Fear, where is your place?

Fear.

We all don’t want it to control us, but it does. We think we are tough, but we aren’t. We think nothing will scare us, but it does. We think that we can put fear in others, but we shouldn’t.

We live in a world where we are all afraid of something. Spiders, mice, snakes, failure, heartbreak, death, life, the future, the past. Basically anything that goes on in our lives, someone, somewhere is afraid of it. But the question I want to ask is, why?

God tells us in Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Why don’t we listen to this and do as He commands? Because fear has a hold of our hearts. He COMMANDS us to let fear go yet here we are freaking out of the things in this world. Whether it be if that guy really likes us, if our next plane ride could be our last, if there is a mouse in our house, if our car will make it to the gas station, if that person who hurt us in the past will come back, if we will have enough money to pay rent. When we let fear in, it grows and festers in us until the point where is controls us and makes us listen to all the lies. We let fear and not faith rule our lives.

It is scary to surrender everything to God, but He should be in control of our lives.

For me, no more. I am done with fear and the hold it has had on me for as long as I can remember. I am done with it trying to ruin my life and my heart. It should have no place in me or in any of us. It is difficult to let fear go because it has always been there. It will try and creep back into my soul, but each time it won’t get there because God has filled my soul with faith. There is no room for fear.

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Miracles from Heaven Review

“When I was growin’ up, people didn’t really talk about miracles. I’m not sure I understood what they were or if I believed in them. A miracle is defined as something not explicable by natural or scientific laws. But then how do you explain it? How does it happen? Who or what is behind it?”

Miracles from Heaven was a movie that I didn’t really want to watch, but my parents were going to watch it so I did too. It was more than I expected and it hit me in a way I never thought it would.

The movie is about a ten year old girl who is sick and they didn’t know how badly until her mom pushed and pushed the doctors to look for the answer. She is in constant pain and has to be away from her dad and sisters in order to get help. Her mom struggles through the journey with her because she wants her to get better, but she doesn’t know how to help other than showing up at a doctor’s office with her big purse.

The movie is all about miracles and how we need to celebrate miracles.

Christy, the mom, loses her faith along the way. She was able to speak out about this near the end of the movie.

“I lost my faith. Because of that, I didn’t see what was all around me. Albert Einstein said there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle and the other is as though everything is a miracle. I’m the first to tell you I wasn’t living my life as though everything is a miracle. I missed a lot. Miracles are everywhere. Miracles are God. And God is forgiveness.”

“…after everything I’ve been through, I’ve realized I’m not alone. And whatever you may be going through, I am here to tell you, you are not alone. Miracles are God’s way of letting us know he’s here.”

We may think that we are alone in this world of billions, but we are never alone. God is always by our side and He will never leave us. I recommend this movie for anyone. It is funny and heartfelt. I believe everyone can learn from this movie in some way.

Fairy Tale Love

Growing up, I always thought I would be the princess in the love story. I always thought a knight in shining armor would sweep me off my feet and we would ride off into the sunset.

Hollywood has made more romantic movies than I can name. We all know those movies that I’m talking about. Ryan Gosling kissing Rachel McAdams in the rain. Health Ledger singing to Julia Stiles. Channing Tatum taking dance lessons for Jenna Dewan. Tom Hanks bringing Meg Ryan daisies because she is sick. Sam Claflin giving Emilia Clarke a ride on his wheelchair. Justin Long being a friend to Ginnifer Goodwin until she realized that he was perfect for it. Alex Pettyfer writing a long sappy, soppy longhand love letter to Vanessa Hughens.

I always thought that love was perfect and that it was easy. I’m here to tell you it is not perfect. The love we see in movies and on TV shows is not real love, it is fairy tale love. The only real and perfect love is God’s love for His bride, the church. We can only have perfect love when we are a follower of Him. We have been basing our marriages, relationships, and family relationships on this earthly love. We are cheapen the love that God has shown us.

1 Corinthians 13 is the love chapter. It talks all about the love God has for us. Verses 4 and 5 say this, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;” We have to take those words and put them into action in our life.

God is the definition of love. 1 John 4:16 states, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” He came and died for us so that we would know what perfect love is. He scarified His life so that we wouldn’t have to. He loves us unconditionally and we cheapen that love on a daily basis. We need to be fighting for His love and not this earthly fairy tale love that we think is perfect. Nothing is perfect besides God.

I don’t want a fairy tale. I want a love that is Christ filled and God driven. I want a love that God has been planning for me before I was even born. I want people to see my relationship and know that God is in charge of it. I want people to come to know the Lord because they saw it in my relationship with my husband.  I pray that God fills each person with His perfect love and that they take it and love others with His undying love. I pray that you have His love in you and that you are not just letting it sit there inside of you. You are God’s light here in on this earth and you shouldn’t take that for granted by keeping His perfect love bottled up.

Don’t wait. Start now.

I went to a church with my friends when I was out of town and the pastor said something that stuck with me.

“We are living our eternal life now. It doesn’t start when we die. It is here and now.”

This hit me because I have heard it said many ways. “You never know what is going to happen.” “You only live once.” “Make the most of everyday.” “Live the life you want now.” It doesn’t matter what the saying is, they all mean the same thing. We are here on this earth for an unknown amount of time, and we need to be living like it.

In Sunday school before church, we had talked about getting others into the church. One guy has been working with a basketball program in the church for about a year and a half. He was asking why the kids weren’t coming to church on Sundays and how he can get them there. We was very passionate about this and kept bringing it up. I was a little confused, but in my head, I kept thinking that we can’t expect results right away.

At the end of class, the man told us that he got a call last night saying one of his best friends had passed away in a plane crash. He also told us that he doesn’t know if his friend is in heaven or hell. We all realized and understood his urgency about the basketball program. We live in a world where we expect results right away in everything we do. That is why the internet has a refresh button, that is why we call it fast food, and that is why we honk during traffic jams.

It is hard to be a light to the world and not see results until days, weeks, months, or even years later, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be the light now. We need to focus on God’s work and plans and see who is in our life now in order to witness to them. I know it is difficult to witness to strangers, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a coworker or friend who you don’t believe is a Christian, become their friend. We all have to do some heavy lifting before we can see progress. We have to do something consistently in order to become better at it. Start with one friend and be His light to them. It only takes a conversation in order to become friends. Start that conversation now rather than later or you may regret it.

Everyone needs a little push

Encouragement

  • the act of making something more appealing or more likely to happen

  • something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident

  • something that makes someone more likely to do something

Encouragement is something that you can do whenever and wherever you are. Whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually where you are. This is hopefully going to encouraging and give a little hope to people who are in different stages of life.

College students.  This is it. You are on your way to getting a piece of paper that says you know what you are doing. You are living in a small world that is preparing you for a larger one. Seize every moment you can. Don’t say no to going out with friends all the time because you have homework. The homework will be there when you get back. Don’t waste your time watching Netflix for five hours straight and ignoring the outside world. Find what makes your heart smile and find people who bring that smile to the outside. Make friends that will last forever because you will eventually need bridesmaids or groomsmen. Make sure you are taking care of yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Call home once in a while. Your parents miss you too. Live your life in a state of happiness. If you are struggling to find that, talk with someone about it.

Recent college graduates.  You made it. You are finally an adult. Now for the real test. You are not right down the hall from your best friend. You might not know anyone in this new place you are living. You want adventure, but student loans are nipping at your heels. It is okay to feel like a boring person. When you feel like that, call a friend, watch your favorite movie or TV show, treat yourself to ice cream, play your music too loud, just live a little. We all are trying to find our place in this world. The place that is unique to us. Find it. Don’t change because you think you need to. Change if it will make you a better person. Keep applying for those jobs. God is in control, but you have to fill out the information.

Recently married couples.  You are in the honeymoon stage. I’m telling you this stage will come to an end sooner than later. Bills, loans, house payments, jobs, relatives, and possibly kids are coming and you can’t ignore them. You will get through this together. You have to trust, rely, and support each other through everything. You probably don’t have a ton of money to spend, but date each other. Go out for dessert, go for a walk, have a picnic in the backyard, have a movie night, or do something you did when you were dating. You are in this together which means you need to rely on each other. Don’t keep secrets or keep things bottled up, talk it out. Fight the devil together. He doesn’t have a space in your marriage, only God does.

Parents.  We love you, but sometimes you are smothering. We appreciate all that you do for us. Don’t think our lack of communication or lack of listening is a sign of hate. We will love you no matter what. You have been there for us since birth and we wouldn’t change you out for anything. Love us even when we don’t say that we need it. We sometimes don’t get why you do some of the stuff you think is cool, but we do think you are pretty awesome. We want to learn from you even if we don’t say it. Teach us little by little about life and adulthood. We know that you are still learning, but show us what you have learned so far.

We all need encouragement no matter what we are doing. It only takes five minutes to change someone’s life. Take the time to make a difference in someone’s life. You will never know the impact you have on someone until you put the effort into showing them you care. Do it now because you don’t know what the future holds. Seize every opportunity to pour into others. Remember to also pour into yourself too. You can’t pour into others when you are on empty. Encourage others to do there best. Stand with them through the storms. Step up to help with the clean up. Don’t turn away from someone because they have lost something or gained something that you wanted. We all need encouragement. So pass it on!