Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Deep End

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
Psalm 42:7 

I've shared before that I battle fear and worry.  I'll go through periods where I have complete peace, but then suddenly the fear and worry is back.  My thoughts will go to the worst case scenario.  At times this fear has been crippling - and I'm sick of it!

This morning in my quiet time I really felt like God is trying to take me to a deeper level.  In order to do so, I've got to get rid of my fears.  Instead of jumping off the deep end into fear and worry, I'm going to jump into praise and worship.  

Spirit of fear, you have no place here.  I command you to leave in Jesus' name.  


After having this talk with God, I read today's devotion from Our Daily Bread.  It was titled The Lion of Judah, and it said, "If you wonder why God isn't anxious when you are, it's because He has everything under control.  He knows that Jesus, the Lion of Judah, will triumph."  God is in control, so we have nothing to fear.  We can't see to the other side of our mountain, but God can.  Amen!

One of the blogs I follow is Intelligent Expressions.   In today's post there was a quote that I love.  "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly."  It's never the end of the world, or the worst case scenario when we are in God's Hands.  He is the God of new beginnings.

I'm so excited about this new year!  I've told a couple of my friends that I feel like the dam is about to burst and we are going to get swept away in God's grace.  I believe He wants to do a new work in each of us.  No matter how close you feel your walk is with God, you can always go deeper.  There's so much more of God for us yet to discover. 

Will you join me in the quest to go deeper with God?  Let's jump off the deep end and see what God will do.


Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:1-2
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Greeting.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

16 comments:

  1. I desperately want to go deeper with my Lord. He is so wonderful and awesome, how can we not want that?

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  2. I also want to go deeper with God I want so much more I can hardly stand the anticipation to see what He's going to do next with all of us.

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  3. They say great minds think alike....peek at my blog today and you'll see we are on the same page! Isn't it awesome how God speaks to 2 people who have never met each other and don't know each other except through words? He has laid the same thing on both our hearts this year and I am excited to see where it will go!!!

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  4. Lisa, I love the quote, "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly." I have preached many times on caterpillars/butterflies to my Kidz Klub. It is a great way to explain how we become a new creature after we ask Christ into our heart. The quote really puts that sermon in perspective with adults in mind. I, too, desire to go deeper with God. I pray that I am able to jump off and into the deepest of relationships with God.

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  5. I am with you sister...I want to grow deeper in my knowledge and experiences of God...I want to give Him everything and make Him completely sovereign over my life..my heart..my family.

    May you feel the deep peace of God today and walk in the light and love of His faithful presence.

    Blessings,
    Jessica

    www.ascendingthehills.blogspot.com

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  6. Wonderful post Lisa.

    One of the most amazing things I've found in my relationship with Him has been that just when I think I've hit a high point, He shows me the next peak. The depth of His Love and Grace are so encompassing, that there's always room to get swept away.

    ~Strapping on the Holy Diving Gear~
    :-)

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  7. praying that God blesses you on your journey of going deeper with Him.

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  8. "Instead of jumping off the deep end into fear and worry, I'm going to jump into praise and worship." I love that sentence. Choosing faith instead of fear. Like Peter jumping out of the boat to Jesus. Even though his head told him not to jump into choppy waters, his heart told him to trust Jesus! He did and look, he got to walk on water with Jesus, for heavens sake! Love it

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  9. What a great quote... "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly." We should go running right into fear for there we will always find Him! I have my own fear issues, praying for us both to trust Him more, to know Him more and be unafraid. Blessings!

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  10. Awesome post! I love so many things about it...

    So excited to be going deeper with Him!

    Blessings

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  11. Hi Lisa I am your newest follower. I love reading yesterdays post. I do believe we all have FEARS however the fears that hold us back are not from God, they are from the Devil. God wants us to fear Him in not follow what He has set forth for us not things that will hold us back. I learned last year to completely surrender to God and let Him be in control of ALL of my life not just pieces. Fearing means I don't trust God completely. When I would pray I would give it to Him and then I would worry and fear over it which meant I took it back from God. Trusting in Him whole heartily is how we stay steps behind Him. I look forward to stopping by again. Following you in this journey!! ~Blessings Sonya

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  12. Thank you Lisa. I too battle fear and worry. I know God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. But the monster always raised his head. Also, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. God bless.

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  13. Worry is something I dealth with constantly until about 10 years ago. I have learned that to quiet worry, I need to answer that call to prayer, that call to spend time with my Father and quiet my soul. Worry = call to prayer.

    I love each of your scriptures, especially Psalm 42:7. I'm adding you to my blog roll. So glad to have found you:)

    http://bluecottonmemory.wordpress.com/simply-saturday/the-ugly-art-of-worry/

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  14. Thank you Lisa. I too battle fear and worry. I know God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. But the monster always raised his head. Also, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. God bless.

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  15. "Instead of jumping off the deep end into fear and worry, I'm going to jump into praise and worship." I love that sentence. Choosing faith instead of fear. Like Peter jumping out of the boat to Jesus. Even though his head told him not to jump into choppy waters, his heart told him to trust Jesus! He did and look, he got to walk on water with Jesus, for heavens sake! Love it

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  16. I desperately want to go deeper with my Lord. He is so wonderful and awesome, how can we not want that?

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