Ground Yourself

Ladies – the truth is that when the alarm clock dings and our eyes pop open, we hit the ground running. Even if it’s a day of rest. Even if we get up early to relax before all the day’s shenanigans begin. Our mind tends to have other plans, and you know that’s the truth. 
Our to-do list is a mile long, and once we check one task off five more decide to join the party. However, God should be number one on that list. No matter what. Somewhere in the middle of the crazy we have got to ground ourself in God’s word. We have got to slow down enough to give God the time and worship that He deserves. 
Learning to separate ourself from this world’s demands and give God our undivided attention shouldn’t be hard- but we know that’s not the case. Let’s be intentional in giving God our heart, our mind, and our soul first. Let’s put God on the top of our priority list and NEVER check Him off. 
“6 In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” – Proverbs 3:6 

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I’m on a Mission 

Some people think I’m radical. I don’t think I’m radical enough. 
Some people think I post about God too much. I don’t think I post enough. 
Some people think my world centered around God is peculiar. Different. I would have to ask, what else do you have to focus on? 
Some people think I’m blinded by positivity and faith in a world that’s falling apart. I would have to ask, what else do you have to hold on to?
If you don’t have God what else do you have? I don’t want to know. I don’t want to live in that world. 
I’m on a mission. I’m on a mission to get my family, friends, and everyone else to Heaven. I don’t want anyone left behind. I don’t want anyone to go to that….. other place. 
I’m on a mission. 

I’m radical. 

God-centered. 

Jesus-focused. 

He is my world. 

And He can be yours, too. 
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16 

This is your Story 

This is your story. Not anyone else’s.
You are holding the pen and get to decide how each chapter ends. You are writing your own script. 
Oh, there are going to be hard times. In fact, some days are going to be just downright awful. But the power you hold is in how you decide to handle the ugly. Your power is in your reaction. 
We can easily engage in the war that is raging all around us, or we can choose to hold our tongues and gracefully walk away with our heads held high. 
Choose God. Choose grace. Choose for your story to be so beautifully scripted that God’s very own spirit pours out of every single fiber within you. 
This is your story. Make it a good one. 
“So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” – Colossians 1:10

God is Bigger than our Emotions 

When I’m having a hard day it seems like all the noise starts taking over. It makes me feel disconnected from God, and I don’t like that feeling at all. Letting my emotions take over can land me in a slump – one that I waller around in for a while. 
Yes, we are human. Yes, we have emotions; however, God is bigger than our emotions. 
Don’t let your emotions boss you around. Don’t let them temporarily disconnect you from Your Father. Instead, let Him manage your emotions. He is the only one that can fix whatever is wrong in the first place. 
 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your way acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6

God Loves Me 

Tupperware lids – a true pet-peeve of mine. Why are there so many? Where are their matches? Why do they fall out on top of my head every single time I open the cabinet? 
Things like this, things that really don’t matter, can literally dictate our day. If we wake up on the wrong side of the bed just one Tupperware lid, one iffy Facebook post, just one forgotten lunch kit, can seriously make us or break us. 
We have the tendency of letting minute details be the driving force of our entire day. If God woke up on the wrong side of the bed where would that leave us? Makes me grateful that He is indeed slow to anger. He is patient, and kind, and understanding – even when we want to chunk Tupperware lids across the kitchen. I’m so thankful that God loves me in spite of me. 
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” – Psalms 103:8

God’s Word

The world is loud. There is constant noise. Voices can infiltrate our head and our heart without us even realizing that it’s happening. 
Start each day in the word. End each day in the word; stay in the word as much as you can throughout the day. 
Don’t let opinions distract you. Be so filled with the truth (God’s word) that when the noise tries to take over – it can’t. 
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

-Joshua 1:8

Love One Another 

Love one another. 
On the verge of the biggest betrayal of all mankind, Jesus leaves these words with His disciples. He knows what Judas is about to do, and it breaks his heart wide open. His heart isn’t hurting for Himself; His heart is truly hurting for Judas. He knows the repercussions that he will face. He knows the consequences. He knows that the other disciples are going to have ill-feelings toward Judas. 
When someone hurts your best friend like that, or even you, it takes a while to move past it. In fact, as humans we usually can’t put it behind us. Let’s just be honest – the hurt lingers. 
I had a whole paragraph written here about loving others. I was going to tell you that nationality, gender, and religion didn’t matter. I was going to share some ways to exhibit love to others- but then God put me in check. Sometimes it’s easier to “love” a broad group of people that you don’t even know than to love one single individual that wronged you. 
I have to ask myself these questions: Am I truly loving everyone? What about the people along the way that have ripped my heart out? What about my “Judas”? Am I able to love them? 
Conviction. I’ve got work to do in that area. 
“Shortly after washing His disciples’ feet, something usually done by the lowliest of servants, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34–35).