She Reads Truth | Colossians

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“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:12-17

How amazing that I get to take off the past, the darkness, the ugly, the lies, and put on the beautiful: the kindness, the compassionate hearts, patience, ect!

Also, let’s be honest, how difficult is it to sometimes put these characteristics on? During a hard day at work or home, I don’t want to practice humility. I don’t like when others get credit for work I’ve done. I don’t always want to practice kindness or compassion when I’m driving and someone slows down unexpectedly or cuts me off! But that’s when your old self gets to die over and over and the Spirit gets to breath life and His love into you! ❤

Sin has no dominion over me…. but, man, oh, man, does it try so hard to creep into my life and become habitual. Each time a choice is made: to turn to sin or to turn to God and grow closer to Him. This might not work for everyone, but right now when sin presents itself I literally ask myself… would I rather do this sin or would I rather turn to God. UGH. Does that show where your heart is at in the moment or what?! No lies, sometimes I choose laziness, pride, lust over the freedom of Christ. THANK YOU JESUS FOR FORGIVENESS AND GRACE! Thank you Lord for being the ultimate, for conquering ALL sin. I am so sorry I choose it sometimes. Help me God to turn from it and to truly embrace complete light.

My prayer today, and a lot of days, is that the peace of God is evident in my life and that I’m thankful throughout the WHOLE day for His gifts, and choose Him over sin. That ALL I do today (from driving to cooking, from checking emails to meetings at work) I do well for Him and His glory.

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real talk| being Christian & single

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Being 28 is not old. But right now I feel like I’m missing some goals… ugh goals is not the right word, but it’s the word I have right now. Some ‘goals’ I have are to get married and have babies.

WHAT?!?! Where did this come from Liz? I mean I’ve always wanted to get married, but having babies has never been on my radar (except for adoption, I’ve always felt led to adopt). A while back in September I baby-sat my nephew for a few hours. During his nap, I just stared at him, prayed over him, and cried a little (creepy, right?). I prayed for his health, for him to know and love Jesus, and that he would be a kind, sweet man. I cried because it hit me… the baby bug hit me. A week later as I was in Target’s baby area, shopping for others, I started bawling. Like heavy tears. I had to leave. A week after that I sat in my dear friend’s home crying to her, being vulnerable and finally honest with another sister, about what my heart is going through. It’s safe to say I have started grieving over gifts that the Lord has not given me.

I know God is good, and my singleness is a gift (even if I don’t want this gift, I have it. USE IT, at least for now, USE IT!). My singleness does not mean I’m a second-class citizen of Christ (and thank you Lord that I don’t feel that way in my life, in my church, or in my group of good friends). My childlessness does not mean I was not made to love children, right now I’m looking for ways that I can love kids that need it. Sometimes, a lot of the time, being single sucks. I’m ok with saying that. It’s hard when you’re surrounded by happy couples with their sweet, adorable babies, especially when they only want to talk marraige and babies…

What I’ve learned from this is it’s ok to be sad that I’m not married (In the US 27.9 is actually the average age for a woman to marry, but I’m not average, right?). I can grieve over the fact that I want something that I might not get in my “correct timeline,” or ever. (OR EVER… and God is still good).

It’s ok be a little sad when all friends want to talk about is babies, but also to remember that I have been chosen to have a place in these babies’ lives too! What a blessing to be the aunt that points them to Christ. The aunt that always has sugar, or knows all the cool activities to do. It’s ok to be the socially awkward lady who cannot talk to good looking men…. but also wish she could. lol. It’s ok to be these things, but in the end it’s most important to know that following God is ALL I’m called to do. And I can do that single.

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She Reads Truth| Colossians

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Sometimes (ummm, a lot of the time…) I’m worried that people can’t tell I’m a follower of Christ. Like what sets me a part from the do-gooders of today who don’t believe in God? Can you, honestly and genuinely, say “to God be the glory,” each and every time you receive a compliment/ praise (to where people don’t want to shove you off a cliff?)?

I don’t know why, but while reading Colossians 2, Matthew 15:1-9, & Romans 7:4 I was struck with these thoughts. Really these questions have nothing to do with the verses, but kept creeping in my mind, so that’s what was meditated on this past week.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” -Colossians 2:6-7

* What sets me a part from the “do-gooders” of today who don’t believe in God? EXACTLY THAT- they don’t believe and follow the Lord. That’s the only difference. People still want to and can do such beautiful, amazing things in life- because we were all created in God’s image. Humans don’t get to choose to be image bearers, we just are. So it makes sense that people who are atheist or agnostic can still do selfless acts of love…

* So how do I let others know that my ‘selfless acts of love’ are done because of Christ and not of me (because in all honesty I’m super selfish and would pick serving myself over serving someone else any day). Or when someone compliments your outfit that day are you suppose to say “to God be the glory,” or “all things through Christ?” I think what I’m comfortable with is just being genuine in response. To sincerely accept the words of encouragement- if it feels appropriate to say what a joy it was to serve, but if it doesn’t feel real, just to say thank you. I don’t think you have to continuously verbally state that all good things come through Christ, but to live a life pointing toward Him. Right? IDK. Someone help me please.

Anyway those were my thoughts from the readings, which had nothing to do with the readings. Thanks for reading this mess of a post…. and for hopefully providing me with your insight on how to better honor God.

She Reads Truth | Colossians

What are you reading right now? Currently on my  nightstand is Crazy Rich Asians. In my car (you know, just in case I get to a meeting early, or have to wait somewhere for a long-ish time): Big Little Lies (if Reese Witherspoon read it, I will too). At my gym locker (because my gym is a spa…and I have a problem): The Program (gotta love that YA fiction). I’m loving each one of these book so far, they do bring joy and such an escape, but none are spirit-filling, or growing me as a believer. For that, the book I’m going through is Colossians.

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I’m using She Reads Truth as a guide- it’s great (so great that this is the 2nd time I’m going through Colossians with them). It’s helping me to keep on track on where I am, what other verses correlate with where I’m reading, and to get other people’s encouragement/ insights on the verses.

So far I’m only on Day 6 in Colossians, and am in awe of Christ. He is so good. God created us, and all of the seen and unseen (WHAT IS THE UNSEEN?).

Another truth it reveals: we are made for him. Sometimes in life I feel as if I have no purpose, and reading the words that I was “from Him, and we exist for Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6ish) reminds me not to believe in those lies. I have a reason for existence.

Also, Colossians reminds me how to pray for others. I should ask the Lord that my sisters/ brother would grow in the His knowledge & wisdom, bearing fruit, being strengthened by God (with endurance and patience), thanking God for Truth and forgiveness.

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, o as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”- Colossians 1:9-14

Colossians is such a sweet reminder of how much Christ loves us, the church. And, to me, served as a conviction- that when a brother/ sister tells you they’re hurting (or you see it) we are suppose to pray without ceasing! I, usually, just say a quick prayer asking God to cover that individual with peace and strength, but Paul reminds us that we need to continue that prayer every day until God has answered.

Thanks for letting me ramble, cant wait to dig deeper into this book. ❤

Am I Creative?

short answer yes. i am made in the image of a CREATOR, we are called to create as well- or to re-create.

“Creativity is the human impulse to take what God has made, shape it, and make it new. “ -Mike Cosper

(https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/creativity-is-rooted-in-creation)

I guess I struggle with this because I’m not good at drawing, painting, dancing, singing, ect… so what kind of creative am I?

“What has often been said of theology is true of creativity too: It’s not a question of whether a Christian or a church will have creativity; it’s what kind of creativity they’ll have.” -Mike Cosper

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I picked up Gail McMeekin’s book “The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women,” the other day and there are SO MANY great journaling prompts in it. I hope to use it to rediscover my zeal for ‘creativity,’ and to find out how the creative process can be used to obtain goals, live a life more full of joy, and break up the mundane that life can sometimes be.

McMeekin starts off week one by instructing you to ‘acknowledge your creative self.’ Our creative self is in us, alive, and waiting to emerge; buried underneath rejection, mistakes, and suffering. There are like seven writing prompts in chapter one (you know, for the 7 days in a week)… all of which have to do with your history- creativity as a child, your creative heritage/ lineage, and what you think your gifts are. I won’t write them all here (buy the book).

Definitely will not be journaling everything here, but keep checking back to see if I have any creativity revolutions! *(praying I discover I’m secretly a painting prodigy, or something like that…) 😉

What I’m Learning Right Now

A friend and I are going through Hebrews right now together (she lives in the DC area, and I’m in NM- I find it really sweet to be able to still walk together in Christ even though we’re so far away from one another. It’s also an easy way to keep each other accountable- and a convenient way to stay in touch!).

We’re using She Reads Truth as our guide, and it’s so great! Not only is it cute, which I’ll be honest is a huge plus, it separates the days- so friend and I can say, ‘hey this week I’ve got community group, lots of work, and a pretty busy schedule, let’s only chat up to day 12 today.’ It’s also laid out to make you read, study, pray, and live the verses you read that day- to dig deeper than what you maybe have read/studied before.

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So far, so good. Hebrews is full of reminders that Jesus is our true high priest, and that his sacrifice is it. No other sacrifice is necessary, nothing we can do can alter this.

“What this new covenant does is implant into the heart of man a new nature, impelling him to act righteously. No longer is his conduct directed by an exterior law but by the law of Christ within him.” -AW Tozer

Tozer doesn’t mean that we don’t have to follow the law (we do), but our standards are higher- they are heavenly standards. In my mind, if the law says not to kill our neighbor because they stole from us, let’s not only not kill- let’s love. Let’s provide them with the items they need to succeed (so they don’t have to steal).

Overall my heart is reminding me grace and mercy all day, everyday. What does this mean? How does it look? What is my call to it?

Yeah, if you can answer these questions for me, that’d be great.

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Treat Yo’Self (lavender edition)

I’m a firm believer in the Tom Haverford/ Donna Meagle mantra of “treat yo’self.” I think, as an introvert (that’s cool to be now, right?), treating myself means a day away from people. Where better to go than a lavender farm!?

Lavender is LITERALLY my favorite smell. The drive up to Purple Adobe Lavender Farm was less than peaceful. The drive is only suppose to be 1.5(ish) hours from Albuquerque, but due to terrible traffic and small town fiestas the drive took 2.5 hours! I do not handle stressful driving well. I can admit that.

BUT all of my aggression dissipated as soon as I stepped out of the car at the farm! I mean, seriously, it has that much of a calming effect. The farm has the cutest little tea shop where they were serving lavender tea, gluten-free scones, and lavender gelato. Ummm, yes please to all three!

They also have a meditation garden. It was a sweet place to pray to God, and thank Him for this day. For that gorgeous NM sky. For different smells and tastes. For time apart from people. For people. And for being able to relax and find rest in Him. I’m going through Hebrews now with a friend, and am reminded that taking a day of rest is not selfish, it’s not lazy- it’s for Jesus. And not in the “that’s my excuse for doing nothing today,” way- it’s for Jesus in that when you rest you should be finding restoration in Him, and His goodness.

“10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” -Hebrews 4:10-11

I left Purple Adobe dreaming of growing fields of lavender when I’m older and have a large farm (slightly unrealistic because there is so much work involved in a farm & I have the opposite of a green thumb). A girl can dream, right?