Girl Talk with Maren Hamm

From living with Late Stage Lyme Disease, wheelchair bound and in constant pain, to not only living a full life healed but traveling the world healing others, Maren Hamm knows what it looks like to take the word of God and plant it as a seed in her heart, producing MASSIVE results.

She didn’t come from a super spiritual background.. didn’t know much about God at all. It wasn’t until she started to understand who her Heavenly Father really was, and how good He is, that she started to experience all of the amazing things He had in store for her.

Too often we feel like we need to do all the right things, be all the right things, or understand all of the right things to finally receive our healing, freedom, peace, joy (fill in the blank) from God. Maren is no stranger to this but she didn’t stop there. She found that she didn’t need to do anything or become anyone else to get set free. It was simple and uncomplicated. And it can be the same for you!

Her story will inspire you and hopefully, empower you to walk out of whatever “hard things” your facing now, and step into the incredible purpose God has for you.

It’s time to step out of the wheelchair. It’s time to take the limits off. It’s time to rise up as the Daughters of God who don’t settle for what we see, but walk with a Heavenly vision and a determination to see His goodness manifest on this earth.

Grab your cup of coffee and let’s have girl talk with Maren as she shares what shifted in her that led to her complete healing, freedom and purpose.

Don’t give up! There’s more for you than what you’ve seen…

Cheering you on,

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How to Act in Faith

 

Bible Study: Winning the Battle in Your Mind Pt. 3

After watching the videos for key one and key two, you’re already well on your way to winning the battle in your mind. You know what scripture says, you’re casting down negative thoughts and replacing them with His truth… but it’s still SO DANG HARD to feel free from all of the emotions and insecurities we feel boiling up inside!

What’s a girl to do?

Just because you don’t feel super confident, secure or whole doesn’t mean you can’t act like it anyways. Who says your emotions have to define you? God says you can overcome and dominate them!

I know what you’re thinking… Isn’t that called “being two-faced?” Well, no.

Being what we call two-faced is more about acting one way with some people and acting another with others, usually with one of those “faces” being untrue to who you really are.

What I’m talking about is acting out of who you really are (what the word of God says) regardless of how you feel or perceive things in the moment. One is a flaky, unstable person. The other is a secure, solid girl who isn’t so easily swayed by things as trivial and ever-changing as her emotions.

Trust me, this piece of the puzzle was a game changer for me. Once I started acting out what I was confessing inside my mind, then I started actually becoming that girl I always wanted to be: confident and secure.

Take a step of faith. Act on what you believe. You’ll start walking into the person you were always meant to be.

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The Struggle to Really Be Good Enough

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Upon hearing that, her accusers slowly left the crowd one at a time, beginning with the oldest to the youngest, with a convicted conscience. Until finally, Jesus was left alone with the woman still standing there in front of him. So he stood back up and said to her, ‘Dear woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?’

Looking around, she replied, ‘I see no one, Lord.’

Jesus said, ‘Then I certainly don’t condemn you either. Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.’
— John 8:9-11 TPT

The beautiful words of Jesus never cease to amaze me.

His kindness, his generosity, his goodness, his faithfulness. He meets us right where we are and yet because he loves us so much, he refuses to let us wallow in our mess. Like a good Father, he picks us up, dusts us off and leads us down a much better path, one that will lead to happiness, joy and peace.

But that’s not quite the story that’s painted for us Christians today…

Like Martha in the kitchen, we leave our Sunday services with a conviction that the more we do for God, the more we are accepted by Him. This may feel fine when we’re doing everything we think is good, but once we make a mistake (whether big or small) the overwhelming stress of unworthiness floods our minds and hearts, to the point where we start to disqualify ourselves from the plans and even the love of God.

We have to stop thinking that it’s what we do that determines how God sees us. In fact, it’s the other way around. What you do affects how you see God. When we mess up or go off in sin, it tends to distort our perception of God. The enemy will use your mistakes to paint a blurry image of a distant God, whose ready to scold your every misstep.

This is toxic thinking and it has to stop before it takes you down a road of bitterness and resentfulness.

When I first got married, I was a never ending mess of tangled insecurities, fears and unmet expectations. The longer I wallowed in my fears, the more of a burden I felt I was to God, to my husband and all of my friends, who had to put up with my insecure mood swings and eye glares.

All along I thought I was the victim but in reality, I was doing all of this to myself! The self-defeating thoughts and attitudes were in my mind by my authority. I chose to hold on to them. I chose to accept them and ultimately, I chose to suffer in my insecurities until one day, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I thought to myself, “This isn’t working. I’m miserable. Either I need to change or it’s only going to get worse.”

Falling into insecurity and fear is a tricky thing, because the more time you spend as a prisoner in it’s chambers, the more you start to doubt if you’re worthy of being rescued. The freedom you long for so desperately is the one thing you discredit yourself from every receiving.

Mistakes don’t define you, but they can refine you… but only if you let them.

You weren’t saved because of something good you did or some merit you received, but because of who you put your trust in. The Christian life is a continuous journey of learning to trust on him for everything you need, want and dream about, not because of what you’ve done, but because of whose you are. “Grace” isn’t just a five letter word that got you on the nice list this year. It’s a deep magic that bound your tired soul to God’s everlasting peace and life. You are sealed by His love, bought with His blood and cared for by His faithfulness. Nothing you do will ever change that.

Should we want to do great things on this earth for Him? Of course! But not so that our picture can earn a more prominent spot on His fridge. You do that and your life will be full of stress and worry, never really knowing where you stand.

Don’t put your trust in something as fickle and uncertain as your performance. We all have bad days, seasons, years… God knew we couldn’t do it all on our own. That’s why He came on the scene and established a plan to get us back to Himself.

Like the Pharisees did with the woman caught in the act of adultery, this world will always try and tell you who you are. But if you’ll listen (or read His word) you’ll see someone else on the scene, whispering what He thinks about you. The question is, who are you going to listen to?

One condemns you without offering any solution to help, but the other bends down, lends a hand and gives you the power to live a life bigger than you could ever imagine. Jesus’ words to her are His same words to you, “Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.”

This doesn’t mean you won’t EVER sin. We all make mistakes because on this side of eternity, we’ve still got some old ways, thoughts and habits to deal with. He’s not expecting perfection from you. It’s an invitation to a life fully trusting in His ability, and not your own. He’s asking you if you’d like to join Him on the journey ahead, instead of sitting in our mess.

You make mistakes. You are not a mistake.

Stop caging yourself in to what other people have said you can and can’t do and start listening to the one voice that truly matters. Allow Him to untangle you from what’s held you back and start writing the story of your life well.

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Only You Can Replace the Lies

 

Bible Study: Winning the Battle in Your Mind Pt. 2

We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.
— 2 Corinthians 10:5 TPT

The battle that wages war on our minds doesn’t stop with just knowing about what the bible says. There is more than one voice coming against your thought process and your victory lies in being able to identity the lies (like we talked about in the last video), but most importantly, replacing those lies with truth.

Because the only thoughts that can stay, lingering around in your precious mind and heart, are the ones that you allow.

That’s not condemnation, that’s freedom!

You have a choice. We all do. We may not always get to decide what thoughts come through our minds, but we do have a say in which ones get to set up camp, start a bomb-fire and start making s’mores. It’s freedom because we’re not the victims anymore. We’re the ones in control.

Girl, remember to not be so hard on yourself and please cut yourself some slack. We live in a world that basically programs us to live off emotions, feelings and uses your thoughts as a blueprint to your heart. But it’s not true.

You are more than mere feelings, emotions and your thoughts aren’t always your own. Don’t just accept them so easily. Know the truth and then start replacing those lies with something that will bring you hope, truth and encouragement. Because that’s what Jesus came here to do, to give you the power to choose Him over everything else.

Don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged. Continue the battle and you will win. It’s already a guarantee :)

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For the Girl Who Graduated...

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Graduating is such an exciting time. New seasons, new possibilities and the future is open and bright. The only problem with this is that life seldom meets our bright-eyed and inexperienced expectations and in turn, can cause huge disappointments, frustrations and sometimes, even a loss of hope that things will ever turn out great.

But life is so much more than unmet and unrealistic expectations. It’s a journey with twists and turns, ups and downs, mountains and valleys, and ultimately, a destination. It’s packed with lessons, problems and achievements you never thought were possible. It will lead you down unknown territory and bring you out on the other side a more confident, powerful and impactful person. That is, if you allow it to do so…

So whether you’ve just graduated from high school, college or an internship and are getting ready to head out into the big, bad world, or you’re entering a new season of life and are ready to see something grand happen, then I want to write this to you…

Don’t be in a hurry, the right man will come at last.
— Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice
  • Ladies, don’t worry. He’s out there! The love you’ve always wanted will find you when you keep your heart set on God. Allow Him to mold you into a woman ready for it.

  • But once he does find you, give your Prince a break! He’s dealing with just as much insecurity and fear as you. Fill in his weaknesses, don’t point them out.

  • On the road to marriage there will be many a suitors who will find you. Don’t let your relationships define you. You are worth more than how people treat you.

  • Guys are just as emotional as women! FOR REAL!

  • Never be afraid to be yourself. If it’s not what he wants, it’s not worth your time.

  • Don’t be so quick to give your heart away. It’s far more valuable than a dinner and a movie.

  • NEVER feel like you ever owe your body to someone who hasn’t vowed his fully over to you.

  • It’s okay to cry.

  • It’s okay to move on.

  • You need someone who challenges you. Don’t settle for fluff.

  • Wait for a guy whose dreams you can chase, and who wants to chase your dreams too.

  • Don’t be afraid of someone who is different than you. How boring would it be to be married to YOU!

  • Learn to cook… and fast!

  • PLEASE budget your money! It will save you so much trouble down the road.

  • Always be generous with your time. People will need you to just be there.

  • Girl friendships are hard! It’ll be okay…

You must give up the life you planned in order to live the life that is waiting for you.
— Joseph Campbell
  • Don’t be afraid to dream big. It’s going to take you to places you could never imagine.

  • I know you think you have your 5 and 10 year plan, but if you take a chance on God, He will exceed your plans. Trust me, He’s WAY more creative than you are.

  • This world is so much bigger than your small town. Go see it!

  • No matter the culture, language or age, people all want to feel valued. You can give that to them.

  • The bible will keep you centered. Read it like you mean it!

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to fall down a lot. But always remember to get back up, learn and move forward.

  • Give grace to others who fall down.

  • Try your best not to judge. It leaves something icky inside you.

  • People are all trying to find happiness. Don’t be in a hurry to assume intentions.

  • Every single person in this life, at some point, will let you down, because people are imperfect. Find value in God. He’s got you covered.

  • Don’t be so quick to think you’re over your insecurity issue. It starts to flare up once you get married.

  • Give grace to yourself first. If you won’t give it to you, you won’t give it to others.

  • Never think you know everything. Learning is a part of growing and the moment you stop learning, you stop growing. Don’t be a baby.

  • Always have faith. It’s the power to bring what you hope for into your reality.

  • Share your gifts with others. You will sow into your future.

  • Not every opportunity is from God. Don’t be in such a hurry to make big decisions.

  • Stay humble. It opens doors.

  • You’re not always wrong.

  • You’re not always right.

  • Too much word and you dry up. Too much spirit and your blow up. Put them together and you grow up. Live in balance.

Life’s what you make it. So let’s make it rock!
— Hannah Montana
  • Live loud. You’ll get easily distracted if you don’t.

  • Don’t read between the lines. People usually aren’t that deep.

  • The mountains are always a wonderful place to go and talk to God, but remember He doesn’t live there. He lives in you.

  • Be fierce in your convictions but quick to admit fault.

  • There’s a LOT you can learn from people who disagree with you, whether it’s to point out something new or to help you understand why you believe in something.

  • You can’t put God in a box. So He did it for you. It’s called the bible. Read it and don’t get weird.

  • Don’t debate with people to make your voice be heard. Dig out what’s going on in people’s hearts and then value what you find.

  • You’ll NEVER guess the ending to Gossip Girl!

  • Contrary to popular belief, you don’t find love in a hopeless place. You find mistakes. Tread lightly.

  • But never let a mistake become a part of who you are. Instead, lend a helping hand to freedom for someone else.

  • There is nothing the devil can do to you without your cooperation. His threat is real but his power is weak. Don’t fear him.

  • Your dreams will help people you’ll never meet. Don’t pursue them for recognition.

  • Sometimes you won’t get treated fairly. Your promotion comes from God. Wait for it.

  • Voices will tell you you’re the only one who struggles with “blank.” It’s NEVER true.

  • Sometimes counterfeit opportunities come right before the God ones do.

  • It usually feels suckiest right before an exciting season.

  • Every chapter in the story of your life can lend itself to the bigger picture. Don’t get distracted by what lies ahead. Keep your focus on writing this season well.

I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them. And let us all advance together to reach this victory-prize, following one path with one passion.
— Philippians 3:13-16 TPT

There’s no need to fear the unknown when you’re walking hand in hand with the Creator. He knows what lies ahead and He’ll lead you, not with a 20-step plan to total fulfillment, but with a one-step-at-a-time drawing that will lead you on the greatest journey you will ever know.

There’s a life that is waiting for you. Now here’s to the journey!

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