You are Not Alone … 

Kari Jobe sings a song titled:   You Are Not Alone – Kari Jobe

And, as I traveled to Belgium this past week … alone … I kept remembering I wasn’t alone, even when I felt like I was!  I believed God was with me every step of the way.  But, because I felt a bit more vulnerable given world events, and as a flight was cancelled, another delayed, and yet another missed … I kept saying to my Lord and Savior … I need you, I lean on you, I trust you … for I know I am not alone – You are always with me, making a way when there seems to be none!  I had to consciously allow what I knew to get down into my heart, reassuring myself of truth, and in that I found peace and favor.

This trip reminded me how easily it can be to forget to invite God throughout our routine … cause, well … we got this one covered, we’ve done this before.  As I felt desperate, I noticed how consciously and quickly I ran to God!

Whether you are in your routine day or facing a great adventure or challenge of life, I encourage you to know and believe that if you believe in God, though Jesus Christ … He is with you, always!  He loves YOU!  As you open your heart to Him … developing the personal relationship with Him that He so desires, ask Him to guide your steps, to show you the way, for His ways are truly better than ours, as He knows our beginning from the end.

This little trip reminded me that challenges are not bad … they can be redirecting us into something better; they can help us grow stronger in our trust In Christ; they can open our eyes to things the Lord wants to show us … and on and on.  Truth is that God knows our needs and as we seek Him … He guides us down the path He has planned for us.  Jeremiah 29:11

Be encouraged, you are not alone.  No matter how dark it may seem, you are loved – He gave His life for you.  Ask and receive that love and guidance today!

God’s Love and Blessings, Michelle

Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear your voice and I will listen to you.

 

Heart Check …

Since our words and our actions all stem from our heart, let’s start the new year by checking our heart ~ our whole heart.  Let’s look inward and listen to what it is saying.  Our heart ~ our inner person, inner feelings, deepest thoughts and inner self.  “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).heart pic

Most of us may quickly say ~ my heart is full of integrity, understanding, compassion toward others, tenderness, giving, helping and feelings of love … and you’d probably be right.  However, let’s look and listen to our whole heart, for scripture says that “our heart is deceitful above all things.”  (Jeremiah 17:9).  What else is our heart saying?

As we listen to our inner thoughts, what we speak and how we act, we may get other clues as to what else is in our heart  “… for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.”  (Luke 6:45). 

Allow yourself a moment to take honest inventory.  Don’t worry, there are no surprises to God who intricately created us and knows everything about us ~ and LOVES us unconditionally!!!  And, “there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus…”  Romans 8:1

I encourage you to spend time with God today ~ and every day ~ checking your heart.  For as you acknowledge and release the destructive pieces, there will be room in your heart for pure love, healing, peace, joy, freedom, wisdom and the ability to freely run ~ accomplishing all of the wonderful plans God has intended for you!

Begin the honest inventory, by remembering how much God loves you, and all that He has done for you through Jesus Christ.  Then ask Him to gently show you the hidden areas of your heart that may be filled with fear or hate; unforgiveness; disappointments, sorrow, cynicism, resentment, pride, anguish, hurt and the hardness of heart.  In this personal conversation ~ prayer ~ humbly come before God, listen and receive His love, His Wisdom, His healing and His grace.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ( relief and ease and refreshment and  recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.”  Matthew 11:29

He never intended for us to carry a heavy, burdened heart, even if we’ve learned to mask it with humor and laughter.  Instead, if we allow it ~ He intends to carry it for us, while we walk with Him, looking to Him for all His wisdom, understanding, and the good He has planned for us!

“My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.”

Proverbs 4:20-23   (New Living Translation)

May you have the most blessed 2013!  And, if I may encourage you through God’s Word, please contact me coachmichelle@charter.net

“And you shall love the Lord your God  out of
and with your whole heart…”  Mark 12:30

Where do you run?

When you were a child, did you ever hide behind a long drape at home or on the school stage? And, maybe even at times, grab the edge of the long drape and swirl around until you were completely enveloped by the drape, believing you were safely hidden? Or, did you ever run and hide around mom or dad’s legs in a shy or fearful moment?  As children we may have felt safe and protected in those hide-away places.

But now as adults, where do you run when sad, scared, angry, or inconsolable because of the challenges faced?  When you don’t understand ‘why’ something traumatic just happened to a loved one; when everything is out of your control, and you don’t know what to do or say?  Where do you run and seek safety, counsel/guidance and love?   Do you remember then, as always, that God is your true, constant and ever ready friend?

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty
[Whose power no foe can withstand].
I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress,
my God;
on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
(Psalm 91:1-2 Amplified)

Dwelling in the ‘secret place of the Most High’, is spending time with God and sharing your heart with Him ~ talking about your dreams and visions, as well as everything that’s causing you pain or concern; and being able to ask those ‘why’ questions.  It is ongoing time with God in prayer, getting to know Him through scriptures, asking for and listening to Him speak wisdom, guidance and love into your life.

When you walk closely with Him, He securely upholds you, guides you and there is a tremendous sense of comfort/security!  Because you’re dwelling ‘under the shadow.’ If you think of a shadow, it doesn’t take many steps before you’ve stepped beyond the shadow, right? He’s asking you to stay close to Him always, and when you do, He promises safety/refuge!

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do,
everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God!   Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!”
Proverbs 3:5-8 (The Message)

Staying close to God/developing a trust relationship with Him is personal, and requires time, just like developing any quality/true friendship.  It’s not a church attendance thing, it’s relationship building.  I am so grateful to God that when I look to Him, even in those doubting, questioning times, He is always faithful to show me truth, comfort me and answer those important questions, and I know He is there for you too … right now!
I encourage you to get to know your heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ!
And, if I can help you, please contact me at coachmichelle@charter.net.

God’s Love and Blessings,
Michelle