Control Freaks Unite! #Hopeoverflowing :)

Control freaks UNITE!

So it turns out when I can’t control a situation, I tend to freak out… lol

I have good days, bad days, really bad days, then really good days :)

The crazy is real.

The Bible talks about seasons…

That there is a season for everything under the sun…

{Ecclesiastics: 3}

So for those of us going through a season that feels overwhelming.. A season that feels like you’re stuck… like trying to run in mud… A season where it actually feels like time is standing still, and you want to be like… HELLO?  Is anybody there?!  LOL

A season where you can do nothing to change, or push, or control circumstances…

You  know those seasons?? lol

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I a helped.  My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song…”

Psalm 28:7

Sometimes, the last thing our messy mind wants to do is stop…

Our mind wants to wander and think, and overthink…

But if you stop for just a moment, you’ll sense something different… something longing, and yearning…

It is the place where His power overcomes my weakness.

We will go through times where we are defiantly given more than we can handle…

And in those times, you can be sure God is handling the situation with purpose and meaning

I have found that the best and only way for me  to be still in hope, and at peace in prayer, is to sit in the Lord’s presence…  that in the time I spend in prayer and petition is the only life source that changes my perspective.

So we kneel…

We let God in our locked doors, and through away the key…

Let Him touch and feel and carry your burden.

That’s where faith meets fear…

How I pray today, after we kneel we rise.

Let’s rise, and trust and let go of our emotions…

Let’s live big.  Give back.  And let God use us to love others and fill us with the things He wants to fill us with…

Way more of you, Dear Jesus, and way less of me.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 27:14

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights… you give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.  You broaden the path beneath me so my ankles do not turn.”

Psalm 18:41

Amen!

Have the best day :)

Live in Love,

Lisa

 

 

A Happy Soul… #Hopeoverflowing

God…

You are the light of my life.  You are my breath, and my song…

You never let go of those who seek you…

“….However, those the father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.

For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want.

And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day.

For it is my father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life that I should raise them at the last day…”

John 6:37-40

Dear Jesus, I thank you for seeking me out of the shadows and drawing me into your Holy presence.

You pierced my soul with truth.. you unveiled our eyes that we may see You…  The living God… The lover of my soul.

You give me hope through the beauty of your grace..

You came to abide in our  hearts…  and at the end of our life’s journey, you will carry us home…

No matter how much we fuss or fight, You will never let go… we are your chosen loved ones…

We are sojourners just passing through…

Our life’s journey has purpose and meaning.

Nothing we are going through or have been through has been in vain…

You are making beauty from ashes.

You change fear to love and my soul sings for joy that I am a living host of your goodness and grace…

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Colossians 3:12

My life is in you… and you alone…

I love you Jesus,

In Your Name,

I pray,

Amen

Live in love,

Lisa

 

According to His power… #Hopeoverflowing

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask, or imagine

according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church

and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Amen,”

Ephesians 3:20

According to HIS power that is at work within us…

As I sit here, and think about what these words mean, my heart strikes a cord of strength and trust.

I do not need to rely on my own strength or power.  God is already at work, in and through us, leading the way through the darkness, guiding us through the fog, and helping me navigate my daily needs.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”

Eph 3:14

Father, I kneel before you… letting go off all my worry and pain.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches, he may strength you with power through His spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

Eph 3:16-17a

Thank you, Dear Father, for shining your light of truth over my life…

How I praise and thank you for your strength and power that falls on me like a summer rain…   Thank you, Dear Jesus, for dwelling in my heart, and filling all the dark places with faith and light.

“And I pray that you be rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Eph 3:17b-19

You have rooted my heart, and my life in your love… how very thankful I am to be covered by your wings… When I doubt and search and worry, you cover me with hope… you remind me of  how high and deep and wide your love is…you take my brokenness and hold me together with the fullness of all that you are… Your love surpasses all knowledge.. all understanding, and I am humbled that you choose to draw me near.

Heavenly Father,

I give you my day… my heart and my thoughts.  Thank you for refreshing my soul, and encouraging my heart…

May I live today surrounded by your fullness…

May my heart know it’s place covered by your grace.

I am alive, and well and living in your presence…surrounded by your glory!

May I love others well, and live to draw a hurting world unto your power and love…

I love you,

In Jesus Name,

I pray,

Amen

Live in Love,

Lisa

 

 

When words are messy… #hopeoverflowing

How true is this…

As the years pass, I am weary of conflict… I want to make things right quickly and profoundly..

I choose to live in the light of love, covered by the hope of goodness…

I don’t want to be offended and shaken…

Love is bigger than that…

When someone else pain touches your heart, and you feel the Spirit of God’s love gently awaken your heart of compassion…You have 2 choices… You can either run… lol!  or you can pray, and reach out…

I know the pain of feeling misunderstood.  The feeling that someone may think you are judging them..  I also know the sweet victory of bleeding hope into another soul…

Our words can be messy.  Our thoughts unorganized… but by our character and our  lives,  I pray others would see our heart of love and your intentions of bleeding truth and light into another’s life…

Recently I had that promoting, a friend who is weary… she needed to be touched by hope and truth and what is good…

It can be dicey to interject your own thoughts and feelings, but it is always beautiful when you open that door, and you see a ray of light, and a kindred heart…

You lay yourself aside and let the Holy Spirit’s love and words be your guide.

I have failed at this more times than I would like to admit… I hate the feeling that my words were turned into words of pain.

How I pray, I would remember to listen more closely, and speak more gently, when I am offended, or hurt by a friends words…

So today, I pray for myself,  any of my kindred friends who have been through something like this…

How I pray we wouldn’t be offended by their judgment upon us, that our hearts would soften even more… and after we have said our ‘I’m sorrys” we would let it go.

Because life is too short to live stuck…

“… let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

God knows your heart, beautiful one…

And He loves you.

Keep loving.  Keep shinning…  and keep running your race :)

Live in Love,

Lisa

Live Happy… #hopeoverflowing

“Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now

what I am doing, but someday you will.”

John 13:7

We don’t have to have it all figured out to live happy.

It’s a state of mind to dig in and live.  To live love right where you are.

Jesus told us we wont understand now what he is doing.  It’s pretty clear that there is a bigger picture than our hearts can even  imagine.

When we let the words of the Bible penetrate our life, we will  live in constant hope of all that is good.

I believe everything we are going through has love at the core.

Jesus is love.

So today, maybe let some layers of worry fall away.

Look at your little world with twinkle in your eye, and know that God is working in and through your life so that you will know him deeper.  Love him harder.  And trust him undisputedly.

Trust is essential to freedom…

I am praying a miracle in your heart… that trusting God will let your heart soar, and your love roar… that freedom will flow thorough your veins, and hope will fill you with joy..

“In the beginning the word already existed.  He was with God and He was God.

He was in the beginning with God.  He created everything there is.

Nothing exists that he didn’t make.

Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone.  The light shines through the darkness, and darkness ca never extinguish it.’

John 1:1-28

Live in Love,

Lisa

 

 

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus…#Hopeoverflowing

loved one“For the Lord your God is living among you.

He is a mighty savior.  He will take delight in you with gladness.

With His love, he will calm all your fears.

He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Zephaniah 3:17

Some days it’s hard to wrap my mind around God’s undying love for me.

Some days I feel overwhelmed.  Consumed by my own fears of failure, or defeat…

I’ve learned, over time, to not dwell in the fogginess of  darkness…

That feelings lie, and that God is Mighty to Save… Calling His name is necessary…

And there He is…

Those thoughts need to be interrupted immediately…

And that only happens when you call on His name… When you turn your eyes to His beauty and love… to his goodness and grace.

Nothing about you is accidental… absolutely nothing.

You are marvelously loved.  Holy Set apart…

You are His and He is yours.

So…

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in His wonderful face and the things of this earth

will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace…” 

Live in Love,

Lisa

Praying over your Sunday :)

 

The Magicallness of Hope… #Hopeoverflowing

“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

This is the thing… hope is like fairy dust sprinkled all over our hearts… It is trust in His relentless love, and peace in all that is good.

Whenever shadows of fear or confusion darken your sight… Remember it is HOPE that gives us love and light…

In Jesus we see our hope.

In His every word, until His very last breath, He was a beckon of something powerful and good…

His love and goodness drew them to Him…

They laid their eyes on hope, and watched Him endure so much pain and terrible sadness.

Oh, Jesus,

My soul thirsts for more of you…

Your beauty and peace bring contentment to my world…

May your hope be the overflow of all that I say.  All that I do.

Your hope is the biggest blessing over my weary heart…

How I praise you.

How I thank you.

May our voices speak of hope and love…

May our actions touch the hearts of those who seek in their sorrow.  Who ache in their pain…

May all that you are be enough, as we take our eyes off the things we can’t control, and reach for You… You are our place of refuge and peace…

I love you,

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Live in love,

Lisa

 

Limitless undying love that shines on and on… #Hopeoerflowing

 

Great is His Name…

Awesome is his power…

There is no fear when you turn to Him in worship and praise…

” I will sing of the tender mercies of the Lord forever!…..

Oh Lord, God Almighty!  Where is there anyone as mighty as you, Lord?  

Faithfulness is your very character.  You are the one who rules the oceans.

When their waves rise in fearful stoms, you subdue them.  You are the one who crushed the great sea monster.  You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.  The heavens are yours and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours.  You created it all….

Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand!  Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.”

 Psalm 89:1 and 8-13

Yes!  Sing of His tender mercies.   Emerge your heart in the aroma of His presence.

Let Him subdue the storms that rise.  Let Him scatter your enemies with his mighty arm.

This God of ours is mighty to save…

He is our great hope.

His presence is our answer to every need…

Let it be that simple.

Be quiet in His arms.  Let Him touch all the broken pieces… one by one.

Breathe Him all in…

Then, Dear soul, shine on like the moon and the stars and the sun…

His presence is our very need :)

Live in Love,

Lisa

 

 

Good Friday love…. #Hopeoverflowing

Good Friday …

He showed us the beauty in humility … In surrender and trust…He knows the way because He is the way Sending out some Good Friday love. May your heart be full … May His sacrifice be our hope :)

“He grew up like a tender shoot, like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows,

and familiar with suffering.

Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised and we esteemed Him not.

Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows yet we considered Him stricken

by God smitten by Him, and afflicted.

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the

punishment that brought us peace was upon Him,

and by His wounds we are healed.”

Isaiah 53

And By His wounds, We are Healed…

Happy Good Friday…

You are forever Loved!

How beautiful is His Name…

Jesus…

I love You…

You are my King…

Our Messiah…

Our Prince of peace, and Lover of my soul…

My heart could burst of so much pain… so much love… so much majestic beauty..

Thank You for forgiving me…

My heart overflows.

All for You glory.

All for Your Name…

Jesus.

King of Kings…

Lord of Lords.

Thank You for loving me.

In Jesus Name,

I pray,

Amen

Live in Love,

Lisa

Redirect your fear… #Hopeoverflowing

“…..Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.”

Psalm 81:10

The heart of surrender is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?

When feelings seem over overwhelming, its time to turn our perspective…

Turn from the shadows, and open our mouths wide…

Pause…

Let God fill you with good things…

Beautiful things… The things He knows you need…

“I search for peace; but when I speak of peace, they want war! … I lift my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip; He who watches over you will not slumber…”

Psalm 120:7 – Psalm 121:1-3

Search for peace.

Lift your eyes to heaven, and let Him turn your perspective to His glory and grace.

He is the God of all hope, all goodness… that is our standing ground.

He is our foundation.  He will not let our foot slip even… NO… especially. When we think we have messed it up.

When I place my trust in the palm of His hand, I surrender my way… my thoughts and my direction.

I keep my mind focused in His word, and I walk in the comfort of His beauty and peace.

Where we find stress and anxiety, is exactly where we need to surrender to love.

Today, I pray, instead of panic, we pray…

God,

I seek you.  Above all things, I seek the beauty of your face.

I seek the kindness of your heart, and the beauty of your grace.

I lift my eyes to heaven, and I am stilled with peace…

Help me to keep my eyes on You.

Help me to walk in grace.  Help me to shift my focus, that my thoughts would be filled with more of you, and less of me.

Your way is always light.  Your way is never burdensome or controlling…

Your way is freedom and love..

There is no mistaking your goodness…

Thank you for redirecting my fear…

Thank you for drawing me near.

In Jesus Name,

I pray,

Amen

Live in Love,

Lisa