“Having gifts that differ according the the grace given to us, let us use them…” ~Romans 12:6a
God has given each of His children special gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12:7-11). We are to use these gifts for His glory. The gifts that He gives to His children look different. Some are called overseas to other countries and spread the Gospel. Others are called to be teachers, accountants, or law enforcement. Still others are called to be fast food manangers or cashiers.
There should be no shame in living the life that God has called you to live. Just because your job doesn’t fit the “norm” doesn’t mean that it’s some how less important than another’s. The job that you have wether it’s a stay-at-home Mom or a big business man is important. Don’t let society determine your worth.
The opportunities that you have doing the job that God has called you to do are unique. You are able to help and inspire others just by being you and being available. Society will continue to try to make us believe that we are not making a difference in the lives around us, but God tells us that we make a difference in others lives just by being ourselves and living the life that God has called us to live.
So today, let’s begin to break the mold and live the life that God has called us to live.
Until next time,
I hope that you have had a good week. Around here it’s been good. We’re getting into a good routine and I’m continuing to step out of my comfort zone; exploring new things.
Here’s a few of the daily blessings that I have noticed in the past week.
1) A return to Winter
Okay as most of you know I am not a fan of winter. I actually like to feel my hands and face when I’m outside. After some very spring like weather we’ve finally come back to winter and I’m very thankful because if we get 3-4 inches of snow I’ll be able to get some really cool picures.
2) Trinity Calming down some
Trinity is now almost 5 months old and she’s becoming a little calmer now. Before we could only let her out for a few minutes to play and someone always had to sit by her and keep her occupied. Now, we’re able to let her out on her cushion and we barely know she’s out…She’s being SO good. (: She’s really happy with just a bone and a blanket…
3) Reaching Outside my comfort zone
Recently I have needed to really step outside of my comfort zone and make some calls and send a few emails pertaining to starting my business. I have been able to take these steps with a lot of thought and prayer knowing that this is just one step closer to living my dream. Although some of these steps are not pleasant they are necessay and well worth it in the long run.
What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below. I hope that ya’ll have a great weekend!
Until next time,
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” ~Psalm 37:4
I want to be honest with you for a minute here. I have thought about hanging up this blog and getting a “real” job? Why? Because quite frankly starting your own business is hard. It seems to me that every time I think I make a good amount of progress I realize that there’s one little thing I forgot to look in to.
And then I take a step back and realize how far I have come; how far God has led me. I ask myself if I would be really happy working for someone else and if I could really let all of this go. The answer is always the same, no, I couldn’t give this up and no I wouldn’t be happy with a “real” job. I know that, but it’s really nice when God reminds me of the same thing.
He reminds me that He has given me so many opportunities. Opportunities to grow and change and challenge myself. I am reminded that He has answered so many prayers…prayers that I didn’t even pray; just because He can.
God has contined to remind me in the best ways that you have to actually look for the good in life; and you can’t stop pursuring a dream just beacause it’s hard. You have to keep going; keep pressing on. Trusting God that in the end He will reveal the answers in His time.
Life is full of challenges; full of things that are hard. It always will be; but in the end If God has given you a dream, He will give you the strength to see it through. Always remember that. He gives you the strength to finish what you started; just like He always finishes what He starts in us.
I just wanted to remind you today not to give up on the dreams that He has planted in your heart. He gave them to you for a reason and He will help you finish the job in His time. Don’t ever give up. Keep pressing on. Search for the answers, Ask God for wisdom and guidence. He will give you what you need in His time.
Until next time,
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorites, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
In this life there are a lot of challenges. I think that most of the time we really like to blame the problem without realizing that it’s not the problem, it’s the “person” behind the problem. By saying this I want you to know that I don’t advocate blaming your spouse, children, parents or siblings when you seem to have a bad day. Stay with me for a minute and just keep reading.
We forget that we’re really at war… with the Devil on a daily basis. Each day he seeks to decieve the followers of Jesus. He wants us to doubt the plans that God has for us, and make us too discouraged, angry, hurt, etc. to keep pushing on. Remember that in the end if we perserve we will have a great reward… Heaven.
Each of the challenges that we go through really challenge us to develop more of the characteristics of Jesus. James 1;2-4 tells us to be joyful when we go through challenges because we know that it makes us more like Him. Being like Jesus is our true goal in this life.
Sometimes we get so discouraged that we aren’t just like Jesus. You know, we think “I’ve been a Christian for [instert years here] I really should know better. I still shouldn’t be doing this. I know better…” And yes, we do know better but we forget and mess up. Just like the Bible says in Romans 3:23. But today, I just wanted to remind you that it is enough to try to be LIKE Jesus.
“It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master.” ~Matthew 10:25a
So let’s quit beating ourselves up for failing. Let’s repent of our sin, ask for forgiveness, and rest in His grace. Knowing that we just need to keep trying to be like Him. Remember no human except Jesus was perfect.
Until next time,
We’ve made it to the end of another week. How has your week been? Mine has been good. I’ve noticed that there are blessings in every day if you just take the time to look. Here’s some of the daily blessings that I’ve seen in the past week.
1. God’s Power Over Our World
I’m very thankful that God loves us as much as He does. He has the ability to see into the future and know what will happen before we go through it. I’m thankful that He not only knows what is going to happen but He walks with us through the future day by day. He understands what’s it’s like to be human. He knows that we have fears and He works to assure us again and again throughout His word that He is there for us and that no matter what we do He loves us unconditionally.
2. Answered Prayers
I’ve been praying a lot lately about decisions that I have to make reguarding starting my business and the fears that are associated with this big jump. But God has been faithful to assure me that I am on the right path and He has answered some really big prayers this past week. He has been guiding my steps and showing me the way to go day by day. And for that I am thankful.
3. Opportunities to Grow
I was telling Mom earlier this week that I just wanted something to do during my day aside from what I already have going on. I hadn’t really prayed about it like I should have but it was really just a thought. Yesterday God provided an answer to a prayer that I didn’t pray. He gave me an opportunity to do something a little different two days a week. (: I am so thankful to be able to grow from this opportunity and shine the light of Jesus to those around me.
4. Being a part of History
I am thankful to take a part in history today. Since 10am this morning we have had live coverage of the inauguaration on the T.V.. It has been fun to watch history being made. Reguardless of political affiliation it’s history being written by a loving God right before our eyes. I have been very thankful to see the amount of prayer that has been said over the nation as a whole and the President and those closest to him as he begins this new journey as leader of the United States of America. It reminds me that it is very important to pray for God’s help and leadership for those in power.
What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend seeing all of the blessings that God has showered on your life.
Until next time,
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
I was just thinking this morning that at the first of the year I had great plans. I was going to do my chores everyday and not make excuses. I was going to do what I knew needed done in a day and do it joyfully. I was going to be very productive in my days and work hard to start this business.
But then reality hit. Just because the calendar flipped and I had great intentions didn’t mean that everthing was going to be all peachy-keen. It didn’t mean that I would have all my weaknesses worked out and that life would be an easy ride for 2017.
I would still have these battles; and the Devil will keep on trying to get me to fall. He will keep trying to make me slip and fall into a pit of discouragement. But I will be aware of what the Devil is up to. I know that it’s his goal in life to discourage me and make me feel like it’s too late to start over. The good news is: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE. There is never a better time start over than RIGHT NOW. So what if it’s 3:45 on a Wednesday afternoon?
” ‘Yet even now’, declares the LORD, ‘return to me with all your heart’…Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love.” ~Joel 2:12a-13b
God knows that we are human. He knows that we mess up (Romans 3:23). But He NEVER stops loving us. No matter how much we mess up. He extends His marvelous grace which covers our sins and helps us in our weaknesses (Romans 8:37-39, Hebrews 4:16).
So today, I just wanted to encourage you and let you know that however slow your progression is on those New Year’s goals it’s never too late to start over and try again.
Until next time,
“…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus…”
Trinity is now about 4.5 months old and we have begun working more and more on training her. Right now, it’s basicly just to get her to sit, lay down, and not jump on us. We have also been working on some more challenging manunvers; such as to have her walk beside us on a leash and a new one where she focuses on us. The goal of the focus training is to get her to pay attention to us despite various distractions such as treats or other toys.
This reminded me of our realtionship with God. Life is full of distractions. Chores, school schedules, sports activities, and church commitments. It’s very easy to let these daily activites get in the way of our time with God.
So, how do we make sure that God stays at the top of our priority list?
I believe that there are three simple steps to keeping our minds focused on God each and every day.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus for you.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Look for the good in everything that you do in a day. Expect God to show up and do something wonderful. Continually look for Him and wait for Him. He will be there, we just have to be ready for Him.
2) Pray Always.
This one seems a little challenging; but so rewarding and life changing. Keep a continual conversation with God during the day. Thank Him for what He has given. Ask Him for what you need. If you think about a friend or family member pray about them too! Ask God to help them through the day and guide them in their decisions.
3. Give thanks.
Thank God for all that He has given you, all that He has done for you. Thank Him for the good parts of your day and the challenges. Remember that the challenges you face make you more like Jesus. Thank Him for molding you into the person that He created you to be.
Although the steps listed here are not easy they are well worth it in the end. Fixing our eyes on Jesus enables us to live in the here and now.
Until next time,
Well, it’s Friday!! Congrats, you’ve made it to the end of another week! How’s your week been so far? Mine has been pretty good. Here’s a few blessings that I’ve noticed from this past week.
1. Cold Medicine
So, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately and am very thankful that we have medicine to help us feel better when we are sick.
2. Hot Drinks
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m not a big fan of coffee or other hot drinks. But when I don’t feel well or am really really cold I enjoy a cup of hot chocolate made with coffee instead of water. I find that it makes it a little less sweet but also masks the bitter taste of the coffee. What are some of your warm drink preferences? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below.
3. Fuzzy blankets
Okay, I LOVE blankets. I have no idea why but I just love curling up on the couch with a good movie or book wrapped in a blanket. I find it especially comforting when there’s a roaring fire in the fireplace.
4. God’s direction
I find that figuring out how to start a business is slightly stressful and expensive. But with God I know that all things are possible. I’ve found that if I spend time in prayer asking God for His direction He will give me what I ask. It may not be a walk in the park but it will be worth it in the end. I can’t let the fear of the unknown or fear of failure stop me in my tracks. I need to persevere and dive in trusting that God will guide my steps–showing me the way to go.
I hope that you all have had a good week. What are some of the daily blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below! To those of you who will be impacted by the snow and ice this weekend–stay safe!
Until next time,
“So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
The Bible is full of warnings and admonishments about being lazy. And let me tell you, there are several days when I really need to be reminded that God has created me for good works (Ephesians 2:10). God has given each of His children special talents and a special place in His body. He doesn’t want us to waste them sitting on the couch watching T.V. and eating popcorn and chocolate (1 Corinthians 12:18, Matthew 25:14-30).
“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer, and gathers her food in harvest.”
For some unknown reason I love small things; flower buds, small animals, Christmas Elves, etc. But I’ve never paid much attention to ants. Until this past Summer. We were sitting outside on our patio and I look down and there’s all the ant gathered around this little crumb. I grab Mom’s phone and immediately try to get a few pictures as I was reminded of this verse.
The ants are so tiny compared to this crumb. But they didn’t let that stop them. They worked together to accomplish the goal a little bit at a time.
It makes me wonder how many of us think we are too young or too old to do something.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
~1 Timothy 4:12
We as the younger generation are called to be an example for all believers. Just because we are young doesn’t mean that we have permission to sit around and do nothing. We need to be living our lives as Christ lived His; loving as He loved (1 John 2:6). The same is true for the older women.
“Older women…They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women…”
~Titus 2:3a & 4a
Now, I want you to know that being an example and teaching doesn’t mean that you need to be on a stage or teaching a Bible class. You just need to be present and live your life as Jesus would. Sometimes the strongest examples aren’t the ones in front of everyone, they’re the ones that are working “quietly” in the background.
God has good plans for us and work for us to do. Let’s learn from the ant and make the most of the time that we have here on earth; knowing that our time here is short (James 4:14). Don’t let anything or anyone step in your way and stop you from living the abundant life that God has for you.
Until next time,
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficent for the day is its own trouble.”
These words seem so simple, yet they are so hard to put into practice. It seems that each day is filled with worry. There are countless Bible verses and songs that speak about anxiety and how we have to trust God. But there are times when that seems almost impossible. I mean, how can we trust someone we don’t see?
As always God shows us the answers right in the Bible.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God, and so we are..” ~1 John 3:1
We are considered Children of God through our faith in His Son (see Galatians 3:36). As children of God we are given the great privilege of addressing God as our Father (see Romans 8:15). Since we as His Children are flesh and blood, He became one of us (see Hebrews 2:14-18, Philippians 2:5-8).
“For one would scarcely die for a righteous person–though prehaps for a good person one would dare to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us…while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son…”
God didn’t wait for us to “get it all together” until He came to save us. He came when everything was fallling apart. He came right in the middle of the ugly battle for our hearts, souls, and minds and showed us a greater love and a better way to live.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is Christ Jesus.”
Just because we come to Jesus doesn’t mean that we will automatically have life put together. We all have struggles. We all have areas where we are weak. But the point of this life is to bring glory to God. Paul one of Jesus’ deciplies, pleaded with God to take away a “thorn in his flesh”. God answered Paul’s prayer with a sweet promise that gives us hope today.
“…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
~2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
Sometimes God gives us challenges so that He alone can be glorified (see John 9:3).
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.”
Jesus didn’t just swoop in to rescue us, show us how to live a life pleasing to His Father and then expect us to figure out the rest. He gave us a Helper. His very own Spirit. This Spirit is God living inside of us (Galatians 2:20).
The way to beat anxiety and fear and worry is to simply trust the God who loves us (see John 3:16). Take the promises that are in His word and hold on to them with all that you have. Resist the Devil and draw near to God (James 4:8). He will be your strength. Hold tight to Him and remember that He didn’t give us a Spirit of Fear. But one of “power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Until next time,