Wow. I am just so excited right now to be typing to you in a blog! God is SO Good, and I am so excited for what He has planned!
First, I want to start off sharing with you why I have created this blog. It all started a couple weeks ago, when my amazing husband Michael and I were taking a long walk in the middle of the woods on South Alabama’s campus, and then another long walk on the beautiful beach in Perdido Key, FL the next day (yes, even my hubby who hates getting his picture taken wanted to take a selfie during our walks because he said this may be the start of something BIG…also, his uncle who is an incredible photographer happened to take a few from the condo :)). We were talking about some good, deep, convicting, and exciting things together. It came up that I have had the passing thought of wanting to create a devotional book one day.
You see, when the movie War Room came out, everyone at my work convinced me that I HAD to go see it. In fact, I may not have a job still if I didn’t go see it… 🙂 So, I informed my husband we just had to go see it for date night. And let me just tell you…that was literally the best movie I have ever seen. It was SO inspiring, motivational, and made me so HUNGRY for digging deep into God’s Word and having a consistent, powerful prayer life. I am still on an adrenaline rush 6 weeks later from watching it. Not only that, but just a few days later I went to Beth Moore’s Simulcast…which, you guessed it, was amazing and inspiring as well!! What really spoke to me and convicted me was when she mentioned that some people will choose 45 minutes of sleep over 45 minutes of time spent with the Lord. She was sure to make it clear that she didn’t want to sound legalistic, or that sleep was not important, but she made the point that if we are willing to choose sleep over time spent with God when the devil is after us, our husbands, our children, our family, our everything, and we aren’t willing to give up some sleep to fight against him with the power of God, that’s not good. That spoke to me, because just about every day that is what I did. I have never been very consistent with my quiet time due to choosing sleep instead. Since I’ve gotten married, I have about an hour from the time my husband leaves for work, to when I need to start getting ready for work…and most of the time I may spend time with God for about 10 minutes, but then I would spend the rest of my time sleeping until I had to get ready. Yes, I had my first nap of the day at 7:00 in the morning…
All that to say is, God was telling me in more ways than one that He wanted me to be spending more time with Him. And through Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore, I was inspired and fired up to do so. My biggest fear was that this was one of those “temporary highs” that would eventually go away. You know the ones that you get after an amazing retreat, or mission trip, or whatever it is that gets you extra pumped up. Well, after seeing and experiencing the difference it made to spend an hour with the Lord in prayer and Scripture in the morning before work a couple days in a row, the last thing I wanted to do was go back to my old lifestyle and selfish habit. That was when I realized that I don’t have to slump back into not having time with Him every morning. It is a DAILY choice to follow Him, and to get up early enough (and stay awake) to spend time with Him. The difference it has made in my daily life so far, I can’t even put into words. He has not only answered prayers left and right, but has shown out big time in just doing life with Him. It is truly exciting, and something I never want to live without!
So the thought came to me how incredible it was that God used Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore to bring me closer to God…to jump start this LIFE CHANGING relationship I now have with the Lord…and how I haven’t even met them! I know I am not the only person that was impacted by the movie War Room, or Beth Moore’s simulcast. The fact that they are well-known by their love for Christ is exciting to me. I thought about how great of a privilege it would be to be well-known across the world because of my love for Christ. How amazing it would be to be able to inspire people I haven’t gotten the chance to meet, to grow in their relationship with Jesus. THAT is what inspired me to start this blog.
While talking to my hubby on that walk, I remembered the main point in an evangelism study I had just gone through at work (called “Share Jesus Without Fear”), which was that silence is a sin. When we choose NOT to share Jesus with someone when God lays it on our heart, THAT is a sin. Well, I realized that so is INobedience. When God lays something on our hearts to do that could potentially bring Him glory, and then we don’t do it, THAT is a sin too.
So, this is why/how this blog came to be. I have no idea what God is going to do with it, or if it will make any bit of a difference in anyone’s life, but it’s worth a shot. It’s worth just trying it out and taking a step of obedience for Christ in the chance to make His name more known. I want this blog to not be my own…but to be God’s. I want it to be whatever God wants it to be. If He wants it to go viral and reach tons of people, I know He will make that happen. Or if He wants to use it to change even just one heart, I pray and know He will do that too (which would be worth it!). So, since I know He has given me this idea, I’m going to run with it and see where He takes it! Thank you for going on this journey with me. I pray God speaks, and that everything I write on here would NOT be MY empty words, but HIS everlasting words that NEVER return void.
I love this verse that Paul writes to the church in Corinth. I couldn’t say it better myself: “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.
I have nothing to offer. I really don’t. I don’t have lofty speech or wisdom, I am weak and fearful, and my messages on here will not be in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the power of the Spirit. But GOD has LIFE to offer. I’m praying He speaks. I’m truly humbled at the thought of Him using me in any way, because I am just an ordinary flawed human. But praise the Lord that HE is EXTRORDINARY. He is Big. He is Powerful. He is Love. He is Perfect. He brings LIFE…and life to the FULL. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10. We serve an amazing Father, and I am excited to get to dig in His Word together and share with you what He is teaching me. I hope this blog is an encouragement to you, and that God would use it to touch your heart and draw you closer and closer to Him. I pray that through it you would get to know Him better, and that you would have a deeper and more personal relationship with Him because of it. And most of all, I pray that this would never be your only way of getting “fulfilled”, and that this would never be used in place of reading God’s Word, but that instead this would inspire everyone who reads it to get into His Word MORE, and to have a more personal and intimate relationship with the One who is pursuing YOU!