Wednesday, February 4, 2009

~Thankful Thursday~

Welcome to Thankful Thursday! Join Iris at Grace Alone for more thankful hearts.

I am so thankful this week that when the enemy is filling my head with crazy thoughts, feelings, offenses and deceptions...God's Word started shining a light on them and I see them more clearly.

I have been battling with doubts, uneasiness, feeling like I didn't fit in, not valuable and I was on the slippery slope of depression. Let me clarify...this is not about where I fit in the body of Christ or who I am in Christ...that I know and I am secure, but it is about where I fit in this world that we live in, my community and among those who I call "friend". I blogged about it on Tuesday called Who Am I and Where Do I Fit In?

I spent time last night praying and asking God to help me sort through all my emotions and thoughts. I needed a clear view of what was the truth and what was a lie.

I retreived a book that I used years ago by Stormie Omartian called Finding Peace for Your Heart. I felt the Lord drawing me to this book for guidance and clarity in the areas that I was struggling in.

This is what I found...

A lie is an inaccurate or untrue statement that only has power if we believe it. Then it become deception. Deception is walking, thinking, acting, or feeling in opposition to God's way and believing it's okay to do so. Satan is the deceiver, and we are deceived when we line ourselves up with him. Deception allows a lie to enter into our actions.

We fall into this deception by judging our worth according to the world's standard rather than God's. The world's system of competition and comparison is destructive and brings feelings of intimidation and inadquacy as it pits one person's God-given gifts and potential against that of another. God says we are all unique and valuable. The pitfall is in trying to live up to what we think we should be or not be rather than what the Lord says we are.

Low self-esteem is the lack of belief in oneself and self respect and the habit of accepting lies about oneself. When low self-esteem or lack of self-worth takes control of the personality it can be paralyzing. We all want to be somebody!

I Corinthians 7:7
"Each one has his own gift from God"

You have to be able to see that without money, without a job, without your talent, without having your hair done or make-up on, without being thin, without nice clothes, house, car, or family, you are worth something.

She went on to say "many times God was the only one who believed in me, but that was enough."

I am so thankful today that God meets us right where we are and talks to us individually...on our own level. I needed these exact words yesterday and woke up this morning with a completely different outlook on things.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. Praise God for changing those bad thoughts, and replacing them with good ones.

  2. WOW! God is so amazing! I am completely amazed on how He talk to us and meet our needs individually always in time :) Happy Thankful Thursday!

  3. I'm studying a book by Stormie also--The Power of Praying Through the Bible". I'm taking this slowly and soaking in all she has to say.

    And, her words clearly spoke to you just when you needed them most!!

    You are God's child--uniquely designed and created by Him. Think of your own children--how much you love them and their worth to you. Now, think of GOD's UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!! In HIS eyes we are priceless for He loves us beyond anything we can even begin to comprehend!!


  4. OH my friend, don't let Satan lie to you about who you are. You are so precious! He likes to whisper doubts in our ears, when he does that I say crank up the Christian music so you can't hear him! LOL.
    BIG hugs to you today Jennifer!

  5. I am thankful for that fact too...

  6. Praise God! That is awesome that He led you to exactly what you needed! What a loving Father!

    This fast is breaking off some stuff isn't it sister? Woo hoo! Gotta love healing!

    You are beautiful inside and out!


  7. Thank you so very much for posting this! I needed that encouragement this week especially. It is funny how we can allow these worldly standards to affect us isn't it?!?

    Have a blessed week and thanks for your encouraging comment!

  8. I will come back later to read your thankful thursday, but I NEED to comment, I LOVE Through the Storms of life. oh my precious sister,,my hearts cry for quite a few months has been I Will Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns,,,and here I 'stand, finding a place that truly ministers to my heart already..Ok,,I'm off, need to care for my wee one's..will be stopping by later to read.

  9. Sounds like an excellent book.I hope and pray you are blessed with happiness and are at peace with all that is thrown in your path.

  10. I love Stormie Omartian. She is a wonderful author and Christian. So glad that you were able to be ministered to through her book. God uses so many things to minister to us...He never ceases to amaze me when it comes to showing His love for us.
    Have a blessed Thankul Thursday!

  11. Praising God you have been renewed. Much love to you on this Thankful Thursday!

  12. Praying God will continue to renew your mind and renew your strength. He is doing a great work in you and thru you. I from time to time feel like you described but you have to just stand on His Word and know that He is with you, fine-tuning you, molding you, and making you into the beautiful vessel that He sees thru His eyes. Love ya. Laurie

  13. As promised I'm back. Oh my,,been going here and there on your blog and reading and tears welling up and ok,,I'm back to this post! Girl..I just wrote TWO DEVOTIONALS yesterday because what you have been going through in your mind, was EXACTLY me!! I've got a chisel girl,because I'm REFUSING to go around that mountain ANYMORE!! I'm done with it. So, I'm either going over the mountain or through it with my chisel and digging my way through to the the other side. NO MORE, depression, insecurity, and everything that goes alone with these emotions that keep us going around that mountain, I'm DONE!!Want to dig through the mountain with me sis???? God's leading the way beloved one!! Hallelujah!!

  14. I am thankful along with you that God meets us exactly where we are... anytime and everytime.

    Happy Thankful Thursday!

  15. I'm so glad that God met you right where you are! He is so faithful. You are precious my friend! I know sometimes it is easy to believe a lie about ourselves. I pray you continue to feel His love today.

  16. Praise God for his perfect timing in leading us to the things we need to read and see.

    Happy Thankful Thursday!

  17. I love all of Stormie's books. And what a blessing the Lord brought the book to mind. He is faithful. When He has you in a hard place it's for a purpose - His Divine Purpose for your life.
    I struggled several years ago with questions of where do I fit in, where's my community. I would not ever choose to go back to that place again, but I'm thankful for the lessons I learned along the way.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  18. ....and now we are thankful that you found Stormie's book!

    Bless you! May you see yourself as God sees you; created perfectly in His image! Remember Psalm 139: 13-18...He knows you...He knows everyday of your life...and has ordained them..they are written in His Book!


  19. Oh what a beautiful post today. I love Stormie too and I'm excited I'll get to see her in March!!



Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


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