To those who are weary:

Obedience and submission. Two words from the bible in which people have problems. They sound harsh to some ears, but I have to let you in on something; No matter how harsh it sounds you are already being obedient and submitting to something. Think about it. What moral code drives you? Is it what feels good to you? Well, that could change on a whim. Is it what pleases others? That is going to change quite often as well. Is it just simply doing good things or “living your truth?” How do you know what is good or what is true? The world? Your inner thoughts or vibrations? Guess what…yep…all those are fluid and change as the wind blows. BUT you are obedient and submit your life to that ever changing belief. How tired you must be. How burdened and wore out you must be from trying to figure out the right path that may change tomorrow, next month, or next year. That seems pretty harsh to me. Just look at the world around you. Is there peace amongst the choas or are you being thrown around the ship with no anchor?

Now, go back and read what obedience and submission looks like in the bible. Read how it frees you. Read how it strengthens you. Read how submitting your life to Jesus as your Savior, repenting your sins, and obeying His way leads you to peace in the choas and anchored securely to a never changing guide for your life and a glorious eternity ahead of you.

Do you want to submit to the ever changing laws of the world that is ready to cancel you when you fall short of it? Or do you want to submit to the never changing law of God and receive grace, mercy, and forgiveness when you fall short of it?

The choice is yours. Free will is a God given right when it comes to your salvation. His arms are open to you now.

“Come home, come home;
you who are weary come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
calling, O sinner, come home!”-Will L. Thompson

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Proverbs 14:12
There a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.

1 John 2:17
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

The sexual intention

God never intended for our focus, lives, or decisions to be governed by our sexual desires. Our identity was never meant to be based on our sexual desires. Sex is not a sin when it is between husband and wife alone. That makes it pretty simple to discern whether or not to have sex with someone or who to have sex with. It’s not complicated or confusing. Are you in a marriage with the opposite sex as stated in the bible (old and new testament, by the way)? If yes, then it is not sin. No? Then it is sin. No confusion. Plain and simple. May not always like it but that’s the truth.

But you know what else is the truth? The bible also states you can be washed clean of that sin just like all the others! We come to Jesus, choose Him as our Savior, repent our sins, and He gets to work on changing the desires of our heart to match His. Nothing confusing about that either! Praise Jesus for His grace and mercy and transforming power!

1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ❤

Following Him

Being saved by Jesus is more than just believing He exists. Being saved means following Jesus. You make Him Lord of your life which means you allow Him to change you. Which makes you not want to stay in your sin and live for Him and His ways instead. This first verse I will post brought me back to Jesus and changed the course of my life and eternity. I dont miss who I was and I look forward to always transforming into the woman God means for me to be. That is how I “live my best life.” By not having my eyes on things of this world but on things of heaven. I am not perfect at it but it is my target in life. That is where I aim. By looking to whats ahead and forgetting what is behind. As Robert Frost once said about taking the road less traveled “it has made all the difference.”

Where are you? Are you only a believer of Jesus or a follower? Your answer makes all the difference.

If it is the first one, and that scares you….it is not too late to change your path. You can take the first step today. You can say your true salvation prayer and ask Jesus to be the true Lord of your life. Then get in your bible and church to learn what all that means. God has sent people in your life to help point you to Him. If that person is me, please dont hesitate to message me. I would love to talk to you about our Jesus. Don’t let this conviction pass away from you. One day it will stop.

Matthew 7:21
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Philippians 3:13
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

John 10:27
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 4:19
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Matthew 9:9
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

It may not feel ok…

Sometimes we go through some things that are stressful and not sure what the outcome will be. We tell ourselves that it will all be okay, and in the end it will be. But that doesnt help how totally un-okay it feels right now. It doesnt guarantee that the outcome will feel okay. It may be the case that we will land in “So-Not-Okayville” for a while. But this I know is true…God will be there. He will walk us through it. In all of our worst case scenarios, God is there. Yes, we can pray and hope for the best case scenario, but if it goes the other way then the disappointment could be so great that we may try to be angry at God if we think He is supposed to only allow easier paths to happen. Even if the worst happens, pray to remember God is bigger than our worst and He has a plan that we cannot see. Rejoice in the strength God will provide. Lean on that strength. Remember whose Spirit we are made of when our reactions want to go south. Recall that the testing of our faith is not meant to beat us down but to build us up. Trust God’s plan even if we have no clue what it is or where it will take us or why it is going the way it is. Allow yourself to feel what you feel but take those feelings to the One who made them for Him to control. It may not feel okay, but we will be okay. We can still learn to be content in all circumstances.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Ephesians 6:10
Finally my brethern, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

Romans 8:18 and 28
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.

Philippians 4:4-8

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your gentleness be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

But God…

Are you looking for someone to love you? To fully love you even when you fail? Even when you hurt them? Someone willing to love you on your worst day? To not abandon you but stay by your side wanting to guide you to a better way? Someone willing to listen to every word you have to say and give you what you need in return?

Are you looking for that in the people of this earth? I once did as well, and there are times I still expect it. But those expectations are far too high for anyone here on earth. Your mom/dad can’t do it. Your husband/wife can’t do it. Your boyfriend/girlfriend can’t do it. Your friends can’t do it. Not your preacher or church family either. We are all too flawed to be that constant source.

But God can. He pours out His love so freely. He instructs a heart that is turned to Him. He looks down on you pouring out His love. And when you fall He says “Yeah, I saw that. Hurt didn’t it? That’s ok. We are going to work on that. I love you. I love you. I love you.” And it just keeps going. The more you immerse yourself in His love and learn about Him in His word (bible) then the less you expect out of others and the more you start to BE someone who listens, loves, and doesnt judge someone’s fall but picks them up and leads them back to God instead.

Oh, what a world this would be if we all would accept the love of God as enough, rejoice in it, and stop being so hurt by what people of this earth can’t fulfill. People were never meant to be our everything.

But God….

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Come to Me

So, I always feel bad for crying when I am stressed. I try to shove the stress away and hold back the tears as long as I can because I feel like if I let that emotion come to the top then I am not really trusting God with my circumstances. That usually leads to me running to food and/or some sort of distraction like TV or social media. Then I feel bad for giving in to gluttony and laziness. Which then makes me feel worse because I turned to sin instead of Jesus for comfort. Then I cry to God and bawl my eyes out and feel better.

Even just typing that out makes me wonder why I have never recognized to cut that whole middle part out. Why not just feel stressed and cry my eyes out to God?

Jesus wept when Lazarus died and He knew the outcome. He knew He was about to bring him back to life but He felt the pain of the circumstance and cried. Then, in the Garden before He was to be taken to His fate the bible says His sweat was like drops of blood from His anguish while He prayed. He knew the outcome of that, too. He knew the joy set before Him after it was all over but still He felt the anguish of the circumstance.

So can I. No matter the size of it. I can feel it. Cry to God over it. Let it go. Every emotion we have is called out in the bible and we are told to take it to God. Even the good emotions we are told to take to God in praise and rejoicing.

Emotions are to be felt. It is the reaction that matters. It is what we do next that dictates if this emotion is going to consume us and cause us to sin or are we going to let God in on it right away?

Life isnt fair, and just because we are Christians doesnt mean life will suddenly be more just. Things happen that shouldnt and things that should happen dont. The difference is that now we have a place to take our emotions. To the One who created them because He created us.

He reigns me in when I cry out to Him. How quickly I cry out to Him is all up to me. And now it seems plain ridiculous that He isnt always my first stop. When He is then He is my last stop and that chaos in the middle never stands a chance.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

From regrets to promises

On Revelation Wellness the other day they talked about living in the promises instead of your regret. I am so bad about wallowing in my regret. All the should of, could of, would of’s can steal your joy for sure! But when you ask God for wisdom over it then chances are He will reveal some weaknesses that led to that regret.

The wonderful thing about that is you can live in His promise that the work God has started in you, He will be good to complete. So, that weakness He has shown you….rejoice in that! He is about to get in there and strengthen it. He is about to make changes. All you have to do is come in to agreement and respond in obedience.

Will you fall short at times? Yes. This is an endurance race that requires practice and training. Improvement will come. Sometimes at a snail’s pace and sometimes as quick as a flash. That is why the gift of salvation that Jesus provides us is such a glorious gift! It keeps us covered while our hearts are being transformed.

God wants to lead you out of regret and into the joy and peace of His promises. All things are worked out for the good for those that love Him. That is another promise to lean on. Say yes to Jesus and get in that bible to read all the wonderful promises that have been laid out for you!

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 10:9-10
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

A Snake’s Purpose

A Snake’s Purpose
Monica Joslin

“Snakes have their purpose even if you are afraid.”
That is what my game warden father used to say.
It reminds me of the snake that slithered its way to Eve.
That snake had a purpose and Eve was not naive.
God was clear on His command for that fruit filled tree.
Eve knew the price but chose the the lie “to be free”
Enslaving the free remains the pupose of that snake.
Breaking chains is Jesus’ purpose; your choice to make.
You can overcome a snake’s purpose even if you are afraid.
You are more than a conqueror; that is the way you are made.
So, stand with your Father and let Him guide you through the end of time.
Always proclaiming what your Father is saying:
“A snake has its purpose BUT I have Mine.”