Category Archives: Getting to Know the Big Guy

Want to know God’s will for your life?

Do you ever struggle with wanting to know God’s will for your life?

If you said, “Yes,” to that question, then have no fear because we ALL struggle with this!  I constantly find myself asking questions like, What am I going to do with my life?  What does God want me to do?  What if I don’t follow His road exactly?  How will I know if I’m doing what God wants me to do?  What if I don’t want to do what He wants me to do?

Although I certainly don’t have an exact answer for you or anything, I’m learning that fulfilling God’s will for our lives is much simpler than we thought.  Here’s where we can begin:

1.  Accept that we cannot know God’s plan for our lives

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:10

2.  Seek Him constantly-

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Learn more about Him through reading the Bible : “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

3.  Glorify God in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31)

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“We are always of good courage.  We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,  for we walk by faith, not by sight…So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.” 2 Corinthians 5:6, 7, 9

4. Enjoy HIM forever

“These things, I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Jesus’s words in John 15:11

“For apart from him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” Ecclesiastes 2:25

“I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live.” Ecclesiastes 3:12

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Said simply, the next time that you begin to ask yourself, “What is God’s will for me?” take your eyes off of the problem and pray with your eyes on God.  Have faith in and draw near to, glorify, and enjoy Him forever: this is, at least, the beginning of what it means to live according to God’s will.

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“God is watching the apples!”

For today, I just want to share with you a funny story that I heard one Sunday in my pastor’s sermon…

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One day just like any other, all the children at a Catholic elementary school were lined up for lunch.  Following the strict routine of the nuns, they would pick up their trays and go through the line to get their lunch.  At the end of the line, there was a long table.  On one end of this long table, there was a tray of chocolate chip cookies.  The opposite end of the table, though, was stacked high with shiny, red and green apples.

As the children passed through the line, the nuns began to notice that the apples were disappearing more quickly than the cookies.  They realized that the children were coming taking extra apples to stow away in their backpacks.  To ensure that each child only took one apple, one of the nuns wrote a sign to place next to the apples.  The sign read, “Take only one.  God is watching.”

The children read this and became afraid; each began taking only one apple.  However, a third-grade boy decided to address this matter himself.  In childlike handwriting, he wrote a note to put next to the cookies.  “Take as many as you want,” the note said, “God is watching the apples!”

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How I chose to be with the Big Guy: Part 1

Just a few minutes while typing random words, trying to figure out what to write about, I finally stopped and prayed about what to write about.  Then God tapped on my shoulder.  It was almost as if He told me, “Tell them your story!”  So today, here’s my story… the beginning, at least, of how I chose to be with the Big Guy.

As far as I can remember–even back to times when I even ate grass during recess–I’ve always gone to church.  Most days, my dad would poke and/or thump me if I was kicking the pew in front of me.  As a more dangerous, second resort, I would fall asleep during the sermon.  Children’s choir, youth groups, small groups, Bible study–you name it, and I was involved in it.  I was the role model Christian girl, and yet-here’s the truth-

I didn’t actually know God.

Bold statement, isn’t it?  But it’s the truth because I only knew God and the Word on a SURFACE level.  Honestly, until this last year, I couldn’t even tell you many of the Bible stories that I learned as a child.  Whenever I read the Bible–meaning the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs–I enjoyed the verses that talked about how I could receive anything that I asked for in prayer… boy, now THAT is a whole other story!  If this makes you feel better, too, I didn’t even know who Paul was until this past year!  If you don’t know of these things, whoo hoo! , I’m so glad that you’re reading this because you are exactly where I was too!

So how did I go from having a shallow belief in God to where I am now, loving Him with all of my life?  Here’s how…

I broke.

My whole life, I spent all of my time and energy trying to be perfect, complete, whole.  At a young age, I began to believe that I would only be acceptable when I was working and looking perfect.  This seemed to be what made people like me, so wouldn’t that naturally be what made me acceptable to God?

Boy, could I have been more wrong!  Here’s what I want you to see from this.  I lived my whole entire life believing that I was a Christian without actually even knowing God.

This is the first part of my story.  I hope you can relate, and keep checking in for the parts to come!