Circumstances Don’t Define You

Can I be honest with you for a minute? ⠀

It’s so easy to get caught up in your emotions. I’ve been struggling with doubt lately.

You see if you know me, my relationship with JESUS means everything to me. Lately, my circumstances have been testing my faith big time.

I feel like I’m less of a Christian because I struggle with doubting what I believe.⠀

52A20F32-E56A-4236-8562-617465948E9EGod, when is it my turn? ⠀
When will I see you answer my prayers? ⠀
When will I see you move in my life? ⠀
When will my circumstances change? ⠀
Are my prayers really making a difference? ⠀

The truth is I try to live the life that is pleasing to God yet I feel like I’m stuck. Health issues, singleness, watching others get answers to their prayers, and still nothing for me. ⠀

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all of these thoughts that I start to doubt and wonder if they define who I am. ⠀

My circumstances suck and are hard right now but I just gotta keep trusting even if I don’t want to. I can’t give up. I know there’s purpose and a reason for all this pain but it’s so hard to see the reason right now. ⠀

I do believe God knows what He is doing. I met with my amazing mentor Casey yesterday for lunch and she reminded me that though it’s hard God does hear our prayers even when we don’t see the results right away. I’m so blessed to have her in my life to speak truth and love over me. ⠀

God’s timing last night at anthem was so needed. During worship, I lost it and was crying and felt moved to walk to the side of the room. There was Deanna who I just hugged while I let it go and cried. She prayed with me, encouraged me, and reminded me that I don’t have to go through this alone. I love her so much and thankful that God used her in my life. ⠀

Life may throw you curve balls at times, but when you go through the hard times surround yourself with people who will speak life into you, pray for you, encourage you, but most of all walk alongside you. ⠀


Don’t give up and even when you doubt keep trusting God. ⠀

I don’t know what the outcome of my circumstances may be. ⠀
I may never get the answer I want. ⠀
I may never get my turn. ⠀

I do know that even when it hurts and even when the pain is overwhelming God is good.

My Relationship with JESUS is More Important than the World!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s March already! You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been. It’s been two weeks since I last posted but a lot has been going on in those two weeks for sure.

If you’ve learned anything about me from reading this blog, following me on social media, or know me personally you will know I love pouring into others and encouraging them. Well, the truth is if I am completely honest I sorta have been ignoring myself.

It is so much easier to take care of others than yourself. 

The thing is I am in a season where I feel like I am empty or dried up. I keep pouring out and out but in reality, I need to be filled up and poured into myself.

  • Yes, I have a mentor.
  • Yes, I go to church.
  • Yes, I have a prayer life.
  • Yes, I spend time in worship.
  • Yes, I have friends that encourage me.

But even with that, I have been feeling disconnected. I want to really dig into my Bible and grow closer to God.

The key is consistency. I haven’t been very good at being consistent and I’m not ashamed to admit it. 

With Easter coming up next month and Lent starting tomorrow I really thought and prayed long and hard about what I was going to give up and fast from during Lent. I’ve given up social media before, I’ve given up games, and I’ve given up food. But this year I wanted to give up something completely different.

So this year I chose to give up music. Yes, you read that right. Now before you freak out and start yelling at the computer at me and calling me crazy let me explain. I’m not giving up all music, just country, pop, and whatever other music there is except for worship and Christian.

You see while I love my country music I love my relationship with JESUS more. I want to really take the next 40 days to seek Him and let Him speak to me. I want a deeper connection. There’s no better way than to fill my head with worship and praise to Him. Worship and prayer are vital parts of my faith journey. 

The other thing that I will give up is Pinterest. I did this last year and it was super hard but I spend so much time on there scrolling and pinning that I figured I could use that time to read my Bible or pray instead of mindlessly looking every little thing up on Pinterest.


Next, I picked up a book at Lifeway today that is exactly 40 days long. It’s the new book by Jennie Allen called: Made for This – 40 Days to Living Your Purpose. I’m really excited to read it and dig in. She is one of my all-time favorite authors and speakers. She is the founder of the IF GATHERING women’s conference.

The book will help you answer the question: “WHY AM I HERE?” It basically helps you learn how to let God control your life and use you and your story of where you are at now for His purpose.

I will keep you updated as I read. I’ll probably post periodically on Instagram so be sure to follow me over there @onegirlonelifeonegod

So please join me in praying as I take the next 40 days to strengthen my relationship with God and fast from worldly music. I will be praying for you as well. Maybe you give soemthing up for Lent. If so I’d love to hear about it if you want to share. You can leave a comment or reach out on any of my social media accounts.

The bottom line to this post is this.

My relationship with JESUS is more important than the world.

The Battle is Not Yours but GOD’S!

The battle is not yours but God!!!!

The enemy will try to sneak up on the blind side. Spiritual warfare is real my friends! I’m living in the middle of it right now.

You see when you are trying to do GOD’S work you are inevitably going to be attacked by the enemy.

When I chose to live my life for Jesus and be in ministry I knew all the risks I would face.

I knew that the enemy would be after me. ⠀
I knew people would hate me.⠀
I knew this life would be hard.⠀
I knew I needed to be on guard.

You see following Jesus is hard but totally worth it. You just need to press into Him and stay grounded in the WORD so that you are ready to stand up to this battle.

This brings me back to battles. Because we have God on our side we will win this battle. Surround yourself with God’s Word because that is how we will fight this battle.

I love the song by Bethel Music Surrounded (Fight my Battles)

🎵This is how I fight my battles⠀
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You 🎵⠀

Bethel Music Video

Be encouraged, my friends! Keep fighting the battles! We are at war!

Jesus will win because He overcame everything.


Before I end this post I’d like to leave you with four practical steps that I have been doing as I am fighting this spiritual warfare battle.


1. PRAY!!!!!! PRAY!!!!!! and PRAY some more. One thing that the enemy hates is when we pray to God. It’s okay to pray out loud. When we speak God’s words out loud it frightens the devil. I encourage you to spend time praying and even writing out your prayers in a journal or notebook. Even typing them out on your phone works.


2. WORSHIP!!!!!! Turn on some worship music and press into Him. There is just something about music that speaks to my soul. I love how I can get lost in worship and the presence of my Savior. When we start to praise and worship Him it will change our perspective. The enemy hates when we praise our God. Praise God more even when you feel like you got nothing left.


3. GET IN THE WORD!!!! Open up your Bible and start reading! You see the Bible is our guidebook for life. It has all the answers to our questions in it. All we got to do is read it and put it into practice. God’s Word is powerful. I encourage you to start reading when you feel like the devil is attacking you.


4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GODLY PEOPLE!!!!! This last one is important. Surround yourself with people who love God just as much as you do. Ask them to pray for you and with you when you feel under attack. The Bible says in Matthew 18:20 when two or more are gathered in my name I am there with them. I am blessed to have Godly friends in my life who walk alongside me when I’m struggling.


You see my friends this is just part of the way I fight Spiritual Warfare. I know the enemy hates me because I am living life for God. Even though I am constantly being attacked I will not give in for I know that the battle is already won. He will fight my battles!

Be encouraged, my friends! You are not alone. I am praying for each and every one of you that reads or follows me. God knows and hears the cry of our hearts. We will get through this in time.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

 

National Day of Prayer Reflection

2018 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER! 🙏🏻

This past Thursday was the day to observed with others a time to pray. Even though it’s a recognized day that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be praying every day.

• I believe that prayer is an important part of life.

• I believe that we should pray no matter what.

• I believe that no prayers are too much for God.

• I believe God wants to hear from you.

As I reflected and thought about National Day of Prayer this year, it means more to me than before. From the beginning of the year, I’ve said that I want to have a more intentional prayer life.

It’s important to me to have meaningful and deep conversations with God. 

God laid on my heart that He wants to hear from me.

– He wants to have a heart to heart talk with me.

– He wants to know my struggles.

– He wants to cry with me.

– He wants to laugh with me.

– He wants to help me.

Basically, He just wants all of me.

As I spent the day praying and today praying as well. 🙏🏻 I want to pray for you.

I wholeheartedly believe that it’s an honor and privilege to pray for my followers, friends, family, church, government, law enforcement officers and every single person I can. 

I encourage you to pray today as well. No matter what your political views are put them aside. Everyone needs prayer no matter what. Even if you disagree with someone’s opinions or beliefs that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pray for them.

🙏🏻 • Pray for President Trump. 🙏🏻 • Pray for the nation.

🙏🏻 • Pray for all those in authority. 🙏🏻 • Pray for the leaders.

🙏🏻 • Pray for this broken world. 🙏🏻 • Pray for unity and peace.

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” ♥️ Ephesians‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)

So here’s my question for you today.  How may I pray for you today?

Feel free to comment, send me an email, or reach out on any of my social media accounts. Let me come alongside you and pray for you.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤

The Fear is Real but God is Bigger

Last weeks blog post I was very transparent with you all. I must say it was way out of my comfort zone. I’m always afraid of what people think and fear is something I struggle with. I’ve always been one who struggled a lot with all kinds of different fears. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the past. Fear of what people would think, etc.

There’s so much that is happening in the world right now that the news is full of tragic events. From stories of school shootings to police officers killed and all this violence, it makes one fearful for their lives.

I’ve seen post after posts on facebook from friends who are terrified to go out in public for fear some psycho shoots them. I can totally understand the thought and fear of something bad happening.

Click to Pin: The fear is real but God is bigger than your fear!

We can’t let this fear dictate our lives. Do we think about it, yes but we can’t let it consume us. This world is full of evil and although we don’t understand we need to shine our light as Christ followers. Now don’t get me wrong. I think about something happening when I leave the house or go to a concert or movie or public events even church but I know that God is with me.

The Bible says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

I have been reading the book Fervent with my friend Courtney and last week the chapter talked about fear. She wrote a blog post on it and as part of her book club. It’s been a great book so far on prayer and I have been learning so much. There were some questions that she asked at the end of her post that I felt prompted to answer and share with you.

  • Are there things in your life that God has called you to do that you have been too afraid to do?

In short YES! There have been several things that I felt that I should’ve done but was too afraid to do them. There were times when I got asked to lead a small group at church but I turned it down because I was too afraid. I know that there are probably other things as well that God has called me to do but I was afraid. It just is something I think we all have dealt with at one time or another. 

  • What might you be missing out on if you don’t walk in the will of God-even when you’re afraid?

This is a hard question. WOW! I would honestly answer this one if I could but unfortunately, I can’t. I want to think that I would miss out on the blessings and satisfaction of bringing glory to God and others closer to Him. Also, I think I’d be missing out on a deeper relationship on a personal level with Him as well as a more intentional prayer life. 

  • Do you see any opportunities in your own life that you have missed because you were too afraid to take the leap?

Yes, absolutely I do! It’s something that I struggle with and kick myself for.

There’s a saying that if you aren’t willing to do what God asks because you are afraid then He will find someone else to use.

One in particular one was at church. I didn’t follow back up with it after I approached them with an idea and so it went to someone else. Although I am still a part of that project I missed out on the opportunities because of being afraid and full of fear. 

  • What steps can you take in your own life right now to combat fear and conquer what scares you?

Pray! That is the first thing that comes to my mind. Ask God to help you combat this fear and not let it win or scare you. Second, ask a friend, mentor, family member, someone you trust to pray for you and help you as you work through this. Ask them for guidance. Last, JUST DO IT! I know that’s easier said than done but if you don’t go for it then you never will. 

My parents and several friends have told me this time and time again and it’s a piece of advice I’d like to pass on to you.

God is going to use you. He called you and He will equip you. If you don’t answer that call and step out in faith than He will use someone else.

This is such an awesome piece of advice. It’s something that will live on in my heart as I continue to grow in my faith and walk with Jesus.

As I am ending this post I want to ask and leave you with this question.

Are you afraid of what you He has called you to do? or are you afraid of what you can’t do? How can I pray for you to overcome fear? Leave me a comment or send me a message on any social media accounts. I’d love to be praying for you.

Blessings, Grace Mae ❤