Category Archives: Distractions

Set Your Mind On Things Above

Set your mind on things above and not earthly things.

Man, I’m telling you what, I sure needed this sweet reminder. A lot of chaos with people around me. People wanting me to fix things or do things that is not my responsibility to do or fix. There’s helping someone in need and then there’s enabling someone’s toxic behavior.

I’m also reminded that all those things that happen around us, trying to steal your peace, steal your joy, they’re only distractions. New health problem, a financial need, flat tire, broken appliances, relationship issues, a clogged up sump pump that floods the downstairs, yep that one just happened lol😱🙄😳🙈😐🙊😷

The devil doesn’t have to destroy you, all he has to do is distract you! And oh how he loves to do that!! He will try, try, and try some more to do just that. Well, I am NOT just going to give up my peace without a fight any more and neither should you.

My friend, sometimes you have to fight to keep your peace and joy.

Sometimes you gotta talk back to the enemy, do spiritual warefare. I know I have too.

I refuse to let the enemies distractions steal my joy, steal my marriage or family, or steal anything else from me!

The joy of The Lord is my strength! I will set my mind on things from above.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the victor’s crown, the life God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12

I love this song from CeCe Winans –Waging War

I’m tired of principalities messing with me, Waging war. I’m tired of the devil stealing from me, Waging war. I promise he won’t get one more thing, Waging war. I’m taking it back taking territory, Waging war. I’m ready for the battle. I’m ready to win, Waging war. My weapon of power He lives within, Waging war. I can’t be defeated the enemy’s gotta flee, waging war. I’m taking it back, taking territory. Going into battle. Be my sword. Be my shield, as we claim the victory over the enemy. In your name, You rule and rain, never being defeated anymore. We’re waging war💗🙏🏻🙌🏻🔥🗡

PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD EVERY DAY!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

*****I am interested in hearing how you deal with attacks of the enemy.

In what ways does the enemy try to attack you and steal your joy?

Do you readily notice?

What do you do to fight?

Sword Of The Spirit:

Proverbs 4:25 (Message) “Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.”

Hebrews 12:2  “fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith,who, in view of the joy set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Colossians 3:1-2 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Proverbs 4:25 “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…”

James 4:7 “So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Ephesians 6:11 “Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

Proverbs 3:6 “think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”

1 John 4:4 “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper…”

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Won’t Stop Now- Elevation Worship

I know breakthrough is coming
By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise
And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming
By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise
And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming
By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise
And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming
By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise
And it won’t stop now

Your presence
Is an open door
We want You Lord like never before


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Stay Focused

Focus has been my word here lately, not just for the task at hand but in life issues as they come up. I’m learning if I stay focused on Jesus instead of what’s going on around me everything goes so much better. My emotions are more stable and the enemy can’t derail me.

But those times that I don’t is when I begin to get sidetracked, I start focusing on my problems…..I think about it, talk about it, think about it, talk about it, that’s when everything goes haywire for me. The enemy likes nothing better then to distract us any way he can from our destiny.

Do you recognize the distraction in your life?

We’ve gotta learn to stay focused on Jesus, speak life, speak His promises to ourselves, over our families and marriages, etc.

All that negative talk will get you NOWHERE but further in the pit!! Stand firm and focused on each and every one of His promises is for YOU and your family. YOU are destined for greatness precious one!! He’s got great plans for you!!

Big hugs,

Nicole 💗

Pressing through dark Times

One thing I’ve learned is that the devil will try and do anything to keep you distracted from the things you need to do or places you’re meant to be at.

I’ve experienced it many times in my life but now I recognize it more. But it hasn’t always been the case, and by no means do I get it right all the time.

So I’ve had this awful pseudomonas infection that started last December, yes you read that correctly. It started in my sinuses and then spread throughout my body all because it wasn’t diagnosed properly and it has gone on for almost a year now. It has been awful! So many trips to all kinds of different doctors, and several Emergency Room trips. It’s been the worst thing ever. I have been so sick and have had to press through much because I knew I had too or I was going to miss important things, milestones and memories.

The infection has stirred up my fibromyalgia as well. I’ve been having occipital migraines a lot and my neck was in so much pain I could hardly move it. We have small group on Tuesday evenings. Well I just was in so much pain I didn’t feel like I could go. But I just had that feeling I need to go, so I got up and got ready and went. I was so glad I did too. The fellowship is amazing and just what I needed, I love my girls. Not to mention God spoke to me something that I really needed but had I not gone I would have missed out.

Which brought another time to mind. There have been many but I believe this one had more of an impact on me and taught me so much about pressing through so we don’t miss what God has for us.

I use to be a youth leader in our church but this particular day I came down with a bladder and kidney completely out of the blue. I knew there was no way I was gonna make it to service. My personal thought is that the enemy knew what was going to happen and didn’t want me there. But that still small voice inside said you HAVE to be there. So off I went.

The night started off normal but it changed quickly. During worship I noticed a young girl she seemed off a little, next thing I know she was throwing up lots of green stuff all over the place. After we got her to the bathroom we discovered she had taken an overdose trying to commit suicide. So we quickly rushed her to the hospital.

But what’s so interesting about this story is that when I was her age I once overdosed in an attempt to commit suicide as well. I mean what are the odds that I had been in her exact spot, on that particular night, it was allllll God! I shouldn’t have been there because I felt awful and yet despite what my feelings said I knew I had to be. Right then I knew why!

Because I said yes despite my current circumstances, I was able to help and comfort her in her dark time and share my story, letting her know I understand and she’s not alone. I was able to pray with her as well. It was AMAZING! I will never forget it.

But what if I had not gone to church because of the kidney infection? Well, I will never know. But what I do know is that I was exactly where I needed to be and God orchestrated it all. I just had to be obedient and let Him led me.

That night brought back so many memories, so many things that I haven’t thought about in years. On my way home that night I called my mom and told her how sorry I was that I put her through all that. It was a healing moment for me.

I think so often we let our feelings guide us and NOT in the right direction. But that night and tonight I choose well. There are many other instances I choose well and many where I missed the mark but I’m learning to listen and be more obedient.

Is there a time where you know you’ve missed out on what God had for you?

Is there a time where you didn’t let your feelings vote and you pressed through and you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt God put you there? I’d love to hear your story.

Big hugs,

Nicole💗