STAND [Dream Again Day 8]

This message is veering off the course I had already planned. Or perhaps it is right on course.

Do you know I’ve been walking forward, courageously afraid, through this dream series? I have had to press in and press through, as we all do at times, when we move forward from our comfort zone. I’ve been sharing from the deep places in my heart and offering the realest part of me. I’ve swirled words and ideas around in my head, and wondered what I should share. Maybe this is too much, or maybe it’s too little, or maybe no one will get it. Does it even make sense?

I’ve let go, and published the words by faith. Telling my story and sharing the truth that I have learned, with hopes it would bring more freedom to others in the body of Christ, to cast off restraint, and run this race before them as carriers of God’s glory. And that is my dream for you.

My dream for me is that my life would bring God glory. That I would help others find their purpose in Him. By being present, something I would do or say would help another find the Way.

And it took a giant leap of faith to begin. Sometimes starting is the hardest part.

If fear didn’t hinder you from starting to pursue your dream, when you get past the point of no return, another onslaught comes rushing in.

Do you ever wake up in the morning and it seems like a rogue wave of discouragement was waiting for you to wake-up so it can knock you down? A wave of discouragement that sweeps you off your feet and shrouds you in darkness that presses in all around before you ever saw it come? In confusion, you try to get back to you feet, and wonder what hit you?

You try and catch your barring, and the lies pummel, before you have a chance to make them out from the truth.

I raise my hand to say, “Yes, I’ve been battling this heaviness and these lies…”


“You’re wasting your time.”

“No ones going to get it.”

“You’ve disappointed them.”

“You think they want to read about your junk?”

“Who do you think you are?”

And then question, “What am I even doing here in the first place?”


I have a choice to make. We all do in this place.

We run and hide and give up, or we can encourage our own soul.

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives]. (Isaiah 59:19 AMP)

And we can make a decision to stand firm. These directives encapsulate for us, the fight of faith.

10Be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.

16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”

(Ephesians 6:10-18 AMP)


I’m doing all I know to do, to stand, and stand firmly in my place.

When I call upon His Name, Jesus, the darkness flees.

I’ve caught my breath. I’m moving forward from here.

Photo taken by a friend of my eldest beauty, who is pictured. 


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Dream Again Series:


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 Dream Again Day 9

Read: Dream Again Day 1

Read: Dream Again Day 2

Read: Dream Again Day 3

Read: Dream Again Day 4

Read: Dream Again Day 5

Read: Dream Again Day 6

Read: Dream Again Day 7

  • http://www.morgandaycecil.com Morgan

    I can so so so relate. This is the crux! What we decide to do in the moment of doubt. I’m realizing this is what 2013 is about for me: learning how to be a warrior princess and stand strong believing in the glimpses of dreams I”ve been given from Him. Thank you for equipping me today with some awesome verses. The Sword of Truth, so strong & mighty. May we learn how to use it swiftly and deftly and masterfully this year in the pursuit of our God-sized dreams. (P.S. I’m a newbie to the community! ahhh! So scary to jump in when it feels like everyone in the room already knows one another, but my bravery today is to just do it 🙂

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com Barbie

    I get you. I understand the moving of your heart towards Him. How many times have I left this place in tears, only at realization of the weight of my own heart. Oh friend, keep writing. YOU are making a difference in the lives of others, and I agree with what someone said, the greatest transformation is in YOU. Write it girl. Write free, afraid, full of hope and love. You inspire me!

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com/ Nikki

    I finally had to write it all out, Michele-Lyn. In the very journal you gifted me with, I confessed that God was after me….ME. And if it’s only me that finds Him in my space, that’s enough. If He wants others to join in the journey, I’ll humbly let His glory prevail.

    But friend, let me tell you right now. You are not alone. I get you and could listen to you every day. because I hear Him in your words and see Him through your “junk”.

    I see beautiful you…{HUGS}

  • http://www.holleygerth.com Holley Gerth

    I love how you said it…a wave of discouragement. I can so relate and I NEEDED to hear what you wrote. I had never thought of it that way, as encouraging my own soul. Yes and amen and please keep those words coming, girl. You make a difference!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Holley,

      I think of David, who encouraged himself in the Lord and sometimes I need to, also. I suppose we all do at times. Jesus is our faithful friend. 🙂

      Thank you for your visit here. It means so very much. You are a pure gift. Being part of your team, is a gift. YOU encourage me!

      love,

      Michele-Lyn

  • http://www.melissasmallwood.com Melissa

    I have to say reading this was like you had visited my brain and my heart and put words to the bajillion thoughts and feelings that have been swarming since Holley first put out the call for this group. I am applauding your courage and hoping some will rub off on me 🙂

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Melissa,

      Thank you for sharing your heart, here. No doubt you have a dose of courage inside of you just waiting to be tapped. The greater One lives in us!

      Blessings as you journey, walking out all the plans God has for you. 🙂

  • http://ourstoriesgodsglory.blogspot.com Elise Daly Parker

    I so know those doubts and fears. And I so appreciate the reminder that we can do something about them. “We run and hide and give up, or we can encourage our own soul.” You are so right, in fact, I think as mature Christians, we have a responsibility to encourage our own souls…through Him who encourages through His word and also by reaching out to a friend who can speak the truth to us. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Elise,

      Yes! You speak truth here. Thank you 🙂

  • http://wordglow.wordpress.com Pam

    Well, as I read your words, I’m thinking – we’re all being hit with this aren’t we? (I just had two subscribers disappear.. and the sad thing, like you know, is you never really know who it is or why they left.) Even more confirmation to me of who it is that wants to silence us. You are so right, we have to encourage ourselves with the truth of His word, our sword. God is moving in your dreams powerfully, Michele! Be encouraged 🙂

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Pam,

      We don’t know why they leave, and that bothers me sometimes. I almost would like to sit and chat over coffee and just ask them what it was. But then I remember I have to look forward and not to the right or left, or even behind. Look at all who has stayed, right? 🙂

      Thank you for your encouragement! You bless me!

  • http://www.mercyINKblog.com Lauren Mills (@MercyINK)

    Yes, keep writing, if it is only for His own work in your spirit (although I am sure it is not ONLY in you He is working!). It is for freedom He has set us free. blessings + love, lauren

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Lauren,

      That is something that I am forgot — sometimes our writing is more for us than anyone. God is at work. He is faithful. I am glad we get to journey together, in this. I just wish we lived closer! 🙂 Miss you!

  • http://redemptionsbeauty.com Shelly Miller

    As much as we want to help others with our words, I’ve found that the greatest gift in obediently writing is what it transforms in me. Because He is committed to our redemption and if He uses writing to do that, then I’m nodding my head and shouting Amen! Glad you are standing firm.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Shelly,

      You already know how much I appreciate you! I let these words settle in deep. Thank you for sharing truth so graciously.

      You are a gift!

  • http://nateandannesummers.blogspot.com Anne S.

    Beautiful truth. I pray the encouragement you shared refreshed your own soul, as they did mine!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Anne,

      Thank you 🙂 What a lovely comment. God is a faithful friend! And you are a blessing. 🙂

  • http://alltheendsoftheworld.blogspot.com Sharon K

    We share a same dream- that all I do and say in my life would bring glory to my Heavenly Father. Yet, when I woke this morning I was faced with one of those rogue waves of discouragement you spoke of, full of lies. My husband and spent some time together pursing truth and then I came to your blog and gleaned another dose of encouragement. Thank you!

  • http://www.momma-on-a-mission.com Ashley

    Beautiful blog. Found you over at Heart & Home Link Up on Mercy Ink’s blog…I will definitely be following you. xo

  • ro elliott

    Stand my friend…stand…and let this process bring more freedom in Christ…He uses everything…the writing…the not writing…all for the Glory of God…all to answer the deepest desires of our hearts…to be free to follow hard after His heart…He is answering your prayers…keep standing…and following after him. blessings sweet lady~