So Walk in Him pt. 2

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

“So walk in Him,”

Every day. One step at a time. Sometimes I want to run ahead. Funny how every time I do that, things don’t work out very well. They fall flat. Plans that seemed so good, even plans I thought God had blessed, aren’t turning out well.

You know why? Because I rushed His timing. He could have done something to slow me down… and one time, I know I missed His urging. I was too busy worrying about not getting another job offer, so I took the first one I got. Even though in my spirit, I felt it wasn’t right for me.

“Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith,”

Where are your roots? Is there some person or some place you always go to when you need some help or advice? It takes a lot of practice to go to the Lord first, but I guarantee it is always worthwhile. Maybe you won’t notice things changing right away, but eventually the situation will, or you will.

You live and learn. And if you aren’t learning, stop to think why that is. Don’t miss the faith growing opportunities God is giving you. Don’t waste those really hard trials; use them to gain wisdom on how to live in the future.

We become established in the faith by coming through the fire. By being refined by what the Lord is doing in our lives. It may burn some; I know the fires I have had to face in my walk with Christ have left me wondering why the pain, why me? Because He loves us and wants our faith in Him to be strengthened. Don’t give up hope! God is for us, not against us.

Love in Christ,

Ariel

 

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Think About It

Philippians 48

Philippians 4:8 NIV

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

This is the way to control our thought lives. We must be willing to take every thought captive, and submit it to the will of the Holy Spirit.

Believe me, I know it is hard. But it becomes easier with practice.

What do you focus on? What gives you the most happiness? What are your doubts?

Whenever I become down or depressed, I take time to be alone, and pray. Then I ask God, are the things I’m telling myself true? Is what that person said about me true? Is that thought lovely?

He will tell you, if you take time to listen. I am so grateful God gave us a guide to live by. Some people may argue that the Bible isn’t relevant to modern day. They would be wrong. The truths and promises laid out in God’s word are timeless. We get to learn about the history of our faith, and the people God chose to lead the way. And most importantly, we learn about salvation through Jesus Christ.

Our God is timeless, trustworthy, and omnipotent. He is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

So a mind and heart focused on Him is pure indeed.

Whenever your thoughts get out of control, take a moment and give them to God. Ask Him to replace your thoughts with His. Be filled the joy that comes from knowing that He loves you.

No matter what.

In Christ,

Ariel

Verses found on Pinterest and Biblegateway

Broken Girl in a Broken World

To be honest, I’m so broken.

I try so hard to always be upbeat, to encourage, to brighten your day. This is a very integral part of who God made me. We all need someone who redirects our focus onto the good, and reminds us to have hope. Because there is always hope.

I struggle with physical health issues. I don’t usually talk about them, because they make me feel weak, broken, and like I have less to offer. I think that somehow, my issues will turn you away.

Then God told me that this is part of His plan. That His power is made perfect in my weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

So I won’t try to hide it. I have a big boot on my foot right now, something I wasn’t anticipating. Apparently I’m such a hardcore skier that I injured myself without even falling down ;). This road to recovery is coming at the most inconvenient time, as I just got a new job that has me on my feet all day. I haven’t started the job yet, so Lord willing I will be on the mend before I have to be on my feet.

This is definitely going to slow me down. I’m usually running around, doing Zumba, meeting up with friends, volunteering, hiking, you name it. So “slow” is not something I’m keen on. But I’m going to keep my eyes open and heart in tune to what God needs to show me. There is a purpose in this, even though I can’t see it.

Maybe you struggle with health issues too. You aren’t alone, and God is not punishing you. We live in a broken world, full of broken people. The way you handle your unfortunate health problems is a testimony to those around you; either good or bad. Will you choose to seek God, and be open to learning? That is my goal with my latest news.

Keep fighting the good fight! Don’t let your circumstances steal your hope and joy. For God’s love is constant, and never ends. These trials just make heaven seem so much more amazing, and I look forward to being there!

This song never fails to lift my spirit; hope it does the same for you!

Stopped in My Tracks

Unstoppable.

Invincible.

Determination.

We have a goal so we keep our nose to the grindstone. We persevere, knowing that our efforts will eventually pay off.

All of a sudden, things come crashing down. The deal that we planned on, the friend that wasn’t there when you needed them most, plans that held hope come up dry, and your own health seems to be against you.

You tried so hard. If the goal could have been attained by sheer determination, you wouldn’t be facing this failure.

But I think that’s the point.

I was pressing on toward the goal of being in the best shape of my life. I love the outdoors, and poured that passion into cycling to work. On my way back one day, I took a drink of water, and before I knew it I was flying…over my handlebars. Face meets concrete. Shock sets in. Pain and confusion are foremost on my mind. I unpin myself from my bike, and retrieve my beat up water bottle. I hobble off the path, and sit on a rock. I called in my awesome hero of a dad.

People stopped to help me, and I waved them on, explaining my help was coming. I was so grateful they cared.

I did a self assessment, and was amazed and grateful that nothing was broken. My knee swelled, as did my face. I knew this would set me back on my workout routine, and I was frustrated. I tried so hard! Why do crazy things always happen to me?

That’s Life

It is crazy, unpredictable, and unique to each person. Through my crash, God taught me that I am stoppable, quite human, and that being fast probably shouldn’t be my goal… 😉 He told me to slow down, and look around. Sometimes I’m so stubborn that He literally stops me in my tracks. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. It is always an eye-opening experience, though I don’t really like the pain it causes.

You will never get to live this day again! It is a uniquely beautiful gift from God to you. Being stopped in my tracks made me return my focus to Christ, and not worry so much about my future plans… for I know they are tentative, for God is the ultimate planner and giver of dreams.

So… I’m holding on tight to His hand as He trains me to follow Him: wholeheartedly, everyday.

“I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish.”

Chuck Norris