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God Uses Crises
August 16, 2019
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Crises are opportunities to experience and know God to a degree and depth that you have never known before. -Tony Evans. 

Based upon my experience with crises and trauma, I can agree with this statement and attest to its truth. 

I’ve seen God heal me multiple times and others through my taking a step of faith, laying hands on them and seeing them healed. God removed lumps from my breast repeatedly.  He healed me of horrible allergies that I took meds for daily, including an allergy to mangos. I ate mangos for brunch today with guests here at the ranch. I know that God can heal me and I believe He is going to in order to bring attention to Himself and in the meantime, He’s teaching me so much about myself, fulfilling my dreams in countless ways, and allowing the circumstances to make me desperate again for Him. 

I told Steve, my husband of 16 years this month, this morning that I felt like I was a new believer again with such hunger and thirst for the Word and making the time to seek and pursue His presence. God doesn’t play games and His Word is solid, not shady, if He says He’s going to do something, He will do it. 

Now, it may not be in our timing, the way we want or think it should happen, but in due time it will happen as long as we don’t abort it with disobedience. God has taught me a lot about resting in Him, being quiet and trusting Him in the past three years. Life lessons, spiritual principles and keys to peace that I dare say that I would not have received had the crisis/trauma not occurred. And for the good that has transpired out of the trials, challenges, the betrayal, rejection, abandonment, persecution, and all those situations that ended up serving to grow my faith roots even deeper. 

I learned to soar above the storms and use the resistance of the situation to help me go even higher with the Lord, often by going to my knees. Between the mountain tops is the valley. It’s a journey and we’re best if we embrace it. It’s best for us also to embrace the process, no matter how hard emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically it hurts. God NEVER wastes pain. 

Our pain will not be wasted if we persevere and are able to assist others in going through that which we are or have. I used to think that God couldn’t use any of my pain or struggles until I was through them, which is not true at all. I tried to use that as a reason I couldn’t start blogging again about having a chronic illness. Like a Daddy, He let me know that He can use all things for His glory and my good. It doesn’t matter where I am in the process as long as I choose to embrace it and encourage others to do so. 

That’s what I want to do, encourage you to #embracethejourney and process. Allow yourself to process through all the stages grief as you face changes in your health and the effects it will have on you. I strongly advise you not to try do it without God. Because contrary to the idea that God won’t give you more than you can bear, He will, so that WITH HIM, you can do it. We can do all things with Him, anything He calls or has destined for us to do. We can do it with Him. 

Yes, we’ll have to call on Him, learn to live a lifestyle of worship and what it is to have an ongoing conversation with the Creator of the universe at all times. The more we seek Him and feed our spirit man by reading, studying, meditating on His Word, listen to teachings, worshipping, praising, and intentionally feeding our spirit man, the stronger it will get.  

Be careful of what you’re feeding yourself with, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Garbage in, garbage out. Junk in, junk out. Anything we starve will die, likewise whatever we feed will thrive. I’ll get more into holistic health, boundaries, and go more in depth about this in another blog. 

Thanks for stopping by and reading this. I definitely appreciate your prayers in agreement with the Word that says by the blood of Jesus I AM HEALED. Know that I’m praying for you and am here to pray for your needs as well. Drop me a comment here or on social media.  Let’s connect so that we can cheer each other on during this season. 

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God bless! 

For further study, check out Tony Evan’s study plan on YouVersion called, “Why God Allows a Crisis”. Send me a friend request on YouVeresion and we can do studies together, see one another’s notes, highlights, images saved and more! 

Here’s some scriptures that bring me peace and hope. 

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? [Ps. 39:5-7.]

Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.] But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25-27, 29-34‬ ‭AMPC‬‬



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Hurt and Healing
11 Mar 2019
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“Don’t let the person who hurt your heart mess up the One sent to heal it! #letitgo”, Paula White. 

2019, Paula White facebook fan page.

Matthew 5:22 says that in God’s eyes being angry with someone in our hearts is the same as murdering them. 

We all know that do not murder is in the big Ten Commandments.

By remaining angry towards someone, we give satan a way (aka: open door) to creep into our lives. It’s only by the grace of God that he doesn’t take us out. Don’t ever forget that that is his ultimate goal.

Anger can steal our joy, take away our fun and steal our opportunities. Anger makes us bitter, struggle with vain imaginations, and can literally drive us crazy

Forgiveness is so critical … it boils down to life and death; spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and even physically. Many of us suffer with ailments whose root is unforgiveness.

Unforgiveness is rooted in pride.

It has the potential to steal, destroy and kill us. It’s vital that we choose to forgive those who have wounded us, whether it was intentional or unintentional. I realize that some of us have been severely wounded by betrayal, but there are no exceptions to the command that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves and that means forgiving everyone who has ever hurt us. 

God’s grace will enable us to do this, if we lean on it, rely on Him, depend on, have faith in and believe in Him to do it.

Our sins are literally not forgiven unless we forgive others.

Choose today who you will serve. Choose life or chose death. Either way, it’s your decision and regardless of which we choose, we will reap the consequences of that decision. I appeal to you, to choose life and life abundantly. Let it go. #EmbracetheJourney. It’s time to move on, be healed, and fulfill your God given destiny. God loves you more than we’ll ever likely completely be able to comprehend and He’s got a good plan to prosper you and to give you hope. Let His love cover and heal those wounds.

Lord, help us to forgive those who have wounded us and give us the courage we need in order to go to them, if it’s your perfect will to do so. We thank you for your grace, for forgiving us of all of our sins and that you throw them as far as the east is from the west and remember them no more. We thank you that your grace is sufficient and that we can do all things through you, who make us strong when we are weak. Thank you for your amazing, extravagant, and relentless love. Help us to understand it more today than ever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you’re new here, WELCOME! I’m really honored that so many people are signing up to receive my blog … actually shocked, but really grateful. I apologize that there appears to be no comment button. We’re trying to get one put in, however if you simply hit return after entering your comment, I’m pretty sure it will come through. Yes, I’m screening them. This is not a place for controversy and drama. I’ve learned to have very strong boundaries over the years, not just to protect my emotional health, but those who are trusting me to be in their sphere of influence. This blog’s purpose is to be a safe place for encouragement, spiritual enlightenment, growth and healing. I hope to inspire you to walk in the fullness of your destiny and to encourage you in the lavish love our Creator and His Son, Jesus Christ. 

If you’d like to connect with me to do bible studies together, I’m on YouVersion. I’m hosting a free online art class now every Tuesday 9-10am EST through a closed group on facebook, Art With Julie Academy. Feel free to send me a DM for the password. I’m posting daily on my instagram, twitter and facebook fanpage, JulietheArtist. Check out the stories for the latest in creations from my art studio and day to day activities around the ranch. I’d love to connect with you. If you need prayer, please don’t hesitate to contact me! If you’re an intercessor and feel called to pray for my husband and I and all that God has entrusted to us, please send a request to join our closed facebook group, Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries Prayer Team

Above all, know that you’re, loved, valued, and cherished, and that your life has a very special place in the purposes of God! If you’re holding onto unforgiveness, LET IT GO! God will enable you to do, if you allow Him to. He’ll turn the ashes of your life into beauty, if you allow Him to. But it’s on His terms, not ours! We simply gotta trust and obey. 

In His lavish love and amazing grace,

Forgiveness, Matthew West (video)
Stand in Your Love, Bethel Music and Josh Baldwin (video)

25 So Discard every form of dishonesty and lying so that you will be known as one who always speaks the truth, for we all belong to one another.
26 But don’t let the passion of your emotions lead you to sin! Don’t let anger control you or be fuel for revenge, not for even a day. 27 Don’t give the slanderous accuser, the Devil, an opportunity to manipulate you!
Ephesians 4:25-27 TPT

Confidence and strength flood the hearts of the lovers of God who live in awe of Him, and their devotion provides their children with a place of shelter and security. To worship God in wonder and awe opens a fountain of life within you, empowering you to escape death’s dominion.

Proverbs 14:26-27 TPT

22 But I’m telling you, if you hold anger in your heart toward a fellow believer, you are subject to judgment. And whoever demeans and insultsc] a fellow believer is answerable to the congregation. And whoever calls down curses upon a fellow believer is in danger of being sent to a fiery hell.

Matthew 5:22 TPT

Shelley Lubben: The good, bad and ugly, Part II
20 Feb 2019
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Part II: Wounds in need of healing.

Ten symptoms that indicate wounds that are in need of being healed: 

  • You avoid specific places.
  • You avoid certain people.
  • You have made a silent inner vow.
  • You suffer from emotional triggers.
  • You engage in addictive behaviors or have an unhealthy attachment.
  • You wound others.
  • You experience ongoing, unresolved grief.
  • Your thoughts bully you.
  • You have a secret you’ve never told anyone.
  • You struggle to verbalize your hurt.