Recently I have been reminded how God has so orchestrated my life and is in all the little details. I never thought 10 years ago I would be living 7 hours from my family working full-time at a church and married to an incredibly handsome man from Michigan. I also never thought that at the age of 28 my parents would be separated. It is so crazy how life takes it turns and swerves. Despite how we might perceive how our life is going, one thing remains the same and that is who we are in Christ. Christ has promised us that He’ll never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
We must be reminded what we do does not define who we are. Rather it’s the other way around. What we are should define what we do. We should live each as the person we are now in Christ. The amazing thing about being a believer is that we are now a new creation in Christ. 2 Peter 1:4 says, “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” It is so amazing!!! We take on the nature of Christ Jesus. That gives us the ability to conquer anything. That tough test coming up, friend drama, or parent separation/divorce, God is our comfort and our strength through all of those times.
You my friend are a precious daughter of the King. He longs for you to lean on him through the tough and great stuff. When we get that and understand that we can rely on him through all things, life becomes so much more manageable. It is no longer our burden to carry, God already took care of it on the cross. Rejoice in the fact today that you can claim 2 Corinthians 5;17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”.
Maybe you haven’t accepted Christ in your life and you are curious what a relationship with him me. I would love to talk to you more if you have questions. Just leave a comment below and we can chat.
I thought today i would share a little from one of my favorite devotion books, “Jesus Calling”. It can be tough some times to know whether or not you are doing the right thing. The simple way to fix this issue is just to rely on Christ. Seek him in all things, this will make this so much easier. Read below what my devotion had to say today:
“You are on the right path. Listen more to Me, and less to your doubts. I am leading you along the way I designed just for you. Therefore, it is a lonely way, humanly speaking. But I go before you as well as alongside you, so you are never alone. Do not expect anyone to understand fully My ways with you, any more than you can comprehend My dealing with others. I am revealing to you the path of Life day by day, and moment by moment. As I said to My disciple Peter, so I repeat to you: Follow Me.”
Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path. ~Psalm 119:105
Trust him girls, he has your back. Follow hard after him with all that you have.
Valentines Day has now come and gone. It can be a fun holiday for those of us ladies in love, but it can also be a tough one for those of us that maybe don’t have a certain someone in our life. If your school was anything like mine used to be the halls would have been filled with stuffed animals, cards, and lots of chocolate. I was always so nervous/embarrassed in high school going through the halls on Valentine’s Day because I didn’t have a special someone in my life, or so I thought.
As I get older I find that Valentines is more and more of a reminder of the ultimate love that I have in Christ Jesus. He gave up everything that we would have eternal life with him. That my friends is true love!!! Girls he loves you and cares for you so much! Jesus gave you the ultimate Valentine that day he died on the cross for you.
So maybe you don’t have a boyfriend who was your valentine yesterday or maybe even a dad that told you he loved you yesterday, but never forget that you Father in heaven loves you so very much!!!! He wants and longs to be your first love.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1
Do you have your Christmas tree up? We here in the Cecil house have the Christmas trees up, 3 to be exact. We love Christmas, at times I believe my husband likes to decorate more for this holiday than I do. Guys can be very funny at times.
This Christmas is very different for me, it will be the first Christmas in 15 years that I will be spending without my dad. My parents are currently separated, so my mom and brother are coming to my house for Christmas. Even though I am quite honored that my mom and brother have decided to come all the way from Illinois to spend Christmas with me, it still doesn’t dismiss the fact that I will be without my daddy. This season I have been extremely emotional. It has stirred me to pray even more for my parents that God will bring each of them back to himself.
One of my favorite Christmas songs is Silver Bells and this year the beginning of it takes on a new meaning. Take a look at the beginning words, “Christmas makes you feel emotional. It may bring parties or thoughts devotional. Whatever happens or what may be, Here is what Christmas time means to me.” For me this year it reminded to focus on the positive of this season. Jarrod and I have been blessed with so many amazing gifts this year as well as having almost all of our family under one roof to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus.
So I want to encourage this Christmas season, whatever happens or what may be, to focus on all that God has done for you this year. Do something extra special this year to make is a memorable one, serve at a food bank, homeless shelter, or helping a neighbor out.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:6-7
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, it always has been and I am convinced it always will be. It is a time where it isn’t about gifts, but about quality time together. Growing up it was a time where all my extended family would be together and I didn’t have to go from house to house or visit my dad’s family. It was the one holiday where I was in one house with one family. I think due to that, it quickly became my favorite. Do you have to do a lot of house hopping over the holidays? It can get pretty tough right? When I was young I would even get a little aggravated because I felt that I was being tossed around like a suit case in the back seat of a car and being taken from house to house. As I have gotten older though, I have learned to appreciate those times. I want to encourage you to pray that the Lord will give you a positive attitude this year around the hustle and bustle of the season. This times are tough and it is only through the Lord’s strength and joy that comes from him that we are going to truly be able to make it thought.
Unfortunately for us here on the blog we all are facing divorce or separation of our parents. It definitely throws a wrench in the holidays, but I want you to encourage you to try to find the positives in it. Here are a few things that I thought that I am thankful for despite my parent’s current marital situation. I am thankful for a HUGE family and people that love me and desire to spend special occasions with me. Secondly,I’m thankful that I’m healthy and that the Lord has given me another year to serve him. Lastly, I am thankful that the Lord has given me large holiday to remind me to pray for me parents for their hearts to turn to him during this season. What are you thankful for?