Hey everyone! I just wanted to have an encouraging place where I could share meaningful verses that have stuck out to me during my daily/weekly quite time. My most recent will always be the first on this page.
This morning I sat, surrounded by boxes, in complete awe of the many blessings both my family and myself have received. Blessings I did not earn and do not deserve. My sister and I had the conversation recently that, despite generational curses, we are both walking with the Lord and really have emerged from what could have been a very different story. The moment I got down on bent knees and handed my life over to God everything changed. For me, the phrase 'everything changed' is more literal than you would probably believe. My heart, my mind, my family, the people that I was surrounded by, my eyes opened to truth and everything was different. Prayers that I prayed since childhood began to come to fruition all because I gave over my need to control, my pride, and fully trusted in God. Like everyone, I struggle with sin most days. I never want to paint a picture that being a Christian means that all problems fall away or that life becomes any easier. That's not always true and many days the choice I make to be obedient is not always the easiest road. I have tough days, weeks for that matter, and while I have come so far, I struggle with wounds I have from those generational curses still. The difference is how I respond in those moments, how I'm thankful for the small things, and how I choose to be grateful even when my head is telling me to pout or feel sorry for myself. I remember feeling mad at God when I was a child. I didn't understand his plan for me and really had a tough time understanding the 'why' of certain things that happened in my life. I still don't understand his plan but now I'm thankful for those experience. I'm thankful for every time I felt lost, for every time I sought to control and it didn't work out, and for every broken road wandered. Without that I would never have know how fully I needed to rely on Christ and just how much I need his grace everyday. I didn't expect this to be so long. I just wanted to add a verse to this page but my heart has kept me typing. I'm thankful, underserving, and extremely grateful for everyone who has been there helping to guide me toward Christ.
My quiet time this morning was on living a life of purpose. We can easily become distracted in life with all of our responsibilities and task to accomplish. In that sometimes we get sidetracked from our main purpose and that's pleasing God. I just recently wrote a very open and honest post about my own struggle with this. We have to allow ourselves God's grace to be diligent in what we need to accomplish without letting those task overwhelm our thoughts and day. For me, having this sweet spot on my blog is a way that I'm holding myself accountable to first look at God's agenda before my own. Have a great Friday everyone! -Manda
I was reading through some Psalms this morning and this verse really resinated with life in general for me. Are you trying to bring God into your agenda or are you humbly letting him guide you? There's not real fruit from anything separated from God. You will never feel satisfied. You will climb and do, grasp for more, and wonder why it never feels whole. It's because your soul is searching for something that cannot be found here on earth. It's wanting for Heaven. Having God's grace and working for him and not for man allow you to let Jesus fill your heart and put your trust into something much bigger than anything you could ever imagine accomplishing while you are here on earth, His eternal kingdom.