Jude 1:2

“Everything’s going to be all right; Rest, everything’s coming together; Open your hearts, love is on the way!”

This verse is something I keep going back to.

I’ve had a very rough week. My anxiety was in full swing, and it felt like I was being slammed with one bad thing after another. I failed to see the things that were coming together.

It was a major set back for me that pushed me to go back to my therapist. It was a good thing I did go back. She’s helping me understand what’s going on in my head.

After going to my appointment, I felt a little relieved that my fears were real, but I knew I wasn’t handling things the best way. It really helped, but nothing helped more than my boyfriend telling me that he didn’t feel as though he was following Christ like he should, and he wanted to rededicate his life to Christ.

I have no clue what prompted it, but when he told me that, I burst into tears. That’s when I remembered that I needed to turn my worries to Christ.

While I know my fears a very real, I can’t change what’s going on. All I can do is change how I react to the things happening to me. By changing how I react, I could receive a whole new perspective through God on my situation.

I know these times are going to be tough, but I know staying faithful is the only way I’m going to get through them.

 

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2 Corinthians 5:7

“I will walk by faith even when I cannot see.”

This is a powerful verse.

How often do we believe in things that we can’t see?

When someone tells us a story, the first thing we look for is PROOF of the story’s validation.

As a journalism major, I’ve become an excellent fact checker. The first thing the professors teach us is to have proof, or confirmation, that something has actually happened.

I believe many people struggle with God because they can’t see him physically, but he can be seen through other things.

Those sightings of God are typically seen in the form of miracles-big and small.

The definition of a miracle has gray areas depending on our own frame of reference, but we, as humans, know them when we see them.

Another point this verse makes is keeping the faith even when we are going through dark and difficult times. The first thing that happens (at least to me) when something awful happens to me is I ask God, “Why?”

It’s a normal human reaction, but it’s not the best way to handle those dark times. I recently discovered praising God and thanking him for what you do have is SO helpful. I know it sounds so silly and cliche, but it works! At the very least, it gives me a different perspective on the situation.

We may not always know or understand God’s purpose but maintaining that faith even when we cannot SEE it will open our eyes to a totally different word.

 

 

Everything is Temporary

Everything in this life is temporary, even life itself.

What does that mindset do to people? I honestly can’t speak for everyone, but I talk about what it’s done to me.

It’s made me value the people in my life instead of things I have.

After listening to a sermon, it hit me that none of the things I have can go to Heaven with me. Not my books, not my precious iPhone 7 plus, not my car, nor can my clothes come with me. None of it is going to Heaven with me when I die.

But people will. I understood that God called us to be vessels for his word, but I didn’t the impact that would have one someone’s life. I couldn’t grasp the concept that this is someone’s soul. I have plenty of people in my life who aren’t Christians, and I want to see them in Heaven with me.

This leads into my next thing.

LIFE is temporary. It’s no secret that we are all going to die, but when I look around in Heaven, I want to see the people that mean the most to me there with me.

The unfortunate thing about that is there’s a clock ticking for everyone. We live in a world where death hits us unexpectedly, and we never know when someone we love’s clock will run out. I don’t know when MY clock will run out.

I want to challenge my readers to take as many people to Heaven with them as possible. Even leading one person to Christ will change their world forever.

Finally, when we live life believing it’s temporary, it keeps our priorities in check.

Living full means not wasting what little time we may or may not have. Dying empty means putting our all in life. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want to die with things unsaid or undone. I want to die knowing I put my all into everything I did.

(This probably won’t be my last post about this topic. I have so much passion for this topic, so I hope you all like it!)

 

Matthew 6:34

Worry.

I struggle with worrying daily, and it effects every aspect of my life.

I worry about how people perceive me at my internship, in my classes, at home with my family, and when I’m with my friends. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve let other people’s perception of me cloud what God’s perception of me is.

I also worry about the future.Will I be a better mother to my children than my own mother was? What about wife? Will I be able to find a job after college? These questions swirl through my head life tornadoes and tear down every piece of confidence I have in myself.

Continuously, I forget what life is really about.

Peace.

Peace has always been something that is hard for me to find. I’m constantly thinking about ways to better myself, but I often forget how far I’ve come. I’m not the same person I used to be, and I can thank God for that.

Lately, I’ve started a new thing where I thank God for everything and let it be known that I trust his plan before I come to him with my questions, worries and complaints. That has helped me so much through the past couple of days.

A close family member of mine became suddenly ill, and it broke my heart. It was the first time I completely depended on God with my worries and fears. It was life changing. I’ve never known that kind of comfort. I honestly don’t know how I’m still sane.

Anyways, I got a little off topic, but the idea of peace is still present. God gives us peace through Jesus. When we depend on him for comfort, he will provide it for us because he LOVES us so much.

Don’t forget that folks!