Oh You of Little Faith

I keep thinking about the Israelites. How often do we look at them and say things like: “they SAW God work in so many amazing ways! How come they forget what He has done so quickly? They had such little faith!”

I have a question for you. How often do we do the same thing??!

I have seen God’s goodness. His faithfulness. I have seen Him work in amazing ways. Yet when I’m faced with something difficult, I forget. I forget what He has done. I forget how He has worked. I. Just. Forget!

We could make an argument like “oh, but the Israelites actually physically saw things that God did.” So what?! We have seen what God has done again and again, and yet we still doubt. When facing a difficult situation, we can’t help but think “maybe this time, this is too big for God.” “Maybe he won’t pull through for me this time.” Will he pull through for me like I expect him too? Probably not. But I think that that is part of the beauty of it. If only I could have faith. If only I could stop doubting. If only I could stop being an Israelite, because I am right there among them. We condemn them for complaining all the time… How often do I do that? We look down on them for not believing that God will come through and do more amazing things and for forgetting what He has done for them in the past… How many times do I forget and need to be reminded?

Oh, to have more faith and no doubt. If only I could have faith to move mountains. If only I could no longer be the one called “oh you of little faith”, but someone who has faith even among the most difficult of circumstances.

God can do it. He has so much power and He has a plan. He can use me. He can use you. He can move mountains and make a way where there is none. And He loves you sooo much! Stop doubting “oh you of little faith”! And start believing 😃

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{Love Letters} Keep Going

I think you know you have some changing to do. I have placed people in your life to gently remind you of that. Not to tear you down, Child, but to remind you that better days are yet to come. Do you remember the word that I gave you at the beginning of the year? Positivity. That means when it’s rough. That means when you don’t know what to do or where in the world I am taking you. Your attitude should be positive. You should be focusing on others…you should be focusing on how you can encourage someone else. How you can make them smile and how you can speak love into their lives. I have called you to a ministry of encouragement. Right where you’re at. Stop waiting for everything to be perfect in order to encourage them or to be used by me. That day will never come. There will be easier days to carry out my plans for you, Child, but it’s even more important for you to speak love into other people when you are struggling. Because then, I am shown strong through your weaknesses.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. {2 Corinthians 12:9}

Failure is a part of life. I understand that it is a constant temptation to be anxious about your life…about what’s happening right now and what might happen in the future. I have told you so many times to not be anxious. There are many uncertainties in your life; I understand that. But I have so many amazing things in store for you and what is happening right now at this moment is so small in comparison to eternity.

Stop worrying so much, Child:

 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life” {Matthew 6:25-27}?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” {Philippians 4:6}

How come prayer so often is forgotten in the heat of the moment? Remember to pray, Child. I want to hear from you in every circumstance that you are in. I want to hear your heart. I will give you peace.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” {Hebrews 13:5-6}

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” {Matthew 11:28-30}

Never forget that I love you, I”m here for you, and I’m rooting for you! I am on your side! Even when it feels like the world is constantly moving against you, I am helping you along the way. I am easing you into situations that will stretch you more than you think you can survive. I am cheering for you in successes and I am always there to pick you up in your failures. One more thing to remember: If you have no more strength to continue forward, you are not a failure if you stop to take a rest! Come to me, Daughter. I will give you the rest that you need! I know you’re tired. I know. Continue forward as you can, even if it’s crawling inch-by-inch. And when you can’t move forward, just stop and look up at me. Grab my hand tighter than ever and I will bring you rest and peace. I love you. Keep going! 

{Love Letters} Talents

I have not given everyone the same talents…the same abilities. I have not given everyone the same amount of gifts. I do not ask you to give back to me what I have not given to you. All I ask is that you give back to me what I have given to you.Not what I have given to the people around you. I have asked them to walk a different journey. One that connects with yours, but is not the same as yours. have given you things. I have given you gifts that are unique to you. However, it is not simply enough to give back to me your talents as I have given them to you. You can do so much better! I have trusted you with gifts specific to you…don’t waste your time, Dear One! My desire for you is to use your talents and abilities to the very best of your ability so that you will be able to give your very best back to me.

Work your heart out when it comes to the passions that I have given to you. Love people. Care for people. Connect with people. Work on what I have given you. I love you and, believe it or not, I have given you so many ways that you are able to work on passionately and give back to me. Because that is your purpose. Don’t stress out about what I haven’t given you…or about what you can’t see. Believe in my purpose for you and that I do have a purpose for you. Work on what I have given to you, Child. That is all I ask. You have a beautiful, striving heart. You can do it! You have loved. You have purpose. You are doing enough.

{Matthew 25:14-30}

{Love Letters} I Am For You

Your heart is so precious to me, My Child! Take a moment out of your crazy busy day to think about that simple statement. Return to the simple, small statements of truth that I have been longing to whisper to your tired and aching heart for so long now. You are one of my children (John 1:12)! You are so beautifully made and so unique. Do you even know how many times you have made me smile in the past couple weeks…months? You have grown so much and I am so proud of you, Daughter!

Last semester my heart was broken for you. I watched you as you struggled with life. I know you felt like everything you thought you ever wanted was slowly being stripped away from you. But now don’t you see? Everything that I allowed you to go through was only to prepare you for the amazing things that I would soon bring into your life. Those were some difficult lessons…and it involved many nights filled with tears and anger. But I was always just a prayer away. I was right there the whole time! Believe me when I say I wanted to intervene sooo many times. I saw your hurt. I saw your broken. And I’ll let you in on a little secret…when I saw the pain that you were going through, it hurt me even more than it hurt you. I. Love. You! How many times do you need me to repeat myself? I will say it again and again but you need to start believing me!

Even now, I am working on the heart that I gave you. It is filled with compassion and empathy and I have perfect plans for you! I’m not done with you, Child. I have begun an amazing work in you and I have not even come close to being done with you yet (Philippians 1:6)!! I know that you sometimes get frustrated in the waiting seasons…in the seasons where preparation is heavy and it feels like your life will never truly begin! I understand that, but just know that this season is oh, so important. Without it, you will not be ready to enter into the next season of life or able to carry out my mission for your life. You are exactly where you need to be.

Don’t give up hope. I am right here, every step of the way. I have also placed so many amazing people in your life to help you along the way and for you to help them. Focus on love, and everything else will fall into place, Dear One. Never forget that I love you and I am on your side! Since I am on your side, it’s okay for you to be for you, too.