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Trust Habits #4

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

We will talk a bit more about prayer, as we go through this series. But, I wanted to start today with a prayer journal habit.

Prayer is the vehicle in which we will see our trust in the Lord grow the deepest.

“And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him (1 John 5:14, NLT).”

My Prayer Journal Routine –

As I begun this week, I knew the need for a different approach. It was the perfect opportunity to develop a new routine to stick to “most of the time”.

So when I headed out to the Dollar Tree with my mom, I knew I wanted to “splurge” on one of their notebooks. The reason why I wanted to go out and purchase one is this:

Just as I was intentionally purchasing this prayer journal, I would just as intentionally jot down my prayers.

At the time of writing this, I have successfully used it for six days – which is a victory.


Here are four reasons I will continue to prayer journal.


#1: Intentional

Using a specific journal for our prayers – causes us to intentionally turn to the Lord and sharing our needs with Him. I am bringing not only my needs, but the needs of loved ones.

As I continue to write down my prayers, I am noticing that I am trusting the Lord more – to handle everything!

#2: More Prayerful

When I wake up early in the morning, I am more willing to spend that time in prayer. Talking to my Sweet Savior about loved ones and situations on my heavy heart. The time is becoming a treasure and well spent.

#3: Growth

Having a prayer journal will allow me to see how my prayers have grown. Not only will I see how God has faithfully answered them, I will be able to see the development of my prayer life. Just as a baby goes through stages from holding up its head, sitting up, and crawling, I will be able to take note of how the Lord has grown me in my prayer life.

I will be able to see how I have ran to God in my times of need.

#4: Encouragement

We can find much encouragement through the prayers of others. Our Savior Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul. BarlowGirl. Countless others. Their prayers influenced many.

May we grow deeply in our trusting Jesus, as we write out our prayers.

16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. – Eph. 3:16-17

Assignment: For seven days, write down a simple prayer each day. Give God access to your heart. What is weighing heavy on your spirit? Share it with our Mighty God, even if it means letting walls come down.

Featured Image: Naassom Azevedo of Unsplash.

In Him,
Stacey


Depression + Illness Morning Routine

Last few mornings, I have been enjoying my new morning routine. Morning routines and me haven’t always gone well together, especially when you add in chronic illness and heavy depression. They can seem absolutely impossible. Which is why I seldom have one.

Right now, the habit of intentionally setting my alarm and getting up when it goes off…

  • gives me joy in those moments.
  • helps me fight and not give up.

The depression is still heavy, and chronic illness is definitely still there. It just helps me meet with God and to not give up. Intentionally getting up in the morning, reminds me God is in this with me.


My Morning Routine –

With Summer’s temperatures arriving very soon, I have been setting my alarm (really early, 5:30-6 AM), just to try and get a few things done.

  • Coloring a pretty picture before my energy levels drop.
  • Read that Bible chapter, I keep saying I am going to read or write out.
  • Even taking a few moments to just move my body, however it allows for me to. This one is obviously the more challenging one. My body tends to suffer major levels of weakness || fatigue, with the majority of all exercise movements.

A Bit of Honesty?

The longer I suffer with chronic illness and deep depression, the harder everything is. So, I absolutely will celebrate these mornings of intentionally seeking the Lord and self care.

I don’t like the drowning feeling I have been getting with the deeper depression. It has been so hard to do the simplest of things. I, like others, need a reason to get up with each morning. It’s always been a struggle of finding that reason to get up, as I have wrestled with depression for most of my life.

Setting my alarm, doing some gentle movements, eating a well balanced (but easy to fix) breakfast, and reading my Bible is the perfect way to begin my day (even if I can’t do all those things).

Connecting with our sweet Savior at the beginning of my day – is exactly what my heart needs.

The truth is – our sweet Savior wants to meet each of us in the middle of our knee deep trials or busyness.

I am choosing to trust that He wants to meet me in the middle of my mess. And friends, I am choosing to let Him. We each need to find the morning routine that works for us in our circumstances. Today, I could do those things; but tomorrow, I may fail miserably at it.

The real “morning routine” (a thing I intentionally do each day) is learning to run to Jesus, living out Psalm 90:14. It’s connecting with Jesus each morning and seeking His peace in the middle of my mess.

What does your morning routine look like? How do you handle the days, when you aren’t quite as intentional in seeking Christ?

Featured image by Dan 7Kidz over at Unsplash.

In Him,

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Leaving an Intentional Legacy {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Whatever we do, we are urged to do it well. No half-hearted efforts. We are given the opportunity to leave a legacy, while we live as foreigners on this earth.

Whatever you do, do well, for in death, where you are going, there is no working or planning, or knowing, or understanding (Ecc. 9:10; TLB).

This Scripture is one I have never noticed before, but I have seen it in multiple places – as I have initiated my writing break. We are urged to give God our best, and to do our best while we can. All God wants to see is – our best.

What Kind of Legacy?

The legacy I want to leave behind is – a Christ-centered one. I want to make God well pleased with me, which I am given through Christ and His work on the cross. The other goal is to leave behind a life that leaves a pleasing aroma and screams –

“I live for Jesus Christ, because He is worthy.”

Such a legacy is one that will most assuredly lead others to Him with each word {spoken and written} and performed action.

The Life of Joseph

So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt (Gen. 37:28, NLT)

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did (Gen. 39:2-3, NIV).

I am reminded of Joseph. A man with difficult circumstances, but continued to succeed in everything he did. Why did he continually succeed? He was one who sought God’s favor.

When we make our relationship with God through Jesus Christ our top priority, we will want to live a well-intentional life where we do our best. A well-intentioned life means more than half-heartedly pursuing multiple opportunities.

Doing Our Best

We are urged to do well in what we do. It doesn’t mean seizing every opportunity we are offered. There will be times, where we have to decline our opportunities – in order to give our best in what we do say “yes” to (see The Best Yes).

As women, who have been changed by Jesus Christ, we need to be intentional in how we say “yes” to opportunities. In doing so, we can be at our best. This is how we inspire others and maintain a “blessed not stressed” attitude.

Let’s become women of prayer and intentionality, because this is where God wants us to be. After all, every word and action is part of our worship!

What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?

Feature image by Jake Thacker.

In Christ,

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ANNOUCEMENT::: Summer Schedule Change

To my friends near and far –

I wanted to update you all on a decision I have made – regarding our “Inspiring Women” study as well the rest of our Summer series.

The Inspiring Women study has been amazing so far, hasn’t it?! I am absolutely loving it. God gave me exactly what I needed to hear this afternoon through this morning’s devotion on Joshua 1:9.

. . . And honestly, this is what it is about.

The Goal

This blog is about hearing God speak to us, in the midst of our circumstances. Circumstances are messy and difficult, and God wants to provide us with the encouragement and instruction we so desperately need to hear!

While our circumstances are far from pretty, at times, our holy God has saw fit to speak to us and dwell with us! Jesus Christ has come to be our Savior, and we have been given the Holy Spirt to guide us in our lives! We are not alone.

A Change in Posts

While the blog study is absolutely amazing, I am coming to realize that I need to “scale back” on some of the things I have been doing. I am discovering that I am overextending myself quite a bit.

So I propose to you a new change regarding the Summer studies {which will include the Inspiring Women series}.

From this moment on, the blog posts will be posting on a different schedule. So, when can we expect a blog post? Monday | Wednesday | Friday. Those are the days, where you can expect blog posts (with the exception of possibly this Monday). While I may post on different days, I want these to be the days where you know that there are new posts on Gracefully Overcoming.

Other than obviously doing this for physical and reprioritizing reasons, I want each blog post to be deliberate.

. . . I don’t want posts to be “thrown together” at the last minute. Instead, my hope is to keep each blog post as much of a blessing as possible.

. . . I want for us to grow with God and be able to authentically seek His face with each blog post. I don’t want any post to miss the intentionality, because I was in a hurry.

Summer Fun Ahead

I have a few ideas planned for Summer. Hopefully over time, I can share some of these mini-series with you all. Our ultimate goal is to glorify Christ and encourage one another. With each post, this is the goal and I will be as faithful to the MWF posts – as possible.

If you aren’t following this blog’s Facebook page, I invite you to do so. I have been posting regularly, to help us all keep encouraged in our spiritual walk with our Lord Jesus!

Featured image by Emma Matthews.

Until next time, my friends.

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Genesis 16-18; Psalms 41-42

jan-17Assigned Reading: Psalms 41-42; Genesis 16-18

Psalms –

Chapter 41 – God deeply cares for the weak. The Father has an overflow of compassion for us – who are weak. This is such a tender passage of Scripture, that shows us the heart of God. It is a Psalm to be cherished. It shows us how God acts toward the needy, as He protects, preserves, sustains, and restores. Thank You Lord for Your mercy and the way You care for me!

But may you have mercy on me, Lord; raise me up, that I may repay them. I know that you are pleased with me, for my enemy does not triumph over me. Because of my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen (vv. 10-13).

Chapter 42 – Our souls are crying out in longing for our great God. Even when we run away from Him, our souls crave God. Thankfully, He doesn’t give up on us, and continues to pursue us. Our hearts seek after the fulfillment that only He can give. He is the One who offers us the hope that changes everything. Our hope is in God, and we have to reach a place of meeting with Him.

How are we setting aside a time and place to daily meet with Jesus to remember who He is, what He has done, and how He wants to meet us and work in our daily lives?

Genesis –

Just some bullet points today, about the reading in Genesis.

→ Sarah clearly did not trust God or His promise. She didn’t even acknowledge the promise in her conversation with her husband regarding using Hagar to have a child (Gen 16).

→ God called Hagar to return to Sarah and submit to her. In God meeting with Hagar, He showed her that He: saw her and would provide for her – even though she was a foreigner (Gen. 16).

→ God continues to remind Abraham of the covenant He has with him. Abraham fell on his face and worshipped God. He truly believed God and what He said (Gen. 17).

→ God states that Sarah will bear a son. Abraham laughed out of disbelief, due to his age (Ishmael was much older at this time), so he asked (or insisted) that Ishmael receives the fruit of the covenant. God was intentional and had his heart set on Isaac. Isaac would receive all the blessings of the first born, even though he was the second. God didn’t want any substitute for His plans. He made sure of it. Abraham and Sarah went their own way, but it was no replacement for God’s plans! (Gen. 17)

→ I can understand why Sarah laughed at the thought of having a son at such an advanced age. If I heard God say something deeply woven into my heart’s desire after such a long wait, I would too. I would be caught in unbelief (Gen. 18).