Monthly Archives: August 2014

Priority? or Option?

I was having a hard time hearing what God wanted me to write this week. Usually things are dropping on me all the time and I jot down the main idea and come back to explore it later, but this week I had a lot going on so I can honestly say there were probably many things God gave me but I probably wasn’t listening well. As I was sitting here with the cursor blinking, I decided to scroll my Facebook timeline and the first thing I saw was this photo of a quote.

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It made me think about scenarios that we apply this to in our everyday lives:

If a man or woman you are interested in treats you like an option and doesn’t value who you are as a child of the Most High, leave because you deserve more.

If a friend only wants to hang out with you when they want something or when it will on benefit them, walk away and find true friends.

If your employer keeps undervaluing the hardwork you put in, seek out new emplyoment in a place that you can grow and develop.

This is often our stance or should be when it comes to how we are treated, if they aren’t making you a priority you move on and find someone who will. But how often do we flip it and treat the Lord in this way?

I can admit there have been times where spending time with the Lord was more of an option.  I’d say “Oh, its okay I’ll study my Word another time and just say a quick prayer so God will know I acknowledged Him today.” or “I’m tired I can just pray and journal in the morning.” I treated my personal time with the Lord like an option. Realizing this convicted me so much and broke me down because Jesus didn’t make me an option when He carried that cross, was crucified and died for my sins! I was His priority regardless of everything else that was going on, regardless of the pain He knew He would endure, I was His priority and how dare I take lightly what He did for me by treating Him as option.

Take a look over the course of your days and honestly reflect on how much intentional personal time you take to spend with the Lord. Not at church, Bible study or a prayer group, but when you’re alone and no one is around to see or push you into His presence. If you notice that you may make Him an option I encourage you to take some proactive steps to change this. You don’t need to have a full-blown church service in your room to do this, but here are a few things you can do to spend time with Him.

Take a walk and talk with Him: Your words don’t have to be fancy, talk to Him as you would a close friend. Walking or Running are great times to talk with God, there aren’t a ton of distractions and you can focus on Him more.

Set your atmosphere: Listen to worship music to that really speaks to you. Some of my favorite artist are: Kari Jobe, Hillsong, Tasha Cobbs , Jamie Grace and Daniel Johnson

Be Still: Sometimes all we need to do is sit still and be quiet so that God can speak to us.

Take that step to spend more time with Him!

What do you do to make sure you are keeping God as a priority in your life?

I love you, and Jesus loves you more!

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Worth More Than…

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Recently I’ve felt very strongly about how the world puts outward beauty and fame on such a high pedestal. It truly makes my heart hurt when I see women and young girls who focus so much on being this ideal image that the world portrays. Their worth is in the clothes they wear, the car they drive, the length of their hair or the number of men they have drooling over their assets.

I mean this has gone on for ages but it seems like today the role models that young girls and women have are far from what true womanhood should represent. Girls think of Rhianna, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj as someone to model their lives after and when asked why, the answers are “She’s just a bad chick” or “She’s killin everybody in the game” or “She got a ton of money and doesn’t care about nothing” the answers are never “She is passionate about youth and devotes time to her local community” or “Her character seems awesome and her morals and values are something to be admired” or “She uses the position she’s in to uplift women and be an example to all watching her”

Why are these rarely reasons that people are admired?

I feel like women are finding their identity in material things and outward appearance. If you stripped away all the beautiful clothing, the weave, nice hairstyles, the make up, the curling irons, the jewelry what’s left? Don’t become so blinded by looking amazing on the outside when on the inside you’re not very attractive. I’m not saying don’t take care of yourself and look nice but don’t let your beauty and material things be what you find your identity in. The Bible tells us over and over and again that appearance and material things are not to be put on such a pedestal.

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30

“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

“She is clothed in strength and dignity..” Proverbs 31:25

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” Proverbs 31:10

I could go on and on, but the message here is to encourage you to make sure that all the energy you put into looking nice and having the latest trends does not out weigh the energy that should go into developing your character and heart. YOU are a jewel in His crown which has nothing to do with your makeup and clothing but everything to do with your heart for Him and His heart for you!

I know this post was aimed at my sisters, but brothers you play a part in this as well encourage your sisters, cousins, nieces and female friends to develop that character and don’t allow physical beauty to become the only standard you use to determine if a woman is beautiful, look beyond the surface.

I love you and Jesus loves you more!

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