Fear & hatred

You’re shut down but you can’t say because nobody would believe you anyway. Your mind is overwhelmed – it’s like you’ve been stoned. Left for dead by lies – feeling frozen inside. You want to trust but you don’t know how. This is probably your season right now. Hate and fear won’t disappear as long as you listen and hold them dear. They take you captive and mock your cries. They know The solution lives deep inside. Father. Son. Spirit. The three and one abide. In me and you. We are His bride.

Sometimes Christians blame everything on the devil yet is that really the truth? Maybe deep inside you just don’t believe in you. Maybe that’s why it’s taken so long to get out of the emotional cycle that traps you in shut down. Is this why it’s taking so long to recognize yourself in the mirror? Listen. Reconsider the future. Reconsider the past. Look yourself in the mirror and call yourself a friend at last. Tell yourself you can do it. Tell yourself not to look back. Tell yourself not to turn around or give in to the voices of lack. Take a step toward trusting yourself. Take a step toward believing again. Take a step toward forgiving yourself. Step away from your thoughts of the sin. God does not think about it anymore. Maybe you shouldn’t either? Move forward friend. One step at a time. Maybe you need an action plan? Just plan out the next three steps. Even if those steps only take you to the next day… you have still stepped farther than yesterday. Until soon-love-d

Donna Reiners, Brave to Braver,
Donna Reiners

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A new thought

Motivated Monday -For years I went to church on Wednesday, Sunday, Tuesday. Loved it. Took copious notes. Ate. Drank. Lived. What I was told. Did so with a pure heart. I studied on my own. I taught classes and lead retreats and meetings. One day I read the bible with the purpose of seeing it through the Fathers eyes instead of my own. Then I read from the perspective of the audience spoken to in the bible as if He was speaking important words to that generation. 

Bam. That’s when it hit me. The word of God had been my idol and I realized much of what I thought I knew was skewed. Filtered through religious bias.

 Jesus spoke relevant words that were meant for his current audience. If I tell you I’m about to die and in that text I also mention other happenings to come within that same time frame – chances are it’s the same season. This is what Jesus did..

I encourage you to read the bible without your church hat. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal Truth. You’ll be glad. I know I am. Freed from the lies, I’m discovering what an awesome world we have to explore…