Sweet Summer Time

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:23-24

Lately, my heart has been burdened with the thought that summer should not so much be a time to take a break and do nothing, but a time to find new
ways to minister, encourage, and serve (even if I’m far away from anyone and everyone!).

SO- Welcome :) I am thankful for the few minutes you’ve given even just to check it out. My desire is that every week this summer I can challenge
and encourage you with the living, active, and holy Word of God.

This week I began reading In Real Time by Mike Glenn, the pastor of a church in Nashville that I hope to visit during my short time there this summer. Pastor Glenn talks about “you are” statements and the power that they have over our lives. If, when we were young, our parents or other significant adults told us “you are smart” or “you are beautiful” or “you are worth it” we would walk forward in our lives believing these things. However, if we were instead told “you are stupid” or “you will never amount to anything” or “you are a failure” we will carry these words with us and sadly, we will believe them.

Unfortunately, I feel that the struggle that plagues most girls is that we believe lies from Satan over the truth of God. We don’t have to look
far to see that this has been a struggle from the beginning. In Genesis 3 the serpent goes to Eve and says the tantalizing words, “Did God really say…?” (vs.1) Initially Eve rightly rebukes him and says, “but God did say” (vs. 3, emphasis mine). However, after just a slight twisting of the truth, and a giant doubt of God’s goodness, Eve was deceived (read on in chapter 3).

It is my prayer, hope, and desire that this summer you will fight the lies of Satan with everything inside of you. In an effort to “spur you on
toward love and good deeds” I will be challenging Satan’s lies with God’s truth in the form of “you are” statements.

Every Wednesday morning I will post a new “you are” statement. Packed with Scripture, challenges for the week, and perhaps a guided prayer or
two, I simply want to equip you with truth. After posting a “you are” statement one week, the next week I will expound on how it ought to look in our lives. What you are and why it matters!

Read it once, or read it every week. My only prayer is that you will allow the Word of God to capture your heart and sweep you away. I promise
lies will come. Fight them. Believe truth and run after Christ with all you are.

((p.s. Please never hesitate to send me specific prayer requests. You have my word that when you send them I will pray.))

Be blessed, dear girls!

:),

 Jennifer

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