I went to look for a pumpkin to carve this weekend… and while there may be such things as perfect pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch…. there were not any “Perfect Pumpkins” at the store… it got me thinking, God chooses us imperfections and all… I wanted to put out my pumpkin tonight and it had already begun the molding process.
If we don’t allow the light to shine within us and through us, the darkness sets in and eats away at our joy… just like my moldy pumpkin that is now outside in the trash, it sets in quickly and fills us with fear of the unknown and strikes us useless.
God put a dream in my heart a few months ago to begin writing more. I was so excited, I took a leap of faith, created a website, and then the whispers of doubt and fear set in. “Are you sure you can do this?” “That’s not really what God said”. “You should just forget it”. Well friend, those are lies – if God puts a dream in your heart- pursue it with all your might – do not allow the darkness to set in and open the door for mold. Let that light keep shining.
Pumpkins are messy and so are we – but we all have the opportunity to shine bright no matter what we have been through and sometimes even brighter because of what we’ve been through.
This will be my last official blog under ChelseaBelle- I will be moving to DesignedToShineBright.com in a few weeks and I am excited for this next adventure.
So I googled “Guiness World Record for floating on water” and it turns out there is one – 54+ hours in 2005… I floated for 5 minutes this morning until I started getting splashed and then the waves began.
The truth is – as cheesy as this analogy may be – life is like a Wave Pool. You may have the opportunity to float for a little while… but sooner or later the waves always come – splashes or unexpected things will vie for your attention whether you’re ready or not.
How do we prepare for the unexpected? How do we battle the anxiety or worry about the unknown? I’ll be honest, sometimes the prayers, songs, and scriptures don’t seem to help right away – I’ll “cast all my cares upon Him” and then pick them right back up and keep worrying.
But why? Why does it take us so long to trust God when we know He’s got it under control? Why do the waves mess with our senses and try to pull us under when we’re trying to jump each moment to keep our heads above water? I don’t know what you’re going through… but I do know that the prayers, the songs, the scripture, and sometimes the tears are necessary to build our strength. At Wits End Corner this week the song: Masterpiece by Danny Gokey came on KLOVE and I was reminded that these waves- no matter how high, no matter how strong are part of the process to becoming God’s Masterpieces.
I know I can’t overcome any of these waves without God’s strength… and maybe I can’t float on my own in the midst of the storm but if I cling to my Savior He is the BEST Life Preserver I could ever ask for. And He’s always ready even when we’re not.
Today I’ve been thinking about those who walked with Jesus and how they must have been feeling today…I always feel great because I’m on this side of the story and I can see the whole picture of why He did what He did for us… they didn’t get it yet.
I’ve heard that people have to hear things 7-13 times on average before they get it…I just counted how many different times Jesus told them in John alone after chapter 11 and it was 7+ times!!!
I often joke about having to explain things sometimes in several different ways in order for people to understand and yet Jesus is the King of Kings and even those who walked with Him didn’t understand the words that were coming out of his mouth until later!
During this time He had not yet sent them the Holy Spirit… how completely confused they must have been. Here I am trying to compare how Jesus is with us in the Waiting but they were dealing with a situation where they had not yet seen His glory and did not have the Holy Spirit to comfort them or give them hope…
We have hope, we have peace… we know the ending of the greatest miracle, the red thread, WHO will win in the end and yet so many of us can’t see the clues, the explanations, the science, the miracles that represent what tomorrow’s resurrection represents… the little details of Folding his grave clothes that show us He is coming back!
My prayer is that if you’re reading this, if you’ve lost hope or of you’re in a season of waiting right now and you don’t know what or when the outcome will be, all you have to do is cry out to Jesus:
Romans 10:9 explains it best by saying: “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”
He’s waiting for you, let Him help you through your own season of waiting and trust in the greatest love story ever told!
Last Friday at our staff meeting two of my colleagues shared one of our Sanford Harmony lessons called “Pop That Thought Bubble”. We are going through different lessons throughout the 4th Grade lesson plan book in our staff meetings over the next few months and this was the first one.
This was the first question they asked: “If you were to take a guess into what that means what would you say?”
The first thing that “popped” into my head was that we can decide to change our thought patterns. When we recognize a negative thought we have the choice to “Pop that thought bubble” and move on.
1 Corinthians 10:5 states: “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
Peter Pan said to “Think happy thoughts”
Taylor Swift said to “Shake it off”
While this idea to “Pop a thought bubble” isn’t a new concept to us, it is always a good reminder to not allow those negative thoughts to fester or to take root in our hearts and minds. We can easily go down the rabbit trail of bitterness and self deprication that leaves us empty and hollow.
OR we can take those thoughts into captivity, replace them with “happy thoughts” and make a decision each and every time to consciously pop that thought bubble!
Sometimes I wonder if the thoughts that bring me comfort and joy ever help anyone else… recently I found out that the fabulous Jamie Grace got engaged… and while I’m so excited for her next adventure in life – there was a small part of my heart and mind that struggled with the bitterness that can so easily take hold of my life. Younger, Earlier, Prettier, whatever descriptive adjective the enemy can use to make me feel inadequate or unworthy of my own love story he will try. Each time I see or hear that news; relationship… engagement… marriage… I’m genuinely happy for them but there’s always that split second (or sometimes multiple moments) of genuine struggle where I consciously have to take those thoughts captive and remember that I’m trusting in God’s timing and His purpose for my life. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10. Don’t allow the enemy to steal your joy – trust In the One Who knows the ending to the story He’s writing and have faith that its better than anything you could ever dream up. I’m preaching to the choir on this one – I need these reminders daily!
Tonight on my way home from work Jamie Grace’s first single came on KLOVE- I feel like I haven’t heard it in forever… and it grabbed a hold of my heart in the most precious way because no matter what comes next I love the way my Savior holds me each and every step of this life. He holds my heart and He holds my future in His hands. If you haven’t heard this song (or even if you have) please take a listen and be encouraged:
💖Happy Weekend Friends💖 Whatever season you find yourself in – let Him hold you each step of the way…
I had breakfast with my dear friend Allie last week and she asked if I had chosen a word for 2018 yet. Anytime I make a New Year’s Resolution it usually falls through or I end up making excuses instead of progress.
But words are different… we can empower ourselves to write a different sentence for different aspects of our lives. I have been praying for God to put my “word for the year” on my heart and this morning on my way to work I got it…
Ready to say yes
Ready to say no
Ready to let go
Ready to leap
Ready to give an answer
Ready for whatever comes my way
and the list goes on…
Whatever God has in store for me this year, at work, church, or in my personal life I want to be ready and willing to take it on in His strength and according to His will each step of the way.