One of the biggest messages God has been speaking to me through all of the resources below is the reminder to remain steady and firm in my faith and trust Him in everything. He has been encouraging me to continue on the path He has marked out for me, leaving comparison behind and fully trusting in the plan He has. The reminder to be steady in my faith is such a good and timely one, because it's so easy to be shaken in the midst of the unexpected, or when life doesn't look the way we think it should.
But with His help, I am finding strength, steadiness, and a faith that allows me to live fully and freely for Him, knowing all of my unanswered questions and concerns remain in His hands.
He has also been reminding me of the importance of our thoughts and what we choose to focus our minds on. He has been showing me that I am continually being made new in the attitude of my mind, and that a mind and heart focused on Him brings LIFE and HOPE and PURPOSE.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. - Phil. 4:8
These resources below have helped me to intentionally fill my mind with His truth, His goodness, His promises. They have helped me focus on the best, not the worst, when I am tempted to worry, complain, or compare my life to others'. I hope they encourage you, too.
Heart of the Word Study
The One Year Praying the Promises of God
Oh, this has been such a blessing to read each morning. I love the combination of scripture, devotional, and prayer. I have felt both empowered and encouraged to be reminded of WHO God is and what He promises.
Wholeheartedly: A Devotional for Singles
I Am They album
And finally, this album has been a bit of a soundtrack to my days. It's another way I am reminded of who God is and all the ways in which He is good and faithful. One of my favorite tracks is Over and Over again.
I will find you over and over again, your love and your mercy begin, no matter how far, you'll find me where I am.
And since FIND is my word for 2015 this song is pretty perfect for where I'm at.
Make a Way is also a favorite right now.
Wherever you lead me, I know you won't leave me. Wherever you call me, you will make a way. Wherever we're going, I will be holding to the promise You have made. You will make a way.
I totally recommend giving this album a listen. Crank up the sound, sing out loud, dance around...however you most love to worship. Your heart will be blessed for sure, and you will be reminded of just how good and amazing He is and how very much He loves you.
And now I'd love to hear what you've been learning and what life has looked like for you recently. What's God been teaching you? Where has He been leading you? Join the link-up below!
P.S. Stay tuned for future #HeartoftheWord study plans! And thank you for being a part of this first Heart of the Word journey with us!