Dealing With Insecurities

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-5

Today’s women are desperately insecure. Self-hatred, self-abuse, and self-destruction have become the norm among the female camp. And sadly, women in the church are struggling just as much as their non-Christian counterparts. Insecurity grows out of a persistent sense of being unaccepted.

Are you crippled with insecurities? Often we are trying to sift through the ashes of marriage problems, financial challenges, health issues, or relationship issues. Maybe our insecurities have caused us to behave badly and say something wrong, done something stupid or acted in a way that we knew was inappropriate, and we hurt someone else in the process. All these things can cause a good amount of emotional torment. Insecurity is a bitter friend. It targets the core of our being and keeps us from having a pure heart.

“…so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” Ephesians 2:5

This is the time that we need to “stand firm” in our belief that God’s power is working in us. That we trust our heavenly Father for His immediate help in our life with all of our insecurities. We need to look upward to God. He knows right where you are, He loves you and He knows your heart. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead your decisions and emotions today. Call on His wisdom and listen for the whispers of His truth. If you have struggled with insecurity, know this simple truth: Your value and significance does not come from man, it comes from the Lord. He sees you as beautiful, well-equipped, chosen, significant, valuable and irreplaceable.

“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:25-26

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Sweet Rest

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Have you ever noticed that, when you are going through a major trial or a stressful time in your life that it always seems to get worse in the middle of the night? I can’t tell you the number of times over the years I find myself waking up in the middle of the night and my mind starts flitting from one thought to another. There’s never a shortage of issues and concerns! And, of course, the thoughts are rarely about the positive things in your life. It’s usually about the darkest and gloomiest things that you remember as you lay there trembling, fretting, and worrying! This is the time that we need god’s tangible presence to comfort our fears.

“Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.” Psalms 30:5

During those long unsettled hours during the middle of the night when you lay there and all the sad and fearful things start creeping into your thoughts, remember, this is the times when God promises in Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Try turning on a quiet sermon or some peaceful praise and worshipful music that will take the focus of your mind off your fears and put it on to God. Write your thoughts down on paper; sometimes this helps you to face each fear, one at a time. Open your bible and read and study the encouraging word. God uses all of these things to brighten your heart, relax your mind, and light up the darkness. “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Psalms 18:28 This is one of those uplifting Bible verses that is like a big HUG. God is a healer of every issue that we have. He relieves us from fear and worry and he doesn’t judge or cast blames, He understands and comforts us.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Remember this…The storm always settles into quiet, the darkest dusk always leads to dawn, The long and bleak winter always melts to springtime, and the tide always turns. Hold on.

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

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Upside Down

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” Isaiah 5:20

Everything that is a lie begins and ends with Satan. We live in a world that pits good against evil, right against wrong. Today, young parents ask themselves…How do we teach our children right from wrong when the world that we live in seems so upside down? Most of us grew up in a world that was thoughtful, polite, kind, and generous and yes, simple. Today we face a complicated world that we can barely recognize. A society filled with selfishness, greed, sexual perversion, corruption and dishonesty. We are living today in the same days of the great flood. Matthew 24:37 tells us “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the son of man be.”

“The Lord saw how great mans wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air-for I am grieved that I have made them.” Genesis 6:5-7

Life as my generation has known, is in the past. We now face a difficult and challenging road ahead. It would be a difficult task today to raise children in such a corrupt society. With little or no support from the powers that be. A challenge that we parents must be spiritually prepared for. It is more vital today then ever before that we have a personal relationship with Christ.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today, are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lay down and when you get up” Deuteronomy 6:4-7

“Rise up during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children.” Lamentations 2:19

As christian parents, we must oppose the tide of evil. Living our lives as a reflection of God’s kingdom. Today, It’s so necessary to stay in Gods word more then ever before. God, in his infinite grace is the one steadfast truth that we can hold onto. In a world which is uncertain, and constantly changing, God does not change. He remains the same. We have the promise of eternal life with our Lord. Are you in need of hope today? Choose to remember God’s faithfulness, love, and mercy, despite the despair and destruction around you.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1-3

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Doubting Thomas

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will” Romans 12:2

Doubt…It’s usually very subtle. I think about it when I feel the Holy Spirit whispering to me to do something outside my comfort zone, often a feeling of uncertainty comes over me. Doubt whispers you can’t do that. Was that really Gods whispers? If I allow my thoughts to stray into ‘me’ then I’ll get that awful, insecure feeling. Too many times in the past I end up giving up without realizing that I was validating my insecurities. I never shared those feelings with others because I was afraid that if they knew the reasons I doubted myself, they’d notice flaws I had worked hard to hide.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Satan would always tell me that I was the only one who struggled with doubt. I didn’t always think of it as doubt. Sometimes I called it worry, worry that I was going to disappoint someone, worry that I might make a mistake and get criticized for it. Other times I’d call it fear. Fear of not measuring up, fear of rejection, fear of looking prideful by thinking I could do something special for God. What I’ve realized over the years is that these feelings may end up as fear or worry, but their source is always self-doubt.

In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.”Psalm 71:1 1

I claimed God’s promise by weaving them into my thoughts, knowing I could do it all if I depended on the strength God promises to give me. And when I did, God transformed my heart by renewing my mind with His peace and confidence. It takes time to replace our patterns of thought with God’s thoughts. Fear and worry are powerful forces. But God’s Word trumps them! Ive learned how to lay down self-doubts and replace them with truth, remembering…”I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

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Finding Contentment

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am in to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13

I have always thought that monetary things would give me Contentment. I grew up believing that to ‘have it all’ meant owning a nice home, having a perfect family, beautiful cloths, lots of friends and many possessions. I would always get so excited about ‘newness’ anything that I bought or accomplishments in my life. The only problem was that exciting feeling only lasted a few days and then the need to experience it would creep back in. Eventually, I would be searching for something new to replace that lost euphoric feeling.

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and keep yourselves from all covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15

I began to realize that we will never be fulfilled through having monetary things like homes, cars, cloths, or vacations. Nor will we ever be content through life changing events. If we try to find meaning in our accomplishments rather than God, we will never be satisfied, and everything we pursue will disappoint us.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out” 1Timothy 6:6-7

Lets not let our longings spoil our living. Earthly ‘stuff’ will never give us contentment. Not even our family, who we love more then life itself. I wasted so many years of my life chasing peace, harmony and contentment, looking in all the wrong directions. I finally realized that the only way to attain that feeling of ‘perfect contentment’ was by making God the center of my life. God wants us to have all the desires of our heart, and that requires putting him first in our lives and trusting that he will supply all our needs according to his grace. It is only by living a Christ centered life that we find perfect contentment.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1Timothy 6:6

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Change Happens

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Change is something that we all go through. We have big changes in our lives and we have little changes. Sometimes God changes our temperment, our views, and our heart or maybe he calls us to change our lives completely by relocating us to another place. Some of us are set in our ways and we can’t imagine change in any way. There are some things I don’t want to change myself but the fact is in life we all go through some type of change and it affects us in some way.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Sometimes we can’t see Gods plan and sometimes we will never know why He worked in a certain way. Change can often be very hard. But in the end, we learn from these changes and they always make us stronger. I’ve learned that good things wait for me every time God asks me to step outside my comfort zone. We can always look back and see how He walked us through it and the blessing we received from it.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

We will probably never understand why God changes our lives in different directions. Change will happen and in the end, all we can do is trust the Lord and allow His moving and leading. He always has a plan for our lives to make us the best that we can be. Ultimately, He is good and faithful and in adversity he will provide for us what we need to survive. He does not always change our painful circumstances; however, He sustains us through them. Ultimately, it has to be Gods will over personal choice. I encourage you to be open to any changes that God will call for you to make. It will always make your life better.

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is The Lord who goes before you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

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Living in God’s Will….

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him”. -1 John 2:15

Heavenly Treasures or Earthly Stuff’…Words that sum up my husband and my experience when we felt like God was calling us to ‘Get our house in order’! We took this to mean to get our finances inline with his word. That call resulted in our selling our home our business and all our belongings. We had no idea where God was taking us or why. After three months of traveling we still had no answers. With exception of family, we had completely closed the doors to our past and were trying to find that ‘aha’ place that we could both fall in love with. We have always been attracted to a little coastal town that we had often fished for Salmon in. This is where we ended our quest to find God’s will in our life. This is where we learned to live by faith and found perfect peace in every fiber of our being.

“Be very careful then, how you live— not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the day’s are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lords wil is”. -Ephesians 5:15-17

“We had both always been Christians but never lived completely in God’s will. This change in our lives has taken us to a different realm of our Christianity. To be completely obedient with God’s will, we have learned how to put Him first in our lives in every way. We have found a church that welcomes the presence of the Holy Spirit in every service. A church family that lovingly embraces us. A surrounding environment that satisfies both of our favorite hobbies. A beautiful landscape that allows us to hear God’s whispers in the gentle breezes. We began to Daily feed our spirit on his word. Today we are happier then we have ever been before… God blesses us on a daily basis with heavenly treasures and all that it cost us was obedience to his will and giving up at whole lot of  stuff’.” 

For I know the plans I have for you, “declares The Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

Loving Who You Are…

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

 

‘Mirror, Mirror On The Wall’ Have you ever looked in a mirror and felt like you were ugly? I think, as women we tend to be very critical of ourselves. Why then is it so easy to look at other women and see the beauty in them? Maybe that can be explained because we don’t love ourselves. So many of us have had a terrible childhood and grew up feeling unworthy of loving anyone, including ourselves… This is a lie of Satan! 
 
If a child grows up in an environment of criticism, the child will learn to be critical. We can’t love others if we disrespect ourselves. What does God teach us about loving ourselves and others? “For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it.” Ephesians 5:29
 
In order to love those around us, we must first learn how to love ourselves. Satan wants us to dislike ourselves so we wont be able to love others. We have to learn how to create feelings of self worth, approval, acceptance and trust. Then we will be able to love who we are and love other people that surrounds us. The whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself”. Galatians 5:14
 
I suggest that we practice looking into our mirrors everyday and saying this prayer… ‘Lord Jesus, give me an overwhelming love and acceptance for myself. Help me to see the beauty in me that you see. Please help me to love myself so that I may show your love to others.Thank you for creating me so perfect in your image.’
 
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.” Psalms 139:13
 
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