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The world will pull at you, hard. Dragging you by the hand, shouting, “This is important, you aren’t good enough, it will never happen, you need to do this and this” but everyday you will need the strength to yank your hand back, hold it to your heart and say, “No, this is what’s important.” It is vital for your growth that you know who you are. I realize that may seem like such a broad statement when we live in a world that is constantly changing and insisting we change too. Yes, change but only let ONE change you, your creator. See your identity comes from God, the one who made you. Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you, I set you apart. There are buried treasures that God himself placed inside of you that consists of personality, talents, gifts, and dreams. However, they can only truly be revealed through an authentic relationship with Christ Jesus. Having a real relationship with Jesus is like waking from a deep slumber only to open your eyes to the glow and warmth of the sun, the birds singing you a good cheer song and setting your foot on solid ground. Don’t get tossed in the waves of popularity, vanity, or material possessions. You are more than those fleeting fads. You are more precious than rubies, it’s important that you know that. Your worth does not come from man but from God alone, the one who loves you like no other. God made you, yes you totally unique with a purpose and a plan. You are a warrior princess who will need to put her armor on, daily. This temporary life right here, right now is a battle. However, God gave you all you need to fight the good fight. Don’t lay your sword down to peer pressures or unfulfilled dreams that will cause your soul to grieve. His mercies are new every morning so each day is a new day for you too. Yesterday is long gone, don’t look back, eyes focused ahead and on Him. Don’t waste your mind, the beautiful mind God gave you doing ugly things. Remember the grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of God will stand forever. It’s okay you can let go and let Him take it from here, you are safe in His arms. Let your story be a story of love.

 

God of creation, there at the start before the beginning of time

With no point of reference, you spoke to the dark and fleshed out the wonder of light

And as you speak, a hundred billion galaxies are born, in the vapor of your breath the planets form

If the stars were made to worship so will I

I can see your heart in everything you’ve made, every burning star, a signal fire of grace.

If creation sings your praises so will I

God of your promise, you don’t speak in vain, no syllable empty or void, for once you have spoken

All nature and science follow the sound of your voice

And as you speak, a hundred billion creatures catch Your breath, evolving in pursuit of what You said

If it all reveals your nature so will I

I can see your heart in everything You say, every painted sky a canvas of your grace

If creation still obeys you so will I

So will I , So will I

If the stars were made to worship so will I

If the mountains bow in reverence so will I

If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I

If the wind goes where you send it so will I

If the rocks cry out in silence so will I

If the sum of all our praises still falls shy

Then well sing again one hundred billion times

God of Salvation, you chased down my heart through all of my failures and pride

On a hill you created, the light of the world abandoned in darkness to die

And as you speak, a hundred billion failures disappear

Where you lost your life so I could find it here.

If you left the grave behind so will I

I can see your heart in everything You’ve done

Every part designed in a work of art called love

If you gladly chose surrender so will I

I can see your heart eight billion different ways

Every precious one, a child you died to save

If you gave your life to love them so will I

Like you would again a hundred billion times

But what measure could amount to Your desire, You’re the one who never leaves the one behind.

Let’s try a little love experiment.  Be honest with yourself in answering these questions

 

  1. You are driving to Costco, it’s a Saturday morning. You pull into the parking lot and it is packed. Looking for any open space, you drive around in circles. Suddenly you noticed someone is backing out of a space near the entrance. Another car is racing to the parking space the same time as you… A. Do you cut them off and pull into the space. B. Do you let them have the space knowing that another one will come available.

2. You decide to meet your friend at the park to walk/run together. You see a homeless person sitting on a bench clearly in need. A. Do you offer them something, a meal, money, kind word etc or B. Do you keep walking and pretend you don’t notice them telling yourself not my problem

3. You are waiting in a long line at the grocery store, it’s Super Bowl weekend. An elderly lady gets in line behind you with less than 10 items. A. Do you impatiently stay  in line waiting to check out because you’ve got things to do before the party. B. Offer to let her go ahead of you because she only has a handful of items.

4. You are driving home from work, it’s Friday and has been a very long week. Traffic is backed up on top of it. Then you see a car broken down, inside the car are a mother and child. People are honking for her to get out of the way. A. Do you pull over and offer help B.Do you keep driving and tell yourself not my problem

5. You have worked hard for what you have. You are able to take care of yourself and your family, even go on some vacations enjoy the finer things in life. There is a single mother at your church who can’t always make ends meet. She works and does her best but doesn’t have anything extra at the end of the month. A. Do you make an anonymous donation B. Do you make a donation but let her know it came from you. C. Don’t care, not your problem

6. Your friends moving and has rented a moving company to assist. He needs someone to be at his new place when the cable company arrives while he finishes up at his old place. A.Do you offer to meet them on his behalf B. Just brush past it when he mentions it in the conversation because you have things to do

7. You see trash on your morning walks consistently. A. Do you tell yourself not my problem B. Do you pick it up as you can.

8. One of your parents was not nice to you growing up, in fact they were abusive. Now you are an adult. A. Do you treat them now how they treated you as a kid  B. Do you show them love and respect even though they did not to you.

9. You have an argument with someone you love. You both see things differently. A. Are you hell bent ( pride) on being right no matter what the cost. B. Do you apologize and try to understand how they feel and think.

10. Do you honestly prefer things your way or do you prefer others over yourself

We all have a desire in us to not only be good but do good. But we also have a flesh that wants us to be selfish and self centered. God takes it very personally when we mistreat people for our own selfish gain. Not meeting a need that we can meet is mistreating people. Mercy triumphs over judgment. There is nothing more powerful than to have an attitude of a servant ( I’m not too good to do anything that needs to be done). There will be rewards for what we do in this life ( based on pure motives). If you are only helping the rich then that is an impure motive and will not be rewarded for it. They only way one can truly be happy is if they get their mind off of themselves and get out there and do something for someone else. That is how God designed us.  Ask God today, what can I do for you?

xo

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Brave Enough. Hope this resonates with you too.

 

We don’t reach the mountaintop from the mountaintop, we start at the bottom and climb up. Blood is involved.

You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts. You have to pay your electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you’ve got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that is all.

Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore

Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether your rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what it true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things have befallen you. Self-pity is a dead end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or turn around and drive out. 

When you recognize that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows, but because of them, that you would not have chosen the things that happened in your life, but you are grateful for them, that you will hold the empty bowls eternally in your hands, but you also have the capacity to fill them. The word for that is healing.

I considered my options. There was only one, I knew. There was always only one. To keep walking.

There are some things you can’t understand yet. Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding. It’s good you’ve worked hard to resolve childhood issues while in your twenties, but understand that what you resolve will need to be resolved again. And again. You will come to know things that can only be known with the wisdom of age and the grace of years. Most of those things will have to do with forgiveness.