quencher is sin and selfish attitudes. Scripture says that His kindness leads us to repentance. When you’ve spent some time thanking God, conviction returns to your soul. Take the next step is to dare to say, ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts; see if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in your everlasting way.’ (See Psalm 139). Confession is a cleansing, beautiful thing. God draws especially near to the humble, repentant heart.

 

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:16).

 

U – Understand: Oftentimes when we feel our flame flickering and not burning brightly, it’s because we’ve approached God only for what He can do for us and not for who He is. A sure way to fan our spiritual flame is to seek Him for all He is worth! Still bring your requests before Him, but then lay them down at His feet, and seek to know His heart. He is the star-breathing God, the Lord of Lords, the King of kings, and the God of angel armies! He is high and lifted up and yet intimately right here. He loves you. Get to know Him more and you’ll have a better understanding of how He is working in your current circumstances. To better know Him is to love Him more; and to know Him is to be filled to the fullness with Him (see Ephesians).

 

Knowing the Holy One results in understanding (Proverbs 9:10).

 

S – Stand: When we don’t feel God’s presence and His promises don’t exactly feel true, it’s time to stand on the Word of God because it is true. When I find myself feeling more earthbound than heaven-bound, I rise up, walk around my house, and proclaim the promises of God written over my life. I will not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord! (because I struggle with health issues) God’s grace abounds in my life so I can abound in every good work! (because I’m constantly in over my head). When I stand on God’s promises, and my ears hear my mouth say what’s true, in due time, my heart believes again that His Word is true. I challenge you, walk around, stomp your feet if you have to, and proclaim the promises of God. Take your stand right where you stand!

 

For your promises are backed by all the honor of your name (Psalm 138:2).

 

S – Surrender: Another thing I’ve noticed is that surrender and spiritual passion are closely linked. When I find myself hanging on to my own understanding, or when I rely more heavily on my fears than I do on God’s faithfulness, it’s like a throwing a wet blanket on my spiritual flame. What’s my answer? I get on my knees, open my hands, and I surrender my everything to the Lord once again. I give Him my worries, my ‘what if’s’ and the deep desires of my heart. I’m only dealing with partial information. He knows what’s best for me (and for you). Try actually getting on your knees, opening your hands, and releasing the things you’ve been white-knuckling up to this point. Say to the Lord, 'Father, what does obedience look like here? And who do You want to be to me here? My Deliverer? Defender? Strong Tower? I surrender to You. Show me Your greatness in this place.'

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

 

T – Trust: Here we are, back at trust. When I lose perspective on life, I’ve somewhere along the line stopped trusting God. Here are a few things that are important to remember:      

*He has a plan for your life that is your best case scenario     

*He is faithful, true, and made Himself available to you   

*He is good and kind and true; you can trust Him to get you safely home

 

You can trust Him. You can trust Him. If your passion has waned it's time to re-engage your heart, to renew your mind, to humble yourself in His presence, and then to rise up knowing that you are His, and He is yours. You are blessed, indeed.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

I hope this helps you to fan the flame within you! You are so very precious to God!

~Until next time I post. J

Thanks for the nudge, Roberta. 

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November 14, 2018

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May PEACE settle into your soul before your answer comes. May JOY rise up within you at a moment you least expect it. May PROVISION come out of nowhere and remind you that God has your back and HE goes before you. May you defy the odds and come back from the trials you’ve endured. May you thrive right here, in the place God has you until He moves you. And may your life be a living-breathing testimony of God’s grace and goodness, His kindness and His love. You matter so very much to Him. Have a blessed day.

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November 13, 2018

Soul Freedom

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There are things in your soul that God wants to remove far from you. Things like shame, rejection, self-contempt, and fear. There are places in your soul that God wants to heal, truly heal, so you’ll know a freedom you’ve not known before. There are burdens that weigh heavy that aren’t yours to carry. Jesus wants to hold those for you. Before the year’s end, may you slow your pace and turn your face towards the One who holds the universe in His hand and who holds you, very close to His heart. You can trust Him. May His deep, restorative work surprise and bless you beyond your wildest dreams. You are priceless to Him. Believe it. 

 

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November 12, 2018

Know His Peace

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May you grow to love God's peace and pursue it with all your heart. You can count on His Word to light your path and His peace to confirm your steps. If there’s no peace, don’t make a move. Seek God, wait on Him, He will come for you. Jesus loves to lead you in the way you should go. As you seek His peace, you'll more clearly hear His voice. May your intimate walk with Him be your highest pursuit, your daily aim. It's impossible for God to fail you. Enjoy your walk with Him today.

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November 11, 2018

Crazy Faith Steps

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May you--above all else--see yourself as someone Jesus loves. May His affection for you heal you in the deepest ways and inspire you like nothing else ever has. May His saving grace and enabling power compel you to dream with Him, believe in Him, and take crazy-faith-steps because of Him. May every lesser voice and every lying circumstance fall by the wayside so that all you hear is His voice in your ear saying, 'This is the way, walk in it.' Nobody's opinion matters as much as God's. Nobody can save, heal, redeem, and refresh like Jesus. Walk intimately with Him today. His will for you is your best-case-scenario. 

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November 08, 2018

Weekend Blessing

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May you wrap your arms around the ones you love, look them in the eyes, and tell them how much you treasure them. May you look around, take notice and give thanks for all the blessings you'd miss if they went away tomorrow. When you're tempted to indulge in melancholy or discontentment, may you instead jump up, raise your hands, and thank God for His daily and divine intervention in your life. May your humble gratitude give you keen spiritual insight. Have a thoughtful, restful weekend.

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November 07, 2018

Remember His Goodness

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May you choose to be grateful when you'd rather be grumpy. May you choose to rejoice in God's goodness when you're tempted to rehearse man's badness. May you sing into your empty well trusting that God will soon fill it. And may you live with the expectancy that any day now, the Lord will bring the breakthrough. Rest tonight in the knowledge that more rests on God's shoulders than on yours. He's got you. Have a grateful day!

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November 06, 2018

A New Song

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In those places where you feel like sighing, may Jesus put a new song in your heart. Where you're weary from holding on, may He give you new courage to stand strong. Where you've waited long to see the breakthrough, may He very soon do what only He can do. Sometimes it feels like He's slow to intervene but the truth is, He's meticulous and miraculous, He's sovereign and strategic. He knows what He's doing and He deserves our trust. May we all rest in Him this day. He'll do the heavy lifting. Blessings to you!

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November 05, 2018

Before the Answer Comes

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May PEACE settle into your soul before your answer comes. May JOY rise up within you at a moment you least expect it. May PROVISION come out of nowhere and remind you that God has your back and HE goes before you. May you defy the odds and come back from the trials you’ve endured. May you thrive right here, in the place God has you until He moves you. And may your life be a living-breathing testimony of God’s grace and goodness, His kindness and His love. You matter so very much to Him. Have a blessed night.

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November 04, 2018

Have a Thankful Day

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Most answers to prayer come subtly, bits at a time. If you’ve been waiting a long time to see a major breakthrough, today’s a good day to look around at all of the prayers God has already answered. Take note of the gifts you possess, the ones you’d miss if they were gone tomorrow. Notice how personally God has tended to your story. Pay attention to the little things, like a subtle shift in perspective, or a lightening of your burden. These things matter and are evidences that life springs up all around you. Don’t discount the small answers while you wait for the big ones. God is answering your prayers and He hears you when you call on Him. Keep praying. Keep believing. And have a thankful day. 

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November 01, 2018

Pre-Holiday Blessing

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Only two months left of 2018. Most of the year is behind us and the holidays are before us. What’s on your heart these days? What do you long to see God accomplish in your world and in your life? What hurts do you want to leave behind? What lies did you pick up when life let you down? May you give some time and space to consider how you want to approach the holidays this year. May God help you leave the rat race for the sacred pace. May you refuse to strive for appearance sake and instead embrace the life that’s yours. Thank God for the blessings you enjoy and throw pretense out the window. I dare you to belly laugh, taste your food, and enjoy your loved ones. Make some plans not to have plans. Refuse to compare and despair. Instead, rejoice that you have nothing to prove and much to celebrate. A most blessed holiday season to you.

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October 31, 2018

See Yourself Redemptively

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May your inner dialogue match God’s thoughts about you. May you begin to treat yourself as kindly as God treats you. May self-compassion replace self-contempt. May holy-confidence replace negative self-awareness. May joyful trust replace constant second-guessing. In Christ, you are a NEW creation. The old has gone and the new has come! Tell your soul what’s true. Tell your brain what’s true. Walk and talk like it’s true. Soon, you’ll receive it and believe it. We tend to limit others in the very ways we limit ourselves. With Jesus at your side, may you blow your self-limiting beliefs to smithereens! And may you walk free beyond your wildest dreams. Everything is possible with Him. 

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October 30, 2018

Your Healing Process

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May you embrace the healing process that God has in motion right now. You can trust Him. May you notice the daily graces He provides. They’ll make your burden lighter. May you refuse to stuff emotions that keep trying to surface. They’re trying to tell you something. May you refuse the quick fix. You’re made for the long-haul, not just for the moment. Healing is a process and it happens in steps. So take the next step. May you boldly imagine by faith the new levels of freedom that Jesus won specifically for you. That Promised Land is yours! Have a great day.

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October 29, 2018

Stay the Course

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When certain situations pierce your heart, tell your soul, “I’m still in the not-yet. God’s not finished yet. The story’s not over yet. God is working ways I cannot see. My faith will be my substance and my evidence, my proof that I believe in Almighty God who daily establishes His purposes for me. If I don’t have it yet, it’s because I’m not ready for it yet. God, make me ready. Prepare my heart. Teach me what I need to know.” And then, in the meantime, look around, and thank Him for the right-nows, the parts of your story where you’ve seen God handiwork and experienced His faithfulness. Remember His goodness. Rely on His love. Trust that He is faithful. He’ll help you stay the course, keep the faith, and preserve to your next place of promise. 

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October 28, 2018

His Living, Active Word

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May God reset your perspective today. You’re not called to do everything, be everything, or even see everything. You are called to keep your gaze fixed on God alone. Don’t look at all of your problems all at once; instead, look at ONE of His promises all of the time until you’ve made it your own. God’s Word is living and breathing, active and powerful. God’s Word holds life, wisdom and revelation for you. Search until you find them. It’s time to reset your perspective. God has peace for you here. He has joy for you here. He has provision for you in this place. Look to Him and you’ll find life again. May you spend the rest of your life getting to know the love of God and the promises of God. May you spend every moment seeking the face of God. He deserves your trust. He’s a good God. It’s impossible for Him to fail you.

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October 25, 2018

A Glimpse of Glory

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Sometimes, in fact most times, we need a fresh gift of faith to face our current battles. May Jesus give that to you! May you begin to see things from His perspective. May His very presence bring joy and strength to your heart. You don’t have to see His answers to believe that He has them for you. You don’t have to know how He’ll intervene to believe that He will. May faith reframe your perspective tonight and bring rest to your heart. And, may the answer come when you least expect it. God is moving on your behalf. You can trust Him. Sleep well tonight.

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October 24, 2018

Rest in His Presence

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May Jesus miraculously deliver you from the fear and anxiety that threatens to overwhelm you. May He set you in a spacious place so you feel less pressed by the enemy of your soul. May He shore you up and strengthen you so you can clearly see things as they are, and not as they seem. May JOY fill your heart—right in the midst of your circumstances—and may PEACE flood your soul. Jesus will never change His mind about you. He loves you. He’s tender with your weaknesses and fierce in your defense. You can rest in His presence. You can trust Him. So trust Him. Have a blessed day and a restful night. 

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October 23, 2018

From Sighing to Singing

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In those places where you feel like sighing, may Jesus put a new song in your heart. Where you're weary from holding on, may He give you new courage to stand strong. Where you've waited long to see the breakthrough, may He very soon do what only He can do. Sometimes it feels like He's slow to intervene but the truth is, He's meticulous and miraculous, He's sovereign and strategic. He knows what He's doing and He deserves our trust. May we all rest in Him tonight. He'll do the heavy lifting. Blessings to you!

 

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October 22, 2018

Divine Possibilities

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May a new sense of expectancy rise up within you! May you begin to see with eyes of faith the new possibilities that are all around you! God is in the atmosphere and He changes everything. May you honor Him, obey Him and trust Him wholeheartedly. He intends to deliver on His promises. May your history with God compel you to trust Him with your future. He loves you more than you can fathom. Have an abundantly grace-filled day!

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October 21, 2018

Expanded Territory

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May the Lord enlarge your territory, expand your influence, and increase your capacity to walk in faith. May His hand of power be upon you in a way that marks everything you do. May He keep you from harm—both causing and enduring it—and may He use you to bless a world very much in need. May He surprise you with breakthroughs and still-water Sabbath moments. May you walk forward unafraid with the full knowledge that Your Shepherd goes before you. He’s placed His hand of blessing upon your head and He will faithfully lead you. Have a lighthearted, joy-filled day today! 

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October 18, 2018

God Loves Your Faith

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We love our comfort; God prefers our faith. We love predictability; God invites us on an adventure. We want relief; God wants redemption. We want a break; God is after a breakthrough. Hidden in every trying circumstance is an opportunity to experience God, to engage our faith and to see Him move.More often than not, we ask too little from God. He’s greater, grander, and more magnificent than we can imagine. And He’ll waste nothing. He’s using every nuance of your story to make you into someone you never dreamed you could be. Pray Big. Dream Big. Take Risks. Jesus will lead you on the best path for your life (Ps.32:8).