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08. Mar, 2013

Facing Your Giants

Facing Your Giants

RocksAs I sit here with my second cup of coffee this morning (or is it my third??),  I am facing a new day. A new day that will be filled with joys, sorrows, ups, downs, and with giants that seem to be lurking around the corner.

Giants. They mock you, they taunt you, they scare you and make you run away. They parade up and down your school rooms, your youth group, your sport teams, your band, your bedroom and your heart. They tell you you’re not good enough, not talented enough and not brave enough, that you’re not smart enough, or loved enough. They tell you that you won’t make the team, or get the part or make the band or get the grade, that you won’t get “those” friends, (or really.. ANY friends for that matter). They tell you not to try, or entice you to give up or scream that you will fail. Your giants.

A lot of us face them in our lives, although they may not be ones that are standing physically before us, you need to know that they are still there. We face them in our lives. Yet they are not meant to make us run the other way or shrink back in fear. I want you to take a look at the life of David who went up against the biggest giant….that physically was standing in front of him. Talk about scary, knee-knocking scary. Yet David didn’t shrink back in fear, he didn’t run in the opposite direction, no David went head on. He ran at the giant with the strength of God. He faced the giant face to face, man to boy. Yet he knew he wasn’t standing alone.

“You come at me with swords and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”-1 Samuel 17:45

David knew he wasn’t facing his giant alone.  He knew that he was strong and mighty because of the God that he represented. He knew that he had all he needed, when he used the Name of Almighty God as his defense.  You and I need to know the same. We need to know that we don’t face our giants of loneliness, depression, fear, anxiety, unworthiness, or of guilt from your past, alone. We have the Lord of Angel Armies fighting with us; you and I have the Lord of hosts on OUR side!! That alone should make us want to rush at our giants head on with full force, with the purpose of taking them down.  David knew where his strength came from and he stepped into it. Not just “stepped” into it, in fact, ran at full force into it! You and I can do the same.

Your giant does not get to rule your life if you don’t let it. You know what your giant is.  You have felt your giant glaring down on you, but the question is, is that all you see? You know the voice of your giant as it mocks you, but do you hear the still small voice that whispers Truth to your heart? Do you hear God as He calls you to step out, do you hear Him as He says He is with you, that He loves you? David took on the giant with full force. He slung the rock and hit the giant and killed him. In a split second the giant went from taunting, scary and pacing, to dead on the ground in the blink of an eye. David had the courage to throw a stone.

And you do to. You have the same power that David has. You have the power to take on your giant, you get to say “Giant of depression it may take a while but you won’t conquer me!” “Giant of unworthiness, my God died for me, your voice will no longer rule me!.” “Giant of broken heartedness, you aren’t entering this house anymore!” “Giant of insecurity you no longer reign over me!” “Giant of loneliness you go away, for my God is ALWAYS with me!” You have the stones, God given Truths that you can sling at your giant. Sometimes it takes constant slinging of stones, constant truth being thrown at your giant, but sooner or later the giant will fall, the taunting voices will stop and the fear will no longer be present. But it takes you…to step out, to take on the giant. You know where your strength lies, you know where your victory comes from, but you need to claim it.

“Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.  He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. ‘Come here,’ he said, ‘and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!’ David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’ As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.”  -1 Samuel 17:41-51

29. Jan, 2012

Restoring The Broken Girl

Restoring The Broken Girl

Restoring The Broken Girl

“This is a song for the broken girl. The one pushed aside by the cold, cold world. You are, hear me when I say. You’re not the worthless they made you feel. There is a Love they can never steal away. And you don’t have to stay the broken girl..”

All of us have a past. In your past, you may have been beaten, or sexually abused. Maybe you were verbally abused. Possibly, you could have abused yourself. Maybe you’re like my mom, who was told she was worthless, that she was nothing. Being beaten up with words every day of her life before she met my dad.  Maybe it is that the world has pushed you aside and not let you in. You are experiencing no friends or connections and you feel like you are all alone on a dessert island. No matter what has happened, that is your past. Christ loves you more than you will ever know!!! The cruel people of this world can NEVER take that Love away from you. He loved you enough to do the unthinkable.  He chose to give up His life, so that He could have a relationship with you. Your past is just that, it is your past!!! “You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do.” Don’t let your past stop you from the plans God has for you today and tomorrow, because no one else can fulfill those plans but you!!!

No, this is not your legacy. This is not your destiny. Yesterday does not define you. No, this is not your legacy. This is not your meant to be. I can break the chains that bind you.”

No matter what has been passed down to you, it is your past.  It doesn’t matter if you have had generations of huge screw ups, broken and messed up people in your Family Tree. Just because they lived that life, does NOT mean that you have to latch on to that and keep it going in your Tree. It’s not what YOU ARE meant to be. It’s not part of your future. God can break those chains that are attached to your ankles binding you to your past, but you have to let go of those chains. You are NOT meant to keep walking around tripping up and staggering around with those heavy chains. He will walk with you during this journey but He won’t do it all for you.  Not because He can’t, but because He knows to be truly free, you have to do this. Just let go!!! This is not meant for you!!! “And I will restore, all that was broken, you are loved…. And just like the seasons change, winter into spring, you’re bringing new life to your family tree now.” God has promised to heal your broken heart, and restore you. He will make you new. He will wipe away that broken part of your past.  And you will bring a new life to your family. You will have a NEW Family Tree full of life, growth and love!!!

“When You ran to me, I turned to run” I think often when we see God trying to run towards us, we are too frightened and we do turn and starting running from the only thing that can bring peace and ease to the pain in our hearts. STOP RUNNING AWAY FROM HIM!!!

“Let your tears touch to the ground. Lay your shattered pieces down. And be amazed by how Grace can take a broken girl, and put her back together again”

As soon as you let God in to your life, He will begin to give you a new heart:

2 Corinthians 5:17
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

As soon as you give up and lift your hands into the air and say ‘God, I’m done. Take me and make me new!!! Do in me what You wish!!! I am Your servant now.’, He will take over and He will begin the process of putting  you back together again. But not just the “old” you, but a BRAND NEW you!!!  Lay your old self down at the Cross and ask for forgiveness, then just watch what God does with your new life. How He restores you from your past and how He puts a broken person back together.  He will take your dark distorted view and with His light He will show you Truth. And again you’ll see through the eyes of a little girl” You look at this world, with hate and disgust for what it has done to you. You may even look at God with hate and disgust because you say He took your mum from you. Once you surrender yourself to Him, He will give you new eyes to look at this world with. You’ll see through those innocent eyes again. Those eyes you used when you were just a little girl. You’ll see He really didn’t take her from you, that He was there with her the whole time pursuing her too.

“There could never be a more beautiful you. Don’t buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through! You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do. So there could never be a more beautiful you”. What God sees when He looks at you is nothing less than His beautiful creation.  He has formed you, and put you together in your mother’s womb.  You ARE one of a kind and thus splendid and beautiful!!!  Don’t let the lies of this world fool you into believing differently.  You have a destiny and purpose that only you can fulfill.  Broken, chained and hiding out will never allow you to do that. Restoration and healing are closer than you can possibly imagine!!!

31. Dec, 2011

Thought Life

Thought Life

Thought LifeHave you ever had those days where your thoughts just seem to be bombarded? Or you just feel like you are getting those constant negative thoughts? Those dripping thoughts that say things like “you’re worthless”, or “you’re inadequate”, “you’re dumb”, “you’re _____” (fill in the blank). I get so annoyed with myself when that happens. I am like “Really? I am back here again? Why is this happening?” But something I am learning is that it is in those times when Satan is trying to destroy you, it is in those times that you need to realize that Satan would not be trying to take you out if something great was going to happen to further God’s kingdom.

A wise man once said “If you are not feeling Satan’s attacks then either he is really gearing up, or he doesn’t consider you a threat.” (Thanks Dad :) ) I have been growing so much in these last few months that honestly at times it is felt like God has backed a dump truck up on me and just dumped Truth and opened my eyes to new things. (Sorry to all of you who I have gotten quiet and withdrawn on… just trying to process.) But something that I have been learning in my personal Bible study time, is that Satan WANTS to take us out, not only that, but he wants to make us unusable for the Kingdom. He wants to take away our testimony because he knows that it could be so powerful and it will bring bring people to God.  He comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) Satan isn’t going to give up when you have won one victory in your life; if that was the case I would have been out of my “pit” months ago. Satan knows that God has already won the battle, he just doesn’t to give up the battle. He wants to take down as many people as possible and because he takes out so many Christian’s, he thinks he might eventually win. But here is the great thing about God that I know you already know……GOD HAS WON THE VICTORY!!!! No matter how dark your pit may seem, God has already won, and that in and of itself should make you want to laugh in Satan’s face!

But it is not an easy path. It is a moment by moment; hour by hour; minute by minute battle. You have to constantly fill your head with Truth; you have to constantly tell Satan to shut his face. You have to command him, in the name and blood of Christ who ransomed you and purchased you, to be gone! You can’t think that just because you won one victory he won’t come back. No you have to be ready for attack #2 and #3 and #4, #444, #5,555….Only this time you better be on guard because you can bet that he is gonna switch tactics.  Satan is too cleaver to continue to attack the same way, because he knows you know how to get rid of him that way; no he will have another side attack, maybe through someone else, what they did or said, maybe through something that you feel like you screwed up on. Whatever it is, you gotta check yourself, make sure that that Satan is not behind this thought.

But that only comes from knowing your Word, your Sword is your best weapon. You can’t just command him to be gone and think you are sweet from there on out. No, you need to fill your head with Truth with praise and thanksgiving, because if your head and your heart are full of praises to God, then there is no room left for Satan and his thoughts and strong holds. Satan is the hater of your soul, the one who wants to destroy you, the one who wants to make you turn your back on God. He could do it any number of ways. It could be through depression, or obsessing about something that someone said, it could be memories that haunt you, or things that you feel you could do better, or constantly putting yourself down, even to the point of self-hatred, or isolating yourself, etc. But you know what…..GOD HAS ALREADY WON THE VICTORY! All you have to do is walk in faithful obedience. You have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. God is not going to leave you in the pit. No, He is going to lovingly pull you out of that pit, put your feet on solid ground, cleaning you off with such a tenderness and compassion, and make something beautiful of your life. But YOU have the choice, you can wallow in your self-pity and self-hatred and self …..or you can fill your head with God’s Truth and take God at His word. Yes I know it is not easy, it takes a lot of energy and strength and effort, but God never said our Christian walk is gonna be easy, but He DID say it was gonna be worth it. As a wonderful godly man once told me “The Devil plays games, but he plays for keeps.”

So tonight, as I struggle with my head space and my thoughts, I am excited. You might be at this point thinking I am crazy, but you know what I am excited about? I’m excited because it means that Satan sees me as a big enough threat that he feels like he has to take me out. And that is exciting. Knowing that something in my life is going to be used soon for God’s Kingdom that Satan is not happy about.  To me, that is exciting. So yes, I am tired and exhausted from constantly moment by moment having to battle and fill my head with Truth, but at the end of the day, I know it is going to be worth it, I trust God to use it and I thank God for using me. Me…..someone who has messed up and screwed up so much that at times I wondered if I was ever going to live through it. But in this moment, in this hour, in this minute, when the storms of my head our raging, I choose to praise God, to come back to His Word and curl up in His arms, knowing He has my tomorrows sorted.

So what path are you going to choose? Or are you too weak that you think you have nothing left in you to fight? I have felt that, but here is what I say “God delights to meet the faith of the one who looks up to Him and says ‘Lord I know that I can’t do this-but I believe that you can’”- Amy Carmichael. God is never going to leave you and never forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) So ask God for strength, command Satan to be gone, and then lay your weary head on your Papa’s chest, He won’t let anything destroy you. (Jeremiah 29:11)

11. Jul, 2011

Shattered Mirror

Shattered Mirror

The mirror is shattered
glass pieces scattered
across the ground
with the shards of the past
distorting every angle
when did beauty become defined
by what you see
instead of who you are
when did we replace
God’s value
with the world’s insane ideal
can somebody tell me
what is real
we poison the minds
of our future generations
destroying their worth
with impossible standards
reminding them daily
they will never measure up
where did we go wrong
and how do we keep
letting it go on
wake up from your apathy
look around and see
this vanity crisis
is devastating
when did significance
start getting measured
by a number
found on a scale
how dare we destroy
the hearts and souls
of these beautiful creations
rise up now
and start a revolution
it’s time to stop playing the game
and start teaching them
about true beauty
and learning to believe it
ourselves.
July 8,2011