Waiting…

Waiting. How hard it is to wait. We have a dream, a hope and when that dream or hope does not come to pass, we can’t begin to imagine why. It seemed so right in our mind.

God has a reason for every single thing we face, whether good or bad. He has a purpose and it is all for our good and His glory.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. -Psalm 84:11 (ESV)

We often think that “our good” is getting what we want, when we want it. We think that it is always being happy, never feeling pain, never going through trials or hardship. But, God doesn’t think the same way we do. As much as we think we know what’s best for us, we don’t.

Think about the last time you went through a trial. I know that every time I go through difficulties and pain, I fall down on my knees and pray for strength and grace. We need grace most when we face trials. Trials force us to run to the arms of Christ because everything else around us is falling.

Our ultimate good is to be made into the image of Christ Jesus. This is the slow process of sanctification. Instead of looking for our hope and joy in this life, we must look to Christ for hope.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. -Colossians 3:1-4 (ESV)

As believers, what hope we have!! One day we will be with the Lord and we will see Him face to face! Wait on Him, dear saints! He is our shield, our shepherd, our life, our salvation, our joy, our satisfaction, our hope, and everything else good. He never lets us go!

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Fighting Attraction: Selfless Love

When we are attracted to a guy, it is so easy to let our emotions take control. We might think that we must do something to get his attention. I find it amazing that so much sin could be revealed when I like a guy! Pride, selfishness, envy, discontentment, and anxiety to name a few!

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV)

I wrote these two questions to evaluate our hearts on the matter of selfless love:

1. When the guy I like talks to any other girl, am I quick to be envious that he would talk to her instead of me? (Love Does Not Envy – 1 Corinthians 13:4)

2. Am I trusting God to provide what I need when I need it, or do I want things to happen when and how I desire them to? (Love does not insist on its own way – 1 Corinthians 13:5)

Are either one of these things true of you? I am guilty or both! They are many more questions you could ask yourself (read the verses from 1 Corinthians 13 again). We will never be able to be perfect in love. But, by the grace of God, we have the opportunity to learn what true love is now and put in into practice with our family and friends!

Let’s choose to love selflessly no matter the circumstances. This is a good time to learn now before we enter into marriage. I need to learn how to selflessly love my brother and sister. I must confess that I so often fall short of this but, God uses my shortcomings to remind me that I need HIM to help me! Another way is to watch others. Watch your parents and other married couples in the church. This is just one way to focus on others rather then focus on your desires and wants at the present time.

To echo a couple things that Bronte said in her post, it helps so much to share these things with your parents. They have been through crushes before and are wise as they are older than we are. It is also a good thing to remember that the guy you like is most likely going to be married to someone else. This often helps me! One last thing. Remember the work that Christ has done for you on the cross! He has shown the only perfect of selfless love! To Him be the Glory!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” -Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

 

Waiting For Love

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“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” -Romans 8:25 (ESV)

One of the biggest things that I have been struggling with lately, is contentment with where God has me right now. I have to trust that God is wholly sovereign over my future (whether that includes and husband or not). The bigger issue at stake is His glory! When I am thinking so much about the future, I am not glorifying God with were I am now. I desire to glorify God and so I need to trust Him with my future. His plan for me will be greater than I could imagine!

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”- 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)

In all that we do, it should be for the glory of God. We should watch movies in a way that glorifies God. We should use our money in a way that glorifies God. We should be patient in a way that glorifies God. We should live in a way that glorifies God!

God is glorified when we trust in His glorious plan for our lives. God is glorified when we surrender our life to Him and submit our will for our life to him.

Ask God to give you a trust in him. Meditate on Scripture. I really like the Psalms. They give great reminders that God is our refuge at all times. Psalm 62 and Psalm 46 have helped me. At our church on Sunday, there was a song that is based on Psalm 62.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.- Psalm 62: 5-9 (ESV)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.- Psalm 46: 1-3 (ESV)

Whether God chooses to have me get married someday or not, I need to glorify him at all times. So right now I need to make the most of what stage of life I am at. God has a purpose for everything and want to submit to His will because it will be the best for me.

One last thing that a friend reminded me about is remembering the great things that God has done in the past for you. God is always faithful! We can trust in His great faithfulness!

Contentment: A Link

Almost two weeks ago, Bronte, Grace, and I were at a seminar and guess what the topic was? Contentment!

There were two speakers, The first one is a highly gifted speaker from our church body. The second one was Bronte’s highly gifted mom! The first message was entitled Contentment: A peaceful resting place. It was excellent! Mrs. Erickson talked about the character of God and how God is all-powerful, sovereign, and trustworthy – we can trust him in his plan for everything.

Bronte’s mom spoke the message entitled: Satisfied with Favor. This was an encouraging reminder that God is satisfied with us because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. That’s the gospel!

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The gospel is this: each and every one of us is a sinner. God is perfect and He cannot be near sin! We deserve to die but God being rich in mercy sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for our sins. Not only that, but He gave us the righteousness of His son, Jesus, When He looks at us He sees perfection! Those who are saved receive the gift of heaven after we die. Those who haven’t put all their hope in Jesus,  await God’s wrath and judgment. It doesn’t need to be this way! If you trust that God has covered your sins through Jesus, you can be saved!

I highly encourage all women and young ladies to listen to these messages! Click on the title of the message below to be directed to the audio.

Contentment: A Peaceful Resting Place by Mrs. Kim Erickson

Satisfied with Favor by Mrs. Delaine Gamache

Being Content: What I Have

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

-Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)

There once was a young lady who loved to shop! One day a skirt she had been eyeing was on sale and she just had to go and get it. Soon it became a regular habit and she wasn’t coming out of the store with just one thing anymore. She wondered why she couldn’t leave a store without buying something. Would it ever get better? Little did this young lady know that she was in for a rude awakening. The problem she was having was something deeper-a battle for contentment in her soul.

This young lady I was describing was me a few years ago. I know now that it really is a deep issue. When you (and I) struggle with discontentment and are desiring to change, we should be encouraged because it is just further evidence that God is continually sanctifying us! Even though it is a good sign, we want to get rid of this sin because God is holy and he cannot be in the presence of sin. When we are discontent we a robbed of several things. Here is one.

  • Discontentment robs us of joy

When we are not content we are robbing ourselves of joy that is available to us because of Jesus. We are robbed of this joy because we are always focused on what more we need (or what) then being grateful for the things that we already have.

Application: How can we be content with what we have? One way is to avoid whatever situations tempt you. For myself I should be avoiding the clothing section in Target. I haven’t been very good at doing it but, I know it would help! My friend, Kira has a couple greats post on contentment! Be sure to check them out!

Another way is to be content is to think of how to spend your money wisely. Giving to others who NEED things is a great way to start! I have noticed that when I give to others, I am content. Giving to others GIVES US JOY and has so much more value than spending money on earthly and worldly possessions!

So let us put these things to practice! For myself, I am going to try avoid the Target clothing section until I need something. I believe that this will help me be content with the clothing I own and not desire more if I don’t see more that I want! Please comment and let me know of other ways that you have found helpful. Thank you to all of our faithful readers for continuing to read our blog.

Being Content: Where I Am


” For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content”
-Philippians 4:11b

I have always been in a hurry to grow up. As soon as I turned three and was ready to be four, when I turned four, I was ready to be five and so on. I have noticed that I am the same way as I am progressing through my teen years. I am always anxious to be older. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be older but, the problem is when I desire it too much. I am always so fixed on what is in the future that I don’t live with where God has placed me now.


My dream, Lord willing, is to get married to a godly man and have a family. The same thing applies here. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get married and have a family but, it’s when I desire it too much. Have you ever felt as if life will not go on if you don’t get married? I have! I look forward to getting married someday. But, I need to live to glorify God at where I am at now!


God, in His sovereign goodness, has not ordained for everyone to get married. He has given many, the responsibility of singleness, for some, several years, for others, decades, and some are single their entire life.


So now it comes to the application. “How can I live today and trust God for what his plans are for the future”? First, how can I live for today? I think we need to evaluate what God has called us to do at this present time. For myself, right now my responsibilities are: doing school, caring and being examples for my younger siblings, helping in my family, and serving and being a part in my church. Depending on your age, your responsibilities will be different. Whatever it is, this is our responsibility and calling at our present age. So lets work hard at these things for the glory of God.


Secondly, How can I trust God for the future? Prayer! Pray and ask God to help you trust him for his timing in everything. He may not answer in the way in which we expect but, He loves us and he does nothing that is not for our good! Another way is get to know the character of God. As you learn about the character of God, you will know why you can trust him.

Being Content: Who I Am

“For we are His workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in him.” -Ephesians 2: 10 (ESV)

I often tend to compare myself to others. Whether that would be in body image, popularity standing, nicer clothing, personality, or even godly character that someone has that I desire so much that it becomes an idol. All of these things have been true in my life and continue to be although I am being gradually sanctified in the process.

At a recent, small group meeting, my dad shared on this sin and how “comparing is evil”. Now please don’t take this as saying that comparing is the worst sin. All sin is equal and each sin has a different consequence for it. But, I do think it is important to highlight that my dad is right! It doesn’t take much to let comparison overtake your life.  This sin is a matter of questioning why God has made me WHO, HOW, and WHY I am! It is a deeper issue, a issue of the heart. I am desiring at that moment to be someone other then the person that God has created me to be. This is the way that my sinful heart has a tendency to lead towards.

So, how can we be content with who God has made us to be? By remembering the words that God spoke to us though the prophets over many years.

” For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13-14

Look again at the verse that I put on the top of this post. We are created to bring God glory though the good works we do.

Beware of legalism in this area, as it is easy to get snatched into! We are forgiven not because of this “good works” or anything that we did or do. We are forgiven because God sent his one and only son Jesus to die and bear the penalty of our sins on the cross!

If we are focused on being someone else then we are not being who God created us to be and that DOESN’T bring him glory! In fact, when we compare, we rob God of the glory that He deserves. God planned our creation before THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD! God made us who we are for a reason and purpose.

This is a large challenge to myself as I fight legalism and the sin of comparison! Please join me as I continue to look at the motive behind this sin that is in my heart.

May God give each and everyone of us grace as we live to be content and trust in who God created us to be!

Being Content: Intro

Have you ever felt as if you need to compare yourselves with others? Maybe you question why God has you where you are and wonder when this will change? Do you wonder if you will ever truly be satisfied with what you have because you can’t leave a store without purchasing something?

I have been there and continually still struggle in this area. In fact, I have come to realize that the area of contentment is battle in which I always find myself in. In the past weeks, I have felt God leading me to talk about this issue because it is such a large part of my life and that desire has been confirmed by various conversations! So in the near future, I will have three posts on contentment and the fruit and joy it brings to free us to serve God who and as we are. The posts will be entitled: Being Content with who I am, Being Content with where I am, and finally Being Content with what I have.

As an encouragement, please listen to the words in which Timothy wrote:

‘Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment’
-1 Timothy 6:6 (ESV)

Wow, that is motivation for me! When we are content, we gain godliness and an understanding of God! So please join me as I evaluate my heart in this area.