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 ~

 

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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Extravagant Love

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I got up to spend time with “Daddy” God this morning in prayer and reading His Word and He led me to Psalm 63:1-4 (MSG)
“God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! … I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.”  ♥
Wow! I LOVE these verses! God knows my heart so well!
 
I just wanted share my heart with you today. I really have a strong desire to take my walk with God to another level. I’ve been walking with Jesus for a while now but I want to know Him much more than I did last year, last month, last week, and even yesterday. I want to know Him like never before. I desire to go to another level in my worship, in my praise, in my dedication to the Lord. I want to grow and keep on growing more and more.
I want His light to shine through me and for me to be a true reflection of the love of Jesus in every situation. I want every aspect of my life to bring glory and honor to Him.  
It cannot be just lip service or a thought. I want to eat, breathe, sleep, and live in Him with such zeal and passion that there would be no mistaking me as His daughter.
It’s truly my ♥’s desire. I want to dance with my “Daddy” God. I want to be consumed by His love at all times. I want my love for Him to increase and keep on increasing! Even the thought of it makes my heart rejoice and I feel so alive! & I can’t help it! He is so amazing! So incredible! How could I not want to be closer to Him and know Him more?
 
What about you? I really want to hear from you and know your heart too. So tell me. What do you desire in your walk with God?
What about those of you who are not walking with God at this time or maybe have never have walked with Him? Don’t feel bad or ashamed. We have ALL been there at some time in our life. It wasn’t until I was in my early thirties that I returned to God and took my relationship with Him seriously. It’s not too late for you to turn to Him now. It is about a relationship, not religion and a relationship takes getting to know each other and growing in affection for one another. I cannot help thinking and knowing just how amazing your life will be! Once you experience and begin to know His love for you, you will never be the same. You will have a joy, love, and peace that you have never known before.
It’s as simple as this… just talk to Him. He will speak to you in different ways but most often through His Word the Bible. Get to know Him through His Son, Christ Jesus (Romans 10:9-15). You can learn about Jesus throughout the Bible. If you don’t have a Bible you can always use a resource such as www.biblegateway.com which has different and some easy to read versions. A good place to start is in the book of John. It’s a short book that would take only 21 days to read if you break it up and read a short chapter each day. You will learn about God’s love for you, about the life and character of Jesus which is a reflection of God, and a great deal more. You will love it!
While you do that take a little time to tell the Lord how you feel and what you desire. He longs to hear from you & just a little secret… He knows your heart. He is just waiting for you to go to Him and tell Him yourself. He will not ever force himself into your life. You must invite Him in. Then He can open up the windows of heaven and pour out His extravagant love in you! 
 
There is a few verses I have been meditating on found in Jeremiah 29:11-14 (AMP)… Often times people hear or see verse 11 quoted but there is so much in the verses that follow. I believe you need to read them so you can know His heart and promise to you. Read each one aloud and think about what the Lord is saying to you today.

11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.

13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and all the places to which I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.

Not only does He promise that He has a good plan for your life but He also promises to be found by you when you seek Him in prayer. Yes! He promises to show up and be there for you. To bring you through and out of things that have kept you in bondage, in captivity. Another thing you should know about Him…is when you let Him into your life He will never leave you. EVER! Look at what Romans 8:31-39 (MSG) says about that:
 
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
 
Wow! God promises that absolutely nothing can get between His love for us! That is so relieving and exciting!
So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Call on the Lord today! He is willing, ready, and waiting for you now!
 
I pray that where ever you are in your walk with God now, whether you are a “seasoned” Christian or just beginning your walk with Him that you will experience His incredibly extravagant love today and always!
 
To all who read, follow, and share my blog with others…Shalom! Shalom!