Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
is anyone else as sad as I am that this book doesn’t
continue for a gazillion more encouraging and challenging chapters?!?!
I hope that through this book you have each gained some wisdom and insight to being
I know I sure have!
when you first saw the chapter of this title you automatically had a picture in your mind of
William Wallace as he leads a rebellion against the cruel English ruler.
were all normal women who overcame the fear of the unknown and the physical threats to themselves and came out on the other side as world changers.
They went from victim to overcomer.
A couple may have only had the thought of preserving themselves and their families,
but what they didn’t realize was that their stories became an encouragement for other
“normal” women to realize that they CAN overcome their situations and the fear that can sometimes be crippling if they give themselves over to a braveheart.
it’s called comparing myself to people who I THINK have it all together.
My failure though, is not realizing what they may have had to overcome to be who they are now.
“Every hero in the bible encountered fear”.
when I read through the scriptures this week,
time and time again I was pointed to person after person who felt fear right before a big battle or a major change.
He even told God to pick someone who spoke better than he,
but fear and doubt was overcome and he led his people to freedom!
David of course felt fear many times and overcame it!
It even seems to me that Jesus must have felt a tingling of fear before His crucifixion.
I mean his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane let’s us know that for a split second He would have preferred the quiet life at home sitting next to the hearth rather than face the inevitable.
an angel of the Lord strengthened Jesus.
If you think about,
it all of those people within the Bible who faced fear, were strengthened by God.
“…everyone of them who praised their God destroyed the fear”
and she later says,
“Keeping our focus on God destroys fear”.
and most of us as believers would agree with that this is so!
But how often do we live it?
Sure, we love to praise Him and love on Him in our good seasons,
but how often are we thankful for the dry,
tough ones that invariably change our lives and make us stronger?
There is a line in the movie, which always speaks to me when I think about people overcoming ridiculous odds because of the passion, and heart that they have for the greater cause.
Robin is in Sherwood Forest after the evil Sheriff of Nottingham has burned out his men’s families and friends, destroyed their homes and their livestock.
They are fed up and want to just pay off the Sheriff so that they can live in peace.
Robin delivers a speech trying to encourage them to fight on when they ask how?
In their minds they are lowly peasants.
He then tells them something so significant I think it’s lost on most.
“You wish to end this? You wish to go home? Then we must stop fighting amongst ourselves than face it at the price where it may be dear. I, for one, would rather die than spend my life in hiding. The Sheriff calls us outlaws, but I say we are free. And one free man defending his home is more powerful than ten hired soldiers. Crusades taught me that. I will make you no promises, save one: that when you truly believe in your hearts that you're free, then I say we can win!”
Which was there cause!
Causes have inspired those who would not normally do so to fight for what is right,
or stand up when everyone else was sitting down.
Find a cause that compels you, and when you get there...
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
2. God is pleased and overjoyed when we work together.
Colossians 3:14 NIV
Monday, April 15, 2013