Two of my favorites. Joanna Gaines is such a beautiful example of a godly woman. Her patience is seen through her words and attitude. With so many negative role models out there, it is so refreshing to watch her interactions with her family. Lauren Daigle is one of my favorite Christian singers. I absolutely love Peace Be Still. So many stressful times I have been comforted by this song.
I’m going through Proverbs with some friends from Bible study using the First5 app. Today’s message from Lyli Dunbar was so moving. She pointed out that wisdom guards our lives against external opposition and inner turmoil. I love this. How often do we get caught up in the mess around us. Overthinking is something I do well. This is not a good thing. My thoughts take me places that I have no business camping out in. I over analyze a situation or a conversation and make myself nuts. The crazy train takes me far away from God’s peace. Listening to today’s message I realized that to walk in God’s ways of wisdom is is to continuously abide in His peace. That’s where I want to be. I never want to leave. One practice of remaining in His peaceful protection is to continuously take our thoughts captive according to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. We must not let them be in control. How many nights do we spend awake going over what happened or what could possibly happen? Such a waste of precious time. God has given us blessings if we follow the path of wisdom and one is sweet sleep. Lyli expands on this in her message and relays a story of how her family would say “sleep sweet” every night before going to bed. Think about this. God does not want us to stay awake worrying about anything. He does not want us rehashing the events of our day long into the night. He knows how important it is for us to get a good night’s sleep. So the next time you find yourself awake worrying, fearful, or allowing your thoughts to take over, take every thought captive and give them to God.
Who else wishes she was their BFF? Such an amazing family. I love how open they are with their faith. And throughout the entire Fixer Upper series they maintained their integrity. Beautiful inside and out.
Today our Moms In Prayer group will be prayer-walking around our middle and high schools. I am hosting my weekly Bible study this morning, so I am not able to attend. But I did pray for our high school’s staff and students. I am so thankful that God is Omnipresent. He is with my kids throughout their days. He is present in every classroom, hallway, cafeteria, outside on the playground or football field. His angels stand guard watching over the entire school. Take some time today to pray for your child’s teachers. I have each one written down and pray for them often. Pray for their friends and classmates. Pray over what is allowed to be taught in the schools. And pray for protection over each student and staff member.
Praising God this morning for His wisdom. How grateful I am that He shares with us wisdom for without it we would be truly lost. Imagine trying to find your way without a map or GPS. No internet access. No phone connection. Just wandering aimlessly around with no idea where you are going. God’s Word is our lifeline. To receive His instructions we must stay connected to Him. Father, thank you for guiding us through Your Word. Thank you for speaking truth to our hearts.
My heart is breaking this morning from my husband sharing the news of yet another broken marriage. I have received so many reports of how the enemy is destroying families. This saddens me so much. It also stirs within me a strong desire to bring before The Lord our friends and families to plead for a hedge of protection over them. I specifically pray Colossians 1:9 often. Praying the Word of God is to pray His will over our lives. We stand in agreement with Him. We are assured that He hears us. We bring ourselves into alignment with Him. What a powerful place to be. Join me in praying this today, and everyday. We are in a battle. But we do not stand from a place of defeat. We are victorious in Him.
I Peter is one of my favorites. Holy living does not come naturally to us, but thankfully God knew this. The Bible says we have been “made holy”. When God sees us, He looks past our sinful nature and sees the holy nature of Christ. If you belong to Him, you are already clothed with His righteousness. This does not mean we will not sin anymore. Nor does it mean we are allowed to let our sinful nature go unchecked. It means we are on a path that looks different from the way we used to live. The Greek definition of holy says it is different from the world and resembles the nature of God. I love this. The Bible says we will be thought strange for not following the ways of the world. It also says we are in this world, but not of it. This is not our permanent home. As Christians we are ambassadors of Christ living in a foreign land. Remember this as you mature in your walk with Him.