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How To Handle Rejection

Have you ever been betrayed? In order to be betrayed, you have to have loved and trusted someone deeply.

It is stunning to me that Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas would betray Him, but it did not hold Him back from including Judas in His inner circle and risking His heart.

I think that if I knew ahead of time that someone was going to betray me, I would not even introduce myself much less bring the person into my inner circle.

Jesus is so different from me. He blows my mind. He keeps His love turned on towards all people 100% of the time.

For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him. (John 6:64b NASB)

Jesus' life illustrates this truth: even if you do everything absolutely perfectly, you will still experience rejection.   -Tweet This

Perfection does not equal acceptance from the people around you.

You might even say that the more Christ like you become, the more you may experience rejection.

Jesus walked in confidence because His sense of self worth did not come from His companions.

When the Jews wanted to kill Him He said,  “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing. (John 5:19-20 NASB)

Jesus' identity was completed wrapped up in what the Father thought about Him and in living according to His Father's wishes.  

You won't be healed of your rejection by analyzing the source of your rejection but by looking at the source of your acceptance. -Bob Sorge

Your Father loves you with the same exact love He loves Jesus with. Make living your life in Him your highest aim and the acceptance or rejection from people will lose its hold on you.

Any pain you have stored up in your heart from betrayal belongs to you. You can choose to own it and to let it go. Choose to let it go today!

I bless you to live in peace.


Here is a true life story movie about a brother laying down his life. It is a "wow" story. I checked this out for free from our public library, but here is the link to check it out on Amazon:

Have You Ever Been Seasick?

How To Live Free From Dread

Do you have a tendency to worry about what's coming next? Maybe when you have a good day and you're starting to feel hopeful you notice a nagging voice saying, "Yeah, you're happy now, but just wait for what's coming next...things can't always be good."

When I hear this voice it usually feels like it comes from someone speaking from behind me just over my right shoulder. We can safely identify this voice as the voice of the accuser. He is constantly working to get us discouraged or distracted.  He is scared to death of what will happen if we find out how much favor and power we really have, much less learn to live in that reality.

In the book of Proverbs Wisdom says:

"But he who listens to me shall live securely,

and will be at ease from the dread of evil."

Proverbs 1:33

The fact that the enemy is working so hard to lie to us proves that it is 100% possible to live free from dread. It is 100% possible to live in peace and hope for the future.

When you follow Wisdom, you can live free from dread!

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I'm going to be digging into the book of Proverbs over the next few weeks. Why not join me? You could aim to read a chapter each day. If you get to a verse that jumps out at you, don't push past it to finish the chapter....stop and soak it in. Ask Holy Spirit to read with you and to teach you as you read.

Special Announcement!

If you would've told me a couple of years ago that I would write a book, I wouldn't have believed you. It barely feels real today. I feel like all the stuff I've been learning and producing lately has happened almost by accident. So, now for the special announcement....

My second book is now available in paper back and Kindle! I really think you are going to like this book.

Here's what I put on the back cover:  Have you ever felt like everyone around you is more spiritual than you are? No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, the practical keys in this interactive book will help you go deeper. Get ready to unlock the next door in your spiritual journey over the next 30 days!


My daughter, Zoe and I will be signing books at the 5th Annual Ankeny Author's Fair on Saturday! We would love to see you there!

What Will Your Kids Create That Will Change The World?

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Parenting is the ultimate way to raise up disciples. We're not all called to full time ministry, but we're all called to make disciples and feed our Father's sheep.

It is time to get a vision for the next generation. What will your kids create that will change the world? Whatever it is, they will have a very difficult time accomplishing it without your care and wisdom.

Be intentional in raising your kids. Your kids are your story. Ask Holy Spirit what your child's destiny is. Then take time to get to know your child well. This way you can start to form a strategy to prepare them for their future.

Try to think outside the box in raising your kids. Every child has a unique personality and learning style. It is better to work with their individuality than against it. 

It's helpful to think of the parenting journey as raising adults, not taking care of kids. If you don't have kids, or your kids are grown, ask Holy Spirit to highlight some young people that you can reach out to and encourage.

The nurture and training you give out now will affect generations to come. Your kids are your inheritance. Pour your whole heart into them!


Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5)

7 Things "The Shack" Made Me Feel (no spoilers)

 

7 Things "The Shack" Made Me Feel

  1. It made God seem more real to me; like I can talk to Him more freely than before.
  2. It made me feel that heaven is real and close by.
  3. It made me feel that God really does love me and is really fun to be with.
  4. It made me feel that God is working for my best.
  5. It made me see that (Tweet This) it is always possible to forgive and move forward. 
  6. It reminded me that I can do anything when I'm with Him.
  7. It made me impatient to get to heaven. 
 

I enjoyed this movie so much, that I went to see it a second time. I hope that you go see it too!


Did you already see the movie?

I'd love to hear what you would add to my list!

How Boring Is Your Life?

When you have a big dream, you need to also have a big willingness to stay in the pursuit of it day after day. So, what do you do when you're faced with so many days that feel just plain boring and ordinary?

My husband, Christopher, travels internationally a few times a year to minister in churches and conferences. He always says how it's so exciting until you have to spend all night traveling. He loves preaching and praying for people and seeing God pour out His Spirit. After he's done and heads to the airport, it's not quite so exciting. The discomfort that comes from a lack of sleep and the challenge of trying to find elusive sleep while sitting up in a chair is less than glamorous.

The thing is, you can't minister internationally without going through the hard work of traveling.

Falling in love and getting engaged is thrilling, but a life time of true love includes many days of laundry, housecleaning, and being faithful to show up at work so you can pay the bills.

Finding out you're going to bring a new life into the world is amazing, and the day the child is born rocks your world like nothing else can. In between the two events you go through days and weeks of uncomfortable growing and waiting.

Raising a child is full of exciting milestones. In between the milestones, you pass through uncountable moments of behavior training and mess cleaning.

I'm always amazed at Olympic athletes who train all day year after year for an event that only lasts 30 seconds! Talk about maintenance! 

Even famous people who are doing the things you dream of doing have maintenance days.  (Tweet this)

It can be easy to get lost in the swirl of the maintenance. Don't lose heart, faithfulness always pays off in the end.(Tweet this)

God is just so good and so faithful. Even when we get off track or discouraged, He is always weaving everything together to get us back on track.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:6
 

Don't give in to apathy or boredom.

Keep stirring up your dreams and encouraging yourself in the Lord!

Spiritual Cannibalism

I am the living bread that came down out of heaven;

if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.

John 6:51

There were two trees in the Garden of Eden: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life.

God said not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brings because He knows that it only brings death.

Jesus is the New Testament version of the tree of life. Mere information or knowledge about Jesus will never satisfy, you need to come to Him and eat of Him.

Jesus is all about life. He said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

We all have to eat, but mere physical food can never fully satisfy us. We are spiritual beings, and our spiritual hunger cannot be satisfied apart from Him.

Jesus invites us to eat of Him. He even went so far as to say, He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.John 6:56

Some of this is symbolized in communion. I encourage you to take communion with this in mind.

You do not have to wait to go to church to take communion. You can grab some bread and juice and sneak alone to your favorite spot to eat of Him.

As you spend time with Him, thank Him that He is the Bread of Life and tell Him that you choose to eat of Him by faith.

Remember That Feeling?

Do you know what it's like to live in a fog for so long, that it becomes your normal? All of the sudden a moment comes when you snap out of it and realize how messed up it was. Is there a way to force start the snapping out of it?

I suggest you try this out:

(Tweet This:) Picture Jesus in your mind and let everything else fade into the background. It might help to picture Him in a scene from a story you are already familiar with. For example, sometimes I picture Him sitting on a large rock in a field where He would speak to large groups of people. I imagine myself walking up to Him and asking Him questions. The amazing thing is, He answers me!

Here are some good questions to ask Him:

  • What do You want me to know today?
  • How do You feel about me today?
  • Is there anyone You want me to reach out to today?

Don't over think it. As long as the thought doesn't contradict the Bible, go with it. **If it is a directional life changing thought, submit it your your spiritual leader and spouse.**


Like a foolish dreamer, trying to build a highway to the sky
All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why
Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung like curtains on my eyes
Well I've been blind all these wasted years and I thought I was so wise
But then you took me by surprise

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I've been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love broke through

All my life I've been searching for that crazy missing part
And with one touch, you just rolled away the stone that held my heart
And now I see that the answer was as easy, as just asking you in
And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again
It's like the power of the wind

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I've been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love broke through

-Keith Green



Let's chat! I'd love to hear your comments!

7 Reasons To Deal With Your Stuff

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It's impossible to grow up without picking up any unhealthy patterns, regardless of how great your parents were. We all have some bags that need to be unpacked and put away. Here are 7 great reasons to stop stuffing your issues and get healthy!

  1. If you don't take care of your issues, you will pass them on to your kids and grand kids.
  2. Your marriage relationship will go to a level you've only dreamed of when you see things with a clear perspective.
  3. Living with stress and turmoil on the inside will make you physically ill.
  4. Being spiritually, physically, and emotionally healthy makes it possible for you to do your part in bringing heaven to earth.
  5. Jesus paid too high a price for you to keep living below your potential.
  6. As you humble yourself (embracing vulnerability) God will release grace to you.
  7. You can travel faster in peace than any other way!

I would love to hear any more reasons you can think of.

You can reply with a comment to get the conversation going!


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