Central to the Heart

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The Human Side

Human Side.jpgThere is a song titled “The Human Side” that I can sometimes relate to. The lyrics start off by saying this:

I woke up this morning, my stomach is already in knots, the sky is so grey,
Edge of my bed, strugglin’ to gather my thoughts, I don’t even wanna be awake…

I think that, at times, we can probably all relate to feeling like this because we are all human. And so, I listen to these lyrics and I wonder: what can we do to feel better when life drags us down? What can lift us up when we feel like we are sinking? Who can set our feet on the solid ground we so desperately long for? Who can point us into the right direction so that when we wake up we are actually excited about being awake and having a life to live?

The song goes on saying that God is the One who understands our human side. He knows that we all struggle, and He really understands those struggles. He can handle every part of our lives that feels like chaos to us. His love shows us that there is hope in every day.

So, if you have been feeling stuck and wondering what you are doing with your life and you feel like you are only just sinking further and further down, I pray that we would remember that God is our Hope. Each day we can look to Him and realize that there is a purpose for all of this.
If you’d like to listen to the song here is the link to the lyric video: The Human Side Lyric Video


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Transforming Brokenness

dc67c30e3f0dab7fc859ad0213152e75 What do we do with the broken pieces of our lives? I feel like a lot of brokenness is held on to. We seem to pretend that we need no one, when inside we are begging for help. But we are ashamed and we don’t want people to know how we really feel. So we hold on to the pieces. We think it will be better if we just hide in secrecy from the world – from God – as we hold on to our brokenness telling ourselves we are better this way. We fall into that deep lie where fear consumes us with thoughts of insecurity, of not belonging and feelings that we are unworthy, insignificant, and unloved. If only there was some way we could help people stop feeling this way. How do we help people fill their hearts with God’s truth instead of the enemy’s lies? How do we guard our hearts with Truth? Maybe that’s why God let’s us go through those struggles where we feel like giving up… it’s not because He wants us to give up – He wants us to stop relying on ourselves. He wants us to finally stop trying to do it all on our own because we can’t. He wants us to trust Him to carry us through as He give us the strength we need. And once we get through our struggles, or maybe even while we are still in the midst of them, if we keep pushing forward, then we can use our story of brokenness to help encourage others who are going through their own story of brokenness. So I guess what I am trying to say is that, as broken people, we all can relate to one another on some level and that is how we can minister to broken hearts. We can come to them where they are in love and in empathy because we’ve experienced brokenness too. And through that I pray we would help one another find true transformation. I pray that we would all realize that our only hope of restoration is found in Jesus Christ. He not only restores us to wholeness; He transforms us to completion – we just have to be intentional about coming to Him with our broken pieces and believe that His strength and power will change us. Why do we hide? We need to let Him in! He wants so much for our hearts to be healed – for our brokenness to be mended. When we stop holding on to our brokenness, and instead let it go, laying it all at His feet, He will truly set us free from the lies that once filled us up with fear and brokenness in the first place. I am so grateful for the freedom we share in Christ. Praying for all the broken hearts to keep fighting, we are not alone, and may we never let go of the hope we have in Jesus Christ our King!


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God is With You

God-Wants-to-Hold-You-Up-by-Holley-Gerth1As people living in a messed up world, we all know what struggle is, and it can be really hard sometimes.

Know that in the midst of sorrow you are being thought of. You are not alone, and you have friends, family, and an AWESOME God who will hold you up! That’s what love is all about, and our God is love, and it’s amazing!

It doesn’t end there though, our Father’s love is “agape” love – love that is unconditional. Unconditional love isn’t earned by the things you do, it is freely given to you just for you being you!

God does not demand perfection, He just wants us!

So, my prayer for you is that no matter what kind of  a mess you may be going through, you would know and realize that God is right there with you through it all. Whatever it is, I hope you know that even through all the hard work and stress, God is with you, and He is for you!


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Letting Go Part 2

intentionalLet go of everything that’s pointless. Let go of those lies, those fears, those worries, and only hang on to what’s important – only hang on to what is True. Just trust God and let Him handle everything and He will because He cares for you like 1 Peter 5:7 says cast all anxiety on Him and He will take care of it. Pretty simple right? Unfortunately it’s not that easy.

I can say I want to give God all my worries, all my fears, all my doubts, all my everything up to Him, but when it comes down to it, letting it go is a process that doesn’t just automatically happen overnight. It is a continual choice we have to deliberately make every day, and it is not easy. That is why prayer and reading God’s Word are so important. That is why it is extremely important for us to come together as a community of believers to encourage one another and to hold one another accountable for out actions.

Yes, it is an intentional process where we have to put forth effort. It won’t be easy  to live our lives with purpose, living the life we were created for, being who God says we are; which is who we are in Christ, but it will be worth the effort. Life is not about living with negative thoughts that bring us down. That kind of life is ultimately focused on who the devil says we are. Who wants to believe the devil? He’s the father of all lies!

We have to be intentional about letting go of all our fears, doubts, worries, concerns, problems, and struggles we have. God is constantly going to be giving us opportunities, putting us through great trials, and testing our faith, but we must remain strong because the strength of Christ can be ours when we let His Spirit enter into our lives.

Think of that for a moment… the Spirit of Christ is inside of us all the time! How often do we take this amazing truth for granted?

We can overcome any challenge we are up against because remember our identity is in Him now because He gave us His Holy Spirit, and it is through Christ that we are more than conquerors! It is through Christ that we have strength to make an impact!

My encouragement to you is this: Trust that God will help you with whatever big or little battle He puts you up against. It may take time and it may be hard to do, but nothing is impossible! He will help get rid of the barriers that are blocking you. He will help you let go of the things that hold you back. Have faith!

Are you willing to do what you can, where you are, with the influence and strength God has given you through His Son Jesus Christ? Will you live for Christ because He died for you?

Pressing on to the end is a battle. You may feel like giving up, but keep pushing, keep trying! Please don’t give up – after all He never gives up on you! Let go of what is holding you back and He will bring you through!

My thoughts and prayers are with you too.


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Letting Go Part 1

let.it.goYou can choose to let your mistakes define you, or you can choose to let it go, move on, and leave the past in the past.

This is where the devil and his lies come in. You see, he wants us to believe that we are not good enough, that we don’t have what it takes, that we are insignificant, but that is NOT TRUE!

He wants us to pretend, he wants us to not be genuine, he wants us living a life hidden behind a mask, disguising who we really are. He wants us to struggle with negative feelings of worry, guilt, doubt, and fear.

BUT we don’t have to be afraid anymore about feeling we are not good enough, we don’t have to be afraid anymore about disappointing others – we just need to let go of those thoughts that are holding us back from our full potential! Those thoughts are only tearing us down, and making us ashamed and afraid. We don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives.

Instead of holding on to lies, I pray you would let go and hold on to who you are in Christ! You are forgiven, accepted, redeemed, loved, significant, valued, good enough, worthy, beautiful, a masterpiece, irreplaceable… I could go on and on about all your positive aspects! Keep being who you really are! It matters, trust me!


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Who You Are in Christ: Part 4

don't pretendMy life is day after day one failure after the other, and it’s hard for me to see my worth when all I do is mess up.

Accepting yourself for who you are can sometimes be the biggest struggle, and the toughest battle we may ever have to face.

You are the only you there ever was and ever will be, and if you are not you no one will be, and when no one is you, then the purpose God has planned for you isn’t being lived out.

So my question is what is holding us back from being who we are? What is keeping us from believing the Truth of who we are in Christ?

I feel like there can just be times when we no longer feel we can be real because we don’t think others will accept us for who we are. We feel we are not loveable because we are not good enough. Think back to those lies and those fears you may be struggling with… Are those lies and fears making you be a person you’re not?

Whoever told us we are not good enough? What makes us believe we are not enough? The Only One who should be defining who we are is God – and I promise you He tells each and every one of you, regardless of what you’ve done, what you’re doing, and what you are going to do, He tells you that you are enough, because He makes you good enough!

Your imperfections are made perfect! Your weaknesses are made strong! You have the strength, love, and power of Christ in you! And you are always enough!

I encourage you to please seek God for help, guidance, and direction. He will help you discover who you are so you can live the way He created you to live, making a difference in this world in the way that only you can make!


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Saved By The Truth

securedownload-24“One lie can overshadow a hundred truths… A single truth can shine thru a million lies”

Unfortunately, it seems that so often we let that one lie get to us. We may think we aren’t good enough, we don’t have what it takes, we will never make a difference. Whatever lie it is we choose to believe it ends up distracting us from our purpose because that one lie we believe can lead to another and another to the point that we really have to dig to uncover the truth.

Fortunately for us Jesus is that single Truth who can break through all those lies. There is no darkness in the Lord.

“The Lord is my light and the One who saves me; I fear no one. The Lord protects my life. I am afraid of no one.” (Psalm 27:1)

Jesus defeats the darkness with His light, and we can be strong and brave, knowing that Jesus will help us see past all the lies of the devil.

When we focus on the Truth of Christ and who He is we can ignore the lies that tend to distract us. I realize that is a lot easier said than done. It can be easy to think okay I will just think about Jesus and center my thoughts on Him and who He says I am, but when it comes down to it, thinking that way all the time isn’t very easy. In fact most things about life brings difficulty. I hope and pray that we can help each other out by encouraging one another to keep on pushing through life’s everyday challenges so we can overcome and see past the darkness and into the Light! The Light is Jesus, and He sets us free from the lies that hold us back!