Monday, January 8, 2018

SET ASIDE

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GUEST BLOGGER CASSIDY JO




Cassidy Jo is a Christian Blogger in Nashville, Tennessee. Her passion for Jesus & encouraging women that there is ‘Purpose for their Pain & Healing in Him’ is what led her to start her Blog “Still She Laughs” — Proverbs 31:25
 Cassidy loves Sweet tea, Shopping, and Spending time with her closest friends! 

"There is something wonderfully sacred that happens when a girl chooses to realize that being set a-side is actually God's call for her to be set apart."
-Lysa TerKeurst #uninvitedbook

As a girl, being
set aside, is probably not high on your wish list for your life. We want to feel noticed, thought about, cared for, and loved. But when all of a sudden those things are not directed towards you anymore, you are left feeling unwanted, unhappy, and unloved. And it is in those moments, that the enemy has you right were he wants you.  
But here is the beauty of it all....we are God's Girls, and with Him, we can know & believe His TRUTHS....that we are completely, wholly, and forever LOVED. And when you choose to proclaim this certainty over your hurt, you can begin to see that there is undoubtedly a plan for your life!

Rejection and Refusal from man, are the exact same grounds that Jesus can use to
Restore and Redeem your heart and your life for good! I am thankful everyday, that Jesus has given me the strength to realize that my being set aside, ended up being the very avenue that led me to realize, I am actually being set apart for something much greater than I could have planned for my life.

My hope is that all of you sweet sisters can begin to see that your
brokenness can be turned into a blessing for others. Your story may be the saving of someone else. So do not live your life as if it is just a loss one more day....because YOU my friend, have been set apart; and that is nothing short of a VICTORY!


Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9


P.S.- go read Lysa TerKeurst's book Uninvited! You will be so glad you did! 

Cassidy Jo
https://cassidyjo29.wordpress.com
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

WHEN

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When I finally graduate high school.  When I get through with college.  When I get married.  When we have kids.  When our kids are a little older. When the bank account is more substantial. When we have grandchildren.  When we retire. WHEN? 

My husband and I were up late talking the other night, reminiscing about how much time had passed and all the different things we would have done if we could go back and do it all over again; then something profound dawned on me.  One of Satan's greatest tactics in the destruction of souls, in the breaking down of the family, and in the downfall of our culture, as a whole, lies within one simple word: WHEN.   

WHEN is the very word that gives you permission to ignore that nagging desire, to put off that daddy-daughter date, or to hold off on chasing a dream you have had for as long as you can remember. WHEN is that safe place in which you tell yourself that someday you will, in fact, make that change or follow that dream - but just not today.  I will wait WHEN it is a more appropriate time, only that time rarely ever comes. However, that was Satan's plan from the very beginning.   

Satan is completely fine with you having dreams, having desires for your family, and having hopes for the future as long as that is where they remain, in the future with no real potential of ever coming to fruition.  The back burner is where he spends most of his time.   

In that case, I want to run from the back burner into vast open space of possibilities that God has placed before me in the year 2018, and I would love for you to come with me. 

We are image bearers, Genesis 1:26, created in the image of God, created in His likeness which would explain our longing to design, to build, to love, and to be loved. He has given us all unique and wonderful ways for us to express those desires - but WHEN?  Why do we so often assume that the things we are the most passionate about are hobbies, instead othe very work in which God has placed us here to do? 
 "If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.  He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap." (Ecclesiastes 11:3-4)   

If you are waiting for WHEN it will never come.  If you are waiting for everything to fall into place and be perfect in your life before you pursue your passion, good luck with that.  Maybe your epitaph can read: WHEN and at least your family will know that your intentions were good.   
 Like everything I have ever written, this post is for me, so please do not be offended, unless it offends you into movement, and then I am okay with it.  But I needed to write this for many reasons, mainly because I am tired of living for the WHEN and ready to live for the NOW. 

Zach and I made a lot of decisions on that couch a few nights ago.  Some are seemingly small and insignificant, others are a little bolder and, to be honest, a little scary, but I am ready. 

What about you?  

Dare to let this year be the year that your WHEN becomes NOW. Dare to make this years New Year Resolutions become New Life Resolutions.  A life lived purposefully and intentionally.  A life lived using every gift God has placed within you, weaving it through every facet of your life. 

Write that book. Take that trip. Make that career change.  Invest in your family.  Give up that bad habit.  Pursue your passion.  Let go of fear.  Seek after God never like before, and allow Him to illuminate your path.  
  
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." (John 10:10) 

Satan wants to steal your time, to kill your desires, and destroy your passion.  He speaks in hushed tones and assures you that you are not ready, that you are not equipped, that you will fail. 

"I came that you may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10) 

God says WHEN is TODAY.  God says He longs that you LIVE.  

I hope this post will not be likened merely to a motivational speech but instead a spiritual truth that runs into the depths of your soul.  To bring glory to God through the pursuit of your passions is abundant life.  When we attempt to operate in the ways of the world, we are left with a feeling of emptiness that no amount of success can fill.  But when we dare to LIVE purposefully, for the Glory of the one who made us, we encounter an abundance of LIFE that cannot be found through any other means. 
 LIVE TODAY. 

P.S. Share your thoughts with me.  How different will 2018 look for you than the year before? 

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