Monthly Archives: January 2014

my identity

Earlier this week, I was given a writing challenge to write out a list of statements about my identity in Christ and how God sees me. Note: This is not how the world sees me, how my friends see me or even how I see myself, although the way I view myself is slowly being transformed. Here goes.

I am a daughter of the Most High God. John 1.12; Romans 8.2, 16.17; Colossians 2.10

One who is…

  • Anointed and owned by God; she is home to his Spirit, dwelling within her. 2 Corinthians 1.21b-22, 1 Corinthians 6.19
  • An heir with Christ and free from all condemnation because of what Jesus did for her. Galatians 3.29, Romans 1.8, 8.17, John 8.11
  • A new creation. The old is gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5.17
  • God’s handiwork, His masterpiece; she was created to do good works, which were prepared in advance for her to do. She has a purpose. Ephesians 1.9, 2.10, 3.11
  • Alive because of God’s great love for her. Ephesians 2.4-5
  • The righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5-21
  • The apple of his eye. Zechariah 2.8
  • An ambassador for Christ. 2 Corinthians 5.20
  • More than a conqueror. Romans 8.17
  • The salt of the earth and the light of the world. Matthew 5.13-14; Ephesians 5.8
  • A member of the household of faith. Galatians 6.10
  • A branch of the True Vine. John 15.5
  • Covered by the shadow of God’s hand; upheld in his hand. Isaiah 51.6, Psalm 63.8
  • Immensely, deeply and completely loved. John 17.23; Romans 8.39-39
  • Delivered. Romans 6.7; Colossians 1.13
  • Victorious. 1 John 5.4, 1 Corinthians 15.57
  • His prized possession. James 1.18
  • Accepted. Romans 15.7; Ephesians 1.6
  • Made complete and secure. Psalm 20.1, 112.7-8; Proverbs 3.26; Colossians 2.10; Ephesians 2.20, 3.19; James 1.4
  • Alive in Christ. Romans 6.11; Ephesians 2.6
  • Forgiven, justified and redeemed. Romans 3.24, Galatians 3.13, Ephesians 1.7-8; Colossians 1.14
  • In Christ. 1 Corinthians 1.30
  • Called friend. John 15.15
  • Set free. Romans 6.6, 8.2; Galatians 5.1
  • Healed. Isaiah 53.5
  • Belongs to God. 1 Corinthians 6.20
  • Beautiful. Song of Songs 4.1
  • Not alone and never will be. Hebrews 13.5
  • A member of Christ’s body; of God’s household. She is included.1 Corinthians 12.27; Ephesians 1.13
  • Confident that God will complete and perfect the work he began in her. Philippians 1.6
  • A saint. 1 Corinthians 1.2; Ephesians 1.1; Philippians 1.1; Colossians 1.2
  • Chosen, holy and blameless. Jon 15.16; Romans 8.29; Ephesians 1.4
  • Made righteous and holy. Ephesians 4.24
  • Means the world to him. John 3.16
  • Holy and beloved. Ephesians 1.14, 11; Colossians 3.12; 1 Thessalonians 1.4; Song of Songs 6.4, 7.10

That is who I am. Christ is my identity. I know Whose I am.

Who are you?

permissible, but not beneficial: learning from the past

Everything is permissible for me – but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me – but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6.12 NIV

Most things in this life are allowed. God gave us free will. We have the will to choose and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

Many things in this life are not sinful in and of themselves: having a glass of wine, dancing, reading a novel, watching a movie, having one brownie, building relationships…this list could go on.

Everything is permissible…

We can do anything. But does that mean we should?

We could have that glass of wine, but for some, another follows. And another.

We could go out dancing, but a few of us end up “twerking” away at the local club.

We enjoy reading and pick up that trashy romance novel the babysitter brought over. Before you know it, you’ve finished the novel and are hungry for more.

When given the choice between Disney’s Tangled and Bridesmaids, which movie would you choose? The healthier option I hope. Let me rephrase it this way: if you had to choose between watching a movie or spending time in God’s Word on a Friday evening, which would you choose? Sadly, I’ve found myself choosing the former more often than not.

But not everything is beneficial.

Is it not more beneficial to drink water instead of wine?

David danced before the Lord. People dance at weddings. I would love to learn how to do the waltz someday. But does that mean I should go out to the local club and get my groove on with a man I don’t know; a man who is not my husband or boyfriend? No. I shouldn’t. And I don’t, by choice. I dance within the comforts of my apartment to worship tunes and maybe a little Michael Buble sprinkled in, and usually with the blinds drawn. And more often than not, my heart is the only thing dancing.

Is it beneficial to read Christian romance novels or watch a faith-based movie? Sure. But, if we choose to read one book after another or watch one film or Christian program after another and in the process neglect our own personal time with God or actually taking care of our physical needs, where is the benefit in that?

Can I be honest with you a moment? I was one of those teenagers who allowed herself to get sucked into reading those trashy romance novels – or mainstream chick-lit, as they’re called. I picked my first one up when I was 14. One wasn’t enough. I wanted more. I actually liked feeling what those novellas made me feel. I have an active imagination – creative types usually do. Those novels affected me in ways I didn’t think any human being could. Being boyfriend-less, geeky and awkward, I had to get my fix somewhere and that was where I found it. One book after another.

Was that beneficial? Definitely not.

Those books led to my believing in a warped view of how male-female relationships worked and to heartache.

Fortunately, God saved me. It was during a sermon at the church I attended while I was away at college and the love my pastor had for his congregation that opened my eyes to that sin.  God’s Spirit had plenty to do with it, too. I felt convicted for the first time and knew I needed to make a change; to repent and move away from that habit.

With God’s help, I was able to move past that and now enjoy reading other forms of literature, especially works with a Christian message like Made to Crave and immersing myself in His Word.

And although I still struggle with some of those warped views on relationships and having had my eyes opened to just how much this last year, I’m still able to rise from the ashes and learn from those moments in my life.

Was it beneficial to pursue that relationship?

If my eyes had been opened prior to taking those steps leading into it, I would have realized that it wasn’t.

But…

God, in his amazing goodness, turned what would not have benefited me in the long run into a period of my life that was of a great benefit. Without going through that, I would not have realized how deep my need, my craving, for him ran. I wouldn’t have came to the conclusion and realization of what I deserve; of what God says I deserve. I wouldn’t have put the idea of dating back on the shelf and chosen instead to wait on his timing. I wouldn’t have come to the realization that even if my Ever After doesn’t come in this lifetime that I’ll be okay. I have one with him for all of eternity.

I may still be combing through what I’ve learned; the list above is just skimming the surface.

Isn’t that beautiful?

Verse Mapping

Thank you to Proverbs 31 Ministiries for directing me to this blog! Verse Mapping — a new concept and one that I can easily apply to my daily time with God. I encourage all of you who are looking for new ways to dig deeper into God’s Word and applying it to your heart and life. Enjoy!

an invitation…

It’s a new year.

A new day. Well, it’s evening…the minutes drawing so close to my bedtime that I really and probably shouldn’t be writing this. But I’ve got that itch. You know? The one where if I don’t get this out, I won’t sleep. We’ve all been there.

And this… this is a new chance; a chance to write a new ending rather than be stuck wallowing in the past.

Anyway…

A year ago, I signed up to do a study with Proverbs 31 Ministries and learned a ton. I had joined up with women/girls all over the world to do that study – people I didn’t even know – but therein, lies the beauty of that. I had joined in with the body of Christ – all women. We learned from one another. We encouraged one another. We shed light and truth on areas that we probably wouldn’t have uncovered had we not been given that opportunity.

The perks of the internet…

And I’m doing it again.

About a month ago, I received an email regarding an upcoming study in 2014 about our cravings and learning how God can satisfy them, not to mention His goodness. If only my stubborn heart would believe that truth… aack!

Enter in Made to Crave by Lysa Terkhuerst. made to crave

This wasn’t the first time I’d heard of the book. A colleague mentioned it when I first moved to the cities (I even a had moment where my heart did a little dance at the knowledge of having another believer working with me) and after seeing it on sale at LifeWay, I bought it.

In 2012.

That book sat at the bottom of a drawer at work for two years.

I fully intended to read it, but never got around to it.

Now I am.

I’ve been wallowing in depression and a few other things the better part of this last year and because I haven’t been well emotionally, everything else is starting to fall apart.

The physical

The mental

The spiritual

We are four-part beings and if one leg on our four-legged stool isn’t sturdy enough, the whole thing could come crashing down while the other three deteriorate due to lack of attention.

No more.

I’m done wallowing.

In past instances where I’ve gone down that road, they’ve lasted years. I don’t want to go through that again. I want to be well. I want to live well.

I want to feel better than I do.

Ugh.

Side note: the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing this winter doesn’t help… Oh, Spring. Please hurry.

Then again, don’t.

That being said, I signed up.

That study started Monday – January 20th.

Why am I telling you this?

Because I’m inviting to join me and over 30,000 other women in taking a stand against Satan and his lies and come to really believe the truth that God is good and only through him, can we find fulfillment for those cravings.

You’ll be hearing from me off and on over the next couple of weeks – I’m inviting you to join me on this journey. I’m inviting you to be encouraged. I’m inviting you to take a stand and fight. I’m inviting you to pursue God with all that you are just as he pursues you.

You in?

 

For more information on the book, click here.

To follow Lysa, go here.

And if you’d like to join in on this adventure, check out Proverbs 31 Ministries and sign up!

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Shared Post: 20 Things Every Twentysomething Should Have by Jesse Carey, Relevant Magazine, January 15, 2014

Your twenties have been called the “defining decade”—it’s the time in your life when you not only make big decisions about your career, relationships and finances, it’s also when you figure out what being an adult is about.

Obviously, there’s nothing magical that happens when you turn 30 (or even 40 or 50 for that matter), but being well equipped when your starting out as a real-life grown up can help set the course for decades to come.

Here’s our look at the 20 things every twentysomething should have.

A constantly growing library

Maintaining a growing library of books that you’ve read (whether it’s on your Kindle or iPad or, you know, one of those actual “shelves” that old mansions in the movies have), is a good habit to get into at any age. But, if you can make the time to constantly read good books in the busyness of your 20s, you can do it at any age.

Someone to hold you accountable

The difference between a temptation and a mistake often just comes down to accountability. Having people in our lives who’ll let us know when we’re making poor decisions can end up saving us a lot of heartache. This also goes for fashion accountability. A true friend is one who can tell you that you’re just not pulling off that Heisenberg hat.

Something you can wear to a job interview

If you already have a job you like, go ahead and substitute “job interview” for “wedding,” “corporate event” or “Lower Eastside masquerade ball” (hey, you never know). Owning a good suit/dress is part of being an adult, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be fun. Buy something you’ll actually enjoy wearing and be willing to invest in quality, even if you’re not the type to dress up often. (ProTip: Guys, your job interview outfit should not include a Heisenberg hat.)

Someone who looks up to you

Finding someone you can be an example to and speak into doesn’t just benefit the other person—it can help you grow as an adult and actually make you want to become a better person yourself.

A journal

Your twenties are arguably the most formative decade of your life. It might be a good idea to have some written record of it that doesn’t just exist on Twitter.

A pastor who knows you by name

Even if you’re a member of a church, getting to know a pastor personally can encourage you to do more than just get involved—it builds a relationship with someone you’d be comfortable talking to and praying with in times of need.

A bike

It’s impossible to not have fun when you’re riding a bike. Don’t believe us? Go for a bike ride, and thank us later.

A passport

Passports aren’t exactly cheap (for a first-time traveler, they’ll set you back about $135), but obviously, if you ever want to travel abroad, you’re going to need one. You may not already have a trip to Bali booked, but it’s a good idea to go ahead and get one anyways: They take a few weeks to process, so if some sort of international opportunity/vacation/mission trip arises, you’ll be ready.

A friend you’ve had for more than 10 years

Maintaining friendships isn’t always easy. But with the rise of Facebook, there’s no excuse for not staying connected to people from your past. Keeping old friends not only reminds us of where we came from; it can also help to show us the people we’ve become.

A friend you’ve had for less than a year

You’re probably out of school now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still meet new people and make new friends. Get plugged in at your church, join a sports league or actually attempt the ancient and forgotten practice of meeting your neighbors. Making new friends is just as important as keeping your old ones.

A good pair of running/athletic shoes

Ask someone in their thirties or forties, and they’ll tell you: Eventually, your metabolism slows down, your joints start to ache and all those late night nacho sessions start to catch up with you. Start a lifestyle of fitness when you’re in the twenties, and you can prevent a lot of health problems before they get a chance to start.

A hard copy of a Bible

Don’t get us wrong, YouVersion and digital Bible tools are great and put tons of valuable research resources right at your fingertips. But nothing can replace a good old fashioned, ink on paper, bound copy of the Bible. Write in it. Highlight it. Bookmark it. But whatever you do, make it your own and make it personal.

A 5-year plan

The best way to try to get to where you want to be in five years is mapping out a plan to get there. Figure out what career, ministry, education or travel opportunities you want to take, write out a doable plan and start making it happen.

A willingness to throw your 5-year plan out the window

Plans are great. A lot of successful people got to where they are today by sticking to a masterfully-crafted 5-year roadmap. But sometimes, life changes and new opportunities arise. Don’t be so married to your own plan for your life that you become unwilling to see what else God puts on your path.

A savings/retirement account

It’s never too late (or too early) to get started saving. And once you get an emergency savings account established, the money you put away for retirement starts to add up fast.

A big dream

Want to start an innovative company? Find a way to help people in need? Publish a book, sell a script or release an album? In your twenties it’s easy to let old dreams fade as the daily realities of adulthood set in. But there’s really only one way for your life dream to die—and that’s if you let it.

A back-up alarm clock

Preferably one that is placed out of arm’s reach from your bed. Because that snooze button on the iPhone is one thing that Apple made a little too intuitive.

A social cause you believe in

Find an organization, cause or social need that moves you, and get involved. Twentysomethings have a massive cultural influence—use it for something good. Get educated on an international need, social justice mission or ministry opportunity, and become an advocate for a cause that is important to you.

A parental figure you can trust

There’s a high likelihood that you’ll encounter some major milestones between the ages of 20 and 30: Accepting your first “real” job, deciding between buying and renting a home, getting married and even becoming a parent are very real possibilities. Being able to talk with someone who’s been there before—whether it’s your own parents or someone older who you trust—can make some life’s hardest decisions a little bit easier and your twenty’s biggest moments less stressful.

Subscriptions to a few quality magazines

Obviously, we’re biased, but finding a few magazines who say smart, trustworthy things about topics you care about is still the most reliable way to maintain an evolving, informed perspective of the world around you. Do a little research and find a few publications worth committing to.

 

For more information, check out Relevant Magazine here.

the big questions

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1.6

We all ask questions, some more than others.

They roll through our minds the moment we open our eyes in the morning

Can I squeeze in a few more minutes of shut eye?

Did I remember to set the timer on the coffee pot? I need my coffee this morning…

Where did I put that file?

Where are my socks?

The list goes on.

The mundane questions of the day seem trivial when compared to the bigger, deeper questions we ask, whether they are voiced or not. This question(s) may be a lot harder to identify if you haven’t spent time looking within.

Your question may differ from mine. It lurks in the back of our minds, affecting our attitude, outlook, and behavior on a daily basis.

When we get really honest, our big question may look something like this:

Am I really loved?

Why am I here?

Does what I do even matter?

Do I matter?

Do I really belong?

Our questions differ based on our backgrounds, personalities and current situations. Those questions leave a huge hole in our lives and we, mere humans, burn so much time and energy in trying to find something to fill it.

To answer the question, “Am I really loved?” we may look to people and relationships for affection and approval. We jump from one relationship to another when the going gets tough and you start asking the question all over again.

Though we may not out rightly ask, “Does what I do matter?” we may look for every opportunity to earn a special award, a boss’s recognition, or another promotion or pay-raise at work.

We may not vocalize our questions about belonging. Instead, we find ourselves second-guessing everything we do and over-thinking situations before they actually happen, and that’s if they do.

Living that way isn’t fun. It’s downright exhausting…and terrifying when you place your worth, value and, ultimately, the answer you’re seeking in other people, relationships or objects.

No matter what question you are facing today, there is only One who can provide the answer that satisfies the deepest part of you.

God, the Creator of the universe, alone holds the answer to your biggest questions.

I’ve only recently begun to discover just how deep my questions ran and how God alone can quench the deepest part of me. Once that thirst, that longing, is satisfied, you come to understand that nothing this world offers can fill it – not the people in your life, not the material things you possess.

Nothing

God can and will answer those questions…

Am I really loved?

Does what I do matter?

Do I belong?

and any other question that you may be facing or will face

…with the resounding message of his unfailing, never-ending love.

Rather than seeking validation in material things or relationships, you can turn to God for the answers to your biggest questions. And when you do, you will find God embracing us – the deepest and most hidden parts of us – and loving you more than you ever dared believe.

That is my hope for you; that you will recognize who holds the answers to your biggest questions and that you will take them to him when you need the answer. Allow yourself to be infused by God’s love, grace, kindness, peace and joy.

© Anita J. Brands. 2014. Website: https://authentictruthseeker.wordpress.com/

Shared Post: Relationship Mistakes Not to Make in 2014 by Debra K. Fileta, c/o Relevant Magazine

Relationship Mistakes Not To Make in 2014

By Debra K Fileta
January 2, 2014

Debra K. Fileta is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Relationship and Marital issues. She, her husband and two children live in Hershey, PA. She is the author of the new book True Love Dates (Zondervan, 2013), challenging young men and women to do dating in a way that is psychologically sound, emotionally healthy and spiritually grounded. Visit www.truelovedates.com and follow her on Twitter to get your dating questions answered and to learn more!

A few ways to avoid unhealthy relationships this year.

Like any year, 2013 was filled with both ups and downs.

For many, those highs and lows included some catastrophic things in the area of relationships. While some of you experienced the joy of love and healthy relationships, many others experienced a lot of pain, heart-break and the emotional ups and downs that beg for the start of a brand new year.  

Like the rest of you, I’m all for the new-ness of 2014. I’m excited to say “good riddance” to a painful year and usher in the hope of a new one. But one thing I know to be true—when it comes to relationships in particular—you can’t do the same things in the same way and expect different results.  

No matter how much you hope, pray and dream for good things this coming year, for many of you, good things will only come when you learn to make better, wiser and healthier choices.

If you’re still holding on to the hope of better relationships in the year to come, there are some mistakes that you may need to acknowledge, and then take ownership of as we approach the new year.

Here are four relationship mistakes to stop making in 2014:

Stop letting the wrong people into your life

One of the biggest relationship mistakes people make has less to do with what they do in a relationship, and more to do with who they choose to enter a relationship with.  

We can spend so much time thinking about what we want in someone of the opposite sex without ever taking the time to think through what we don’t want—and what we won’t settle for.  When it comes to finding love, there are some red flags that simply cannot be ignored for the prospect of a healthy relationship.

Think through the people you allowed into your life this year and ask yourself if they were the kind of people who built you up, or tore you down. Healthy relationships will always add more to your life than they take.

Don’t allow your physical relationship to lead the way  

As Christians, it’s easy to get sick and tired of hearing the “waiting until marriage” rhetoric. But we’re not just talking about sex here.

When it comes to dating, it’s easy to allow the physical interactions of your relationship to take the lead before you know what happened. But time and time again, I hear from both married and unmarried couples alike about the harm that encompasses those who allow their physical relationship to lead the way.There is certainly a time and place for physical affection in a dating relationship. But letting the physical lead the way will always skew your judgment, heighten your emotions and fool your concept of commitment. When the physical attributes of your relationship take control, they have the power to ruin a relationship. That’s something worth avoiding in 2014.

Stop believing that you are worth less

There is so much truth to the concept that you will always attract the kind of relationship you believe you deserve. Maybe part of the problems you had in 2013 is that you didn’t believe you are worth more. As you move into the new year, take the time to consider what you are worth and how that plays into your relationship choices.

Don’t avoid talking to God about your relationships

It’s embarrassing how simple yet profound this statement is. Why we don’t take the time to talk to the Almighty God of the Universe who knows all things and can make all things happen is simply mind-boggling to me. 

He knows what’s best for our lives, and He knows what we need to get us there. Why not go to Him for wisdom, for hope and for healing? Why not seek Him with our questions, our pain and our problems? There are many different ways you can pray for your relationships in 2014.

Don’t downplay the importance of emotional boundaries

We talk a lot about the dangers of the physical in a dating relationship, but we don’t talk much about the emotional. But in my opinion, emotional intimacy can be just as damaging as physical intimacy if we’re not careful to proceed with caution. 

As you approach 2014, maybe it’s time to take inventory of your emotional health and the boundaries you’ve put up to protect your heart. “Emotional Sex” has ruined many relationships, because your heart is precious, and something that needs to be handled with care.

Seek to set emotional boundaries in your life and protect your heart this coming year.

We’ve all made mistakes. But it’s most important that we learn from those mistakes, and then strive to never let them happen again.  

Here’s to 2014. May it be a year full of love, laughter, joy and the hope of healthy relationships.

*This article is adapted from concepts in my new book, True Love Dates.

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If you liked what I shared here, please check Relevant Magazine out.

a new leaf has turned

LaCrae, a Christian artist I’ve had the opportunity to “stumble on”, posted on Facebook yesterday the following statement:

“I used to see New Year as a chance to reset, but truthfully, God gives us the chance to reset all the time!”

I agree.

The Bible also confirms this truth — God’s mercies are new with the morning. We get chance after chance after chance to start over. Thank God! (*Note…this is not a free ride to do as you please. Grace doesn’t work that way.)

And yet, I couldn’t help turning over a new leaf yesterday – January 1, 2014.

I’ve been stumbling around a dimly lit world for the better part of seven months…the after effects of ending what could have ended up a toxic relationship and making other necessary changes in my life. The only thing that lit my world was the light of God…an anchor I’ve steadfastly held on to (Hebrews 6.19) during this maddening time.

You read that right…maddening.

I’m an optimist by nature and let’s just say this bout with depression has had me at my wit’s end. I’ve been frustrated with not just the circumstances, but with myself. Voices from my childhood reared their ugly heads, telling me to “buck up” and that “grown-up girls don’t cry” or “let circumstances bring them down.”

Not to mention, Satan has attempted to have his way too…with words and phrases like

failure

hopeless

unlovable

The list goes on.

I’m proud to say that I haven’t given in. Even through my world seemed dark and I have felt weak at times, my Jesus was, and is, that much stronger. I’ve spent the majority of my time curled up in his lap (within the warm embrace of his Word), filling my mind with scripture from Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, 1 Corinthians and more. He’s reminded me time and time again how much he loves me even though I sometimes struggle with the why part.

December brought strength and restoration. I’ve felt a stirring in my heart that has grown stronger…it’s still there and I have no idea what’s coming. I just know something is…

And while I’m waiting, I’m choosing now to reset.

It’s a new year.

A new day

I was reading through the first two passages of Job this morning and found myself thankful for all that I have been given – life, family, friends, meaningful relationships, a roof over my head, income so I can pay my bills and live, and more.

[I] have this hope as an anchor for [my] soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6.19

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While I wait for whatever life will be bringing me, I will cling fast to God and he will uphold me in his mighty right hand (Psalm 63.8), just as he always does.

Being a musician, I love music. David Crowder has branched out on his own and has had a few new songs on the radio — I heard one just this morning. I’ve heard it before, but the words struck me as I was writing this up:

There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place where we can’t’ find peace
There’s no end to amazing grace

Take me in with Your arms spread wide
Take me in like an orphan child
Never let go
Never leave my side

I am
Holding on to You
I am
Holding on to You
In the middle of the storm
I am holding on
I am

Love like this
Oh my God to find
I am overwhelmed
With a joy divine
Love like this sets our hearts on fire

This is my resurrection song
This is my halleluiah come
This is why it’s to You I run

There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place where we can’t find peace
There’s no end to amazing grace
– Crowder, “I Am”

Isn’t that beautiful?

There’s no space that His love can’t reach
There’s no place where we can’t find peace
There’s no end to amazing grace

I am holding on.

Sometimes, I have to take action and shake things up my own life a little bit. I could sit around and wait for God to move, but he requires action on our part, too. Besides, I would get bored waiting around, doing nothing all the time. And since I love to live (prefer it actually), I’m holding on to him and letting go of other things. Doing so required me to change my schedule, just a bit.

If 2013 taught me anything, I’ve discovered that I want Jesus’ voice to be the first that I hear in the morning and the last that I hear before I fall asleep at night. I want him to start and end my day. I long forward to it actually.

What better way to do that than to spend time with him both morning and evening?

I may not know what 2014 has in store for me, but I know who holds my future and I want him to be as involved in every detail of my day as possible.

How about you? Since God hits the reset button all the time, what changes do you need to make? What changes do you want to make? Take a stand and make them and be sure to ask for God’s help as you go about making those changes. He will guide you and he alwasy follows through.

© Anita J. Brands. 2014. Website: https://authentictruthseeker.wordpress.com/

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