Sunday, March 22, 2015

What God is teaching me

Hi blog friends! How are the each of you doing? Happy Sunday! I hope that the each of you were able to spend your day in fellowship with others, pursuing the love of Christ and understanding His love for you even more! Today I wanted to talk with you about one of the things God is teaching me. If I had a list of all the different things God has taught me over the past few years, I don't even want to know how long that list would be, ha ha! The point I'm trying to make is that as a Christian, I'm always learning new things about my Savior and what it means to live a life sold out for Him! I decided to write a short condensed list for you guys on the different things God has taught me lately.

     1) Seek the Kingdom of God above everything else. (Matthew 6:33). I have many desires that I feel the Lord has given me recently. These involve ministry, relationships, etc. However, the Lord has made it clear that there is a specific agenda for when these desires will be fulfilled. He has made it clear that it is crucial that I wait on His timing for these desires to be fulfilled. Whether or not Jesus comes before they are fulfilled, I will choose J O Y!

     2) STOP WORRYING about the future. (Matthew 6:34). Often when I want to know what my future holds, I became anxious and overwhelmed, and begin to demand God for an answer at that exact moment. I then realize how selfish this is for me to do, and I repent. God tells us to not worry about the future, and focus on depending on Him moment by moment. I feel so much more peace living my life without worrying about the future.

   3) Intentionally surround myself with a community of people who are like-minded with me through faith. (Hebrews 10:25, 1 Corinthians 15:33) Certain people throughout the past have told me its wrong to surround myself only with a group of Christians like myself. "But Jesus didn't do that! He hung out with sinners!", they have said. Actually, the first thing Jesus told these notorious sinners to do when he was around them was to repent and change their lives around. If they didn't, Jesus didn't stick around with them and hang out with them, he kept moving on and told others to repent! I'm not saying to not speak truth into non-Christians lives, definitely do that if you feel called, but don't spend time with other people who are going to cause you to stumble in your own walk.

...So now it is your turn to share. What is Jesus teaching you right now in your life? I would love to hear what our Savior is teaching you and how His wisdom has impacted your life. I love you guys!

<3 Jess

Friday, March 20, 2015

We are the BODY of Christ: Introduce Yourself!

Hello blog friends!

      I am elated to announce that Forever Convinced now officially has its own domain! Yep, I bought my own page. This is awesome. I'm feeling really good right now. However my page is going to need a huge makeover. I'm going to be doing some work these next few weeks. Anyways,  how are you lovely ladies doing? I would love to hear updates on the each of your lives! The Lord has been teaching me SO much lately. He is so so good. I am realizing more than ever lately how important it is to become involved with a specific church community as Christians. 1 Corinthians 12:27 says that "We are the body of Christ." What does this mean exactly? I believe that it means that as Christians, we are ONE body. We can't expect ourselves to grow spirituality if we are not surrounding ourselves with other believers. I recently switched churches in my town and I am so happy that I did. I'm not saying that the church that I used to attend was bad or anything--but it just wasn't for me. I like that the church I go to now feels more like a family. It's a lot smaller, but I have seen myself grow closer to Jesus more than I ever have before through my spiritual walk.  It was scary when I first started attending the new church--I didn't know a soul and I'm pretty sure everyone was wondering who the heck I was. But my lovely friends, when we make ourselves vulnerable to the Lord, it is a beautiful thing. Scary, most definitely yes, but beautiful. We are giving Him to the opportunity to do a magnificent work in our lives, and He is so extremely faithful.

      Now, I would love for the each of you reading this to please introduce yourself! Whats your name? Where are you from? What areas in your life is the Lord testing your faithfulness right now? Is he calling you to do something out of your comfort zone? I would love to hear! I'm looking forward to making some new friends! xxxx

Xo Jess