Thursday, January 26, 2017

Refusing to be Rescued

Once upon a time, I heard Him.
     I heard His voice. I can't describe it to you. It's truly one that you would have to experience for yourself. All I have to say about that is, you WILL know. You will know it is Him. Once you have heard Him, you will recognize His voice forever. I know when He is talking to me because I have an overwhelming peace that comforts my soul deep from within. Who is He? He is....

He is our Creator, our Father, our Lover, our Provider, our Comforter, our Healer, our Friend, our Brother, our Protector, our glorious, grace giving, mercy pouring, love enduring, faultless, powerful, all sufficient Author of you and me, time and space, the world, and everything in it. 

     As I sipped my coffee today and thought about life, I found myself speaking aloud in my car asking God, why...
Why have I had such an obsession with people? Social media has taken over countless hours of my life the past several weeks and it only angers and saddens me. Why Lord, do I bother opening my Instagram app and Facebook when it seems to do little good for my wellbeing? As I struck open this conversation which I assumed would be between me, myself, and I... He entered my heart like a bullet train answering my questions out of no where. Readers, I care. I open those apps daily because I care. I care about you.

     Have you ever witnessed a classmate working out a mathematical equation, and halfway through the problem he/she gets stuck. They sit there staring blankly wondering if they are on the right track, if they made a mistake, if they should start over, and there you are looking over their shoulder thinking, "Man, if I could just give you the missing piece. If I could show you how.... if I could only get in your brain for a moment just to simplify that equation for you, I know you would have it down." Imagine, that same classmate refused help a week ago... and the test is today. How would you feel knowing your help wasn't wanted?

     He, our heavenly Father sent us help. He sent us a rescuer. As a believer, the hardest thing for me to learn over my short quarter of a century is that not every one wants rescued. I have lost countless friends and family because they did not want to be rescued. I am not by any means saying I am a super hero here on this earth to save lives... I not once have believed myself to be. However, I know a life saver. I know Him and He is good, and He is faithful, and forgiving, and wants us so badly He sent His perfect son to die for our sins. All we have to do is surrender to Him.

     Losing friends and family has been a real struggle for me over the years. I don't do well when people walk out of my life. Some may not have any issue with moving on... but no matter how good or bad that relationship was, it still hurts. However, it makes me cling to Him so much more... it gives me a taste of what my Father feels when His children walk away from Him. It is my prayer for all of you who read this blog, that you stop running. Stop running from the truth. The further you get, the harder you may fall. Turn your eyes to Him... for He cares for you... and coming from someone who cares a whole lot, I can't even come close to caring for you as much as He does.

     Reader, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you know His voice. I hope you know you are loved. There is nothing so bad you or I can do that He won't accept us as His child if only we ask His forgiveness and surrender to Him. Many of us are surrendering to the world... surrendering to who or what the world says we should be... but who in the world will save you when your time is up?


Truth in Scripture:

"If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave." -Matthew 10:14

Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28

"God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His light brought life to everyone. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it." -John 1:3-5

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Humbling Grace

Once upon a time, a young woman sat and pondered the meaning of grace. She grew up in church, had heard many sermons preached on grace, and yet the context in which she began to hear it changed over the years. Had she truly ever understood it, or was it simply becoming a word overused by society that diluted its meaning? When first learned, grace was equated with the feelings of humility and unworthiness. Its casual use over time evoked feelings of just the opposite, deserving and worthiness.

What is grace after all? The google dictionary definition of grace within the Christian belief is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. As scripture tells us in Romans 5:1-2,
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God." 
Dr. Michael Youssef proclaimed in his sermon series on Pursuing Godliness in a Godless World that grace is an "offering or revealing" of the Lord's forgiveness granted to His children. Therefore, those who have yet to receive the Spirit are not living up under grace.

If the above is true about grace, then what do people mean when using grace in these contexts?

A family is blessed with a child and a neighbor says: "What a sweet gift of grace you have been given!"
According to the definitions above, grace comes through Christ, not a child. In our world, grace has become a gift of anything that can be seen as a blessing. Though a child is a blessing, and one like grace, that may evoke feelings of humility as christian parents often think ourselves undeserving of such a precious gift, the child is still not grace itself.
After visiting with a friend, upon leaving one says: "Praying you are showered with grace this week." 
As a believer, I don't know quite how I would respond to someone telling me he/she is praying I am showered with grace. Yes, the Lord gives me grace daily. His grace is His forgiveness. When I hear it used in this context, I can't help but think that the person is praying I am forgiven all week long. I don't mean to sound self righteous; I know I am a sinner and I need forgiveness. However, to be told this makes me think I must be doing something wrong to that person that I should seek his/her forgiveness. I completely understand that this is not what the friend's intent was. This is just another scenario that comes to mind of society misusing the term grace.
A Christian says to an Atheist coworker after hearing that she found her stolen purse: "So glad you got your purse back! What sweet sweet grace?!"
Finally, this last context ruffles my feathers. As Christians, we should know that we as children of the Lord are up under grace. An atheist has never experienced this. Grace is specific to our religion. It is not something just anyone experiences. No matter how much we wish all our friends and family were living up under His grace, not everyone accepts Him. In scripture, it is black and white. We either surrender ourselves to our heavenly Father and are therefore accepting His gift of grace, or we deny Him. Grace is offered to anyone and everyone that receives Jesus Christ. If His grace was given instead of offered, we would all rejoice in heaven together one day. The Lord gave us free will, and with free will it is up to us to choose whether or not we accept Him. This whole statement above is completely wrong. Not only can an atheist not experience His grace unless surrendering to Him, finding the purse for even a believer is not grace. Again, grace is forgiveness. Grace has nothing to do with whether or not a purse was found and returned.


Friends, I understand that we are not perfect. I don't mean to point fingers or pass judgement. I simply want those of you who stumble upon this post to think about grace. How do you use it? Do you understand it? As I pray, I can't help but feel overwhelmed by what God has done in my life and how truly undeserving I am of all of the blessings that He has showered me with over the years. His grace is the first blessing that comes to mind. No matter where I fail, how many times I fall down, or make a wrong turn, He is right there offering His grace (His forgiveness), picking me back up and molding me into the woman He wants me to be. I pray that when He offers His grace to you, that you know what it is and surrender to Him.




 Grace Like Rain- Todd Agnew

Scripture:

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:4-9

"Let us then with confidence draw near to the thrown of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:16

"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself, restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."
1 Peter 5:10







Wednesday, September 16, 2015

No Greater Love Exists

Once upon a time, a young woman found herself torn between two loves. She felt hopeless. One love was pursuing her day after day, calling her, loving her, and promising never to leave her. Though she knew this love ran deep, that it was unwavering, and the only love she needed, she still found herself chasing the other one. The love that pursued her, she could not always hear. The love that pursued her she could not feel. The love that pursued her did not always agree with her heart's desires, or her timing, or her plan for her life. Yet this love, He listened. He did not agree with her desires because His desires were far better for her. His timing and plans for her life were much greater than that she could have ever imagined. This love knew that the other love she was pursuing wasn't true. He waited patiently for her. He did not want her to settle for anything less than she deserved. Though it broke His heart each time she turned away from Him, each time she ran from Him, her worth was so valuable that He continued in pursuit. He knew that in time, she would fall so hard that she would stop running, and He would be the only one there to catch her.

How often do you find yourself pursuing something, only to find out it wasn't what He wanted for you? Who is this He I refer to, this love that pursued this young woman? It was her Heavenly Father, her groom, her creator. He knew more about her than she knew about herself. He knows more about you than you know yourself. In this world, we are constantly chasing. Sometimes it's people we chase, sometimes it's a career, or a degree, or an appearance. We have such a need to feel complete. We are stuck in this flesh that says, "If you (______), it will make you happy." We settle for less so often because we can't imagine there is anything better. I have a tendency to think, "I am so unworthy; I don't deserve anything better." Readers, please don't believe this lie. Though we are unworthy, we are living up under grace that our Heavenly Father so lovingly pours out over His children daily that we might be forgiven and blessed beyond belief. No greater love exists. He is there to catch us every time we fall. He is pursuing us daily. What will it take for you to stop running? When will you stop trying to turn your flesh desires into His desires? How long will you go until you surrender your ways and accept His desires for your life?

Every time I have surrendered to our Father, He has blessed me more than I could ever have asked for. He has given me a loving family, genuine friends, a Godly husband, and a beautiful baby boy. I am overcome with humility any time I am reminded of the goodness our Heavenly Father has brought to my life. I pray each and every one of you never settle... but that you seek The Lord with all your heart, mind and soul that He may so bless you as He has greatly blessed me.

Scripture:

"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:13

"For great is His steadfast love for us, and the truth of The Lord is everlasting. Praise The Lord!"
Psalm 117:2

"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit."
Romans 8:5

Friday, June 5, 2015

Tiny Hands & Tiny Feet

Once upon a time, a young, newly married coupled discovered some very exciting news! It was Good Friday before Easter when the young wife snuck off and took a pregnancy test that happened to read POSITIVE! She was overjoyed but decided to keep it a surprise for her husband to reveal on Easter.
On Easter morning she gave her husband an Easter egg with a note inside the read, "Happy Easter Daddy to be!" Her husband was overjoyed with excitement. What a memorable day it would be in their lives? It was a day not only celebrated for Christ who had risen and saved His children thousands of years ago, but a day that they were able to celebrate the gift of a child being knit together by the hands of their Creator.

My husband and I are simply overjoyed to begin this new chapter in our life together! It is amazing to think about this tiny miracle the Lord is creating inside of me. Our life has been a rollercoaster these past 3 years! My husband and I began as friends, and then dated for 6 months (part of that time was long distance), we were then engaged, and married 6 months later. Now we have a little blessing joining this family of ours and all we can say is. "Thank you, Lord!"
We have had ups and downs, but this rollercoaster ride has been a blast so far! If anything I have learned over the years, it is that this world is not meant for us to get comfortable in. It isn't our eternal home! We are on a journey with the Lord as our guide. As soon as my husband and I start to get comfortable, the Lord takes us on a new route!

This route towards parenthood is both exciting and scary. We are responsible for a tiny human! What faith the Lord must have in us to trust us with His precious children? As a little girl I always prayed for a healthy baby and a safe delivery. As I grew older and began to notice the sin and brokenness in our world, I began to pray that my children would have enough faith in our heavenly Father to be able to stand for Him in all circumstances. Now that I am carrying this sweet bundle of joy, it is my prayer not just for my own but for mommies around the world, that our babies are born with wisdom and discernment. I pray that they believe in the one true way to heaven, through our Savior Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that the Lord places a hedge of protection over them as they walk into nations around the world proclaiming God as our Father. As I picture their tiny hands and feet, I pray that our heavenly Father uses these children as His hands and feet.

So often today, I hear people say that we can all go to heaven as long as we are a good person. Those calling themselves Christians are saying that as long as people of all religions around the world are worshiping one god, that we will all inherit the Kingdom of God. It breaks my heart. It is scripture that reads:
Jesus said to Him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
Wake up Christians! What are you teaching your children? Do you care about their salvation? Their is only one way to spend eternity with our beautiful, gracious, merciful Father.

As my husband and I prepare ourselves for this new chapter in life, we look to Abba, our heavenly Father who loves us so deeply that He sent His only son to die on the cross and save us from sin. This child being knit together inside of me is already His and I pray with His guidance, I am able to point this child back to Him in every aspect of his/her life just as my parents did for me. These tiny hands and feet have a purpose in this world and we cannot wait to see the blessings our Lord has in store for this child.


Scripture reads:

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah 1:5

"For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
Psalm 139:13-14

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16


Friday, September 5, 2014

Scared Stiff

Once upon a time, a long awaited day crept up on an impatient young woman. Her whole life (or that she could remember), she had dreamed of this very day! Oddly enough, as it came closer, panic set in. She was SCARED STIFF! How could a day she had awaited for so long cause panic? The night before her special day, she spent wide awake. The poor young woman tried everything that came to mind to calm her nerves. She went for a midnight swim (until storms blew in), she shed some tears, drank a glass of milk, and finally nestled into a cozy bed for the last four remaining hours before her day began. As she slipped into a peaceful slumber, she prayed,
"Please Lord, You know how I doubt myself... I am about to make a commitment that will last a lifetime. If this truly is the man You have chosen for me, please give me a peace tomorrow. Please show me that You are there with me on my special day. Then I will know, the man I give my heart to is the man You have created to be my husband. Amen."
As she awoke the next morning, her "groom to be" was waiting for her. The two were about to make one of the most beautiful, yet scary decisions they would ever make.

The young woman in the story is me, of course. The "groom to be" is my "now husband." I will never forget that weekend leading up to the day I said "I do." The morning of my wedding day, my husband came to my beach house to take me to town to get our marriage license. The ride to the mainland was silent. I was emotionally drained from the night before. No one really talks about what a bride experiences leading up to her wedding, but I'm here to give you my short spiel. I was a WRECK up until the morning of the BIG DAY. One minute, I was on cloud nine thinking about how wonderful it would feel to finally be a wife! The next minute I was crying because I felt I was forever saying goodbye to my childhood. Any time I visited my parents, all I could think about was them "giving me away." I became the ultimate worrier once again! However, I am here to say that the drive to get our wedding license the morning of our wedding put all my worries to ease. Though the drive in was mostly quiet, the drive back was spent discussing our fears about what the future held for us both and the excitement that awaited despite our fears.

After dropping me off at my beach house, the wedding preparations began. My bridesmaids, mom, aunt, and cousins joined me for brunch and headed to the spa to get pedicures and our hair done! Having them all around me for the afternoon was a blessing in itself. I am such a family girl, and for once I was getting everyone I cared about all in the same room! God kept reminding me throughout the day to live in the moment, treasure every minute, and not to worry about the future! I had spent so much time leading up to the wedding crying because I knew it would pass in the blink of an eye. Everyone gets so hung up on the wedding, and not the marriage! Well friends, I will gladly say that though I was hung up on the wedding, it was only because I knew it would be the only time I had so many people I cherish around me! I wasn't alone, my husband felt the very same. However, I was so thankful that The Lord kept whispering not to worry about the future. There was no reason for me to think about the end when the wedding itself had yet to begin.

As the afternoon passed, I found myself putting on my wedding gown! Time was ticking and the next thing I knew, music was playing! Like a whirlwind, I had linked arms with my first love, my dad. His eyes were lit up and I could see all the love he had for me and my soon to be husband. I can honestly say that my dad's life has not only impacted mine, but given me a taste for the love my Heavenly Father has for me. Gazing up at him reminded me of all the memories he has given me, and this one in particular was sure to last forever. The next thing I knew, Amazing Grace began to play and all I could see in front of me was my groom. Within a moment, my dad was handing me off to the love of my life as he smiled with the excitement of gaining another son. As our beach ceremony proceeded, storms were blowing in. A funnel touched down in the bay on the other side of the island. The Holy Spirit reminded me of something my mom use to tell me as a little girl, "Satan always tries to ruin what is good and holy." I knew that no matter what, stormy whether or sunshine, I would go through with this marriage because in my heart, I knew it was good and holy. My groom and I had prayed about it for so long, and the peace I had prayed for already set in.

We managed to get through the ceremony, take a few pictures, and eat as we waited out the storm. Lightening lit up the sky and the thunder shook the sand beneath our feet. Rain pounded the roof for a short while and then all was calm. We were amazed at how quickly it passed. Our photographer came to get the wedding party for sunset pictures and it was then I knew without a shadow of a doubt that The Lord was with me and looking down on our wedding. Approaching the beach, our photographers told us to look up. In the sky was not only one rainbow, but two. Friends, I teared up again! In the Bible, the rainbow is a symbol of God's promise. I firmly believe that He was not only with me, but blessing us. My fairytale came true and like a dream it has come and gone.

So the next chapter begins! Life with my husband is living a new dream! I didn't marry him for the wedding; I married him to have my best friend, encourager, support, and one of my biggest fans going through life with me for the rest of my days on earth. There is no more sadness because our BIG DAY is over, but happiness for new beginnings. We have entered a phase of marital bliss and the occasional "You're Right, I'm Wrong"....... or my version of "I'm Right, You're Wrong."  There will be hoops to jump through, fun to be had, places to go, people to see, and memories to be made. As long as we keep the One who brought us together in the center of our lives, I know we've got it made! As they say, a family who prays together stays together! Don't let fear hold you back from living the life God has created for you!

   
Scripture for the day:

"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and earth."
Genesis 9:13

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:34
   
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7







Friday, May 2, 2014

The Joy in Waiting

Once upon a time, a young girl was engaged to be married! Life was about to change and a new chapter was about to begin. Many questions raced through her mind as she sat and planned her wedding.

  • "How do I know I am marrying the right man?"
  • "What will people think of me, since I have never been in a committed relationship before?"
  • "The world makes it seem as though having sex before marriage is no big deal. It's a human need that should be satisfied. What will they think of us for remaining abstinent until we are married?"
  • "When we say I do, will it be forever?"
  • "Am I marrying this man for the right reasons?"

How many of us find ourselves questioning? The great thing about asking questions is that we discover truth. The young girl engaged to be married is me! These questions I've asked myself lately have done nothing but reassure that I am on the right path. For those of you who don't know, I'm to be married to my best friend June 30th of this year. I couldn't be more thankful! This year has been full of questioning, seeking God, waiting, and praising! Through this blessing, I've felt The Lord asking me to share with my readers about His passionate love for you and me.

Summer of 2012, I renewed my vows with God. I felt that the only way I would ever marry here on earth is if I truly committed myself to The Lord. That summer was one of the most difficult summers of my life; but The Lord knew that if I remained close to Him, He would get me through. I've heard many pastors preach that hardships bring you closer to God and without them we may forget our need for Him. As the year progressed, I found so much truth in that statement. I may not have made the best decisions at times. I'm sure I disappointed Him more than I can count! However, He proved to me that his passion was too great to ever let me go! With each hardship, I grew closer.

In December of 2012, I told Him I knew I could never find a man as perfect as He. He would forever be my husband! I yearned to put Him first in every aspect of my life. I told Him of my desires to bring children into the world who would go out and be a light to others. The only thing I asked of Him was to reveal the man He wanted me to marry on earth for His glory. The ONLY way I knew He would reveal this man is if the man He chose for me was seeking Him as much as I was, and the timing was right. Little did I know that the man He brought into my life right before Christmas of 2012 was an answer to prayer.

I want to make a BOLD statement--one that I hope no one takes too offensively, but as truth.

The life we live is a train wreck without our Heavenly Father.

Every time I've tried to go my own way, it failed. The reason I never committed to any man before is because they weren't who God chose for me. I prayed each time I began talking to someone new, that if God didn't intend on me spending forever with that person, He would send him away. Friends, He remained faithful to His promise. I prayed when I met Steven (my fiancé), that if he were not the right man, God would take him out of my life. He's the only man that stayed! Anytime I find myself questioning if he truly is the right man, God reminds me of His faithfulness.

As far as the other questions go... here are the answers God gave me:


  • Who cares what other people think of me! I sought God and continue to do so. I know Steven is the right man. Everyone else can think I'm crazy, or be happy for us!  Glorifying God is ALL that matters!
  • If God placed this man in my life for His glory, why would I think of doing something that would take away from His glory? I'm married to God first. Steven is married to God. If we had sex before marriage, it would be like cheating on our Bridegroom. We are suppose to come together as one-- one with God. Our marriage is to honor Him. I have never felt the need to give myself to Steven before we are married, and he has never made me feel that I need to because of his love for The Lord and respect for me.
  • We will be united as one under God. It is up to us to make our marriage last! As long as we continue to put God first, I have no doubt that our "I do" will last forever here on earth!
  • I am marrying Steven for His heart. I couldn't help but fall in love. He is as passionate about our Heavenly Father as I am. With each new day, my love for him grows! We have an undying love for our Savior and He has a passionate love for us greater than we may ever know. 


There is a great joy that comes with waiting. By waiting, I know I am marrying the man God wants for me. In waiting, I have discovered the Lord's passion for my life. When Steven and I become one, we will be one in Him. No greater love can be so pure. His love endures forever. 

Joy in Scripture:

"For The Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."
Psalm 100:5

"Wait for The Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for The Lord."
Psalm 27:14

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:13

Monday, February 10, 2014

Identity Crises

Once upon a time, there lived a young girl in a big city similar to one she had lived in before. She was attending college and working towards the finish line of her undergraduate degree. Life was passing her by as she tried to keep up. Within a year, she had changed her address 3 times, changed schools, worked 2 jobs, entered into a relationship, and got engaged! She's the same girl in the rat race mentioned in the post before... in fact she's the same girl who wrote this entire blog! Woah... and to think the stories keep on coming!

Well hey there friends! It's me, the author of this blog... I know it's been a while, but I'm back.
Recently, the Lord laid a topic on my heart that I really feel like he's been working on in my life and urging me to share. I've been struggling with my identity. I don't believe young adults are the only one who experience this difficulty. It seems to be one area that reoccurs a few times over a lifetime. This past year, I found myself becoming obsessed with my grades in school and what people thought of me. Sadly, I must admit I've struggled with "what people think of me" for years; but worried over grades to the extreme of last year was unusual. The worst grades I've made were two C's, one in high school and one in college. In December, upon pulling up my term grades, I received two B's, one C, and one D. I made a C in Chemistry and a D in biology! In my mind, I was a failure. I was worthless; my professor probably thought I was dumb and incompetent, and I needed to give up. The college I attended not only wrecked my plans but ruined my identity. I was no longer a smart, involved, academic achiever. In fact, the dean's office sent me  a letter explaining to me that I was now on Academic alert for Spring semester and required me to complete seven hours of tutoring. How could a girl who started out with a 3.78 GPA be put on Academic alert? The dean must have thought I'm an awful student.

Oh my stars, how many of us find ourselves with this mindset? We give Satan a foothold and start believing his lies. We fall into a trap that magnifies our insecurities. In the grand scheme of things, those grades didn't matter. My identity is not found in my grades or what my professor or the dean thinks of me.

As the year came to an end, I felt God tell me of a different plan for my life than the one I had chosen. My dream to become a therapist came to an end. God laid something BIG on my heart. One night I was laying in bed thinking about how I could make a difference... how God could use me. Then I thought, it's not the physical needs that God is worried about with His children, it's their heart. A new fire started to burn within me. I no longer felt the need to fix people in their earthly body; I yearned to help their spiritual body. I could travel the world bandaging up children in third world countries; but where would they end up if no one cared about their heart. As I began to pursue this idea, I felt the urge to change my major. I am now a Communication major and hope to accomplish a Master's in Special education. I want to bring Jesus into places where He is not allowed, such as schools. The song, "In Christ Alone" seems to put everything into perspective.

Though days pass when I doubt the Lord's presence, question His motives, and wonder what others think about my crazy life... I know He will not forsake me.  I do not define myself in who others say that I am. I do not define myself by my achievements. Many times we get caught up in who the world says we are: a teacher, spouse, parent, student, etc...  My identity is found in Christ alone. Who are you? Do you care who people say you are, or who God says you are?

Prayer:

Dear Lord, 
Let us remember what is important in our life, to follow You. I pray for all of the broken hearts in this fallen world. Please lead us as your children to seek out those who are in need of You. Let us be a light unto this dark place. Use us as your hands and feet that we may be a witness to those around us. God, I pray that we find our identity in You. Give us an indescribable peace and confidence within that we may be empowered to proclaim Your name among the nations. Forgive us for the times we put our secular identities above our heavenly identity. I pray that we keep You in the center of our life shining bright for the world to see. 

In Jesus' name,
Amen


Scripture:

"You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:14-16

"But you are a chosen people. a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light."
1 Peter 2:9

"Command and teach these things. Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."
1 Timothy 4:11-12