How to Know God : Journaling Names of God in the Psalms

Most High. This two simple words, Most High, almost escaped me of their power and meaning. I am so glad God didn't allow that. 

Over the past year, I have been studying the Psalms for the names of God. Each time I came across a description of Who He was, I'd write it down. What a beautiful page to read at the end of my study time.

After writing them close to a hundred times in my journal, I was becoming numb to them..."Here they are again...(writing)...Most....H-i-g-h. My brain read “yada yada.”

God of Jacob
my Refuge
my Portion
God of heaven
Lord of lords
God of gods
Mighty One
The Lord is God
God of my salvation
Holy One
God my King
Father of the fatherless
Protector of widows

While I didn't want to write it down, I couldn't not write it down. It didn't make sense to me why I needed to write the same one sooooo many times, until now. I get it. God clearly wanted me to know Who was Most High. So, I looked up the definitions. 

According to Webster's Dictionary:

most: greatest in amount or degree; to the greatest extent; extremely; very

high: far above ground, sea level, or another point of reference; extending above the normal or average level; great, or greater than normal, in quantity, size or intensity; morally or culturally superior 

Wow. The God I seek to know is the God, Most-High. He is far above my point of reference, greater in quantity and intensity than all else, and He is superior. He is extremely God. He is superior to the greatest extent! This is my God! He is above all! 

May we remember Who we are seeking after and Who we call LORD our God. He is High above our circumstances. He is Higher than the battle we are fighting. He is Most capable. God, is Most High. 

Two simple words to describe the Greatest Power and Authority over all the heavens and the earth. No one and no thing is above Him. He's the Highest. He's the Most.

God, thank You for pressing these words into my spirit. When I feel strong, I praise You for giving me the Most power to conquer what comes against me. 
When I feel weak, I praise You for rescuing me from the pit and taking me Higher. 
Forgive me for the times I minimize Your Greatness, You are God Most High, my Salvation, my Refuge and my Strength. 
God, You are Higher than any other. I trust You to protect and provide for me all that I need. Who else is as great as You! 
I praise Your name and am thankful for Your intense Love. I know You Love me More. 
Help me love You back the same. 
Help Your children remember to never become numb to You. 
Forgive us for making You too familiar, common, or small, bringing You down to our human point of reference, for You are to the greatest extent, Most High. Amen. 

"Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. 
Psalm 47

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How to Manage Panic Attacks as a Christian Woman

 How to Manage Panic Attacks as a Christian Woman
Who even thinks about praising God in the midst of a crisis or more specifically, a panic attack? Panic/anxiety attacks are no joke. 

You literally feel like you’re having a heart attack....tight chest, pain shooting down the left arm, shallow breath, echo chamber with static in your head and swirly mental balance, ready to fall down or run you aren't sure. 

What you are sure about is feeling like you are about to die and you can't help but wonder where is God!

If you suffer from these I’m so sorry. I did too. While I wouldn’t wish it on anyone and I pray I never return to it, I am grateful for the new life birthed. God our Redeemer showed me how to turn my life of worry and panic into a life of praise.

The tears sowed in this season were the seedlings God used to grow my personal growth and writing journey. 

God set me on a path of healing in my life I didn’t even know I needed healing from. 

This is the grace of God. He won’t stand by and let us dwell helpless in a pit, playing small, thinking we are insignificant when He has created us for a fruitful life with Divine purpose. 

So how do we praise God in the midst of a crisis or panic attack? How do we worship in our worry?

 Eventhough I grew up in church and knew all the Bible Stories and participated in every Bible Study on a Tuesday night, served on Church Staff for years…I struggled in the beginning to praise and worship. I was scared, mad, sad, confused.

Day by day, God graciously chiseled at the thick brick wall fear and I had co-built around my heart for so many years. I was blind, but then I began to see.

Could I trust Him to be my shield? 
Could I trust Him to never leave me or forsake me?
Would His grace ever run out?
Am I worth His time?

Every morning at 3am, I woke up with my heart racing and mind spinning. My soul cried out every morning, “Why have You forsaken me Lord, I have lived my entire life surrendered to You, desiring to serve You, live life happily with You my Best Friend, the only One I trust in all the world. I need You. Is this it?! Am I done serving You here? Are You done with me?”

In these morning cries for answers, His voice became more clear to me and with every breath, I felt The Be Still and Know hold me. It was this season, God showed me His heart's hug.

My healing wasn’t just one thing that “fixed” me. There are no magic pills, prayers, potions or lotions, but there are amazing resources, the main one being Jesus, but also healing helps through people and products. 
Alongside seeking outside help, here are some of the simple every day life things I did. Maybe they will help you too as you seek your next best steps. 

  • Pray without ceasing, rejoicing always, giving thanks in all circumstances.
  • Wake Up and Go To Sleep every night with Gratitude, blessings proclaimed (worship)
  • Ask God to bring supporting Sisters to you who will cover you with wisdom, prayer and strength
  • Research healthy lifestyles - nutrition, exercise. mindset, daily habits, boundaries, journaling, worship, etc
  • Limit sugars and caffeines, get good sleep, honor your Temple
  • Find calm moments in your day, every day to be still and breathe
  • Practice acceptance, surrender, trust and meditation
  • Embrace Grace!! Create space for grace in your heart and home!
I no longer panic, praise God my Healer! I pray that for you too! Friend, because He lives and created all things, we have everything we need, we just need to let Him lead us to it.

You’re not alone and today is a new day full of mercies and grace, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Friend, God does not waste your tears and trials. They are refining fires, seedlings with purpose. Trust His heart is for you and He loves you! 

In Jesus Name, you are soooo held, loved, seen, sealed and protected by the Blood. Trust Him by His Word and worship that devil out as you rest, read, trust and surrender in the power and peace of Christ our Savior. Amen.♥️

God loves You and He’s Got you!
Heart Hugs, 

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