natalie hagen

Every time that we rise to face the day, we are also faced with a choice. We are faced with a choice to either meet the day with great expectation and excitement to see what God will do, or we can chooses to be lazy and live it out as it comes to us.

Each morning we are faced with a choice. We can either thank God for waking us up and bestowing His grace upon us, or we can just get a move on with our routine and take things for granted like most people tend to.

Each new day, we can either start off with prayer and reading God’s word, or sleep in just a few more minutes and rush out the door, not making time for anyone especially God.

You see, every day we are faced with choices. Small ones. Sometimes choices that don’t seem to matter that much, but they do when they turn into habits. Soon sleeping until the last possible second and rushing out the door is normal for you and there is no time to spend with God to start your day. You stop thanking him for blessings and opportunities and start demanding more and question why you haven’t “gotten it all” yet. What could be simple actions to start each day with, turn into mundane tasks that break our current cycle of “stay-out-late-sleep-in-rush-off-to-work” schedules.

But… Don’t you think we owe our Creator and Savior a little more than that?

Shouldn’t we be excited to get to spend a little time with Him each morning, ready to soak in wisdom that will help us face the day? I think we owe Him that much.

Just think, once you start and create a habit of devotional time with God your life will start to change. Maybe not drastically at first, but in little ways you’ll start to see His grace, His love and His wisdom showing up in your day-to-day life. What an amazing blessing!

So today, I encourage you to take some time to thank God for your blessings, share your heart’s concerns and desires with Him, and seek His wisdom for all that life throws at you.

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Devotional Series: A New Day (#wtsdevo grace) 

 Posted by: Natalie \ Personal // Walk the Same

Read: Matthew 6:25-26 That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”   Life has many outcomes. It is a huge journey for all of us. Finding God’s will is something that every Christian longs to do, but the way they go about it can vary. Unfortunately, with this journey comes hardship. There are a few holes we need to jump over and a few rocks we need to walk around. There is the unpredictable. It is life, and we are human (meaning we are completely incapable of knowing what lies around the next bend in the road).   These verses in Matthew, God tells us that we need not worry. Whether we have food or clothing, it shouldn’t be something that we worry about because He is caring for us. What good does food and clothing do if we don’t have the saving hand of God in our lives, directing our steps? They are trivial in comparison. The God of all power, all wisdom, all strength, all creativity, all hope and life and truth and justice, this God loves us and cares for us more than the birds. The birds are taken care of and provided for daily. Don’t you think we can give the make of the universe a little credit, a little lee-way when it comes to his taking care of us? The ones formed in His image?   Yes, there is sin. Yes, there are trials and hardships. I expect that we will worry. But we need to keep in mind that it only takes away time from our lives. Worrying just gives us a pointless activity to take up time that we could be praying, rejoicing, reaching out to others, and living life! How wondrous and majestic is our Savior, who takes care of us in all circumstances? What a reassuring piece of passage. We need not worry. We are taken care of. He sees our needs and will provide!   At times we feel alone and lost and as if this verse wasn’t meant for us. ”God will take care of me?” Yes. He has His timing and He knows exactly what He’s doing, and what we need. We just need to trust in Him and we’ll see His work being carried out and His beautiful plan being unfolded. Trust in Him, and don’t let worry take over your life. There is no need.  

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Devotional Series: Why Do You Worry? (#wtsdevo worry)

Posted by: Natalie Personal // Walk the Same

One day you wake up and realize that you’re not a child anymore. You look around and see your toys collecting dust, or maybe there are no more toys at all. You see what society demands of you, what your parents hope for you, and what your teachers predict for you. Your dreams and carefree spirit are being ladled into a pot, stirred around with anger and resentment for the working world. A dash of insecurity, a pinch of unrealistic expectation and you’ve become nothing more than a cold, hard robot. You laugh at the television, you set your morning alarm for the same time every day, you cook and clean and shop and sleep and go to the bank and say “yes sir” “no ma'am” and you paint your face every day to look like you’ve got it all put together. You’re an adult.

If this is what it means to grow up, I want no part of it.