God, I want to be like a bird…

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… They do not work to spend or collect, and yet YOU provide for them.

I am worth MUCH more to You.

Worrying will not improve my life in any way.

And WHY am I worried about clothes?

I watch how the lilies grow.

They do not shop or even CARE, yet celebrities on the red carpet don’t look that good.

But God, You clothe the flowers that live for a day or two.

You will EASILY care for me.

I will not worry about what to eat or drink or wear.

People who don’t know You worry about those things.

But YOU know what I need!

So I will desire You FIRST.

I will chase after YOUR will and leave the rest to You.

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This is a prayer that I wrote recently and thought I’d share with you. You’ll notice it’s written out of Matthew 6. I love this chapter so much and I’ve been trying to find a way to communicate my prayers lately so I just started paraphrasing scripture. When I said it in my own words back to the Father I felt an amazing connection to Him through His word!

So here’s what I want to challenge you with…

Pick a favorite scripture and using your own words write a prayer like this.

This is so powerful and I promise you will notice a change in your prayer life.

Please share your prayers or thoughts in the comments section. I would LOVE to hear from you all!

Blessings,

Moriah

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Worship

For our challenge this week I want to address this question: What does worship look like?

The woman at the well asked Jesus a similar question; where should we worship?
His response?

Don’t worship here or there. That’s not important. But worship in spirit and truth. That is what God desires.

I wondered for the longest time, “what is this ‘spirit and truth’ He is talking about?” This last week, I think I’ve accquired a deeper understanding of what this is and what it looks like. My cross country coach talks a lot about worship, and I want to share a few things that stem from some of his recent teaching on it.

So we have to ask the big question; What does that look like in normal, everyday life? Here are a couple of ideas…

It starts with your attitude; an attitude of worship that exemplifies itself in everything we say and do.

Radiate His joy – Honestly, I’m not a pro at this. My normal thinking face appears to some people as anxious or upset. But there are ways to radiate joy that have nothing to do with that bright yellow, smiley face we all automatically think of. Walking through the grocery store a few days ago, I was struck with a thought. You remember that “love your neighbor as yourself” passage, to which the lawyer replies “who is my neighbor?”. Well, contemplating that, I wondered what difference it would make if we literally love everyone around us as ourselves. And I mean “literally” in the literal sense of the word 😉 This takes humility and sensitivity, but I think the closer we get to that, the brighter our light will shine. If we can just love on the people around us, value them and brighten their day a little, that is one way to worship our Creator. If putting this in action doesn’t put a smile on your face, I think you may need help.

Live like it’s your last day – …or if it helps, live like it’s your family member, friend, co-worker’s last day. You pass someone on the street. It’s their last day. What do you do? How do you treat them differently? This is similar to what we were talking about earlier, but we’re going to take it a bit further. I know several people who have gone through some very tragic losses among their loved ones. Sickness, accidents and death can be very depressing. But I think they can also serve as a “reality check” for a lot of people. A common theme that I’ve heard and seen from grieving family members and friends is this; live every day like it’s your last. Picture it in your mind. What would you say or do differently?

Words & Meditation – My older brother, seeing that I was struggling with anxiety, once challenged me to think and speak 10% of what I normally do. That’s 90% less than I’m used to, and trust me, that’s really difficult. Out of the heart, the mouth speaks, and too often for me, that had been complaining, arguing and whatnot. I was challenged to think about the words I say and the thoughts that consume me and ask myself whether or not those were of true importance. Even King David prayed “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Let us pray that prayer every day.

The act of worshiping “in Spirit and in truth” may mean different things to different people. But I see it as a fullness of Christ that is lived out in a very real way and brings glory to God.

What stands between us and a life full of worship?
What is another way that you can worship God throughout your day?
Are there steps that you can take to cut out negativity in your thought life?

Blessings,

Moriah

First

Starting this week, I will begin posting a challenge of the week. This is mostly so I don’t forget about this blog entirely (I apologize for the fact that I have a life outside of the internet world, haha). But it’s also for you and me, as a challenge to get one step closer to God.

So here’s this week’s challenge…

Make God first.

This doesn’t mean you’re never going to go a minute without thinking of Jesus, or an hour without praying, or a day without sharing the Gospel with someone. It means you make little changes. And here are a few ideas…

Declare Jesus as Lord – Wake up in the morning and say it out loud. “Jesus is the Lord of my life, this home, my family.” Think of how it strengthens a relationship when you say “You are my friend/husband/daughter” etc. And bonus points for offending Satan, btw.

A moment to meditate – Take a minute before or after your day to just sit down, take a deep breath and think about what God has done for you. Send up a prayer of thanks.

Say something – It’s easy to be a quiet Christian. But this week, make an effort to speak up about your God. It could be anything from a simple “Praise God!” at work to telling someone that you’re praying for them.

Pick one or two simple things to hold yourself to this week. Comment below which one you want to do. Write it on your chalkboard or in your journal, and then watch what happens. And remember, this isn’t a “good deed” to earn God’s grace. It’s a humble response to His love and goodness to us. I hope you have an awesome week, so I’m going to leave you with this song by Lauren Daigle called “First”! Enjoy!

Blessings,

Moriah

Something More

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2:19 pm

Twas the day before Christmas.

I was hiding behind my computer screen trying to come up with something brilliant. I had to get this post out before Christmas.

Writers block had been hindering my thought process for some time and the excitement of the holidays was really getting to me. I had to make something up. Like they say, “Fake it till you make it.”

I began thinking about how we hide behind this mask of the internet and social media. We create an image of who we want people to think we are. We try to look smarter, happier or stronger than we really are because we think people will respect us more. It’s a facade.

Facade – an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality.

I wondered, how can I relate this to Christmas?

Then it hit me. Jesus did exactly the opposite when He came to this earth.

Philippians 2:8 “And being found in appearance as a man He humbled Himeself…”

Our amazing, all-powerful, all-knowing God came down to us as the Christ child. “Illegitimately” born in a dirty barn in Bethlehem into a carpenters family. That’s pretty humbling.

He could’ve been born into a royal family and shown His power from day one. He could’ve ridden into Jeruselam in a golden chariot. He could’ve reigned as a king on the earth and forced everyone to worship Him.

But that’s not how God works. He chose a young teenage girl who had commited herself to doing His will to bring forth the little life that would save our souls. He chose a humble carpenter to help raise His one and only Son.

Luke 14:11 “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

In light of this, how are we to celebrate Christmas? Surely not by superficial festivity with a barrage of self-gratifying nonsense and somehow relating it all to the birth of Christ. Because honestly, Christmas must be something more.

I want to challenge all of us (myself included) to rethink our concept of Christmas. Let’s not put up a facade and just try to make it to the new year. Let’s be humble and celebrate the real things. Not some made up story, but THE story of how God saved the world using people like me and you.