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Inside Out


Hi Sisters..we apologize for the late post. It’s been a bit crazy lately. 😊

Recently I watched the movie “Inside Out” with my boys. It was truly entertaining to see how the writers/producers depicted what was happening in the mind of this little girl in the movie. It was really quite accurate! Sometimes our hearts and minds can be tied up in knots. Emotions of anger, fear and sadness swirl in us like a whirlwind, intermingling with each other and seeming to battle for dominance as joy tries to hold the fort. Good old Joy! I must say she definitely is my favourite character and I really do try to let her rule the roost every day. However for us humans living in this fallen world, sometimes people’s actions, circumstances, loss, life changes, sin and other challenges can really offset that joyful balance. None of us are immune to sadness, anger and fear.  

Yet while each feeling does have its place and can propel us to a place of action. We must ask God to direct our emotions and actions so that we avoid the sinful and negative outcomes of acting sinfully on our emotions.

Take for example – Eph 4:26 which says “Be angry and sin not”. Phil 4:6 – 7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

James 4:1-3 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

The bible is clear that emotions are real. David the psalmist struggled with loneliness and depression as he fled for his life and Job seemed to wrestle with all of them as he endured severe loss. Even Christ was described as a man of sorrows Is 53:3.

However these men came to a place where their eyes were lifted beyond their present circumstances..as they considered the faithfulness and sovereignity of God and they obeyed.
Many people use their feelings as an excuse for their actions. Anger, bitterness and hurt propel us towards unforgiveness which is the root of broken relationships and more severely, crime.

In the midst of Christ’s betrayal and rejection from men, He saw the will of God and was able to say “Father, forgive them.” None of us, regardless of who we are can be above this.  

So, I don’t know what emotion is struggling for dominance in you today, in this season of your life, what wrongs you have endured and how you may be handling the challenges you face. However, I do know that the Lord will guide you if you ask Him. 

He promises: 

Is 61:3 “ To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Ask Him to come on the inside of your heart, to give you His light and joy to be reflected outside.

By Carol-angel Jackson


Living a life of letting go


Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God and the peace of God which suprasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is your star in muddy water? Spiritually disconnected, mentally anxious and confused, emotionally drained or exhausted, relationally independent, physically uncomfortable?

What brings us to this place? It’s the things that life throws at us, that don’t ever stop but seem to keep getting bigger.
-Financial pressures.
-A relationship that’s not running smoothly.
-Taking on more than is our share
-Holding on to something too tightly.
-Packing our schedules to full, being too busy.

So what do we do to get our star back in pure water..spiritually connected, mentally peaceful, emotionally happy, relationally balanced, and physically energetic?

We are to pray. Why pray? Because prayer is our technology of letting go! Not the deceptive prayer, that keeps the worrisome thought circulating, but the prayer of belief that trusts God and a prayer of repentance. We say: I repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God).

Repent: Strong’s Greek 3340, metanoéō (from metá – “changed after being with” and noiéō – “think properly”, “think differently after,” “after a change of mind”; to repent literally means – “think differently afterwards”).

Throughout the Bible people were told to repent. Today we are told that God “now commandeth all men (people) everywhere to repent”. Repentance is a process which leads to a relationship with God.

So what is our purpose? Is our purpose to be the perfect wife or the perfect mother or the perfect employee? No, our purpose is to Love God, and as we connect with Him, His spirit flowing through us will help us be the wife, mother and employee that he has called us to be. We were created by God for God.

Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

So if we repent, change our mind, then a time of refreshing will come. What are we to change our minds from? From us being in control. Where does the refreshing come from? The Lord.

It’s like fasting your thoughts. Arrest the fearful, selfish thought, repent of it, change your mind about it and replace it with the spirit, the word of God, then meditate on that new thought throughout the day.

Repentance also involves a turning away from our old ways and turning towards the new ways. Whether our old ways seem good or bad, we have all sinned and need repentance.

Romans 3:23(AMP) Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

His kindness leads us to repentance, but we first have to SEE His kindness.

Romans 2:4 (NIV) Or do you show contempt (despise) for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

It takes a humble heart to SEE His kindness.
James 4:6 (NKJV) But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

My time of journaling helped me look inside myself, and come to a place of repentance. Repentance leads to metamorphosis. The grub’s decision to build a cocoon leads to the new miraculous creation of a butterfly. For people it’s just the same: the miraculous end result of repentance is becoming a new creation.

Here is a wonderful little acronym for us to remember:

R- Righteous
E- Exhale of
P- Prayer, that is
E- Expectant of things
N- New and
T- Transformed.

By Lisa Marshall

Sharing our hearts- personal testimony

Remember to send us your testimony so that we can all be encouraged by, and celebrate, what God is doing in your life. We are sharing personal testimonies for the month of August.
“Whom the Son sets free is freed indeed!” John 8:36
I was talking with some friends the other day and praising the Lord for the way He is able to deliver from bondage and fear. All of us go through difficult circumstances and the enemy tries to use those circumstances to put us in bondage.
When I was a child, my family moved every 3-5 years to a different island of the Caribbean as my Dad’s job required transfers. When younger, my brother and I enjoyed this. It was exciting to go do a different place and meet new friends. However, as I got older, it became much more difficult. One particular move proved traumatic to say the least. It was when I was sixteen years old. I had to leave my friends, change countries and go to a school which made every day painful to attend. Everything felt wrong, the teachers, the students and the work. As my grades fell and I felt out of place, I suffered from the most severe blow to my self esteem I had ever experienced. I found it very difficult to utter a word in public without breaking into a full-on anxiety attack..profuse sweating, palpitations and inability to speak. I felt so bound by it that I chose not to speak in public. I wouldn’t ask questions, I kept mostly to myself and prayed that no-one would ever ask me to stand up and do anything. Throughout those years and somewhat after, I thought I would never recover my confidence or ability to speak in public. Furthermore, I loved to play the piano and sing and whereas before I would perform in competitions and examinations with confidence, I felt I had lost my ability to do so.
Sisters, I’m happy to say that as I submitted my life to Christ, over the process of time, the Lord has freed me from this. Through the empowerment of the Spirit, I can speak, teach or sing for Him in whatever capacity He asks me to. It may not seem like such a big thing to others, because they didn’t know me then or know my anxieties, but I remember the gripping fear I felt and how in my own natural self I would have avoided anything like this. The Lord is able to deliver us completely and lead us into our God-ordained purpose!
What is keeping you in bondage today? God knows the plans He has for you and it may be the very thing the enemy is seeking to restrict you in. Submit it to Christ and allow Him to work His process of healing and liberty through the Holy Spirit. Step out in faith. God has your back!