This morning I was reading my devotional book, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. I love this book – It is constantly making me aware of how God’s Word should be impacting our lives in every moment of our day.
“I am a mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for me. I have chosen to use weak ones like you to accomplish My purposes. Your weakness is designed to open you up to My power. Therefore, do not fear your limitations or measure the day’s demands against your strength. What I require of you is to stay connected to Me, living in trusting dependence on My limitless resources. When you face unexpected demands, there is no need to panic. Remember that I am with you. Talk with Me, and listen while I talk you through each challenging situation.
I am not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come into your life, I equip you fully to handle them. Relax in My presence, trusting in my strength.”
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” – LUKE 1:37
I found what I read encouraging this morning because when I look at everyone else, they all seem to have their lives together. Whereas I feel like I’m constantly struggling to keep my head above water. We all have a lot we’re managing… or at least appearing to manage anyways. When I feel like I’m doing awesome in one area of my life, I look over my shoulder and realize I’ve allowed my broccoli to boil dry… (which literally happened the other day) Do you ever feel that way? At one point you feel like you’re killing it – Maybe your fitness routine; your eating regular healthy meals and hitting your work out goals and then you realize you’ve been a terrible friend and haven’t talked to some people in over a month. Or maybe you’ve been an awesome friend and have been able to go connect several times with everyone this month only to realize you’ve let things slide at work and are now behind on the seemingly easy tasks. We’ve all been there, I’m sure of it. I just feel like I’m in that mental sink hole more often than those I compare myself with.
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” – 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9
This morning I feel God was making me aware of the areas that I’m failing in to help me depend on Him more. I hate these growing pains – I wish I just had it and was doing good at everything! But I know that God is opening my eyes to see these things because He loves me and doesn’t want me to burn myself out on things that don’t matter. With this awareness, I know I need to be asking God what is important and what is not as important. What things are actually needed in my life and what are tasks I’m putting on myself that drain me? It’s not bad to have all these extra tasks, but it is bad when we start putting these “extras” ahead of the needed things.
Balancing life is hard friends. But God is good.
– Stay Satisfied
This trip with my sister has taught me a lot more than historical events and ancient places. We spent a lot of time in both Egypt + Israel, but seeing the ancient landmarks and biblical locations in Israel made me think a lot. Continue reading
My sister and I are going on another adventure – An opportunity came up to travel Egypt + Israel for a couple weeks with some friends from Bible school, it was too awesome to turn down 🙂 Tomorrow we’ll fly out of Vancouver and make our way to Cairo, Egypt and be there for a week or so. Then we will scoot over to Jerusalem, Israel and spend another week before heading home; true north, strong + free. Continue reading
I read an article about how Canadians have stolen the “American Dream”. North America as a whole I believe is a very “comfortable” place to live. I think part of comfortable living comes from fear of change and fear of failing. When you’re comfortable why would you make yourself uncomfortable by embracing change in order to grow and become better? I literally asked myself this question after watching the Lion King recently! The scene where Simba is talking to Mufasa in the clouds after he died made me think. Mufasa says to his son, “Look inside yourself – You are more than what you have become.” Continue reading
I love smelling things. Out of all my five senses, I appreciate the ability to smell above the rest. I’ve noticed that I will often pour a cup of tea and be just as content to smell it beside me instead of consuming the entire thing. I enjoy sitting in coffee shops and smelling the beans. I look forward to walking into the house and smelling turkey dinner during the holidays. Most girls might have an obsession with purses or shoes, I however have an obsession with perfumes and fragrances. I love them – they are my weakness. I appreciate a man’s bold cologne before his tie, a rose’s soft sent before its petals, or fresh bread coming out of the oven before eating it. I would be so sad to have a bad nose. Continue reading
You know those people in your life that always seem to have it together? Maybe their projects in school are always flawless, maybe their kids are always perfectly dressed, their car’s always spotless, maybe their makeup + hair always looks like if was professionally done? You’re probably already thinking of that person (or persons…) right now. We know that it’s impossible for people to always have their life together like that, but still. How do those people always seem to LOOK like they have it together…? I’d like to know their secret so that I can appear that way too…
2 Chronicles 15:7,
“But you, be strong and do not lose courage. For there is reward for your work.”
I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, “Work smarter not harder” but I was thinking the other day that we should apply that saying to our entire life. Today with so much focus on mental health and being open about our struggles I feel like this isn’t that hard of a concept to grasp either. Continue reading