Mom Crush Monday: When He’s Sleeping {Guest Post}

It’s Mom Crush Monday! So glad you are joining us today! How many out there love to watch your child when he is sleeping? I know I do! They are just the cutest! Anyway, today, an awesome blogger mama is sharing sentiments toward her sweet, sleeping son. Please show Klara some love in the comments and by checking out her blog. Also, don’t forget to follow along with us on Instagram and make sure to the hashtag #momcrushmonday for a shoutout to your favorite mom friend!

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When He’s Sleeping

My son is precious. He is sweet, loving, cheerful and just the right amount of cheeky; everything a little boy should be. My son laughs from his belly, and he runs to me when he’s hurt. He plays with the utmost focus, and he carries his favourite toys in circles around our home. My son is crazy about his Dad, and he’s obsessed with dogs and cats. He strums the ukulele and bashes the piano with the kind of grim determination only a toddler can muster. My boy wraps towels and clothes over his neck like a scarf, and he claps his little hands when we drive.

Everything he does is perfect to me.

When he is sleeping, that’s when I come undone. Something unfurls in my heart and makes me want to hold him, protect him, keep him tiny and innocent, bundled tightly against my chest, for the rest of my life.

There is just something about the sweetness of a sleeping boy.

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Maybe it’s the way his lashes, longer than mine by far, brush his cheek. The little sighs that he utters when I place my hand on his back, checking him before I go to bed at night. The blissful roll of his eyes as he stirs and then settles again. Maybe it’s the way his golden hair, overdue for a cut, splays around him like a glorious halo. His pink lips parting in anticipation as I brush a wayward pacifier against them. His little bum pointing skyward, his face, chest and knees pressing down onto his mattress. It’s intoxicating, all of it, and someone needs to find a way to bottle this goodness!

On the hard nights when he wakes and needs me, I cannot begrudge him, because then I get to hold him, feeling him snuggling in and moulding himself to me. I get his face nuzzling into my neck, his warm breath grazing my skin. I get his wriggling little body relaxing against mine as precious sleep takes over once more.

Yes, I’m so tired. Yes, my bed is calling my name. However, my boisterous boy is still and snuggly, and he’s all mine.

When he’s sleeping, he’s not growing before my eyes, he’s not hitting developmental milestones, he’s not walking or talking or mastering skills. At the same time, all those wonderful things pause. When he’s sleeping, for one more night, he’s my baby.

When He's Sleeping
Klara

About Klara

Klara is a wife and mum from Perth in Western Australia. She blogs and works part-time in her church’s finance department. She has one son, Jackson, who is a 15-month-old ball of joyful, boisterous energy – and is a lot of fun! When she’s not parenting, crunching numbers or blogging, Klara loves scrapbooking, crochet, playing piano and writing a novel that she will probably never get around to finishing.

Make sure to check out Klara’s blog, Her Happy Heart and show her some love there! Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest too!

Wednesday Devotional: Truth & Righteousness

Happy Hump Day and welcome to today’s Wednesday Devotional! Today, we will follow up where we left off in last week’s Wednesday Devotional. I would love for you to read it if you didn’t get a chance to last week. Anyway, last week we talked about standing firm and getting our strength from the Lord. The scripture this week gives us some practical ways of how we can do it. Let’s dive into the scriptures to see what it says about wearing the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness.

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The Scripture:

Ephesians 6:14: “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness…” 

STAND, THEREFORE, HAVING FASTENED ON THE BELT OF TRUTH, AND HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS...
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What It Tells Us About Truth and Righteousness:

First off, let’s start by developing an image in our brain about what a Roman soldier looked like in Biblical times. In your mind, what did an ancient Roman solider in his full armor look like? Check out some examples on my Pinterest. Also, you can check this one out if you need a quick visual.

The first thing Paul talks about here is putting on the belt of truth. Roman soldiers wore a belt, almost like a girdle to protect the lower part of their stomach, their private area and their thighs. Think of it as a sort of leather skirt made for protecting against the enemy stabbing them with their swords. It also had to go on in order to secure all the other pieces of armor in their proper place. Their armor was heavy, so this belt acted as an aid to hold everything else in place. It was one of the first pieces of armor the Roman soldier would put on before heading into battle.

Let’s take a closer look. What is the belt of truth?

Truth is a verifiable fact or principle. If we look back into ancient history, including historical documents outside of the Bible, we will find verifiable facts about the Bible and who it depicts this Jesus man to be. Jesus is not just a Man of the Bible, but a true historical figure, where facts back up the Man the Bible tell us about. History shows us Jesus was a sinless man. Therefore, His profession to be God was proven by the facts. Jesus died on the cross. History proves this fact. Many people were there to see His death and see Him buried in a tomb. Soldiers were put outside of His tomb to make sure no one got in or out. He appeared to hundreds of people after He rose again. Jesus is the truth, and since Jesus is God, we can conclude God is truth too! Likewise, since the Bible is God’s inspired Word and God is truth, we can also agree the Bible is truth too!

So now we understand what the belt of truth is, let’s put it on and stand (as we talked about in last week’s Wednesday Devotional) against Satan and his schemes by knowing the Gospel and having a relationship with God. We need to let our actions reflect the truth because it is at the core of us. Where is the core? In the center. Where is a belt worn? In the center. Let the Gospel be the center of your life and act as if it is in the core of your being.

Next the scripture says to “put on the breastplate of righteousness”. Again, visualize how a breastplate would look on an ancient Roman soldier. A breastplate covered the soldier from his neck down to his belt, both in the front and in the back. Not only did it come all the way down to the belt, it rested on the belt to provide some relief of the heaviness, which characterized it. It protected the soldiers vital organs. In ancient Biblical times, emotions were thought to be held in ones innards. Have you ever heard of having butterflies in your stomach? Well, this thought is how that saying came about.

Next, what is righteousness?

Righteousness means being just. Another way to put it is righteousness is holiness. We already established the truthfulness of the Bible, Jesus and God already and we understand history confirms the righteousness of these things, now we must have faith the Bible, Jesus and God are all righteous too. Furthermore, the Bible tells us Jesus died for us in order to give us His righteousness. Therefore, we are righteous, or holy, just like Jesus is if we believe Jesus is God!

We must start living like we are holy in the same way Jesus is holy. Will we mess up? Of course we will, but thank God for grace and forgiveness because as soon as we mess up, we are forgiven and made holy again. Just like I said in last week’s Wednesday Devotional, we have ownership in the matter too. We must live obedient to the Bible and the life God has called us to live. We need to ask for forgiveness and repent. It is essential for us to try every day, every hour, every minute to be holy.

So, in conclusion, put on the belt of truth and live like you believe it. Put on the breastplate of righteousness and live like you are Jesus!

Our Prayer: 

God, thank You for being truth and for being just. Forgive me for choosing to stray away from the truth and not living close to You in holiness. Create in me a desire to constantly seek Your Word and grow in knowledge of the truth You have given me. Help me to always seek holiness instead of sin. In addition, put people in my life who will help me grow closer to You. I love you, God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

A Question:

What do you need to do to live more in God’s truth and holiness?

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Thanks for reading, and I look forward to seeing you next week!

 

Mom Crush Monday: Dear Mummy {Guest Post}

Welcome back to Mom Crush Monday! Today, I am sharing a sweet letter mummy blogger, Lara Sil, wrote to her own mummy. Don’t forget to check back every Monday to see a new mom blogger featured. I am so excited about this series and the opportunity to share many other great mommy bloggers with you. Follow along on Instagram too and be sure to use the hashtag #momcrushmonday ! Show Lara some love in the comments and check out her blog listed at the end of this post!

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Dear Mummy

Dear mummy,

When you first became a mother, you were 5 years younger than I am now. It’s hard for me to imagine you at 28, holding a newborn me in your arms. Your long-awaited child after trying for so many years. I wonder what you thought about during those first weeks. They must seem so long ago.

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Marcell, Lara’s mom

Becoming a mother is like being born anew. The insecurities we try to hide, the baggage we bring with us, the feeling of joy and pride as we watch our children blossom, the fear when we can’t protect them.

You always seemed omnipotent to me, like you always had it together. Confident, clever, certain of yourself. I looked up to you so much, but I was a little bit scared sometimes: society taught us at every turn that girls are supposed to have soft corners and speak in lilting tones. You were so much tougher than me. I’m still a sensitive little marshmallow. You seemed more adult even then than I seem now. (I get a little too excited about watching My Little Pony with Natasha, and I get the feeling I’ll still be watching it when she’s bored of it.)

I didn’t know that you often felt vulnerable too, but when you tell me the parts of my childhood that I didn’t know – that you cried when I got beat up in high school, that when I came home upset after being bullied that it hurt you to know that someone was hurting me – it somehow makes me feel much closer to you.

You’re not just mum, you’re Marcelle. A woman, who was also an 8-year old girl, sewing dresses for her Barbies and taking care of baby Jacqui. A teenager going to the boys’ school because the girls’ school didn’t teach physics. A passionate anti-apartheid activist in Johannesburg, hiding black people in your garage who were afraid to go home because of rioting in Soweto, at a time when the security police were known to “disappear” people who helped blacks break the pass laws. Going door-to-door, and often getting those doors slammed in your face, while campaigning for a fairer country. An idealist kibbutznik in Israel listening to a stranger giving an impassioned speech about his love of the land. A man who would eventually be my father.

A few years later, living in Canada, balancing motherhood with a successful career. Looking forward to getting home to your family and bathing the kids. Dad stayed at home and looked after us (which was almost unheard of in the early 80s), and I never realized how hard it would have been to miss out on first steps. I see how much joy you experience in watching Natasha grow and change every day. You inspired me to believe in my potential as an intelligent, capable woman, and taught me that the glass ceiling is there to be shattered.

You also taught me that when things are broken, you don’t sit around waiting for other people to fix it. Tithing 10% of your income to charity, teaching me to feel compassion for the needy, and that making a difference in the world is an obligation, not something you do just when it’s easy and convenient. As you put it, “It’s important to give more to the world than you take.” Yes, it’s important to be happy, but the most important thing is to be good and to be brave.

You taught me about my Jewish heritage, roots, history and faith, and to value and respect the traditions of others and this beautifully diverse world. You and dad taught me to love learning, and introduced me to so many of my favourite books.

You put family first because people are what matters. You turned down promotions time and again so that you could leave work at 5pm and spend your evenings with us instead of at an office. When you had to retire early because of chronic pain, you were devastated-you loved your work. I’ve learned from you that your life’s work shouldn’t just be a job, it should be work that fulfils your potential and that you’re proud of. I’ve also learned from you that my most important work is being the best mum that I can.

Since becoming a mother myself, I understand so much more than I did before. I am grateful for your love, for teaching me how to be a person and for the huge part you’ve played in forming the woman I have become. I am so happy to have had a wonderful mother who fought for me, who loved me (even when it was hard) and who rocked tiny newborn me in her arms while feeling joy, excitement, fear, worry and a dozen other emotions.

Thank you for being my mum, for being Natasha’s beloved bobbe (*grandmother in Yiddish), and for being a unique and special person, who I am lucky to have in my life.

With love,

Lara

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About Lara

Lara is a Canadian-born writer, student, essayist, poet, and mummy blogger. She lives with her lovely 2-year old Natasha in sunny Perth, Australia. She enjoys reading, bushwalking and toddler cuddles.

Make sure to check out Lara’s blog Happy Eco Mama!

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Wednesday Devotional: Strength From the Lord

How strong are you? Maybe you are very strong because you workout? Perhaps you don’t have very much strength for a numerous reasons? Are you emotionally strong or not so much?

Well, it really doesn’t matter how strong you think you are because our strength comes from God anyhow.

God gives strength to all Christians, so if you are struggling with something, rest assured God will give you the strength to get through it.

However, like all things in Christianity, we cannot sit idly aside and think we will magically gain strength. No, we must do our part. In order for God to strengthen you and help you through the weary times, you must, first, be a Child of God. God promises to pour out His blessings and His strength on those who follow Him. Furthermore, in order for God to give you His strength, you must realize that you lack strength on your own, and you are weak without Him. God shines through our weaknesses and is glorified through them, so we may not boast, but His strength will be amplified! However, in order to trust Him in your weakness, you must be confident in His strength.

A strong Christian is one who relies on God. 

The Scripture:

So let’s look at Ephesians 6:10-11. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE SCHEMES OF THE DEVIL.
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What It Tells Us:

To be able to “stand against” means you must be courageous. You can have courage because you are confident in the Lord’s strength. Again, we are not bystanders in this war! We must put on the armor of God and stand firm in the trials. It is imperative to be confident in the Lord to stand against the devil.

So what is the armor of God anyway? Christ. You can read the specific pieces of armor Paul talks about in Ephesians, but in a nut shell the armor of God is Christ. When we put on Christ, He becomes our strength, and He fights our battles. Thank God! Honestly, I am tired of fighting battles by myself, and I don’t really like the idea of war, much less being caught in the middle of it! It is so relieving to know I can let Christ fight my battles for me! Wahoo!

Our Prayer:

God, thank you for being my strength. Forgive me for trying to fight my own battles instead of enlisting You to fight them for me. Help me to realize I cannot fight any spiritual battles on my own. Constantly remind me that I am weak on my own, and give me strength when I am weak. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

A Question:

Keep in mind, however, we cannot trust God without following His Will, even when it is uncomfortable. So, where is God pushing you to become uncomfortable?

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Here is last week’s Wednesday Devotional just in case you missed it!

Mom Crush Monday: Mom Anxiety {Guest Post}

Mom Crush Monday is a brand new series where I will be sharing stories of other mom bloggers every Monday, so make sure to come back every Monday to see who will be sharing with us! This series is going to be so much fun, and I hope you will enjoy it too! Follow along with us on Instagram at #momcrushmonday and #followthedyers ! Today, Fi is going to share with us about her experience with anxiety as a mom! Show her some love in the comments as well!

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Mom Anxiety

Hi everyone! My name is Fi. I am a lucky wife, and a first-time mum to a beautiful 4 month-old baby boy, who we affectionately call Starfish (because he looks like a Starfish in his swaddle bag!). We live in the sunny Sutherland Shire in Sydney, and I am a trained Primary School teacher. My husband and I were married for 3 ½ years before our little Starfish came along.

What I have learnt is that becoming a mum is super crazy and super intense. No matter how much people try to prepare you for it, NOTHING prepares you for the sleep deprivation. I was fortunate that my husband had some time off because we would need to do shifts in the middle of the night having Starfish sleeping on us (he refused the bassinet at this stage) and watching Netflix while the other one slept. We also moved from our unit to a house after Starfish was about 3 weeks old (what were we thinking?!?!). It was those first 6 weeks that were truly a tough gig. At the time you don’t think you’ll make it to the other side. Then your little baby smiles at you, and everything melts away. It is 1000% worth it!

I adore spending time with our little boy now! I love it so much I decided to create a blog to document our time together (cause I have an atrocious memory and wanted to remember his childhood later down the track), including the highs, the lows and the downright crazy! To top life off, I also started a small business which I named after him (‘Starfish Creations’). I figured hey, I wasn’t busy enough (?!?).

While I’m absolutely loving life as a mum now, I still have my challenges (besides prioritising time with my other ventures). The biggest thing for me is anxiety. I struggle with anxiety (not diagnosed, but I know I have it to a certain extent), and this is a big challenge for me in taking Starfish out of the house. You see, my boy is absolutely adorable, but he has the BIGGEST set of lungs you will ever hear (got it from me… my bad). So early on in his life, when he would grizzle and fuss (as all newborns do), he would scream the roof down. I would be extremely flustered, embarrassed and upset. It would stop me from taking him out to places because I would worry about how he would be. Would he scream? What would happen if he lost it? What would I do? I struggled with this for a very long time, even now at times. What got me through was having a supportive husband and a supportive network of mums who encouraged me (he’s a baby, they cry, it doesn’t matter!) to realise that my Starfish is trying to communicate to me and no-one really minds when a baby cries. That’s what they do! It has helped me relax more when I go out, and I think that has helped my boy to relax too.

I’m taking each day one step at a time as I watch my cheeky monkey grow and develop. It is simply the best!

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Fi Morrison

About Fi

Fi is a 28 year old first-time mum to a beautiful baby boy affectionately known as ‘Starfish’. She has also recently started her own small business called ‘Starfish Creations’ whilst running her own blog to document her life with her little Starfish.

Please check out Fi’s blog, follow her on Facebook and be sure to check out her Instagram feed as well!

Wednesday Devotional: Content With What He Has Given Us

Better late than never, right? Seriously, I apologize for getting this up so late. The struggle is real being on this side of the world and visiting family and such, so thanks for being so understanding! Anyway, today, we will look at being content with with what God has given us.

The world is designed to develop discontentment within us. I mean, every year there is a new iPhone, a new model of car and the commercials are screaming at us to buy the newest and best thing out there!

The Bible tells us to not be lazy and to work for our money, but it also tells us wealth is a blessing from God, and we should be good stewards of the money God gives us. How do we balance these and discontentment at the same time?

Really, it is our motive behind the money that gets us into trouble. Is it for your own financial gains or personal acknowledgement or do you use the money you have been given to bring glory to God? Do you use it to help people in need or are your using it to keep up with the Jones (or Kardashians, whichever you choose)? Are you seeking security in money rather than in God Himself? Don’t fall into the trap of discontentment of not having enough. Instead, realize what you have is a blessing from God.

The Scripture:

Hebrews 13:5-6, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'”

What It Tells Us:

Temptation in this sense can come at any time, so we need to always be on guard to keep our life free from the love of money. Being content means being happy with what God has given you. Happiness with what you have means not comparing what you have to what others have. It is often a daily struggle to be content with what we have. It also takes having a Biblical perspective to keep your eyes confidently on the fulfillment, which can only come from God.

In order to battle this contentment daily:

  1. First of all, remember everything we have been given is on loan from God. God owns everything He has given us, and we need to keep this perspective in the forefront of our mind.
  2. Also, invest your money where you want your heart to be. If you invest your money in Godly things, your heart will be on Godly things, and if you invest your money in Godly things, you will not have to be in constant fear of whether or not your money will fail. You will be confident your money has been invested wisely.
  3. Furthermore, realize you can’t take your money with you. When you die, your money will not go with you nor will all the things you have bought on this earth. Money is as temporary as our life on this Earth.
  4. Finally, give. Give to further God’s purposes on this Earth. Give to share the Gospel.

Our Prayer:

God, thank you for everything you have entrusted me with. Help me to remember You have given me everything I have. I have done nothing to earn it. In addition, show me how to invest my money in things that will grow my heart more and more for You. Help me to keep focused on You and not my possessions. Show me how to give my money generously where You guide me to do so. I want to keep focused on You and not be distracted by the things You have given me. In Jesus’s Name, Amen. 

A Question:

Let’s start 2017 off right and get our minds on the right track with our financials. How do you need to be in prayer and consider what God is asking you to do with your money and possessions?

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Stay up-to-date with the Wednesday Devotional by reading last week’s devotional too!

Wednesday Devotional: Strong and Courageous

Sorry I missed last week’s Wednesday Devotional. I was getting over jet lag from traveling to the States. Then I got sick. Ugh! Anyway, I’m glad to be back today. I am excited to be looking at how God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. Don’t forget to check out the last Wednesday Devotional to stay up to date as well.

The Scripture:

Joshua 1:6-9 says, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then, you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

HAVE I NOT COMMANDED YOU? BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DO NOT BE FRIGHTENED, AND DO NOT BE DISMAYED, FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.
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What It Tells Us:

Do you see a theme here? God repeats himself to Joshua 3x, telling him to be “strong and courageous”.

Joshua has much weight on his shoulders as the Lord told him, he will “cause the people to inherit the land” He had promised to them. Joshua has to be careful to lead the people “according to all the law” in order for them to inherit the land.

We all have difficult situations we must face in life also. We may even have to lead others through difficult situations, but God calls us to lead as the Bible tells us-to be strong and courageous as we go through life’s tough situations.

If you have been reading my blog for a length of time, you will know my husband and I serve as missionaries in Thailand. I am also not very fond of the term “missionary”. I am not a missionary just because I live outside of the country where I was born. You are a missionary if you are a Christian, and God has given each of us a mission and a mission field. God equipped you to lead in whatever ministry He has given you. He asks you to be faithful, and He will bless you in your efforts. There will be challenges, but as you meditate on the Word and follow it, God will give you success in it. God commands us to be strong and courageous. He commands us and He goes with us. Therefore, we do not need to be afraid. Thank You, God, for never leaving us!

It is essential, however, to keep in mind, we cannot do any ministry apart from God because He is the one who gives us strength, courage, ability and success. I urge you to take heart in knowing you will never face a problem alone because God will always be with you.

Our Prayer:

God, thank You for never leaving me. Forgive me for not always living strong and courageously. Help me to not be fearful because I know You are always with me and you will guide me. Drive me to constantly be in Your Word to encourage me and build up my confidence in You. Guide me in leading the ministries You have given me with boldness and reckless abandonment for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

A Question:

So how can you be strong and courageous with what God has given you?

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Wednesday Devotional: Reconciled

For today’s Wednesday Devotional, we will start by jumping into the scripture. We will look at how we were reconciled to God through Christ’s death.

The Scripture:

Colossians 1:21-23 says, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.”

AND YOU, WHO ONCE WERE ALIENATED AND HOSTILE IN MIND, DOING EVIL DEEDS, HE HAS NOW RECONCILED IN HIS BODY OF FLESH BY HIS DEATH, IN ORDER TO PRESENT YOU HOLY AND BLAMELESS AND ABOVE REPROACH BEFORE HIM, IF INDEED YOU CONTINUE IN THE FAITH, STABLE AND STEADFAST, NOT SHIFTING FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL THAT YOU HEARD, WHICH HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED IN ALL CREATION UNDER HEAVEN, AND OF WHICH I, PAUL, BECAME A MINISTER
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What It Tells Us:

The scripture starts off by reminding us we were once alienated from Christ. Not only alienated, but hostile, which means we were God’s enemy.

However, the beautiful thing about God is that even though we are always selfishly thinking about ourselves, He took it upon Himself to eradicate and forgive the barrier we place between ourselves and Him. He choose to take away our sins without us having to do a single thing to deserve it.

Paul points out in order to be reconciled to God, you must first realize you were separated from God by your sins.

He goes on to say that He will make us holy in His sight. Have you ever met someone who was without faults? I can say I have never met someone that has no faults. Neither can I say my life is an innocent one either. Friends, understand when we stand before God on judgement day, He will see us as pure as He sees Himself. Also, as we continue to walk with Christ, He will daily continue to make us more and more like Him. We will sin less because we love Him more. I know we will never be perfect, but God will continue to work in our lives, and we will grow to be more like Him every single day.

Being made holy in God’s eyes does not mean we just coast in faith though. We have active responsibility in our faith too. Our duty is to work on our faith and strive to grow more and more like Him everyday. Studying the Bible daily is essential to growing our faith and staying devoted to the Gospel, and we must share the Gospel with all people. These responsibilities are ours to uphold while growing in faith and growing closer and closer to God.

Our Prayer:

God, thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins in order for me to be reconciled to you. Forgive me for so often forgetting the depths of my sins, and that I placed Jesus on the cross with my opposition to you. Draw me closer to you daily. Give me the boldness to share the Gospel with others and put my faith into action as you draw me closer to you daily. Give me the knowledge of right and wrong and help me to always choose to follow your Will and not my own. I love you, God. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen. 

A Question:

What steps do you need to take to put your faith into action?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you next week! Don’t forget to check out last week’s Wednesday Devotional if you missed it!

Wednesday Devotional: Reconciled to God
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Wednesday Devotional: Pray Confidently

Let’s jump into today’s Wednesday Devotional, which is all about learning to pray confidently to God. Today’s verse is 1 John 5:15. “And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

AND IF WE KNOW THAT HE HEARS US IN WHATEVER WE ASK, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE REQUESTS THAT WE HAVE ASKED OF HIM.
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In these verses, John tells us we can have confidence in God. He tells us we can have confidence when we ask God for anything in line with His Will. Therefore, if whatever we ask is in line with God’s will, we can be confident He hears our prayers.

So, let me ask you, when you pray, do you ask of God? Most of us will probably say “Yes.” I think most of us do ask of God when we pray. God is generous, and He wants us to ask Him. He wants us to ask Him for anything, like the scripture says. Asking does not mean He will give us everything we ask for. However, asking God for anything means we are talking to Him about everything. We must also remember nothing is ever too big or too small to ask of God.

On the other hand, we must also take it a step further and ask God according to His Will, and not our will. When I asked you previously, you may have answered “Yes” to the first question about asking of God, but let me ask you another question. Do you ask of God according to His Will instead of simply what you want? Asking God for what we want is not the point of prayer at all. Prayer is about asking God to accomplish His will. God wants to use us to accomplish His Will. He wants us to be so close to Him, we only pray about the things He cares about, so He can use us to accomplish His Will.

When we begin to pray about things according to God’s Will, we can be confident our prayers will be answered.

Prayer is not just throwing words up to God. It is not asking for our own selfish desires. It is wholly seeking God and praying His desires to Him in order for them to be accomplished through us.

Our will must become aligned with His Will.

Do you have confidence your prayers will be answered because they are aligned with God’s Will? If not, what do you need to change in order to have confidence your prayers will be answered?

God, thank you for answering our prayers. Forgive me for seeking my will instead of Your Will. Help me to seek Your Will more fervently, and help me to have more confidence in my prayers because I am seeking Your Will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Wednesday Devotional: Pray Confidently
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Wednesday Devotional: An Invitation to the Throne

Today, I want to share an invitation for you to come to the thrown of grace. First, I want to say, welcome back to the Wednesday Devotional! Sorry for having missed a few, but I was revamping my blog, and I really hope you like it! Make sure you didn’t miss the last Wednesday Devotional too, so you can stay caught up with all we have been talking about throughout the Wednesday Devotional series! The last one was good too because it relates back to the election, even after President Trump has been elected.

Let’s look at the verse before we get started. Hebrews 4:16, Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.”

LET US THEN WITH CONFIDENCE DRAW NEAR TO THE THRONE OF GRACE, THAT WE MAY RECEIVE MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED.
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The verse tells us that we can with confidence and with boldness come to the throne of grace. This statement is pretty remarkable. If you are like me, when I think about God and His throne, I typically picture it as untouchable, like it is just too big or too powerful to even look at much less be around. Sometimes I think God is sitting up there on His throne just watching everything happen, and we are just here suffering through life. However, this verse is inviting us to come to the throne of God!

When we come to the throne of grace, it tells us we get mercy instead of what we deserve-suffering and death. It also tells us we get grace, which we don’t even deserve. We get all of these things when we need them and even when we don’t need them.

This shows the true attributes of God. God is both merciful and just. The throne of grace reconciles these two attributes of God-God gives us mercy and grace instead of what we deserve. Jesus died on the cross to invite us to the throne of grace. God is still a God of justice, but grants us grace through the death of His Son, Jesus!  Thank you, Jesus!

So, I invite you today to the throne of grace, where you can lay down all your requests to God, who answers them no matter how big or how small. His grace and mercy allow us full access to Him.  We can come to Him with our whole lives, every situation, and He will respond to us.  The separation, the barrier between us and God, has been bridged by the sacrifice of Jesus, so I invite you take that bridge and submit yourself to Jesus’ Lordship of your life.

So will you accept the invitation to come to the throne of grace with everything you have?

God, thank you for Jesus, who died so that I can have a relationship with you. Forgive me for not accepting your invitation to come to your throne. Help me to come in boldness to your throne. Thank you for your mercy. Help me to seek you in my times of need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

An Invitation to the Throne
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