God, I want to be a kid again…

lightstock_178104_download_medium_moriah_faith A Prayer from Matthew 18

I’ve wanted to be the coolest, the prettiest, the best. But You showed me a little kid. You said I need to be like her if I want the best — Your best. That kind of humility is what You want to see in my heart.

And God, the innocence of that child is so easily messed up. You hate to see her stumble. You hate it when someone makes her fall. So, give me that purity of heart. Let anything dirty in it make me vomit. I would rather be with You than to enjoy those things that make you sick.

Father, You treat me like a princess. You’ve even assigned angels to care for me. You know I’m stupid sometimes, like a sheep that runs away from it’s safe home. But God, You are a good Shepherd. You’d drop everything to go find me and bring me home. You smile when I’m back in Your arms.

And Lord, there are times when other people hurt me or someone I love. Sometimes they don’t listen when I confront them. Sometimes they don’t listen to anyone. But you know their hearts. I trust you to take care of it. You’ve promised me that whenever I pray about the things that bother me, You will listen!

Jesus, I’ve struggled lately with forgiving the people who hurt me over and over. I get frustrated. I mean, how many times should I forgive them before I just give up? But your answer every time is “keep forgiving them because I keep forgiving you.”

God, You have seriously forgiven me so much! It would be ridiculous to hold a grudge against someone else when you’ve wiped my slate clean. Thank you for loving me that way! Thank you for showing me how to love others!

I got some great responses back the last time I posted a prayer like this so I wanted to share another one. If you can’t tell, it comes right out of Matthew chapter 18 which is a passage that I’ve been challenged with recently. It’s so cool to be able to go to the Father with whatever is on our hearts and just pour it out. Praying the scriptures has really helped me feel more connected to God’s word. Instead of just reading words on a page, I can apply them to my situation and pray them back to God! So, what do you think? Leave a comment below!

I hope you have a beautiful rest of your week!




Something More


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.

A Heart to Serve

In the year 1938, Gladys Aylward, a missionary in China, led over 100 young orphan children across the mountains during the Japanese invasion of China despite being injured herself. She sacrificed to save them and to help them start new lives in peace and safety.

Did she have to do it? No. She chose to because she had a true love for the Lord and a sincere desire to serve wherever she was needed. Miss Aylward helped those children because of what Jesus did for her.

In our day-to-day tasks we need to have the same attitude. Service from the heart requires humility and love. Humility, I believe, comes from an accurate understanding of yourself and of God.

I was reading Psalms chapter 8 this morning and a few verses popped out at me. Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”

We are so small and weak compared to our omnipotent God. If we will just realize His goodness in caring so much about us, will we not hesitate to do good to those around us.

As the apostle Paul stated “For Christ’s love compels us, because…He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

I challenge you to have a joyful and willing attitude about service. God is great, we are mere dust. Serving God is the only lasting thing that we can do with our time.

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve”


Finding Freedom in Submission

“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us. ” ― A.W. Tozer

When we allow God to work in us, He in His wisdom can use us in ways we could never imagine, but we have to submit to Him.

Submission is not a thing often praised these days. Instead, freedom and self-esteem are thought of as more necessary. “Freedom”, as defined by our culture today is basically “the quality or state of being exempt from responsibility and able to choose one’s own way without restraint.” This is very appealing to people today, as it has always been, and in this day and age most young people are taught that there is no right and wrong, thus everyone should be able to do as they wish.

There is something extremely wrong with this interpretation of freedom and it has mislead many. To find a solution to this obvious problem, we must go back to the beginning. Why are we here?

Ultimately, we are here to bring glory to God (Isaiah 43:7, 1st Corinthians 10:41). But there is no way to do that if we are constantly seeking after our own desires and living for our own personal pleasure. The world’s kind of freedom is really slavery. If we want to fulfill our purpose in life and find true freedom, we must submit ourselves to God by sacrificing those things which draw us away from serving Him.


Accepting Advice

“Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it,” Psalm 141:5a

This verse is interesting to me because a lot of times I have struggled with accepting advice and criticism from others. I think it’s a problem we all have, more or less.

One thing about this verse that struck me was that David was literally asking God to let the righteous reprove him. He wanted correction.

How many of you have asked God to let someone correct you if you do something wrong? I haven’t, but maybe I should because David goes on to say that “It is oil upon the head;”.

That’s right. It’s good for you. But advice doesn’t usually feel like oil on the head, it sometimes feels more like a headache.

Well, that’s where the next part comes in, “Do not let my head refuse it,”. This will only help you if you’re willing to change. Stubbornness and resentment make it hard to accept correction from the Lord. Be humble.

Reproof+Humility+ Motivation=Change for the better

True humility comes from submitting your will to God and only He can give you the motivation you need to get to where you need to be.

I’ve seen the results of this heart-changing process and it is truly beautiful.