Hey there! So glad you stopped by!! If this is your first time, I am writing an encouragement type of blog every Monday. I also post every Friday about something God has placed on my heart or just about how my week has been. If you like what you see, make sure to give this blog post a like and give me a follow, so you don’t miss anything!
Before you start reading, I just wanted to tell you that you matter and you have a purpose. It may be hard to know that exactly right now, but I know that God has placed you exactly where He wants to. He will help you through everything. God has created you and loves you so much!
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.1 John 3:1 NLT
Before I continue…
Have you ever thought about the way life works? Are you experiencing life through the worlds lens or Gods lens? Do you know what happens when you focus on God? How do you respond to things that happen in your life?
I know these questions can be a tad daunting and that is okay. You don’t have to know the answers to these questions. We simply won’t know the answers to every question, but they are good to ask every now and then. Depending on the season of life you find yourself in, you may have different answers than if you were in a different season.
For me, there have been coming my way and I have noticed HUGE differences in the way I respond to these various situations that are happening. This is fairly new to me and I am still working to figure it out. My heart has dramatically changed and I can only say it was because of God. I have spent more time with God and learning about Him in the past year than ever before. It is still a work in progress, but God has transformed me in a way that is unexplainable.
When I worked and attended my previous church, I tithed. I did this out of doing it because the Bible says to do so. I was following the motions without having a certain feeling about it. I was doing it, to do it and hopefully please God in the process of doing so. This is a dangerous place to be and I never understood until recently.
This past weekend, I gave a gift ($20) I received as a tithe to my current church. I felt the need to give the entire amount I had received, even though it was a pretty small. In doing this, I saw a HUGE change with my heart posture. When tithing this time, I had a joy and an excitement to me that I hadn’t expected. I just wanted to give back to God. He has been moving so much in my life and I only wanted to show Him how thankful I am. I do not have a job at the moment and I just felt like I needed to give what I received back to my Father.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV
For the past year, I have not been taking classes due to some medical challenges I have been experiencing. When I have taken classes previously, I have signed up for the required classes. I felt no emotion in doing this. I was not happy nor was I sad. I was just signing up for the classes to ensure I had a spot in the classes that would work with my schedule for the following semester. Not much to it.
I am planning on going back in the spring and feel led by God to do so. Since I have left, I have added a minor in psychology to my marketing major. Yes, it is a good combo, but not for the reason you may be thinking. I found out I don’t enjoy marketing and God is leading me into psychology. With this new minor in psychology, I have some psychology classes to take. I have never been so excited and joyful to be signing up for classes.
God has been teaching me patience and learning to trust His timing. These classes that I have signed up for are both online and don’t have a meeting time. My schedule is likely to change by the spring and this helps to ease the anxiety I may have faced if I had to be in classes at a certain time.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Philippians 4:6 NIV
Before You Go
In the examples I have given, I hope this shows you what happens when we are near to God and learning about Him daily. This week, I want to encourage you to take a look at where your heart is. You can look into the categories of tithing, serving, learning about Him, your response to various events, and giving.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.Galatians 5:22-26 NIV