“our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts we got”
This is my response: Saved to Serve
My dream is to live a full life. A life that is bigger than my wildest dreams. A life that brings me more than just happiness– but a life that also stretches, teaches, and grows me. A life where my love for others is unconditional. A life that puts God and others before myself. A life that is obedient. But more than anything else, I want to live this life knowing that it is not my own.
My hope and prayer is that these experiences will bring me closer to my Heavenly Father. My hope and prayer is that these experiences will teach me what it means to truly love others through my Father’s eyes. And my hope and prayer is that I will serve my Father and my brothers and sisters before I serve myself.
When I think about service, Simon’s (Peter’s) mother-in-law…
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Here’s to two of my favorite loves combined into one…
I know God’s promises are true– not only because I have them hidden in my heart, but because I have witnessed His hand working in my life. My Lord is so faithful to me. He reminds me of His love for me everyday.
But I still have the tendency to lose hope, or become discouraged, or afraid, or lose heart, when “things” don’t go according to how I want. I quickly forget God’s promises in my life, and everything starts to loom over me. I become overwhelmed, anxious, and exhausted.
In Matthew chapter 6, verses 19-24, Jesus teaches about earthly treasures verses heavenly treasures. He says,
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Instead of allowing God to help me with each and every task that He places before me, too many times, I become so caught up in making my plans or doing things on my own. When I start to store up my dreams, my hopes, my plans here on Earth, in the end, I gain nothing. But when I start to focus my eyes on Heaven, and on my Lord’s faithful promises, nothing on this Earth will ever measure up to the heavenly treasures He is preparing for me.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I desire to have a pure heart. A heart that only seeks Heavenly treasures.
Father, help me to seek You in every morning of all my days here on Earth. Help me to focus my eyes on Your kingdom and the dreams that You have planned out for me. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. For I know that You are here. Remind of your promises each day so that I may be strong in my faith. Thank you for your grace. For Your grace is sufficient for me.
grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Every time I was asked this question my response was always the same: my sensitivity. I hated that I was so sensitive over everything. Mainly because I would cry like a baby over something or someone that broke my heart. Literally anything would set me off into a mess of tears– I felt like something was wrong with me. And I found it extremely embarrassing. I thought that my sensitivity made me look weak, small, and pitiful. I just could not understand why I took things so…sensitively!
But now, I see things so differently. I have learned to embrace my sensitivity. I have actually come to love who I am because of how my sensitive character has shaped me as a woman. A woman who truly grieves for those who grieve. A woman who is able to genuinely rejoice when others around me are rejoicing. A woman who feels empathy for a person half-way across the world because I somehow understand the pain, the heartache.
All this because of the gift God has blessed me with: my sensitivity.
But it’s more than just that– it’s compassion. It’s heartache. It’s vulnerability. It’s empathy. It’s love.
…how I would have been so quick to give away a God-given gift that enables me to love others so much…