November 14, 2017

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Thought to share: when you encounter challenging tasks, enlist MY help. When you face everyday, ordinary tasks, ask for MY help. Whether you are working on mundane, routine duties or monumental, life-changing moments, you need ME. You need MY wisdom and strength. You need MY guidance and peace. Don’t exhaust yourself trying to do anything on your own. Lean on ME. Draw from ME. Let ME be your source.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

Psalm 32:8 (NLT) The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

Psalm 23:3 (NLT)  He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.

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The Complaining Challenge Day 3

Tuesday, November 14

Was yesterday an eye-opener for you? Did you realize how much God detests complaining?

The verse that gripped me most was Numbers 14:27 (NLT) “How long must I put up with this wicked community and its complaints about Me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against Me.

Every complaint was really a criticism of God. Whether they were griping about food, leaders or the future, (or anything else they moaned about in the book of Numbers – the book is full of their protests) all of it was really about God and His provision and plan for them. Despite the fact that He had heard their cries for freedom and miraculously intervened in their situation. Despite the fact that He supernaturally protected them from the plagues of Egypt and led them out of bondage with the wealth of Egypt in their pockets. Despite the fact that He astonishingly prevented them from ever being enslaved by the Egyptians again – they could not see His heart to provide, protect and care for them. They could not see His hand powerfully supplying every need. Their complaints kept them from trusting His goodness and seeing His faithfulness. After all He had done, they could not believe.

That is sobering. And lest we look at the Israelites and declare them foolish, we need to realize we do the exact same thing. As ones who are in relationship with Father God through Jesus, every time we complain about anything, we are expressing a lack of confidence in God’s ability or desire to provide what we need.

Think about that. If I complain about my marriage, I’m really saying God does not have the ability to help us work through issues. If I complain about my paycheck or finances, I am saying that God does not have the ability to meet my needs. If I complain about a relationship, I am saying that God won’t give me wisdom to work through conflict and show love. If I complain about a person, I am saying God doesn’t have the desire or ability to help and change them. If I complain about snarly traffic, long lines at the grocery store or ridiculous hold times on the phone, that God does not have the ability to redeem my time. If I complain about trivial, insignificant details, I’m saying that God doesn’t care about those things and doesn’t want to get involved.

Whatever I complain about, I am removing God from the equation, thereby removing hope. The promise of good things to come, the assurance of His supernatural ability to meet any need I have. The confidence that He really does care about me and every single aspect of my life.

Complaining throws up walls and puts blinders on, keeping me from actually seeing God’s heart toward me. It prevents me from seeing how much He loves me and how passionate He is about providing for my every need. That’s why He detests it. It keeps me from seeing who He really is.

And if I can’t see Him, then I won’t engage with Him. If I don’t engage with Him and experience the reality of Who He is for myself, then I will believe any lie the enemy tells me about Him.

Today, let’s look at some verses that declare God’s passionate love and care for us. Let’s soak in these so deeply that this is what surfaces anytime we are tempted to complain about anything.  Meditate on Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 43:1-2, Romans 8:31-32, Psalm 16, Jeremiah 31:3, Jeremiah 29:11

 

*Remember to ask yourself the Reflection Questions and record your answers when you end the day!  AND connect with your accountability partner!

The Complaining Challenge Day 2

Monday, November 13

Congrats! You survived the first day! And, you’re back for round two, which means you’re headed down the road of success.

Here’s something to think about. In the book of Exodus, God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. And it was AMAZING. Miracle after miracle, God supernaturally provided everything they needed and set them free in a spectacular display of power and might. However, in the book of Numbers, we find the Israelites are unhappy with this adventure into freedom.

  • In Numbers 11, the Israelites complained. They complained about the difficulties of living in the desert. They complained about the manna God provided. They complained about not having meat.
  • In Chapter 12, Miriam and Aaron complained. They criticized Moses, his leadership and his choice for a wife.
  • In Chapter 13, the Israelites sent 12 spies into the Promised Land to scope out the terrain. When they returned, 10 of them complained about what they saw. While they did have some good things to say, they complained about other things.
  • In Chapter 14, the negative report of the spies caused the whole community to complain.

All of this complaining resulted in the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. And, it prevented anyone over the age of 20 from entering into the Promised Land.

I am NOT implying that God will deal with us as He did the Israelites when they complained. What I want us to see is that complaining is not OK with God. It’s not a minor infraction. He views it as evil. It’s a much bigger deal than we think. And, there are consequences to complaining. Could it be that complaining prevents the promises of God manifesting in our life? Keeps us from stepping into His promises for us? Could it be a hindrance to breakthrough?

Today, I encourage you to read Numbers chapters 11-14. Then, read 1Corinthians 10:1-11. I know it’s a lot of reading for a busy Monday, but trust me, it’s worth the investment of your time.  If you need to, break it down by reading a chapter here or there throughout the day. It’s important for the overall journey we’re on. Journal what you think God is saying to you. And, I promise, I won’t give this much the rest of the week!!

*Don’t forget to ask yourself the Reflection Questions and record your answers at the end of your day! AND connect with your accountability partner!

The Complaining Challenge Day 1

Sunday: November 12

Today’s the day. Today, we commit to abstaining from complaining for the next 7 days. We are choosing not to complain, grumble, fuss, gripe, growl, criticize, find fault, blame, or express discontent, disgust, annoyance or frustration about anything or anyone. This includes, but is not limited to, statements such as: I don’t like… I wish… I can’t wait until… I’m so tired of… They make me… If only… Why do they… and anything else that sounds like this!

No subject is off limits. There are no exceptions. Not about our husband. Wife. Ex. Kids. Family. Co-workers. Job. Income. Neighbors. Church. Leadership. Our hair, body, size or weight. Shoes or clothes. Food. House. Laundry. Dishes. Snow. Rain. Government. Finances. People. Places. Things. Stuff. Or, any decisions made by anyone, anywhere at any time. Just to name a few things.

We will not THINK it. We will not SAY it. And, if we do – we choose to immediately stop, confess and repent, asking Jesus to change our hearts. We ask Him to show us His fingerprints in the situation. The good. The promise. The blessing. We ask Him to shift our perspective. We ask Him to reveal the root of that complaint.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: this is impossible. On your own, absolutely it is! BUT – with God, all things are possible! God would never instruct us to do something with expectations of our doing it alone. He is fully prepared and equipped to help us remove complaining, criticizing and arguing from our language. Not only is He prepared – He wants to help. He is setting us up for success!

But also understand, this is a process. If you complain, criticize or argue at any point during this Challenge, you are NOT a failure. Don’t quit. Regroup. Learn. And, move on.

If we’re going to make this journey – we may as well get the most out of it we possibly can!

So here’s how you can make the most of this Challenge:

  1. Pray. Talk to Father God about your thoughts, attitudes and words. Ask Jesus for help. Ask Holy Spirit for strength. Invite Him into every aspect of this adventure. It will make all the difference!
  2. Read each day’s devotional. This is necessary for success!
  3. Meditate on the Scriptures included in the devotional. Don’t just read them. Soak in them. Turn them over in your mind. Look at them from all angles. Ask Holy Spirit for revelation. What do they mean to you personally? How do they apply to your life? How do your current actions line up with that Truth? What would it look like to live this Truth out? How would your life change if you applied this Truth?
  4. Journal. Ask God to speak to you and write down what He is saying to you through the devotional. Through the verses you meditate on. The insights Holy Spirit is giving you. Be as detailed as you can be. No matter how profound the revelation – you will forget it. Writing it down will insure you have it for future reference and reflection.
  5. Daily ask yourself the Reflection Questions. These are listed at the bottom of this blog. Each night, ask yourself these questions and WRITE THE ANSWER DOWN in your journal. Be honest and you’ll be amazed!
  6. Get a partner. Accountability is key. Find someone to journey with. Don’t get a “yes man”. That won’t do you any good. Connect with someone who is brutally – but lovingly – honest with you. Someone you can be brutally – but lovingly –  honest with. Someone who will encourage you, support you and cheer you on.

If you’ll step into the challenge with a desire to experience life-long change, not just doing a 7-day-event, it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Change your marriage. Change your family dynamics. Change your kids. Job. Relationships. Everything. But you actually have to do these 6 steps for change to occur.

So, start here: read Philippians 2:14 and James 5:9. Meditate on them and journal what God is saying to you and what you’d like to accomplish during this challenge.

IMPORTANT: If you haven’t heard this message on complaining, I highly recommend you listen. Not only is it a great way to jump start the Challenge, but I’ll make references to things said there throughout. You can listen by going to: https://youtu.be/3UCTvrd54fk. 

Reflection Questions

At the end of your day, reflect and ask yourself…

  1. Did I complain, criticize or argue today?Give details. About who or what? To who? When? Where?
  1. Did I think thoughts that were complaining, critical or argumentative today? Give details. About? What started my mind on that path?
  1. How did I handle these thoughts? Did I run with them? Did I repent and take them captive?
  1. Did I make an excuse or justify complaining, critical or argumentative thoughts or words?

 

November 7, 2017

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Thought to share: MY Presence in your life brings you hope. I AM faithful. I AM constant. I AM good. I AM never-failing. When you know this, hope automatically springs up within you, because you know MY faithfulness will constantly bring you good in every situation – without fail. Fear withers in this truth and you walk in the confident assurance that I AM all you need: hope.

Psalm 33:20-22 (NLT) We put our hope in the LORDHe is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in You alone.
Psalm 39:7 (NLT) And so, LORD, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.
Matthew 12:21 (NLT) And His name will be the hope of all the world.

The Complaining Challenge. 

Dear Friend,

I’ve been on an adventure for the past few months. Abba has been digging roots of complaining, criticism and argument out of my soul. Exposing pockets of negativity hidden in plain site. It’s been….shocking. Uncomfortable. Liberating.

Part of this journey was the Complaining Challenge my discipleship group participated in. It rocked my world. Opened my eyes. Shifted my perspective.

So I’m doing it again. And, this time, I’m inviting you to join me. We’ll go 7 days without complaining, criticizing or arguing. With anyone. About anything. For any reason. 😳

Each day, I’ll send you a devotional through the blog to help you through the journey. I’ll also do a Facebook LIVE to encourage you. (Kim Wahl is my blog page on Facebook. Like and follow to know when I’m going LIVE.)

Yes – it will be a challenge. Yes – it will stretch you. Yes – it will be hard. BUT – this has the potential to change your life. And I don’t say this lightly. If you participate and engage, it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. 

So join me. What have you got to loose?

And, invite a friend! Any adventure is better when you travel with a partner.

HERE’S A LITTLE INCENTIVE FOR YOU! If you will:

  1. Share this post AND
  2. Tag at least 1 friend, inviting them to join you, THEN
  3. Comment on this post in the blog (directly below), letting me know  where you shared/invited

I’ll enter you into a drawing for this adorable snowman, just in time for Christmas decorating!

We start THIS SUNDAY, November 12th. 

If you decide to join us, you’ll want to listen to this message from me on complaining. Not only is it a great way to jumpstart the Challenge, but I’ll make references to things said there throughout. You can listen by going to: https://youtu.be/3UCTvrd54fk.

So –  let’s do this. Let’s journey with Jesus and see where He takes us. Let’s change our life!

* this adorable snowman is the fabulous creation of Melissa Crittendon with The Front Porch Gathering, in Cleveland, TN. You can find this and dozen of delightful treasures and edibles at https://www.facebook.com/frontporchgatheringmelissa/

Giveaway details: I will announce the winner on the blog on Monday, November 13. You must be over the age of 18 to enter and live in the United States. The prize will ship USPS from Cleveland, TN.