lifted up

Lately I've had a lot on my mind.  I'm sure it's because it's summertime and I have much more time on my hands.  During the school year it seems that things come to my attention but I can't give much thought at all to them because I'm living day by day, trying to not let stress overwhelm me.  Therefore, I seem to often put a barrier up, and not deal with things going on at all.  Maybe not the best way to handle things.

There was a moment (or two) within the past week where sin crept in and the devil was trying his darnedest to take over my thoughts.  I've spent a lot of time lately reading my bible and working on growing in areas of my relationship with God.  It seems those are the times in life where the devil works his hardest, but our God is so amazing, and through that time spent with Him, prepares our hearts, souls and minds to resist the devil.  Whether it was working on our budget, seeing money leave quickly due to paying for my masters, thinking about some things in the future, or even words uttered by others, the devil was laughing in my face at the stress that slowly crept in. 

The sweet thing is, Christ always offers a way out of temptation...mine being to give things over to stress and worry.  The way out He offered this time, was sweet reminders through scriptures and "little things" here and there that have reminded me once again that He always provides and often does so in ways we never expected or may even pass up as not being God.  Yet, I'm a firm believer that God works through random acts of kindness (a very generous gift card from my parents to use to celebrate our upcoming anniversary), a package deal that will save us hundreds on an upcoming Disney trip, information about my hubby's future in his current job that may (prayerfully) make it a little more "workable" for me to stay at home down the road with our little ones, and even a website that has made our budgeting even more easy alongside Dave Ramsey's envelope system.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
James 4:10

So I'm posting today, with a heart that has been lifted up by the Lord.  By simply handing it over and praying to God, knowing that He has always provided and always met my needs, I have been humbled and reminded all over again that this faith in my God is a true blessing and something I hope and pray everyone I come in contact with can experience.  What an amazing way to live...full of Christ and empty of self.  Not completely free of worry, but complete with freedom in Christ.

Be lifted up today.

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  1. Beautiful. That was a reminder I needed today. Thank you.

  2. Great post. You always inspire me in my walk with God. :-)

  3. This is so great and I'm so glad I read it. I am the best worrier but I know that God is not only in control but he cares specifically for us.

  4. Glad you are finding comfort in God. Yay for presents from parents, very sweet. Big yay for saving money on Disney trip! And another big yay for possibly being able to stay home with your kids in the future. I'm still not sure if that's what I want to do or not. I'm sure I'll change my mind a hundred times before we have kids. And yay for making a difficult task even easier! Catch you later!

  5. Your post reminded me of the simple yet honest statement that idle hands are the devil's work, and indeed I find that to be true for myself. Too much time on my hands leaves too much room for negative thoughts or emotions. Your faith pushed you through gracefully, but others are not so fortunate, sometimes. :)

    I know of another who utilizes Dave Ramsey's tools to help them manage, among other things, the stress that is money. She is also a devoted worshiper and prayerful person. I'm happy to see that this combination works for the two of you. It seems to have brought her peace, and your post feels peaceful.

    Happy Friday. I'm blog hopping as I sit awake at 3:45am, waiting for the breathing treatment to run its course on my little asthmatic.

  6. Hey Caitlin! Good to hear from you! :) It sounds like you are having a nice summer...though I heard your classroom is all ready to go!! Wow...that's awesome! I love that God is doing such a good work in your heart and mind - I too am thankful for this time to reflect and grow. I can't wait to share all about God's crazy faithfulness in my job situation with you! Have a great weekend. :)

  7. I forgot to ask...you mentioned you found a website to make budgeting easier...can you please share?

  8. I really enjoyed reading your post today..its such a blessing and comfort to know God is always there for us and knows our needs. I love coming across scriptures that uplifts my soul..God always knows the direction to point us in! Hope you have a blessed weekend! :-)

  9. it's so sweet and freeing to know that the Lord has every aspect of our lives purposed and planned... and He promises to provide all of our needs along the way! wow - what comfort there is in Him!

  10. Being able to just give it - the good and the bad - to the Lord is an amazing thing.

  11. It is amazing how He will provide what you need when you need it. Thank you for this reminder...it is something that I have been needing to hear a lot more of lately. Thank you for sharing this!


  12. Great post. God is always there to lift us up-we just have to be willing to let Him. It is so awesome and humbling to know that He cares about every little detail of our lives!


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