June 11, 2013

The mind and soul

Were in dispute.

The battle continued for a time,

But the soul held on longer

Than the mind could ever have believed,

And thus the soul won.

The question then became,

Did the mind, thus truly lose

Or were both the victors over

The unseen adversary?

Perhaps it is so!

By Martha L Shaw – © 6-11-2013

Reject The Hurt

June 22, 2012

Jesus showers us with His love and His peace and He is continually desiring to do so.  There is no better feeling than the knowledge of His presence and His great love.  There is no relationship I cherish more than my personal relationship with Him. 

That being said, when we walk closely with Him, the evil one will fight against us.  He will use the ones who are best equipped to hurt us – those whom we are most likely to allow to hurt us.  By this I mean those closest to us.  Sure, strangers can be unkind, but those whom we expect more from or feel safe with are the ones we generally accept the abuse from and feel hurt by. 

We do not have to accept it.  I know, it’s not easy but when we focus on the hurt we lose focus on the Lord.  Don’t let evil win.  Let love win!  Like I said, I know it’s hard.  I’ve been there and I know what I’m talking about.  Let Him lift you up.  Your heart and soul can be lifted up even when the circumstances in your life make it hard to think about anything else . . . trust, believe, breath . . .

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

                                     – Exodus 33:14

Use Protection!

March 22, 2012

Nobody ever said being a follower of Christ and living the life He desires us to live would be easy.  Afterall, look at the way He was received during His 33 years in human form.

That being said, we are provided with all the help we need to do as He leads us.  He promised to never leave us.  We simply need to BE His, to BE focused on Him and to BE at peace.  He gives us all we need including His armor, so why do we look at the evil coming at us and not use what He has given us? 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 KJV


Real Or Imagined?

September 28, 2011

I read the following quote and found it quite interesting:      

In his book Shoulder to Shoulder, Dr. Rodney L. Cooper defines stress as “The response of the sympathetic nervous system to a perceived or actual threat.” He adds, “This technical definition probably won’t mean much to you. Basically it says that stress is the way our body responds to perceived or actual danger. Our blood pressure skyrockets and our muscle strength increases. We’re ready to fight or fly. Stress isn’t the cause but the effect”* In essence, stress is a reaction to danger real or imagined
Now, to me the fact of the cause versus effect is a slam dunk.  Who doesn’t already know that.  I think the more significant reminder in Dr Cooper’s quote is the “real or imagined” part.  Come on,, do we not focus so much of our concern and so much unnecessary attention to “imagined” and far less to the “real” in life?  Don’t mess with me.  I know I’m not the only one.  Stress itself isn’t necessarily bad.  It can get us moving – drive us to work harder in a good way – as well as warn us of “danger” as Dr Cooper states here in his cause versus effect.  Interesting, just the same, that our body response to stimuli becomes our focus without our questioning it.  Thus, the stimuli makes imagined become real.  For Christians, this reinforces the  need to pray, discern, and surrender and thus get back to what’s real – and ultimately our life in Christ as He is real and lives in us. 

Hallelujah! Look What The Lord Has Done! (via Saint In Training)

July 21, 2011

This post is such a testimony to the love and healing power of the Lord and so full of hope, faith, and trust, that I cannot get it out of my mind and so I share it on my own blog so that more people can be inspired by it as I was!

I'm putting in a praise report tonight because I just had to tell someone the news! The last few weeks, since the end of June really, I've been going back and forth to the doctor for tests. I've had symptoms that were indicative of tumors in one area of my body and possible breast cancer. My mother is a victorious survivor of cancer (twice over!) and so the doctor was very concerned by what my mammogram showed. He saw multiple masses in both brea … Read More

via Saint In Training

We All Need Protection Sometimes

May 28, 2011

As we grow in our relationship with the Lord, the powers of evil rebel against this and can cause disturbances which can weaken us, place doubt in our minds and hearts and more.  To bring peace and protection onto yourself and shield you, I recommend reading the following daily as a prayer.  These words are very helpful to me.

The Armor of God

 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  – Ephesians 6:10-18

Another great resource can be found at Mike Flynn’s website.  Flynn, a well-known  author and priest, through his “FreshWind Ministries” offers a number of resources to download including prayers adapted from the verse from Ephesians above.  Click here to visit his website!

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