Who Told You That?

Who Told You that?

A ticker tape of negative thoughts scrolls across my mind. I squeeze my eyes shut to “take every thought captive” but the increasing brain fog prevents my ability to focus.  Exasperated, I talk to myself aloud; this stinkin thinkin is not true. Who told you that?

Recently, the battle of self-doubt and my identity has resurfaced. I am two years into my chronic illness. I have learned to accept most of the changes (though this is still a continual process). However, barbed negative thoughts snag my thinking, and scar my identity, self-doubt, and purpose.

Within a few days, I can usually pray and shake off the negativity, but instead of diminishing, this battle has gained strength. I began fighting back with vengeance. Now, each time a negative thought scrolls across my mind, I question myself aloud, “Who told you that?”  Then I rebuke the negative thought and replace it with truth from God’s Word.

Here is a list of I am proclamations of truth:

I am…

  • A valiant warrior (Judges 6:12)Strong shoes for Stony Path Corrie Ten Boom via Pixabay
  • A secret weapon in God’s army (Isaiah 49:2)
  • Unstoppable–Nothing formed against me shall prevail (Isaiah 54:17)
  • Not afraid of evil for God is with me (Psalm 23:4)
  • Taking negative thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)
  • Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
  • A marred pot being transformed by the Potter into something He deems best (Jeremiah 18)
  • A child of the Most High King (2 Corinthians 6:18)
  • Clothed in God’s armor (Ephesians 6: 11)
  • More than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
  • Seated in heavenly places with my Father and King (Ephesians 2:6)
  • Actively listening to my Father’s voice each day during my #CoffeeWithJesus (John 10:27)
  • Sustained and strengthened day-by-day though my sword is marred and my shield is dented (Psalm 89:21)
  • Chosen by God (Ephesians 1:4)
  • Loved by God (John 3:16)
  • Forgiven by God (1 John 1:9)
  • Sustained by God (Psalm 119:116)
  • Strengthen by God (1 Peter 5:10)
  • Led by God (Psalm 23)
  • Guided by God (Isaiah 30:21)
  • Comforted by God (Psalm 119:48-52)
  • Secured by God (Psalm 16:8) *This is my life verse.
  • Belong to God (1 John 4:4, NLT)
  • Unable to hide from His presence (Psalms 139:7-12)
  • The head and not the tail; Above and not below (Deuteronomy 28:13)
  • Blessed when I come and blessed when I go (Deuteronomy 28:6)
  • I am His. (Isaiah 43:1)

 

The enemy is a master deceiver who wants us to keep on believing the lies and negative thoughts in our mind. When those thoughts arise ask, “Who told you that?” if it did not come from God’s Word then it isn’t true.

Do you wrestle with negative thoughts or doubt? If so, who told you that?

Is there anything in your mind that you need to take captive to turn it over to Christ?

Which of these I am proclamations resonate with you the most? Consider writing a prayer on an index card to help you battle the next round of stinkin thinkin.

~April White

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Victory Perspective

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Photo courtesy of 88.5 Lite FMThe biggest battle I face is not wondering about direction in my current season. The biggest battle I face is trusting God has already won the battle on my behalf.

I love to highlight passages of scripture where God uses past tense grammar to describe a current or future victory. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

Joshua and Jericho

“See I have delivered Jericho into your hands.” (Joshua 6:2, NIV)

Joshua stands before a small city fortified with tall walls. Assessing the giant walls, God said, “See I have delivered Jericho into your hands.” I wish I could see the look on Joshua’s face at that moment. Queue the climatic music. Staring up at the walls, did he have a look of skepticism or determination? Before God offers an unusual battle plan, He assured Joshua, “I have delivered” this city into your hands.boots PIxabay

Joshua entered into battle from the stance of victory.

Moses’ Commission

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20-31 (NIV)

Moses led a million march–a motley crew of former slaves, out of Egypt through the Red Sea towards freedom. God in is mighty way parted the Red Sea and the people marched right through toward freedom. Before the split, God assured Moses, “I am sending an angel ahead of you…to a place I have prepared.”

With Pharaoh and the entire Egyptian army closing in behind, Moses walked in a stance of victory on dry ground as he crossed the Red Sea.

Gideon’s Call

“Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.” (Judges 7:15, NIV)

A chapter before, the Lord finds Gideon hiding from the enemy. Now God has called him to fight. Before God issues an unusual battle plan (by the way, most of God’s battle strategies are unusual) He assures Gideon, “The Lord has given” the enemy into your hands.

Gideon enters into battle from a stance of victory.

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sword-790815_1920 pixabayWe can learn from Joshua, Moses, and Gideon. These men faced insurmountable circumstances, yet they entered into battle from a stance of victory.

Before God issues an unusual battle plan, for our lives we can rest assure He has already prepared our future and delivered the victory.

What battle are you facing?  The victory is already yours. Go get it.

If you need musical motivation, I recommend listening to Go Get It by Mary Mary.

~April Dawn White

*All Scripture is NIV from Bible Gateway. *Images courtesy of Pixabay and 88.5 Lite FM

© 2016 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

One less Problem

motorway-driving PIxabayRachel and I zoom down the road, music blasting, and heads be-bopping to the rhythm. I love these days, just the two of us. Rachel, my ten-and-a-half-year-old disc jockey carefully selects another song. I’m not surprised when she chooses Pentatonix’s cover song Problem, by Ariana Grande.

 If you’re not familiar with the song click here to listen.

The chorus of this song replays in my mind like a broken record.  But today, I hear this song in a whole new light. Rather than focusing on the song’s intended meaning, I hear this song as a warrior in God’s army looking Satan squarely in the eye and repeating the famous chorus.

I’m battling more than my health. When will I gain strength to return to work? What about our finances? Will need to move? Do I need a single story wheelchair accessible home?Me and Rachel 2015

What I don’t need is the Enemy getting all up in my business. The Enemy is trying to pry into my head, confuse theology, and warp truth.

I ask Rachel to reply the song. “Really?” her face brightens.

“Yes please.” I say. “Rachel, think of this song not as a boyfriend bugging you, but as the Enemy bugging you. Look at it from that perspective. This is not a Christian song, but it has significant spiritual application.”

Rachel drops her head and peers at me over top her glasses. “Mom, are you going to blog about this?”

A Cheshire cat grin spreads across my face. “You betcha!”cheshire-cat-CROPPED Pixabay

I tune out the lies of the Enemy and I tune into the voice of God, thus giving me one less problem to worry about.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:7-8, NIV)

Even though my troubles are many, I listen to God’s voice and “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

Photos courtesy of Author and Pixabay.com

 

 

Whispers with God

alarm-clock-pixabay“We must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” –Lysa TerKeurst

 The blaring alarm awakens my dreamless sleep and a smile spreads like taffy across my face. Rather than groan at the irksome interruption of my sleep I am thankful:

 

  • I slept all night
  • Pain and paralysis did not wake me at 3 AM as it has many nights
  • I did not wake in a paralyzed state
  • My facial muscles are not frozen therefore I can smile

In the darkness, I stretch out my arm and mash the snooze button. Thankful I have mobility, I lie back down and exhale these whispers with God:

  • “Yes Lord”
  • “I love you too, Lord”
  • “Thank you for a restful night and no morning paralysis”
  • “You are my Jehovah Jireh, my Provider.
  • “Thank you in aconverse- red shoes 932667_1920 pixabaydvance for what you have already planned for me today.”

Each morning, before my feet hit the floor I exchange a few whispers with God. I will continue our conversation later from my red chair, but for now I need to help get the kids ready for school.

It is vital to my spiritual life to spend my first waking moments giving thanks to God; and to recognize Him as the source of the breath allowing me to wake again.

Yes Lord

I begin each day by simply saying “Yes Lord.” These two words place my heart in open and willing position to receive whatever He deems necessary for the day.

I love you too, Lord

Next, I whisper, “I love your too, Lord.” This is how I end and begin every prayer, recognizing that “We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19, NIV)

I thank you for…

Thirdly, I thank the Lord for …it changes each day. Today I thanked the God for sleeping through the night, but it is whatever most is pressing at the time.

You are my…

A few years ago, I read the book “Knowing God by Name” by Mary Kassian. Since then, I’ve began to incorporate the Hebrew name of God that best describes my current circumstance. Jehovah Jireh means God will provide.  I know God speaks all human languages, but speaking His language draws me closer to Him.

Thank you in advance

God is always working on our behalf. He knows the end from the beginning. He already knows what we will face today and He has already made provisions when we get there. This is why I include in every prayer these words, “Lord I thank you in advance for what you have Chattering teeth Morgue filealready done for me today.”

There is one more reason I exhale whispers to God before my feet hit the floor, the Enemy. Peering inside the window of my life, my world is relatively quiet. What you cannot see is the constant chatter the Enemy shouts in my head. Like a chattering teeth toy, the Enemy never stops messing with my head. When I whisper to God upon rising each day, it puts my day into perspective and temporarily shuts out the chatter.

 

creek water in desert PixabayEven in a world filled with a constant stream of noise.  I am thankful for the One who is our stream peace, living water in the desert places and “it is well with my soul.”

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19, NIV)

“Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” (Isaiah 35:6, NIV)

~April Dawn White

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.and Morguefile.com

 

Battle Songs

sword-918542_1920 PixabayExasperated and weary from battle I attempt to stand. I am fighting a duplicitous battle, a physical and spiritual battle. Daily I struggle with morning paralysis and extreme weakness.

Physically, I battle a yet-to-be-named neuromuscular disorder. I am waiting for genetic testing to be approved by my insurance so I can name (and slay) this beast. Steading myself, I rise to stand, cautious to have a hand, chair, or hand ready to grasp. My legs wobble like a foal learning to walk. It seems as though my legs have forgotten their purpose.

I reach for my marred sword. I cannot raise my arms; the disease has me frozen in a myotonic state. I hold my battered spiritual sword and pray. I’m weary, worn, and beat.

This second battle is spiritual. The Enemy is attacking me. I can’t see him, but I feel the effects. While I don’t know the name of my neuromuscular battle, I do know the name of the one instigating this second battle. His name is Satan, the Enemy, the serpent, and the Accuser.

Each day, I pull my red chair God’s throne, touching knees with the Almighty. I hear these battle songs echoing around me. Donning on “full armor of God” as referenced in Ephesians six, I seek the Lord’s face and strength for both battles.

Here are a list and link of my favorite battle songs:

Victor’s Crown by Darlene Zschech

Rooftops by Jesus Culture

Overcomer by Mandisa

It Is Well by Kristene DiMarco and Bethel music

No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David and Melissa HelserArmy-boots-cropped-by-Brian-Merrill-pixabay

Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture

I Will Bless the Lord by Byron Cage

Till the Walls Come Down by Martha Munizzi

Holy Spirit by Kim Walker Smith

Even though I continue to battle, it is well with my soul.

Keep marching!

~April Dawn White

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com

God Himself Will Fight for You

The Lord will fight for you verseAndrew and Rachel ran around the house looking for their snow gear yelling, “The snow is coming!”  Much to their surprise, they had outgrown their snowsuits. The next day Rachel and I made the trek to the sporting goods store to purchase new snow gear. While we were there Rachel asked “Mom can we go over to the punching bags?”

“Sure?” I replied, a little confused. 

Smack, smack, ugh, UGH were the sounds emanating from my ten-and-a-half year old daughter and the punching bag. Red faced and hair was flying, I released a belly laugh at the sight of my pink wearing, accessory loving, I-don’t-like-to-sweat daughter punching a stationary bag. “Mom, I need boxing gloves.” she grunts between punches. I stifle another laugh.

Do you ever feel like your in a battle with an invisible opponent?  Me too.

Shortly after our trip to the sporting goods store, I found this verse:

“Do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God himself will fight for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:22, NIV)

I’ve been grunting and throwing punches, fighting an invisible illness. All the while, exhausting myself. Last Friday, I shared how God is teaching me to “Cease Striving” but today I want to encourage you to lay down the boxing gloves, “The Lord your God Himself will fight for you.”

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This is your reminder to let God fight for you.

~April

 

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