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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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February 17, 2019

Refuse Condemnation, Trust Jesus

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May you refuse condemnation for the ways you fail and fall short of God's best for you. May you, instead, embrace holy conviction to walk like Christ and to fully enjoy your journey with Him. May you shake off your regrets and grab a firm hold of God's promise to forgive, restore, and renew your story. May others' opinions no longer tie you up in knots because God's opinion continually sets you free! May you determine-with all your heart-to live the abundant, powerful, forgiven life Jesus has offered you. Have a blessed day today!

Proverbs 29:25 ~ The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in and puts his confidence in the Lord will be exalted and safe.

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February 14, 2019

Be Still My Soul

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May you see the wisdom of cultivating a heart at rest though many are caught up in the chaos of the culture. May you notice the holy-ground moments when God’s movement in our midst is tangible. May you take off your shoes, though others race right past you. And today, may you become so assured of God’s presence and His love that when others encounter you, they’re compelled to look up and seek Him for themselves. Be still and KNOW that He is God and that He loves you deeply. Have a blessed day. 

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February 13, 2019

You're Blessed, Be Strong

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May a new sense of expectancy and hope rise up within you! May you look up from the things that frustrate you and find new reason to dance and sing. Joy is yours for the taking. Celebrate God’s goodness in this place! Count your blessings out loud. May your history with God compel you to enjoy Him today, and trust Him with your future. He loves you passionately and powerfully every single day. Walk forward knowing that you have His power and you have His promises. You’re blessed. Be strong. Enjoy the joy!

 

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February 12, 2019

Your Loved Ones

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May you learn to rest in the goodness of God. When you're tempted to worry about your loved ones may you instead rejoice that your Savior runs after them with earnest love, deep compassion, and profound wisdom. He longs to be gracious to them and show them His loving kindness. May you feel free to exhale your worries and breathe in His promises because they are true and they're for you. It's time to refuse the angst and remember that He is God, He is good, and He cares about every detail of your life. Walk blessed today because you are!

 

Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed (Psalm 112:1-2 NIV).

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February 11, 2019

Choose Life!

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When the enemy tries to bait you into discouragement, may you instead take your courageous stand in Christ Jesus. When the devil tries to seduce you into despair, may you instead walk through the door of hope God has provided for you. When you're tempted to walk down jealousy's path, may you instead embrace your own beautiful purpose and take the high road God has set before you. There's a best place for your feet today. Choose life today!

 

I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 msg).

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February 10, 2019

Eyes of Faith

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May the reality of heaven mean more to you than your temporary circumstances on earth. May the promise of God's provision compel you to live generously and with expectancy. May you see the blessing in your battles, tough as they are. Are you stronger because of them? Do you have more compassion for those who suffer because of the way you have suffered? Even in hardship, Jesus meets us, refines us, and empowers us to change the world. May you refuse to get tangled up in your regrets from yesterday, your frustrations today, and your fears about tomorrow. May you instead, lift your eyes and look to Jesus. May you live with eternity in mind. Have a blessed, magnificent, eternally-minded day!

 

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February 07, 2019

No More Fear!

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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. If you are in Christ, Christ is IN YOU! Overwhelming victory belongs to you! You have lots to celebrate! Have a blessed and restful day.

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February 06, 2019

You're Still Standing

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May you rest assured that God has used all of your past experiences to prepare for this particular season of life. You’re not who you once were. You’re stronger than you know. You’ll have what you need in the days ahead. Jesus has your back and He’s gone before you. Don’t spend too much time pondering the pain of the past. You’re still standing. The devil didn’t win. Get excited about the Promised Land before you. Yes, there’ll be giants in the land. But it’s a good land. Go take it, by faith. And rejoice along the way. Have a great day.

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February 05, 2019

Saturated in Peace

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May God's peace mark your day in every way. May the Lord show you places in your life where you've let your guard down, let your thoughts wander, and let your peace slip away. May Jesus help you shore up your life once again. May you listen more closely to His voice and turn a deaf ear to the enemy. May you refuse thoughts and indulgences that only weaken you. Engage in all of the things that are good for your soul. Jesus loves you and He wants what's best for you. Have a peace-saturated day today! 

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February 04, 2019

Fresh Revelation

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May Jesus bring a fresh revelation to your soul. May you suddenly understand—on a profoundly deep level—how precious you are to Him. May you listen for His voice and make the wise life-adjustments you need to make. There’s an inheritance verse for you in scripture; may you search ‘till you find it, and wield it precisely and powerfully. The enemy has no strength against God’s living and active Word! You are not at the mercy of your circumstances, you’re saturated in the mercies of Almighty God and they come to you new every single morning. Breathe in His promises, exhale your frustrations; wrap your arms around His grace and rest in the knowledge that you are never alone. May it be well with your soul today. Have a blessed and beautiful day.

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February 03, 2019

Fresh Faith & Passion

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May you look around and notice all of the answers to prayer you enjoy because of prayers you prayed some time ago. May the breakthroughs you've experienced and the open doors you've walked through compel you to pray with more fervency, specificity, and tenacity. God loves your faith. He loves your heart. He loves it when you pray. He's very protective of you and won't give you something that's not good for you. He makes you wait because He's making you ready. Trust your whole soul and story to Him. And keep praying. God is moving, even when you can't see it. One day, your faith will become sight. A blessed, beautiful, and prayerful day to you!

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January 31, 2019

Prioritize and Organize

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May you be motivated to exercise, organize, and prioritize. May you embrace the grace to tend to the important things so they don't become urgent things. May God bless you with focus, clarity, and inspiration to live an anointed and purposeful life starting today. May abundant grace and startling clarity be yours today!

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January 30, 2019

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 

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January 29, 2019

Strength in Community

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May God bless you with rich relationships and deep friendships. May He put people in your path who see what God sees in you. May God bring people of influence into your world; may they call out your gifts, encourage you onward, and even open doors for you. May those locked doors suddenly open. May those stubborn mountains finally move. May God usher in a new day for you where small steps become giant leaps forward, where small seeds produce a great harvest, and where childlike faith gives you victory while your giants fall. May God bless you with some amazing people and fresh opportunities. May it be so, Lord Jesus! Have a beautiful night. 

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January 28, 2019

Remember His Love

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No matter if you're in the valley or on a mountain, may you remember most importantly that as a Christ-follower you are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. Everything He has is yours. He's written your name on His hand and holds your desires close to His heart. Though the elements rage on earth, your footing is secure in Him. Stay hidden in the shelter of His wing; stay in that place of peace. Nothing can separate you from His powerful, personal love for you. You're everything to Him. Remember His love today.

 

Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken (Isaiah 40:4-5 niv).

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January 27, 2019

Embrace Feisty Faith!

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May you make up your mind to persevere and not quit. May you refuse to be bullied by your fears or diminished by your insecurities. May you rise up in the knowledge that God made a masterpiece when He made you! May you embrace the grace to abound in every good work in spite of enemy opposition. Overwhelming victory belongs to you because you belong to Him! Walk with feisty faith today! He's got you.

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January 24, 2019

You're Profoundly Loved

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You are someone God loves. You’re not your weaknesses. You’re not your sins. You’re not even your strengths. You’re someone God loves, enjoys and redeems. In Christ Jesus, you’re brand new, through and through. You don’t have to look back in regret or look down in shame. You can look up and honor the Name of Jesus, who lived, died, and rose again so you could live powerfully, abundantly, and eternally. Refuse to let your setbacks or mess-ups define you. They don’t. They can’t. They won’t. Be bold, be brave, and be happy in Jesus. He’s thrilled to claim you as His own! Have a great day. 

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January 23, 2019

He's Sovereign & Strategic

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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 you rest in Him tonight. He'll do the heavy lifting. Blessings to you!

 

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January 22, 2019

Love Destroys Fear

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Just as light dispels the darkness, God’s love obliterates our fears. If you’ve struggled too long in the darkness, if you’ve felt swallowed up by fear, remember God’s love. Believe He loves you even when you suffer. If you are in Christ, life on earth is as bad as it gets. It’ll only get better from here. So for now, take your mighty stand of faith and rely on God’s love. His love will heal and restore you in a way that nothing else can. After you have suffered a while, God Himself will come to your rescue and reestablish you. You can trust Him. I pray you’ll trust Him. 

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January 21, 2019

Travel Light Starting Now

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May you determine to travel lighter starting now. May you—with your God-given authority in Christ—demand that the enemy shut his mouth and leave you alone. May you discern the baggage of man-made obligations and lay them down. May you decide to fling aside your own self-condemning thoughts and wrap yourself up in God’s beautiful grace and righteousness instead. And, may you march on from here, full of faith, empowered by grace, and awakened by God’s love, and walk as one who’s been spoken for by God above. May your latter days be far more blessed than your former days. Jesus is always up to something new. Blessings on your day!