NOT – a word for 2018

Praying that this new year brings new experiences with my God, my Savior, my Lord.

New miracles to witness.
New Holy Spirit revelations from His Word.
New challenges that draw me near to Him.
New disciplines that teach me to be more like Jesus (a faithful disciple).
New worship moments that will open my eyes to how BIG He really is!

So… I’m in a blog community where many of the writers ask God to give them a word for the New Year. I’ve never done this before, so on Christmas Eve, I asked God what “word” He had in mind for me. Here’s what I heard…

“Your word is NOT.”

I thought, “What? What can I possibly get from that word.”

I was thinking of words like  ~Joy~    ~Hope~   ~Peace~

No… all I heard was {{{NOT!}}}

The Lord began to speak just a few things to me and I realized this Word, “NOT” will keep me trusting Him. Yes, the word is NOT – and will take me through the year and I believe it will have a transforming work on my mouth, my attitude, my worship, my faith, my mindset,  my service to Him, my surrender… and so much more.

Here are the few things I jotted down during Christmas Eve 2017.

Not gonna complain

Not gonna murmur

Not gonna doubt

Not gonna forget

Not gonna resist the Holy Spirit

Join me this year and let God give you a word for 2018.


Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

 

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Silence {Five Minute Friday}

FMF Silence


It could mean… shut up!

Or, shhh… because the baby is sleeping.

Or, stillness… so quiet you can hear a pin drop.

Today I read a devotional called “The Power of Giving.” And the message was that of giving thanks. Being thankful.

We sometimes lose our joy or maybe just misplace it. One way joy will disappear is…

GRUMBLING!

I have to confess, I have found myself caught up in some of that lately. Not continually grumbling to the world. Mostly grumbling in my heart or behind closed doors.

Like…

When things aren’t going my way. When sickness entered my family. When things just aren’t fair. When change just isn’t happening soon enough.

I was convicted as I read the devotional about the 1000 pennies this lady had hidden all over her house. She was determined to get her joy back. So every time someone in the family found a penny, they had to give thanks for something.

I thought of the parable of the woman with the lost coin. I know that it’s a message of redemption. Finding a lost soul and rejoicing in their salvation. That’s what Jesus is great at. He is always finding and saving those that are lost.

Not only that…

He finds me in my sadness.

He finds me in my brokenness.

He finds me in my sin.

He finds me in my grumbling.

And He comforts me.

He heals and restores me.

He cleanses me.

He convicts me, then fills me.

Today, I am thankful that Jesus doesn’t leave me in that place of grumbling.

I’m thankful that the Holy Spirit convicts me and sets me straight.

I’m thankful that my Heavenly Father understands what’s going on in my heart and loves me enough to pull me to His side to silence my disappointments.

I’m going search for hidden pennies today.

Will you join me?


Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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rest

Day 31 of 31 days rest

Day 31 – Rest


First verse in my bible reading today…

“The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.” Mark 6:30-31 NLT

Isn’t that just like God to give me what I needed this morning. I’ve dug deep into my creative side and wrote something every day for 31 Days. It was quite a challenge and some mornings I just had Nothing. Nothing. Nothing to share. But at the end of the day… He gave me a little something to share using each word-prompt. Some days I used 5 minutes and other days, I had more than 5-minutes of words.

It’s been fun!

It’s been tiring!

It’s been hard!

It’s been an experience that has pulled me into God’s presence.

My brain is empty, but my heart is full!

Now… I’ll take time to read the post of other fellow 31-dayers.

I don’t have too many words left. I was saying to my husband yesterday that for my final post the word is ‘rest’ so all I would post is:

The word is rest. Good night!

I think it’s all I need to say. Sweet rest. I’ll take it.


Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

 

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refine

Day 30 of 31 days refine

Day 30 – Refine


I think of a fire when I see the word –refine.

When I did a word search on refine; refining, one word used was different:

Rarefy – to make rare or rarer

I like it.

I know that God is like a Refiner’s Fire…

I don’t like fire and I don’t like the smell that gets on my clothes and hair when we sit around our fire-pit. We do it because the kids like to roast marshmallows and watch the fire make flames and see the logs get smaller and smaller.

Unlike the fire in our pit, God’s fire comes to refine us, to make improvements. When He refines us, we are not destroyed or completely consumed. He is in control of the refining process, so when He starts seeing His reflection in us, He will take us out of the fire and polish us and make us shine like gold or silver.

Why?

Because he wants to show off his creation. Without his refining work in our lives, we are nothing great to look at. But when he is finished with us, we will be more and more like Jesus.

If you want your life to be attractive to those who don’t know Jesus, then you will need to sit in the refiner’s fire.

Don’t panic.

Don’t be afraid.

Don’t resist.

Let Him make you into a rare beauty.


Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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follow

Day 29 of 31 day follow

Day 29 – Follow


Follow means: act according to the lead or example of someone.

We try to instill in our kids/grandkids to be a leader, not a follower. We don’t want them to follow the wrong crowd. We pray they will follow Jesus!

Social Media: On my blog, there’s a link if you want to follow what I post. You click the bar and it adds you to the list of my followers. follow people on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Blogs, etc. And they follow me, meaning… they keep up with what is going on with me and I do the same, by following them. 

It does bring to mind a bible verse that says “Follow me as I follow Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

I have to ask myself today… is my life an example of Christ that others should follow? This question brings me to my knees.

Holy Spirit, wash me and cleanse me of my selfish ways. Give me clean hands and a pure heart. Let my life today, be an example of following Christ wholeheartedly. Make me like you, Jesus. Pour your oil of gladness over me, filling me with more than enough to share with those around me. Let others see Jesus in me and want to follow Him.

If you are a follower, you are headed somewhere. Who are you following? Where are you going?

I encourage you today… become a follower of Jesus!


Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

 

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connect

Day 28 of 31 days connect

Day 28 – Connect


Praying this morning about what I can write on the word CONNECT.

The weekend is here and we are staying with my mom as she continues to heal from the cancer that tried to take her life.

As I opened my YouVersion Ap on my phone, the WiFi keeps disconnecting. I’m hooking up to the WiFi connection across the street and the connect symbol goes from one dot to 2 bars and suddenly it’s disconnected again. The signal gets weak and I have to reconnect. I keep losing the strength to stay connected.

So devotional time consists of this…

connect – reconnect – connect again – connect

I started to realize that we live in a world of connects.

Internet connects. People connects. Business connects. Political connects.

But the most important connect of all is:

Connecting with the Lord. Prayer. And without this connection, we have no strength. And even if we connect in the morning, eventually the cares of the day makes the signal weak and we must connect again.

The verse that comes to my mind is John 15:5:

““Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NLT

Did you connect with Jesus today? Don’t try to connect from a distance like I am doing with the WiFi across the street. Get close enough to Jesus to have a strong connection and…

Stay connected!


Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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overcome {Five Minute Friday}

Day 27 of 31 days overcome
Day 27 – Overcome


In prayer several years ago, my eyes were open to how we overcome. I began to pray, God I want to overcome. Help to overcome…

I started to repeat this over and over: #overcomeovercomeovercomeovercomeoverovercomeovercomeovercome

I said it so many times that the word ‘come’ came before the word ‘over.’ So here’s what I heard myself saying: #comeovercomeovercomeovercomeovercomeovercomeovercomeover

When I noticed it, God spoke to me. He said, Eva, if you want to overcome you need to come over to where I am. Come into my presence and I will make you an overcomer!

Here are a few notes from a study I prepared for a Ladies Meeting a few years back. This was a powerful message that I have trained myself to walk in as an overcomer!

Everyone faces difficult situations during their lifetime. We call them trials, storms, battles, etc. Some of these battles we choose – it’s the battles that choose us that can be difficult to overcome.

I have triumphed over trials, survived storms, and conquered battles. The information I’m writing is very basic principles you may already know. In 2 Peter 1:12-13, Peter addresses all believers, saying, “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory…” So…It’s always good to be reminded.

We can all relate to hard times, unfortunate circumstances, unfair treatment, a broken heart, sometimes tormenting experiences.  You may ask questions like… Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Why is God doing this to me?  I learned something from Joy Dawson years ago when she spoke at our church. She said the million dollar question we need to ask the Lord:  “What are You trying to teach me?” I have to say, God has taught me so much on trusting Him through the tough times.  The truth is bad things happen all the time. BUT that doesn’t change who God is! He is always good! He is always FAITHFUL! And He knows all about me!  For most of us, we tend to cling to HIM and depend on HIM more when we are going through hard times. I’ve done a lot of clinging… and I’m still clinging to Him. I know that He has me in His GRIP!

The key to overcoming your battles is to know your God. There are 2 scriptures I can think of that talk about knowing Him.

John 17:3 – Jesus is praying, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” The way we know Him is by spending time with Him.

1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” The highest calling in our Christian walk; to fellowship with Jesus! Pastor Paul spoke on this in one of his messages years ago. If you practice getting alone with the Lord, “talking to Him and listening to Him,” you will get to know Him. You will overcome anything. You will rise above the cares of this world, and you will be a victorious overcomer!

I pray the Lord brings encouragement and hope to your situation as you get to know Him more and more!

You are an overcomer!


Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

 

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