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It’s Not Always Easy

Being a follower of Christ isn’t always easy.  There are times when it seems like you fade right into another battle without even finishing the one you are in.  You get tired, and you want to lay down.  You get weak, and you want to just throw up your hands and say “Enough!”  I know this all too well.  I was sitting at a red light one morning, and the battle was raging strong all around me.  I was so exhausted, I cried out to God.  I said, “God I can’t fight this battle anymore!”  As I sat there waiting for the light to change, I heard him ask me, “Angie, who fights the battles?”  I was shocked that he asked me this question.  I didn’t answer.  Then He began telling me, “You don’t fight the battles, I do.  When David stood before Goliath, it wasn’t him that was fighting, it was me.  Not his strength, but mine.  Not his might, but mine.”  All at once the songwriter in me began writing a song entitled, “Who fights the battles.”  I still sing this song quite often as a reminder that I am not fighting these battles, God is.  The giant may look to big to take down, but it isn’t my power or might that will bring it down in defeat, but God, and God alone.

We are going to face hard battles that leave us feeling the strong need to lie down.  We are going to have difficult days, facing difficult people and situations.  When we truly grasp hold of God’s hand, He then takes over.  God takes the helm, and we need only let Him guide us through what we are facing, as he defeats the enemy along the way.  That isn’t always easy, because the enemy will do whatever he has to do to keep us from truly connecting to God.  He will try to distract us with his lies, causing us to feel defeated.  This is when we have to take those thoughts captive, so that we can trust God enough to allow Him to fight for us.

No matter what you are facing, God is in control.  I want to remind you, as I remind myself, God is fighting the battles in our life, and we just have to hold on tightly to His hand, and allow Him to fight.

(c) Angie Counter 2017 All Rights Reserved.

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Extreme Makeover

     There are some days where I feel frumpy. No matter how I try to do my hair, or put on a little extra make up to cover the dark circles, I still feel like I’m a mess. After being sick for a few days, I returned to work. I walked into the restroom, took a quick look into the mirror that hangs above the sink. My eyes were dark. My hair poking out wildly from my quickly set up-do, and I thought to myself how on this day especially, I need a makeover.
      This morning a comment by a fellow writer caught my eye, she said, “God loves makeovers just as much as I do.” Wow! How many days do I wake up a mess? Struggling with the turmoil of life, and struggling to put myself even slightly together. I can just see my soul man all haphazardly put together, and I can’t help but chuckle, even though it is quite serious. When I need a makeover in my flesh, there is such a high price to pay. It isn’t cheap to go pamper oneself, but when we go to God for a makeover, it doesn’t cost a thing. His makeover is free. He can transform our spirit man touch by touch, and word by word. It only takes resting in His presence, as we allow the transformation process to take place. I can’t tell you how much this touches my heart. I know that there are times when I am a complete mess. I know that I need to rest in His transforming presence quite often. Sometimes I feel it more than others, and I know you feel that way too. We all struggle with keeping ourselves together, but this is the awesome part of living for God. He is a God of extreme makeovers. Moment by moment spent in his presence, He transforms us from a mess into a message. what a wonderful God we serve. I pray this blesses you as much as it has blessed me this morning. I know that sometime today I will look into the mirror at work and chuckle to myself. I know that I will see that mess looking back at me, but I will take a moment, raise my hand, and thank God that he is transforming me, and for that I have to give him the praise He is so worthy of.
(c) Angie Counter *2017 All Rights Reserved*
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Be Careful What You Say

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I felt the presence of the Lord so intensely yesterday.  It started with a conversation with a friend, then my husband, and ending with another close friend.  It was a day where even though I wasn’t feeling well in my flesh, I was feeling stronger in my spirit.  During the conversation with my friend in the latter part of the afternoon, I shared something that had been bothering me spiritually, as I could see clearly how the enemy had stolen so much from me.  A couple of hours passed, and what happened?  The enemy used someone I once admired greatly to say something that he knew would hurt me deeply.  It worked for a little while, but only reinforced my desire to move onward from where I once was.  If I had any apprehension,  the last thread that held me there, was broken by her words.  I don’t think her intent was to push me further away, but what I saw in her words was an answer to the prayer in my heart.  I have been seeking direction, and while I’d spent the entire day allowing God to minister to my heart, this is the answer I was given.

Sometimes we have to be careful what we say to others.  There are words that can push people further away, when our intention is to draw them closer.

I have had a passionate desire to break out of the box that has held me captive for such a very long time.  I’ve seen more of God outside of this box, then I did in all the years I’d been inside.  The burning desire to reach out to others who have been where I’ve been, and are trying to find their way into the restoring arms of Jesus, I was never given the opportunity to do.  I had an awesome woman of God tell me that just as Jesus had to do, I had to leave my own country, because I’d never be accepted there, and so I am now moving onward.  With the power of God to lead me, and the mighty arm of God to uphold me.  As the prayer of St. Patrick says, “Christ above me, and Christ beneath me.  Christ at my right, and Christ at my left.”  Christ is my driving force that pushes me forward. As painful as it was to feel the last strand of chord break for me last night, I feel a freedom I’ve not felt before.  I have the freedom now to share all that Christ has done, and will do… outside of the box.

(c) Angie Counter *2017 All Rights Reserved*

 

 

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Divided We Stand

I hate  to turn on the television, or read anything on social media.  The news is grim.  People are divided, and evil is running ferociously in the streets of America. I have watched as generation by generation, sin has gained more control of not only our young people, but many of the older generation as well.  Things that God said was wrong, little by little, has become more acceptable, covered over by a label of love.  Even though God said that He never changes, man has changed Him so that their sin can be acceptable.

Now we stand looking at a very broken America.  One where now that sin is being confronted head on, the evil screams with anger, lashing out to destroy anyone who dares say it is wrong.  We the body of Christ need to cry out to God like we never have before.  It is time we fight this war on our knees, for our families, for our children, for our fellow believers.  God we stand, even among this divided nation, we stand for you!

 

 

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God Is Just Good!

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There is nothing better than to be in the presence of God.  Nothing!

Yesterday morning I woke up with what felt like a boulder on my shoulders.  I was carrying so much worry, and the burden was just too much for me to bear.  My heart was overwhelmed.  I spent some time in prayer before heading to work, but as I was working the voice of the enemy taunted me.  I stopped at one point, and the worshiper inside of me began singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty.  Who was, Who is, and is to come.” over and over I’d sing, until I felt breakthrough.  I felt the rush of His spirit filling my belly with waves of living water.  I felt my heart about to burst, and I knew even as I stood there working, I was in the presence of God.  I knew my Heavenly Father was right there with me, so I began to speak faith.  My friend and co-worker stood there listening to me pouring out faith, scripture by scripture, and word by word.  I was standing on faith, because I know my God is faithful.

I could have made a choice to listen to the enemy telling me that nothing was going to work out in my favor.  I could have chose to believe his lies telling me that I didn’t have God’s favor, and I was on my own.  No!  I refused to believe his lies.  Scripture by scripture I took those thoughts captive, locked them away, and threw away the key.  I chose to believe what my Father says, even when I can’t see it.  Faith is such a powerful thing.  Before the day came to an end, God had moved, and what I’d prayed about not only worked out, but it worked out even better than I’d prayed.  That is the God I serve, and God is just good!

 

(c) Angie Counter *2017 All Rights Reserved*

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Lead Me, And I Will Follow

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In the many years since I gave my heart to Jesus, there have been times where I have stood at a crossroad, wondering which way to go.  I’ve been terrified to make the wrong decision, while knowing that I couldn’t stand immovable, allowing fear to leave me paralyzed and afraid.  I know that there are times when we are to stand still.  I also know that there are times we can’t stand still, we have to move.  This is where this scripture comes in to play.  We have to trust in the Lord with all of our heart.  Trusting that when he says that He works everything in our lives together for our good, He means it.  When he promises to never leave us, He means it.  Now we have to take Him at His word.  We can’t lean on our own understanding.  We may not understand what He is doing.  It may seem like we are in the absolute craziest place we have ever been, but that is when we cannot rest in our own understanding.  No leaning there.  In all our ways we have to acknowledge Him.  Acknowledge Him as leader.  Acknowledge Him as protector.  Acknowledge Him as Father.  Acknowledge Him as defender.  In ALL of our ways, we have to acknowledge Him, and what did He say he would do?  He would direct our path.

So now standing at this crossroad, it doesn’t quite look the same.  Now when the choice of direction has to be made, I know that He will direct my path.  He will lead me where I need to go, and it will always be for my better good.  God doesn’t do anything half way, or without my best in mind.  Whatever He does is always to make me and my life better, or to mold me more into who He has called me to be.  I will trust in the Lord, with all of my heart.  I will lean not on my own understanding.  In all of my ways I will acknowledge Him, and HE WILL DIRECT MY PATH!  Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus!!!

~Angie

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Cold Sunday Pondering

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It’s a cold morning here in Southern-middle Tennessee.  It’s a day where the husband and I are wrapped in our warm blankets, he is playing his mandolin beside me, and I’m thinking about the goodness of the Lord.  This is a time that I keep my mind fixed on him.  There is a lot of sadness around me, so I keep my gaze in the direction of the one who is able to soothe the ache of loss in my heart, and the heart of my loved ones as well.  It’s only eight days in to this brand new year, and I’ve been implementing positive changes already.  I was going to leave social media entirely, but have decided to greatly reduce my time spent there.  If I am on social media it will be used more for God, since I am greatly increasing my time spent in the word, and prayer.  It’s amazing how the enemy will use things to little by little turn your focus away from what is most important.  I want to make sure my priorities are in order, in every way.

The Lord is the most important part of my life.  He has always been my very best friend, and just as we can do in our earthly relationships, we can take Him being there for granted.  The strength of our relationship is going to be determined by our time spent together.  I’ve always desired a deeply intimate relationship with God,  so my time in praise, prayer, and study is most important to achieve this level of intimacy.  I want to experience God in the deep waters of His spirit.  I’m not one to be content to swim in shallow water.  So, as for now I will continue to share my daily devotions, and some encouraging posts, but I will be greatly reducing my time spent on social media, as I am excitedly going to jump in the water to swim in the depth of God’s spirit.  I will be writing here more, so this doesn’t impact those who follow my blog.  You will be seeing more from me now.

I pray everyone is having a blessed Sunday, while staying warm.  Have a very blessed day!

~Angie