Instead of making resolutions that will be forgotten by February, try asking God to give you a verse for the year. I’m amazed every time I do this that once again God knows what’s coming (go figure ;). This shapes my entire year, and I’m sharing how in this video.
Girls don’t exactly have a reputation for getting along well, but we need each other. Friends make up the support system that is necessary for living life well. In this month’s video I’m focusing on 3 things you can do to build and keep friendships with other women.
The story in Nehemiah 4 made a huge impact on me when I read it. As the Israelites are rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem after years of captivity it says they worked with one hand and held their weapon with the other in case of attack. As we do the work God has called us to, we must be like the Israelites, ready to fight when the enemy attacks.
What do you do when a friend is suffering? What should you say? Whether it’s a miscarriage, cancer, addiction, or depression it can be hard to know what to say and that often keeps us from reaching out. But there is one simple thing we all need…
I recorded this video a couple months ago and in it I say, “Ask the Lord to show you if you are harboring unforgiveness toward someone.” Sure enough he showed me! I didn’t even realize it. The bitterness was from so long ago – a peer who honestly was just mean, but had really made me question,”Am I enough?” I could see that I brought that question into other relationships. All because of a stupid hurt from years ago. Once God brought the person to mind I recognized that every time I had heard their name I’d make a face or maybe a smug remark. Lightbulb moment for Lisa.
What’s crazy is that I had been feeling like something was off. Like I couldn’t quite connect with the Holy Spirit. Like I would pray but there was a barrier that muffled the communication – both ways. Once the Lord showed me I was holding onto this hurt, I gladly exclaimed, “I forgive them!” I will NOT allow this bitterness to mess with my relationship with the Lord! It is NOT worth it!
The barrier that was there is gone. I am so thankful for a God who loves us enough to show us where we need to change. He doesn’t leave us floundering but desires for us to live a life of freedom. Thank God for His freedom!
Are the pressures of life keeping you from finding true rest? Do you feel like your not doing anything of significance? Are you allowing things into your life that are keeping you from the Lord? Lets talk about pressures and purity…