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Don't Play with That

I did something really crazy today, really unlike me.  I didn't buy a sweater.

That makes no sense to you but it is incredible to me.  You see I've found myself lately a very tempted person.  I really like new clothes and on-line shopping.  Checking in on things I have my eye on and then when a big sale hits I can swoop in for the kill.  I love the email in my inbox saying it's on it's way and when the package comes, opening it up and trying it on.  Hanging it in my closet like another conquest.

Lately I've felt like this has too big of a hold on me.  I've started looking online when I'm bored, upset, or need a distraction from something I don't want to face.  Sometimes like a fabric bulimic I do a big order and then feel really guilty because I don't need all those clothes so when my order comes in I return most everything I just bought. I've binged and I need to purge.  That twinge of regret when I take a lot of clothes to consignment becaus…

Our Great Intercessors

This post is for the lonely, for those who feel weak in hope.  Praying that hearing these words will bring encouragement and comfort to fragile hearts...

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27

Our Great Intercessors

Alive By the Spirit

I'm currently reading Romans alongside my church and what a gift it is!  I'm going back to the basics in every way.  It is so good to learn deeply the things that our faith is based on.  Hope you enjoy this teaching today from Romans 8.

Let us encourage each other to be led daily by the Spirit of God!

However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you.  But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.  If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus form the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.   Romans 8:9-11

Alive By the Spirit

-Rayna


Where the Shoulds Come From

Blog readers,
Does it feel like I am a one topic soapbox sometimes?  I feel like I am, no matter where I'm at spiritually it seems I always come up against the same wall of performance.  I do believe that we get caught up early in life in a lie that the rest of our journey towards being more Christlike has to correct.  For me that is perfectionism, Type-A, achievement.  I'll aways come back to this topic on my blog in some form or another.  It's the times when I have the most time to reflect and rest that I feel that tendency the most.  When the pull of where I am and where I want to be causes tension.  Here is an expert from my journal today.  I hope it blesses you!

Lately I've been feeling burdened by guilt.  Not conviction.  That is a huge distinction because as I've paid more attention to my inner voice I feel like there are a lot of "should" rolling around in my head.  Nothing from the Lord, where He is directing me a certain way, to give up somethi…

The Battle

Faithful friends,

It has been awhile, I know...but here I am in the midst of real life--with work, family, friends and it is sometimes hard to get away and spend time with you! But God gave me a word and some time today so I hope it blesses you.

I am finishing my series through Acts.  I have one more message after this one.  Hope it has been helpful.  Today's post is on the spiritual battle around us and is in audio format so grab those headphones and listen in!


...strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.  Acts 14:22

The Battle

-Rayna

When Rocks Cry Out

A friend asked me today how I was doing and I said, "busy."  Cliche I know and I try to live in a way that prevents that from being my answer but it's so true right now.  This is coming from a teacher with one week left of school.  A teacher who is a mom with all the end of year actives her kids participate in as well.  I value the peace that comes from having an uncluttered mind and more often than not that is heavily influenced by my schedule.

I also had the gift of music in my life this weekend with great people.  The bridge to one of the songs we sang declares, "All the earth will shout your praise."  When I hear it, it reminds me of the verse in Luke where Jesus says that if they people don't praise him, the stones would cry out (19:40).
But as rich and as deep as that time was this weekend my soul needed a little more to counteract the season I'm in.  So I headed outside to find more solitude.

As I headed through sun-dappled trails, the birds ab…

Unity in the Church

Friends,

It has been a very busy month.  I have been keeping up with my study but not able to post any of my teaching in a month.  Thanks for sticking with me through it all.  Life can get really busy as a mom who works outside the home but my happy place is here with you-sharing the insights I have as given by the Holy Spirit.  As always I hope it blesses you greatly and inspires you to keep pressing into the only one who is able to strengthen our steps.

This audio message is from the book of Acts.   Here is our verse to study today:

And the voice came a second time, "What God has made clean, do not call common."  Acts 10:15

Don't forget to leave comments to help me improve or to request things you'd like me to talk about.

Unity in the Church

Let's continue to live as one in Him!
-Rayna