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When your chaotic life needs peace

“It's possible that you may dread these kind of days and moments for the thoughts that they bring. But let me say this: The mind is surely a battlefield, and there is a war over what/who will consume your thoughts. The enemy would like to hold them captive so he doesn't have to do anything more. But the truth is already written, bought and was shed in blood so that we can rebuke the lies and take hold of the truth.”

When you need to crush the lies

Lies whispered:

  • 'you are destined to live in fear & confusion'

  • 'you will always be overwhelmed'

  • 'God's promises don't apply to you'

  • 'you are not good enough to be heard'.

...when you are tempted to believe those lies, remember:


A veil so high, so thick that it completely separated man from having access to the presence of God. {UNTIL} the son of God shed His blood on our behalf. At the moment it was finished, that veil was ripped in half from top to bottom, giving us access to the holy redemption, salvation, and every promise God has stated.

The enemy would like us to believe we are forgotten, unlovable and too small to be noticed. But..

we can crush those lies when when we remember the veil that was torn and grab onto the PUREST of LOVE that was given in exchange.

Be blessed today!

When you have a dream inside...

Nothing will kill a dream faster than focusing on the space between the starting point and the end result. We can convince ourselves there's too much to be done so we don't do anything at all.

Years pass of not doing anything and the dream gets smaller and smaller.

I am walking this out in my own life, and am finally recognizing this pattern.


I'm thrilled to be making some changes in hopes of seeing some dreams come to life.

I wanted to share this simple statement in case someone else is on the edge of stepping out too!

It was a game changer for me.

Remove the to-do lists for a moment, remove the time frame, all the obstacles and doubts and comparison and just make a commitment to start somewhere.


One step at a time.

Little steps of faith build on each other and before you know it, bam!

“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 AMP


I went along on a fishing adventure with my boys this past weekend, and had so much fun watching Isaak learn his daddy's fishing tricks.  I watched Jude pretend to be big enough, and then toward the end even grabbed the pole and caught a little fish of my own.  But it reminded me of the little inner conflict I've always had with fishing.  As a little girl, I was always a little saddened by the trickery involved in catching a fish. And I can remember really feeling sorry for those little guys.  Obviously that's probably typical of a little girl's emotions, but it got my 32 year old brain thinking about an experience I'm working through. 

“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves." Matthew 7:15

Fishing is really a mastered art of manipulation, right?!? (I don't really care about the fishing part of it, I'm using it as an example okay?!)  But anyway, we take the sharp hook and cover it in something delicious (for a fish anyway) and then we dangle it in the water and use our tricks to lure an innocent fish over.  The little guy probably gets so excited wondering what he did to deserve such an unexpected treat.  Until he goes in for the bite - and realizes he was deceived the whole time.  Now he's got the snack but also has a hook in the side of his mouth.  He is now at the mercy of the one he was just manipulated by.  Will he be the fish who is reeled in only to be yanked off and thrown back?  Or will he be the one devoured as a meal?  Either way the outcome is not good for the fish.  And the whole scenario is governed by the one with pole.

I've been in several situations in my life where I felt like the fish, but obviously didn't realize it until I was the one with the hook in the side of my mouth.  Thankfully I consider myself to be the one thrown back, but not without a little painful reminder of where I was hurt.

I'm over three decades into learning this life, and I believe that discernment is a gift from God - a gift I'm using more now than ever.

I say all that to say, I strive for more faith, more God-moments, more good, and more of the victorious.  But in going after those things I also have to be careful in placing boundaries as well.  Even the seemingly safest place can also be the most dangerous, if we're not aware and prepared.  Necessary boundaries can protect us from being hurt, from being manipulated, and intentionally deceived by the ones who claim to love the most.

I wonder if the fish who has been hooked is more analytical of the next delicious worm that appears out of nowhere?

I'm human, and so I've been hooked and I've also been the one with the pole.  But where I am right now... I long to see more clearly, and see more holy - and be more aware.  Yes guarded, but in a way that's healthy not secluding.  Boundaries are becoming a must for me.

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Lord, let my experiences remind me of where I've been hurt and when I've been the one to hurt.  Let me put the pole away {of sorts} and lean on Your love to guide and reveal and nurture and pave a path that is LIGHT and not manipulative darkness.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  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.  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.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."  -Eph 6:10-17


Be blessed.

Calling it out

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9

Discouragement is straight from the enemy. It is, it just is.

Don't fall for it,

don't believe it,

don't listen to it!

Our God is great and able to remove those feelings and replace them with confidence, joy and peace! If you {with a pure heart} are seeking the heart of God then stand firm when the enemy attacks.

We as children of God hold the key, not the enemy. We have the assurance that our battles have been won!!!!

That key and the freedom it provides was bought at a great price, so it must be used!

God you are good, and holy and worthy of it all.

Discouragement has to go!!!!!


Be blessed & encouraged!