LET IT GO

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Hi friends! Today I am back with a prayer post because it seems like I haven’t done one of these in forever. I’ve been struggling a lot lately with being able to let go of things that aren’t in my control. Sometimes I think that, as a whole, we tend to think that it’s our job to fix situations and people when in reality there’s nothing that we can do about it. Once I started to realize that the things I was worrying over were not my responsibility nor in my realm of authority, I decided to let it go and pray it up. I’ve felt so much better and more positive after doing this and I hope that this prayer or one similar to it will be able to help you out if you are struggling with something similar.

Dear Lord, I ask that you help me to let things go that are out of my control. Help me to point out these things and recognize them so that I am not exerting myself in a way I do not need to be. Thank you for your word that tells me not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34) and to pray continuously (1 Thessalonians 5:17) because you will answer all my prayers and provide for me when I place my full trust in you. So please help me open my heart and place my trust in the safest place possible so that I no longer have to worry about the things that I am unable to control. You alone can exercise authority over those things and it’s not my place or my will to have that power. Amen.

Thanks so much for reading and I will see you back here soon!!

Much love and grace,

Jordan

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GOOD SOIL

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Hi friends! My latest study of the Bible has been in Luke, and so I thought I would share my thoughts on the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:1-15.

In short, Jesus is explaining to those gathered what it means to actually take up God’s words and live according to that. Jesus speaks first of seeds that are scattered along a walking path and eaten by birds. These are the people who hear the word, but are tempted by the devil and fall trap to Satan’s fallacies and are therefore left with an unbelief of what the word says. Then come the seeds that are thrown across rocky ground that grow but eventually die due to lack of water. These people welcome the word when they hear it but have no true roots in the Lord and in their faith—they’re lukewarm. When temptations and tests come their way they fall away from their faith and run into the arms of the world. Then there are the seeds that fall among thorns, and when they try to grow are choked by the weeds surrounding them. These people are the ones that hear the word and are again lukewarm, but don’t stand firm in faith. The world and the things it has to offer seem a lot more pleasing and fulfilling to these people. They are torn down by temptation and worry and what the world wants for them rather than what God calls for us. Finally, Jesus speaks of the seeds that are sown on good soil. These people are those that take the word into their hearts and stand firm on top of it, and in the end produce a great crop from sowing good seeds onto good soil of their own.

I love this parable because it’s a reminder that we need to be fully rooted in the Lord’s word. We can’t let temptation, worldly pleasures and problems, and lukewarm faith get in the way of pursuing Christ’s kingdom. Instead we need to be rooted in good soil and sow our seeds wisely in the word of God rather than the pleasures of the world.

Thanks so much for reading!!

Much love & grace,

Jordan

WEIGHT OF GRACE

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Hi friends! Today I’m back on the blog with a short devotional about grace. Grace is a long-winded subject with so much that can be discussed but for this devotional I really want to focus in and break down what it means to take grace for granted.

We hear about grace all the time whether it’s in church or small groups, and as Christians we know that grace is a huge deal. But I think most of the time we don’t have a grasp on how huge of a deal grace really is. We sin constantly—something I’m sure we’re all reminded of daily—but what makes the Lord so good is that He forgives us freely. And that right there is what grace really is; it’s an undeserving, but freely given gift from a god who is more powerful than any other. Because of our nature of sin and the fact that we oftentimes become numb to the sins that we commit on the daily, we don’t think much about grace in its full sense. It’s almost like we become numb to grace just like our sins. We take it for granted and we forget that it’s what renews our faith and allows us to still be  forgiven even when we mess up.

In Luke 7, Jesus is anointed by a woman who all the teachers of the law call a sinner. She is broken, beat down, and hangs heavy due to the overwhelming impact of her sin. When she meets Jesus, she instantly feels compelled to fall at His feet and clean them. When the Pharisees tell Him that she is a sinner and unworthy of His presence, He explains that her faith in that moment has displayed her great love and that her sins are forgiven. Jesus’ grace is so evident here and I think it really helps to put in perspective the impact of grace. Even before He died on the cross, He was freely forgiving those that were considered sinners and unclean. And even today we have that within our faith: an unending and overwhelming grace that we don’t deserve, yet still are gifted.

Thanks so much for reading and I will see you back on the blog in my next post. ❤

Much love & grace,

Jordan