What’s Your Focus?

It’s been awhile..a long while!

I don’t know about any of you, but I get so caught up in the stresses of life. To a point where God no longer is my focus, but it’s that thing that has taken it’s spot center stage. In your life there will always be something that is your focus. That something can be anything. So many times we are blind to idolatry in our lives because we don’t take the time to reevaluate what really takes precedence in our hearts.
A lot of times the hardships I’m facing take that center stage role. The thing is I don’t think I’m dwelling on it when I pray and pray and pray about it…but I am. Don’t get me wrong we are supposed to cast all our cares on the Lord. But that’s just it we are supposed to cast our cares upon him. Give them to him and  let go. So many times we miss the let go part. Why am I not feeling your peace Lord?  Maybe it’s because you aren’t trusting God entirely to take care of you. And that’s when something gets put before God.

An idol is anybody or anything that has our love and loyalty ahead of God, and as a result decreases our dependence on Him, our desperation for Him and our devotion to Him.

I don’t love being stressed out, but when I think about it I am pretty loyal to it. I give my hardships lots of attention. Or sometimes it’s other things that I put before God unintentionally. Things that you would think how could that be idolatry? Serving in the church can take precedence over God. Family, friends, music…whatever!

I’m writing this to you to urge you to look at yourself…really look at your heart and ask yourself is there anything I am putting before God? And then do something about it! After all even if you look and see that God is right where he is intended to be in your life, there is always room to grow!

1 Corinthians 10:12 says Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

It feels good to be able to see God working. When your eyes are focused on something other than Him it is so easy to doubt. When you refocus…When you ask God to rekindle that flame in your heart, He is faithful and He will do it. And then it’s so clear that he is right here and that he has been here all along!

I’m praying for you all as this new year approaches. Praying for His guidance in your life and that you would taste and see that the Lord is good!

I’m not where I used to be…

Whenever I get to complaining for long I try to remember complaining is wrong… I think that line is from VeggieTales…I’ll tie it in shortly 🙂

Lately people have been letting me see more into their lives and I am struck with the fact that I am so stinkin’ blessed. I complain A LOT…just ask my family. That is why that quote came to mind. It’s not even just that complaining is wrong…how can I possibly glorify the Lord if I am constantly finding something to complain about.

As a Christian that is what I have dedicated my life to, to glorify Him. Over the past few months I have learned to be less selfish, quick to hear, and slow to speak. I’m not trying to say that I am anywhere close to perfect in those places, but I am saying that I have seen growth in my life.

There is a song that says, I’m not where I want to be, but I’m not where I used to be.

That’s kind of where I am. I don’t want to get stuck in the, I’m not where I want to be part though.

I want to encourage everyone reading this that the past is over and done with, and most importantly all of those past mistakes and regrets that you have can all be washed away by the ONE TRUE GOD!

Maybe for you it isn’t enough to hear that. You’re thinking, You just don’t understand. You don’t know what I went through. You don’t know what I have done. I don’t…but I know one thing, God is who he said he is. There is forgiveness. You want a promise to hold onto…

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23

Or maybe you know you are forgiven yet you keep asking God forgive me, forgive me, forgive me. If that’s you then check your faith. When you pray to God you’ve got to believe that He will be faithful. Now…let it go. It’s hard, but ask for His strength, and take it.

The Lord has AMAZING plans for your life if you just give it to him. And once we do we can complete that song…but I’m not where I used to be. Thank you Jesus!

My prayer for you is that of Paul’s,

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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-Ally

Another step of faith.

The truth is it freaks me out that I’m going to start college in a few days.

While praying the other day The Lord put a piece of scripture in my heart. Lamentations 3:

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord…Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord ! Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:… “I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit; you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’ You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ 

Lamentations 3:21-26, 40, 41, 55-57

God is faithful. I can hold on to the promise that he is with me, and he loves me unconditionally! At the end of the day all that really matters is that I glorified God.

I was positive I was not going to pass the test to get into running start, and I said

Lord, if this is what you want, you know what to do…so sure enough I passed the test my first try.

I’ve been starting to realize that He just wants me to trust him. So I’m gonna trust you Lord. I’m gonna need you to keep me focused because I just know I’m going to be distracted so easily by schoolwork. I want to be bold in my faith. I want to make a difference in the lives of the people around me. I’m taking your hand Lord. I trust you.