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The Battle is Not Yours but GOD’S!

The battle is not yours but God!!!!

The enemy will try to sneak up on the blind side. Spiritual warfare is real my friends! I’m living in the middle of it right now.

You see when you are trying to do GOD’S work you are inevitably going to be attacked by the enemy.

When I chose to live my life for Jesus and be in ministry I knew all the risks I would face.

I knew that the enemy would be after me. ⠀
I knew people would hate me.⠀
I knew this life would be hard.⠀
I knew I needed to be on guard.

You see following Jesus is hard but totally worth it. You just need to press into Him and stay grounded in the WORD so that you are ready to stand up to this battle.

This brings me back to battles. Because we have God on our side we will win this battle. Surround yourself with God’s Word because that is how we will fight this battle.

I love the song by Bethel Music Surrounded (Fight my Battles)

🎵This is how I fight my battles⠀
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You 🎵⠀

Bethel Music Video

Be encouraged, my friends! Keep fighting the battles! We are at war!

Jesus will win because He overcame everything.


Before I end this post I’d like to leave you with four practical steps that I have been doing as I am fighting this spiritual warfare battle.


1. PRAY!!!!!! PRAY!!!!!! and PRAY some more. One thing that the enemy hates is when we pray to God. It’s okay to pray out loud. When we speak God’s words out loud it frightens the devil. I encourage you to spend time praying and even writing out your prayers in a journal or notebook. Even typing them out on your phone works.


2. WORSHIP!!!!!! Turn on some worship music and press into Him. There is just something about music that speaks to my soul. I love how I can get lost in worship and the presence of my Savior. When we start to praise and worship Him it will change our perspective. The enemy hates when we praise our God. Praise God more even when you feel like you got nothing left.


3. GET IN THE WORD!!!! Open up your Bible and start reading! You see the Bible is our guidebook for life. It has all the answers to our questions in it. All we got to do is read it and put it into practice. God’s Word is powerful. I encourage you to start reading when you feel like the devil is attacking you.


4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GODLY PEOPLE!!!!! This last one is important. Surround yourself with people who love God just as much as you do. Ask them to pray for you and with you when you feel under attack. The Bible says in Matthew 18:20 when two or more are gathered in my name I am there with them. I am blessed to have Godly friends in my life who walk alongside me when I’m struggling.


You see my friends this is just part of the way I fight Spiritual Warfare. I know the enemy hates me because I am living life for God. Even though I am constantly being attacked I will not give in for I know that the battle is already won. He will fight my battles!

Be encouraged, my friends! You are not alone. I am praying for each and every one of you that reads or follows me. God knows and hears the cry of our hearts. We will get through this in time.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

 

Posted in Life

What Ifs, Even Ifs, It’s Okay, & Life

Wow! I can’t believe that the last time I posted was on Memorial Day. This summer is flying by. I really hadn’t intended to take this long of a break. I just wanted you to know that I hadn’t forgotten about you. 

Truth is life has been crazy and rough. I know, you are probably thinking “here we go again”. Yes, I admit that it has been my go-to phrase lately, but I’m not looking for attention or wanting you to feel sorry for me.

If I am honest, sharing this part of my journey and story with you makes me feel very vulnerable. It’s scary sharing personal parts of yourself with others. Truth is God has been working and speaking into my life and I just had to share it with you. 

Many of you know that I struggle with chronic health issues. It’s a part of my life that I share about from time to time. Living with these health issues has taught me a lot. There are so many stages that I’ve gone through. There are so many questions that I have asked God over and over again. I’ve been sad, depressed, hurt, and angry. Questions I’ve demanded an answer that never came left me even more confused. 

It’s taken a lot of time but recently God revealed to me something that changed my whole perspective.

You see there’s a lot of uncertainty in life. More so when you throw chronic health issues on top of that. One thing that I struggle with is the fact that because of my health issues it affects my hormones. I’m on hormone replacement because my body doesn’t make them on my own. If you know anything about hormones then you would know that it can cause all kinds of emotions. Even more so for women. 

I came across this quote. “what if” = fear “even if” = faith ⠀

Wow, what a powerful reminder! That quote right there hit me hard. I don’t know about you but for me, there has been a lot of “what if’s” lately in my life. ⠀

I’ve been in this hard season searching and asking God all my “what if” questions.

What if I never get married?⠀
What if I never have kids? ⠀
Wha if my health is never restored? ⠀
What if I never get a job? ⠀
What if my dreams never come true? ⠀

It occurred to me that all of these questions were my fears of the future and fears of the unknown. The enemy was using these against me. Instead, I need to think that “even if” this happens I still will have faith. ⠀

Even if my dreams don’t come through. ⠀
Even if my health is never restored.⠀
Even if I never get married.⠀
Even if I never have kids. ⠀
Even if my dreams never come true.⠀
Even if I never get a job. ⠀

I will still have faith and trust God. I will still praise and worship Him because He is still good. So I want to encourage you today to start taking those what if’s and turning them into even if’s. Take heart friends, Jesus loves you and He is still good.

If you’ve been following me for a while or know me in person you will know that I am super passionate about being there for everyone else. I have learned that faking being okay is easier than letting people know how you really are feeling.

Well, my friends, God has been slowing revealing to me that sometimes it’s okay not to be okay. Don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not talking about complaining or always dumping your problems on others. What I am talking about is sometimes being the strong one who’s always there for others sometimes need people to be there for them. Just don’t let it consume you to the point of it defining your purpose or life.

I don’t like complaining or dumping all my problems, fears, desires and life on others. I’d much rather be the one who’s helping others through this life. Call it my stubborn nature lol 😛 you know the type, independent not wanting to admit you need help for fear of getting judged or hurt. That has happened way too many times in my life. More times than I’d like to count.

It wasn’t until recently in the last couple months or so that I started slowly letting people in. God was working on my heart. He was revealing to me that I needed my friends and Him to help walk me through this hard season of life.

Then yesterday at church God confirmed to me that it’s okay not to be okay all the time. During worship as I was singing and praying about all these questions, I went up to the altar to pray. I wasn’t looking for someone to pray with me I was just looking for some time with Jesus.

As I prayed and cried a very sweet friend came to pray with me. It really touched my heart. Her prayer over me just confirmed what God was telling me. He was speaking to me about being more vulnerable and willing to admit I need prayer. Admit that it’s okay to ask others to come alongside you when you are feeling weak and broken down.

It goes back to that quote I shared. The fears of the what-ifs that turn into the faith of even-ifs. They all tie in together. When you take those fears to God and share them with your friends together you can find the faith to endure.

Even if my health isn’t restored I will still praise my God. He is the center of my life. He is still good.

MY WHAT IFS DON’T DEFINE WHO I AM IN HIM!!!!!!

There will be days when I am not okay but you know what? It’s okay!

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

Posted in Life, Prayer, Uncategorized

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 ❤

Posted in Book Club, Uncategorized

Book Club Announcement: Unseen – by: Sara Hagerty

I’m super excited about what’s coming starting next week right here on the blog. After some thought and a lot of prayers I thought it would be fun to start a book club. One thing that I love is reading books that point to God or that have a foundation of Biblical truths.

Right here on the blog, I will be posting an article on what I learned and how we can apply what we read in that week’s chapter. There will also be a few discussion questions along with scriptures to dig farther into God’s Word.  Some weeks there will be combined chapters but that’s because they are shorter so I thought it would be okay to read two some weeks. That way we will wrap up this book club in 11 weeks instead of 13 weeks.

Unseen: by Sara Hagerty will be the book we are reading. You can order your copy right here on Amazon.

Make sure you are also following me on Instagram as I will also be posting discussion questions there as well. The plan is as follows:


Reading Plan for Unseen by: Sara Hagerty

  • April 9th|Week 1: Chapter 1 – pages 15-35
  • April 16th|Week 2: Chapter 2 – pages 37-51
  • April 23rd|Week 3: Chapter 3 & 4 pages 53-79
  • April 30th|Week 4: Chapter 5 – pages 81-99
  • May 7th|Week 5: Chapter 6 – pages 101-119
  • May 14th|Week 6: Chapter 7 – pages 121-131
  • May 21st|Week 7: Chapter 8 – pages 133-155
  • May 28th|Week 8: Chapter 9 & 10 – pages 133-185
  • June 4th|Week 9: Chapter 11- pages 187-198
  • June 11th|Week 10: Chapter 12 – pages 199-213
  • June 18th|Week 11: Chapter 13 – pages 215-234

Here’s a Study Guide that was created for this book. I will be briefly referencing it as a guide to my blog posts each week. I’m praying and hoping that through this book as we read together that we learn the spiritual richness of being hidden in God and finding freedom there.

So please join me next week as we start this journey together. If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer them.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

Posted in Life, Uncategorized

Comparision and Why Her?

I’ve never been one who liked to read books but recently that has started to change. At the beginning of the year, I decided that this year I would like to read at least 10 books this year.

Well, I just finished the first one and get this. I read the whole thing in less than a weeks time. Several of my friends recommended this. It’s a brand new book that just came out and it really was eye-opening for me. I thought that I would take some time to do a review on the blog this week.

WHY HER?

When I first saw the title of the book my thoughts immediately were yes finally a book that will answer my questions. In a way they do but it also opened a whole new series of questions that got me thinking about comparison and the age-old question why her not me.

Nicki Koziarz’s way with words is truly remarkable. The whole book is built around 6 different truths that you need to hear.

Comparison is a lie that the devil uses to distract us from what God wants us to do. 

As I read through each chapter of the book it kept convicting my heart more and more. I struggle with comparison and honestly until now I wasn’t to keen on sharing this struggle with the world. This book changed my perspective on a lot of things.


TRUTH 1: You need to be honest! 

TRUTH 2: See it like it really is!

Honesty teaches us to stop fearing what we don’t have so we can see what we do.

~Nicki Koziarz~

These two truths go together in my mind. Being honest and seeing things like they really go hand in hand. As I think back through my own life it’s so hard seeing things like they really are. Sometimes you just want them to be the way you want them and the thought of being honest hurts. Well, my friend let me tell you this. I’ve been there. One thing that I’ve learned is that when we are honest, it can lead us to understand than to just react.


TRUTH 3: You don’t always have to be okay!

TRUTH 4: Sometimes you didn’t do anything wrong!

Ouch! These two truths and chapters really hit me hard. I’m the kind of woman who very rarely shows that I’m not okay. People have told me that I’m good at faking okay instead off showing them that I’m not.

While reading these chapters I felt in my heart God telling me this:

Grace, you don’t have to always be okay and have it all together. It’s okay to not be okay. I know it is hard to watch “her” but I know that you didn’t do anything wrong. Trust me! I know whats best for you. 

You see, exposing your own weakness toward jealousy and allowing God to overcome its damaging effects on you is a significant step in our freedom. One quote that stuck out to me was this:

We have to trust God so much that if He doesn’t give it to us, we don’t want it!

~Nicki Kozariz~

Can I say ouch again?

Seriously this was one of those moments where I wanted to throw the book across the room and scream. You know the feeling, it’s not something you want to hear or read. The older I get the more I’m having to trust God and His timing.

Surrender is hard!

There have been times when something I wanted so badly never came to be. God didn’t give it to me and I was upset. Looking back now I wish that I would’ve had this attitude of I don’t want it because God didn’t give it to me for a reason.


TRUTH 5: Her gain is not your loss!

TRUTH 6: Let the success of others encourage, not discourage you!

Here are another one of those moments I had of wanting to throw the book down and not finish it but it wasn’t because I didn’t want to it was because God was convicting my soul.

You see reading this book opened my eyes to past comparison issues that I have been keeping inside. You know the ones where I thought that I was fine and over it but in reality, this book brought up the issue and made Mme realize it was still an issue.

One in particular issue of the why her question came up through a message from a friend. It kinda discouraged me. You see she was asked or given an opportunity that I have been praying so hard for the last year. It really got me thinking.

Watching others succeed in the things you want or desire is hard. In other words, watching them live your dreams feel like a stab in the back. 

I quickly started praying and texted a couple friends. They were someone who understood my struggle. They prayed for me and reminded me to focus on the good and not let this discourage me too long.


So as I finished the book here’s a little encouragement I want to leave you with today. Comparison is a real struggle but instead of focusing on the bad focus on the good. Remember the six truths that were discussed in the book. Remember that you are not alone in this struggle and know that I am praying for you.

Please feel free to comment or shoot me a message. I want you to know that I am here for you. I want to pray for you and tell you that God loves you.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly encourage you to pick up your copy today. It is well worth your time to read. Here’s a link to purchase your copy

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤