God is Love

The original Greek word for the kind of love that God has for his children is Agape. It is an unconditional, sacrificial, committed love that shows action. Regardless of what we have done in our lives or continue to do; God consistently loves us. He calls us to love others with the same sacrificial love He has for us.

If I had to put 1 John 4:19 in my own words, it would say: We love others regardless of their sins because He first loved us regardless of our sins.

Romans 5:8 “But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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I am thankful that no matter what I do, God still loves me. There is nothing on this planet that could separate me from God’s Love. (Romans 8:38)

Only when we let the love of God manifest inside of us can we then love others properly. God commands us to love but He also wants us to do something else.

One of the most taken-out-of-context phrases from the Bible is “God is love”. God IS love but he is also holy. According to Isaiah God is holy, holy, holy. We can’t worship one attribute of God more than another. That is idolatry. We have to worship God for who He is. Our world thinks that since God is love he will just look over our sins and not care what we do as long as we “love” him. WRONG. God himself said “Be ye holy, for I am holy”. (1 Peter 1:16) He wants us to love others unconditionally but He also wants us to be holy. He cannot and will not fellowship with sin.

I challenge you this week to love others (by action) just as He loves you, regardless of their sins. They will notice and see the love of God through you. Don’t make a spectacle of their faults. Let the love of God manifest within them and He will change their hearts.

Head on over to our Facebook Group to see my video that goes more in depth with this message.

Fully Satisfied

We all have that one thing.

We pray, beg, plead, and pray some more for God to answer this one request.

“God if you really want what’s best for me then why aren’t you answering me in this area of my life.”

God doesn’t cause pain in our lives, but He does allow it. He doesn’t like it when we are hurting, but He wants us to trust Him completely. He knows what is best for us, even if it’s not what we want.

Without full trust in Him, it’s impossible to be fully satisfied by Him. Apart from Him, there is no true satisfaction.- Lysa TerKeurst

The instant fix I have been begging for (mine for example: “God please just give me some true friends!”) will only benefit me temporarily. It will never permanently satisfy me. Eventually I will be begging God for something else.

God is after our souls. He wants to ease the hunger of our souls from always wanting the next best thing. We need to quit finding our nourishment in temporary things. In Exodus chapter 3, God said ” I AM WHO I AM.” He didn’t have to add anything to it because He is complete.

He is everything we need.

God is all we need but He also wants to be all we want. In John 6:35, Jesus relates Himself to something we all crave – food(bread). But, Jesus isn’t just any bread, He is THE Bread of Life. Jesus wants us to experience fullness of life. The easing of our ache and answers to  our most desperate prayers will not fully satisfy us. Even if the problem was solved, the enemy would have another problem waiting for us right around the corner. We live in a broken world where escaping problems is impossible.

Our souls were made for the perfection of the garden; we will never be satisfied by things of this imperfect world. Satan will do everything he can to destroy our chances at experiencing the fullness of life in Christ. (example: all the “technical difficulties” we had at our last meeting)

What we consume will consume us. It is our choice whether we are consuming God’s life or the enemy’s lies.” – Lysa TerKeurst

For me – I have been so focused on wanting to have some true girl friends (which is important to have) but, I forget that Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He is the source of Life. He wants to be my #1 friend that I always run to about my problems.

If we rely on the Bread of Life to satisfy us, we will never go hungry again.


Day One Summary/Reflections – Finding I AM Bible Study by Lysa TerKeurst

Chosen & Called

We all know that Paul was one of the greatest apostles that ever lived. He wrote many of the books in the New Testament. But, that wasn’t always the case. Before Paul met Jesus, he wasn’t that great of a person. He was a Pharisee and killed many, many innocent Christians. One day he got permission from the high priest to go to Damascus and arrest anyone who claimed to be a Christian. BUT, on the way, a bright light from heaven shone around him. It was Jesus. He told him to go into the city and that someone will tell him what to do. That someone was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord spoke to Ananias in a vision and told him that Paul was a chosen vessel that was going to bear His name and suffer for His name’s sake. And that is just what Paul did until the day he died.

  • Acts 9:1-6 (NKJV) – 1Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
  • Acts 9:15-16 (NKJV) -” 15 But the Lord said to him (Ananias), “Go, for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Notice that Paul didn’t go looking for Jesus…. Jesus came looking for him! Jesus chose him. Paul wasn’t a great person the day he met Jesus. I mean he killed people because they were Jesus followers. BUT, God had a plan for him. God changed his life in an instant.

And guess what? God chose you too. Before you were even born, before the world was formed, God chose you to be one of his children. It’s nothing you did or could ever do.

No matter what you have done in the past, God chose you and He can change your life in an instant, just like He did for Paul.

  • Jeremiah 1:5 (CSB) – I chose you before I formed you in the womb;
    I set you apart before you were born….
  • Ephesians 1:4-6 (CSB) – For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before Him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He lavished on us in the Beloved One.
  • John 15:16 (CSB) – 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.

Now this is the part that gets most of us (including me). We will respond to God calling us into fellowship with Him, we will pray occasionally, and read the Bible a few times a week, then that’s it. But, God didn’t call us to sit on our butts. He called us to do some work for Him. It’s so easy for us to say that God could never use us because of what we have done in our past. But just take a look at Paul again; I am sure what you have done doesn’t even compare to what he did before God called him. The world may tell you that you’re insignificant, weak, not smart enough, or worthless; but God chose you. He chose you to make a difference. He chooses those who the world views as weak so that He can get the glory. It’s not by our power that we can make a difference in other people’s lives; it’s by His power alone. It’s all through Him and for Him.

  • 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (CSB) – 26 Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. 27 Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. 28 God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, 29 so that no one may boast in His presence. 30 It is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom from God for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, 31 in order that, as it is written: Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.

I have a calling, you have a calling, every child of God has a calling. In order for the body of Christ to work properly, each member needs to fulfill that calling. 1st Corinthians 12 and Romans 12:4-8 both tell us that the body of Christ has many parts (which are you and me) but not all parts have the same function. These callings are also known as spiritual gifts. We all have different gifts. Every part needs to do its job so we can uplift one another and bring glory to God.


Your gift may be something you’re afraid of doing. Like myself, I feel called to teach other women but I am absolutely terrified of talking in front of people. But it’s not from my own ability that I am able to teach, God enables me to teach through His power. The same God that chose you to be His child and gave you a calling in life, will also equip you to fulfill that calling.

  • Hebrews 13:20-21 (CSB) – 20 Now may the God of peace… 21 equip you with everything good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

If you don’t know what your gift is or don’t know how to use it properly, I recommend fervently seeking God in prayer and studying His Word every day. Not by just reading the Bible randomly, but by earnestly studying it. Don’t come to God out of pride, demanding a specific gift so that others will look up to you. Come to Him humbly, asking for whatever gift He sees fit for you, so that you can be a blessing to someone else and bring glory to His Name. He knows our hearts. If He knows that we genuinely want to bring glory to His name through our gift, He will reveal it to us and equip us to use it.

Click here to see a list of different gifts mentioned in the Bible. If you scroll down on this page, it will give you definitions for each gift.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them below!

Who is on Your Throne?

It all began shortly after I got married. I slowly started removing the Lord from His rightful place and replacing him with my husband. I started to worry about my husband all the time. I was always living in fear that something bad was going to happen to him.

A few months later, we found out that we were going to have a baby. I spent the next nine months worrying about every little thing. “why isn’t she kicking as much today?” “it usually doesn’t take this long to find her heartbeat.”

Then she was born….. and I thought that I was living in fear before? HA! Now it’s constant fear.

She was on my throne now.

It didn’t take me long to realize that my priorities were messed up. I felt so distracted and worried all the time. So, I started to listening to different podcast episodes designed just for Christian mamas and buying every Christian motherhood book I could get my hands on to help me. Though I did find some amazing resources, I still felt the same.

Then I read Jeremiah 29:11-14. The verse that most people recognize is vs. 11. But, vs. 13-14 are the ones that really hit me.

13. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14. I will be found by you,” says the Lord…..

I was looking everywhere except the One place I needed to look.

→to HIM←

His Word says that if we look for Him wholeheartedlty, He will be found by us. Don’t overlook this:

It doesn’t say that God will find us if we look for Him, it says that WE will find God if we look for Him. He never left. We did.

He was always there.

Even when we remove Him from the Throne of our hearts, He doesn’t leave us. Oh, how gracious and wonderful our Holy God is.

No matter what you have put on your throne, (it may be your husband, kids, a hobby, social media, or a job) you can put God back where He is suppose to be. He’s just waiting on you to seek Him with all of your heart. Cry out to Him, get in His Word.

He is there.

The honest reason why I don’t have any friends

I have really been struggling lately with the fact that I have zero girl friends to talk to on a daily basis. Is it really THAT hard to find someone who is just like me??

We (women) have this “list” in our heads of requirements for friends. But in reality they’re just characteristics of ourselves.

“My future bestie has to:

  1. Love Jesus & believe exaclty the same way I do, of course.
  2. Be in her mid-late 20’s.
  3. Be married & have a young baby.
  4. Her parenting opinions have to be JUST like mine, obviously.
  5. Doesn’t cuss or drink, period, ever!”

And then it hit me… They’re not the problem, I am.

I am so caught up on finding someone who is EXACTLY like me and in the same stage of life as I am that I overlook all the people God has placed around me.

Does it really matter who they voted for.

Does it really matter if they like to drink wine sometimes.

Does it really matter if they disagree on which type of worship music is better.

Does it really matter if they don’t vaccinate their kids.

We need to appreciate those who are different from us, because we just might learn something from them.

The culture we live in glorifies the mean girls, but that’s not who we are called to be. Women NEED other women in their lives. Regardless of how different they are from each other. We need to be mentors and be the mentees (yes, that is a word). We need to tell each other about what we are going through, because chances are, they’ve already gone through it too. We need to help each other grow in our walks with Christ. We need to speak positive words to each other, daily.  We need to be a shoulder to cry on and sometimes we need a good cry.

Is God telling you to invite one of your coworkers to lunch, or telling you to go visit your sister that you haven’t talked to in years, or maybe even lead a small group to a bunch of girls who are totally different than you? Just listen to Him, trust the Holy Spirit to guide your words and conversation.

Don’t let your pride get in the way of you finding some life-long friends who really care about you.

It’s okay to have friends that are different than you.

(I’m totally preaching this to myself)

 

**I highly recommend listening to the Risen Motherhood podcast, especially this one -> Finding Your Tribe. If you click on that link, there are more resources at the bottom of the page about Motherhood & Friendships.

Motherhood + Grace

Ever since my sweet baby girl was born, I catch myself time after time trying to be perfect.

I want to have a daily set routine but of course it never goes as planned.

I want to plan our meals for the week ahead of time but I barely have time to cook.

I want to keep record of my daughters bottles/diapers/naps but I forget to write down a few and just give up.

I wanted to strictly breastfeed but for the sake of my physical, mental, and spiritual health, I needed to cut back.

I want a perfect Joanna Gaines style home but that’s not in our budget.

I wanted to keep my baby at work with me until she was a year old but I decided to send her to daycare because I was tired and struggling with work.

There are so many things I want to do to be the perfect Pinterest mom.

But being a perfect Pinterest mom is not what my husband and baby girl need…

They need a mama that will accept Jesus’ grace and extend it back towards them.

They need a mama who puts Jesus first.

They need a mama who takes care of them and doesn’t stress about having everything in order.

They need a mama that sets an example for their daughter.

They need a mama who’s in a good state of mind.

They need a mama who loves them unconditionally.

That’s the mama I want to be.

You are (not) enough.

We’ve all read the mom blogs that tell us over and over again; You are enough. I do understand that those mamas mean well when they say this. But, I’ve got some news for you…. 
You are not enough.
And it’s ok. 
If parents were enough for their kids, then they wouldn’t need Jesus. Our children were loaned to us for a short period of time so that we can show Christ’s love to them and teach them about Him. 
We are incomplete.
We fail daily.
We are insufficient.
But, 
2 Corinthians 12: 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

He completes us.
He cannot fail us.
He is sufficient for us. 
He is enough.
We have got to stop trying to be the perfect Pinterest mom and just trust God to be all that we need. Let Jesus in to fill the holes that nothing or no one else can fill.
The only way we can take care of ourselves, our husbands, our kids, work a full time job, keep the house clean, cook, and accomplish the million other things us mamas have to do is by leaning on Jesus. We cannot be perfect apart from Him. He is the only One who makes us righteous. When you don’t feel worthy or good enough, allow Him to complete you. He is always there when we need Him. God’s grace alone has the power to meet our needs. It is help in our time of need. It is enough.