The Prayer of Consecration – The Confident Woman Devotional (Joyce Meyer)

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Today’s devotion touched a sensitive spot. Being a woman of faith I have to admit there are times I want to go my own way.  You think you have “submission” down to a science until that “thing” comes along and you find yourself somewhere in left field! For me, consecration has to happen DAILY… Sometimes MULTIPLE times a day. The hardest thing is keeping flesh under subjection. In order to live the life God has planned for us, we have to consecrate and submit. Knowing that God has called and sent me, I was convicted while reading because I haven’t been doing all the things I’m supposed to do… This one got me deep!  Read and be blessed.

Isaiah 6:8 KJV

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

The Prayer of Consecration

In the prayer of consecration, we dedicate our lives and all that we are to Him. In order for God to use us, we must consecrate ourselves to Him.

When we truly consecrate ourselves to the Lord, we lose the burden of trying to run our own lives. I would rather voluntarily follow God than struggle to get Him to follow me. He knows where He is going, and I know I will reach my destination safely if I allow Him to lead.

I consecrate myself to God in prayer on a regular basis. I say, “Here I am, Lord. I am Yours; do with me as You please.” Then sometimes I add, “I hope I like what You choose, Lord, but if I don’t, Your will be done and not mine.”

Consecration and/or dedication to God is the most important aspect of succeeding at being ourselves. We don’t even know what we are supposed to be, let alone know how to become whatever it is. But as we regularly keep our lives on the altar in consecration to God, He will do the work that needs to be done in us, so He may do the work He desires to do through us.

Pray: Lord, I gladly consecrate myself – body, soul and spirit – to You today. Take my life, shape my life, and use my life for Your glory. Amen.

From the book The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Season 2, Ep 9

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“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”  ― Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral's Kiss

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss

“I knew you wouldn’t give up.” – Brennon/Booth

Matt 21:1-11 – He knew where they were, and he knew their purpose.

A few weeks ago I decided to watch the TV series ‘Bones’ from the beginning. I think I’m on season 4 now #Netflix, lol! Anyway, a few night’s ago there was an episode where Hodgens and Bones were buried alive. They woke up in a vehicle beaten up and not aware of where they were. Two of the smartest people in the lab were stuck. The Gravedigger struck again leaving everyone to use what they had to survive….knowledge and one another.  Forty-nine minutes of frantically searching. One lead, minimal access to additional information…. they’re stuck. Bones performs a surgery, they find a flare kit in the trunk, and a shattered cell phone. They were smart enough to use the remaining battery power to send one text message… ONE! One that they can’t even guarantee was delivered because that one attempt fried the board!!!!! I was on the edge of my seat the entire episode. I was drawn in by the things they knew and the clues they gave to help the investigators find them. They weren’t sure if they’d ever be found, and their team wasn’t sure they interpreted all the clues correctly. Everyone was doing the best they could, as fast as they could, but the inevitable could become reality if they couldn’t discern the signs.

Being depressed is a little like being buried alive. You want to live. You use ALL the tools you have; combine facts and intelligence in the fight to “rescue” your existence. You’re running out of air and options. Fear of actually succumbing to the small, dark place almost has you paralyzed. I’ve been there. The crazy thing is, sometimes you’re there and don’t even know it. Things are normal…life seems to be going well. You’re smiling, but aren’t sure if it’s a response to happiness. You laugh only because it seems to be the socially acceptable response. Your dreams become a blur, social situations are still a place of solitude and a clear rational thought is on the endangered species list. You’re in deep…. so deep you wake up and aren’t even quite sure of who you are or what’s taken place.

More time has elapsed than you realize. You wake up realizing how far left you’ve gone…you finally “come to” in the middle of nowhere. You’re lost. You wonder if anyone will come looking for you… if anyone will recognize you’re gone. Is your absence felt? Did anyone value you…Did you mean enough to anyone for them to exhaust all resources to find you? All the while you are fighting and fighting… Using EVERYTHING you’ve got to find your way back….

As Hodgens and Brennon began to run out of air they came up with one final push…..create a bomb. With this last push to survive there are two possible outcomes… 1. Blow themselves out, or 2. Blow themselves up; A 50-50 chance of survival.  I’ve made it to season 4 and of course they wouldn’t let the main characters die so early, so the same still applies for our individual life stories.  That’s what we have… a 50-50 chance.  He won’t let the main character die until our purpose has been fulfilled.  It doesn’t matter how you see yourself or what you’ve done, there’s always a second chance and ALWAYS someone who will never give up on you.

If you feel like you’re being buried by life’s circumstances or that your life serves no purpose remember that “He knew where they were and knew their purpose”.  The unsuspecting donkeys were right where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be there.  It didn’t matter what happened before that moment, but only their purpose once released.  Go ahead! By any means necessary begin to dig yourself out!! There is purpose in you.  It’s okay if you’ve strayed away, it’s okay if you’ve lost sight of the original plan, and it’s okay if the plan has changed…. just don’t give up.  You might feel alone, lost, or like the walls of life are caving in… don’t give up!  Not only are your friends and family there waiting, but your purpose is there too.  The thoughts and plans that He has for you are yet to be fulfilled. #DontGiveUp

Lo, I Am With You

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Last night on the way home from Bible Study I was having a conversation with God.  I was an HOUR late to class and missed the speakers for the evening, but I got there in enough time to hear what He had to say to me…

The title of the class is “Good to Great”, derived from Chip Ingram’s book “Good to Great in God’s Eyes”. Mrs. Brenda Wynn, who was recently elected as the first female (and first African American) Clerk for Davidson County, was one of the speakers for the evening, and was wrapping up her presentation about the experience from her decision to run through the actual election.  She began to pour into me immediately.  She encouraged us to write our dreams down…and to keep a journal of the things God is doing in our lives (and has done) so we won’t forget.  She shared that the first time she had actually verbalized her dream to herself and others was about 6 months ago in class…  She began to share the ways in which God pulled the people and resources needed out of unlikely situations, and how her faith was all she had to stand on (yes, I was emotional and excited…smiling the ENTIRE time about how God works).  THIS conversation was then followed by a passionate summary of the evening and charge by Dr. Woods…

The subject of that particular class was about taking risks.  A slide posted that read…

In order to reap a great reward there has to be a great risk.

Was I prepared to read that, NO!  But, it was exactly what I needed to hear and be reminded of.  The faith in obeying God at all costs, in leaving things that are familiar…totally stripping yourself of a ‘comfort zone’.  She reminded us that obeying God isn’t simply for our benefit, but someone else’s breakthrough/blessing could be tied up in our “yes”.  She gave the following suggestions of how to become a risk taker for God…

  1. Refocus your fear…
  2. Rejuvenate your faith…
  3. Recall God’s FAITHFULNESS!

These things can all be accomplished through:

  • Self denial and surrender
  • By renewing your mind through scripture
  • By releasing your faith through prayer (Even here she reminded us that while we are yet speaking God is answering our prayers!)

Her scripture reference came from Matthew 14… the story of Peter walking on water.  For some strange reason I decided to use my phone to locate the scripture instead of pulling out my Bible (I carry a physical bible with me in my purse ALL the time 😉 ).  I select the ‘read’ option to search for the scripture, and it redirects me to 2 Timothy 4!!!!!!!!  Yep, all the Bible scholars would know why I nearly HYPERVENTILATED! I said, “Do Lord Jesus”… smiled and moved over to Matthew….  Class was wrapped up by a challenge to the students to step out on faith… not looking to the right or left, not up or down, but to stay focused on our dreams and desires.  We had to physically gather our things and ‘step out of the boat’ to be dismissed from class (the action part ALWAYS gets me! #emotional).

Now, to fast-forward to my drive home (better yet, back to work)… I’m emotional and thinking to myself ALL THE WAY down Kings Hwy (like God can’t hear my thoughts), and I finally decide to open my mouth and talk to Him once I hit Ashland Hwy.  My conversation went a little something like this….

“God, what is going on?  I always wonder if I made the right decision moving, if I am still in your will… It has definitely been hard, but your hand has HAD to be in ALL of this!  This has to be you…It really can’t be anyone or anything else.  Yes, I will finally admit out loud to you that I did hear a voice while standing on the altar that last Sunday in October… a voice that said as clear as day, ‘It’s not too late to change your mind.  You can stay.  It’s not too late.’… a voice that I clearly ignored!  But, I will admit that it has been bothering me ever since!  God, that COULDN’T have been you!  I know that if I leaped out you would catch me, and you did.  There is absolutely NO WAY things could have happened the way they have.  With all the places I applied to, you ONLY opened the door here… The way you lined up a place to live, the people you have placed in my life, the church you have replanted me in, promotions at work…God, it could have only been you!” And before I could utter my thought of “send me a sign or SOMETHING” I saw a shooting star.  Yep, right there in front of my face… streaking through the sky from left to right…. as clear as, well……CLEAR!  Having placed the stars in the sky, He assured me through his POWER that I had done the right thing… that He is right here… that he still loved me…., and most importantly that I wasn’t disobedient…. He’s STILL here… and He has everything under control ::exhale::

I have only shared my altar story with ONE other human being.  I cannot put into words what the feeling has been like over the past year.  I don’t want to use the term “double-minded”, but it has definitely been a battle.  But, now I’m free…. just like that I was LIBERATED, and it feel soooooo good!  I was SCARED to go… scared to leave everything and everyone I knew…. scared to start over, and scared of being alone, scared (especially) of leaving my family, but more EXCITED about what God was going to do through my willingness to break away…  So, I leave you with a charge to trust God.  People say it often, but I live as proof that He will give you everything you need to carry out the assignment on your hand.  It’s okay to take risks… honestly, it is proving to be the only way to truly move forward and bring life to your dream.  Seek God, listen, and MOVE.  And if you hear something that contradicts what you see Him doing in your life remember, actions speak louder than words!  He proves himself to us time and time again… He’s given us EVERYTHING and only seeks a “yes” in return…  Are you willing to step out of the boat?

(I left out the fact that I’d called a mentee on the way to church and we were discussing her future goals and dreams… We were sharing about the challenges of making a big decision and the growth, development, and opportunities that result from the willingness to step on out faith.  You better believe I called her back after my convo with God, and she was the first person I shared the altar experience with!  I was overjoyed at the way things simply worked together!!!  There is so much more to it, but isn’t it AMAZING how God works! #GottaLoveHim!!!!)