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Thief

 

 

Today I think I’ll begin my life of crime.

 

Yep, you heard right.

Today, I’m changing who I am.

I’m going to be a thief.

I’m going to steal everything I can.

I won’t regret it one bit!

I’m not looking back.

I’m just doing it.

Look out world!

 

You see, I’m stuck.

Caught up in a difficult situation.

There’s really no way out, so I’m desperate.

The way I see it, I have only one of two choices.

When something hard to go through comes my way, I can either let it rob me or I can rob it.

 

I’m done with hard times stealing my joy.

I’m stealing it back!

I’m giving them straight to Jesus.

 

I’m done with a negative attitude.

I’m stealing those thoughts and words.

I am stealing every opportunity this blessing in ugly wrapping paper provides.

 

I’m choosing a life on the run.

I’ll run away from things that easily tangle me up.

No more giving temptation a second glance.

 

I’m running off with the treasures inside that ugly paper.

I’ll take what I’m learning and use it.

 

Even better, I think I’ll become a Robin Hood.

I’ll take the things I learn:

my new attitude,

lips of praise

and a heart of gratitude.

I’ll give them away!

I will give thanks in every circumstance, even the hard ones.

Especially the hard ones.

 

What caused this life change?

Well, that’s simple.

Fleas.

I just read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

While she and her sisters were prisoners in a concentration camp, they gave thanks for the fleas.

What??

Wait a second….

FLEAS?!!

Really?

I was shocked.

Now I love Jesus, but really why on earth would I thank Him for fleas?

I’m more of a “Take the fleas away” prayer kinda girl.

But you know what I found out as I turned the page of her book one day?

The group of women Corrie lived with at the camp had prayer time and bible study right there in their living quarters everyday, undisturbed by Nazi guards.

 

Now how could that be possible?

Enter the fleas…

In the midst of a living hell, heaven came!

The guards wouldn’t come anywhere close to them all because of those darn fleas!

Somehow I will never look at life the same way again.

I’m a changed woman!

I’m a blessed woman!

One who is deeply loved by a God I can’t begin to understand!
So pretty soon you may see me on America’s Most Wanted.

That’s my hope anyway.

I want people to want what I have.

I want a crime family.

Led by the one and only God-the-Father.

I want to be filled with God’s light, His life and His love in every circumstance.

Truth is God has provided everything I need for my happiness.

That is called contentment, my friend.

So won’t you join me in a life of crime?

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

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When It’s Hard to Work with Others…

God knit you together.

He wove you into the fabric of time.

Stitch by stitch.

In this time.

In this place.

He’s knitting you now.

Wrap your worried heart around the needle of His love.

Let His hands gently guide your movement.

Yesterday may hold some regret.

But today, Dear One,  today holds promise.

The promise of His love.

Look around you.

Take a moment.

Take a breath.

See the beauty.

He’s working.

In the ugly, too.

He’s there.

Even when it hurts.

He isn’t walking beside you.

He is living in you.

He’s in there.

Deep in your heart, doing something new.

He’s weaving you together with others.

Don’t fight it.

When yarn isn’t wrapped around a needle, it becomes an unraveled mess.

Work with those He has placed around you.

Even if their color is too vibrant or their texture is too rough.

Together He will use you.

You will be a blanket of His love, desperately needed to fight the chill of this cold world.

Someone needs that warmth today, Dear One.

Yarn doesn’t know a thing about what it is becoming.

It holds no answers.

It simply yields itself to the hands of its maker.

So it is with, you today, Dear One.

Don’t fight what God is doing in your life.

Join Him.

 

 

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A Conversation With Satan

 

1) When Satan calls you a wreck (or any other name), tell him “My name is Whole”.

2) When He says you will always addicted, tell him he is right “I am and always will be addicted to the love, grace and mercy of God”.

3) When you feel beat up in this world, tell the world that God already beat this world through the beating and death of His son.

Tell the world because of His death you have life.

Ask them if they want it, too.

Pray for your enemies.

4) When Satan tells you no one cares. Ask him,”Why are you bothering me if my life holds no power?”

5) When he tells you that you can’t do this, tell him he’s right about that, too.

“I can’t. Christ in me can and will and does and is! “

“No power can separate me from My God.”

“His love is better than super glue.”

“I’m bonded to it forever.”

“I belong to Him.”

6) When Satan tries to make you doubt, say “I was wondering when you would get around to that.”

“The moment doubt enters my heart is the moment that God uses it to make my faith stronger.”

“You see, God isn’t afraid of a doubting heart.”

“In fact, He loves to meet me there.”

“Doubt grows me up.”

“It turns me into a Truth Hunter.”

“Guess what that does Satan?”

“It makes me realize the lies I believe.”

So, Father of Lies, thank you for the gift of doubt in the life of a believer.

You may be free to mess with this world now, but the eviction notice will come soon.

I think I will go ahead and throw that stuff you gave me out on the lawn.

I don’t need it anymore.

Your days are numbered, but you see mine have just begun.

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Encouragement for the Hurting Heart

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You are special.

You are loved.

You are meant for more.

You really are.

I know you have heard it all before, but that doesn’t make it any less true!

There is a beautiful purpose for your life.

You were created with that purpose in mind.

It’s a great purpose.

One that fits you exactly.

I can’t fulfill your purpose.

Only you can.

Don’t compare yourself.

You are beyond comparison.

One of a kind.

You are like a puzzle piece.

Without you there is something missing.

You are needed.

This world is a better place when you give of yourself.

It suffers without your presence.

I have no idea what you have been through.

I do know that what you have been through doesn’t make you who you are.

You hold your story in your hands.

(photo courtesy of Huffington Post)

The book you hold isn’t complete.

You have a…

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The Bridge

I recently read about a 22 year-old woman who decided to bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge in Africa.

Erin Longworthy was looking for the thrill of a lifetime.

I believe she got it.

She was 365 feet above the Zambesi River when her cord snapped suddenly dropping her to the crocodile infested waters below.

Somehow she was able to swim safely to the banks with a broken collar bone and her legs tied together.

”You get sucked under and then you pop up, so it’s very disorienting – – I didn’t know which way was up or down.”

Erin said her trailing cord would repeatedly snag, so she “had to swim down and yank the bungee cord out of whatever it was caught on to make it to the surface.” (www.foxnews.com)
You may not think you could ever relate this woman.

You can.

I can, too.

Our cord has snapped….you and me.

We have fallen.

From the moment Adam fell, we have lived in a world of sin.

A world that can suck us under leaving us disoriented and confused.

The truth is twisted in this place we inhabit.

It’s not easy to know which way is up and which way is down.

Confusion abounds and threatens to take us down into the murky depths of dark lies.

(Photo courtesy of businessinsider.com)

We try to unsnag ourselves, but we quickly find we can’t do it on our own.

We see the banks of safety and stability.

We recognize the solid ground.

We just can’t get there.

It’s a daunting task.

The task of a savior.

That is why Jesus had to come.

I hear people say, “God helps those who help themselves.”

I can’t save myself.

He had to help me.

He took our place long before we even knew we needed help.

That’s why you don’t have to fear today, Dear One.

That’s why tomorrow doesn’t have to be so scary.

 

God loved us so much that he gave his only son, so we wouldn’t get eaten up by our enemy in the murky waters of life.

He became the living water, so that we could drink in his truth and be nourished by it.

He became the bridge because he knew we could never find our way alone.

 

So today and every day of my life I will cry out to him knowing that he has saved me.

He is my bridge over troubled waters!

Why should I be afraid?

He saved me before I knew I needed saving.

He can save you to.

Only problem is you have to want to be rescued.

You have to stretch out your arm and let go of that need to save yourself.

Stop thrashing around in murky waters!

When I “gave my heart” to Jesus it wasn’t a one time deal.

When you ask God to come into your life that’s when he rescues you, but that isn’t all there is.

Every day I  have to give my heart to him over and over again.

This is the only thing that keeps me afloat.

God wants us to do more than just stay afloat…me and you.

He wants more than survival for those He loves.

He wants you to thrive….to love like you have never loved before…to live swimming deep in the vast ocean of His love.

He wants you to return to Him each day to swim in that love.

He also wants us to walk with others on the land, to speak to them about what we find in the deep.

When you find treasure, why bury it?

Tell the world about His love.

 

Today, Dear One, what’s on your mind as you read this?

Please comment and tell me your thoughts below.

 

 

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Blackening of the Bride: 11 Ways to Sabotage Your Marriage

Imagine with me for a moment.

It’s a beautiful day.

Today is the day your new life together begins.

It’s your wedding day.

You look up at the blue sky and smell the fresh air.

You quickly realize that instead of looking up, you should have looked straight ahead!

The bushes nearby begin to move.

People run out and pelt you with rotten eggs and other sticky substances.

 

They kidnap you and shove you into a car.

 

The next thing you know, you are being paraded around town and tied to a tree.

Kinda sounds like a bad dream after eating too much Chinese food, doesn’t it?

This may seem bizarre, but this is not fiction.

In reality, it is a Scottish wedding tradition called the “Blackening of the Bride (or groom).”

It is meant to prepare the couple for the difficulties of marriage.


No doubt about it, marriage can be tough!

Words can be spoken and actions can be taken that leave you feeling ambushed, beaten, black, and blue.

What takes years to carefully build can be lost in a moment.

The atmosphere of your marriage can be wonderful, until the unexpected comes, and you are pelted with the stinkiness of life.

Things you never thought would happen.

The loss of a job.

The car you never saw coming…

The loss of a loved one.

Your car breaks down on the way to work.

The bills stack up, so does the stress.

The hard stuff leaves you feeling vulnerable.

You can turn to your spouse during these times or you can choose to turn away.

Even the good things can bring the stinkiness out:

Holidays.

Having a baby.

Parenthood.

Moving to a new town.

Busy schedules.

I don’t know how things are in your marriage right now, or even if you are married.

I do know this: No single act can prepare you for marriage.

Preparing for marriage, whether you have been married a day or twenty years, is a continual, daily process.

My husband and I have been married for 15 years.

I thought by now, we would have this thing down.

We don’t.

What we do have is a committed love-filled marriage and lots of stories of our mistakes.

So I thought I would share with you how to blacken your spouse.

Here are 11 ways to sabotage your marriage:

1) Be insecure. Look to your spouse to make you feel good all the time.

2) Don’t trust your spouse. (For some of you, trust has to be rebuilt. Something major may have happened. Some times it can take time. If they are doing things to intentionally harm you or others in your family get help!)

3) Don’t talk about money. Don’t be on the same page. Don’t make a plan for your money.

4) Don’t communicate. Do what you want. Why should you be accountable to someone else?

5) Talk a little too long and smile a little too much at that cute co-worker.

6) Make sure to let your kids divide and conquer you as parents. Take every opportunity to tell your kids that you disagree with your spouse. Develop a good cop-bad cop parenting relationship.

7) Stay angry. Let it linger. Sleep on it. Wake up in a rage. Love being right more than you love your marriage. Hang onto your hurts. Let them eat you alive. Don’t forgive.

8) Overcommit. Do as much as you can, as often as you can. Don’t consult your spouse when making plans.

9) Don’t date. Why should you do that anymore? Treat each other more like roommates and business partners.

10) Don’t hangout with people who support your marriage. Make sure you criticize your spouse in public, especially with friends.

11) Never,under any circumstances, use these three phrases:

“What do you think?”

“How can I pray for you?”

“What can I do to ease your stress?”

 

Remember, Dear One:

You are your spouse’s home.

You love is a cup of cold water offered to the soul beaten down by the heat of this world.

Your arms are the welcome mat, the place where burdens are wiped out.

Your lips help wash the dirt away when you  shower words of praise and affection to a blackened heart.

Love today more than yesterday because tomorrow may not come.

 

 

 

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Special Request Day

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I would like to take a moment today to say thank you to all the readers and subscribers of God’s Girl.

Thank you!!!!

I’m currently making a list of what I will write about this year.

What special topics would you like to see on God’s Girl?

How can I encourage you?

Just type your ideas into the comment section.

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Blindspot: How to Protect Yourself from the Things You Can’t See Coming

Today we are going to do something a little different.

Are you ready, Dear One?

Get a piece of paper and something to write with.

Go!

I’m not kidding!

A pen, a pencil, your child’s broken crayon…whatever is nearby.

Got it?

Okay.

Now grab that writing instrument of choice and your piece of paper.

Think of one thing that is bothering you.

It shouldn’t be too hard.

If you are anything like me, it’s probably been popping in and out of your head since you got up this morning.

Write the name of that one person, thing or situation on your paper.

Now hold onto it.

Stare at it.

Ball it up and hold it as tightly as you can in your fist.

Don’t relax, it may fall out.

Whatever you do, don’t loosen that grip!

Do this all day and you will magically feel better about what’s on that paper.

Doesn’t make much sense does it?

If you resist doing this physically, why on earth would you choose to do it mentally?

If you have your hand clenched in a fist all day, you won’t get much accomplished.

Isn’t your brain the same way?

If you wrap your brain around a worry all day, you will leave no room to consider opportunities and possibilities that may come your way.

Have you ever driven down the road and not seen a car coming because it was hanging out in your blind spot?

If blind spots didn’t exist, just think of how many accidents could be avoided!

Every time you worry…everytime you dwell…you create spiritual blind spots.

You won’t be able to see what God is doing if you have that big old problem blinding you.

When your problem looks bigger than your God, your life will be a wreck!

Now take that same piece of paper you have been holding onto.

Smooth it out.

Oh, good job.

Nice and pretty!

Ready for the next part?

Tear that sucker up!

Yes, you read this right.

Tear it up!

Now put it back together, just like it was before.

You can’t can you?

When something is broken you can’t make it whole again.

Only God can do that.

Talk to Him about it.

Give him your broken pieces.

You can trust Him.

Really, you can!

Stop trying to control it all.

It isn’t working.

Let

It

Fall!!!

Let the one who holds the world together, hold you together.

It’s okay.

He will create a beautiful picture from the pieces of your life.

He will.

Loosen

Your

Grip!!!

Relax.

Listen to God.

What opportunity have you been given today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Burnt Out

 

 

My family and I drove by a popular restaurant sign a few nights ago.

Our children nearly fell over laughing in the back seat.

“Look, Mom, that sign says, “Affle House”, “you know, like, Awful House.”

The first letter of the sign had burnt out, sending my family into fits of laughter.

Sometimes I feel burnt out.

It seems to get harder to keep it all together.

I get tired of burning the candle at both ends so I just let one end fizzle out.

I’m running on empty, yet I keep going.

It has to get done and it has to get done now!

The tyranny of the urgent.

 

 

One of the first things to go for me is usually my time spent in the Word.

My big “W” that used to shine brightly becomes dim, until it eventually burns out.

When that happens, my body, the house God entrusted to me, can quickly turn into the awful house.

 

My temper flares.

My sleep is affected.

My money spends faster.

My food gets junkier.

My workout time becomes a distant memory.

 

Take a moment to think about what is beginning to flicker out in your life.

 

What is one of the first things to go when you fizzle out?

Maybe it’s a habit that keeps you healthy.

Sometimes a relationship is neglected.

Financial situations may  get ignored.

 

Try to catch it now before the burn out.

Who really wants to reach the point of being the “Affle House”?

Listen, Dear One, urgency is a killer of the soul!

Is it really worth killing yourself to get it all done?

Is there something you can say “no” to this week, so you can say “yes” to your sanity.

Talk to God about it.

Sometimes taking a nap, eating healthier, or spending time with an important person in your life is the most Godly thing you can do.

Write it on your “to do” list.

Don’t feel guilty for self care.

Don’t drop the big “W” and become the awful house, when stress enters your life.

You can avoid this!

You can.

I’ll be here rooting for you and cheering you on.

No guilt here, Dear One, just move forward and do one thing today that will prevent burn out tomorrow.

 

Leave me a comment to let me know what fizzles out first in your life.

What will you cut out or do differently this week?

I want to hear from you!

 

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What is God’s Purpose for you? Take this simple quiz to find out.

God is AMAZING!
I want to shout from the rooftops all that He has done for me.
Yet, I find myself sharing what He has done with the right person at just the right time.
That’s God, folks!

He knows who needs what and when.

I don’t have to figure it out.

I just have to listen and follow.

There is freedom in that.

I can just be me.

I don’t have to save the world.

He did that.

I don’t have to fix the people around me.

He does that.

I don’t have to fix myself.

He is doing that.

My shout becomes a hand held as I look into hurting eyes.
Sometimes He tells me to shut up and just be His love.
Sometimes saying nothing at all screams the name of God into someone’s life more loudly than my voice could ever speak.
He speaks in the everyday.
Most people speak about finding God’s will for their life, like it’s some far off distant dream.
If I listen to Him and follow Him each day I am already living out His will for me.

This is true for you, too.
His purpose is being fulfilled for you each day.
Right here, right now God’s will is being expressed through you.
You don’t have to hunt for His purpose like some kid playing Hide and Go seek.

You my friend, are His purpose.

God makes no accidents.

There are no “oops” in His kingdom.

He made you on purpose with His purpose in mind.

Take a step out now.

What is he telling you today?
Live with purpose, knowing that each moment counts in the heart of a Kingdom child.
Keep dreaming your dreams, dear one, knowing that you don’t have to have it all figured out.
Your job is a simple one.
Follow Him.

I promised a quiz.

Here it is:

1) Are you spending time with God each day?

2) Are you asking Him how you can serve Him and love Him today?

3) Are you noticing when he moves you to take action and acting on it?

If you answered these questions with a “yes” or a “most of  the time”, quit searching so hard!

You are in His will.

Take these steps and repeat each day to stay in it!

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