Unbelief

This week when I was doing a devotional, I came across the topic of unbelief and it got me thinking.

If you are a Christian, then you obviously already believe in God and that he sent Jesus to die for our sins. There is no doubting that. BUT, when was the last time you really believed God’s promises for you and what He thinks of you?

It’s easy to believe everything God has for us when life is going great. What happens when we suddenly receive some bad news or are hurt by someone and suddenly all we feel is self-doubt?

Going through infertility these past few years has really played with my emotions and at times I will admit I have had unbelief. I have had doubts about us conceiving, and at some low moments throughout this journey, I’ve even doubted myself and my capability of being a parent. “Maybe there is a reason I’m not a mother to a child now, could I even raise a child? I can barely keep my plants alive…”

I’m not sure what you’re dealing with, but the best thing to do in these times of unbelief is to run to God. Sometimes it’s so easy to think you need to deal with this unbelief on your own, and you’ll talk to Him again when you feel better, but God wants the opposite. God can supply all of our needs, and I think He would appreciate an honest plea of unbelief than to have His child just getting by and “faking it”. It’s important to address the strongholds in our lives, and God can surely break those strongholds if we let Him.

I encourage you today to ask yourself if you have any areas of your life where you are experiencing unbelief or doubt. Take it to God and let’s turn our thinking around, together!

 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂

Our Identity in Christ

Over the course of my life, I have made the mistake of finding my self-worth in other people and things. I think it’s safe to say that most of us Americans automatically find our worth by what’s in our bank account, whether we own/rent our homes, our job titles, social group, the vacations we go on, and material possessions, such as what type of car we drive and things we own. All of these things are tangible. We can see them right in front of us, and we sometimes worry about what all of that looks like to other people. Maybe in this modern-day, you take pride in how many followers you have on social media, or how many likes you get on a post. Especially that post you put a lot of wit or thought into, or that photo that was taken at that perfect moment, with perfect lighting, etc.

What would happen if the one earthly thing you pride yourself in the most, went away? 

Last week after coming back from the holiday break, I received the news that my full-time position at work is being phased into a freelance position over the next few months due to work-flow. If you know me, then you know that I love my job. I thoroughly enjoy the projects I get to work on, and working from home is the cherry on top. As you can imagine, finding out this news was sort of devastating. I was in shock at first, and then shock turned into defeat. I almost felt like I was having an identity crisis. Who was I without this job? What am I going to do? What is my ‘title’ going to be in the coming months?

Maybe you’re like me and you’re stuck in what seems to be the ‘in-between’ phase in life and you’re wondering what that next chapter is going to hold. Or maybe you have total and complete job security, you’ve created the family you’ve dreamed of, and you’re already accomplishing all of your goals in life.

Let me encourage you today, to stop putting your worth in things other than Christ. There is nothing wrong with enjoying and taking pride in your job, your family, etc. However, when you believe your worth is only based on earthly things, there’s a problem. If you are a Christian, your worth and identity should be rooted in Christ. If you were to take away all of your earthly titles and possessions, what would be left and who would you be? 

I encourage you today to cling to who scripture says you are and stop attaching your worth to something earthly, and something that’s going to eventually fade away.

Last year, the women in my church did a bible study called The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. One of the topics we went over was our identity in Christ.
If you are a Christian, I hope you can find hope and encouragement in this list:

I am a child of God (John 1:12)

I have peace with God (Rom. 5:1)

The Holy Spirit lives in me (1 Cor. 3:16)

I have access to God’s wisdom (Jas. 1:5)

I am helped by God (Heb. 4:16)

I am reconciled to God (Rom. 5.11)

I am not condemned by God (Rom. 8:1)

I am justified (Rom. 5:1)

I have Christ’s righteousness (Rom. 5:19; 2 Cor. 5:21)

I am Christ’s ambassador (2 Cor. 5:20)

I am completely forgiven (Col. 1:14)

I am tenderly loved by God (Jer. 31:3)

I am the sweet fragrance of Christ to God (2 Cor. 2:15)

I am a temple in which God dwells (1 Cor. 3:16)

I am blameless and beyond reproach (Col. 1:22)

I am the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13)

I am the light of the world (Matt. 5:14)

I am a branch on Christ’s vine (John 15:1,5)

I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)

I am chosen by Christ to bear fruit (John 15:16)

I am joint heir with Christ, sharing his inheritance with him (Rom. 8:17)

I am united to the Lord, one spirit with him (1 Cor. 6:17)

I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27)

I am a saint (Eph. 1:1)

I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)

I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved (Col. 3:12)

I am a child of the light (1 Thess. 5:5)

I am holy, and I share in God’s heavenly calling (Heb. 2:11)

I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5)

I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession and created to sing his praises (1 Pet. 2:9-10)

I am firmly rooted and built up in Christ (Col. 2:7)

I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)

I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16)

I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence (Eph. 3:12)

I have been rescued from Satan’s domain and transferred into the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13)

I have been made complete in Christ (Col. 2:10)

I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:)

I have been given great and precious promises by God (2 Pet. 1:4)

My needs are met by God (Phil 4:19)

I am a prince (princess) in God’s kingdom (John:12; 1 Tim. 6:15)

I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19,20)

I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph. 1:5)

I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)

I am assured that all things are working together for good (Rom. 8:28)

I am free from any condemning charges against me (Rom. 8:31)

I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom. 8:35)

I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:21,22)

I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected (Phil. 1:6)

I am a citizen of heaven (Phil 3:20)

I am a personal witness of Christ’s (Acts 1:8)

I am God’s coworker (2 Cor. 6:1; 1 Cor. 3:9)

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Eph. 2:6)

I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me the strength I need (Phil. 4:13)

Declarations from the Word of God

Like most Christians, I’ve always been taught that you should start your day in the bible and in prayer. No one denies that those are two powerful things you should do.
What would our lives look like if we as Christians also declared scripture over our lives every day? No matter what you may be going through, below is a list of scriptures you can declare daily over your life. My pastor gave us this list a few years ago and we have had it on the fridge ever since. I will admit that I don’t always say them in the morning, every morning, but I challenge you to join me in professing these scriptures every day.

 

What I believe and say will happen (Mark 11:23)

This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps 118:24) I am the body of Christ and satan has no power over me. For I will overcome evil with good. (1 For 12:27 – Romans 12:21)

I am of God and have overcome satan. For great is He that is in me than He that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

I will fear no evil, for though art with me, Lord your word and your spirit, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me. (Isaiah 54:14)

No weapon formed against me shall prosper, for my righteousness is of the Lord, but whatsoever I do will prosper for I’m like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water. (Isaiah 54:17 – Psalm 1:3)

I am delivered from the evils of this present world for it is the will of God concerning me. (Galatians 1:4)

No evil will befall me, neither will any plague come near my dwelling. For the Lord has given His angels charge over me and they keep me in all my ways, and in my pathway is life and there is no death. (Psalm 91:10-11; Proverbs 12:28)

I am a doer of the word of God and blessed in my deeds. I am happy in those things which I do because I am a doer of the Word of God. (James 1:22)

I take the shield of faith and I quench every fiery dart that the wicked one brings against me. (Ephesians 6:16)

I am a overcomer and I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. (Revelations 12:11) I am submitted to God and the devil feels from me because I resist him in the name of Jesus. (James 4:7)

The word of God is forever settled in heaven, therefore, I establish His word upon this earth. (Psalm 119:89)

Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. Christ has redeemed me from poverty, Christ has redeemed me from sickness, Christ has redeemed me from spiritual death. (Galatians 3:13 – Deuteronomy 28)

For poverty He has given me wealth, for sickness He has given me health, for death He has given me eternal life. (2 Corinthians 8:9 – Isaiah 53:5, 6 – John 10:10 – John 5:24)

It is true unto me according to the Word of God. (Psalm 119:25)

I delight myself in the Lord and He gives me the desires of my heart. (Psalm 37:4)

I have given and it is given unto me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. (Luke 6:38)

The power of God works mightily within me! (Col 1:29) Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)

With my words I make my way prosperous and I have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

I come to God with confidence and I receive from Him whatever I ask because I obey Him and do the things that please Him. (1 John 3:21, 22) Everything I need is added to me because I seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)

I have received power from on high. (Luke 24:49) I pray in the Spirit as the Holy Spirit enables me. (Acts 2:4) I will see the Lord because I pursue holiness and peace with all people and He makes me holy. (Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:16)

I am a new creation in Christ. Old things are passed away, behold all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) God has blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3)

The secret of the Lord is with me because I fear Him, and He shows me His covenant ways. (Psalm 25:14) He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. (Psalm 103:7)

I am filled with His Holy Spirit, speaking to myself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:18, 19) I am praying always…in the Spirit…for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)

With what measure I use it is measured back to me, I sow bountifully, therefore, I reap bountifully. I give cheerfully, and my God has made all grace abound toward me and I having all-sufficiency for all things do abound to all good works. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

There is no lack for my God supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19) And I, having received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, do reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)

The Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant, and Abraham’s blessings are mine. (Ps 35:27, Gal 3:14) I trust in the Lord with all my heart, and I lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways, I acknowledge Him and He directs my path. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

I let the Word of Christ dwell in me richly in all wisdom (Col 3:16) I do follow the Good Shepherd and I know His voice and the voice of a stranger I do not follow. (John 10:4,5)

Jesus is made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Therefore, I confess I have the wisdom of God and I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened I am not conformed to this world but am transformed by the renewing of my mind. My mind is renewed by the Word of God. (Ephesians 1:17, 18, Romans 12:2)

I am increasing in the knowledge of God. I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power. (Col 1:10,11) I can do and will do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)

The joy of the Lord is my strength. The Lord is the strength of my life. (New 8:10, Ps 27:1) The peace of God which passes all understanding keeps my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus and things which are good, pure, and perfect, and lovely, and of good report, I think on these things. (Phil 4:7,8)

I let no corrupt communication proceed out of my mouth, but that which is to edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearer. I grieve not only the Holy Spirit of God, whereby I am sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:29, 30)

I let the peace of God rule in my heart and I refuse to worry about anything. (Col 3:15) I will not let the Word of God depart from before my eyes for it is life to me and I have found it and it is health and healing to all my flesh. (Proverbs 4:21, 22)

God is on my side, God is in me now, who can be against me? He has given me all things that pertain unto life and godliness, therefore, I am a partaker of His divine nature. (2 Car. 6:16, Romans 8:31, John 10:10, 2 Peter 1:3-4)

I am a believer and these signs do follow me. In the name of Jesus, I cast out demons, I speak with new tongues, I lay hands on the sick and they do recover. (Mark 16:17, 18)

Jesus gave me authority to use His name and that which I bind on earth is bound in heaven and that which I loose on earth is loosed in heaven. Therefore, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bind the principalities, the powers, the rulers of darkness of this world. I bind and cast down spiritual sickness in high places and render them harmless and ineffective against me, and my family, my church. In the name of Jesus! (Matthew 16:19, John 16:23, 24, Eph. 6:12)

 

Instagram Q & A

Hey there everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I opened up one of my posts for you guys to ask me any questions that you may have. I did get a few, so I wanted to post them here rather than doing a story.

Here we go!

When did you start loving Disney so much?
I grew up as your typical 90’s Disney kid. I loved watching all of the movies growing up and every year I had a different themed Disney birthday party. I grew up going to the parks in Orlando, (Disney, Sea World and Universal) since I have family in Florida. We usually only went to Magic Kingdom and I was too young to remember going. I went to the parks in high school for a band trip and was able to park hop all four parks in one week. Fast forward to ‘growing up’ and my husband and I went to Animal Kingdom last year for one day, and upon returning home I realized there was a community for people like myself on Instagram, who are obsessed with Disney. So, I have always been a Disney fan, but since becoming an adult, it has only been the past year or two that I have embraced my love for the movies and parks again! 🙂

 

How do you keep your marriage fun (while life can be so busy and comfort sets in) and how would you coordinate your faith in it, if your husband doesn’t necessarily believe in anything?
I have to admit that this is tough question since I don’t claim to have the perfect life. I think one way to keep marriage fun is to revisit some of the things that you used to do together when you were dating or first married. Favorite dinner spot? First date? Movie spot? Go visit! I also think that continuing to do nice things for the other person is also key to keeping things fun. For example, there’s something super sweet about my husband bringing me a cup of coffee every morning that we have off together (aka weekends). He doesn’t have to do that small gesture, but it sure is sweet!
I also think going out of your comfort zone a bit and doing new activities together or even traveling to new places is a great way to keep your marriage fun. I would suggest going on ‘date nights’, but when you are married and don’t have kids, every night is practically a date night, if you have that mentality. I think making sure you go out and do something (whether it’s a movie, dinner or other activity) is one way to keep things fun as well. Sometime I love movie nights at home, and after a long week of working and volunteering that’s all we feel like doing, but going out every once in a while is fun!

If your husband isn’t a believer, I would pray for him. I know it sounds like such a typical answer, but I think it’s the right one. Maybe don’t even let him know you’re praying for him at first. Not only pray for his salvation, but pray for his day at work, his thoughts, etc. I think that could be more beneficial than pressuring him to become a believer and go to church (if he’s not). I actually just picked up a book while browsing the sale section at Hobby Lobby the other day. It’s called The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. I have not cracked it open yet, but it seems like a great resource for anyone who wants to pray for their husband, which should be all of us who are wives! 🙂 There’s even a section on praying for his faith!
Also, while you are praying for him and you start to see fruit in his life, you may be able to gauge when would be a good time to suggest going to church for a holiday or for an event. But don’t forget about yourself! Make sure you are doing your part to stay close to God and making sure your life is fruitful. After all, you may be the only Christian your husband may come in contact with, so you are a walking billboard in a sense.

 

Have you guys ever thought about adopting a child?
Yes, we actually have! We are still sort of in the wait with our current situation, but we have talked briefly about adopting. I’m not sure if we would consider that more before or after we potentially pursue help from a fertility specialist, but we are definitely open to it and have talked about it. 🙂 We are continually evaluating our lives and making sure we are being obedient to the Lord and praying that He shows us His will through this experience.

 

How long have you been a fur mama?
I grew up with two Chihuahuas, but I officially became a fur mama 3 years ago. We adopted Max the week of Christmas in 2014 and he has been the best Christmas gift EVER! 🙂 As a couple who is struggling to have human children, having our sweet pup changed a lot for us. We rescued him only a year into our wait, but we know our home wouldn’t feel the same without having our little guy. 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to everyone who asked a question! If you have any other questions be sure to comment below and I will do my best to get back to you! 🙂
Hope you all have a great day! 🙂

God’s Love: A Devotional for February

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Since it is the first day of February, and most of us associate February with love and Valentine’s Day, I wanted to create a simple devotional on God’s love. Sometimes when we think of Valentine’s Day we focus on ways to show our love to just our spouses, family members, and friends. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but we often overlook God’s love for us and ways to show God that we love him.

This month, I wanted to focus and meditate on God’s love for us. I feel as though sometimes as Christians we hear about God’s love for us, and it can go in one ear and out the other. Sometimes it’s even easy to take His love for granted.

This is not the most elaborate devotional you’ll find on God’ love, but it is a stepping stone to start your day with as well as a starting point to read and explore more scripture.

You can find the devotional below:

Join me this month in re-discovering God’s love for us!