Even If…

Do you still believe that God is sovereign even if He doesn’t save you from what you think He should?

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When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the furnace because they chose to honor God, they never lost faith.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” 

Daniel 3:16-18

God’s plan is far greater than anything we could ever imagine, and it is not up to us to know the future. Even if He doesn’t save you from what you’re going through, your story will end in glory if you trust Him.

Sometimes, instead of taking you out from the furnace you’re in, God is there to hold your hand through the whole thing so you come out stronger than before.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Instead of asking God to deliver you from what you’re going through, ask Him to hold your hand through it. When you accepted Jesus, God sent the holy Spirit to live inside of you. That means that whatever you’re going through, He has already been there the whole time. Let that be enough for you.

Head on over to the ‘Contact’ page with any comments or questions, and also check out the song ‘Even If’ by MercyMe! (Linked below).

 

 

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Are You Content?

I’m sinfully anxious at heart. I’m constantly wanting to be in the next season of life, worrying about what the future will bring, how to get everything on my to-do list done, and how to make everyone happy in the process. However, this is not my job. I have been called to be content in every situation, and God will work out the rest.

My favorite verse in the Bible talks about this, and I’m excited to share it with you guys today!

For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Philippians 4:11

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We don’t have control, but that should come as a beautiful relief, instead of a scary reality. 

When you feel like you don’t have enough money, do you feel content? When you’re not in a romantic relationship, are you content? When God changes the plans that you made, are you content?

God has already provided you with everything you need for every single situation you’re in. No matter what you are going through, He has already been there and seen the other side, and He’s there to guide you through it if you look to Him.

God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be.

2 Thessalonians 1:2

Go in peace today, and be content in whatever situation you are in. You have the Holy Spirit inside of you. That’s way greater than anything the world can throw at you, so go live like it!

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Real Talk: Stop Chasing Things of This Earth

We all want earthly things.

Whether it’s a new phone, more money, or clothes and gadgets that we see other people with. No one is immune. It’s so easy to chase what is here and tangible with an expectancy that we will be happy when we just get that one thing. That one thing soon turns into another, and another, and another, and we are never satisfied.

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The things of this earth are fleeting, and they will come and go. Once we get what we chased, it can only give us temporary happiness, because nothing on earth is big enough to fill the hole inside of us. We have a Jesus-sized hole in our hearts that we keep stuffing with things of this world.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15-17

Sometimes I am more concerned with what I’m wearing on my body, than sharing the love of Christ. I will do my hair every which way, and change my outfit five times before leaving my apartment in the morning. This sometimes makes me late to class, forfeiting time that I could’ve spent having Spirit-filled conversations before class.                                I will also come to the store with only a few things I actually need to grab, and leave spending more money than I should have on things I don’t need. That money could have gone towards advancing the Kingdom.

It hurts to write it down and admit that to you guys, but we all need to take the time to examine the area of our lives where we are letting worldly things control us. The Lord has already provided us with all we need.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Colossians 3:2

There will come a day where each one of us will stand before the Lord and give an account for our lives. You won’t have your phone in hand, and He won’t compliment your outfit. He will look at your heart, and how you have served His people. 

This topic is a hard pill to swallow, and I understand that. The best way to overcome temptations of this world is to take little steps. Maybe it’s making a shopping list so you only buy the things you need at the store, or allocating some of your income to furthering the Kingdom. Odds are, you have enough things. Ask God to make you content with what you have. It’s not an overnight change. It’s very hard to chase what isn’t visible, when so much else is, but I promise it is so so worth it. When you accepted Jesus, the world lost its grip on you. Nothing on earth will be able to satisfy you.

Fill your heart with the Word, not the world.

If you have questions or feel stuck on where to start, head on over to the ‘Contact’ page. I’d love to talk with you and figure this out together!

Where is Your Focus?

Hey guys!

So in my daily quiet time, I have recently been watching sermons on Youtube, and I wanted to share a few things I have learned. I hope that this will be a short and sweet reminder for the middle of your week.

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The things that I am going to share with you are inspired from a sermon by Steven Furtick called “Fix Your Focus”, and I will link it below for you guys to check out.

In your day-to-day life, where would you say you put your focus? Do you focus on other people’s opinion of you, what you don’t have, what others are doing wrong, or worrying about your tomorrow?

One of the only things we can control is where we put our focus, and we can either magnify things of this world, or we can magnify God’s kingdom.

“What you magnify, you get more of.”

Steven Furtick

Many of us are focused on a different time. This can be stressing over things that have already happened, or concerned about what tomorrow will bring. Live in the now, and focus on spreading the Good News.

Do not worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself.

Matthew 6:34

As promised, this post is short and sweet, so I just want to leave you guys with a few questions that Furtick raises in his sermon:

-Is your focus on seeking or finding?                                                                                         Are you just trying to find answers to your problems, or are you focused on seeking your Savior?

-Are you focused on then or now?                                                                                                     God tells us that worrying cannot add a single hour to our life, yet so many of us are caught up in worrying about the future. Live in today- you cannot change the future.

-Is your focus on what’s not, or what you’ve got?                                                                     He has already given us all we need. It’s so easy to want for things of this earth, but we need to remember that it is all fleeting. The Bible says that nothing is gained under the sun. Everything here will fade away, so focus on what you already have from God.

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:11

-Is your focus on fixing others, or working on yourself?                                                    God is the only one who can judge, and the Bible states that the same judgement that we put onto others will be put back on us.

Why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?

Matthew 7:3

I pray that you would think about these questions as you go through the rest of the week. It takes a conscious effort. You will have to wake up every day, and ask God to fix your focus, but it is eternally worth it.

As always, head on over to the ‘Contact’ page with any questions or comments, and check out the sermon below!

 

How to Love the People That are Hard for Us to Love

Happy Truthful Tuesday!

Do you have people in your life that you want to show the love of Christ to, but it feels like they’re making it hard for you?

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We did not make it easy for Jesus to love us. During His time on this earth, He was beaten, called a liar, and killed for our sins. Through all of His persecution, His first- and only -response was love.

He fought for our hearts even when we rejected Him, and even though He died for us, we still make it hard for Him everyday. Yet despite this, He finds it so easy to love us. He continually gives of Himself whether we earn it or not (and trust me, we don’t).

What is your first response?

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

      Matthew 20:28

Our love for others is not contingent on how they treat us. How we should love others was determined from the minute God sent His son. Jesus’ love was selfless- there was no question in His mind of what He was sent to do. Likewise, we were sent to be the light of the world.

So if even the Son of Man came to serve us, how much more should we extend that love to others?

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:40

This is one of my favorite verses. It is an amazing reminder that all people are created in God’s image. When we do not love on His creation, we are saying that we don’t fully love Him.

You may have heard the quote, ‘what would Jesus do?’ a million times, but have you ever truly applied it to your life? If you really asked yourself this every time you were called to love the people you find hard to love, you would be called to love.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

If you have been given new life in Jesus Christ, your biggest commandment is to love- to love everyone on this earth with all you have.

I challenge you to really live this out this week. It is so easy to read this and agree and move on. Go make a difference in the world. 

Have questions or just want to talk? Head on over to the ‘Contact’ page!

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Are You Being the Light of Christ to the World?

So often, I am stuck in my own little routine.

I go to class, go to work and treasure the moments that I get to lay in my bed, watch my shows and scroll on my phone. How often in that day-to-day routine am I showing the love of Christ to the people around me? How many people that I talk to daily can tell that I have new life?

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We are called to be the light of the world; the hands and feet of Jesus on earth. 

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

  Matthew 5:14-16

What does being a light mean?

Being a light means taking active efforts to show the love of Christ to the people around you. It is a selfless kind of love. It can look like holding the door open for people with a smile, cooking a meal for an elderly neighbor, shutting down gossip, taking extra time to talk to someone you know has been struggling, or sending an encouraging text to remind someone that you’re thinking of them. It is a big love that can be shown in all kinds of ways.

Through being a light, we can begin to have life-changing conversations. People should see something different in you just by the way you act.

So what does this look like in your life?

I encourage you all to really think about this. Being the light of Christ is crucial to building His kingdom on earth.

If we aren’t actively growing His kingdom, what are we doing?

If this is something you struggle with as well, start with small steps. Make at least one active effort each day to be a light to someone. The more you do it, the more instinctual it will become. Most importantly, pray about it! Ask God to put opportunities on your heart, and be looking for them. When you are living for Him, He will provide.

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CHALLENGE

For the next 30 days, I challenge you to write down what you did to be a light that day. Please don’t overlook the importance of this. It won’t take long. It will be so amazing at the end of the 30 days to look back on how you helped His kingdom come!

Don’t be too busy to share life-giving love with the people around you.

As always, the body of Christ is a community, so share this post with someone who needs it! (We all need it). Have questions or just want to talk? Head on over to the ‘Contact’ page!

 

When Time With God Feels Like a Check on the To-Do List

For so many of us, spending time with God can feel like something we have to do because it’s just what ‘Good Christians’ do. It’s so easy to make Bible time and prayer just a thing to check off the to-do list.

We all want to feel this passion in our walks with the Lord, but in the day-to-day, it can feel very dull and repetitive.

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So what are some practical ways to spend genuine time with our Creator?

Designate a specific time of the day, and make it cozy. Maybe it’s first thing when you wake up, or on a break between classes, or even before bed. It doesn’t matter when it is, just make it consistent. Making it cozy is a key component to making the time feel relational. Pick the same place every single day. Add some blankets and get some coffee or a snack.

These tips might seem unnecessary, and I do agree that the source of the passion is internal, but the more you make time with God feel truly relational, the less it feels like a task.

Take notes and highlight. The Word of God is alive! Interact with it- highlight verses that stand out, and take notes to look back on. Don’t just read and forget- make it memorable!

Write out your prayers. If you’re anything like me, when you go to pray in your head, your mind starts going a million different places. Writing down your prayers makes it so much easier to stay focused. Plus, you can look back and see what God has answered!

Put the Word into action. Go out and serve God’s people!

Be the hands and feet of Christ, and make the Word come alive.

Share the Gospel with those who haven’t heard it in everything you do.

Be in community! Start a group chat with friends to share prayer requests and read the Word together.

The body of Christ is a community, and when we make our relationship with God extend to the people around us, it becomes a lifestyle, and a little more tangible.

Have questions, comments or just want to talk? Head on over to the ‘Contact’ page! Let me know the ways that you make spending time with God not feel like a check of your list. Share this post with someone who needs it!

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