My Way Or The Highway

Today I was listening to a devotional on YouTube by The Vigilant Christian (I’ll link it at the end of this post). He started to explain something that I knew in my head, but didn’t quite understand it in my heart. I had one of those “duh” moments. When I know I knew something, but it didn’t quite hit me until this morning.
Whenever a Christian does God’s will, God receives the glory for it. Because ultimately that is His will in all that we do, to point back at Him. However, when we as Christians (and this goes to unbelievers too), do our own thing, the glory goes to Satan. I have always thought that if I just do my own thing, I’m not really doing anything that bad. I always thought that it didn’t effect anyone, and that I was just slacking off on doing God’s will.
But the truth is, that whenever I do “my own thing”. I am giving Satan the glory.

Matthew 7:14-15 ESV “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide, and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

There are 2 ways in life, not three! The wide gate and the narrow gate. Whenever you decide to do your own thing and stray from doing God’s will, you start to go towards the wide gate. You don’t have to be a Satanist or an Atheist or a Hillary Clinton supporter to give Satan the glory (couldn’t resist that last one sorry;). All you have to do is start by giving the glory to yourself rather than to God.

In fact, someone gave the glory to himself instead of God a looonnnggg time ago and look what happened… (Ezekiel 28:17) “Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.” ( Full account can be found in Ezekiel 28:11-19)

That verse is talking about Satan himself! Doing his own thing is why he was cast down in the first place! Do you not think that Satan will try to use that very same tactic on us as Christians? If you don’t, just look around you. Every thing in our society today is about fulfilling the desires of the flesh. It is practically a playground for Satan.

1 Peter 5:8 ESV “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

It is easy for me to make excuses about choosing my will instead of God’s especially when I think that it doesn’t really do harm to anyone. But the truth is, whenever I chase after my will, and things that will bring me glory, I am pointing right back to Satan.

Luke 9:23 “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Remember, there are two path to choose, the narrow and the wide. There isn’t three, the narrow, the wide, and then my own way. So be watchful that you choose to do the will of God and to bring Him glory. Every other way that you try to follow (including your own) will just be to the glory of Satan.

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principlities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Maybe, like me, you had a “duh” moment or maybe you read this and thought “I can’t believe she is just now realizing this, that was in Christianity 101?!”

Either way, as a Christian be watchful about what you do and for whose will it is for. Now that God has shown me this, I look back and see all the ways I had given Satan the glory when I thought I was just doing my own thing for a little bit. Stay steadfast! Yes, I will mess up again but that is where grace comes in. And God’s grace in my life when I do “my own thing” just points right back to him. So even if we mess up, remember that God has already won the battle! We just need to be watchful for ways Satan will try to use us for his own glory.

Here is the link for the video from The Vigilant Christian. His video was what made me realize what I wrote about today!  But he explains it waayyy simpler than I do;P Plus, it is only 5 minutes long so definitely check out his channel!

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June Favorites 2016

I feel like I haven’t posted in forever… the past two weeks have been crazy. But a good crazy:) God has been showing me and Tj the steps He wants us to take little by little and now that I can see what He had planned, everything just fits together:) I will write about it soon but for now, let me show you some things I have been loving!

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I got this study at Lifeway and have been sooo excited about it! Ever since I read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers,  the story of Hosea has interested me. I didn’t buy the videos to go with the book, but I can do the study just fine without them:)

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I bought this to wear at work because my face gets sooo oily when I’m working, and I wanted something that’s medium to full coverage. This bb cream is awesome i love the texture, finish, and wear of it. The only downside is that it doesn’t have spf in it:/

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I finally got around to buying me a new highlighter feo Colourpop. Spoon is a dark champagne with silver flecks in it:) I seriously love this highlighter!

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I also got a lippie stick in the shade Aquarius. This is the most beautiful cool toned nude I have:) I’ve gotten alot of compliments on this color. I love it because it goes great with any look.

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Me and Tj watched this movie last week but I really loved it:) This is a Christian movie about a young man in the foster care system who is trying to get away from his past. I really recommend this movie especially if you are a young adult or for a youth group:)

That’s all for my June favorites! Summer has gone by way too fast:/ Hopew July will go by slower! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

My Struggle With Being A Hypocrite

When God put it on my heart to start this blog. I doubted Him. Why would He ask me to write about living for Him and being set apart?  It feels so hypocritical sometimes as I post a devotional. When I write about being godly and how its okay to live a Christian lifestyle, I’m reminded how I used to watch wordly tv shows and laugh at things I shouldn’t around my friends. I think about how some of my family members might read my post and think I’m a hypocrite for the words I type. A lot of times Satan will creep inside and remind me of my sin and just how insufficient I am. It can be really depressing! I’m sure if you’re saved that you have felt the same.

Recently I have been studying the book of Hosea. Hosea was a prophet of God in the Old Testament. God told him to go and marry a prostitute named Gomer (That poor girl… what a terrible name!).

God told Hosea to do that to show Israel that they didn’t deserve God’s love. They couldn’t do anything so dirty that He wouldn’t love them. Because He chose to love them. Hosea chose to love Gomer, not because she deserved it. But because he chose to! I can imagine that Gomer felt very hypocritical at times,  especially if she changed from her old way of life. Why would Hosea choose her after everything she had done? Wouldn’t others see her as a hypocrite? I’m sure some did, there’s always going to be those to see only the bad. But Hosea didn’t.

Thankfully,  because of the blood of Christ, God looks at me and see’s the good, the potential. And it’s the same with you.

Even though there will be times that me and you will fail, and slip back into sin; Remember that God sees our hearts, our intentions and our struggles. But the world sees our works, our words, and our actions.

Romans 6:6 “Knowing this,  that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,  that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Romans 6:12-13 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive, from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

Sometimes I do feel hypocritical. Just know that I write for myself to be encouraged and edified, just as much as I do for others. I’m thankful I’m able to see the things I can work on, not only so I can become a better witness, but also because it shows me that even though I mess up, God still chooses to love me.

When My Mouth Won’t Speak

My husband is an extrovert. He loves talking to and meeting new people. Me….. not so much. I work in retail so I’m around people all day and by the time I get home, I’m drained.
I also have a hard time talking to people. I never know what to say, and my mouth just seems to never open.

Recently, a co-worker asked me a question that I wasn’t expecting. She asked me why God allows good people to die, instead of the bad people. Why do bad things happen to good people? I listened to her as she talked but my mouth just wouldn’t open. I couldn’t think of the words to say… that moment could have been where I shared the gospel and told her how Jesus wept when Lazarus died. That there is no one good. Yet how he defeated death so we didn’t have to die and could live forever… but my mouth just wouldn’t open. Of course after the conversation had moved on, I thought of what I could have said. I prayed that if God wanted me to say something else, that the conversation would get brought back up again… but it didn’t. 

I felt like Moses, when God told him to lead the people out of Eygpt and to confront Pharoah.

Exodus 4:10 “And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.”

I feel like me and Moses are in the same boat. Why is God asking me to do this when I’m awkward, and my brain freezes up whenever I’m confronted? 

I left work that day feeling a little bit defeated and like a failure. What if I didn’t say enough? Why didn’t I tell her of Lazarus?  What if she never excepts Christ because of my lack of words?

Then it hit me. I’ve told it to my husband a thousand times and then he reminded me…
Do I really think that if I, an imperfect human, messed up God couldn’t receive glory from it? My mind immediately goes to
2 Corinthians 12:9

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Maybe I was suppose to say more that day… maybe God just wanted me to listen and plant a seed. If you struggle with finding words like me and Moses…. just know that God can still use you  and even when you mess up, His is still glorified through our weaknesses.  Don’t give up and pray that when the time comes, God will give you the words to say and that He will move your mouth to speak.

Luke 21:14-15
“Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”

Close To Home

The other day I went to hang out and swim with a group of teen girls from a local childrens home. There was about 11 girls in all from ages 12-16. Even though I only spent a couple hours with them, I got attached to them. Though I am a youth pastors wife, whenever I hang with teen girls I still get nervous. Life is so complicated for a young woman. You have pressure from every angle and there’s no safe place except home.. but these girls didn’t even have that. They either got sent to that shelter by the court, they went there because the foster system is full, or they got in trouble with the law.

There was this one girl in particular that I met today named Jamie. She was almost 15, and had such a joyful spirit! In the midst of whatever circumstances placed her there, she seemed upbeat and happy.  I was shocked when she told me that she used to lived on Foster Chapel road before being sent there… it was the same road I spent half of my childhood on??! How can someone so beautiful and happy and so close to my home end up there? How many other people around have gone through something and me not know? I get so caught up in my own little world that I don’t see other people as souls. Compassion is so rare and much needed. I wished I could have stayed longer just to watch the girls have fun and so I could try to fit all their names with their faces. But I do pray that God showers them each with His love and opens their eyes to know how much they are worth.

I hope this story reminds you to pray for those around you. And to pray that God changes your outlook on life. To help you look beyond what you can see to what only He can.

I dont know what God is trying to teach me through that day. Maybe it’s gratefulness, maybe it’s to bring me back to earth and show me how each person is a soul. Maybe it’s to soften my heart. I don’t know. I might not know for awhile.. but it has made me rethink not only my life but also the lives of those around me.

Summer Essentials 2016

Because this is my favorite time of the year, I wanted to share my favorite products that I use in the summer:)

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I am pretty good at drinking water not only in the summer but year round. Cute water bottles like this make it easier to stay consistent:)

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The hot summer days only add to my oily skin:/ These are a must for me in summer. What’s great is that they don’t smudge my make up underneath!

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Even though I have oily skin… I really love a good highlight;) Lunch Money from Colourpop has been my go-to. And its cheap!

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I’m the type of person who changes their perfume based on what season it is. Fresh & Clean from Pink has been my #1 summer body for a couple years.

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Because the days are longer and hotter. I really hate having makeup and dirt on my face at the end of the day. The Garnier Micellar Water is quick, easy, and leaves my face feeling soft:)

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Sunscreen is probably the most important item you can use during summer. I used to never wear it…. but I have gotten better over the years!  I keep this one with me when I travel and I have a face sunscreen at home:)

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Some people like sunglasses, others prefer hats. Im too clumsy for sunglasses (I’ve tried). So I stick with hats to keep the sun and my hair out of my face!  This is my favorite one I own. I got it from Florida (obviously) on my senior trip:)

So what are your summer essentials??? Let me know in the comments!

May Favorites!

Summer is finally here!!! And with it, my May favorites! I have some beauty products and some random stuff that I have used a lot and enjoyed this month. Let me know some of your favorites in the comments!

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So I actually read about 5 books in May but these two were my favorites♡♡ Dee Henderson never disappoints and Taken was one of her best. If I Run was…. I don’t even know. Outstanding. It was sooooo good! Although I didn’t know it was the first in a three part series:/ so I have to wait a year to read the second one:( This book was amazing though. One of the best I have read suspense wise in years.

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This is Lunch Money from Colourpop. I have had this highlighter for about a year but I recently started using it again and fell in love:) It’s a pretty champagne toned cream highlight.

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Another beauty favorite is this Wet n Wild blush in Rose Champagne. I am not a blush person. I just never reach for it and when I do its the same blush I have used for like, 5 years. Lol
But I seen this at Walmart and fell in love with this color! It is so different than what I have seen before. And the quality is as good as my Sephora blush (Wet n Wild never disappoints).

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Considering this is the only eyeshadow palette I have used this month… there’s no need to say how much I love this palette. If I could only have one palette forever it’d be this one:) I did a review with swatches if you wanna check that out:)

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I have been using this concealer on work days and whenever I just need to go somewhere real quick. By no means does it replace my Nars concealer but for every day, its a good option because its cheap and does a decent job:) A little goes a long way with this concealer and I love the coverage:) I got a shade too light for me though so I am going to purchase a darker one soon:)

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My two favorite songs have been these two.  But I have been listening to Bizzle’s album Surrender nonstop. Every song is awesome:) Especially Better With You:)

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Mind Games

I think a lot. When I’m working, I think about work. When I’m with my friends and family, I think about recent events or things I thought was funny. When I’m at church I think about church stuff (and food thats waiting at home for me I’m not gonna lie;). When I’m at home, I think about everything. The cats, books, outside, how to keep my potted plants from dying,  what I’m gonna do the next day, what I should be cleaning but probably won’t, YouTube videos I want to watch, etc….
I’m sure you think alot too. If you’re reading this your probably thinking “What do I think about?” 😉

2 Corinthians 10:5 is possibly one of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Did you catch that? Every thought captive. Not just the bad ones about your co-workers,  the lustful ones, the hateful ones, the ungrateful ones. EVERY thought.

Do you know how many thoughts on average a person has per day??
50,000 to 70,000. In one day?!!

That’s alot of thinking. How many of those thoughts have I brought captive to Christ? I’m gonna say in the low, well… under a hundred probably.  What about you? How many out of your 50,000 thoughts have you taken captive today? What have most of your thoughts consisted of?
We tend to think about the same things that we did the day before.

So how exactly do you captivate thoughts?  It’s not like you can trap them with rope and food like wild animals.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us of our thought-trapping device.

“For the word of God is quick,  and powerful,  and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The Word of God can discern our thoughts for us. It can pierce through our flesh to our spirit.

We are suppose to meditate on scripture. Day and night.

Joshua 1:8a
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night…”

Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”

We are here to glorify God. Every thought we have should be to His glory!

Can you imagine how letting Satan get into your head 50,000 times a day will do to your relationship with God?

Can you imagine how bringing every thought captive to Christ 50,000 times a day will do to your relationship with Him?

It’s definitely a game changer.
I’m not saying that you and I will ever get to that point. We are human and will mess up every day, hour,  possibly minute. But isn’t it a humbling perspective to see how we much we fail in one day, and yet God’s grace still covers us?
Isn’t is awesome that Jesus took every thought captive while He was on Earth?

If you think your thinking doesn’t affect you, well you’re wrong. You are what you think. What you desire and long for stems from what you think about. How you view life’s circumstances is through the lens of what you think on.

Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

As christians we should strive for our thinking to be like Christs. We are to be Christ-like. Try to align your thoughts up with the Bible, see how it effects your relationship with God.

Meet Catsy Cline

So our little family consisted of 2 cats Audrey Hairball and Chibi Bear, and a turtle named Noah. Until last week when we found a kitten under our house!

It’s kinda a funny story… Last Tuesday me and Tj (my husband) decided to go to the local animal shelter to look for a dog to adopt! We have really been wanting a puppy recently. We looked around and even though I wished I could take every dog there home with me… we left empty handed to think about which ones we seen and who would fit best for us.
That night, it rained hard for about 3 hours straight. But through the sound of the rain we kept hearing a meowing sound from under our house! I crawled under there and found a kitten I had seen the momma carry across our yard earlier that day. We wanted a dog but I guess God decided we needed another cat;)

We named her Catsy Cline and she is spoilt rotten!

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As you can see…  she loves sleeping! ;P

What You’re Worth To Me

Lord I try to write
And make the perfect rhymes.
I think of what life is
And all I do is come up empty handed.
Im tired of writing empty words
I’m tired of wanting my own thoughts to
Be whats heard

Because what are they worth? A penny at best.
What are my words worth on the bestselling list?
A hint of fortune, a flicker of fame.
What else can I write
Its all been written
What else can I say?
It will just be forgotten.

Sometimes I feel like you put something on my heart
Then ill put it to ink,
But it doesn’t leave a mark.

I have waited years
To hear from your voice
I have hungerd for words
But then hunger became a curse
When my words became more
Than you who spoke
When did i begin to think
That it was me who wrote?

The things that are beautiful,  that pierces one’s heart.
Every line written, every work of art.
Each flower that bloomed from Creation till now, every creature that breathes, from the birds to the cows.
It all points to you.  It all gives You praise
What gives me right to think I shouldn’t do the same?
My words are meaningless. They’ll burn up like grass.
Each letter is a memory. Soon it will all pass.
My thoughts will become nothing, Articfacts of old. My tales of splendor now, will never be retold.
The only thing thats left, This one thing remains. The only thing worth saving, (if we are capable to save).
The only thing that stands in my ever moving mind, is the words you have spoken Lord, they have stood through time.
My life is nothing special,  but special you are to me.
I hope my simple words praise you. I hope they show you as my King.
I hope they give a glimpse, of what I have down inside.
I hope they show my struggle, how sometimes I want to hide.
I want them to be convicting, mainly to my heart. I want you to speak between the lines. I want you to place each mark.
In the end I know, this one thing I have seen,
All that my life is worth, is only what you’re worth to me.