This week I am doing a collaboration with Emily over at Emily’s Journey on YouTube. She spends a lot of time making her videos, which have been a big encouragement to me! She loves Jesus and strives to glorify Him! Her boldness in sharing the truth will challenge you to ask yourself many questions about your true motive in every area of life. Go check out this weeks video at Emily’s Journey by clicking on the following link:
Who are you? What is the first thing that comes to mind when I ask this? Is it your occupation that labels you? What happens if you lose your job, what are you then? After watching Overcomer by the Kendrick Brothers I found myself asking that very question. If my hands were to go limp, I could not be a writer anymore, it just wouldn’t be the same. If my legs were to be paralyzed, I would not be a runner any longer. If I were to never be able to go outside again, I could never consider myself a country girl.
I have been praying for the past couple months that God would help me see Him as my All. I knew my identity needed to come from Him. If anything goes wrong in life, I want my faith and joy to remain stationary – set firmly on Jesus! I want my peace, trust, faith and joy to be unshakeable and not dependent on outward circumstances.
Lies – Fears – Negativity… Is this what rules our minds? When someone treats us wrongly and we are hurt, what is the first thing that comes to mind? When things go not as planned and all life wrecks havoc, what are your thoughts? I have seen this splayed out in every area of my life. My most common running thoughts are, “I’ll never get faster” and “I’ll never get past this wall.” For life I struggle with “I’m slow and get in people’s way,” “I don’t do anything right” and “I’m not good at anything but working.”
But this is not who I am!
Through Christ –
I am blessed (Ephesians 1:3)
I am chosen (Ephesians 1:4)
I am holy (Ephesians 1:4)
I am blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
I am accepted (Ephesians 1:6)
I am redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
I am sealed (Ephesians 1:13)
I am loved (Ephesians 2:4)
I am alive (Ephesians 2:5)
I am raised up (Ephesians 2:6)
I am ordained, I have a purpose (Ephesians 2:10)
I am cared for (1 Peter 5:7)
I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10)
I am capable (Philippians 4:13)
I am not alone (Hebrews 13:5)
I am free (John 8:32, 36)
I am hopeful (1 Timothy 1:1)
I am cherished (Ephesians 5:29)
I am satisfied (Psalm 17:15)
I am powerful (2 Timothy 1:7)
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am clean (1 John 1:9)
I am a child of the living God! (John 1:12)
And so much more!
What joy we would have if we believed this! Friends, I challenge you to stop and ask yourself who you are. Then stop and ask God who He says you are. Start with Ephesians 1 and 2. Do not just go off of my list, let God show you himself. You will not be disappointed!
This past Sunday I asked God what the topic for this week’s post should be. I instantly heard, “Listen.” Many times we love talking more than listening. Sometimes we have goals of “talk less, listen more,” or “be quick to hear and slow to speak.” But how often do we actually follow through with our good intentions of doing so.
This week God challenged me to take the headphones out, set the phone aside, and listen… and I listened. First, to the pounding of my shoes on the pavement, the soft breath of my lungs and the many people heading to work, creating the sound of what we call morning traffic. But there was more beyond that that I rarely ever hear; the cool breeze through the trees, the joyful singing from the birds, the crunching leaves from the leaping deer, the water trickling over rocks in the river, squirrels and chipmunks chewing up their nuts, and crickets quietly playing music in the swaying grass. In enjoying everything that God has blessed us with, how often are we quiet enough to listen to His still, small voice.
This was a struggle for me all week. To just listen and be still as I ran caused me to see and feel my negative thoughts about running on a more negative level. I prayed for wisdom and listened. I learned a lot. I came up with a ton of comparisons for this blog. However, I didn’t get the answer I was looking for. “How do I conquer these negative thoughts and get past my mental plateau?” During my quiet time Friday morning I asked God to show me something in His Word. I always try to do that. It’s one way I feel loved by God because my primary love language is words of affirmation. I listened but nothing seemed to stand out. I decided to just start writing the post. Praying for wisdom in writing this, I looked up and saw a verse I’ve never seen before. It was on the opposite side of the page from where my devotional had taken me.
Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
It struck me. I was believing a lie which was greatly hindering my running dreams. I would repeatedly say to myself, “I can’t do it.” That is a lie because the Bible clearly states, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13) That is the truth! And the hinderer… is the enemy, Satan, that great deceiver. He is out to steal, kill and destroy. Now I must add something to my running prayer. That God would bind and gag the enemy so that he may have no influence over my running. Praise be to God!
Take out the headphones and tune into the voice of God. Don’t forget to Be Still – at all times – and Run! God bless ya’ll! Have a great weekend!