Atmosphere Changer

This is how the Lord responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you! Jeremiah 15:19 NLT

 “Remember you’re an atmosphere changer.”

When my friend spoke those words to me, it reminded me of the verse above I read a while back in Jeremiah 15.

A verse I knew, the moment I read it, would need to be etched on my heart.

You see, while I have a desire to use what God has poured into me to influence others for His glory, I know how easy it is for the tables to turn and find that the environment I’m in is actually influencing me.

Influence: The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

Influence.

One word that holds more weight than you’ve probably thought about.

Influence is not necessarily a bad thing. We all have mentors, friends, and family members alike that have imparted great jewels into our lives.

But that’s not what I’m referring to.

I’m talking about the influence of the world that takes us further and further away from the things we know to be true.

Everything that looks good doesn’t always mean it’s good for you. Have you ever found yourself caught in the current of the world’s way of doing and saying things? In our quest to be relevant we start to compromise. What were once just cool things to say, becomes doctrine that we start to live by. We’re afraid to stand for real truth because the world says truth is “relative”. I’ll save that for another day.  And instead of “letting our words change others, we change our words to suit them (Jeremiah 15:19 MSG)

I think if we desire to serve God and live out what it truly means to be an atmosphere changer, we can no longer be conformed to the world. Rather we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. For it is then we will recognize and carry out God’s perfect will. (Romans 12:1-3)

I know it’s not always easy but I’m praying for those of us who are willing to take a stand. Those who won’t cherry pick things from God’s word that make us feel good -but with honest, open, vulnerable hearts are willing to turn back and say Lord.. I want to be a true spokesman (or woman) who declares your truth!  Will we get it right every time.. definitely not. But remember even though the righteous fall seven times, they will rise again! Proverbs 24:16.

Keep Returning. Keep Rising. Keep Influencing The World For His Glory.

We do ourselves and each other a disservice when we allow the influence of the world to infiltrate what the Lord has called us to do.  You are called to be an atmosphere changer. But how often do we allow the atmosphere to change us?

Checks self.

James 4:4 says “Don’t you know that flirting with the world’s values places you at odds with God? Whoever choose to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy! “

How are you flirting with the world’s value? In what ways do you think this impacts the influence you have? I know we are real people living in a real world. So this doesn’t mean that you hide yourself in a bubble until Jesus returns. What I do think this reminds us of is that we have to be intentional about what has influenced us in our relation to God- specifically when we desire to be His mouthpiece.  

This also means that we have to be humble enough to allow people to speak into our lives. It’s become common practice to say that someone is being judgmental when they call us to the carpet on our stuff. But perhaps God has placed these people in your life as safe guards to help you stay the course.  Galatians 6:1 puts it this way “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

I’m praying for you as you read this that you would be on fire to use your influence for good.  It’s time for us to turn back ladies. Say it with me…I am an atmosphere changer!

So put on the full armor of the Lord. Renew your mind. Refocus on what’s essential. And go forth this week in the strength of the Lord. Let’s use our influence to point the world to only one worthy of praise…. King Jesus!

Burden Bearer

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What a glorious God! He gives us salvation over and over, then daily He carries our burdens! Pause in His Presence. Psalm 68:19 TPT

There’s an old saying that God will never put more on you than you can bear, but what if that burden was never for meant you to carry? What’s something you need to let go of today so that you can experience His peace? God’s got you!

Happy Friday Loves! 🙏🏽💜🤗

 

My NW SIgnature

P.S. Did you hear? I am having a special women’s luncheon on July 13th! Click here for more details. Hope to see you there!

Beyond The Norm!

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Normal is defiined as “conforming to a standard, usual, typical or expected.” I’m sure it’s safe to say that this is probably NOT what you desire for your life. However, it saddens me that far too many of us (including myself at times) have been living this way.

Life happens.Sometimes, we can be complacent without realizing it. We intend to follow God completely, but over time, we lose sight of the things that keep us close to Him. We stop challenging ourselves and settle for thoughts, patterns and behaviors that make us comfortable-accepting normal as ok. But I believe that God wants to take you BEYOND the norm and do amazing things in your life! He will blow your mind, trust me when I tell you!

If you’re ready to identify and overcome the complacent areas in your life, renew your mind and experience the refreshing power of God’s grace? Then join me Saturday July 13th for the 2019 “Beyond The Norm” women’s luncheon. Click here to purchase your tickets!!

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly BEYOND all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” Ephesians 3:20

 

The Sea Of Forgetfulness | Reminders For The Heart

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Last week I took a short getaway to one of my favorite places…the beach.

As I laid under the warm rays of the sun and looked out at the expanse of the ocean, my heart was reminded of Micah 7:19 :

He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

I paused in awe. My heart humbled and so very grateful for the visual reminder in front me.

Every sin that I’ve committed. Past. Present. Future. Gone into the sea of forgetfulness.

At times, it’s hard for me to fathom the magnitude of the forgiveness I’ve been given because of Jesus’ sacrifice. Yet that is the beauty of the Gospel and gift of God’s grace.

As we embark upon Holy Week be sure to take some time to pause and reflect on what it means to you. Let’s thank our Savior for the journey He took to the cross- all so that we could be restored to a right relationship with Him.

 

My NW SIgnature

 

 

 

A Different View

Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

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Better or Worse?
Worse.

Better or Worse?
Better?

One or two?
One.

One, two, or three?
Three.

If you’re a glasses wearer like me,  I’m sure these phrases sound familiar. If not let me explain.

I was prescribed glasses for my vision several years ago. And since then each year when I go in for my checkup, I know the optometrist is going to ask me to read lines of letters on a wall from a distance that I’ll likely have some trouble seeing. My left eye in particular is the culprit. As I make my way down each line the letters start to get blurry and indistinct. As hard as I try I just can’t see them.  It is then that she pulls out that odd looking machine- a phoropter (yes I had to google it..lol) to find the perfect prescription for me eyes.

With each adjustment and flip of the lenses things begin to look better and better.

What I once struggled to see, is now as clear as day!

The letters on the wall didn’t change.

It was how I saw them.

As I was reading over 2 Kings I found a story of someone else whose vision was a bit distorted.

In chapter 6, we find Israel at war with the Arameans. Elisha, a well-known prophet in the Old Testament, however had been warning the king by giving him insight on the Arameans strategy. Of course this infuriated the king of Aram and he wanted to know who was disclosing this information. Once he found out it was Elisha, he sent his team to go after him (vs. 8-13).

The next morning when Elisha’s servant got up and went outside, he saw the troops coming for them and panicked (vs. 15).  I don’t fault him though. Imagine seeing a mob at your front door ready to storm in and devour you. I’d definitely be looking for the quickest escape route possible. However, the servant wasn’t seeing the full picture.

His vision needed some adjustments.

And this is where things get interesting.  Elijah didn’t panic or run. He didn’t give some “feel good” quote to make what they were facing go away. Rather he prayed that his servant’s eyes would be opened. And not just opened, but a view so clear that the servant would be able to see that the presence and protection of God with them was greater than what was going on around them (vs. 17).

I love the way one commentary described it “The clearer sight we have of the sovereignty and power of Heaven, the less we shall fear the troubles of earth.”

Boy do I need that perspective at times. Maybe this is where you find yourself too.

I recognize that we all at some point will go through circumstances that will feel like an army is storming in on us.  However the fear, the doubts, and anxiety that sometimes comes along with it –although very real emotions-can distort the vision that God has for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).

What if the next time we found ourselves in a troubling situation instead of panic we- like Elisha- asked our Father to open our eyes.  To give us a clearer view and a better perspective of not what is going on around us but a reminder of the one Who is always in our midst.  Remember: “…if God is for us who can ever be against us” (Romans 8:31)!

Sent With Love,

My NW SIgnature