Mar 26, 2019

Pray and Obey...

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven...Ecclesiastes 3:1

This is the year of change. Change everywhere around me.

My parents recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 50th! I clearly remember my sister and I hosting them their 25th anniversary party. I was barely out of highschool.

Joseph, my oldest child, will graduate high school this year. When I began writing here on this blog, he was beginning 5th grade. Yep. Wow.

Lem and I celebrated 20 years of wedded bliss in September.

I cannot seem to keep up with the changes.

All of them good, but changes none the less.

I have been really trying to be intentional with how I spend my time, and who I spend my time with.

I do not want to miss a moment with my family. Not one.

However, I also have had this pull to do something new in my own life.

I have been a stay at home mom for the past 17 years. I love every second of it.

My nest will be one egg short beginning this Fall.

God is preparing a new path for all of us. I trust Him, but sometimes it is hard not to look back and long for yesterday.

He is ever so kind and gentle though. He slowly leads and He is good.

I began taking yoga classes about a year and a half ago at a local gym. My doctor had told me that it was the best exercise for women over 40 and that it was really good for anxiety.

Soooo, I tried it.

I hated the first class. I felt like an idiot. "Never ever coming back" were my exact thoughts.

However, I did go back because I liked the way I felt after. Stretched, and calmer.

I became friends with my yoga teacher. She is a few years younger than me and her children are small. I looked forward to seeing her every Tuesday, and I began using my yoga mat as a prayer altar.

I prayed for my yoga teacher every single minute I was in her class. I did not know at the time what her beliefs were, but I knew God was prompting me to pray over her. In a big way.

That Fall, my Tuesday morning bible study rolled around. I had done this study with my friend Becky for years. I headed to the first class of the season, and I felt a nudging in my heart. A nudging that I was not supposed to be going to that bible study.

I called a few friends and talked it out with them. It just did not make sense. I knew I had a tugging in my heart, and it was from the Lord.

But, why? Why would the Lord want me to continue going to this yoga class instead of my normal Tuesday morning bible study?

At the time, I had no idea. I just knew I needed to continue going to yoga on Tuesdays. I did not question it, I just obeyed the Lord.

As all of this was happening, I had another friend asking me to pray for her daughter. She was desperate to find her daughter a parapro that could fill her daughter's needs in the classroom. We prayed and prayed and prayed together.

A few months later, I walked into my yoga class. My yoga teacher informed me that she had gotten a new job and would not be teaching at the gym anymore.

I was devastated. I loved my friend/yoga teacher!

She then let me know the reason she was leaving....

She had taken a job at a local school---she would be a parapro for a very special little girl.

I could not believe my ears. What?

I had been praying for my friend/yoga teacher, while also praying for my friend and her daughter to find the perfect parapro fit.

Look what God did there!

I was stunned. And happy. And just in awe of God's work.

Also, through all of this, I had been praying for an opportunity. A small part time job, just to help with the finances. Something that would not require me to be gone at night or when kids were home from school.

I was asked to teach the yoga class.

I am not kidding.

I had no certification, but I did love yoga.

A week later, I began teaching.

A few weeks later, my friend Melissa, encouraged me to pursue YogaFaith training.

A few months later, and lots of reading and learning-- here I am. A certified YogaFaith teacher!

It all began with a prayer on my mat. A prayer for my yoga teacher. A prayer for my friend who needed help with her daughter.

A giant leap of faith by not attending the bible study that I dearly loved and going to a yoga class instead.

God had it all aligned. So perfectly.

So, yes. Changes.

Many changes.

Oh, but you guys. He is so faithful.

He is always working on our behalf. Planting seeds along the way that we will one day be able to see.

Prayer changes everything.

I am currently teaching 3 YogaFaith classes a week. It is just so much fun. Doing what I love the most--Worshiping Jesus, Praying, Reading my Bible, Being with friends, and exercising! Only God could have made all of those come together just for me.

He is so so so faithful!

Are you in a season of change?

Trust Him.

He is already preparing you for the next step.

Obey. and Pray.

Pray. and Obey.


Delight yourself in the Lord,and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4



praying on my mat,


jill








Mar 7, 2019

When you don't know what to say....

Have you ever been in a place where all you could to was call on the Lord?

Maybe it was an entire season of valleys. A season of anxiety. Or fear. Or depression. Or pleading. Or grief. Or desperation.

Your words are gone. Your heart is pleading, but your mouth is completely void of words.

I discovered years ago the Hebrew Names for God. I was completely fascinated. Every time, I would say the Name for God I was in need of and slowly let it roll off my tongue. Then repeat it over and over and over. I could literally feel the Power of His Presence surround me.

Many days, I would just speak His Name over and over. Nothing else could be conjured up to say. And, nothing else was needed.

Many times people ask me to pray for them or a loved one. I quickly go to my reference for the Names of God. I apply that Name to the particular need being prayed for.

For example, a friend who needs healing. I would plead Jehovah Rapha, Lord who heals.

I feel a strong prompting to share these Names with you. Maybe you know them already. Maybe you have no earthly idea what I am talking about. Either way, say them out loud. Let them roll off your tongue and saturate the air around you. There is so much POWER in His Name!



Jehovah Nissi has been my go to lately. The Lord is our Banner. He leads us into victory. I need to remind myself of this over and over.

Here is the thing...

The enemy has to flee at the Name of the Lord. So, let's shout it out!

We have become so conservative and hush hush about The Lord.

Why is this?

We have been brainwashed into thinking that we will offend someone.

Oh, y'all. We need to be offensive! The battle for the hearts of our loved ones will not bow down to political correctness.

I am sick to death of being hushed because I may step on someone's toes. God made those toes! They need to be stepped on and shown the Way to Everlasting Life!

We should never ever apologize for speaking Truth. Ever.

Only when we use the Sword of the Spirit--the Word of God will this battle be won.

We have all we need...

El Shaddai.

El Elyon.

Why are we afraid to speak His Name? Why are we afraid to point others to the Cross?

"We don't want to come on too strong. We don't want to push them away. We need to be careful or we may offend."

I believe this is exactly what satan would want us to say.

Do we not love people enough to stand up for them and point the way boldly to Jesus?

Are we so lulled by sweet worship songs and encouraging words dripping in honey that we miss the boat on spreading Jesus to a hurting world??

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3


The battle for the hearts of our loved ones will never be won sitting on a church pew with crossed legs.

It will only be won on our KNEES crying out to the Lord and speaking Truth unabashed to those in our path.

Lest, we become lukewarm.

I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would rather that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16


Call on Him, friends.

Call on Him loudly and with boldness!

The world desperately needs to hear.


Jehovah Nissi,


jill




Mar 6, 2019

American Idol.....

1“Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the LORD your God. 2You must keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD. Leviticus 26:1

Raise your hand if you are still with me on our Bible reading journey?

Listen, I know it was tough with a capital T to hang on through the book of Leviticus. Goodness gracious with the laws and the sacrifices and the blood....

OH, but y'all. Hang in there with me. All of this points straight to the coming of Jesus. 

I wish I could look you in the face and talk to you about all of this. We are right smack in the middle of Joshua boldly leading the troops into the Promised Land.

Is anyone else sad that Moses could not enter the Promised Land? Oh heavens my heart breaks for him. I mean, he was chosen and highly favored, but he acted in disobedience. And, God would not allow him to enter the new land due to it.

Has anyone else noticed how seriously God is about sin and especially idols?

If someone was caught with an idol or anything from the foreigners they were killed on the spot. And their family as well!

This speaks to me about the character of God.

He wants purity in our hearts. Not just in our hearts, but in our bodies and outside of our bodies.

He knows the consequences of sin....

It will ruin the whole camp.

My daughter had a little girl on her team years ago that had a terrible attitude. She was also a bit of a bully. The whole team suffered because of her actions and words. They did not win games, not due to lack of ability, but because this one child was causing so much destruction among her teammates.

It is the same with sin.

One itty bitty piece of sin can ruin the whole of our hearts.

It multiplies.

It doesn't stop until the whole heart and mind are obliterated.

Aren't we thankful for Jesus?

He does wash away our sins, yes. However, we still willingly walk in sin from time to time. Sometimes for years.

We think to ourselves "this is my only vice. surely it is not that big of a deal. everyone has to have something, right?"

And, just like Satan whispered to Eve, "Aww, it's okay. It won't really hurt you."

Satan is a LIAR.

Anything he tells you is a lie. God calls him the father of lies.

So, there's that.

God has not changed, y'all. He still hates sin. He abhors it.

Because, He knows what it does to us, and to our loved ones.

He knows how sin slowly leads a heart astray. Into the black pit of bondage.

And idols.

Oh and aren't we so fond of some idols.

You may think not, but I beg to differ.

I am not much different than you. I can name many idols that have cropped up in my life over the years. Seemingly innocent things, yet determined to distract me just enough that I lose sight of what is important.

Our phones.

Yes, let's go there.

I have loved my phone.

Really, I will admit it.

I love getting texts and email and messages! It makes me happy!

But, here is the problem with phones.

They distract us from the present a lot of the time.

I can hear you saying, "Oh no! Not me! I keep up with people through social media and texting and snapchat and facebook. The phone has been a good thing!"

Yes, it can be good. However, it has an addiction attached to it that few want to admit.

What do you look at when you wake up? Over breakfast? Over lunch? Over dinner? Right before bed?

Most of us look at our phones more than we look into the eyes of our loved ones. Did you know you can check your screen time on your phone? Yep. Go ahead. I will wait while you check.

I was SHOCKED when I saw the hours I had been on my phone in the course of a week.

The more connected we become, the more disconnected we are.

Here is a good way to get an honest answer...

Ask your children or your spouse or your mother if you are on your phone too much.

They will shoot straight with you.

And when they do, try not to be defensive.

We are no different than the Old Testament peeps, you guys.

Just different idols surround us. That's all.

So, let's check ourselves honestly.

What has become an idol?

Ask the Lord for forgiveness and let's throw down those idols once and for all.

We can still have phones. But, let's be wiser about them.



goodbye idols,


jill






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