What Are You Doing With What God Has Given You?

Matthew 25:14-30
​For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Unity

​”Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

~Psalms 133:1

I couldn’t have said it better myself. How easy it is for our human nature to rise up and sew discord among each other. On the day of Pentecost, in the upper room, they were there “with one accord in prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14). If we could lay aside our selfish desires and seek God with a spiritual unity, think of what He could do through us!

Perfect Union With God

I recently started reading a book that I have been thoroughly enjoying because of the spiritual truth behind it. It’s called Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard and the intro alone was enough to tell me it was worth reading. Here is the excerpt that caught my eye:

It is God’s will that some of His children should learn this deep union with Himself through the perfect flowering of natural human love in marriage. For others it is equally His will that the same perfect union should be learned through the experience of learning to lay down completely this natural and instinctive desire for marriage and parenthood, and accept the circumstances of life which deny them this experience. This instinct for love, so firmly implanted in the human heart, is the supreme way by which we learn to desire and love God Himself above all else.

This passage spoke volumes to me on a personal level and brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to share it today for anyone in a similar situation to myself, in my thirties and still single, and for anyone who can take this passage and apply it to what they may be going through right now, whatever that may be.

Use your trials to draw you closer to God. Let God use them to mold you into who He desires you to be so that you are more able to accomplish His will for your life.

What’s Your Favorite Verse?

This is one of my favorite scriptures. It speaks straight to my heart for most of the trials that I’ve gone through, hence why it’s my theme verse for this blog. Though I have several verses that I turn to in times that I need reassurance, this is always one of them. 

Anybody else want to share your favorite verse of scripture?

Accepting the Will of God

Accept- verb- to take or receive something; to agree or consent to; to undertake the responsibility, duties, and honors of; to regard as true or sound; believe.

If you’ll notice, the word accept is a verb, meaning there has to be some action behind it, that action being one or all of the definitions listed above. As I typed the definitions to this word, I couldn’t help but think about replacing the word accept with one of it’s definitions in this statement: I accept the will of God for my life. If you have a moment, do that now. I __________ the will of God for my life.

Makes you think about it doesn’t it? Are we really accepting the will of God for our lives or are we just saying we do because we’re “Christians” and still living the way we think we should live without consulting Him?

It is so very easy to fall into living our lives as we want, after all, they are ours to live right? Well, I’ve always been of the opinion that when we become Christians we don’t just give our hearts to God, we don’t “just believe”. I believe that when we accept Christ as our savior, we give God all of us, our hearts, minds, bodies, bank accounts, family, friends, job, etc. I like that story about how we only see that back of the tapestry of our lives, but God sees the front. Well if He sees everything that is happening and will happen, isn’t it best to let Him guide our way? To me it’s no different than being in the dark and following someone with a flashlight, no one in their right mind would say, “Nope, I can find my own way!”

Some things may seem too insignificant for God, trust me, they aren’t. I’ve personally experienced times when God showed me he cared about something that may have been trivial to others, but it meant something to me. You see, when we do things our way, it can only result in emptiness, dissatisfaction, and confusion; when we do things His way however, the result is completeness and peace.

Whenever you obey God, His seal is always that of peace, the witness of an unfathomable peace, which is not natural, but the peace of Jesus. Whenever peace does not come, tarry til it does or find out the reason why it does not. If you are acting on an impulse, or from a sense of the heroic, the peace of Jesus will not witness; there is no simplicity or confidence in God, because the spirit of simplicity is born of the Holy Ghost, not of your decisions. Every decision brings a reaction of simplicity.

My questions come whenever I cease to obey. When I have obeyed God, the problems never come between me and God, they come as probes to keep the mind going on with amazement at the revelation of God. Any problem that comes between God and myself springs out of disobedience; any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.

~Oswald Chambers
My Utmost for His Highest
December 14th devotion

Growth in Darkness

Today I want to share an excerpt out of a wonderful book by Oswald Chambers called “My Utmost For His Highest”. It is an amazing daily devotional that I have been reading for a few years now and I thoroughly enjoy it. This excerpt comes from the February 14th reading.

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon housetops…”  ~Matt. 10:27

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him. “What I tell you in darkness” – watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstance, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet. If you open your mouth in the dark, you will talk in the wrong mood: darkness is the time to listen. Don’t talk to other people about it; don’t read books to find out the reason of the darkness, but listen and heed. If you talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light.

I just love that. It’s a bitter-sweet reminder that we walk through dark times for a reason, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” ~Ecc. 3:1. Remember, during your times of darkness and waiting, that the Lord has a plan for you and He may need to put you in a place of solitude so that all your focus can be on Him and what He is trying to teach you.

The Beauty of God’s Creation

We recently took a family vacation and got to enjoy several amazing things that put us in awe of God’s creation. If you have ever been to a cave you know what I’m talking about. If not, then keep reading and you’ll get to see some pictures.

Fantastic Caverns is unique because instead of walking on the tour, you get to ride around the cave. It just amazes me how huge some of the formations are!

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Meramec Caverns is by far my favorite. I don’t know if it’s because of the size of the cave, or the size of it’s formations. Either way, it’s absolutely breathtaking.

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Ruby Falls was interesting because it is a cavern and not a cave. It has less formations but the enormous rocks and huge stone slabs leave you feeling quite small in comparison. Not to mention the huge underground waterfall at the end!

This next one is not a cave, but it is beautiful all the same. Rock City Gardens made me feel like a child again. It gave me the urge to want to climb and explore all that was there. The view from the top is a little dizzying, but it’s really cool that you can see seven states at once.

Though pictures cannot do justice to the beauty of it all, I hope you can get a taste of His wonderous creation. I hope it reminds you that if He took such care to create these amazing lifeless things, how much more love and care went into creating you!