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What Will You Do When It’s Your Turn?

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What Will You Do When It’s Your Turn?

It’s always amazing to me how God positions us, whether we realize it or not, for special encounters and opportunities to fulfill His purpose. I can look back over my life and see how He used both good and bad experiences to guide me to where I am now and prepare me for what I’ll face today.

But every opportunity God brings me to, I am given a choice. He gives me the power to choose how I will respond to what is in front of me.

That’s how He works.

If you follow Jesus, you’ve probably prayed that God would use you and do something special with your life. Hopefully, you have a desire to do something great in His kingdom!

I’ve sincerely prayed these prayers so many times, myself. But, when my turn does come, it always takes more than that initial surrender. When it’s our turn, we’re faced with a decision.

He brings us to something that requires incredible faith and says, “Here’s your chance, what will you do?” And in these moments, doubt, fear, and feelings of inadequacy seem to always rise up.

That little voice in your head tells you that God really doesn’t want to use you in a big way, or that your response in this moment really doesn’t matter. And, if you’re like me, that voice has talked you out of so many blessings. You see, the enemy of our souls knows how to discourage us, and he will always do his best to keep us from taking those big leaps of faith.

Sometimes it’s simply sin and selfishness that causes us to make the wrong decision. We decide we’re not quite ready to lay it all on the line for Jesus. Or, we think we know what is best for ourselves, and exactly what should happen in our lives.

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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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Ministry

5 Benefits Of Using Youth In Music Ministry

Not too long ago I wrote a blog post about how to involve young people in music ministry. I got consistently involved in my local church’s music ministry when I was 12. My ministry was developed through my experiences as a youth and as I moved into adulthood.

Being used in music ministry as a young person was a huge benefit for me, and it is for your young people, too! However, using your youth in music can also have some great, positive impacts on your church! Continue Reading