This morning at Church we were singing worship songs when all of the sudden God spoke deeply through one.
The words on the screen came up and said,
"It may look like Im surrounded but Im surrounded by you.
This is how we fight our battles, this is how we fight our battles."
It repeated and repeated and God said " Sarah you need to share how you fight your battles"
I've had many battles throughout my lifetime but they don't seem to great when I have God as my leader.
From before I was born God gave me a massive battle, the battle of being different from the world. And because of my faith that battle was embraced.
What's a battle you are facing right now?
Is it finding a new job? Divorce? Finding yourself? In financial distress?
Whatever your battle might be, there is reasoning as to why you are facing it. God has a plan. But you need to trust in Him and in that plan in order for you to get through the toughest battles.
This is NOT going to be easy.
But there is Purpose in this.
Lets look at the battle between David & Goliath in 1st Samuel 17
David: the youngest of three songs, a shepherd boy.
Goliath: a champion, tall, bronzed helmet, a coat of scale armor, on his legs bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin on his back.
Goliath stood at the top of Israel.
Saul, said to him: "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth."
But David had faith.
David said, "The Lord who rescued me from the paw of a lion and the paw of a bear, will rescue me from the hand of the Philistine."
If you had faith like this would you still fear?
David had no physical armor but he had the Armor of God.
Remember, we all have the armor of God.
David choose 5 smooth stones from the stream, put them in his pouch and approached the Philistine. David was threatened by Goliath but David felt at peace.
How often do we feel threatened by our battles? but instead of feeling at peace we feel like we are a mess, we question why a God of good could put us in this terrible situation. We lose faith in the one that died on the cross for us so that we may have freedom.
Let us be more like David.
Let us face our battles and come against them in the name of the Lord God Almighty.
Let us know that not by spear or sword, but by the power of the Lord.
The battles we face are the Lord's
We all have doubts that challenge our faith. We wonder whether the Bible still matters, or whether God is truly as loving and personal as we hope. In his first ever devotional, The Logic of God, apologist Ravi Zacharias offers 52 readings that explain how and why Christianity, the Bible, and God are still relevant, vital, and life-changing for us today. To all our dilemmas Ravi says, "I am convinced that Jesus Christ alone uniquely answers the deepest questions of our hearts and minds."
This book offers facts but also personable factors that come from thoughtful wisdom.
It offers wisdom on:
When you're struggling with questions and doubts, confused, curious, or just want a clearer way to express your faith The Logic of God has answers from that satisfy the heart and the mind.
This book gives you reflection questions so that you can reflect on what you read and really dive deep to understand the logic of God.
It also gives you the ability to personally apply everything you learned and read to real life and to your everyday.
It truly gives you 52 essentials for the heart and mind. This book leads and empowers. It allows you to reflect and trust.
Planning is an essential part of my life and every day as a student, blogger, and influencer.
I am type A so it is essential for me to plan, create tasks, form my goals for the week, and form my to-do list.
Because planning is something I love to do it is important to me that I have a planner that I love.
This process is extremely difficult though.
I remember when I was about 12 going to an office store with my dad and helping him find a planner for work. We were in the store for hours and he ended up not finding one, as a kid I didn't understand and thought he was crazy with a capital C!
But as a young adult and a mini version of my dad.
I GET IT!
MY STEPS TO THE "PERFECT PLANNER"
Firstly, I look for a planner with a clear cover that allows me to put my own design in the front. For my design I chose my blog name of course in my favorite shade of pink and duh cow hide print!
If you don't know, I LOVE COWS!
Second, I grab my two planner essentials to stay motivated and excited to plan my life.
These two items include colorful pens - I prefer the Sharpie pens in fun colors.
And my all time favorite - planner stickers! These keep my planner colorful and creative and make me excited to design it to how I want it. I prefer the agenda 52 stickers which you can get online or at Hobby Lobby.
Here is a look at a 'calm' week for me.
My tips for planning:
1. Color coat your classes & tasks
2. Use stickers for large events and to remind yourself
3. Plan 3 goals for the week
4. Keep it as simple as possible
5. Check it off when it's done.
For myself planning can get complicated and stressful so it's important that I stay as organized as possible. For my planner layout I prefer there to be lines for each day, boxes with a checklist on items, room for e to write my goals, and room for weekends.
My daddy once said, "Nothing good ever comes from alcohol."
My daddy was right.
Being in college my opinion is not one that many hold but I will forever hold onto this motto that my dad wrote.
I've gone out, I watched a life flash before my eyes, the person I loved the most hurt all because of some drunk guy.
Here is the thing, Boys... I'll never be the drunk girl you take home.
Because I know my worth. I find it in Jesus.
Because you don't need alcohol to have a good time.
Because instead of looking at the bar for my husband, I'll be looking in church.
Because I don't want to be the girl you hook up with on a Friday night, but I will be the girl that makes you dinner, and I sure as heck will be a good wife and mom.
"You are missing out, live a little!"
These are the words I've heard for years from peers.
Here's the thing, my definition of fun might not be yours and there is nothing wrong with that.
There is nothing wrong with not being the girl that takes 6 shots of tequila, drinks a bottle of wine, and throws it all up afterward.
That doesn't sound like fun to me at all.
I know what I want in life. I know what I need to do to get there, and drinking until i throw up on a Friday night is not included in those plans. I know my worth and the type of man I deserve.
I will forever rather stay in cook and bake, and do a puzzle. Is that boring? Maybe.. but it's okay to enjoy this.
I'm not saying that if you do this, you can't have a plan or whatever but what I am saying is DON'T FIND YOUR WORTH IN THIS.
To the ladies....
You don't need to be that girl to fit in.
Your worth will never be found in a boy.
You're better than this.
It's okay to not go out.
Just be yourself!
Don't drink to impress a guy.
What I'm saying is that ladies no matter how much you feel pressured in college and in your twenties, you DO NOT need to prove this to people. Be a leader. Stand up for what you believe in. Stand your ground. Keep your morals. Do a puzzle on a Saturday night. Cook a man a meal instead of letting him buy you a drink.
It's okay to want to be a good wife and mom. Instead of being the drunk girl a boy takes home.
So if you're reading this you are probably something like me or just curious why the heck I would write this. A few weeks ago I was making my brother a wooden sign for his Christmas present and when I got to the cutting of the wood I thought to myself, do I know how to do this?
The reality of it is that I had no idea what saw to use, jigsaw? table saw? the old fashioned kind?
I had no idea... but stubborn independent me was going to figure it out!
I picked up the wood measured where it needed to be cut, put on my safety glasses, and off I went to experiment. Just so you know, DON'T use a jigsaw!
But as I struggled to get everything correct I thought to myself Dang! I need a man!
Now if you know me then you know that I am an extremely strong and independent woman. Independence is truly the driving force behind everything I do, since as long as I can remember I’ve had a burning desire to never, ever rely on someone else to take care of me. Never ask for help. And to figure it out on my own.
This independent nature has served me extremely well through life. It fuels my ambition, it stems some confidence, it empowers me to seek knowledge and to make all my big dreams come true.
We live in a society where feminism is at an all time high, where women are fighting for their independence and working their bootys off to live up to their full potential. It is a beautiful time to be alive and a female. However I think parts of feminism are a load of bologna.
Yeah I said it. Get over it.
Here's the thing, I will forever be independent. I won't ask for help unless I truly need it but I've learned that asking for help doesn't show weakness. I won't look to a man for worth. But I will look to the good Lord for it. Im all for the anything you can do, I can do better: even with one arm haha but the reality is that there are just some things that the average female can't do that men can, or can't do as well as men can. My great-grandfather lifted a car off someone once, and no matter how much I go to the gym I just don't have the ability to do that because I am not a fully developed male.
I had a conversation with a few friends once about men and women being equal and I'm sorry but I don't think that men and women should be equal. Call me old-fashioned but I will forever stick to the roots the Bible teaches on men and women's roles. Now I'm not saying that these don't go both ways because they do partially but for example.... If an intruder came into my home I would immediately grab my children and protect them with all my ability and I do expect my husband to take the leader role in the home and protect his family and then Ill protect my children next with all my power.
ROLE OF THE HUSBAND
ROLE OF THE WIFE
There are ranks described—Christ, the husband, the wife, and then the children. You would not expect to walk into a doctor's office and be greeted by the doctor, measured and weighed by the receptionist, and then treated by the nurse. Right? There are certain orders to things because that's what works.
Well known for her love for Jesus, coffee, and having one arm. Sarah share's stories in her life in hope to help others. She wants you to know that,
"Our differences do not define who we are but are a part of the story that God has written for our lives."
Sarah says, " I hope that I can be someone to relate to in a world of untold real stories. Everything I write is from my heart and real."
"We are all created imperfectly perfect by God, we should be proud of our imperfections and differences, they make us who we are today but do not define us, know that you are beautiful and remind yourself of this everyday."