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To The Person Who Has Bigger Dreams Than The Typical Life

Six months ago I moved from Philadelphia to Dallas. Through this process, I have never needed more faith and I’ve never been happier. Needless to say, it has been crazy, exciting, and terrifying the past six months. Since moving, every hour is jam packed, every day is different, and every week brings a new adventure. I know that I am sitting in the Lord’s will and I feel that I am truly starting to tap into the purpose God has for me.

You see ever since I was a little girl I wanted to do something big with my life. I desired to be married and be a wife but I want something beyond that as well. I want to leave a legacy and want my life to count. I’m not satisfied with what is normal. I have huge dreams and am sold out to God’s calling on my life.

Can you relate? If so keep reading because I want to share a few pieces of advice.

  1. Find Then Follow Your Vision – You may be in a season right now where you are searching for your purpose. Don’t take this season for granted. God has not forgotten you, rather you have been set apart. For a few years, I waited as my dreams and passions developed because I also knew that I wasn’t ready to know how they were going to be mapped out. Everyone has a vision for their life. If you were born into this life, God has a vision for you. The key is you need to seek it. Be active in seeking it. Many ignore the vision or settle. We are called to greatness therefore we need to strive for it.

2 Chronicles 16:9a says, “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

Devote yourself to seeking the Lords vision for your life. Once your call is revealed follow that dream no matter the circumstances

  1. Be Teachable – It’s almost laughable at how many mistakes I have made. When our team gets together we have conversations like, “Member the time when Katie…” then someone else will say, “Oh my goodness I remember when Katie did…” Even though I have been corrected, made mistakes, and have not always made the right call, I have made it a point to be teachable. We can look back and laugh about some of the crazy stories over the years because I have since learned from them.

REMEMBER: While it is awesome to have huge dreams and a major vision, please know, you do not                   know everything. Eat some humble pie, admit when you are wrong, and seek Godly counsel. I have been           blessed where I am constantly being poured into from people who will shoot straight with me. Because of           that I am able to mentor and pour into others. Unfortunately, you can end up being the biggest drawback           to your dreams. If you make a mistake, don’t let insecurity keep you from pressing on. It’s okay!! In fact,           correction is a GOOD THING because it is through that we learn.

Proverbs 12:1 tells us straight up, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”

  1. Be Expectant –Faith is seriously one of my FAVORITE things to talk about!! It’s a major game changer. It will happen in the Lord’s timing so until then stand bold, stand firm, and do not waver. I have a list of things I am praying for and am expectant about. Think of an expectant mother. She is expectant because she can feel the baby and knows that the baby will eventually be born. Today, be expectant that God will give birth to your prayers!

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” You need to be expectant by having faith in your prayers! If you aren’t going to expect what you pray about, why pray at all?

My challenge for you today is be hard core about all the desires, passions, and dreams for your life. Seek what the Lord wants, be teachable, and be expectant. Never settle, but rather, be buck wild about it. Doing this will be the best decision you make. I am living proof of it.

-Katie Dewan

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Getting In Shape…Spiritually!

Think of someone you know who is in really good shape. What did they do to look that way? It probably took countless hours of running, strength training and eating a healthy diet. Often, we are inspired to work out and get fit when we see athletes and people in really good shape. (I know I am!) We may even ask a friend who is in good shape if they will go with us to the gym because they are knowledgeable and know how to make the most of a workout. Some people will even hire a personal trainer because he or she has good tips, will help you be effective and would correct you if you are doing an exercise improperly.

In our culture, even in the Christian culture, so much emphasis is placed on the external and “getting in shape”. Yes, we should take care of our bodies because they are the temples of the Holy Spirit, but have we taken the time to think about what it looks like to become “fit” spiritually?

1 Timothy 4:8 says, “For bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come.”

“So where do I start?” Well, much like you will not turn into an Olympic athlete overnight, you will not become an expert on God right away. Training is not always easy. It’s hard to find time to get to the gym in the midst of a busy schedule. Similarly, we may think, “I don’t really have time to have a 30 minute quiet time with God every day!” That is an excuse. You will always have time for what is important to you. I have friends who are dedicated, college athletes and they wake up at 4:30am to go to practice for 3 hours before starting their classes. If people can be that dedicated to a silly sport, we can be that dedicated to the God of the universe! We must be focused and determined!

Make time to read the Bible daily—this is how you hear from God and learn about Him. Start small and work your way up. If I wanted to run a marathon, I would start by running a mile here, 2 miles there and slowly work up to it. Most people cannot just sit down and read through the whole Bible in one day. Read a chapter (or less) and really soak in the truth and then maybe try a couple chapters the next day.

Grow your prayer muscle! Make time to just be still in the presence of God. Confess your sins to Him and let Him take away your anxiety and fears. He loves you and is eagerly ready to hear from you.

Fellowship with other believers (which can be in a church setting, but doesn’t necessarily have to be) is a great way to get helpful tips from other “fit” Christians who are further along in their walks with the Lord and can give you godly advice. They can also help you become aware if you are “exercising” wrong. Often times, pride and self-centeredness can creep in and we need someone to call us out on it in a loving way.

This idea of becoming “spiritually fit” is especially important for anyone who is a leader in the faith. I would never ask for training advice from someone who is lazy, never goes to the gym and eats ice-cream sandwiches every night. If you are in a place of leadership you need to be “working out” spiritually every day! You are a spiritual trainer which is a bazillion times more important than a personal trainer—so take it seriously!

When I think of someone who is spiritually fit, I think of our founder, Autumn Miles. She is devoted to God. She doesn’t make excuses. She has a deep, intimate relationship with Christ. She works hard because she is filled with vision and purpose and God has refined her and shaped her to become a strong and effective leader. She has inspired me, more than she will ever know, to keep pushing on and never give up.

-Karinna Johnston, intern

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God Told Me No

Recently, a huge opportunity came up for me in life. It was going to be a game changer and, in my eyes, fix a lot of my problems. I was nervous to see what this major change would bring, but was excited to see the possibilities and benefits that would come from it.

A couple weeks had gone by and I was extremely close to it coming true. I had a big meeting with whom the opportunity was involved with. As I was waiting for the meeting to start I prayed this prayer to the Lord:

               “God, I know this is a huge opportunity. I know that in my temporal mind this seems like a perfect plan and such an exciting thing. With that Lord, I pray that you only give me this if it is in your plan for me. God, I only want this if You want this for me. Please be so clear that I know without a shadow of a doubt this is the direction You want me to take. Show me Your will God! My heart is yearning for You to show me. Amen.”

Some time had passed and everything was lining up. My mindset, my planning, and my schedule were all in preparation for this opportunity. To spare you the time, some crazy, unheard thing took place which made no sense to the people who were praying for me.

I had gotten my answer from the Lord and He told me a clear “NO”.

The circumstances made no sense. I called one of the team members from The Blush Network staff and he said, “Well, isn’t that what you prayed for? You told God to make it clear to you if He wants you to pursue something else.” I was disappointed, but knew from so many circumstances in my life God has something else for me.

Now… Am I saying that when you receive a hard answer or news to just suck it up and put on a smile? Absolutely not. You WILL be disappointed and it will take you a minute to refocus your thoughts.

Here are a couple things that I suggest you to write down or remember when you are in that spot:

1. Be expectant.

  • When God says “no” to something that means He has a “yes” to something else. Therefore, when you receive a “no”, be waiting for a “yes” and expect it SOON! If you are praying for it, the Lord hears you and He answers!! The Promised Land is right around the corner. “In the day when I cried out, You answered me and made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3

2. A “No” is not punishment but rather redirection from the Lord.

  • If you get a “no” from God, we can actually be thankful that we are in His will and He is directing our lives. By God redirecting us, He is stepping in and taking hold of the situation. In the moment it will feel confusing or you may feel worried, but that is the exact time when we can hold onto what God has promised us.

3. Be aware of your mind

  • This is something I constantly have to make sure is in check! When in a time of transition, in a season of change, or when waiting for an answer from the Lord we need to hold onto the thought of what the Lord says about us. Our thoughts are where the temptation to take things into our own hands and to distrust what God is doing come from. The #1 way to keep your thoughts in check is to always spend ample time with the Lord, especially if you are seeking Him for answers. If your mind is spinning and you are feeling overwhelmed, prayer and God’s word will be your best remedies. “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I”- Psalm 61:2

In this particular story, God told me “no.” But He is making His redirection and purpose for it clear. Jesus is absolutely everything. If you are seeking Him, I know He will do the same for you, sweet reader.

 

-Katie Dewan

 

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Find Rest in Your Advocate

“You’re really limiting yourself.”

“Why don’t you have a job yet?”

“Your sister has a job, how come you won’t get one?”

“You want to be a women’s what?!”

“Why’d your parents get you the car? What do you even use it for?”

“You’ll never get a job.”

“Why did you pick a religious school?”

“You could be doing so much better.”

These are just a few things that I have heard from my extended family over the past three years. Even as I write this I have tears falling because I never have and I never will feel good enough for them as long as they do not know Jesus and His saving grace. It takes mental preparation and a lot of prayer to approach any holiday dinners and I always walk out weary and bruised. This past Easter dinner was no different, but the Lord revealed something so sweet to me…

Let me back up for a moment, I have spent the past few months praying mighty and bold prayers on the behalf of my extended family. They have been heavy on my heart and there has not been a day in the past few weeks that I have not been burdened by their lost souls. I have prayed for them daily and I have asked many close friends to pray for them as well. I say this, not to boast, but to share that I went into Easter dinner believing that I was going to see a drastic change in how they spoke to me and in their attitude towards Jesus. I went in believing that my consistent prayers would be what saved them and not Jesus himself. This was not something I even knew that I was doing until I walked out of Easter dinner more bruised, weary, lost, and confused than I had ever been. There was no drastic change. I was still berated for my choice to go to a Christian college and to pursue women’s ministry. I was criticized for not having a job while I was in school. I was still asked what exactly it was I was doing with my life. I was even told to reconsider an internship opportunity I have this summer because it was in a church. As my family left dinner and we walked to the car, I was already in a full-fledged argument with God in my head.

“God, I prayed for change. I had others pray for change. I want them to know you! Why would you let them keep speaking to me like that?!”

It was if I could hear God say, “Beloved, Do you trust me?”

“God, of course I trust you! I’ve pledged my whole life to serve you! Don’t you see, I want them to trust you?”

“Beloved, do you trust me?”

As we drove home and I was in tears my loving and God-fearing parents offered unconditional love and encouragement. (God sure blessed me when He gave me them; I’d be a hot mess without them.) Despite all the encouragement they offered, my spirit was battling discouragement. I was wrestling with the question “Beloved, do you trust me?”  As I sat that Easter night in my living room I felt like God was finishing the question. “Beloved, do you trust me to be your advocate?”

What a beautiful and joy filled question to hear. I was reminded that I have an advocate. I had just spent the morning in church celebrating His triumph over death and sin in the greatest act of advocacy my soul could ever find! I have spent years chasing after the approval of my family. I have made them my goal. God humbled me that night and ushered in the sweet rest that I needed. My pride was standing in the way of my advocate. I have no words to offer them, no prayer so mighty that it can save them. I have nothing to offer them, but the work Christ is doing in my own life. I have nothing to offer them, but love. Not even my own love, but by Christ loving through me. I could not love them in my own strength. I have nothing to offer them, but the Gospel. I do not need to defend myself to them. They won’t understand. They don’t know Jesus yet.

I’m still praying for them and I will pray for them until they accept Jesus and then I will get to pray with them. Oh what a glorious day that will be! What I pray you will get out of this, my sweet friend, is this: You have an advocate for your soul! You have someone who loves you unconditionally. You have someone whose heart breaks when you face injustice. You have someone who longs to have you home with Him. You have Jesus. While you may be used to the injustices around you, HE is not okay with them. You have an advocate. He will defend you. Trust Him. Pursue Him. Make Him your priority and your goal. Others will see the difference in you and be drawn to Him. Do not let the enemy convince you that it is your job to prove Christ to the world. You need to show the world Christ and He will prove Himself to them. My heart is with you, my friend. Find rest in your advocate.

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” -1 John 2:1

 

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My Perfect Father Through Trials

Have you ever believed Satan’s lies?

Haven’t we all? The lie that I have believed for the longest time is that I wasn’t good enough. Most people say they didn’t feel good enough to be in a certain group, or good enough for a boy—but that’s never been my struggle. The person that I don’t feel good enough for is my father. Up until a few years ago my father was a part of my life, but still didn’t act as a father should, according to the Bible. He stopped picking my brother’s and I up to hang out, the phone calls and text messages stopped, the child support stopped. It honestly felt like his love for us had stopped. He seemed to live in a fantasy that he didn’t need to work and that everything would just fall into his lap. His priorities consisted of his music, (guitar and singing karaoke), beer and whatever woman he was dating at the time. To this day, he doesn’t provide for his children financially, spiritually, or emotionally.

I started believing that I wasn’t good enough for him and that I wasn’t worth his time, energy or money. I hated seeing my mother emotionally, physically and spiritually drained all of the time because the amount of stress that she had on her plate. She is a single mother providing and protecting her family all by herself. Seeing this broke me. Seeing my brothers grow up without a father figure broke me. Not having a proper example of how a man should treat his children confused me. I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. But through this hardship, the Lord has been so faithful to me by providing my family and me with the comfort, strength and peace to get through.

Christ has helped me overcome many trials and tribulations, but the one that stands out to me the most is my parents divorce. I was young when the divorce took place, but it has greatly affected me up to this day. Christ has shown me his peace and comfort throughout these hard times. He has constantly reminded me that when I’m at my weakest, he is at his strongest and when I am at my lowest, he is at his highest. This truth sustains me through my lowest points. God gives us all that we need daily, and my brothers and I just have to remember that even though we don’t have a good earthly father, we have a perfect Heavenly Father.

-Intern

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A Day in the Life of Junior High Me

I was thirteen, in seventh grade, and felt a sense that I just didn’t belong. My hair was breaking off. I had just hit puberty, and had acne like CRAZY! My self-esteem was so low it was sickening. I hated myself. I hated the way I looked, and I was taking it out on everyone; especially the ones who loved me, my parents.

No one wanted to be my friend. A boyfriend? Ha! Please! Forget about that.

I just wanted someone, other than my parents. to love me, but no one did. WHY?!

In March of 2003, I couldn’t take it anymore. I wasn’t getting along with my parents. I couldn’t find peace at home or school. So, one night after a big argument with my mom and dad, I went to my room and closed the door, hoping to never have to open it again. In one of the corners of my room laid a picture that had fallen, and its broken glass. I picked up the longest piece and put it to my wrist. I wanted to bleed out. I wanted  to feel the pain, because I was sure it didn’t feel as bad as what I was going through. At the time, I was wearing a gold cross around my neck that had been given to me by my mother.

Moments before I made the first cut, the necklace fell from my neck, in front of me onto the carpet. I remember, at first, staring at it, and then beginning to weep. That’s when I knew I needed Christ.

Once aware of this, I went to my mother, asking to go to church. We were invited to a church by a friend of my mother.  Soon, we were going to church every Sunday, and I got involved with the youth ministry. During one of our youth plays, an invitation was given, and I presented an outpour to God telling him that with Him is where I wanted to be. With that, I gave my life to Christ.

Since accepting Christ, I would be lying if I said that life has been a cakewalk. Dealing with our sin nature is never an easy task, but my journey towards spiritual growth has been awesome.

I must admit that I have slowed a lot of my own progress because I wanted to do my own thing, or got myself distracted over someone or something that had no relevance in my life.

One of the things that I love about God, though, is that He never makes you start over, but simply presses play from where you left off.

I dedicate this blog to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for bringing me so far. As I fight back tears writing this, I know that you’re not done with me, and have so much more in store for years to come.

—Day M.

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Why, God? Trust in Tragedy

Your best friend just found out she has cancer and has a year left to live.

You broke up with your boyfriend because you found out he was cheating on you.

You see news about ISIS and watch innocent children die.

Your parents are fighting and might get a divorce.

You hear about how abortion has wiped out a whole generation.

There is worry about Ebola spreading.

You are barely scraping by with finances and just found out that you got laid off.

You see tsunamis and earthquakes demolish whole countries and flatten towns.

You hear about shootings in schools.

You are struggling with keeping your grades up.

Other people make fun of you and you start to question if you are worthy of love.

There’s sickness, death, abuse, broken relationships, infidelity, crime, sorrows, regrets, injuries, discontentment and heartache.

How can a loving God let all of this happen?

There is no simple answer to this question. It’s hard for us to understand sometimes why God lets certain things happen. One thing we must not forget is that this world is NOT our home. Jesus is coming to restore the brokenness and there will be a day when there are no more tears or pain—only joy! God’s plan is perfect and He is always good. It is our job to TRUST  IN HIM alone—even when our circumstances get tough because He is orchestrating every detail of our lives for His glory. He, alone, can see the big picture.

Andy Rau, author and blogger for Biblegateway.com explains it perfectly:

“So when tragedy strikes, as it will; when suffering comes, as it will; when you’re wrestling with pain, as you will – and when you make the choice to run into His arms, here’s what you’re going to discover: you’ll find peace to deal with the present, you’ll find courage to deal with your future, and you’ll find the incredible promise of eternal life in heaven.”

So, we can decide whether to turn bitter or turn to the God of peace for comfort and courage. Our suffering will pale in comparison to what God has in store for His children!

Psalm 46:1-3:

“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”

–Karinna J.

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Seeking His Will

Traveling back from the West to the East Coast on Sunday night, I had a lot of time to think. My wife and I had just been in Northern California for my little brother’s wedding, which was a great moment for our entire family. We had then stayed at my parent’s house the next week and the normalcy of my other sibling’s life and the things happening in our marriage started me thinking about prayer.

 

What is prayer? Is it an empty conversation to a god that is not present or listening? Is praying for a meal in public just an outward message to people in a restaurant that you are a “Good Christian?”Could prayer be much more than all of the previously mentioned questions and hold the key to a relationship with God?

 

My wife and I have been living on the east coast for a little over a year now and I am feeling the pull to get back onto the west coast to be closer to family and other loved ones. I could easily put ourselves into some serious trouble, by putting the entire move on a credit card and go today, but I want to make sure that Christ is at the center of the decision my wife and I would make. Speaking with a very close friend of mine, he suggested prayer; I knew he was right.

 

We had made other decisions in our life together and only through prayer and speaking with our Heavenly Father did we find rest and peace in those decisions. He said I needed to pick a specific time and daily go to God with my hopes, fears, and questions. He said I needed to get on my face and ask for God to show Himself and His will to me. One of the stories in the bible that we talked about was Moses, when Moses went up Mount Sinai and spoke with God for the people of Israel he did not come off that mountain till he had an answer from God and I wasn’t coming off this mountain till I had my answer either.

 

Never growing up where I was raised to pray like this made me quite anxious I don’t really know what it looks like to be on my face before God. What do I say? What if I say something wrong? Then I remembered Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

 

I began the morning after speaking with my friend I got up at 5am and I walked out into our living room got down on my knees and then bowed down and was on my face. At first this seemed strange for me, I had prayed many times and had felt like God had worked in our lives before, but I had never been on my face before so why do I need to do this now. I began telling God what my hopes for my life were, where I felt like I had gone wrong with decisions of career, and questions of what I could do to change where we were at in that moment.

 

I didn’t hear anything, but I got up the next morning and got on my face again and went to the Lord in prayer. I did this morning after morning for a week, at the end of the week we received an email from a family member knowing what we were going through asked us to layout our priorities for our lives and pray over them and when we are done praying, seek wise counsel and then pray again. I can tell you that I began to feel a sense of peace about where we felt like the Lord was leading, now we are continuing to pray over decisions and asking God to continue to reveal His will for our lives, but first and foremost we want Him in the center of those decisions.

 

We can only have him at the center of those decisions if we are seeking His will through prayer and time in His word.

 

I challenge you, dear friends if you are struggling with something, do not be anxious in decisions that need to be made; instead, boldly pray for what you are asking for and God will provide all your needs.

 

– Chad Homesley

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God’s Not Google: Coping with The Unknown

The Information Age.  Generation iY. The Google Generation. We exist in a period of time where instant gratification is available at the click of a mouse.   Recently, I’ve started to suspect that this lack of “waiting” in our lives has been decaying our patience and robbing our peace.

That actor’s name on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t remember?  Dying to know who wrote that song on the radio? Saw a cute top on Pinterest and want it en route to your front door ASAP? We have grown accustomed to finding what we want, and finding it now. We rarely have to live with the unknown, and I think many of us are finding it more and more difficult to be okay with letting things go.  Next time you pull out your phone to Google something, try putting it away and reminding yourself what it’s like to be okay with not knowing.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll be startled at how uneasy it makes you feel.   Have we really become so incapable of coping with “the unknown”? Numerous studies have shown that internet use is correlated with increased impatience and anxiety.  Take a look at this infographic:

 

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If this is in the way we go about our business, surely it affects our spirituality. Have we grown more impatient with God? Have we grown too anxious with “the unknowns” in life? Do we expect God to be our Google search, yielding instant and gratifying results? Waiting is inherent in faith. Without it, there would be no ripening of spiritual fruit. Do not fear the unknown. God IS “Knowing”. Know Him, and you will know Life itself. He wants to answer your prayers, but His blessings are to see you bear fruit. Kingdom-affirming, heart-filling, juices-dripping-down-your-hands-when-you-bite-it fruit. A seed needs time to sprout. It needs time to breach the soil, soak in the sunlight, and push its roots firmly into the earth. It needs time to heal from the storm, recover from the drought, and fight off the weeds. It needs time to bloom and blossom and push forth fruit from its limbs.  That fruit needs time to ripen to perfection. Only then can it be enjoyed in its purest and most nourishing form.

Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Psalm 27:13-14 “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Psalm 33:20-22 “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”

Psalm 130:5-6 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”

Take notice this week of your posture towards God in regards to His plan for you. Contemplate the unknowns in your life. In light of the provision and omnipotence of the One to whom you belong…are the unknowns really that intimidating? Whatever stages of growth your fruits are in, if you continue to walk in Him, you can rest assured that He is steadfastly nurturing them into a rich and satisfying harvest.

 

-Heather N

 

 

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4 Ways to Know What to Do with Your Life

Right now, I am sitting in a Barnes and Noble Starbucks drinking a Skinny Caramel Macchiato. I am supposed to be doing homework, but like usual my mind is elsewhere.

I am thinking back to my 17-year-old self. Every high school senior stresses about the two big questions they get asked starting sophomore year.

“What college are you going to?”

“What’s your major gonna be?”

My answers to those questions were,

“Liberty University” and “Graphic Design.”

When I think about those answers now, I laugh. God has a way of changing your plans.

Now that a few years have gone by, those same kids that are now in college are asking themselves,

“Did I pick the right major?”

“How much debt am I going to be in?”

“Where do I go after I graduate?”

I am thinking about some of my friends and where they are at in their lives. One of my friends just got married, one wants to change her major to women’s ministry, one is graduating nursing school next month, and one has about ten ideas and can’t seem to choose one.

So here is the big question…WHAT IS GOD’S WILL FOR MY LIFE?!?!

In all honesty, I could write a book about this. Girls come to me all the time asking this question. So below are four things to be able to help you when you come to this fork in the road.

  1. God’s plan is better than yours.

In fall 2012 I went for a job interview. I was so excited when they called me in for one. This job was up my alley, and was exactly where my focus was. I ended up not getting the job. I was very upset. One week later a job that was one hundred times better contacted me and I have been at this company since. This job paid more, was more flexible and was a company I thought I could never get into. God knew exactly what He was doing.

Isaiah 55:8 says, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.”

I can promise you that the plan God has for you is so much bigger, better, and crazier than your wildest dreams! Surrender whatever plan you have and lay it down to God.

  1. Be smart.

You do not have to know what every day for the next year holds. Take the next best step. God does not want you to be in debt. You need to make decisions that are financially smart. If you are struggling with finances, God will supply, but you may have to change your lifestyle. Also, just because it is a good thing, does not mean you have to pounce on it right away. Only move forward when God has made it absolutely clear that is what He has for you.

  1. Pray and Wait

Prayer is the single most important thing you need for discerning God’s will.

Psalm 5:3 says, “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Prayer will CHANGE your life! Christians sometimes forget just how powerful it is! You have a direct line to your creator. Prayer is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. Pray for wisdom! Pray bodly! Pray expectantly! Pray for big things! Pray for answers! Prayer should be a continual conversation between you and God.

  1. Dream

Even my mom says she doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. Dreaming is a lost art form in today’s culture. When deciding God’s will for your life don’t accept an insignificant life. When you honestly hand it all over to Him, the impossible become possible with Jesus.

Luke 18:27 says, “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.'”

-Katie