You would think that the word "REST" was a 4 letter vulgar word to many. We have been fooled into thinking that our calendars must always be full. What is even more flabbergasting is that we have believed the lie that busyness and always being on the hustle and grind is somewhat a status symbol that we wear as a crown. We have told ourselves that we love being busy because it keeps us going! Statistics show that busyness has become an epidemic and more and more people burn-out as early as 30 years old, especially women.
When greeting others and asking them how they are you will often hear, "Oh just busy, busy, busy." Folks, this can't be good. I am so over it! Ladies resting is not an undesirable chore but it's a blessing from the Lord. I am not just talking about sleep either.
When we stay in a busy, hurried, and hustling pace 10 out of 10 there are lingering trust issues. Moreover, when we don't slow down and rest in God through prayer, His Word, and just enjoying the present moment that we are in we miss out on the bigger picture...the work that God is trying to do through and in us. We miss out on those in need right next to us. We take the people around us for granted. Sadly, we only end up proving that we don't trust God in some area because we are a ONE WOMAN SHOW.
We can do better than this. Let's rest and allow God's grace to flow freely in our lives so that we can experience the freedom that only He can give!
Only By His Grace
God never stops doing what He does; showing up in expected ways reminding us that He is God, He is faithful, and encouraging us to keep going. I opened my email account yesterday evening and there it was in the headline of the email an answer I had been waiting for probably over a year now. I received a word from a woman of God that resonated with my spirit about The Resting Place. A vision that God gave me so that others may have a place of retreat and refuge. I cannot reveal now what she told me about it until a set time, but I have been seeking the Lord about it ever since. It was like I knew but did not know. Some mornings and nights I even cried asking God to please show me what it meant.
At one point I doubted because the Lord kept quiet about it and I thought maybe that woman was wrong. I don’t believe everything everyone says to me, but I know when something resonates and when I need to seek God about. I figured maybe this time I was wrong. But I kept asking because I did not want doubt to rule my life. Because you know what doublemindedness gets you. NOTHING!
But yesterday, after a year or even more the answer came. The headline was literally verbatim in the exact words that were told to me and this email is given me the direct answer so that I can obtain another key in possessing the land which the Lord has promised me regarding The Resting Place. I still don’t know how God is going to make it all happen, but I guess that’s the whole riveting thrill ride of our journey with the Lord.
Walking by faith and not by sight. Having a plan but knowing His plan will prevail. Not knowing what the next step is going to reveal. Being still when you want to go full speed ahead. Sitting still when you are supposed to be moving. Failing and getting back up. Being quiet when you don’t want to and talking when you are not supposed to. Crying, pouting, trying your best to speak life and not death. Squinting your eyes when it’s time to leap. Going forth, pulling back…and back and forth. We are a big ball of mess and God will still use us for His purpose and for His glory. Somebody better shout!!
So, if you have been feeling like the plan or the vision is at a standstill just know that there are mechanisms God is orchestrating in the back office. You can’t see them, nor do you need to. It’s not time to reveal. Keep asking, keep praying, keep seeking, keep knocking. We always think we are supposed to have something right now, right here, our way. But it just does not work like that.
What if it takes a year? What if it takes five years or more? Are you willing to keep going with God with whatever He does? It’s NOT all about the tangible thing it’s about what is happening on the inside of us that God is really trying to work out. I can tell you I have been through much tweaking the last year just with working on all kinds of heart issues, trust issues, and more and it will not stop. It’s what’s supposed to happen! We are clay in the hands of a Master Potter. As we are tried in the fire in the process, He aims to see His reflection in us. More like Him.
Are you ready to continue this journey with the Father? Push play! Keep going in what you know God has asked of you and keep seeking and praying for those things He has been quiet about (He will answer and work it all out). I am praying for you!
Join me on the prayer call this evening. We are starting 1 hr earlier than usual at 6:00PM MST (7:00PM CST). Sign-up for prayer call reminders HERE!
Only By His Grace,
I love this from Mark Batterson…
“If you establish a prayer routine, your life will be anything but routine. You will go places, do things, and meet people you have no business going to, doing, or meeting. You don’t need to seek opportunity. All you have to do is seek God. And if you seek God, opportunity will seek you.
Don’t worry about meeting the right people. If you meet with God, God will make sure you meet the right people at the right time. After all there is nobody He doesn’t know. It’s one degree of separation. And if God can change the heart of Pharoah, He can help you find favor with anybody and everybody. Let God do the promoting and networking. I’m certainly not suggesting that you don’t apply for promotion or trade business cards, but seek His kingdom. You’ve got to do God’s will God’s way.”
From time to time I go back and read this to be reminded, encouraged, and strengthened. When I read it I also write down what God has done in my life since the last time I read it and it is amazing. These two paragraphs say so much. I am amazed every single time. God is real ladies and if we want to experience more of God we have to pray.
Unfortunately, our human nature is always looking for another road to freedom, success, life more abundantly, and breakthrough; if only we realized that these things and more will be found in the presence of Almighty God. But then there are still some who will say, “But we have to do something more than pray.”
I will then say back, “But first, pray!”
Have you prayed? Will you pray? Will you earnestly seek Him? Will you keep on seeking God? We rest in God’s grace through prayer and His word.
Nehemiah prayed and fasted for days and even months before going before the king and building the wall and God gave Him everything He needed.
Esther prayed and fasted before going before the king and therefore changed history.
Mmmh I see I little fasting in there too!
Will we by any means necessary do what it takes to change what is happening around us? Most importantly will by any means necessary do what it takes to change what is happening on the inside of us. Revival starts in us! So let’s get this party started right so we can shake the foundations of darkness swirling around us!
Grace, peace, and blessings to you on today! Join me on the prayer call tomorrow at 7PM MST (8PM CST). Dial 720-689-1444
Only By His Grace
What a weekend! How was yours? I was so happy to feel some bright sunshine on Sunday! Today, not so much sunshine but it is still the Lord’s Day and I will rejoice and be glad in it. It’s spring break for us so it’s going to be a week of fun and rest for the Adams household.
Each day I write in my prayer journal I always make it my thing to write out 5 things I am thankful for (5 for grace). As I was thinking this morning I was so thankful to the Lord for kingdom family. You see, when we left our hometown of Montgomery, Alabama in 2005 we knew not a soul in Denver, Colorado. We felt that God was moving us and we literally sold our possessions and only packed a few things that could fit in the trunk of our Chevy Malibu and we headed off to Colorado not knowing all that the Lord had in store.
Everyone thought we were crazy. Why on earth would you move anywhere without family and no job? We did not know the answer to that either but all we had was God’s word:
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.—Matthew 19:29
That verse came back to me because God has given us that. He makes good on His promises like He always does. Was it immediately? No. We have been here for 14 years and we did not start seeing this promise (in the natural) until years after being here.
Over the weekend a family we have grown to love called and said, “What are y’all doing?” I said, “Nothing but sitting here looking at the wall!” She said, “Me and my crew are stopping by in 2 minutes!” I said, “Okay, come on through.” I smiled ear to ear because we experienced moments often like this back home in Alabama. The Lord reminded me that His promised do not return void.
As I sit and ponder about all the people God has brought into our lives here, I smile and say, “You did Lord. You gave us family and everything else we left to follow you.”
What things has God called you to abandon for Him? It may not be selling everything and moving to a place you don’t know but it may feel like it. Will you obey God even if everyone around you is saying it does not make good sense in their eyes? Or will you conform to what they think (and even yourself) is normal and right? Think about it. I hope you go with God! Blessings on this day.
I hope this helped someone because I started writing something totally different and just realized this took a different direction. God is good! Join me for prayer tomorrow night at 7PM MST (8PM CST). Dial 720-689-1444.
Only By His Grace
As sleepy as I am typing this in the late night hours I can still say I am so excited. Our weekends are short; only two doggone days! But can I tell you that over this weekend I have had conversations where many were filled with great news and some not so great news. However, even when the women were talking about the hard stuff they were facing they still talked about the hope they had in Christ and how they knew He had their back. Oh how my spirit leaped!
I am seeing how women and men are rising up in a posture of prayer and moving into action. I am seeing those who have been hiding and are starting to come out without apologies. I am seeing such a hunger for God from those who have been churched and the “unchurched.”
Moreover, I am seeing in the spirit that women are shedding everything that the world and man-made rules has taught them and putting on truth and becoming who God really created them to be. I must tell you this kind of stuff gets me shouting!! That is why I am so excited even though right now I can fall over snoring.
I know we hear God is doing a new thing all the time. But fam He is definitely doing it. I can see it, I can feel it, and I know it!
If you have some time this week join me for the online Free Indeed 2019 online conference starting Thursday. We want you to know what freedom in Christ really looks like in your life and in your relationships. If you are not walking in the freedom that Christ gives your walking is in vain. Don’t walk in vain! Join us as we all get the keys to FREEDOM!! ~Blessings~
I hope you all had a pleasant weekend! We had enough low temperatures and snow to keep us in the house whole weekend. A free weekend was much needed. Church services were even cancelled because of weather.
The best part about it was that we had absolutely nothing planned but church and we needed it BAD! We all feel refreshed and ready to take on the week. My time was spent making gift baskets, baking a cake, playing board games with the family, meditating, and napping. Ahhh…That’s living LOL!
Have you ever wondered when your turn will be? What I mean is; when will your turn be for others to pour back into you as you have poured out. Although you know that when you give you are not supposed to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. You do good works in secret and you know that you have an eternal reward.
Then there is that but…don’t be so high minded that it does not come across your mind or linger in your heart. I am encouraging you today to keep doing good and don’t allow your good from yesterday keep you from doing good today, tomorrow, and the next day. Listen, I have laid up in a hospital bed and had to pray and speak into the life of someone who I knew was not for me. The nerve! I thought to myself. She did not know I was in the hospital and the Lord told me not to speak a word about it but to pray. But, but…
Freely you have received, freely give!
You also have freely given of your time, gifts, talents, money, wisdom, and knowledge and I want you to know today that your time is coming where men will give unto your bosom and it’s going to run over!
Don’t make this all about money and don’t be trying to figure out how God is going to do it. I love God because He likes to bless us when we are doing regular ole life. You are going to be poured into in so many ways because remember…GOD IS FAITHFUL! You feel like it’s been forever but it’s coming because what?
GOD IS FAITHFUL!!
You gotta believe it for yourself. I have been overwhelmed in the many ways God has used friends and faithful WRIGG women to pour into me over the past several weeks (all while doing regular ole life). One woman of God is fully paying for a retreat so that another special lady can attend this year FREE OF CHARGE.
Thank you for your prayers, for the paid lunches, the hugs, godly counsel, a listening ear, laughs, and smiles. It has been much needed.
Keep doing what you know is good ladies. Your shaken together and running over “issa” coming! Smile big, and lift your head because this is the day the Lord has made, let us all rejoice and be glad in it!
Blessings! I will meet you on the prayer call tomorrow!
Only By His Grace
One of the things that have been ringing loud through the month is the issues of our hearts. We as a people have so many heart issues, and if we keep operating at a surface level only we will never be able to heal and experience true freedom.
We spend so much of our days focusing on being aligned with the right people who will take us higher, setting relationship goals, building platforms and brands, looking cute and being on fleek, getting high credit scores, having that summer body, thinking positive, etcetera, and etcetera.
Now think about it for a moment. Even if you are focused on getting a high credit score (and you take the steps to get an 800) and you are not dealing with the issues of your heart; when that score goes up you will only slide back into bad spending patterns again and you will be right back in the 400’s and 500’s again. That’s a rollercoaster you will get tired of riding.
Let’s do another heart check-up this week and spend some time with the Father asking Him to reveal those heart issues that have being buried deeply underneath the surface. Don’t you want to be free? Don’t you want to experience more of God in your life? Let’s go deeper and begin to ask the Lord the hard questions. Let’s sit still and hear what He has to say and see what He wants to show us. Let’s not be so blinded to our own mess but face the ugly at the throne of grace and get even more grace.
The bad news is that we are not perfect. The good news is that it’s okay (God is) because with every imperfect thorn we get to see God’s amazing work in and through us. It’s perfect!
Blessings to you!
Join me on the prayer call tomorrow at 7PM MST (8PM CST) and dial 720-689-1444. Put a reminder on your phone and program the number. I will meet you on the line! Let’s peel back those surface layers and go deeper.
Only By His Grace,
The other day I saw something so disturbing as I did my short scroll on Facebook. It was a conference…a Christian Witches Conference. My eyes became so wide and my mouth dropped as my husband and I looked at the screen. He thought it was a joke and someone was trying to be funny. When I saw it I told him I did not think it was because people are doing all kinds of foolery these days. However, deep on the inside I hoped that he was right. I was hoping that it was a joke (a very bad joke).
It was not a joke. My heart dropped. As we dug deeper and found an actual website my stomach turned and I became nauseated and really could not look at it or think about for a moment. So many people, mostly women from all ethnic background were proud to be a Christian witch and attend this conference of like-minded folks. It all seemed so common for them. Now people who say they are Christian are going to believe they can practice witchcraft too. If we can be carried away so easily with mess are we really saved? Just asking for a friend…
Over the last several weeks I have seen many things that have vexed my spirit. So many of the things that those they say they follow Christ are doing are NOT good, and much of it is downright sin. But since such a vast amount of people are doing it it’s because common and standard. I don’t know how many times I have to say this (I am not fussing at yall I am just arrrghhh DONE) just because it sounds good, they up on a stage, they have great followers, you see them living lavishly, they look like they happy with no worries, they dripping (the new word out there in the streets LOL), and they cute does NOT mean that what they are saying is biblical, true, right, and good for you!
We are NOT supposed to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, the trickery of men, cunning craftiness, and deceitful plotting. In no way!
As Christians we are need to be more discerning. God has placed in each of us some level of discernment even if you don’t have it as a gift. If you have received Christ into your life then you have the Holy Spirit living and dwelling on the inside leading you in truth. It is up to us whether we want to walk in the truth and freedom that Christ brings or be tied up in bondage with the ways and attitudes of this world.
Please if you feel led, pray for the people who have been led astray in thinking they are Christian witches. Pray for the souls of the people that they are bringing into their fold who don’t know any better. Pray that the blinders are taken off. Pray that they will turn from their evil ways and come into the true knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Pray that they will no longer be led by the deceitfulness of their hearts. PRAY!
Join me on the prayer call tomorrow! I will be on there a little earlier than usual. If you can, get on the line. Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00PM MST (7:00 PM CST). Dial 720-689-1444
Only By His Grace,
I was sitting at my desk listening to a powerful song by Eddie James called “Make Me a House of Prayer.” It brought me to thinking how little so many value prayer.
Something rises up in me when people get upset when you tell them to pray. They want a 3, 7, and 12 step system to get the results they want. Therefore, prayer is not the answer for them because what I realized a long time ago is that we value systems because it’s tangible and it’s all done in our own strength.
But prayer…oh but prayer is a whole different kind of something many don’t seem to want. So what do we do? We don’t pray so we allow the waves of life to toss us every which way. Enemy attacks keep coming in every direction and we sit there and let everything happen. We accept that this is just the way it is and we wait for our departure from this earth. Some will fall into depression and many others into addictions to cope.
Let me make this prayer thing a little clearer because the other day I had to make it real clear with another person. Because I was done when they said, “Oh here we go with prayer again. That does not do anything! I have to do something besides pray!”
My answer was, “Yeah that’s why you need to pray because you just said you don’t know what to do! You need to know what that something is right?” Oh how funny we just tell on ourselves. All. The. Time.
Prayer connects you to the Father in heaven who has the answer to your every need. When we come to the throne of grace there is help. Now sometimes that help is making us humble ourselves, getting us to lay aside the sin issues in our lives, getting us to see the lies that have been keeping us bound, helping us to get loose from that controlling spirit, bringing us to a place to forgive others just as Christ forgave us, be set free with truth, or even giving us strategy for our lives and family.
We have got to stop wanting microwave solutions to everything when the King of Kings is trying to mold us to look more like Him. If we are going be God’s representation on this earth and be such carriers of His presence then we are going to have to become houses of prayer. We are going to have to spend time with the Lord (the one we have been ignoring) and face all the ways we will have die to this stinking flesh so that we can grow, produce fruit, and display His glory even more.
When we seek Him you better believe He will take care of everything else. He may not take care of it on your watch and it may not look how you had it all plotted in head, but rest in this; it will still be added to you and it will exactly what you need.
If Jesus is continually interceding for us at the right hand of God, how dare we discount prayer as a lifestyle? The power is not in prayer alone but in who our prayers (as Disciples of Christ) are connected to…His name is I AM! Blessings to you this day!
Only By His Grace
WOW! Back to school for the kids will be tomorrow and I am doing my best to get back into the swing of things. These long breaks really will spoil you rotten.
For the last several months there have been some apartments being built up the road from us. Passing by them I am always wondering what the end is going to look like. The construction process has always been interesting to me. Several weeks ago I was talking with a woman who I have become friends with and we were discussing all the homes, businesses, and future neighborhoods that were coming up. During that conversation we landed on the apartments and I said, “I don’t know what they are doing but those apartments don’t look like anything!” She agreed and we both laughed and went on.
Fast forward ahead I was doing some research for some affordable apartments for a friend and saw the finished version of the apartments down the road from me. I researched and found the official website and was amazed with the finished product and all that would come with it. The Holy Spirit stopped me dead in my tracks and gave a warning to stop judging the process!
Here we go again UGH! So I am here today to tell you to stop judging not only others process but your process. Someone (including you) may look like mess and that may look like:
Walk forward, fall here and there, get back up, make mistakes, look crazy, cry, laugh, and count it all a joy. Because that is what the process looks like. You are HIS masterpiece and you were created for good works. Have a wonderful rest of the day.
Feel free to join me on the prayer call tonight. Dial 720-689-1444 at 7PM MST (8PM CST).
Only By His Grace
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