Interrupt My Thoughts Lord

When negative thoughts and ideas are running rampant and out of control in my mind… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When I am trying to figure out things on my own and I don’t know what to do… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When all I can think about are the possible negative outcomes and not see the positive possibilities… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When all I feel I can do is yell, scream, and cry out from within my heart, mind, and soul… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When I’m thinking about acting out or reacting to a situation by lashing out instead of responding… interrupt my thoughts Lord.

When I begin to lose hope and have the slightest thoughts of giving in and giving up… Lord, I need you to interrupt my thoughts.

Don’t wait on me Lord… you have permission to interrupt my thoughts.

By ~ JulieAnne Hollist 12/23/2014

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When I Look Up to The Sky

God always amazes me when He does something out of the ordinary. I received a very unexpected gift from the Lord the other day that blessed me so greatly and I thought I would share with you all about it.

My eldest son and my daughter-in-love are expecting their first baby. My son called me the other day and one of the things we were discussing were baby names. We shared various names we liked or loved with one another. We also discussed our thoughts on unique names, ones we thought were strong biblical names, and about the definition or meaning behind the name. We even talked about unusual names that we have heard parents have named their child such as Abcd!

I once again found myself apologizing to him for having named him after his father. I got pregnant with him at the age of 13 and I named him after his father in hopes that he would not be taken from me because of my age. Unfortunately his name is often mistaken for being a female’s name. In his father’s culture it can be for a male or female. From what I was told it means March the month he and his father was born in.

I went on to tell my son how I love unique names and shared a story with him about the years before I had him. At about the age of 10 I began babysitting my younger siblings as well as for others occasionally to earn some cash. I loved taking care of the little ones so I would often dream about the day I would become a mother and what I would name my children. Many times I would lay out on the grass in my front yard while staring into the clear blue skies and think that I would one day name one of my children Sky. I love the beauty of clear blue skies!

I wasn’t expecting what came next in our conversation to happen at all! After I finished telling him my story he went on to tell him how a woman had told him that in Turkish his name means Sky!!! I looked it up and sure enough there it was! I never knew! Unbelievable! My heart was so filled with joy! I couldn’t believe it!

It was over 30 years ago that I had that desire in my heart & only 3 days ago that I found out that He had already answered it. I just never knew it! God is so incredibly amazing and loving….isn’t He?!?!?

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Well, I know that when God does something like that there is even more to it! My husband and I have been trying to conceive a baby the past few months and we have been standing on several His promises within His Word. To be honest, I had become a little discouraged about it not happening just yet and God used this as a loving reminder that He knows the desires of my heart and that in His timing it shall come to pass.

Not only that but He took me to His Word by using the keyword “sky” and reminded me of one of His promises in Genesis 15:5-6: Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

I can’t help but exclaim….Oh Lord who am I that you are mindful of me? I am utterly in awe of You! I surely don’t deserve it but I gladly receive it & give You all the glory!

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I know from experience that sharing stories like this can help others recognize that God is always there working in our lives even when we don’t know it or think He is! Now I know for sure if unexpected surprises like this are taking place in my life they are happening in yours too! Please share a testimony by commenting below. You don’t know who you will bless by doing so!

~ JulieAnne ~

 

I Am Grateful

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I just wanted to say thank you to all those following and who take time to read my blogs. I pray my blog has blessed you in some way. If something has stood out to you or you have a favorite please comment below. I would love some positive feedback. Thank you!

I am going to be sharing a new post soon. Be sure to watch for it. May everyone who reads this find joy, love, peace, and laughter throughout their day in Jesus name! Whatever it is that you are in need of at this time I pray that need be met supernaturally and in abundance in Jesus name! BELIEVE!

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Why Have You Stopped Dreaming?

Never stop dreaming!

My Faith Shall Be My Eyes

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YES HE IS ABLE! GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH!
I love this verse (Ephesians 3:20-21) in the Amplified….

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Notice it has to do with glorifying God for carrying out and completing His plans and purpose in our lives. He calls us to do great and mighty things. He puts dreams in our hearts. We put Him in a box. It’s time to stop doing that and allow ourselves to be courageous enough to trust Him with the…

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Why Have You Stopped Dreaming?

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YES HE IS ABLE! GLORY TO GOD ON HIGH!
I love this verse (Ephesians 3:20-21) in the Amplified….

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Notice it has to do with glorifying God for carrying out and completing His plans and purpose in our lives. He calls us to do great and mighty things. He puts dreams in our hearts. We put Him in a box. It’s time to stop doing that and allow ourselves to be courageous enough to trust Him with the dreams He has given us. It’s time to seek out His plans and not ours because His plans, His ideas, His thoughts are so much greater than ours could ever be.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

On our own those dreams and ideas may seem so far out of reach…I mean nearly impossible…well they may seem impossible BUT with God all things are possible! SO Pray & pray often! You are not in it on your own! God wants to be involved! SO DREAM BIG I mean beyond your wildest dreams BIG!….& Step out in faith to fulfill those dreams in your heart! Surround yourself with those who have gone before you. Connect with the right people and plug in. Discipline yourself to achieve and accomplish the dream. Read and study all you can about what God has placed on your heart! (2 Timothy 2:15) You do your part and God will do His! His Super added to your natural = SUPERNATURAL results!
HE WANTS TO BLOW YOUR MIND! HAHA!

Now share your dream…your vision with someone today that you can trust and that will hold you accountable to doing something about it!

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God’s Word Is For You Today and Forever!

It is a powerful thing, when combined with your faith and the power of the Holy Spirit, you take and speak God’s Word over yourself and others. God tells us in Isaiah 55:11 (AMP) that: “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

We were created in His image and His breath of life flows through us. When we understand that and know that we are His children we realize the creative power that flows through us as believers and followers of Christ Jesus. We can & should speak God’s mighty Word with authority. His Word changes us from within. It renews our minds and thoughts. It protects our hearts. It also changes things and situations in our lives. It is so incredibly powerful.

I truly believe God is doing a brand new thing through the power of the Holy Spirit and His life changing…life giving Word in the lives of many right now. All it takes is a willingness to submit and surrender to Him and to truly have a heart that desires seek Him out.

God showed me long ago how to take His Word and personalize it. I don’t know who this is for but God lead me straight to it and told me to make it personal and share it as an example. I pray that you stand on the truths & promises of God mentioned here. I pray that you know that He is speaking directly to you, YES YOU! It’s not by accident that you stumbled across this message. He cares so deeply for you! He loves you so much regardless of what has happened in your life, is happening right now, or will happen in the future. He promises to never leave you. He is always pursuing you with open arms ready to receive you. I pray that you will see that through His own words here just how important you truly are to Him.

So as you read these verses. Personalize them. Insert your name. Read them over & over. Meditate on His Word and let it saturate your heart, mind, and spirit. You will be amazed at how doing this can change your day in such a positive way.

GOD’s Message to you, (your name), the God who made you in the first place, (your name) the One who got you started….
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you: The sacrifice of my Son Christ Jesus. His life for yours!

That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.
So don’t be afraid: I’m with you, (your name).

I want all of you back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child Whom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each one. “You are my witness.” GOD’s Decree.
“You’re my handpicked servant So that you’ll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am. Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me.
I, yes I, am GOD. I’m the only Savior there is.
I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before these upstart gods appeared on the scene. And you know it, you’re my witnesses, you’re the evidence.” GOD’s Decree.
“Yes, I am God. I’ve always been God and I always will be God. No one can take anything from me. I make; who can unmake it?”
….I am GOD, your Holy One, Creator of Israel, your King.”
This is what GOD says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is!”

Taken from Isaiah 43 The Message (MSG)

Let’s pray…
Thank you Father God for the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us and for your living Word that washes us clean…that reminds us of who we are…what our purpose is…that guides and directs us in all we do.
You are so good to us Father…we thank you that no matter where we are at in life we can turn to you, repent, and be forgiven. We trust you…We trust your Word. Thank you that you never give up on us although we do give up on ourselves. Thank you for hearing our prayers. May we see your Word alive and working powerfully in our lives…healing, refreshing, transforming, and renewing our hearts, mind, body, and spirit daily. May your goodness, tender mercies & grace, and the love that you pour into us spill over to those around us that they too may experience these things and much more.
Oh how we love you and thank you for loving us with a perfect everlasting love.
In Jesus name. Amen!

My Morning Study 1 Thessalonians 3

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I am listening to BJ Putnam’s cd as I study for tonight’s bible study with my hubby. We are studying 1Thess. 3 (AMP) tonight. There is so much here in this chapter but these are just a few things I have gotten so far from reading it this morning I thought I would share with you.

The first thing that came to me was in the form of a question. “Are you a Timothy?”

Paul & Silas had warned the Thessalonians that they would have to endure troubles, difficulties, & suffering. Concerned about how they were handling it all they sent Timothy to go encourage & strengthen them in their faith. (Vrs 1-5)

God wants to use us to touch the lives of others. Sometimes that means being a Timothy. He was a strengthener, establisher, exhorter, comforter, and encourager to those in need. Many people are hurting, struggling, and going through things in their lives today and need someone like Timothy to come along and build them up. I don’t know about you but I am so incredibly grateful for the Timothy’s in my life that have been sent by God to encourage me during difficult or challenging times! Look for opportunities to be a blessing!

The second thing that stood out to me was about how Timothy was able to return with good news that everyone was remaining in faith and that really encouraged Paul & Silas so much that they praised & glorified God! (vrs 6-9) We don’t always know it but people are always watching to see how we handle situations we are going through. It’s a powerful thing when we rely on God and are able to remain strong & joyful during our trials & tribulations. It can be such a witness & a testimony to others. Most of all, it brings great glory to God.

My favorite part of this chapter is that it ends with verses (12 & 13) that the Holy Spirit gave to my husband when he sought God’s direction in marrying me during a fast. We consider them our love verses. They are the verses we stand on for our marriage. We believe our ministry as a couple is to live a life of extravagant love for God first, then for each other, and let that extravagant love overflow into the lives of others.

Paul’s prayer and declaration over the Thessalonians was that they would increase in their love for each other and that God would continue to strengthen, establish, exhort, comfort, and encourage them all.

That is my prayer for you today my friends. Don’t forget to look for an opportunity to be a Timothy in someone’s life today!  

Have an amazingly blessed and incredible day!

1 Therefore, when [the suspense of separation and our yearning for some personal communication from you] became intolerable, we consented to being left behind alone at Athens.

2 And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in [spreading] the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, to strengthen and establish and to exhort and comfort and encourage you in your faith,

3 That no one [of you] should be disturbed and beguiled and led astray by these afflictions and difficulties [to which I have referred]. For you yourselves know that this is [unavoidable in our position, and must be recognized as] our appointed lot.

4 For even when we were with you, [you know] we warned you plainly beforehand that we were to be pressed with difficulties and made to suffer affliction, just as to your own knowledge it has [since] happened.

5 That is the reason that, when I could bear [the suspense] no longer, I sent that I might learn [how you were standing the strain, and the endurance of] your faith, [for I was fearful] lest somehow the tempter had tempted you and our toil [among you should prove to] be fruitless and to no purpose.

6 But now that Timothy has just come back to us from [his visit to] you and has brought us the good news of [the steadfastness of] your faith and [the warmth of your] love, and [reported] how kindly you cherish a constant and affectionate remembrance of us [and that you are] longing to see us as we [are to see] you,

7 Brethren, for this reason, in [spite of all] our stress and crushing difficulties we have been filled with comfort and cheer about you [because of] your faith ([a]the leaning of your whole personality on God in complete trust and confidence).

8 Because now we [really] live, if you stand [firm] in the Lord.

9 For what [adequate] thanksgiving can we render to God for you for all the gladness and delight which we enjoy for your sakes before our God?

10 [And we] continue to pray especially and with most intense earnestness night and day that we may see you face to face and mend and make good whatever may be imperfect and lacking in your faith.

11 Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) guide our steps to you.

12 And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,

13 So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!