Prayerfully Reliant on God Alone [Book Review]

For the past week, I have been able to spend time with our Savior Jesus in prayer. Quality prayer. As I am learning, the fellowship we can experience with our Mighty God is beyond comprehension. This is the relationship I have hoped for. I am beyond thankful for this time.

Fellowship with God

How often are we placing ourselves in fellowship with God? Often we consider fellowship, as something between a fellow believer and ourselves. However, we can experience fellowship with our sovereign God Himself!

The difference is craving this time of sweet intimacy with an even sweeter King Jesus Christ who is our Savior. God desires to spend time with us. Let’s grow in enjoying God!

If you are like most, setting aside and carrying out a daily prayer time is a struggle. Unless you have seen firsthand the outcome of such devotion. Even then, you likely still might wrestle with some aspects of prayer.

I can testify this has been my experience – the struggle it has been to give my worship offering through prayer. However, something has occurred in the last few weeks to change this. Suddenly, I adapted to the act of beginning a prayer session with the Holy One. It isn’t about praying perfectly or for a strict hour. It is about realizing how our Mighty God has saved us through His Son Jesus Christ and meeting regularly with Him.

But, there is one book which has left an impact concerning prayer.

Mr. George Müller

Have you heard of George Müller?

He can be described as a man of persistent faith who truly knew how to operate from a place of prayer. This man crazily enough brought his needs only to God and allowed Him to speak that need to others. God impressed it upon others’ hearts to give, and it was always at the appointed time before the orphanage ran out of food, money, etc.

I say “crazily enough,” because how many of us could be that bold? Far too quickly, we share our needs with whoever will listen even if it is not God’s will for the need to be met. I say this because not every need is within the boundaries of God’s will. To pray more like this, is radical, forces us to follow only Jesus Christ, and develops within us an absolute dependence upon our Creator.

The George Muller book I recommend can be found on Amazon. Best part? It is free! While there, you could even pick up a digital copy of Grace Leads – which is on sale for $0.99 (until Wednesday, 8/7/19).

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Be blessed, my friends.

Stacey

Trust Habits #5

A trust habit is anything that causes us to have greater intimacy and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Things have been challenging on my end. There has just been so much going on. Sometimes, we enter seasons of life that is like this. In this place, we learn how much we truly will trust in our Savior Jesus Christ.

There is plenty that I don’t know about life.
And, trials.

But, I think as I live in this new season of painfully experiencing life and relationship – being as close to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – is the most important thing I can do.

Only He can comfort my soul the way it needs.

Only He can give me a peace that surpasses understanding.

Only He can give me strength to keep going. Because let’s be real, some days – the whole “keep going” thing is hard.

Staying as close as I can to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is how I will get through this.

Running to Jesus Christ is the best of all trust habits. And it could mean many things to many people. Which is why this series is so fun. There is just sooo much we can sit and discuss over a cup of tea in the comment section.

So as we get back into our “Trust Habits,” what helps you trust the Lord more when you are in the thick of life?

Right now, here are my “go to” things:

  1. Allowing myself to seriously just cry and cry.
  2. Allow the Lord to enter those moments of hardcore grief.
  3. Praying. Today, my prayer is for Him to literally just carry me. Everything is just so hard right now.
  4. Allowing myself to rest, not do.
  5. And lastly, I try to put on worship music each day. Lately, I have been enjoying the Kari Jobe station through Amazon Prime.

This is just me, being real right now. I know today isn’t Tuesday. And I have no idea when I will post this.

And I know, my family isn’t the only ones going through the thick of life right now.

I just think, I need to discover what it means to really develop habits that help me trust our Mighty God soooo much more than I am.

On Christ, the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Hymn: My Hope is Built on Nothing Else

Featured image by Toa Heftiba of Unsplash.

Seeking Jesus,

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Trusting the Artist {Trial Tuesday}

Some days, weeks, or months, life becomes increasingly difficult. To even foresee the next “thing” on our calendar can seem like a daunting task.

I found myself in this exact place, where… looking ahead seems almost impossible. The only way to explain my week is, well “bad week”. Do you ever have those days, where maybe mental illness (or another trial) is too overwhelming to look at what is even in front of you?

Life with chronic illness is hard, particularly during the holiday season. During this six week stretch, one becomes reminded of what they are (or aren’t).

One might even be asked, “Where do we go from here?” Or, “How am I supposed to face people, in the midst of this?”


Unfortunately. Life does not pause until we are well again. Life sort of stops for those of us living under the pressure of trials, while everyone else’s keeps going. All of our friends and relatives’ lives keep going. Maybe, they finally set a wedding date, have adopted their “bonus”  child, or some other absolutely joyous milestone.

Meanwhile, we try not to come unglued.

Maybe, we are too busy trying to just do that one thing: not come completely unglued.

We are deliberately attempting to find our new normal. It may not even be a version of normal we want, but it is what we have been given.

Life keeps going, even when we aren’t anywhere near a “happy normal.” Life keeps going, and we have to discover how to live the life we have been given – alongside the trials.

I know God uses everything in my life. Some days are fiercely more difficult than others. This week was one of those weeks, where there was a lot going on behind the scenes. Not even I know what God was doing behind the scenes during this week.

. . . But, I am choosing to trust Him anyway.


I am choosing to believe that He is working out all things for my ultimate good, even when I definitely don’t see it. My life is sort of like a painting. In the middle of the painted strokes, it may not look much like a masterpiece. But this Artist has an amazing reputation. Imagine if you saw a well loved painting before it was finished. Would you still see it as treasured before it was finished? We are so loved and cherished by our great God.

Even though the painting doesn’t look like a masterpiece right now, I can trust the Artist. The Creator has well proved His capabilities, so this is why I can trust Him.

I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted (Job 42:2, AMP).


We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose (Romans 8:28).

When Trials Are Difficult {Trials Tuesday}

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. – 1 Peter 1:6, NLT

Last week, I began to unwrap this idea of grieving. Some might ask, “grieving what?” It might be chronic illness, or more than a diagnosis or list of symptoms. There is a lot to process and grieve in my case.

Seven years ago, I was finishing up a bachelor’s degree and receiving an acceptance letter that would cause me to pick up my things and move to a new city. And today, I am somewhat content in my role as a “stay at home aunt and daughter”. But the reality is harsh. Chronic illness has, in fact, changed my life in a very big way.


Every so often, I am reminded that chronic illness, or trials in general, bring that luscious spiritual fruit. I love the spiritual fruit {even though I despise the trial itself}. An example of the spiritual fruit in play:

With our family, we have the opportunity to remain calm – even when our senses are overloaded with noise. A family’s house gets loud. But when we allow the Lord our God to work in our hearts, things will change.

For me: The greatest blessing is – the ability to remain loving and self-controlled when my niece comes over on the weekends. Today my house felt enormously loud, but by God’s grace I could remain calm, redirect, and begin my Bible study time. My sinful self didn’t get angry and begin yelling at these little people I am leading by example. This is a direct result of Jesus Christ!

I have days when I am “off” so to speak, and my niece will ask what happened. This is my reminder that I need to re-evaluate what’s going on in my heart and walk with Jesus. Honestly, it could be due to debilitating symptoms, not enough Jesus time, or something else. The bottom line is: Spiritual fruit is a blessing in my life, and it can be in yours too!


Fruit Means Pain –

It has taken much work to reach this place in my life. Seven years’ worth of working with the Lord has shown me that trials are painful, but God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is going to be the One to get me through it. Things won’t always go my way, but He will get me through it.

It won’t be painless. There will be many tears, but He will get us through this one baby step at a time.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” – Isaiah 55:8

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. – Ephesians 3:20

This week, I desperately need to consult my Bible on a daily basis. I need to stay in step with the Spirit, so I will stay close to Jesus and not give into my sinful desires (Galatians 5:16).

Feature image by Rye Jessen.

Until next time,

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When Tears Fall {Trials Tuesday}

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:11, NLT)

Today is one of those days, where tears fall easily. Over the last several months, I have become progressively worse in terms of my symptoms. Chronic illness is a tragic thing, but we have to find reason to keep going. We have to find hope that will help us rise above our circumstances, so we don’t despair.

There is hope, even when I wonder where it is.

My mistake in living chronic illness is this: I don’t think I have ever taken the time to truly grieve everything that has happened to me. The failed doctors appointments. The harsh judgments of others. The isolation. The symptoms. The limitations. None of it has been dealt with. Rather, I have sought to just avoid everything – as a way to cope.


Ohh friends, we can only live in avoidance for so long… before everything comes to hunt us down. I am not a medical professional, but it is not safe to live this way (in denial or avoidance) – or so I am learning.

It is a gradual process, but I am being reminded to tell God two things:

  • What I am thinking about.
  • How it makes me feel.

My prayer life is far from where I wish to be, but it is a start.

Opening up about the hard things, even with our Risen Lord, isn’t instant. It will take time and effort.


While our lives are turning out differently than planned, God has a mighty hope to share with us. He wants to continue giving our lives a great purpose. He wants to allow us to shine a bright light in a dark world. He wants to help us through this! ♥♥

Our Lord Jesus has come to save me. Each morning when I wake up, I have to remember He is choosing to dwell with me in the midst of my pain. This suffering isn’t for nothing. He continues to save me on a daily, even hourly, basis. God is forever faithful!


My struggle right now is finding ways to actually open my Bible and dig deep. I know, I am doing a 1 Corinthians study on our Facebook page. But, it is easy to read a verse once and move on. I need to find a better way to connect with our great God – in the midst of the hard stuff.

Today, having my physical Bible and supplies on my bed is what helped. I would pause and write out a Bible verse. As of the last few days, I have been utilizing Sweet to the Soul’s Bearing Fruit Reading List. This is helping me remember that suffering is part of a bigger process.

We are actually bearing fruit and allowing our faith to grow much more than we could ever imagine.

Unsplash photo by Johann Siemens.

Until next time,
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