Give me Jesus

Jeremy Camp’s song, Give me Jesus

You can have all this world

Give me Jesus

I wonder, as I listen to that song, what if we lived that way? What if we truly put our value, our interests, our hopes, our everything in Jesus and allowed worldly things to have little weight in our lives?

Recently, I had been sick for a week with a cold. The sickness seemed to not only affect my body, but my mind, attitude, words, and feelings. I failed so many times that week in my spiritual life. Perhaps I failed in what seemed  very small ways to others, but none the less, I felt convicted.

I spent too much time thinking about worldly things, from boys to money, even thinking curse words in my mind when something happened. I texted and spoke to people without thinking first, allowing my flesh to lead over God’s spirit. I spent too much time browsing Facebook and Buzzfeed.

* You get the point.

So, when I listened to that song one morning, I was so refreshed by those words. After a full week of disobeying God, my spirit was craving Jesus.

You can have all this world. If we spent less time watching tv, commenting on social media, worrying about other people’s opinions, the clothes we wear, the next task we have to do, we would be used by God for something greater.

Think about how much more free time you would have if checking facebook or buying that perfect outfit didn’t matter. You would be free to hear the Spirit’s leading. You would be free to meditate on His word, to feel His love and peace, to serve others, to encourage someone, to give, to love.

Just give me Jesus. I pray for you and I that we would start to only want Jesus and none of these worldly treasures. I pray our heart would crave Him so much, that everything else just doesn’t seem to matter as much.

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The Heroines of our Life

Dear  Younger me,

Continue to look up to women who are strong, hard working, loyal, brave, and yet still women.

Your Aunt Peggy, full of faith, persevering through great tragedy, and still making life joyful with her laughter.

Your mother, unapologetically friendly, unashamedly sweet, and incredibly fun.

Your sister, so brave, so dedicated, devoted, passionate, and so deeply loving.

Don’t hesitate to love those female characters who embodied all of those.

Anne Elliot, who is kind, quiet, humble, and patient.

Buffy Summers, who is tough, brave, selfless, and emotional.

Leslie Knope, who is spunky, goofy, fun, and hard working.

These are the women to look up to, the ones who fight for what they love, find joy in darkness, and live loving those around them. And most importantly, are confident in who they are.

Find someone who inspires you to live a better life and that is a good female role model.

 

Wait for Mercy

Jude 1:21 “as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”

Aren’t we all waiting for something? Some wait for the perfect job. Some wait for health, wealth, friendship. I wait for a partner in life!

It is becoming clearer to me, that though waiting patiently on the Lord is good, we may not be waiting on the right thing.

Waiting means you’re hoping or maybe you’re anxious about something in particular. There’s a lot of emotion involved and you can become quite exhausted. You strain your eyes searching, your mind thinking, and your heart hoping. We should trust in God’s timing and His provision. Don’t stop hoping.

However, this verse reminds me of a bigger picture kind of truth- what we should truly be waiting for.

“Wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” We have something sure ahead of us. We do not have to exhaust ourselves with anxiety or seeking because the promise is there and we know the ending to our story.

Instead of focusing so much energy on waiting for earthly treasures, let’s focus on waiting for the ultimate prize. Let your heart hope and long for that. Let eternity with Jesus Christ outshine any other hopes and desires.

Wait for Him. See, your focus changes from being all about You, to being all about Him. I promise, life will be freer and you’ll have more energy if you live life waiting for that eternal life with Jesus Christ.

Wait for a Paul Child

Dear Younger me,

Some of my favorite love stories are about older people falling in love.

Persuasion’s Anne Elliot is 27 years old and she, in my opinion, lives the greatest love story of all time.

But, I realize she is fictional. Julia Child, the great chef, was 31 when she married the love of her life.

I guess what I am saying is, don’t worry about your age when you are hoping for love. You still have time for the greatest love story to form and you could end up with a Captain Wentworth or Paul Child. If you rush it, those two will not be who you end up with.