I wasn’t able to write the blog post Wednesday. Yesterday I realized why.
Thursday morning is a favorite day of my week: Women’s Bible study. My soul gets fed with God’s word. I am blessed from fellowship with genuine Christ loving women. Afterwards I experience the best writing all week because of the powerful morning.
After eating breakfast, I go to my usual seat in the chapel. I pick up my binder and place it on my lap. I’m ready to take notes. My row mate sits two seats down and picks up a pencil that was lying on the seat between us. She asks if owned the pencil. I said it’s not mine.
I dug in my purse for the pen I always have and couldn’t find the pen! I turned picked up the pencil and said to her, “I can’t find my pen.” We laughed and finished getting ready for worship.
I settled into my seat with a smile on my face. ‘God Made Me Special’ was on the pencil. Thank you Lord! God had the pencil there at the right time. He knew I wouldn’t find my pen. He knows how important the lessons are and note taking is essential.
I knew I had to share this. God always provides. Even when we think we have what we need, He is ready and waiting, standing holding it in the palms of His hands. Sometimes we grab it with a little nod of thanks, sometimes with no thanks. Sometime with lots of praise and worship.
Other times we glance over His open hand and don’t take what we need. Times like that is when we really feel the recoil of our bad choice. But God is still there holding His hand out waiting for us to take what Jesus died for: Love, grace, peace, hope, mercy, forgiveness, wisdom, power, protection, help, freedom and so much more.
Grab God’s provision with a grateful heart.
Psalm 34 is powerful testaments and promises of what God does and will do. Pray and declare this Psalm over your life. Trust God, believe, obey and receive.
I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
12 Does anyone want to live a life
that is long and prosperous?
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
his ears are open to their cries for help.
16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.
17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
19 The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;
not one of them is broken!
21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.
No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. Psalm 34 NLT
Thank you for reading! I love to hear comments and stories of when God provides. Do you have a favorite Bible verse/ promise you declare? Your stories are encouragement and hope to others. Love ya!
The not - so - secret to reverse anxiety and fear.
I have a confession: I am anxious. Two weeks passed since I attended the writers conference and the pressure to submit my proposal and the 50 million other things to market my book is building. Writing this devotional/blog piece is hard. Fear and anxiety strangle me – I have a knot in my chest that won’t leave. My thoughts are mixed up and incoherent… But I still have a little measure of peace and joy in my heart.
I have peace in my heart because I know what Jesus says’ about anxiety, worry and fear. It is up to me to believe, apply, trust and rest in what he says. All these feelings I’m going through is stunting me and my growth in this process that God has planned. I’m letting the feelings control me and not using the power that God has given me. Me and only me – through Jesus – keep moving forward with the task assigned to me. I WILL DO IT!
My Urban Missionary friend I volunteer with always says, “What does Jesus say to do?” That is the not – so – secret to reverse anxiety and fear. I love it! I repeat it to myself on days like today.
Jesus, what should I do about my anxiety?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NLT
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19 NIV
Jesus, should I be fearful?
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NIV
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
Jesus, I need peace.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. Psalm 4:8 NLT
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 NLT
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NLT
After reading these verses, I’m feeling a little better. I will meditate on these scriptures with each step forward, renewing my heart and mind. I’m confident in the Lord because he can’t lie, he won’t forsake or fail me (and you, too). I rest in the Lord and his promises and use the power he gives me. Forgive me Lord for doubting your Word. Thank you for forgiving me.
If you experience anxiety, worry or fear sometimes, you are not alone. I pray that God’s peace and power fill your heart. He will free you from all fears and troubles. His ears are open to the cries of the righteous and he will help you. He guards you day and night. (see Psalms 34).
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10 Super Tips for Writers
I have two constant passions in my life since childhood: reading and writing. My mom jogged my memory of this interest by giving me some stories and poems I wrote in childhood. These comical creations made me reflect on the trajectory from my youth to the present on God’s purpose for my life.
Voracious fiction and non – fiction reading and input of interesting topics captivated me throughout my adulthood (this includes the Bible, of course). Merge these interests, throw in writing and She Who Honors sparked into existence. (Read My Blog Story post for greater detail.) My zeal for teaching and showing Jesus unfailing love, mentoring young women, health education and spiritual wellness steered me into writing two books. My non – fiction new adult genre book: Our Heart’s Desires won third place at the 2019 Florida Christian Writers Conference. Thank you, Jesus for giving me the power to achieve this!
“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” “2 Thessalonians 1:11 NLT
I'm learning a considerable amount of helpful information for writing and the journey towards traditional publishing. A vast portion of these findings are not found on the internet, or free. Research, reading, attending Christian writers’ conferences and asking questions gave me a wealth of information (maybe this can be another book?) I want to encourage you with 10 Super Tips to help writers on the path to publishing.
10 Super Tips for Writers:
I pray you have complete knowledge of God’s will, spiritual understanding and wisdom of his purpose in your life. Put God first in the creative endeavor God has placed on your heart and it will succeed.
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Christina Leeman MPH, CHES, writer and health educator, emboldens women to be the She Who Honors God with her all - body, thoughts, words, actions.
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