Healing a Broken World

Unless you live under a rock, I’m pretty sure you know that our nation is headed down a downhill spiral. I mean, there’s practically nowhere you can turn without hearing about the latest shooting, riot, hate plot, etc. People all over the world are scared, confused, and angry. I don’t know about you, but the current state of our society really makes me want to climb under my covers and completely cut ties with all of the outside world. You feel me?

I know that it’s really easy to look at the world and believe that we are too lost for redemption. Or to judge and condemn people who are doing evil things. Or get terrified thinking about what our future holds as humanity. Our nation is so starkly divided that it’s simply natural to want to take a side and hurl insults at those who stand against you.

But please, just take a moment to step back and see things as part of a bigger picture. Yes, we are living in a rather dark time right now. But in the realm of eternity, this time is only a split second. We are on the Earth for a simple moment in time, but this moment can determine how we will spend the rest of our life. So I know it’s very easy to want to shut yourself out of interaction with this crazy, messed up world, or hop on the bandwagon of hate and division. But the truth is, the world needs you.

As Christians, we have what nobody else has, but everyone is searching for: love and joy.

At the end of the day, that’s all that everyone wants. We all want to be the good guy; to be happy and loved. And those who have Christ have that. That’s not something we can hide in ourselves. We need to be so completely filled with love and joy that it overflows out of us onto everyone in our lives. That isn’t necessarily the picture that most people have of “Christians” in their head. People will stand against you simply because you identify as a “Christian,” because the general media paints us as judgmental, wrath-filled people. Sadly, that’s the way a lot of people are. The problem with that is that we are ambassadors of Christ, and Christ did not come into this world to judge us. He says in John 12:47,

“…I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.”

It’s very comforting to me to remember that Jesus has the capacity to save the world, because let’s be honest, we really need it. We really need Him. And as His followers, we really need to share Him to our lost, broken world. If we live to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we realize that we are called to love God, love others, and be a light to this world. That’s exactly what God tells us in His word;

  • “Jesus said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”- Matthew 22:37-39
  • “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine so before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16
  • “Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us…”- Ephesians 5:1-2

You have a special purpose in this world. You have the capacity to bring God’s light and love into the dark depths of humanity. You were created “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). You might change one person, you might change the world. But remember that no matter what you do, do it for the honor and glory of our Lord.

How can you be a light in the lives of those around you? How can you bring love and joy into the world? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment below!

Finding Satisfaction

“I will never be satisfied.” -Angelica Schuyler. (Yes I’m that Hamilton freak.)

Ever pulled an Angelica Schuyler? Ok, ok, I’m sorry. All Hamilton lyrics aside, doesn’t it seem like satisfaction and fulfillment are worshiped in our modern culture? People willingly sacrifice their time, energy, money, and life trying to find happiness in being satisfied. We have tried to invent ways to fulfill ourselves, like having the newest technology, making x amount of dollars, being beautiful, etc. Yet, it seems just out of reach for everyone. The moment you get the latest iPhone, a new model comes out. When a vacation arrives at long last, it’s over in the blink of an eye and you have to return to the daily grind. Once you finally lose 10 lbs, you gain a new pimple. No matter how much people achieve and receive, it is never enough.

Humans have been on this earth long enough, why is it that only a select few have actually found true satisfaction? Well, I am about to share with you the key to fulfillment that I have discovered:

Stop searching for it.

The more we search for satisfaction, the further out of our reach it becomes. That’s because the desire within our souls for lasting fulfillment is not one that we can satisfy with anything of this world. We can’t satisfy ourselves; it’s too big of a job. We need more. We need something greater than anything this world could offer. You guessed it, we need God.

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills- from where comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121:2. Our help can only come from our Creator. He made us; He knows what we need. He knows that there is a longing in our hearts and void in our souls for something greater, something that we can’t fulfill. That’s why He sent Jesus down onto this earth. He paid the price for our sins so we could receive the precious gift that would satisfy us: salvation.  He has a plan and hope for us, but we need to trust Him and let Him work it out.

We need to seek God: not fulfillment.

Fulfillment is the byproduct of following God; it is not something that we can attain ourselves. As Matthew 10:39 says, “Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for My sake will gain it.” Are you trying to gain anything in your life? Fame, popularity, friends, money, beauty, fill-in-the-blank? None of these things will satisfy you. It is only when we give our lives up as a sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1) that we can experience true satisfaction and fulfillment. At the end of the day, God is all we need.

What do you try to find satisfaction in? How can you make your life about seeking & serving God? I’d love to hear your ideas/thoughts in the comments!

When Things Don’t go Your Way

Do you ever feel like your life is out of control? Like you just can’t win for losing, and nothing is going your way? 

I can’t stand it when things don’t go my way. A little secret about me; I’m a bit of a control freak. Whenever any situation doesn’t pan out according to the perfect little picture that I have in my mind, I go a bit nuts. Sure, sure, I know God’s in control and I shouldn’t worry and blah, blah, blah, but that’s a lot easier said than done. When you’re in a storm and your plans for life start crumbling, it can be hard to understand how God is working. Worry not, I’m here to give you some practical tips on what to do when things don’t go your way and you can’t seem to submit to God.

  1. Pray. When I say pray, I don’t mean spend 10 seconds asking God to do what you want Him to do. Actually pray. Wrestle with God, wrestle with yourself, and don’t stop until you have a clear head and can trust that God knows what He’s doing. God doesn’t want you to be discontent, but He has a reason for everything He does. Seriously sit down, talk to God, ask Him why He isn’t letting things go your way, and submit to Him.
  1. Be Honest. With God, and with yourself. In Matthew 26:39, Jesus is talking to God before His crucifixion. He says, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup [of suffering] pass from Me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Jesus wasn’t trying to pretend like He was happy that He was about to be nailed to a cross and beaten to death. He was honest with God and yet still gave Himself to God’s will. Sometimes we can’t find contentment in God’s plans until we admit that we are discontent. I encourage you to tell God you are unhappy, and then tell Him why. Trust me, it takes a huge load off your shoulders and clears your mind to be able to accept God’s will.
  1. Read Scripture. Just look in your Bible’s concordance or search Google for Bible verses with the words “control”, “peace”, “plans”, “trust”, “power”, etc. Here are a few great ones:
    • “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. -Jeremiah 17:7-8.
    • “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11.
    • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6.
  1. Keep The Bigger Picture In Mind. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9. God has plans and ways that are so far beyond our understanding. While it might not make any sense at all why God isn’t letting things go your way right now, I have a feeling that in the future, you will look back and realize He was right all along. Remember, even when we have good intentions, God’s plan is always greater than ours.
  1. Find a Way to Let Out Your Frustration. A Godly way, not like punching your brother or something. For me, that’s reading my Bible or writing. Maybe for you it’s listening to worship music, going for a walk, or watching a Christian YouTuber (I recommend the channel Blimey Cow, they’re such a great de-stressor and so hilarious.) Our emotions tend to get the best of us at times, so you often have to let your frustration out before you can see things with a clear head.

I hope these tips help you out. This is still a huge area of struggle for me, but I’m slowly learning to submit to God and let Him direct my steps. I pray that God will work on all our hearts and teach us to trust Him more!

Are you a control freak too? Do you have any practical ways to submit to God in your life? Share them in the comments below!

What is the Purpose of Being a Girl? | Proverbs 31

As I crossed my arms and plopped my head down on my vanity in the corner of my room, Bible laid out in front of me, tears welled up in my eyes, the only thought I had was, “Is this really it? What’s the point?”

That lovely anecdote is a personal account of one of the several times I was reading my Bible and any passage relating women crossed my eyeline. I don’t know about you, but the tales of women in the Bible are very disconcerting to me. From what I read, all biblical women did was kept their traps shut, waited on their husbands hand and foot, and looked nice.

What I didn’t realize was that the role of a woman was not only precious in God’s sight, but it was indispensable.

I bought into the lie of this modern culture that in order for men and women to be equal, they must have the same role. I also blindly believed that a quiet and gentle spirit, the one that God has called for women to have, is degrading and puts women below men. That is so far from the truth! In I Peter 3:4, God says to women, “let [your adornment] be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” Did you catch that? As girls, we are precious to God, and He has called us to live out a great purpose which is far more than some second-class citizen.

In the book of Proverbs (an amazing book of the Bible, definitely read it) (well actually read all the Bible but you know what I mean), God describes the “virtuous wife” in chapter 31. I’ve read this part of the Bible multiple times, but I never fully studied it until recently. The main idea that I took from examining these verses closely is this;

The Proverbs 31 woman works… like, really hard.

Really, really, hard. She’s no idle lady. I never quite realized that biblical womanhood required so much work. I always assumed women were kind of an afterthought to God without any real purpose. This woman proved me so wrong. Check out some of these verses;

  • “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.” -Proverbs 31:10.
  • “She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household.” -Proverbs 31:15
  • “Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.” -Proverbs 31:25
  • “She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” -Proverbs 31:27
  • “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” -Proverbs 31:28

Does that sound like a second-class citizen to you? No way! That is a strong, hardworking, and diligent woman who wakes up before sunrise and stays up after sunset, providing for the people who God has placed in her care. Her role is crucial to the people who rely on her. So yes, a biblical woman is a helper. But that doesn’t mean that she is less than anyone. Her responsibility is so valuable, precious, and irreplaceable. Women are called to be strong, trustworthy, caring, kind creatures of God who respect and fear Him enough to live out the purpose He has given them. That is no job for a wimpy girl.

My challenge to you is to read Proverbs 31:10-31 for yourself and discover the girl God has called you to be. Pray to God that He will give you understanding to know His will. Then underline each word that characterizes this woman, and find what stands out most to you about her. Seek to be like that strong, honorable, trustworthy, and wonderful woman in your life.

Bonus: Want to know more about God’s radical design for womanhood? I totally recommend the book “Girl Defined” by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. It is packed with tons of Scripture- based truths on God’s great purpose for you as a girl. They even have a blog, too! Check it out at this link; https://www.girldefined.com/

What are your thoughts on biblical womanhood? How are you living out your God-given purpose as a girl? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!