Don’t Stop Believing

Lately, there has been a recurring theme in my life… If you want something to happen you have to BELIEVE it will happen and it will! I don’t understand why that concept is so hard for us to grasp. God has been tugging on my heart about the importance of changing my thought process, the power of positive thinking if you will. I think oftentimes, we defeat ourselves and allow Satan to use our own insecurities and self doubt to make us think we don’t deserve the things we desire in life. Guess what?? That is a lie!! You absolutely deserve everything you desire, and the Lord promises to give us our desires if we are committed to Him (Psalm 37).

The Lord tells us over and OVER again in his word how important our beliefs are. In Mark He tells us that whatever we ask for in prayer if we BELIEVE that we will receive it, it WILL be ours (Mark 11:24). Also in Mark he tells us that EVERYTHING is possible for him who BELIEVES! (Mark 9:23) In Matthew He says that faith, as tiny as a mustard seed, has the power to move mountains.

Here is a recent example of how God helped me connect the dots and really understand what this means…

Many of you know that I recently took a test to get certified to teach. Several of my friends and family were praying for me as a studied and prepared for the test and almost everyone I talked to said the message, in very different ways, 

“You’ve got this,” 

“I’ll pray, but you don’t need it I know you did good,” 

“I know you passed, why are you worrying about it,” 

“God wouldn’t have brought you here if this isn’t where He wanted you.” 

Everyone in my life seemed to have complete confidence that I passed the test, except for me. I studied so much, but the day of the test I just didn’t feel confident at all, I knew the only way I was going to get a passing score was because that is what the Lord intended. Because of my doubt, I prayed, daily, over and over and over again and as I was driving home from work I was just praying again to the Lord…

Me: Lord, I pray that you would continue to prepare my heart for the results that are to come, I pray that you would continue to remind me that you have control and you have a plan. I pray that if the results don’t go the way I’m hoping that you would just help me be at peace about it.

God: “If the results don’t go the way you hope?” Why are you doubting me? Just thank me, Brandy!

Me: Just thank you???? What are you talking about, I don’t have the test results yet.

God: Exactly!!! I know what my plan is, you need to trust in my plan. Just thank me!

I was suddenly filled with excitement and confidence that I had passed this test. God lifted all the anxiety and the doubt I was feeling and replaced it with joy, peace and contentment. And the next morning I got the test results, PASSED!

God reminded me of the verses in Mark and Matthew that I had read before and I just kept reminding myself of His promise that if I believe I have received it, it will be mine. So now I’m implementing that in all areas of my life.

  • I believe that I have passed this test because God wants me to be a teacher and I believe that even though I haven’t gotten a job offer yet I WILL be a teacher.
  • I believe that God has a man waiting and faithfully praying for me daily in anticipation of meeting me one day.
  • I believe that the changes I have been making in my life will soon reflect the outwardly beauty that I possess on the inside.

Do you believe the things in the bible are written because the Lord intended us to read them? I do! I believe every word written was intended to be read, meditated on and applied, so I will make an effort to continue to apply these truths to my life. I hope you have been encouraged by this blog and will also begin to meditate on the verses above and start to wholeheartedly believe the things you are asking God for in prayer.

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Will ALWAYS Hurt Me

Growing up as children we always heard the saying:
“Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
It’s interesting to me that we said those words many times, believing those harsh, hurtful things people said wouldn’t make a difference 5, 10, or even 20 years down the road. Well I beg to differ, I believe there is tremendous power in the words we say to one another and I see the effects of it on a daily basis.
For those reading that don’t know, I have a very interesting, challenging, and rewarding job. I work at the county jail completing mental health assessments on inmates as they are booked into the jail. There are many questions on the assessment I complete but one of the sections we spend a lot of time on, is the history of abuse they endured growing up.
As you can image, most of the inmates I work with have suffered severe and traumatic abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse. I hear horrible stories of things that happened to my clients when they were younger and I’ve noticed a theme while I’ve been working at the jail. No matter what level of abuse they’ve experienced, they always, ALWAYS remember the verbal abuse. The words we say are powerful, they can hurt us or build us up. Scripture tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). The harmful things people say stick with us forever, we believe them to be true and we have a difficult time erasing it from our minds.
I know sometimes we don’t intentionally say things that hurt people but it is important to remember that even our tone of voice makes a difference. I recently had a disagreement with someone and I thought to myself “I can’t apologize for how you reacted to what I said.” While I believe a small part of that to be accurate I realize now that it doesn’t matter if I delivered it well or if I didn’t intend to hurt them, if they received it in a way that hurt I still need to seek forgiveness for that.
The bible tells us “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:23-24). There is power in the things we say and the way we deliver the things we say, may our words always be encouraging, uplifting, sweet, kind and build each other up. May we live out what Ephesians 4:29 says “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
I hope we continue to remind ourselves of the importance of the words we speak and don’t forget the consequences.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence (Proverbs 10:11)
With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered (Proverbs 11:9).
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit (Proverbs 15:4).