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How to Get Your Life Together

I was having one of those nights a few weeks ago that I’m sure you can relate to. My homework was strewn all over the floor, my nails were chewed up, and all I could think about was all of the things I needed to get done. And of course, all of the things that I wasn’t doing right. In the midst of studying for my logic exam and dealing with a chronic illness flair up, all I could say to myself was one thing:

I really need to get my life together.

I bet you a dollar to a donut that you know exactly how I feel. I hear people say this phrase all the time. We are in a constant state of trying to be better, and to be honest, I don’t think anyone’s really got it figured out.

Well fear not. Today I am going to tell you how to get your life together. Actually, I’m not. It’s impossible to have it all together.

Before you leave, let me invite you to know the only one who can help us mend our broken lives. Although we may never reach perfection in this life, there’s always progress to be made. Jesus has a knack for turning people’s lives around and He can do the same for you–no matter how bad your situation.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at Ezekiel 37.

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!  Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live (Ezekiel 37:1-5 NKJV). 

I know that you may be going through something tragic or may be struggling with sin. But I also l know that if you’re reading this, you’re not a pile of dead, dry bones (at least not literally). If you’re alive and reading this, then you are not too far gone. God has brought you here for a reason. He wants to revive your life.

He wants to make the dry bones in your heart come to life. No matter what it is that seems hopeless, God can bring transformation.

I know because I’ve lived it. I used to be lost; full of depression, self-hatred, and anxiety so bad I pulled out my own hair. I was dead–until Jesus found me and raised me to life.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) (Ephesians 2:4-5 NKJV). 

Yes, we live in a sinful world. I’m not perfect, and I won’t be until I see Jesus face to face. There are days when I struggle, but that’s okay. I don’t have to get it all together because Jesus is the perfection in me.

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Lovely reader, please know that God can revive your life as well. Being a Christian is not a process of becoming perfect–it’s a lifelong journey of Christ’s love redeeming the imperfections in us. And that, my friend, is a life worth living.

So next time you find yourself wanting to get your life together, remember God’s love for you. Ask Him to show you grace and give Him control of your situation. It’s not always easy, but He will always be there to walk you through the challenges of life.

You don’t need to get it together. You need to get revival. 


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FirstFruits~Watching Your Faith Unfold

James 1 is probably one of my favorite chapters of the Bible right now. It’s a fountain of truth and inspiration for every believer, but it can also be a bit overwhelming when you read it in one sitting.

I think that this chapter is so relevant and inspirational, that I want to take a few weeks to go over it with you all.

I want to help you grow closer to Jesus as we explore the Word is my new series: FirstFruits.

Let’s get started!

I think that verses 2-3 are difficult for most of us to accept.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience (James 1:2-3 NKJV). 

I don’t know about you, but my first reaction when life gets difficult is not to think of it as something joyful. I tend to worry and get upset as I wonder how in the world I’ll get through whatever is in front of me.

It does get easier. The more I go through, the more I can see God’s faithfulness in my life.  I’ve dealt with health issues, depression, anxiety, loss, disappointments, and other trials that probably everyone reading this can relate to.

I’ve come to realize that sometimes God lets these things happen in order for fruit to be born–in order for us to draw closer to Him.

When everything is going smoothly, I tend to forget about my dependence on God. Instead I think I’m the one who’s in control. Ever felt that way before?

Let’s jump down to verse 6.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:6 NKJV).

When the storms of life hit, are you like a wave in the sea that’s tossed in every direction, seeking refuge but finding none? Or are you anchored by faith in your Savior? 

What James wants us to understand is that life’s difficulties can be opportunities to build our faith in Jesus Christ.

It’s not like we will never have any doubts–I know I do sometimes. The point is we need to keep coming back to Jesus, seeking Him first, even in the most turbulent times.

That joy James was talking about? That comes from the peace of a solid faith in the God who never fails.

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Don’t stop believing, lovely reader. Don’t lose hope. Be patient and watch your faith unfold, taking you deeper into the arms of your Heavenly Father.

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4 NKJV).


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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 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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Where Have You Been Putting God?

Where did Emily go? It’s FINALS WEEK!!!!!!!!! In other words, the Hunger Games of college. As you can imagine I have been quite busy and stressed. And as you can imagine…some of my usual priorities have gone out the window. And unfortunately, last week God kind of got put out the window as well.

Here’s how it goes (and I’m sure all of you can relate to this sometimes): I wake up, check my phone, look at all of the things I need to get done that day, say a quick prayer, and get the day started. I know I should probably read my Bible or journal, but there’s just no time right now! Besides, I can do it later. The day goes on and the list of things to do keeps piling up. By the end of the day I am too exhasued to even read my Bible or connect with God.

Now of course, we all have days like this sometimes–it’s completely normal, and God knows we are human. However, I had been having a string of these days, and I knew that I was putting God on the back burner of my life. I was trying to do things in my own strength, instead of relying on the strength and grace of Jesus Christ. 

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty (Zechariah 4:6 NIV).

What about you? Are you busy with school, work, family stress, bills to pay, kids to raise, and all of life’s hurdles? God knows, and He understands. He wants to help. He wants you to rely on Him and seek His face first.

 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV).

So come to God children of Christ! Seek Him first, and seek His Spirit for strength and guidance. Let God love and comfort you like nothing else can.

Have a great week everyone! I will try to catch up reading your blogs as the week moves on. Feel free to comment below 🙂

Love, Emily <3

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