Great E-xpectations #girlswithsWords

The final part of this series on how to BATTLE as one of His daughters actually was stumping me for a bit.  I didn’t like the original E word I had chosen, as it wasn’t resonating within me.  As I was involved in a local community event this past Friday & Saturday, I decided to wait on His leading instead of pushing to finish by my deadline (last Friday).

God decided to tremendously make this E post both personal and relevant last night at my first night at Cleansing Stream, a discipleship program currently being offered at my home church.  The video speaker made a comment which took my breath away, right before I read this quote:

Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it. – Swedish Proverb

Love me when I leastdeserve it, for that iswhen I really need it.

Beloved, His expectation for us is to become His.

That’s it.

To love Him.

We put so much expectation on ourselves to do this and do that, when God’s first priority is for us to love Him and be loved by Him.

For which of us doesn’t like spending time with those we love?

So yesterday it hit me.

God accepts me just the way I am. Right now. Today,  All broken, messed up, slightly older modeled me.

He loves us:

  • when we need it most
  • when we feel the most unlovable and unworthy of it.
  • when we do the wrong things, say the wrong words, make the wrong choices

..for His love is unconditional.

But here is the point in relationship to battle, friends.

We can trust Him to fight for us, exactly and especially because He loves us so!

So, when you are in the battle and feeling low, please take His Words to heart. He loves you so much He gave His only Son to make the way for you to come home, to cover you in clean robes of righteousness, and promises to be with you always…and so much more!

Our greatest weapon? To stand firm on Whose we are, as we allow Him to lead us into the battle, and fight only as He commands.

His expectation is for us to love Him, be loved by Him & follow Him as we love those about us & share with them His great love.  

May we all seek Him for the path to go, the steps to take, the strength to follow and ability to hear, sense, & see Him as we join Him on this journey together!

 

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Take the TIME to TALK with Me – girls with sWords

One of the hardest lessons for someone who is an introvert like me (Yes, I am. It has taken a lot of work for you to wonder that that statement is, in fact, true!) is sharing how I really feel.

For years, I kept everything tightly under lock & key inside, until God blew the doors to my heart open wide when I encountered Him as a young adult.

The more passionate I am about the thing that bothers me? The harder it is for me to talk about. You see, fluff is easy to share, but not always the things that matter the most. And especially when you are upset or angry about what is going on.

Jesus modeled how He wants us to handle these kind of things. By going to go in prayer, knowing God is listening to us – because we matter to Him.

Even if its something that we know isn’t life or death, but how we feel about it.

Unsure that God wants you to spend TIME with Him, time where He is waiting for YOU to do the TALKing?

Check out these 10 verses, and be reminded and reaffirmed that God loves it when we make the TIME to TALK with Him.

Luke 18:1

Proverbs 15:29

Romans 8:26

2 Chronicles 7:14

1 John 5:14-15

Jeremiah 29:12

Mark 11:24

Psalm 102:17

Psalm 145:18

May you too find relief in unloading your burdens, knowing you are loved, heard and cared for, and may you clearly hear His response – for God loves to have a two way conversation with His beloved!

#hopefortheharddays #TimetoTalk #girlswithsWords

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Inviting Him to ACT – girls with sWords

When I get upset or angry after being hurt, I used to immediately take action. And almost always made things worse.

God has been reminding me of late that He is a God of ACTION, and He is more than ABLE to not only comfort me, but battle for me as He actively involves Himself in whatever situation I invite Him into.

So I have been learning to not impulsively act when I am hurting or pissed off, but to wait until I can talk the situation over with Him.

For every time I do, He reveals something I wouldn’t otherwise have known, and actively directs me on how to respond.

I received an email a while ago which really upset me.  And my usual initial surge of upset indignation and irritation immediately swelled to full alert.

But I didn’t let it out. I gave it over to God, and waited for His direction. I went to a wiser person who was aware of the situation, and asked them to help me wait to respond until I heard from Him.

I have not needed to respond, actually. God took it out of my hands and highlighted the issues higher up the chain, where they needed to be addressed.

GOD moved into action on my behalf, and removed me from the situation.

Not how I would have initially handled it, exactly how it needed to be dealt with.

As His daughter, I need to trust God will move into ACTION on my behalf for the best results for me.

My best weapon for defense is God as my offense.

#hopefortheharddays  #girlswithsWords

(In case you missed my pun, we are to be girls with swords, with His Word being our primary weapon! That’s why the “w” is capitalized. 🤓)

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Be – preparing for battle #girlswithsWords

Feeling broken in heart or spirit, hurting and/or heavy with grief, shame or pain?⠀

You are not alone.⠀

  • Please know that as much as the enemy tries to tear us down, God is there to build us back up.⠀
  • As often as the enemy calls you names, God speaks His Name & its power over you.⠀
  • When the enemy tells you all is lost, God reminds us He has good plans for us and His plan has a great future up ahead.⠀


As women especially, God is stirring us up to battle.⠀Following His lead.⠀

  • Jesus stands ready to cover us & be our shield.⠀
  • Our Abba actively empowers us as He pours His love into us.⠀
  • Holy Spirit highlights truth as He wisely guides us. ⠀


I was reminded that God asks us to be His girls as we carry His sword. ⠀

For His Word is our weapon of protection. ⠀

So sisters? Don’t give up on the hard days.⠀

Don’t let the enemy steal the joy of knowing God is with you, for you, within you and going before/behind you.⠀For God with us in our source of joy, no matter what else is happening.⠀

Be comforted by this truth. Let it warm you to your core as it soaks into and becomes a part of you.

Today, we celebrate that with God, we can BE who He wants us to be, with Him beside us! ⠀

B is but the first word of BATTLE. ⠀

Stay tuned for the rest of these lessons of how His Word in our hands, wielded as He intends, reveals how we were meant to be His #girlswithsWords

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finding Your patience as i seek mine

Somehow, You meet me in ways I could never imagine through the hard times.

  • When sorrow rises, You calm me with Your presence.
  • When the unexpected suddenly hits, You reassure me You have my back.
  • When pain surges to the forefront, You soothe me with Your love.

The times when I have not patiently sought You?

Those are the ones that always seem to leave the deepest scars. Because when we allow infection to linger as long as possible, damage occurs within.

Seeking patience means I need to patiently wait for You to make the first move, whether its to calm the storm about me, or calm the storm within me.

Somehow, You meet me in ways I could never imagine through the hard times. And I am forever grateful You never stop being patient with me through this process of becoming a more patient person!

#seekingpatience
#hopefortheharddays

 

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seeking patience despite uncertainty

If you are anything like me, you too dislike uncertainty.

How it likes to keep us off kilter and often distracted.
Grumpy, moody and/or prickly often follow to round out this unbalanced fellowship.
 
But none of those are actually the purpose of uncertainty, as I have been learning today.
Uncertainty chases us out into the open where God’s always waiting for us. – Bob Goff
As I was preparing for my week Sunday evening, Romans 5 caught my eye. Today, verses 1-2 captured my heart as God began to explain them to my mind.
 
In a nutshell?
My faith in Him allows me to enter into His Presence to find He has ALWAYS been waiting there for me!
 
No matter what is going on and how impatient I become in those moments of uncertainty, He is the One in whom I can be certain, for He is constant and never changing. #wonder
 
I love connecting patience and faith because when we put them together we will be able to persist in confident expectation. – Graham Cooke
#seekingpatience #findinghopeinHisPresence
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finding fresh hope in His Presence again

Like you, I have been taking some time off this summer.

Last month, I went away on vacation to one of my favorite places on earth (BC) and spent my whole time with family.

This month, I felt I was to take an unexpected break from blogging & writing over the past 10 days. Without knowing why.

God has been realigning my heart with what is most important.

Love & Family.

Both in my walk with Him, and my walk with those I call family.

So I have spent more quality on purpose time with my husband, my kids, my parents, my besties.

Mainly face to face, and one on one.

I didn’t realize that I have some preconceived notions of family that God was going to shine some light upon over this writing break.

I was born into a family line where less than 75 people in the world currently use that last name:

http://www.namespedia.com/details/Hjelholt  http://forebears.io/surnames/hjelholt

After the death of my birth father, my mom married a man whose last name was a bit more common: ROOME 10,000+ birth records

When you compare my family lines to SMITH, for example…. (2,376,206 Americans shared the surname Smith during the 2000 census, and more than 500,000 people share it in the United Kingdom, stats via Wikipedia) it is easy to feel overlooked.

God doesn’t see family lines in quite the same way.

Yes, He purposed you to be in the exact family you were born into. The situation may not have been what He would choose due to the effect of choice & sin, but your parents were meant to be your parents, your siblings, grands, cousins, aunts and uncles too.

The people who surround you with love right now? His plan.

For many of us can feel lonely in a crowd (especially at a Smith or Lee family reunion!), and God completely understands this. Which is why He places us into families of His making once we become His child.

  1. The ways in which our natural families lack? You’ll find your spiritual families are strong, as is His intent for our wholeness.
  2. The way you hide in a large group? Fades away when out with your best friends!
  3. The dream you had of a healthy family? Totally possible when we invite God into our marriages and relationships with family members as we ask Him to reshape and mold us into healthier versions of ourselves.

I never dreamed as a child:

  • that my mom would be one of my confidants
  • my husband would be the rock he is on my hard days
  • my daughter and son two of my best friends
  • my dad a resource of practical wisdom and historical facts
  • my father in law a wonderful man to just be around and loved by
  • my extended family so cool and easy to spend time with
  • my cousin Jana, Deb, Cindy, Suze, Anne, Christa, Brenda, Daphne, Leanne, Cathy, Beth, Brandi, Sara, Kate, Jaime, Laurie… the zany sisters I always wanted!
  • that I could feel so comfortable as His child that the thought of climbing in his lap, or dancing with God brings me joy!

You see, despite my good family upbringing at home, I felt lonely as a child, and unsure of what I was sensing about me much of the time.

I found out as a young believer in my twenties that I am on the prophetic bent with much of my gifting, and as a child, without knowing what was going on, I tended to retreat from people and stick my head in a book or my ears in headphones. Because i didn’t yet know how to process what I was hearing or sensing.

I finally met myself in the late 20s, with some great guidance from a church I attended in those days, and it has taken me the past 20 years to be comfortable in my own skin.

The only one who could have made this possible has been with me each step of the way.

God.

My Father, and the main family line I associate myself with these days, as ‘Daughter of God’ is the only one family last name which will travel with me into eternity!

So when I share how I find hope in His Presence throughout the ups and downs of my days? I mean it with every fibre of my being!

Welcome to the new you too, reader. I believe this coming season is one of great revelation, increased freedom and fresh vision as we press in to Him with all we are! I was so excited, I revamped my brand (in case you don’t know what I mean, the colors and images for my blog!) and chose the ones which reflect where i am right now….

  • Nordic colors, which reflect both my back ground and my great love for blue!
  • Head bowed down in humble worship, listening for His voice.
  • Laced up, ready to step out and follow Him.
  • Out in public, no longer hiding in my home or behind a mask.
  • Still waiting, but doing so with active anticipation and expectation!

Let me know how God is speaking to you in the season you currently find yourself in. I always find a great clap goes up in heaven when we share our stories for His glory!

 

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drench & quench us, Jesus

May the exhausted & parched encounter You wherever they are, Jesus & become thoroughly drenched by & quenched in Your #love. #heartcry

What Kind of God Do You Believe In?

Source: What Kind of God Do You Believe In?

I hope you will check out this awesome post by one of the bloggers I am blessed to follow on her journey to knowing Him more.

when the undercurrents try to pull you under

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised #hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us. Hebrews 6:19-20 MSG

God keeps reminding me that He is my safe place, my shelter, my hiding place.

Mostly of late, He has been showing me how much He is my anchor.

Coz we don’t just need an anchor during the storms, do we?

We need an anchor so we don’t drift when we arrive at our destination and when we pull in for refueling as much as to keep us secure during rough waters, torrential rains and gale force winds.

I have been praying for healing for my hubby for over 7 years now, and we have not yet seen his complete healing. Those years have obviously been filled with more than just that, but its undercurrent of incompleteness has been just under the surface for so long, it pulls on my hope in an attempt to drown it.

The most important thing about an anchor is how it isn’t seen most of the time. It is nearby until it is needed or in full use. Hope is the same.

God is:

  • Always nearby.
  • Ready to hold us close
  • Able to protect us in the stormy attacks
  • Fully equipped to keep us from slipping.
  • Constantly strengthening us for whatever it is we are facing on the journey.

So I again proclaim my great need for Him over myself, believing He is more than enough for anything we are facing.

For He will keep our heads above the high tides, our spirits up during the low tides, and securely keep us close to Him through it all.

My Hope, my Anchor? He is unshakably secure, eternally trustworthy and forever unbreakable. Amen!

#hopefortheharddays

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