If you’ve been following me for any time now you probably know that I like to be transparent and honest with you all. I like to speak what’s on my heart. ⠀⠀
Recently I’ve opened up with struggling a lot with life, health issues, my ministry, and writing. It’s scary to be vulnerable with you but I want you to see not just the good but the messy and hard. I don’t want you to think I’m perfect because God knows I’m far from it. I want you to know that I’m relatable and human just like you. ⠀
I’ve had a few deep conversations with close friends and mentors lately. Each of them reminded me that it’s okay to feel like this. It’s okay to have fears and concerns. It’s okay to have doubts. ⠀
What’s not okay is to let them hold me captive. ⠀⠀
Something that they reminded me is that instead, I need to think about all the good things that God has done and give thanks. Now, this doesn’t mean these thoughts are bad. It just means I can’t let them constantly consume me. Even when it’s hard I need to still give praise to God. ⠀⠀⠀
Every day God is teaching me something.⠀⠀ Every day God is showing me a truth.⠀⠀ Every day God continues to be faithful.⠀⠀ Every day God shows His unconditional love for me.⠀⠀ Every day even through the pain of my circumstances God is good. ⠀
I’m learning and growing through these trials and hardships. I’m learning to be open and honest with others. I’m learning that I’m not alone and have amazing support and community of friends. ⠀
I don’t know what you are facing today. I don’t need to know. God knows what you are going through. I’m here to remind you that I’m praying for you. I’m praying that you continue to grow. ⠀⠀
Grow in your faith and that through your pain, hurt, and fears cling to the promise that God is with you every step of the way.
Mentoring is an important part of life. It’s something that I feel like everyone needs. The idea of someone consistently pouring into your life that you trust to give you advice, call you out when you need it and just be there for you is amazing. However, let me just tell you that being a mentor isn’t for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s probably one of the hardest things to do that will stretch you and test your limits.
Now before you get the wrong idea, I’m all for mentoring and in fact, I am mentoring someone right now. While I really am passionate about it and pouring myself into it I keep finding myself constantly being attacked by the enemy. You see, anytime that you are doing something for the good of God’s kingdom, Satan will attack you and hit you where it hurts the most.
Spiritual warfare is real and dangerous! That’s a whole other post I could write about but for the sake of time and not to confuse you I will get back to my point.
You see, there’s a difference between having a mentor and having a best friend. If there’s one thing that I have learned over the last month of mentoring it is this. Let your best friend be your best friend and don’t expect them to mentor you. Let me explain myself a little bit more. You might be thinking well I trust my best friend to give me sound advice and she knows me better than anyone. While that may be true, the problem is she does know you better and therefore can’t be neutral in giving you advice.
Now, this doesn’t mean you should ignore your friend’s advice it just means you need to be careful and also have a mentor in your life as well that can help you with making the right decision.
A mentor is supposed to be someone who:
is a role model
someone who believes in you
available in times of crisis
promotes spiritual growth
helps you achieve goals
provides trusted counsel
These are very important parts of what a mentor is. It’s not an easy road or journey but it’s definitely worth it. Helping someone grow in their relationship with Jesus is great and honestly the best feeling in the world. Just don’t get distracted by the enemy’s lies and attacks. Anytime you are doing something to further the kingdom of God the enemy is right there waiting to attack.
Mentoring is a gift but it’s not for the faint of heart.
✨May I never forget on my best day, that I still need GOD as desperately as I did on my worst!⠀
When I came across this quote I knew that I wanted it to be a reminder. You see, we tend to search and pursue God when we are having a bad day and then when things get better we tend to push it aside. My friends that’s not good. ⠀
We need to be pursuing and searching after GOD every day in any circumstance. ⠀
In the good!⠀
In the bad! ⠀
In the messy!⠀
In times of joy!⠀
In times of sorrow!⠀
In times of pain!⠀
In times of rejoicing! ⠀
The truth is that in all circumstances no matter what we need GOD!! ⠀
He wants all of us. I’m so passionate about being vulnerable, honest and real with you. We need to be authentic. ⠀
I’m not perfect! ⠀
I’m just like you. ⠀
I’m a sinner saved by grace. ⠀
I make mistakes. ⠀
I have my share of bad days. ⠀
But one thing I can say is that through it all I know that I need GOD. I need Him every day of my life not just on the good days and not just on the bad but every day. ⠀
So I want to encourage you, that no matter what season or circumstance you are facing right now, run to Jesus. Pursue Him because He is the only thing that will get you through. ⠀
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.
“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.” Matthew 23:11-12 (MSG)
These verses really hit me hard this week. Being content as being yourself is one of the hardest struggles I think most of us face.
The way we are wired is to be seen. When we are given jobs or tasks and do them well we want everyone to know that we did them. It’s just normal for us to want to be recognized for our work and jobs that we have done well.
You see no one wants to be underappreciated or overlooked. We all want to get the glamorous or noticed jobs. I know for me personally, I’ve struggled with getting stuck with the messy or not so great tasks. I’ve probably complained or grumbled more than I’d like to admit.
I love how in Matthew it talks about not letting your ego and pride get in the way. If you let it consume you and you start acting like you are better than anybody else it will come back to kick you in the butt. It will just set you up for disappointment.
I’m always reminded of the story of Mary and Martha. You see in that story there were two sisters who both knew what being a servant and serving meant but had two very different personalities.
Let’s read Luke 10:38-42 (MSG):
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
The lesson we can learn from this passage of Scripture is that only one thing mattered to Jesus and Mary chose it. You see Mary wanted to listen to every word Jesus spoke. She wanted to know Him more. She was more worried about learning from Jesus than to impress Him. However, Martha, on the other hand, was so worried about every little detail being perfect. She was too worried about making sure Jesus’ visit was the best that she was so caught up in the details she forgot to make time to actually sit and listen to His words.
You see we could learn a lesson from both of them. Both Mary and Martha could’ve compromised somewhat. Mary could’ve been a little more helpful while Martha could’ve slowed down and listened to Jesus more.
We need to remember this: We hunger for significance to be seen and understood and loved, to be and live marvelous-because we are made not only to know God but also known to Him.
“Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 (CSB)
You see when we choose to be a servant and have a heart that is willing to be celebrated even in the unseen moments and learn to embrace it then God will bless you and your life will count for far more than you ever could imagine.
I want to encourage you as you read this. Let’s go back to the beginning Scripture passage that I opened this post with. We need to be content with the life we are living now instead of craving something we don’t have. I love this quote by Sara and that it was a great way to end this post.
“Our human eyes can betray the truth of the story we are living.” Sara Hagerty
Discussion Questions:Answer these in the comments, over on social media, share them with a friend, or just keep them to yourself.
What does being a servant mean to you?
Who are you most like? Mary or Martha?
What are some reasons why it may hinder you in the way of your pursuit of that “better thing”?
In what areas of servanthood have you found yourself craving the look of another or acknowledgment of what you are doing?
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