About kathleenbrdly

As a person with low self-esteem, no personal value, and lost in this big, scarey world, I struggled much of my life with fear and insecurity. This blog is a roadmap of the journey my life took to find fulfillment...kat

Victory in a Broken Life

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Living in disobedience to God’s desires often leads us down an imperfect, uphill path filled with failing dreams, destructive behavior, satanic lies, a broken heart, and disappointments. When we choose to pursue our own agenda in this life, we often thwart God’s perfect plan for us.

 

We impede God’s desire to bless us, and to put us on a straight path on which we will discover His hidden miracles designed just for us as individuals. His constant presence within us is the greatest gift we could ever experience in this life, and it leads us into our eternal life to come.

 

Thankfully, we can select what we focus on, what we give our attention to, what we pursue with passion, and what we work towards (Philippians 2:12-13). Choosing God’s plans gives us the success that we need and the fulfillment that we crave (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

We find true value and validation in His courts and under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 91). God walks in and with us through every struggle, trauma and tribulation that we will ever experience. He gives us the victory and matures our spirit.

 

By walking in His ways, we reduce the number of trials we endure in life, because we cut out those of our own making. We never need to experience the heart-stopping trauma of facing any issue alone, because He abides within us and walks with us.

 

When, as the sacrificial Lamb, Jesus took our sin upon His shoulders, He suffered the loss of our Father’s presence, because God withdrew from our sin (Matthew 27:46). We owe Him a debt of gratitude for His suffering and death alone on the cross.

 

Taking the time to cultivate our faith in God’s faithfulness will allow us to reap from a garden full of His wonders. His Word is full of examples of His personal care of everyone who allows Him to form an intimate relationship with Him.

 

If we are humble enough to admit that our sins nailed Jesus to the cross, turn away from our sins, and trust the Lord with our whole heart, soul and strength, we can harvest from our union with Him each and every moment of our day.

 

Prayer:

Father God, we may feel distanced from Your presence, but that is due to our own disconnection from our union with You. Thank You for never leaving or forsaking us (Hebrews 13:5). You walk with us and in us, assuring us of Your love, filling us with Your peace – even in the most trying of circumstances, perfecting us with Your patience (James 1:4-8), and giving us Your wisdom to traverse the most difficult of trials that we face.

 

Your unconditional love is always ready to reach down into the lowest hell that life dishes out to us, and to ransom us from the negative effects that we would experience without Your presence in our life. Thank You for opening doors for us that no one can close, for providing straight paths for us in order to protect us from uphill battles (Psalm 27:11), and for showering us with Your abundant provision every day of our life.

 

Thought for the Day:

Although our life may not be idyllic this side of Heaven, God’s presence within us reduces the importance and effects of the negative consequences inherent in these trials; we no longer focus on the pain, inconveniences, struggles and negative emotions that accompany them, because we stand firm on His Living Word.

– Philippians 4:8

 

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Life and Death in Words

brown wooden pier with gazebo on beach shore

 

During our lifetime, beginning with conception, people speak words to us that either foster life or death (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, as adults too many of us have negative “tapes” playing in our mind, and we need to give our self compassion and nurturing.

 

We seek the Lord’s wisdom in finding the root of our negative thoughts and characteristics, and then replace satanic lies with God’s truth, which helps to heal our body and soul as well as to free our spirit.

 

Toxic words are as harmful as the toxic chemicals in our food, environment, cleaning products, toiletries and beauty supplies. If abusive behaviors are added to the issues we face, our fears and insecurities take over our life. We feel less than lovable or desirable.

 

A negative spiral overtakes our thoughts and attitude, and we find no joy in living. Self-destructive behavior infiltrates our habits, because their familiarity brings us a perverse sense of comfort. We perpetuate the inner war raging within our own soul.

 

Compulsive habits like eating disorders, obsession with our looks, addictions of all kinds, sexually deviant activity, etc. are all attempts to anesthetize our pain. There is an alternative solution, however; one that brings lasting change and fulfillment.

 

Inviting Jesus Christ to abide in our spirit is a life-altering decision. He washes away our desire to sin, and allows us to focus on His Word and to hear His Spirit as they transform our mind, body and feelings. We flourish in every area of our life.

 

Jesus walks in and with us through every trial. He directs our steps as He inspires or exhorts us on His road for our success. He teaches us to treat our soul with compassion, forgiveness, benevolence and acceptance. Then, He shows us the root of our discontentment and helps us to heal.

 

Laughter is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22). It stimulates our senses, physical responses, attitude, emotions and thinking. A joyful heart enables us to traverse the switchbacks of the mountains that stand in our way to spiritual maturity, and it lightens our load as it puts a smile on our face, and a spring in our step.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us to remember to listen to You, and to our swirl of negative emotions as they attempt to reveal to us the source of our lack of joy and contentment. Help us to rid our soul of years of pent-up shame, wounds, and loneliness. Teach us to treat our self with compassion, and to allow our vulnerability to embrace our imperfections as that of a human being, which You created us to be.

 

We want to cherish each new day, and to serve You in the midst of it through every effort that we make. You have a purpose for every season of our life, and we want to walk in the center of Your will for us. We can celebrate our new life in You and release the negative input from those in our past. This allows us to face the future with a positive outlook based on Your Word, instead of the echoes from our past.

 

Thought for the Day:

Wisdom, which we grow into over the stages of our life, gives us permission to reject the mental recording of lies from our past and to soar like eagles on the currents of God’s Holy Spirit; we learn to embrace each moment in the center of God’s will, and to walk in His ways through every step of our future.

 

 

Our Protection and Security

brown wooden pier with gazebo on beach shore

 

This morning I was contemplating the fact that whenever I order a small item online, it is always delivered in a bigger box. I wondered why the company always wasted all of that packing paper and air bags with this larger container.

 

Then, I asked Daddy God about a spiritual lesson from this phenomenon, and His answer surprised me as usual. He pointed out the fact that a smaller package has a greater chance of getting lost or broken in the mailing process.

 

Putting it in a larger box with extra support and protection increases the item’s chances of a successful delivery. That is one reason that God includes His Saints in His Family. This provides us with the protection and fortification that we need in this scary world in which we live.

 

Then, He reminded me that He also put us in Jesus’ Body, His Bride, His Church, etc. These are all larger gatherings that give us security, compassion, nurture, direction, and safety. His abiding love planned this for us before the earth was created.

 

His Word admonishes us not to forsake the practice of assembling together as some people do, because we need each other for safety and protection (Hebrews 10:25). Only a few people do not take their church family for granted and are faithful to their ministries.

 

As His Saints, we enjoy our resurrected position in Christ. We are buried with Him in baptism and then raised with Him to walk in new life. We gradually learn to focus our heart on spiritual matters rather than on carnal ones (Colossians 3:1-2).

 

We cannot serve two masters; we must pick God or the world (Matthew 6:24). God calls us to no longer conform our philosophy of life according to the pattern and mold of this world. Instead, we allow God’s Spirit to transform us, and to renew our mind with the mind of Christ (Romans 12:2).

 

We are actually aliens and foreigners in this world, because our citizenship is in Heaven (Philippian 3:20). We adopt a whole new perspective and life course, because our mind is set on Biblical principles of what is noble, good, and holy (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

 

Prayer:

Father God, Your Word shapes our thoughts, as well as our behavior at home, work and play. It influences our actions, our recreation and our daily priorities. Therefore, scheduling time to read and to meditate on Your scripture is of major significance in our plans. Each word nourishes our spirit and influences the health of our body and soul as well (Psalm 16:8).

 

Teach us to replace anxious thoughts and concerns with faith in Your faithfulness (Philippians 4:6). Remind us that this enables us to walk away from the carnal behavior that shrouds our life with a negative influence (Colossians 3:5-9). Help us to limit our involvement in the world through everything from music, movies and television shows, to places that we visit and the people with whom we spend our time. We want to bring glory to Your name.

 

Thought for the Day:

We can write verses that are meaningful to our situation that we are experiencing at the moment – jotting them down on 3×5 cards or highlighting them on our cell phone; then we can carry them around to read while we are waiting…in line, in doctors’ offices, at a traffic light, the airport, for a meeting to start, etc. They strengthen our spirit, heal our body, and bring serenity to our soul.

 

God’s Protection and Security

red and white concrete house near mountain

 

This morning I was contemplating the fact that whenever I order a small item online, it is always delivered in a bigger box. I wondered why the company always wasted all of that packing paper and air bags with this larger container.

 

Then, I asked Daddy God about a spiritual lesson from this phenomenon, and His answer surprised me as usual. He pointed out the fact that a smaller package has a greater chance of getting lost in the mailing process.

 

Putting it in a larger box with extra support and protection increases the item’s chances of a successful delivery. That is one reason that God puts His Saints in His Family. This provides us with the protection and fortification that we need in this scary world in which we live.

 

Then, He reminded me that He also put us in Jesus’ Body, His Bride, His Church, etc. These are all larger gatherings that give us security, compassion, nurture, direction, and safety. His Word admonishes us not to forsake the practice of assembling together (Hebrews 10:25).

 

As His Saints, we enjoy our resurrected position in Christ. We are buried with Him in baptism and then raised with Him to walk in new life. We gradually learn to focus our heart on spiritual matters rather than on carnal ones (Colossians 3:1-2).

 

We cannot serve two masters; we must pick God or the world (Matthew 6:24). As we mature spiritually, we no longer conform our philosophy of life according to the pattern and mold of this world. We allow God’s Spirit to transform and to renew our mind with the mind of Christ (Romans 12:2).

 

We are actually aliens and foreigners in this world, because our citizenship is in Heaven (Philippian 3:20). We adopt a whole new perspective and life course, because our mind is set on Biblical principles of what is noble, good, and holy (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

 

Prayer:

Father God, Your Word shapes our thoughts, as well as our behavior at home, work and play. It influences our actions, our recreation, and our daily schedule. Therefore, scheduling time to read and to meditate on Your scripture is a priority in our plans. Each word nourishes our spirit and influences the health of our body and soul as well (Psalm 16:8).

 

Teach us to replace anxious thoughts and concerns with faith in Your faithfulness (Philippians 4:6). Remind us that this enables us to walk away from carnal behavior that puts a negative slant on our life (Colossians 3:5-9). Help us to limit our involvement in the world through everything from music, movies and television shows, to places that we visit and the people with whom we spend our time. We want to bring glory to Your name.

 

Thought for the Day:

We can write Bible verses that are meaningful to the situation that we are experiencing at the moment – jotting them down on 3×5 cards or highlighting them on our cell phone; then we can carry them around to read while we are waiting…in line, in doctors’ offices, at a traffic light, the airport, for a meeting to start, etc. in order to strengthen our spirit and to bring serenity to our soul.

 

 

Nothing is too Hard for God

Grand Canyon Arizona

 

God’s presence in the life of every Authentic Born Again Believer is irreplaceable, incomparable, inclusive, inherited, intriguing, imposing, intricate, intense, infusing, and inspiring. He is the ever-present help in our time of need (Psalm 46:1).

 

The Lord God made the entire universe, setting it in motion. By His great power and His outstretched arm, He keeps it swirling about the heavens with precision and order. There is nothing too hard for Him to accomplish in His timing and way (Jeremiah 23:17).

 

He is our great and mighty God, the Lord of the heavenly hosts, excelling in wisdom and actions. He filled the earth with terror by His faithfulness to His chosen Israel (Jeremiah 23:18-21). In these modern times, He returned the land to Abraham’s descendants.

 

There is nothing too hard for the Lord to accomplish according to His will, way and timing (Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 23:27). He makes an everlasting covenant with His people, and He delights in blessing us and planting us in the center of His will for us (Jeremiah 23:40-41).

 

Even with His stellar reputation, we often grumble against the Lord. We fail to observe His Hand in our circumstances until He puts the last piece of the puzzle in place. Then we see the reasons behind His purpose for us, and we see how patience had her perfect work in us (James 1:4; Ephesians 2:10).

 

Our Father already knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He forgives our faithlessness because He knows how the future will eventually play out. He dwells in eternity rather than in time, and we can trust Him with our future (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

Prayer:

Father God, we often sit back and chuckle at Your goodness and humor. You generally wait until the last minute to deliver us from the blazing trial, and when You do, we rejoice with all of our might. You are our great God, mighty in delivering us and generous in Your abundant provision for all of our needs. It is amazing that although You dwell in eternity, You are concerned and care about the trials in our individual lives.

 

Your Word is full of testimonies of Your supernatural help in times of need. Help us to trust in You with our whole heart, because there is nothing too hard for You. Even when our path is darkened by horrendous circumstances, You shine Your light and show us the way through it. We give You all of the praise and honor due to Your name.

 

Thought for the Day:

As we put our whole life – including our aspirations, fears, anxieties, insecurities and passion – in God’s capable hands, He enables us to walk under the direction of His Spirit and to look for the seed for a miracle that He plants within every fiery trial.

 

Victory over Death

five giraffes on grass field during daytime

 

Most people view death as defeat, as an ending, as the cessation of our life. We grieve the thought of leaving our loved ones and losing our worldly treasures. We see death as an end, rather than as the new chapter in our life.

 

However, God rejoices more in the death of His Saints than He does in the day of our birth (Psalm 116:15; Philippians 1:23; Ecclesiastes 7:1). He looks forward to our homecoming to Heaven. We anticipate spending eternity together in His service.

 

Our family will miss the influence and affinity that our life afforded to them. They grieve the loss of our guidance, companionship and presence in their life. However, if they realize where we are, they soon rejoice for us in the midst of their grief over their loss.

 

Viewing death from God’s perspective gives us hope. As authentic, Born Again Believers, we will never die (John 11:26). To be absent from this body, means that we are instantly in the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). What better place does this world have to offer?

 

Jesus defeated death through His resurrection. He passes that same victory on to whomever will turn away from their sins and who trust their life to His watch-care. Sometimes, it is daunting to even consider turning control of our life over to another Being.

 

However, the plans that God has for us are filled with promise and rewards that we reap every moment of our life now and throughout eternity (Jeremiah 29:11). Our Heavenly Father is just a prayer away, and He is always ready to open His arms wide and to welcome back a prodigal child (Luke 15:20-24).

 

Prayer:

Father God, as authentic Believers, we have no need to fear death as those do who have no hope in Your resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13). You send Your angels to escort us into Your presence (Luke 16:22), and You eagerly wait for us to come home to You. Help us to realize that death is not defeat or separation for us, it is an open door to the next chapter of our life (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

 

Help us to understand that we do not need to take measures to endure the insensitivity and trials of this life when You are calling us home. We embrace Your plans for us in death as well as in life. We do not view death as an ending, a defeat, but as the ultimate victory and reward for our life on this earth. We look forward to seeing You face-to-face, and to spending eternity in service to our King Jesus.

 

Thought for the Day:

We can stand with those who are grieving the loss of their loved one, even if we do not know what to say; as a proactive measure we help by taking them out to dinner so they can share their feelings with us, by inviting them over for a cup of tea or coffee, by sending them occasional encouraging cards to let them know that they are not alone because we are thinking about them, by delivering their favorite dessert to their home just because, etc.

 

A Good Marriage – An Honest Relationship

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When we come to a fork in the road of life, especially if we and our spouse want to take a different path, conflicts arise. We both think that we are right, and we often do not want to take the time to truly understand each other’s viewpoint.

 

Discussing issues in our relationship is the best way to keep the seeds of bitterness from tarnishing our life together (Hebrews 12:15). The goal is not to win or to get our way, but to find a resolution which blesses both of us.

 

We do not push our agenda, but we try to understand our spouse’s viewpoint and support his/her needs as well as our own. Honest communication, along with praying together about the issue, will help us to solve the problem.

 

If we sweep our issues under the rug, or bury them in our subconscious mind, they are still there, spoiling our bond in marriage. If we just argue, or blow up about an incident, we accomplish little more than to wound our spouse and to drive an emotional wedge between us.

 

God helps us to see the real cause behind our disagreement. As humble servants of God and to our spouse, we can solve these issues more quickly as we honestly and humbly communicate our true feelings about the problems we face.

 

Our spouse is not the enemy, but our partner in life. The devil will use disagreements to pull us apart, to steal our hope from us, and to make us feel helpless to resolve our conflicts. There is always a solution in the center of God’s will.

 

Problem-solving together with a prayerful attitude enables us to find God’s will. We stick to one issue at a time until we find an alternative plan that solves the problem. We can make a pro-con list of all the possibilities, and then ask God for His wisdom on how to meet both of our needs.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us to honestly communicate our feelings about the problems that we face, and to look at various solutions that support both of us, rather than to insist on our own way. If we have differing communication styles, teach us how to relate to one another using words that resonate with both of us.

 

Once we decide on a solution, give us the fortitude to stick to our plan, so that we do not further frustrate and disappoint each other needlessly, and so that we always bring glory to Your name. You have a perfect plan for our life at each cross-road in life, and gaining Your wisdom and perspective will unite us as a couple, and will maintain the love and peace in our partnership.

 

Thought for the Day:

An amiable discussion about how we will spend our money, how much time we will spend separately and together, what activities we can both support in our marriage, how to raise and discipline our children, what activities to pursue in our careers and our retirement years, etc. helps us to decide together what is best for us as a couple and as a family.