Dancing With My Crush

11:57, Friday, September 25 2015

When the Bible says, “your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8),” it is no joke. Satan does not care how you are feeling, what you are doing, where you are physically, or if it is your birthday. If he can latch on to just a little bit of your weaknesses, he will do whatever it takes to take you down.

Today my fellow single girl friend and I talked about relationships and what we desired. Of course, we would be at a cider mill where couples were hand-in-hand with their cider and donuts under a picture-perfect Michigan autumn sunset. “This would be the perfect place for a date!” we both said as we solemnly looked down to the ground.

I am still very much the independent woman who wrote, “Why I Choose to Be Single,” but some days you’re just off, especially when your crush becomes taken. Buried deep in my heart was an ache of bitterness and discouragement. It came to a point when I said, “Times like this I wish I had a boyfriend!” or “I wish that were me!” Fantasies began filling my mind as I brainstormed a fake, processed romance with scenarios similar to the lovebirds surrounding me.

I longingly thought, “God, I want to be pursued!” Then all of a sudden He whispered, “I’m right here, beloved. Don’t forget about me.”

We tend to get so caught up in what others have or what could have been that we forget the beauty of being single and how God uses this precious time to His advantage. Almost immediately after God reminded me of this, the distractions of the devil disintegrated in faith and all my passions, dreams, and God-given callings returned. I bounced back with a, “God, we’ve got work to do don’t we?”

As humans it’s natural to yearn for someone to sweep us off our feet. But as we patiently wait in the meantime, let’s not awaken that precious love and moment God is preparing until He wants it set into action (SOS 8:4). If you know God has called and entrusted you to accomplish heavenly responsibilities, this is the time. Take advantage of it because it may never come again. And for those of you who are struggling, I encourage you to do some “War Room” declaration. Declare that God is the Leader, Love, and Lord of your life. God created you and your innermost being, therefore, He and He alone can satisfy ALL your needs and desires. Satan has NO hold over your heart and any lies he throws at you such as, “You need to be in a relationship!” or “Who cares! Just date him!” or even the pathetic, “You are the only one who can change him!” is complete trash. We all know what to do with trash, right?

Just as Satan thought he succeeded on my birthday, I enter into my 24th year hand-in-hand with my forever Crush- Jesus. My focus and priority is Him and Him alone. I am MORE than ready to continue pursuing Christ and fall MORE in love with Him in my walk in the year ahead.

Friend, trust in the timing of the One who set your timeline before you came into this earth. Grow and deepen your relationship with God more than ever. Thirst, crave, and LOVE Him with everything you’ve got. He will draw near to you as you dance with Him through life. He wants nothing more.

And I will lock eyes
With the One who’s chosen me
The One who set my feet to dancing
When my faith gets tired
And my hope seems lost
You spin me round and round
And remind me of that song
The one you wrote for me
We dance
Just you and me

How I Study the Bible

Here is a new vlog for you guys! I truly pray that this touches someone’s life and that it will help them with their walk with Christ one way or another. I’ve titled it “How I Study the Bible” rather than “How to Study the Bible” because there are so many different ways of reading God’s Word and this is simply just one process. This Love Letter is incredibly life changing. I remember when it would collect dust on my nightstand and I would only read it on Sunday mornings and when I felt desperate for God. Now, reading it regularly is transforming.

One thing I forgot to mention is where to start reading. I suggest starting in the New Testament- Matthew to Revelation. Some of my favorite books of the Bible are in the NT and it is just downright encouraging!

I really enjoyed filming this video. Enjoy!

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God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”
-Martin Luther

Life Journals

JournalaI have an admiration for journals and there is a mix of satisfaction, joy, and slight nostalgia once you complete one. Its outer appearance consists of dented corners, anonymous stains, crinkled pages, a torn and exposed binding, and creased Post-It notes from it’s year-long journey. Then recollections of life, guilty confessions, praise reports, and prayer requests come to life within the lined pages. Writing on its last page feels like you’ve just about finished a book. Your story.

JournalbI’ve recently concluded a year’s worth of life in the above journal and looking back, God’s endless faithfulness seems to just scream out throughout its entirety. I’d come across an answered prayer jotted down a few months and days ago that validates His mighty work. Then there are the chapters where those praises become whispers and desperation for answers and signs are thrown towards the throne. In the end, this cycle never stops. I’m so thankful that we have an approachable God we can ask and give anything to.

JournalcThanks to my fellow Whovian, this Christmas present has now become my succeeding book for the next few hundred days. It’s clear of smudges and any outward blemishes complete with new white sheets of paper. Isn’t that how God sees us as we are saved by grace, move forward from the past, and being made new? As we tend to resonate in our crumpled, former lives, He’s already moved on to the next chapter. He’s already written every day down; it’s all about how we will live this text in every decision and motive. What will your book’s conclusion be?

“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

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Faith Friday: Write Your Story

I want my history
To be Your legacy
Go ahead and show this world
What You’ve done in me
And when the music fades
I want my life to say
I let You write Your story

My latest favorite song: Francesca Battistelli’s (first of all, how awesome of a name) “Write Your Story.” This tune is upbeat and uplifting, however, I can’t help but shed a tear. A joyous tear that is! When I think of the Creator of all things currently working in our lives is astonishingly relieving. “Astonishingly” because how many times do we try to control every single little thing? And when we finally reach that moment of letting it all go and letting God we can finally breathe, asking ourselves “Why didn’t I do this before?” We are not meant to live stressful, worry-filled lives. God didn’t create us to live that way. Can you imagine doing this crazy life on your own? I sure can’t! Hit play and I pray you feel His sovereign presence and trust now and for the future. Allow God to write your story today.

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“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” – Jeremiah 17: 7,8