Your Prescription: A Chill Pill

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For anyone that knows me, it is no surprise that I am not very good at remaining still.

I’m not even talking about just sitting down to watch a movie, I mean EVEN IF you get me to sit down, my brain is still running a million times per minute.

Want a sneak peak into my brain? It looks a little bit like this…

Did you ever send that email?

Your clothes might be done in the dryer. Go check.

It would be good to send that friend a birthday card since their birthday is next week.

I wonder if that prayer that I prayed recently will happen?

I LOVE this movie (my eyes are on the screen at this point)

You see what I mean? I am shocked that I ever fully understand a storyline.

But really, I decided that besides posting a blog tomorrow, I am going to take a “vow of silence”.

No cellphone. Aka no social media.

No TV.

No email/texting/g-chat/skype/whatever communication means we use these days.

I know my brain will be going crazy and my hands will be slightly fidgety (sadly enough) because we are so used to being connected 24/7.

But,  if you have some time in the next week or two where you can take a “vow of silence” with me, I encourage you to.

JESUS encourages you to! Hellurrrr- He created the Sabbath so that we may have a day of rest!

And just to clarify- a day of rest is not defined as: “A day where you do not have to clock into your physical workplace”.

Nope, that ain’t rest.

Hey- even a quarter of a day or half a day- whatever you can do- do it.

Take that time to dig into the Word without checking your phone every 20 minutes to see if someone has texted you.

Maybe take that time to journal and assess where you’re at during this phase of your life.

Are your priorities lining up with your goals? Are you on the road you were hoping you’d be on?

What are your dreams that you are scared to tackle? Why?

How can you put yourself in a place to push for those dreams and those goals?

Are you involved? Serving anywhere?

If not- pray about where you can serve.

Take some time to REST and just learn about Jesus.

When it comes down to it, our relationship with our Savior is all that matters.

It is all we need.

It is all that counts.

He is sovereign over this life and the only one capable of giving us eternal life.

So, don’t put Him on the back burner.

Don’t allot him to an area of your life or a cubby hole of your time.

He is supposed to be in EVERY area of our lives because HE IS LIFE.

Highly encourage you to take a vow of silence  and don’t cheat either!!!

It will refresh your soul, and despite what you think, no one will die without your instagram memes or pics of your Starbucks drink on your off day (Im not hatin’…I do it too).

Get some time with your daddy! YOU NEED IT!

So do I!

Go find you a good, comfy chair and just be. 

Take a chill pill. For real.

“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” -1 Peter 3:4

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You’re okay, Pedal Forward.

 

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Your past does not determine your future.

You are more than the mistakes you’ve made.

You have been forgiven.

You have been forgiven.

You have been FORGIVEN.

I know, at least from a personal standpoint, that when the devil really wants to get inside my head, he is good at making me feel as if my past is too bad, too dirty, too messy, too imperfect to work with.

So, my thoughts start to swirl around in my head and my once hopeful heart starts to sink.

You see, because if Satan can make us feel as if we aren’t good enough, or pretty enough, or smart enough, or talented enough, or worth ENOUGH, he can keep us stagnant.

Because when you feel hopeless, you turn around.

You quit moving forward.

You forget how far you’ve come and think about how much longer you have to travel.

Can I let you in on something?

YOU ARE SO MESSED UP.

You have made a lot of mistakes.

Your imperfections are obvious.

BUT…

Jesus.

He is the perfect rescuer.

The author of our faith and the fixer of our messes.

He turns the bad into good and He delights in our weakness.

My friend, if your past was not messy, then I would say you have sat on your couch all day and not tried to go anywhere, do anything or try anything difficult.

Failure is an opportunity to try something again.

Satan likes to make you think it is defeat but you KNOW better!

Don’t let his mind games or manipulative tricks work your head into a web of lies and make you think that you are just too messed up to save.

But, Jesus.

The very person of grace, the exact definition of everything GOOD we don’t deserve all wrapped up into the fingers of the One who made you.

Let your past spur you forward, not make you stagnant.

Let your mistakes remind you of your dependence in Him, not make you feel defeated.

Listen- we all fall off of our bikes now and again.

We become a little cocky after doing a few tricks and we stop looking up at our teacher.

We think we are self-reliant and we bust it.

We mess up. Our knees are skinned and the pain is real.

But that is when our teacher loves to step in and say, “Hey, look at me. There you go, pedal slowly.

I got you.

I know you fell before but that was because you took your eyes off me.

Keep going.

TRUST me.

I will keep you safe.”

This is the thing:  Falling off doesn’t mean we get to settle for keeping the training wheels on for the rest of our lives.

Rough analogy, but you see what I mean.

Life was meant to live and live to the fullest.

And you simply can’t do that when you’re afraid to push the pedals.

Keep your eyes on your teacher.

We all have bloody knees. So take heart and pedal forward 🙂

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” -Isaiah 43:18-19

Feeling Alone? Join the Club!

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You know what I think is one of Satan’s greatest tools?

The ability to make us feel alone.

Isolated.

We can be in a crowd of people and feel this way or sitting alone on our couch.  You don’t have to be physically alone to feel that way.

I have allowed Satan to trick me into feeling this way many times before in my life and every single time I felt myself sinking into this vortex, there was only one cure: Jesus.

Cliché.

The response you were expecting me to say? Probably.

But I really, really mean this. And I want you to take it in, because chances are, you will feel alone again, at one point or another in your life.

When we start to feel alone, we put a higher price on temporary satisfaction, because it distracts us from our pain, even if only for a second.

Think about it: people usually chase after all the wrong things (ie: money, girls, boys, drugs, sex, alcohol, cheating, etc) because they feel alone.

This feeling of isolation paralyzes us; it stops us in our tracks and whispers insults in our ears, hoping we listen to them and forget the truth in our hearts.

It says things like:

“You have no friends. People only hang around you because they feel sorry for you.”

“If you were gone, people wouldn’t miss you. You don’t have a purpose.”

“You are weird. You are strange. You will never fit in. Get used to being alone.”

“Your friends like you because you have money. Don’t get it confused.”

“If you really needed something, no one would be around to help you. They don’t really love you.”

I have found that when I start feeling alone or isolated (which is an easy feeling to resort to when you live in an apartment alone and want to have a pity party) , I have to pour His truth into my spirit and take the time to focus on someone else.

I am not suggesting to have some magical way to never feel alone, because inevitably, our hearts are fragile and offensive, so we will feel that way a time or two.

But in my own personal experience, there are two things that always remind me I am never alone:

1.)  Read the Word.  Dig into His truth. Remind yourself that He knows every fiber of your being and you were made with a unique and important purpose. You are loved and He will never forsake you.

2.)  Spend some time serving someone else. Often times, our minds go into these deep vortexes because we spend so much time rehashing and thinking about ourselves. If we serve someone else, we are quickly reminded that this life is not about us. It’s about glorifying Him.

I am not sure why I felt called to write this today, but I hope it is helpful to someone out there!

Can I let you in on a secret?

EVERYONE feels like a “loser” or “unpopular” at some point in their lives.

I’d say it’s about time that you forget your pride and ask for some prayer from your brothers and sisters.

Intentionally go serve someone around you.

Dig into what Your Heavenly Father says about you.

 He promises to never leave you nor forsake you and He does NOT take His promises lightly!

Ever felt alone? Feeling alone now?

JOIN THE CLUB! 

See the irony 🙂 You are NEVER alone, my friend! 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6