What are you afraid of?

Fear is a terrible thing. It can be created in people in many different ways, but living with it always comes with a cost. What is it costing you?

It’s been on my heart a lot lately to chase after some things I’ve been afraid of. I’m not that old, but there are some things in my life that I feel like I’ve been miserable in for wayyy too long, and life is wayyy to short. Some days I feel like I’m just going to burst if something doesn’t change! I know God put me in these places for a season. I’ve learned, I’ve struggled, and I’ve grown in these places, but I feel the seasons changing in my life. And while that comes as a huge relief, it also brings a whole lot of fear for me. It means saying goodbye to the things I’ve become comfortable in even though they make me miserable, and saying hello to things my heart desires but that will challenge my faith in ways I’ve never experienced.

It seems like it would be an easy decision to move towards the desires God put in my heart instead of staying in a place of misery right? I wish it was. I just keep thinking about the children of Israel having to literally be forced out of slavery, to the Egyptians in order to be brought into a land of abundance and a life of miracles and relationship with almighty God. Like, what was there to think about, right? They were slaves!!! So when Moses came to get them, why wouldn’t they have been falling over each other trying to get out of that place as quickly as they could? The answer? Fear.

Fear of the unknown. Now I’m just speculating, because I wasn’t there, but from the looks of it, fear was telling them all kinds of things.

Fear was telling them they would never be able to escape Pharaoh.

God was telling them He set them free from Pharaoh.

Fear was telling them that even if they did escape, Pharaoh would come and capture them again and either make things much worse or just kill them.

God was telling them He would take care of Pharaoh.

Fear was telling them they would die of hunger and thirst in the wilderness.

God was telling them He would provide.

Fear was telling them to turn around and go back because being miserable slaves was better than what they would face in the unknown of the wilderness.

God was telling them to keep moving, there was a promised land ahead.

Fear was telling them they would never be able to conquer the people in the city of the promised land.

God was telling them all they had to do was walk in and take it.

Fear in the children of Israel caused disobedience to God. It does the same in us. Fear caused thousands and thousands of them to perish before they saw the promised land. It does the same to us. Fear caused Moses, the man of God we admire thousands of years later, to disobey God in a simple act and miss the promised land after decades of hard work and dedication leading them there.

Fear is nothing but a lie. Do you see that theme? Fear was the opposite in this story to what God said. It’s the same thing for us today. Fear is the opposite of what God says. God is truth. Fear is a lie. So why are we so willing to believe fear over God, and so quick to pay the cost of living in fear instead of reaping the promises of God? I don’t know about you, but fear has cost me enough already. I’m ready to be done with it. I’m ready to be a part of the generation that walks in faith like those who marched around the walls of Jericho to reach the promised land.

I’m ready to be one of the ones that starts taking territory in this world for the Lord. I want to start taking the territory of my home back, my health back, my relationships, my wealth, all of it. I want so many resources, both spiritually and naturally that it puts Satan in fear when I rise up in the morning. I want him to be like the people of Jericho in this verse the Lord spoke to me through this morning. Read it and read it again.

“Now Jericho [a fortified city with high walls] was tightly closed because [of the people’s fear] of the sons of Israel; no one went out or came in.”

Joshua 6:1 AMP

I want to break down the walls of fear between me and my promised land. I want the enemy to tightly lock his gates in fear of what God will do in my life. I want him to be Paralyzed to make a move in fear of what God will do with it. I want to come and go and make a difference for the Lord in every single step. Maybe you’re ready too. Maybe you’ve had all you can stand of being in a place where your time has expired.

Today is the day. Let’s start marching around those walls. Make a list of all the walls of fear between you and the plans and promises of God for your life. List the desires of your heart and then the list of fears keeping you from them.

As Gods children we shouldn’t be the ones living in fear! It should be the opposite! Let’s put fear back in its place, with Satan. And let’s watch those walls come crashing down.

The Lord wants so much for you child! ❤️

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Our hands are the same.

Yesterday Lydia and I were in the kitchen playing and she grabbed my hand and said “Look mom! Our hands are the same!” Now I don’t exactly why she said that, but I couldn’t get it off my mind all day. I pray daily for the Lord to speak to me, and it’s always a surprise how He does it. Yesterday it was through my three year old.

As that statement ran through my mind, I heard the words of this verse spoken in my heart: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

It hit me so hard. I was struggling tremendously with the feeling of “never good enough” yesterday. I struggle with that a lot, but it was so heavy for some reason. I guess perfectionism runs through my veins, for one. Perfectionism is such a lie of the enemy.

I often feel that my life is so fast paced that I can’t ever do any one thing really well, but just barely get through each one. I’d love to be the best at all I do, but it’s not possible. I beat my self up about it all the time, and feel as if I’ll never know what my full potential is because there simply aren’t enough hours in a day.

I do need to eliminate some things from my schedule. I do need to slow down a bit. But I don’t ever need to feel like becuase I can’t be perfect at everything I do, that I didn’t do it well. The Lord doesn’t require perfection. He does require hard work. Not work to earn our salvation, because He’s already taken care of that. But the work that our hands find to do each day. He simply wants us to tackle every task with all we’ve got.

Some days I’ve got more than others. Some days I’ve got more resources, time, or energy to tackle tasks with. Other days I really don’t have much to work with. But no matter, on an abundant day, or a day of barely anything to go on, it’s always enough. If simply do whatever it is with all my might, even if it’s just a little, then that’s enough.

I wish I could do all the things for all the people all the time. I can’t. But what I can do is do whatever my hands find to do with all I’ve got and know that I’m pleasing to the Lord in that.

Our hands are the same. My hands, Lydia’s little hands, and your hands. They’re all the same! It doesn’t matter that the work they find to do is different, our hands are still the same. They are all required to work with all their might towards the glory of God. So whether your hands are cleaning toilets, turning the pages of your bible, laying on another in prayer, preparing a meal, selling, buying, fixing, typing, clapping, raised in worship, lifting another up, driving, carrying, holding, keeping… whatever your hands are found doing, let it be with all your might, and know that’s good enough.

Your hands may look different than others, and what they find to do may be different, but in the eyes of the Lord, they’re all the same. None big, none little, but all hands can be mighty in their own way❤️

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God is not afraid of impossible odds.

I’ve been in some really bad places in my life. Some parts of my life are still not in a great place. I feel like I’ve dealt with certain things for so long that every scenario has played out. Every resource spent. Every last bit of energy drained. Every prayer said. Every last idea exhausted on how to change it. I see it as a dry desolate wilderness. God sees it as the perfect opportunity to do what He does.

The children of Israel were literally in a dry desolate wilderness. They saw it as a death sentence. They cried out against God. They questioned His ability to provide for them. They asked “can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” Are you to that point? Are you questioning if God can even do what you need done? Well let me put your mind at ease…

He absolutely can!

I don’t care what your situation looks like.

I don’t care what kind of hot mess your life is.

I don’t care what kind of chaos you are living in.

I don’t care how desolate, or how dry your desert place is.

I don’t care how impossible the odds are in your life.

God is not afraid of any of it!! Don’t hesitate to call out to Him becuase you think you’re too far gone. God specializes in making the impossible possible. Believe me, there’s nothing you could bring to the Lord that He’s not seen before.

Bring your mess. Bring your hard stuff. Bring your burdens, your tears, your sins, your mistakes, your longings, your failures, your questions, your struggles. Bring it all to Jesus. He’s able child. ❤️

“Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭78:19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Don’t get it mixed up.

The Lord started dealing with me on the subject of prayer a while back, and continues to challenge me there. This particular subject of not mistaking thinking about something for praying about it comes up a lot.

Over the years I’ve found myself asking the Lord about certain things in my life. Like “Lord why haven’t you answered this?” Or “Lord I asked you for this a long time ago, and nothing’s happening!”. In his loving kindness one day He just answered me very plainly about something I was accusing Him of not doing. He said “Leiah, you’ve thought about that a lot, but you never actually prayed about it. You never actually talked to me about it.”

Talk about a wake up call. I missed the most basic principle of prayer. I missed the communication. I went over every detail in my mind of my problem. I went over every scenario I could think of. I came up with a solution I would like to see, the answer I wanted. The problem is, I never took my petition to the Lord. I was waiting for an answer to a question I never asked, a solution to a problem I never presented. I was expecting the Lord to invade a situation I never asked Him into.

It’s like throwing a huge party, not sending out the invitations, and being mad when no one shows up.

I pray regularly. But I also think about certain things a lot and never actually turn my thoughts into prayers. I never actually nail down a time to communicate my heart to the Lord and ask for His help. But the difference since my wake up call? I catch myself. When I go into extensively thinking about a certain thing, I catch my self and convert those thoughts into prayer.

It’s great to think about things. Our brains are powerful tools. But prayer is way more powerful. When we pray, we add a supernatural power in the mix. What is limited by our abilities becomes unlimited when the Lord is involved.

Ever prayed to be able to figure something out and then all of the sudden something goes off like a lightbulb? I have. Most days I need all the help I can get. My brain gets tired. I run out of ideas. My knowledge is limited. My wisdom is limited. My experience is limited. So why exhaust myself trying to be God when I could just turn my thoughts into prayers, and let Him handle things?

Rest your head today child. Turn those thoughts into prayers, and leave it at His feet. He is able. ❤️

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

Matthew 7:7 KJV

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Pray before you overthink.

I’m a professional overthinker. I can over think anything! Give me a broad answer about something, I’ll overthink it to death. Solid, direct answers ease my anxieties caused by overthinking. And I always get exactly that from the Lord. That’s why it’s so important for me to pray before I let my self begin to overthink. It’s a daily struggle for me.

Once I go down that path and let my mind begin to race about something, my anxiety begins to rise quickly. Before you know it I’m all excited about something that’s more than likely not even real. That’s a dangerous place to be. It can cause division in your relationships, hostility towards others, discontent, worry, pain, insecurity, depression, anxiety, stress, hopelessness, etc., all over something that may or may not even be legit.

It’s only when I take time to pray about things that I can proceed in peace. Prayer is the biggest prospective adjuster in our lives. It puts us in the presence of a good God. It shines light on things. It allows us to speak out loud the cares of this life, and receive answers and direction from the one who knows all things and wants the very best for His children. It allows us most importantly to compare anything and everything to truth.

If something is causing you to overthink, take it to the Lord in prayer. If it lines up with His truth, take that solid answer and be at peace with it. If it doesn’t line up with His truth, take that thought (or 193838 thoughts) captive and put them out of your mind.

He doesn’t want us to walk around with our minds going 800mph in the wrong direction all the time oozing anxiety. He calls us to walk in peace. We can only do that when we stop the overthinking and start instead taking everything to Him in prayer. ❤️

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Philippians 4:6 KJV

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You are not forgotten child.

Don’t worry child, you’re not forgotten.

I’ll be honest. There are so many days I’ve struggled with God about being forgotten. I’ve accused Him of not listening to me, not answering me, not understating where I am. In the noise of my petitions I get caught up in a pity party, and dive head first into a “woe is me” session, and I can’t hear His voice. But the Lord is so patient.

You see, He knows we feel this way sometimes. He understands that we are human, and get easily distracted. He knows I get swept away in the busyness of life and pray often, but listen for answers very little. He knows that I don’t always see things from a spiritual perspective like I should. He knows that even though He has proven Him self to me 1000 times, it’s hard for me to trust Him on the next big thing sometimes.

He knows I’m pretty much a train wreck majority of the time.

But He also knows that I love Him, and long desperately to know Him more.

He knows me.

He knows you.

And after the noise of getting all my complaints and petitions and arguments off my chest becomes quiet, He always speaks. He always reminds me that there isn’t a moment, a word, a sigh, a tear, a cry of frustration, a heartbreak, a disappointment, a struggle, a temptation, a prayer that He hasn’t seen or heard.

He knows it all.

He’s seen it all.

He’s heard it all.

After His reassurance of those things, peace comes. I remember who He is. I find comfort in being in my Fathers presence. Then my heart is open to hear what He wants to say to me.

Sometimes it’s simply “no”

Sometimes it’s a resounding “yes”

Sometimes it’s “not right now”

Sometimes it’s “not them”

Sometimes it’s “I have a better way”

Sometimes it’s “I have so much more than that”

Sometimes it’s “I’m moving, hold on”

Sometimes it’s “just trust me and wait”

Sometimes it’s just “I haven’t forgotten you child”

Whatever the answer that comes, either with explanation or not, I find peace in it. Because I know Who it comes from. I know that the God of all is my Father. I know that I am His child. I know that He gushes over me even more than I gush over my little girl. I know that He loves me more than the man I am blessed to call an earthly father. I know that there is nothing He would stop at to rescue me from Hell. I know that He cares about the desires of my heart, even then tiny insignificant ones. I know that with billions of people on the earth crying out to Him, He never fails to make time for me.

He never misses a moment.

He never forgets about you.

Quiet your soul in His presence today and let Him speak to you. You are so valuable to Him. ❤️

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

Luke 12:6-7 KJV

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Don’t be afraid.

My heart has been overwhelmed with heaviness the last few days. All of the mysterious chaos of this year feels like it has finally all become too real. It feels like all of the sudden we are legitimately settling into a new normal. A really scary, different, sad, chaotic, hostile, normal. And what we thought was just going to blow over has turned into nearly an entire year of our lives.

Its become more than opinions on a Facebook feed. A virus is sweeping through homes. It’s horrible, terrifying, and relentless. It has taken the lives of loved ones, ravaged through my own body, and caused more damage to homes financially around the nation than we could imagine. It has caused divisions, confusion, and unrest. It’s left us to navigate our lives the best we can with very little to go on. Its left people feeling justified to criticize each other relentlessly at every hand, when none of us have real answers.

It’s left us with the reality that we are living in the unknown.

It’s left us knowing first hand just how quickly life as we know it can change.

It’s left us unsure of what is going to happen next.

It’s left us without any assurance about anything.

It’s left us in the perfect place to just trust Jesus.

He is our only hope in this life, and through all of this He is showing us that truth more and more.

I can’t imagine facing this life without Him, especially in times like these. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know the God who holds it all. He has searched us and knows us. He is now giving us the greatest opportunity we may ever see to search and know Him. My prayer is that we would fully embrace that opportunity, and find that there is no reason to be afraid of our unknown future, because we know the God who’s already there.

“O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.”

Psalms 139:1 KJV

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:8 KJV

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Don’t lose your savor.

In these unbelievable times, it is more important than ever that we live out a life that brings about a thirst for the Lord in others. We must be the salt. Time is running out , and so many people need Jesus.

I won’t pretend that being the salt is always easy. Its hard not to get caught up in believing the lie that living like Christ is an unrewarded life. Perhaps it’s because not all of the rewards are tangible, and that can be hard to accept in a world like ours. Being the salt doesn’t always look pretty.

Some days it looks like being betrayed by someone we love dearly and showing mercy when we want to show wrath.

Other days it looks like pouring out your heart time and time again and not seeing or hearing even an inkling that it is doing anyone any good.

Then there are days when you see lives transformed before your very eyes because you’ve shared Jesus in some way.

There are even times you see revival break out, people healed, delivered and set free because you were the salt.

Sometimes it looks like an uphill battle.

But no matter what it looks like, don’t stop. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t lose your savor. Be the salt. What a high calling it is, and what a high price was paid so that we could be the salt. Don’t take it lightly. Don’t think you aren’t making a difference. People are watching. They may never tell you. You may never hear of how you’ve affected the kingdom. You may never see the lives you’ve changed. Be the salt anyway. You are making a difference for Christ!

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

Matthew 5:13 KJV

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He can make it happen.

Today I woke up with some heavy things on my heart. The Lord has really been dealing with me about some big changes that need to happen in me before I can be in a place to see the things I want to see. It’s really caused me to ponder some thoughts. One of which is: How many times do I question or blame the Lord for not doing something, when it is actually my disobedience, lack of asking, or unbelief that stands between me and seeing a manifestation of His glory in one way or another?

Oh me. The answer to that is probably one I couldn’t really handle knowing. I would hate to see how many times in my life I was right on the verge of a miracle or breakthrough or something wonderful when I gave up, got distracted or cowered down in fear. Thankfully the Lord hasn’t shown me just how many times, but He has shown me that it’s time to make that habit a thing of the past.

It’s time to remember that whatever it is we need, He can make it happen.

It’s time to not just know who He is and what He can do, but it’s time to see it all first hand.

It’s time to set an atmosphere for miracles in our lives.

It’s time to see that there is nothing He can’t do for us, if we let Him.

He can part the waters, or walk on top of them.

He can raise up kingdoms, or make them fall.

He can help you climb mountains, move them, or make them crumble to the ground.

He can take you through the fire and bring you out without even a hint of smoke.

He can make the fountains flow or dry up the rushing waters.

He can make you triumph and defeat every demon in hell.

He can make you prosper in the presence of your enemies.

He can raise the dead, open blinded eyes, heal the sick, restore, renew, encourage, counsel.

Whatever you stand in need of, He can make it happen!

Remember who He is. Remember what He has already done, and know He CAN and WILL do it again for YOU. Remember to be open and willing to let Him make things happen in your life.

“You caused the springs and streams to gush forth, and you dried up rivers that never run dry.”

Psalms 74:15

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Growth can happen anywhere!

I know sometimes it feels like we aren’t capable of making a difference for Christ. Right now it feels even harder than usual. Who would have ever dreamed we would have such limited interactions with people? Not me. But don’t worry. Just because our interactions are limited, doesn’t mean the Lord can’t use us and enlarge our territory. Growth can happen anywhere.

We have the opportunity to make every interaction we have count towards the kingdom. I have always focused on people outside of my home, often neglecting to minister to my own family. It is during this time that the Lord has shown me how to enlarge my territory in my own home by loving and serving my husband and my daughter. I’ve had the opportunity to minister in my home that I’ve never had before. Growth is occurring. It isn’t in the way I imagined, but isn’t that usually how the Lord works?

Maybe your realm of interaction is smaller, but your opportunities to minister and grow your territory are larger. After all, it’s most often our ability to live out our Christianity in the most mundane of things that wins souls to Christ.

Whatever you do this week.

Whoever you see this week.

Whatever platform you are given this week.

Take that opportunity for growth, and work with all your might.

It may not be what you imagined, but it’s exactly what the Lord wants to use to bring growth in your life. Don’t miss it! ❤️

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬