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!

Blessings,

Moriah

Way of loving

lightstock_176485_medium_moriah_faithI’m going to try and keep this super short because I just wanted to share this thought I had tonight. My mom and I were having an awesome conversation about different personalities and how to not just cope with them but to pull out their potential and motivate them toward that. So we got to talking about love and how, you know, you can’t build someone up like that without loving them because that’s what love is; supporting and encouraging growth. And then the question was brought up of how to love and build up someone who’s not very lovable and not very “put together” in our book. I mean, doesn’t that add this whole new dynamic? It’s easy to love a new baby until it spits up on you or you have to give it a change. See, that’s when you have to redefine love. You decide to love that person when they completely mess up, or aren’t “good enough”, or straight up stink. So this conversation kind of came full circle when we were then reminded that God loves us that way. And I don’t want this to sound cliche because it’s this amazing part of the nature of God that just captivates me every time. Think about this: we can only love other people with that unconditional love when we have experienced God’s kind of love. AND, in addition I think that we don’t really understand how beautiful God’s love is until we’ve loved someone who is difficult, and sinful, and breaks our hearts. Because that is exactly how our amazing Father loves us.

If you think that’s something to be excited about, leave a comment about a time when you’ve experienced God’s kind of love.

Blessings,

Moriah

{31} Random Acts of Kindness

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With Thanksgiving just behind us and Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to give. There are a ton of fun, easy and heart warming ways to spread the love during this holiday season. Here are 31 of my favorites; one for each day of December…

  1. Give hot chocolate to someone who looks cold
  2. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies for a friend/neighbor
  3. Go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood or at a nursing home
  4. Donate your time to help with a holiday outreach at a local church
  5. Leave quarters at a laundromat or in a vending machine
  6. Buy a Christmas present for a homeless person or stranger
  7. Read the nativity story to a child
  8. Bring goodies to employees at a store that you frequent
  9. Make an ornament for someone special
  10. Bring a treat and visit with the elderly at a nursing home
  11. Write a Christmas letter to someone
  12. Leave an encouraging note on a car
  13. Give a gift card to someone in need
  14. Compliment a waiter or grocery checker
  15. Carry someone’s groceries or return their shopping cart
  16. Thank a soldier, police officer or firefighter for their service
  17. Make a meal for a family in need
  18. Surprise someone with a coffee date
  19. Buy fleece blankets and hand them out to the homeless
  20. Smile at everyone you see 
  21. Do someone else’s chore/task
  22. Offer to babysit for a young family during the holidays
  23. Help an elderly neighbor put up Christmas decorations
  24. Shovel snow or sweep a driveway for someone who can’t
  25. Write a short and sweet note for someone who’s going through rough times
  26. Donate clothes, toys or canned food to a good cause
  27. Invite a veteran or someone serving in the armed forces over for dinner. 
  28. Send a Christmas card to a military service member overseas
  29. Leave a nice surprise on someone’s doorstep
  30. Befriend someone new
  31. Forgive whenever you get the chance

Hint: Tell them to “pass it on”!

Bonus points: Remind them of the reason for the season

Finally, a few of my very favorite verses on kindness and giving…

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.”
Proverbs 19:17

“So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:10

“Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth.”
1st John 3:18

“But God shows His love to use in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8

Please leave a comment with your favorite act of kindness. Commit to doing this with me (you can mix them up or come up with your own)! Also, I’d love to hear how this goes for you, so come back and share your stories!

Ready? Set. Go!

Blessings,

Moriah

The Love of a Mother

Thinking about Mother’s Day, which is tomorrow, and that means it’s May already, which means it will soon be Summer… Okay. Mother’s Day always makes me think of love, and you can probably guess why. I’ve always known my mom to be the most loving person in the world.

She gives birth to, feeds, burps, changes and stays up late with babies who give her nothing but slobber. She cooks, and cleans endlessly. She puts up with toddlers… and teens. Never complains about anything (okay, maybe a tiny exaggeration). She gives advice when it’s needed. She listens to her children when they’re happy or sad, excited or tired, calm or emotional.

So I just got to thinking, that is really what love is. 1st Corinthians chapter 13, the famous “love chapter” gives a long list of things that “love is…”. I figured, if you put “mother” in there in the place of “love”, it could get interesting. It could make us think. And I think it would definitely cause us to be grateful to our mothers. So here goes…

A mother is patient, a mother is kind. She does not envy, she does not boast, she isn’t proud. She does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, she keeps no record of wrongs. A mother does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. She always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. A mother never fails.

Okay, stopping right here to go say thanks to my mom for modeling a godly woman for me. For teaching me. For helping me grow up. And mostly for showing me what true love is. Love is patient, love is kind. Love is what my mother is for me and that’s what I want to be to her grandchildren someday. Thank you mom!

Blessings,
Moriah

A Word to Youth

When I read the bible, sometimes I feel like certain passages just don’t apply to me. You may feel the same. But when I open the scriptures to 1st and 2nd Timothy, I find verses that are written specifically to young people like me.

1st Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

2 Timothy 2:22
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

I love both of these verses because they are so straight forward. Paul says to live boldly for God. Don’t let people look down on you because you’re young. Then he pretty much gives us a list of virtues and attitudes that we should have as children of God and ambassadors for Him to the world.

In our speech and conduct we should show:

  • Love – The unconditional love and mercy of Christ
  • Righteousness – Doing what’s right no matter what
  • Faith – Believing what we do not see
  • Purity – Living lives set apart for Christ
  • Peace – Pursuing harmony and reconciliation

In these things we can really show Christ in our lives because we are different from the world. While our peers are falling for youthful lusts, we flee from those things and pursue Christ. We put our old desires behind and let God change our desires and dreams to become something beautiful that will glorify Him.

Don’t be discouraged by the direction the world is taking. It’s time to take a stand. As part of a new generation, it should be our goal to win back this world for Christ and that starts with you and me. That starts with how we live and the example that we show to the waiting world. Will we blend in with the crowd or stand out, set apart for the gospel of Christ and for truth?

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

Blessings,
Moriah

 

The Challenge

Looking out my window on the wooded scene below, bright green buds are just popping out of the bushes and trees and the haze is starting to lift on the horizon.

Morning has always been my favorite, before the cares of life come and sweep me away.

There’s a sort of excitement in watching the night become the day, and a peace in knowing that the God who created this beauty around me is going to help me get through another 24 hours of life.

As I close the bible on my beside table and head downstairs to start breakfast I remember the conversation my mother and I had last night about sacrifice.

I hear her voice in my head reminding me that love is giving up what we want to serve someone else.

I admit that I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. But after lying there, uncomfortably sensing the argument between my warm covers and the light coming in my window, I knew that I must.

Everyday is a challenge, a decision. Will I serve God or self? Will I do what I want, or do what He made me for?

Galatians 5:13 says “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

We embrace the liberty that we have in Christ but do we use it for Him?

I like the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:15 that says, “He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”

Live for Him!

Blessings,
Moriah

My Savior

When hope is sinking, all seems lost,
And in this world we’re tempest tossed,
Glance up to heaven, see His face
All our worries will be erased.

When we fall down and cannot rise,
Our bodies sore, our weary eyes,
Turn back to where we had begun,
He picks us up, gives strength to run.

The spark He gives us lights the way,
It matters not how far we’ve strayed.
His love comes when we’re at our worst.
A sinner blessed instead of cursed.

I can’t begin to fathom this,
How deep and constant God’s love is,
How wrong and ugly all my sin.
Yet He, in love forgives again.

~Moriah Faith