On May 17th, I had posted the following on Facebook:
I am done.
I am done allowing the enemy lie to me and keep me hidden in fear and rejection.
I am done allowing who others are (good or bad) determine who I am, and bringing me into misery without joy! Ugh!
I stopped posting anything personal on Facebook because I felt it gave false connection. Which it may of course. But I am a connector! Lol. I love to network. I love to share me and my life and hear about others.
So if you care
Who I am:
- I LOVE talking about YOU and your heart! I thrive on inspiring others! I know this makes some people uncomfortable and I am becoming okay with that. I am learning that not everyone is to be that intimate with me & nor me with them. And I am okay if we aren’t close friends like that.
- I LOVE quality time. It is a need I have and it is NOT one I created, but God. I have amazing people that will make time and hang with me and again I am becoming okay now with those that don’t. (As I use to think everyone should be my hangout friend. where would that time be?!? Haha) [[this one is still challenging for me with Community but I am learning HIS WAYS in this. *Share if you have any input!]]
- I LOVE chatting about Kingdom. Again this is usually your heart. So if that’s a ministry, Family or health, then that’s what I ask about. To know you, inspire you and connect with you. It’s who I am. Family is a new one for me but now I get it. Haha
- I LOVE to empower people. So when some weakness is shared with me I look for opportunities to inspire the opposite. No I don’t always do this right, nor should I say anything at times or have the right timing but again I am okay with that. It’s my journey and I am growing & learning always! If I do this incorrectly to you. Tell me! Help me grow!
- to my leaders. Yes I am that one that confesses all my weaknesses to you. I get it out. I haven’t always done Perfect with this but it has always set me free quicker! My poor leaders. Haha This has been my first season without a mentor and it’s been so challenging. Anything evil hidden is aweful and I want no part of it! ((Anger? I tell someone, my first time drunk as a believer (on purpose) I told three of my pastors. Lol. And they gracefully encouraged me to only share with one for accountability; no worries this was back in 2015, Evil motives towards my husband, I tell him (hasn’t always gone well haha) or another woman for correction lol)) *yes I know I can go to Jesus. And I do. It’s the ones I need to be expose that get shared*
- I have always been in leadership since I got saved in 2004. Until last year October 2017. I may share too much of my opinion. Lol. I am working on keeping this mouth shut more!. I do feel God puts the right people and their opinion in the right place. (Also called leaders :)) so I don’t have to share mine! Haha go figure!
- I am a mom but it has not always been my dream. It’s been a very hard road to surrender to, but I am. And I am gaining more and more joy in it. Of course Cayden is just amazing!
-sometimes I get my encouragement mixed with “fixing” someone. It’s not always Gods will for me to fix obviously! HA!
-I have had a life of digestive issues that are just plain aggravating. When I was born I had an infection in my blood that put me on two weeks of antibiotics. Saved my life but tore up my system. So this is why I share about food and health on Facebook often and may ask you about your health. Haha
I do apologize though for anyone that has been offended or hurt by my abrasive desire for you to be whole, my growth & learning curves! :-)
And yes these may change and there may be imperfect thinking and I am okay with that. As I am open to being corrected always, changing, growing, etc. I love it!
And PS. I really do love hearing the opposite of my opinion. I love getting to the why and how and knowing the truth.
AND yes we can still hang if you don’t like some of the above. As I will always be open and ask do you want an opinion, encouragement, or what’s best to chat about. Lol. I have learned this thank God! As again I love to EMPOWER YOU!
Okay. That’s all. I may or may not start posting personal life on Facebook again. We shall see :-)""""""""""""""
I posted this mostly for myself. I had to make it known to myself and make a decision that I was not going to stay where I was. Man what a difference it has made. It was the beginning of my breakthrough and leaving the "wilderness". Below, I share what I was breaking out of. In hope to encourage or help someone who may be in the same boat.
"When God sends you it may not be where you were prepping to go"
Back in October of 2017, The Lord decided it was time for me to step out of serving others visions, in ministry, after 13 years. It was really all I knew in “serving” the kingdom since I was saved in 2004. God saying this, was not at all what I was expecting! And at the same time He surprisingly blessed us with another gift, Baby Greer #2. So the emotions with hormones were crazy! LOL
So with these two major changes I was a basket case. I dealt with so many lies and even suicidal thoughts. It sucked! I would dig myself out of the emotional hole for a few moments and then fall back in. It was hard for me to be around my normal peeps. It just depressed me more. I felt forsaken, lost and sad. The biggest thing that kept coming at me was "I was forsaken. My dreams, desires, efforts, hopes, all of it, forsaken."
I HAD to reach out consistently to people I could trust for truth. I knew some of the things I was dealing with wasn’t right but it WAS SO REAL! ***please don’t just negate your emotions when they get this deep and dark, SAY SOMETHING!! Get help! And have those around you to speak truth to you constantly until you're through.***
I knew that God was the one asking me to make this change, so he was of course to blame. Lol God also said my relationships would change, so I couldn’t get mad at people for that either. I was so stuck and no one to blame "in person" but God! GAAAHH!
"Journaling all your dreams and prophetic words. It may be the answer you are looking for 6 months from now!"
Of course the Lord did prep me; as He is faithful! But I missed all the "clues" he gave before this all started. As I looked back to read my journals (which he told me to read my 13 years worth of journaling at the same time) it reminded me of His faithfulness and showed me He had given me dreams personally and prophetic words from people not involved with any of this to help me through what was coming.
Here are some of the encounters, revelations and words He gave me within 6 months before my transition started:
- I noticed in May of 2017 the Lord had started speaking to me about restoring the inheritance of my generations past and for my generations to come. He had confirmed it when I opened up this book by Shawn Bolz “Keys to Heavens Economy”, and his first chapter read Restoring Desolate Inheritances. This book awakened it more in me! I actually bought the book almost a year before for a reason I didn't know and began reading it now.
- He gave me Psalms 37 out of the blue and it is all about the Lord will not forsake you. At the time, I wasn't sure how much I would need these verses. So this was a Word I had to mull on. You know sometimes you get a word and it’s an instant filling in your spirit but others it’s like chewing a big thick steak that's been burnt on the outside! Lol Also forsaken is like a curse word to me and I don't want anything to do with it. So to think I would actually need this scripture and feel forsaken was awful!
- At the same time of revelation with my inheritance being restored, He began speaking to me about my calling/grace as a prophet in May. Out of the blue. It’s not something I focused on throughout my walk because of always serving others visions but it was neat how He brought it all up. Even reviewing my journals and showing me where I had been given this revelation of my calling multiple times and just put it on the shelf until “time”. So I began dreaming with God in this! Of course in my way of how it would come about :)
- July of 2017, He took me to a new place in the spirit to reveal things to me. It was a cave. I thought "neat", how fun and how many treasures do we find in caves! :) But within the hour Brian Simmons started his teaching about David and how he had his season in the cave. GAAAAHHHHH! I quickly wiped that away because I didn't want to hear it. The cave meant no connection or recognition (acceptance so I thought it was at the time) and man I needed both so I thought. Brian also grabbed the mic while I was in my encounter and began speaking about relationships and such which I knew was for me. But I again, didn't put much attention to it at the time because I didn't want any of my relationships to change.
- a friend of a friend had prayed for me one week (as we asked him to for a word) and left me a voicemail with a word he felt impressed from the Lord. Every single thing he shared pointed to this time. He gave the word early spring of 2017 though, so I wasn't sure of parts of the word. So as I was reading my journals I listened to the word again and BAM it hit my spirit hard in November of 2017 after all this started :) Was soooo encouraging and refreshing to know that God was actually in all this!
"So here I am now"
So now after these 6 months of prepping me with the words, revelation and encouragement above, it was time for alignment. Usually when alignment happens it is taken as exciting and running into your dreams. But not this time, so it seemed. My dreams have always been serving the body of Christ and impacting nations. These dreams I didn't chase but God very clearly has given to me through many confirmations throughout the past 13 years.
So His alignment was me stepping out of everything. Was me letting go of everything I had my hands to and heart. Again, I was not prepping for this. I was prepping to be sold out and in connection FULLY with those around me and the ministry I was serving. So a big shock to my system this was!
Part of this alignment was accepting my place and calling as a mom and prophet to my family. The Greer Tribe. My dream of family, kids, mom and such was brand new. Really implanted by God. Not made up by me. I believe there were reasons why I didn't dream this, like not having a father figure in my childhood that was able to be there for me, having physical and sexual abuse as a kid and making bad choices as a teenager. The dreaming of my own family was dim. So it needed to be cultivated in me.
Another part of this alignment is me letting go of my WAY that my dreams would come about. As someone preached recently, the prophetic words we have don't always include directions and steps. So I had to lay down all my dreaming and thoughts on how they may be coming about. Trusting God with all that HE had given me.
So here I am. Finally having breakthrough with stopping all lies from feeding me any longer. I am not missing out. I am not less than. I am being pruned and prepped daily to be more like Him and more like ME :) I am still on my path to completing my destiny on bringing heaven to earth and I am so honored I get to be a prophet to my family! We shall overcome and we shall have the fullness of His mysteries and the GREER TRIBE WILL HELP RESTORE THIS WORLD!
YOU. Your body, your voice, your actions, your words ARE KINGDOM.
I feel we use the word Kingdom so much now a days its lost its immense power. With Kingdom I am speaking about the following, the FULLNESS OF the FOLLOWING plus more! Righteousness to stand against any evil (seen or unseen), peace to overcome all pain, joy to say yes through every trail, power to overcome daily, truth to make Him known, light to reveal the darkness and remove it!
THIS is Kingdom! This is HIM. This is YOU!
Lets not take lightly what we carry.... I mean being a Christian for so long you MAY become complacent with what's within.... it's truly not just a fiction to make you feel good to not die then just end.... its truly not a way to just be a nice person... IT IS A WAY TO CHANGE THE WORLD, TO MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE, TO IMPACT HEARTS OF THOSE YOU WALK BY.... SERIOUSLY... IT IS A WAY TO TERRAFORM ALL THAT YOU ENCOUNTER!!! TERRAFORM IT BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL PURPOSE....
Or do we think that having sickness is normal bc its the way the world is? There's too much evil, there's too many people making bad choices, etc.? Do we think that broken hearts at least once in a lifetime is the way it is, do we say "it is what it is" too much and not being aware that WE CAN CHANGE IT?!?!? Take it further.... do we think that trees should get sick and die off, earthquakes & hurricanes should be happening, animals getting disease is normal or angrily killing each other? I know that's far fetch for most of us.... but was the Garden of EDEN a peaceful place or violent? (please don't misunderstand me by saying we should not kill animals to eat, I don't feel that conviction YET, I do believe we may be there one day as a church, but maybe not. NOT MY POINT) I am simply pointing out that CREATION also has a part of this redemption along with people, sickness, marriages, salvations, etc.
So ARE YOU RELEASING KINGDOM! Are you walking outside knowing your PRESENCE is making a change on the very ground you walk on? the person you speak to when buying groceries? Your spouse you are constantly encountering daily?
I do believe you have to be at a place of believing this. A place of KNOWING what/whom you carry! You have to know and believe that you truly carry all that is in heaven, in the Kingdom... and its THROUGH YOU THAT IT GETS RELEASED TO THIS EARTH!
Do not think that we are waiting on God to make everything change.... HE IS WAITING ON US TO SAY YES AND BELIEVE WE HAVE WHAT HE GAVE US. He is waiting on us to SEE IT and SPEAK IT and REVEAL IT to the World... He didn't send His only son so He can do all the work too.... no He sent His son to show us the way, to make a way, to redeem the world THROUGH US!
DO NOT THINK THAT ONLY YOU CAN RELEASE HEAVEN BY SINGING IN A BAND OR IN FRONT OF PEOPLE.... BELIEIVE THAT YOU CAN TRANSFORM AND RELEASE KINGDOM BY SPEAKING IN YOUR HOME.... TO NO HUMAN IN FRONT OF YOU AND KNOW THAT THE ATMOSPHERE IS GETTING CHANGED.... THE NEIGHBORHOOD YOU ARE IN HAS A LITTLE MORE LIGHT JUST THEN, YOUR KIDS HAVE MORE PEACE, YOUR MARRIAGE (or one to come) HAS BEEN IMPACTED WITH TRUTH.
AS YOU BELIEVE IT, SO SHALL IT BE.....
START ENVISIONING IT HAPPENING FROM YOUR MOUTH.... THE WORDS/LIFE OF THE KINGDOM.... DON'T JUST LALLYGAG IN LIFE ANYMORE... SAY YES TO HIM, HIS WAYS, MAKING HIM KNOWN, STARTING IN YOUR HOME...
With Cayden, my son, I started when he was a baby sneezing... I thought what an amazing opportunity to release KINGDOM... so every time he sneezes you will hear me say "I bless you with joy, peace & righteousness" the KINGDOM :) There's no sense in him having to go through all I have to gain these three amazing pieces of KINGDOM. I hope it gives him a boost of walking in kingdom at an early age & I do already see fruit of these :) YES LORD!
It’s important to understand community. Also, to understand flowing with God and His will and trust in relationships. To me this is very mysterious. So many people, personalities and purposes.
Community isn’t a building, job or a ministry. Community is people. Those who surround you and celebrate you. They connect with your hearts dreams and desires, and/or you connect with theirs.
Community is sometimes those that are supporting, counseling or walking with you through a trail. This isn’t always your best friend or your leader. Not everyone is equipped nor able to handle your hardships and your heart. Doesn't mean they are less than or bad but we all have our own walks of life and style to support. It makes us unique! This is usually a person who God has ordained to be there for you, He has given them the grace and wisdom for whatever it is you are going through.
Community also changes. It flows as you flow in season and out. Some may follow and be with you in multiple ones and others may only be for one particular season. Some may be intimate for one season and friends that only hang every couple of months the next. Walk with God and trust Him with this!
Connection shows up in different ways as well. Some people feel so close to you as they connect via text or email only. Others may need that one on one time once a week to feel connected. It all depends on their love language. Know them and be grateful for all of those God has put in your life.
Personality. This also has a play with connection. Do they like jokers that laugh all the time, or are they more serious and like to talk about economy or health only. All of this matters with who feels more connected with you and who you feel more connected to. And comfortable with :)
I am sure you have heard of the inner circle. The best description of this that I have seen is Keeping Your Love On by Danny Silk. There's also the life of Jesus. He had a few disciples that were the closest (inner circle) that did more intimate things with Him, but 12 that he walked along side of to change the world in His ministry. So ask the Lord who are the 1 or 2 that can handle your heart and trust Him with that! He knows you better than yourself and He knows your tomorrow!
Being aware of these things will help your heart. It will help you when a transition period comes to look at truth and not be driven by lies of division and judgement. Usually when we feel disconnected we are more abt to listen to an accusation than to give the trust that is deserved or has been earned. The disconnection could be a transition taking place for what God has next in your life.
For example, if God is taking you from a corporate job to full time ministry, you may start to notice some of the relationships changing at work. You emotions could be getting stirred up as you become really frustrated or feeling lonely. Being AWARE of these feelings and KEEPING God in the middle of your life will help you become more aware of what's to come, or the possible transition you are in. We all know God sometimes waits until last minute to fill us in on the plan. So we are to trust when things get shaky! Some call this "the grace is lifting". When something that was once a joy and easy becomes hard, uncomfortable and frustrating. It may be God transitioning you and making room for new relationships and new adventures!
Let me say this as well. *This is not a right and wrong blog post. This is not to see who is to blame. This is to set your heart free and know yourself, your community and your season better! Having understanding is freedom!
MY STORY ON THIS: (very broad version :))
For most of my life I had a perception everyone was to be my friend and connect with me in some way. In school I was a class clown and captain on our cheerleading team. I had soooo many that connected with me on some level and I had called them friends. But not many got to really know and spend time with me, which is my love language and therefore I felt "less than".
As the years have gone by, I asked the Lord “Why are they not connecting with me or why isn’t this relationship working” his response was “I never asked you to give your heart to them!” Woah! Talk about a cut. You see, I thought being a Christian was being open and loving to everyone by opening your heart and revealing it. So when God said that I was pissed. I couldn’t beleive the Lord allowed me to pursue a relationship when it wasn’t to be. Of course this is not His fault but He took the blame. :) So this began my journey to a deeper understand of community, family in the church and relationships.
I still have not the fullness of this and maybe some wrong perspectives that need corrected BUT understanding my relationships and taking into consideration God's opinion is soooo much more helpful and freeing. Get understanding and invite Him in!
On my journey I have been challenged with different thoughts of “not making it”, “not doing enough”, “maybe I need to be more like so and so”, etc. Not feeling like I am being successful.
I have a dream. One that God has even given me. So sometimes I measure my success in life with me meeting, starting or completing something that is exactly "attached" to that dream.
If you ask around some may say success is connection to a “known” person (one of influence), spending 5 hours with Jesus a day, being in a certain ministry, having more than enough money, knowing the Bible, going through college, having a family, having the support of a leader, etc.
Is this true? Maybe or maybe not! I believe each of these can be yes or no. Depending on your season you may say yes or no. I would like to suggest that success in the Kingdom is being in the Father’s will! Doing exactly what He is asking or inviting you to do. Not what you think or feel you should do in perfection.
So. If your season is one of growing your family, great! If it's growing in influence and favor, awesome! If it's going to college or pursuing your faith growth to raising the dead, wonderful! Doing the will of the Father.... or better, BEING in the will of the Father. Is true success.
So any of those listed in the paragraph above can be correct for you or they can not. If it’s the right season and you are being in the will of the Father, say yes to it and surrender to your success with Him!
No more comparing and stop trying to be what most around you are and be still to listen and hear the heart of heaven for YOU. This will get you further in life. And this is true success. Go ahead is BE in the will of our Father God!
These are some of the most painful questions and acts. The question Why God? And the act of surrendering to Him.
If you’ve been through those tough moments in life with the loss of a loved one or a loved pet, separation of relationships or ministry, sickness, lack of finances, or in need, then you may have asked that WHY GOD question.
Why God am I going through this? Why God am I the only one getting beat up? Why God did that happen to them? Why God haven't you done this or done that? Why God did you do this? Why God would you allow this? Etc.
It’s a question that I believe doesn’t really get an answer on this earth. Or at least by God. If you’re like me, I have tried to answer it with my own logic but God won’t let it stay there. As it’s not truth and sometimes this action ends up in bad theology. (I have had God take me to heaven and show me the answer on some things and then confirmed it with something or someone on this earth. Can chat on this with another blog)
But I do believe there is a way we get past the WHY question. There's a state of mind and heart the Lord is trying to get us to. Which of course brings us closer to Him. It builds our trust with Him..... and brings us to surrender.
Surrender to the unknown. To the moment you’re in. To the pain. Surrender to what’s actually happening, the truth AND the lies. Surrendering to you not knowing all the whys and maybe not getting your answer in the here and now.
Surrender is beautiful. It’s a painful squishing of the soul, but it’s beautiful. It's the most freeing action, once we get there. It’s saying “I will trust”. I will trust Him. I will put my why in Him. I will know Him. I will.... I will trust Him! Amidst the pain, against the heartache and circumstances... I will CHOOSE to SURRENDER to HIM!
It is a choice. It is an action of choosing to surrender. Speaking it against all pain and feelings. As we surrender to Him, He will deal with our circumstances. He can then deal with lies we are believing as we are surrendered. He can act and speak on our behalf as we are surrendered to Him and not placing our own judgments.
So today CHOOSE TO SURRENDER TO HIM instead of living in the WHY GOD questions.
As my previous blog was on guarding our hearts, I wanted to add some points of the importance of being aware of our relationships. Many just go in life and live without ever thinking of the relationship, connections, hearts of others or hearts of themselves. It empowers us more to guard our hearts when we are able to be aware of our relationships. Below are a few random nuggets on this subject.
Galatians 1:10 for do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant to Christ.
This is relating to those walking along side of you. Whether on your team, co-workers, your leader, spouse, friend etc. We are to seek to ONLY please God, not man. We are to be cautious of this as we guard our hearts with knitting with others. (read my previous blog)
I find it interesting in Galatians. Paul spent a lot of time clarifying his motives. Weird I thought. Many people think that you shouldn't waste your time sharing your motives and understanding with people who may be too sensitive. But we must remember our one and ONLY enemy, satan, is named “ACUSSER OF THE BRETHREN”. Even back then the enemy was placing speculations, perceptions, thoughts, rumors, etc. all throughout Gods kingdom. satan knows this will help him keep division and make us be further from unity.
Don't play the enemy's game in this! Don't be an accuser of your brethren! Don't play the game of it being "their issue" and you won't put any effort of clarity. Now of course we don't take them overboard where we have to share everything, but walk with Holy Spirit in it.
Also, being connected, is via the heart. One can ONLY know YOUR heart by YOU sharing it. So I believe he also was bringing an opportunity for people to connect and know him. Think about people on platforms. Why do so many "follow" them or feel they "know" them? Or those that write books or sing? It is usually because they have shared part of their heart. By sharing their life, failures, dreams, lessons, wisdom learned, etc.
It’s a very fine balance. We do need people. But we only need Christ. We do receive from people but Christ is the ultimate giver. We do walk along side and serve people but Christ is our master. God gives us our call and opens the door but man is who we and He, also partners with. (Galations 1:7-10)
So how do we balance all this? What do healthy relationships really look like? On all levels and depth of the heart? This I don't fully know.... One thing I am sure of, is our responsibility to learn and grow in our TRUST IN HIM! This will keep us at peace in all of our relationships as we can TRUST HIM who has placed us where we are and with who we are with.
TRUST HIM. YOU ARE HIS FAVORITE. YOU ARE HIS BRIDE. NOT JUST YOUR CO-WORKER, FRIEND, LEADER, ETC. BUT YOU ARE HIS BRIDE! YOU ARE HIS FAVORITE!
Paul states in Galatians 2:5-6 God shows personal favoritism to no man for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. Those who were known in the body of Christ heard of the grace given to Paul and Barnabas and only desired that they take care of the poor.
God will reveal the grace in you to those who you are to connect with for that particular grace! Not all you have is for all you are around. And not all of what others have near you is for you! Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal where you are to place your pearls, grace, gifts, talents, skills, etc. You do it unto the Lord and not unto the man. Trust Him.
Truly we are righteous and able to live in Christ because of Christ. Nothing we do or others do. We are to remember Gods love for us never changes. He is for us in our weaknesses and in our strengths. Success in the kingdom doesn't always look like fame, celebrity, mass influence, writing a book ,singing a song, etc. Success in the kingdom is simply.... love. Being like Jesus to those around you. Walking with Holy Spirit in all that you do as He guides you to release heaven encounters.
Keep loving. Keep empowering. Stay real. Share your heart.
First let me share why "guarding your heart" is important. It makes a safe place for you AND for those around you! By knowing who YOU are, what YOU need and knowing who others are and their needs, creates a safe place.
Guarding your heart seems a mystery. Many have different perceptions on this. Some negative and some positive. Lets look at each of them.
The unhealthy (negative) way of guarding your heart usually starts off with one of these statements: "I am never trusting them again", "they won't ever hurt me!", "I am never giving my heart again", "they hurt me", "they are such liars, I can't trust them". If you start to guard your heart with either of these words, it is out of pain, fear or unforgiveness. It is for self protection and removes the trust in God.
Guarding your heart healthily (positive) is courageous and It's saying YES to you before anyone else. Yes to you, so you can say yes to others. It's a courageous act out of a desire for unity, wholeness and the fullness of what God has for you and for what God has for those around you!
Are WE guarding our hearts or something else? "Don't let anyone near your heart", "my heart is yours and no one elses", "my kid has all my heart", "my husband is everything to me", "I am in covenant with...", "I couldn't live without _____", and on and on. I believe these are some statements that reveal who or what is guarding our hearts. It reveals what or who we have allowed to have access to our hearts. We have let down our guards. Is this bad? I do not think it is always, BUT I do believe God needs to be a partner with you to decide who has access to your heart. I do feel it may be a lot fewer people than we think.... or what I have thought. ;)
So what does it actually mean? Guarding your heart. I will list three things here: 1. being AWARE of what's actually in your heart, 2. having the tools to MANAGE what's in your heart, 3. know WHO is allowed into your heart. I may have some different perspectives than you have heard, so share any insight in the comments!
Knowing what is in your heart is a full time job. It's staying AWARE of your emotions and feelings and digging in on what created them (some may call this the root). For an example, I realize I have been frustrated. I say to myself, "seriously, would this stupid peanut butter jar be aggravating me this much to get open?!?!". Of course not. There is something deeper. I think at times it may really be my house being a mess and I had no time to clean, a disagreement with my husband that isn't settled yet, or maybe a bad choice of food, etc.
So what do we do? Our biggest tools are Jesus' blood that took back all power and dominion. It states in Revelation by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony they overcame! Revelation 12:11. So let us FORGIVE ourselves or others, INVITE wisdom, knowledge and understanding to apply in your circumstance, and declare our TESTIMONY! Using my example in #1, I forgive myself or the expectation I set and didn't meet, for any perfectionism in my heart or whatever lie I may believe. I receive the forgiveness provided by the blood of Jesus and declare the truth. I do at times need to battle thoughts that may come back with truth. 2 Corinthians 10:5. Manage your heart by managing your emotions & thoughts.
Who and what has access to your heart? Who. Your parents, spouse, kids, co-workers, yourself, etc. Our heart has only so much space, "energy", to pass around. We need to know who has access. Sometimes we give this access without knowing, sometimes it's a given and sometimes you intentionally give it. 1. The times that it is without knowing. You may have started watching this amazing show and it's grabbed your heart. You know how your heart being tugged on daily by the show. You can't wait to see it. Of course you didn't say, "I am going to give my heart to this show" but you end up doing it as your heart opens up to those in the show, even from afar and with non realistic characters. 2. Sometimes it's a given. Like our child we just received from heaven. This is a healthy God ordained connection but some of us may turn it into an idol. "I can't live without my kid" "they are everything to me", etc. Again invite God to help you manage this. 3. We give it. We intentionally have prayed and invited God to guide us on how we give out the access to our hearts. For Him to show who should have our heart, for how long, in what season and to what level.
Have courage and stand strong! Know and manage yourself so that you can be a blessing to others and be a safe place for them!
I pray you received what was helpful, spit our what wasn't and continue or start your journey for a healthy guarded heart!