“Not Today Satan”

At the start of 2016 I set out to “wait upon the Lord”…. to make it my goal and theme for this year to consciously choose to stop and remind my heart to wait upon the Lord, take courage, and let Him strengthen my heart. I knew that this would be difficult because my default mode seems to be worry, fear, and anxiety.

You see, I get distracted very easily.

And sometimes the problems and issues at hand in the moment seem to be much larger in proportion. What a flawed perspective!

So I knew it would take conscious effort and “bringing every thought captive” to consistently wait upon the Lord.

Little did I know just how difficult it would be.

A month and a half into 2016 and I found myself STRUGGLING to even desire God’s Word or time with Him. My heart was inclined to every thing BUT Jesus. I knew at the core of my being (the new creation being that is) that I desired the Lord, but working that out and actually spending time with Him felt like the last thing I wanted to do…I was distracted and discouraged by my distraction. I would try to make myself read my Bible and pray, but quickly found myself thinking about other things and not even engaging with the Living Word…By the end of February I was so tired of trying and trying and could not figure out why I was struggling to even WANT to be with Jesus. Where is my love and passion for Him? Why am I so distracted by every other thing out there? I could feel the weight of not having spent time with Him in a while, and I felt extremely burdened and weighed down by all of life.

Then I was in Lifeway one day and decided to buy the Armor of God bible study by Priscilla Shirer.  ( there ya go, Anna! step in the right direction!)

I started the Bible study, and found out that a dear friend of mine in Georgia was beginning the study with her small group of women at church. So that was awesome!

It didn’t take long for me to realize where the distraction was coming from.

I had begun 2016 with a burning desire to wait upon the Lord. Satan did not like that. This Bible study on the armor of God is really opening my eyes to how deceptively and cunningly Satan works against us. In the study, Priscilla also teaches us how to fight in prayer against the enemy and recognize his attacks and lies.

I am not finished with the Bible study yet, but so far, I am LOVING it, and I’m no longer walking around distracted by every little thing. I am aware of the subtle ways that Satan tries to distract me and disengage me. And since I am aware of those moments, I am also empowered to immediately pray against those lies and distractions and choose to redirect my thoughts and my heart toward Christ and His truth.

I pray that you too will be aware of the enemy’s desire and plan to distract, disengage and destroy you. Our enemy is real. And he works deceptively and cunningly. But God has given the exact weapons we need to fight him off, and more importantly, He has already won the victory for us! We need only to stand in His victory and the truth of God’s Word!

I 100% recommend this Bible study. God has used it to give me eyes to see and ears to hear. He has made me aware of the enemy’s strategies, and now that I am aware, I am not so susceptible to being played by him again and again.

I’m sure Satan is ticked about this, and he definitely throws his temper tantrums it seems because one thing after the other seems to pop up for me to worry and stress about and get distracted by, but instead I recognize that the temptation to worry and stress and fear is not from God. I choose to wait upon the Lord instead. He’s got everything worked out. He’s always provided for and protected me. He’s never left me. He’s always faithful. So I choose to wait. And I choose joy.

Be alert. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour.

But you and I belong to God. So we do not have to fall prey to his schemes and lies.

Take that Satan! (insert fist emoji here)

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My Best Friend’s Birthday!!!

God brings people into our lives in different ways. Sometimes they are there for just a season, and sometimes they are there as long as you’re both living.

Today is one of my best friend’s birthday!!!! Stacie came into my life sophomore year of college and my life has been filled with crazy laughter ever since!! 😉 Stacie is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met…although I think we laugh the most at our own ridiculousness and weird friendship quirks (like every time we talk on the phone, and I mean EVERY TIME, one or both of us is in a drive thru or using the bathroom…sorry if that was TMI). We have been friends for 5+ years now and we just get each other and we laugh at and with each other!

God let our paths cross during a very difficult time in my life. My college experience was difficult and isolating and full of struggle. I had multiple things going on in my life that I was in counseling for and trying to work through all 4 1/2 years of college. One of the very first nights of knowing Stacie, we sat up until late hours in the night talking and sharing our stories with each other. She was one of the first people that I could talk to and didn’t feel judged by. She didn’t offer up some spiritual answer to solve all my issues. She listened. And she continued to listen as our friendship continued through the next year. We were roommates my junior year and her senior year. And let me tell you ….i know God orchestrated this friendship because that year would have been enough to end any relationship otherwise!! It was just hard. I still had my issues, on top of new ones that included severe anxiety and panic attacks and fear. Multiple times I remember waking up in the dead of the night in panic and short of breath. I’d wake her up, hesitantly. I didn’t want to wake her, but I needed someone up with me so badly. And she would get up and stay up with me until I could fall asleep. She would talk me through it. When she didn’t know what else to say or do, she would pray for me and the Lord was so faithful to answer her prayers and give me comfort and hope. I don’t know if I could ever express to her how much that meant to me. She took the time to listen to me and be a friend. She didn’t judge me or make me feel bad for not going out and being around people like most college students do. She would invite me places, but not pressure me or scold me if I didn’t go. I am so thankful for her friendship during that time because I truly felt like I had nobody and was so isolated and fearful and struggling, yet she didn’t run from my mess. She cared enough to stay. She knew I had to walk through it, even if I took the harder, longer path at times. She let me figure it out, but she stayed and she provided encouragement, comfort and hope. And she provided laughter and times when I really could relax and have fun and momentarily forget about the struggles.

Spiritually, Stacie has been a source of encouragement and accountability. She has seen me at my worst and listened when I’ve needed to confess sin. She has given me truth when I needed to hear it and grace to buffer it…Stacie has experienced a lot in her life. She’s seen the Lord’s faithfulness and goodness through trials and struggles and heartache that could have worn her slam out had she not had Jesus. Her faith continually inspires me and blesses me. Even in her hardest days and her most pressing struggles, her heart’s deepest desire is Jesus–to love and know Him and to make Him known.

I am so blessed by my friendship with Stacie. We say all the time how it was orchestrated by God for His glory and our good. We are able to walk and talk with each other through hard times and laugh and enjoy life in the good times.

Stacie, you will never know how much you bless me and encourage me and point me closer to Jesus. This year I couldn’t afford to buy you a birthday present, but I want you to know that Christ shines in you. He has given you such gifts and talents and the ability to use them well, for His glory. He has called you out of several strongholds and broken many chains. He has given you everything you need for life and godliness. He loves you more than we can ever fathom completely and He is passionately, unrelentingly, unhesitatingly pursuing your heart each moment. I consider myself very blessed to get to watch how He works in your life and I am thankful that He has allowed me to know such a godly friendship. You are a blessing.

I hope your birthday is AMAZING!! Even though you’ve been sick, I hope your day is great and I hope you know how truly loved you are and how blessed the world is to have you in it.

Now, enjoy some pics 😉

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY STACIE!!!!

I LOVE YOU AND THESE PICTURES!!!!! 😁💜

 

Letting the Walls Come Down

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My friend, Kim Ballard, sketched this out for me. 🙂

Do you ever build walls around your heart? 

You take an honest look at the world and those around you and it can be scary. You’ve been hurt before and you don’t want to be again, so you steadily start putting down the bricks around your heart, sometimes unintentionally. There’s fear deep inside of you somewhere saying “what if they leave?,” “what if they hurt me like so-and-s0 did?,” “what if they aren’t who they say they are?.” …And if you’re like me, the fear deep inside more often says “what if I’m not good enough?,” “what if I make them mad or do something to make them leave?,” “what if I drive them away?,” “what if nobody actually likes me or loves me?,” “what if I mess it all up?”

That fear builds the more I focus on it. The more I play and re-play situations and scenarios and what-if’s in my mind, the more insecure and afraid I become; and I keep building that wall up around my heart, one brick at a time, one fear at a time.

I’ve been here more than once. It’s a familiar place. I’m wandering around, interacting with people, but keeping them at a distance. Not letting anyone get too close. I’m trying to protect myself. Trying to protect myself from other people? …maybe…but more often trying to protect myself from myself. I’m trying to not let myself mess up or ruin relationships or let anybody see me for all of who I am because I’m afraid they won’t like what they see or I won’t be enough.

Fear. Fear. Fear.

I think I’m just protecting myself from getting hurt, from other people, from myself. But then I realize I’m putting the wall up around my heart, keeping God at a distance too…Most of the time when I find myself in this place I haven’t been in God’s Word or spending daily time with Him, filling my mind and my heart with who HE says I am and who HE is.

And then I finally sit still long enough to hear His Spirit’s still, small voice that I’m certain has been beckoning me all along: “Come back, My child. Come remember who I AM and who you are in ME.”

And I break.

I am frustrated with myself for building this wall up between us. I am upset that I don’t trust Him more. I am disappointed in myself for keeping Him at a distance along with other people here on earth…I want to tear the wall down, and I know I should, but I’m still afraid…and this makes me realize that I’ve put Him in the same category as people who could hurt me. I’m afraid He won’t like what He sees in me either, and that I won’t be good enough for Him.

I know better, though. I know the Truth. He lives in me by His Spirit and He reminds me that Jesus Christ was and is good enough. Jesus paid the price for my sin. All of my faults, failures, weaknesses are covered by the blood of my Jesus. I need not fear letting Him in. He is the most loving God. He is full of mercy and grace. And His love fiercely pursues me. He has called me by name and I am His. I am completely known and completely loved. I am His treasured possession and His child. I am more than a conqueror. I am in Christ and He is in me. I am a creation that He made, fearfully and wonderfully….

The Truth comes marching in and the wall can’t hold up anymore. With each truth of who God is and who I am in Christ, another brick comes tumbling down. It’s a little scary because I’ve spent time building this wall. I was building it for a purpose. I don’t want to let Him or others back in. It’s still scary….but His Spirit in me keeps taking the bricks down. And I know Him….I know I can trust Him. He is good. He LOVES me fully.

So instead of fighting back and trying to keep the wall up, I let it come tumbling down.

I let His love pierce through and bring the wall all the way down.

And here I am… Fully aware that I am completely seen by Him. I’m still scared. Still afraid that He doesn’t like what He sees and that He is disappointed in me for building the wall in the first place.

But funny thing about His love–as it’s tearing down the wall, it’s also casting out all fear. The moment I let go and allow myself to be vulnerable and open before Him, His love rushes in, and when His love rushes in, there’s no more room for fear.

He runs to me and scoops me up in His arms and embraces me.

He says He loves me. He says He has seen me and loved me the whole time the wall was up too.

And I totally lose it. Now I’m a blubbering mess, crying and filled with so much relief that He isn’t upset with me and He isn’t rejecting me. When I let myself be vulnerable, even though it’s scary, I find that I’m actually the most secure and safe that I could ever be because I am in HIM. And that fear has no power in light of His love.

I know Him to be faithful and constant and full of mercy and grace. But I let the fear get so big sometimes that I lose sight of Him and His faithfulness to me.

The Lord is good. He is faithful. He is gracious. He provides and protects. He comforts. He consistently and constantly pursues my heart, even when I run and I start putting up walls. He stays. He waits. He beckons. He doesn’t leave me behind the walls I build myself. No! He does the work to bring those walls down and never stops pursuing me. He listens when I finally let Him tear down the wall and I run back to Him, my soul crying out for His love and embrace. He brings me back in. He dusts me off and washes me clean under the precious blood of my Jesus. He restores my soul. And He embraces me fully and completely, as His daughter whom He delights in because of Jesus. And my heart relaxes. I am free to be me, with all of my junk, all of my failures, all of my faults, my pain and scars, all of my fears and insecurities. I can lay it all out in the open and be loved. Perfectly. All because Jesus is mine. And I am His.

I also realize that when I am open with God and let Him love me and I remember who He is and who I am in Him, then I also tear down the walls with other people. I’m not so afraid to let people see me and get to know me. I’m not so afraid of rejection because I’m remembering that I am fully accepted by the God who created me and gave His Son to die in my place. I can engage with people and let them see me for all of who I am, without living out of the fear of what they will think of me. I know what God thinks of me and I am confident in His love because it has never failed.

I can’t promise Him or myself that I will never build a wall again. I know I’m human and I still have to deal with sin and fear and insecurity from time to time. I can’t be certain that I will never start putting a wall up again.

But I am certain of this: my God will still be here even if I do. Constantly with me, beckoning me unto Himself, loving me lavishly and helping me tear down the walls when I listen to His Spirit and run back to Him.

Blessed assurance. Jesus is mine…and I am His.

And no wall that I try to build when I’m faced with fear and insecurities will ever be able to separate me from His love.

What walls are you building? What walls have been up for quite some time now?

Are you dealing with fear and insecurities too? Building up walls to keep people out and to hide away so that you don’t get hurt?

Friend, let Jesus break through and tear down the walls. He sees you. The fear and the wall doesn’t keep Him from seeing us. It keeps us from seeing Him, in the fullness of His love and grace that He is pouring out upon us. You can trust Him. He is FOR you and He delights in you if you are His child. Jesus took on our sin and we no longer have to live in shame or fear. You are completely known and completely loved.

Let the walls come down, friend, and just let Him love you. 🙂

 

My Word for 2016: WAIT

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I’ve been thinking and praying about what my word for 2016 needs to be and I’ve finally decided upon the word “wait.” The Lord has consistently brought this word into my mind and my heart over the last several weeks. I don’t know about you, but I tend to be discontent and tend to let anxiety and worry take the lead in my heart and mind when anything happens in my life, more often than not.

I had a couple of weeks recently when I was very discontent with how my life is at the time. Discontent with being single. Discontent with still being in school. Discontent with myself. Discontent with dreams and desires I have not being fulfilled yet….lots of discontentment. I also deal with anxiety and worry quite a bit in my life. I have gotten much better at coping and dealing with my anxiety over the last few years, but it is still there and it still seems to be the default mode my mind is set on.

I read a book in 2015 called Lady in Waiting. Boy, did the Lord do a lot of convicting through that one!! I realized at that time how much I look to other things and other people to find my contentment or to give me joy or strength. I went through Alyssa Bethke’s “Power of the Psalms” e-course study online a couple of weeks ago (if you don’t know about Jeff and Alyssa Bethke, you should definitely look them up and read some of their stuff! Their writing and videos have been a big source of encouragement to me in recent years!) and one of the sessions was on waiting. We read through Psalm 27 and it struck such a chord in me. Psalm 27:14 in particular pulled at my heart. It says, ” Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord” (KJVA).

That night, after reading that verse, I went and looked it up in several different versions. The wording of the KJVA just stirred in my heart something sweet.

Some of the definitions I found from Strong’s concordance are: gather together, to bind together, to expect, look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon)

Merriam-Webster defines WAIT as follows: -to remain stationary in readiness or expectation; to be ready and available; a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy. One of the synonyms it listed for WAIT is “STAY.”

Merriam-Webster defines STAY as follows: – to stick or remain with, to stand firm, to take up residence, to continue in a place or condition, and (my favorite) to fix on something as a foundation.

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.”-Psalm 27:14

In the last few weeks, I have resolved to, by His grace, teach my heart to wait upon the Lord. To stay with Him. To watch expectantly and patiently for what He is doing and what He’s going to do next. To wait for HIM to fulfill the dreams and desires of my heart. To be ready and available for whatever He has for me. To fix my heart upon HIM as my foundation. I have no doubt that I will have bad days and days when it’s hard to keep going and days when my flesh and my heart is weak and failing. But I will wait upon my Lord and HE will strengthen my heart. I will remind myself of all the reasons why I wait upon Him. I will set Him as the first desire of my heart and let my soul be satisfied in being reconciled to it’s Creator. I will remember that no matter what 2016 throws my way, the LORD is faithful (Lam. 3:22-23). The LORD is my Rock and my Redeemer (Ps. 18:2). The LORD is the beginning and the end (Rev. 22:13). The LORD is with me (Ps. 118:6) and for me (Rom. 8:31). The LORD has sealed me in by His Sprit (Eph. 1:14). The LORD has inscribed me on the palm of His hands (Isaiah 49:16). Therefore, I will wait upon Him. I will look to Him and trust that He is working all things together for my good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). I will remind myself that His will comes in His timing. I will remind myself that He knows me and loves me fully (Ps. 139, John 3:16, Rom. 8:38-39). I will remind myself that no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Ps. 84:11). I will remind myself that the Lord is always, at all times, giving me what’s best for me in the moment. I will run to Him when I want to be discontent and when I am struggling to wait for His fulfillment of my dreams and desires.  I will not let my mind jump into anxiety and worry as much as it has; I will not let my heart dwell in envy or jealousy or bitterness. I will instead tell myself to “wait upon the Lord.” He’s got me.

And He’s got you too, friend!

My word/theme/attitude for 2016 is wait. I pray that whatever your word is for 2016, or even if you don’t have a word or theme like this, that you too will wait upon the Lord. I pray that He will draw you nearer and set a fire down in your soul. I pray that you will run to Him because His arms are open wide. He is passionately pursuing you. He DIED for you, and then rose to life again so that you could be reconciled to Him and live with Him! He is calling you. No matter who you are, where you come from, what you’ve done, the Lord Jesus Christ is beckoning you to Himself.

May the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

-Numbers 6:24-26

2016: New Year, Same God

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At the start of 2015 I resolved to make it a year of thankfulness. I made a jar and kept sticky notes and notepads next to it. I made it a habit to regularly write down things, moments, people that I was thankful for in hopes to develop an attitude of thankfulness. Today, on January 2, 2016 I opened that jar and read all of the things I had written, and a few little notes left by friends when they came over! 🙂 The picture above is a snippet of all the paper that was scattered in my living room floor.

God was abundantly faithful in 2015, as He always is. I got to watch Him work in the lives of close friends and family, as well as experience His work in my own life. I saw strongholds broken and dreams reborn. I experienced His grace upon grace and His lavish love. I am blessed to say that I love Him and know Him more today than I did a year ago, all thanks to His great love, grace and truth.

I had a couple of “firsts” in 2015: I got my first full-time job that I’m incredibly thankful for. I got my first apartment by myself and I’m paying bills monthly. I have started learning how to really cook meals for myself and it actually taste good! 🙂

It’s now 2016 and I have high hopes and expectations of what this year will bring! I am certain that there will be both good days and bad days, as there always are. I am certain that God’s mercies will be new with each day. I am certain that on the bad days, the dark days, His joy will come in the next morning. I am certain that His Word will be a constant source of hope, healing, wisdom, truth, love, and grace. I am certain that His love for me will continue to burn fiercely and His pursuit of me will not stop. I am certain that His Spirit will not forsake me and will continually convict me and lead me. I am certain that His faithfulness will be proved true time and again. I am certain that He will remain the same. Constant and true. Yesterday, today and forever. From the beginning, to 2016, and on into eternity. I am certain that in this ever-changing world and my ever-changing emotions and behaviors, that whatever each day of 2016 brings, the One True Mighty God of the Universe and Lover of my soul will remain the same, never-changing.

He is my hope in each new year. I have some resolutions for 2016, but I’ve actually already started working towards them a week before New Years even came. I want to give God every part of me. Total surrender. I am working on being healthier to glorify and honor God with this body He’s given me, physically, emotionally and mentally. I am also resolving to wait on the Lord–actively wait; to spend more time in prayer and journaling because I didn’t journal as much in 2015 as I would like to. And I am going to try to write on this blog more often, whether that’s weekly, bi-weekly, monthly…I don’t know how often yet, but I want to commit to writing more. I believe God has given me this passion for writing and this dream of someday writing a book(s), and I want to develop the habit and practice of writing regularly and honing the craft. I have been so touched by many books and blogs and articles that men and women have written in 2015. They have helped me lean into Jesus a little more with each word. I want to be that sort of encouragement and help to others as well.

So…as we enter into this new year of 2016, I hope that you are filled with all the hope of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I pray that He will draw you nearer and that you will find the One whom your soul was made by and for. I pray that He will guide you in your resolutions and goals to be better and do better. But ultimately, that you will find yourself complete in what Christ has done and find your identity in Him and who HE says you are. Goals are wonderful because we can always improve and we do have responsibility to take care of ourselves and those around us. But let’s remember to rest in the finished work of Christ and accept His gift of grace, forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation through Jesus. May we all seek Him and come to know and love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

As you enter into the exhilarating journey that is 2016, may the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face shine upon you and give you peace.

Love,

Anna

First Post-Steadiness

Well, this is my first post on this new blog. I have to say I’m pretty excited for it! I haven’t been writing in quite a while, and I miss it. I’m finding that I enjoy typing as I write a lot more than I used to…Maybe because I type better now than I used to. I journal quite a bit and I enjoy writing with an actual pen and paper as well. But I enjoy typing too. My guess is that most people these days probably “write” through a computer and other devices now more than with an actual pen and paper anyways.

I decided I wanted to start a new blog because the Lord is doing a lot these days, and I want to get it all out more frequently and be able to process things better, as well as share what He is doing in my life. There’s something about telling your story and what you’re experiencing, as well as listening and reading about other’s lives that brings so much joy. I love it. When I get to read or hear about what God is doing in others’ lives it makes me lean into Jesus a little more. And that’s what I want this blog to do for people too. May we encourage each other and spur one another on in the Lord!

 

Life, for me, lately has been a bit mundane. I work. I go to class. I go home. And then I repeat it all the next day. (oh! and I PAY BILLS CONSTANTLY IT SEEMS!…yay for being an adult! *it aint always all its cracked up to be! Lol). So I’ve gotten in my routine, and most of the time it goes just like that. I don’t have much time outside of work and schoolwork to do much of anything else. But every once and a while I make time to hang out with friends, or take a short road trip to see people, or drive home to Opp to see family…In recent years the mundane of life that I’m in right now would have had me depressed and irritable and miserable. I would be so lonely and solemn. And some days can still be lonely, but not so much that I get super depressed…Oddly enough, I am sort of enjoying this season I’m in. It’s not always easy, but I feel like I am in a good place. All 4 1/2 years of college were really difficult for me. I entered college (which is a big transition) right during a time of a lot of other changes and transitions in my family and my life. I wouldn’t say that I had the typical college experience. I stayed secluded quite a bit and didn’t venture out much due to different struggles with depression and anxiety, and family issues I was trying to figure out. Each year of college seemed to bring another struggle. I saw the Lord work in wonderful ways throughout it all, and I actually wouldn’t change any of it because of that. As hard as it was, and as dark as some days were, the Lord has worked all those things together for my good and His glory. His faithfulness through those darkest days and nights was constant and true. I grew so much closer to Him through those years….But the point I’m getting at is that the last 4 1/2-5 years of my life seemed to be in constant change, chaos, and struggle. So now, I am in my 3rd semester of graduate school. I am working full-time. I am living in my own apartment. I no longer have crippling anxiety everyday. I am not depressed…..Things are pretty calm in my life right now. Sure, there’s not much going on, but I am okay with that. It’s sort of nice to not have some huge issue going on or some burden that is weighing me down everyday. It’s calm and I can rest.

The other day I was pondering this place I’m in and the calmness of it. I realized that I’m also in that kind of place spiritually as well. I am not in a season where I am hurting and struggling so badly and constantly turning to the Lord with those things. I’m also not super happy and excited on a mountaintop with some huge revelation from the Lord. I am in the Word daily and seeking Him still, and I am learning more of who He is and who I am in Him. And it IS exciting and great, but there’s this calmness and steadiness to it…I called my life mundane earlier…well, I wouldn’t necessarily call my walk with the Lord mundane right now–it is exciting and I am loving this season I’m in of growing in knowledge and love of Him. It’s more just…steady. There are still things I struggle with and days that are hard. There is still temptation and sin in my heart that I have to lay down daily. And there are still truths of the Lord that blow my mind and fill me with so much joy…it’s just a good balance of life right now. Everything’s not perfect, but it’s not all struggle either. It’s a good balance. A good steadiness.

So I am enjoying this season. Even though life can feel mundane and boring at times (work. class. home. repeat.), the Lord is doing a lot of work in my heart and showing me so much of Himself, and I am enjoying Him. I am in the beginning of the Advent season right now, and going through the She Reads Truth Advent devotion each day along with my Bible study. I love that. I am really loving this season and looking forward to Christmas and celebrating my Savior and His birth–and remembering God’s love for us as He sent His only Son to earth, to be born of a virgin and to go through this human life in order to experience all that we experience, yet to be without sin and lay down His life for us as the perfect and acceptable sacrifice. Remembering His first coming makes me look forward to and expectant of His second coming!

So…although the season will change, I am enjoying the one I’m in presently. The steadiness of life and the steadiness of Christ seems to be exactly what I need right now.

I pray that whatever season you are in right now–whether it is steady like mine or it is struggle or it is a mountaintop–you will experience and rest in the steadiness of Christ. No matter how life is going at the moment, Christ is steady and constant and faithful.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”-1 Colossians 3:16

“Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.”-Psalm 119:133

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”-Hebrews 13:8