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[Christian Girls] Stop making 'husband lists'

Thursday, May 12, 2016

My sweet sisters,

You proudly proclaim God as sovereign and Lord and resign to His timing in so much of your life, 
But, concerning the husband list we've lost sight of who God is
I've too often heard "I made my husband list and two weeks later my prince charming showed up, now two months later we're engaged and..."
Stop.  Stop, advertising God as a genie 
Genies give you what YOU want. 
But, God - He gives you something infinitely better, He gives you what you need.

Genies don't care about you, it's their job to grant your wish
With a genie you're in control
God cares about you, He cares about your soul, your eternity, your heart and your everyday
Not because it's His job to care, but because it's His nature

You know who else we advertise God to be when we claim our hand-written husband list brought us our God-given, Jesus-loving husband wrapped up neatly with all the qualities and characteristics we requested?
Santa Claus
Stop it.  You know that's not who God is
He is too worthy, and too good to be compared to such a character
Santa brings gifts to the good girls
God gives His gift freely to all the bad ones

And what of our unattached Christian friends?
What about their lists and their desires?
What about their waiting and hopes and heart aches?
Does God love you more?  Love them less?

Of course not.

So why in this one area do we advertise God to be any different than we know Him to be in all things?
Sometimes, I think it's mindless - it's how our life happened and we don't stop to think of how we're representing God
Then there's always the long-shot that our desires are exactly the same as God's (I wouldn't bank on it though) 
But, I fear mostly it's that we think a little more of ourselves than we ought in respect to how much control we have over this life

What if instead of writing 'husband lists' we started writing a helper list?
A list that consisted of our weaknesses, and strengths 
A list of our needs and inadequacies 
A list of our hearts desires, even if they don't match God's
A list filled with an honest plea to let God be in control, and to be used by Him
What we we started asking God to grow in us the qualities that make us worthy of being called His daughters, daughters that can be a good helper?
What if we started asking God what His expectations are of us, instead of expecting Him to deliver for us.
What if we asked God to be our sustainer, and believed He could be - even when it feels lonely.
What if we prayed that our lives would be a blessing to God, instead of asking Him to bless us.
What if we want a husband, what if we want to be a wife?
Then tell God, and wait patiently
And in the waiting you can remind Him, ask again and revise your help-list 
Making it full of honesty, emotion, and even more questions  - knowing God will provide the answers
Sister, stay focused on God
Make your list about loving Him, serving Him and trusting Him,
Not about a someday human him

God created you beautifully, and uniquely. 
Your life is not an accident, the mistakes, the heart aches, the successes and joys.  
The good He rejoices in, The ugly He redeems.
You are His treasure
Is He yours?
Maybe your purpose is to be a helper, but until that day comes.
Be His daughter
Because that is more than enough.

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To the graduates

Thursday, May 5, 2016

To the graduates,
What a privilege to walk beside you these years.  Watching you grow, listening to your questions, your dreams, your hurts, seeing your hearts has made me more.  I have grown because of you.  And I am grateful.  There are no words I could write that matter more that the One’s that have already been written.  But, if I could put my heart into text and share with you how much He loves you, and encourage you to make your life about more than just you, this is what I would say.  

Graduates, you’re getting jobs, you're going to college, but no matter where you go.  These are the things I hope you learn.

1. You matter.

God made only one of you, on purpose for a purpose. 
You matter, and you’re right now matters in a big eternal way.
Your routine everyday
Your words
Your hopes and dreams
Your purity
Your thoughts
Your actions

In the middle of decisions, questions, temptations, struggles, and trials God is with you.
But this life isn’t about you.

It’s about the One who holds you.
It’s choosing to seek Him in your everyday routine, it’s about asking Him to guide you.
It’s leveraging your words to bring life and light into the darkness.
It’s hoping with expectancy for the Kingdom, and dreaming dreams of heavenly change.
It’s an understanding that life is a pursuit of God’s best.  And that He is more than any temporary pleasure.
It taking your thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ.
It’s living every moment for Him, acting like you believe He’s real, that He’s worth fearing, worth obeying and resting in the knowledge, that no matter what, He loves you.

2. Every Joshua Needs a Caleb, and the World Needs Both.

A wise someone once said “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”
You’re in a battle.
Remember who you’re fighting and the power you have.

Who will stand with you in the fight?
Will you be a courageous leader of truth and change?
Or will you be the bold follower who stands under truth and leads with action and faithfulness?

The battle you fight is one for your own heart, and the hearts of the world.
Stand firm, because Jesus already won the war and you fight from a place of victory.  

Surround yourself with warriors.  
Be a friend who is ready to go to battle everyday and find friends who will stand ready with you.

3. People of Gratitude and Humility are Made, Let God Make You. 

Life works best when we’re grateful for what we have.
You don’t deserve better or more in this life, God’s already given you eternal life.

Stop expecting and start asking God what His expectations are.
Appreciate every moment, because through the challenge and the victory God wants to use you, teach you, and help you.

When you’re lonely (you will be),
Remember the One who is always with you.  Thank Him.
When it feels easy and happy,
Praise God, and look for the one who needs to know His presence. 

When you’re afraid,
Lean on the One who has the power to raise the dead to life, and breathe out stars.  
Rest in Him.
When you don’t know what to do,
Open up the Love Letter full of wisdom, encouragement, and light.  
Trust Him.

When you’re driven by competition and rivalry,
Stop comparing and competing.  
God made you to be unified, encouragers who can change the world with His good news.  
Follow Him.

When you’ve fallen short (you will),
Know His grace is enough; for your past sins, for your future sins, and for the right now.  Jesus is enough.  Believe Him.

4. There is TRUTH that Never Changes, TRUTH Worth Believing and Building a Life on.

They’re going to tell you, “the best is yet to come”, and they’re right.
But, the best to come isn’t college, 
It’s not your career, your someday family, future income, a house, stuff or acts of service.
It’s heaven.  Trust that it’s real, that it’s waiting for you, and crave it.

They’re going to tell you, “to follow your heart.”
But, your heart is easily deceived.
And your feelings aren’t always true.
Follow the WORD, because, unlike your heart, God’s truth never changes.
It’s not an ancient manuscript, it’s a living active sword that will destroy the lies and give life.

They’re going to say, “if God is love thenand the God I know just wouldn’t…
But, you know that true LOVE isn’t letting you get your own way, it’s laying down your life for the ones you love.
You know a good Father disciplines His children, and that God is ALWAYS good.
You know perseverance will make you complete, and that God is with you in the trials.
Remember the God you know, and trust that He never changes.

They’re going to say, “you’ve just closed a chapter,” and you have.
But, it’s a tiny chapter in a small book titled “In the Life of ______________”
The length is unknown, but no matter how long, no matter how short, your story matters, and it has influence.
God gave it to you, and that for His glory.
So graduate, What will be written next?
How will you use your story?

Be the generation that remains faithful.  Love the God who loved you first.  And love others; the hurting, the confused, the angry, the unloveable, the indignant, the proud, the needy and the lost.  Be sure of who you are because you know whose you are.  Remain in Him.
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