Life, Spiritual Walk

Just do it.

This weekend has been meaningful encounter after meaningful encounter, and this morning, after saying “yes” to many an upcoming coffee date, phone conversation, and upcoming meeting, I thought to myself:

Am I going to have any time left for me?

As an introvert, this is a question I think about frequently and is actually a point of anxiety. I crave my solitude and recharge time.

When is my next alone time?

I found myself overwhelmed by this question, And immediately knew I had to hand my schedule over to God. I know He is calling me to be open and available in this stage of life, and I trust that He won’t give me more than I can handle. It’s important to balance self-care and ministry, but when God says go, trust that He will also prepare the rest and recharge that you need.

Just a thought!

Rachael-2

Life, Spiritual Walk, Thoughts

“What do you think of me?”

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit lost in my relationship with Father God. If I’m being honest, I’ve had no problem hearing Him for other people while I’m praying for them, but for me personally, I feel like I haven’t received anything meaningful or encouraging for awhile. Then suddenly it occurred to me, when was the last time I asked?

If you’re feeling like you haven’t heard God’s voice in awhile, I want you to try something. Imagine you’re in a room with Him: His throne room, your home, your favorite place of rest, anywhere. Once you see yourself with Him, I want you to ask Him the question “Father God, what do you think of me?”

God is always waiting to give us a fresh word and pour His love and affection upon us. We simply need to be ready to receive.

Just a thought.

Rachael-2

Life, Spiritual Walk, Thoughts

Patiently Waiting

I recently ran out of pages in my prayer journal and started a new one (the crisp spine and feel of the leather cover is heaven). Before I packed away my journal, I decided to spend some time reading over promises and prayer requests that I have recorded since I began in 2016. In doing this, I discovered I’ve been praying for the exact same thing for two and a half years.

For some requests, that’s not a lot of time, but this specific request is not hard. In fact, if I decided to do it myself, I could have it done in less than a month.But that’s not what God has called me to.

Time after time, God has called me to wait on His timing. It’s hard. I want things taken care of immediately. But over and over, God has shown me His unsurpassed love and perfect timing. Many times I’ve looked back on a sequence of events and said, oh, okay, I get it now.

Today, once again, I turn over full control and resolve to wait patiently.

Just a thought.

Life, Spiritual Walk

Read through the Bible in 2017

I’m embarrassed to write this, but I am 25-years-old, have been a Christian since I re-accepted Jesus into my heart at 11, and I have never taken the time to read through the entire Bible.

I’m embarrassed to admit it because there have been many times that I tried, and failed. I became a Senior Soldier in The Salvation Army at 14 (which means I became a member of the Church). That was the first year I tried. I began in the Old Testament, concerned that if I didn’t read it through in order, I wouldn’t understand everything in the New Testament. I think that was my first problem. That try, I got through most of Exodus before I finally gave up.

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After “Wait and See”

“So do not be afraid. I am with you. Do not be terrified. I am your God. I will make you strong and help you. My powerful right hand will take good care of you. I will always do what is right.” –Isaiah 41:10 (NIRV)

So, it’s been a few days, and I completed the “Wait and See” reading plan that I spoke about in a previous blog post. To say that God answered my prayers in the time we spent together during this devotional almost seems to make light of the time we spent together. I have no doubt of the things He told me, and know exactly how to proceed in the matter that I took to Him in prayer. I can’t say that I have ever felt so strongly about knowing the course of action that God has wanted me to take, and it has taken a huge weight off of my mind. Was this outcome based on the reading plan I chose? Not at all. God knew that my heart was truly searching his will in this matter, and I know He used this plan to help speak to me.

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Wait and See

“Here is something I am still sure of. I will see the Lord’s goodness while I’m still alive.  Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.”

–Psalm 27:13-14 (NIRV)

 

Last month when I was writing the column for the January issue of the Young Salvationist, I stumbled across a section on Bible.com that I had never seen before. The theme for the issue was Everyday Saint, and as I was brainstorming ideas to help the young adult readers be “everyday saints.” So as part of one of my sections, I started looking up Bible reading plans. That’s when I found the entire section on plans here.

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Why I Give Thanks

Friend,

On thanksgiving, it’s kind of a rule that you have to be thankful for something, and you have to share those things you are thankful for with others. So here it is, my obligatory, “thankful” post.

But why does it have to be obligatory? Well, this year I’ve done a really bad job at being thankful. It’s actually become more and more of a habit for me. It’s hard to concentrate on all the good things around me when my fears and anxieties take center stage. It can almost feel like a post about thankfulness has to be obligatory, rather than authentic. But I want to change that in this coming year.

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My Dreams, God’s Plan

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NLT)

Dear Friend,

Today I am once again struggling with what to write for my monthly column for the Young Salvationist Magazine. This is not a rare occurrence for me, unfortunately, but a monthly ritual. After my column for the month previous has been turned in on the first (really more like the 7th though), I start looking at the topic due for the next month.

That’s usually when I realize I have no idea what I want to say.

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What I Want to Say to My 20-Year-Old Self

Dear Friend,

Last weekend, I was at a Territorial conference for young adults with my department. Among some seriously busy days of setting up and running around, I had the opportunity to work with a woman from another department in the creation of a “Words of Wisdom” video to play at the closing meeting. Basically, the idea was that we would invite most of the special guests to come over and talk to us, and answer our question: “If you could speak to your 20-year-old self today, what would you tell him/her? What advice would you give.”

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Life, Writing

Happy Birthday to Me!

Dear Friend,

I feel like it has been forever since I’ve been able to sit down to write. In reality, it’s only been 2 weeks, but these weeks have flown by. All I can say is that the huge event at work that our department has spent over a year planning was this past weekend. It was intense–every day felt like 2 or 3 days smashed together, with only a few hours of sleep between them. But I am finally home, have had a couple days to rest, and had a lovely celebration of my birthday.

As I turn 25 years old today, I’m feeling a bit introspective about my life. Honestly, I’ve spent a few days feeling this way and thinking about how my life has changed in only a few years. Five years ago when I entered my 20’s, I was a senior in college, dating my now-husband for a little over a year, and I had no idea of where my life would lead. Honestly, it’s a testament to God’s faithfulness that I am where I am today with a loving husband and a job that I enjoy.

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