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National Day of Prayer Reflection

2018 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER! 🙏🏻

This past Thursday was the day to observed with others a time to pray. Even though it’s a recognized day that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be praying every day.

• I believe that prayer is an important part of life.

• I believe that we should pray no matter what.

• I believe that no prayers are too much for God.

• I believe God wants to hear from you.

As I reflected and thought about National Day of Prayer this year, it means more to me than before. From the beginning of the year, I’ve said that I want to have a more intentional prayer life.

It’s important to me to have meaningful and deep conversations with God. 

God laid on my heart that He wants to hear from me.

– He wants to have a heart to heart talk with me.

– He wants to know my struggles.

– He wants to cry with me.

– He wants to laugh with me.

– He wants to help me.

Basically, He just wants all of me.

As I spent the day praying and today praying as well. 🙏🏻 I want to pray for you.

I wholeheartedly believe that it’s an honor and privilege to pray for my followers, friends, family, church, government, law enforcement officers and every single person I can. 

I encourage you to pray today as well. No matter what your political views are put them aside. Everyone needs prayer no matter what. Even if you disagree with someone’s opinions or beliefs that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pray for them.

🙏🏻 • Pray for President Trump. 🙏🏻 • Pray for the nation.

🙏🏻 • Pray for all those in authority. 🙏🏻 • Pray for the leaders.

🙏🏻 • Pray for this broken world. 🙏🏻 • Pray for unity and peace.

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” ♥️ Ephesians‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)

So here’s my question for you today.  How may I pray for you today?

Feel free to comment, send me an email, or reach out on any of my social media accounts. Let me come alongside you and pray for you.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

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The Fear is Real but God is Bigger

Last weeks blog post I was very transparent with you all. I must say it was way out of my comfort zone. I’m always afraid of what people think and fear is something I struggle with. I’ve always been one who struggled a lot with all kinds of different fears. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the past. Fear of what people would think, etc.

There’s so much that is happening in the world right now that the news is full of tragic events. From stories of school shootings to police officers killed and all this violence, it makes one fearful for their lives.

I’ve seen post after posts on facebook from friends who are terrified to go out in public for fear some psycho shoots them. I can totally understand the thought and fear of something bad happening.

Click to Pin: The fear is real but God is bigger than your fear!

We can’t let this fear dictate our lives. Do we think about it, yes but we can’t let it consume us. This world is full of evil and although we don’t understand we need to shine our light as Christ followers. Now don’t get me wrong. I think about something happening when I leave the house or go to a concert or movie or public events even church but I know that God is with me.

The Bible says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

I have been reading the book Fervent with my friend Courtney and last week the chapter talked about fear. She wrote a blog post on it and as part of her book club. It’s been a great book so far on prayer and I have been learning so much. There were some questions that she asked at the end of her post that I felt prompted to answer and share with you.

  • Are there things in your life that God has called you to do that you have been too afraid to do?

In short YES! There have been several things that I felt that I should’ve done but was too afraid to do them. There were times when I got asked to lead a small group at church but I turned it down because I was too afraid. I know that there are probably other things as well that God has called me to do but I was afraid. It just is something I think we all have dealt with at one time or another. 

  • What might you be missing out on if you don’t walk in the will of God-even when you’re afraid?

This is a hard question. WOW! I would honestly answer this one if I could but unfortunately, I can’t. I want to think that I would miss out on the blessings and satisfaction of bringing glory to God and others closer to Him. Also, I think I’d be missing out on a deeper relationship on a personal level with Him as well as a more intentional prayer life. 

  • Do you see any opportunities in your own life that you have missed because you were too afraid to take the leap?

Yes, absolutely I do! It’s something that I struggle with and kick myself for.

There’s a saying that if you aren’t willing to do what God asks because you are afraid then He will find someone else to use.

One in particular one was at church. I didn’t follow back up with it after I approached them with an idea and so it went to someone else. Although I am still a part of that project I missed out on the opportunities because of being afraid and full of fear. 

  • What steps can you take in your own life right now to combat fear and conquer what scares you?

Pray! That is the first thing that comes to my mind. Ask God to help you combat this fear and not let it win or scare you. Second, ask a friend, mentor, family member, someone you trust to pray for you and help you as you work through this. Ask them for guidance. Last, JUST DO IT! I know that’s easier said than done but if you don’t go for it then you never will. 

My parents and several friends have told me this time and time again and it’s a piece of advice I’d like to pass on to you.

God is going to use you. He called you and He will equip you. If you don’t answer that call and step out in faith than He will use someone else.

This is such an awesome piece of advice. It’s something that will live on in my heart as I continue to grow in my faith and walk with Jesus.

As I am ending this post I want to ask and leave you with this question.

Are you afraid of what you He has called you to do? or are you afraid of what you can’t do? How can I pray for you to overcome fear? Leave me a comment or send me a message on any social media accounts. I’d love to be praying for you.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

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Reality Check, Fasting, and God

 


If God brought you to this, He will bring you through it. 


Wow, I can’t believe it’s already March! Where are the days going? Can you believe we are only one month away from Easter? I feel like the days are getting shorter the older I get. There is so much on my to-do list and not enough time to get everything done.

One thing that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is prayer. As you have read in previous posts, one of my passions is prayer and I wanted to get more intentional about it this year.

Earlier in January I did a 40 days prayer and fast. During the time I spent away from Pinterest, snapchat and all secular music were one of the best decisions I could’ve made. Instead, I used that time to dig deeper into The Word and prayer. God really spoke to me during those 40 days and I’d like to think it changed my perspective on a lot of things.

One thing that I’ve been praying about lately and I’m going to get really honest with you is I want this blog and my ministry to grow and reach more people. I want to become well known and make a difference in other’s lives and change their lives for the better. My focus has been mostly on making sure everything was “Instagram”, “social media” quality. I wanted things to be like others that I follow. Ultimately, it came down to I want what they have and been trying so hard to compete with them.

This has been my prayer for a while now and while it’s not technically wrong to want to grow my following, make sure the content is that of the utmost highest quality, and being consistent in posting, God really spoke to me and gave me sorta a reality check. Okay, it was more like a slap in the face.

As I was praying and reading my Bible one day God told me this.


Grace, I know you have a heart for me. I know you want to live your life and do this ministry for me. What you need to know is this. You are thinking and focusing on the right things for the wrong reasons. You are so worried about it being the right thing. You are focusing on what others are doing and comparing yourself to them. Grace, you need to slow down and breathe. Stop trying so hard and beating yourself up when things go wrong. Stop and listen to me right now. Just be yourself and everything will be fine. I will help you get everything done you need too. I have chosen and called you to ministry and because of that, I will make sure you are equipped and prepared for this task. Just trust me and my timing.


WOW!!! Can I go crawl under the covers and hide??? Ouch! Thanks, Jesus, you couldn’t have said that nicer?

Here’s the thing my friends, I struggle so hard with comparison and wanting everything to be perfect when in reality everything can’t be perfect. We weren’t created that way. You see I stress out a lot about what others think of me and yes I know, I’m working on not caring but that’s easier said than done.

So what if I don’t have thousands of followers or million views on my blog? So what if I don’t post every single day on Instagram? So what if I miss a week in a blog post? So what if it’s not perfect? So what if I don’t become famous? So what if I don’t change hundreds of lives?

The important lesson that God taught me is if I do all this blogging, social media for his glory and to share with others what he is teaching me instead of doing it to be boastful or prideful everything will work out in his timing.

I just need to slow down and relax. I need to trust him. If even one person was blessed, encouraged, or changed because of my writing or posts then it’s all worth it.

I’m just like you are. Just because I am a blogger or have a ministry doesn’t make me any better or special. I am just one girl, who chose to use this opportunity to share with you my journey of faith and life. One thing for sure is I’m not perfect and sometimes I make mistakes. Some days I’m just a plain hot mess and other days I have it all together.

If you take just one thing from this post today I hope it is just this. Be willing to let God use you right where you are in his timing.

Everything is better when you trust Jesus to lead you.

Since then my perspective has changed and my focus has shifted. When I go to post or write an article I think about this. It’s totally okay to be real sometimes. It’s okay to be vulnerable. People want to relate to you and they can only do that if you are willing to let them in.

To be completely honest, this wasn’t the post I had intended to write this week but God just took over and here we are. Being totally transparent and vulnerable with you is one of the scariest and hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I hope you got something out of this.

I leave you with this question. What is one thing that you compare yourself to others? How can we pray for you overcome that and believe that God will help you?

The quote I started this post out with I want to end with it as well.

If God brought you to this, He will bring you through it.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

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My Jesus Time

If there is one thing that you have learned about me you know how much I love studying the Bible and spending time with Jesus. There’s nothing better then starting this new year off by making a commitment to spend time reading my Bible, studying Scripture, and opening time in prayer daily then now.

Today I would like to take some time to share with you what I call My Jesus Time. I’m going to be talking about what my daily quiet time looks like and hopefully some prompts to help you get started as well.

I would like to place this disclaimer that there is no right or wrong way. What I share with you is just what seems to work for me. It has taken me time to figure out what works and what doesn’t work for me. What works for me might not work for you. Figure out what works best and then stick to it.

My Jesus Time is usually in the evenings before bed. I have a chronic health issue that makes it hard for me to get up early in the mornings so I find doing my devotions at night works best for me. This doesn’t mean I don’t do something in the mornings, it just means that I do my in depth studying usually at night. In the mornings I do have a prayer time and read the verse of the day on You Version app as well as I’m reading the Bible through in a year chronologically using the She Works His Way 2018 reading plan.

The following is how I usually have my in depth quiet time in the evenings.


1. PRAY – Prayer is a very important part of my daily quiet time. I can’t stress this enough. Without prayer my life would be a complete mess. It’s one of the first things I do in my day. Usually I like to write out my prayers in a notebook or journal. However I realize that writing them out isn’t for everyone. It’s just something that helps me to focus on God and I love being able to go back later and read all my prayers.

Some prompts that might help you get started if you don’t know where to begin with your prayers.

  • Thank God for what you are thankful for
  • Ask Him to forgive you of anything you might need to confess
  • Pray on behalf of others requests
  • Ask Jesus to come meet you in your time in the Word
  • Ask Him to open your heart and eyes to what He wants to teach you
  • Pray for your day

After I spend some time in prayer I usually put on some worship music before digging into my Bible Study or devotional that I am going through at the time.


2. WORSHIP MUSIC – One thing that I love is listening to worship music while I am studying. Being in complete silence while I am reading the Bible or devotional is something I don’t like. In my experience I have found that I focus better with music on in the background.

My playlist consists of slower songs like…

  • Oceans
  • I Need You More
  • Revelation Song
  • Jesus, At the Center of It All
  • What a Beautiful Name
  • Overwhelm Me, etc.

I’ll be writing another article on worship music and playlists options because music is such a big part of my life and I believe that God speaks through music. We all can relate to that one song that was playing on the radio just at the right moment. At least I know I can.


3. JOURNALING MY DEVOTIONS – The next thing that I do after praying and turning my worship music on is dig right into my Bible Study. I like to follow a scripture writing plan. Don’t know where to start? Be sure to check out my scripture writing plan. You can go download it for free here. (Scripture Writing Plan). If you are anything like me then you will understand my love for journaling and writing down what God is teaching me. You can use any journal or notebook you have lying around.

Here are a few question prompts to get you started:

  • What does this passage tell me about God?
  • How can I apply this to my daily life?
  • What is this passage telling me about myself?
  • Is there something I can use to share Jesus and God with others?

I love using my Tending your Faith Journal. The idea behind the journal came to be when I was struggling to understand how to apply God’s Word to my life. It is split up into 2 pages per day. There is a section for gratitude, writing out scripture, how to apply it to our lives, prayer, and something you wan tot remember throughout the day. If you want to check it out you can find it here. (Tending Your Faith Journals)


4. BIBLE STUDY HIGHLIGHTING – When it comes to highlighting Scripture again I believe that there is no right or wrong way. If I am completely honest with you I never use to color code when I highlighted. It was just easier to pick up a highlighter and color the verse any which way. It wasn’t until recently that I found color coding to be helpful to me. The method I use to color code isn’t my own. My friend Amy Hale came up with this method and I just loved it so much that I adopted it into my own routine. You can change up the colors for each categories to make it your own. I changed up the colors a little bit to suit my style and taste. I changed the categories a little bit to make it easier for myself and the way I like to study Scriptures. Just remember that I don’t use all the categories all the time just when it fits the Scriptures I am reading for the day. 

  • GREEN – Anything about God, His character, names, or anything about Him.
  • PINK – Commands that I want to obey or can apply to my life. 
  • BLUE – Conjunctions/Interjections: and, but, therefore, introductions to thoughts,
  • ORANGE – Anything that are statements about a group of people or the church. 
  • PURPLE – Things and verses that would make good prayers for myself or people 
  • YELLOW – Anything else that doesn’t fit in any of the categories above

If this seems overwhelming to you with all these different categories then I encourage you to narrow it down to just these three, GOD, COMMANDS, and PRAYER. There will be another post on highlighting at some point. I will say though that once you get in the habit of highlighting and finding what works for you it will start to come natural. There will be times when I forget which color is which. Never fear because even if you make a mistake that’s okay. Your Bible isn’t suppose to be perfect. It’s suppose to be messy as you lean into all the truths it has for you.

One more tip is if a verse has more then two or three categories within it may be overwhelming to change colors or even frustrate you. Just take a deep breath. Remember to highlight the important parts of the verse. If highlighting the connecting words are too much then leave that category out all together. Just highlight anything about God and anything you should apply to your life and leave the rest plain.


So that my friend is pretty much what My Jesus Time looks like. Sometimes I do like doing a little journaling art drawing or lettering verses on separate paper or journals and then of course end with prayer again. I hope this gives you inspiration to dig into the Word and figure out your own person Jesus Time. I promise you that once you get in the habit of being in the Bible everyday it will change your life. It has changed mine. If it wasn’t for my quiet time and meeting with Jesus everyday my life would be a complete mess.

I’d love to hear about how meeting with Jesus makes your life better. Feel free to comment, send me a message on social media or sending me an email. I always love hearing from my readers and interacting with you. Let’s encourage one another this year as we make it a habit to be consistent in the Word each day.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

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Seek a Prayer Life: 4 Prayer Journal Ideas

Prayer is an important part of your spiritual walk with God.

Just like you talk to your friends to build a relationship and know more about them you need to do the same with God. Sometimes you may think it’s hard to pray or you don’t know what to pray for. Let me tell you that you can talk to God about anything at any time.

Some people think that prayer is only for when you have a decision to make or something major happening in your life. I used to think like that too. Over time I have come to realize the truth is you need to pray all the time. Even if nothing major is happening. You need to have that connection with God. Prayer changes you. It sure has changed me.

I remember when the movie War Room came out. I went to watch it let me just tell you that it changed my perspective on prayer. Prayer is a powerful weapon! It’s meant to be used for so many different things. God is listening to you. Even if you can’t find the words to say He knows your heart. He wants you to talk with Him on a daily basis.

One of my favorite Scripture Verse is:

“Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.” Psalm 116:2

I love this verse in Psalms because I want it to be my prayer. God always bends down to listen to us. He is never too busy and never gets bored. My response should be to pray and talk with Him as long as I am breathing and have breath in my lungs.

Another verse I love is:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” Philippians 4:6

Both of these verses have a great message. The second verse really hit me hard one day. It’s a long story so I’ll save it for another post but to sum it up I’d just say that I’m still learning. Praying about everything instead of worrying is learning curve and takes time. I’m still trying to get the hang of it. I’m so thankful that I can tell God everything. Some thing that I have been doing lately is using a prayer journal. I encourage you as well to start one. Write down your prayer requests. Write down what’s on your heart.

Not sure how to get started? Here are a few ideas of what I do in my prayer journal. Remember there is no right or wrong way to use a prayer journal. Be creative and make it your own.

 
1. Write a master list.

Write down the names of all the people you want to pray for. I am still adding to my list as I meet new people. You could write down the names of every single person you knew if you wanted to. 😀

2. Write down specific prayers for certain people.

For example, mother, father, sister, brother, grandma, grandpa, spouse, etc. I sometimes even write out prayers for someone who is on my heart because Jesus prompted me to pray for them. I find writing out a prayer while I am praying helps me to focus on them. 😉

3. Keep a place to write down the prayer requests that others ask you to pray for.

Most of my friends know that I am prayer warrior. They ask me all the time to pray for specific needs. I like to write them down so I can remember to pray for them. This probably is one of my favorite ways to pray. I love the idea of interceding in prayer on behalf of others. I consider it a privilege and honor. ❤

4. Write down your own prayers. What is on your heart. What you are feeling.

This is kinda like journaling and writing a letter all at the same time. Consider it your letter to God. I tend to write what is on my heart. Sometimes I find writing is easier than speaking for me. This way I can get all my feelings out of what in on my heart that I need to take to my Father who loves me. Just be honest and real and let your heart speak and pour out. 🙂

I hope this post encourages you to seek a prayer life. I promise you that it will help you in your walk with Christ. It has really changed me and I hope it will change you too.

As I end this post I just want you to know that I pray for each and every one that reads my blog. I pray that God will use me and my posts to encourage you. I pray that He will help you get through whatever you may be facing. He is the only one that will ever love you unconditionally.

If you have a prayer request that you would like me to pray for don’t hesitate to send me a message or leave a comment. I consider it a honor and privilege to be able to pray for you.

Blessings,

Grace Mae ❤