So what does it mean to surrender; to bring your spirit in line with God’s will, when everything seems like it’s upside down and it feels as though God isn’t there. How do you surrender, or rest or have peace when you’re in the midst of a trial and anxiety is high and troubles abound? Continue reading
A few weeks ago I had a dream and I saw myself walking along a road in a sort of field and to my right there were some people (I would say two or three), and they were talking about me. I don’t know quite how to put it but they were talking about my work for Christ, my writing and ministering to others. I felt a feeling of contentment whilst this was happening and then I heard “she still thinks it’s by works”. All in all, this dream lasted no more than 5-10 seconds it was more of a scene than complete revelation.
Now because I was really tired and the dream was so short I thought it to be my mind, but I still made a mental note of it. I had no idea how relevant it actually was!
What I didn’t realise was I was about to have a mini breakdown the very next week. It began when my eyes were opened to a weakness in me. When this happened I began to feel condemned and like a hypocrite. How can I minister to another person or write when I still haven’t dealt with this issue I have?
That’s where my trouble began. When this happens to me I can’t minister to others, my prayer life falls and bible study suffers and it’s no mystery that the conclusion is I feel distant from God.
There are things that we truly desire deep within our hearts, hopes & dreams, things only the Lord Himself would truly know about. Things we don’t necessarily talk about openly, but which stay within us as burning desires.
For me personally there are so many things I wish to see come to fruition in my life; hopes of a family, children, friends, success – basically true rest. In the spiritual sense there are so many promises God has given me which have not yet been fulfilled, or for the purpose of this post – have not yet been claimed.
Today I want to talk about hope – the things we hope for. Some of these things we may have tried to get or to make happen in our own strength, but have not been able to attain them. If we look at some of our deepest desires and truly search our hearts, we will often find that the things we desire the most are actually the things which are beyond our control to attain, things only God Himself can do for us.
You know sometimes I think I have lived most of my life afraid. Sometimes I wonder if I really know who I am at all. I love reading my Bible and meditating on the word, but sometimes I have to ask myself if I really believe what I am reading. I’m talking about really believing; it’s one thing to say you believe or even think you believe but what does believing look like.
So the New Year has begun and for many of us, it’s often an opportunity for us to set goals or perhaps pick up some goals we haven’t quite completed in the previous year, and approach them with a new found energy.
So this is my first post of 2015, and as such I’ll start by saying Happy New Year to you wherever you may be. I truly hope this post finds you well & if not, rest assured in the fact that our God saves.
Without wasting time, Today I want to look at the power of prayer in the midst of problems and trials. For the purpose of this post I will be referencing 1 Samuel 1, which notes the troubles, trials and tribulations of a woman of God named Hannah. Let’s go straight into the word.
1 Samuel 1 vs 1-2 (NASB)
1 Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives: the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah; andPeninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
Looking at Hannah’s situation I can only begin to imagine how she must have felt. Have you ever felt like this? It could be that you feel as though other people around you are being blessed and flourishing and God has forgotten you (I can assure you He hasn’t).
Good Morning, Afternoon or evening depending on where you may be in the world. I truly hope this new post finds you well. Without wasting time I want to go straight to the point and topic of today’s post – Tired, beaten down & defeated – GET UP!
You may be sitting there thinking easier said than done, or your situation is unlike any other. You may have totally given up altogether and your energy may be completely spent and drained. So the question becomes how in the world do I just ‘get-up’?
Well I want to start by saying that you are not the first person to feel this way and neither will you be the last. So many different things can cause us to give up. The loss of a loved one, broken friendships or relationships, seemingly unending trials. But know that God will truly never leave or forsake you. Some of the greatest people in the Bible endured great trials, during which at times some of them felt totally defeated.