Devotionals

5 Things To Remember When God Says No

In addition to blogging here, I’m honored to write for She’s Intentional: The Dainty Jewell’s Blog where I wrote in more detail on this topic. Check out an excerpt below and read more on the blog!


5 Things To Remember When God Says No

“NO.”

It’s usually not an easy thing to hear.

Sometimes it brings a sense of relief or direction, but it’s more likely to produce questions, frustration, maybe even resistance.

When we’re staring at something we think we really want, it’s important to acknowledge and accept that God’s ways are much higher than ours, and His plans for us are amazing, even though we may not fully grasp what those plans are.

Of course, we don’t enjoy it when God says, “no,” but it’s not always a reprimand. Sometimes a “no” is required to keep us on the path to the “amazing” thing He has for us…

…I don’t know about you, but when I’m waiting for an answer from God, I want Him to come down from the heavens, take a seat in front of me, and give me an audible answer (preferably with all the reasons why).

Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen that way.

No matter how much I beg Him to do things my way, His way always wins out. With good reason, too! There’s so much to learn in the process, in both the seeking and the answering.

When God says no, it doesn’t always come in that audible answer we desire. And, it doesn’t always sound the way we think it should.

Don’t let your desires or preconceived ideas of how God should communicate keep you from acknowledging His answer.

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Cover Songs

What A Beautiful Name (Hillsong) Cover

I just uploaded a new cover to my YouTube channel in collaboration with BSharpTricks.com!

Check out What A Beautiful Name (Hillsong), one of my favorite worship songs right now.

If you haven’t done this song yet, you can download the lyric and chord charts from Hillsong Worship for free.

Huge thanks to the talented Jeremiah Sibley for playing keys! If you’re interested in learning to play the piano, check out BSharpTricks.com and start learning online. You can also find them on YouTube and Facebook.

 

Devotionals, Ministry

Embracing An Abundance Mentality

In addition to blogging here, I’m honored to write for She’s Intentional: The Dainty Jewell’s Blog. Check out my latest post!


Embracing An Abundance Mentality

Last year I read the book Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst. It was such a great book for women that I decided to start a Bible study based on it for the ladies in our church.

We’ve been working our way through it for several months, and in our last Bible study, we covered the chapter on Scarcity vs. Abundance Thinking.

Seriously.
So. Good.

This mindset is something I’ve often needed to be reminded of, and if you have any ambition to do something great for the Kingdom of God, you may need this reminder too!

This world we live in is self-centered. Unfortunately, we are influenced by the cultures we live in, not always stopping to identify mindsets that are contrary to our Christian principles.

It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that life is all about us, and succumb to a fearful and selfish scarcity mentality.Scarcity thinkers believe that there’s only so much available in life. They see life as a box of a dozen chocolates, and when someone else gets a piece less available for them.

This kind of thinker isn’t able to rejoice in the success of others because they feel threatened by it. They’re unwilling to share credit or recognition, even when it’s deserved.

Have you ever wanted to do something and watched someone else receive the opportunity to do that very thing? Maybe it’s something God has promised to you, and yet it seems as though He’s opening the door for others and not you.

Scarcity thinking causes us to be afraid that there will be no place for us; that we will simply be lost in the crowd.

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