Friday, March 18, 2016

No Matter the Cost

Hello friends,

I can't even believe we are halfway through March.  I definitely feel like this year just started.  I'm reminded each day to enjoy every moment because time is passing so quickly.  It's so funny to think about our childhood dreams.  I'm not sure if you were one of those kids who had your entire life planned out with all sorts of plans and dreams, but I definitely was.  Let's just say God's plans rarely match up exactly with what we thought life would look like.  His plans are always so much better even if it doesn't feel like they are in the moment.  I know I've posted so many posts on waiting on God and enjoying the journey because I love looking ahead at life.  I often rush to get to the next stage and I'm constantly being reminded to slow down and enjoy today! These years in college sure do seem short now that they are coming to a close even though I've worked the hardest ever to get to this point. I want to remind you all today that God does make our paths straight.  Throughout my journey in college, God changed my goals a couple of times.  He redirected me to schools I thought I would never be interested in teaching at. One thing I've seen in education is how many hurting souls are around us.  There are so many hurting children in this world; it's heart-breaking.  I want to spread the love of Jesus and love these children more than they've ever been loved before.  I want to show them what it feels like to be loved, cared for and accepted.  I'll be job hunting for the next few months and praying God leads me to the right school and right grade!  

I want to encourage you all that no matter where God has you right now, He will make His path straight for you.  When it's His timing, He will work out whatever He has in store for your life.  Have you been doubting His perfect plan trying to take matters into your own hands? It has to make God sad when we forget to trust Him and we run off trying to fix everything ourselves.  I want to trust God so much that no circumstance makes me anxious even if He changes my plans.  I've been thinking about Daniel.  He trusted God no matter what it may cost.  He had so much faith in God things were going to be ok, but he didn't even get anxious if things weren't going to be ok.  Daniel knew God would work everything out, and he didn't doubt God at all.  In Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar commanded Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to bow down to the golden image.  Daniel, along with his three friends, stood their ground and didn't allow fear to control them.  I love verse 18 where Daniel tells the king that even if God chooses not to keep them from getting burned in the fire, they still will not bow down.  That is faith in action, my friends.  Daniel knew God was in control and His plan was perfect.  God always knows what is best for us, and He will take care of us.  So no matter what, keep trusting His plan and dare to be a Daniel!  

Psalm 27:14- "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."

Daniel 3:18- "But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

He's Good!

Hi friends,

I just have to share with you that our God is so good! He has amazed me in ways I never dreamed the past few weeks.  He can bring things to fruition that we never dreamed or imagined.  Recently, I was nominated and selected to receive a very prestigious award that I had no idea about.  I am so blessed to also share that the same day I received news of the award, I was notified I passed my certification test! Talk about a whirlwind of events and overwhelming feeling of grace! I felt like I was living in a dream...it was a very joyful day! I tell you all this so I can express to you how great our God is.  As I've said in previous blog posts, when I began college, we were not sure I would be able to finish because of how sick I was with Dysautonomia.  My freshmen year of college, I really began to live a more normal life with symptoms becoming less and less frequent. Over the course of the four years, God has allowed me to live in almost remission! I can now praise Him and cannot believe how far He has brought me.  I am amazed by a loving Father. 
Please don't ever forget what God can do for you.  He is the God of the impossible, and I'm so thankful I can tell you that from experience.  Our God works in ways that we would never be able to imagine.  He's good.  I've been studying through my favorite book of the Bible lately, Psalm.  I write characteristics of God that I find in each chapter.  One I find in many chapters is that He is good.  He's good.  He's worthy; He's faithful.  I love learning about who God is although I know I will never be able to truly comprehend all that He is.  Keep trusting the One who is faithful, loving, good, true, holy, just, and an innumerable amount of other wonderful things to His children.  No matter what uncertainties you're facing today, God's got a plan.  No matter how scary or hard what you are going through looks, He's in control.  No matter how many sleepless nights you've spent thinking, He's got it all in His hands.  He has you, my friend, in His hands.  Every dream, every day, every plan.  He's able to work in ways you would never understand, so stop trying to figure God out! You never will! He's far greater than our mind could ever process. Just trust Him and get to know Him the very best you can.  Spend time in His word and as you study His word, note His characteristics. It will draw you closer to the heart of your Father, and help you understand that He's good all of the time! I've recently been reminded that God calls us to waters deep so no matter what waters you are facing, He is good, and He wants you to trust Him. 

Ephesians 3:20- "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us"

Romans 8:38-39-"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, not any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pray, Watch, & Praise

Hello friends,

Hope this post finds you warm and enjoying the start to the Christmas season! I just love Christmas time! Let me update you on life. I'll be taking my certification test this month and need prayers that I pass at the professional level! I'll be covered up studying and completing a huge portfolio project for the next few weeks trying to get everything ready for my official teaching certificate!! I absolutely cannot believe how good God has been to me over the past few years.  It is incredible to think about where I was with my health when I began college and where I am right now.  I was just thinking the other day about how much the Lord has healed me and how powerful He is! When I first began college, an advisor I met with advised me to think about choosing a different major because of my health.  I am SO glad I listened to God and stayed on the path He called me to no matter what others said.  When He calls you to it, He will bring you through it.  Although I wasn't sure at the time how He was going to bring me through, He did and in His goodness, He has allowed me to stay in "almost remission" throughout my college years! I'm so excited to continue following this journey He's called me to!

Here's a quick insight into what I read this morning during my devotion time that really encouraged me and I hope will encourage you as well! It's a verse that is oh so familiar, yet it hit me in a different way this morning.  Don't you love how the Holy Spirit shows you different things through His Word at different times? It was Colossians 4:2.  Here's what it says: "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;" We all too often pray for something, then just keep praying for it and praying for it and praying for it which is not a bad thing; however, how often are we looking, watching, and waiting for what we are praying for? For me, it's not as often as it should be.  I believe this verse tells us to pray for something and then watch for it to happen. We should begin praising God for the thing we are praying for.  Start thanking Him for the things in which you have not even received yet.  Have faith and watch for it!  When God tells us to continue in prayer, I know He wants us to make our requests known unto Him.  However in order to continue in a constant state of prayer, I believe thanksgiving and a thankful attitude is the most effective way to accomplish that continuance.  We also must remember that His ways are not our ways; therefore, sometimes the answer we think we want is not what is best.  He is trustworthy though! Keep praising Him for the outcome He knows is best!  So whatever may be on your heart today, pray and release it to our Father in Heaven.  While you continue to pray for that request, watch for it to happen and begin thanking Him for providing what is best even before He does!

Merry Christmas!!