Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. –Matthew 6:25-34
May we never lose our wonder:
As children, part of growing up is being curious about every little thing, discovering new ideas, and always asking questions. Now, as college students the wondering continues on the daily. What will I do after I graduate? Who will I marry? Will I have kids? What job will I have? What will I wear? What will I eat? The list goes on and on. Our mind continually exhausts us by playing out scenarios for the future. If you look at the questions that I listed previously, you’ll start to notice a trend. I. What will I… So much time and energy is consumed by wondering about ourselves and half the time we don’t even realize it. We enable our mind to be enclosed with a bubble around us that we forget what we’re even really here for. To serve Christ, not ourselves. Now, what if we took all that energy wondering about ourselves and placed it on God? Pondering about his character, his creation, his power, his presence, his love, his grace, his abilities. The list is endless. If we set our dial to tune into God alone, our lifestyle, mindset and attitude would transform into a servant heart. Let this soak in for a minute. Maybe you need to pray and ask God if you have spent too much time consumed about yourself. Let God work in your spirit and begin to wonder about him, after all he holds your future so there’s no reason to worry about it yourself.
Listen to Wonder by Bethel music and Amanda Cook
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt? “And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” –Matthew 14:25-33
Have there been times in your life where God called you to step out of the boat in faith like Peter, but instead you just shrugged it off and said no? I definitely have. We as believers don’t like getting uncomfortable, especially when it comes to the cause of Christ. We like staying in our comfort zone, because it’s where we feel safe. In this story, Peter expresses many qualities that as Christians we should strive to have. God called and peter obeyed. Our first response when God calls us is to immediately obey. Peter didn’t question him, he simply had faith in the fact the God would take care of him against the odds. In our life, God may call us to do something impossible. Well, from our perspective it may seem that way, but to God, it can be done. A lot of times we underestimate the capability of Gods power and what he can do. Girls, God has the authority. He holds this universe and everything in it. WOW! Our finite minds will never be able comprehend an infinite God, which is breathtaking. Take a moment to rest in all of who God is….maybe just write down the thoughts that come to mind.
When we realize that God holds all of authority and that his presence is stronger than we can comprehend, then it becomes easier to have faith in what he calls us to do. No questions, just a response of obedience. Today, God may be calling you out of the boat. Step out in faith with no fears because we serve a God who is fearless and will reassure you that he is capable and will do the impossible in your life.
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. –Psalm 84:1-2
Nothing is more fulfilling then feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. It’s unexplainable and overwhelming. I love that we each experience God differently and our relationship with him looks differently. Today, I want you girls to be enriched by the presence of God. Go find a quiet place, outside or a new place you have never been, but wherever it may be I encourage you all too completely eliminate as many distractions as possible. The Lord will speak when we let him, but most often we do all the talking and we don’t let God overflow our hearts with what he has to say. Let him do the speaking today. Be patient. Be willing to take enough time to hear from him. Let God fill your spirit. Embrace this precious time that you have set aside for him. Declare this verse over yourself today and let God show you that he is present within your life.
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. -1 Timothy 6:12
In our walk with Christ, it can be easy to become complacent. I don’t like to admit it, but I have been there too. It’s as if I was in a desert and I didn’t look for water, because “it was too hard” or I got bored searching. Sometimes these are the thoughts that cross our minds in our walk with the Lord, which ultimately is selfish. Since when do we not fight for the almighty king? Since when did it become a “hassle” to serve the Lord. Last time I checked, Christ died for US, not so we can serve ourselves, but to bring HIM glory. I say this in love, because God deserves our all, every ounce of us that we can give. It’s all about God. End of story. He deserves for us to stand firm and fight. Fight against the daily to-lists, the homework, the social events, because those are simple distractions that take away from giving your complete self to him. Girls, I humbly just asked you all to have a heart check today. Are you giving it your absolute all to God? If the answer is no, then spend some quality with him and praying of how to get back in the battle and fighting wholeheartedly for him. In everything, give God your all.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8
When we tune into God, he pours out his spirit upon us. He is breathing life into us. He is shaping us and molding us. God is our potter and you are the clay. Take a moment to think about that. Clay can be shaped into whatever the workers hands create. God chose to mold you the way you are. There may be some sharp edges in your life, but he continually shapes us into the woman he mad us to be. God created a masterpiece when he made you. He didn’t mess up. It wasn’t a scratch piece. No. He adores his beautiful work of art. The creator of the heavens, the stars, the mountains, the snow, the animals also made you. Praise God for the way that he has made you and thank him that he continually shapes you. Show off what God has instilled within you. He adores you and loves you. God loves his beautiful artwork, rest in this sweet girls.