Who am I living for?

Who are you living for today?

This is a loaded question. Are we living life and going about our daily routines for the people around us, or are we living for God? Usually whichever one happens to be your answer is the one you find your identity in.

There have been several times where I found myself seeking approval from the people around me instead of from God. There have been several times where I have lived my life for man instead of God. I care way too much about what others think about me. Everyday I go about life meeting strangers and friends and my thoughts are filled with what they might be thinking about me.

I want mans approval. The thing about man’s approval is that this world is filled with a lot of evil so it os important to understand that not everyone we come in contact with will like us, agree with us, encourage us, help us, acknowledge us, give affirmations, love us, and so on. There are a lot of people that will ridicule us, devalue us, disrespect us, use us, hurt us, exclude us, manipulate us, and hate us.

Man’s approval is still something I sometimes struggle with today. Seeking mans approval, placing your identity in what someone has said or may think about you and letting people dictate who you are is completely draining and it can ruin you. It sends us down a path of destruction and hurt. It can and will slowly or quickly ruin your relationship with God too.

I know the times where I have lived my life for man are the times where I slip further away from God and become broken. That is not to say that people do not matter because everyone matters. Everyone matters to God but what people think about you should not take precedence over your true identity, because you are a child of God, the one true King.

You are someone that God has a specific purpose for, so we cannot let what other people say or do to us overshadow the beautiful life and plan God has for us. Once we accept who we are in Christ and follow what God has meant for our lives we can make an incredible difference. Remember these promises whenever you find yourself placing your identity in what the world has to say. 

When the world tells us we can’t, God tells us we can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13).

When the world says calls us ugly, God says we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image (Ps. 139:14, Genesis 1:27).  

 When the world calls us failures, God redeems us (Romans 8:28, Ephesians 1:7). 

When the world hurts us, God heals us (Ps. 147:3). 

When the world weakens us, God’s strength abides in us (Isaiah 40:28-31). 

When the world excludes you, God invites us to be apart of His family (John 3:16, John 1:12, Ephesians 2:19-22). 

When the world reminds us of our past, God reminds us of His perfect plan (Jeremiah 29:11). 

When the world says there’s something wrong with you, God gives us power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). 

When the world hits us with continued battles, God supplies us with the armor we need to fight (Ephesians 6:10-18). 

When the world tells us lies, God tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). 

 

There is nothing in this world that God cannot overcome and overpower! Find your identity through Him! 

We love you all and are praying for you! 

 

 

Who Am I?

Knowing who you are is hard. I don’t think Who am I moments are limited to middle school or high school – they can happen at any point in life. I have been with myself my entire life you would think I should have a pretty good grip on it by now.

If you know me you know I am a people pleaser. I have been my whole life which, if you are not careful, can get you in trouble or “walked on”, so to speak. 

A couple of years ago I experienced one such period of being “walked on”. Sad to say it was with close friends of my family. For a people pleaser like me, a simple mistake on my part is a far bigger deal then it may be to someone else (in my mind anyway… ).  It was a failure to simply introduce one person to another which lead to words from that person saying to me, “Are you ashamed of my family that you won’t even introduce me to your close friends?” This was a small mistake on my part and I greatly apologized for it!

Longer story short, days went by and that family refused to talk to me or my family. It broke me. The thought of me making someone that upset was devastating, as you can imagine.

My mom and I had proceeded to talk about the situation for a few days. I was so upset I ran from the house, got in my car and drove (I cannot remember where but it wasn’t far). As I drove down the road, I started to cry and yell at God, “Why Lord? What could I possibly do that could be this bad when all I have ever done is love these people!” I continued with, “I can’t do this anymore! God I can’t make everyone happy, even you said YOU wouldn’t make everyone happy with the words you spoke! Truth.” 

From that day on I found my identity. I found that no, I cannot make everyone happy and not everyone is going to like me. But I am here telling you it does not matter. It only matters what God thinks and sees in you! If you are a believer, He sees Christ, His son, all over you, He sees His child loving Him with all their heart.

Even though that was a breaking point for me in my life, I truly believe God used it for my good, to tell me that all I needed was Him and I am allowed to have my own thoughts. I am now a free person, free speaker because not everyone is going to like what I have to say or do and that’s okay. 

This was a very personal thing for me to share and I hope it helps you see that all we need is Jesus. He puts people in your life for a season sometimes to teach us things whether we want to hear them or not.  

Ephesians 1:3 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us is the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” 

Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I take from these verses that, no matter what, God has already blessed us with so much so who are we to care what others think or say of us?  His voice is what matters, and we are His beloved.  There will always be people speaking their opinions over us, but we are not to become them or be changed by them.

 

Much love, Olivia

 

Roll Call

There is a game that I used to play as a kid (and sometimes still play) called “Sha Booya.”

The game goes like this: the group chants “Sha booya, sha sha, sha booya roll call,” and then one person says their name and something about themselves.

Here’s an example.

Group: “Sha booya, sha sha, sha booya roll call.”

Person: “My name is Faith”

Group: “Yeah”

Person: “I’m writing a blog”

Group: “Yeah”

Person: “For Woven Together”

Group: “Yeah”

Person: “’Cause that’s my squad”

Then the group claps or laughs or celebrates, depending on how funny or clever the roll call was.

It is kind of silly, but it is fun and in a big group, it can be a good way to get to know a little bit more about people’s personalities.

It is not quite “Sha Booya,” but did you know that there is a roll call in the Bible?  It is found in chapter 11 of Hebrews.

This chapter lists a bunch of biblical heroes and tells a little bit about them. Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, and more are listed. There are some big names on the list.

So, what made these people so great? Were they charismatic speakers? Deep thinkers? Strong warriors? Brave heroes? Eloquent preachers? Big dreamers? Hard workers? These are some of the things that we would think brings success, right?

I mean, Noah surely had to work hard to build the ark. Abraham must have been a big dreamer to be the father of a nation. Rahab must have been brave to hide the Israelite spies from their enemies.

Sure, they could have been those things, but that is not how they are described in Hebrews.  They did not do great things on their own.  They did them “by faith.”

By faith Moses… chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time,” (Hebrews 11: 24-25).

By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did,” (Hebrews 11: 4).

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice,” (Hebrews 11:17).

Notice it does not say, “Abraham did ____ by faith,” but “by faith Abraham did ____.”  The person’s name is listed second to their faith.

So maybe it was not being a deep thinker or big dreamer or great preacher that helped these people do awesome things.

It was their faith in God.

What is faith? And how do we live by it?

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible,” (Hebrews 11:1-3).

Basically, we have to believe that God created the universe and put our trust in Him no matter what comes our way. We put our hope in Him even though we cannot see Him.  We believe He has a good plan for us even when it does not feel like things are going our way. We do what He tells us to do, even when it is scary.

The “Roll Call of Faith,” as it’s sometimes called, teaches us that to do great things for the Kingdom, we do not have to be extraordinarily talented, we just have to trust and obey our extraordinary God.

We’d love to pray for you! Message us with any prayer requests or just to chat!

With love,

Faith

Be Still and Have Faith

I have had several instances where I have had to have faith that I could share in this post but every time that I sat down to start writing one of them, I did not know where to start. I firmly believe the reason for that is because God wanted me to share what has happened to me in the last two days. It may not seem to incredibly big to some people but to me it was huge.

I received a subpoena at work a week ago for a suspect who shoplifted from my store. The suspect is a very aggressive suspect that harassed me every time he saw me. As soon as I received the piece of paper with the date and time on it I thought I was going to throw up. Fear instantly took over in my thoughts. I was panicking for a while about having to see him again but I took minute to pray about it and hand it over to God, trusting Him with the outcome.

A verse came to me then and has stuck with me all week, especially today in court. Psalms 46:10 states, “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’” (NIV).

Through the thoughts of panic and fear that I was feeling God was telling me to be still and know that He is God. He is the God over all. He will bring justice where justice should be and He will never leave me alone. My week could have gone a lot worse if I had kept thinking about this case and all the what if’s that may or may not have happened. Instead it was just a normal week. I had God’s peace.

With that being said the Devil still tries to tear us down at times, especially when he sees us trusting God. Today was the date of the case and there were a few times before I left for court where I thought I was going to go into a panic attack but God is so good. I had several people praying and God sent a friend that walked into court with me so I would not physically be alone. In addition to all this, while I was driving in today, a song began playing on my Christian playlist that brought be so much comfort. It’s called Be Still by Hillsong and the lyrics say this;

“Be still and know

That the Lord is in control

Be still my soul

Stand and watch as giants fall

 

I won’t be afraid

You are here

You silence all my fear

I won’t be afraid

You don’t let go

Be still my heart and know

I won’t be afraid

 

Be still and trust

What the Lord has said is done

Find rest don’t strive

Watch as faith and grace align

 

Surely love and mercy

Your peace and kindness

Will follow me

Will follow me

 

Your love surrounds me

Your love surrounds me here”

 

How amazing is our God?! I went into that court room today, still a little nervous, but with faith. Faith in knowing that God was there and that He was going to get me through it and He did. The outcome of court went as perfect as it could go and I did not get confronted by the suspect as I had feared when I first got the subpoena. All praise be to God. I do not know how I would have gotten through it without Him. I do not know how anyone can get through anything without knowing God is with them and having faith in that.

A quote that I saw on a Facebook post by Lucas Jonkman stated this, “Fight you fears and you’ll be in the battle forever. Face your fears and you will be free forever”.

I do not know where you are today in your faith. I do not know what fears are creeping into your mind but stop fighting them face them. God will never leave your side if you just have faith and believe he is there. He has always been there and He will always be there. Have faith in Him to see you through whatever it is you are facing.

I am going to end this with one of my favorite verses, Joshua 1:9, which states, “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” (NIV).

 

If any of you need prayer for something or just need/want to talk to someone don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of us. We love you all and pray for you everyday!

 

Let Go and Have Faith

We are told to live by it – give it all to God and have faith.  This is much easier said than done, am I right? Many of you are wives and mothers who have a good hand on practically what it looks like to live by faith.  Trusting the Lord with your finances and how your kids will grow up is just a glimpse. Some of you are college students who may have just started or are graduating in a few weeks and have NO idea what is next.

Have you ever noticed how many times, in the Bible, when people were at their lowest point, God showed up because of their faith? We also learn from those stories that even for some of the greatest, letting go was one are the hardest things to do.

In John 16:33 Jesus says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I really love this verse! Not only does God out right say, “I got this,” but He says that He’s had it since before you even knew who He was. Letting go can be one of the hardest things we have ever have to do. I get it. When I am having one of my “worry fits”, my husband always has to stop me and say, “Baby, we are going to be fine! Who did we say was in control of this situation?” Although admitting he is right can also be hard, he is.

Ask for help. Ask for prayer. We never want to let others know we are hurting, and this is something I struggle with too. I do not want anyone to worry about me or bother anyone with my problems.  Thankfully, God knows better. He puts people of prayer in your life who sit at the feet of God constantly for people like you and me who are nervous to ask for prayer.

If you are with me, let’s let it go and let God handle it, because He wants to and He can.  In fact He would love too, because it means we have FAITH in Him that He actually can move that mountain and a love deeper than we can fathom.

My husband (Luke) and I were at the beach last week. He surprised me with a quick getaway for the night because I had been asking and asking for him to take me (yes he totally spoiled me). As I sat up at 6am to watch the sunrise over the water I could not help but think about how beautiful it was. Not just the water and the colors but life itself!

How awesome is it that we get to wake up each morning to a God who wants to handle our problems, a God who wants to hear our concerns? With all that we know about God, why is it so hard for us to let go? No I do not have a simple answer for this question because I think there are quite a few million of them.  Regardless of your answer, we all have them and they cause us unnecessary stress and frustration.

With all of this said, take this challenge with me because I have to remind myself of it constantly.  When you find yourself getting anxious, take a deep breath and say to God, “I do not want to worry about this today, I know you can handle it so take it from me now!”

The girls and I think about you all and pray for you always! I know its said at the end of many blogs but please do not hesitate to reach out to us with thoughts and prayer requests, we would love to talk to you and pray for you!

Much love, Olivia

 

The Story of Faith

Hi guys! As you may know, my name is Faith, which also happens to be the subject that we are focusing on this month here at Woven Together. So for this weeks’ post, I have asked my mom (with some help from my dad and my brother Lucas), to tell the story of how I got my name.

-Faith

 

“To tell Faith’s story, I have to rewind. Faith began in 1995, but her essence started a few years before that…

I was pregnant and very excited! I have always loved children and grew up dreaming about a home full of them.  Finally, our family was beginning! A few months into the pregnancy however, tragedy struck and the baby died.

Complete sadness. Loss. Disappointment. Heartbreak. It is difficult to even write these words today.

Time passed and still no pregnancy. We did not know why and the doctors could find no explanation. More time passed—wondering, asking questions to God, experiencing deep sadness. We kept going through the motions of everyday activities, but this was always in the back of my mind.

One of these activities was a shower—one of our friends was adopting a baby!

Now, I feel the need to interject here that baby showers were emotional minefields for me. As I said, I have always loved children. Holding a baby gives me immediate peace and joy. There were a lot of babies being born around us at that time to family, friends, and coworkers. But going to baby showers then brought back all the sad feelings and hard questions. Why not us? Why was this happening?

However, this particular baby shower brought me an immediate sense of peace… Adoption? I had never really thought about it but, could this be our path?

We began the process and although adoption is traditionally full of long waits and setbacks, our adoption progressed with relative ease, as things sometimes do when you are following God’s path.

In the span of about two months, we had a beautiful, wonderful, handsome bundle of joy—our oldest, a son! Life without Luke in our family is hard to imagine. He is a blessing to us every day.

But wait—you say “I thought Faith was a girl!” She is! You have only heard the first act of our play.

You see, God was working behind the scenes. Through a series of events that could only be described as miraculous, while we were working through the adoption applications, I became pregnant. During that year we became the proud parents of not one, but two babies, born just seven months apart.

So when our baby girl was born—on her exact due date (she has always been a rule follower)—we had no trouble deciding on a name.

Faith is confidence in something that you can not see or understand; it is a deep understanding that God will take care of you.

Faith is a complete trust in someone or something.

Faith is a strong belief in God and in the doctrines of a religion based on spiritual trust rather than proof.

Faith is a wonderful, handsome, strong son.

And Faith is my beautiful, kind, loving 22-year-old daughter.”

-Chantel

 

 

Growing with God

“So that you may love a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”-Colossians 1:10

Growth can be seen in many aspects of life. For instance, I take karate with the goal of getting my black belt. In order to get my black belt, it takes many hours of practice and growth in skill in order to achieve that goal. It is not something that I can just wake up and have. I have to go to class, learn and I have to practice what I have learned. I have to work hard. It is not an easy goal to achieve and there are a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (although I have not had the blood part yet, just bruises).

The same can be applied with our relationship with God. In order to grow in our relationship with God we cannot just sit around and do nothing. We cannot sit around and just wait for something to happen. In order to grow we have to put in the effort. We have to be willing to learn and study God’s word so that we can understand and get to know God more. Like karate, growing in our relationship with God is not an easy task at times, especially when we have an enemy who will do everything in his power to ensure that we do not have a relationship with God and will do whatever he can to tear it apart.

At times we are going to have a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. By that, I mean that we will encounter many trials in life like anxiety, depression, divorce, loss of a job, broken relationships and so much more. We need to remember during those trials that God is still God and He is still on His throne. He still loves us and His power will overthrow the enemy. So whenever we are seeking growth in our relationship with God and we experience the blood, sweat and tears we just need to remember who our God is. Through the trials and tests thrown our way we need to trust in our God and in trusting in God we can find growth as well. 

Growth comes as a result of how much time we spend reading the Bible, and applying what we have read to our lives and praying. Personally, my relationship grows most through worship. It is how I feel closest to God. Something about worshipping and praising God gives me a glimpse of how eternity with God will be like with all of us coming together and continuously praising Him. It just gives me chills to think about.

My relationship with God has grown tremendously since being in college but it is still not a perfect relationship and that is on me. Some days or even weeks it feels like the relationship has taken several steps in the wrong direction. However, here is what I do know – everyday I do not spend growing with God ends up being some of the worst most stressful days. The days I do spend growing with God end up being days where the weight I have been carrying ends up being so much lighter, the anxiety that I feel in my chest loosens up, and the compassion and love I feel for God and for others grows. No matter what we face our God is for us and with us always. He loves us unconditionally and all He wants from us is to grow in Him. Here are lyrics from a song I heard at a conference this week that really touched my heart. These lyrics give a small glimpse of how much our God loves us. 

“There is no shadow, you won’t light up, 

Mountain you won’t climb up, coming after me 

There is no wall, you won’t kick down, 

Lie you won’t tear down, coming after me. 

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God 

Oh, it chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still you give yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.” 

-Cory Asbury, “Reckless Love”

 Again, this is just a small sample of how much our God loves us. Who would not want to grow in a relationship with our God? 

I hope and pray each one of you reading this are seeking out in growth in your relationship with God. If you are not, then I encourage you to start by just taking 10 minutes a day and read a passage in the Bible and to pray. Just be honest and real with God. I guarantee you will feel God’s love. We love you all and are praying for you daily. If any of you want to talk or have a specific prayer request please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”-Isaiah 40:31

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen”- 2 Peter 3:18

 

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Growing Pains

Growth is hard. Whether you are growing physically, emotionally or spiritually. We all go through seasons of growing, it is a constant throughout of lives. Some growth we ask for some we wish we did not have to go through. Recently I went through a significant time of change in my life, and in the midst of that change I was growing in ways I didn’t even realize.  It was not until I took a step back and looked at who I became that I saw a change. Changes are constant with growth. Sometimes we do not want to accept that at the time of growth. We should not look at growth as a negative thing but as a positive time to blossom into someone new.

We have all been through the part of our life that physically grows us. We get actual growing pains from our body maturing and getting taller and stronger. I was lucky to be on the short side and not deal with a lot of pains.

Emotional growth is important but difficult to process. Growing emotionally takes time. Whether you are emotionally growing towards someone, away from or just trying to understand your own emotions. Emotional growth is what I experience this past year. I moved back home, started online classes and have a full time job. Through this stage I have matured and really learned about my emotions and feelings. Truthfully I did not realize this was happening until I thought about where I was a year ago today (emotionally). If you are dealing with an emotionally growth in your life remember that God is always there for you and wants to see you grow and mature.

I believe spiritual growth is the most rewarding and important growth stage we can have. Fall 2015 really was the start to a deeper understanding of spiritual growth. It was the start of something new, moving to Virginia to start my freshman year at Liberty University. I was surrounded by the Word and many fellow believers. I dug deeper into the Word while being able to fellowship with friends. That was the easy part because at Liberty, It was a constant subject. When I came back home on breaks and eventually moved back home that was the true test of faith. I will be honest, I withered in my faith rather than growing initially. It took some time for me to hear what God was saying and see what the Lord showed and gave me in the times of need was amazing. He gave me exactly everything I needed, not wanted.

I have been reading the book of Psalms. Recently, every time I open my Bible, there is always something that speaks to me. About a week ago, when I was preparing to write this blog, I read a prayer about times of troubles Psalms 40.

 “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”

This clearly shows how he wanted us to grow even when we are our weakest.

No matter the season of growth you are going through currently it is always important to remember that God gave this challenge to you because He knew you needed it. We will continue growing throughout our lives. I hope you know that the growth will help you grow closer to God and He has a reason for each season. When God created us, He knew the plans for us. He never said they would be easy. Not all growth will being challenging though.  Some seasons are beautiful and easy but when/if you are struggling with a difficult season of growth remember that God loves you and He knows what is best.

-J

He Walks with me Through my Growth

Growing is not easy. It takes time, patience, love and most likely, all of the above.

As many of you know I just got married in January. While so far it has been the best couple months of my life, it comes with a lot of learning and growing. Learning how to submit to your husband and also be the one who is responsible for putting dinner on the table can be a process. Nearly every day, I find myself asking Lord, “God, what am I supposed to do now?”

He is the one who has blessed me with this life so He will be the one I run to – at least, He should be. So many times we run through life and forget to stop and ask, “Father what are you trying to tell me? What is it you need me to do next?” I am talking to myself here too.  One day I think I have it all under control and the next I am crashing to the ground.

As I have grown, I noticed how big Gods love is. Ladies, its big! Isaiah 40:28 says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.”

All God wants is for us to come to Him with all we have. It sounds challenging, yes, because it is. He wants to talk with us, whether that is through His word or a friend and if we listen carefully we can hear Him all over the place.

While we are growing, we must never forget to run to God for it all.  Not only does he deserve it and love it when we come to Him, but there is also grace when we forget to prioritize the wrong things.  There is always room to come back to His arms and apologize for not speaking to Him that day, week, month or even year.  He is our Lord and Father but He also wants to be our best friend.

“As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”  -Psalm 40:11

Growth is difficult and often painful for everyone, so don’t forget who is here to help you though it.

 

Love, Olivia

Between Seed and Sprout

What makes you excited for spring? For me, I love to see all the bright, beautiful flowers blooming and the picturesque green trees coming to life again.  Spring is a time of rebirth, redemption, and growth.

Inspired by the warm weather we’ve been having and excited the embrace the new season, my mom and I have been doing a lot of planting.

I love going to the store, picking out some flowers, and bringing them home to plant.  It’s instant gratification, or perhaps more accurately, instant beautification. In the few hours that it took to choose the plants, bring them home, and put them in the ground, you are able to see such a change in the yard, porch, or garden.

However, in gardening (or life, for that matter), you don’t always see those instant results.

This year, I also planted some seeds.  In theory, planting seeds is simple: you put the seeds in some dirt, water them, and wait for them to grow. The process seems so easy, but I sometimes struggle to keep watering and tending the seeds when I’m not seeing any progress.  That period of waiting for the seed to grow into a sprout can be difficult.

Sometimes, I feel like I’m stuck in that same “in-between” place in my life.

Sometimes, I can’t see any progress.

Sometimes, I don’t feel like I’m going anywhere.

Sometimes, God calls us to wait.

Numbers 9: 15-23 tells of the Israelites in the desert after Moses has led them out of Egypt. God had given them a cloud by day and a fire by night (Numbers (9:16).  This cloud or fire was meant to direct the Israelites: when the cloud moved, they were to move with it and when it stayed in place, they were to wait (Numbers 9:17-18).

I’m sure that the journey through the wilderness was hard, but I think that, at least for me, the hardest part would have been the waiting.  Why would you want to sit in the desert and wait when you could be making your way to the promised land?

Right now, I’m in a season in my life where God is calling me to wait.  Waiting is hard for me, especially since I still don’t know what metaphorical promised land God has in store for me. But I know that God knows the best path for me to take, just like He knew exactly what path would lead the Israelites to the promised land while still protecting them from their enemies.

Maybe, like me, God has called you to wait.  So, what do you do while you’re waiting?

Let’s take a cue from those seeds I was talking about earlier.

First, a seed needs nutrient-rich soil in order to grow. Find a church, a mentor, a bible study, or some other Christian community to learn from.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Proverbs 27:17, Matthew 18:20, and Galatians 6:2 are just a few of many verses that express the importance of Christian fellowship.

Secondly, a seed needs water. Water is what quenches our thirst when we are physically parched, just like the Word of God quenches our spiritual thirst. Reading God’s word nourishes the soul and helps us to grow spiritually.

Finally, the seed needs time. After making sure we have spiritual soil and water, all we can do is wait for God to tell us what to do next (and make sure that through prayer and fellowship with God, we’re listening when He speaks).

I know waiting is hard.  It’s so easy to become discouraged and impatient, but be encouraged by this today:

  •             God knows what path you need to take, and He will show you that path in His time.
  •             Spiritual growth still happens during seasons of waiting.
  •             Seeds, with the proper care, do eventually sprout, even if it’s hard to see their progress.
  •             You are not alone! You have brothers and sisters in Christ (throughout history and today) that are going through similar seasons of waiting.

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With love,

Faith