Hello? Are you there God?

It’s me, Erica.

So, calling it quits? Guess not. Why? Well… Here we go.

Basically, I have a lot on my plate. I found myself trying to decide to a journal today or do I write a post today? And, I kept choosing journaling. I didn’t have the heart for this, I didn’t have the energy for this. I wasn’t feeling inspired to write an entire blog post. So I prayed, and prayed and prayed. And I *thought* God was telling me to put this on the back burner for a while. That was a lie. The king of lies, deceived me.

For more than a couple months, I’ve been looking for someone to disciple. I’ve been called to disciple someone. I want to be someone’s Paul. I want someone to be my Timothy. A couple funny things about this. One, I have someone to disciple in my own home. My husband. -That’s an entirely different post. So stay tuned.- Two, lately, I’ve had an outpouring of questions: “Why did you quit your blog?” “You have such a talent. Why would you quit?” “You can reach so many people.” So let’s answer those real quick. I quit because I didn’t have time. I have a 9 month old who is crawling and getting into everything. And I would prefer if he didn’t remember his mom behind a computer screen constantly. I have such talent? No, thank you, but no. God has talent and He’s using me. Everything I say is from God. Reaching so many people? Not necessarily. I have this small corner of the internet. I have friends and such. But I never want people to feel like I’m preaching. Because I’m not.

So, now that’s been discussed…

I was laying in bed last night, praying. Slowly drifting off. Trying to stay awake to finish my prayers. And, like I said, I’ve been asking to find someone to disciple. And suddenly, this surge of ideas for the blog came up. I’m not kidding when I say have like a long list of topics to write about. It was just like God was telling me He has a plan for me, and here are some ways to execute that.

My birthday was a few weeks ago, and right before my birthday was when I announced I was taking a break. Well, then my dad purchased me a website domain. So just another sign from God.

So why are we really here? I wanted to explain and also talk about hearing God verses hearing Satan. I was in this really awesome ladies night in at church and the speaker was talking about this. She said,  if what you’re hearing is taking you away from God, it’s Satan. Drawing you nearer to Him is God. What a powerful statement. But what about when it gets complicated. Like with my break. I thought I was drawing nearer to God because I was journaling. And I have. But I feel like instagram/facebook is never enough space to truly say what I learned about the scripture.

What are you putting off that God is calling you to? Is He calling you to go to Africa and spread His word? Is He calling you to invite that cashier to our church? Is He calling you to finally tell your friend who doesn’t really believe, all the wonderful things you get to experience? Or maybe, you’re the person needing to accept Jesus. Maybe you have been sticking your toes in the water to see if it’s for you. Maybe, just maybe, you need to stop testing the waters and jump in. If you’re a non-believer- What if all of us “crazy christians” are right? What if you’re the one who is wrong? Are you comfortable with spending your eternity in agony? Are you comfortable with spending the rest of your days not searching for someone? Are you comfortable?

Heavy sigh.

Hello!

Well, as if my last post didn’t describe my life at the moment, even more has happened.

So, my 6 month old son is not sleeping through the night. So I am tired literally all the time. So when I do have time, I spend it in my bible. But, I have planned out time to try and post twice a week. So, if you are reading, pray for intention and diligence in my blogs.

Quick update on life: Most of you know, because you are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on instagram, my brother was in a wreck this past weekend. He was with his roommate and girlfriend heading home. Within a mile of home, they were hit by an oncoming car turning at the intersection they were crossing. Going 40 mph. My brother, did not have his seat belt on. He always wears his seatbelt. This was the one time he did not. He could have been sitting in the middle, and went right through the windshield. Luckily, he was sitting behind the driver, his roommate, and ate the back of the seat instead. He has 20 facial stitches, a broken nose, a fractured upper jaw, and his two front teeth were ripped out by the root. He suffered from a concussion. And is currently experiencing short term memory loss. His girlfriend broke her pelvis and possibly broke or fractured her right foot. His roommate, who was driving, fractured a few ribs and had a laceration on his knee which needed 9 stitches. He is also struggling breathing. So it has been a long week to say the least. Please keep them all in prayers. Over all, things could have been so much worse for all three of them, and we are extremely thankful this is all it was.

So, to say the least, I have been overwhelmed with life. Its like I’ve been in the middle of the ocean and the waves just keep coming. Have you ever been swimming in the ocean and been hit by a huge wave? And just when you make your way up to the top, another one comes? That’s been my life. Just when I think I’m catching a second wind, something else happens. I get the energy to clean the house and do laundry. Then right in the middle of it, my son cries, or needs to be held or needs to be changed. Then it’s nap time. I plan to get caught up in nap time, but I think, “I should really nap too. I’m so tired.” I’m the queen of procrastination. It pretty much always wins. So even when I do put him down, fully intending on getting caught up, I watch an episode of grey’s instead. Or fixer upper, or one of my many other shows I am addicted to. And the result of that, is things get piled up, and I become overwhelmed because there is too much to handle.

There’s literally just too much. I have about 40 different things going on that need to be taken care of yesterday. So I just sit and become overwhelmed. I hate that. I hate that I am so easily overwhelmed. I’m naturally lazy. Very lazy. Very messy. Very, very messy. I hate cleaning. I hate laundry. I hate dishes. And then we end up living in this pit. I feel so terribly bad for my son. I try to use him as a motivation, but I end up just moving into another room and ignoring the issue.

I do this with my faith sometimes. I ignore the fact that I need to talk to the Lord, and that I need to ask for forgiveness and that I need to just let Him hold me. I put Him on the back burner. Until Sunday comes. And then wave after wave, His love covers me. And I just think stop coming to Him on Sundays. Stop coming to Him when you NEED something. Go to Him when you have everything to be thankful for. Go to Him when you need NOTHING. Go to Him when you are sitting there by yourself.

Thank you for bible journaling. Otherwise, I would have no desire to jump into His word. Journaling makes me EXCITED to get into the word. Find something He’s never shown me. Read a story for the 100th time and hear something completely new. I love journaling. I love it so much. But even the devil tries to attack that.

The devil is ALWAYS going to attack you when you become closer to the Lord. He is always going to attack you when you start climbing higher. When you start really getting to know God, the devil will attack. He wants God’s army to be smaller. Because he knows he’s already lost the fight. He wants to drag you down. He wants to kill every bit of light in your life.

Don’t let him. Don’t let him get to you. Shake him off and dive DEEPER. Dive into the Lord. Dive into the wonderful presence of God. Stop procrastinating your faith. Stop trying to ignore the simple fact that you NEED JESUS. We are not meant to do this alone. We are not meant to walk through this life by ourselves. We are not ABLE to do anything without God’s grace. We can’t. We are wired to LOVE Him, to FOLLOW Him, to grab His hand and be LED.

Let Him lead you.

Dear Lord, help all of us with our procrastination, with our doubt, with our feeling of being overwhelmed. Instead, empty us of us, and fill us with you. Fill us with your overwhelming love and grace and kindness. Let the only reason for being overwhelmed be because of you. Let us come to you when we need nothing. Let us come to you to be grateful. Let us come to you every day, every hour. Help me be intentional with this blog. Help me make time to reach those you need me to reach. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverbs 13

Hey look! I did a post on the right day!!!

So once again, didn’t journal in Proverbs. I had my weekly meeting with the woman who is discipling me, Jenn. And today we went through John 8. And since then, this has just been echoing in my head.

John 8:32

Um. Sorry. This doesn’t just speak to me. It yells at me! Its inspires me. It encourages me. The truth will set you free! Can you believe that? FREE. I am a free spirit. I think anyone who knows me will agree with that. Always have been. Probably always will be. I just enjoy the feeling of freedom!

And if you’ve ever been set free of anything, you know this feeling. So just imagine being set free in general. Being set free in your life. Not having to think of anyone else. Just you. And God. And the relationship you have with Him. You don’t have to worry about the things of this world. Money, status, popularity. You are FREE of THIS WORLD. That sounds amazing. And just thinking about it, I get a big grin on my face. Because being free is all I’ve ever wanted.

And I have it.

In. Christ.

Email me if you have questions on how to be set free. Or share your wonderful feeling of being free!

Dear Lord, thank you for this day. Thank you for sending your son to set me free. I will take my freedom to glorify you. And I pray that everyone else takes their freedom and glorifies you. In whatever it may be, I hope they use it to your pleasure. I want to make you happy. I want to please you. I serve you. And help everyone else to take the leap to serve you. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverbs 10/11/12

So I find myself choosing between blogging and sleep. So sorry for choosing sleep the last couple days! It’s hard to stay on top of such a big commitment with a 5 month old, and the rest of life! Wow! Not to mention, I’m the worlds WORST at time management. Anyone who knows me can agree with that!

I look at this like my job. So when I get backed up, I find myself getting disappointed. So please forgive me while I try to juggle this commitment with all my others.

So Proverbs 10-12 is pretty much saying the same things. Which for someone like me who has a low reading comprehension starts to get confusing. And my journaling bible is a different translation than I’m used to. Which I knew early on would cause certain problems. So I find myself reading my NIV version, and journaling in my ESV version.

– Just so you know, I’m currently typing with one hand because Lucas is clingy today. So excuse any typos I don’t catch. And I’m also getting constantly interrupted. Life as a mother and a wife. –

But basically, what I got out of these three chapters, is to follow in the way of the righteous and to not lie. Don’t be prideful, slanderous or rude. But love instruction, love and discipline. Which is pretty much the last few chapters previously. So when it starts repeating itself, I need to slow down and really listen to what God is telling me. I reflect. And think. Sometimes I just journal after reading. I will right down prayers and thoughts to get it all out. And that’s what I did with these three chapters. I journaled prayers. And instead of journaling these chapters, I prayed to the Lord to speak through His word, and speak to me. And two words came to mind: love and truth. So, I went to my index, closed my eyes, and pointed on the page.

The verse that came for love was Romans 13:10. I read it. Loved it. And then read the whole paragraph. Love is a funny thing. I have love for my son. And I have love for my husband. I have love for those in family and those close to me. But do I have love for the stranger in front of me at walmart? Do I have love for the stranger next to me at the stop light? In today’s world, it’s hard to love strangers. It’s hard to think of others. And it’s even harder to think of others as your brother and sister in Christ. What if as a whole, we started loving everyone. We started loving others as God intended us to love them? What if we found the good and the light in those strangers? I bet love would come next. Because we are all made in His image. So look for Jesus in that stranger behind you. Look for Jesus in everyone and every thing around you. I bet you’ll start looking at them lovingly. And soon, you will start loving your neighbor.

And it’s funny. After writing that, I looked up the verse for truth: 1 Peter 1:22. I promise I didn’t look at it before writing what I wrote above. For a sincere brotherly love. I bet there are people reading this who think I wrote the above paragraph to link these two. And I can promise you, I didn’t. This was eyes closed, pointing to a page, writing the verses down and looking them up separately. God wanted me to tell you this. I don’t know who needs to hear this. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe, just maybe, someone else did too.

God is an all knowing God. He knows what needs to be said. And I’m just lucky enough for him to have convicted me to start this. Although, it’s not going in the direction I thought it would when I started, I know this is where He is leading me. This is what He wants to be said. And my faith is growing stronger by doing this. So even if no one else gets anything else from this, I am. And that’s what I was searching for anyway.

Dear Lord, thank you. Thank you for convicting me to this blog. Thank you for leading me to art worship. Thank you for speaking through me and to me. Thank you for letting me learn something new each time I post. Thank you for giving me the time and energy to continue in your word. Today, I’m not asking for anything. I’m just thanking you. You are holy. And I am thankful. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Proverb a Day!

Happy New Year!!! I hope all of your evenings were fun and wonderful and filled with love, laughter, friends and family!

Now normally, I don’t do new years resolutions. Honestly, I don’t like breaking promises especially when they are to myself. Not a fan. But, this year, I have made a few! And to keep myself accountable, I will share the less personal ones (which I have shared with family).

Top resolution: Glorify God in all I do every day.
I know. That sounds kinda silly. Like, “Shouldn’t you be doing that already?” Yeah. I should. But I haven’t. I try. Mostly, if I’m honest, when it’s convenient. But, every thing I do should be to the glory of God. And I’m going to make more of a point to that.
Resolution 2: Proverb a day for the month of January.
Well I want to start with a bang! I want this year to really benefit my faith and strengthen the specific parts of my life. So, Proverb a Day! Get my mind set and focused!
Resolution 3: Spend every month in a specific study.
Oh yeah. After January, I’m hitting it hard! I want to learn all I can this year. I want to be sitting at December 31st, 2016 and say, “Whoa. I know so much more than I did.” Yes!

And of course, you’ll be with me through this journey! I hope to hear your resolutions too!

My first goal is to do a Proverb a Day. And journal. Yaaaasss. Journal! I want to dive in, head first to the world of journaling and hopefully it will exceed my past studies and help me remember!

And today I had a bit of a rocky start if I’m gonna be honest. Once again, I was exhausted, and slept in. We had a pretty packed day. We took down Christmas, my mom sent me to the store, we watched War Room (which was unbelievably fantastic and inspiring!!!) and then had New Years dinner per annual tradition. On top of being at my son’s beck and call as every day goes, all of that is a lot. So to get quiet time to myself? Leave it to the life of being a mom to only have it early in the morning, (which was not the case today, nor is it usually the case any day. I like my sleep.) or late at night. As I am doing now. But I really wanted to get it posted today. So, here I am, for y’all!

Proverbs 1! The beginning of knowledge!

I really enjoyed this. And personally, verse 7, stuck out to me the most. So therefore that’s what I journaled. No rhyme or reason to my method. I wanted something original. I wanted something fun. But also, I needed something not as detailed, because it’s already 11:30. This took me all in all about an hour. That includes my prayer time, my read time and my journal time. I made sure to promise myself to not stress about perfection. And this also isn’t to show off any ‘art skills’ I may have. This is purely for me and me alone.

Just some simple lettering and water colors. Nothing too fancy. So tomorrow will be day 2! And wish me luck. I am hoping to wake up before my son for quiet time. But I really like my sleep.

Dear Lord, I pray that you allow Proverbs 1 to jump out. Make it easily relatable and speak to someone who needs it. Thank you for everything you do. For that, I am not personally worthy. I hope you take our lives this year and change them for the better. I pray you continue to use me to reach to all those who need a hand and to guide me to guide others to you. Let us take the wisdom and instruction others give us, and to not be so quick to dismiss. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

Restatement of my basis.

Well, I thought I would share why I’m doing this. I have been accused as of late that I’m trying to become famous by talking about something I don’t have a true grasp on.

Firstly, that hurts my feelings. I have a true grasp on my faith. I have a true grasp on who I know the Lord to be. I have a true grasp on the fact that Jesus is God’s only son, and that Jesus died for my sins after leading the perfect, sinless life so that I could be loved by God and accepted.

Secondly, I didn’t not start this because of fame. I don’t want to be famous. I have zero interest in being famous. I am a wife, and a mother. I have no time for fame. I barely have time for this blog as it is. Point in case, my nearly month long absence during the holidays.

Thirdly, I started this plainly because my dream, my ultimate dream job would be a youth pastor. But because I am a woman, I cannot lead a youth group. Which, bothers me, but its not my place. So, to reach out to young teens as I am trying to do, I have created a small corner of the internet for girls to come and read, and learn and to ask questions. That’s it; that’s all.

Fourthly, never ever have I said I know everything. I am learning with you. I learn every time I do a blog post. I pray over each blog post, including this one. I want the Lord to speak through me. Because He has called me to do this. He has put an unshakable conviction in my heart to speak about the word and to speak truth. I believe that because He has called me, that I will eventually reach the people it needs to reach.

Lastly, I have had several people tell me that I have hit home. And honestly, I am proud of that. That means that what I have been called to do is doing what it is meant to do. And that is pure evangelism.

So. To those of you who have emailed me and said mean things, I laugh. I laugh because that is purely the devil trying to get me to stop. Because I believe that I am doing the RIGHT thing. And when you’re doing the RIGHT thing, the devil will always try to bring you down. Well… Not today and not tomorrow Satan. Keep trying. I have the Lord on my side. I need no other validation than His.

Proverbs 31:25 – John 15:18

And with that, I’m excited to announce that for the month of January, I am doing ‘A Proverb a Day’ going through the book of Proverbs! I hope that you join me. And learn just as much as I’m going to learn! So excited. This also may be paired with a Bible Journaling that I’m going to start! So keep a look out for January 1st!

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This house

Hello ladies!

Can I get a HELLO HOLIDAYS. Whoa. Sorry for my absence. It’s been a long holiday season for us. Thanksgiving, then Christmas and soon New Years. Just a lot going on for my little family.

Around the holidays it just seems like relationships get a little messier and hours become seconds and sleep becomes nonexistent. So to recharge, refuel and refocus for the new year, I thought I would go over something that truly inspired me.

Normally in the car, I don’t have a set station to listen to. I really hate all the holiday commercials and all the extra stuff. I really just like the music. I have a few stations that I stick to. But, my favorite, especially when I’m feeling a little discouraged, need some encouragement, I’m angry and need a boost and hit the reset button, I listen to KLove. I’ve done the KLove 30 day challenge where its the only thing you listen to. And it truly was amazing. But, when you listen to KLove for a year straight, nothing else, you start to hear the same songs over and over again. So probably about 6 months ago, I changed the station for the first time, and took a break from the same songs. But the other night, I was running to walmart for a quick trip and on the way home all the stations were commercials and so I flipped it back to KLove. My favorite thing about KLove is there are no commercials. Just positive messages in-between songs. And one positive message I heard was truly inspiring.

Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Simply saying, if you can be trusted with the small things, like promising your mom you’ll clean your room for one week straight and then not following through with it, (personal shoutout to my mom who dealt with my empty promises all the time) then how can she trust you when you say you’re spending the night with your friend and you ‘won’t do anything stupid.’ (personal shoutout to my mom who dealt with my lies about not doing anything stupid all the time)

That was always my mom and dad’s favorite thing to say. “Well Erica, you lost our trust. You have to build it back up.” Because trust me, I lost my parents trust a lot and did a lot of building it back up. And my mom would always say, “Well, if you can keep your room clean for a week, you can go to the movies.” In my 16 year old head, that was her way of trying to make me clean and do something I didn’t want to do just to be mean. Which, as I’m writing that I’m laughing because I was just so irrational. But it’s true. That’s how I felt and that’s how I saw the world. My mom wasn’t doing anything to help me or better my life later on, she was just being mean and manipulative. Sitting here at 24, I feel like an idiot because I should have listened to her more. But I didn’t and now my life isn’t picture perfect. By the way, literally no one’s is. Not even Kim Kardashian. Building up trust meant nothing to me. It didn’t make any sense. So, let me explain it to you in a way that might help you grasp the concept.

A brick house. It’s not built in a day. It takes months to build a house. And you don’t lay all the brick at once, you have to take the cement and place each brick carefully. You slowly build a wall.  So think of each piece of a house as trust. I failed a class in high school. And when I failed said class, my parents took everything out of my room. All I had left was a boxspring, a mattress and a desk and chair. No pictures, no tv, literally NOTHING. No, not even clothes. My mom picked out my clothes for 2 straight weeks. And purposefully picked out clothes and outfits I hated. Slowly, I started earning things back in my room. I had to build the trust back up. They trusted me when I said I didn’t have homework, they trusted me when I said I studied for that test I had the next day. They trusted me at my word. So when they realized I lied about it all, I had no house. Just an empty lot. So slowly, I built my house of trust. Started with the foundation, worked my way to the frame, put up a roof, worked my way to the dry wall and then brick by brick, I built this house of trust. Each little thing I did, each assignment, each time I came straight home from school, each time I came home straight from practice or work, was another piece of the house. When I finally had a stable enough frame around the house, they allowed me to go out with my friends again. And each time I came home on time for curfew, or call and check in, or was where I said I was, was another brick. And eventually, there stood this house in front of us of trust. And once the trust was there I got my life back.

God does the same thing. He trusts us to make the right decisions. He gave us the power of free will to make decisions on our own. He doesn’t want to force us into Him. He wants us to choose Him. Every second. Every minute. Every hour. Every day. And we build a trust up with him. And soon, we have a house of trust with Him. And when we do, he will give us HUGE responsibilities. He will put a person in our life that truly needs Him. And he will trust us to lead said person to Him. Every time we pray, every time we do the right thing, every time we choose to not sin and try to live Jesus’ perfect life, we earn a little bit of cement and brick to lay. We earn a nail to nail down that roof. And we eventually build this sturdy home to hold our love and trust and forgiveness Jesus gives us.

You have to do the small things to earn the big things. People don’t just start out as CEO’s of large companies. They work their way up the ladder to earn that position. It’s not an overnight process. It’s something you build your entire life.

So for the new year, lets start from scratch. Lets build a beautiful home together. And lets earn those tools. Lets start working with the little stuff to earn the big stuff.

Dear Lord, thank you for bringing the people to my page to read this message you’ve filled me with and thank you for giving me the strength and encouragement to write it. I pray that these beautiful people read my message, and get exactly what they need out of it. Let them be inspired for the new year. Let this reach to all those whom you need it to reach. Let your message be perfected and individualized to each person who reads this. Let them realize that loving you is a long term journey, and it’s best to start as soon as possible. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

What is faith?

Hello ladies.

This is the third time I’ve written this post. Every time I start, I don’t feel like its what I’m really trying to say. So let’s try this one last time.

I strongly believe faith differs between each individual. My reasons for my faith may be something different than the person next to me. But lets try to tackle this. I want to encourage y’all once again to contact me with any questions. And I will answer them as soon as I can with the best way I can.

So faith is defined as ‘complete trust or confidence in someone or something’ and ‘based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.’

Ephesians 3:16-19 I really love this. I think it speaks to so much more than just faith itself. “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” You have to accept Jesus in your hearts to receive the power of faith. The power of faith is hard to grasp. And even harder to maintain. But the reward of maintaining the faith is truly amazing. You are forgiven and get to spend eternity in this wonderful place called Heaven.

Hebrews 11:1 More definition. But this is amazing. Confidence in what we hope for, and assurance in what we do not see. How much would you love knowing that what you hope for is beyond possible and assurance toward that future? Whether your future is towards being a doctor or traveling around the world, faith allows you to have confidence in that dream, and the promise that it may come true.

Romans 15:13 Trusting in Jesus, gives you the hope. And you can’t trust Jesus without the faith of him.

James 1:6 Maintaining that faith is difficult. Especially when you pray and the answer is no. You may not understand at the time why the answer is no, but later, you will soon see that his plan is exactly what you needed. But if you can stay steadfast in your faith, and realize that even when the answer is no, He will always take care of you. His plan is greater than ours. And always works out in our favor.

1 Peter 1:8-9 Again, more definition of what faith is in Him. ‘Inexpressible and glorious joy.’ Sign me up. You cannot see Him like you can see the person in front of you. But you can see Him through others. I pray for that daily. I pray that someone can see Him through me. Because seeing Him through someone else, is as close as we are gonna get to see Him until our glorious day in Heaven arrives.

Hebrews 11;6 I have previously talked about pleasing Jesus. And without faith, you can’t please him. And you can’t please him without earnestly seeking him.  I love to please Jesus. Because he has shared that pleasure with me in return.

2 Corinthians 5:7 By faith and not sight. Very difficult in such a sight driven world. We are attached to our screens that let us see everything. I think that is why faith is so difficult in our current world. We find it hard to believe something without physically seeing it. We watch the news, we watch our music, we watch our friends through videos. But trusting in something you can’t see, may seem crazy to others, but the reward… I can’t talk enough about the reward.

Romans 10:10James 2:17 Having faith through your heart is the way you can believe in Him. Believing in your heart and telling everyone that you do, is the best way to act out your faith for beginners.

And of course, I can’t talk about faith without this story. For those of you new to faith, you may not have read this story. But it is a ‘basic’ story. Next week I will go over the other basic stories. But this one pertains to faith. Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus comes out to them, walking on water. Obviously, that is impossible. Except for the Lord of course. And Peter says if it’s you, then tell me to come out to you. And when the Lord did, Peter, just an ordinary man, walked on water too. When he doubted, he sunk. Don’t doubt the Lord. Allow yourself to open your heart, accept Him and walk on water with Him.

Basically, anyone can and will be skeptical of this. They will attempt to poke holes in the stories, and tell you that it is impossible to walk on water, it is impossible to arise from the dead, it is impossible to heal people with touch. Yes, it is impossible. Except for the Lord. He is not man. He came to us in man form, to teach us and show us the faith. But, He is the son of God and therefore can do anything. The amazing part of all of this, is the the spirit of Him lives within us. And he just waits for us to accept Him and believe in Him. It’s easy to believe in something you can see. But take the harder road, and believe in what you cannot see, what you cannot truly explain. When the Lord shows up in your life, it is amazing to be able to explain the miracle as Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Dear Lord, I bring these ladies to you so that you can make yourself known in their life. I pray that they see the true and amazing power of your love and living their life through you and by you. There is no greater gift. Let them have undeniable faith in you, like you have given me. Let this reach to all those who are sinking without the faith. Lift them up on the water, and let them walk with you. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.

How does salvation work?

Hello ladies! Just so you know, I’m currently avoiding packing for our weekend right now. So thanks for getting me out of that nightmare.

Salvation tends to change depending on domination. I was raised in the church of christ who believe being baptized and being saved are one in the same. The church I go to now is southern baptist who believe you are saved and then are baptized if you want. You don’t have to be baptized to get into heaven. So lets see what the bible says!
While studying this, a lot of verses came up. One of them was Hebrews 7:25. When Paul says ‘he’ he is talking about Jesus. Jesus is able to save us completely. And in some translations it says forever. So if we come to God through Jesus, God will save us. 
So what exactly is being saved? Well its being saved from your sins. Everyone sins. It’s a part of life. But God hates sin. So, to join him, we must ask for forgiveness. Some of us sin without meaning to sin, some of us knowingly sin, and some of us don’t realize we are sinning at all. I know that I will find myself wanting something that someone else has, and that’s sin. 
Jesus was sent to save us. That was his entire purpose on this earth. John 3:17 
And being saved is only found in God through Jesus. Acts 4:12
But why do you need to be saved? Well, God calls us to holiness. 2 Timothy 1:9
So how do you become saved?
Well you need to realize that this is putting your old life behind. Matthew 16:25 You can’t keep living your life and take in Jesus. You have to try and be a better person. Start living your life for him and through him. Meaning, start taking him into every decision you make regarding your life from this moment on. Stop all your sin, and start trying to please him. Not pleasing yourself. 
Then, you need to call his name. Acts 2:21 No just in your head. But out loud. Romans 10:10 Whether you are in your room, the bathroom, at church, or with friends. Say it out loud. I know it feels funny at first to talk to someone who doesn’t audibly talk back. But when you say it out loud, something happens. Anyone who has been saved knows this feeling. You feel the spirit in you. You feel him move in you. You feel overwhelmed. Its pretty awesome to feel it. Just talking about it, I feel him in me. And every time I talk about him out loud, I feel the same thing. Its an amazing feeling. 
Next step, is to deny yourself. Mark 8:34 You can’t be proud. You have to accept that you are a sinner, and that you need Jesus to save you. You can’t save yourself. And you must tell him that. 
Then comes baptism. Mark 16:16 It says clearly that you must be baptized. And it’s an amazing feeling as well. Coming up you just feel refreshed and immediately better. I’ve been baptized twice. Once when I was 12. I thought I understood the full meaning. And I truly didn’t. Then again when I was 22 with my husband. We were baptized together to be forgiven together and to start our lives together. 
The Lord knows your heart. He knows if you truly want to be saved. And only then will you be saved.
Dear Lord, I pray that you move in the ladies that read this. I pray that it reaches all who it needs to reach. I pray that they feel convicted and transfer over your side and your wonderful glory. I pray that all the ladies who make your decision feel your immediate embrace. And start to live their life for you. I pray that you let this reach to any one who needs to hear it. In your sons name I pray, amen.