This week is hard. Like, nothing I’ve ever experienced before hard. So here I am, curled up on the couch, ready to spend the evening in His word until I fall asleep because He is my refuge and strength and He is good and He will see me through this.
When you think about your life and all that you have accomplished, be careful not to only think of earthly accomplishments such as graduating from school, working in a certain line of work, or even getting married and having kids. Instead think about the life you live for the Lord. Think about the opportunities you’ve had to serve Him. Think about the places you’ve gone, the things you’ve done, the people you’ve met, and the experiences you’ve gathered along the way that have drawn you closer to Him.
Even if you’re not where you thought you would be, God has still brought you a long way, and even if this were your last day on earth, no matter what, you belong to your Heavenly Father who loves and cares for you so much and He has, and is still blessing you every single day. So don’t let the way you think about your life be determined by if there’s a certain ring on your finger or a certain set of accomplishment hanging on the wall.
Don’t compare yourself to the people you graduated high school or college with. Instead, focus on living for Him. It doesn’t matter how tired you are of running into people who are doing great things and your life doesn’t seem to be progressing. It doesn’t matter how much it seems like the whole world is moving on without you. What matters is who you are in Christ and the opportunity you have every single day to live for Him. Let this beautiful truth be your motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Let this be your motivation to change your perspective, open up your heart, and focus on desiring more of Him. There’s so much more to life than hoping for more things and striving just to make it. Instead, remember that no matter what happens you belong to Him. Stay obedient and loyal to Him, knowing that that is where your worth is found. He will continue to provide for you!
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. - Romans 14:8
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’” - Luke 2:8-12
Big sister of Moses. Prophet of the Lord. She watched over Moses from the riverbank to ensure he was safe.
Without Miriam, Moses would not have fulfilled his destiny. He would not have delivered the Israelites, received the Decalogue and we would have lost much of Hebrew Scripture.
Miriam was a woman.
She was the mother of Jesus Christ! The final vessel through which the Messiah was born. Without Mary, the line of David would have been broken. The seed of the Saviour - lost. Jesus could have come to us in any way other than the way that He did,
But He came to us through a woman.
Remember Mary Magdelane?
She was the one who found the empty tomb! In fact, Mary was the first person whom Jesus revealed Himself to post-resurrection!
In 1 Corinthians, it clearly states that all of the Christian faith hangs on the resurrection of Jesus. Without it, our faith is useless.
The news of the living Messiah and the basis of the entire Christian faith was entrusted to a woman to declare.
Anna prophesied about Jesus’ work of redemption. Deborah was the fifth Judge and ruler of Israel, a prophetess, poet, wife and warrior. Hannah was a prophetess and mother to Samuel. I could happily go on.
I am not inferior. I am a warrior. I am an heir with Christ. I am His. I am a woman.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones gather; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. - Psalm 27:13
My dear sister,
This post is for you–the dreamer. The one who dreams about the places she wants to go and the people she wants to meet. The one who wants to dedicate her work to the Lord and use her gifts, her talents for the Lord–even if she doesn’t quite know what that looks like yet.
I write this post to you tonight to encourage you to remain confident. Remain confident knowing that it doesn’t matter how uncertain this semester looks, this week looks, or the rest of this year looks, through Jesus Christ, God has given you all you need. You don’t have to hide away in your doubts about the future anymore. God’s got this. Trust and believe that He is taking care of you and that He has more ahead.
Remember this when it comes to your dream of:
1. Starting your own business
2. Traveling the world
3. Marrying a godly man
4. Doing meaningful work
5. Making a difference in your city
6. Using your gifts to glorify God
7. Getting married and having a family
8. Entering the ministry full time
9. Starting a non profit
10. Graduating from college/graduate school
11. Working in the field you dream of
12. Getting closer to God in every aspect of your life
I know there are many dreams and these are just a few, but I just want to encourage you tonight to keep on dreaming of doing things for the Lord, because as the Apostle Paul told the church of Corinth in 1 Co. 15:58, the work you do for the Lord is NEVER in vain!
So don’t be afraid to dream because of the naysayers and the negative thoughts in your head. God loves you, He knows what’s on your heart, and He is pleased when you dream what you dream to bring glory to Him! So if that’s you, keep on doing that! I know it might not seem like much, but you are sowing seeds everyday and God sees you. He hears you. He LOVES you. You can trust Him with your dreams and you can put your confidence in Him, 100%. No, it won’t all be easy, but it WILL be worth it, because God is faithful and through Him, there is so much more up ahead.
Biblical context + further reading: Ps. 27, 1 Co. 15:58, Gal. 6:9
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
1. Realize that God’s plan is something worth waiting for.
If you’ve ever been to a non-fastfood restaurant you know what it means to wait on something good. Nobody wants to wait the 20-30 minutes it takes to prepare the food but we wait because we trust that the chef is in the kitchen making something worth waiting for. Even if we’re hungry, even if we’re constantly checking our watches, we are willing to wait because we already know there’s something coming that was worth waiting for. We have to be the same way about our faith. When it comes to what we desire, we have to be willing to wait. We don’t know how long, and we don’t know why, but we do know that God knows why and that has to be more than enough to satisfy us.That’s where we must find our our strength to wait.
2. Pray and ask the Lord to show you how to wait.
Waiting isn’t easy and because of God’s grace, we do not have to find the strength to wait on our own. While you’re praying, don’t be afraid to be specific. Don’t be afraid to pray and ask God to strengthen you when:
- you just want to text that person you know isn’t ready to be in an intentional relationship
- someone comes into your life and you’re not sure if this is what God wants for you
- you’re tempted to just settle because you’re tired of being alone
Be specific! Giving all the details about what you’re waiting on isn’t just for your friends. Talk to God. Pray and ask Him for wisdom, guidance, strength. Don’t forget that He knows what’s up ahead, and He just wants you to be brave enough to trust Him.
#MemorialDay: Today let us remember those who have lost their lives serving our country. Let us take the time pray for and comfort their loved ones.
Day 2 of 7, Part 1 of 2, Week: 22
Weekly theme: Keeping Christ at the center of your goals
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
My dear sister,
1. Today, let’s be diligent in everything that we’re aiming for. In a world where it is so easy to fall into a pattern of just getting by, we have every opportunity in Christ Jesus to apply these words and never give up*! Jesus is the ultimate example of not giving up, even in the face of critics and opposers, Jesus never once stopped going about His Father’s will. Don’t worry about the shortcuts others take or the things your peers or critics might say. Christ is your example and diligent work that you do for Him is not in vain!
2. Jesus is the ultimate example of not giving up. Just because Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s will, that doesn’t mean at all that others were not going to challenge Him and shut Him down. As we’ve talked about in this devotional before, Jesus was very often faced with naysayers, yet He continued to do His Father’s will. He continued to love, to heal, to serve, to give, to teach…even though there were people standing on the sidelines shaking their heads.
3. You WILL have people standing on the sidelines shaking their heads, but don’t let their behavior cause you to back away from being diligent about doing God’s work. Don’t let people at work who are only interested in just getting by influence you to do the same. Wake up everyday, no matter how uninteresting your work may seem and give your all for God’s glory!
4. The real profit is NOT in the money..the profit is Christ! It’s not about how rich you can get or what people you can prove wrong. It’s about giving all you have to bring God the glory…it’s about realizing that your relationship with Christ is far more valuable than any other possession, and that alone is what you need to truly thrive in life!
Weekly Theme: How to keep Christ at the center of your thoughts
Daily Theme: ..experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus…Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. - Phil. 4:7-8
My dear sister,
As the Apostle Paul encouraged the Philippian church, let us be reminded today to wrap ourselves in the things of the Lord, guarding our hearts and minds in the things of Jesus, even when it comes to:
1. What we look like Don’t let what someone you know has deemed as beautiful cause you to start rethinking your beauty. Don’t let a celebrity’s Instagram page cause you to start thinking about what improvements you must make in order to be attractive. No, your hair does not need to be longer or a different color in order to be beautiful. The way that God shaped your nose, your eyes, your lips, your chin…He did not make a mistake in these things. In the eyes of God, you are not too short and you are not too tall. You don’t have to have bigger hips and you don’t have to spend every moment worrying about having the perfect body so you can wear a swimsuit next month. Of course we should take care of the bodies God has given us, and there is nothing wrong with looking nice, but don’t become so focused on it that it takes away from “what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” Focus on what God is doing in your heart and let it radiate outwardly. You HAVE to start there. This is what will carry you through today.
2. What people think about us Far too many people feel pressured into post things on social media, or major in a certain subject in college, or dress a certain way because they are so focused on winning everyone’s approval. But my dear sister, this is not how you succeed! You succeed by being deeply rooted in the things of God and finding peace in what HE has called you to do. That’s how you’ll make it. Fix your thoughts on Him.