Faith

What’s in a name?

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Years ago, I named my self unloved, worthless and so much more…but then something happened at the end of my freshman year of college. I realized that my joy could only be made complete with the love that Christ offers. I was truly transformed. I could look at the life I lived before that moment I accepted Christ and then at the moment after and realized I was renamed. I was worthy not because I deserved it, but because He offered it freely.

But then years down the road other names came up as I continued on. Going through some pretty tragic storms I could have easily named myself hopeless. Working myself too hard became a very big part of my life. I loved the job I had, lived for it, breathed for it…and then three years later I finally allowed myself to hear what God was saying, what my husband was saying and what my community was saying. God had so much more in store for my life than just being named by my work.  Don’t get me wrong…I really did LOVE my job. But that was the problem. I was more in love with my job than I was with Christ. I was terrified to walk away because for so long I was named by my job.  I was named by my success. I was an achiever. I wanted affirmation from the world more than I thought possible…and then finally eight months ago, God rattled the depths of my heart like I never thought possible. He called me to walk a path I never thought I would. A path that walked me away from the job I had always longed for.

He calls me daughter. He calls to find my name in Him and not in those around me or my circumstances. He calls me to a greater purpose – to glorify Him in all ways. He named me forgiven – no matter how many times my heart wonders. He reminded me that my source of life would never come from anyone around me, not my husband, not my family, not my work and not my community – He is the everlasting source of life. He is the only one that can make my joy complete.

So now, four months into my new job and a completely different lifestyle..God has taught me so much. He’s revealed so much to me over my short time following the She Reads Truth Bible study.  Each day I am genuinely eager to see where He’s leading us, what He’s teaching me and how I can continue to glorify Him and the kingdom.

“Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out.” Ruth 3:18

What is your name? Share it here.

The She Reads Truth community is working through the book of Ruth, and I invite you to walk with us at SheReadsTruth.com.

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God’s comma

This morning I was reminded how thankful I am for God’s comma.

Sometimes it’s easy to look at our current storm and be bogged down by the circumstances we’re in. If I look back at the past almost four years I’m shocked to see the things that God has thrown my family’s way. I’ve had to say goodbye to a father, a grandfather and so much more. We had the scare of my mom having a serious heart attack six months after my dad died. It was all too much. At times it felt like the world was closing in, but then again – there were so many people praying for us. There were so many people praying when we couldn’t. There was God carrying us when we couldn’t go any further.

I could have let these circumstances overwhelm me and throw me off course, but then I’d be letting satan win. Isn’t that his goal? He wants to take our focus off of The Lord.  My dad passed away four months before my wedding. It was such a delicate time, but thank God that He had a beautiful story for me. Yes, I lost my father who was my hero, my coach, the spiritual leader of our family and my friend, but I was about to gain a husband, a help mate and my anam cara. Our family has become even closer.

I’m not saying that the journey has been easy because I promise you – it hasn’t. I still have some days where I wake up and I forget that my dad’s gone. It’s easier for me to face each reminder of what we’ve been through by having Len, my sisters and mom to walk through the journey together.

I was graciously reminded of advice I received from a friend during a devotional this morning, “don’t put a period where God puts a comma.”  Over the past four years I could have easily looked at the storms my family was going through and allowed it to overtake me, but that isn’t God’s plan. He has a comma to the story. There’s more than just the storm. He has something great planned for each member of my family that’s going through these same storms. Our journeys along the way our different, but He’s carrying each of us through it – if we allow Him to. He’s going to make each of our stories beautiful, because His word says it’s so.

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Over the past four years, Ecclesiastes 3:11 has become one of my life verses. When I’m going through a storm this is what the Holy Spirit speaks over me. He’s going to make it beautiful – whatever it is we’re struggling with. Whatever storm we’re facing, one day it will be beautiful. His Word is absolute truth, so why shouldn’t I believe this. When my heart doesn’t feel this way I speak this verse until my heart changes. Seriously. I promise it works!

So, no matter what storms come my way in the future, my prayer today is that I “don’t put a period where God puts a comma.” There’s more to the story than the storm we’re facing.

Am I washing feet?

Yesterday we learned about washing feet. About helping those through the help we’ve received from Christ. God really shook me on this one yesterday. In John 13, Jesus washed his disciples feet. It’s incredible if you think about it.  Jesus, the savior of the world, knelt down and washed Peter’s feet.  The significance of this goes beyond Jesus being a Rabbi who ordinarily would never do such a thing. In this timing, it was the servants who washed the feet of those who entered a house – never a Rabbi washing feet!  

And then it shook me further. This chapter wasn’t just about Jesus washing Peter’s feet.  But about giving the disciples a glimpse of what was to come. John 13:8 “…Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”  The only way we can be cleansed is if we come to Jesus – no other way. It’s because of His actions, His death, His sacrifice that we are made new!  So grateful that He has cleansed me. 

As I’ve been studying God’s word leading up to Easter and preparing myself for this season in a way so vastly different than I have before my heart aches for God, the Father, and the sacrifice He had to make for this world.  He had to give up His Son in order for us to live.  Talk about a internal battle. The Father had to choose between His Son and us.  If that doesn’t rock your world and make you feel loved then I don’t know what will!

What’s more is He loves us as we are. He loves us regardless of the dirt we have on our feet. He loves us wholly. He loves us greater than we could ever put down in words.  How are we using that love?  Am I loving others around me well? Am I washing the feet of the people around me who need it?

We need to leverage our power for those who have none.  I pray that the Lord reveal to me how I can do that in these weeks leading up to Easter.  I want to wash feet.  Will you join me?

You really should listen/watch the message that we heard yesterday. It was fantastic: http://hopefellowship.net/watch

— Oh, and for those of you who know me really well.  You have to laugh at that statement above. I want to wash feet. I, the one who has been squeamish about feet since I was little, want to wash someone’s dirty feet!