In the beginning…

What can I say, with every end there is always a new beginning.

I remember that day so clearly. I was on the way home from church and was beyond ecstatic. The decision that I had made was going to significantly impact and change my life for the better.

To begin I would like to give you a back story on how I found out about Elevation Church.  I got a message from one of my friends that they were having party and asked if I would like to go. Of course I was like yeah! While I was there, my friend Ben had on a shirt that read “Elevation Church”. I remember thinking where is that church at? So I went up to Ben and asked him about his shirt that read Elevation Church. He told me that it was located in Charlotte and that I should totally check it out, it was awesome. After that encounter with Ben, I decided that I wanted to go and check out this church. I remember the first time that I got to experience Elevation Church and it was at one of the Charlotte locations. From the moment I walked in, I knew that this church was different than any other and I genuinely felt drawn to the church. When I found out that there was a Raleigh location, I immediately was excited. I tried to attend as much as I could, but I lived over an hour away and didn’t think this drive every Sunday was worth it. Altogether I went to the church on an off for at least four years. Then, one day my life completely changed.

Back in October 2017, I decided that I was going to start attending Elevation Church consistently. I began going to the church every Sunday. It was during this season of the church that they were going through a series called, “Waymaker”. This series was truly powerful and opened my eyes up to a whole new dimension of Christ. During this series we got the opportunity to give an end of the year offering to the church and to declare a word over our life for 2018 that God had impressed on our heart. I will never forget this day. A couple weeks prior to this day, I began praying and asking God what amount he wanted me to give and the word for the year 2018. When God told me the amount, I literally almost lost it. I was like, really? God said, “Do you trust me?” Immediately, I responded in faith. The day had arrived to give our end of the year offering at church. However, God still had not given me a word for 2018. I remember asking God the whole entire morning while I was worshipping for him to give me a word. Then, out of no where the word movement was impressed upon me. I thought to myself, movement? Are you sure God? There has to be another word. I asked God again and the same word movement came to mind. I knew at that moment that my word for 2018 was movement. I had no idea what God was going to do in my life for 2018.

Fast forward to January 2018. I had not attended Elevation Church since the day that I gave the year end offering and knew that it was time for me to make a trip back to the church. It was an ordinary day. I got up and decided that I was going to church regardless of what I looked like. I had a on a sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers, and no make up. Honestly, I did not look my best, but I didn’t care because I knew I needed to be at church that particular Sunday. I get to church and attend the 9:30 experience. The whole entire time I am in church, God had impressed on my heart to go to e101 after the experience. I was thinking to myself, there is no way I am doing that. Do you clearly see what I have on? Not only that, but I am not qualified to even go in there? Do you really think they would use me to serve? I cannot even believe I had those thoughts, but I did. Even after those thoughts, I still felt that urge and instinct to attend the e101 class. By the way it just so happened that they had a pop up class that day and they were serving lunch. Who doesn’t love free food? Well, I decided to take a step of faith and check out what e101 is all about. Now during this time of my life, I was going through some very difficult circumstances. I honestly had no direction, no clarity, very lost, very broken, and extremely lacked in my confidence and identity. I had been consistently praying that God would build my confidence and give me direction and clarity for my future that would align to his will for my life. Honestly, I had hit rock bottom and was at a place where I didn’t know how I even ended up here.

I walked into e101 and was instantly greeted by such loving and amazing volunteers. They welcomed me right on in. I was finally asked the question after several questions later where I wanted to serve. Immediately I said my heart is worship, which is absolutely is. I truly love worship. I quickly learned that in order to be on the worship team you had to audition and immediately I was filled with fear because at that moment I honestly did not have the confidence in myself to even attempt to audition. I mean it already took great lengths for me to commit to e101. I remember Matt Bush came in and started talking to us about the church. In that moment, I thought how in the world did I end up at this church. I kept thinking, God who am I to come to this class and attempt to serve at this church, like really? I mean God have you not seen how many people are here?! What are up to God? These questions kept going over and over in my head. Honestly, I really had no idea what God was doing. Did not understand whatsoever.

There came a point in the class when Matt addressed the teams that we could sign up to serve on. As he was going down the list I kept thinking to myself..no..no..no..no..no. After each one of the teams he stated I did not want to be apart of any of the teams. My focus and heart was on worship. I continued to look over the list of teams. As he continued to go over the teams he stated one that was not on the list and that is eKidz Theater. As soon as he stated that team, you know what I did? I instantly said there is NO WAY that I am going to be on that team. I mean you have to talk in front of kids and people and act and so on and so forth. There is absolutely no way I am serving on that team. Well…let me tell you have funny God is…

It was time for us to decide what team we wanted to serve on and let me tell you I had no idea what team to serve on. Well, moments later Stephanie approaches me and says, “Courtney, I know that you want to be on the worship team, but I strongly encourage you to go ahead and get plugged into the church. Also, one great way to boost your confidence is to join eKidz Theater!” OK. Let’s just pause right here for one moment. Did she just say what I think she just said? Oh yes she did. I immediately thought to myself, God are you serious? This is the team you want me to join?! I sat there in my seat and had an intense conversation with God. Are you serious, God? There is no way that I am going to be able to do this. Guess what?! The team I signed up for was eKidz Theater…can you believe it?!?! You guys, as soon as Stephanie stated about building confidence, it was immediate confirmation for me that eKidz Theater is the team that God wanted me to be on.

I started serving on January 21st, 2018. What an incredible day. The whole entire week leading up to this day, Jennie (the most incredible human on earth) was reaching out to me to see how I was doing and if I was excited about joining eKidz Theater. Of course I was excited and extremely nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. By the way, remember I didn’t know anybody here. Like no one. This was so new for me. When I got to church the first day to serve I didn’t know what to expect. My highlight of that day was watching this girl run down the hall screaming and I thought to myself wow she is really excited…and you guys it turns out the girl was JENNIE! She has been such a blessing to my life and I cannot be more grateful for the friendship that we have developed over the past year. Jennie if you are reading this I want you to know that I love you dearly and you have impacted my life in more ways than you will ever know. Anyway, back to my story (I am almost done, I promise). Well, the first day was amazing! I got to meet incredible people and definitely stepped out of my comfort zone!

As the weeks passed by I can tell you that my confidence had began to be rebuilt. As matter of fact, my life had completely changed. I will never forget the day when Jennie approached me about Storytelling in front of the kids. She approached me about three months into serving. I was extremely nervous, but with the grace of God I made it through it. I remember driving on the way to church and was praying and praying and praying that God would give me the courage and strength to get through storytelling to the kiddos. Prayer works you guys! As soon as I was done storytelling for my first time, I was completely blown away. God NEVER fails! He was right there with me the WHOLE time. It was so natural for me to go up there and talk to the kids. After storytelling for sometime I transitioned over to hosting for the older kids. Once again, God was right there to get me through it. It truly is amazing to see how God has moved in my life over the past months.

I want to interrupt the story for a second and tell you that I am sharing this because this is so dear to me and God has completely changed my life. You may think that you have your life figured out, but until God shows up let me tell you..you don’t! God is the ONLY one who allowed this to happen. He already had this lined up for me and all I had to do was to surrender and obey to his will. I promise you he knows what is best for your life. I can’t even begin to explain to you what God has done in my life. I hope one day we can get coffee and I can tell you all about it. It really is a lot to write. Maybe one day I will write a book about what God has done in my life. Who knows?!

Also, God’s favor is always on God’s people. Following after God is the most rewarding things you can ever do. He knows what is best. Just trust the process regardless of what it is!

Back in March 2018, I was asked to be apart of leadership pipeline. This is a class where you learn about leadership to potentially become a leader at Elevation Church. Well, what can I say..this is another God thing. I had no idea this was coming. I ended up taking the class and WOW I learned so much! Throughout the couple months of the class, I learned more about God, leadership, met amazing people who love God, ate AMAZING food, and much much more. I will never forget Week 5 of Leadership Pipeline. They call this week momentations. During the first week of Leadership Pipeline, you are told that you will have to speak in front of class for 3 minutes on a core value and how it has impacted you. Ha. Once again I was going to speak in front of people. God?! Hello?! Are you there?! I am not going to be able to do this?! God said, “Yes you are”. We had five weeks to prepare and immediately I already knew what value I was going to use. Jesus is the Center. It’s about integrated priorities. Fast forward to Week Five. I had been praying and praying that this message would hit 3 minutes and that the Holy Spirit would speak right through me. I pulled up to the place we were meeting and I get a text from one of the staff that I was going to be speaking tonight. SAY WHAT?! Yes. I was going to be one of the lucky ones to speak. Prayer level doubled. Like 500%. God, God, God, help me! Once again, God was right there. During the time I was waiting to go up and speak I kept going back and forth between what message I was going to deliver. I finally told God, “Okay God, your taking over, Holy Spirit lead me.” I was called up to share my momentation and I was not even nervous. I can’t remember anything I said, except in the beginning when I said, “I have always been afraid to speak in front of people, so bare with me…HAHA”. After that, I don’t remember. The Holy Spirit took over. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was. After the three minutes was over, Carolina says, “Girl, I don’t know why you are afraid because you did amazing. You need to stay right up there because that is right where you are supposed to be!” Wow! You guys this was ALL GOD! What an incredible night. God gets all the glory!

A couple of months later, July 2018, I was initiated as one of the leaders for eKidz Theater. This moment was indescribable. I can’t even begin to tell you what was experienced in that moment. We will have to get coffee for the details.

To think that all of this started with a step of faith to e101.

I am currently serving as a leader for eKidz Theater. God has and is continuing to restore my confidence and identity. I am no longer the same person that I was and I am so grateful for that. I am continuing to follow after God’s will and I can’t even imagine where God is going to take me. I hope that you continue to follow me on this journey.

As I close I would like to ask one question:

If God can do this in my life, can you even imagine what he will do in yours?

 

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Just Do It.

After pursuing my undergraduate degree, I knew that I wanted to continue my education, but did not know where to start. When I decided to go back to school I was instantly filled with fear from the beginning because I did not think I was equipped to start graduate school. I had just finished my undergraduate degree and thought that it would be a good idea to jump right back into school and not take any time off (only the summer). Well, the school that I chose to go back to required the GMAT test and, of course, it was not going to be easy. Honestly, I barely studied for the test and knew that I was going to have to go on 100% faith to score high enough to get into graduate school. Well…after the test was complete, I got my score and I became extremely discouraged. I did not score in the range that I needed and immediately felt like a failure. I remember calling my mom and telling her that I could not understand why I did not score high enough and that I was never going to make it into graduate school. My mom reassured me that everything was going to be okay and that I needed to keep my head up because I did the best I could on the test. I honestly did not even want to continue to pursue graduate school after that test. The reason why is because I would have to take that test all over again and I was not mentally or emotionally prepared to face that battle again. A couple of weeks went by and my mom reached out to me to let me know that Liberty University could be an option for me to pursue because they do not require the GMAT. After I heard this news I kept questioning my mom and was like “Are you serious?”, “No way!” and “This can’t be real”. Sure enough, Liberty did not require the GMAT and I decided that I was going to call to get more information. In less than a week, I was accepted and admitted into the Master’s of Business Administration program at Liberty University of August 2016. The first school that I was originally going to attend was not the school that God wanted to me to go to. He obviously had greater things in store for me and my life. To be completely honest, to this day I would not have gone to any other school. Even if I had scored high enough on the GMAT, I thank God that I did not score high enough because I was able to go to a school not only where God wanted me to go, but where I have been able to grow closer to him and truly see his power work through my life.

God always knows what he is doing even when we may think that he does not. Trust me there are times in my life where I think why God? Why do I have to go through these situations? How come it seems so easy for so and so? This has always been a struggle for me ever since I was a kid, but somehow through every situation God has taught me a lesson about myself. It is not about myself, it is all about him. It is evident that God did not want me to pursue the school I wanted to attend in the beginning because he had something greater in store. Better yet, he knew that I wanted to further my education and he had just the plan. How awesome is that?

In the Holy Bible, in the book of Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) it states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”. God already has plans for our life and reassures us that he wants to give us a future and a hope. As believers, it is important that we understand that even when the situation, trial, or battle seems unbearable, we must believe and stand in faith to know that God has a plan for us. I could have chosen to give up after that test, but I didn’t. I chose to trust in God and walk by faith.

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It’s Stormy Outside

“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and waves and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Have you ever felt like you were in the middle of a storm? Have you ever wondered why everything around you is not going the way that you expected it to? I am sure that you would day that you have. It could be big or small because those are still the storms of life that we encounter. The disciples were filled with fear because they thought that they were going to drown and they continuously cried out for the Lord to save them. Did the Lord save them? Yes he did, but notice what he said…”You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Doesn’t God command us to walk by faith and not by sight? Let’s take a look at 2 Corinthians 5:7.

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

Therefore, why should we be troubled when a storm comes in our life? God has already taken care of the storm before we even make it through. Isn’t that awesome? The one who created us already knows what we are going to go through before we get there. It is up to use to have faith and know that God can calm the storm. Going through a storm is not easy, but we must be grounded in the word, constantly praying, and seeking God to give us the peace we need when we go through the storm. Jesus did calm the storm after the disciples cried out to him. God wants us to cry out to him and truly lean on him in those difficult times. God is the only one who can calm the storms of this life and bring us through to the place where he wants us to be.

Hope you have a blessed day!

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The Unknown

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

I have always been told that everything happens for a reason. Have you been told that during your life? I know that I have and I can promise you that majority of the time we will not understand until later on in life. However, God has a great purpose and destiny for each one of us. Every person that has been created on this earth can either follow the will of God or follow their own will. Growing up in church and being surrounded by Christians my entire life, I can honestly say that following the will of God is the best thing that anyone could do. In Joshua 1:9, it states that we should be strong and courageous. We should not be afraid because the Lord our God will be with us wherever we go. How amazing is that? When we go through life circumstances that we may not seem to understand, guess what…God is with us! He is right there beside us to comfort us in our time of need. The beauty is that he will deliver us and provide exactly what we need during those times that may come in our life. He is there is the valley, he is there on the mountain top, and he is there in the unknown. We do not know what tomorrow may bring, but if we trust in God he will provide exactly what we need to get through this life day by day.

I have always been a believer in Christ since I was a little girl. I sang in church at a young age and one of the first songs that I ever sang was Jesus Loves Me. I was simply a young girl and at that time I truly did not understand what it meant to follow Jesus, but what I did know is that Jesus Loves Me. I want to tell you today that Jesus Loves you too. Regardless of what you have been going through in your life, God is in full control and is always waiting with opens arms for his children.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22

God wants us to cast our cares on him and to live in peace. Even though, it may seem difficult right now God will provide what you need during the those times. Tomorrow is unknown, but if we trust in God and give him full control over our lives you will be amazed at what he is going to do. Simply, trust in him!

Have a blessed day!

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Season

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 together; 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 rend, 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.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

What is a season? We pretty much know that a season is Winter, Fall, Summer, and Spring, but here is another definition of season, “an indefinite or unspecified period of time, a while.” Basically, this definition is stating that a season does not have a designated period of time. It could be three months, a year, or even ten years. No one will ever know, except God. I whole heartedly believe that God has different seasons in everyone’s life that makes them who they are. We may have some seasons that may be pretty awesome, then some that seem unbelievably hard. This is all apart of the plan that God has for our lives.

Now, I want to walk you through a season in my life…

Have you ever heard of the saying when one door closes, another door is waiting to be opened? This simple quote is the summary of my season.

Unfortunately, there was a door that I did not anticipate to close. I can honestly say that it has been a real struggle for me to want to open the door and to walk back through it, but I can’t. The reason why I can’t is because the season for that door is now over. I must move on and remain grounded in my faith and believing that the next door God is going to open will prepare for where God wants me to go next. Yeah, I may not see why that door had to close, but that is why I have to trust God. He is my father, my creator, my healer, he is everything to me!

Through this time I have prayed, worshipped, and have been grounded in the word. This season has been hard for me, but I know that with God I am going to make it! Of course there are nights that the devil tries to bring me down, but I am reminded that God created me for a purpose.

You may be going through a season where a door recently shut. I encourage you to look to God for direction. Believe me the road is going to rough and there are going to be times that you just do not understand why these things are happening, but trust in God. He is going to bring you through it and this season will be another part of your testimony. It may not seem easy at the moment, but the beautiful thing is that God is right beside you and he will never harm his children. God is awesome!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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It’s Time For Change

I first off would like to say, Hello 2016! I am so thankful and glad that I am able to see another year. I am also overjoyed and ecstatic to see what God is going to do this year. Are you excited?! Are you ready to change the world?! I know that with God you can do the impossible and God will take you places that you never thought you would reach!

I want to tell you about something that happened to me about a month ago. It was another Sunday morning and I was going to do the usual Sunday routine. Which is grab my computer and pull up Elevation Service online and watch the live service. As well as grab some coffee and prepare myself to receive the word. Now, I would like to say that I absolutely love listening to Pastor Steven Furtick. He truly is gifted in his calling of leading people to Christ and providing the key tools necessary to help Christians walk the walk. I pull up the sermon for that particular day and immediately felt that something was going to happen that morning. This sermon was based on the Full.Filled series and was specifically a sermon about giving to God. In this sermon Pastor Steven talked about giving to grow God’s kingdom in Elevation and in our lives. After the sermon people had the opportunity to give there offering and to pour their jar of water into the big jar to proudly state that they are giving their all this year and everything they have for God’s kingdom. Now, on the jar that everyone received, they would choose a word that would symbolize for next year. Immediately, as I sat on my bed, “Transition” came to my mind. Kind of a simple word, but so powerful. I could not quite grasp a hold to why Transition was standing to me, but it did and I was going to go with it. Unfortunately, I was not able to physically attend this service and receive a jar, but I had plenty of empty ones and I decided to create my own jar. Everyday I am reminded that there was a reason and purpose for this word Transition. I have no idea what 2016 are going to bring, but I know that if I continue to put my faith, trust, and life into Jesus Christ, great things are going to come forth. Pretty awesome, right?

Well, a couple of weeks had past and I was still clinging to this word, “Transition”. I remember one night I was sitting on my bed and I began to think about all of the goals I have set for the year 2016. The first goal that set was to grow closer to God. I have struggled over the past year of growing in my walk with Christ and I am tired of spinning wheels. I want to fully dive into what God has in store for my life. The second goal is to graduate college. I will officially have completed my Undergraduate degree at East Carolina University come May 6th, 2016. Let me tell you how big this is going to be for me. I know that the day I walk across that stage will be one of the best days of my life! I can hardly wait to be done with college! I do say that I am ready to be done with college, but I still want to go back and get my MBA and then I can say I am done!

Well, from that night I immediately knew that there was already going to be some major transitions that are going to take place next year! I mean I will have a degree and what next? What kind of jobs do I need to start looking for? Where I am going to live? Here? Far? I have no idea and that night I was very overwhelmed with everything that I thought could happen next year! It really is a lot, but this is why it is so important that we put our trust in God to know that he will lead us in the direction that he wants us to go. I know that he has a great plan for you and me; all we have to do is to start living and walking in the way of truth and life. So as 2015 came to a close I was determined that God is and always is going to be at the center of my life because I am going to need him more than ever in the year 2016 and beyond! Not only to help lead me to where I am going, but to strengthen and build my faith so I can fulfill the purpose and promise that God has placed over my life! Man that is a reason to shout right there!

Finally, it was time to ring in the New Year and of course I was extremely happy and just on fire for what God was going to do in my life for 2016. Everything was going great for the first week until a major life change would soon approach me. Sometimes we have to allow doors to close and for other doors to be opened for what God wants for our life. Unfortunately, the door that closed in my life was so unexpected and I honestly had no idea it was coming. I can say that I was a nervous wreck and I could not help but ask God, “Why?”. Immediately, I knew that for God to truly take over my life and to transform me to what he has called me to do there had to be some doors to close. It may hurt and it may feel like you hit rock bottom, but you best believe that God will take care of his people. No matter what we go through he is doing a work in our lives that we cannot see right now, but in the end it will be worth it. It basically is like a quilt. The stiches on the backside of the quilt are everything that we have gone through either good or bad. Once the quilt is designed and shaped for the finish product we flip it over and realize that there is something so beautiful and magnificent on the other side! How amazing is that?! God is going to do great things and we just have to allow for doors to be closed so that when the other door opens it will be something greater and we will ultimately be stronger in our faith to walk right through it!

“God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith” Joel 2:25

I know that I have been all over the place or at least that is what it seems to me, but God is up to something amazing! We just need to commit and devote our lives to him! Even if we already have done that it is time for change and to step out in faith and allow your will and God’s power to connect and to do something amazing! I don’t know about you, but I want God to use me in a mighty in 2016 and beyond! I leave you with this, are you ready for God to do something in your life that will change the world?

Have a wonderful and blessed day!

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Christmas

Christmas is such a magical time of year for family and friends. I feel that we often get caught up into the hustle and bustle of making sure each gift is perfect for every one that we often miss the true meaning of Christmas. How amazing is it that Jesus was born this very day and wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger? Little did he know that God would send him to change the world? Even today Jesus still lives all around us. To me Christmas is not just about presents, food, and spending time with family. It is all about Jesus and on this day he was born. Without him I have no idea where I would be today. He has truly impacted my life and I cannot begin to describe what he has done in my life. He has given me a wonderful family that brings joy to my life in the good times and in the bad. He has blessed me with a healthy body and a wonderful job. He has given me the opportunity to further my education in school in hopes to fulfill what he wants me to do during my lifetime. Isn’t this amazing? What has he done in your life? I am sure that there are too many things to count. I challenge to remember what Christmas is truly about and I hope that you have had or going to have a wonderful Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Too Busy!!

Wow! Over the past three months I have felt overwhelmed with school, work, doggy time, family time, and trying to squeeze in time for my boyfriend and relaxation. What a crazy world wind life, right? I honestly have no idea how I continue to go from day to day!

With that said, today I got up and getting ready to start my normal Tuesday when all of a sudden I looked at the clock and I literally had twenty minutes to get ready. That means I had to shower, put a dap of makeup on, pick out a cute dress attire, make my breakfast and lunch, and try to not break my neck going down the stairs to my car. That my friend, is  ALOT to do in only twenty minutes. I managed to get everything done in about forty minutes which only meant that I was going to be casually late today…(welcome to my life)!

I am heading down the road heading to work and honestly was wishing that I was back in my bed sound asleep (wishful thinking)! I am riding along and at this point I am about ten minutes away from work when all of a sudden I hear thump, thump, thump, thump…..what do you know?  I had a flat tire, can you believe it? Of all days it had to happen to me on this particular day! Not to mention it was very dreary today and I was just not in the mood for this. I just so happen to be on the phone with Caleb (my wonderful boyfriend) who came to the rescue. He changed my tire and now I could finally continue my day as normal. Of course I became frustrated because now I have to fork out money for a tire which is totally unexpected, but I have absolutely no time to buy a tire. I mean I have too many things on my plate to do for the rest of the day…getting a tire was not in the plans. The rest of the day was great, but God showed me something through this.

I know you are probably thinking where in the world is she going with this, but this is what I have learned from today. I have had so many things going on in my life that sometimes it feels like I cannot even breathe, but I have a question for you. Is Jesus too busy for us or are we too busy for him? I learned today that sometimes we can get caught up in our own lives that we forget and put to the side to even spend time with Jesus. I know that I can honestly say that I have done this over the past month. Also, my life has been a total wreck and it just seems that I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Shouldn’t Jesus be at the center of my life and then everything follows? I mean I know that things might not be easy, but doesn’t Jesus give you strength? Of course he does! That is the best part! That no matter what you are going through in life (hence what feels like the world is crashing down) Jesus is always there, but sometimes we just get too busy for him. My challenge for you today is to take a moment and ask yourself, Are you too busy for Jesus? If your answer is yes, then I challenge you to set aside some time for just you and Jesus. He never said that this life would be easy, but that is why we have to trust and believe that he will take care of us. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Too busy concept.

Do you have enough time?

Isn’t amazing how fast time goes by? I can hardly believe that I am a senior in college and it’s October already. Where has the time gone? It seems that it just flies by in an instant and absolutely no time to get anything done. Life is nothing but full of time, but how are you going to use it? Working? Going to school? Watching TV? Changing the world? Even though life may be full of time, time is very valuable. Once that window of opportunity is gone, you may never get it back! God has called each and every single one of us to be disciples and to spread the word to our peers, co-workers, etc. We should all be making the most of the time that has been given to us to change the world one step at a time. I know that I refer back to this particular verse on occasion, but in Romans 12:2 it says that we should not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. If we keep allowing the world to change us, how are we going to have enough strength to change the world? There is no way because we will be just like the rest of the world. God called us out, he set us apart, and he does not want us to live our lives like everyone else. Isn’t that amazing? God chose you to change the world and to set an example to others who may not know him. How incredible is that?! I think that it is pretty awesome! So, what are you really going to do with your time? We are not going to live forever and I think that it is time to take a stand for Christ!

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