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Resolute: Learning to be Unwavering in Our Purpose

Many times we go into the New Year with resolutions, but lack actually being resolute. How much would our lives change if we lived with purpose and acted it out in every aspect of our lives? 



Year after year I have made many New Year’s Resolutions and year after year I have not succeeded in any resolution I have made. From weight loss goals to quiet time goals, they never go as I expect them to. 2019 is a New Year and I am asking myself the same questions…What do I want my resolution to be? How will I actually fulfill my resolutions? What if this year, instead of making resolutions, we decide to be resolute in the purpose God has given us?

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Resolute Defined

What does it mean to resolute? According to Google Dictionary, it means “to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering”. Let’s take a minute and resonate on that definition.

Purposeful, determined, unwavering. Those are very powerful words. What would our life look like if we were to exude those qualities in our relationship with Christ? How often do we waver? Give up our determination? Forget our purpose?

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!  All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NLT

I love the imagery this scripture provides with our faith being like a race. It provides the perfect example of what it looks like to be resolute in our beliefs and journies.

Ultimate Purpose

The part of this passage that stuck out to me the most was “I run with purpose in every step”. A lot of times, as believers, we tend to wonder or forget what God destined for us. We act not because it is purposeful but because it is easy. Or, we think it will help us find our purpose…

We get caught up trying to find our specific function in this world that we forget what our ultimate purpose is… To love, follow, and serve our God.

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37-39, NLT

Love God, love others. That’s it. While many of us have even more specific callings, at the end of the day all followers of Christ were created for this common purpose.

How resolute are we in this? Unfortunately, I know I am not resolute in loving God and loving others. I judge and gossip. I don’t trust His plan and deal with discontentment. This is not the picture of being resolute.

Love God, love others. While many of us have more specific callings, at the end of the day all followers of Christ were created for this common purpose. Click To Tweet

The Vision

What does it look like to be resolute in our purpose?

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Colossians 3:23, NIV

Being resolute in our purpose means doing all things as if we are doing them for the Lord. In your place of work, in times of discontentment, in times of struggle and doubt; do all things as if doing them for the Lord.

When we practice this, it will change every aspect of our lives. Our productivity at work will go up. We will treat our bodies better. Our relationships will become richer and stronger. We will act out our purpose in every aspect of our lives. We will be admirably purposeful, unwavering, and determined. So let’s go into 2019 not focusing on our resolutions but on our purpose. Doing all things as if unto the Lord.

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Provide: Trusting God to Meet our Needs

We all struggle with trusting that God will provide for our needs. What if we decided to live by faith and truly believe that He will sustain us? 



I am a worrier. I always have been. Faith is not one of my spiritual giftings so trusting God to provide for me has been a constant battle. There have been many times where I did not believe God’s promises to meet my needs. While most of the time I associate provision with material needs, it is not always what is lacking.

Surrendering Trust

While I have struggled with not feeling taken care of financially, I have also seen the idea of not feeling provided for play out in other areas: loneliness, discontentment, and healing. I have felt that I didn’t have the relationships I needed, that I wasn’t in the stage of life I should be, and that I wasn’t and those around me weren’t healed in the ways I thought we should be.

Even as I sit here writing this I am worrying. There are three trees leaning on my house and I don’t know how I will afford to get them off. Have I prayed, asking for help? No. Have I trusted that God is going to provide for my needs in this situation? No.

While my heart knows that God will meet my needs and sustain me, most of the time my head forgets. He has shown me time and again that He takes care of me, but I still haven’t learned to completely surrender my trust to Him.

We all struggle with trusting that God will provide for our needs. What if we decided to live by faith and truly believe that He will sustain us? Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

All Our Needs

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19, NLT

ALL of our needs. Not some, all. God will meet all of our needs. This is so easy for us to forget. Sometimes we get caught up with what He is not doing that we forget to see what He is. Maybe when He isn’t providing something it simply means it isn’t something we need.

A lot of the time we focus on what we think we need and not what God says we need. We don’t consider that His provision may look different than we expect it to. It doesn’t mean He doesn’t provide, it means we aren’t looking outside our own perception of provision.

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Faith

You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.

Matthew 21:22, NLT

Faith. There’s that word again. I struggle a lot with faith. I recently took a spiritual giftings test and among the lowest ratings was faith. It’s not that I don’t believe in Jesus or that I have no faith. It’s the fact that I don’t always believe I can ask for anything and receive.

Sometimes as Christians we don’t want to get into the habit of treating God like a genie. I think this stops us from even making requests. I have not thought to pray for help with the trees on my house. It seemed like too minor of an ask. I didn’t want to ‘waste’ a request on this when there are so many more things that are more important.

Scripture tells us that we can pray for anything. When we think something is not important enough we are acting like we are God. That we can decide what is important and what isn’t. This is not our right and not our job. We can ask for ANYTHING.

There is a second part to this…“if you have faith, you will receive it.” It is more than asking for something and boom it happens. It takes faith on our part. Faith that God will truly answer our prayer. Faith that He will provide for us. Without faith how can we expect God to answer us?

Do Not Worry

Let these words really sink in as you read this passage…

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:25-34, NLT

Jesus is very clear. Do not worry. He speaks to the way that God provides for the birds and the flowers and how we are so much more than they. God provides for the creatures around us. The ones we were created to have dominion over. So why do we fret? Why do I worry? God knows our needs and He will provide for them. We must seek and have faith in Him. He is our provider, sustainer, and healer.

Provide

Every day we wake up, we have to choose whether we are going to allow worry to creep in or if we will have faith in God to provide for us. We are constantly surrounded by proof that He will, but we still struggle. What if we changed our thinking? What if every day we woke up and the first thing we did was say “God I have faith that you will provide”? This could change the course of our days and ultimately our lives. Let’s speak our faith into existence, let’s truly believe that He WILL meet all of our needs.

We all struggle with trusting that God will provide for our needs. What if we decided to live by faith and truly believe that He will sustain us? Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

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Season: Learning to Rest in Times of Pain and Suffering

There are many different times in life. During a season of suffering, it is important to remember that it is okay to not be okay, but we are called to rest in Jesus. 



Through the past year, I have had some of my lowest lows and some of my highest highs. I am currently, by the grace of God, in a season where everything seems to be going well. I am feeling more confident and am having a lot of good days. Because of that sometimes I forget that I am allowed to have bad days. I focus a lot on what “should be” instead of facing what is. We all go through different seasons of life but in every season we must hold tight to our Savior.

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Having it all Together

Sometimes, as Christians, we tend to think that we have to have it all together. We are constantly bombarded with phrases that lead us to believe that we are not allowed to have bad days or to feel upset for a time. When we confide in people they usually respond with “just have faith” or “you just need to pick yourself up”.

While this is all true, we also need to realize that there will be seasons of pain and times where we don’t feel okay. And the truth of the matter is that it’s okay to not be okay. The pain will fade and God will come through for us and bring relief.

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, the one who called you into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself restore, empower, strengthen, and establish you.

1 Peter 5:10, CEB

A Season for Everything

There truly is a season for everything, and that includes seasons of not ‘okay’. Scripture clearly states that there is a time for crying and laughing and a time for mourning and dancing. Life happens in seasons. Sometimes that season is one of pain. We are allowed to feel pain and to not be “on” all of the time. At times we must rest in our suffering and our pain.

There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens:

a time for giving birth and a time for dying, a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted, a time for killing and a time for healing, a time for tearing down and a time for building up, a time for crying and a time for laughing, a time for mourning and a time for dancing, a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones, a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces, a time for searching and a time for losing a time for keeping and a time for throwing away, a time for tearing and a time for repairing, a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking, a time for loving and a time for hating, a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, CEB

Suffering

The Bible is clear that there are times where we will not be ok. The difference comes when we learn to give it to Jesus and learn to be ok again. We are not called to live a life without suffering but to give our suffering to our great God.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Romans 5:3-5, NLT

We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials. Some other versions say that we can rejoice in suffering. When we generally think of trials or suffering the word rejoice does not come to mind. But, it is clear that we all go through suffering and that it happens for a reason…

That reason is hope. Suffering will also ultimately develop hope. A hope that will never let us down. A hope that can only come when we give everything over to Jesus. Jesus died so that we do not suffer alone.

He took the punishment for our sin. He suffered so that we can trust in Him. Jesus knows first hand what it is like to not be ok. We have a confidant, a supporter through all of life’s trials. This is the hope we need in order to see the good in our suffering. To learn to rest in it.

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Suffering with Each Other

When others are suffering, we are called to stand with them. We need to help them. We need to be a safe place for people to be able to talk about what they are going through. It is important that we give people permission to not be okay. There are times when people are looking for help solving a problem and times when they just need someone to listen to them. As believers, we are called to do these things.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2, NIV

Carry each other’s burdens. This is what scripture implores us to do. Part of loving one another is carrying each other’s burdens. When we are in times of pain and suffering, having someone carry the burden with you can change everything.

God did not create us to go through life by ourselves. When we are in times of turmoil it is important to seek Godly counsel and support. When we are the ones giving the support, we must do so in a way that is helpful, loving, and honest.

Joy Comes in the Morning

It is truly okay to not be okay for a season. We all have days or weeks or even months of not being okay. The difference comes when we give our pain over to God and learn to rest in Him. We may have bad days, but we can have confidence that we will be okay again… the sun will rise.

For his anger lasts only a brief moment, and his good favor restores one’s life. One may experience sorrow during the night, but joy arrives in the morning.

Psalm 30:5, NET

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Advocate: Using Examples in Scripture to Advocate

Our God is a God of justice and He will defend us. We must allow God to advocate for us and use His example to advocate for ourselves and others.



Throughout my life, I have not seen the need to advocate for myself. I was content to allow people to walk all over me for the sake of pleasing. I have always put the comfort of others ahead of speaking the truth in love…

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Fear

This also caused me to not stand up for others because of fear of rebuke or hurt feelings. While I wanted to advocate, I let fear stop me. I met needs and, in certain situations, I stood up for myself and others but it was always in a place and time where I felt comfortable and safe. Following the example of scripture was not my concern. I had a hard time leaving my comfort zone for the good of myself and others.

With that, I also did not allow God to go before me and fight for me. I was prideful. I allowed anger to reside and I suffered in silence. God has taught me that he will go before me and fight for me. Jesus taught me that He advocates for me so I don’t get what I deserve because of my sin. He also gave the example for what it looks like to help and defend others even when it is hard and uncomfortable.

God as Our Advocate

Our God is a God of justice. All throughout scripture, there is proof of Him going before His people and advocating for them. It also regularly discusses the fact that God will intercede on our behalf and defend us. When we decide to follow God we decide to trust Him. We decide to allow Him to direct our lives and to provide justice.

But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.

Deuteronomy 9:3, NIV

In this passage, the Israelites are about to cross the Jordan and face the Anakites. Moses is reassuring them that God will go before them and that He will advocate for them. He will do this by fighting on behalf of the Israelites and defeating their enemies.

God will do this for us too. When we face foes and feel like we can not win we can trust in our God to go before us and fight on our behalf.

Advocating for Ourselves

While God fights for us and Jesus advocates for us, there are still times where we have to stand up and advocate for ourselves. There is a fine line between rebuking out of anger and rebuking out of what’s right. When the time comes that we have to stand up for ourselves we need to make sure that we do it in love and in truth.

Watch Yourselves! If your brother or sister sins, warn them to stop. If they change their hearts and their lives, forgive them. Even if someone sins against you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times and says ‘I am changing my ways’, you must forgive that person.

Luke 17:3-4, CEB

When someone sins against us we have the right to tell them. With that, we also have to be open to forgiving them if they express repentance. Our God is just and does not want us to sit idly by while others sin against us. While sometimes the sin may be malicious and purposeful, other times they may not know that they in the wrong. When we call them out in their sin we are showing them the love of God and giving them an opportunity to gain forgiveness. We are also advocating for ourselves and making sure we are taken care of.

Jesus as Our Advocate

It’s no secret that we are sinners. Because we are sinners we are not able to atone for them on our own. It is clear from the start that we were and still are in need of someone to intercede on our behalf and advocate for us with God. That is where Jesus comes into the picture. Jesus walked in and paid our debt that we could be absolved of our sins and have the gift of eternal life… We are forgiven.

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins– not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

1 John 2:1-2, NLT

Jesus’ Example

Throughout the New Testament Jesus shows us what it looks like to advocate for others. He is constantly standing up to the Pharisees and Sadducees on behalf of God and those who could not stand up for themselves. He gives us the ultimate example…

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has appointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Luke 4:18-19, NIV

Jesus clearly said that his mission was to stand up for those who could not stand up for themselves and to set people free. We are to model our lives after Jesus’ example. We need to honor Him by encouraging and supporting those whose voices are silent.

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.

Matthew 22:37-39, NIV

Our Neighbors

The second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. How can we do this if we do not stand up for them and advocate for them as we do for ourselves?

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’ For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Romans 15:1-4, NIV

We are called to bear with each other. To take others insults as our own and to stand up for those who are weak. That can play out in many ways: social justice, helping the poor, mourning with those who mourn. Scripture constantly implores us to take on the burdens of others and to stand with those in trial. Jesus did that better than anyone and we must use the examples He gives us to love one another.

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Peaceful: Looking to God for Our Source of Peace

God is our only source of peace. He desires us to be peaceful. But, when we ignore His direction and try to create our own peace we end up in chaos and confusion. 



Finding peace in my life was a long journey. Throughout my late teen and early adult years, I found myself in a constant fight for a peaceful life. For three years I was with a man who knew all the right things to say and do but only at a surface level.

On the outside, we were a great couple. Everyone thought we had it made. This could not have been farther from the truth. At the beginning of this relationship, I was passionate about my faith and my actions reflected my love for God. I was heavily involved in Church, I had a solid quiet time, and I had true joy.

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Future Peace?

As time progressed the relationship did not help me grow but instead I shrunk. Quiet time ceased, I was not as involved at Church, I was not living a Godly lifestyle. Do I blame him? At some level, yes. He isolated me, he kept me from pursuing my passions. He was abusive. While I blame him I mostly blame myself. I should have seen how toxic the relationship was, I should have fought for my faith, for my God. I should have let my peace come from God instead of letting a man control, isolate, and dictate my life. He is not a bad person. He is damaged, immature, and did not know how to love.

During the last year and a half of that relationship, peace was non-existent in my life. I knew that the relationship was not right, but I so desperately wanted marriage and children and because of that I took his ring. Feeling as though I was making a mistake I went forward and said yes to him. I thought that marriage and children would bring me the peaceful life I desired.

I finally came to the realization that to be peaceful we have to look above. When I came to this conclusion I knew what I had to do. I had to end the relationship. After the decision was made I felt an overwhelming peace come into my life. I have not once doubted that I made the right choice. The decision I made was from God and it gave me peace and rest. The peace I felt was so pure and so divine that for the first time in a long time I felt like I could finally breathe again.

Finding Peace Through God

There are so many things that can steal our peace, for me it was an abusive relationship; for you, it may be a draining friendship or an unfulfilling job. In our culture, tranquility is rare. We are constantly bombarded with news of wars and riots. Everywhere we turn things seem the opposite of peaceful. It is in the world around us and it affects each one of us on a regular basis.

We see the lack of peace and at times we feel a lack of calmness. Scripture is clear that our peace needs to come from Him. The world cannot give the peace He gives. Anytime we look to worldly things, we are going to be disappointed. God does not want us to live a life that is void of peace and for that reason, we need to go to Him as our source.

I am leaving you with a gift– peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.

John 14:27, NLT

How to be Peaceful

Jesus is the Prince of Peace and ultimately, we must find our peace in Him. Scripture is clear and it tells us that peace can only come when we pray. We have to talk to Him. Communicate with Him. We must daily choose to give our lives over to him. He is our provider and our supplier of peace. When we follow His call in our lives, we have no choice but to rid ourselves of worry. To feel at peace.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7, NLT

Ignoring His Call

For a long time, I ignored all of the signs that God was showing me about my relationship. He was making it abundantly clear that the peace I was seeking could only come from Him. He also tried to show me that I would not feel calmness until I followed His call.

A lot of times, we tend to want to stick to our own agendas. We desperately want to have control over our situations and for life to go according to our plan. When we do this, we surrender our peace. We have to listen to what God tells us and to submit to His will. He speaks peace to us when we are faithful. If we put our trust in Him, we will receive peace in abundance.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.

Psalm 85:8, NLT

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Contentment: Surrendering Our Lives to the Will of God

Discontentment can take hold of our lives in many ways causing us to doubt and directing our steps to the wrong path. When we search above for contentment and trust in God’s will we can live in his truth and feel at peace with our season in life. 



Throughout the course of my life, I have struggled to find contentment. I jumped from toxic relationship to toxic relationship looking to be content with every person but Jesus. I struggled because I was looking in every place except the one where I could actually feel content.

The mindset I had was one of “when this happens…then I will be content”. It took form in many ways such as:

When I have a boyfriend…

When I become a wife…

When I have kids…

When I am in this job…

etc., etc., etc…

I searched for contentment in all of the wrong places.

Discontentment can take root in our lives causing us to doubt. When we set our eyes on God, we can feel contentment in our season of life. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

Failing Contentment

We all go through these struggles of thinking that we will be content when we enter a certain situation, but at the end of the day, there is only one source of contentment. His name is Jesus. We all have a tendency to search for contentment in every place but in the love of Jesus. Whether it is through people or through money we all look elsewhere for our contentment. Instead of being content where God has placed us, we strive to build a place of true contentment.

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:10-13, ESV

In this passage, Paul speaks into finding contentment in all situations. He tells us that the secret to being content is knowing that through God we can do all things. We need to follow this example. With all seasons of life, our calling is to find contentment in our Savior. In the One who will provide for all of our needs.

In All Things

When we are standing in a place where we are struggling to be content it is important to think about who our source is. Who sustains us and provides for us. It can be difficult to find contentment in situations that you feel unsure and unstable. We all want to know that things will turn out well for us.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28, NIV

Even in times of question and times when we feel unsure we can have hope that things will turn out well for us. That is where we find our contentment. Life is not all rainbows and butterflies and we all go through trials. We can have confidence when we face trials. We can find encouragement in the truth that no matter what we face, God will work it out for good.

Focusing Our Eyes Above

When we struggle with times of discontentment and doubt we have to focus our eyes on above. Lauren Daigle released her new album last month entitled “Look Up Child”. One of the songs on the album shares the same name. This song is all about how when we feel doubt and we feel discontent and like the war is raging God calls us to look up. In the seasons of discontentment that we are unable to get out of all we can do is look up.

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

Colossians 3:1-4, NLT

We are to set our sights on things above. This includes times when thoughts of discontentment threaten to creep in. Our lives are sealed in Christ, who ascended to Heaven after His resurrection. A seat at the throne of God is our true citizenship. We should live our lives to honor that citizenship. When we focus on the things above, we cannot help but feel contentment in whatever season life may throw.

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Giving God Permission

When we feel discontent with where we are we can ask God to intervene and change our thinking. When we make bold asks of God, He will come through for us. He will give us the tools we need to feel content with where we are and our direction.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Roman 12:2, NIV

Letting God renew our minds and redirect our thoughts enables us to live in His will. When we are living according to His will, we will be able to find contentment in our actions. This is because we will have the assurance that He is directing our steps. When we fail to surrender our lives, doubt and fear creep in causing discontentment. We must live according to His will and not our own to live a life of contentment.

Contentment is only found by trusting God’s will. He asks us to surrender. To allow Him to direct our path. Resting in God’s will and trusting in His plan makes us content. Focusing too much on what we want and on our plan will cause discontentment to fester. Jesus is our source of contentment and the director of our lives. Trusting in His plan changes how we think and how we act.

Discontentment can take root in our lives causing us to doubt. When we set our eyes on God, we can feel contentment in our season of life. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

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Afraid: Trusting in God to Overcome Fear and Turn it into Bravery

Fear plays out in different ways for different people. How we respond to being afraid matters and can set the precedent for how we live our lives: timid or brave. 



Fear has played an active role in my life for as long as I can remember. Fear of failure, afraid of being alone, fearful of the future. I lived in a state of constantly being afraid of what people thought of me and what could go wrong in certain situations. As the years went by I continued to be fearful, but made every effort to pretend that I wasn’t.

Recently this theme of fear and what it should look like has been popping up in my life. From songs I would hear on the radio, to the devotions I was doing, to the books I was required to read for work. They each spoke about fear in a unique way but there was a constant theme. God is obviously trying to teach me a valuable lesson about fear: fear is a liar, and fear is normal.

Fear plays out differently for everyone. How we respond to being afraid matters and can set the precedent for how we live our lives: timid or brave. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

Fear is a Liar

One of the first things I noticed about God’s lesson on fear and its impact on my life was that fear is a liar. There is a song that is literally called “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams. I first heard this song when I was deciding whether or not to start sharing my story in a more public form by writing. If that isn’t clarity I don’t know what is.

Fear’s lies play out in different ways for different people. For me, the lies of fear took form in telling me that I shouldn’t do this and that I was not good enough. For others, it may come in the form of comparison…

She has it more together than I do

They are happier than I am.”

“She is prettier than I am.

These are all lies that stem from fear. The fear that we are not enough. That is a lie.

The Lie over the Call

For some of us, it may manifest itself in our actions. Fear lies to us and tells us that we can’t do it and that we are going to fail. We listen to that voice and ignore God’s call in our life.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline

2 Timothy 1:7, NLT

The lie says be afraid and be timid but the truth says that we are full of power, love, and self-discipline. Scripture is clear that God did not call us to be fearful and timid. We need to take charge of our thoughts and actions and replace the lies with the truth found in God’s word.

When we learn to replace the lies with the truth we can be rid of that fearful and timid spirit. We can find joy in God’s plan and purpose in our life.

Fear lies and it destroys. We all feel fear but at the end of the day, we need to place our trust and anxiety on our creator and protector.

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Fear is Normal

Another truth I found during the journey that God has been taking me on is that fear is normal. We are going to feel fear, but the change happens when we move forward in spite of our fear. Ann Voskamp says it well in her book The Way of Abundance, “Fear can be what we feel, but brave is what we do.” We all feel afraid at times but we need to take hold of that fear and turn it into bravery.

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3, ESV

This scripture tells us we will be afraid, but it doesn’t stop there. It tells us what to do in response to fear: put our trust in Him. He is our provider, our protector, and our constant source of strength. When we put our trust in him it turns our fear into action which results in power, love, and self-discipline.

When thinking about the normalcy of fear and how we will inevitably feel it, I like to think about what Jesus may have been feeling in the Garden of Gethsemane. Scripture tells us that he was in anguish “greatly distressed and troubled”. In such turmoil that His sweat had turned to blood. While scripture does not say that Jesus was afraid, it is clear that he asked God the Father to “remove this cup from me”. How would you feel if you were facing death and separation from God? Jesus didn’t stop there though. He continues, “Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36).

Jesus Afraid?

Jesus puts His trust in God and believed that what He willed was best. He persevered, He conquered. He did not let fear or anguish or turmoil stop Him. And because Jesus did, we are able to have a personal relationship with God. We are able to receive the gift of eternal life.

And he took with him Peter and James and John and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch. And going a little farther he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said “Abba, Father all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will”.

Mark 14:34-36, ESV

We all feel afraid at times but the difference comes with what we do with that fear. This requires us to make a choice. We can choose to allow that fear to cripple us and stop us from pursuing God’s perfect plan in our life, or we can put our trust in our perfect God and overcome our fear turning it into bravery. God has the ability to rid us of our fear. That can only happen when we actively choose to put our trust in Him and His perfect will.

Fear plays out differently for everyone. How we respond to being afraid matters and can set the precedent for how we live our lives: timid or brave. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

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Value: Giving Worth to Ourselves, Others, and God

As women, we are prone to diminish our worth. When we rely on God, He changes our thoughts and actions to express value in ourselves, others, and Him. 



My early twenties have been nothing that I thought they would be. While there are accomplishments in my life I am immensely proud of (buying my first house, getting my first ministry job), most of my twenties have consisted of crazy things that I never would have expected to happen. They have also consisted of constantly de-valuing myself.

Twenty-four

I turned twenty-four this past week, officially entering my “mid-twenties”. There are so many things the Lord has taught me over the past four years, but I know that I have only scratched the surface. Also, I know that in the next four, He will teach me so much more.

I have been feeling like a light-bulb went on in my head. I seemed to wake up from a long sleep and realize I need to get my life together. They say when you turn twenty-five your brain is fully developed and it becomes increasingly difficult to change. That gives me one year. One year to change the things about myself that are holding me back. To learn how to value myself, advocate for myself, and take care of myself.

The Lord is teaching and challenging me more every day. And every day I feel like I am one step closer to who He has created me to be. Don’t get me wrong I have A LOT of growing to do and I will never be perfect, but I am excited to live in the truth of God’s grace and to live my life according to His purpose.

“Value” is the focus word that I have chosen to give myself for my twenty-fourth year. I want to value myself, value others, and most importantly value God. I know that the Lord has major plans for my next year of life and I am ready to value all the things he has for me.

As women, we are prone to diminish our worth. When we rely on God, He changes our thoughts and actions to express value in ourselves, others, and Him. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

Value Ourselves

How can we value ourselves? That is the golden question, isn’t it? We know that we should and that God wants us to, but what does that look like? It means that we respect ourselves, we take care of ourselves. That starts with replacing the de-valuing lies with God’s truth. It means taking care of our bodies; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When we focus on that, we truly begin to know what it means to value ourselves.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.

1 Corinthians 6:19

Treasure Others

When we learn to value ourselves the next step is valuing others. This is a crucial part of what God has called us to and a life-giving thing to do. This can take form in many ways. From sending an encouraging text to a friend, to donating time to a non-profit organization. Treasuring others is important and can be life-changing.

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Romans 15:7

Cherish God

The most important part of value is valuing God. We must love God before we can value anything else. We must cherish His blessings, His presence in our lives, and His unwavering, unconditional love.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

Matthew 22:37

God loves and values us, and in return we need to value Him, others, and ourselves. When we live up to this idea of value and act it out in our lives we have richer, more joyful, and more peaceful lives.

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As women, we are prone to diminish our worth. When we rely on God, He changes our thoughts and actions to express value in ourselves, others, and Him. Women of Faith | Spiritual Growth | Scripture Study | Christian Mentoring | Daily Devotional

All scripture is from the ESV Bible.