Mean People

You might ask yourself, Why are some girls so mean?

Mean may be too severe a word. Perhaps these are more appropriate words to use:

Oblivious.

Rude.

Distracted.

Selfish.

Busy.

Worried.

Jealous.

Judgmental.

Maybe now you wonder if you have been “the mean girl.” I’ve wondered the very same thing about myself. And having had “meanness” done to me, I’m more aware of how it hurts. I never intentionally want to do that.

What can Christian teens do to show we care? Here are some quick and easy ideas:

  1. When there are several of you planning lunch in the presence of another person, invite them too. Don’t assume they have other plans. They may have. For most, just the thought of feeling included is enough.
  2. A smile is powerful and will make a huge difference. If you make eye contact with another person, simply smile. A smile says, “I like you or I accept you.” When you turn away after making eye contact a person feels unworthy, unaccepted, or judged.
  3. Don’t worry if she doesn’t smile back. You do your part. And don’t be offended. Some girls are shy. If this girl is someone you see from time to time, keep smiling. I have a few close friends who are shy. If I had stopped after my first smile or attempt to get to know them, we wouldn’t have become friends. So don’t give up.
  4. If you are a leader at summer camp or the one in charge at the pool, be prepared to greet those whom work under you. Greet them all with a “hello” or a smile. Otherwise you appear to be in a click and may be named a snob.
  5. When you approach your friend but she’s engaged in another conversation, say hello and smile to the other person she’s talking too also. When you only talk to your one friend, the other person appears to go unnoticed.

 

Be Kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV)

By: Debbie Presnell

www.debbiepresnell.com

Are You on a Dangerous Path?

“How can I teach younger women to love their bodies when I struggle to do so myself on a regular basis?” I thought this as I shared with my friend how I never feel good enough. A lot of times women think that body image is talked about WAY too much at women’s conferences, teen girl bible studies, and events. However, it is one area that seems to be affecting and influences more people than ever before.

Below is information from the American Addiction Center:

What Is Anorexia?

Anorexia, which is the common name of the disorder anorexia nervosa, is a condition where people see themselves as being overweight, or want to control the shape and size of a specific body part, even when they are extremely thin. In its chronic form, it can manifest as an intense fear of gaining weight or an extreme obsession over the shape of the body, to the point that people stop eating, exercise excessively, and take other action to avoid gaining weight.

This results in those with anorexia:

  • Having a low weight for their body type and height
  • Actively avoiding efforts to gain and maintain a healthy weight
  • Developing an unhealthy relationship with food
  • Limiting food intake and eating a regulated range of food types
  • Inducing vomiting after meals, if anorexia occurs alongside bulimia

http://americanaddictioncenters.org/anorexia-treatment/facts-statistics/

I do not know if you personally struggle with any or all of the above, but I know in my own life that I do. I never have thought that I have anorexia, but I do believe that I have tendencies and mentalities that could lead there if I am not careful.

So how do we handle this? What do we do with this information?

We need to create a game plan. No one plays a sport or goes to was without a plan of action. Plus, when we put on the helmet of salvation we know that our battle is not against the flesh, but against the powers of darkness and hell. (Ephesians 6:12)

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PLAN OF ACTION:

1 – Identify your weakness: It is vital to pray and ask God to search your heart and know your thoughts, to see if there is any offensive way in you, so He can lead you down His path of life everlasting. (Psalm 139:23) We cannot fight a battle we do not believe exists.

2 – Find Truths to Cover Lies: Seek out scriptures that will encourage you and cover the lies of the enemy in weak moments. Write these down on notecards; memorize them by hiding God’s word in your heart! (Psalm 119:11)

3 – Get Accountability: Talk to someone (preferably a mentor) who you trust to share your struggle with, who can encourage you and hold you accountable. It is beneficial to have someone who will sharpen you in your identity and your faith. (Proverbs 27:17)

 

I hope that you are motivated to look deep within yourself and see what you struggle with in your personal daily life. Maybe it is not body image? However, we all have issues. Thankfully we are loved and encouraged by the God who sees us and loves us abundantly. We never walk alone. We were made in His image and are all on journeys of embracing our true identities in Jesus.

 

In Christ,

Emma Danzey

www.emmadanzey.com

Actions Over Words

I was a nervous 20 year old preparing to step out on the stage and share my first original songs live in front of a crowd, I remember looking out into the audience and seeing my best friends from college on the front row who drove 3 1/2 hours to support me.

In Daniel 3, the scriptures talk about King Nebuchadnezzar who demanded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to bow before his false gods. These brave men not only declared that God was the only one worthy of worship, they remained standing and acted on their faith. They could have chickened out when the king threatened to throw them into a fiery furnace, but their actions spoke loudly as they were willing to perish for their one true God. It ended up that there were four men inside of the furnace. (The fourth was God Himself standing with them in the fire) And miraculously, not one of them had a single burn. Their faith was tested and proved true, the king even proclaimed the Lord as the only God.

In American History, white people in the south during the civil war said that they cared about the African Americans, yet still kept slaves and did not do anything about the injustice. During these times in 1856, Abraham Lincoln said, “Actions speak louder than words.” I have been reflecting on this statement a lot lately. Someone can tell you they love you, but it means so much more when that person shows you.

God didn’t just say that He loved us, He sent Jesus as the manifestation of His love. (1 Timothy 3:16) He didn’t just tell the world He would save them; He died on the cross and rose! This was an action that spoke louder than words. (John 3:16-17) In fact, His decisions still have a ripple effect on generation to generation! Jesus’ words may have been few during His crucifixion, but His acts sent the loudest message of redemption.

Now don’t get me wrong, words are important too, we should use what we say to encourage and inspire others. What we say impacts the world, but how much more does it mean when we get to show others the love of Jesus? Our efforts do not go unnoticed when we sacrifice our time and energies.

How can you be there for others today? How can you choose to act on love?

By: Emma Danzey

www.emmadanzey.com

 

Olive You

It has become such an unfortunate stereotype of so-called Christians that all Christianity is about is a bunch of angry, judgmental people with a righteous attitude. What they neglect to understand is that the Bible is completely full of fallen and very much human people just like you and I. I could rant for hours upon this subject, but for this post I’d like to dive a little into a certain Psalm David poured out.

David was renowned for being a man after God’s own heart. From a young age he stood in faith to defeat a literal Giant with a mere slingshot and as a teen was told that he would be King, albeit he did not feel he deserved to be so. His life was full of uncertainties throughout, but what is most compelling is his heart throughout the Psalms.

The Psalms for the most part were penned by David, many of them are songs full of ever changing emotions…I certainly doubt I am the only one who can relate. One of the most incredible Psalms is Psalm 52,

“But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good.”

 

In all of creation, the olive tree is one of the longest living and enduring trees. David felt like an olive tree flourishing in the deep roots of God. Christ speaks of the meaning of roots later in Mark 4:8, “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

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Jesus speaks further of what it means to produce an abundant crop later in John 15, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” What Jesus is conveying here is just like David, we are branches off the vine of Him. God is the Gardener and albeit it is very painful, He prunes us, He refines us. The seasons of this pruning are painful, tedious, and excruciating at times, but for a greater purpose. Just like an olive tree being deeply rooted in Christ, we abide in the True Vine, knowing that the seasons of pruning are not in vain. Rather, these seasons are so that in the harvest season the harvest will be plentiful.

Malachi 3:10 says, “Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “an see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room to for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” Says the Lord Almighty. Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land.”

I am not saying that we are to walk into these pruning seasons in hopes of an abundance of money, but what I do believe we walk out of such seasons with is an abundance of the Spirit within us. A closeness, an abiding, a rooting so deep within God that it is a peace unknown and unachievable by any other way.

Let us pray to be like King David, deeply rooted in Him like an olive tree. Let us pray to be a flourishing olive tree and know that the pruning seasons will bear an abundance of fruit. The fruit of peace. The fruit of love. The fruit of truth. The fruit of Holy Spirit, the greatest reward this life does not deserve.

By: Cally Logan

Messy Promises

I woke up early one morning with the sun coming up over the New York skyline to the familiar sound of a person coughing up a lung in the alley across from my apartment. It was the morning the show a friend and I wrote was opening. And closing. It wasn’t a flop it was a one-night event, now chill.

We finished our sound check in midtown and I was in need dire need of caffeine due to my lovely early alarm clock courtesy of the smoker across the street. I walked across West 55th to grab a coffee from a little hole in the wall New York coffee shop I frequented (okay fine, it was Starbucks) and sat down to kill some time before my show. Cradling my coffee in my hands I tried to sip away the butterflies in my stomach. Not butterflies, that makes them sound too cute and gentle. They were more like evil Viking butterflies that had those weapons that you swing around aimlessly for 360 access to infliction. I had no reason to worry, we were performing a silly little show we wrote with our silly little friends at a silly little venue. Except that last part’s a lie. It was actually the Broadway concert nightclub that featured nothing but Broadway’s legendary artists. And us. I don’t think that’s why I had Viking flies in my stomach, though. It was probably a combination of things like too much coffee, not enough sleep, and the general wondering how the heck I ended up here. I really had no business singing at this place. They obviously could care less because we were making them money, but still I had to ask.

You see, in High School I aggressively initiated an evening of drama because outside of the “spring play” my school had zero theatre to offer or barely any understanding arts for that matter. I obviously had to take matters into my own hands for these poor uncultured people. You’re all welcome, by the way. I annoyed people to get them to do scenes/songs for this event and had to personally force (ahem, “inspire”) the volunteers (I use that loosely…) to learn their lines. I wrote this ridiculous short play that ended the evening and treated that stupid script like my artistic masterpiece. It was a slightly more sophisticated version of backyard theatre (something which I had become an authority on) and with my homemade fliers and an audience of mostly parents, “Drama Night” as I so brilliantly named it, went off without a hitch. What was funny about looking back on that night is, my show in New York felt like basically the same thing. I mean, this was a legitimate venue with a legitimate paying audience of people who had seen real theatre before and the majority of them were not related to me (albeit a small majority). And yet, it still felt like I was playing dress up in the back yard, or like I was dragging my unwitting high school friends into a skit I wrote. It felt like nothing had changed.

But not because my New York show didn’t feel professional, it completely did… but rather because of how seriously I treated my backyard plays. It’s embarrassing really.

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I think the nerves came because, for the first time I realized, I was actually doing this, for real. How did this happen? Playing dress up and make believe and putting on little skits I wrote… it didn’t stop after childhood. Sure, I probably should’ve just grown up and gotten a real job. Could of saved myself the stress and subjecting myself to a rat infested city where my work is at the mercy of tons of public criticisms. Maybe I was nervous because I didn’t want to care about the criticisms. I just wanted to keep playing, keep making people think, making people feel, making people laugh. To tell stories in a way that no one feels alone. Which pretty much sums up why I keep doing what I’m doing. In New York you’re surrounded by the most eclectic array of humanity. I mean, on one ride on the subway you can be sitting in between a hobo, a pigeon whisperer, a rabbi, an African prince and a robot. And in the midst of all of that, God had only increased my certainty that I needed to keep doing what I was doing.

I was commuting back late one night some weeks before our show, just trying to keep myself awake on the subway. I heard the five-word decree that every tired NYC subway rider dreads: “What time is it?? SHOW TIME!” I assumed the necessary position by pulling my arms in front of my face in a defensive boxing position and pulled my feet underneath my seat and prepared to get kicked in the face from a teenage break-dancer attempting an under-practiced back flip off the subway pole. Uh, I hate New York, I thought. I was disenchanted from a day of battling similar New York scenarios and annoyed with the exhaustion it simply takes to survive here. Feeling like I should have achieved more at this point in life, bearing the weight of difficult relationships, artistic criticism and wondering if I should’ve picked a more predictable life plan.

I talk a lot about how the reality of living in the greatest city in the world is often not very glamourous. The city life takes a toll and the perks grow painfully normal. In the midst of my tired thoughts, grateful I didn’t get break-danced in the face, God whispered gently into my heart, you have what you once prayed for. I obviously didn’t pray for the stress, the anxiety or fantasized about it being so hard, but I’m really doing what I always said I would do. What I was made for, and what God promised to me. Too often we get caught up in praying for the promise that when it comes we are so quick to respond, “no, not like that.” Instead of “thank you.” Living in the promise is wonderful but often messy and harder than if we had never received it at all. But if I’m supposed to write in a way that lets people know that they’re not alone, then I should probably understand what it’s like to be overcome by the messiness of life. And when dreams come true and promises are fulfilled, yep, there’s still messiness there and plenty of interrupted sleep (*cough* looking at you, cougher). But It’s so worth it.

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By: Rachel Goddard

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13 Reasons Why… to Choose Life

If you have not heard of the latest hit Netflix show “Thirteen Reasons Why,” it is a series that addresses suicide in teens. This is a very heavy topic, and although this show is trying to raise awareness, the problem comes when people viewing internalize suicide as a beneficial option for escaping life hardships and problems.

Mental health and depression are legitimate problems and the events this character undergoes are authentic struggles for teenagers today. Just this past week in my own community, two people have committed suicide. I have decided to take this opportunity to share thirteen reasons why you should choose life. I am going to present the 13 Reasons why this character killed herself and connect Biblical ways of handling these situations. Our pain is real and should not be buried under fake facades, so this is my encouragement to you today when life throws pain your way.

  1. Problem – Gossip – Hannah has her first kiss and people start rumors that she did more.
    • Choose Life – Character: It is painful, but if you continue to be who you are, your actions will prove the truth of your character. Chances are someone else is hating on you because he or she has insecurities. It is important to remember that God works on your behalf.
      • Romans 12:18-19, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”
  2.  Problem – Comparison A pot-stirring boy puts Hannah and a classmate against each other for having the best butt in class.
  3. Problem – Violence The girl hits Hannah and leaves a mark on her head.
    • Choose Life – Confident Love: It is easy to fight fire with fire, but what if we fight the flames of hate with Living Water of love?
      • John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of Living Water will flow from within them.” 
  4. Problem – Cyber Bullying A stalker takes pictures of Hannah kissing a girl while intoxicated. He asks her out and she turns him down so he shares the kissing photos with the entire school as payback.
    • Choose Life – Gaining Wisdom: When someone cyber bullies you, it has to be one of the worst moments of you life. flower-1949240_1920The feeling of being embarrassed in a single moment is painful enough. The internet allows people relive teir humiliations continuously as more and more viewers laugh at another’s expense. This is hard advice, but if you can block people, report them, tell your parents or pastor what is going on, the situation will get better. It is embarrassing and yes, you may get in trouble for something that you did or even made fun of for going to a higher source, but there is SAFETY in wise counsel from adults.
    • Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
  5. Problem – Inappropriate Rumors A phony girl starts a rumor that Hannah has sex toys in her room.
    • Choose Life – New Perspective: I would tell someone going through this that is ok to confront the lies. I think it is completely healthy to look into the face of the one who is bullying you and kindly ask why she would spread something like that and see if you did anything that made her feel the need to personally attack you. It is VITAL to remember she must have insecurities to feel the need to pick on someone else in order to elevate herself. As hard as it is from then on, I encourage you to start praying for her It will not be easy or in your power, but only through God can we pray for someone who is so evil to us. The prayers may never change her attitude, but it will change your heart in the situation and free you to see her as a broken person who needs Jesus.
      • Luke 6:27-28, “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
  6. Problem – Sexually Assaulted: A boy tries to feel up Hannah in a restaurant booth on Valentine’s Day.
    • Choose Life – Clean: We can feel like such victims in sexually inappropriate scenarios, but it SO important stand up for your rights and speak up. The shock can set in, but try not to let someone get away with that in the moment, and if something uncomfortable happens, report it, tell an adult. It is hard, but your safety matters, your body is yours, and you are worth more than to be treated in this way. God deals with injustice and does not condone this behavior. Always remember it is not the victims fault. You are not dirty just because a filthy person assaults you. You are innocent and clean.
      • Deuteronomy 22:25-27, “But if in the open country a man meets a young woman who is betrothed, and the man seizes her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die. But you shall do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no offense punishable by death. For this case is like that of a man attacking and murdering his neighbor, because he met her in the open country, and though the betrothed young woman cried for help there was no one to rescue her.

  7. Problem – Stolen Encouragement
    An offended classmate steals notes of positivity to Hannah

    • Choose Life – Forever Encouraged: These are the moments it is important to do a serious identity check. Ask questions like, young-woman-2194038_1920“Do I really believe what God says about me?” “What does the Bible say about who I am?” Look to scripture verses that remind you how truly unique, beautiful, and wonderful you have been made. People cannot define us, we have to look to our meaning in Christ. He defines us and has unlimited letters of encouragement for each of us in the Bible.

      • Palm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
  8. Problem – Backstabbing: A boy befriends Hannah and turns around to expose her personal poetry.
    • Choose Life – Overcomer: We will have pain in this world, but we have to take heart and remember who holds us and carries us through these moments of being blindsided. We pray for discernment, but sometimes people are really good at manipulation and trickery. We may not avoid the pain, but we can use the opportunity to learn and cling to Christ.
      • John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  9. Problem – The Good GuyA guy named clay receives the 9th tape affirming that he was kind to her.
    • Choose Life – Thankfulness: Look at the blessings in your life. Thankfulness diminishes fear. I believe that fear is an emotion that can contribute to a person’s path to suicide. If we can be grateful and look at all the Lord has given us, it opens our eyes to the goodness in our lives.
      • Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  10. Problem – Experiencing Abuse: Hannah witnesses a rape of an unconscious drunk girl.
    • Choose Life – Becoming a Voice: First off, (is possible) I would encourage action in the moment. Secondly, comfort the victim and find help. Call the police, contact a parent or pastor. These moments cannot go unnoticed and if they do, share about them. Please release any guilt you may feel as a witness.
      • Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”
  11. Problem – Witnessing Unlawful Actions: Hannah rides with a girl after a party who hits a stop sign and does not report it. There ends up being a deadly car crash at the same location later.girl-2193272_1920
    • Choose Life – Truth Sets us Free: Honesty is important in life. It is freeing to tell the truth. When we make mistakes and feel guilty, it is necessary to deal with the guilt by reminding ourselves that we are not perfect and that is why we needed Jesus. He takes every burden and gives us His perfect grace. Give the weight to the Lord.
      • John 1:16-17, For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
  12. Problem – Rape: Hannah was raped.
    • Choose Life – Respected: If this ever happened or happens to you, please get help. There is power in sharing the truth. It will probably be embarrassing or shameful, but you need to at least tell one person: family member, pastor, counselor, etc. This will not be an easy journey, but there are many powerful and inspiring people who have been rape victims. Try to believe that something good can come out of something terrible. You may even be propelled to be a voice for the voiceless.
      • Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
  13. Problem – Ignored: The final incident to push the character over the edge is that her guidance counselor does not listen to her and does not take her seriously in her cry for help.
    • Choose Life – Seen: Bottom line – YOU ARE LOVED. You were created by the God who gives you breath in your lungs and holds all your days. He has plans to give you hope and a future, not necessarily through happy circumstances, but through the strength found in our souls through new life in Jesus. YOU MATTER TO GOD! If no one loves or cares about you in this world and you feel like taking your life, think about this: The God of the universe LOVES YOU! He has not and will never give up on you. Don’t keep living for others or for yourself, live of God. He desires to cultivate your gifts, grow your heart and use you for a greater purpose than yourself.
      • Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or value in life, I encourage you to reach out and get help. There are more than 13 reasons why you should choose life! If you do need to know someone cares about you and loves you, then take this as my personal note, letting you know that I believe you are valuable and your life matters. Do not give up. People will let us down, but God never will. He loves all of us in the midst of our scars, bruises and broken hearts. May we all one day (when the Lord takes us home) be able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) Keep fighting evil with good! Choose Life!

By: Emma Danzey

www.emmadanzey.com

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Top 9 Tips to Stay Organized This Spring!

1. Get a planner!                                        

• Obviously this would be a good first step to getting organized. Your planner will serve as a place to collect ideas and events going on in your life, no matter how small or how big.

2. Write in your planner!                                          

• Writing in your planner is a critical second step: you can’t be organized without actually doing some organizing. Find creative ways to log in your planner; whether you use it as a bullet journal type planner or a daily to do list (or both) learning to write in your planner will serve you well in getting organized!

3. Stay organized day-by-day and month-by-month                                          

• I have had great success in organizing a school “to-do” planner on a day-by-day system, but recently I’ve found that sometimes scheduling family events during the summer and such can be easier on a month-to-month schedule. Recently, I’ve had to lay out my exams schedule at the beginning of May (yikes!). But finding a fun calendar helping me not feeling too overwhelmed!

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4. Pencil in dates you are unsure of… or use washi tape to make your schedule even more flexible!         

 • I always pencil in swim lessons, tests, and other events that are subject to change. This method creates a less messy space if you do have to mark out something, instead you can just erase it! Also using washi tape for school calendars or other flexible calendars is a great idea, plus it’s super cute!

5. Schedule time for family, friends, and yourself                                                 

• Literally just writing “family,” “friends,” or “me time” is an O.K. thing to do. This time slot gives you an idea of when you have free time for others or just down time for yourself. This idea is also great to schedule your quiet time or bible study time which will hopefully become a habit in your otherwise hectic schedule!

6. Plan ahead   

• I am a planner. Anyone who knows me can tell you that. So I relish in planning ahead. However this is not everyone’s style. Even though you may not like it, planning ahead can save you a lot of time and energy in the long run. Planning time with people you care about ahead of time helps you from becoming overbooked or simply overwhelmed with your hectic schedule. It can even help serve as a perfect excuse to say “no” to something that really doesn’t fit into your schedule.

time-273857_19207. Color code your activities    

• Now the fun part! Really get into enjoying your planner, making a happy place that you enjoy going to throughout your day! I color code each of my classes and assignments, leaving extra colors out for church and other activities. You can use markers, color pencils, pens, or whatever you prefer!

8. Make your planner fun

• Like I said: MAKE IT FUN! If you want to use this planner everyday, make it fun and creative and YOU. Add pics of your day or decorate special days with stickers. Recently, I’ve added “high’s” and “lo’s” of my days at the bottom of my bullet journal as well as “what I am grateful for today”. These concepts help me reflect on my day and ultimately end it with two positives and one negative. (You can also post your “gratefuls” on Facebook or other social media to encourage your friends, and even say that you are thankful for them by name”

9. Use your resources to get creative ideas   

• Don’t stop you organizing here! Feel free to literally google or Pinterest “creative” or “cute calendar ideas”. There are plenty of them out there! And send us your results, we’d love to see them and display them on the blog!

Happy Organizing!
Sarah Jeanne✝❁

The Lord Provides a Ram

Genesis 22:13 (NKJV) says, “The Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

Abraham was given a promise that he would have a son named Isaac who would fulfill the covenant between him and the Lord. He had a dream to be the father of many nations. After waiting many years for the fulfillment of this promise, his wife Sarah bore a son named Isaac when Abraham was 100 years old.

Fast forward years after Isaac was born and Abraham hoped in his heart that this was his heir. But, God asked Abraham to give up his son on an altar as a sacrifice. I believe Abraham was shocked and confused in his heart, but he obeyed the Lord’s command and headed on a journey up a mountain to lay down his dream for His great God.

What is the “Isaac” in your life? You might have one or you could have many “Isaacs.” Dreams and promises from the Lord will be fulfilled in His time and way, but we must also come to places of sacrifice and open hands willing to give up our greatest hopes and dreams so that God is first.

The beautiful part is that the Lord was never going to let Abraham kill Isaac, He provided a ram. “Abraham lifted his eyes” and right in front of him was the true sacrifice.

God will test our faith and trust in Him. It is vital that we walk our journeys with hands open to His plans and let Him carry our promises and dreams to the places He intends as we walk in obedience.

Be encouraged that as we lift our eyes in moments of surrender, God will provide our rams as well.

In Christ,

Emma Danzey

www.emmadanzey.com

Christian Worship Artist | Founder of Polished Conference Ministries