Hello Friends!

Red Hot Faith Weekend


I’m still basking in the glow of a wonderful Red Hot Faith Retreat Weekend with the precious ladies from Woodside BIble Church at Mackinac Island! (Recap here ) 

For our closing Red Hot Faith session, I brought along a backpack, and shared 7 different things that I believe we need to pack for our journey (in this case, our Red Hot Faith Adventure), if we are going to experience the Truth-filled, powerful lives that God has for us, His dearly loved kids! 

In our Red Hot Faith backpacks, we need items NOT like Kleenexes and cough drops, but things like a Truth Nametag to remind us who we are in Christ, a Caribiner to keep us linked to other sisters in Christ, Memory Verse Cards so we know, live, and speak the Truth and more!

However, before we start filling our backpack, we need to empty it first.

In my backpack illustration, I carried two, huge heavy bricks. One brick I labeled WORRY, and one brick was labeled FEAR.

Two big weights that, thankfully, we DO NOT have to bring with us on our journey!!

My bricks were real life examples for me.

Fear can be huge in my life. I fear not being good enough, I fear rejection, I fear being fat, I fear losing my friends, I fear missing out on the full life that God has for me. (Sorry, I’m just being honest….)

 Last year, I even feared a fire was going to wake us in the night.

If I’m not careful, FEAR can take away my joy, take hold of my mind, and keep me from experiencing God’s goodness and grace in my life.

I am thankful for God’s Word ~ and His many, many reminders to “Fear Not!”.

I am grateful that God gently leads us through our fears, speaks Truth into the lies, brings others to be voices of Truth and remind us to keep going (and always at just the right time), and that He never, ever gives up on us. Ever!

What an awesome God we serve!

What about for you? Are you feeling burdened, exhausted, “heavier” than you need to?

Are there any “bricks” weighing you down on your journey?

May today be the day that you empty out “your backpack” of anything that is not from Him ~

  • fear
  • worry
  • insecurity
  • anger
  • idolatry
  • addiction
  • unrealistic expectations…

…so that you can enjoy the full, free adventure of life in Christ!!

May I pray for us??

Dear God, Thank YOU that in Christ we can live FREE, FULL LIVES! Please reveal to us if there is anything that is weighing us down or getting in the way of experiencing all that You have for us. May today be the day we gently place our “bricks” at the cross (and leave them there!). Please use us to make a difference for Your Kingdom! In the Strong Name of Jesus we pray ~ Amen!

What’s weighing you down?  Are there any “bricks” you’ve been carrying on your journey? Share with us please!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Have an amazing, liberating, joy-filled day!!

P.S. Thank you to my sweet Woodside friend JoHanna for sharing this song with me. You are right, JoHanna, it does fit perfect with what we learned at Mackinac Island. 🙂

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