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His Strength

The past few years have taught me the stark reality of the seasons of faith.  God is so good to us; he constantly gives us pictures of what the inner life is like by the things around us that He has created.  Dear reader, I don't know where you are in your journey currently, but here are some of the seasons I have been through:

Summers-a season of vibrancy, strength, and light.  Where all is well with my soul because faith seems easy.  Worship, praise, gratitude bubble up from within me and I can't hold them back.  It feels like God's pretense comes easy and it will never change.  I'm filled up by every spiritual discipline and my cup overflows.

Fall-decay, slowing down, and strain seem to mark this season.  It hums between bright skies and clouds.  There is an undercurrent that I need to pay attention to something or hold on while it lasts and that a stark season is on the horizon.  Yet there are times of cozying up to God, wrapping him around me like a warm blanket. …

What God Said

I don't know about you, but I read Scripture to hear God's unique words for me.  I've been starting a new practice and thought I'd share it with you.  This past September, I started a plan to read through the Bible in a year.  Each day, whatever verses the Spirit shows me are important, I meditate on and try to hear what God is saying unique to me through the verses.  What follows is the words God gave me last month to meditate on and remember.  You may like this technique if you like devotionals like Jesus Calling.  I hope that you too get something out of it; fruit bearing fruit!
--Rayna



Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place. 14So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By strength of hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Exodus 13:3, 14
As you heal remember that I am lead…

Don't Play with That

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

That may make no sense to you but it is not my everyday choice.  You see I've found myself lately a very tempted person.  I really like new clothes and on-line shopping.  Surfing my favorite shopping sites 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.  It hangs 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 bec…

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