FREE IS SHE

Dear World Changer,

The term “freedom” is defined as: “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” Freedom is the ability to do what you want without anyone or anything standing in your way and holding you back.

Do you ever feel like you are being held back? That you are captive to someone or something and if you could just break free all would be well? I have. BUT, today I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to live in captivity!

A couple of years ago while I was praying with my team in El Salvador, I had a vision of a young girl. She was a mess; completely broken in every way. She was carrying heavy chains on her shoulders that wrapped all around her arms and down her body. My heart immediately broke for this girl that I did not know. I watched her struggle to carry these chains around with her everywhere she went.

I asked God why she was bound and how she could gain her freedom. His response to me was this:

“I have given her the opportunity to be free. Now it is her turn to make a move. She must choose to drop her chains and leave them behind her.”

The answer to my question wrecked me. I looked back at the girl in my vision again and I realized there was nothing stopping her from dropping the heaviness that held her down; absolutely nothing forcing her to carry this burden. Her chains were actually BROKEN! All she had to do was let them go.

I began to sob and cry out to Jesus.

Because this girl was ME.

And this girl was so many others around me.

In that moment with Jesus, when I opened my heart and my eyes to see this incredible truth that he revealed, my life was changed forever.

I finally understood what it meant to be free.

And today, I share this story with you to remind you that YOU TOO can be free! You already are!

Easter is all about celebrating the sacrifice Christ made for us. It is all about the fight for our freedom – for YOUR freedom – that ended in victory.

THE MOMENT Christ died on that cross, you were given the opportunity to be free.

THE MOMENT you chose to give your life to Christ, your chains were instantly broken.

Jesus made a way!

But maybe you’re like me and haven’t dropped those chains yet. Or maybe you have dropped them but you have also picked them back up again. Maybe you have dropped them but you frequently forget the truth of that action and how that impacts your whole identity.. Whatever the reason for your restraint, it is possible to be free. This freedom is real and tangible and available and YOURS. But it is up to YOU. No one else can accept it on your behalf. YOU are the one Christ died for; YOU are the one whose chains he broke; and YOU are the one who has to let go and live free.

Christ DIED so that we could LIVE. My mind is blown every single time I think about that! And I pray that you are amazed by that as well. I hope that as you stand in awe of your Saviour and what he has done for you that you begin to take the first steps in letting those chains fall to the ground for good. If you are unsure of how to begin dropping those chains that have bound you for so long, I encourage you to find someone to guide you and help you. Asking for assistance is not a sign of weakness, it is actually a testament to your strength. It requires a lot for someone to make themselves vulnerable and let someone in who could potentially judge or harm them. The beauty of this though, is that they also hold the potential to uplift you and help you heal. Talk to Jesus – he knows you want to let go but don’t know how. And talk to someone else who is a few steps ahead of you in this ‘letting go’ journey. No one is perfect, and the battle to leave those chains on the ground is ongoing, but don’t give up! Freedom is yours – Christ has already given it to you.

I wrote a piece a couple years back for Radiate 2015 titled “Free Is She.” Some of you may have read this already, but it is a great reminder for anyone struggling to live the life Christ died for, or anyone just surrendering to the wonder of his love. As you read this, remember that the “she” is YOU, my friend. You are loved. You are beautiful. You are strong. You are fighting the good fight and doing it well – I’m so proud of you! You may be broken but you are not done.

Because Jesus broke so you could be whole.

He wants to pick up your broken pieces and turn them into a gorgeous mosaic – so let him. Lose the restraints; drop the chains. As sinners, you and I do not deserve this beautiful gift of love and grace – but do not be deceived, you are worthy. This gift is yours but you have to accept it. Darling, you may be broken, but you are free! Your Saviour is just waiting for you to invite him to heal you and put your shattered pieces together in a work of art that brings him glory. You are lovely; you are strong; you are brave; you are fierce. YOU are a Daughter of the Light. And YOU have the “power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.”

YOU are RADIANT.

Please do not ever give up on the life of freedom you desire. It is yours to live and it is yours to share! Christ died so that you could live.

Happy Easter, my radiant sister.

 

Love always,  

Charity xo

 

 

FREE IS SHE

For she was once darkness but now she is light in the Lord. She walks as a child of the light.

Free is she who accepts the gift He has offered to her. Free is she who allows His love to be present in her every moment. Free is she who embraces grace and lives like she is redeemed. She remembers the words spoken on the cross, just before His final breath. He said, “It is finished.” He was speaking to her broken heart and her wounded soul. He was giving her the opportunity to experience absolute freedom. Three simple words that said, “She is redeemed. She is forgiven. She is new. She is whole. She is mine. I love her. She is free.” She cannot earn His love but it is a gift of grace that He desperately longs to lavish her with.

Free is she who lets her knees hit the ground at the foot of the cross and abandons her personal desires. Free is she who humbles herself to her Saviour and submits her heart and her life to His perfect will. She knows that tomorrow’s freedom is today’s surrender. Letting go is the only way her bondage will be broken.

Free is she who chooses to put her past behind her and look ahead. Free is she who allows His blood and sacrifice to cover her mistakes. Free is she who confesses her sin and then drowns herself in His forgiveness. She allows Him to transform her life and turn her world upside down. Nothing in all creation will be able to separate her from His love. The enemy under her feet has no control over her. She is victorious in His Almighty Name.

She never keeps the good news to herself because free is she to share her hope. Free is she to speak life over the dead and reveal a way to the lost. Free is she to empower others. She is an ambassador of Christ. She is a disciple privileged with the task of shaping more disciples. She cannot save but she can lead. A child of the light is she who believes in her mission.

Free is she to pursue the calling He has on her life. Free is she to dream big and be brave. Free is she to fearlessly walk the unbeaten path. He has unique plans for her. He wants to use her to further His Kingdom. He has put dreams in her heart that she will never give up on. He has immeasurably more for her than all she could think or imagine. Free is she to spread her wings and soar for she is called to a life of greatness.

Free is she to rise up and take a stand against injustice. Free is she to make a difference and change her world. He placed her in her exact position for a reason. He has not given her a spirit of fear but of love, peace, and a sound mind. He has equipped her with His strength and all that she needs to carry out His purpose.

Free is she to drop her cool and show kindness to those around her. Free is she to be genuine in her love of the lost and the found. He has given her a tender heart and a gentle spirit. Her sweet kindness will impact the lives of many.

Free is she to be herself. Free is she to love who He has made her to be. His love is poured out for who she is, not who she wishes to be. Free is she who refuses to judge and compare herself. She is fearfully and wonderfully made. She has been created in His image and He is beautiful.

Free is she to live for an audience of One. Free is she to build her character and grow her inner beauty. Charm is deceptive and outward beauty is fleeting but she who fears the Lord is to be praised. She is worth more than rubies. His opinion of her is all that matters.

Free is she to take her place in the royal family. A dress won’t make her a princess and jewels won’t make her a queen. She has been chosen and she had been adopted. She is a daughter of the King. She will not allow herself to be treated with disrespect because she deserves the best. He has someone for her and in His timing love will awaken. Free is she to never settle. Free is she to know her worth. Free is she to be known by her true name. She is the bride of Christ above all.

Free is she who chooses His praises to ever be on her lips even when life gets tough. Free is she who worships the Name above all names even when no one else understands it. Free is she to pray bold and courageous prayers. Free is she who whispers, “Thank you for giving me breath today.” Free is she who stands back up no matter how many times she is knocked down. Free is she to crawl and let Him carry her when she cannot walk another step. Free is she to approach Him as she is. Free is she to show Him her scars. He promises to never leave her. He promises to always hear her cry and catch her tears. He promises to comfort her and give her strength. He promises to never shy away from her brokenness. Free is she to put her trust in His promises. She can count on Him – the waves and wind still know His name. Free is she to believe it is well with her soul. He is her anchor and He is faithful. People will leave her lonely but His love never fails her.

Free is she to laugh. Free is she to dance. Free is she to spread love and joy, peace and hope. She has found a love that cannot be destroyed. She has found a joy that can never be taken away. She has found a peace that is greater than all fear. She has found a hope that lights every difficult circumstance. She is sinking in the amazing grace of her Heavenly Father.

Free is she to live without shame. Free is she to be filled with joy at the sight of her chains hitting the ground. Free is she to choose to leave her chains on the floor forever. She is no longer bound. She is no longer dead. She is no longer just existing. She is ALIVE. He died so she could have life and have it to the full. He has set her free!

Free is she to walk in complete surrender. Free is she to LIVE in total freedom. Free is she to embrace her identity as a child of the light. Free is she to radiate.

Free is she.

 

Transitions.

Transitions. I can’t seem to get that word out of my head.

It’s a big deal. It’s not easy. It’s a whole lot of new. A lot of unknown. A lot of guessing. A lot of role playing through your mind on what it will be like – let’s be honest….we all have conversations with people in our head before we actually have them in person.

transitions can lead

Whether you’re starting a new school, new job, in a new city or staying put…here’s some tips on transitions that God’s been showing me lately as I too are in this category of transition. I’m preparing for hands down the scariest transition I’ve ever been through; having a CHILD! A little human who I don’t know is coming into this world literally any day now! It’s thrilling and exciting and scary and basically every other emotion out there…I partly blame the preggo hormones for that one.

Here’s 6 tips on TRANSITIONS.

ONE : Healthy Expectations.

When PK and I were in pre-marital counselling, one thing we talked about was expectations. And that expectations were THE BIGGEST factor in either a great or not so great first year of marriage and beyond. Why? Because if you have this idea of marriage in your head, say I DO, get home from the honeymoon and it’s not what you think it should be…. disappointment is a thing that can leave you in frustration. And where will you put that frustration? On your new spouse! And that poor person has no idea what you’re talking about because those expectations were in your head and never communicated and to be honest, some were really unrealistic!

Through learning this in pre-marital, I’ve taken it through every season of life!

Healthy expectations are realistic, attainable, leave room for mistakes, leave room for learning, leave room for growth, leave room for fun, leave room for bad days, leave room for joy!

Here’s an example to clear this concept up; 

The beloved prom!

Oh how the movies puts A LOT of hype and pressure on prom. They make it seem as though it’s the best day of your life and to ensure it’s the best day there are rules. #1, you have to have the best dress. And under no circumstances can anyone else have the same one as you. #2, you have to have a date and it will be a night of can’t eat, can’t sleep, reach for the stars and over the moon, loose your shoe at midnight and he searches for you romantic kind of stuff (insert barf emoji).  #3, you have to go out afterwards. #4, you have to get a limo. #5, the venue will be this “sweep you off your feet fairytale land….”

A healthy expectation of prom brings it down to reality and says “I probably won’t be the only one with this dress, and if someone else feels super confident in it and it makes their night – worth it. In the grand scheme of things people matter more than materials.” Leave room for the hair dresser to miss one piece of hair. Leave room for bad weather….you may not get the insta-worthy running through the fields kind of picture. 

Having healthy expectations is not the same as having low expectations where you protect yourself from disappointed. The difference? Be excited about things! Look forward to what’s coming up! Because if we never dream big and look forward to things…we’ll miss out.

So what I’m saying is … dream big, get excited, look forward to it, but leave room for things to happen!

 

TWO : People make the world of a difference.

In a season of a lot of new, hold onto the people you can be “unfiltered” with. Where you can talk through your emotions without it having to be packaged neatly. Sometimes, we just need to talk out loud so WE can understand how we’re feeling, and then have someone encourage us along the way. 

We’re all called to share one another’s burdens. If I asked you to lift 150LBS, it’s a lot easier doing that with someone than on your own. It makes the load lighter.

Same with transitions. And if you can find someone close to you that has been through that specific transition before – GOLD! Take in the wisdom.

 

Three : Mindset. 

OOOOOOOhhhh this is a big one.

Our mindset towards things is everything! If you go into school with an attitude of hatred and an “I don’t care” mentality – you already know what kind of year you’re having!

You get out of something what you put in.

Here’s examples of good mindsets to have:

 

  1. I got this
  2. I want to soak in everything this year
  3. I’m here to learn and grow
  4. I’m here to build relationship
  5. I’m here to show Jesus
  6. I’m confident in the person God’s made me and where He’s put me and I will stay faithful to what’s in front of me

If you need to – make these phrases your phone background as a reminder!

 

FourDon’t believe everything you hear!

Just because one person has gone through the same transition you are currently in and it turned out horrible and they insist on telling you all about it and that your experience will be the same …. Shut it out!

When people go through something, they tend to make rules about it. And they’ll pass those rules onto you!

The amount of “advice” I’ve gotten about labour and raising a child…let’s just say I could write a book.

Take the epidural….don’t take it

Don’t do everything the doctors say …. Do everything they say!

I could go on. Trust me. Ooooo so much advice!

I actually find it quite funny. But I’m confident in what I want and what we’ve decided as a couple. I will always politely nod and say “good point.” I also take in the good parts. We need to learn from people! But know the line between healthy, good advice – and advice you don’t need!

When I was a first year in Bible College it was orientation day and one fourth year got up to speak and said this “There are 3 things involved in school… your social life, school and sleep. You only get to choose two.” And in that moment I chose my 2 (school and social – lets be honest!). But then I refused to play by someone else’s rules. I write my own story. And I say that it’s possible to do all three! And guess what…it was! It took a little while to figure it out, but I did it.

Take in the good advice. Nod politely when you get the bad. Know you who are and what you want. Make your own rules.

Five: Take it easy on yourself.

Don’t expect to have high school down in the first 5 minutes. Don’t expect you and your College roommate to be best friends the second you introduce yourselves.

Allow yourself TIME! There’s enough stressful things in a transition, you don’t need to nag yourself on top of it all!

Nough Said.

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Six

Hands down most important one…stay sensitive to God’s voice.

He has you where he wants you. Flourish and bloom where you are planted. Stay faithful to the transition and season even if it doesn’t make sense because eventually you’ll look back and see the hand of God and the path He took you down and you don’t want to say “Oh I should have worked harder, I should have been more faithful, I should have soaked it all in more instead of complaining.”

In Joshua, success was dependant on faithfulness. God would bring Joshua and the Israelites to the promised land IF they were faithful to obey God and His commands.

This isn’t a phrase just for the people of Israel, it’s for us too.

 

So world changer, go be obedient and faithful.

Soak in this year. Learn. Grow. Flourish.

Cheering you on always

Pastor Natasha

Dealing With Haters

Dear World Changer,

In today’s society, “haters” have become so normalized. We hear about dealing with haters in songs and media, “haters gonna hate” or however it goes. This doesn’t change the fact that when faced with a hater, it hurts when they attack something close to you.

When I was in elementary school, people used to call me names. They would say things like church girl, Jesus freak, or holy kid. I never got invited to sleepovers on a Saturday night because they knew I would have to leave super early for church the next day.

When the kids played truth or dare on the playground, I was never included because they thought I was “too innocent” or “too holy” to participate in all the games. People would get freaked out when I knew all the words to the service we held in the gymnasium, I was even more ridiculed when I was an alter server during the service and the pastor knew me by name.

People would ask me why I believe in this. They tried to argue against what I believed. They didn’t believe in religion and they were so grateful their parents never “forced” them to go. However, I really grew from that experience. Along the way I learned some things that helped me deal with the haters.

1. Stick to your values!​ If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. I was really rooted in my faith with Jesus then. I went to church happily, I even volunteered there willingly. If people hated on me or tried to argue against me and I wasn’t sticking to my beliefs, then I could’ve easily crumbled under the pressure and started to side with them. They could’ve won, but because of my strong relationship with Jesus,I was able to hold my own ground.

2. Stay on the defense, never the offense.​ You’re allowed to share your faith, in fact that is encouraged. However, don’t attack them for not believing. If I had started to ridicule them back then for not believing, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. They would have been pushed further from Christianity. Also, when you give bullies a reaction, you’re giving them the satisfaction of upsetting you.

3. Knowledge is power.​ Often, people judge what they don’t know or don’t understand. If you have the opportunity to have a conversation about it, then share your faith. The more people that know about Him, the more understanding and accepting the world can become.

4. Invite them.​ I wish I belonged to a youth group back then so that I could invite them out so they can see for themselves what I believe in. When movies and media paint a boring picture of the church, it was hard for me to get my friends to come out. So I encourage you to bring your haters out to youth group so they can see what it’s like before they choose to judge it.

5. Pray for them.​ God calls us to love everyone, even our enemy. So show them kindness, even on the hard days. Pray over them that they can come to know Him and that they can find the kindness in their hearts to stop treating people poorly.

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. ​But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10: 32-33 NIV

At the end of the day, it’s your faith. It is a part of who you are. You shouldn’t be embarrassed over it, you shouldn’t be embarrassed over Jesus and how awesome He is. Embrace it regardless of what people think. Never try to push it aside to get people to like you, make sure your friends like you for who are, a Christian.

Meghan Hickey

How to Deal With Stress

Dear World Changer,

Stress is something you not only feel but you probably hear from people all time. There are different situations that cause people to stress, and it comes in a variety of forms. I think it’s easy to conclude that stress is something that will always be with us and knowing that can be discouraging. However, although there are times in life that will bring us stress, does not mean our lives need to be that way. There are two things that can help us deal with stress.

 

Know the source

Stress doesn’t just happen out of nowhere. There is always a cause behind it. School, family life, friends are examples of reasons that I’ve heard from people in my life that have brought them stress. Finding the source of stress can be hard to admit at times but once you know the reason, you put yourself in a position where you can find solutions to help you cope with it. Now, with that said some sources of stress are easier to deal with than others. Depending on the situation, you may need professional help from people such as counsellors or doctors, a pastor, or people in your life you trust. Stress is multifaceted we need to approach from all angles to ensure that we are dealing with it properly. Don’t face your stress alone, be wise in choosing people who will help you.

 

Release it

Stress has a way of consuming us inside. Therefore, releasing is an important step in moving forward. Here two ways I’ve learned to release stress. First, do something you enjoy. When I feel stressed, I like to take a walk or if the whether is not nice I’ll read a book or listen to music. Stress affects our health so doing something allows you to rejuvenate yourself.

Secondly, you need to release your stress to Jesus. The practical things I have mentioned are effective but they can only take us so far. The stress we feel in our lives is also a reflection of a deeper issue in our hearts. Jesus is the only one powerful enough to help us overcome our difficulties. In Philippians 4: 6-7 (ESV) it says:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

What I love about this verse is the assurance that when we come to God with our burdens that He answers us. Although Jesus promises His peace, for us to truly experience it we must choose to accept it. What I mean is, I think when we read scripture we are comforted but don’t embrace the truth of what Jesus is saying. Remember, the Word of God is living. So, when the Lord promises something, He means it.

The stress you are fighting in your life is one Jesus is more than able to handle. So, don’t be afraid to take it to Him. By truly releasing your stress to Him, you will not be fighting it in your own strength. Stress is real but it does not have to rule our lives. There are practical things we can do but when we factor Jesus into the equation the victory is overwhelmingly ours!

Ahiney

XOXO

 

Self Confidence

Self Confidence.

 

Bah.

 

Those words alone sometimes give me the jitters.

 

Not because I feel I’m lacking it, but because I think it’s something that is a never ending issue… a never ending phrase that generation after generation of girls gets taunted with. Even me. I have had moments when I have felt so INsecure, when I felt so OVERLY secure, and when I simply haven’t been sure how I felt. And that’s the thing, regardless of our upbringing, we all face some sort of self-evaluation at some point in our lives… which sadly, will only worsen… with the ever growing, in-your-face, social media society that allows us access to so many lives – and in sometimes, very unhealthy ways.

Self-confidence is the phrase that gets thrown around so much as you journey your life as a woman. I don’t think there’s an easy answer or an easy way to prevent any one girl from asking that one, dreaded, “I wish it never existed”, question: AM I GOOD ENOUGH?

I’ll never forget the year when my life started to get more complicated.

You see, Grade 6 was the last year I remember as a year of innocence.

It was the last year I wore overalls until recently (yes, I’ve been around long enough for overalls to go OUT of fashion and BACK in… oy.)

It was the last year I remember being brave enough to sing a solo in a school play.

It was the last year I remember where everyone was friends at school and we had secret handshakes with unforgettable recesses.

It was the last year I remember before genuine social hurt entered my life.

 

Grade 7 for me was the year I remember my social life changing … Having friends decide they no longer wanted to be my friend, having hurtful words spoken over me, realizing that my face was now acne filled and my body not “picture perfect”. It was the year that I became immensely self-aware of what I WAS NOT. The pure innocence of enjoying my life as I was had ended. Sadly.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have grown up in a VERY supportive and empowering home where my parents never spoke words of hurt or negativity over me. (I am extremely thankful for that.) But as I journeyed my teenage years, I was increasingly aware of what I was NOT…

 

Thank – you – society.

 

I think this “what we are not” focus is where it all goes south. So often we focus on what we are NOT versus what we ARE. We focus on our weaknesses, our so called flaws, our inabilities and insecurities. We forget the very essence of what we enjoyed as a child all because of what society deems as what we “should” be like.

However, as I have continued to journey through life, there IS one thing I have learned in all this: I cannot change who God created me to be.

 

End of story.

 

I am tall, blonde, and blued-eyed.

I am a middle child.

I am more introverted than extroverted.

I cannot sing. (Not sure why I got the role in Grade 6. LOL)

I am not a morning person. (No matter how much I try…sigh)

I can listen to the same song on repeat when I discover one I like.

I love eating sweet potato ANYTHING.

I get extremely anxious when I enter new social settings.

I am intolerant to gluten and dairy, and have health issues.

I love to run but health limits my endurance.

I thrive in small groups.

I could live in water. (But actually, swimming and me are like soulmates.)

I only like watching competitive sports, not playing. (Like it makes me SO anxious to play.)

I dislike cooking but love baking.

I am terrified of my car flipping over when I turn on the onramps to highways.

And, I could go on.

Now, my list above definitely included a few things that could perhaps change, but in this current moment, they are what describe who I am. And I’ve learned to embrace it, whether some of those bother me or not.

Why? Because they are not what DEFINES me.

 

God does.

 

Even as a woman in my twenties, I have moments of wishing I could change something about myself. The “God if only I had…” moments. We all have those moments, and I just as quickly remind myself of who God has made ME to be.

In Ephesians 2 it says: “For are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (verse 10).

In Psalm 139 it says: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (verse 16).

You see, GOD has placed each of us in a specifically tailored place, with a uniquely designed purpose. You didn’t just end up in the city you live, in the job you have, in the class you attend. Our confidence needs to come from that – from knowing that it is GOD who defines us and has placed us where we are for a reason. That he was given us those quirks, those traits, those physical features – and to Him, we’re perfect.

So, what are some things that describe you? I’ve listed a bunch of mine. Think of some of yours! Some things that make you uniquely you. The things that scare you, make you happy, make you excited. The things you once enjoyed but society has made you think you can’t enjoy anymore because they’re not “cool”. I’m so over the cool factor. Do YOU my friend. Be YOU. The crazy or goofy or loud or quiet or smart or artistic or whatever it may be, YOU. Go back to the times of your innocence when life was simple and you simply LIVED. If there’s anything you’ll regret, it’s not living life to the fullest and embracing each season. Let your confidence come from knowing that GOD does have you and your best interest in mind. Can I get an AMEN?

 

Much love from your sista in Christ,

 

Jenn

 

Spicin’ Up the Devo Life

Dear World Changer,

How do I read the Bible? What is the best way to connect with God when I am on my own? Where do I start? What is the formula Christians use? Chances are you have pondered these questions and have tried to follow the same formula of Bible reading and praying and still no connection with God. Then you get discouraged or disappointed leaving you in a spiritual rut and feeling like you can’t make your way out!!

Well girl YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I have felt overwhelmed many times not knowing where to start or what to do when I don’t ‘’feel’’ like pressing in with God. I have been tempted to lean on mimicking how mentors connect with God on a daily or follow a formula. BUT guess what? There is no formula!! God did not create us all to connect with Him the same way, there is no one-size fits all when it comes to worshiping God! Therefore, look for ways to connect with God that are TRUE to WHO GOD CREATED YOU TO BE! This is where you may need to look at your personality and how you learn best.

What are some creative ways to connect with God? How do you create a devotional life that works for you? you may ask. Below are a list a creative ways to incorporate in your devotional life.

Just remember God won’t be more impressed with you if you do any or all of these activities listed below. Reality is He is after you HEART!

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The intention of the list of ideas are to spark passion to get to know yourself in how you learn and explore YOUR relationship with God! ENJOY the journey of exploring God and getting to know Him and his word!!

Creative devotional ideas through personality, interest, and learning styles (visual, logical, verbal, physical, social)

  • Going for a prayer walk or ride your bike around your neighborhood.
  • Reading your Bible outside
  • Worshiping God while watching the sunset\sunrise or another scenic scene, thanking God for nature’s beauty, His creation.
  • Meditating on God’s word revealed in through ART (music, dance, painting, film, etc)
  • JOURNALING. This can be writing paragraphs, writing bullet points, drawing etc. I have started using a sketchbook where I use many different colored pens used different fonts to get my thoughts and ideas across. Have fun and discover what you enjoying doing with your journal for it is highly encouraged to keep a journal of sermons notes, bible reading notes, and writing about your personal journal with God. This can be a tool to look back upon in future devotions.
  • Go where it inspires you or where you do what you love. Go read God’s word, pray at a place you like to be. (e.g. soccer field, basketball court, stage, dance floor, honkey arena, view with water, playground, kitchen, library, computer lab, bakery, the mall)
  • Writing verses on index cards, hang them up around your house, keep some in your purse or backpack.
  • Find ways to memorize verses that accommodate your learning style.
  • Record yourself saying verses and promises in scripture to listen back to later
  • Read Bible in chronological order
  • Listen to the Bible on audio. I listen to the Bible in my car instead of the radio sometimes or when I am doing chores this has been a huge part of my daily life.
  • Listen and study worship music. Research your favourite worship songs and artist get to know the reasons behind the lyrics. Watch interviews of artist get to know their story. This may encourage you and give you even more passion for that particular song.

 

When you get stuck and do not know where to start.

  • PRAY in various positions: standing, pacing, kneeling with hands raised, dancing, laying face-down, sitting in child’s pose etc)
  • Say Lord’s prayer Matthew 6:12
  • Pick a weekly word and look it up in a Bible’s glossary and it will link words to verses (e.g. love, Sabbath, glory, evil, redeem etc)
  • Pick topics you are interested in or thought about (e.g. Forgiveness, Servanthood, Honouring parents, Sex, self-esteem etc.) look them up where you can find them in the Bible and read.
  • Pick people to study in the Bible (e.g. Ruth, Paul, Jacob, Elijah, Jonah etc.)
  • Write down prayer list to remind you who and what to pray for. Write down prayer requests. Divide prayer requests into 7 day week where you can pray for each request a least once week. Write down things you have prayed for, therefore can look back on and reflect if it has been answered
  • Read devotional book Recommendation:

’Why on Earth am I here for’’ by Rick warren

‘’Power Thoughts’’ by Joyce Myers

‘’Jesus Today’’ Sara Young

  • Read devotionals through apps: YouVersion, Bible gateway, She Reads Truth.
  • Watch sermons, listen to podcasts.
  • Use resources aimed for children. For example I use ‘’Superbook’’ an app that simplifies Bible text and includes videos and games.
  • Getting alone. Practicing solitude getting away from people and daily tasks.
  • Do devotions with others. Use social media. Meet with one, two, or five friends for bible study. Do woman’s devotional with your Mom or mentor.

The list can go on and on. I encourage you to talk to other followers to get more ideas. But know you are more creative than you think. Just use what you like to do, your personality, and learning style and soar.

‘’Your devotions may seem ordinary today, but God is making something extraordinary through it’’

I want to camp on the importance of CONSISTENCY and DISCIPLINE when it comes to your devotional life. Like I mentioned before where do you go when you don’t ‘’feel’’ like pressing in and excuses come into play. For example I have been establishing a specific time of day in the morning before work to have God time. By giving yourself a specific time keeps you accountable to that time and it becomes a habit where without it your day is off. Devotions can be sketched in weekly and monthly as well (e.g. meeting with a few friends monthly, having a weekly devotion with a friend over You Version app. Maybe this looks like every Monday night you listen to a sermon online. Possibilities are endless but create what works for you and be consistent with it and have self-discipline to work through it and making God a priority.

Just remember God is after your HEART not your works! For it is how we worship rather than all we do.

How do you feel most connected to God? What ideas above do you want to try? What other creative ideas do you have?

Please SHARE we would love to hear from you!

LIVE A LIFE WITH WORSHIP THAT MATTERS, WORLD CHANGER

Maddy

Trusting the Process

Dear World Changer,

If you’re like me, your life has been a series of seasons. Some were awesome, others were not so good. Some lasted what felt like forever, and others seemed to be over in no time at all. From the seasons I walked through, I have (and am continuing to) learn about how I can fully trust the Father with each season I am in. And I am so thankful to be able to share a bit of what I have learned with you in this little blog post!

A lot of what it takes to trust the process and the work that God is doing in your life is rooted in knowing who He is. If I know God and His character, then I am more likely to live and walk confidently in every season. Think about it…if you began to fully grasp how good our God is, how much He cares for you, and how awesome the plans He has for you are, wouldn’t you feel better about the future? If you understood in a real way that He sticks closer than a friend, is faithful to the end, and His plans are going to prosper you and not to harm you, wouldn’t you be able to rest confidently in the season you are in and where you’re going? The fact is this: our God works everything for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and every season you encounter has happened for a reason (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

So what are some ways you can start confidently shedding fear and worry and begin trusting the process? Well for starters, get in the Word and begin finding promises. The Bible is filled with promises of God’s faithfulness, His protection, His goodness and His awesome plans! Start searching for them and storing them up in your heart. When the voices of doubt and fear rise up and try to make you worry about where you’re at, knowing these verses will be your best defense.

Another thing you can do to better trust the process is pray over your future. Pray over every aspect of it. In the same way that you can combat doubt and fear through memorizing scripture and the promises of God, you can drop worry by choosing to chat with Jesus. Tell Him how you are feeling, ask Holy Spirit to show you where your peace was lost, and ask Him to help you see how He is moving in your current season. In Philippians 4, it talks about praying about everything instead of worrying about anything. So, if you feel those waves of uncertainty start to crash over you, bring it to your Heavenly Father, and His peace will replace your fears.

One last thing that is so helpful when trying to trust where and how the Lord is leading you is by remembering that He loves when you have desires and dreams. Jesus didn’t make you to be a robot, He actually designed you uniquely with dreams in your heart that He wants to fulfill. What matters to you matters to God. Let’s say you really want to get married in the future. God, in His perfect timing, will surely bring the most epic guy for you into your life. So instead of running around and dating whoever, you can rest in the promise that He put that desire in you and will take care of it when it is right to do so. Maybe you desire to go to school or have a certain career down the line. God has placed passion inside of you, so you can be sure He is going to bring you down a path that will allow you to have maximum impact on those around you in your school experience and future work…trust that He will place you exactly where you need to be!

I don’t know exactly where you want to be or where you are, and what you are facing right now, but I know this: God is for you, not against you. You can rest in the knowledge that no matter what season you find yourself in, He is faithfully walking beside you. I know that He has awesome plans for your future that are going to blow your mind and He can be trusted to fulfill His promises to you.

My prayer for you, sweet one, is that you will learn more and more each day about the heart of your Father and grow in your trust of Him and His plans. You can be sure that us leaders here at She Is Radiant blog are on your side and cheering you on, but even more than that, God is on your side! So what is there to fear about the future?

Much love,

Jenny

High School Meets Jesus

Dear World Changer,

Your high school heart gets beat down, drained and pulled in a thousand different directions. High school is hard. People are going to try to tell you your life is easy. Sure, you don’t have kids, a husband, debt, bills and all those adult parts of life that can be stressful but what you do have is a high school full of the unsaved to face. That can be daunting and complicated to navigate.
So this is for you. The you that’s in high school just trying to make it through. Let’s talk about you.
Let’s first start by talking about who you are. You are worthy.
You are beautiful.
You are capable.
You are bold.
You are loved.
You are strong.
You are needed.
You are wanted.
You are brave.
I️ know who you are even though I may not know that you’re even reading this. I know who you are because I know whose you are and who you belong to. Jesus. He calls you all of these things and so much more, and if you don’t know who you are yourself read the bible, it’ll tell you!
Let’s talk about how loved you are. Honestly, I️ heard about it again last week. All my life I’ve been told I am loved and wanted by God but it clicked in a whole new way. That’s not to say I️ didn’t believe that I️ was loved but it just sunk in on a whole new level. You and I are children of God and so often we wonder “why and how could you possibly love this” and it’s as simple as this;
He loves you because you are His. You are His child. He does not love you because of what you do or say. He simply loves you because you are His.
Even if you don’t have kids, I️ think this may hit home a bit, when a baby is born instantly that baby’s parents love him/her endlessly and without limits. There is nothing that little baby can do or say to his parents to make him love him anymore or less. He is loved because he is their child. God loves us the same and that love calls us to love others. Being in high school it is so important to fully understands God’s love for you because it is steady and unchanging. High school however is roller coaster that will sometimes be scary or painful. Being rooted and connected to Him will study you through the bumpy valley’s you’ll take. Know Him, know His character and cling to Him through it all.
Who you are paves the way for how you live, and this is where we dive into high school. More specifically, how to live as a Christian in your high school.
This world is broken. Full of broken and hurting people. Longing for so much more in life and not sure where to turn.
Here’s the most important part about being a Christian in high school; who you are says a lot about who He is.
For so many of your friends you are the only glimpse at a relationship with Jesus they will ever see. In the same way you look at a couple and instantly can see what kind of relationship they have, your friends can do the same about yours and Jesus.
Are you living out your daily life the way He has called?
Are you treating everyone as equals.
Are you respecting your teachers and parents.
Are you speaking in a way that would be honouring to him.
Are you encouraging, loving and kind.
I️ think we can all agree we’ve seen a friend or family members relationship/friendship and have hoped ours are never like that. Let’s not let our relationship with Jesus be like that.
Let’s live in a way that people see the relationship we have and crave that. That our lives would draw in a curious crowd to desire what we have and through that curiosity of freedom, love and joy doors will be opened to talk about your faith and who your God is.
I think one of the tough things about sharing Jesus in your schools is the “open door moments” and when to bring it up. So, let’s carry ourselves in a way that our friends open those doors themselves through an eagerness to have what you have.
Walk in a closeness with God that is admirable.
You’ve got this and your school needs this!
Gracie

Vlog Devo Series Day #6

Last Day of our Esther Series! Make sure you comment below if you want more of these and give us suggestions on topics or books of the Bible you want us to cover!