5 Week Bible Journal Challenge

This is a five week bible journal challenge. But you can do this as a 5 day challenge if you would like. Each passage/verse will have to do with hope. 
I would love for you to share a picture of your journal on Instagram. You can tag me so I can see it  @wheremyheartgoesblog. You can also share it on Facebook.

Week 1: Jeremiah 29:10-14

 

Week 2: Romans 15:7-13

Week 3: Psalms 39:1-13


Week 4: Revelations 21:1-8

Week 5: Psalm 23:1-6

 

Living Your Purpose

Today we are going to be talking about purpose. God has led me to talk about this for awhile. The excuses we use that keep us from our purpose bother me. Why should we make excuses? Must of us have heard that “God is for us, who can be against us?”- Romans 8:31 We even state that verse, but do we really believe it? If we are being honest I do not think we do, because if we truly did believe that, than we would not have any excuses. 

Jeremiah 1:4-10 (NIV) (if you do not like this version feel free to use your preferred version!)

“4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. 9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

We make excuses for why we just cannot do it. But if God called you to do it I am one-hundred percent sure you can “Just Do It” I will go ahead and list excuses we use that prevent us from doing His will for our lives. WE use the excuse of Failures, rejection/hate, selfishness, we want control, too young/old, too ordinary/good/not good enough, it can wait, and I am too busy. There are so many more we use.I am going to share my excuses. 1. Failure I am afraid I will not do it right. 2. Rejection I am afraid I will mess up than everyone will remember that one mistake and will not like me. Sometimes I have great blog post ideas, but I keep them to myself because I fear rejection. 3. Not Good Enough This one is more of a minor side effect of #2. And I am slowly getting rid of #2. 🙂 4. Selfishness I am full of pride. I want to be seen as who I imagine myself to be (well who I want myself to be anyways). In all honesty we all have that “dark side” we do not want others to know about. But maybe God wants you to tell others so, they can see they are not alone in this battle. Others need the light and to feel worthy. We can reflect His light. 
Whatever your excuse is “Let It Go”. God is with you. He did not call you to do something just to watch you fail. He called you to stand tall and strong in your faith.

We also need to remember these wise words by William J. Toms “Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person reads.” I have that quote memorized. Partially because 1. I love quotes so much and that was a powerful one. 2. I have heard it multiple times by my old youth leader. He quoted it many times at church reminding us of it. I took those words to heart. He also said never ignore that feeling you get when you feel like God is calling you to talk to someone about Christ; they may need it! 

Letter to My Seventeen Year Old Self

Hey guys, I have a guest post today. The post is created by Amber Taube. Amber has a blog of her own; you can check it out here. Anyways I hope you enjoy this post!

 

 

I love this blog, and I love this writer because she is 17, y’all. And she has decided, at this time in her life when everyone is telling her she can have and be anything she wants, to live for God. I can’t help but pray that she will keep penning these words for His glory, and that I will continue to get this little glimpse into her life as His plans unfold before her.

 

As I approach my 27th birthday, I look back on the last ten years and marvel over all I have learned and how I have grown. My 27 year-old-self looks just about nothing like the youth of years past, and not just because I have 3 babies under my belt and the stretch marks that come with them. I have changed because God has been gracious to work His way in my life beyond any dream I had ever conjured in the days I scribbled names in notebooks and browsed the internet for potential careers.

 

I’ve matured, married, and become a mom and missionary. But mostly, I’ve been molded by the hands that created me which so graciously continue their work on me. In the bending, in the being re-made again and again, I’ve learned a few things. If I could go back and give my teeny bopper self (you can say things like that when you’re my age, y’know) some words of wisdom, I have a few things I would say. I hope you’ll be touched and challenged by this “Letter to My-17-Year-Old-Self.”

 

Dear Young Me,

 

I’m writing you from ten years down the road you’re walking now. Life hasn’t been easy but it has been blessed. I write you this to encourage you to keep the faith and following God. I have some things I want to share with you. I know I can’t change anything but maybe some looker on will see some wisdom in these simple lessons.

 

Make plans, but only tentatively, knowing the Lord will likely change them. I promise, you’ll be glad He did. Make progress and strive for change, but allow God to do the heavy lifting. You have big dreams in your heart, but they’re too big for you. Even when the dreams are good and the work is fulfilling, they’re heavy and can be a burden. You need Jesus. As much as you want to, you can’t do everything and you sure can’t save the world. Thankfully, He’s already done that job.

 

Devote yourself, first, to God before any other relationships or commitments. Trust God to build your tribe, adding and taking as He sees fit for your personal growth and peripheral influence. Know that devotion to Christ, though admirable, is not always inclusive and inviting to those that prefer to remain on the fringes. It’s OK to be weird or a little radical in your pursuit of God, though you may lose some friends along the way. God will bring the people into your life that will encourage and build you up as you seek to please Him. And the seasons in between, you will learn of the sweetness and love of Christ in a way you would never have otherwise. And you’ll be thankful for these times that left you vulnerable and aching for the Vine.

 

Make room in your heart and life for a man of God that will lead you, and then let Him. While the world screams that you don’t need a man, and you can do everything he can do but better, trust me when I say you’ll be happy to buck that social norm when God gives you that person. Don’t look for Mr. Right or some materialized checklist, but instead open your heart and mind to a man striving for God who has given his heart fully over to Him. It might scare you to set your life up with a sold out servant blazing forward for God, but the ride will be unlike anything you’ve ever imagined. You will look back in awe of all the great things the Lord has allowed you to see. That being said, don’t build your life on or around a man but on the God loved you before you were born and has pursued your heart every day since. Don’t find your identity in your relationship status but in daily communion with your Heavenly father. A husband is not promised, but God’s presence is.

 

Seek God first, desiring fruit for Him and work for His kingdom, and He will fulfill your heart’s desires. The good gifts He gives may look nothing like what you even thought you wanted. As you grow closer to the Lord, and your desires start to look more like His, you’ll see that He is providing and thrilling your soul with the wonderful gifts only He could know you need.

 

Labor to bear fruit for God, but realize that your worth lies not in your work but in your position as a child of God. You are saved by His grace. Nothing you can do can make Him love you more or less. You will learn, with time, just how empowering this truth is. I only wish it wouldn’t take you so long.

 

With all that and so much more, enjoy this blessed life God has given you. In the good times and bad, the Lord is good and ever near. Thrive in that truth and see great things happen. God loves you more than you can understand right now, but you’ll get glimpses as you go.

 

Love,
Old(er) Me

My 5 Favorite Verses on Joy

The verses in this weeks post help me when I am feeling down. These verses are few of the many that bring me joy. There are so many different things that try to steal our joy daily. Like those goals you set at the beginning of the year and the month is not even over yet, but you already gave up. Maybe you are just stressed and life is hard at the moment. Whatever it is these are the top 5 verses that help me when I am not filled with joy.

1. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”Psalm 34:5

Basically that verse says those who believe in God will be filled with joy. The believers are filled with joy even though life is not perfect they know they have eternal life with God.

2. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” – James 1:2-3

We tend to get angry when we go through trials. But those trials are making us who God wants us to be. So we should not get so angry. Even though it is very frustrating!

3. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24
Each day God allows amazing things to happen. We should look on the bright side instead of letting that one little thing get in the way!

4. “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 
It does not benefit us when we are upset, but it does benefit us to be filled with joy. 

5. “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”  – John 16:22
Here on earth we may not always have the best days, but when we meet God we will no longer be filled with sorrow.

Also if you would like to read more about my thoughts on joy you can read it here or here.

 

My Top 5 Post of 2016

Happy New Year! Today I wanted to share my top 5 blog post with a short summary.

  1. From Darkness Into Light
    This post is probably my favorite. Being a light in this world was on my heart a lot last year and still is. So, if light is your word of the year check it out!
  2. Finding Purpose
    Many people believe they do not have a purpose in this life. They feel God cannot use them because they are to broken, ordinary, or young. Well what ever your reason is. God has a purpose for you. You will find it in His perfect timing!
  3. Summer Playlist
    If you are wishing it was summer again (Same!) then here is last years summer playlist.
  4. Truths Behind Gossiping
    Gossiping has been a major struggle. It really bothered me a lot last year. This is a reminder of why gossiping is not so good.
  5. 5 of My Favorite Verses
    This post just shows my top 5 verses and what they mean to me.

Winter Playlist

Hey, with all the holiday events I decided I am going to post a simply post this week. Today I am sharing my Winter Playlist. It is full of my favorite Christian songs at the moment. The playlist will be updated throughout winter. I truly hope you enjoy this playlist.

If you have any songs you think should be added to the playlist or just songs you think I may like please comment below!

Happy New Year everyone.

5 of My Favorite Verses

Today I am going to list 5 of my favorite verses and explain why they had an impact on my life. These verses I am about to share have made me into who I am today. They have led me on the right path when I felt lost. So, lets begin.

1. Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful, and Beauty is vain: but a woman who fears the Lord, she will be praised.”
Proverbs 31:30 is one of my favorites because like many others I have been very insecure. This verse is a reminder we do not have to be perfect and look perfect. We were not called to be flawless or what society calls beautiful. We are called to believe in God and do His will for our lives. Another thing I just realized is. If we are so, busy worrying about our flaws or if others will like us. We are putting that thought over God and making it a god.

2. Jeremiah 1:6-9 “Alas, Sovereign Lord, I said, I do not know how to speak; I am too young.  But the Lord said to me, Do not say, ‘I am to young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you, declared the Lord. Then the Lord reached out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, I have put my words in your mouth.” We are constantly given the idea that we are too young and we can wait till we are older to fulfill Gods purpose in our lives. If God called you to do something do not fear. If God called you to do something He will be there to protect you and guide you along the way. I do have my doubts sometimes, but we always need to remember God is with us.

3. Psalms 143:10 “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” So, I’ve mentioned this verse about a million times, but like I have said about it in other post. I love this verse because it reminds me to do what the Lord wants me to do. I found this verse when I was really bitter with someone. The verse reminds me to not worry about others and what they have done to hurt me. If I worry to much about what they did to harm me it could lead me in the wrong path.

4. John 13:7 “Jesus replied, You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” We often get angry with God because we have no clue what He is doing and we think He is doing wrong towards us. when really He is giving us a chance to grow. What we truly need to remember is God is in control. Whatever He is doing it is for the good.

5.  Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” This one is pretty similar to Psalms 143:1o. I like these verses because they remind me not to stray away. They comfort me I do not know how to explain the comfort.

Those were the five verses and reasons. I would like to know what some of your favorite verses are! If you would like to share your favorite verses you can tell me through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or in the comments!

 

Praying For Your Enemies

Normally when I mention enemies I am talking about the devil as your enemy, but this time I wanted to talk about a different enemy. By enemies I mean those you do not necessarily like. Those who have hurt you in some way, you just had a disagreement, or you really do not have a reason. What ever the reason is behind disliking them I am sure there is that one person you just cannot stand. Maybe you want to love that person, but you just feel you cannot. I happen to hold grudges on people quite often. I will pretend like I have forgiven you. But really my heart is often full of bitterness and I am set on revenge. (I sometimes forget that I planned on holding a grudge.)

2 Kings 6:8-23 changed my mind on the whole bitterness revenge thing. Instead of getting payback for whatever wrong someone has done to me. (okay lets be honest… I still sometimes want revenge and from time to time I still feel bitter. Sometimes things in life just do not go your way and it hurts, but it is your choice to do good or wrong.)  Those verses talk about a man asking God to open his enemies eyes. Sometimes those who have done wrong to us do not realize what they have done, they are often lost. We were one lost in the darkness too. Pray that their eyes will be open, not that they will “get what they deserve.” Remember there are two sides to every story and you do not see why the other did as they did because that is not your side.

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
We should pray for them because we are to love them. Pray for yourself. Pray God will give you the strength to love your enemies. Yes, loving your enemies will be hard, but it will be worth it. Anything God tells you to do ends up being worth it. At some points it may seem like it is not. But it will eventually make since.

Luke 6:27-28 “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Help your enemies when given the chance. Maybe the reason they have hurt you is because they have never felt love. Maybe they do not know what love is. So, live life loving anyone and everybody. Be slow to gossip and to judge.

Dear Lord,
Watch over my enemies, open their eyes. I want them to see the light. Have them to know what love feels like. Give me the strength to get over my hatred. I truly could not get over this bitterness I feel without you. Thank you.

Amen

Where Do You Find Confidence?

Hey guys!! Today I am having a fellow blogger do a guest post. So, please welcome Gloria Boone! Her blog is here. She has a great blog about achieving your destiny. If you like this post you should check out more of her post!

Where Do You Find Confidence?

If you look up the words self confidence in the dictionary you will see two definitions. One says it is the realistic confidence in one’s abilities, power, and judgment. The other notes that self confidence is the excessive or inflated confidence in one’s abilities, power and judgment. Can you see the difference? One denotes humility in the abilities, power and judgment given to us by our Creator. The other denotes an arrogant, prideful, boastful, inflated confidence.

If you are a Christian, your confidence comes from your Creator. He created us in His image and we all know He has full confidence in His abilities. So the obvious is that we would have confidence in our abilities and gifts that He created in us. Remember what Ephesians 2:10 says? Here’s the Amplified Version: “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].” Merriam Webster online dictionary says that masterpiece is many times “its creator’s greatest achievement.” Do you get the sense of your value to your Creator? We are His greatest achievement!

Do you know your value as a child of the King? You have great value to God, your Creator and He says so in Psalm 139:13-16. But let’s look at verse 17 and 18 in the Amplified Version. “ 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.” Wow! Our Creator thinks about us all the time. I’m talking about you and me. Not us in the plural but each individual child of His!

Here’s another Scripture to confirm our value and reason for confidence. Colossians 2:9-10 in the New Living Translation says: “ 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.” Another Wow! You are complete because you are a believer and Jesus lives in you!

So, just knowing our value to our Creator can help us with a healthy dose of self-confidence. Not the arrogance of the world but the self-confidence that comes from knowing who your Father is!

Once again, if you like this post check out more of her post.