Category Archives: Trust

I’ve Got That Joy

Grass in front of fenceYou rememer that old song that you used to sing during VBS about joy? It goes like this:

“I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart.
Where? Down in my heart.
Where? Down in my heart.
I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy…”

I’ve been reminded recently that even amid the evil and heartache in this life there is joy and peace. This joy and peace is very different from the joy and peace offered by the world but it lasts through Eternity.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
~Romans 15:13

God doesn’t promise that life on earth is easy. In fact, He says the exact opposite. He says that we WILL have trouble (John 16:33). However He reminds us that He has overcome the world and that we can trust in Him (John 16:33, Psalm 62:8).

So, if we are told that life is going to be hard how is it that we are able to go through these challenges with JOY AND PEACE?

By taking God at His Word.

The Bible is FULL of the promises and assurances given to us by God. We need toTRUST those words and LIVE like we believe they are true!

The Devil will do ANYTHING in his power to make us question our faith in God. He walks the earth just LOOKING for someone to devour (Job 1:7b, 1 Peter 5:8). However, God protects His people (Job 1:10a, Psalm 34:7).

  • God promises that He will NEVER leave us (Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5, Joshua 1:9).
  • NOTHING can ever seperate us from His great love (Romans 8:38-39).
  • The Lord FIGHTS for us (Ex.14:14).
  • God LOVES you (John 3:16, Zep. 3:17, 1 John 4:7-8).
  • God CARES for you (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 8:4, Luke 12;30).
  • He has GOOD PLANS for you (Jer. 29:11, Matthew 6:25-34, Eph. 2:10).
  • He is the One who DETERMINES your worth (Genesis 1:27, Matthew 10:29-31, 1 Peter 1:18-19)
  • Jesus DIED for you (john 3:16, Romans 5:8, Eph. 2:4-7)
  • He PREPARES a place for you (John 14:1-3)
  • You are HIS CHILD (1 Jonh 3:1, Gal. 4:6, Romans 8:15)

If you’re anything like me you may find a lot of these very hard to believe at times. But you know what? IT’S ALL TRUE! Every word written in the Bible is 100% truth. And guess what else? It lasts FOREVER!

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”
~Isaiah 40:8

 Until next time,

Bailey Sue

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

The Courage to Soar

“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

~Matthew 28:20

Bird in FlightI’ve come to point in all the planning and researching that it’s time to start acting on what I know. But to tell ya’ll the truth I’m a little worried. What if this doesn’t work out and I’m out thousands of dollars with no previous work experience? Or what if this does work out and I end up living my dream? Will the fulfillment of the dream be enough or will I feel like I haven’t really achieved what I wanted in the first place?

I guess you could say that I’m sacred of both failure and succeess…

Last night I prayed about these feelings and this morning I spent time reading the Bible and praying. I believe that God may have been trying to tell me something while I was reading. I read Matthew 28 and was happy to discover this very simple truth: Don’t be afraid, I am with you.

The words “Do not be afraid” were mentioned two different times and the last verse reminded me that Jesus is with me always…”even to the end of the age”.

I would like to share some of the thoughts that I wrote down after finishing the reading with the hope that they may encourage you…

“…I think that these reminders are fitting for today as the time has come for me to step out in faith and start investing [more] into my business. Although I am afraid of many things I need to remember that God has a good plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11) and that He is with me always. I AM NEVER ALONE (Matthew 28:20).”

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

In His Time…

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

~Romans 8:28

Clock HandsI’ve been reading about Joseph lately and I was struck by this thought.

God’s plans take time

See Joseph was favored by His father Jacob. His father made Joseph a coat of many colors and gave it to him. His bothers dispised Joseph because he was the favorite; so they conspired against him and almost killed him.  At the insistance of their oldest brother they decide to throw him into an old well. Then they see a caravan of people and bring him up from the well and sell Joseph to these people.

Joseph ends up in the house of Potiphar only to run into more trouble because of Potiphar’s wife. Being the wife of Potiphar evidently wasn’t enough. She wanted Joseph. She basically throws herself at him. He, wanting to obey God and respect his earthly master, refuses multiple times. Then one day she grabs him by his coat and he leaves the coat and flees.

LaterPotiphar’s wife tells a lie that ends up with Joseph thrown in jail. While in jail he gets placed over all the other prisioners. After several years he is remembered by Pharoh’s cupbearer and eventually placed second in command to Pharoh. Pharoh is only greater than Joseph in regards to the throne.

From the time that Joseph is sold into slavery to the time that he is second to Pharoh is about 13 years.

As I was reading this I was reminded of the simple truth that God’s plans take time. We may think that time is running out, and that God can’t change the situation that we are in, or that God has forgotten us. But the simple truth is that God’s not done yet.

We need to remember that God’s time table is vastly different than ours. 2 Peter 3:8 says “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

He hasn’t forgotten you. He hears the prayers that you’re saying and counts the tears that you cry (Psalm 66:20, Psalm 56:8). Hang on tight to Jesus. He won’t let go. He’ll lead you in the way that you need to go–keep trusting in His timing. Remeber that ALL things are for our GOOD. Someway, somehow, it will be good for us.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

Persevering Through the Snags…

“Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, ‘O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.'”

~Exodus 5:22-23

Old Radio and a Fresh RoseHave you ever felt that God has called you to something only to keep running into so many snags that you end up questioning wether God has called you for that at all?

Moses was told by God Himself that he would lead God’s people out of Egypt. As Moses and Aaron begin doing as God commands they keep running into snags. Pharoah keeps saying no. It doesn’t matter what signs are done or what is said Pharoah won’t let the Israelites go.

Moses wonders why God sent him at all because not only are God’s people still being held as slaves; their work load has increased. They are still required to make the same number of bricks daily even though they have to provide their own straw.

I love what God does next. He reassures Moses of His plan and who He is.

He tells Moses that He is the LORD–the same LORD that appered to his forefathers; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He reminds Moses that He made a conveant with His forefathers that He intends to keep. Then He says that He has heard the cry of the people and remembered the conveant that He made with them.

God then tells Moses to tell the people of Israel that He will bring them out of Egypt and they will be His people and He will be their God. He tells Moses to tell them that He will bring them to the land that He gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The people didn’t listen to Moses because they were treated harshly as slaves and their spirits were broken. God tells Moses to go into Pharoh and tell him to let the people go. Moses asks God how Pharoh will listen to him. And then God reminds Moses and Aaron of what He called them to do–which was lead his children out of Egypt.

I share this story with you today to remind you that if God called you to do something He wants you to do it. Don’t stop just because it gets hard. Keep going, keep pressing on knowing that God is with you and He will show you his plan in time. Listen for God’s calm reassurace that you are indeed on the path that He has for you.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

P.S. You can read this story for yourself in Exodus 5:22-6:10 (:

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

A Reminder for the Anxious Heart

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficent for the day is its own trouble.”

~Matthew 6:34

Colorful SunsetThese 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…”
~Romans 5:7-8,10a

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.”
~Romans 3:23-24

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.”
~John 14:16

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,

Bailey Sue

 

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

Are You Ready?

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

~Matthew 25:13

lighted-lanterns-and-candlesMost people attribute the parable of the 10 virgins recorded in Matthew 25:1-13 as the second comming of Christ and how we need to be ready.

Looking at these lanterns not only reminded me about the parable but also how we need to be ready in general–ready for good works (Eph 2:10), ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15), ready to fight the spiritual forces (Eph. 6:12), and ready to aknowledge that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isa. 55:9).

Before we even listed our house we prayed that His will be done. We were super excited that our house sold in a week, we found one a week later and were set to close on both houses October 14 and be setting the new house up on October 24.

The morning of October 6 we lost the contract on the new house due to zoning issues. After about 10 minutes of informing family and me freaking out and getting angry we went into “survival” mode; looking online for places to rent that would accept two cats and one soon-to-be large dog for about a month. We also started looking at other houses and praying that we wouldn’t have to go to an extended stay hotel for what looked to be five weeks. 

God answered some really BIG prayers in the days following the lost contract. The new owners of this house were kind enough to let us rent it until November 27–the latest day we would be able to get into the new house. We found a house the weekend after the contract fell through that we love even more than the one we lost.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches and glory in Christ Jesus.”

~Philippans 4:19

When we pray for God’s will be done it’s not always a stright line from Point A to Point B. In fact it’s RARELY EVER a stright line; but in the end His plan is SO much better for us (Eph. 2:20). We didn’t know that the house that we are going to move into was the one for us back in August when we started looking, but God did. He provided a house for us to hold us over until the one that was really meant for us came on the market. Over all this house is MUCH better suited for us than the other one. The house is in a much better location, the yard is fenced in for the dog, and it has two fireplaces instead of one!

We may not understand all the twists, turns, hills and valleys that God has us travel in this life but He calls us to trust in His plan. To be ready to aknowledge that He’s got this and that in the end we will be better.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

Letting God Drive…

steering-wheel“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6

In all honesty, I really don’t like driving. It scares the living daylights out of me. The fact that I tend to panic rather easily while driving is one of the reasons why at 20 I still don’t have my license.

Although I don’t like driving, I do like riding in a car. I guess that could be attributed to visiting extended family. The majority of my extended family is anywhere between 2 and 8 hours away. So, I’ve gotten used to long car trips.

As I was thinking about all that has been going on lately I realized a couple of things. The first thing that I’ve realized is that God is in control and arguing with God is pointless.

“The LORD of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” ~Isaiah 14:24 

Now, I admit that when I’m really worried about something and I read a verse like the one above it doesn’t make me feel any better. In fact, I am then convinced that my worst fears are going to come about. If that’s you right now, I ask that you take a deep, calming breath and read on because that’s not necessarily the case.

“…plans for welfare and not for evil…”~Jeremiah 29:11 

The second thing that I have learned is that God’s plans for me are GOOD. Psalm 86:15 says that God is “…Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. God loves us so much that He died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). He loves us like a parent loves their child  (see Isaiah 49:15-16). My parents have never wanted to harm me in anyway and God is the same way. He wants what is best for us. The best may not be easy or convient but it is the best for us.

“…They shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us).” ~Matthew 1:23 

The third thing that I was reminded of is that Jesus’ very name states that He is with us. When Jesus was on the earth He was tempted by the Devil (see Matthew 4:1-11) and He remained victorous!! Hebrews 4:15 says that “…[We have] one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus has been here; He knows EXACTLY what life down here is like. Because of what Jesus has done on the earth we can share in HIS VICTORY.  1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The final thing that I have learned is that Jesus wants to take our burdens from us. Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus tells is to come to Him when we are burdened by life. We are told in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast our burdens on Him becasue He cares for us,

So, when we don’t know where God is taking us we just need to sit back, trust in His Word and enjoy the ride knowing that whatever happens He will be right beside us and we will be better in the end.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

When God’s Plan Isn’t What We’d Like…

calendar-page“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”

~Proverbs 19:21 

Throughout selling the house, house hunting, finding a house, the contract falling through, and house hunting again;  I’ve been learning a lot and my faith is being tested. Sometimes we need to tell our brains what to think. The Bible doesn’t ever once claim that after becoming a Christian life is a piece of cake. In fact, it states just the opposite. There are vairious verses that say we will be tested and tried. Life will be hard but the glorious thing is that no matter what happens God is there; and it is His plan that prevails. 

But you know what? We don’t always like His plan, do we? His plan isn’t always convient or fun. But His plan is good.  

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts. neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” ~ Isaiah 55:9

God sees all things, Hebrews 4:13 says that nothing is hidden from His sight. God sees the big picture. The entire puzzle, the finished quilt. He knows what will be best for us. We as finate humans are not capable of thinking or seeing like He can. And I have to ask, how many of us, if we knew what was going to happen before it happened, would actually go through with it? I don’t know that I would.

 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” ~James 1:2-4

Trials and hard things in life mold us into who God wants us to be. Ultimately, we need to remember that everything that happens in this life is for God’s glory and our good.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

Finding the Dream and Fulfilling it:

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 1:11-12 

bible-with-cross-candle-psalm-119105April 11, 2016 I was presented with this idea to pursue my dream of making this blog a reality and sharing my story. You can read about that here. I was leary at first, but as I kept researching and writing I felt that this really was possible and what I was supposed to be doing. What God wanted me to do.

Although I felt called to share my story it wasn’t an easy ride. I struggled with fear and doubt. Fear of what others would think of a 20 year old starting a blog about how to live a contented life while trying (and many a time failing)  to do so herself. Wondering whether or not people would actually read these thoughts of mine. And at times doubting that I even had a story to tell. I mean was this blog even worth the time, energy, stress and frustration?

But as I kept plugging away I realized that I do have a story to tell. Not everyone will appreciate or like my story and what I have to say and that’s okay. But, I belive that it’s a story that needs to be told. Throughout this journey I was greatly encouraged by those around me. My parents for letting me follow my dream and encouraging me along the way. My aunt, Grandma, and other various family members for reading the early drafts of posts and giving their feedback and enforcing what I already knew about this dream of mine: that it worth the effort.

Now, I understand that not everyone has the same opportunites that I do. But I want to encourage you to pursue those dreams that you have. We’ve been studying a lot at church about finding your God-given gifts and YES YOU DO HAVE A GIFT THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU.  One of the things that I have learned is that everyone needs to be doing their part and then the body of Christ will be able to grow (see Ephesians 4: 11-16).

Everything that we do in this life is intended to bring God glory. Everything we do we are to do FOR HIM. He’s the only one we need to worry about pleasing. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 (Emphesis mine).

My goal here on this blog is to first and foremost bring glory to Jesus by what I share in these posts. Secondly, I want to encourage you to find contentment in your life: not the life you wish you lived, but the life that you are living now. I know from experience that it’s not easy but it’s worth the effort and that if you search you indeed will find what you are searching for.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” ~Matthew 7:7-8 

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

**This post was originally written on 10/3/16**

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(:

Defining The Vision

 

proverbs-35-6-esv-cameraOhmygoodness! I can’t believe that it’s already May!! In 14 days I will have been graduated from high school for 1 year—an entire 365 days!! I find that bit of knowledge equally joyful and horrific. In some ways I feel that I have grown SO much and experienced so many new and wonderful things. Then in another way I feel that I am nowhere close to where I want to be—that I still have way to much left to learn.

But then I remember this: That’s what life is all about. Learning and growing. Constantly trying to do better. To be more like Jesus. To reflect Him in every moment of every day. I have made so many changes in the last year some good, some bad. Some that I have managed to stick with, others that I’m lucky if I can stick to the change for a day.

I’m currently trying to define exactly what it is that I want to do, how much I’m willing to pay, and what sacrifices I’m willing to make. Where exactly I want my dream to go, how far I want to go with it and most importantly where God wants all of this to go; where He wants me to go.

I’m learning about where it is that I am weak and how to remember that He is stronger in my weakness. I’m learning (very slowly) that it’s okay to be different. That God calls us to be different, to stand out from the crowd. He wants us to know that following Him will lead us to live radically different lives than those we know who don’t follow Him. And that that’s okay.

I’m learning that I have to follow Him even when I’m completely scared out of my wits. Even when I have way more questions than answers. Yes, even when I want to scream that all of this is crazy and I’m the biggest nut in the bag to even think that I can attempt this. I have to remember that God had all of this planned since before the earth was even created. I have to remember that God’s got this. That because He holds the world in His hands He is more than able to hold my heart and brain and all the problems that come along with being a human in this extremely messy world AND the best part is that He doesn’t just hold me and tell me that it’s going to be okay He shows me in every page of His word and guides me by the hand through this crazy wonderful thing called life. I have to remember that.

I have to remember to trust Him and lean on Him in everything.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

** This post was originally written on 5/2/16 and edited on 9/14/16.**

Like this post? Share it with your friends!(: