Thursday, 22 January 2015

How can you include faith in your every day life?

A guest post by Ann Hale
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NKJV)

I’m new to Christianity. 

Well, ‘new’ is maybe not the correct term; ‘reborn’ would be better. I was raised as a Christian, went to a Christian school and to church. 

When I was 14, my father became ill and God decided He wanted him home. Barely 13 years later, He also called my brother back. For me, that was what they call ‘the final drop’ and I lost my faith, but a little while ago, I returned to God.

For me, having faith in God and Jesus means believing that there is always someone watching out for me in my best interest; that no matter how hard life gets, there’s always light within the darkness; and that I may be certain that I will receive all good things that are rightfully mine. 

Without faith, depression and loneliness prevails. When you have faith nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20).

However, I have noticed that it appears to be easier to believe and pray when the going gets tough. 

When life is a smooth journey faith tends to be placed in the background. 

This led me to ask, how can I include faith in my everyday life? 

I found the answer in 1 Corinthians 16:13:
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (tweet this)

This verse is so short, and yet (like all verses) so meaningful. 

First, I need to watch – watch out and be on my guard for seen and unseen enemies. There’s a lot more evil around than I may think. Be vigilant and pray to see and hear the truth through God’s eyes and ears. 

Second, stand firm in my faith. When I stand firm, nothing will be able to knock me down without believing that God and Jesus are right there with me to help me up; and not even a smooth daily journey will be able to change that.

Third, be brave and face life courageously and patiently. Patiently waiting and believing that God always answers my prayers. 

Finally, be strong – ‘strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus’ (2 Timothy 2:1).

Ponder: How do you include faith in your every day life? I’d love you to share your thoughts in the comments.

Prayer: Father God, Lord Jesus, Show me how to live in faith in my everyday life. Let me see the truth with Your eyes. Let me hear the truth with Your ears. Let me have faith in You as You have faith in me. Guide me whenever I am lost and away from my path, so that I can find You and re-gain my faith – every day, every hour, every minute, every second until my last heartbeat. Amen.

About the author of this guest devotional
My name is Ann and I'm a 35 year old Belgian living in Australia. I'm a writer and graphic designer, and have recently renewed my faith in Christianity. With this renewal came the drive to write about my faith and to endeavour to see through life's illusions, or as I call them 'life bubbles'. Besides faith, I also decided to share our struggles to start a family and how I try to keep hopeful and positive throughout this journey.

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Monday, 19 January 2015

The one thing I try to remember when I'm overcome with worry

Do not worry bible verse matthew 6:34
So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today. Matthew 6:34 (VOICE)

Since mid-November we have been renovating our new home. The place has been gutted and fresh plaster clings to new walls, uneven concrete begs for a fresh layer of screed and fresh ceiling boards lie waiting to be used. 

All of the renovations have had me fretting about money. I’d love to say since mid-November but it’s been well before then. Each time I sat down to work out the budget the numbers don’t seem to work. Each time I told my husband he would say, “It’s okay, God has this, it’ll work itself out.”

Now, my husband and I aren’t irresponsible spenders. We are almost chronic savers who have to be pushed to spend money even on things we need. I guess that’s probably why paying out so much money to have our new house fixed up freaks me out. 

Recently, my husband and I went for a walk and I bought up the money issue again. I told him how it was amazing that God had given my husband extra freelance jobs which meant more money than we expected came in over the last few months. I confessed to Xylon that I thought we’d be able to afford it now. 

Before I had time to look at my husband’s face I felt it against my ear, “Jesus has already said, ‘Don’t worry, silly humans!’”

Once I recovered from being deafened by his comment, I let his words sink into my soul, and I realised how often I try to control tomorrow with worry. 

When I allow my mind to dwell on difficulties I leave no room to dwell on God. (tweet this)

That whisper in my ear was a wake up call for me, a reminder that God is more than capable of looking after my every care.

So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.

Ponder: What worries do you need to let worry about themselves so there is space to focus on God?

Prayer: Jesus, help me to dwell on you, instead of my worries. 

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

One thing to remember when you feel like you won’t make it (and a free printable so you don’t forget it)


So he became their Saviour.
In all their troubles, he was troubled, too.
He didn’t send someone else to help them.
He did it himself, in person.
Out of his own love and pity he redeemed them.
He rescued them and carried them along for a long, long time. 
Isaiah 63:8-9 (MSG)

Do you ever feel like giving up? You know those days when everything just seems too heavy? The times when nothing is going your way?

Maybe you or a loved one just got a diagnosis of a dread disease. Or you’ve just pushed aside a pile of debts you don’t know how to pay to read the internet. Or maybe one more relationship has ended and your heart can hardly take it. 

Recently, I’ve spent time with a number of people who are struggling to figure out how they will make it. And most of the time I don’t really know what to say them. 

Then this morning I stumbled across these verses in Isaiah and I felt like God was saying, here is the one thing you need to remember when you feel like you won’t make it: 

“You will make it because I carry you.”

Not because you were bought up to be tough, not because you have kind friends, not because you’ve figured out how to hide your pain but because the one who hung the stars in the sky will carry you. 

I don’t know about you but that blew my mind. 

In fact, I went back and read Isaiah 63:8-9 again and again letting it sink in, changing it, personalising it:
So God became my Savior.
In all my troubles, he was troubled, too.
He didn’t send someone else to help me.
He did it himself, in person.
Out of his own love 
and pity he redeemed me.
God rescued me 
and carried me along for a long, long time. 

This verse reminds me that God cares about my troubles, he takes a personal interest in me, and he is strong enough to carry me and my burdens for as long as it takes. 

Next time you feel like you won’t make it whisper to yourself:
I’ll make it because God carries me. (tweet this)

Ponder: What things are making you feel like you won’t make it at the moment? Do you think that God is strong enough to carry you and your burdens.

Prayer: Jesus, I’m in trouble. And I need you to carry me, maybe for a long, long time. Help me to feel your arms around me and your presence. Amen.

Print: I’ve made a three versions of this free printable for you to download and stick on your wall, mirror or desktop to remind you that God will carry you when you feel like you won't make it. Make sure to take a pic and tag me when you use them. 
Click here to download the printables below (all three in one document). 


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