“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” –Romans 3:23
As I was walking on campus the other day I glimpsed down right at the moment when I had stepped on a dead leaf. In that moment I heard God speak to me about this leaf, As Christians, sometimes we look down on others who may not believe in Christ or who aren’t following Christ wholeheartedly. We criticize and judge sins of others so quickly that we immediately put ourselves at a higher level than those. The dead leaf is a representation that we live in a sinful and broken world, but with Christ we can become new and flourish with him in our hearts. We have the opportunity to speak life to anyone around us. I encourage you to cease every moment to encourage, build and love others towards Christ. Stop walking all over those who are simple broken and in need of the eternal life of the Lord. Pray today that God grants you opportunities to share and the attitude of your heart would flow with kindness and love. After all, we all are short of the glory of God; broken and sinful. This is why sharing our faith is crucial.
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you” So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” –Hebrews 13:5-6
Content. Wow, every time this word comes up it’s a slap in the face and a wakeup call. God grants us with an abundance of blessings each and every day, but often we will sit and complain about how we wished we had something else. Being content doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes time and having a grateful heart. Today, our society is in constant want and thriving off of how fast it can meet those wants. God is a giving and gracious God. His love is so deep and wide for you that he will sustain every need you may possibly have. Notice that I said need and not want. Girls, I know the struggle of comparing and feeling “included” within society. I know how difficult it is to be content with where I am in life and what I have. This world WILL fade away, but God lasts for eternity. Take delight in that today. Praise God that you don’t have to worry about “fitting in” or future plans. Thank him for where you are at, who you are and what you have. Pray that he will start working in your heart to daily be content in all things.
“But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.”
Prayer is powerful. It is through prayer that God hears our voices. It is by prayer that God hears our cry’s, requests, praises and thanksgiving. God simply wants to hear from us. Our conversations with him don’t have to be profound; they just need to be said. God is waiting for us to speak so that he can move. When he moves it changes us and how we seek after him. We don’t always get what we want, but we do have the assurance that God is listening to us and he will take care of us. He will provide. Prayer doesn’t have to happen at certain times, it’s our communication line with God. Spend some time throughout your day to just talk with God. Tell him what’s going on, how your day is or just a simple hello. Let God know that you want to talk to him. Let him know that this relationship matters to you. Prayer is indeed powerful. Let God hear you and watch how your heart will be flooded with more of him. He is attentive and responsive. Let him move within in your heart and in your life.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” –Psalm’s 51:10
Today I want you to take time and listen to this song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO5nLyU_1jg
This song is such a strong representation of how we should turn our eyes on Jesus and not have any idols here on earth. It reflects having a humble and pure heart for our King. While you’re listening or after I want you to journal your thoughts and just let God speak to you. Intently listen to the lyrics and let God encompass you as you just mediate on having clean hands and a pure heart. Begin asking God if there is anything from your heart that you need to clean out. Let this be a time to fully detox your heart and cleanse your mind to focus towards Jesus.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.” –Colossians 3:17
In all things we are to give thanks to God. Gosh, that it is so difficult to do. Situations arise that make us want to throw in the towel and just give up, but something special happens when we do turn our eyes to the Lord through everything. He fills us with peace, love and comfort or anything else we may need to have to be fulfilled during a difficult time. Even though the situation may not be resolved God is present when we look to him. Even in joyful situations, we are to place a thankful attitude in our heart for the Lord. When we do something for others, it shouldn’t be for the recognition for ourselves, yet a reflection of love for Christ. Christians don’t get the glory, God does. Thank him that you have the ability to help out others. Today, I want you to focus in on what’s going on in your life at the moment. Are you able to give God glory in your life right now? Ask God to help you if you are struggling with this. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving confessing that God is true, righteous and mighty to be praised in everything in your life.