Christian living

Why

What we see will

violate

what we know

unless what we know dictates

what we see

Why?

You know that question that you’re toddlers constantly asking? It can get pretty annoying at times. But have you ever actually thought about why? Why did this happen? Or why did I do that? Why am I doing what I’m doing? Why I’m a mom? Why I’m afraid? Why am I always asking myself to do so much?
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What’s you’re why? Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you do what you do everyday? Why do you keep the same routine? Why do you tear yourself down? Why do you compare yourself?
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Have you stopped and asked yourself why?
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Today I find myself asking why a lot, why do I do what I do? why do I act this way? Why have I always been scared? Why do i let this happen? Why am I insecure? Why can’t I trust?

I always do for others, I put them before me no matter how they treat me. I keep giving until I have nothing else to give. I do for them and not God first. I end up hurting myself, I give them my everything. I have realized I can’t serve God if I keep serving a different master. I used to tell myself I’ll fix my hair for you, or I’ll dress this way for you. That I workout to look good for you, and I keep the house clean for you. I’ll cook a healthy meal for you. I never stop to think and serve God in all these ways. God loves me no matter what, he will never leave me or forsake me. Yet I keep doing for others and not healing my heart, to be able to Love and put God first. And today I ask myself why? Why do I always do for others and not do it for ME!
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Well let me tell y’all something. Don’t ever do something if it’s always in the sake of doing it for them. Yes I know we’re supposed to do for others, however not at the point that we lose ourselves and not do for ourselves. I’m also not talking about the selfish I’ll do everything for me kinda way. I’m talking about the I get up and workout for me, because I want to look and feel good. The I keep the house clean because I simply can’t function in clutter, the I cook because I actually enjoy it and I’m not a salve to serving you. The I love and stay home because I want the best for my kids and I want to be the one that pours into them daily.
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Sometimes we get so lost that we end up losing ourselves. Take the blindfold off and know it’s okay to put yourself first, to make yourself happy. Because when you do, you make the ones you love even happier, even more loved, even more appreciated.
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I hope this helps you find you’re why, I know it 

God’s love isn’t based on me. It’s simply placed on me. And it’s the place from which I should live….Loved

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. ( John 15:7)

Christian living

Keep it shut

I highly recommend the book “Keep It Shut” by Karen Ehman.

It contains a section about how to make sure your words are always God-honoring. Ehman says the key is making sure we spend as much or more time talking to God in prayer and through reading God’s Word as we spend talking and listening to everyone else.

She says that when God is the One we spend the most time talking to, He will become the One we most want to please—the One whose opinion of us matters most.

Wow! Talk about an “ah-ha” moment! This sage advice is so obvious, but yet so easily overlooked. When we spend time talking and listening to God through prayer, reading and studying the Bible, singing songs of praise, enjoying the beauty of creation, and enjoying the talents and abilities God gave you in ways that honor Him, we draw closer and closer to Him.

Today’s verse is to our spiritual life what the adage ‘you are what you eat’ is to our physical body.

Be mindful of what you allow into your mind, because it goes straight to your heart, before flying out of your mouth.

Pray

Dear Lord,

Fill my mind and heart with only those words that honor You.

Let my words be uplifting, encouraging, and full of love and grace.

When I speak to Your children, please let them hear more of You and less of me.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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Christian living

The Promotion

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.

– John 15:15

As a middle child, it felt like a promotion when I got to be included with the older set of siblings who babysat the younger ones.

I imagined that I had risen through the ranks and now stood in my parents’ stead as I delegated tasks or listened to the younger kids’ concerns. The respect and obedience that I had given were now due to me. I was a co-laborer with my parents to carry out their wishes during their absence.

Such authority was not arbitrary.

My parents gauged my fitness for responsibility, taking into consideration how mature I was, how readily I obeyed their requests, how well I followed their rules, if I made fair decisions, and how harsh my reprimands were. They carefully assessed my own character growth before putting vulnerable little ones under my rule.

Our Christian journey is similar to growing up in a large family. As we mature, we learn more about the reasons for our Father’s rules. We learn from those who are more advanced in their faith than we are. And we have the great privilege of working with our big brother, Jesus, as we help those whose belief is still small and fragile.

Jesus calls us His “friends,” and invites us all to a deeper relationship of mutual intimacy.

Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for accepting me as I am.

It is unimaginable that You would call me “friend,” yet You have.

I, too, want a friendship with You.

I pray in Christ’s name, Amen

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If God says he will do something he will be faithful to preform. Don’t let impossibilities quench your faith. Instead, allow it to fuel your faith! Look beyond your circumstances to a completely loving, faithful and powerful God.

The more we intentionally praise God, the more reasons we will recognize to praise him. Psalm 92:1 “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

God is Greater Than the Highs and Lows