What’s Your Temperature?
Updated: Feb 1
Friends, How are you? How are you , really? If you don’t even know why or how you landed on this page, let me suggest you were meant to. You matter. You matter to me. You matter to others. And, you matter to The King.
You may not feel that way. But, can I quietly suggest our feelings will and do lie to us?
So many of us have a story, a background, a current fear or worry we haven’t said aloud to anyone. Even that is covered by the blood of Jesus. Yes, that too. Maybe your childhood was less than ideal. It definitely may have been unfair.
I understand. I do. And, as much as it feels like you have every reason to believe it will never get better, or that’s just “how you were raised”, can I tell you, that is also a lie?
It’s a lie I spent far too many years believing and to which I gave far too much allowance in all of my decisions. And, I had a choice. I didn’t know it at the time. It’s my mission to make sure you know it too.
Why would I care? Because I know the chokehold the enemy, the father of lies, can have on you. I’ve been there. I know that generational sin you’re experiencing.
And, I know how to break free!
You and I will never find solace or solution in anything other than Christ. HE is MORE than enough. And, He is desperate for you to pick Him.
I know what you’re thinking: There is no way it’s that simple. I don’t believe it. Your story isn’t my story. You don’t know what I have done/am doing. How could He let me walk through —- if He loved me so much?!
Sweet friend, hear my heart. I spent so many years after I was saved unable to reconcile why He allowed my tumultuous journey. I was just a child.
That’s me in the front with the pigtails. Standing behind me is one of many angels who God used along my path to counter the attacks of the enemy.
My parents, divorced prior to my second birthday, sent me to KJ Singing Waters Ranch in Holden, LA, every summer since I was five or six. (They forgot me there one year, both insisting the other was supposed to pick me up. It was traumatic, but that little camp is still the place I feel safest in the world). It was here I prayed for Jesus to come into my heart, but it would be years before I found my way back to my Savior.
The Next Years are a story for another time. Not that I’m ashamed. Not anymore. I am free from all of that. And, it’s what I want for you more than anything.
Fast forward to approximately age 30. I began reluctantly attending a non-denominational church with my husband. I enjoyed the pastor’s sermons but still wasn’t “changed”. Over and over I heard the Pastor say “It’s a choice…sometimes, a moment to moment choice”. He said I had to “show up”. Defiantly more than anything else, I began to do all the things. I chose attend the study on Crazy Love (Francis Chan) hosted at the church. I chose to go to serve day. I chose to go to women’s retreat. As if it was a dare, I chose to show up at each of these things NOT because I believed they would make a difference but because I was so tired of feeling so hopeless. Because I had nothing else. I could not see how I would ever feel true peace or joy. This was just how it was. That is how the enemy had me feeling for years. The enemy is real and he. is. a. liar.
Something DID begin to shift. Because Jesus was sent for you and for me to have life abundant. Not life blah. It wasn’t overnight and it wasn’t without setbacks, but a flame began to stir in me. So, I chose to read the Bible for the first time. More change. I chose to be in a small group. More change.
In 2010, I heard so loudly and profoundly from the Lord, I am still witnessing about it. God gave me vision and revealed the beauty he was creating from from the ashes that was my childhood. And y’all, I’m telling you, I would chose to walk it all again if it meant I got to be here today doing His Will. For those of you that know me as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, you know I am compelled to protect and fight for children. This is why.
Today, I completed my third 21 days of prayer and fasting. I am 47 years old and am still coming to terms with the real meaning of sanctification. I am so desperate for generational sin to be broken off of my family that I want complete change now. But, I choose to trust Him in this process. In a time when it seems unlikely it is available, I am more at peace now than I ever have been.
And, you can have real peace, too. Let me encourage you to turn down the world and get into His Word. If you feel like I felt, let me challenge you. If you are just in a funk, let me challenge you. If you were on fire for God and have let the last year get you down, come back to Him.
Give God one year. Let 2021 be the year where you choose something different. This may look like getting off of social media, listening to worship music instead of secular and sports radio, going to church (find one that encourages relationship NOT religion…and know that churches are filled with flawed humans, too. Find one that welcomes everyone.) Jesus came to find the hurting and sick…that’s in the Bible. Get in the Bible (aka “The Word”). Ask God to reveal to you the lies you’ve been buying into and rebuke the enemy off of your life. How? (That was my question, too!). Tell him out loud and claim it in Jesus’ Name. Pray for God’s protection. Talk to God in real words. In real truth. He knows your heart anyway. And He is desperate for you to know Him well.
Draw Close to God and He will draw Close to You (James 4:8)
I am praying for this to be the year you have a radical encounter with the Lord, and you receive all that He has for you!
Blessings, Lucie ☀️
May the Lord bless and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26