THE SECRET PLACE (PT 7)

THE SECRET PLACE (PT 7)

The Secret Place has evolved in my life. It began as the place where I came to know and love Jesus, to a place where I rely on Him to do great things in and through my life, then a place I find comfort, rest, peace and guidance. Before knowing Jesus, I partied every day. My identity was formed around my ability to make each night an awesome one, going to the extreme with how much money I could make, how long I could dance, how wasted I could get, how many guys I could hang out with and so on. I was looking for meaning, purpose, love, and feelings of empowerment in all the wrong places. Then Jesus invaded my world, and things were never the same. He wanted to be a part of my life and helped me get to a place where I wanted Him to be a part of my life as well. My early days as a Christian were spent in a Christian recovery home where the entire program was based on two prayer meetings, one Bible study, and working for the ministry for eight hours a day. Sitting in those prayer meetings was an interesting challenge. The only prayers I made up to this point were one liner cries for help or, as a kid, praying for my family. I had no idea what to say to God. I didn’t even know Him or know who I was to Him. I would watch other people pray to get some ideas. People would also pray for me and that also helped. What I learned...
PRAYER

PRAYER

Jesus often withdrew Himself and prayed. Surely He knew the beauty and the power of sitting in the presence of God. Many times throughout the week, I take a break from my day, turn some worship music on, and start talking to God about what is on my heart. I get raw with God, being completely honest with Him about everything. Then boom–God’s presence floods my physical being, and I’m in a zone where all kinds of prayers come to my heart, for myself and for so many people. I am filled with so much joy when this happens that prayer has become my favorite thing to do. This prayer experience is something we can all have when we pursue it. Ephesians 6:18 says, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere,” (NLT). “At all times” seems overwhelming, but it refers to all occasions. The point is that prayer is something we should not neglect. Instead, it should be the first thing we do in every situation we face, for ourselves, all of our family in Christ, and for everyone in our lives. When we are praying, we should pray in the Spirit. God is always with us, but we can also, at any time, enter into His courts in the heavenlies where He is seated above all things. There, we can reveal our heart to the Lord, get renewed and strengthened, make our requests known to Him, and experience His power in us and through our intercession. This is the essence of praying...
A LIFE OF FAITH (PT 4)

A LIFE OF FAITH (PT 4)

Faith is described as a shield in the Bible. “Above all” of our spiritual armor, this piece we are to take up. It protects us from “all” the fiery darts of the wicked one. Anything that our enemy will throw at us in effort to make us stumble can be thwarted by our faith in God. Ephesians 6:16  “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” As I stood worshipping God with my newborn in my arms, trying to get her to sleep while my other daughter was napping so I could nap, I asked the Lord how having faith could help me get through all that I am going through in life right now–from having my second child, to having to move in a month and a half, not having a place to go nor a new job for my husband when his ends in 2 months. Then, the Holy Spirit whispered this verse into my heart. It is through faith that I am going to overcome all of the challenges that I face in this difficult time. For several months, I knew I’d be moving and my husband needed a new job. As time passed, I had a lot of peace in my heart because of my faith in God’s goodness towards us and His faithful provision. It literally felt like a covering for me, just like a shield. Trusting that God has a plan for our family, that He takes care of our needs and that He knows what He is...
AMONGST THE BUSYNESS OF LIFE

AMONGST THE BUSYNESS OF LIFE

Life has only gotten busier as my responsibilities continue to increase—from finishing school, to getting married, starting a family, and so on. Just as I am busy, so are the people I present Jesus to. They are busy partying on Del Playa, busy eating or walking somewhere. Funny thing is, God is also busy. Jesus said “…My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working” (John 5:17). And that is why evangelism can happen whenever and wherever, regardless of how busy or tired we are. It is God who is working in and through us to reveal Himself to others. Just like Jesus multiplied the little the disciples brought Him to feed 5,000, so God will work through us as we offer what we have to Him in the midst of our busyness. I’m currently pregnant with my second child, but I have the desire to go to Jesus Burgers. However, it starts pretty late and before it begins, I have to get my first child to bed after making dinner for the family, cleaning it up, etc. By the time I’m done, I’m tired and I don’t physically want to do anything. Though, when I feel a stir of passion for those who don’t know Jesus, I go out. One night, I put a time limit on my going out because I knew if I stayed out late, it would be hard for me to wake up early and take care of my family. As I walked to Jesus Burgers, I asked God to use me to really bless one person...

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