Facing the Challenge

Funny how God challenges us, isn’t it? Sometimes He calls on us to do the craziest things that we would never have dreamed of doing on our own. That is kind of how my story went. God snatched me out of my comfort zone, and it was a beautiful thing! First, though, let me give you a little background information…
I HATE leaving my “area”, meaning my local town and such.  When I was younger, I did not like sleepovers, summer camp, and other things that took me away from home.  Today, if I ever do have to leave, I always have someone drive me because I strongly dislike driving in new places.  Keep all this craziness in mind as I delve into my story.

It started with a text from a friend, “Want to step out of your comfort zone?”.
(Talk about the alarms going off in my head!)  Of course I did not, why would any sane person want that?! Before I could respond with a big fat all caps “NO!”, she sent me the information for a camp in need of a staff member for a week.  In an effort to be polite, I said she could send me more information even though I knew what my answer would be.  It turns out they were looking for someone to come out to North Carolina and help with food prep.  Working with food is kind of my thing, so I said I would consider it. That night I dove into scripture trying to figure out what I should do…

  Luke 1:22- But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Psalm 28:7- The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults.

Proverbs 19:20- Listen to the advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Every single verse that I read that night touched on a different aspect of why I was trying to talk myself out of going.  I spent some time in prayer as well, and when I finished, an amazing peace came over me.  I knew I was supposed to go.

What came out of that week was ALL God.  It stretched me so much.  I had to leave my “safe place”, drive myself 4 hours (Which I know is not a big deal, but it was for me…) and spend a whole week surrounded by strangers. Through that experience I got to meet some amazing people, learn so much about the missionary lifestyle and see how God can bring a group of people who have never met to be so close and share intimate details of their walks with Christ.

Here is just one example of how God was working in my life that week…
When I first arrived, within ten minutes I was ushered into the dining hall for lunch with two ladies I had JUST met. At this point, I was having my first freak out (you are going to laugh at me…). I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO “ Dining Hall”!!  Meaning, I was always homeschooled, so when I walked in, was handed a meal ticket and given a tray I didn’t know what to do! Yes, it should be pretty self-explanatory, but I was terrified of doing the wrong thing. I settled for a side salad, because it looked like the easiest thing to get.  That might sound like the silliest thing to get worked up about, but that was just one of the first things on God’s list to show me that HE was in control, and my comfort zone was not where He wanted me.

Another example of how awesome God is, is in the realization that I was not actually walking into this crazy adventure alone.  It was not until I got back home that I stopped and thought about it. I had been so freaked out about trying all of these new things, that it never once occurred to me that I was going into this with just me and God!

It gave me the opportunity to lean wholly of God. Everything I did that week I would start off by saying “God, it’s all in your hands”.  I won’t lie, the first few days were rough.  They brought tears and frustration, but the way God showed himself through it all made all of it SO worth it!

So please, please, please, please, the next time God calls you out of your comfort zone, do not ignore it like I used to do.  Pray about it and go where He leads you!

**For those of you who are interested, the Camp was called “Total It Up, Extreme” through Wycliffe. It’s intensive courses in bible translation, and a simulation of life in the mission field. I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone interested in going into bible translation.
https://www.wycliffe.org/events/events-details/total-it-up-extreme-north-carolina

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

Have you ever tried to teach someone how to tie their shoes? Or have you ever tried to show someone how to play a musical instrument? To you, the task may be the easiest thing in the world to do, but you must remember, the person who is learning may have never done this before. You may want to get up and leave. You may get frustrated and angry and tell yourself “I cannot help them.” Is that how God feels with us?

Faithfulness is a word that we do not often hear in day-to-day life. We instead hear words like dependable, loyal, and constant. These words all have a similar meaning and are characteristics of our Heavenly Father. Yes, sometimes we feel like we are alone in situations. Yes, sometimes we feel like we are making our life happen on our own. I am here to tell you that no matter how you are feeling, God’s promise to remain faithful will never change.

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”

Look at this verse. Read it and re-read it.

Now let’s break it down.

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God…”

God is who He says He is. He is never going to change and He is never going to leave. On Earth, we have friends, family, relationships, pets, furniture, etc. All of these things can leave us. Friends can turn their backs on us. Pets can grow old and die. Shoes can get worn so much that they break. Our God is perfect. He is God and He is our God. No one can ever take Him away from us.

“…he is the faithful God…”

We can look to our friends and family for comfort. They should be able to help us, right? Well that is not always the case. Sometimes they do not want to listen. Sometimes they do not know what advice to give. God is the faithful God. He will always listen. He will always lead your heart. As humans, we are not always easy to deal with. We sin against God and sometimes do not feel guilty about it. Does that mean God is not faithful to us anymore? No.

“…keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”

God has already shown us through actions that He loves us. God sent His only son to die on a cross for our sins. We can read Romans 5:8 or John 3:16 and be reassured of His love, but the only way we can truly know Gods love is if we fully understand Gods action. Some people blow this off… “oh yeah, I know Jesus died for me.” “oh yes, I know God loves me.” But do you really know Gods love? Love on Earth is much different than love in Heaven. God is faithful and he is going to love us forever. Anyone here on Earth can leave you and never think twice about it.

The second part of this section gives us our action, what we should do. Since God has given us so much, would it be too much to ask if we loved Him faithfully in return? How hard is following His Word? The world is pulling us into actions that are not of God. We have to consciously make an effort to remain in Him.

I think we need to start reciprocating God’s faithfulness. If He is going to be faithful to us, let us be faithful to Him. There is no need to follow the patterns of the world. Is this where we will remain forever? No, as believers, our eternity will be spent in Heaven with God. Would it not make sense,then,  to follow patterns of Heaven and not Earth?

-Megan

The Faithful Shelter in the Storm


 Faithful. Be faithful in your work, be faithful in your relationships, be faithful to God. How many times have we heard or said these phrases?

I am going to be honest, I am sitting at computer right now and have no idea what to write. My mind is a storm of assignments and random tasks I have to get done. As soon as I finish those, even bigger or more daunting projects will come up and once again I will be back where I was before. At least this is how my flesh wants me to react. The world will tell us that we cannot do it on our own and that we are stuck in an endless cycle of suffering. It could be the school work with no end in sight, it could be the sickness you just cannot seem to beat, the friend you just cannot seem to reconcile, or the witness that seems to have no effect on others.

Thank God that is not how it really is, for we are not controlled by our surrounding world, but the One who created us. There will be times in life we are going to feel tossed about in the wind and overwhelmed by the worries of this world, but this is where faithfulness comes in. Some of you may have heard some of the following before: be faithful at your work, in your relationships, and to God. While we should all do those things, that is not the start. The only way we can be faithful is for us to realize God’s faithfulness to us. His steadfast loyalty, unwavering in the storm.

I was reminded of this the other day when we were hammocking. It was a gorgeous day so my friends and I decided to drive up to an overlook close to our dorm. As we set up we realized that, although the sun was shining, the wind blew away any sense of warmth. At times it would die down, before picking up again and blowing someone’s hat away. I tried reading a book but the pages kept flipping in the wind so I pulled the edges of the hammock around me like a cocoon. The wind still raged outside and I could hear it moving the trees and flapping the tarps on the other hammocks, but I was warm. I could still hear and see the wind but I was safe within.

That it what God’s faithfulness is like. We experience the wind and bite from the cold while we are in the middle of it, but we have found shelter in him. Like an oasis in the desert or an island in the sea, he is still with us. “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;  God will help her when morning dawns.  The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; He utters his voice, the earth melts.  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” -Psalm 46: 5-7. 

Sometimes we know things in our head before they make our way to hearts. In our head we say “God is faithful, God is faithful.” But do we take the time to appreciate this? Do we believe it in our hearts? Do we savor the experience knowing that the almighty God who is sovereign over everything has been a steadfast rock of love and security for us before and always will be forever?

As always, please know that no matter who you are, you are loved and prayed for. Our team is here for you. If you need prayers, or just someone to talk to you can message us on our Facebook page, find us on Instagram & Twitter at ( _woventogether), or email us at woventogetherministries@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

-Grace Knaus

His faithfulness over time

January 16

I have started writing this, and it is January 16, 2017. You will not be reading this until March 15, but I want to start writing this blog right now because I want you to see first hand how God works in our lives for our good and His glory.

Ten days ago, January 6, my boyfriend broke up with me. The last thing I want from this is pity.  That sounds harsh, I know, but it is true. I will not lie, ten days ago was extremely hard. My heart was shattered and it felt like it was being torn right out of me. My body was physically and mentally weak that I could not cry anymore. When I tried to cry my body could not produce tears because I had no food or water in my system. I was not only mentally and physically weak but I was spiritually weak as well.

During this time, I was filled with fear, anxiety, confusion, stress, sadness, and so many other emotions. I woke up the next morning and said to myself, “This will not stop me from trusting God. I will not let something like this effect my health. I will push forward, and I WILL be okay.” I picked up my Bible and just started reading literally everything in it. Now what I am about to say, I want you to pay close attention to because this was the game changer for me.

I ran to God in order to seek His will for me. I did not seek God so that I could see MY will be done. You see, days before the breakup, I knew it was coming. During this time, I prayed to God asking, “Why not MY will God? Why not MY way? Things are going perfect MY way.” When we go to God in order to figure out a way to have our will be done, it ultimately robs us of the will God has planned for us. It also robs us of the joy God wants us to have because what we think our “perfect” will is, is not His perfect will. You will always hear people say this, “God’s will is better than anything we can ever imagine.” This is true. And until you truly accept that, I truly believe the healing in your heart will not begin to heal.

In order for us to heal and move forward, we have to trust God with EVERYTHING. I prayed everyday, “Father in Heaven, I know you have a plan for me and I trust it completely. Please take all of the fear, anxiety, and pain away and fill me with trust, faith, and joy.” I, of course, continued to pray for my boyfriend and I during this time because I still do have hope. But that is a story for another time, and frankly, him and I are not the focal point of this blog, God is.

God’s faithfulness is the point. The morning after the breakup, I read Matthew 17:20, which says, “He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’” This was my healing verse. I could not understand why all of this was happening but I had faith that God had a purpose for this.

January 16, 2017

I am doing a lot better. I have made it a habit to ALWAYS read my Bible at night and to read a Christian book. Right now, I am reading Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler. I highly recommend it if you’re in a relationship, entering a relationship, or to just prepare yourself for when God does bring a significant other into your life.

For right now, I am going to sign off and I will come back to this blog and will update you on how God’s faithfulness has been working in my life. So until then, ta ta for now!

February 3

It has been nearly three weeks since I last wrote. I want to update you on God’s faithfulness. These past three weeks, God has put people into my life to pour words of wisdom and encouragement into my life. People like my professor, friends from Bible study, parents, siblings, and absolutely random people who just so happen to ask me about my life. God’s faithfulness has stayed constant because we serve a constant God. A God who will never abandon us. A God who desires us to be happy and full of joy.

I want to encourage you to always seek your church community for guidance, not in just times of trials, but always. God wants us to come together in fellowship, to encourage one another, to keep one another accountable. I want to emphasize the importance of church to you right now. “Not going to church does not NOT make me a Christian,” a saying that is so often said. I believe I am guilty of saying this at one point in my life. Without the church community, who are you seeking counseling from, who are you seeking accountability from, who is encouraging? God created the church so we can come together in fellowship.

With that being said, throughout these past three weeks, the church community has poured wisdom and truth into my heart. The fear, anxiety, sadness, and everything else has been ripped from me because I know who is always going to be there: God.

February 11

I want to let you know that God’s faithfulness has continued to pour over me. If you are going through something and you are having a hard time seeing God’s faithfulness, I want to encourage with these few points:

 

  1. Prayer is more powerful than you can ever imagine.

 

Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.

 

  1. Seek God’s will, not yours.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

  1. Get plugged into a church where people can keep you accountable and pour wisdom into you.

 

Hebrews 13:17: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”

 

March 4

God is faithful. He always was faithful. And he will continue to be faithful for the rest of our lives.

 

If you are in a similar place to the one I was in, needing to lean on God for His faithfulness, please know that no matter who you are, you are loved and prayed for. Our team is here for you. If you need prayers, or just someone to talk to you can message us on our Facebook page, find us on Instagram & Twitter at ( _woventogether), or email us at woventogetherministries@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you.

 

He is faithful in the pit

The year 2016 was hard for me. I was in a place where I felt hopeless and depressed. It felt like one hard thing after another would knock me down. It felt like I had fallen into a pit and could not get out. A good reminder for me in that time was a quote from Corrie Ten Boom that says, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” God cares and deeply loves his children. He does not leave us all on our own to deal with our hardships. While I did not always see God’s faithfulness in the moment, looking back, I can see His provision throughout my trials.

Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things, God works things out for the good of those who love him, for those who are called according to his purpose.” God does not waste any moments in your life. He uses your pain and hardship for the greater purpose of making you stronger and bringing glory to Him through it. In the deepest pit of despair, loneliness, guilt, or temptation, there is purpose.

Not only does God provide purpose in the pit, but he also provides a way out of it. God is faithful to us through our hardship. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” This verse provides encouragement by saying that we do not have to feel stuck. God will provide the way of escape.

Paul, the author of Corinthians, goes on to say that we need to “flee” from temptation. While God provides a way out from our temptation, overcoming it still requires action on our part. I know I have failed and slipped back into temptation many times. When I was struggling, I became more susceptible to temptation. I was desperate to find relief from my pain, which made temptation greater. I often feared I would never get out of the pit I was in. I doubted God and His provision over my life and cried out for Him to deliver me. However, even when I was unfaithful to God, he was always faithful me.

Looking back over last year, I can see God’s faithfulness. He answered prayers. He provided me with godly friends and family to encourage and support me. I no longer feel like I am in a pit of darkness because the Lord provided a way out. As 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, the Lord is faithful in the midst of temptation. God wants us to be victorious over our trials. He is for us, not against us.

Since we live in fallen world we will encounter trials and temptation. The good news is that the Lord is always faithful in the storm. He will always provide the way of escape. Claim the promise of God that He is faithful and will not let you be overcome by your hardship. It may seem like you will never escape, but the Lord is always faithfully working to provide a way.

As always, please know that no matter who you are, you are loved and prayed for. Our team is here for you. If you need prayers, or just someone to talk to you can message us on our Facebook page, find us on Instagram & Twitter at ( _woventogether), or email us at woventogetherministries@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you.

-Natalie Lay

 

I cannot deny Your faithfulness

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve sat down to type. Honestly, it feels a little weird.

You see, coming back to school this semester, I was not ready for the avalanche that was about to hit me. What avalanche, you may ask? I did not hear about any avalanches in Lynchburg this year? Well this avalanche was not a physical one, but an emotional and spiritual one that tore me to bits over my pride and sent me wandering from the Lord.

Guys, I am going to be honest.  Last semester may have just been another semester in college for some people, but it was another chapter in life that I would rather not look back on. I confess that I was a prideful jerk who hurt people for the sake of my pride and my supposed “spiritual well-being.” I thought that I had grown enough in my walk with the Lord and did not need to learn anymore. I hurt a dear friend because I was hurting, and did it in the name of Christ. Calling it for what it was, I wandered from the path of life. I wandered from the throne of my Father to bask in the throne of my own pride.

This is the part of the story where the audience interjects with a loud and extended, “nooooooooooo!!!!!!”

Yes, that was a no-no. The worst part about it was that I walked into this second semester with the same attitude. I was wrong.

You see, I still held the attitude that I did not need to learn anything anymore. I was content with where I was with Christ and I was content with leaving that friendship I had lost in the past. I would say I was lonely and misunderstood, when in reality, I pushed everyone away so that no one could even get close. I pushed God away because I thought He had brought me far enough. I idolized my loneliness, and dug my own pit.

It wasn’t until one night, when a friend came to my dorm to work on a class assignment with me, that something changed.  We talked.  I asked her questions about an opportunity that had presented itself and that facade I had built up so well over the past semester fell apart right in front of her.

I was exposed.  It was the sweet, but convicting words she had spoken that crushed me and led me to surrender. I could no longer hide my sin, and I could no longer call it maturity. I could barely stand to look at myself or into myself any longer. The more inwardly I looked, the more I got lost in the pit of my sin. When people asked me how I was, I couldn’t say I was “good,” because I wasn’t “good.” I was a wreck and a monster.

But, and but being the key word here, God said something totally different. He did not deny the depravity of my wretched heart, and He most certainly did not dismiss it for one second. He did do one thing though. He said, “repent, and you shall be forgiven on account of My Holy name.”

Let me tell you, in repentance and surrender I found the greatest joy in laying my sin and life down. I found Him.

You see, God did not just brush my sin to the side and say, “Daughter, it’s okay that you’ve sinned, I still delight in you and call you mine.” No, He instead said, “Daughter, your sin lays before me, for you have sinned against Me and Me alone, but ‘your sins have been forgiven on account of His name’ (1 John 2:12b); ‘go now and leave your life of sin.’ (John 8:11b).” As the loving father He is, He did not just let me go freely, He disciplined me, but His discipline was out of love.

In His love, I found myself at the foot of His cross once again, the place where I should have been all last semester. In His love as well, I look back over the past couple semesters and see His faithfulness all throughout my time of wandering.

I now see that all last semester and the beginning of this semester, even as I was running from Him, He did not stop pursuing me. As I sat in my pride, He did not stop speaking. As I tried so hard to get that friend out of my life, she is the very one that God used to show me His grace and kindness. As I kept running, He ran even faster, and as I hid, He kept searching. He did not stop loving me, even when my heart loved other things above Him. He did not stop being who He is just because I was being who I should not have been.

In 2 Timothy 2:13, Paul writes, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful–for He cannot deny Himself.” My friends, our gracious Lord remains true to His Word. As I was unfaithful to Him last semester and the beginning of this semester, He remained faithful.

Just because I wandered from His throne, He did not stop being who He has claimed Himself to be. My wandering did not pose a threat to His majesty. It did not make Him run away from me.

Instead, He pursued me even harder. He remained faithful even when I was faithless. And my friends, this is the Lord whom we serve. We serve a Holy and gracious God, and this is the Lord whom I love.

Now, with all of that being said, I want to ask you a question. Have you wandered from the throne of grace? Has your heart sought things above His? Have you been faithless?

Whether your answer is yes or no, know this one thing: even if you are faithless, even if you are unfaithful to Him, even if you wander from His throne, HE REMAINS FAITHFUL.

Your sin does not scare Him, and it never did. He sent His one and only Son to die for you in the pit of your sin, so what do you think would scare Him away from you and your sin? He has seen the dark depravity of your heart and loves you the same. He remains faithful in His pursuit of you throughout all of your life.

So run to the arms of the One who remains faithful throughout eternity. He is calling you. Come to the altar and fall into the arms of the One who will look you and your sin in the eye and say, “‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.'” (John 8:11b) He is faithful to love you just as much when you wander as when you are faithful.  Go to Him.

As always, please know that no matter who you are, you are loved and prayed for. Our team is here for you. If you need prayers, or just someone to talk to you can message us on our Facebook page, find us on Instagram & Twitter at ( _woventogether), or email us at woventogetherministries@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you.

 

well, I’m outtie.

 

-Aleks B.

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Finding Rest

Rest.

This is a concept, that I as a college student would say I do not get a lot of. I remember fondly the years of living at home, and having a set bed time at nine or ten… in Middle School..( a little extreme to go to bed that early…its casual.) I feel like I was very well rested earlier in life, and as I got to college, it seemed like the concept of getting rest was a joke. I mean seriously, how is someone who is taking classes full time supposed to go to class, study, eat healthy, hang out, volunteer, and sleep seven hours a night?  Some days I forget to even smile at people while trying to do all of those things. Rest is a term that a lot of people automatically associate with physical needs. Yes, we need rest to function, but what about spiritually? Do we not need rest to function in our spiritual walk?

I served as a Spiritual Life Coach on my hall at Liberty University my Sophomore year. For those of you reading this that do not go to Liberty, I basically became the “fun Aunt” to girls on my hall by giving Godly advice and mentoring girls other girls in leadership on my hall. When I started Spiritual Life Coaching, (SLC) for short, I was super excited about it.

For those of you that do not know me, I’m a hyper person.  I also like to think I’m pretty funny but sometimes I’m not sure if people are laughing at me or with me… and that is totally different story. I was so hyper and so energetic when I became an SLC that I was ready to just share the gospel and love of Jesus with every girl on my hall. I started out the school year trying to do spend as much time as possible with my hall and friends outside the hall, attempting to do my homework, and making an effort to still be available for whatever else was going on. I was constantly going. The word rest did not exist in my vocabulary.

Around the third month of school, this constant going caught up to me and I started to get really sick. I was sick for the following three months. It was like a mystery to me, but God is good because by some miracle of the Lord, I was healed. It wasn’t until I first got sick with the flu that I realized God was trying to slow me down.

So many times, we get run down physically, but we also get run down spiritually. When I reached the point of getting sick again my third month into school, I was worn down physically and spiritually. I had been going at high speed nonstop. I felt as if I had to prove myself to be this Godly superwoman to the girls on my hall, always having it all together. I was WRONG. I did not need to prove myself to anybody, especially when it was a smokescreen. I felt like I could do it on my own. I was going constantly, and because of this I had put time with God on a back burner. I thought I was fine… I mean I was doing stuff for God so I was totally fine to spend only 5 mins of my day with Him, right? Wrong again…

I learned my lesson from those few little months of craziness and sickness. I did not learn them overnight, but have continually learned to rest in God since. A lot of times we get caught up in what we feel like others will think of us, or what we need to do to earn God’s love. We start to try doing extra “good things”, thinking if we do all the right things God will love us a little more.

The truth is, God does not need us to prove anything to Him. God wants to be our source of joy, love, peace, contentment, etc. He wants to be the center of our lives and in order for that to happen, we must rest in God. Resting in God means not doing life on our own. The truth is, everyday we should wake up admitting that we can not do life on our own, but that God has our day already in His plan.

Our lives may seem chaotic. You may be in a season of wondering why you are where you are, or you wondering if God has forgotten you. God has placed each of us right where we are now to trust Him and to grow in Him. He wants us to learn how to rest in Him daily. Life can be a struggle, it can be overwhelming, but God does not want us to fight, He wants us to learn how to rest.

A verse that comes to mind when I think about letting God take control of our lives is from Psalm 44. In Psalm 44, Canaan and Israel were in a battle over the land allotted them. Verse 2 reads, “It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” Did you get the last part of this verse? Israel won the battle because God loved Israel, and his grace was lavished on them. They were His chosen people and He wanted to show them just how much He loved them so He took the reins and showed them how it was not by their power but His that they won.

God does the same thing with us. God loves each of us no matter where we are, what we have done, what we have said, thought, or did not do.  God loves us the same. He wants to show us His power. He wants to take charge of your life so that He can give you a life greater than anything we could create on our own.

John 10:10 says, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows.] Abundant life does not mean that tomorrow we will wake up and have the perfect job, hair, body, money, or life, but it means that whatever happens we will have Christ and because of Him dying on the cross for us, we now have abundant life because we are not chained down to sin.

We can rest in God knowing that our sin is gone from us once we have made Him our Savior. We can rest knowing that no matter how many times we mess up, no matter how hard we try, no matter how much we do not try, that God will still love us the same and will still fight for us because He loves us. Satan will try and tell us God does not love us, and some days we may not feel His love but have to remember the truth of God’s word. God is faithful and He never fails.

Take heart my friends, that each one of us can truly rest in God every day. We can allow Him to guide us through our lives, helping us through each problem, being our comfort in the hard times, and rejoicing with us in the good. We may feel as if we are losing the battle, but if God is on our side then the battle is already won. Today, stop trying so hard to make God love you when He has loved you since the beginning of time. He will take you as you are and make you into someone even better because He is perfect and His ways are perfect.

As always, we want to be here for you at Woven Together. If you would like to contact us for prayer, encouragement, advice, or just someone to talk to, you can reach us on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You can also email us at woventogetherministries@gmail.com . We love each of you, and are praying for you!

Thanks for reading, much love to ya!

-Haley