I Am.

“And He is before all things and IN Him, all things consist.”-Colossians 1:17

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I feel like I have said this a million times, but I am obsessed with “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music. When they belt out “you split the sea so I could walk right through it”, I feel the words so deeply in my soul.

You see, God has never taken trials out of my life.  Just like when Moses and the Isrealites were trying to escape and the Egyptian army were chasing after them.  They came to the Red Sea and were freaking out, for lack of better words.

God did not take away the sea.  He did not take away the Egyptian army.  He MADE a way. He parted the sea so they walked through it and closed it as soon as they got to the other side.

& He has done this in my life so many times.  He did not take away my “sea” or “army of people coming to get me”.  He made me a way through it.  A way to survive, persevere, and come out stronger than I did going in.

The devil likes to make us believe that God has left us in our greatest times of need.

He starts to whisper in our ears that God is gone. Or was He even really ever there to begin with?

“How could He ever want to come help someone as screwed up as you? Why would he make a way for YOU?” the wicked one continues to whisper, trying to make us falter in our faith.

That is exactly the time when you need to stand up and literally say “I AM A CHILD OF GOD. HE LOVES ME AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE A WAY FOR ME NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY AND HOW I FEEL. HE IS GOOD. HE IS LOVE. & YOU HAVE NO SAY IN ANY OF THIS.”

No matter what you are going through today, HE WILL MAKE A WAY.

No matter how lonely and desolate you feel, HE WILL MAKE A WAY.

No matter how lost and defeated you feel, HE WILL MAKE A WAY.

No matter what. No matter when. No matter how. He can and will make a way.

Head up, soldier. YOU are a child of the One and Only God.

-Kristin-

 

 

One Person.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”-Romans 12:15

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Just like most of America, I am currently obsessed with NBC’s new show “This is Us”. I feel like it is just a show for everyone and is something everyone can relate to.

*Spoiler alert*

Recently, one of the side characters passed away. Then suddenly random people started contacting their family members and saying how this person had totally changed their life and the lives of others.

The person that struck me the most was the mailman who came over, not realizing the man had passed away, to ask how he was doing.  Once he found out he was heartbroken and started to tear up.

He said that the man had stopped often just to talk to him, and people just don’t do that anymore. They had become good friends just because the guy stopped to talk to him on his morning walks.

All I could think about after this episode was what the mailman had said.

What are we doing in our seemingly ordinary lives that is extraordinary to someone else?

I believe wholeheartedly that we are placed into the paths of other people’s lives so that we may encourage, uplift, show faith to, and love.  But it is up to us to decide if we will take the time to do these things.

A simple hello in passing, or a “really, how are you doing” or an “I am thinking about you” can make all the difference in someone’s seemingly ordinary day.

What a beautiful legacy to leave behind.

-Kristin-

Sin Differently.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”-Matthew 7:1-5

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At one time, I went to a group that was exclusively for Christians, both male and female.

 

The group was a lot of fun and we did some cool things together, but mostly what we did was talk.  We talked about pretty much everything you could ever think of, but there was once a conversation that I think about more often than anything else we discussed: our annoyance with other Christians.

 

Someone said that she had often heard her mother say the quote “I would much rather laugh with sinners than cry with saints.” I think a lot of us could relate to what she was saying, but then it hit me. I was a saint. All of us in that room were “saints” aka believers in Christ. We were annoyed with people who were just like us.

 

It was a hard pill to swallow once I let it really sink in.

 

I despise being friends with people who claim to be all about Jesus and make your own lifestyle sound like you will be headed straight to hell. The ones who cannot go a second without mentioning Christianity and have snide, quick remarks.  They make me feel uncomfortable and annoyed.

 

“You took a bite to eat before praying over your food?”

“Why haven’t you been at church?”

“What do you mean you’ve had sex before marriage?”

“Well, I don’t listen to secular music because it does not honor God.”

“Um, I would never do something like that. It’s a total disgrace.”

 

For the longest time, I tried to just tell myself that these people were just trying to lead me down a road that would bring me closer to Christ. Ya know, tough love or something.  But I have started to realize that tough love shouldn’t make you feel like you are unworthy of God’s love just because you sin differently.

 

More than anything, it bothered me to know that people who are non-Christians see and hear people saying these things. & then we ask them to believe in Jesus and say how He lives in our hearts yet we are downright mean and judgmental to others and claim it to be out of our love for Him…

 

We (myself definitely included) must change.

 

We must put our pride aside in order for His true love to shine through us.

 

Let’s change this world to want to hang out with those saints more. We can be fun and full of the Truth at the same time; without making others feel like God hates them because they sin differently.

 

-Kristin-