Spirit Lead Me: A Prayer

Jesus, purify me.

Deliver me. Cleanse me. Renew my very spirit and forgive me of all unrighteousness. Help my human soul to become heaven focused.

Thank you for your unfailing grace, mercy, and love. Thank you for redeeming me over and over again, even though I do not deserve it.

Your grace is unmeasurable and indescribable. You love us so much; You sacrificed everything.

Guide me, Jesus. Direct my path. Give me spiritual eyes to see what you desire me to see. Give me spiritual ears to hear your voice more clearly and louder than any other voice.

Allow your Holy Spirit to lead me, so that I may walk as You would walk, speak how You would speak, and act as You would act. Give me discernment and wisdom.

Help me to see the world through Your eyes and Your heart. Break my heart for what breaks Yours and help me to ignite change.

This world is so dark and full of hatred. Let Your light shine through me and allow kindness and love to flow out of me like a rushing waterfall.

Remind me to focus on You, and to remember that You are always with me, and always in control. You have a plan and a purpose, even when I don’t see it – even when I don’t understand.

Remind me of Your goodness every day- in the mundane of a busy work day and on my days of rest. Remind me of Your goodness in the beauty and intricacy of a freezing droplet of water and in the midst of your astounding creation. In a crowded room and when I’m all alone.

God, You are so good and all-powerful. Even the sun stands still when You tell it to (Joshua 10:13).

I thank You for Your promises. I thank You that You are my God, my Father, my Friend, my ever-present help, my Healer, my Savior, my Provider, my Protector, my everything. Thank You for all that You have done, all that You are doing, and all that You are going to do. I believe and trust in You with all of my heart. Spirit lead me.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

A Christ-like Response in a Chaotic Time

Question #1: If God is sovereign, why is the world in upheaval?

It is a question that has been asked in one form or another since the beginning of time. All throughout scripture we uncover people in desperate, dark, and confusing situations, often crying out to God for answers. There are many examples of this raw honesty modeled for us in books like the Psalms, Habakkuk, and Job. Even in the New Testament we see glimpses of people serving the Lord obediently, but yet suffering and dealing with hardship. Paul wrote some of his letters from a prison cell and amidst less than ideal circumstances. Stephen (in the book of Acts) endured psychological and physical torture, but he settled to stand firm and trust in God’s sovereignty, remaining obedient.

55 Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 He said, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 They yelled at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him. 58 They dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. And the witnesses laid their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 He knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” And after saying this, he fell asleep. -Acts 7:55-60

This excerpt from the book of Habakkuk is one of my favorite passages in the whole Bible. After Habakkuk has wrestled and conversed back and forth with God, asking all of the hard “why’s“, he settles to still rejoice in the Lord.

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there is no fruit on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though the flocks disappear from the pen
and there are no herds in the stalls,
18 yet I will celebrate in the Lord;
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
19 The Lord my Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like those of a deer
and enables me to walk on mountain heights!

That’s the key: It’s okay to question and wrestle and be honest with God about the pain and uncertainty. Where will it lead, though? Will it lead you to doubt Him? Or will it lead you to find even greater peace and fulfillment in Him as you nail a stake in the ground and plant your feet firmly in His promises, despite the circumstances around?

Question #2: Is it okay to have differences of opinion as believers in Christ?

Another issue swirling around right now is division. This isn’t new either. In fact, Jesus said that His message would cause division with the world:

“Do you think that I came here to bring peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division” -Luke 12:51

Although we know that we may endure persecution and ridicule for preaching the message of Christ to a lost world, we cannot afford to have division in the body of Christ. Jesus said a prayer in John chapter 17 for us to be one in the body of Christ. What was his reason for this unity? So that the lost world would believe in Him.

20 “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. 21 May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me.”-John 17:20-21

There are many bandwagons people are jumping on right now- politically, socially, and personally. There are lines being drawn in the sand, megaphones being shouted into, and information of all kinds being hurled around like a violent storm.

People are scared. People are confused. And people are hungry and searching daily for truth surrounding the current state of our world.
Should believers in Christ seek to uncover truth and dispose of twisted lies? Always.

Should believers in Christ engage in political and social discussion and use their platforms to share information? Absolutely.

But never at the expense of swallowing up the message of the gospel whole.

What is most important in our current time? Uncovering a conspiracy? Eating inside your favorite restaurant and ditching the masks? Yelling from the rooftops about political opinions, without counting the stain it may inflict on the message of the gospel?

We are all hurting in different ways. We all miss normality. Some of us are mourning the loss of loved ones, navigating sickness, or still missing out on “normal” events. Many of us are petrified of the current political climate. The truth is, though, many of us are misunderstanding and confusing the goal as believers right now. We are trying desperately to participate in righteous, justice-fueled discourse, but at times it is coming off as selfish, prideful, argumentative quarreling. It is okay to have differences in opinion from your brothers and sisters in Christ, but we must remain united and uniform on what matters most.

Let’s talk about Jesus for a second. He certainly flipped societal expectations in His time period completely upside-down. He did the unexpected. He healed many, he loved many, and he taught all sorts of new concepts. He was right at the center of politics. He was the subject and the cure for constant differences of opinion. Politics surrounded the story of Jesus. His life ended with a political execution. Jesus submerged himself right in the midst of the hard conversations. He was zealous and passionate in all of the right ways, fueling Him to share redemption with all He encountered.

Here is what Jesus didn’t do:  Fight for SELF.

He didn’t stand on a platform and speak about “His rights”. Did he care about justice and the right treatment of others? Yes. This is seen all throughout the gospel narrative as he cares for the cast-out, the sick, and the oppressed. Right now more than ever we need to be bold, but we need to make sure our boldness is channeled in the correct way.

Are your everyday conversations and interactions furthering the message of the gospel or distracting from it? How about your social media feed? Sure, there are tons of below-the-surface issues going on that need our attention during this time. The most important issue at hand, though, is still the same: spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth.

In the middle of the chaos, confusion, conspiracies, political and social disagreements- the answer and the cure remains unchanging. Our hope in the gospel and rapid desire to share salvation with others should be spreading like wildfire even more than ever before. 
Our response needs to be steadfast because He is steadfast. Christ is sure, secure, unwavering, unshakable, and never moving.

Our response is Micah 7:7-8
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,  I wait for God my Savior;  my God will hear me.
Do not gloat over me, my enemy!  Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.

We will look to the Lord and wait on Him always. We will have confidence that He will hear us and we will have faith that the enemy will not prevail. We know that when we feel defeated, through Christ we will rise. Darknesses encompasses every corner of the earth right now, but the Lord is our light in the midst.

God is a Loving God… That’s Why He Doesn’t Accept Sin

Do you know what argument or excuse I hear most often in regards to sin?

“God is God of love. He loves us (or loves me or loves them) so much. I just can’t see God, who loves His people so much, sending someone to hell for being happy or a good person.”

This false, albeit incomplete ideology of who God is can only be described as dangerous because it only tells half the story.

Yes, God is a God of love but He is also a just and righteous God. Only He knows what it truly right and wrong. We see this first come to light in Genesis when He warns Adam not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”” Genesis 2:15-17

Before the fall, man had no concept of what sin was. Adam, and all of mankind, was created with the purpose to glorify God. How do we glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands.

So when the Lord lovingly tells Adam not to do something, it’s not because He was withholding power or some juicy secret. God knew that sin was not something man was created to bear upon his shoulders. God knew we were incapable of knowing what sin was without partaking in it. Other than creating man and giving him all he needed, commanding Adam not to do something for his own good was one of the earliest acts of love God committed.

The question isn’t whether God loves us or not. His love for us is demonstrated over and over again in the Bible, with the biggest and most significant act of love being the sacrifice of His perfect son Jesus Christ.

The question we must ask ourselves is “Does my definition of sin line up with God’s?”

How do we begin to understand God’s definition of sin, of what’s right and wrong? The answer is simple. Turn to your Bible, study it, and gain the correct context in which the scripture was written.

We have the Bible which is God’s word, available to us to read and study as much as we want. This is a gift! But we can’t just twist scripture and use it in whatever context we’d like. So we must study it and be under good teaching in order to gain the proper perspective of scripture.

We can’t accurately know what right and wrong is without knowing God’s word. By knowing God’s word, we deepen our knowledge of God. Which in turn should change our hearts so that we do things that bring glory to God. Not separate us from Him.

We know that Christ has already paid the price for our sin. We must acknowledge this and truly feel repentance in our hearts to be made new in Him. But willfully going against the word of God doesn’t show that we are truly repentant. And that won’t bring forth the fruit of righteousness we are destined to have by our fellowship with Jesus Christ.

The fact is: Sin is not a grey area, even if we like to think it is. We also cannot hide sin from God. We may be able to keep our sin hidden from those around us, but the Lord knows our heart and sees all. Simply saying a sin isn’t a sin doesn’t make it less of a sin. It isn’t a loving thing, but an act of deception. Whether we are trying to deceive ourselves, those around us, or even God himself.

“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:6-10

So even if…

our intentions are good and honorable

we sin because of our love for others

it brings forth something good in the moment

…committing a sin that God commands us not to commit is still committing a sin. And it is sin which separates us from God.

God isn’t a loving God because He accepts sin. He’s a loving God because He gave us a way to break out from the eternal prison sentence sin brings.

““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.””John 3:16-21

Lord, I pray that whatever sin we or our loved ones are struggling with, that they would be defeated and the bondage of that sin be broken. I pray for healing and restoration. I pray for community and fellowship so we know that we are not alone in our sin. So many of us have the same sin struggles in common and so many of us have people we care about walking a life fueled by sinful desires. I pray for guidance as we try to lead ones who are living a sinful life to a redemptive and holy life with you Lord. Please be with us in these difficult days and may everything we do be for your glory. Amen.

Fighting for Control

Control. We are all grasping for control: in the big things in our lives and in the little things in our lives. I see children, teenagers, and even some adults acting out because in their topsy-turvy lives their behavior is the only thing they can control. After a year like 2020, you don’t have to look very hard to see people fighting for control in their lives. Maybe you’re one of these people fighting for control.  

One thing that tends to look the same is that as things continue to spiral out of our control, we tend to do a couple things. We either fight harder, trying to grasp onto control again or we give up and let the feeling of helplessness weigh us down. I think a lot of people have tried both options. I know I have. Neither one does much to help. 

Grasping for control in our lives can look different for each of us. We try to control our finances, our diet, our bodies, our education, our relationships, our sleep schedule. You name it and we’re trying to control it. Sometimes we try to control different situations and scenarios. I tend to overthink situations before and after they occur. Before I’m thinking of all the possible ways things could happen and after I’m thinking of all the things I should have said differently. We plan and prepare and do everything we possibly can and yet…. Life throws a curveball and what little bit of control we seemed to have gained has slipped right through our fingers. Your car breaks down, your family member is sick, you lose your job, your child is acting out, you get an unexpected bill… one thing right after another. Again. And again. Sometimes we place all of our hope and trust in earthly temporal things hoping and trusting if it works out, everything will be right and in control again. 

Control. No matter how hard we try, how far we reach, it’s always just beyond our grasp. Sure it might seem like we have control for a little while or in certain situations. But in reality, we as humans, can control nothing apart from the choices we make as we react to the world around us.

So we can continue to fight harder in the battle for control, we can give up and let the hopelessness wash over us… or we can choose option three: surrender.

Surrender.

Surrender and the term “giving up” may seem like synonyms at first glance, however I promise you they are not.

Surrender can be defined as a laying down of arms and submitting to authority. 

Stop your fighting. Stop striving in your own strength. Stop. But don’t give up hope. Don’t let grief, anxiety, and stress overwhelm you. 

Picture this with me: gather up everything you’re trying to control, the big things and the little things. Imagine holding all of your problems in your hands. Maybe you have so much you need to load up your arms, maybe you need a backpack, or a cart just to hold everything. You’re probably a little overwhelmed holding all your problems. Look at everything you’re holding and everything weighing on your shoulders. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could set it all down? 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.

1 Peter 5:6-7

Let’s take a moment and analyze these verses from 1 Peter. 

Humble yourselves – You need to choose to make yourself low, of less significance. This does not mean you’re going to beat yourself up, think the least of yourself, and look at all of your flaws and shortcomings. This means you’re acknowledging that you are not strong enough to do it on your own. You are not so strong, powerful, mighty or grand enough to carry all the burdens weighing you down.

Under the mighty hand of God – in submission (yielding) to God, who is mighty

Therefore –  as a result

So that he may exalt you at the proper time  – In God’s timing, not yours, you will be lifted up and elevated

Casting all your cares on him – “Cares” are the things you give serious attention to, the things you worry about, and all those things that you haven’t been able to let go of in your mind. Take every single one of your worries, your struggles, everything that is weighing you down and give it to God. The word “casting” literally means to throw something forcefully in a specified direction. So you are not to just hand your cares over, you’re not to be holding them out in your hands waiting for God to fix it, and your not to be clutching them tightly. Cast them upon God. Literally throw your worries at His feet in prayer.

Because he cares about you – In this phrase “cares” is a verb defined as feeling concern and having serious interest in something. However, it also can be defined as to look after and provide for the needs of. He (God) cares about you. The Creator of the universe has taken a serious interest in you. He will look after you and provide for your needs.


Will you put your trust in yourself, your family, your finances, your political leaders, your job or in other earthly things OR would you rather place your trust in our sovereign, immutable, good God?

You might be thinking in your head,
“I trust God. But it’s not that easy. I still get worried. Have you looked at the world?
I a m s t r e s s e d  o u t. ”

Something I’ve realized is that sometimes when we are seeking control, we are seeking for it to come from another person or the “stability” of a certain situation. For example, many people across the United States were placing their faith for a good and better future of the nation in a candidate. With President Biden having been inaugurated some people feel crushed and in despair. They worry and fret about their future and the future of the United States. On the other hand, some Americans feel a sense of joy and hope for things to come now that President Biden is in office. If President Trump had won the race we would have people on both sides as well. Those elated and those crushed. The feeling of hopelessness comes from placing your trust in someone and a political system that are actually not in any sort of control at all. Likewise, the joy and hope placed in the political system and its leaders is also fleeting because this too shall pass. Romans 13:1 tells us that  there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God, therefore God is the one in whom we should place all of our hope and all of our trust because He is in control. God is in control of every aspect of every thing.

There is nothing that surprises God and nothing occurs without Him allowing it to happen.

 Surrendering control is hard. But the great thing is that we, humans who can control nothing, can surrender to the One who controls everything. God is sovereign. This means He possesses ultimate power, He is supreme ruler, in absolute control.

Lamentation 3:37 says, “Who is there who speaks and it happens, unless the Lord has ordained it?” 

Practically, how does one do this? One cannot literally take their worries, make them tangible, and actually lay them down at God’s physical feet. 


“Pray without ceasing”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Surrender looks like prayer. Steady. Constant prayer.

When you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, all of those cares and worries start pressing down on you, be intentional in immediate prayer. You might not even have the words to say, you might not know what needs to happen, what will happen, what should happen, etc, but that is okay, because not only does God know every minute detail, God holds it all in the palm of His hands. 

So I urge you to do a few things:
1. Do not give up.
2. Surrender.
3. Confess your worries and your attempts to grasp onto control
4. Confess if you’ve placed idols in your heart in the hopes your idols will provide control and peace around you.
5. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray when praying is the last thing you want to do. Pray when you have no words to say. Pray when you are happy and hopeful. Pray when you are crushed and broken. Cast all of your cares upon Him because He loves you beyond all measure.

Lay it down at the feet of the One who holds it all and surrender control. 

Here I am
All my intentions
All my obsessions
I want to lay them all down
In Your hands
Only Your love is vital
Though I’m not entitled
Still You call me Your child

God You don’t need me
But somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me
Somehow that frees me
To take my hands off of my life
And the way it should go
God You don’t need me
But somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me
Somehow that frees me
To open my hands up
And give You control
I give You control

I’ve had plans
Shattered and broken
Things I have hoped in
Fall through my hands
You have plans
To redeem and restore me
You’re behind and before me
Oh, help me believe

Somehow You want me
The King of Heaven wants me
So this world has lost it’s grip on me


Tenth Avenue North – Control (Somehow You Want Me)

Brand New: A Journey.


The day I left my home on the east coast and moved west, my dad packed my car for me. He’s a highly experienced packer. I only had one request: the bicycle goes in first and then fit everything else around it. 

Since I was leaving my home, my family, and everything familiar to me, I knew I’d need the comfort and the familiarity of riding. Maybe it could help with the transition. I love biking so much, I even enjoy the hills. The exhilaration of flying down the other side after pushing myself to the top is well worth the effort. Being in a new place meant all the roads were new, which meant every ride would be an exploration. I was looking forward to this part! 

But if I was so excited about exploring new literal roads, why wasn’t I excited to explore metaphorical roads? Why wasn’t I excited to explore roads leading to a new job, to a new church, and to my boyfriend. All I could think about was the fact that these roads were leading me away from all that I knew.

A church which had watched me grow up.

A home where I could let my guard down because I belonged there.

Why can’t I see that these hills, which God has given me to climb, are worth it, too?

With the packing complete all that I had left to do was say goodbye. There was no reason to linger in the bittersweet. I was leaving the family I love to finally live near the man I love. Going from one long-distance relationship to another. All of my family was gathered around my parents’ back porch. I posed for pictures with my two young nephews, not knowing when I’d be seeing them next and not knowing what laid on the road ahead. The whites of my eyes were red, and it was hard to make eye contact with these people who I would miss the most. I was leaving the familiarity and comfort for a life of brand-new.

My dad gathered me in his arms and I looked up into his face. I saw that his eyes were red, too. 

Three days before, when I said goodbye to my neighbors, I cried. Hard. Three cute little boys I babysat. I was heading back toward my apartment walking on a path through the trees when Liam, 7 years old, ran out to me in his pj’s. 

“I guess I’ll see you never again.” His shoulders were slumped forward. He and his family are heading to the mission field, Lord willing. No more shadow puppets with my phone flashlight. No more ‘superfastnaked’, a “game” they loved to play which occurred when they got distracted between taking off their clothes and donning their pajamas.

Managing to hold it together, I saw this as a chance for some comforting theology. “Hey, if we both follow Jesus, we will see each other after He comes back and makes the world new again!”

“Up in heaven!” 

“Yeah like he’s gonna make a new earth and Jesus’ followers will live on it!” 

“We will come back to life?!” 

“Yeah, you know how Jesus came back to life? That’ll happen to everyone who follows Jesus.” 

“Wow, I didn’t know we are gonna come back to life!” 

“Yeah!” 

“I’m gonna give you another hug.” As Liam ran over to me, I was dumb-founded by the change. He just accepted the truth I told him, even though it was the first time he’d ever realized it.And it caused him to feel relieved. His shoulders weren’t slumped forward anymore. He knew there was hope in my words. 

Do I believe my own words?

“See you later, buddy!”

As I turned away to the covering of the trees, Liam called out one last time, “See you when the world is new again!” My face could no longer dam the emotions and they overflowed. 

How could I have joy like that in the face of change and the unknown?

The last time I saw my family, Dad led us to our Heavenly Father in prayer.

I got into my car and drove away. With every minute, I was farther and farther away from the life and comfort I knew. Every mile brought new sights. New everything.

When I drove into the driveway of my new home, I was greeted by welcoming arms. As we unpacked my car, and I reassembled my bike, I thought about how I had a habit of using it as an escape from the difficulties of life. 

Do I really need to do that? 

Do I really need to escape in a world where a loving Heavenly Father has a good purpose for my life and everything in the cosmos?

Little Liam’s hug reminded me that I could have joy now. Because of Jesus. Even in the face of uncertainty. The pain of the unknown in this sin-cursed world will be undone in the recreation of the Heavens and the Earth. There’s comfort now knowing that the future is in good hands. 

My father’s hug reminded me that God the Father cares. He sees and He feels. I could move miles away from my dad, but I would never be away from God. I don’t need to wait two weeks of quarantine to visit him. I don’t need to stay socially distanced from him. His powerful arms are around me as I walk down these new roads.

I can face any new thing as I keep facing Him.

I don’t need to keep focused on my pain, staring down at the ground as I pedal. I don’t need to keep so focused on the difficulty in the next steps that I lose sight of the bigger picture. God is bringing together this amazing landscape of a story all around me. Look up! Look around and see! 

New colors. New strokes. New everything. 

Imagine living with this new-found confidence! Thinking about the strange and uncertain path ahead would become exciting! These strange hills and ups and downs of life can be seen with new eyes: there’s major pay-off ahead. God gives me the strength to push on so I would experience the joy at the top. Even joy in the climb. 

I wheeled my bike out of the garage where it now lives and buckled my helmet. I looked down at my phone and started my app to record the trip-and what a trip it would be.

Breanne is a native of New Brunswick, Canada who recently moved to brave life in Ontario. She loves everything outdoors including cycling, hiking, and kayaking. Breanne is passionate about teaching (especially children who need a little extra love and attention) and learning. You can follow Breanne’s poetry account on instagram @scen.ic.route and you can find her blog here!

Scripture Writing: The Supremacy of Christ

This month’s free scripture writing and Bible reading plan is all about the Supremacy of Christ.

Supremacy is defined as the state or condition of being superior to all others in authority, power, or status. As you read and write through this month’s plan we pray that you will be in awe of Christ and His unmatched supremacy.

Click HERE for a download of the color version and HERE for a download of the simple b&w version.

Hello 2021

Happy New Year!

It might feel like a huge burden has been lifted off your shoulders today. After all, 2020 was quite the year. Some of you might be feeling a bit anxious about the New Year. That’s okay! No matter what the day or the year has in store, let us Praise God. His mercies are made new each day and His love never ends!

As the new year begins, many are thinking of what resolutions they might set for themselves. We often think of bettering our physical or mental self. We set goals of working out so many times a week or reading a number of books each month. Some of us will ditch sugar or get a new wardrobe. While these things are perfectly okay, we often neglect to think of how we can better nourish our soul in the new year. So what does that look like? It looks a bit different to everyone as each of us are in our own seasons of life. Below you will find some shared spiritual resolutions from some girls on the Radiantly Brave team. We hope to encourage you to step bravely into your walk with Christ in 2021.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'” ‭‭

Lamentations 3:22-24

Kal-le:

2020 gave me the opportunity truly walk out what the Bible calls us to do. Yes, I had to get creative, but we Christians were presented with the chance to be the hands and feet of Christ! What a glorious blessing in a year filled with anger and heartache. I didn’t give up on this past year. I tried to stay rooted in Jesus Christ. I treasured slow and relaxing time with my family. I read my Bible more deeply and studied books I had never read before. I also prayed more. I laid a lot at the feet of my Lord Jesus Christ.

My spiritual goals for the year are simple. I set them with the hope that each one would help me grow in my relationship with Jesus.
1. Read through the entire Old Testament
2. Do at least 1 Bible study with my husband
3. Memorize at least 10 scriptures
4. Learn 12 hymns, one each month
5. Implement more prayer into my daily homemaking routine

Whatever this new year brings, burdens or blessings, let us keep our focus on Jesus. Don’t place all of your hope in the year itself and within the world. Place your hope in Jesus.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Romans 15:13

Valerie:

It is tradition that with the beginning of the New Year we make resolutions to make a “new” us. I have often heard the phrase, “new year, new you.” However, if you truly want to be made new, you must be seeking after Christ daily. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” Seeking after Christ daily is going to look different for each of us, because we are all in different places in our relationship with God. If your resolution looks like going from zero minutes in God’s Word each day to five minutes in God’s Word each day… That. Is. Awesome! Don’t be discouraged if someone is spending an hour reading their Bible and getting five minutes in is a struggle for you.

Resolute, the base word of resolution, is defined as: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
In 2021 I want to be purposeful, determined, and unwavering in my devotion to God.

Here are my resolutions to help me grow deeper in my relationship with God in 2021:
1. Read the whole Bible: Genesis-Revelation. (I had actually NEVER done this until a few years ago and I really want to do it again.) During this process I will be using a guided highlighting method to help me dig deep.
2. Spend a minimum of 10 minutes each day praying. I also want to be more intentional in praying for others.
3. Memorize scripture. The Daily Grace Co. has a study series called, “Dwell.” There are 3 books in this series that guide you in scripture memorization. I completed one book in the fall of 2020 and I was blown away at how much scripture I memorized. My goal is to finish the other two books in 2021.


“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15

Hannah:

If there has ever been a year that has shook me to the core and forced me to cling desperately Jesus, seeking Him more mightily than ever, it has been 2020. It was a year where quite literally nothing could be predicted and few things went as planned, yet ironically for me it was the groundbreaking year when I actually made a resolution on January 1, 2020 and stuck with it pretty much the whole year. When I made that resolution I didn’t know that the year would be filled with more chaos and calamity than anyone could imagine, I just knew I was a brand new, exhausted mom, running on empty, yet needing so much more intimacy with Jesus than I had. My resolution in 2020 was to be in the Bible every single day. At the end of 2019 I was barely hanging by a thread, trying to settle into new motherhood, but I was doing it all in my own strength. I need daily fuel. Speaking honestly, there were very, very few days when I did not open the Bible in 2020-probably only 5 or 6. I give all glory to God for igniting a fire in my heart and hunger in my bones for His word. When you read His word you wind up wanting more and more. In 2020 I also finished the entirety of the Jesus Calling devotional! I read it every single day and journaled prayers to God below each entry. It is going to be such a joy to look back at all of those intimate conversations with God throughout the year. Although, I didn’t read the entirety of the Bible in 2020, I did finish several books in the Bible and I memorized some scripture!

As I lay out some goals and hopes for 2021, I lay them first completely at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to fill me with His living water. I encourage you to do the same! Even if you have never opened your Bible, never muttered a prayer to God, and have no idea what it means to walk in relationship with Him- 2021 could be the year that all of that changes. God loves transforming hearts.

Goals for 2021:
1. Start and complete the book, “The Bible in 52 Weeks: A Yearlong Bible Study for Women” by Kimberly Moore.  This book will allow me to read the whole Bible throughout the year and it has weekly discussion questions and devotions built in!
2. Start and end each day in intentional, set-aside prayer, utilizing prayer notes and following through on praying for others’ requests.
3. Do a weekly marriage study/devotion with my husband
4. Have more intentional time to simply worship Jesus and praise Him through music.
5. Be more consistent in reaching out to friends/women God has placed in my life to encourage, disciple, and love.

Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wondrous works He has done.
Psalm 105:4-5

Sara:

One of my hardest struggles with spending time with God this past year was consistency. Some days I would spend time in God’s Word, but too many days in a row I wouldn’t even pick up my Bible. I would usually thank God at least once a day for the wonderful things in my life, but I often didn’t take the time to really talk with Him about what’s going on in my life and the lives of others who needed prayer. My desire for this year is to start on the journey of consistency in my daily walk with the Lord. Whether I spend a lot of time in God’s Word one day and a little the next, my aim is to be consistent with spending time with God every day no matter the length.

My spiritual goals this coming year are:
1. Spend time in God’s Word at least once a day
2. Be more consistent in my prayer life
3. Complete devotional books throughout the year – I’m currently reading 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs
4. Be more intentional about talking with others about Jesus

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
Philippians 4:1

Our prayer:

Dear God,
Thank you for 2020. Thank you for your goodness, your faithfulness, and the joy and peace you bring amidst chaos. We pray that You will help us and every other gal who has purposed in her heart to delight herself in your Word to be resolute in her goal to grow closer to You. We know that You have good plans for each of us in 2021. Lord, may our lives bring honor and glory to You this year. Give us a hunger for You.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Go Ye: Scripture Writing + Bible Reading Plan

Did you know that if you are a Christian, God has called you to be a missionary? Not all missionaries go overseas and witness to people in the far corners of the earth; although that is necessary and very important. However, some missionaries never leave their home town. Jesus commands His followers to go and make disciples. For some Christians our “go ye” looks like being a witness to your family, to your little ones, to your coworkers, to your friends, to the stranger you pass on the street. For some our “go ye” looks like handing out gospel tracts or doing street evangelism, or going to a foreign country. And for others our “go ye” looks like being a faithful prayer warrior and financially supporting others in their missionary work.

A missionary is defined as a person sent on a mission. If you are a Christian, Jesus has given you a the most important mission: share the gospel.

Your workplace? A mission field in need of the good news of Jesus.
Your family? A mission field in need of the good news of Jesus.
Your children? A mission field in need of the good news of Jesus.
Your neighborhood? A mission field in need of the good news of Jesus.
Your shopping center? A mission field in need of the good news of Jesus.
Your social media accounts? A mission field in need of the good news of Jesus.
Your community? A mission field in need of the good news of Jesus.
Every continent. Every country. Every province/state. Every city. Every town. Every village. Every tribe. Every nation. All people of all languages need the good news of Jesus.

You are called to be a missionary right now, right where you’re at.

Download the plan here or the b&w version here!

Valerie loves going on adventures, spending time in nature, and getting lost in the wonders of God’s creation. She works in the 6th grade resource room at the local middle school, co-runs a faith-based youth mentoring program, and is actively involved in Bible camp ministry. Valerie loves mentoring other women, teens and children. She has an obsession with pens and stocking up on beautiful journals. Valerie’s greatest joy is sharing Jesus with others. Her greatest desire is to know Him more deeply and make Him known. You can find her on Instagram @valerieeejayyy