God’s Direct Hotline

You know that feeling you get right after you have a big, juicy steak? The satisfaction (and also the tightness of your pants) is overwhelming! The kind of satisfaction that makes you just want to take the rest of the evening easy. That kind of satisfaction is what we need to have in our daily life. We need to be so satisfied with God that we don’t need any other wordly fulfillment to briefly appease us.

I have a problem with modern day communication, if you want to even call it communication. Facebook is full of whining, Snapchat can’t even be considered communication, and even worse phone calls seem to be a thing of the past. Instead of communication they serve as distractions from the life and people in front of us, and that disappoints me. Like any 22 year old I am probably on my phone more than I should be. I check Facebook and Snapchat multiple times a day to keep up with my friends and family BUT I try really hard not to fall into the trap of letting it become my primary source of communication. I can’t hear their tone of voice or their emotion through Snapchat or Facebook. There have been times where I have deleted Snapchat because I have gotten so frustrated with its use. I was once asked one time, “What if we picked up our bible as much as we picked up our phone? After all it is our direct line to God.” We can search for satisfaction through social media but we will never find true satisfaction until we are satisfied through God.

Likes and watches can’t make you feel better. Having your phone blown up by a multitude of people on the daily only temporarily boosts your self-esteem. You have to find your true value through God, not the value of this world. Don’t look out, look up He’ll be there every time. I encourage you next time you desire to look for satisfaction outwardly, instead pick up God’s direct hotline. You will find just how much God loves you there and the satisfaction will be much much greater.

You have been bought and paid for by Christ, so you belong to him—be free now from all these earthly prides and fears. 1 Corinthians 7:23

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11

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Not Today Satan

By 7:30am this morning I needed a Dr. Pepper (DP) something fierce. DP is my go to when I’m stressed out. I LOVE me some DP. At approximately 6:12 this morning the tire of my tractor swiped the concrete mount of a fence post while I was feeding the cattle in the feedlot. I didn’t even realize I had done it; I couldn’t even feel it. I make that pass twice a week on my feed rounds. If you look at the tire there you can see the mark where several graduate students have scraped the side of the tire, it just happened to pop with me. At 7:15 I realized I had a flat tire. Yay.

Sometimes it’s a bad day. That’s all it is, a bad day. I fall into this rut when things are somewhat rough where I am just exhausted, mentally and physically. Then, I remember a conversation my dad and I had on the first day of my senior year in college:

Dad: How was your day?

Me: Eh, fine I guess.

Dad: Shiann, life isn’t that bad.

It was so simple, but it stuck with me. It kind of slapped me in the face and woke me up. Life is what you make it and honestly it isn’t that bad.

About the time the tractor tire popped is when I realized Satan was attacking me and he had been all week. Through a series of emotionally exhausting events Satan had managed to get me very discouraged, then I thought, “If Satan is attacking me then I must be doing what God wants me too, why else would Satan try to steer me away?” That has given me some encouragement to keep praying and following God even as it gets difficult. God never promised us that following him would be easy, only that it would be worth it. Sometimes life is just hard; thank goodness we have an awesome God.

Several days before this happened I told Satan that he was no longer allowed in my life, he must have laughed and said, “I’ll show you.” But I hope God said the same about me as he said about Job, “Have you considered my servant Shiann?” (Job 1:8) I had been praying for confirmation, this morning Satan showed me that I was following His path. Instead of deterring me, Satan momentarily discouraged me and, oddly enough, encouraged me to continue on this path. He may have gotten me down, he may even keep trying but my God is big and I have faith that he’ll help me pull through.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Prodigal Resources

There is a prodigal that I have been vividly praying for. I wasn’t sure what to pray so I began looking for some resources. I found two really great articles and put together a list of prayers that I gathered from Kathie at The Character Corner page and B.J. Reinhard at the Encouragements From the Piper’s Wife page. I also did my own research and put together a list of awesome bible verses that will help you and your prodigal as you begin this journey of praying for them. I need visual things when I pray… I tape verses, prayers, etc. to my bathroom wall. I keep notecards with verses and prayers in my prayer journal so I can flip through them easily. Here is the list of verses and prayers BUT I also provided a download where you can print them off onto index cards! These new awesome printers these days have the awesome ability to change paper sizes to allow you to put little things like index cards in there! Give it a try! (I find it really helpful to put the cards on one of those nifty little book rings!)

Love,

Shiann

Verses:

1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of a sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Matthew 6:13
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Isaiah 58:6-9
“This not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free,And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’

Isaiah 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Isaiah 50:10
Who among you fears the Lord
and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on their God.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Hebrews 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Psalm 31:2
Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.

Psalm 40:11
Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.

Psalm 40:2
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

Galatians 6:9-10
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Prayers:

  1. “Father, please allow their path to be filled with misery, frustration and irritation.” (Hosea 2:6a) This isn’t to be mean. We pray this because we love them. (Proverbs 19:11)
  2. “Father, please make them unable to clearly see what to do; please cause confusion.” (Hosea 2:6b)
  3. “Father, please keep them from finding the satisfaction for which they are searching.” (Hosea 2:7a)
  4. “Father, please allow her to see herself as You see her and create a desire to come back.(Hosea 2:7b) No prodigal will come back to God until they first come to themselves. This means that they recognize that they got themselves where they are, and it’s their responsibility to do what it takes to get out.
  5. “Father, please bring to their mind the good and allow them to forget the bad, pain, hurt, etc.” (Hosea 2:7c-8)
  6. “Lord, protect them.  Build a hedge around them to guard him physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Block their paths so that he cannot move toward activities and relationships that would harm them.” (Job 1:10; Hos. 2:6-7)
  7. “Deliver them from evil.  Rescue them from a destructive lifestyle.  Restore them to their senses, bring them home from the land of the enemy.”  (Mt. 6:13; Ps. 91:14; Lk.15:17; Jer. 31:16-17)
  8. “Guide them into truth.  Teach them to recognize deceptive ideas and thoughts.  Make them alert to the lies of the enemy, and teach them how to resist the devil by faith.” (Jn. 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:16; 1 Pet. 5:8-9)
  9. “Give them the courage to be honest with their self and with You.  Spirit of God, convict them of sin and their need for You.  Don’t allow them to blame other for troubles in his life.  Show them that he alone is responsible for their choices.” (Jn. 16:8; Gen. 3:12-13; Ezk. 18:20)
  10. “Lord, thank You for drawing them with love and tenderness to Yourself, even in their desert place.  Show them that You are with them.  You delight in him them.  Amid the clamor for their attention and affections, may they hear Your voice calling to them and respond to Your deep, deep love.” (Jer. 31:3; Hos. 2:14; Zeph. 3:17)
  11. “Cause them to call out to You in their distress and confusion.  Cause them to seek You with abandon.  Thank You for promising to answer him.” (Ps. 91:15; Jer. 29:13)
  12. “Remove their heart of stone and replace it with a new, soft heart.  Make this heart into a bed of fertile soil so that the seed of truth sown into it will grow deep roots and bring forth a rich crop of life.” (Ezk.36:26-27; Mt.13:23; Col.2:6-7)
  13. “Lord Jesus, reveal to them that lasting refreshment and satisfaction can only be found in You.  In You they will find an abundant life.” (Jn.4:10, 10:10; Ps.1:3)
  14. “Lead them to friends who will graciously point them to You.  Cause them to be attracted to those who are attracted to You.  Scatter like chaff in the wind any friends who will bring them harm.  Give them the courage to please You, not man.” (Prov.13:20; Gal.1:10)
  15. “Produce in them a humble spirit that is yielded to You. Teach them how to live in You, and show them that apart from You they can do nothing.” (Jas.4:10; Ro.6:13; Jn.15:5)
  16. “Lord, reveal to them how valuable and significant their life is.  Give them a vision for their purpose in the world, and show them the possibilities for their future.  Through You, they can do all things.” (Is.43:7; Jer.29:11; Phil.4:13)
  17. “Help them to see that they don’t need to condemn themselves.  Show them that they can experience complete forgiveness through the work You’ve already finished on their behalf.  Give them the grace to repent of and let go of the past.” (Jn.19:30; Acts3:19; Is.43:18-19)
  18. “Thank You for offering hope and comfort to them.  Thank You for restoring the years the locusts have eaten and bestowing on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair.” (Is.57:18; Joel 2:25; Is.61:3)
  19. “Teach them that following You is not about following rules.  Show them that what You long for is a genuine relationship with them.” (Ro.6:14; Jer.9:24; Phil. 3:8,10)
  20. “Lord, cause them to grow up in You, maturing into an oak of righteousness for the display of Your splendor.  Help them to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with You and with man.” (Eph.4:15; Is.61:3; Lk.2:52)
  21. “Teach them to live in freedom, animated and motivated by Your Spirit and in step with Him.” (Gal.5:16,25)
  22. “Teach them to walk by faith.  Help them to see beyond their circumstances and trust You with every part of their life.” (2Cor.5:7; Heb.11:1; Prov.3:5-6)
  23. “Impress on them the need to protect their mind, guarding its purity through the choices they makes about what they looks at, listens to, and thinks about.” (Phil.4:8; 2Cor.10:5)

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Verses.

Prodigal Prayers

B.J.& Kathie’s Pages

http://thecharactercorner.com/5-things-to-pray-for-the-prodigal/

http://fromthepiperswife.blogspot.com/2011/12/prayers-for-prodigals-by-bj-reinhard-5.html

Prayer Strategy

Hi ladies!

It seems all I find myself doing in my free time is praying although sometimes it just doesn’t feel like I am doing it right. I wanted to be more prolific in my prayer life so I decided to attempt to model it after Mrs. Clara’s prayer life in War Room. However, when I began to research ways to improve my prayer life it took me awhile to find suggestions that I actually thought were in the direction I wanted to go in. When I did find it I needed some way to organize my thoughts. So, I put together this little prayer strategy sheet to help me out and thought it might be beneficial to y’all as well. Enjoy!

Love,

Shiann

 

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If you need guidance filling it out this amazing article is where I got my inspiration for this worksheet!

http://www.rosilindjukic.com/write-prayer-strategy-war-room/

I Fear for the Likes of my Generation

As a young dating adult I am slightly intimidated by the odds marriages have of surviving these days. I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge but the thing with marriage is it takes two people with the same heart and desire to do whatever it takes to make things work. The majority of the research I’ve read claims that 50% of marriages are expected to end in divorce, something that has haunted me as I have begun to think about that part of my life.

I was fortunate enough to come from a home where my parents did everything they had to to make it work. They set a great example for my brother and I to look on. I realized at one point that I came from a family who would rather fix things than throw it away. For the people who know my family and I, I’m sure they would tend to agree by the amount of broken down equipment found around our place that hasn’t been fixed just yet.

Yes, I have my parents to thank for a wonderful upbringing but I’m frightened at the thought that someone else may not have the same mindset as me and my family; those kind of people are becoming harder and harder to find.

As I began adulthood my dad told me that everyone of my decisions from this point forward affects my future family and that remains in the back of my mind as I make life choices. For these reasons I have begun praying for my future marriage. I pray that God sends me someone who will put God #1 and his family #2. Someone who is the Christian leader of our household. I pray God sends me someone tough enough to take care of his family and the hurdles life throws at him, yet gentle enough to dry his daughter’s tears. A man who will show her how she should be treated and how his son should treat a woman by treating her mother with the utmost respect. But I am concerned for the people of my generation. I am concerned that they have grown too accustomed to thinking there’s always greener grass on the other side of the fence when problems arise. I’m concerned that they don’t know how to put others before themselves and I’m concerned that they don’t know how nor want to fix things when they’re broken. I’m concerned, that by my parents definition, the people of my generation do not know how to love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I know that all things will work together for good of those that love God (Rom. 8:28) and so I believe that God will put that kind of man into my life but I encourage other young adults to begin praying for your future spouse. God molds and shapes us into the people he desires us to be by taking us through the valleys; pray that your future spouse makes it through those valleys. Pray that their heart is open to receive God’s corrective guidance and ultimately his abounding blessings by putting someone as wonderful as you in their life.

Love,

Shiann

A Letter to the Dating Farm Girl

Dear farm girl,

For you dating sucks. You’re constantly caught between educating people (guys) how to do things and deciding whether to open your mouth at all. You’ve been told your standards are too high because you want someone who can help you fix fence (even if they have to learn) because let’s be real we don’t want to drive a t-post unless we have to. You want someone who will make late night trips hauling cattle and let you sleep in the passenger seat. Someone who says, “We will manage if I have to get another job” when the cattle market falls out. Someone who would go without sleep for 2 days because he had to work the night shift of that job he had to get but he wanted to be at his kids’ livestock show. Why? Because this is the man we grew up with and we called him dad.

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We owe a lot to him for making us into the women we are today. He taught us how to be independent and take care of ourselves. Just like him, you’ll try to fix it yourself before you take it to someone else. But let me let you in on a piece of advice that I’ve learned over my few short years:

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“For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 13-14a

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Darling, just be you. God made you just like you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and the right man will see that. God will put him in front of you and he will be in complete awe of the woman God designed you to be. You may not be perfect, but you’ll be perfect for him. So, don’t settle for anything less than a Godly designed relationship. To the right man, you won’t be intimidating, he’ll laugh at your little hot head, and he’ll appreciate your dad for raising you like he did. To the right man you’ll be fearfully and wonderfully made.

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We can’t forget to thank mom for making sure dad didn’t take over and we still turned out like a lady as well, but that’s an entirely different post!

Love,

Shiann

P.S. I write this as I am waiting for molasses to run on my 2 out of 3 batches of feed for the morning.

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Blessings in Disguise

It never fails when something bad happens we tend to blame God but I’ve always been told that God is in charge of the good and Satan the bad. However, God can use/ turn those bad situations into good. Tonight my heart is broken. Tonight I put down my companion. The one who has been by my side as I moved hundreds of miles away from the only place I’ve known as home, the one who comforted me through a really terrible breakup, and the one who always erased my bad days and dried any tears. It was weird. It was without warning, and it hurt. Satan tried to attack me tonight by making me feel like I am not going to escape the rut of unfortunate events that seems like a common occurrence within the last several months, but I refused to let him win. Tonight I realized something: God has immensely blessed me. That’s right in the midst of my suffering I realized God has blessed me. How? Let me explain.

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Tonight I had five people take turns digging a hole to bury my furry friend in. Five friends who stood in a circle holding hands as one of them prayed over Newt and I. Five friends who hugged me and let me cry on their shoulder. And numerous other friends who checked on me after they heard the news and asked if there was anything they could do for me. Tonight I realized God has blessed me not only with amazing friends but a family away from home. I have known these people for about 5 months now and the outpour of love that has been shown to me in my time here has been astonishing. God knew exactly where he was putting me. I fought coming here to New Mexico so hard and once I arrived I didn’t want to stay, but I knew in my heart this is where God wanted me. So, against my will he kept me right here and for that I am beyond grateful.

DSC_0224“A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

We can fight God but we are not nearly big enough to stop his plans from happening and in the end I believe that we are happier with God’s path than our own anyhow. Maybe when bad things occur in life we should change our perspective. I think my New Year Resolution is to try to look at life with the glass half full more often.

Blessings,

Shiann

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I Still Need My Father

Driving always gives me time to think and pray about the things that have been occurring in my life. Today as I started my 8 hour journey north God and I had a little chat. This semester has been extremely emotionally challenging and for the majority of the semester I turned to God to help me get through the tough times, right up until everything exploded and I began to heal again. I was reading my bible every night, doing multiple daily devotional, spending a significant amount of time in prayer, attending weekly bible study, and having in depth conversations with fellow Christians, all of which was truly helping me grow in my walk with Christ. But, as I began healing from the stress that I faced these past few months all of those things began to fall to the wayside. I was so emotionally exhausted that I essentially began putting off my walk with Christ. This morning during my prayers I asked God what I needed to do and for him to help guide me to get my walk back on track. A moment later the song Fix My Eyes comes on the radio. I just smiled and said, “I hear ya, Father.”

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.” Psalm 138:7

Time doesn’t heal us, God does. I had made the tragic mistake of focusing on healing instead of serving my Father and I overlooked the fact that serving Him would heal me. I prayed to be shown what to do, what to say, how to act and through this song God showed me that too: “Love like you’re not scared, give when it’s not fair, live life for another, take time for a brother. Fight for the weak ones, speak out for freedom, stand tall but above it all fix my eyes, my eyes on you.”

When we fail to put God #1 we miss out on, or prolong, the blessings that He has for us.

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:4-5

No matter how many times I try to do things on my own I always come to the same conclusion: I am always happier when I do everything with God, in his way, in his time. Everything always works out according to his plan. Although, remember to keep an open mind, often his plan is different than our own.

“A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

I never thought in a million years I would end up in Las Cruces; 12 hours from everyone I love. Although I fought it, God made sure I made it here. I have learned so much from this journey, made some amazing friends, and grown way more through this transition than I could have ever imagined.

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

I have found that Cruces is a blessing and there is a reason that God wanted me here. No, life isn’t troublesome free but it never will be. There will always be challenges to face in our lives. Our attention will always be spread between careers, loved ones, making ends meet, and the curve balls life tends to throw at us. But if we turn to God for every situation in life we will handle these situations much more gracefully.

Dry Bones

“We call out to dry bones come alive, we call out to dead hearts come alive.”

When I first heard Come Alive by Lauren Daigle I was in complete awe. The song struck a cord with me. I couldn’t shake it. I sang it over and over in my head, listened to it on repeat, and belted it around my house more times than I care to admit. It just moved me! Although, until I heard Lauren explain it herself I am unsure that I was completely clear on what the song was saying.

“Lets write this song for that mom who is praying for her son. That mom that is sitting there every night just weeping before the Lord saying, “God take my son back into your arms.””

Then it clicked why I connected with this song so much. I have been vigorously praying for lost loved ones. The writers wanted to put courage into those, like me, who are actively watching the prodigals around them, fervently praying for the Lord to bring them back. The theme of the song, dry bones, came from Ezekiel 37:

“The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’”
So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.” Ezekiel 37:1-10

As I set and ponder life this morning I have come to a realization: as Christians, we ask big things of God. Why shouldn’t we? After all he is a BIG God. We ask him to do things such as healing sick loved ones, changing someone’s heart, bringing prodigals home, and so much more. The aweing thing is, so often he does it, at least in a round about way. So, then why are we so appalled when He asks us to do big things? How big are those things he really asks us to do compared to the things we ask of Him?

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

With the help of God Ezekiel literally brought an army back from the grave. If God can ask something so big of Ezekiel and Ezekiel act in complete trust of God than surely we can do the same. Surely, we can do something so small as to love and forgive others. Christ calls us to love and forgive. We as humans find this so incredibly difficult to accomplish. We fail to look past human mistakes yet we all make them. It’s a part of how we are wired. In our human eyes, some mistakes are bigger than others however, in God’s eyes, they are all equal. A mistake is a mistake and a sin is a sin; it is all the same to Him.

We hear all of the testimonies of the struggles some Christians have faced in their lives. Liars, cheaters, addicts, judgers of men, and so many more heart breaking testimonies. God changed their hearts and looking at them now you would never imagine the life paths they have been down but just as importantly you can’t fathom the things that the people who love them went through also. God asked those people to do big things and they had faith and took on the challenge. As Christians we have to take off our colored glasses, soften our hearts, and love those around us. He is asking us to have faith that through him we can do big things, just like Ezekiel. God is asking us to call out to dry bones.

Washed White as Snow

Nowhere in the bible did God say that it would be easy. Following God’s will for your life, not easy. Each step in God’s direction is another target Satan puts on your back. Living for God when everyone else wants to live of the world, not easy. Put downs can flood your way when you are trying to live for Christ because the things of this world are “so satisfying”. Having a Christ like heart, not easy. That heart that forgives and loves others so much is sure to be broken. No following God is far from easy, that is why many simply do not do it or only do it half way. As we recollect on the stories from the bible it is easy to see that having faith isn’t easy. God promises big things and if we believe in the world than it is hard to imagine seeing those things He has promised come to fruition. God promised Sarai a child well into her old age. It would have been so easy for her to laugh at God and believe it not possible from her earthly perspective.

Believing God would follow through on his promise to Sarai, not easy, however, he did just that. He followed through on his promise even after Sarai disobeyed and tried to take matters into her own hands as she handed over her maidservant to have a child with her own husband. She tried to speed God’s process along yet, she only brought more pain and suffering to herself and lengthened the process. Even so, God still blessed Sarai with a child, just as he promised. This brings me to my second point: if we truly have a heart for Christ, than we are not big enough to mess up God’s plans for us. We make take a few wrong turns here and there but God can always bring us back to His path if our heart is willing to let him.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24

As humans we are destined to sin and fall short of the glory of God but our God is a big God and through grace alone he can restore us. If you have been faced with trials, have made a wrong turn, or have made mistakes remember that God forgives.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

He loves all his children equally no matter their wrong doings. Just like the prodigal son He wants His children to return home. Remember, you can always turn back to Christ and make your way pure again!

 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”  Luke 15:31-32