I’ve found it easier to accept your age if you start saying it even before you’re there. I found myself saying I was 28, five months ago. So, now that I am, I am already used to the idea. However, getting older has never been hard for me. I’m like wine, the older the better. Ha ha.
Anyway, I am embracing the year of 28. The year of 28 as a married woman. The year of 28 as a career woman. The year of 28 as a writer. Most importantly, the year of 28 as a Christian.
It is time to step up in my walk with God, and it’s especially necessary. At 28, I shouldn’t have the same relationship with God that I had at 18. My prayer life should be deeper. My Bible studying should be more engaged. In other words, God should have more of me with every year, with every day.
So this year, my desire is to focus more on God and less on me. My career, marriage, writing, whatever it is, will automatically be better with my focus on God’s will in those areas. I’ll be better with my focus on God.
I declare 28 to be great as I focus on God’s fate for my life. Here we go.
I’ve never liked the pretend game. And as an adult, I especially don’t like it now. So let’s stop pretending. Honestly, I’ve never been so unexcited to express a right to vote in my life. I will vote because of the sacrifice my ancestors made for me to. I will vote because I believe if you don’t vote, you don’t get to voice your opinion about the issues. But, let’s not pretend when it comes to voting.
This year, let’s not pretend that people aren’t going to vote based on what their parents said, or what their state represents. Let’s not pretend that people aren’t going to vote simply because they “belong” to a specific party and that’s all that matters.
Let’s not pretend that either candidate is an ideal representative for our country, because face it, I doubt either party really really wants the nominee they have. So let’s stop with the politics of pretending, because we’re not getting anything accomplished.
I will vote. But what I will not do is pretend that I am casting a vote because either candidate represents the Christian moral values that I stand for, and that I had hoped America stood for as well. I am not going to pretend that my conscience isn’t eating away at me when I think about the moral decay of our society everyday.
I am not going to pretend that I am a die-hard representative for either nominee just because I don’t like one or the other. I am not going to pretend that this year’s election doesn’t make me nervous. I’m just not.
But I will pray. I will pray for our country. I will pray for both candidates. I will pray for both parties. And I will hope. I will hope for a dramatic change in our society. I will hope for the return of Christian morals. I will hope for better days.
I will vote. I will pray. I will hope. But I will not pretend.
Chosen Light Podcast
I think I’ve found it easier to pray for someone’s healing on earth than I have for God’s will to be done. Yeah, I’ve certainly found that easier.
What if it’s God’s will that she doesn’t get healed on earth? What if He wants her whole in Heaven with Him now? I should want that. I do want that for everyone. But right now? Right now, I don’t want to pray for that.
Right now, I want her to be healed, but not that way. I want that kind of healing that makes me feel better. I want that kind of healing that’s easier to pray for because it’s what I want. I want God to heal, I just want Him to heal the way I want it done.
I think that’s the thought process that we don’t admit is taking place in our minds. I see how selfish it sounds. And I know that’s how I feel sometimes. I know Heaven is better. It’s the best. But for some reason, it’s harder to pray the God will heal someone the best way, when we know it’s not the easiest for us.
It’s inevitable that the best healing comes through death, when you know the Lord. Yet, it seems to be the hardest thing to pray for when you’re going through the sickness of a loved one. Loss is interesting. We know that when a Christian dies, gain is the only outcome. But that doesn’t make it any easier to see them go.
And the funny thing is that we mourn and grieve for them, and they don’t understand why…
I believe in a conference for young ladies that focuses on the following aspects of being a Daughter of God. It’s not only for Christian women, but I do believe our true identity can only be found in God, therefore to separate the two, for me, is practically impossible.
I pray about this vision and I ask for your prayers as well. As with all ideas that are good, they are nothing more than good ideas without any production. And without God’s vision for them, they aren’t even that.
Luke 1:41-45 (NLT)
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.
The passage above is one of my favorites. I mean, think about it. An unborn baby (the baby is alive in the womb) jumped for joy the instance Elizabeth heard the voice of Mary. Mary didn’t lay hands on her. She didn’t do anything for her. She spoke.
Isn’t that amazing? Is that not outstanding that Mary was so filled with the Holy Spirit that the very sound of her voice filled the baby within someone else with joy?
And the more I think about it, that’s a glowing example of how we are supposed to be as Christians. Something within people should cause them to leap with joy because of our Spirit-filled lives. And unfortunately, that hasn’t been happening.
When a Christian enters a room, other Christians should feel strengthened and empowered and anything that isn’t of God should feel threatened. If you aren’t a threat to Satan, chances are you’re not much of a thrill in your Kingdom work right now. Demons shouldn’t feel comfortable in your company.
I want people to leap when I enter. They should leap for joy of being empowered, or leap because the ungodly Spirit can’t stand to be around the godly Spirit in me. Where Christians are empowered, demons should be uncomfortable. And I don’t want it because of me, but because of what’s in me, the Holy Spirit.
Now that’s a true Leap Year.
Any true Christian will tell you that once you accept Christ life doesn’t just magically have open doors waiting for you at every turn. People don’t all of a sudden become easy to work with. Life doesn’t just get easier by the second. It’s nothing like that actually.
As soon as you claim Christianity a magnifying glass is put on everything you do. Every microscopic mistake you make means you must not be a Christian. And everywhere you go is viewed through a telescope to make sure you are being seen no matter what you are doing. Yep, Christianity is your life in front of everyone, everywhere.
But guess what? It’s all so worth it.
Everything doesn’t get easier when you become a Christian. However, everything isn’t a defeat anymore either. No matter how hard things seem, you always know that it would be that much harder without God. No matter what situations may look like, you always know that God sees them for what they truly are. It’s quite miraculous to say the least.
Will other people try to judge everything you do? Absolutely. Will people assume you are judging them? Of course. Will every little thing you do be critiqued and outlined by those who don’t follow Christ? You can bet on it. Is the struggle real? Yes.
The struggle is very real. But then again, so is God.
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.