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Wells Thomas writes and speaks about home-grown happy. She is usually covered in babies and books.

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  1. Wells,
    I read the first line of your post about being homeless. I immediately felt the Spirit move in me…how often do I thank God for the roof over my head? I paused and thanked Him. As I read on in your post it convicted me that I need to continually fill my mind and heart with His word so that when storms surround, His word is at the ready. I, too, believe in speaking the Truth out loud. The enemy can’t read our minds and at the name of Jesus he must flee. When I proclaim the truth out loud, the enemy has no option but to leave. How often we/I forget how powerful is God’s Holy Word. Thank you that no matter what our circumstances, God is timeless, and we are established. He brings us grace in our time of need….not beforehand, but when we’re in the crucible. Such a great reminder and I’m so glad that your story has a grace filled resolution!
    Blessings,
    Bev

    • Dear Wells,
      We are in a similar situation. I just woke up after a restless night and decided to read (in)courage. Your story has given me hope…♡

      Peace,
      Tina

      • Wow, Tina, that brings tears to my eyes. Stand. You are powerful in His truth, and He wants us to participate in believing and bringing about good! Just as He created with words, our words too, in obedience to Him, create LIFE. I am writing your name on my wall today to stand and pray with you! Keep in touch.

    • Bev, thank you for this. I’ve noticed your comments are always so thoughtful, and I appreciate that, it’s so authentic. You are right that we get grace for exactly when we need it, this keeps us relying on Him. I think if we can believe beyond our circumstance, that is when we can tap into the “this is a win, no matter what” faith that is JOY abounding.

    • Thank you for sharing your story, God bless you and your family.. Peace and blessings to everyone please stay encouraged… No matter what the circumstances may be… Continue to put God first/ stand on his word and nothing but good will follow… Peace Joy £ Love!!!!

  2. “I suddenly had an intense need to say it out loud: I am established.” I’ve felt this before, too. The need to say it outloud. It amazes me what God does in response to our saying it outloud. Just last Sun we discussed the sword of the Spirit. The question was asked why the sword of the SPIRIT? I had this crazy analogy of the Spirit flowing from us and filling up a light saber of sorts (think Star Wars). Perhaps that power is activated by our mouth. It makes sense to me. Wonderful thought-provoking piece. And I’m also very glad your story had a happy ending. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Pearl! I think that our tongue is a major activator! Just yesterday the children and I were reciting, “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:10). It seems strange to think that we are saved by the confession of our mouth, but there it is right there in the Bible. God Himself created the world with words, and then He breathed His image into us. I want to be willing! I am again encouraged through you all to keep doing this today.

  3. This is an incredibly inspiring story. I thank God every night when I rest my head on my pillow (well, ok, just about every night truly) that I am blessed with a roof and food and health and family. I love that the word was given to you right when you needed it….it’s amazing how good God is to give us that when we need it. This just really touched me this morning. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • Hi, Janice! I am so excited that you have been encouraged. And that there are throngs of godly women, building weapons against the enemy with THANKS, just that powerful, simple thanks for what they have. You are a warrior. You are inspiring. Thank you for your beautiful comment.

  4. Thank you because I needed this today. I have been married for 17 years, and, ever since, my life has been filled with financial struggles which never cease. I now have three children of elementary age, and even less resources than ever so I have had a hard time holding on to my faith in God’s provisions for me as I see all of the people in my immediate spheres living comfortably and even luxuriously. Your story and struggle and victory have blessed me and reminded me that I am still loved by my Heavenly Father even when I do not see His provision in the form I desire. I am happy to hear of a spiritual strategy to combat my faithlessness and return to living in truth. I, too, will begin to speak truth aloud. I am so glad you shared!

    • Oh, Shauna. Yes, I understand. Yes, there is a way up. What has been so, so encouraging to me as I have peered into the heart of God on financial matters, and other struggles — is that you and I have just the same access as the wealthiest people in the world, to the weapons of warfare, to a life that is filled with grace, joy, peace, and true riches. Faith’s truth–and agreeing verbally with that truth, is really the best, the only place to begin to change our lives. God says He will transform our life as we obediently renew our mind, and there seems to be a huge connection between our thoughts, our words, our heart, and our walking in victory. I feel your struggles, that they are very, very real in the present moment. But you are an overcomer! I am praying for you today!

  5. Thank you for sharing! Reminds me of the lyrics from a Casting Crowns song;

    “The Word is alive
    And it cuts like a sword through the darkness
    With a message of life to the hopeless and afraid
    Breathing life into all who believe
    The Word is alive
    And the world and its glories will fade
    But His truth, it will not pass away
    It remains yesterday and forever the same
    The Word is alive”

    Thankful that we are so equipped with everything we need for every season and stage of life and that God’s word will never change. That in His TRUTH we can place our hope and send the enemy packing!!!
    Blessings,
    Lori
    Ps I LOVE happy endings!!!

    • I went to Youtube to listen to the words of the song This is the Word. Powerful! Thank you for sharing! Joanne

    • Hi, Lori! That is an awesome song and reminds me that songs that speak truth are another great way to renew our mind. Scriptural words ARE truth spoken aloud! Thank you for this insight, I need to look up that song now!

  6. Holding onto this that “our tongue can partner with the words of God.” What a powerful truth, Wells!
    Love how God works behind the scenes for our good. We just moved into our new home and experienced the same kind of blessing when our house got appraised for less. Though the appraisal almost caused the deal to fall through, God used it as a way for us to get into our home for less. Praising Him for His provision! : )

    • Yay for another house testimony! When I was hoping and praying for a home, I had Psalm 128:3 before me:

      “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
      Within your house,
      Your children like olive plants
      Around your table.”

      I also clung to Psalm 84:3:
      “The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God.”

      Our home is in Him. But He also made us to live in families, and families to live in safe habitations!

      • Love your verses, Wells. Mine was Isaiah 32:18, which also went with my word of the year “rest.”

        “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”

        • Ooooh. That is a beautiful one, and also starts in the spirit! REST.–Such a good word for the year! When things are crazy nowadays, I think, “am I identifying with needing to be ok in my circumstance, or am I identifying with the Eternal One of Peace?” We have been talking a lot about this at church.

  7. Dear Wells,
    I have had a year of trials, but God has been faithful. Some challenges remain, but I was reminded of one of them when you spoke of the house you had to leave. Our dear old house needs a new roof badly. It’s not just the buckets and tubs when it rains, it’s also the mold and mildew showing up on the walls and ceilings. I don’t know what we’re supposed to do, whether we are supposed to move on, since the house has many other issues also, or, maybe, build a tiny house? And if so, with what? LOL
    I don’t know but I know God does, and so I wait upon Him. Kind of like a stage play where I wait to see what happens next. Thank you for your words of “in”couragement.
    Mindy

    • Hi, Mindy!

      “I don’t know but I know God does, and so I wait upon Him. Kind of like a stage play where I wait to see what happens next.”

      YES! He knows when we don’t know, and sometimes I think that victories/ breakthroughs come when we realize that our “problem” is not like a brick wall, but more like a paper wall that we get to run through in faith. We keep thinking that we will hit the brick if we keep running forward, but soon we find that we have broken through the wall because we, even blindly, ran on. It’s kind of like Psalm 124:7:

      “Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped.”

      I will pray for you to have a swift and good resolution for your home situation! God makes ALL things good. As one of my favorite preachers says, “If it’s not good yet, then it’s not the end.”

  8. Wells, thank you for sharing your story. Thank you also for the reminder of speaking aloud God’s mighty word. He’s had to teach me much in this regard. And, I try to teach my boys the necessity of speaking words of life. Of wielding the sword of the Spirit in our everyday situations. And, I LOVE that He showed you how you were established. He’s so amazing that way! He reminds us of eternal truths in our temporal situations, and shows us more of Himself. So touched by your story.

    • Wow, thank you, Jeanne! You are doing powerful, world-changing stuff teaching this to your sons early. Blessings on your awesome task as mother!

  9. This is EXACTLY what the Lord has been speaking to me. i need to stop repeating everything negative that is happening in my situation in the natural. and speak out the promises God has given me. Namely, that my breakthrough is coming soon, that this situation won’t end in divorce, and that I won’t lose my children.

    God is faithful. I need to give THAT truth the power through my words.

    Thank you for being obedient to God — he is definitely using your words in my life today.

    • Hi, Jennifer,
      This is a hard situation you are speaking of! I don’t take that lightly, yet I KNOW that there IS victory in Jesus and yes, that your confessions (words spoken aloud) are part of the solution He’s put into your hands. Keep going! Keep digging out those promises and speaking truth! You are powerful against the enemy! I have found that until I get a hold of the thoughts in my head (renewing my mind, NOT giving in to fear) that I don’t even enjoy life. But the truth is, we can control our own mind, and HE will transform our life! (Romans 12:2) Prayers for you today!

  10. I pointed out to my mother that the word death is first in Proverbs 18:21. That’s because what we are used to speaking, it takes effort and growing in Christ to change that. Thanks for Hebrews 5:12-14. You’re right about ninja princesses too. You’ve got a sword, use it. I’ve it said , “Don’t just stand there, pray something! ” God is working for you, be blessed.

    • Hi, Rebecca!
      Wow, good point. Yes, the default is to speak death, isn’t it? I find that it is one of my biggest struggles to notice it in everyday life–the way I speak to my children, etc. But because it’s hard, I also know it’s worth it to change it. God is bringing renewal of the mind in every area, and the enemy cannot win!

  11. Wells, I praise the Lord for your timely, grace-filled words that give hope when I like I am failing. Your words remind me “speaking out my hopelessness, but I chose another way. Even though my faith was little, I spoke. When my heart was fearful, I trained my voice to say, “I am established. I dwell in the house of the Lord.” If you have faith the size of a mustard seed and though my strength and my heart may fail, the Lord is my portion and my strength forever. The Lord helps us in our time of need as we surrender, something that can be so very hard for me to do. I am so happy that your story had a beautiful, God-graced ending 🙂 I was listening to a CD today that said that David kept the sword of Goliath to remember. May we each keep the sword of the Spirit to remember how good He is to each of us, to thank and praise Him always in every storm and dark place 🙂

    • Hi, An!! Yes, you might FEEL like you are failing, but you are created as a strong warrior, with all the weapons you need. You have everything you need. I try to remember, the spirit leads, the rest must fall in line. Also, the Kris Vallotton podcast is talking about this topic a lot lately, and it helps (me, anyways!) to listen to these truths when doing house work! You are enough. What you have is enough. You’re in my heart today!

  12. I am established. Thanks for sharing the words that express my faith too. I have a difficult and complicated marriage , not so stable, but in Christ I am established. Thank you Lord. Please pray for me.

    • I will, Anna. Marriage can be such a hard one. I know there IS a way for joy to reign, in your life, in your marriage. Keep speaking, believing, seeking friendship and support and wise counsel. God is near to you and Jesus has felt all that you feel and is weaving your story into beauty. Love to you.

  13. Wells, thank you for your post today! I knew this Truth of speaking out loud the Word and it is the Rhema Word. I had been practicing it, and somehow got away from doing it. Why? It’s anybody’s guess. I was feeling low, and this is the encouragement I needed to read and put into practice again starting today. My feelings, and circumstances do not dictate what is actually happening in the spiritual realm, and God always has the last say and keeps His Word. Perfect timing! Blessings, Joanne

    • YES! The spiritual realm IS stronger, and WILL lead the way. I realized–I think it was back in college–that we are physical beings, yes, but we are MOSTLY spiritual, and that was such an epiphany back then for me, but helped me to realize it’s possible to live out of the spiritual realm, and when we put our identity there, we’ve identified with eternal victory already, so we cannot fail. Keep speaking that rhema word! God gave us both logos and rhema, and we get to use both as warriors cut from God’s own cloth.

  14. again, I say to myself, “God is good ALL the time, and All the Time, God is Good!” Thank you for sharing your story, for those of us who have been there and for those of us needing to be more grateful that we’ve not been there. Great reminder that God knows what is best for us and when it is for us!

  15. Just want to say that I also needed this message today. I also want to stand with and in prayer for Mindy and Shauna and Tina today. I am praying for God’s abundant provision for each of you!

    • This is awesome. To have a prayer community right here in the comments on the internet. I love this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Prayers together!

  16. Wells,

    Praise God for the house He provided for your family! I watched the movie War Room and did the Bible study that goes with it. We learned about the full armor of God, but most importantly to speak rhema (sword of spirit) and cast out the evil one. Loved this ‘Forever starts today, because God is outside of time, and we are found in Him.’ Yes and Amen! It never ceases to amaze me how God will gently talk to you and remind you of His truths. Thanking God today for ALL the goodness He has bestowed up me and my family–including my house!!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Yay! I can’t believe I haven’t seen the War Room yet. I heard it was really good. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, and raising up an incense of thanks with me for what we’ve been given!

  17. The Lord never ceases to amaze me when His word comes so beautifully through another and speaks the very encouragement needed. I love the power in the words and say too “I am established! And I dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi, Janie! Thanks for this encouraging and sweet comment. May you see and experience this being established in tangible ways as you speak it out in faith! Your identity is secure. It’s an exciting adventure!

  18. Hey everybody, who seeks encouragement. I recenlty read this WONDERFUL SCRIPTURE in 2.Corinthians from 2. to 4.
    I was soooo amazed that it said:
    Blessed be the God and Father Fartherand our Lord of all comfort, who COMFORTS (in my german bible it says ENCOURAGES!!) us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort (encourage) those, who are in affliction, whith the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

    I love this so much, that God encourages and comforts us and that your experience of comfort is an encouragement to the next person. Thank you Wells, for sharing this.

    I am going through some afflictions myself right now and I feel encouraged to speak the truth out loud.
    God bless you wonderf precious readers⭐.
    Judy

    • Hi, Judy! No way, I was reading in my German Bible (Hoffnung Fuer Alle) this morning too! Fellow Germans unite! I find it slower reading, but really refreshing for a new perspective sometimes.

      Thank you for sharing this awesome scripture. You ARE an encouragement! Sei gesegnet!

      • Dear Wells, wow.. I am impressed by the number of your comments! Thank you for taking sooo much time out of your day to send so many replies !! I am german&live in Germany and am super happy for the good possibilities (as this) that the internet provides…what a blessing to unite. God bless you!!! I am looking for a place to move to (as I want to move outside of the citY) and I got new hope that God has a place and a plan for me, yeaaaah.
        And I want to say: there IS POWER IN YOUR TESTIMONY!!!!!!!!!!juhuuu. Sei du auch REICH GESEGNET. GOTT SIEHT DICH UND KENNT DICH UND DEINE GEDANKEN&WÜNSCHE GANZ GENAU. HE LOVES TO give you the desires of your heart (all in good timing and his will:)

        Beste Grüße
        Judy

        • Yay! Thanks, and to God be the glory, I am thankful the internet gives me the means to be an encouragement from my home where I raise my children–I don’t get out that much right now!

          Ja, danke fuer so eine wahre ermutigung! Ich werde fuer einen neuen wohnplatz fuer Dich beten! Meine Eltern und Schwester leben auch in Deutschland.

          Do keep in touch, I love meeting people from the homeland. You can find my email address on my website.

  19. This is such a powerful post Wells!! Thank you so much for sharing your story so vulnerably and the truth of God’s spirit in you that spoke boldly that day. I love this and I’m going to start saying that to myself on hard days when life feels overwhelming. “I am established!!”

    • This is awesome to hear, Renee! Thank you for your note of encouragement, and may your words bear great fruit! You are poised to win!