Jan 082017
 

Hey my friends,

To be completely cliche, but know I am genuine-hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I am slowly getting back into the new groove.  Making some needed changes-for example, GOING. TO. WORKOUT.  I know this is not a new discipline to strive for in January, but once again, seriously genuine about getting my body a movin!  I wonder as you look over your 2016, what stands out to you as some old and “not so lifegiving areas” which were not workin for ya.  And then as you are “out with the old”, what new spiritual, personal health and wholeness, or areas as a mother/wife/friend/worker you can discipline yourself to in 2017?  Now is your time to shine.  His mercies are new every morning and there is hope.  for.  you.  today.

So 2 options to consider for this January 2017-get in God’s Word more and get your body moving more.  If these 2 are resonating with your Spirit but you wonder, but how.  can.  I.  fit.  this.  in my already busy, I’ve got your back my sister’s!

Check out this free 6 week women’s video devotional series, starting Monday, January 30thWOW Hour: Where Waking Up Early Is Lifegiving!  Start out 2017 with a new lifegiving habit;  6 weeks of inspiring stories to encourage and hold you and/or you and a group of friend’s accountable to be in God’s Word and exercise!  Prioritize your wholeness and health as this program will bring you peace for your mind, body and Spirit- you’ve got a couple weeks to get a friend or two to join you on this journey.  Praying for you. to. rock. this.  I will be joining you so you will not be alone!!

And below here are some of my favorite bible study methods and workouts which you can incorporate with WOW Hour or just do on your own!  Just so you know….i am praying. for. you.  So get goin’ with Jesus in 2017, you.  will.  not.  regret.  it.  Look out for the life of enjoyment and purpose you’ve got in store with a Father who we get ALL good gifts from!

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it … I have come in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.  John 10:10

4 OPTIONAL BIBLE STUDY METHODS

  1. Dear Father, Dear Daughter MethodThis journaling method is how I structured my book, “Sing Over Me: A Women’s Devotional through the Psalms.” It is us, His daughter’s, writing to our heavenly Father, and then listening to hear what He says through His Word and Spirit to apply to our lives.
  • Pray, read (in God’s Word), then write to God. Then see if there is anything troubling your heart or mind.  Write about this to God.  As you write, be transparent.  Ask God questions about the specific situation.  Always end with what you need from God in this particular situation and the truths you know about Him and His Word.

 

  • Be still and ask God to speak. Then write down His promises- “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” 1 Sam 3:10b  Make sure you are away from distractions and loud sounds in order to quiet your heart and mind before God.  Listen until you have wisdom, an impression, a picture, a verse, or overall peace about what you just wrote to God.  Write down any scripture and/or impressions you receive during this time of listening.  Do not be discouraged if you do not seem to hear anything, God loves to spend time with us in the stillness and He refreshes our heart, mind and Spirit when we are obedient to spend time with Him-even if we aren’t aware of it.  Write down promises and encouragement you found from God’s true, living Word.  Continue to sit in silence and practice the discipline of waiting to hear from the Lord.  Persevere in this discipline of listening to God.  I know I find it extremely difficult in our busy culture to drown out the noise of my own mind, but even more reason for us do as God tells us, “Be still and know that I am God” ps 46:10.
  1. Free Flowing Method
  • Pray for God to speak to you as you read a passage from His living Word (Heb 4:12).
  • Get on your computer or grab a notebook and pen and write what comes to mind! The key is not what we write about, but that what we say is honest and from the heart.  God desires to meet us right where we are, not where we feel we should be or want to be.  He wants true intimacy with us.  Just like there is no right or wrong way to talk with God, there is also no right or wrong way to write to Him.  We can simply tell Him what is on our heart.  If we are concerned about a particular relationship, we should write about it.  If we need to ask Him for forgiveness, we can write down our apology.  If we are excited about an answered prayer, we can express our gratitude.  If a particular scripture is resonating with us, we can expand on it and dig deeper in order to apply it to our current situation.  God has made us all unique, so use your own creativity and style as you write to Him!
  1. A.C.T MethodSome of us need a structured format or plan when starting a new habit. I am similar. I thrive under others’ good ideas for how to do things!  First pray for God to speak to you and read from God’s Word, then:
  • Ask- Write down your prayer requests, God says “Come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28).
  • Confess-Your sin, repent and turn to God for His refreshment and peace (Acts 3:19).
  • Thanksgiving-To God for specific ways He has blessed you, for what He has done for you, or simply for His character traits; write down your gratitude for our Father who is the giver of ALL good gifts in this life and the eternal life to come (James 1:17) .
  1. S.O.A.P Method – S.O.A.P stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Each S.O.A.P. entry can be one sentence, or it could be pages and pages of thoughtful note taking. Each day will be different as you move through digging deeper into God’s Word.
  • Scripture-After reading a chapter(s) from the Bible, write down the verse(s) which “the Spirit highlighted”/resonated/you had a pull to read over again
  • Observation-Write down what you observed or what truth stuck out to you in these scriptures.
  • Application- Think on how you can apply the verse(s) to your day, week, life, etc. and write about this.
  • Pray-Write out a prayer to God based on how your mind/heart was renewed to God’s ways instead of your prior ways of thinking/acting and ask Him to help you apply this truth in your life.  

30 MINUTE WORKOUT OPTIONS:

  1. Sign up for and train for a race (running or walking): If you are signing up for a 5K,8K,10K, or half marathon race the Hal Higdon training plans were what I used and found helpful in my training:  http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51137/Marathon-Novice-1-Training-Program
  2. Do a workout DVD with the exercise of your choice-pilates, step, yoga, dance, boxing, Zumba, ect.
  3. Do a YouTube workout with your favorite trainer
  4. Walk the hills in a nearby neighborhood
  5. Do a Daily Burn or some other Workout program App on the computer/Ipad/phone
  6. Do a workout class at the gym
  7. Swim laps at a local swimming pool
  8. Go on a bike ride (on a stationary bike or outdoors)
  9. Lift weights combined with a step machine, tredmill or sedimentary workout machine at gym or home
  10. Dance in your living room to your favorite 7 songs

 

 

Jillian

Jillian

© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Sep 072015
 

Praying this morning for any somewhat anxious Mom’s preparing to send precious children off to school tomorrow.  May we embark on this new fall season claiming His peace instead of worry ( “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”phil 4:6-7 ).  May we set up habits of prayer, reading of God’s Word, and space in our day so we can breathe in.  And out.  His perspective.  peace.  and purpose.  May we claim Jesus as head of our households, submitting to His will, and resisting the temptations and terror of the enemy.  May we walk in hope for we know His plans for us are real good.  -Praying this verse in Col 1:9b-12a for you-may “God fill you with the knowledge of His will through all wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father…”

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© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Mar 092015
 
First real thoughts (as much as they may be living not in reality, but in a fairytale):  “I am not an envious person.  I know other’s struggle with desiring what other’s have, but I have been blessed with plenty.  I have had seasons of discontentment, but in this moment, I cannot think of anything I want that someone else has.”  Quite confident right out of the gate (I am sensing pride comes before a fall…right?) I have a feeling in digging into “envy defined” and God working in me, there is more to this little word and my present heart situation than meets the eye.  This week we take on the challenge to show others the love of Jesus by not envying them.

Our #3 1 Corinthians 13 Love attribute this week is:  “LOVE DOES NOT ENVY”.

Webster’s defines the word, “Envy”, for us:
  • a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.
  • desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable attribute belonging to (someone else)/desire for oneself (something possessed or enjoyed by another).
Friends, here are some like minded words for “envy”, to further expand our mission this week (In other words these are the DO NOT do’s for this week):

jealousy, covetousness; covet, desire, aspire to, wish for, want, long for, yearn for, hanker after, crave resentment, bitterness, discontent; the green-eyed monster;  
And to follow up with some words opposite to being envious (which is what we want to be-in other words DO these this week!):
contented, friendly, kindly, satisfied, trustful, well-disposed, undesiring

I noticed “to envy” deals with “feelings and desires” as stated in the definition, as opposed to an outward act or action.  These inward feelings are what Jesus took the Pharisee’s to town about.  “You white washed tombs!  Outside you look great, but inside you are not so good!” (Jillian’s paraphrase of Jesus’ words).  We know “man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).  So we are dealing with a heart issue this week friends.  These are the doozies.  No one may ever know what is happening inside us, but God does.  And He is the one who counts.  Who is the ultimate judge.  Who cares about our inside character the most.

Of all the opposite’s to envy, the words, “contented and undesiring”, hit too close to home for me.  How easy is it to say I am contented where I am with job, family, house, finances, but are my complaining words telling others otherwise?  I am pretty sure “Do everything without complaining…” whether in my mind or in verbal comments will be something to tend to this week.

Of all the like minded words to envy, the words “jealousy, wish for, and the green eyes monster” were highlighted in my mind and spirit.  Pretty sure the green eyed monster rears its ugly head in my heart more than I would like to admit.  Jealousy over someone else’s joy rolls in like a flood.  This week, my prayer is that we would consider our “attitude’s of the heart”.  Allow for God to show us when the “green eyed monster” is evident and help us have contentment and “rejoice with those who rejoice” (Ro 12:15) this week.

Quotes/Verses to say NO to envy this week:

 

Jillian

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© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Aug 042014
 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8

I thought after putting in 10 mile plus runs the first three miles would seem almost silly.  Too easy.  A walk in the park.  (You get the drift.)  And I was oh so wrong.  Again.

I had been so proud of myself finishing a 10 mile run over the weekend, had taken a day off and was heading out the door to do a measly three mile run.  Well, my over confidence was crushed quickly as I was huffing and puffing within the first 5 minutes.  And this did not stop.  For the rest of the run.

I questioned my technique.  I blamed it on the hill.  On my lack of sleep the night before.  But after all my inner mind debating, I came to the reality.  These first three miles were no different than any other time I had run three miles.  Whether I do a 10 mile or a three or four mile run (soon to be 15, 16, 17-yikes!), those first three are always struggle.

But it is amazing how my body “gets in the zone” after three miles.  I think my body just realizes, “Oh, I guess she truly is going to keep going.  and going.  and going.  Might as well give in to it and stop fighting it.”  My breathing smoothes out.  My stride is steady.  My mind has stopped playing the “How will I survive this” track and goes into a resting, prayerful track.  All after three miles.

So I came to the realization that there is a pattern in my running-the first three kill me and after that is a “miraculous body rhythm of bliss”.  And I have come to realization that there is a spiritual pattern that occurs as I follow Jesus.

Jesus says in His Word to “Ask, Seek and Knock”.

“Notice the three different senses being considered here. Asking is verbal; Christians are to use their mouths and petition God for their needs and desires. And believers are to seek with their minds—this is more than asking; it is a setting of priorities and a focusing of the heart. To knock involves physical movement, one in which the Christian takes action.” (www.gotquestions.org).

Mile One is like “The Ask”:  It is about the heart-  So difficult to get up the motivation to go on the run in the first place and also so difficult to get up the strength to go to God in prayer.  This is a heart issue on both fronts.  Requesting something from God means I am not in control.  I have to lay down my pride.  I have to rely on Him instead of my own abilities.  I feel uncomfortable being needy.  But I must do it.  I must call out to God, for He IS my help.

Mile Two is like “The Seek”:  It is about the mind-It seems I  got past the worst of it, I got up the nerve to go and persevere for the first mile, I also humbled myself and asked God for help.  But mile two poses new challenges.  Mile two I feel as though I am not in shape due to my huffing and I am in a frustrated mental state.  I also begin to experience warfare in my mind immediately as I begin to partake in the disciplines of being in His Word and being obedient to His Voice in my life.  Not getting up early, for example, has recently been a pull from the enemy towards disobedience (or simply my own laziness to continue holding the comfort of my pillow).  Mile two involves overcoming distractions, laziness, and opinions of others, while renewing the mind towards God’s Kingdom priorities.

Mile Three is like “The Knock”:  It is about the body-Because I have fought the good fight, pushing through the mental and heart resistance of the first two miles, it seems this final rough mile three would not be too much of a challenge.  But it is.  Mile three is so close to being in the “over the hump” zone where my breathing evens out, my mind is at peace, but my body is still fighting for me to walk.  Or stop completely.  Spiritually, my body fights to only “talk the talk” about Jesus, but not actually “walk the walk”.  I can’t quite get my legs to go over and talk to the stranger I feel an impressing to show God’s love to.  I can’t seem to move beyond my normal schedule of laundry and parks to pick up the phone and see what meal I can bring to a Sister recovering from surgery.  I can’t get off the couch to do the work of gaining more knowledge (in an area of weakness/discomfort ) about a particular group of people, activity, ministry God is calling me to.  Mile three involves putting my feet to action.  It asks the question, “Am I moving forward in Jesus, am I in a place of stretching, out of my comfort zone as I follow Him.  What am I relying on Jesus for in this season?”

So get out there my friends, Ask, Seek, and Knock as you train and run your race of life.  Because what is up ahead is good.  I am anxious to hear how God is faithful to you personally.  How He gave you what you asked.  Helped you find what you were looking for.  And opened wide doors of opportunity to bear fruit for the Kingdom, find joy in the day, hold peace in the now and experience freedom from your burdens.

 

 

 

 

Jillian

Jillian

© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Jul 302014
 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2

My oldest daughter has had a “go to” book since she was old enough to sit up and flip pages.  This book is currently, and has for years sat on her nightstand.  We call the book, “The Dog Book”.  (Probably fairly self explanatory.)  You have a dog temperament question, you want to know what breed just walked past you, my daughter most likely will be there for you.

This next statement may sound strange to you so gear up.   I feel like I am a dog-A Bloodhound.  To be exact.  When I run.

As I train for this marathon, I feel compelled to do it without the help of an I-Pod or audio books.  Which makes some serious time left to my own thoughts, along with spending time with God.  In this journey there is one truth I have found:  Because my senses are not tuned in to music, a book, or talking to someone, they are perked up elsewhere; Making me and the Bloodhound more alike than I would like to admit.

For all of you dog lover’s and my daughter Lucy, this may be a recap for you, but for the rest of us, here is a little Bloodhound synopsis from “The Dog Breed Information Center”:

“The Bloodhound thrives on the hunt rather than the kill. It takes great pleasure in tracking and has been used to hunt animals, criminals, runaway slaves and lost children. Today this slow mannered, rich sounding breed is both tracker and companion. Although it has a pleasant temperament, it is not easy to obedience train, most likely largely due to the fact that it gets distracted from human command, more interested in all of the exciting strong smells around him.”

The ways the Bloodhound and I are alike:

  • Heightened senses of smell, sight, and sound.
  • Easily distracted by surroundings.
  • Doesn’t follow human commands.
  • Wired to find lost people.

It is crazy to notice what I am tuning into on my “free of noise” runs instead of tuning out like I normally am in the mode of doing in my day to day routine.

Eyes-I am taken back by a field of brilliant magenta flowers on my left.  A prestine, manicured lawn on my right.  A pop can where it shouldn’t be.

Ears-  The city sounds of cars whizzing by.  The “out of the city” sounds of bird songs.  The “Good job” from another runner not “tuned in”.

Nose-The city smells equalling the gaustly combination of car exhaust, Burger King, garbage and chinese food, with a hint of freshly made donuts.  The “out of the city” smells of lilacs, cow manure, and hay.

Just as the Bloodhound has difficulty following human commands and is honed in to finding the lost, so should we, as Daughter’s of The King, display these personality traits.  We follow Jesus’ commands, and not people’s commands.  Following Jesus means following Jesus.  And not other’s.  Following Jesus means doing life different.  From the typical American woman, mother, wife, employee.  From the way we respond to difficulty and trials.  From the way we interact with others.  From the way we show unconditional love.  Forgiveness.  And Compassion.

When we become too engrossed in distractions around us and forget to use our “Bloodhound” makeup, we can become tuned out to the Kingdom mindset and life.  When we have some time to be without-The noise of music, tv shows, technology, phones, Apps, Ipods/pads, facebook, Pinterest, email, online shopping/games-we remember our true selves within.  Our true identity, our true mission, our true makeup in Christ.  And our “Bloodhound”/Kingdom/Heaven focused heightened senses come out strong.  And we find ourselves in a strange place of rest.  Refreshment.  And Rejoicing.

Jillian

Jillian

© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Jul 252014
 

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it;  if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body and individually member’s of it.”  1 Corinthians 12:26-27

First off I want to say “thank you”.  

You have been the support and motivation I needed to finish the Sing Over Me:  A Women’s Devotional Through the Psalms, book.  Your emails have encouraged me to persevere in the writing even when trials and laziness overwhelmed me.  God used you to encourage me to fulfill this call He placed on my heart.  I feel so humbled and blessed to be able to journey with you all as the Lord continues to work on me.

As I await more comments to come in on Amazon for my book in order to have the book do well, I have contemplated this balance of relying on God and relying on the body of Christ as we go through life.  And I have come down to this bottom line:  We need God.  But we also need each other.

We were not meant to “do life” alone.  We were meant for community.  And the body of Christ is just that.  A group of imperfect, forgiven, Jesus following folks who are doing their best to “work out their salvation”.  A group who will “rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn” Romans 12:15.  A group using their God given gifts to inspire one another on in this race of life.

Let’s give glory to the Lord for doing an impossible work in us.  May the name of the Lord be praised because He is a “Finisher” God.  When I felt inadequate, without gifting, and without knowledge in this whole writing world, He equipped me.  When I had nothing to say, He gave me something to say.  When the criticism of other’s seemed to overwhelming to continue on, He gave me courage.  And when I seemed to be working in vain, His peace and a renewed sense of purpose and joy flooded my soul.  Following Jesus is beyond.  Our own strength.  Giftings.  Ways.  But it is in our “beyond”-where we find abundant life.

He has called each of us to know Him and make Him known to others.  But within this larger call, He has specific Kingdom work for us as individuals (Jer 29:11).  And the work WILL involve reliance on Him-His strength and Spirit (Jo 15:5, Zech 4:6).  But those who trust in Him through the questions, trials, and troubles, He will never put to shame (Prov 3:5, Ro. 10:11).  He never starts something in us and then does not equip, strengthen and help us see it through to the end.

So be encouraged to today my Sister’s!  Step out in faith and be obedient to God and His Word.  Rely on Him.  Rely on others in the body of Christ to help you.  Persevere.  Gain knowledge.  Motivate you towards courage in Christ.  For your work is not in vain!  Enjoy resting in God’s plan for you.  Because it is beyond.  Good.
P.S.  (Does anyone actually use this anymore?  I guess I do!)  For the next two weeks starting today if you follow this link and purchase Sing Over Me:  A Women’s Devotional Through the Psalms, and then post a comment on Amazon about it, I will enter you name in a drawing to win a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory!  Email me at jillian@standingonpeace.com to let me know you commented!  Thanks again for your support friends!

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© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Jul 212014
 

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Phil 1:6

Well my Sister’s, it’s out there.  The Sing Over Me; Women’s Devotional through the Psalms you all journeyed with me on last summer is in Kindle (and soon to be paperback) form on Amazon.  I am pretty sure when I saw the book for the first time on the Amazon site I peed in my pants a little.  Due to nerves.  (Due to quite possibly from a lack of bladder control due to having children.)  Due to pure excitement in God’s faithfulness.

I NEED YOUR HELP!!  (This is not something I love to do by the way.  It is humbling.)

For the next two weeks starting today through August 4th, if you follow this link and purchase Sing Over Me:  A Women’s Devotional Through the Psalms, and then post a comment on Amazon about it, I will enter you name in a drawing to win a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory!  Email me at jillian@standingonpeace.com to let me know you commented!  I also can send you email updates when the future devotionals are up on Amazon.  Thanks again for your support friends-I truly thank God for you.

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© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Jul 142014
 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Prov 3:5-6

Okay, so I was minding my own business on my typical 45 min training run. All beauty of God’s tree’s, birds singing, slight wind with a hint of sun surrounded me. And then it happened.

I heard a vehicle approaching and so I did my typical move over on the edge of the road as far as possible. As I am awkwardly running on half grass, half hard dirt and rocks, the loud roar of the engine seems right next to me. I turned to look and this monster truck zooms past like he was in a Nascar race. And he didn’t even have the courtesy to give a runner some space by moving over to the middle of the road. He sure nestled that white line right beside me. The nerve I tell ya!

But this was not the worst of it. Oh no. Not only was a freaked by the speed and proximity, because it was a gravel road, the air all around became dust. It was as if Tinkerbell had paid me a little visit. Except being able to fly was in no way part of the deal. Dirty dust literally filled all crevices in my body. I couldn’t see a thing in front of me, and I coughed to reject some of what I had already taken in. I was left in the dust. Literally.

Not fun. But as I took time to recover, I noticed my feet never stopped moving. In the mess of it all. Even when I couldn’t see where I was going. And I continued to rub my eyes to get the particles out. One foot went after the other. My feet kept doing what they knew to do in midst of this all consuming, unforeseen circumstance.

Similarly, as we venture into each day with God as our Shepherd to lead us, we are faced with “messy” situations. Troubles. Trials. Fears. And this circumstance or fear has surrounded us, as the dust surrounded me. Challenging and impacting our mind, heart, and spirit. We are left unable to see-What is in store for the future. The reason for it. How we are to continue on in freedom and peace.

But thankfully our feet know what to do. They keep moving one step at a time. Forward. In trust. In faith. In hope. In Jesus. When we are “left in the dust” by the world, we keep running with Jesus. We do not stop. Because we know He will get us through the dust cloud. We are never alone in it. And we can trust He will use it for good if we let Him.

Maybe you are in a troubling dust storm right now and you can’t see anything up ahead and you are overwhelmed. Cling to Jesus. He helps us when we don’t know which way to go. We do not have to be afraid. We do not have to live in anxiety. We do not have to go through trials alone.

May the God of peace settle us when the dust storms of life hit. May He strengthen us to continue moving forward in Him. May He clean us up in mind, heart and spirit, enabling us to bring Him glory and share our testimony. That He is faithful. Good. And provides for us in our times of need.

 

 

Jillian

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© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Jul 112014
 

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Col 3:23-24

I know we all get butterfly stomachs of exuberant joy when this word one word is on the books for the day. “Housekeeping”.

It is the inevitable job of making a home a home. But it was also biblical Martha’s downfall moment. Others give advice of “Let cobwebs lie and be with others”, but also to “practice hospitality regularly”. A conflict of my soul.

On a run my mind was flooded with how this “housekeeping” word has recently bombarded my life. #1-The looming laundry which seems to accumulate with every soccer camp, swimming lessons, and camping trip of the summer. #2-“Let’s get some housekeeping items taken care of”, says the administrator each morning and evening at my recent women’s retreat. #3-“Houskeeping”, calls a voice outside our hotel door, then a knock, knock as my husband and I call back “No, thanks” and roll over on our 1 night anniversary get away. #4-Writing on this blog to cover what seems to be only “housekeeping” items of the in’s and out’s of the Fast Run, and how to’s of participating in/training for a race.

I recognized I tend to run with a “housekeeping mindset”. Unfortunately, not only do I do the “housekeeping tasks”, but my mind is bound to them.   This “housekeeping mindset” puts me in a state of anxiousness. Frustration. Worn out. And resentful spirit.

Oh Lord, free my mind from housekeeping mindset of planning, bound to the task managing/productivity, and anxiousness to get it all done. This distracts me from You. And others. Give me Your balance of doing and being so I can be the homemaker, hospitable woman you have called me to be. I want to get good at the ministry of “housebeing”. Teach me how to sit and rest at your feet as Mary did, even while everything around me screams “clean me, and finish this project”. Because You alone usher me into a life of abundance, peace, and purpose.

The reality is certain items/jobs must be addressed in order to create safe, fun, peaceful surroundings for strangers and loved ones-but we don’t have to live here. We don’t have to live so focused on the “housekeeping” that we miss the “housebeing”.

I am ready to let the laundry lie for a moment, the “have to cover Fast Run details” to rest and be. Present. With my youngest daughter and “be the baby while she tucks me into bed”. With my husband on the phone as he is away, truly celebrating his highs and empathizing with the lows. With my writing and write out of my love for Jesus not out of the need to explain it all. With a crying woman who needs prayer, and a hug of tears.

I am in need of a re-setting of my mind to “housebeing” instead of “housekeeping”.  With an understanding that I am looking to my faithful God to determine when it is a “do the dishes time” and when it is a “let the dishes go” time.  I want to serve my God with joy no matter it be the spilled mess at hand or the park play time with my girls.  May we embark on our day today serving God and not man or our own agenda.

Because this, my Sister’s, is what we were made to do.

 

Jillian

Jillian

© 2012 Standing on Peace

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Jul 072014
 

I have two “A words” for this summer. To abstain from for the Run Fast. Anxiety and addiction.

I am practicing “in the moment 2 second prayers” by praying outloud, “Jesus, Your peace” when I the worry train is running through my mind and heart. I am choosing not to entertain thoughts of fears and worry.  I know the opposite of a life of worry is a life of peace.

This last year I have cut back on caffeine and sugar in my diet. Both of these were becoming a need in my life and I saw myself as grouchy and unavailable to God’s voice/others as I looked to them to satisfy. They brought me comfort. Short term happiness. But they had some sort of strange control on me.  I do not want any substance or activity to come before God’s voice. These had become addictions. I want a life free from these areas I can’t seem to overcome on my own. I need Jesus to help me with them. I know the opposite of life with addiction is life with freedom and hope.

What is the practical aspect of abstaining from anxiety and addiction? I am continuing to cut out caffeine in my regular routine and taking one day of the week as my “no sugar day”.

Whenever I am anxious about the past, present or future, I will pray “Jesus, Your peace” and I will instead think on-

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Phil 4:8b-9

I am praying for breakthrough for myself and three other loved ones on my runs during the week. I Run Fast for a life of freedom and hope in Jesus.

What the Run Fast IS:

Grounded in scripture, giving eternal focus and purpose in training for a race-“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus” Hebrews 12:1-2a (ESV)

A uniting of sister’s in Christ in prayer and purpose (Col 2:2).

An opportunity for consistent, specific prayer time (1 Thes 5:17).

A spiritual discipline to free yourself and others from the bondages of this world (Isaiah 58:6; Ro 7:20).

A chance to humble yourself before God, asking Him to examine the heart and mind and reveal any bondage/controlling areas (Ps. 139:23)

An opportunity to practice growing in, receiving love and grace from the Father (2 Peter 3:18).

An asking for God do a work in you and/or others with the purpose of deliverance. Sanctification of body, mind, and spirit. (Ps 3:8, 1 Thes 5:23-24)

An opportunity to grow in strength in places of weakness and be courageous. (2 Cor 12:10; Josh 1:9)

What the Run Fast is NOT:

A spiritual act with the motive to “show off”/gain approval before others (Pharisee’s did this and it didn’t bode well for them-Gal 1:10).

A necessity, a legalistic/“spiritual duty” in order to improve standing with God (we can’t earn our salvation, Jesus paid it already and all on the cross-Jn 3:16).

A magic spell to make all hindering issues disappear and all life to become a fairy tale of roses (Jn 16:33).

Time to feel condemned, guilty, shamed by God (Ps 34:4-5; Ro 8:1-When we are in Christ, we are never condemned by God for sin).

An unattainable goal, an impossible feat to overcome. (We are overcomer’s in Jesus! Nothing is impossible with Him! (But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Mt 19:26 ESV)

Something to fear or be anxious about (Mt 6:31-34).

Choose An Option that Fits-

The Run Fast can be done in an effort to break bondage within your own life, another’s life, or a combination of both. When choosing about what to abstain from, stop. Ask God. And listen. Allow God to reveal what to abstain from, and who and what to pray for.

Here are some options to choose from while participating in the Run Fast:

Option #1: Abstain from an attitude, activity or practice which hinders and physical comfort (discipline of training for a race)

· Sign up and train (for 3 months or so) to run in a race.

· Write down 1 or 2 areas of hindrance (attitudes, activities, or practices) you and/or a loved one is facing.

· Write out a plan to fully or partially abstain from this during the 3 months of training and commit to do it.

· Write down your purpose for running, specifically what you are petitioning God for: Example- “I Run Fast for freedom and peace for_________(your name and/or loved ones) as I abstain from anxiety, addiction of sugar and physical comfort.”

· Commit to run atleast 3 times a week and pray for breakthrough.

Option #2: Abstain from food and physical comfort (discipline of training for a race)

· Sign up and train (for 3 months or so) to run in a race.

· Write down 1 or 2 areas of hindrance (attitudes, activities, or practices) you and/or a loved one is facing.

· Write down your purpose for running, specifically what you are petitioning God for: Example- “I Run Fast for freedom and hope for_______(your name and/or specific loved ones) as I abstain from food and physical comfort.”

· Participate in a partial fast once a week of abstaining from food (have only liquids).

· Commit to run atleast 3 times a week and pray for breakthrough.

Option #3: Abstain from physical comfort (discipline of training for a race)

· Sign up and train (for 3 months or so) to run in a race.

· Write down 1 or 2 areas of hindrance (attitudes, activities, or practices) you and/or a loved one is facing.

· Write down your purpose for running, specifically what you are petitioning God for: Example- “I Run Fast for joy for_________(your name and/or specific loved ones) as I abstain from physical comfort in training for a race.”

· Commit to run atleast 3 times a week and pray for breakthrough.

Join me in doing the Run Fast this summer! It is an exercise for the heart, mind, body and spirit! Let’s pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven. Let’s pray for the breaking of the chains that bind us. Freeing us to live in wholeness, joy and hope in our now. And giving God the glory by sharing our testimonies of the grace, love, power and light Jesus has displayed in us.

Oh shine your light on us, your daughter’s, oh Lord! Give us your courage to step out with you in these challenging areas. Help us not to be afraid. May we overcome in You, Jesus. Prepare the way, Your way, for us to fulfill the good plans you have for us in this season. We trust You. We love You. We need You.

Jillian

Jillian

© 2012 Standing on Peace

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