February 5, 2014

WHOA! I can't believe we are in February already! This year will fly by. Personally, the time flying by has been an asset these last couple of weeks. As I shared in last week's WHOA Notes, I fasted during the month of January really digging deeper than I ever had before into God's presence. It was an amazing experience. I guess you could call it a mountain top experience-- yes it was painful to surrender my physical body to fasting but the rewards of God's presence and touch on my life were indescribable. But-- as many of you know with every mountain top experience there is an almost certainty that it will be followed by a valley experience. Even Jesus had to face the enemy in the desert after being on a 40 day fast! Jesus knows all about the fight! He is ready and waiting to help you fight your fight. Today, I write to each of you to cheer you on --cheering for you to not give up or not to give in. These scriptures really spoke to me as I have been battling the valley.

"Do you see what this means-all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running-and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed-that exhilarating finish in and with God-he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!" Hebrew 12:1-3

First, when we are in the valley we need to quickly remind ourselves of what God has already done in our lives! As the scriptures above explained-- they reflected on what God had already done in the lives of our biblical pioneers such as Moses and Noah. How God won all the battles for them! Right now, if you are in a valley think back and recall another valley you overcame and encourage yourself to believe God will do it again! God will help you to overcome again!

Second, we can't quit! That's right-- we can't quit the race of living for Jesus! It truly is a race of fighting the good fight of faith. The enemy is going to use every opportunity to get us to quit to lose hope and to fall into despair! Don't let the devil win our hearts and minds into thinking failure. Truly today I am speaking to my own heart as tears fall down my cheeks. Yes-- we all get tired and we all get discouraged but today I really plead with you to bounce back and get your game on!

Third, you ask, How do I keep going on? The scriptures above put it perfectly, KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS! That's the best defense against anything the enemy can lie to you about! If we surrender it all to Jesus and keep our eyes, hearts, and minds on Him then we are assured to overcome any obstacle or trial! Jesus is victory and we are promised victory too! Don't look at your mountains today with despair, doubt, loneliness, confusion,-- look at your mountain knowing Jesus is bigger than any mountain you face today! Jesus will bring you victory and you will win the race!

Finally, I hope this shot a dose of adrenaline and HOPE into your souls today! I pray this gave you the hope that Jesus is with you every step of the way on the mountain tops of life and in the deepest valley of life. My challenge this week is: when in the valley always remind yourself of what God has brought you out of in the past, have a don't quit attitude no matter how bad it hurts or how lost you may feel, and surrender to Jesus your everything and KEEP YOUR EYES on HIM! He will deliver you and YOU will find victory in the end in Jesus Christ your personal Lord and Savior-- that is a promise!

I love each of you in the WHOAwomen Community and I pray for you often. Please email me your thoughts and share with me what you may be faced with and let me know if you need anything today!

In God's abundant love, Laine