Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~What is Your Heart Full Of?~ February 10, 2015

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Have you ever wondered why it is so easy to talk about anything and everything except the Gospel?

I seriously loooove to talk. When I was a kid, that was the number one complaint my teachers had from Kindergarten all the way through high school. What can I say, I was blessed with the gift of gab! As an adult, I sometimes catch myself dominating conversations. I blame my lack of intelligent discussions through the day when talks consist of what Peppa will do next or fighting over why naps are a vital part of a toddlers day. But even so, talk I must. If I don’t have an audience, I talk to myself. I realize that makes me sound slap nuts and I’m cool with that.

So how is it feasible that someone who is never at a loss for words struggles to talk about God?

I can literally talk all day about parenting, health & fitness, music, books…you name it. Then someone asks me about my Jesus and even if only for a moment, I freeze! I’ve given it some thought & believe I’ve pinpointed a couple of reasons why this is the case.

1. Knowledge/Life Experience. I like to think that I am fairly knowledgeable on certain topics. I have 5 kids which equates lots of hands on parenting experience. I’ve been a runner for some time now and I coach so again, pretty confident in this area. I’ve dealt with a whole mess of heartache in my 33 years and I’ve made it through to the other side which helps me talk others through similar situations.

2. Time Invested. I didn’t become the mom, wife, coach, friend that I am today overnight. There have been many sleepless nights finding out what works to soothe a teething infant. Countless articles have been read and methods tested to find the best way to avoid shin splints and how to surge up a hill when your competitors are losing steam. We’ve had our share of counseling in our years of parenting & marriage that has given us the tools not only to strengthen our family, but help others strengthen theirs as well.

These things together give me confidence to talk openly to anyone at any time. Perhaps if we wish to talk with ease and boldness when it comes the Lord, we should apply this same formula.

“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45 NIV)

Get into His Word. Get to know who God is and what He has to say about all of life’s idiosyncrasies. Look back on your life at the times He has moved on your behalf and use that to show others if He did it then, He can do it now.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:19-20 NLT)prov 4

In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we need to be so familiar with the Word of God that telling others about it is a natural as breathing. We do that by sharing often. The more time you spend talking to God and about Him, the easier it will become. It won’t feel like you are “preaching” at people when you talk about Him as the loving father He is as opposed to an ethereal being no one can relate to.

 

~A Battle is Raging~ February 20, 2014

Saints, we are at war.

In my own personal life, in the lives of many of my friends and family, I can see the enemy hard at work.  He is attacking our hearts, our minds, our resources, our CHILDREN!  It is overwhelming to see the downward spiral that the world is on and it’s frightening to think that those we love may get swept onto the path of darkness.  We need to open our eyes and take an active role in fighting the Hell that is coming our way.  It is time we stop living like cowards, afraid to stand on the promises of God, and start living boldly for Him, shining our light so bright that people can’t help but take notice.

I don’t know what battle you are fighting today, but I do know with absolute certainty that God has given you the victory.  He has promised that we will not be shaken even by the most horrific of struggles.  He goes before us to make a way.  He stands beside us to give us strength.  He surrounds us with hedge of  impenetrable protection to keep all that is meant for our harm at bay.

Do you not see that the words of Proverbs 10:25 are screaming His truth?!

“When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.”  

We cannot be destroyed by anything when we place our hope in the One who created the Heavens and the Earth.  We sit safely in the palm of His hand.  Every hardship, every trial, every loss we experience passes through His knowing hands before it ever comes to us.  I truly believe that God will never give us more than we can handle.  I have heard so many people say, “God must really think I am tough for all the junk He lets come my way.”  No, he doesn’t.  He is giving us what we can handle when we invite Him into the situation.  We are not asked to overcome life’s obstacles in our volition, but with the help of our Father for whom nothing is impossible.  He is working all things together for our good.  The “stuff” that you think is going to destroy you, when submitted to Him can move you beyond anything you can possibly imagine.

I am speaking from personal experience.  I have been through some stuff, friends and God, in his infinite grace and mercy, has taken my mess and turned it into a message.

I heard this song on the radio this morning taking my kids to school.  It is my battle cry.  Hell’s coming, but I’m equipped with the armor of God to take a stand and kick in some teeth.  Suit up and join me, won’t you?

“The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land.” (Proverbs 10:30)

*This is day 10 of a 31 day study of the Book of Proverbs.*