bethlolson bethlolson

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Beth L. Olson  ๐Ÿ“š Author of Diary of a Missionary Kid ๐Ÿค“ Heart of David Des Moines Admin @hoddesmoines #HelpfulLifeKeys #HODDesMoines

I remember one specific, hard day when my kids were younger. It was one of the times when I felt really helpless as a mom. I was so frustrated because I couldn't figure out how to parent a troubling behavior. I had done everything I knew to do, but things weren't getting better.
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I decided to take a hot bath and talk to Jesus. I remember that He clearly spoke to me in that moment. He brought back to my mind a Bible verse that had the key I needed.
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Note that He brought the verse to my memory. It's important to hide God's Word in your heart so that He can bring it back to your memory at the needed moment.
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When you don't know what to do, stop and ask Jesus. He may speak to you through a verse, a whisper, a feeling, or a deep knowing in your heart. ๐Ÿ—
It's so easy to just pick up your phone to google search for an answer or to text a friend to get advice. I'm not saying you shouldn't do those things at all, but make sure you also stop to ask for wisdom from above.
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You can test what you're hearing from God against this verse: But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
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Key Idea: God is eager to share His secrets with you; you only need to stop, ask, and listen.
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If you want to learn more about hearing God's voice, I recommend Havilah Cunnington's Prophetic Personalities Course. @havilahcunnington
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God is always GOOD.

If you donโ€™t know what youโ€™re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. Youโ€™ll get His help, and wonโ€™t be condescended to when you ask for it. James 1:5 MSG
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The battle is in the mind. The enemy will always try to attack you in your thoughts. That's why he's the accuser of the brethren. His main tactic is to accuse you, try to intimidate you, and move you off your ground.
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If the enemy can mess with your head without you fighting back, he knows he can derail you and keep you out of the battle.
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The devil is very interested in keeping you from walking out the plans God has for you, and messing with your head is one of his favorite tools.
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It is vital that you guard your mind with the truth of Godโ€™s Word. You must stand firm. You must put on the helmet of salvation.
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It can be helpful to imagine yourself putting on the helmet. Physically place your hands on your head and thank God for giving you protection for your mind. Lay your hands on your head and declare that you have the mind of Christ, that you will think His thoughts. Resist the enemyโ€™s lies that heโ€™s wanting you to partner with.
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God has given you the gift of a sound mind. Thank Him for it and receive it by faith. Peace of mind, not anxiety, is a part of the normal Christian life. You do not have to lose the battle in your mind.
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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
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This is the battle. And if you stand firm, you will win it!
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Remember. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord will raise you up!
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Whatever God is calling you to do, He is giving you the resources and training to do it!
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Do not be afraid! Do everything God has told you to do. He will be with you.
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Remember Moses? He was a rock star of a leader. The Bible tells us that since Moses there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land.
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In spite of how amazing Moses was, when it came right up to the point of the fulfillment of his life's mission, he wasn't allowed to enter the promised land. Why? Because he had gotten angry and hit a rock with a stick instead of speaking to the rock like God told him.
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That's intense. It shows us that God really means what He says. In spite of the unique relationship Moses and God had, God didn't let him enter the promised land. Moses had to settle for his descendants inheriting the promise.
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As I was reading this story the other day, I was struck by the fact that when Moses died his eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. To me, this means that it wasn't actually time for Moses to die. His strength was not used up.
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Sin has a heavy price tag. Obedience, however difficult, is always worth it in the end.
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This a matter of the fear of the Lord. When we walk in the fear of the Lord, we walk with an awareness that the things we do today have a direct effect on our lives in the future.
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The fear of the Lord is not an Old Covenant concept only. It is still important in our lives today. It could be that your sin won't end up keeping you out of your promised land, but I promise you it will delay your progress. Don't waste time making laps in the desert. Purpose in your heart to obey God today no matter the cost.
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Itโ€™s important to keep track of the things God speaks to you in a journal or voice memo file. When you get discouraged or apathetic, go back and read or listen to them again. This will infuse you with fresh vision and hope for your journey!
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Let go of yesterday. Itโ€™s a new day!
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Jesus followers: when everything seems to be falling apart, itโ€™s actually falling into place. Donโ€™t give up. Hold fast to what God has spoken to your heart.
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Regardless of how exciting dream chasing is, life will always be full of boring moments. We all have basic maintenance things we have to do each day. We have to clean our homes, feed our dogs, and fill our cars with gas over and over again.
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Personally, I find it tedious to wash my face and brush my teeth every single night. I choose to be faithful to these little things because I know that they are important in both the short and long term.
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These maintenance moments are some of the basic building blocks of life.
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Sometimes God leaves us in a place of boring repetition because He has us in a holding pattern. Regardless of how boring our lives may seem, people around us are watching.
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There will suddenly come a moment when all of your steadiness will pay off. Your consistent choosing to have a joyful attitude in the midst of plain normal life will open up the door for a "wow" moment.
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You never can tell when your faithfulness will open the door for you to make a forever impact on someone's life.
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Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Galatians 6:9
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SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE!
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