Monday, October 16, 2017

Not as I Will

I've always struggled between praying for the things I want, and praying for the things God wants.

In Matthew 26, Jesus modelling a beautiful way to pray to our Creator. Before Jesus was arrested, he took the disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He turned to Peter and said:"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death".

 Jesus was in pain. He was beginning to feel the weight of what was before him. He fell to the ground and began to pray:
"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will."
1. Jesus was honest.
We must first be honest. Bring our pain and our hurt to God. Lay it all out on the floor and look to him to relieve it. Ask him for help. We know he can heal us, provide for us, rescue us so we can ask him to intervene. We have a good father, and He wants us to turn to him for help rather than this world.

2. Jesus went back to pray three times.
We need to get into the habit of continual prayer. There are things I've had to pray for once, and it was provided (peace). But then there are things that I have been praying for years about, and still waiting on God. We need to keep reaching out to God for his help and trust that He hears his children.

3. Jesus trusted his Father.
The most beautiful part of Jesus' prayer was "Yet, not as I will, but as you will." Jesus did not just ask God to remove this cup of suffering from him... he re-established his trust in his Father at the end of each prayer. He did not discount his own wants and needs, he made sure to voice them, but he ended his prayers with the very foundation of our faith -- trusting in the One who has the bigger picture in the palm of his hands.

Could you imagine if God answered Jesus?
There wouldn't be a cross.

What are some prayers God is not answering for you? Is it possible, He has something better, more beautiful, and magnificent planned?

I pray I get into a this posture - that although my prayers are asking God to move in ways I need him to, I will establish complete trust in His plan. I know He hears my prayers -

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Casting All Anxiety

What does it mean to cast your anxiety? 
When we cast our fishing line, we first pull it back and toss it forward with a location in mind. 

Similar to our anxieties, we must first pull them back - examine what you are anxious about. 

Ask yourself the tough questions like "what is the worst possible thing that could happen here?" Or "if this never changes, can I still live a fulfilled life?" - once you've unpacked the core of why you're feeling anxious... toss it forward to Jesus. 

With your eyes on Him, propel your worries and sorrows towards Him. Let it go. 
Don't let those worries have a place in your boat any longer! Trust Him with your worries for he cares for you. 

Let go of what is weighing your boat down and walk in the freedom of faith in Christ.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Give God His Job Back

Is there something you are relying on others for which you should be receiving from God? 

We tend to place all our expectations on people and we crash hard when they don't pull through for us. 

Give God his job back! 

He is waiting with arms wide open ready to take you in with His abundant grace and remind you that He loves and takes care of His children. 

When we place our hope and trust in Him, we will never crash. He may redirect us and at times it may not be clear how He is guiding us, but when you look back at your life - the evidence is clear - he has never left you nor forsaken you. 

God is here. 
Jesus is near. 
And your heart is safe in His hands 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

He Didn't Bring You This Far Just to Leave You

Life isn't always how we dreamed it would be when we were 12... 

sometimes it is so much more. 
Sometimes it is so much harder than we imagined. 

In those times when we feel the walls are caving in, we need to throw our hands in the air and praise the One who has brought us to where we are today... 

because there is no way our God brought you this far just to leave you. 

Have faith. 
His plan may be completely different, but the Creator of the universe knows you more than you know yourself and he has beautiful plans for his children. 

We need only to turn our eyes and our hearts to hear his guiding voice to direct our next step.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Living Loved

I fail every day to live loved. 

There seems to be this longing within us that is never fully satisfied because we know people never measure up to the need of our hearts. 

Not only do people fail us, but we tend to disappoint others too. Our love can never fully satisfy one another because it is not whole.

It may seem like a cliché but only God's love can satisfy. When we look to other humans to feel wanted, loved, and acknowledged, we just can't seem to grasp onto lasting, full, unconditional love. It's just in our nature. 

I am so thankful that True Love has been displayed and modelled in the person of Jesus Christ. That no matter how much we may feel rejected, or set aside, that God has made a public declaration of His eternal love for you and me. It's there. Right in front of you. But we forget because we often turn to people for affirmation quicker than our Maker. 

This week, choose to operate from the assurance of His eternal love for you and notice just how the burden and weight can be lifted from your relationships. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Fight Well with God

When I first found my faith, I never understood when people said they were "mad at God" or "fought with God". Now, much later in my faith journey, I understand that all too well. 

When you trust someone but don't necessarily understand them all the time, it can be frustrating. Like all good relationships and marriages, you need to learn to fight well.

I'm free to argue with God by praying through how I feel, letting Him know why I'm angry or upset and not hold back... but the deal is that I then have to listen. 

I need to be willing to hear from Him, to seek His word and open my heart to His response. I only have one side of the story and most of the time the very thing I feel frustrated about, He reminds me that through it all, He has been protecting me from less than His best. 

It's okay to fight with God, 

we just need to learn to fight well.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Am I Trusting in God, or am I Trying to be God?

I find myself asking this question when I want to take things into my own hands. 

Injustice, unfairness, when you feel wronged or when something is within your grasp. I tend to jump at the opportunity to try to fix it all, when in reality I fail every time and end up making a bigger mess. 

How much of my thoughts, my actions, my relationships are me trusting God and how much of it is me trying to be God? 

I tend to not like being out of control so this is a question that I need to consciously ask myself in tough situations. 

I need to learn to take a step back and let God be God and know in my heart that He sees it all. I need to know that I am loved, forgiven, and cherished regardless of how others treat me.