Letting Go of Pressure 

So this post is kind of like a fun sized candy bar… it’s short but it’s jammed packed with goodness. I hope this just encourages you to push through this week and to hold yourself to a standard of grace and not perfection. 
I think something I struggle with the most in my life is finding peace. But if I find it, I also struggle with accepting peace sometimes. I am so stressed all the time and, truthfully, can tend to find fulfillment in how busy I am. 

As a Christian I know that there is so much importance in slowing down and just waiting on the Lord, but girl, I know it is so hard sometimes to do that. Especially if you tend to be a people pleaser like me who feels a strong need to be everybody’s “go to” and someone they can always count on. 

I aim to be everybody’s “yes girl”, their supergirl, superfriend, superdaughter, superathlete, superstudent… I aim to be everybody’s superhero. But I’m not, and I can’t ever be that.

I started reading a book called “The Best Yes” which is about managing your tasks in a godly way which means sometimes saying no. All I can say is that this book could not have been given to me at a better time than right now.

It’s teaching me that it is impossible to please everyone. And I need to be okay with that. I need to be okay with not being supergirl, and just being a girl with a super God. 

So I want to take this little page of text to encourage you to stop trying to be a superhero. You are not invincible and you can’t be everything for everyone. This week I want you to be cautious before you add more decisions and tasks to your plate. Ask the Lord if this is the best time to take on more responsibilities.

But most of all, stop putting pressure on yourself to be this superhero you dream of being. Just be what you can. Be loving and be willing to encounter Jesus. Nothing else matters. 

I promise you that this week things will get a little crazy and you may be thrown some curve balls, but peace is just around the corner. It’s in your Bible, it’s in the beautiful sunrise, and it’s in the moments you allow yourself to take a deep breath.

I want to reassure you guys that I am praying for each and everyone of you and I hope you know that nobody expects you to be a superhero. So don’t expect yourself to be one either. Allow that superhero position to be upheld by Christ, the only true superhero.

             XOXO, The Christian Prepster 

Living The Resurrection 

Hey guys!I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  This year I found so much delight and revelation in Holy Week and was really challenged on Monday to carry the holiness of Christ’s resurrection, past Easter.
First of all, I have been alive for many Easter’s and always found myself asking this same question, “Why in the world is Good Friday called ‘Good’ Friday?” Because in my little head I couldn’t comprehend why people would call the cruel death of our innocent savior “good”.

At Winter Jam last month, one of the speakers talked about a time of suffering he had gone through where he asked the Lord why his present situation was not going well and why things weren’t good.
“Then the Lord asked me, My child, why is it called ‘good’ Friday?”
When the speaker said those words I immediately understood. After years of confusion, in one instance, I was given clarity. It’s called “good” because of what follows. It’s “good” because the death of Jesus Christ saved my very being, and it is “good” because it was always the plan of God.

That clarity has kind of put my whole life into perspective. Now when I go through season of suffering or trials I am immediately taken back to the cross where Jesus died for me. My sufferings may not seem “good” to me, but it’s all about the growth and the true goodness that will come from my suffering.
And the thing is, on Good Friday when the King of kings paid the price for our sins, the Devil believed he had won. When Jesus uttered the words “It is finished” I can just imagine the Devil saying, “You got that right Jesus, muahaha it is finished.”
But boy was that dumb Devil completely wrong!! The Devil forgot that Jesus’ story is not over, Sunday is just a few mere days away.
And on that blessed Sunday the King conquered that grave with our life, joy, and peace, in the palms of His hands.
My challenge to you is to not forget what happened on Easter. Don’t throw out the insane act of grace and mercy shown to you, with the wrappings of your chocolate bunnies and Peeps.
Pray over and thank Him for paying your wages of sin and remember that your situation may not seem “good” but it’s all about what comes on Sunday.

            XOXO, The Christian Prepster 

John 13: 5-8

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It is not always easy to humble ourselves and get our hands dirty. But that is exactly what Jesus calls us to do. We see, all through the Bible, examples of Jesus serving people and loving those who can be hard to love sometimes. And one of the most popular examples of Jesus serving and loving His people is in John 13: 5-8…

 

5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

So I know we have all heard this story probably hundreds of times but I really want to dig into it to, not only help us to gain an understanding of who Jesus is and how he calls us to live, but also to encourage us as we strive to live a life of service.

So we start in the first verse when it says that Jesus is pouring water into a basin and He takes off this towel that was wrapped around his waist and he start washing the dirty feet of his disciples. I mean that is just a crazy thing to even think about like, these disciples are in the presence of the one true king the heavenly father and they just got back from traveling on dirty ground, their feet are torn up and dirty and extremely gross but they are in awe at the fact that they’re standing in front of the Prince of Peace.

And isn’t that such a profound analogy for our lives. We are these dirty, torn up people, our hearts are just disgusting in the sight of the Lord and all messed up and ruined. Yet with all that dirt and all that mess of being a human, we find ourselves standing in the presence of the one true king this holy and blameless, literally perfect person. Who we do not even deserve to say His name and yet were standing in front of him. Like that, in and of itself, is crazy.

Then the King got on His knees and he pulls off his towel he was wearing and he picks up these crummy disgusting feet that I know I would never want to touch, and he starts to clean them.

And this is exactly what the Lord is calling us to do. He is calling us to lay down our pride and serve.

And then, jumping down to the last verses when Jesus is talking about when He is going to die on the cross, he basically says to Simon Peter, “My child, things are going to happen, and your human mind will not be able to understand them, but I have it all under control and one day you will understand.”

I want to encourage you all today by saying,

Service, no matter the size, is a demonstration of God’s love towards us and, when we serve, we look the MOST like Jesus. 

So I have a question for you guys,
What will be your “Water in the basin”? How will you serve like Jesus this week?

XOXO, The Christian Prepster

Living Chosen 

This past week I attended Winter Jam for the first time and it was so wonderful. I left changed and inspired… so a pretty successful event. Many of the artist and speakers talked about fear and how fear is a lie that hinders us from fully following the Lord. After some deep talks with some people I really love and some Bible study time, I have some news to share with you all this fine Wednesday morning.I have struggled with fear my whole life. I have been scared of letting people down and letting myself down.

Unfortunately I still struggle with fear but I have seen some serious progress in myself which is great. With fear being my biggest struggle, I am always on the lookout for new verses or songs to help me and last week at Winter Jam, multiple speakers referenced Isaiah 41. Surprisingly, I totally forgot about Isaiah 41 but when I got home (super late I may add) I broke open my Bible and started reading God’s truth. I encourage you to take a break from my words and read through Isaiah 41 right now.

This passage starts out so well. We are told to “Listen to Me in silence”. What a great way to start encountering Christ. When I first read verse one, this is what happened in my head,

“Shhh mind, shhhh voice, shhh soul…. Just SHHHHH”

Before I even began to hear what the Lord says about fear, I need to quiet myself. I need to silence my thoughts, insecurities, and my heart. The only way for God to do some major heart work is for me to be majorly humble before him.

As I continued on through Isaiah 41, verses 9 & 10 caught my eye. I love how, in verse 9, it says,

“I have chosen you and not rejected you.”

I think that we sometimes mix up being chosen by God with our feeling of being rejected. This goes hand in hand with my crazy annoying fear problem. Recently I have obtained this need to feel loved and accepted by other people and that’s why I think this verse hit my heart so terribly hard. The Lord has chosen me yet when I look around my life, I just see the rejection from others. And truthfully, I sometimes I think I need that acceptance from people. I feel this need to be chosen by them.

But then we come across verses like verse 9. Which say that the king of kings and Lord of lords has chosen me. And it’s in those moments that my need to feel loved and accepted is cast to the side because I have been chosen. Even though I may not feel chosen all the time, I know that I am.

Then we hop down to verse 10 which says,
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I’m just going to take a moment and say that I seriously believe that this passage was written for me (lol). Because my goodness… this hits on my two biggest struggles. Two verses that just totally shake my world.

I love how the Lord uses reassurance to speak to the deepest parts of our hearts. He knows what scares us and stresses us out so he purposely gives us these little, power packed, verses to help us handle those hard situations.

 

XOXO, The Christian Prepster  

The Book of Mark

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I am proud to announce that I have found a devotional that I love!! I have found myself to be very picky when it comes to devotionals and this one has passed all of my devotional tests. I am only a week in and already have so much new insight I want to share with you guys.

Throughout the gospel of Mark, Jesus is on a mission to share the gospel. The pages of Mark are filled with the many miracles and teachings of Christ. My initial thought was,“Wow Jesus never stops.” And that’s so true. Jesus was always ready and willing to share the gospel, no matter when, no matter where.

Starting in Mark 1, Jesus begins his fast paced journey. In reading verses upon verses about Jesus’ movement and urgency, it’s no wonder that verses like Mark 1:35 stick out to me because Jesus takes a break and goes into solitude. This busy, miracle doing son of God knows the importance of a “quiet time” and makes sure to be filled by His father before He goes out to fill out the people around Him.

I, so easily, get swept up in busyness and the urgency I have to complete the tasks handed to me. But if I take a look at how Jesus approached busyness and how effective He was in spreading the gospel, I think His key was to slow down and to spend some time with God.

Jumping to Mark 3, we see a new side of things. We see the urgency of a group of people to get their friend healed by Jesus. This is the well known story of that breakthrough-the-roof healing I love.

I was first awestruck by the persistence of the group pointed out in my devotional.

“There’s a crowd in the way? No matter. There’s a roof in the way? No matter. Nothing deterred them from getting the help they were seeking. Their faith in Jesus’ power to heal enabled them to break through any barrier—literally.”

That is crazy. How willing are we to become healed? Moreover, how willing are we to have those around us healed?

I feel like if this story was about me it would look more like this,

“There’s a crowd in the way? Thats a huge problem! There’s a roof in the way? Yeah no, maybe next time Jesus comes.”

I wonder if the Lord sometimes is just saying to me, “Girl, I have this healing power and all you have to do is come to me and ask.” Why can’t I get over myself sometimes and come to the Lord with my hurt, sick heart and reach out for His healing?

This week I’m praying for a breakthrough-the-roof healing in my life and yours. No matter what obstacle life throws at us, we were created to live a life free from bondage and be fully healed.

I encourage you to dive into Mark this week and really make your heart known to the Lord. Healing and growth is waiting for you.  

XOXO, The Christian Prepster

 

Seasons 

Over the summer I went on a mission trip and one of my leaders always talked about how life is in seasons and we have to be able to keep up even when the seasons change. I loved what was said but I never really understood exactly what she meant when she said that.
But boy do I now! With school and the change of classes and teachers I would always separate my academic year into seasons. But outside of my academic year I never saw my life as a series of seasons. 
Until this year (what a grand year 2017!) This year I have gone through seasons of sadness, struggle, hurt, but also the fun ones, extreme joy, growth, and ease. With each season the Lord reveals a different side of who He is and each season is equally important. 

As I started doing season hopping, I realized how easy it is to get all caught up in a specific season and forget to spend time with the one in charge of your season… Jesus Christ. This will wreck your season, guaranteed. The most important thing in life is to remember to seek Christ above all things. Whether you’re in the most stressful season of your life or the easiest, you need to intentionally seek Christ. 

I have also started to value each season, even if at first it is not easy. I tend to enjoy the seasons of happiness and growth way…WAY more than the ones of sadness or grief. But the Lord has revealed to me this year that both seasons are equally important and one wouldn’t be as great, without the other. 

With that being said, one of the hardest seasons for me is waiting. I am so impatient so this time is very hard for me. 
Ironically, the season I struggle with is the one I’m in right now (actually not ironic at all… I asked for this). Right now I am waiting to see what my future holds. My family is going through some transitions and taking some new steps which could drastically change my situation. So I am playing the waiting game, all day, everyday… woo! 
The first few weeks of my waiting season I was not happy and was not waiting very well. But i’m about a month in and can gladly say that I am okay with waiting. I am okay with handing all of my future into God’s hands and letting Him do with it as He pleases. 

The God that is with me during this waiting season is the same God that was with me just a few months ago during a season of amazingly great joy. The same God that held my hand during seasons of bravery and never let go is the same God telling me to slow down and to be patient.
He has never let me down and He never will. So I will wait and wait well. I encourage you in whatever season you are in, to seek the Lord and see what goodness is in your season right here, right now.

XOXO, The Christian Prepster 

Becoming Set Free 


I would be lying if I told you that it’s a “breeze” not to grasp onto things we’ve already let go of. I am so good at saying I’m done being defined by some sin or that I am no longer under the management of myself but then the next day I go back on that statement. It’s so stupid.
I believe that we all have or will struggle with leaving things at the cross for the Lord to hold and fix.

But please hear me when I say that you need to do everything in your power to keep the things you’ve surrendered to God, in the hands of God.

You were never created to carry this heavy load alone. Truthfully you were not created to carry this load at all. The only one powerful enough to carry your load is Christ himself.
I wonder why freedom so hard to accept. Christ died for me and has given me freedom yet I still think that being enslaved by things is okay. I want to encourage you today and let you know that you can be free, you can overcome the things holding you back, and you can live a life in freedom.

“For you, brethren, were indeed called to freedom and have been called through love to serve one another.” -Galatians 5:13

I love how the word “called” is used in Galatians 5:13. My goal in life is to fearlessly accept the call Christ has placed on my life. But what if the call He has placed on my life is to live in freedom?

Truthfully, that is a huge call. Living free means not allowing this world to overtake you and stress you out. Freedom means the ability to move and live without fear of what may happen. 

I believe that the Lord is calling all of us to freedom. He so desires for us to live a life that is free of worry and fear. When our life mirrors that, we then can fully fall into the arms of the one true God.

Freedom is not easy to find… when you are looking in the wrong places. Open your Bible and spend sometime in prayer asking the Lord to give you lasting freedom from the things you are enslaved by. I can guarantee you will find the freedom you desire.

XOXO, The Christian Prepster