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When a Woman has Legs of Steel

"You can't find firm footing in a swamp, but life rooted in God stands firm."

Proverbs 12:3

Flamingos have legs that look like rebar, so it makes sense to me that they have very strong and sturdy legs...

Have you ever had jello legs? Or, legs so heavy it feels like you are dredging up all the mud in a swamp? Have you been in postitions that have caused you to feel like your legs are about to give out from under you and cause you to fall? 

I have.

It's taken a few years to grow strong legs. Legs as strong as steel. And, I know they still have some growing to do. 

When a woman has legs of steel

She knows how to stand firm in her convictions. She has direction, purpose, hope, and peace. She is grateful-everyday. She admits to her mistakes. She forgives. She finds her safety in Jesus. She is not easily offended. She is willing to take a risk.

When a woman has legs of steel

She is clothed in Jesus, she exudes His strength. She knows He is the Armor that gives her the ability to stand firm against the devils schemes and his strategies. She is able to stand her ground when the enemy of her soul bombards her with lies. She walks in integrity and truth, her heart is upright. She faces the enemy with firm-footed stability and carries the shield of faith in her hands ready to extinguish the blazing arrows that come her way.

When a woman has legs of steel

She knows she cannot face life alone. She walks with the sword of the Spirit steady in her hand. She reaches for her family and her friends. She prays with deep honesty and listens with hope. When she falls, she gets back up!

When a woman has legs of steel

She has learned from her jello legs. She allows the times of being in the swamp to become her testimony of who God is and how He rescued her. She does not sway by the opinions of men, but stands with great stability in the identity of Jesus.

When a woman has legs of steel

She does not compete. She is not jealous. She knows when to stay, and when to walk away. She understands there is a season for all things. She accepts her self as God sees her. She works towards balance, but doesn't condemn herself when  balance is only an idea or "should" herself and others. She does not have a need to conform to the world around her. She stays present, and stands on the Rock that saves her. She is unique.

When a woman has legs of steel

She supports her loved ones. She knows she is created equal to the man she stands by. She is humble enough to follow, and bold enough to lead. She remains down-to earth; while at the same time she keeps a firm grip on life as she assuredly walks out her Godly purpose. 

When a woman has legs of steel

She learns to be flexible in the little things of life, while remaining constant in her convictions. She has grace towards others. She does not judge herself or others. She is grounded in love, rooted in mercy, raised to praise, tender, wonderful, lovely, joyful, inspirational, positive, helpful, motivated.

When a woman has legs of steel

She truly does see through the eyes of God, and she sees treasure everywhere. She gives her cares to Him and lives in freedom.

She is as carefree as a flamingo!!

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When She is ROOTED

 

"I LOVE You [fervently and devotedly], O Lord, my strength." The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and the One who rescues me; My God, my rock and strength in whom I trust and take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower-my stronghold. 

Psalms 18:1-2

When she is ROOTED

She prays. She understands Who gives her strength. She knows that she is beautiful, precious, chosen, wanted, and loved. She seeks wisdom, and shares wisdom. She is connected to her Creator and to those that love her. She knows Jesus, the Father, and Holy Spirit. She believes in Who they are, and walks in their Light.

When she is ROOTED

She runs to the Rock and is secure in her firm standing. She lives in the fortress of His arms. She calls out to Him when she needs to be rescued.

When she is ROOTED

She trusts that even when she is feeling weak, He will give her strength. She has courage to know that He will work all things together for her good. She is radical in her faith. She works towards restoration, renewal, and the revival of nations.  When her enemies forge upon her, she calls upon the Lord and praises His worthy, holy name. 

When she is ROOTED

She acknowledges truth. She values her people. She faces life with hope. She steps out in faith.

She dances with the Spirit and is filled with peace. 

She challenges the lies that try to invade her space and she calls out to God. He covers her in His Light and sends arrows to scatter every enemy. He wraps her in abundance and promises her a rich inheritance. 

When she is ROOTED

She sits in heavenly places, she approaches His Throne with boldness. She breaks through barriers. She knows that He is her Breaker, her Lover, her Friend, her Father.

When she is ROOTED

She lives with heaven on earth. She finds joy in everyday. She is a tender warrior. She is kind.

When she is ROOTED

She knows that she is fashioned in the image of God. She knows she is designed for destiny and that destiny will break through mindsets that want to hold her back. She does not step to the beat of men, but only to the heartbeat of her God.

When she is ROOTED

She works through her issues and then lets them go. She lives with freedom and gives it to others. Manipulation is not her game.

She is blessed and in God's great favor. She sees Light where others may see darkness. She uses her shield, and knows that she is encircled with great strength. She sees angels guarding her path in every direction. She leads her children to safety and peace of heart.  She has a secure step that will not slip.

When she is ROOTED

She hears His voice calling her and does not deviate from His way. She waters and cares for herself to enable every root to grow deeper.

When she is ROOTED

There is great mercy!

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Wall Breaker

"The 'One Who Breaks Through Walls' will push through and walk to the front of his people. They will break through the gates and leave the city. They will leave with their king marching before them, with the Lord at the front of his people."

Micah 2:13

I haven't usually thought of  the word Breaker as a positive, but then I read a book by Shawn Bolz. It's titled Breakthrough. I love this book! Have you ever needed a breakthrough in some area of your life? I have. I've called out to God many times for breakthroughs, for him to unravel the cage that my heart was locked in. He absolutely breaks through, and sometimes it can feel as if my heart is breaking in the process of His work. But, always there is healing and new revelation as He breaksthrough. 

Some of my favorite quotes from the book Breakthrough:

"As your breaker, I am going to break open pathways you could never have seen open that will show that My favor and love are covering you."

"As your breaker, I will break through the enemy's line and take you into the land I promised."

"Let my love be the greatest breaker, my love that finds a way where there was no way before."

This is God. There is nothing that can keep Him from breaking through to victory!  He sees all possibilities for you and He eagerly wants to show you how much he loves you.  The enemy may try to claim territory over you, but God will prevail and bring you to the fulfillment of His promises to you.  What is your enemy today? Fear, shame, poverty, deceit, or maybe emptiness?  I know for a fact that God will break through all those enemies and bring you peace, hope, favor, truth, and fullness of His love.  It doesn't matter how wounded your heart may be, how guarded you may feel, He can break through all things. 

Have you carefully guarded your heart in an effort to be safe from pain? The wounds of this world can become walls around us and eventually it feels as if there is no way out. Pray this prayer today from Shawns book:

"Help fill me with Your perspective that the promised land isn't just a land of giants and that You are big enough to clear out all the enemies, and that I get to possess it with You and for You. Help me to have a victorious attitude when I look at my life and the world around me. Create in me the positive attitude of a breaker so when people interact with me, they can feel that through You, all things are possible. Amen"

Shawns book get a five star review from me and I recommend it for all those that are looking for a breakthrough in their life.

Big Love

 

 

 

 

"The voice spoke again, 'Nothing is unclean if God declares it to be clean.'"

Acts 10: 15

The voice in the verse above is God speaking to Peter. God gave Peter a vision of all kinds of four footed animals, reptiles, and birds and then told him to go and prepare them to be eaten.  For Peter, this was a big no-no. He was Jewish and he did not eat unclean food of any kind. In fact, Peter responded to God like this: "There's no way I could do that, Lord, for I've never eaten anything forbidden or impure according to our Jewish laws." But, God repeated this vision to Peter three times before leaving him stunned and wondering. Peter pondered the vision for awhile and then the Spirit of God said to him, "Go downstairs now, for three men are looking for you. Don't hesitate to go with them, because I have sent them."  Sure enough three men were looking for Peter, and he did go with them. A Roman military captain by the name of Cornelius had sent them. He was a devout man who worshiped God and was very respected in the Jewish community. An angel had instucted Cornelius to go after Peter, when Peter arrived he announced to them that it was unlawful for him to associate with or even visit the home of anyone that was not a Jew. Yet, because of the dream, Peter knew that God was telling him that he absolutely should not view anyone as inferior to him or ritually unclean. Cornelius happily shared with Peter that just a few days earlier a man in glistening white had visited him and said to him "Cornelius, God has heard your prayers. Your generosity to the poor has been recorded and remembered in God's presence. However, you must send for a man named Simon, the Rock, who is staying in Joppa as a guest of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea." And, that is how the three men ended up in search of Peter. Peter respnded: "Now I know for cerain that God doesn't show favortism with people' but treats everyone on the same basis. It makes no difference what race of people one belongs to. If they show deep reverence for God and are committed to doing what's right, they are acceptable before him. God sent his word to the Jewish people first, announcing the wonderful news of hope and peace through Jesus, the annointed One, the Lord of all."  Peter continued on telling them of Jesus and then while he was still speaking, the Holy Spirit cascaded over all those listing to his message. The Jews in the room were astounded that the presence of God was poured out over people who were not Jews! Then, Peter baptized them.

You may be wondering what my point is by now. Some of you have heard this story already numerous times, and have concluded for yourselves that you don't need to be Jewish to be saved, right? What strikes me about this story is a question: "what does this look like in today's world?" Who do we, as the Body of Christ, treat like Gentiles?  Forbidden or impure?  Do we open our churches to all people, treating them with the same love and compassion that Jesus does? Do we respect their hearts and love them, even if they may be living in sin? Are we judging them because their lifestyle choices do not align with the box we have God in?

Who can you welcome in to your church doors this week? Ask God to send you someone that needs to see the example and love of Jesus, and then ask Him to use you to be the example and love they need today.

 

 

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