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On the Edge

 

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I’m on the edge,

My feet hanging off as I stare down

Into the pit.

My heart sinks,

Someone get me out of here.

There are vultures surrounding,

Waiting for my defeat.

There are ropes binding

My hands behind my back.

Every thought is a dagger

Piercing through my soul.

 

I’m on the edge Lord,

Standing here as You call me,

As You beckon me to dive

Into life.

I take a deep breath and

Fall forward.

Suddenly the pit becomes my platform

As the vultures fly away.

The ropes are unraveling,

My thoughts shatter,

As You begin to burn within me.

 

I’m on the edge,

And it has never felt so freeing.

As I leap through the sky,

You give me wings.

As the fiery darts target me,

You shield me with Your promises.

 

You revive my soul

You give me life

And it all starts with meeting You on

The edge of something new.

 

Written by Emily Smith at fearfullywonderfullyme.com, 2016 ©


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Believe Again

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A Guest Post by Dainty M. 

It’s absolutely exhausting and distressing to believe something will happen and it doesn’t. Or to believe someone wouldn’t do something and they do. When unpleasant things happen and disappointments lace our days, it’s really hard to believe in anything.

Some people have stopped believing in love because their experience with it left them heartbroken. Some don’t believe in God because they felt disappointed by Him when bad things happened.

I’ve trusted and believed something will happen this year but hey, the 8th month is about to roll around, when will it happen? I’ve drowned in despair and to be honest, believing again is much harder than just writing it in a post. I honestly fear hoping again or believing again. But you know what? Nothing will happen if you don’t believe!

Jesus worked with people’s faith. “If you believe”…”just believe”…”she believed and saw”…these are snippets of miracles in the Bible. James also talked about trusting without wavering.

Some of us believe in plan A but have plan B safely tucked in a corner of our minds. If God doesn’t do A, we will do B. I’ve come to understand that trusting and believing means falling back on the confidence that God will catch you. He won’t let you fall (and if He does, it’s because there’s a greater glory to attain in making you rise again).

So hey! Life happens. It gets crappy sometimes. But you’ve gotta believe again. You’ve gotta trust God again. Stand on His unfailing word and watch Him wow you.


Hello lovely readers and followers, it’s Emily! I hope you enjoyed this encouraging post by my blogger friend, Dainty M. Check out Dainty M’s blog here to see more of her posts.

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The Secret to Faith

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Life is hard. We all know it, and there’s no way of getting around it. Becoming a Christian is a not a “get out of the hard life free” card. In fact, it can seem like everything in the world is attacking when you dive deeper into a relationship with Jesus.

This post is running a day late because life got hard. I’m battling illnesses that cause me to be exhausted, dizzy, and in pain. No, I’m not trying to one-up anyone here. It’s not like I have some terminal illness or life threatening disease. But what I do have is complicated, uncommon, and really annoying because it is difficult to manage.

But this is life. We all have struggles, whether it be health-wise, financial, emotional, or relational (or sometimes a dreaded combination of these). These are the thorns of the flesh that Paul talked about in 2 Corinthians 12, and they either hinder our relationship with God or take us to new heights in our walk with Him.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me (2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV)

For the longest time my struggles hindered me. I grew depressed and hopeless, even when I became a Christian. And even though I still get beaten down, I find that I rise again–stronger than before. This isn’t because of anything I have learned or done, but by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

I am blessed to be surrounded by the prayers and encouragement of my family and friends. I serve a wonderful church that cares deeply about the well-being of others, and for this I am grateful.

Even though I tend to get sick of being sick, I am even thankful for my illness and the trials I have faced. Without them I might not have realized my need for God. I might not have become a youth leader. I might not even be a blogger!

I’ve been forced to slow down and spend more time with the Lord, writing for His glory. I know I depend on Him for my strength.

Beckie Lindsey, a wonderful woman of God and blogger at Spotlight, kindly allowed me to share with you a quote she made on one of her posts on prayer and faith.

No one escapes hardships. What’s important is how we respond to them. —Beckie Lindsey

This is the secret to faith. This is how we go through the hardships of life and come of them as more than conquerors. We can’t control everything that comes our way, but we can rest in the God who is in control of all things. We can rest in His promises that Jesus is with us always (Matthew 28:20).

We can count it all joy when we face our trials and temptations because it means that God is allowing us to grow. Lean on Him and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you. You may feel like everything in life is out of your control–but fear not–God’s got you.

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (James 1:2-3 NIV).

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Limitless Faith

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If you’re reading this, then there’s a really good chance you’re a Christian. Now I’m not a numbers person (hence why I’m a blogger), so I can’t give statistics. However, there are a lot of people–some even calling themselves Christians–who say they believe in God, but leave Him in the backgrounds of their lives. There’s no judgment here as this used to be me (and sometimes still is unfortunately).

Here’s what I don’t understand. How can someone truly believe in God and not want more of Him? How can you believe in an all-powerful being who created the heavens, galaxies, and Earth and all of its inhabitants, and not want more?

Believe it, God is real. Just look around at nature, and the evidence is clear. The thing is, we live in a culture that limits God. We live in a society that doesn’t experience an overflow of healings and miracles because we don’t have faith.

Even though God is all-powerful and can do all things, we hinder Him by our lack of faith and inattention.

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 NKJV). 

It’s not that God has turned His back on us, but we’ve actually turned our backs on Him.

During my college career, I’ve had the honor of studying various religions and belief systems, learning amazing things from each of them. But there’s something different about Jesus that none of these other faiths have. 

With Jesus, you can truly experience God. You can be in His presence and have a relationship with Him. The reason I’m writing this? Because I know God, and I believe He put these thoughts on my heart. This has burdened my soul long enough to write about it.

With Jesus, anything is possible. Maybe we won’t get everything we want or at the exact time we want it, but God is good. He wants to be with us. He loves us. He’s constantly in pursuit of us. 

God’s still here. He’s still moving and working miracles if only we would take the time to stop and worship Him–to invite Jesus into our lives.

So here’s your chance. Invite God everywhere. Not just to church, the dinner table, or a bedside prayer.

Invite His presence into the minute and mundane, as well as the extraordinary.

Invite God to your work or school. Invite God to your daily  commute.

Invite God to your relationships and finances.

Invite God to your chores and burdens–into your joys and sorrows.

Invite God to the miraculous, where He can be felt like wildfire.

Don’t limit God, and don’t limit yourself. 

 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV).

If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus and want to know more, read this. God bless you!

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The Bare Bones of Worship

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Photo by Mandy

Life can be stressful. Correction–life is more like a vortex of stress, busyness, joy, and difficulty all mixed together. Even the good times can be overwhelming and just darn distracting. All of these distractions can easily affect our worship.

Some distractions are mundane–social media, kids, work, and T.V. But what about the hard times? What about the giants of life such as sick family members, finals, or financial worries?

These giants can become so big, that they distract us from God even in our worship. This happens when our problems become bigger than the God of our lives. 

I love to worship and praise to music, and I am blessed to be able to do that a lot with the youth group I serve. Obviously worship isn’t just singing; it’s a lifestyle. It is when we put God before ourselves in every situation. 

But what about those intimate and powerful moments that often happen in corporate worship?

The perfectionist in me wants to do everything right–something I know is impossible because I am not Jesus. I must confess that this perfectionist attitude has pervaded my prayer and praise life recently. Even while singing the right songs and giving God glory, my mind couldn’t help but wonder toward my problems and getting them solved. 

I would pray about these troubles, but somehow I didn’t feel as intimately connected to God as I used to. That’s when our youth pastor’s lovely wife, Mandy, gave the students this beautiful reminder:

Release your praise, and He will release His presence.

And that’s when I realized where I had been going wrong these last couple of weeks. I was letting life take over my time with Jesus. I was putting distractions, even good ones such as praying about things, ahead of just soaking in who God is.

My soul was craving quality time with my Heavenly Father. 

After Mandy said this quote, the whole room broke out with students worshiping and praising God. Our focus was where it always should have been. Instead of focusing on how great our problems were, we focused on how great our God is!

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2 NKJV).

From now on I am dedicating time everyday to just bask in God’s presence and praise Him. This has actually helped my prayer life and has reduced the stress from my troubles! Now I feel more able to serve and lead where God has called me. Trust me, the more time you spend getting to know God, the more you crave His presence. 

My challenge for you is that you will set aside time everyday this week–even if it’s just 15 minutes–to simply praise God and rest in His presence. If you take this time to honor God and put Him first, He will release His presence! This is the bare bones of worship, letting Jesus be the number one thing in our lives. Letting the King of Kings to be the king of our hearts.

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