christian growth quotes

The more science tells us about our bodies, the more I understand just how complex my actions are, and that leads me to realize the heights of God’s standards. Inhibitors and impluses and addictions complicate the life I try to live, but the goal remains the same.

And I’m both challenged and humbled to know that fighting against all these things around me, but mostly against myself (my own worst enemy!), is a cross I must to bear, but it’s entirely and utterly worth the burden because of whom it’s ultimately for.

DAY 112 of 365

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Luke 16:10-12 (NLT)

When it comes to faithfulness in relationships, it doesn’t start at the altar on the wedding day. It doesn’t start when we get in a relationship. As followers of Jesus Christ, it starts in our hearts. Be faithful right here today, even before your big moment comes.

1. Be faithful while you’re single
I know sometimes you might be feeling like, “what’s the use?” What’s the use of praying and seeking God about your future husband when it’s been months, years, and nothing has happened. Right now I just want to encourage you that God is still preparing you. So maybe your #relationshipgoals didn’t happen in your timeline, or with the person you thought it would happen with, but you can’t let that stop you from being faithful. Don’t let that stop you from being that woman who walks into the room and is so filled Jesus people can’t help see it! When you have Jesus you are fulfilled. You are not missing pieces because you’re single. And besides, you never know what godly man is praying to meet someone just like you! And most importantly, you never know what God is preparing you for–you just need to be faithful over the little things first!

2. Be faithful while you’re in a relationship
So often times we think that being faithful is just not cheating. But for men and women who are followers of Christ, faithfulness digs deeper. We aren’t just faithful in regards to not cheating–we are faithful, constant and consistent in all areas of our lives. As a couple, be faithful in reading God’s word together. Be faithful in establishing boundaries that glorify God and holding one another accountable about being intentional. Be faithful in building each other up. All of these things are seeds you’re sowing, day in and day out, and when you do this, your relationship is getting stronger, but most importantly, your relationship with Jesus gets stronger!

Be faithful in little things! Keep sowing seeds! They WILL grow!

Biblical context + further reading: Luke 16:1-18, Gal 6:9

“The greatest remedy in the world is change; and change implies the passing from the old to the new. It is also the only path that leads from the lesser to the greater, from the dream to the reality, from the wish to the heart’s desire fulfilled. It is change that brings us everything we want. It is the opposite of change that holds us back from that which we want. But change is not always external. Real change, or rather the cause of all change, is always internal. It is the change in the within that first produces the change in the without. To go from place to place is not a change unless it produces a change of mind—a renewal of mind. It is the change of mind that is the change desired. It is the renewal of mind that produces better health, more happiness, greater power, the increase of life, and the consequent increase of all that is good in life. And the constant renewal of mind—the daily change of mind—is possible regardless of times, circumstances or places. He who can change his mind every day and think the new about everything every day, will always be well; he will always have happiness; he will always be free; his life will always be interesting; he will constantly move forward into the larger, the richer and the better; and whatever is needed for his welfare today, of that he shall surely have abundance.” 

Christian D. Larson

I believe there is always room for growth, and we should never be completely set in our ways. There is always something new to learn, and new experiences to grow. I believe God is constantly shaping our hearts and preparing us for what He has planned next, we need only to be willing and available for Him to do His work in our lives.
—  l.f.
Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.
—  Alice Walker, Living by the Word

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways..
Psalm 37:7

My dear sister,

The story that God is writing is specifically for you, so let Him be the one who writes your future husband into it. Don’t worry about the pressure of other people, or even the pressure in your heart. Wait on HIM.

1. Perhaps the one person you were interested in just didn’t have the same feelings and they seem to be more interested in someone else. Maybe your friends are in relationships and you’re starting to feel like the third wheel. In these situations you might start asking yourself, “what’s wrong with me?” “Why doesn’t anyone like me?” Know that even though it may have seemed like a certain person was the right one in your eyes, God’s plan is much greater. You have to trust Him in this, even when it comes to what you imagine “the right one” is supposed to look like. It’s not all about being with that ONE guy you wish would text you back, or the ONE guy you wish pursue you. Instead, pursue the Lord and watch what He does in your life!

2. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, Let God open your eyes to what He’s doing in your life at work, at school, at church and trust that just because other people seem to be passing you by, God isn’t. He wants to teach you and groom you and bless you in this very moment. So don’t be discouraged. Even if it seems like you were super “compatible” with a certain person, God’s plan for your life is far more compatible than what any boyfriend/fiance/husband could EVER offer.

3. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “the grass always look greener on the other side.” Just because it seems like others have it all now that they’ve found the “perfect” one, it’s not the reality! There are many struggles that come with being in a relationship. Even when it is a godly, intentional relationship the enemy will still try to attack it. So if you desire to be in a relationship that pleases God, you main goal is to know He is writing your story, and you just need to be patient enough to see who He chooses to write in it.

Biblical context + further reading: Psalm 37:7-9, Psalm 49:16, Psalm 62:5

“The desire to criticise becomes less and less as the character is developed. It is the mark of a fine character never to be critical and to mention but rarely the faults of others. A strong character does not resist evil, but uses their strength in building the good. They know that when the light is made strong, the darkness will disappear of itself.” 

― Christian D. Larson