The Wind

Dear Jesus,

I pray for everyone I know whose wind has just been taken out of their sail’s.
They have nothing left to give
With the authority given to me by God
I speak to that wind and I say you will blow again
You will pick up momentum and speed
The Bible says in Matthew, Mark, and Luke that the winds and water obey Him
So that is exactly what your going to do
You wind are going to pick up speed and strength is going to come into those who need it to keep going.
You wind are not in charge
God is

Jules

God Heard Your Prayer

I asked my friend Neta Williams to write a post to encourage you.

 

 

Before I get into it…..

Sin will cause your prayers to fall on deaf ears. God will not answer your prayers if you are a sinner

So get saved, really saved.

If you are following the guidelines of God and if you have made up in your heart to follow God…

This is for you.

THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF THE RIGHTEOUS AVAILETH MUCH.

James 5:16.

You don’t have to worry if God heard you when you have prayed about your marriage, husband, kids, job, or anything else that you are concerned about because He hears your. Daniel was praying and waiting on God to answer his call for 21 days. Just like us, he was getting tired and weak. He was even wondering if God heard him.

Sounds familiar?

While we are in prayer for the same thing day after day, we sometimes get to that same point. If you are not careful, you will loose out on your blessing. God did you hear me? Are You ignoring me? Are You going to answer? What’s really going on?
Daniel ( who’s was known as Balteshazzar) had a vision… the angle in this vision begin to speak to him about the things that was going on for 21 days.
Daniel 10:12…. SINCE THE FIRST DAY YOU BEGIN TO PRAY ….. YOUR REQUEST HAS BEEN HEARD IN HEAVEN..
Just know Saints of God… Women of God since the first day that you prayed that prayer.. God heard you. It made it to Heaven. If you are following God’s guidelines…. The only thing left to do is..SEAL IT WITH A PRAISE.. no wining and complaining… JUST PRAISE GOD… it’s on the way.

 

Neta Williams

Founder of Godly Wife

This is the first part of a 21 post series Neta has written.  If you would like, you can join the Facebook page, Godly Wife,  to get the rest of the series.

 

Jules

No One Matters

Am I saying fight for your marriage

It don’t matter what I say

Is your Pastor saying fight for your marriage

It doesn’t matter what he says

Is your BFF saying fight for your marriage

It doesn’t matter what she says either

What about your Mom and Dad

They don’t matter

Your Uncle and Aunt

Your cousins

Your neighbor

Your roommate

Don’t matter

None of them matter

Only one person matters

What is God telling you

The ONLY one who knows your future

The only one who knows what is going to happen 5 minutes from now

What is He telling you

And by the way

By Pastor not mattering

I mean the Pastor that asks you to

Give and Serve every single Sunday

That pastor

And every Sunday for years you have said to yourself

I don’t make enough money to give and I don’t have enough time to serve

But suddenly when you go to that same pastor

And tell him your awful story

He agrees with you and says

You have no choice but to file

You actually listen to that

You don’t listen to him when he says

Give

and  Serve

You just listen

When he says quit

Don’t put this on your pastor

Put this on yourself

You matter

You decide

You change

You cry out to God

You say Lord I hear and I obey

Tell me what to do

And I will do it

I don’t care what it is

 

We talk about God doing a new thing all the time. It is so fun to say and hear everyone cheer. Yes! Yeah!!! He is doing something new!

Living this out is brutal! Difficult! Treacherous and eventually Glorious! Friends, He loves us so much and He is not going to ever leave you there to rot but you have to do whatever He tells you to do. You just got to. Remember this one tip: He usually only gives you one thing to focus on at a time and then you build on that.

So for example when God first started helping me because I was finally ready to listen He said, be nice to Darin don’t scream, preach, or tell him how he was to do things. I just started there. VERRRRY hard to do. I made tons of mistakes. But God kept comforting me and loving me so much, just like He loves you. When I wanted to scream I remembered that verse he gave me in 1 Peter 3 about how some will be won over without words. God helped me every day to be able to do that and now I have an awesome amazing wonderful husband. There is not a man on the planet that I would rather call my husband than Darin Sims. Every time I say my full name…Julie Sims I think to myself, the enemy tried to take my last name away, thank you God that I am Darin’s wife. It isn’t lost on me to this day. I am proud and grateful Ito be a Sim’s. See my precious friends God did a new thing! Its a miracle. How is that possible. God’s amazing love thats how.

 

Shake off that discouragement. We love you guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jules

Sustain Me

 

Psalm 3

Lord, how many are my foes!

How many rise up against me!

Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord are a shield around me, my glory, the one who lifts my head high.

I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;

I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

Arise Lord!

Deliver me, my God!

Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.

May your blessing be on your people.

 

I remember what it felt like to live out these verses. What a battle it was. I know exactly how it feels to be sustained.

 

 

We love you guys and have tremendous hope for all your families!  Every single one!

 

Jules

Talk To The Hand

 

I was reading Proverbs 19 this morning, thinking of all of you fighting for your family, when I came across this awesome verse:

Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.

 

I am praying for you today that no matter what comes your way, no matter what ideas and plans your wandering spouse comes up with, you will be able to say to your emotions, your fears, your own desires and your own thoughts…Talk to the hand!

In our darkest of days God gave me the supernatural strength and ability to do this. I pray the same for you! I pray that you will keep your eyes on the one who is really in charge and have the patience and faith to walk out His perfect will and see His counsel come to pass.

 

How did this look practically?

Most importantly I read the Word every time fear taunted me and tried choke my Faith. Sometimes it was several times a day, once a day, or every other day.

Also, and I have said this before, I was VERY careful who I talked to. I only talked to those who needed to know. Pastor, Counselor, and my two friends standing with me in Faith. That is it. Besides that I kept myself busy with my business, being a Mom, and church life.

Another thing I did, and I can thank my mom for teaching me this,  I took care of myself physically. I have never been one to work out so I didn’t do that but I always looked nice. I think that is very important. I did not walk around looking defeated and helpless, especially in front of Darin.

 

 

Darin and I are standing with you!

Jules

Why Do I Want Certain People’s Approval

I was sitting in my living room asking the Lord why I long for certain peoples approval. Why is this? Several months ago I was talking to the Lord about it,  telling Him how I should wait until I am perfect to write because then people would not hate me and then ultimately they would approve of me. He said to me… Julie, I was perfect and people hated me.

But even in Him telling me that I still sit here wishing for the approval of certain people.

 

Why do I feel disapproval

You ask…well I feel

The words I write often times are like

A bandaid that is being ripped off someone’s arm

My words reveal

Someone’s wound

A wound

That they have been

Trying to hide

And cover

And pretend doesn’t exist

In my heart I hear people say

Julie please

Don’t say that

Just keep quiet

I’m good

I’m not wounded

But my words

Rip off that bandaid

And reveal that there is a deep wound

I say to God

Why am I someone that is called to write things that do that

Isn’t the wound better covered

Isn’t it safer

Isn’t it better for everybody

To pretend there is no wound

I say to God

Are you sure I am supposed to say that

Are you sure

And He says

Say it

I say but people don’t want the bandaid ripped off

People want to pretend it isn’t there

The pain that is

Oozing out

Is not really pain

Why do I have to be the one

To rip off the bandaid with my words

Why God

Another time I was arguing with God telling him that I need to be completely healed to be able to write. How embarrassing to write out of my own hurt. That is so humiliating! I want to look perfect, without any scars and He said Julie I have scars. My scars prove I died on a cross for you, my scars prove I rose again, they prove my power over life and death. I love my scars!

God has showed me that he wants the bandaid  ripped off so that He can come and heal your wound.

He wants to heal it so all you see is a scar.

And then your scar

Will prove that God is alive

That He does have the power over death

And over life

 

Today I am praying for you, that if someone says something or does something that rips off your bandaid which then reveals your wound,  you will not rush to find another bandaid but you will lift your wound up to the light of God so that He can come turn your wounds into scars.

If you have time to google Isaiah 53 it is a good chapter in the Bible. It talks all about Jesus’ wounds.

 

Love you my dear precious friends!

 

 

Jules

The Hard

Does God ask us to do hard things

Yes He does

He asks us to do very hard things

Heart wrenching

Hard things

That is what His grace is for

Grace to do the hard

Not grace to do whatever we please

But grace to do whatever God pleases

 

I remember years ago when I was in Bible College God asked me to do this hard thing. My parents divorced when I was 18 and my Dad ended up moving to the same city where I attended college.

During my college years my Dad was not in a good place. He was not well. He loved God but he was filled with himself I guess. It was terrible, heartbreaking as his daughter. He was so selfish. He was in and out of jobs and had very little money. As a result I ended up giving him money, a lot of money. I became my Dad’s crutch. I knew It was all lop sided but that is just how it was. This went on for several years.

I will never forget how God helped me do this hard thing:

I was waitressing at Perry’s on Fremont at the time and one night my Dad called me at work and said Hey I need 5 bucks to go play golf. I said, ok come down I will give it to you. As I got off the phone with him I immediately felt a complete lack of peace, frustrated, and just sick in side. I felt the Lord speak to me and say Julie if you give him 5 bucks you will be angry and it will be your fault. You have only yourself to be mad at. I said it’s just 5 bucks! I was arguing with God! Telling him 5 bucks was pocket change!

Proverbs 21:3

To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

I was so afraid of saying no to my Dad. It was far easier to sacrifice money. As crazy as this sounds I was afraid if I said no to him and wasn’t “there” for him, he would commit suicide. The Lord knew this too. So the Lord said to me just put it on him. Tell him you will give him 5 bucks but when you do this is how it will make you feel. So that is what I did. I will never forget it either. I still see myself outside Perry’s, under the overhang, and my Dad walking up. We were closed and it was about 9:30 at night. I met him outside. He was his happy self I guess because he was going to go golfing the next day. As he walked up I said calmly and “matter of factly” if that is even a word, Dad, I will give you this 5 bucks but this is how it will make me feel. That is all I said. My Dad instantly became angry. He became angry before I even got all the words out. I mean instantly and said all I do for you kids, all I do! He went on a rant as he walked off into the parking lot yelling all these very selfish things.

I walked back in the restaurant finished my shift, got in my car, and as I drove back home, to my dorm, peace came over me. The closer I got to the campus the more peace I felt. I had so much peace knowing I did the right thing, the hard thing that God asked me to do. Grace met me in that moment. Grace to obey and do the hard!

Do you know from that day forward my Dad never asked for money again. Not once! I remember I use to meet him at McDonald’s right there on 82nd and you know what…he began to buy my lunch. I would offer to pay for my own and he would say your money is no good Julie and then he would pay for both of us. Amazing what happened as a result of me doing that very hard thing.

You see

Yes

God did something in me that night but more importantly

God did something in my Dad that night

And as his daughter it was severely needed

Is it possible that your obedience could release goodness in someone else

I guess so

We are praying for all of you

Because of this

To have God’s best

We MUST do the hard

Whatever. That. Is.

 

Jules

Talk is Cheap

Psalm 20

 

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;

May the name of the God of Jacob protect you.

May he send you help from the sanctuary

and grant you support from Zion.

May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.

may he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed

We will shout for joy when you are victorious

     and will lift up our banners in the name of our God

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;

he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

but we trust in the name of the Lord our God

They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

O Lord, save the king! Answer us when we call!

 

 

So many songs have been written over the years using this chapter! May God give us the power to live these words out. Talk is so cheap isn’t it. So easy to sing but so difficult to live out.

 

Standing with you to the end!

 

 

 

 

Jules

The Mighty Army

I read this chapter this morning and thought about all you brave men and women standing for your marriages! This passage reminds me so much of how it is when you’re standing.

It is talking about the Lords army that doesn’t swerve from the course. We don’t jostle each other but we march straight ahead without breaking rank. You have to read it. It’s powerful! My precious friends, God has a plan in all of this. You are important in this battle. I am telling you, you are! I am praying that you not only know this in your mind but you understand it with your whole heart!

Joel 2:1-11

Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sound the alarm on my holy hill.
Let all who live in the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord is coming.
It is close at hand—
2 a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness.
Like dawn spreading across the mountains
a large and mighty army comes,
such as never was in ancient times
nor ever will be in ages to come.
3 Before them fire devours,
behind them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,
behind them, a desert waste—
nothing escapes them.
4 They have the appearance of horses;
they gallop along like cavalry.
5 With a noise like that of chariots
they leap over the mountaintops,
like a crackling fire consuming stubble,
like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;
every face turns pale.
7 They charge like warriors;
they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line,
not swerving from their course.
8 They do not jostle each other;
each marches straight ahead.
They plunge through defenses
without breaking ranks.
9 They rush upon the city;
they run along the wall.
They climb into the houses;
like thieves they enter through the windows.
10 Before them the earth shakes,
the heavens tremble,
the sun and moon are darkened,
and the stars no longer shine.
11 The Lord thunders
at the head of his army;
his forces are beyond number,
and mighty is the army that obeys his command.

You must know I know how hard standing is. But there is a bigger picture. There is a spiritual battle going on and God is preparing you. Stay focused! Stay in the Word! Stay pure! Keep your eyes on Jesus!

Please know Darin and I are running along side of you with many others that are on the other side of this. We are yelling, You can do it! God is in charge! He ALWAYS wins! If God is for you WHO CAN BE AGAINST YOU! We are yelling it! We are shouting it! Come on now shake off weariness, pick yourself up and stand tall!

You see the enemy wants to take you out but let Faith and confidence rise up within you and say this, No it is me that is going to take you out!

Love you my brothers and sisters!

Jules

Ouch, That Bullet Hurt

Psalm 119:137-144

Righteous are you, O Lord,

and your laws are right.

The statutes you have laid down are righteous;

they are fully trustworthy.

My zeal wears me out,

for enemies ignore your words.

Your promises have been thoroughly tested,

and your servant loves them.

Though I am lowly and despised,

I do not forget your precepts.

Your righteousness is everlasting

and your law is true.

Trouble and distress have come upon me,

but your commands are my delight.

Your statutes are forever right;

give me understanding that I may live.

I flipped open the Bible to this verse today. I instantly thought about all of you that are fighting for your family’s life. I would encourage you to pray that last line. Look at this verse it doesn’t say, give THEM understanding that I may live, no it says this…give ME understanding that I may live!

If you have been saying to yourself

The pain of this is so great I might die

Then my dear friend you need understanding

If you have said this fight is not fair

Then my friend I humbly say to you and please know I have been there

You need understanding

If you have said

I am not sure how long I can take this

You need understanding

If you have said

If they do one more thing I’m out of here

Then my precious friend you too need understanding

 

You see you can be in the foxhole facing the wrong direction. You can have all your gear on, all the very best weapons but facing the wrong way. Because of this you will keep getting hit by bullets that, had you been facing the right direction, would have never hit you. My friends understanding is everything in this battle you are fighting.

 

Proverbs 4:7-9

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.

She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.

 

It will cost you so much but what do you have that is worth anything really? The Word says if you esteem her…you will be exalted. If you embrace her…you will be honored. You will have grace on your head and you will be presented with a crown of splendor.

 

Praying for you dear friend! Please know we love you and pray continually for you and your precious family!

 

Love you in God’s way!

 

Jules