The 5 Faces of Opposition When Building for Wisdom

This life can be unpredictable.  Just when we think things are going great, we get thrown a curveball.  We feel the discouragement and frustration rear their ugly heads in our hearts.  Doubt for work we have been called to do begins to grow.  We wonder if we really heard from God about our calling.  I mean, this should be easier, right?  Doing God’s work?  Don’t people see what we are doing??  And boy, when that curveball comes, it is all we think of.  We forget all the good stuff and zone in on the ‘bad’.  It’s what we do.  In this post, I want to address The 5 Faces of Opposition When Building for Wisdom.  I have experienced all of them myself and I am sure you have, too.  

Are you surprised when you face opposition to God’s calling on your life? Are you familiar with what opposition looks like? Are there people in your life who do not like the work God has been doing in your life? We need to know The 5 Faces of Opposition When Building for Wisdom and know the truth about those lies.

Before we get into the opposition part, can I encourage you with this little bit of truth first?  You need to know this with such confidence.

God wants to use you as a shade for generations to come.  Like a big oak tree planted firmly on God’s word.  With strong branches full of lush leaves.  Yes, that wind comes and rattles the leaves, but the tree stands.  Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ When Holidays Are A Struggle

Christmas time can be a very difficult time for people for many reasons.  It might be the first Christmas without a loved one.  Maybe things aren’t going well in a marriage.  Perhaps family members won’t be able to come home.  Or maybe unhealthy family relationships make Christmas less than enjoyable.  

There is a bit of a mix for me.  While I am so thankful to have my husband and kids around, and I take advantage of the quiet of the season for much-needed rest after a super crazy busy fall, there is still some sadness and grief.  You see, other than my husband’s mom and sister, we have no contact with other family members.  My side is incredibly toxic and I had to distance myself from the unhealthy relationships.  But that doesn’t mean my heart doesn’t grieve.  

I don’t grieve those relationships.  No, in fact, my life has been more joyful and peace-filled since cutting those ties.  BUT…what I do grieve is what was supposed to be…but never was.  

So, when I read Maree Dee’s post on When Holidays Are A Struggle, I could relate and appreciate her helpful tips. I really appreciated this point she made:

We are capable of feeling great joy and great sadness at the same time. One does not cancel the other out. Yes, it is sad someone is missing from the table, but we can also feel joy for those who are present. 

If you struggle during the holidays, head on over to Maree’s post to be encouraged.  And know I am praying for you.

Maree, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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Grace & Truth ~ 5 Ways to Cultivate Relationships

With Christmas coming right around the corner, the battle of gift buying and debt ensues.  We buy, buy, and buy more.  And for what?  Just to chuck most of it in the trash or thrift store bin in a few months.  Our family is in the midst of a transition to really simplify Christmas.  There will be a few gifts for each child, special gifts, but the focus will be on quiet, restful time spent together, making memories.  

That’s why I enjoyed Jennifer’s post, 5 Ways to Cultivate Relationships.  Her focus is more on relationships instead of gifts, and I love that.  She also offers a few ideas for different ways to focus on relationships over Christmas – like hosting/leading a Blue Christmas.  If you are tired of the obligatory gift giving and parties, I think you’ll appreciate this post.

Jennifer, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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Armed & Dangerous ~ A Book Review

Two of my favorite topics are prayer and the armor of God (hence my 2 biggest subscriber freebies are a prayer guide AND Warrior Princess guide!), so, naturally, I was keen to read a book about spiritual warfare and the armor of God…and prayer.  I was given a copy of John Ramirez’s book Armed and Dangerous by Nuts About Books in exchange for a review.  

Armed & Dangerous ~ A Book Review

While I love the fact that someone was taken out of the realm of witchcraft and into the arms of God, I do feel somewhat disappointed by the book.  I enjoy a good testimony just as much as the next person.  And I do take spiritual warfare very seriously.  However, I was left wondering if the author took a few things a bit too far.  Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ When It’s Hard to Give Thanks at Thanksgiving

It feels like there is tragedy somewhere in the world at every turn.  And every time I wonder how much closer we are to His return.  It might feel like His return is on the horizon, but we can’t know for sure.  I keep thinking this world can’t possibly get any worse…and then tragedy strikes again – worse than before.  Or just piling another heartache on top of the pain.  

With all of the tragedies we are facing today, it can be easy to grow discouraged and hardened, numbed to the horrific events that unfold before our eyes.  That’s why I appreciated Stacey’s post, When It’s Hard to Give Thanks at Thanksgiving.  She offers practical ways to inspire thankfulness despite these difficult times.  Head on over to her post and read her ideas.

Stacey, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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2 Transforming Applications for Building Wisdom

We have been talking about building a God-honoring life on A Work Of Grace over the last several weeks.  When I was younger, I had no idea what wisdom was all about.  I grew up in what was referred to as a Christian home.  However, the fruit that grew from that home did not prove this.  Looking back, I can see that lack of wisdom was a huge proponent of the destruction of what was in that home.  I have taught my kids from a very early age to seek Godly wisdom.  I had no idea what that would look like at that time, but now…well, I am so thankful that I did that!  So often, we fall into the lie that our kids are just not ‘smart enough’ to have wisdom.  This can’t be further from the truth.  Can I encourage you today to start inviting your kids to seek God’s wisdom?  Even if they are toddlers…are tiny babes.  Speak this truth to them!  To help you, I am writing this post, 2 Transforming Applications for Building Wisdom, and offering a special challenge for you and your family.

Do you know how to rebuild your life? How to build your life around God's wisdom? Here are 2 Transforming Applications for Building Wisdom

I want my kids to understand that their entire life – their speech, habits, character, time, priorities, what they watch or read – should be built around the wisdom of God.  Every decision we make ought to be determined by Godly wisdom.  In order to teach this truth effectively, I must be living this myself.  Here are 2 basic applications to live this out. Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ What if My Brokenness is Not About Me

Brokenness…something I am sure we have all experienced.  And, I usually find that the more broken a person becomes, the more real their faith becomes when they hold fast to the Lord.  And the deeper the faith, the more wisdom.  As wisdom increases so does the ability to share the story of that brokenness.  I know this from my own experience.  And that story is shared with so many other broken hearts.  Those broken hearts turn to Jesus for healing and redemption. 

The plan for our brokenness is so much bigger than we can even imagine when we hand it all over to God.

I chose Rachel’s post, What if My Brokenness is Not About Me, as my feature this week because she shares this important truth from her own tragic story.  I love how she gets right to the problem:

“So often, when we are forced to endure hardship, we have a tendency to make our brokenness all about us. Why me, God? Why did you let this happen? Where were you? Why didn’t you save me? What did I do to deserve this? Why her? Why him? Why us? Why now?

But maybe, just maybe, these are the wrong types of questions.”

Head on over to Rachel’s site and read her incredible post.

Rachel, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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4 Ways To Steward A God-Honoring Life

I felt so disappointed.  I was even angry.  And frustrated.  My heart screamed, “Why were all of these things happening to ME?  Hadn’t already been through enough?”.  I spent a lot of time in tears and with a sense of despair.  I’d love to say that I could pinpoint exactly when I was feeling like that but the truth is that I have felt like that more times than I wish I’d had.  It wasn’t just one time or one incident.  It has been many times.  Many experiences.  Many situations.  I look back at those times – any of them – and I realize I was missing something pivotal, something so integral to my spiritual growth that without understanding the fundamental truth of it, I would still be considered a ‘baby Christian’ that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 3. I wish I had learned sooner about these 4 Ways To Steward A God-Honoring Life.

Often, when we are disappointed about our plans not working out, it’s because we miss a fundamental truth for spiritual growth. I had to learn to steward my life according to God’s will. Here are 4 Ways To Steward A God-Honoring Life.

When I was caught up in frustration, disappointment, and anger, I was focused on my plans and dreams for my life.  I wasn’t thinking that God might have other plans for me.  I had already made my plans and dictated how I thought my life should be like.  And when those plans failed, I turned to my jaded self.  

I had to learn to steward my life, not steer it.

Hmmm…how many of you are trying to take control of the steering wheel? Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ I Am My Child’s Friend

When my first child was born, I knew I had to parent differently from how I grew up.  Big changes were in order.  I tried some parenting books and some offered bits and pieces of practical advice.  But none really fit quite right.  So, I turned to God for His wisdom – probably what I should have done first;)  And He taught me.  He taught me so many things.  One of those things was the fact that my kids and I are friends. 

Now, this wasn’t a popular view then and it isn’t now.  But maybe, just maybe, we have the definition of friend wrong instead of being friends with your children wrong.  Years ago, I shared my ideas with my friend, Kaylene’s site with a post called My Daughters, My Friends.  My oldest is now 16 and we are very close – we are friends.  And this has helped her draw even closer to God!  We even created a course together (which will be closing on November 17th).  For more details, click the image to the right.

I also wrote more extensively about the idea of being friends with our children in my book, Raising Godly Children.  This book goes on sale on Amazon (Kindle version only) on the 12th with a countdown sale (price starts at 99 cents and increases daily – back to full price on the 18th). 

Because this is a topic that isn’t talked about much – or people look at you like you are crazy – I just had to choose Rosa’s post as my feature this week.  I love how she has come to the same conclusions I have!  Head on over to her blog to read her post I am My Child’s Friend.

Rosa, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

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1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life

When I was younger, many of my life decisions were greatly influenced by other people.  I wanted to make sure they were happy.  My happiness was put aside, even ignored.  I would remain unhappy just so other would be happy with me.  Needless to say, this rarely worked out.  There would be at least one person who still wasn’t happy with my decisions.  And the people who were ‘happy’ in the beginning, eventually grew unhappy with me for whatever reason.  It was a lose-lose situation.  It wasn’t until I started to listen to God’s plan for my life that things got better for me.  Sure, those people still got angry with me about my decisions, but at least I knew I was doing something right.  Let’s chat about 1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life.  PS – I’ve created another set of worksheets – you can find them at the bottom of this post.

There is always one common thread running through the lives of Godly people. Do you know what it is? 1 Common Ingredient In A God-Honoring Life

Last week, we talked about the 5 Essential Tools For Building Your Life.  Today, I want to look at the common ingredient in building a life that honors God.   Read More

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