“If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” // Esther 4:14
Hey guys! Happy Sunday!
This week I want to talk about moments we–as Christians–are made for. Most of us have heard of Esther 4:14, and we love it! We love this idea that we’re made for a specific moment in life, one where we’re standing at the top of the mountain certain that this is why we’re made!
Do I believe in such moments? Absolutely…I’ve experienced them myself! But I think we need to take this verse and apply it more across the board in our every day life as Christians. Those I was made for this moments don’t happen every day. They’re awesome–but rare–occasions. And I believe God has made us for these moments … and more!
As Christians, God calls us to certain things, certain reasons why we’re still here on earth. There’s a reason God didn’t take us to heaven the moment we were saved. He has stuff for us to do here. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Yes, God has gifted us and put dreams in our heart to chase after, and I believe we should chase after those with all our heart. BUT! I feel like God has created us for every day moments, too.
Here are some moments I believe we–as Christians–are made for.
A lot of us are wondering our purpose or walking around trying to figure out what God wants from us. These are sure-thing, Scripture proven, moments God has us here for. This week, let’s try to find opportunities to walk in moments we’re made for. Pray for those opportunities, and watch God open them for you.
And if we do, you never know, someday we might just change the world ❤
Until Next Time,
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” – John 5:7
We live in a day and age where feelings of discouragement, loneliness, and jealously can be triggered in a moments time. I know I get like this sometimes. Especially lately. This blog post finds me in a (very long) season of waiting. One where prayer after prayer isn’t answered yet … one where I see the answer to my prayer literally happening to everyone around me … but not me. And because of this, I’ve had small moments of self-pity, as we all sometimes do. And in one of those moments, I remember saying, “Why does it always happen to everyone else, but never me?”
Though my words were spoken out of emotion, and I trust that in God’s timing, He will answer my prayer, these words are very real feelings for many of us. Whether these words are uttered over something like a job promotion, or a financial breakthrough, or maybe because healing that hasn’t come yet, we have all felt like this at one time or another.
We find in John 5 the story of a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. 38 years! Can you imagine this? I’m not even 38 years old, let alone being able to imagine being paralyzed for this long. In this man’s day, there was a legend- a superstition really- that an angel would come and stir up the waters at the Pool of Bethesda, and when that happened, the first person inside the water would be healed. It was around this pool that the paralyzed man, along with many others who were blind and disabled, would gather and wait for their opportunity to be healed.
Jesus met this man one day at the Pool of Bethesda-which literally translates, “House of Mercy”. And when Jesus saw the man there and learned of his condition, Jesus asked the man in verse 6, “Do you want to get well?” To that, the man replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Does this sound like you? Every time you want something, or are praying desperately for something, you feel like you get trampled on or beat to the prize. Like when you are desperately praying for a new job, and your co-worker gets a promotion. And when the next promotion comes up, another co-worker gets it. After a while, it all gets frustrating. And while all this time this paralyzed man was waiting by the Pool to get healed by a superstition he believed, Jesus stepped in during year 38 of the man being paralyzed, and He offered healing. This man didn’t need a Pool, he needed Jesus.
I believe this is the lesson we as Christians need to learn today. Are we still going to want and pray for that promotion? Absolutely. Are we still going to plead with God for healing? You bet. But when we’re left waiting-maybe for 38 minutes or maybe for 38 years-that’s where Jesus wants to step in and meet you. It’s in that waiting where He is standing with arms wide open saying, “Come on in. Let me be enough for you.”
It’s hard when opportunities and time pass us by- believe me…I’m in the valley of waiting with you. But it’s not until we find that we want Jesus more than we want anything else that we’ll ever truly be satisfied. And I’ve found that in this waiting process, waiting for God’s best is better than any quick fix or substitute we could ever really want. Let’s keep steadfast in prayer, our heart’s seeking His truth, and let’s offer praise for all He’s already given us. If we trust in Him, wait on His timing, and find our hope and strength in Him, He will provide us with everything we need in time. And until that, He’ll provide us with Himself. And that is worth more than anything anybody else has.
Until next time,
“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
I was having a hard time falling asleep one night, and I was growing increasingly anxious to fall asleep. Finally, after a couple hours of lying in bed, I decided to get up and go to the bathroom. When I came back to my bedroom, I glanced at the clock and to add to my anxiousness, it read 11:05. Immediately I called out to God and said, “It’s 11 o’clock!” And immediately following those thoughts, I said to God—without even realizing it—“But You knew that.”
All over the Bible it talks about God’s sovereignty. It’s who He is, it’s what He does. He is in control, and when He sent Jesus Christ, God gave Jesus authority over all things (1 Corinthians 15:27). Everything in the whole world is under His feet (Ephesians 1:22), and there is nothing that He does not know (1 John 3:20b). This can be, and often is a very comforting thought, and it was one that I always “knew” and thought I put into practice. However, I have found myself in more than one situation where I have often relied on myself to control something or make something work out.
Living a lifestyle that reflects our sincere belief in God’s sovereignty is something that we develop over time, and it’s often something that is a bit scary at first. However, the more we realize that God is in control, and the more opportunities we have to let God demonstrate that power in our lives, the more we will trust Him and fully rely on His sovereignty. Let’s take a look at a few ways to live completely trusting that God is in control and knows what He’s doing.
1. Let Him be in Control. This is the first step in letting God be in control in your life. Instead of trying to make situations what you want them to be, or making situations what they aren’t so that you will feel better, trust that God has you right where He wants you. Everything in life has to go through God’s hands first before it even reaches your life. We have to remember that in everything, in every second of every minute of every day, God knows what He is doing, and nothing takes Him by surprise (Psalm 139:1-6). Let go, breath, and let God have His way in your life.
2. Worship Him For Being in control. After you accept that He is in control, and start living like it, then thank God that He knows what He is doing and His hand is at work in your life. Even if your present circumstance isn’t how you want it to be, thanking and worshiping God for that circumstance will bring honor to God and bring joy to your heart in that you are content with what God is doing right now.
3. Act like He is in control. For me, this can be one of the most challenging things to do. Once you let Him have control, and acknowledge and worship God that He is in control, then we have to act like He is in control. This involves letting go of fear in our lives, letting go of what other people might think about our current situation, and be humble enough to confidently say, “God is in control, and I’m okay with what He is doing.” Acting like God is in sovereign control of our lives takes an enormous amount of faith. Faith in God, and faith in His character, and faith that He is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do.
I read a devotional once about being dead to sin and choosing Christ as our new master. I won’t get into too much detail about that right now, but one part that really struck me was when the author gave a tip for what to do when sin comes knocking at our door. When we feel tempted to take control of a situation that isn’t ours to handle, or we start getting anxiety or fear in our lives, or whatever else may be the problem, all we have to say is, “I’m dead to that.” Isn’t that great? Because Jesus came and made a way, we don’t have to choose sin, and we don’t have to choose to stay where we are in our walk with Christ. We don’t have to give in to the things that vie for our attention and our life and control, but we can let God have His way in our lives. His way for our life is the best way, and things will always end up better when we let Him have His way in our lives verse when we try to live our lives as though we have the control (Romans 8:28).
Lastly, even though God knows everything in our lives, there is something so freeing about being honest with others, being honest with yourself, and mostly being honest with God. If you’re in a rut, or are afraid, just let God know. He knows, but when you tell Him blankly how you’re feeling, there’s something so freeing in that, and it releases your problems and feelings into God’s loving care. He wants you to come to Him with your feelings and your thoughts so that while He’s working on your situation, He can also be working on your heart.
When we let go and let God take His rightful place in our life, He’ll be glorified and we’ll be overwhelmed with peace and find ourselves on the greatest adventure … His adventure! And when we do … you never know … someday we might just change the world ❤
Until Next Time,
“‘So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” – Exodus 3:10-12
Welp, today is going to be a little on the personal side … but for good reason. I’ve had kind of an interesting week this week. Earlier in the week, I started to feel like God was calling me to more in regards to this blog and my website, and I started to feel like maybe that would be making videos and starting to take this whole blogging/website thing really seriously. If you don’t know, I’m currently working on a novel also, and I was concerned that this would take up more time than I could commit to. You know, filming the video, editing the video, posting it … as well as WRITING this blog. So I talked this over with my mom (shoutout to all the Godly woman giving Godly advice … we love you!!). And I told my mom some of my doubts which expanded to the point of “I don’t know if it’s worth it. Does anyone even read my stuff? Would anyone even watch the videos?”
I didn’t want to waste my time and invest in something that wasn’t going to reach anyone or turn out to be pointless.
And then my mom told me something that is the exact advice I normally give to everyone else in this situation. She told me, “If God has told you to do this, then don’t worry about that. He’ll take care of it.”
If God has told you to do this, then don’t worry about that. He’ll take care of it.
Thank you, Mom. Thank you. Honestly, that’s exactly right. So after much prayer and wrestling, I’ve decided to do it. To build my platform and run after the dreams God has placed in my heart ranging from my novel, to this blog, to videos where we talk about the stuff on the blog. (You’ll hear more about this in coming weeks, but for the sake of the blog today, I wanted to mention it.)
When God calls us to do something, He will take care of everything else. Our job is just to be obedient to Him. He’ll provide the finances, He’ll provide the people, and He’ll make everything work out according to His good plans and purposes, and for His glory.
If you feel Him calling you to do something … do it! It probably will seem a little scary, but don’t miss this. When you step into the very thing God is calling you to do, the reward and the joy that’ll come from it will be unlike anything else in the entire world.
We read in Exodus that Moses was scared to do what God was calling him to do. We read in Exodus 3 that God wants Moses (who was a murderer, by the way), to lead His chosen people, the Israelites, out of Egyptian captivity and into the Promised Land. This was a huge task! One that would’ve scared anyone! But when Moses expressed his fear and hesitancy to God, God gave Him one promise: “I will be with you.” (vs. 12)
That’s the same promise God gives us today. He chooses us not by our merit or talent, but by our willingness to obey Him and accomplish His plans for His glory. And when He calls, we know that when we step out in obedience to Him, He gives us the same promise to be with us. And with that promise, we can do anything.
Thanks for joining me on the journey, I can’t wait to see where God takes us. Until then, I want to encourage you to pray big. Pray that God would use you as He wants. Pray for the courage to step out into all He’s calling you to do.
There’s a song out right now (and DISCLAIMER, I loved this song wayyyyyyyy before it came out on the radio), that I love. It’s called Rebel Heart by Central Live. This song is me to a tee, and I love so, so many parts of it. But there’s one line in the chorus that has been the prayer of my heart for many, many months now, and these words have literally changed my life. It goes like this:
So I let go and I let God be my vision, my strength and song. Not my will, but Yours be done, I surrender my rebel heart.
I LOVE THAT! I let go and I let God be my vision my strength and song.
When you let God change your heart, change your dreams, change your life … you’re going to be left in the best place possible, because wherever God calls is going to be the absolute best place … ever. We can’t come up with something better than what He has for us. His plans are best … and He loves us! The Bible talks about how parents know how to give their children good gifts, so how much God knows how to give good things to His children (Matthew 7:7-11)!
Let’s pray this week that God would give us His dreams, His heart, His plans. And you never know … someday we might just change the world. ❤
Until next time,
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” -Philippians 3:7-8
It seems like fall is settling in across most of the country, and I can’t believe it! We turned the calendars to October this past week, and we’re less than three months away from 2019. Where did this year go?!
Also! Please read all the way to the end of this post for a couple P.S.! notes I included.
Alright, let’s dig in.
Today I want to talk about something that I’ve been walking through lately, something that I believe many of us are walking through. It seems like my generation, (Gen Z/Millennial depending on what you read), is a generation of dreamers. And I love that! I love that my generation isn’t working tooth and nail for the “American Dream” of being married with two kids, a dog, and a house. Instead, we’re creating our own dreams. We’re trying to create new things, find better ways to do old things, and light sparks of revival in places that need flames. And I’m right there with the rest of them. I have dreams of revival in the church, in encouraging the church to run after Jesus, to encourage the church to pursue God’s best for their lives. But I think sometimes we have to be cautious in chasing our dreams and we need to remember why we have these dreams, and Who ultimately gave us them.
Instead of chasing dreams, what if we just start chasing Jesus?
I believe the difference in chasing dreams and chasing Jesus is dependent on what we’re actually chasing. For example, say your dream is to go on a missions trip. Awesome! God may very well have given you a dream to go on a missions trip. So you do everything necessary to chase that dream: You raise the funds, you prepare your things, you arrange your accommodations, and you’re ready to go. But sometimes in the midst of these preparations, we get so excited that we forget about Jesus, the One we’re supposed to be preparing all this for anyway. Let’s look at another example. Say you want to write a book … a book that’s even about Jesus! That’s great! But we need to take caution to becoming so obsessed with the writing/selling of the book that we neglect spending time with Jesus, the One who will help us do anything with the book in the first place.
The Difference in Mentality
How can we know if we have misplaced chasing Jesus with chasing the dream? Let’s look at our mission trip example. When we go on a missions trip, are we more concerned about the selfies for social media, the weather that’s probably uncomfortable, or about the mud and dirt that might end up clothing us toward the end of the day? Or are we focused on the people we’re serving, eyes fixed on Jesus, continually in prayer to Him so we can follow His lead in the mission field?
Or if we take our book example: If one person reads the book, and their life is changed, do we celebrate? Or do we complain because we don’t have more book sales and it’s not trending on the bestsellers list? When we’re chasing Jesus, it’s the little things that He’s doing that we’re after, not the success or acclaim. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things–because there’s not. It’s a matter of where our heart and focus are at in the process of it all.
When we chase Jesus, we give Him our whole heart to use how, where, and when He wants. It means the book, the mission trip, [or insert your dream here] is not central to our lives. Instead, it’s about the God who gave us the dream. And in the end, it’s all about Him anyway. When the sun sets, when this life is over, only God and His Word and what was done for Him will remain (Isaiah 40:8).
When we chase Jesus, we’re after His heart. Our relationship with Him is priority. Everything we’ll ever want to do for Him is going to come out of that relationship with Him. Let’s keep chasing our dreams, but let’s also make sure that in it all, we’re chasing Jesus first. We’re keeping Him central. We’re listening to His leading. We’re keeping our hearts humble. And let’s live for what counts. He’s worthy, after all.
I’d love to hear about the dreams God has put in your heart. I’m a firm believer in God-given dreams. And when we keep our eyes on Jesus and our hearts obedient to Him while pursuing those dreams, there’s no limit to what God can do in us and through us. Comment below to let me know YOUR God-given dreams.
When we chase Jesus first and follow His leading on our dreams, you never know, someday we might just change the world. ❤
Until next time,