Ephesians it will be

I have decided to go back and read the book that made me fall in love with Christ to begin with a year and a half ago when I decided to truly give my life to Him. This time I will read it from a clean Bible (no highlights, no notes) and just read the words of Ephesians over again as if reading them again for the first time. It is my favorite book and have read it through several times since. But I am going to do it a little different this time. Rather than reading it straight through, I really want to let it sink in and really absorb it.

So I will be practicing the SOAP method. I did this with a Colossians study I did last December and got so much out of it that I want to do that very method with Ephesians so I can really sit and listen to what Christ has to say.

For those who haven’t heard of the SOAP method, let me explain. It stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. So you hand write the verse/verses (maybe 2-3 a day), write an observation or two about what the verse(s) says/means to you, list one or two ways that you can take the verse(s) an apply them to your life, then write out a prayer over what you just read (or whatever the Spirit is leading you to pray)

I’m exited to start this journey. The journey of falling in love with the creator of the Universe who is love Himself.

Worthless Idols

Tonight I was reading in Jeremiah 2. The constant theme was idols. Four times in particular, God calls them “worthless” idols. 


By definition, an idol is an object of worship. As Christians, Christ should be the center of our lives; our primary devotion. 
Anything we put before/above Christ would be considered an idol. If we are more devoted to other objects/people than we are to Christ, then we become like worthless vessels. 


In my notes I made a list of the top three things I have been guilty of putting above Christ. I don’t mind sharing since I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles with these problems. 


My top three were:
1) relationships
2) school
3) social media

After listing these idols, I proceeded to write ways to make these aspects more Christ centered.

Relationships: 
I kept it broad because it can be relationships with friends, family, or significant others. Ways I found to make my relationships more Christ centered are possibly doing Bible studies together. Get some of your friends or family together to share in the reading of the Word together. If you have a significant other, reading the Bible together not only grows you both closer together, but more importantly, grows y’all closer to Christ. We are to show and share Christ’s love to all those we have contact with.

School:
So this one was a bit tricky because its not easy to get around. School does take up a lot of my time from studying to writing papers. But I found praying on my way to class would be a good way to keep in constant communication with Him throughout the day. Praying before exams definitely wouldn’t hurt either ;)

Social Media:
I often spend too much time on social media. I’ve been guilty of scrolling down my Facebook feed just to see what’s going on in my friends and family’s life. Instead of scrolling my newsfeed, I could be reading Christ’s Word. Often I find myself playing on my phone when I need to past the time. Instead of playing on my phone, I could use those moments to just thank God for what He has done. I’m not saying social media is bad, but it definitely uses more time than it should for me. Lastly, I want to be sure nothing I post will be a stumbling block to others or cause others to doubt my faith. I want all my posts clean and pleasing to God.

I challenge everyone to really think about what idols you may have in your life. Then go a step further in seeking ways to change that. Lastly, pray that God will help you as you make these changes. It may be a slow process, but the reward is great!

Trusting God

I was sitting in church yesterday and the lady who did the devotion said something that really got to me. I wanted to jump up and correct her but I bit my tongue.

She said that trusting God meant patiently waiting still on God to move. But I disagree.  Trusting God does NOT mean you sit around waiting for God to make a move.  You have to trust Him AS YOU serve Him. It is when you are serving Him that He begins to move in your life.

If you are waiting for God, whether waiting for a job opportunity, waiting for guidance on a decision, whatever it is you are waiting on, don’t wait complacently, but press on towards Christ, and He will begin to work in your life. 

Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Psalms 27:14

WHERE ARE ALL THESE “MY PRINCESS” QUOTES COMING FROM?!?!

Like is it a devotional, a website, a blog? I need to know because I LOVE them and want to read one everyday!! Any clue??

Battling Insecurity?

I have really been thinking a lot lately.  About the battles I’ve gone through over the years.  Probably my biggest battle has been and is insecurity.  Or making the mistake of putting my “security” in things that would only make me more insecure in the end.

Relationships, good grades, and most other things in life will come and go.  And putting our security in those things/people, will only make matters worse.  It will cause our insecurity to grow greater with each let down.

The one thing that we can put our security in is with Jesus.  He will never leave us, nor forsake us.  He will not disappoint us.  His love is the one thing that will remain throughout all circumstances.

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So Today is my my ONE YEAR Anniversary …

… OF TURNING MY LIFE AROUND FOR CHRIST!

When I finally let go of the chains that was holding me down to a life of sin and deceit.  The day I told God I’m done living for myself, it has gotten me no where but hurt and heartbroken.  The day I told God, I’m now living for HIM and HIM alone!

This is a big day for me! I want to celebrate! But alas, my best friends are all away. My two best friends who helped me through it all are in two different states so I have no one to celebrate with me.

So I ask that I may celebrate with ya’ll, my Tumblr family! <3

Love you guys, many of you also have gotten me through the past year.  It’s been a year with so many countless blessings. It’s the first year of many on my Journey with Jesus. 

I hope that you may join the journey with me :D

The ghetto ornament I made for Spanish haha. Figured if I had to go to one of those stupid classes I may as well do the one that involved crafts haha. But I got ghetto an used tape because I didn&#8217;t wanna wait for glue to dry so I could leave. Felt like preschool again #college #schoolcrafts #jesus #babyjesus #manger

The ghetto ornament I made for Spanish haha. Figured if I had to go to one of those stupid classes I may as well do the one that involved crafts haha. But I got ghetto an used tape because I didn’t wanna wait for glue to dry so I could leave. Felt like preschool again #college #schoolcrafts #jesus #babyjesus #manger

I Know the Way

Like many of my fellow young adults peers, I am trying to find my way.  Find what path Christ wants me to go down…

Well tonight I watched a sermon by Judah Smith (though I honestly didn’t care for him before, I just really felt led to watch this sermon, and seeing as though Tumblr videos never load on my laptop, this one loaded just fine so I figured it must mean I was supposed to watch it ;)

But in it, he helped me to see something I never thought of before… I wanted to share with you the connection that was made.  

He preached from John 14:1-6.  Jesus is speaking to the disciples…

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:1-6

Jesus told His disciples that they knew the way He was going. Thomas replied (the same way I would have replied) ‘No we don’t. We have not a clue where You are going.’  But God’s reply opened their eyes… So often we focus on this verse without thinking about it’s context.  Jesus replies “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Therefore, if we know Jesus, we know the way.

The title of it was called “It’s Complicated.”  I’m not going to go into the whole sermon (you can look it up yourself, which I highly recommend)  but it was talking about how we Christians nowadays have complicated our relationship with Christ.

Judah demonstrated this by using a visual of a ball of rubber bands. We tend to see Christianity as a ball of rules and principles to follow. But if that is all we really see, we are missing the point!

Christianity is not about following a bunch of rules and regulations.  Christianity is about love. It is about loving God, and loving others (the 1st and 2nd most important commandments according to Jesus).  Yes, He gave us guidelines on how we should live, but if we do not have love, we really miss the whole point.

When we complicate our relationship with Jesus, it leads to confusion. BUT GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION! (1 Cor 14:33) Confusion leads to exasperation.  I’m sure we have all gotten to the point where we just feel exasperated in our relationship with Him. We feel like we have reached a dead in.  Like there is no where else for us to go.  This all stems from complicating our relationship with Him.

So in other words. The point is: When You know Jesus, you know the way.  Don’t complicate your relationship with Christ.  Just know Him. Talk to Him. Pray to Him. Worship Him. And most importantly, LOVE Him.

Sure, this does not answer the question of where I am going with my life. What I will be when I grow up or how I plan on using my education. But I do know that no matter what path I take, I will have God with me. I will love Him and love His people.  He is the way I will go…

Listen and obey God when He calls you

I can say first hand that it is better to walk out of your comfort zone to do as God has called than to not do anything at all.  The pain of regret will hurt worse than the fear of the unknown.

God called me to get involved in children’s church over a year ago.  I did not answer the call for my own selfish reasons.  I have since then, lost the opportunity and someone else has taken my place.

Though I am happy to see that the person is succeeding, it still pains me to know that it should have been me in her spot.  I thank God that she answered the call that I did not.

So please, I highly encourage you, no matter how big or small, no matter how frightening or intimidating the task at hand may be, please don’t let it pass you by.

Know that if you need any encouragement, I am here and will gladly encourage you. But do listen and obey God’s call.

I just felt the need to share this…

His Love and Mercy Endures Forever

O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever” Psalm 136:1

I have heard those words before many times in my life. Growing up in church, it’s something that you tend to hear so much that it seems to just be a known concept.  If you’re anything like me, it was just something you heard and agreed with, but never really dwelt upon it upon it.  I too just smiled and said amen. Until about April/May of last year…

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