Scripture Sunday: Make God a To-Do List

I heard this recently and I just had to pass it on.

We all know that God wants us to have joy, be happy, and give love to others. What does God not want us to do? He doesn’t want us to worry, be sad, be negative, be anxious, cry, or really anything negative. So what do we do then?

Because this life is hard. Things break our hearts, cause us pain, and sometimes it feels like it will never end. But it will, and this is how to stop it right now. Give it to God.

Write God a to-do list. Tell Him all the things you want Him to do for you, so that you don’t have to. He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to give Him all the bad stuff, so we can hold on to the good stuff, and only the good stuff.

Make His to-do list, and be real with Him. Tell Him you want Him to have your sadness, you worry, and your hurt. If something is breaking your heart, put in on His to-do list. If something is making you anxious, add it to the list. If you want to change but your’re struggling, add that to the list, too.

We know that everything happens according to God’s plan. That we need to share Him and share love, and that ultimately that’s all He wants from us. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t human and that we won’t feel these feelings.

It’s ok, and He understands. But He also wants us to remember that we don’t have to shoulder it, not any of it. He wants us to give it to Him. He wants to take all of it so that we can stop and smell the roses, slow down, be happy, and enjoy this life.

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So, make Him a to-do list. Give him all of the bad stuff. And only keep the good stuff.

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Thank you for allowing us to give You all the bad stuff. We are so thankful to give You a to-do list of the hard things that make us hurt. We want to always remember that we can come to You with anything, no matter what it is. And we want to live with love and happiness in our hearts, even if we’re feeling all the humans hurts of this life. God, you are so good. We praise You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: When You Don’t Know What To Do, Pray

 

(Yes, it’s Monday, but better late than never!)

I love that about prayer, it’s not biased.

Whether you’re ecstatically happy or devastatingly upset, you can always pray.

And we have all been in those situations, the situations that made us glad, or sad, or somewhere in between, and we just didn’t know what to do.

And in those situations, the best thing to do is pray. sunset-1873050__340.jpg

Praise Him when you are happy, feeling lucky, and reminded how blessed you are. Cry it out if you have to and wait for calm and peace from Him, when the world around you is causing you anything but. (I read a meme this weekend that said our tears are prayers for when we cannot speak, and I LOVE that.)

Whatever it is and whatever you feel, know that it’s always a good time for prayer.

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Please remind us that anytime is a good time to come into prayer. We are so lucky to have You to come to, to help us get through anything, and everything tough in this world. We are so happy to praise You in the good times. We want to be reminded that You have a plan for us, and to pray always, no matter what the circumstances are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Why Are You A Christian?

I’m a Christian because I want to be.pexels-photo-267559

I want to believe, and I have faith in God. I want a relationship with Him.

I am blessed and happy to know that there is already a completed and divine plan for my life.

I want to sit in peace and live with joy, everyday. I don’t want to spend my life worrying, stressed, and unable to see the beauty all around us.

That’s what’s available to us as Christians, believing in God, and having a relationship with Him. We get peace, contentment, joy, and everything amazing that He has created for us.

How lucky are we? How blessed are we?

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Thank you for giving us so many amazing reasons to be a Christian. Thank You for being our God and all of the promises You have made to us. We are so blessed to have you. We are so blessed to have all that you have created for us. Please remind us that everything is this life is of You and it is all meant to be. In Jesus’name, Amen.

Scripture Saturday: Pray For Someone Else

This week, I have a challenge for you.

Pray. Pray hard. But pray for someone else. study-862994__340

I heard this challenge and I want to give it to you. Pray for someone else, for a whole week, and watch God work in their life.

Do it!

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you. (See, I’m already doing it, HAHA)

Dear God, Thank You for all You do in our lives. Remind us to come into prayer for others. Show us what can happen when we pray for others. Remind us to keep our lives in Your hands and pray for others as hard as we would for ourselves. Remind us to act like Jesus and put others first. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Give Away Your Negatives So You Can Live Out Your Positives

A bad minute doesn’t make a bad day. Spilling water on yourself doesn’t ruin the whole day. And one argument doesn’t make the whole day bad. I could go on and on.

But who finds themselves feeling like this? Or acting this out? One bad thing happens, and instead of moving on and letting it go, we harp on it, continue to feel bad about it, and we let that one thing literally ruin our whole day.

Our attitude is our choice and better than that, it doesn’t have to be! Give it all to God. All the mistakes, the negative, the fights, the misunderstandings, the troubles, the problems, the fears, and worries, and anxiousness. He wants us to give it all to Him.

He wants to shoulder all of it for us so that we can live in joy, peace, contentment, and love. How awesome is our God?

When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.  Psalm 56:3

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you. Psalm 55:22

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Remind us to live each day with joy. Whether we are hurting or sad or happy or having a bad day, please remind us to come to You. Please remind us to give our cares and worries to You. Please talk to us so loudly that we cannot not hear You. Thank You for the Word and Your promises. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Let Him Give You The Words

I cannot say how many times (ok, prob only a few, usually I know what I want to say) I’ve sat down to write this segment and not knew what I wanted to write about. But then, just a short while later, and I found myself finished with the post I didn’t even know how to start.

This is because these posts are only coming through me as a vehicle because really, they are coming from Him. And literally, thank God for that! After all, He is our strength, our protector, and our Heavenly Father, why shouldn’t our words come from Him?

So today, I give you this, let Him give you the words. Follow His plan and if you need to, ask questions! I am always asking Him everything, all day long. From small to tall, I talk to Him about everything. And I encourage you to as well.

If you’re reading this, I just want to pray for you.

Dear God, Thank you for always giving us the words. Thank you for guiding us to Your will and always protecting us and advising us in this life. We are so blessed to have you to come to for questions, advice, and strength. Like it says in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Whether it’s getting the words on the page, taking time to keep and maintain health in our lives, or by sharing You with the world, we are so blessed to have You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Stronger by Mandisa

I love this song. In fact, it’s my favorite Christian song and has been for a while.

This song reminds us to hold on, whether we are being pulled under the waves or poured on by rain. Just because the days are hard and we are hurt and crying, that doesn’t mean that God’s not right there. He knows what we are going through, He knows we are struggling. He is always there to listen to us, we just have to talk to Him.

He is always there for us. And all we have to do is let Him be.

‘Cause if he started this work in your life

He will be faithful to complete it

If only you believe it

He knows how much it hurts

And I’m sure that He’s gonna help you get

Through this

These are my favorite lines in Stronger. I love to turn this song up, belt it out, and keep it on repeat. Have you heard this song? Do you love it as much as I do?

If you’re reading this I just want to pray for you,

Dear God, We want to say thank you for being there for us whenever we need You. Thank You for the amazing Christian artists in this life that share their experiences and songs and are relatable and comforting to those around them. We know that You are there for us, no matter what kind of mood we are in or what we may have said or done wrong. You are an amazing, all-powerful God, and we are so blessed that You Have our backs! Praise You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Praise God

Anytime is a good time to give praise, to give thanks, and to pray. God is always listening,

Last week my best friend in the whole world had brain surgery. This came after a seizure that put her in the hospital two weeks before hand. And she’s 4 months pregnant.

What a month. It’s still surreal thinking about it, and it all happened so fast. The surgery was just four days ago, and it went perfectly. Everything went as planned and her and her baby are happy, healthy, and recovering. Whew!

At first, I lost it. I couldn’t even imagine for one second not having my BFF “at my side.” (We have lived across the country from each other for three years and half a country away for a over a decade.) We talk almost everyday and sometimes, multiple times. We have Sypke dates and send care packages, and are truly closer than ever.

Not having her is literally unthinkable and when I found out, I couldn’t pull it together. But then, I called my “Bible Mama.” I needed someone stronger than me, I needed someone to remind me of His promises, I needed to pray.

I called, breathless, shaking, and in the middle of having a glass of wine with my hubby on our fourth wedding anniversary, after I found out. I could barely talk, I didn’t know what to say, I was full of fear.

She let me breath it out for a second, told me I could NOT be afraid. She reminded me that He knew this was coming, that it was a part of His plan. And she forced me to start the prayer.

Through tears, I prayed. And I felt better. And I praised Him. I praised Him because I knew no matter what, He would take care of my friend. He has a plan for her and He loves her as much as I do. She’s His favorite!

It was hard and I couldn’t do it on my own. But God gave me Skip, my Bible Mama, when I was in Florida. We laugh together, enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks, and praise Him.  And I knew I could call her. And I knew she would answer. Because He told me she would.

He gave her to me and I praise Him for her! #sothankful

Also, the song, “God Gave me You,” was a song that my BFF told me was our song. Aww!

This is my life. And amen for that!

I just want to take the time to pray for you if you’re reading this:

Dear God, Thank You for giving us the amazing people you do in this life. We praise you, in the bad and in the good. Thank You for having a plan for us. We would be lost without You. Thank You for reminding us to see the sun through the rain, to be patient and have faith, and to continue coming to you for anything we need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.