Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Against Popular Opinion


“You’re going to breastfeed, right?”
“You’re not going to have an epidural? What are you one of those hippie chicks?”
“You’re kid has a tablet? You really shouldn’t give him screen time until he’s two.”
“I give my kids all organic foods. Everything else is garbage to their system.”
“Aren’t you going to cut those pieces a little smaller for him to eat?”
“Aren’t you done having kids yet? Don’t you know what causes that? HAHA!”

When I found out I was pregnant, I heard it ALL. Motherhood comes with SO many opinions. Your mom has an opinion. Your grandma has an opinion. You’re best friend has an opinion.

Yet, kids all get in the same trouble. They go through the same stages. They all crawl, walk, and talk around the same time.

However, mothers internalize so many things. I second guess myself in so many areas. “My little one isn’t walking yet, but Suzy’s little boy who was only born two weeks earlier is. Is mine delayed? Should I be doing special exercises? Maybe I should get him checked out. What does google say? What about my Facebook mom group?”

We hear so many opinions, and take advice from so many people, that in the end, we run ourselves ragged.

Have you ever noticed that we ALL do the same thing with our Christian walk? “She’s crying during this song. Why don’t I feel the spirit that deep?” “Her testimony is so heart felt. When I talk about mine, is it like that?” “She has another new song. Is God not talking to me as much as He’s talking to her?”

The world has formed an opinion on what we should “look” or “act” like. But God has bigger plans than that for us.

Judges 7:5 says: So he brought the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappet of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.



God wanted to separate the ones who drank properly from those who drank savagely.

But, here’s the twist.

Verse 7 say: And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you.



In popular opinion, 9,700 men drank “properly” from the river. But, God sent them home. He wanted the 300 men that got down, didn’t care what those around them thought, and drank in as much as they could, anyway they could.

And that’s still what He wants.

He wants Christians that will ignore the world’s opinions and be ALL IN. Drink it in. Anyway that we can.

Sing that song. Lift your hands. Tell your testimony (with ALL the emotion). Shout. Run. Leap for joy!

You have a relationship with the HOLY FATHER. The one who sent his son down to earth to save you from a burning, fiery pit in Hell.

And all we have to do is accept Him. Accept that His promises are true. That he, somehow, found us worthy of shedding blood to cleanse our souls.

What the world has opinions on, is never going to line with what God, the father, wants for our lives. Trying to perform for the world, as a Christian, is only going to pull us further from Him. We're meant to be set apart. 

We need to step up and pray about where we need to take our lives: in relationships, in careers (or staying home), in financials, in church. 

He has a plan for everything in our lives.

It’s just up to us to listen to one being that can lead us in the right direction.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Be Still My Soul

Hello! 

Today I want to introduce you guys to a great friend of mine, Morgan. She is in love with her Yorkie named Archie. Very active with our church and just loves the Lord. She has a blog over at ATacoBoutJesus where her purpose is to share the Gospel and be a light to those around her.

One of my favorite posts she's written so far has made me step up and move closer to God.
So for today, this is our featured writing! Enjoy! 


Em <3


“Be still my soul, be still, Be still my soul, be still, wait patiently upon the Lord, Be still my soul, be still.”

Be still. As a child (I’m sure my mom will agree with me on this one, even now as an adult.) I hated being told this. And now being and adult, I’m not quite a fan of it either. Go figure. I’m not always the most patient person on the world. Majority of the time I’m not patient at all, I’ll be honest. And I want to be honest with you, this has been on my heart for a month or so now. Being still. I didn’t want to write about it, or even read about it in the Bible for that matter. I told you I’m not quite a fan of these two simple words. I don’t think I’m being stubborn, I think there’s a time and a place to tell me things, and 9 times out of 10, you’re probably right, about what you’re trying to tell me, I just don’t always want to hear it. Probably why I don’t want to hear “Be still.”
Over the last month now, God has been really working on me and my heart. I feel like he’s about to do big things in my life. Which I’m excited about and scared to death all at the same time. I don’t know the direction he has for me and my life at this time other than these words… can you guess what he told me? I’m sure you probably already know.. hints to why I’m writing.. 😉
Have you ever looked up the definition of what be still means? It means to become motionless or be silent. Basically the entire opposite of me.. I’ve never been good at being quite or sitting still… ever. So God is definitely testing me right now.. which is a good thing. I want to be used in anyway he has for me, including being still. I remember as a kid mom and dad would always say “Morgan just sit still and be quiet.” And it would aggravate me to death I would just do the opposite. But see you can’t do that with God. Well I mean you can, but it will cost you. I on the other hand, as much as I’m not a fan of it, I’m just going to sit still.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord.”
I have clung to these verses over the last little bit more than ever. Being still and waiting isn’t the easiest things to do. Especially when that’s what God has told you to do, I’m not saying don’t listen or don’t obey, But God (Side note I heard a preacher preach on this before and every time BUT GOD was mentioned it meant that God was about to change the story!) has a plan for our lives. He knows why he’s making us stand still and wait. Maybe the very thing we’re praying for would be a mess if God answered it right now, maybe it would cost us more than what we’d want it to, but maybe, just maybe, God wants us to go through this because he wants us to grow, wants us to be a light to our family and friends during this season, wants to test our faith and make us strong, be the best Christian we can be. Because after all it isn’t really our lives to live, it’s his. He gave us the air that we breathe, the house we live in, the family we have, the job, the car, the church, the kids, the spouse, everything he gave us. Just for us. He loved us that much. He gave it all for us.

I’m not saying I’m perfect, because I’m not, far from it, I fail daily just like you, I make mistakes, I say things I shouldn’t have said, or done things that shouldn’t have been done.
But what I’m saying is, if God tells you to stand still, you do it. I heard a preacher say in his message one time and it has stuck with me ever since then. “When you realize where you are, is where God has you, God might actually deliver you before you think.” How powerful is that? The moment we finally realize that it’s all his plan and everything is in his hand, he’s gonna take care of it, maybe not then, tomorrow, next week or even next year but what God says he will do. I don’t think God wants us to struggle or have hard times/ moments in our lives forever. I think there are reasons why we have to go though what we do. I don’t know why God wants me to Stand Still, I really don’t. But he has a plan, and a purpose, and I know he won’t fail me or leave me or forget about me, or quit on me like I do to him. He is perfect in all ways and the plan he has for me, might not make sense at the moment, but until then I’m going to just stand still. And let him work, and wait, and trust and pray.
Exodus 14:14 ” The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
So Be still my soul, be still, be still my soul, be still, wait patiently upon the Lord, be still my soul, be still, wait patiently upon the Lord, be still my soul, be still.” 💕


((Hey! Em again - here is the song that Morgan kicks off her writing with! It's AWESOME! Kari Jobe - Be Still My Soul))

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Quicksands

Have you ever felt like you were stuck? You try and try to get out, but you keep feeling yourself getting sucked further down. 


David felt like this too. He struggled against the pull. He grappled for something to hang on to. However, he still felt like he was sinking. 

In life we all have the moments where we get stuck and we do everything in our power to get ourselves out of the situation. Yet, each time, all we end up doing to digging ourselves a little deeper. But some top tips from Eagle Creek (not sponsored!) on how to get out of quicksand, can help us get to safety in our spiritual life too: 

  • Make yourself as light as possible—toss your bag, jacket, and shoes.
    • Hebrews 12:1 says "let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us". We shouldn't be holding to things that pull us away from God. We are called to lay the baggage down willingly, leaving it at the feet of the Lord and allowing Him to take the weight from our shoulders. Yet too many times we choose to continue to hold onto the heavy burdens that He went to the cross to remove. Each and every thing that we choose to cling to, has already been taken care of. We just have to determine that it's not more important than His sacrifice.   
  • Try to take a few steps backwards.
    • Sometimes, we take a wrong step. We see something "shiny" and want to take a closer look. So, when we feel the tug of the Holy Spirit and hear it telling us that something isn't quite right, we need to heed to that. Pump the breaks. Take a few steps back. Proverbs 4:14-15 says "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away". Distractions are part of human nature, but Jesus left for us the Holy Spirit to guide us in our daily lives and it's not going to lead you astray. 
  • Move slowly and deliberately.
    • The bible tells us that Jesus "suffered for us, leaving us an example, that [we] should follow his steps" (1 Peter 2:21). Each step we take throughout our lives should be guided by the almighty hand. Steps taken without first checking with the Lord can cause us to step off the path, even unintentionally. God can see ten steps ahead where we can only guess at the next one. 
  • Keep your arms up and out of the quicksand. / Try to reach for a branch or person's hand to pull yourself out.
    • Psalm 40:2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings. Where are you turning as you're sinking in your despair? Reach up and KEEP THEM UP. God wants to help, he wants us to reach for Him when we're in trouble. Just as your earthly parents do. If you reach up to your heavenly father for the assistance, he will be that strong hand that will pull you from the miry clay and put you on a solid rock. 
We much too often allow the flesh to take over, but if we use these tips each and everyday, we can avoid the quicksand that can pull us further from God. Keep hold of His hand and take deliberate steps for His Kingdom! Allow him to establish your goings (Psalm 40:2) and heed to HIS plan. 



What other ways do you avoid the quicksand? Share them with me! 

Em <3



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Don't Limit a Limitless God!

We often like to put limits on God. Even if we don't do it intentionally.

Many things we feel are too small to pray about. Other times, the problem just feels too big and we don't know where to turn. Sometimes, we decide that God isn't going to answer. 

We are human and struggle is part of the package. We weren't promised a great life full of fun. However, we've been given am almighty power that helps us through each and everyday! 

So, why put limits on what that power can do for us? 

He is all-powerful, all-knowing, almighty, alpha, omega, beginning, and the end. 

He's small enough to fit inside each one of our hearts, and big enough to hold the whole world in His hand. 

So my small issue of a cold is just as important to Him as someone's prayer to help them through chemo. 

This is something out human minds just can't comprehend. To us, the chemo patient needs Mich more help. They're in a life and death situation, while I'm just over here with a runny nose. Why would God care about that? 

Because you are Hid child. 

Because you are His creation.

Because he wants to have that personal relationship with each and every one of us.

Let Him!

Don't put limits on a limitless God. Let Him work his miracles IN you, and THROUGH you, each and every day! 

Em <3

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Shining a Light on the Path of Darkness

Have you ever tried to describe something about your life to someone who has no context?

My husband does this a lot! In his last position, he did tests on fuel nozzles for jet engines. He made sure that the spray that came through was enough, at the right angle, and with the correct amount of pressure. 

Now, I've never seen a jet engine. I've been on four planes my entire life, and they were all for one trip to Florida (two planes each way). However, because my husband has explained to me one hundred thousand times how a jet engine works, I can point one out, under a cover, as it's being transported down the highway on the back of a semi-truck! 

I've started reading through Proverbs this week. As I was going through chapter four, verse 19 was already underlined, however, as I read it again, a different point stood out. 

"The way of the wicked is as darkness, THEY KNOW NOT at what they stumble."



If I was asked to pick out a jet engine prior to my husband's thousands of conversations, I would have had to play eeny-meeny-miney-mo! Or as the saying goes, I would have "been in the dark" about the subject. I didn't know anything about planes! I'd be completely lost. 

And so are our family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors when it comes to salvation. 

They might know OF God, just like I knew what a plane looked like. But do they know the DETAILS of God? 

How He works. How He saves. How He changes those that choose Him, for the better! 

Do they know how He sent his only son, to die on a cross, for our sins, IN OUR PLACE? Do they know the miracles Jesus did while he walked the Earth? 

Are you being that person that helps them understand? 

My husband didn't just mention engines in passing. He didn't expect the knowledge I had of him going to work everyday, to be enough to understand what he did at work. 

He explained them. Broke it down. Went over the jargon. Drew pictures. These engines were what he lived everyday, and I know he knew what he was talking about. 

It's the same for us. Mentioning God in passing is great, but it's not going to give anyone an understanding. Expecting that they know we go to church, is not going to give them the understanding of what we do and feel and get out of church. 

We have to take the time to talk with them. To answer their questions. To break it down. Let them know that we are experts in what God has done in our life. 

Do you live God everyday? If someone sees you, do they know that you are the one they can come to with they questions, with their prayer requests? 

Do we have to be scholars? Absolutely not! But if we can't answer a question, we have the best resource to find the answer, in the bible. 

Verse 18 says "...the path of the just is as the shining light..."

Our lights need to be shining out to penetrate the darkness of this world. If you go into a dark room and turn on a flashlight, and point it to the floor in front of your feet, your path is lit. You can see where you are going. However, if you take that same flashlight and point it to the ceiling, the people around you can also see where they're going and see what surrounds them, 

Where does you light shine today? Let's make the effort to point our lights towards Jesus, so the world around us can be brought into the shining light of God's grace!

Em <3


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Carry the Cross


This morning, I've been taken back to the scene in The Passion of the Christ, where Jesus is carrying the cross through the crowd. How he is struggling to carry a cross that weighs more than him and is dragging behind him, all after he's been beaten, ridiculed, spit upon, and sentenced to death. 

He's slow. He can't help but be.

He falls. He gets back up and keeps going.

He doesn't run. He doesn't fight. He doesn't beg for something easier. 

He keeps pushing forward for God's plan. 

Luke 9:23 says "let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

We were never promised an easy walk through life. And, honestly, reading this, we're told that we're going to have a pretty tough one! 

But we shouldn't be living this life for us anyway. We're called to deny ourselves. 

Our wants. Our needs.

Our plans. Our comforts.

Then after we've done that, we need to take on a cross for the Lord. 

Every.

Single.

Day. 

A cross that's huge. Drags behind us. Weighs more than we ever thought we could manage. 

But, as we take up this cross through life, we've got an experienced partner to carry it right along with us. Hes got the other side. Hes carrying the weight we "couldn't manage". Hes ready for our weaknesses and he willingly takes on our burden. 

We got a partner in life that has the wisdom to help us through all the trials, avoid the holes in the road, or the tree roots we might trip over. 

But we have to be listening. If someone was able to tell you how to avoid the hardships, but you continued on your current path, you can't be upset with that person when the hardship they predicted comes to pass. 

God has his hand out, waiting for us to take ahold of it, to guide us through the rough waters.

Reach back and willingly bear the cross each day. He'll never lead us through something we can't handle with Him by our side. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Fears and Honesty

Sometimes, things get hard. My mind races as I try to think of the best thing to add to this site. I grow more paranoid with each word, double checking myself to make sure that what I'm saying to coming from what God put on my heart and not some human inflated ego to get more likes. I've only put a few posts up, and I admit, I'm not a writer. I'm simply a girl writing words about a God she loves.

I have an over thinking brain. You see someone bump their head, I see a concussion that leads to a brain bleed, months of ignored headaches, and a sudden death (no, I'm not exaggerating). So, with that being said, this blog has been (and will be) hard for me. I want to tell the world what I can about a loving God, and I want the world to see Him, not me, through it. I want to teach people about the bible, and not put my meaning behind His words. I want to show people that He is available to everyone.

But how do I do that without putting myself out there? Without getting in the way? How do I tell the world, from a little town in the middle of no where?

So many questions and yet, I can't seem to think of words to say exactly how I'm feeling. I'm nervous, but excited. Scared but ready. Hesitant but accepting. Wanting to hide but ready to charge. And maybe this is normal. I can't imagine that David felt confident through to his core when facing Goliath. God put confidence in him, but he was human. He had to have some fear, right? Or am I not fully trusting? Am I discounting what God can do? Am I struggling to get free when He just wants to hold me close? Maybe I am. Maybe I'm not ready. Maybe I should just quit while I'm ahead. Maybe I can just stop here and people will find these posts throughout time and say positive or negative things and I'll never know. Because I'm safe, in my comfort zone, away from the world, behind a screen that isn't talking back to me.

Or I can push forward, put all my trust in God, and pray that I keep myself there. Away from harm because I have the almighty protector, but willing to face the world. So many examples of miracles that took place happened because someone put their full trust in God, and if I can't do that when I feel so deeply that the words He gives me needs to be shared, I'm letting Him down and I'm not following the path He has laid before me. I may not be perfect, but when God speaks to me I know it's Him. I know that I need to move, or I'm going to face the consequences. He is our father, and fathers have to be firm to make sure their children respect them and are raised correctly.


We must lean into His everlasting love to get us through our fears, and run out our bad thoughts. The devil is going to try to take our joy, he is going to try to tear us away from every good thing God puts in our path and the only way he will succeed is if we allow him too. We've got to put our foot down and tell him to go back where he came from because he isn't welcome in our homes, in our heads, nor in our hearts. Our homes are built on the solid foundation of God, and we have put our full trust in Him to guide us through this life He has given. We need to work for His glory. We need to show the world that they have a God that will never turn away; That loves them every step they take and all they have to do is look to Him for help.

Our God will guide us on the path He wants us to take and it is our responsibility to let Him lead. If we choose to walk on our own, then we are walking away from the one who has saved us and taken away our sins. We have to lean on Him each and every step. We need this companion to guide our feet on the straight and narrow path He has laid down in front of us. Only He can tell us the directions. Only He can put us where we need to be for HIS plan. Our plans will never add up. We need His will to be done in our lives for us to happy. Our plans are only a figment of our imaginations. All rainbows and butterflies. Life is not made up of that. Life is a battle for winning souls. The devil never takes a break and if we do, he will creep in. We can't let him. We have to have our armor on each step of the way. Let God cover us in that full armor. No turning back. A full dive in.


Em <3