Sunday, October 30, 2011

Breakthrough the Barriers

I just spent the most amazing time with twenty-four women of like mind. We gathered from all over the country to pursue our call and giftedness to write and speak. These women of courage have looked past their fear, insecurity and hardships to say yes to God—yes, to serve Him in whatever way He leads.

We spent five days learning the speaking craft and presented five minutes speeches to one another for critique. I know most of you are saying, “I would rather have a root canal than get up in front of a group!” So, now you know how awesome it was to see these women overcome these barriers to do something most people would never dream of attempting.
Overcoming barriers isn’t just for speakers. Each of us has something that keeps us from living life to the fullest and obeying the Lord with abandon. And, when we listen to the lies it gives the enemy a reason to happy dance on our heart. If you know Jesus Christ, He has gifted you to make a difference for His kingdom. But, the enemy wants to diminish your effectiveness by discouraging and distracting you. Don’t let him have that victory!
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we might walk in them.”
Our experiences, abilities and our surroundings have all worked together to make up who we are and how He can use us for His glory. These ingredients can either be a catalyst for great work or a recipe for discouragement from life’s pain. Choosing how we will respond will affect the outcome—victory or defeat? Victory is ours because of Jesus. Abundant life is ours only when we put the enemy in a strangle hold when he tries to whisper his poison.
So, what barriers keep you from fully trusting Christ for your life and your work? Choosing to stand firm, drawing from the strength that God supplies will give you what you need to walk in victory.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”  Ephesians 6:10-11
I am ready for a breakthrough. How about you?
Putting on His armor,



  1. There's the neatest hymn called
    Be Strong in the Lord, that SOOO
    fits our week at the Lake. Watch it on Youtube at this link. You'll have to copy and paste it into your browser.

    Much love - Cindy

  2. Great post, Jeanne. And you're right, if we know Jesus, we all have something we're supposed to do!

    What a joy to spend the week with you!

  3. Thanks, Cindy for the great link. As soon as we get our power back I will take a look.

    It was great to spend time with you,

  4. It was wonderful to spend time with you too, Vonda (and for all my sisters at the lake house)


  5. Jeanne,
    That's a great blog. I'm preparing one about breakthrough also. What an awesome experience. Still missing all my new sweet sisters in the Lord!

  6. Glad you had a good time! Brings back memories of my Speech 101 days. While it wasn't my most enjoyable class, I did learn a lot, and being able to speak in front of others is such a blessing.


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