Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
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!
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.”
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
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.
Don't put limits on a limitless God. Let Him work his miracles IN you, and THROUGH you, each and every day!
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
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.
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
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.