Why GodChick?

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Many people have asked me how I came up with “GodChick”. So this week, I thought I would share the story behind the name.  

About 4 years and 3 houses ago my husband gave me a bracelet with “GodChick” on it. I, of course, LOVED it and wore it until it started to tarnish and turn (it was only a $7 bracelet). Once I had to retire the bracelet to my jewelry box I started to think about what I could do to keep it a part of me so I searched the NC DMV database and found that no one in NC had “GodChick” as their license tag so I scooped it up.  

Keep in mind that is way before God had begun my ministry and this was also the same house that I had Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote “Let us be silent so that we may hear the whisper of God” above my bath tub.

So, about a year later when I started to blog what I had been keeping as a journal in just a Word document, I thought what better title for a blog than The Whisper of God. As God continued to grow the blog into a devotional and ministry it was clear that my website had to be godchickdevotions.com. I was, after all, the “GodChick” driving around town.

So it isn’t anything earth shattering, but just another great story about how our God weaves our lives together to accomplish His plan.

Another question I am always asked is, “What exactly is a GodChick?” So today I want to issue a challenge to all of you. E-mail me your definition of a GodChick. I’ll choose the best one and post it on my blog and website.

The winner will also get a copy of my new Bible study In The Mi[God]dle and a GodChick t-shirt and bumper sticker.

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by. ”Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. 1 Kings 19:11-13

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Just Breathe

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Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.” Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. Daniel 10:16-18

When our children get hurt sometimes they get so upset they forget to breathe. My husband and I have to say, “Breathe! Take a breath! Breathe!” so they won’t pass out.

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when something seemed to overwhelming to face or so scary that you had to remind yourself to “just breathe” to “take a deep breath”? Unfortunately, I can answer “yes” to this question. How do we remember to take it to God first, take a breathe and find the peace and trust we need in His word?

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21-23

If we fill up our hearts and minds with God’s word and promises daily, when we are faced with challenges, instead of forgetting to trust God – we will hear His still small voice reminding us of his presence and words of comfort and peace. Receive His peace and love today. He died so that we would have life. Let’s not waste that incredible and sacrificial gift of love from our Father in Heaven.

Heavenly Father, giver of all things, creator of all we see and all we don’t, your love for me is astounding and brings me to my knees. I am in awe of you – all you were, all you are and all you will be. Christ Jesus, you dwell in me and I claim your love and power today. I claim the peace only you can offer. I claim the forgiveness you sacrificed your son to provide for me. Please use me to draw others to you and give me the strength and courage to seek and serve you daily in a mighty way. In your holy, holy, holy name I pray, Amen.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”When he had said this, he breathed his last.  Luke 23:46

Poison

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Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only. Matthew 4:10

My son was planning to catch a lizard so he could keep him for a pet. (Yes, I told him if he caught a lizard he could stay for a sleepover and then we would have to release him the next day.) However, he informed me that we had to collect some dead bugs first so the lizard would have food when he stayed the night. I told him to look in the basement for dead crickets when he replied, “But, Mommy. I thought you sprayed that perfume stuff down there so the crickets wouldn’t come in?” It took me a moment and then I realized that the “perfume” he was talking about was the poison the exterminator sprays every few months around the house to keep the bugs out.

This lesson hit me hard! It quickly dawned on me that this is exactly what Satan does to us everyday. He masks the poison of the sins of the flesh, hurtful words, distrust, worry, fear and other worldly pleasures with excuses, disclaimers, exceptions and denial to make his poison look like perfume.  The worst part of this truth is that we often fall for it. In fact, many times we are more quick to believe his lies over God’s truth.

Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Mark 4:15

This is why we must fill our minds, hearts and lives with the Word of God. We can’t allow Satan to form a stronghold over us, our minds or our hearts. If we have filled ourselves up with God there is little room for the poisonous lies of Satan.

My new 6-week Bible study is called In The Mi[God]dle: Keys to Keeping God in the Middle of all You Think, Do and Say. In it, we discover how we know God wants to be in the middle or center of our lives. How to get Him there, keep Him there and what we gain from putting God in the middle.

But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Mark 8:33

I pray we all focus on the concerns of God this week and not “merely human concerns”.

JOY!

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I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11

I have found, as you may have, that sometimes God speaks to me through reoccurring messages or themes.  He weaves a central theme through His word, a sermon, my weekly Bible study, a podcast and conversation. It will pop up every where over several days and even weeks. He makes it impossible to miss and I’m so grateful for His love and vigilance. Like a parent reminding their child at each meal to put their napkin in their lap or share their toy – He never gives up on us.

My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I, whom you have redeemed. Psalm 71:23

This week God has sent me many reminders about joy. I needed to be reminded of living a life full of joy so I am grateful for His faithfulness. Joy is defined as the “emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.” God calls us to be joyful in times of trial and suffering. But, I’m pretty sure when I am in the midst of financial stress, illness, fear, pain or a multitude of other sufferings I don’t first focus on the feeling of joy, successful or of good fortune.

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Often, when life hits hard, my first response can be the antonyms of joy which include: sadness, sorrow, woe. Thankfully, God’s word and truth are hidden in my heart and through tears or seeds of doubt His words begin to seep out slowly and they cover the sadness, sorrow and woe with great joy and gladness. It is of no power or strength of my own that this happens. It is only by the Lord’s grace, love and power this is possible. We can be filled with JOY because of Him. We can experience JOY when we worship Him despite our situations. We have JOY when we serve Him. We exude JOY when we find peace and trust in His plan.

Sit with God, talk with Him, hear from Him through His word, listen for His whisper and feel the joy that comes with knowing He is sovereign. Let His truth and word cover your woe, your sadness and your worry with joy.

I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2 (NLT)