Change Your Mind

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Repent is an old word that we don’t use much anymore but the concept behind it is one we do all the time – we change our mind. And when we change our mind, we change the direction of our lives.
Right in the middle of the busiest season of the year, I want to remind you that the most powerful thing you can do right now is rest and repent.
Rest in God’s grace.
Repent of self-effort.
Rest from perfect image making.
The kind of rest God has for you is a deep down rest that knows and is confident that God will fulfill His Word in you.
It is a confidence not born of flesh or work but from the Spirit and grace.
It is a trust that is so sure that a quietness envelopes your soul.
You can rest in the midst of conflict.
You can be quiet in the midst of chaos.
This kind of rest doesn’t come from removing all strife from your life, it comes from being obedient in the midst of it.
It comes from making hard choices and trusting God’s way instead of your own.
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Repentance is about realizing that all your dizzying efforts to make your life happen your way will only cause you strife, fear, and pain.
Rest is about realizing that you are loved completely by a Savior who sacrificed Himself for you so that you can be empowered to live the life He created you for.
What do you need to change your mind about today?
How are you going to rest in God’s grace today? 

You Are Not A Tree

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“and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations”

Luke 24:47 MSG

I have come to treasure the gift of repentance, a word that simply means to turn around. To change. To move from where you are and head in a new direction.

There is no freedom without repentance.  The freedom that comes from recognizing your sin and being able to lay it down before God. There is no greater sense of peace than the one that comes the moment after receiving God’s forgiveness.

There is no greater sense of purpose than accepting God’s power to make a 180-degree turn and change.

This doesn’t just happen once. It isn’t reserved only for “the first time” you recognize you are a sinner in need of salvation but is a privileged right of every child of God, no matter how long (or how little) you have walked with God. It is the ONE thing that keeps your relationship with God thriving and alive.

Get before God and lay down what is holding you back.

Every day.
Once a week.
Once a month.
Once a year.
Whatever it takes.

The more the better. One of the reasons I need to go away by myself is that I need the time and space to squirm, to be real before God, to mourn my own weaknesses, own my mistakes and get neglected areas of my heart right with God.

And that takes courage because after repentance comes life change.
God gives you the power but you have to apply it to your life.

Be brave.

I want God’s prosperity in my life. In my mind, my heart, my health, my relationships and my ministry. But that means some things must change. I love the quote that says “if you don’t like where you are at, change it. You are not a tree”.

No, you are not a tree, you are a child of God.

What things do you need to be brave about?

When was the last time you found freedom through repentance?

R & R


Right in the middle of the business of busiest season of the year, I want to remind you that the most powerful thing you can do right now is rest and repent.

Rest in God’s grace.

Repent of self effort.

A repentance of striving.

A rest from perfect image making.

A deep down rest that knows and is confident that God will fulfill His Word in you and in your life.

It is a confidence not born from flesh or work but from the Spirit and grace.

It is a trust so sure that a quietness envelopes your soul.

You will be able to rest in the midst of conflict. To be quiet in the midst of chaos.

This kind of rest doesn’t come from removing all strife from your life. It comes from being obedient in the midst of the strife. It comes from doing the hard work and walking out the hard choices of trusting God’s way instead of your own.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Repentance is acknowledging that all your dizzying efforts to make your life happen your way has only caused strife, fear and pain. It is giving up and letting go.

It is when you admit your weakness and acknowledge your fear that God’s strength is invited in and God’s grace is activated.

Salvation comes from repentance and rest.

Strength comes from quietness and trust.

What do you need to repent of?

How are you going to rest in God’s grace today?

4 days til Christmas…

Ing 

  
Ing… As in the ending of a word, not the company.

Returning 

Resting

Trusting 

It is the “ing” that makes the difference. 

Returning is the continual action of coming back to God. When you are stuck, when you are joyful, when you are desperate, when you are blessed.  Returning to God means that you are not walking away from Him and “doing your best” to handle everything. It means bringing everything to Him and asking for help. It means dealing with any direct place of disobedience by bringing it to God and getting it right between you. The root word here means “a place to be refreshed”. It means that Jesus becomes your place of refuge, your go to man in crisis and your best friend to tell secrets to. 

Resting in God means that you are not running around trying to protect or guard yourself.  You have the best Guard, the best Protector in God. It means resting in Jesus’ work for you on the cross. It means you don’t spend your life earning God’s love but receiving it. Instead you can spend your energy living loved and loving others. It means leaving your past with Jesus and trusting Him with your future. Speaking of trusting…

Trusting God. Right this minute. You may have trusted God in the past but the past is over and the new thing before requires a present and active trusting in God today. Trusting Jesus means you don’t have to manipulate, fret or bully someone else…ever. Trusting Jesus means that you don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart for you. He loves you…everyday. When you look to other things to “save” you – person, money, a job, you are not trusting (you are striving). 

In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not,” Isaiah‬ ‭30:15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

But you would not….haunting words that deliniate choice. 

You must choose returning instead of running.

You must choose resting instead of striving.

You must choose trusting God instead trying to save yourself and everyone around you. 

You choose. I choose. 

It doesn’t feel like a choice until you repent of what is stopping you from walking in it. 

For me? Pride, control issues and fear are my top contenders. But when I bring them before God and lay they down before Him- I feel free to choose. Free to embrace a different mode of operation, a very Christ like one, in fact.  

It looks like abundant life to me:

Returning 

Resting 

Trusting 

What does it look like to you? 

The Best Time to Pray

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From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. (Jonah 2:1 NIV)

When is the best time to pray?

When you are ready to do it God’s way.

When you are tired of trying to do it on your own and ready to do it with God.

When you have run away because of fear and realized God is bigger than your fear.

When you have been flat out rebellious and stubborn then found yourself humbled and empty because of it.

When you are in the very center of something that is far bigger than you and have no power to get out of it by yourself.

That is when you are really ready.

Ready to repent.

Ready to confess your fear and rebellion.

Ready to let go of your plans and embrace God’s, whatever they may be.

Sometimes we think that when we realize we have failed God miserably and ran frantically from him that it is too late to pray.

But on the contrary,

That is the absolute best time to pray.

What is the Point?

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The point is to advance.

The word retreat is first and foremost a military term. It means to get off the battlefield, to quit fighting, back out and regroup.

In life it is better to lose the battle to win the war. In fact, fighting the battle when your exhausted, wounded and discouraged never works.

I didn’t necessarily feel like I was any of the above, but I used the opportunity to ask myself (well, ask God) the hard questions: How was I really doing?

The point of retreat is to advance. To grow, to gain territory, authority and move forward in your life with God.

“May God look you full in the face and make you prosper”. (Numbers 6:26 MSG)

The word for prosper in the original Hebrew is “shalom” and often translated as peace:

It means:
1) completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
a) completeness (in number)
b) safety, soundness (in body)
c) welfare, health, prosperity
d) peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment
e) peace, friendship
1) of human relationships
2) with God especially in covenant relationship
f) peace (from war)
g) peace (as adjective)

When God looks you full in the face be prepared to be challenged. What will He challenge? God will challenge any area in your life where sin has grown like a wild weed that is chocking out the life out of your life.

I have come to treasure the gift of repentance.

There is no freedom without repentance. There is no freedom like the one that comes from recognizing your sin and being able to lay it down before God. There is no greater sense of peace than the one that comes the moment after receiving God’s forgiveness. There is no greater sense of purpose than accepting God’s power to make a 180 degree turn and change.

This doesn’t just happen once. It isn’t reserved only for “the first time” you recognize you are a sinner in need of salvation but is a privileged right of every child of God, no matter how long (or how little) you have walked with God. It is the ONE thing that keeps your relationship with God thriving and alive.

Get before God and ask Him to “look you full in the face”.

Every day.
Once a week.
Once a month.
Once a year.
Whatever it takes.

The more the better. One of the reasons I need to go away by myself is that I need the time and space to squirm, to be real before God, to mourn my own weaknesses, own my mistakes and get neglected areas of my heart right with God. I can’t do this with my family around- my husband would keep trying to “fix” me and my kids would be worried.

The point of retreat is to advance.

And that takes courage because after repentance comes life change.
God gives you the power but you have to apply it to your life.

Be brave.

I want God’s prosperity in my life. In my mind, my heart, my health, my relationships and my ministry. But that means some things must change. I love the quote that says “if you don’t like where you are at, change it. You are not a tree”.

No, you are not a tree, you are a child of God.

The point of retreat is to advance.
The point is to be brave and following through on the things God told you to change.

The point is to prosper.

When was the last time you asked God to look you “full in the face”?

What things to need to be brave about?

When was the last time you found freedom through repentance?