Mom’s Guide to Rest & Relaxation

Mom_s Guide to 
Rest & Relaxation

Join me tonight at the Girlfriends, Coffee & Jesus Women’s Bible Study Group on FB for our LIVE message on Mom’s Guide to Rest & Relaxation.  Tonight’s bible study is just what you need to rest and relax this evening with all your girlfriends and some coffee.  So hop on and join me.

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XOXO…Ileen

Mom’s Guide to Rest & Relaxation

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Transitional Gap During Seasons of Change

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? Like nothing is happening.  Those goals just seem so far off, almost unattainable.

Have you ever found yourself caught up in that transitional gap between seasons?

Where discouragement starts to creep in through that tiny gap?  Where thoughts of “no way” “no how” will you ever accomplish that goal and get to the next phase?

The other day God revealed something to me as I sat here thinking of the various seasons we go through.  I was reminded of the 4 seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  I was thinking of how each season goes through a transitional phase.   A phase where the seasons come together and slowly one fades as the other begins.

In this very moment God revealed to me, how we too go through this same transitional phase.  But many times, during that transitional gap, we QUIT!

Have you found yourself waiting, losing patience, feeling overwhelmed and just ready to give up?

Boy, do I know that feeling all too well!  It’s so much easier to just give up when life doesn’t go as we planned.  We give up and think, “Hum, maybe I should just try something else and give up on this.”  But the one thing that doesn’t cross our mind during that moment of discouragement is this.  Am I in the gap of transition right now?

Scripture tells us in James 1:12 (NIV), “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person WILL RECEIVE the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

Imagine for a moment if the Apostle Paul had given up and not continued pressing forward during that transitional gap.  During the times he was imprisoned.  During the times where no one believed in him and the fact that he had gone from the persecutor of Christians to a faithful servant of Christ.  Imagine had he just walked away and given up just because his circumstances became so difficult.  Let’s use him as a good example of what it means to keep pressing forward.  Staying constant on our journey, not giving up, not quitting, not allowing discouragement to stop us.

I leave you with these 3 questions to ponder on.  I want you to look at where you are today with your goals, visions, or just in life in general.  Look at what you have been so diligently working on and ask yourself these questions the next time you feel like walking away.

  1. Am I on the brinks of transitioning over into a new phase…a new season? 

  2. Am I right there? 

  3. Am I just at the foot of the gap between these seasons, one step away from the next phase?

Stand at the foot of that gap of transition with a faith so strong, praying with Thanksgiving to God for the season of harvest.  Trust that God will bring you to that season you have been waiting on.  That season where all your hard work manifest into a bountiful harvest.  Write these scriptures down.  Apply them to your day.

“Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you RECEIVE them, and you WILL have them.”  Mark 11:24 (NKJV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition WITH THANKSGIVING, present your request to God.”  Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Stand firm in the gap my dear friend.  Stand patiently waiting as the transition takes its course.  It’s time for a harvest!  Believe it!  Recieve it!

XOXO…Ileen

psst…God Loves You

Waiting on The Breakthrough – Bible Study

breakthroughTonight we will be discussing Waiting on The Breakthrough.  That monumental moment we have been praying for.  We will also be discussing the Parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18:1-8

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What is a breakthrough?

A breakthrough is an act or instance of moving through or beyond an obstacle.

Have you been waiting for a breakthrough?

Have you been anxiously waiting for that one moment, where everything finally shifts in your favor?

In the Parable of the Persistent Widow, we learn of a woman that was relentless in her petitions. She never gave up pleading with the judge in her town. This judge was known to not care for God or what people would think. But this one woman, the widow, clearly didn’t allow that to discourage her.

Luke 18:3 says, “There was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

The widow continued going, time after time until one day the judge honored her request. I can only imagine what she may have felt. That amazing feeling of victory. She waited. She kept trying. She never once gave up. She didn’t allow herself to get discouraged. And because of this, her request was honored.
Are we that relentless when we petition God for that breakthrough? Whatever it may be. Or are we ready to just give up, simply because time has passed with no evidence of an answer from above?

Our prayers don’t come with a guaranteed time of response from God. This is where we get ourselves caught up. We want and expect that breakthrough on our time. But God is not a God of failure. And His timing surely isn’t on ours. He is just waiting on the opportune time to give you that breakthrough. Maybe if He gives it too early, the results won’t be the same. Maybe you aren’t ready like you may think. Whatever the reason is, it’s not up to us to sit and try to figure out why God isn’t moving when we want. We must remain faithful. Your breakthrough is coming. But you must keep trusting in God for that moment to arrive when He sees it’s best.

So how do handle the waiting period?

How do we stay encouraged to keep waiting and believing our breakthrough is coming?

I’ve listed 3 pointers to Waiting on The Breakthrough. I know it’s not easy. Trust me. Been there plenty of times. It was until I learned these principles to the waiting process that I began to see those breakthroughs happening more frequent. Simply because I stayed committed and faithful in God and His perfect timing.

Download your copy of today’s Bible Study, “Waiting on The Breakthrough” to get the 3 Pointers to Waiting on The Breakthrough.

Waiting on The Breakthrough

Defeating Discouragement – Bible Study

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Have you ever felt flat out discouraged…just ready to throw in the towel and walk away once and for all from the frustration of never reaching success?

How many times have you felt as if all your efforts were simply just meaningless…pointless?

Discouragement, at some point, affects us all. I can’t think of a time that discouragement did not try to make its attempt to get me to just quit.

The word DISCOURAGE means: to cause (someone) to lose confidence or enthusiasm. To deprive of courage or confidence. To hinder by disfavoring. To dissuade or attempt to dissuade from doing something.

As I read through each definition, I started thinking of all the times I felt discouraged, ready to quit and just give up. And all along, no one had said a word to me. It was simply me and my thoughts. The enemy was discouraging me from pursuing the visions God had placed in my heart. And each time a negative thought came to mind, I believed in the lies the enemy was feeding into my thoughts. Fear set in. Fear of Failure. Ridicule. Rejection. Self-doubt. Insecurity.

Discouragement also came after seeing I wasn’t making progress or things, life, wasn’t going the way I had planned. I wasn’t seeing the result I wanted so, of course, I would get frustrated and discouraged.

So, how do we overcome and Defeat Discouragement?

In the book of Joshua, Joshua was handed the task to complete what Moses had begun. And when God spoke to Joshua, he repeatedly assured Joshua with encouraging words. Words that spoke positivity into Joshua’s spirit. Words that resonated with me. A reminder that no matter how bad life gets, God is always there to see me through that season. Throughout the Bible, we read words of encouragement. God knew life would have moments of difficulty. And every disciple knew of the challenges to be faced. And when Jesus spoke, he spoke with encouragement.

What you feed grows. If you feed yourself discouraging thoughts, you in essence begin to grow fear, insecurity, negativity, and self-doubt. But if you feed your mind encouraging thoughts, you begin to grow a more positive attitude. A courageous bold attitude.

“In my moment of self-doubt, God gives me
the reassurance that renews my confidence.”

Know that there will always come a time that discouragement will creep from around the corner, poking its head where it doesn’t belong. But the moment you take hold of those affirming words of encouragement, the whole spectrum changes. Your mindset is renewed with a new hope.

I’ve listed 5 Practical Ways To Stay Encouraged.  Start by writing down the scriptures I’ve provided below and the opening scripture.  Write down the quote above and post it where you can see it daily.  Be encouraged through these scriptures.  Write yourself encouraging notes and put them on your desk or even create a journal with them.  Something that you can reach for when you need some encouragement.

5 PRACTICAL WAYS TO STAY ENCOURAGED

Be CONFIDENT and trust that God is not about to start letting you down now.
Psalm 4:5 says, “I lie down and sleep, I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.”
Be STRONG and know that God turns those weaknesses into strength when we surrender our circumstances to Him.
Psalm 18:32 says, “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
Psalm 31:24 says, “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
• Be ENCOURAGING with others. The words you speak matter. Know this! Believe this! When you speak to others with a tone of discouragement, constantly complaining, those around you begin feeling the weight of your words.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
Be FEARLESS and ready to take on new challenges. Don’t allow those challenges to overcome you.
Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Be at PEACE and see that although you may face difficult circumstances, it too shall pass. There is no circumstance that exceeds God’s greatness.
John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Defeating Discouragement

XOXO…Ileen

psst…God Loves You

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning & Decluttering

Spring is in full bloom.

This is a time for Spring cleaning and decluttering. A time to get rid of all those things we have been holding onto that just sits in the garage. A time to brighten up the house, touch up here and there.  Plant new flowers outside and get the yard all nice and gorgeous once again.

It’s a busy season in our house as we continue with the repairs that have now turned into cosmetic changes. Ohhhhh, you gotta love Spring! And decluttering is just another to-do on our list.

When I think of decluttering, it leads me to think of all those things We tend to hold onto for years. All that emotional baggage. All the unforgiveness and hurt.  I think of all those times I knew I needed to clean house, emotionally, and declutter all the resentment and hurt.  But for whatever reasons, I’d hold on tight, hoarding those emotions.  Emotions that were keeping me from living a more fulfilled and peaceful life.

Are you holding onto some emotional baggage?

Are you in need of some Emotional Spring Cleaning?

C.S. Lewis was quoted saying, “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

WOW!  Ain’t that some truth there.  You can’t move forward by holding onto what happened in the past.  You have to let go in order to move forward.  In order to live a life of peace.  Isaiah 43:18-19 says,

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

Here we are being told, forget about the past already and stop dwelling on it.  Stop feeding into that pain.  Stop and look all around you.  Look at what God has been doing in your life since that time.  Look at where you are today.  Look at the blessings all around you.  Do you not see it!?

I leave you with this one question to ponder on.  

What has holding on done for you?

It’s easy to hold onto the former vs just letting go.  Even if you weren’t the one at fault.  But holding on doesn’t do a bit of good for you or anyone.  It’s wasted time of emotional suffering and frustration.  

So I encourage you my dear friend, get some Spring Cleaning and Decluttering done.  Get rid of whatever it is that has been hindering you from living a fulfilled life of peace.  Clean out all that emotional clutter and allow God to fill in those empty areas.  Allow God to fill you with His joy and peace.  Look forward to what is springing up all around you.

XOXO…Ileen

psst…God Loves You

Broken Texas Size Mess

Four years ago I felt unqualified, unworthy, just flat out not good enough to serve in a church. And at this very same time, God was tugging at my heart, pulling me towards women’s ministry. I can honestly say, for an entire year I told God, “No way, no how. You’ve got the wrong girl.” But that surely never stopped Him.

Tonight, I have been sitting on my couch just in awe of how my day went. With notebooks and bibles scattered all over my couch and coffee table, I can’t help but smile at where God has me today. Three years after I said YES! Yes to serving Him. Yes to following everything He has placed in my heart all nice and snug.

I spent part of this night sitting in a class as I prepare to step into this new season of serving God. As a Prayer Partner at our church. I went from not feeling I could ever be worthy enough to teach women the word of God to having a women’s bible study group I founded a year ago this month. I went from feeling totally unqualified to serve within a women’s ministry and now serve in two at our church and leader of my own ministry. I went from feeling all these negative emotions that were robbing me from following God’s call to serving Him in so many ways, to confidence in knowing Who I Am and Whose I Am. I love that God took this broken, beat down, insecure Texas girl, and put a bold vision in her heart and has since fulfilled it and still going today. God didn’t see the broken Texas size mess. He saw a Work In Progress with a heart for Him.

My dear friend, don’t allow discouragement and those pretty little lies to rob you from your destiny. Don’t allow those insecure thoughts the enemy tries to fill your mind with to overcome the goodness God is revealing to you. Believe me when I say this. God takes dirty, scruffed up, little ol broken us and cleans us up, wipes away our tears and replaces it with an undying joy. He then seats us on higher ground, confident and fearless. What God did for me He will certainly do for you.

May God bless you on your precious journey. May you find the courage to step boldly into this new season He has for you. And in all you do, may you find confidence in knowing you are qualified, worthy, extraordinary and destined for greatness.

XOXO…Ileen

psst…God Loves You

Time For Change

As Rene and I watch The Passion of the Christ tonight, I can’t help but sob away. My heart aches seeing the suffering Jesus endured to save us all from our sins. The pain he suffered was more than any man should have ever suffered.

I began to think how when we suffer just a little, we are often so quick to give up. We quickly give up on our failing relationships, our careers, when life just doesn’t go as we expect, or we don’t get what we expect when we expect it. And we give up on God.

Yet Jesus, in all His suffering, never once gave up on us. Even as he was nailed to the cross He asked that God forgive them. Time and time again, God forgave the Israelites despite the many times they disobeyed and broke His laws. Disappointment after disappointment, God forgave them. Just as He continues to forgive us.

My son Matt posted earlier today on Facebook saying, “I’m not perfect. I make mistakes like everybody else. But we can’t go down the same path and expect different results. It’s time for a change.” He is right. We all make mistakes and not one of us is perfect. But what we have been given from Christ, is the opportunity to change through His forgiveness. To correct our errors. To be works in progress always striving to be better in our obedience to God. Like Matt says, “It’s time for a change.”

Let us be encouraged to take that next step to change that which we have allowed to hinder our growth with Christ. Let us not seek perfection, but seek Christ in all His perfection. Let us be forgiving of one another just as Christ, with all His love and mercy, forgave us from our sins. It Is Finished! It is time for a change.

XOXO…Ileen

psst…God Loves You

From Conquered to Conqueror – Bible Study


 

How do we go from Conquered to Conqueror?

When I think of a conqueror, I think of Nehemiah. He could have easily allowed all the nay-sayers, every enemy, every attack, every fear, to hold him back from fulfilling what was in his heart. To rebuild Jerusalem and make it whole once again. Nehemiah, being only a cupbearer, did not allow his fear to keep him from approaching the king and make his request. And because of his bold, courageous attitude, the king granted his request.

In the book of Nehemiah, we learn of this great man that overcame fear, his enemies, nay-sayers and every obstacle that came his way. Nehemiah proved to be a conqueror never once allowing himself to be conquered and defeated.

Have you ever found yourself feeling defeated?

Feeling overwhelmed by insecurity, fear, worry, and anxiety?

Have you been told you…just…don’t…qualify, you aren’t the right fit, you don’t have what it takes?

Are you facing a situation now that has you feeling overcome and conquered?

Through this bible study, we will learn how to overcome all those nasty obstacles and nay-sayers, in full faith, just like Nehemiah did and go from Conquered to Conqueror.

Download your copy of today’s bible study guide, From Conquered to Conqueror.

From Conquered to Conqueror

Free From OPPRESSION

As I studied this morning, in the book of Nehemiah, God laid it on my heart to share this message with you. Know that whatever oppressions have you bogged down, carrying that burden, feeling broken and weighed down, God will send a deliverer to you.

Today’s scripture comes from Nehemiah 9:27,

“But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.”

Take time, during this week of Holy Week, and read chapter 9 in Nehemiah. Read how many times Nehemiah reminds God, not that God needs reminding, but he reminds him of the many times He forgave and delivered the Israelites from oppression. From their sins. From their stubbornness.

Take heart and know that God continues to do the very same with us. But first, like the Israelites, we must cry out to God and surrender to Him. We must believe and accept that the sacrifice Christ made for us, was done out of love and compassion for us all. So that we could be forgiven of our sins and be free from the oppression that has held us down.

I wish you many blessings on this week of Holy Week.

XOXO…Ileen

psst…God Loves You

Living With Radical Faith

I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem.”
Nehemiah 2:12

Have you found yourself in a position where you KNOW without a shadow of a doubt, God has put something in your heart?

In today’s Bible Study, we will learn about a guy name Nehemiah that teaches us what it is to Live With Radical Faith. He is a prime example of stepping out of the ordinary and doing something extraordinary.

When God puts something in our heart, like he did with Nehemiah, sometimes we find ourselves too afraid to step out and do as God has asked of us. We worry about the nay-sayers. We worry what others will say or think. We spend more time contemplating the possibilities and weighing in with all those discouraging thoughts.

What we learn from Nehemiah, is that in order for us to have a life Living With Radical Faith, we must start with Radical Thinking in order for us to have that Radical Growth. It’s what we feed in our mind that grows. If we feed negativity, we grow discouragement and fear. But if we nourish our mind and feed it those healthy encouraging thoughts, those “I know God’s got this” thoughts, we will essential have a more radical way of thinking. No longer thinking inside the confinement of the four walls to that box. But instead, we have a limitless thought process that exceeds the confinement of those four walls. We think outside the box. We have bold and courageous thoughts. We step into our faith fearlessly.

We learn that when Nehemiah stepped out, fearless and courageous, he sought God before any move, or word he said. We too, should act in just this very same way before taking a bold leap. This resulted in Nehemiah doing that which God had placed in his heart and not of his own plans. We may find that we want one thing, but God intervenes and shows us a different way. And His way proves to be better…always. The moment we switch gears and begin having some Radical Thinking, we then see the amazing growth process that takes place. Which is where Radical Growth comes into play. We see the amazing results, of what was once merely a thought, come to realization. We step away from the existing views and go beyond every expectation.

Download the link below for the full bible study on Nehemiah, “Living With Radical Faith”

Living With Radical Faith