Today’s “Yes”

From the Heart of God:

It is never too late to obey Me. There is always a fresh “yes” for each and every day, one that has all of My power (Ephesians 3:20) behind it as you obey My instructions in full dependence upon Me.

Speak the fresh “yes” with your life today. And then another, tomorrow. Day by day, step by step, simply following My lead. This is the way to where your heart truly wants to be.

Moment by moment dependence upon Me will ALWAYS serve you well.

My Word and My instructions are a lamp unto your feet (Psalm 119:105); I show you where you are currently standing, the honest truth about ‘this space’ and ‘your stance’.

And My Word is a light unto your path, the ‘path’ right there in front of you, showing you what the next step looks like.

Looking out (even past ‘the not too distant future’) will tend to trip up your feet.

Eyes on Me. Eyes on My Way, Child. Eyes on My Truth.

I am the way, the truth, and the LIFE that you long for (John 14:6), in abundance (John 10:10).

Let Me teach you to stand and take the hard steps of faith, the ones necessary for where WE are going.

We are going places.

Follow Me, even if you have to leave all your fears behind to do so. Give Me your ‘yes’. It is that ‘simply simple’.

Take the next step of faith. (And I do realize that this is often ‘simply difficult’.)

It’s ‘easy/hard’, as all of your divinely enabled life truly is: EASY, as I do it all through you, and HARD as you take each step by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Let’s take the easy/hard road of faith together. I will not leave your side.

With a heart of gratefulness for the journey (the process), let’s press on (Philippians 3:12, 14). 

Come, My beautiful one, arise and come along! (from song of Solomon chapter 2).

 

 

Listening Section:

Lord, show me if there is a current ‘it’s too late’ trap that I’ve fallen into and have given up hope for something You’ve truly called me to do.

Speak to my heart about my current state, according to the truth of your Word, and show me the next “yes” (along with the possible “no”) on my path right ahead.

I choose to have as my heart’s cry, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8) and to TRUST you.

What is today’s ‘fresh yes’?

 

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Are You Falling Into “the sky is falling” Mentality?

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-42

We have been told that we will have troubling times (2 Timothy 3:1, Philippians 1:29). We need not be surprised as if something strange were happening to us (1 Peter 4:12-19). Instead we need to be ready, to be equipped.

And God has given us His Word TO equip us, that we “may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17) and for all that comes our way. Not only do we have His direction, but we also have His divine power and enablement and the indwelling Holy Spirit. We ARE well equipped. Do not turn back in this day of battle (Psalm 78:9).

I urge you to tap in. We, as the body of Christ, need to take advantage of all that God Himself has been made available to us so that when all around us ‘looks’ chaotic or we find ourselves in an impossible situation, we are not caught up in the contagious “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” mentality.

Know who you are and how you are well equipped and take courage. You and I can live with this as our motto: “In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (from Psalm 56:11). 

Look up. Fix your eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), PRAY, and trust Him.

Seeing the big picture from His vantage point and the strategy from heaven, view life and the circumstances all around us (the continuous narrative) from God’s perspective, the One who knows all, and holds it all. 

“.. all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16, 17.

What is happening in the heavenlies? What is God up to? And Who is more powerful? Ask to see what He is doing, His purpose, His ways, rather than what it looks like. For we live and walk by faith and not by sight and how things appear (2 Corinthians 5:7).

We have all we need. Let’s be ready and equip others also, encouraging them to be in His Word and to draw near. 

“On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.” 1 Peter 4:12-16

Hi friends, take some time this week to sit in the presence of the Lord and ask Him to show you things from His perspective? And listen. Allow Him to build up your faith and trust and to comfort your heart in His peace. With pen in hand say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9).

God’s Power Lived Out in Our Lives

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?.. God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17 ESV

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 ESV

 

He lives (dwells) in this temple. What would it look like for that power to be truly lived out, for Him to live His Presence and Power through us (for Him to be manifested) without the restraints of our fears, our reservations, our sin, or our limited expectations

What if our lives were not centered around ourselves (our desires, comforts, preferences, and fears) but instead fully on Jesus and “walking in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10) to the glory of God, as it should be? 

Our thoughts of ourselves and our limitations and what we think we can and cannot do or what we are comfortable with or not, are all hindrances. They are hindrances to His power. Let’s choose to come in belief, with our eyes on Him (Hebrews 12:2), not fearing how out of place or foolish we may look or what man may think (Proverbs 29:25). Let’s obey and fulfill our ministry (2 Timothy 4:5).

Walking in obedience to God’s truth alone, may we manifest Jesus and the powerful Presence of the Holy Spirit.

 “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15, 16 This includes everything, doesn’t it? Let’s spend some time with the Lord contemplating how wewill obey that instruction, as His holy temple (1 Corinthians 3:17).

“…let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 ESV

 “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” Proverbs 29:25  

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:11, 12

Lord, we acknowledge that we are not our own. We are new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we choose to follow You, glorify You, and allow You to live Your presence and Power out through us in this temple, today. Have your way and manifest Your Presence (click here to see where we recently talked about this).

 Let’s do today well. And I can’t wait to see and hear what God is going to do as a result. Let’s let Him LIVE through us. Use us, Lord.

“Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8b

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Have a great week! Praying for you. With love, Traci

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When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Are things not turning out the way you planned? Are you a bit confused by your current circumstances? Do you find yourself wondering if you’ve missed God’s leading or if you’ve taken a wrong turn?

Perhaps a shift in perspective would help. We know that we are not all-knowing, unlike our loving heavenly Father Who is. But often we forget that fact as we try to figure out the answer to the “What is going on?!” question that erupts from our hearts in fear or brokenness or frustration.

“Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, ‘The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt. Hence God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the Red Sea…” (Exodus 13:17, 18)

where they were then chased down and trapped by the Egyptians, fearful and afraid for their very lives with no way out. Notice that they were led there BYGod, a God Who knew more than they did. He knew more about their hearts and about other fears that would be around the ‘easier’ corner. He also knew all about the miracle that they were about to experience as He supernaturally led them through that impossible dead end.

My friend, if you have recently reached a seemingly dead end, don’t stop, park, and set up camp there. Cry out to the One Who hears and already has gone before you with the plan. 

“On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3

Trust the One Who knows everything about you, your current situation, and your future.

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord forever,
For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.”
Isaiah 26:3, 4 

Friends,

We came to this chapter in our daily reading plan on Sunday, and it is always such a good reminder of how He knows best. We all need the reminder that He has a plan and that things can look so different from our perspective compared to His. I’ve also posted on these verses before: click here to see. I pray that this speaks encouragement to someone’s today circumstances. 

Blessings to you all,

Traci

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Do You Want to See More of Jesus?

“I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgements” (Psalm 119:106). 

“Labor earnestly in prayer to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. Ask earnestly for the discovery of every secret sin—of anything that is not in perfect harmony with the will of God. Walk up to the light you have faithfully and tenderly, yielding yourself in an unreserved surrender to obey all that the Lord has spoken…. The New Covenant gives the grace to make the vow and to keep it too (Jeremiah 31). Be careful of disobedience, even in little things. Disobedience dulls the conscience, darkens the soul, deadens our spiritual energies—therefore keep the commandments of Christ with implicit obedience. Be a soldier who asks for nothing but the orders of the commander. And if even for a moment the commandments appear tedious, just remember whose they are. They are the commandments of Him who loves you. They are all love, they come from His love, and they lead to His love. Each new surrender to keep the commandments, each new sacrifice in keeping them, leads to deeper union with the will, the Spirit, and the love of the Savior.”  Andrew Murray from Abide in Christ


Jesus said, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” John 14:21 ESV

Manifest, from the original Greek word used in John 14, means “To make apparent, cause to be seen, to show…to manifest oneself meaning to let oneself be intimately known and understood.”

Our obedience leads to the manifestation of Jesus Himself.  

We all want those results. Whether we can clearly articulate it or not, we all want Jesus’ closeness and nearness and for His life and light to show in and through our lives to positively effect others and make them long for Him too. We want Him to be made manifest in our lives to this dark and hurting world.

But I think that we have underestimated the importance, the need, and the power of our OBEDIENCE to have this life that we want.

Jesus asked, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46 

Obedience is serious business. It is not about what we say we believe; it’s what we show by our actions that we truly believe, by doing what He says, which flows out of our thankful heart.

That passage continues, “..the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:49

Manifest Jesus and not shaken (Luke 6:48) or great ruin? Which are you choosing today?


This week would you join me and pray and ponder this concept? Is there anything that we are allowing in our lives that is not in perfect harmony with the will of God for us? Are we being careful about obedience and disobedience?

Lord, moment by moment show us exactly what You are calling us to, and as much as we understand what You are saying, we choose to be obedient. You have graciously enabled us to do this. You have given us all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). So we choose to “walk in a manner worthy” (Eph. 4:1, Col. 1:10, 1 Thess. 2:12) and to love You with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30), having that love shown through our obedience (the message of the book of 1 John). And then we ask that You do what You do: manifest Yourself in and through our lives. Make us to know You deeper and more intimately. We invite You to have Your way, and where we have not obeyed and not shown our love for You, the love that You deserve, we confess it as sin.  You deserve our all, Lord. We bow before You, the Lord our God and Maker and say, “Have your way. Jesus. Have your way.”

Hi Friends,

We stared reading Exodus today. If you still need a reading plan, here’s a link to a chronological Bible reading plan. It truly is amazing how checking off a box (or filling in a circle) helps with accountability. Try it! 

If you missed this news last week, I had the honor of being on Kohlie Browning’s Still With You podcast and launching her second season. Here is the link. “Episode 24: Treasuring God’s Word with Traci Shinnick” from Still With You by Kohlie Browning on Apple Podcasts  You can also listen on Spotify by searching for the podcast Still With You by Kohlie Browning. And share with someone.

And Baby Stuva was looking good and showing off for her appointment yesterday! All good news. Thank you for your prayer and keep them coming. We appreciate you all so much! (If you don’t understand why this is awesome news, I shared this news at the end of my last post).

Talk to you next week! I love hearing from you. Send me an email. Leave a comment on the website. Let me know how you are doing! What is God saying to you? I’d love to hear!

With love, 

Traci

Are You Living for the Approval of God or Man?

As we daily read Scripture, may we not simply read historically, but may we allow the Word of God to read us.


“Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue;…..” John 12:42

Ask yourself: Do believe in Him (do I believe a truth in the Word) BUT for fear (because of FEAR), I do not confess it so that I will not be rejected in some way? 

For them it was the fear that they would be put out of the synagogue, which would have been a very uncomfortable, unfortunate change that would have affected their whole lives. But we face those very same fears, don’t we? Fears of where we may be rejected and not fit in anymore or may stand out or be called radical or even legalistic or hateful. And so we don’t confess the truth that we believe.  

But then the next verse reveals what is truly underneath that fear, whether they (or we) realized it or not. The whole story, the truth was:

“..for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.” John 12:42, 43 

Notice how scripture deals with the very intentions of their hearts.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

May we allow Him to do the same with our hearts. Allow His Word to judge your thoughts and the intentions of your heart, even in your current area of fear.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.” 
Psalm 139:23

May we search our hearts and repent (turn the other direction) where necessary and then “bear fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). May we believe, confess, and be bold about His truth, no matter what.


 “..we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:2b-4

Spend some time before the Lord and truly ask the question:

What am I not obeying or not speaking truth on because of the fear of man? And if I continue down that road, then I confess that I am choosing to love the approval of man rather than the approval of God. May it never be!

 “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” Proverbs 29:25 Amplified Bible

Hi Friends,

 I believe that this is where the Lord wants to encourage us today, because I sat down to write about something else and never actually got there. Instead, we have this really good, and I trust timely, word. We’ll see if next week we get to where I was planning to go.

But first, let me share some news updates: 

Some of you may be aware that our daughter, Anna, was pregnant with twins and one did not have a heartbeat right after Thanksgiving. She is now 28 weeks along, and the doctor is so pleased with how well this other little one is doing. Things are going better than he expected. Praise God! The next milestone is to get to 32 weeks. And of course, the ultimate prayer is that this little girl is born completely healthy and whole. Thank you once again for your prayers.

And I want to share this with you:

I had the honor of being on Kohlie Browning’s Still With You podcast and being a part of launching her second season. It aired last Friday. Here is the link. “Episode 24: Treasuring God’s Word with Traci Shinnick” from Still With You by Kohlie Browning on Apple Podcasts  You can also listen on Spotify by searching for the podcast Still With You by Kohlie Browning. I will shamelessly keep sharing it because somehow God and Kohlie managed to include all my heart messages in one podcast. And things were shared and said that were needed encouragement even to my own heart when I listened.

So I have a lot of faith that God can use this to not only encourage people to be in His Word, but also to walk in obedience, say yes, just show up, and go do the easy/hard. Please take the time to listen and please share with someone who may need this encouragement!

Thank you in advance!

Talking into a microphone was a scary step of obedience. But it has been a delight to see the fruit of that step this week. I’m so thankful for Kohlie and her steps of obedience, the prayers that she sows into her podcast ministry, and the way she has followed the Lord’s leading as she fulfills her ministry (2 Timothy 4:5). Please go check it out.  

See you here next week! I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you all. I pray that you all have an excellent day and choose boldness. 

Traci

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What Are We to Do With the Scripture?

“If we are alert enough to hear God’s voice we must not content ourselves with merely ‘believing’ it. How can any man believe a command? Commands are to be obeyed, and until we have obeyed them we have done exactly nothing at all about them. And to have heard them and not obeyed them is infinitely worse than never to have heard them at all, especially in the light of Christ’s soon return and the judgment to come.” A.W. Tozer from The Keys to the Deeper Life

My heart’s desire for this year is to read the Word with the purpose to obey. I don’t want to settle for head knowledge or even the inspiration of those beautiful moments which I love when the Holy Spirit opens up the Scripture and teaches my heart deep truths. I want to grab hold and challenge myself to really, truly believe what I’m taught there in my time in His Living and powerful Word (Hebrews 4:16) and to believe unto obedience. I want to walk it out daily in my real life.

I challenge you to do the same, to take Him at His Word and respond with quick, immediate obedience. Let’s rise up and do this in complete dependence upon, and faith in, Jesus’ divine enablement, allowing the daily confrontation of the Word to search us and reveal if we are truly believing and living according to His truth.

We all know that practical application is the purpose of our time in the scripture, but we so often, I fear, become complacent and content with simply knowing it or just checking it off the day’s to-do list. May we not ever allow Scripture to lose its profundity or its right to rule our lives. May we not, in our busyness, avoid the call for holiness, godliness, and righteousness, all of which are to be walked out in dependence upon His divine power.

Let’s CHOOSE (it’s a choice) to depend upon Him this day and each day afterwards and pray to “be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9, 10).

Obedience.

Here’s a link to a chronological Bible reading plan if you are still looking for one. It truly is amazing how checking off a box (or filling in a circle) helps with accountability. Try it!

I so appreciate you all! Thank you for being here. I’d love to hear how you are doing two weeks into this new year!

Traci

 

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Where Will You Find True Life Change?

“You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].” Psalm 27:8 Amplified Bible

The change that we are all looking for as we enter this new year is found in 
dependence upon, 
submission and obedience to, 
and faith in
Christ alone. 

True life change will not be found in encouraging conferences once a year or a sermon once a week or even small groups, though all of these are valuable tools and resources. 

What people need is the DAILY confrontation of the Word and Presence of God.

We need to daily be in the Scriptures, allowing His Word to search and train us and grow our faith. “..faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). To be equipped for every good work, we need to be in the inspired Word of God that is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Here is one of my life verses:
 “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Ezra 7:10 ESV

I am challenged by this progression: study, do, teach. 

First, we must “set our heart to study His Word”. Then we must actually “do it”— to do what it says and not be hearers only, who delude ourselves (James 1:22). And then teach it.

May we not be truth hoarders and keep it all to ourselves. Sharing it (and not just picking and choosing what is easy to share) is part of the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:19, 20.

May we know truth, obey it, and share with others what we have learned.

(If you still need a Scripture daily reading plan, you can download and print my favorite by clicking here)