Pick me up prayer…

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.  Leave us a comment for your prayer requests!

Just start leaving your prayer requests in the comment section and know…we will be praying for you!

Tackling tough questions…

thWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

Questions:  I am struggling with anxiety and worry and I am having a hard time trusting God with a particular situation. How do you handle this?

TRUST in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.             (Proverbs 3: 5,6)

thumbnail-aspx1As we face the day-to-day challenges of life we are told to “trust God” with the uncertainties that worry us.  Trust God with the blind corners and with that next step – even when it feels there is nowhere to place your foot. It can sound so difficult at times when our minds swim with the “what if” possibilities. When we are in the trenches of financial struggle; relationship anguish; health crisis; joblessness; or any number of seemingly brick walls it can be difficult to know how to actually put feet to trusting God in those moments.

There may be a big issue facing you right now OR it may simply the small stuff of every day life that can become perplexing and confusing. It may be something within yourself that causes you to stumble as you walk.  In whatever it is that concerns your heart and mind today these 3 steps will bring your heart to rest in God and trust Him fully with the outcome.

RELEASE – Name the concern, the issue, the source of confusion, the circumstance that is worrying you or the thing within yourself that you know you need to change. Then offer it to God sincerely.  Take it out of your mental backpack and place the weight of it in Jesus’ lap.  See the love in His eyes as He takes your burden from you.

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:7)

Releasing your worry to God means that you place it entirely with Him. You give up your need to control the outcome and you give it to Jesus to deal with as He sees fit. It doesn’t mean you no longer take any actions, it simply means you leave the outcome for God’s to manage. This is the hardest step. We all have solutions that we feel would be best and we often want God to work things out according to our plan.  Releasing our current concern to Him means we leave the outcome in His hand.

RESIST The enemy of your soul will come to steal from you.  He wants to rob you of your peace and your confidence in Jesus’ ability to carry your burden for you. When the negative and doubting thoughts come, and they will, resist the desire to play them over in your mind.  Capture them and stand firm on the truth that “the Lord will perfect that which concerns me…(Psalm 138:8)

…Resist the devil and He will flee from you.  (James 4:7)

Capturing your thoughts means paying attention to what is playing in your mind. When worry begins to take hold recognize it and resist the thought. Declare again that you have cast that worry onto God and you are believing the Word of God which says He cares for you and will perfect what concerns you.

REJOICE – Give God praise for who He is and for His love and faithfulness to you. Thank Him, in all your circumstances, that He is the author and finisher of all things. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Offer your thanksgiving as a sacrifice to Him. Declare it out loud even when your feelings aren’t following. The sacrifice of thanksgiving has great power in the spiritual realm as it honors God and actually paves the way for God to work.

He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:23)

Release, resist, and rejoice and give your cares to God today.

Father God,

Thank you that You are with me and able to help me trust You with my life. Please help me today to identify what it is that is stealing my joy. Help me to give it completely to You and to release my need to control the outcome. When worry tries to settle in help me to resist letting it take hold in my heart and mind as I set my thoughts on You and Your promise to perfect what concerns me. Help me grow in thanksgiving and offering my thanks to you especially when it is a sacrifice to do so. I trust You today with all my heart. May I not lean on what I think is best but simply look to You to direct my path this day. Thank you that You hear my prayer and know my concerns.

In the strong name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

In His Grip,

Mary

Tackling Tough Questions…

imgresWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

Should I be doing anything when I pray a request?

Great question!  I do not know what you are requesting is of God or what your prayer or Big Ask is, but it reminds me of Nehemiah…take a look.

Nehemiah 2:7-8 (ESV)

And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.

Nehemiah’s countrymen, the Jews, were living in destitution. The once powerful walls of Jerusalem were little more than scattered rubble, and her great gates that once protected the people and welcomed their friends were reduced to char and ash (Nehemiah 1:2-3). This broke him, and he began praying earnestly for God to work mightily on the Jew’s behalf (Nehemiah 1:4-6 & Nehemiah 1:11). However, he didn’t stop there; rather, he started planning for the day when God would answer his prayer.

Many of us wait for God to work and answer prayer, like Nehemiah, but unlike him, we aren’t prepared for when He does. God uses that time of waiting to prepare us, which he did with Nehemiah. Nehemiah served king Xerxes as a cupbearer, a trusted position. The king, sensing his brokenness, asked him, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick?” (Nehemiah 2:2). But Nehemiah didn’t retell the sad tale, but was prepared with a well-planned solution.

Here are a few tough questions to ask yourself:

Are you preparing for the day when God moves?

Have we been praying for something so hard and long, but not preparing ourselves for when it occurs?

Examine your life and assess where you need to be actively preparing for God’s move, instead of passively waiting for something to happen.

Start planning today for your answered prayers.

Meet Liz…

221602_10150165171242175_3666343_nMeet Liz Morgan and her husband Mike.

I recently asked Liz to tell us a little bit about her family…this is what she told me:

“I have been married to my beloved & best friend, Mike for 17 years the 28th of September! We have two kids, Michael a Junior in High School, 16 & he enjoys wrestling on the Cabot High School Wrestling team. And Ashleigh a Freshmen in High School, 14 & she enjoys music & dancing and she serves on the ThoseKidz team here at ThatChurch. Mike is an Egroup leader for married couples, and fills in on the Guest Services team when needed.”  Whew, Liz…you sound busy!382802_10150354889667267_372782488_n

Ahhh look at this happy couple!  Love it.

Liz and kids

 

 

 

 

What a wonderful picture!  I love this one…

 

 

 

 

Liz and daughter

 

 

Mom and daughter…look at those blue eyes! WOW!  So beautiful!

 

 

1011267_10151761715335030_2076182953_nThis is their family cover for their first album.  No just kidding…

Doesn’t it look like a cover?          ((I don’t know if anyone of them sings anyway…maybe they do!  This would make an very nice album, you might think about it Liz!))

 

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This is Mike, he is a “CERTIFIED MAN” he has the T-Shirt to prove it.  ((Cool shades Mike! Are those PJ pants? Just sayin…))

 

 

 

Back to Liz…how did you land at ThatChurch Liz?  “We came to ThatChurch when it was Mercy’s Cross and located back behind Popeyes 10 years ago. We were invited by Kevin & Andrea Billingsley…..they’ll have to ask me for the story 🙂 It’s way to looong to try and tell you! LOL”  Ok, the next time you see Liz…ask her for the scoop…we need to know the WHOLE story!

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What ministries are you involved in Liz?  “I my self-serve on the Women’s Ministry team, I help Mike lead a married couples group, I fill in, in the nursery from time to time.”  She’s modest, she does WAY more that!  We may have to ask Renee and Jasen, they will tell us! ((Great friends, I can tell!))

 

 

 

 

How did you get started in the women’s ministry anyway?

382346_4576085608710_37328591_n“I got started in the Women’s Ministry from the beginning! I like to say it’s all Renee’s fault….she made me!!!!!((Oh!  I won’t tell her you said this)) But no she didn’t, she ASKED me “If we start a Women’s Ministry will you help me?!?!?!?!?!” and God laid the Women’s Ministry on my heart! The Women’s Ministry has brought me closer in my relationship with God and other women, older and younger! What a blessing they have all been in my life! I have to say my favorite part of the Women’s Ministry is EVERYTHING! Being on the lead team, having a team of my own, the events that we host, the other ministries that we serve with, are all greats ways to connect with other women(older and younger)! We can all learn from all of them and I couldn’t think of a better place, way and ministry!!!!!!! As I said earlier ALL of the ladies at ThatChurch have a very special place in my heart, for one reason or another.”  Boy!  Are we glad Renee made you…I mean asked you too!

Hey, Liz what do you like to do as far as hobbies are concerned?  Besides your singing career?

“My hobbies & interests, WHEN I HAVE TIME, are scrapbooking, sewing, cleaning, organizing, family time, learning, researching, the list is endless!!!”  Seems that is the theme to most of these interviews…when there is time.  Maybe that should be your album title!  🙂  Sounds like one!

65689_10151622820300030_1196355644_nAll kidding aside.  Liz has a huge heart and is loving, caring and compassionate.  She is beautiful inside and out.  Just ask anyone who knows her.  She goes above and beyond the call of duty and the call of volunteering!  If you do not know Liz yet…I suggest you add her to your gotta-do list.  She is that person you MUST know and become friends with.  You will be glad you did!  Tell her you saw her on the blog…and just go hug her neck.  She will warm you with just her smile…and melt you once you know her!  She truly is a blessing to many…including myself.  I love you Liz!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pick-Me-Up-Prayer

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.  Leave us a comment for your prayer requests!

Just start leaving your prayer requests in the comment section and know…we will be praying for you!

Tackling Tought Questions…

thWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

 

 

Why is it that some Christians succeed, while others who make a profession of faith miserably fail? Why is it that some seem to run the race of life and cross the finish line with flying colors, while others just collapse in a heap?

It is because of choices—choices that we make each and every day. We make our choices, and our choices make us. And life is filled with choices.
From the moment you get up in the morning until the moment you lay your head on your pillow, you will have made hundreds—maybe even thousands—of choices. Some are simple choices that don’t mean a lot, and others are choices that mean a great deal. It comes down to this: If you want to grow spiritually, you will. And if you don’t want to grow spiritually, you won’t. It is not the luck of the draw or something that only happens randomly; it is making the right choice to do the right thing.

We either will go forward as Christians, or we will go backward. We either will progress, or we will regress. We either will gain ground, or we will lose ground. And if we stand still, we will lose ground. So this is the kind of commitment where we should be seeking, on a daily basis, to grow spiritually, to progress, and to learn—and not just hold our own.

We all need to commit ourselves to growing spiritually, because there are things that impair our spiritual growth, and there are things that help it. We want to live lives that will honor God and stay away from the things that will drag us down spiritually. Because spiritual growth is based on doing what is good—and not doing what is bad.

What choices are you making?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Pick-Me-Up-Prayer

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.  Leave us a comment for your prayer requests!

Just start leaving your prayer requests in the comment section and know…we will be praying for you!