Faith Timeline

Today I finished reading Believing God by Beth Moore.

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This was the first Beth Moore book I have ever read. It was very good and I will definitely be reading more of her material. One of the most impacting parts of this book was when Moore urged me (as the reader) to build a “Faith Timeline”.

 

  

  

Here is how to make your own:

  1. Draw a line across a piece of paper.
  2. Divide the line into fifths to the best of your ability.
  3. Take your age and divide it by 5. For each section of the timeline put a portion of your life according to this simple math. For myself the math looks something like this: 27 (my age) / 5 = 5.4, so I rounded to 6 (yes, I know 5.4 doesn’t round to 6, but it was the number I chose). On the first dot I wrote my birth year (1988). On the second dot I wrote 1994, 6 years old. The third says 2000, 12 years old…and so on.
  4. Now insert times when God has moved in your life throughout the timeline. When were you saved? Baptized? God answered a prayer? Healing came? God taught you something? You grew in the Lord?

This was a cool experience for me. I could really see the different times God has moved in my life and shown Himself. It reminded me that He is always there, even when it feels alone. I cannot wait to continue to add moves of God to this timeline! I cannot wait to see how God continues to be faithful! I cannot wait for His timing on all of the things He has for me! I can’t wait!!!

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Pregnant With Hope

I was searching for a book about other infertile couples who are Christians a few months back and found this book, Pregnant with Hope by Susan Radulovacki. The title drew me in because whether I am actually pregnant or not, I am already pregnant with hope.

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This book was filled with scripture and promises to cling to. I loved it and would highly recommend it if you are struggling with infertility. One of the things that was in the book that I have clung to the most doesn’t really have anything to do with not having a baby. It has everything to do with each person’s life. Check this out:

When you confess, “I’m afraid,” God reassures you, I have not given you a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)

When you stress, “I’m always worried,” Jesus urges, Cast all your cares on me, because I care for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

When you despair, “I don’t know what to think,” God says, Count on me to give you wisdom through Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

When you wonder, “What if it’s impossible?” Jesus says, What is impossible with men is possible with God. (Luke 18:27)

When you can’t figure out, “What now?” God says, I will direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:5, 6)

When you sense, “We’re both exhausted,” Jesus says, I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28)

When you are tempted to think, “I am so alone in this,” God promises, I will never abandon you. (Hebrews 13:5)

When you worry, “We’re running out of patience, money, stamina, options,…and hope,” God promises, I will meet all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)

When you despair, “It’s not worth it,” God assures you, It will be worth it. (Romans 8:28)

When you are tempted to think, “I can’t do this anymore,” the Bible promises, You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)

When you wonder, “How will I survive this?” God says, My grace is sufficient for you. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

These promises are ones to cling to. The bible is FULL of scripture to encourage you. You can claim these verses in life, in prayer, in knowing that God is the same today as He was yesterday and He will be the same tomorrow as He is today. Today let’s claim God’s word!

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What I Get is Different than What I Deserve

  

God owes us nothing but gives us everything! Think about that… 

He is the creator of everything and is worthy of everything doing exactly as He says, and yet He loves me?! That makes no sense. I am a sinner. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans3:23) I deserve death. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a) Any yet He saved me. “While we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) He gave me eternal life. “The gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:23b)

God didn’t owe me eternal life, but He gave it to me anyway. If the only blessing I ever receive is salvation I’ve already received more than I deserve. God shows grace, mercy, and love by giving us more than just salvation. 

I can’t do anything more to earn more of His love, and I can’t do anything to lose His love.

God is so good!

Studying God’s Word: Galatians

When I was in high school I was under a great pastor who taught me how to read the Bible more closely. He used to say things like “Therefore—what’s that there for? Go back and read before any verse that starts with Therefore”. He encouraged us to use a dictionary with any word we had any questions about. He would point out that if we would read the verse with the definitions of the confusing words in place of those words we would have a better understanding of the verse.

When I went to college, I was approached by one of the Christian organizations on campus and I immediately joined their group. I made a ton of friends and was asked to join one of their bible studies. I was so excited! I had moved 256 miles away from home and made new friends. I had found a Christian group to become a part of and learn more about God with.

As I was preparing for bible study I would use the tips my pastor from home had suggested. Then when I was in bible study the leader would say the verse meant something different from what I had taken away from it. I know that we are not all going to get the exact same meaning from God’s word because it is alive and the Holy Spirit speaks to us through it. So I would go back to my dorm and study the word more closely and still didn’t get what they were saying out of the verses. The leaders were suggesting that the verses had this definite meaning. No swaying or other possibilities. I struggled with what to do with this. “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians1:10). I knew then, and still know now, that I needed to talk with the bible study leader one on one. We talked about my disagreement with her teaching. She encouraged me to keep reading my bible and coming to group, but not to share my understanding of God’s word with the group. I didn’t understand that. Why can’t I share what God’s word is speaking to me in my life? Didn’t they know that “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20). I then put my faith in God and voiced my understanding of the Bible in bible study. I knew that God wanted me to share this with the other believers in the group.

What I haven’t mentioned is that most of the people who join this organization are new believers. They do not have churches at home. This group becomes their church home. They haven’t been taught how to read the Bible for themselves. They do not know that someone may be leading them astray. So when I began to voice what God was showing me in His word it really changed some things for the organization.  “It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.” (Galatians 4:18). I knew that this group may change lives forever, but I didn’t want them to lead others astray. I wanted these young believers to learn how to read and dissect God’s word for themselves. I shed light on how to do this and was asked to not join another bible study with the organization.

After being asked to leave the group I didn’t pursue a new group of Christians to fellowship and grow spiritually with. I continued to read the Bible on my own. I would attend church when I was at home and would view a church service online when I was at school. After graduating, I moved back home and read this verse: “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.” (Galatians 5:7-8). This really hit me square between the eyes. I had let the organization deter me from finding another Christian group to join. I had let the negative experience with them keep me from experiencing great things with God in another fellowship of believers. I didn’t want to do that anymore. I knew I needed to join a church and find a great group of Christian friends to fellowship and grow with. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25). I could only do this by finding a church home and Sunday school class.

God has taught me a great deal through these years and experiences in my life. “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14). To God be the glory for these experiences and times of growth.

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Amazing Christian Novels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once upon a prince

Have you read anything Rachel Hauck has written? If not, you are missing out! I love sweet romantic novels but I don’t want a book that is just dirty and nasty. I want a butterflies in your stomach romance based on God’s word. Ms. Hauck does an awesome job delivering just that!

I have read and fallen in love with a series by her and the third book comes out soon. So in preparation I have reread the first two books (yes they are that good). Check them out here!

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck is a story of a young prince who is about to become king. He is on holiday in Georgia and meets a lovely American whom he falls in love with. The country he is from has a rule that royal family members may not marry foreigners. After much time and debate the prince convinces the country to change the laws and he proposes to his American love.

princess ever after

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck is a story of an American girl who finds out she is the princess of a small European country. She must decide if she wants to accept her royal position or abdicate and stay a classic car mechanic in Florida. Through this decision she meets a young man from the European country she is a princess in and falls in love even though she doesn’t want to.

How to catch a prince

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck comes out February 24th!!! I can’t wait to download this book to my kindle and stay up all night reading it!

Yes I am a book nerd.

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Walking a Thin Line

For weeks now a song has been running through my mind.

We Are by Kari Jobe

It talks about being the light that has to shine. For me the light is simply the love of Christ, the grace He has given me, and the simple gift of salvation. Every day I walk into school, church, a store, anywhere I must shine my light, His light. As a school teacher there is a thin line I must walk when it comes to God and school. For some reason God has been taken out of school. He has been asked to stay outside, and I simply cannot live like that. I must take God into school with me. I am nothing without His love, grace, and mercy.

I know that I cannot preach to my students or push my beliefs on them, but I can pray for them (which I do daily). I can show them Christ’s love through my actions (a smile, hug, high-five). For many of my students I fear the only God they get is from me. I must shine my light on each child.

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I must be the light that helps them see Christ. Will you walk the thin line with me?