God’s Will Not Man’s

here’s what keeps me motivated: i don’t live to please man, i live to please God! (do i fail? well of course the answer is a resounding “yes,” this is why i need a Savior).
remember Noah? when God calls us to His purpose, it doesn’t matter if we receive praise or criticism, do it! He will provide all we need, no matter what others think!

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7


I Want To Make A Difference

this has been a constant prayer of mine: Lord, i want to make a difference for You!

each new day brings with it opportunities to choose how you’ll represent Him. do your actions, words, decisions and thoughts bring Him glory or cause people to question whom you serve?

i will, one day, make a big splash in the world but not if i don’t do it today!

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:11

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

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Take That Risk

i’ve met a lot of people in my years (including myself of course) that fight so hard to get somewhere or something. even to the point of being obsessed with a result that just isn’t meant to happen. doesn’t matter what it is: a job, an opportunity, kids, a certain lifestyle or status, car, relationship or mindset. don’t get stuck somewhere you’re not meant to be. although i believe Matthew 19:26, “with God all things are possible,” i like to look at it this way: with God all things WITHIN HIS WILL are possible.

get off the hamster wheel and try something different. if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. take a risk, what have you got to lose? He’s gonna lead you to where you need to be regardless!

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

Not Him

remember He isn’t the one who moves. when we wander we are the ones who lose Him. He has a much higher perspective and always knows right where we are! Lord help me to stay on Your path. it is there where i will find true happiness. i trust You!

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm‬ ‭9:10‬

Today Only

these days, we tend to look so much at our future that we overlook what the Lord sets before us today. 

the other day i was speaking to a friend who “one day wants to inspire others” in her field. she was saying as long as that was what she ended up doing, she’d be satisfied with her career. i simply said to her “if you inspire someone today, you’ll inspire someone forever.” i truly felt the Lord had used me to speak to her, as she was stunned by the simple yet profound concept. 

isn’t this true for all we do? 
* fulfill your purpose today, and you’ll fulfill it forever.
* do His will today, and you’ll do it forever
* do [you fill in the blank] today and you’ll do “it” forever.

live for today, until tomorrow becomes today, then do it all over again!

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬

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I Will Not Be Shaken

truth be told, some days i just don’t want to move. i’m so tired. beaten down by the every day things while still trying to deal with the fringe that seems to constantly cover me.
i was woken up out of a sound sleep the other night with 3 words ringing in my ear. no significance to me but i was not able to go back to sleep until i wrestled with them for a little bit … “shaken not stirred” … hmmm … this is what i came up with:

sometimes i think i am shaken. everything jumbled, harshly mixed up, no order, choppy. comes with a headache and a wondering of what goes where, nothing is in order, nothing makes sense. 

on the other hand, i am stirred. smoothly mixed, with purpose and with an Instrument not under my control. designed to be mixed and smoothed out, for Him. everything blended into one while the whirling takes place. no headache but dizzy from the ride.

He has a purpose for everything. i will gladly choose to be stirred not shaken, any day!

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. ‭Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians‬ ‭1:11‬

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

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Let Him In
Present Tense
Why Bother?

Let Him In

God has a purpose for everything. I’m not saying He causes all that happens to happen. but what I am saying is He will use every heartache, every smile, every victory, every defeat, every circumstance, every everything for His glory and to bless us – IF we allow Him to. there is no telling what He’d do within and for us if we’d just take the time to stop and ask,
“Lord, what would you do?” or
“Lord, what do you want me to do?” or simply to say,
“Lord, thank you!” 

our lives would not only be richer but we’d be reflecting Him to those around us and drawing them closer to Him. 

include the Lord in everything … we’ll all be the better for it!

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
James‬ ‭1:5-7‬

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I Will Not Be Shaken

… And Now …

…wait! be still! trust Me! stay true! stay the course! and step!
all phrases my God lovingly breathes into my spirit as I continue this journey to find the passion purpose He has for me. for someone who operates on a tight schedule and “just needs to know what to do,” this is by no means easy. but this I know, He is preparing me! “for what?” remains to be seen.
until that day, I actively wait as opposed to idly waiting for Him to make something happen. active waiting allows me to cultivate the skills needed and right habits (and not become lazy or complain-y) as He prepares the promise. He will take care of the divine appointments as I am intentional about my wait. and He alone, is making me into the woman He needs me to be!
all I can do is put my best foot forward as He places it where He wants it!

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:9‬

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I believe I’ve written before how God speaks to me a lot of times through short, concise phrases. sometimes even one word. when this is His choice of action, these words are all I can think about. so instead of combatting them, my actions in some form or another are tied to these words.
these phrases are extremely timely (of course) and have, over the years, built my faith in a God whom I trust implicitly. yes, even when life doesn’t make sense.
like now, I’m at that place in my life when I need to start thinking about the rest of it. questions about where I want to live? what am I to do career-wise? how do I move out of my comfort zone and experience all He wants me to, in order to become the woman He’s made me to be? and all the while His still sweet voice is whispering “keep stepping.”
as new doors open and possibly even close, these two words are my motivation to learning and being more of the woman He’s called me to be! even if the answer is to stay exactly where I am, I trust He’ll make it perfectly clear as I continue to step!

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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…And Now…

Shout It Out

there is something a bit awkward about speaking your requests out loud. it’s like you must be absolutely sure it’s what you really mean OR you’ve just had enough with a certain situation that the only thing left to do is call out for rescue.
for this particular lesson, the latter is the case. after analyzing the situation to almost certain confusion, in my desperation, I actually cried out for help! more like shouted 😉 and let me tell you … it worked! check out Proverbs 2:3,5 (NIV):
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (bolded for emphasis)

almost immediately I was reminded that there is purpose for what we endure if we are looking to follow Him. by the end of the day, I knew the battle wasn’t mine and this particular path got much clearer.
and to top it off, I had unexpectedly turned on my radio to hear these words “your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place.” lyrics from Just Be Held by Casting Crowns

thank you, Lord, for meeting me where I am and being the Perfecter of my faith! I trust You!