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Going through the motions? {Special Guest Post by Loretta Yopp}

Welcoming back my friend Loretta Yopp today as she shares her heart on Psalms 49-50!

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Psalm 49

“Going to Leave it all Behind”

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David is speaking boldly in this chapter, telling men and women regardless of their ranking to listen to the wisdom that God has placed in his heart. David is preparing to instruct the people concerning theirs riches and possessions. The people had begun to put their trust in their worldly possessions and boasting in their riches.

(Vs 6) David starts to inform the people that no matter what you possess in material things that you can’t buy your way to salvation. God cannot be brought with earthly materials. The Bible says “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Cor 15:53 KJV) We all are appointed once to die then judgment… The material things that you have placed your trust will fail you! If the Lord should tarry his coming than this body will one day suffer death and be laid in a grave.

(vs 14) When death comes the only riches we will possess are the ones that we invested in our eternal heritage. The Bible tells us… “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Matt. 6:20) Don’t get David wrong here, God wants his children to be blessed abundantly, but we need to be careful that we don’t get so wrapped up in worldly possessions that we loss sight of who the Giver of all good things is. What are you investing in… corruptible world investments or incorruptible eternal investments? Take a moment to access your investments today, because it’s not too late to start laying up treasures in heaven for yourself.

Psalm 50

“True or False Faith”

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This Psalm simply reminds us that there is coming a day of judgment for God’s people. God’s judgment will start with His own children according to 1 Peter 4:17. He begins to show us that at one time God’s people served Him with their whole heart, but at some point they grew cold on God. Sometimes we start going through the motions of serving God and we lose our passion for the things of God. The fire of God that once blazed hot has become a flicker that is warm.

In Revelation God warns against being lukewarm Christians. He even goes as far as to say He would “vomit” them out of His mouth. It is not a time to grow lukewarm or cold on God. You may know 50 scriptures by heart and claim His promises in the Word, but still be filled with deceit and evil refusing to obey God. We will face a day of judgment soon. We will either serve God or serve the world, but we can’t serve both.

According to verse 21, God has seemed to be silent allowing sin to work, causing people to question their faith and trust. God has remained silent withholding judgment in order for His children to repent. God is not going to remain silent forever and there will be a day of judgment.

Has your fire started to flicker? Are you stuck in a rut of the same routine of the “religious obligations”?  It is time to find that consuming fire again. The one that caused you to hunger for the things of God. Do you have true or false Faith?

It is time to ask the Holy Spirit wind to blow on your spiritual fire again. That same wind that “suddenly” blow into that upper room at Pentecost.

God Bless you, Loretta

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Do you find yourself going through the motions?  It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut spiritually and you’re left scratching your head wondering how the heck you got there.  It’s time we get fired up for Christ again!  Live like we are here for a reason!  Because – WE ARE!  🙂

The Holy Spirit wants to do a work in you so that a great work for the Lord can be done through you.  But we must be diligent in keeping ourselves on fire for The Lord. 

How do we do that?  I’m so glad you asked.  ❤

Small groups, personal studies, conferences.. There are so many resources out there to help us in our walk with the Lord!

What are your favorite ways to keep the fire burning?  Share below or let’s chat on my Facebook page here!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

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The Fight to be Still.. { Special Guest Post by Molly Dragert! }

She Speaks 2014 was such an awesome experience.  The speakers, the praise and worship, and the friendships that were formed..  I highly recommend checking it out and prayerfully considering attending if you’re a writer or a speaker!

Molly and I met at She Speaks and I’m so excited to hear her heart today as she shares for the first time here about Psalms 45-46!  You can click here to join her on her blog as she shares about her struggle to be still.  { No, we didn’t plan it this way for her to speak about this.  How cool is it when God perfectly lines things up like this! }

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Psalm 45

Daughters of Kings are among your honored women v9 Did you know that because you are a follower of King Jesus, you are His daughter? Yes you, you are Christ’s daughter?

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Did you see the specific instruction for you, daughter of the King, it’s hidden within this psalm?

10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house. 11 Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.

We have this image of ourselves, of how we think we should look or act or be or do. And unless it’s is matched to God’s truth we fail each time. Some of us struggle with insecurity. Some of us struggle with being enough. Some of us struggle with vanity. Some of us struggle with … you fill in the blank for you.

See for me, I’ve never really thought of myself as much or much to look at. I’ve had numerous people put negative labels on me and try to tell me who I am and who I’m not. And what I look like and what I don’t and it’s created this bubble of insecurity and doubt.

But I read this verse and I’m overwhelmed at how much, just how much my My King, My Father in Heaven adores me and thinks of me as beautiful He thinks the same for you as well.

v 10 – God says look forget what others are saying about you, forget them. Forget those labels someone put on you. Forget these people, even if they are family, forget them. Forget them.

Let the King be enthralled by your beauty. v11

Let the Lord, who created you be enthralled by your beauty.

The world may tell you that you are something you are not. People may throw ugly labels on you because you don’t fit their idea of beauty. You may put ugly labels on yourself because you haven’t seen how your Creator, God, sees you. He is enthralled by your beauty.

He loves to look on you because you are beautiful in His sight. You are worth all the love He has for you and in His sight you are enough.

But wait, I love how God does this all the time in scripture, there is ALWAYS more. He makes a promise then there is work for us to do.

v 11 goes on to tell us honor Him, for He is your Lord.

I think this is to keep us from being too vain, or full of ourselves, or reliant on ourselves for our own beauty. We honor Him, for he is our Lord.

Honor – one of the definitions of honor is “a source of credit or distinction” (dictionary.com). So we acknowledge God for creating us as beautiful and no matter what we look like, scars, birthmarks, deformities and all, we give God the glory and credit of the beauty in which He created us to be.

Lean in and see how your Father God sees you; He is enthralled by your beauty.

We, in turn, honor Him for creating us exactly how we are and accept, hard as it is for us with insecurity issues to do, but we accept and bask a little in the love He has for us as He is enthralled by us.

You are special, You are beautiful And God is enthralled by your beauty.

Spend time in His Presence and just be, let Him tell you just who you are in HIM, how He sees you, How he Loves you, But you have to choose that time, to be quiet, be still and soak in all that He is to you. Let Him tell you. Let Him love you.

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Psalm 46 There are so many good nuggets of awesome in this whole psalm but I’d like to focus us on two key verses that will radically change your life.

Anyone ever have recurring themes in their life? I don’t mean for a season, but for their whole life? Well I do, and it is “Be Still.”

I’ve been told my whole life that I need to slow down and “be still.” I hear “Be Still” in songs, in conversation, read it in the bible, in other books, hear it on TV. I cannot get away from that “Be Still” command.

I’m the fix it girl if something is broken or there is a rift, or something needs to be done. I’m right there trying to fix it. I figure God gave me problem solving skills for a reason, right? Well what I’ve learned in the last few years is that God is really the fixer of all things and sometimes He chooses me to help Him fix stuff.

Times in my life where the bottom has fallen out and there is no hope and I can’t, for the life of me, take one more day… I force myself to “Be Still.”

Why?

Because of these two verses. These two promises.

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Psalm 46:5 God is in the Midst of her, she shall not be moved God will help her right early [at the dawn of the morning].

If I stand still and wait for the Lord, He comes. In the Midst of me, the middle of me, deep in my soul, He delivers a promise of help.

And I shall not be moved. Because I choose to be still. Because I’m waiting for Him to speak to me. Because I’m listening to what to do next. Because in Him, when I’m still I can hear His promises and not be moved by what the world may say, or the lies that in my head, what they might tell me.

He promises to help and right early, each day is new and while I may have tears and fits the night before, when I’m still and when I let Him quiet me, He promises to help. He promises to sustain.

I just have to be willing to stop the crazy busy ME and make the choice to “Be Still.”

Busy shouldn’t be a badge of honor that we proudly wear. It’s one we were never meant to pick up.

Being still allows God to do His thing for His daughters.

Being still allows you to come to a place of alignment with God. Being still allows you to quiet your worldly self. Being still allows you to get to the point where you can listen to God beckon you into a closer relationship with Him. Being still allows you to be in AWE and recognize God for who He is – God the Almighty, big and AMAZING. Being still allows you to be obedient to do what He has called you to do. Being still allows you endless supply of strength that only King Jesus can bring.

Psalm 46:10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!

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I’m so glad Molly was able to guest post with us today!  I’m telling you what, “be still” has always been one of those commands that I’ve struggled with.  I’m a go-getter.  A fix it girl, much like Molly.

But we will never truly find peace that God has promised us if we cannot find the strength to be still before the Lord.  We must make tie to be still before Him.  Daily.

God’s pretty wild about you, babe.  Pretty crazy wild about you.  Shake off those labels people have attempted to pin on you and walk with your head held high.  You’re a daughter of the King!

I pray you’ve been encouraged today!  Please share with someone and continue to join us as we dive into Psalms and stay firmly rooted in the Word of God in 2015!  Start the conversation below or here on my Facebook page!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Share the Lord with your children! <3 {Psalms 43-33 – Guest post Debbie Yoerg}

So glad to have my friend, Debbie, back with us today!  She’s sharing her heart on Psalms 43-44.

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Please keep her and her ministry team in your prayers as they prepare to minister this weekend at a local women’s conference!  You can check out her ministry Facebook page here.

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Psalm 43- Our Hope is in the Lord

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As we face discouragement let us not lose the hope that is found only in God. The sons of Korah, which are the temple assistants, are believed to be the writers of this Psalm.

❤ V 1- I can feel the Psalmists and his heart crying out to the Lord in the midst of his enemies. He is praying for the Lord’s vindication and strength among these evil people. As they are surrounding him he is wondering where God is and praying for the Lord to rescue him. Can you relate? I know I can. I have felt discouraged and needed the Lord to rescue me in these times.

❤ V 2 – Although we may feel rejected and wondering where the Lord is, we must trust He is with us. He is our stronghold and our strength!

❤ V 3 – When we feel surrounded by darkness and fear, it is God’s truth and light that guides us. I often pray that He will eliminate the next steps to take. I pray this for you, as well, and to step out even afraid as He guides your steps!

❤ V 4 – The Psalmist is filled with faith as he has been praying to the Lord to come to his rescue. When he says in the scripture that he will go to the altar of God, I believe that is the Cross where Jesus sacrificed His life for our sins. We must keep our focus on the Lord as we wait. We must stay very close to Him, laying our sins before Him, at the altar, and rejoicing and praising our God. He is where our help comes from.

❤ V 5 – The question “Why are you downcast, O my soul?” makes me think of the times that I questioned the Lord in my waiting for Him to answer me. I pray for Him to reveal sin to my attention so that I can be quick to repent and lay it down at the Cross. I put my trust and hope in Him, praise Him, and thank Him for hearing my prayers and answering them in His time.

Friends, I pray you are free from any discouragement and know that the Lord is working things out for your good. As you put your trust in the Lord and lay your sins/struggles before Him, praise Him through your circumstances…He is where your hope comes from. Thank Him for His plan in your life which is far better than you can imagine. Take those steps as He illuminates your path.

Psalm 44- Stand Firm in the Lord

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I sense a plea for victory in these verses from God’s people who are weary and feeling defeated. It is a message of knowing when you feel defeated to remember your past deliverances and stand on the Lord’s promises to pull you through. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. (The author of this Psalm is again believed to be the temple assistants, The sons of Korah)

❤ V 1-3- I believe these verses talk about what God has done in past generations and how He saved His people. From generation to generation they praised the goodness of God. Let’s be mindful to share the Lord with our children and testimonies of His faithfulness.

❤ V 4-8- In these verses, he talks about the great things the Lord has done for him. Do you reflect back and see how the Lord has pulled you through? We tend to forget what He has done in our lives when we are in difficult situations. We must take hold of Him and thank Him for revealing Himself to us. Thank Him that you are not where you were when you started your journey with Him. He has you were you are now and continues to move you forward… If you let him!!

❤ V9–16 Ever feel rejected? I know, silly question! David went from praising the Lord to feeling rejected by Him. Everything was going wrong and David wants to know where God is?? Again, I can relate. Truth is, bad things do happen but it is in these times that we must be intentional in snuggling close to the Lord. It is essential that we not lose sight of the Lord… He is our focus and our eyes must be on Him!

❤ V 17- 22- Tells me that no matter what comes at us we must not forget who our God is and to keep our eyes on Him.

❤ V23-26 – I hear the pleading in these verses of God’s people calling out for God to move mightily on their behalf. For the Lord’s promises and truth to be revealed. Ever felt this way; pleading for the Lord to come and answer your prayer according to what you want or need? I confess that I have. I’ve wondered, “Do you hear me, Lord”? “Where are You”? I believe this Psalm hits home for all of us. The end of it I find abrupt and unsettling as David is pleading desperately.

In this study, I found that the place of desperation and crying out to the Lord is where we need to be BUT to trust that He is there and hears your heart’s cry! He is right here alongside of you. Scripture says, He will never leave you or forsake you. Praise Him in the midst of uncertainties, thank Him and know that He is GOD.

Father, I thank you for these messages of pressing in and trusting you. I pray Your people seek Your face and in spite of their cries in the midst of difficult situations I pray they rest in You and not lose focus of Who You are! What You begin, You complete and ALL things work together to bring You glory. Thank you for your deliverance’s and our testimonies of overcoming. Help us to not lose sight of those victories. I pray Your people receive Your Word as truth and stand on it declaring their victory in You… In Jesus Name I pray… Amen ❤

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I love what Debbie said about sharing the Lord with our children.  They need to see how God has rescued us.  They need to hear of his faithfulness.  They need these testimonies to build their faith.  And so do we.

Are we effectively sharing the Lord with those around us?  They so desperately need the encouragement.  And quite frankly, we could use the practice.  😉

Chime in below or here on my Facebook page.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

Men will fail you, but GOD never will! {Special Guest Post – Cheryl Von Eime}

 

I’m excited to introduce to you my friend, Cheryl, a first time contributor here!  It’s such an honor to have her with us today!  She has followed  my writing for a long time.  ❤  A pastor’s wife, Premiere Jewelry consultant, and prayer warrior, this woman is ready to rock and roll today!

You ready to dig in?

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In these first 3 verses, David is reminding us of all the blessings God has promised to those who regard (care for) the weak. Now this weak means poor, broken, sick, those in the ditch, those that everyone rejects – yeah, that one! This is where we sometimes miss the mark. Do we pick up the wounded and weary, or do we walk by and leave them in the ditch? God says He’ll give back to you what you give.

In verses 4-9, David begs for mercy. All his enemies slander him and even his closest friend had betrayed him. Ever been there? Psalm 55:12 says, “if an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. 13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend with whom I one enjoyed sweet fellowship….”  Let me say, the pain of betrayal is excruciating.  Man will fail you, but GOD NEVER WILL! And because of Him, the enemy will not triumph over you. Praise be to God!

How many of us have yearned for God in the midst of distress? In the darkest days of my life, I, like David in vs 1-4 cried out to God day and night. My tears flowed constantly.  I sought Him with everything in me. I was mourning a great loss.  But GOD heard my every cry. Did you know He bottles our tears? And He came to my rescue! Amen!

David was grieving because he had lost the freedom of corporate worship. Like us, he was looking back at what he had. He remembered going to the house of God and praising and worshipping with friends and family.  His heart was broken, his friends gone, and he couldn’t go home. It was too much.  All his troubles were crashing in on Him. He was looking back, looking back at what he lost.

Sometimes we spend so much time looking at what we had that we miss what God has for us in the future. But then, in the deepest part of His spirit, David remembers the God he serves, “I will praise Him!” He said, “why am I so down? My hope is in my God, He is my Rock.” Hallelujah!

So Lord, we thank You that in our most desperate times, we can call out to You and you hear us and have mercy on us. You rescue us from our enemies and restore us. Hallelujah!

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Cheryl has such an incredible testimony of how God can redeem what the enemy has stolen from us!

Like she said, it’s easy to look back at what we had versus what’s ahead of us.   But perhaps this is why the front windshield is larger than the rear view mirror on a car.  We have to keep looking forward.  Don’t let the enemy keep you replaying the past.  Keep moving forward. 

I want to close out this post today with “Moving Forward” by Israel Houghton.  Let’s keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward! ❤

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

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In His Hands { Psalm 29-32 }

God is SO on time, isn’t He?

You’re struggling with doubt, and BOOM!  Your daily reading brings you to something that has to do with trusting in The Lord and leaning not to your own understanding.

Dealing with sickness and the Kari Jobe song “Healer” comes on Pandora.  #mindblown

He knows us.  He searches our hearts.  He knows the precise number of hairs on our head (or lack there of) and how many times we have inhaled and filled our lungs with oxygen today.

God is no stranger to our struggles.  He sent His only Son, Jesus, to come put on flesh and blood and live like we live.  Eat what we eat.  He is familiar with our humanity. 

Today we’re jumping head first into Psalm 29-32!  Shall we?

Psalm 29 speaks a lot of God’s majestic power.  At the sound of His voice, desserts quake and forests writhe and split apart like mere toothpicks.  We.  Serve.  A.  Mighty.  GOD.  Give Him glory!

I love the words of encouragement in Psalm 30.  “Sorrow may last for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.”  Honey, that hellacious storm that’s staring you down has no match for the joy that’s coming!   Anchor yourself to the Rock until the winds and rains cease.   And remember, we weren’t made to conquer every storm.  But we were made to outlast.  { Those wise words came from my husband during his sermon the other night.  I can’t take credit for that one. ❤ }

I couldn’t wait to share this video with you on Psalms 31!  God burned verses 8 and 15 into my heart today.  Over and over today, I’ve been reminded that we have not been handed over to the enemy.  We are safe and secure in the palm of His hand.

Don’t let the enemy have the upper hand thinking he’s got you where he wants you.  We serve a MIGHTY God who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or think! {Ephesians 3:20}

Psalms 32 reminds us that we can’t hide our junk from God.  It’s time to make it right.  TODAY.  What if tomorrow doesn’t come and you’re left holding a lifetime full of dirty laundry that hasn’t been through the wash cycle?  Sins that haven’t been accounted for yet? Im sorry‘s that never made it past our lips?

He is forgiving if you want to be forgiven.

Freedom comes with forgiveness.

Are you walking in freedom or chained in bondage?

I pray you’ve been encouraged and empowered as you’ve been digging those roots firmly in the Word of God!  Psalms is so encouraging and raw and so real.

It’s not too late to join us!  Grab a study buddy, a cup of hot chocolate and the Word.  Let’s continue to dive in together, shall we?  Chime in below or head to my Facebook page here!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

The Antidote for Fear is FAITH! { Special Guest Post from Debbie Yoerg on Psalms 27-28 }

So glad Debbie Yoerg is back with us today!  If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, she is hosting a women’s conference NEXT Saturday, January 24th from 9am-4:30pm at the Verizon Events Center in New Port Richey.  You definitely don’t want to miss it!  You can find more info on her Facebook page here and a link to order your tickets to the conference!

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{ Special Guest Post – Debbie Yoerg – Psalms 27-28 }

Psalm 27:

The Lord is my light and my salvation

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One of my favorite Psalms is 27 and falls on the day that I am sharing with all of you. Every word of this Psalm is highlighted in yellow and has been meaningful for me to reflect back to over the years. I pray these insights bless you!

❤ Verse 1-3- I am reminded that because the Lord is the light of my salvation I have nothing and no one to fear! The antidote for fear is faith… He is our help in the moment and our hope as we move forward in Him. He is our strength! It is by trusting the Lord that we can face our enemies and conquer our fear. We are safe in His covering. ❤

❤ Verse 4-9- Do you desperately want to be in the presence of the Lord? I know I do! My heart cries to be in His presence; to seek His face, and to trust His protective covering over me. As I snuggle close to Him I find He does lift my head and holds my face in His hands. I can envision that as He tells me He loves me. My friend, He is the place to run to, He is your hiding place, He is your source of strength. He wants to reveal Himself to you. He is faithful as you draw close to Him. I pray you feel His presence and rejoice in knowing His unconditional love for you as you soak up His peace in the midst of circumstances.

❤ Verse 10-12- To be forsaken by a parent is so sad.  The scripture tells us that the Lord can heal the pain that lingers throughout the years. The Lord can take that place in our lives that have been wounded and draw us close to Him. He can fill the voids and heal hearts. If we receive His healing and let Him guide our steps, He will set our feet on His path for our lives as we seek His face. He is the Father to the fatherless and has adopted us as His sons and daughters! What the enemy meant for evil the Lord will use for good if we let Him.

❤ Verse 13-14- Despite the trials that David was going through, he chose to be confident that the Lord was present and helping him through his trial. David also learned to wait for the Lord and in His timing. Praise the Lord through your circumstances, trust that He has you in the palm of His hand protecting you and in His timing will pull you through and bless you for waiting on Him. I pray you grab a hold of this promise He is giving you and boldly trust Him in the midst of your trial! God is faithful!

Psalm 28:

Heart of worship is prayer

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This Psalm teaches us that prayer is so essential to our relationship with Jesus. It is our heart communicating with the Lord, who is your very best friend and true source of strength. Prayer is a lifestyle and our worship to the Lord!

❤ Verse 1-2- I know I am not alone when I say I understand David’s cry to be heard by the Lord. It is a place of total surrender for me to pour out my heart and to hear the Lord’s still small voice as I draw close to the Lord in prayer. I know that is your heart’s cry, too! Please rest in knowing that He does hear you… You matter so much to Him!

❤ Verse 3-5- I feel for David as he is learning about friendships and how some are hurtful. The Lord has revealed this to me in my own life. I have found that some friendships have been wolves in sheep’s clothing; deceived by their friendship of their true agenda. The Lord has taught me much in this area and I thank Him for His wisdom and discernment to reveal those things in the spirit what I couldn’t see in the flesh. As the Lord teaches you to set boundaries, release these people to the Lord, pray blessings over them, and let go.

❤ Verse 6-9- Be encouraged, my friend, that the Lord does hear your cries and the desires of your heart. Give Him thanks in ALL circumstances! He is protecting you and strengthening you to take you deeper and to new levels of intimacy with Him. Grab a hold of Him, hold on tight and watch what the Lord will do as He continues to bring you into your position in His Kingdom.

Father, I thank you for Your promises to us! I pray your people grasp how much you love them and that their strength is ONLY found in You. You are their hiding place! You raise them up in the midst of enemies and trials! You may be silent at times but You are working things out on their behalf. Help your people to wait on You and in the waiting to be content and at peace. You hear their cries and hold them close! Help them to see what they cannot see in the flesh. I pray for wisdom and discernment as you reveal things to them. Thank you, Lord!! Pour out Your love over your people and I pray their hearts are filled with Your Holy Spirit as they bask in Your presence and the joy of their salvation. In Jesus Name I pray… Amen ❤

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“The antidote for fear is faith.”  I absolutely LOVE this.  Partially because in my own life, I have been stepping way out of my comfort zone.  Like, waaaay out.  One thing I’ve learned is that God steadies our steps when they’re taken in faith.  Faith > fear.

God likes to stretch us from where our fear holds us captive to where He knows we will walk by faith and freedom. He’s a pretty smart guy.  😉

We’d love to hear what spoke to you in your quiet time today!  Start the conversation below or here on my Facebook page! 

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

God wants to confide in.. YOU! {Special guest post by Tammy Gerber on Psalm 25-26}

 

I’m so glad to bring my good friend, Tammy Gerber, from www.oneraindancer.com back to share with us!  If you missed her first post here, you can click here to read as she shared her heart on our series “Confessions of a Worn Out Mama.”

I pray you’re blessed as she shares her insight on Psalms 25-26!

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Psalm 25:

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I love the Psalms so much. I go to them for comfort, encouragement and hope when I’m struggling. I also love the Psalms because they are raw and real. David is not afraid to say exactly how he’s feeling, which is a comfort to me. It’s a reminder that I can be honest with God. I don’t have to sugarcoat anything.

Psalm 25 is no different in its encouragement. David pleads with God for help, reminding Him of His great love and mercy (verses 6 and 7). He asks God to remember David according to His great love, not according to his sins (verse 7). David continues by listing some of the benefits of fearing God (verses 12-14). My favorite benefit of fearing God is verse 14: the Lord confides in those who fear Him. Confide means “to impart secrets trustfully.” (1) Don’t you think it’s amazing that the God of the universe would want to confide in us?

My other favorite verse in this Psalm is verse 16. It says, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”(2) I love David’s honesty. He just tells it like it is, and He isn’t afraid to tell God what he needs. He tells God he is lonely and needs comforted. This world can feel very big and loneliness is a struggle for so many people, including myself. I’m so thankful for the reminder from David that when are feeling alone, we can go to God. He is the only One who can satisfy and fill our empty hearts. If you have time, jump ahead to Psalm 63:1-5. They are some of my favorite verses about God being the only One who can truly satisfy our souls.

Psalm 26:

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In this Psalm, David says in verse 1, “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have led a blameless life.”(3). To vindicate means, “to clear someone of blame or suspicion.”(4) I’m making an assumption (and just my opinion) here that David wrote this Psalm before the mess with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11). He even invites God to test him and examine his heart and mind in verse 2. I think it’s both comforting and terrifying that God examines our hearts and minds. I am so grateful for His continual grace and mercy toward us when we mess up. In verse 11, David reminds God again of His great love for him, and asks God to redeem his life and to be merciful to him.

I often wonder about David’s relationship with God. It had to be amazing to watch. It wasn’t perfect, but it was real. David obviously feels free to be totally open with God. He is not afraid to lay it all out before the Lord, and yet he does it with reverence and awe and respect for God. I love that and pray that I can do the same. I pray that for you too.

Where would we be without God’s grace? We would be in a pit for sure! I’m so thankful for God’s forgiveness and love, and I’m so thankful He sent Jesus to set us free from our prison of sin once and for all!

Thank you Brittany, for asking me to do this post!

-Tammy

Sources

  1. – Dictionary.com
  2. – Psalm 25:16 (NIV)
  3. – Psalm 26:1
  4. – Dictionary.com

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It’s such a pleasure having Tammy share with us today!

David was always so real.  The good, the bad and the ugly, he displayed it for us to see. David went down some treacherous winding roads in his lifetime.  But I truly believe this is why he had such a passionate heart for worship.  He knew where God had brought him from.  Has God brought you through some things?   

God sees us, hears us and examines every fiber of our being.  And the crazy thing?  He’s still pretty wild about us.

We’d love to hear from you!  What is something that really spoke to you today?

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Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

When it’s better to follow than lead. {Special Guest Post by Meredith Bernard on Psalms 23-24}

I’m so excited you’ve joined us today!   Ready to dive in?  Let me introduce our special guest poster today.  🙂

Meredith Bernard and I met at She Speaks 2014 in Concord, NC.  Two writers on a mission to step out of their comfort zones, we definitely found ourselves blessed beyond measure to be trained by some of the most genuine God-girls on the planet.  Please check out her blog and stellar photography skills as she serves through pen and lens at www.meredithbenard.com !

————- Guest Post by Meredith Bernard – Psalms 23-24—————

When it’s better to follow than lead.

He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His names sake.”

Psalms 23:2-3

I’m not very good at following directions, because I’m not very good at receiving them.

I’m the (annoying) person that would rather try to figure something out myself than read the instruction manual. I’m also the one that believes all roads lead somewhere…so even if I take the wrong one, I’m bound to find my way out eventually.

In as much as I like to do things my own way, there are many times I would just assume follow the crowd as to try to lead one. I’m a walking, talking oxymoron. (Some days minus the “oxy.”)  

An introverted extrovert.

Someone who hates talking on the phone, but once on the phone forgets how to stop talking.

A follower who would rather lead; but only lead herself.

Then I read this familiar Psalm and I’m reminded when being a follower is the best choice; and alas it’s not the way I usually go.

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When my soul is tired from all that drains and restless from cares I can’t seem to help but carrying…I have still waters beckoning and a God ready to meet me there to take my cares away.

When my soul is depleted from life and motherhood on the days they both seem to take more than they give…I have a God willing and able to restore my dry bones.

When my stubborn soul leads me down paths of self-righteousness, I have a God that cares enough to steer me back His way, in His righteousness and for His precious name’s sake.

For all the usual ways I prefer to be a follower, these words remind me instead Who I should be following and why. This Psalm reminds me when I should be following and how.

Always and in all ways my Father’s way is the better way and He’s always willing to lead, if I’m willing to follow.

Praying you and I both go this way…His way…more this year than ever before.

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Thank you so much, Meredith, for your insight today!  Please go here and give her blog some love!

It’s so easy to think we have it all figured it.  It’s in those “valleys of the shadows of death,” {A.K.A. – our trials and hardships} when we learn to follow the steps of The Shepherd.

His way is so much better than ours.  His words need to be heard more. His touch brings the healing and restoration.  He wants to lead us beside still waters, if only we can find the time to be still.

How can we be better Christ followers this year?  Do we need to clean out our ears to listen more clearly to His voice?  Clean out our closets and get rid of some baggage?

Let’s release it all at the precious feet of our Savior and learn to follow Him.  He has great things in store for you! ❤

Join in the conversation below!  Has He led you through you beside still waters?  You can also join in the discussion here on my Facebook page!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

The Favor & Blessings of God { Special Guest Post Loretta Yopp – Psalms 21-22 }

I hope you guys have had a great weekend!  We have had quite the jam-packed weekend, complete with adding a new little furry family member!  I’ll do a quick introduction before I introduce our guest post today.  Meet Sassy!  We’re sooooo in love! ❤ I know she looks like grumpy cat, but she totally digs us.  🙂

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Loretta Yopp is joining us again this week!  You can check out her blog here at www.puttingonthenew.blogspot.com .

————– Loretta Yopp – Psalm 21-22 ——————–

Psalm 21 “The Favor and Blessings of God”

David is taking time to reflect on the blessings and favor of God in this Psalm. He is not only reflecting on the former things, but those things to come which are eternal.

Verses 1-6: These few verses serve to remind us that being a child of God comes with great benefits. The bible tells us that “We are blessed and highly favored.” David is in a sense reflecting on ALL the gifts that God has given freely to him. We must take time to reflect on the gifts (blessings, favor, and benefits) we have been given as a result of being a child of God. We are joint-heirs to the Kingdom of God. Do you want all the blessings God has prepared for you? God desires to pour them out on you, because we know all good things come from above. We should look upon all we have as gifts from God, so we bring Glory to God. Take time today to write down all your “gifts” from God and then tell someone.

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Verses 7-13: When our feet are firmly planted on the solid Rock we can not be moved from the favor of God. David trusted God knowing that no matter what, his feet were firmly planted on Christ the solid Rock. David trusted God’s ability to keep him even when people were scheming and plotting against him. David trusted that God would intervene and deliver him from the enemy. God’s promises are still relevant to his children today. Are your feet firmly planted on the Rock or when the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy do you tuck your tail and run? Stand firm and simply trust in God!

Psalm 22

This Psalm gives us a clear view of the cross which would take place hundreds of years later. It is as if God allowed David to endure similar suffering and pain that Jesus Christ would endure on the cross. David must have been going through a great trial when writing this Psalm.

Verses 1-6: David is at a point were he feels that God has left him alone to fight the battle. David feels God has deserted and rejected him in his darkest hour. God’s silence has caused David to send forth an urgent appeal to God, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Can’t you feel David’s pain? It is the midnight hour, God is silent and our cries for help go unanswered.

Verses 9-12: David begins to remind us that our hope is in God. God was our hope even in our mother’s womb and remains that hope far beyond our years.

Verses 22-29: After all the pain and suffering that David endured, he declared to worship God openly before others. David would testify of the faithfulness and goodness of God. We each have a life story full of things we have walked through. We must be willing to tell our story to those we come in contact with. The bible tells us “we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.” God has once again shown up right on time.

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Verses 30-31: As a mother it is my job to pass on my legacy to my three children. It is our job to plant Godly seeds in our children. Our children depend on us to teach them and instill in them Godly values. To many times we depend on the churches or some else to teach our children about the Lord. God has given you the greatest gift –  your children – with that comes a greater responsibility. “Raise up a child in the way he should go and he will NEVER depart from it.” God equips those he calls and parenting is a call from God. Teach your children to read the bible, pray, fast, tithe, forgive, love, respect others, praise and worship and most importantly take them to church regularly. Allow them to experience God’s power through you. God’s legacy lives on in us and it is our responsibility to be an example to our future generation. What are you teaching your children?

God bless,

Loretta Yopp

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Loretta, thank you so much for sharing your heart with us!  We truly are leaving a legacy for our children.  The question is – what kind of legacy?  The best thing we can do for our children is to teach them to walk holy, godly lives.  And God will equip us to do just that if we stay firmly rooted in His Word.

Join us tomorrow as Meredith Bernard from www.meredithbernard.com shares her heart with us!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

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Name, please? {Guest Post from Tina Levene – Psalms 17-18}

I apologize for being a day late on this one!  Today’s will actually be posted sometime tomorrow.  Weekends get crazy for us.  I helped chaperone this awesome group of kids at Winterjam yesterday!  It’s such an awesome experience being in an area full of thousands of people worshipping the King of kings!  ❤  I definitely recommend it if there is one in your area.  You can find tour dates and locations at 2015.jamtour.com !

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I’m so pleased to introduced to you a good friend of mine who is sharing her heart on Psalms 17-18!  Tine Levene is a Christian author and comedian in the Tampa Bay area and can be frequently found ministering to women of all walks of life.  Please check out her ministry at here at www.tinatalkstruth.com .  Her new book, “Let Your Forgiveness Become Your Freedom,” is available for pre-order on her website!

—————– Guest Post Tina Levene – Psalms 17-18 ———————-

Have you noticed lately that almost every coffee or food establishment asks for your name after you order?

You stand in line waiting with much anticipation, maybe you are holding a flashing buzzer thing that will vibrate when your order is ready?  Or maybe you are just waiting for that call of your name so you feel unique and special as if you are a long time friend of the chef or barrista.

God does not give us a buzzer to hold with anticipation but He does call out your name.  Do you hear Him?  Have you anticipated such a calling?  Are you as excited to receive God’s calling as you were to get your hands on your white chocolate mocha with caramel drink?

In Psalm 17, it speaks about how the Lord will hear our cry, He will answer when we call out for Him and His hand will protect us.  Do you believe God protects you?  Maybe God allowed an annoying event to happen to protect you today but you were so focused on your life not going as YOU planned that you missed the miracle.  God hears our cries for help, repentance and most of all, our requests in the form of prayers.

In Psalm 18, the song of praise is what I like to call it.  David praises God for rescuing him from his enemies.  Do you have enemies?  Anyone who does not support you?  Someone that hurts you?  This scripture reminds us that the Lord is our rock, our fortress and our deliverer.  When we cry out to God not only does He take the time to listen, He takes His energy to pull us out of deep waters.  What kind of ‘deep waters’ have you gotten yourself into today?  Do you owe someone an apology?  How does it feel to need to be rescued and pulled to safety?

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God not only listens to our prayers and rescues us but He also repays us for our faithfulness.  He delights in us when we follow Him and His will for us.  God lights our lamps. He illuminates our darkness.  I don’t know about you but I was in a dark place recently.  God heard my cries, my prayers, rescued me and repaid me for praising Him.  And why?  Why does God do all of this for us?

I am never deserving of His mercy.  I fail God everyday.  I make mistakes after mistakes.  Psalm 18:50 …”He shows loyalty to His anointed.”  Please remember that we wait in that coffee shop line with much anticipation, hoping to hear our name called out soon and excited to engulf in our rewarding purchase.  God is waiting to hear you call out His name today.  He loves strange voices and anticipates rescuing you from your ‘deep waters’.  Will you allow Him to be your refuge, salvation and repay you back for praising Him no matter what how bad your life may be?

Blessings, Tina M. Levene
Speaker, Author & Comedian
www.tinatalkstruth.com

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Now it’s your turn!  What spoke to you today?  Has God been opening your eyes to something you haven’t seen before?  We would love to hear from you!  Comment below or join us on our Facebook page here!

Live Life Unscripted,

❤ Brittany

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