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    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Commitment. This is a HUGE struggle among millennials (of which group I am a part of). We are flaky. When the going gets tough, we get going. If we don’t FEEL like it, we don’t DO it. So what’s the big deal about commitment? Is it just important in a relationship?

    “Commitment shows signs of your maturity in God, but it also shows signs of your maturity in your preparation for marriage. The number one challenge in your marriage is your ability to commit. Before you commit to a spouse, you should be committing to friends, to yourself, to church, to God. If you’re having a hard time committing to God who is perfect, who is never going to hurt you, who is never going to fail you, who is never going to throw a shoe at you when He’s mad, how will you ever be able to commit to someone who is imperfect?” - Jamal Miller in an episode of The Heart of Dating

    Let’s look at commitment in our own lives first. Can you commit to a weekly Bible study? Attending church each week? Your time with God in the morning? A consistent workout routine and healthy eating? A job that can be frustrating? A friend who is going through a tough time? Demanding family members? What happens when you’re tired, busy, unmotivated, or distracted? These areas in your life can show signs of your maturity in God and also in your preparation for marriage.

    One of the biggest complaints among single women today is frustration in men not committing. I believe the enemy is attacking commitment BEFORE marriage and commitment AFTER marriage. So look at the man you are considering dating. How is commitment in his life? Dating can reveal your weaknesses in a convicting and challenging way. In my life, I’m very committed to working out and my time with the Lord; he is challenged by this. In my boyfriend’s life, he is very dedicated to his friends (he’ll drop anything to help them out) and to talking through his thoughts and struggles with a mentor. I see his maturity and it challenges me to be more like Christ in those areas and vice versa.

    If you’re praying for God to bring you a godly man or are frustrated with the lack of commitment in guys you know, ask yourself - how am I practicing maturity in commitment in all areas of MY life? Perhaps you are ready to commit to a relationship but you struggle committing to healthy eating choices or attending church regularly. Ask God to help grow you in mature commitment in ALL areas of your life. And look for a godly man who is maturing in his dedication as well.

    What areas do you struggle committing to?

    BOOK REVIEW: The Logic of God by Ravi Zacharias

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    With different religions surrounding us, suffering perpetually in the news, and questioning of God’s care for us and sovereignty over our lives, the inquiry of God’s existence and Christ’s deity of Christ will inevitably arise. We need to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (I Peter 3:15).

    Sometimes the person asking for the reason for hope is yourself. These questions about God surface in our hearts during the stillness of the night: Does God not know my longings for marriage? Why is He not giving me what I desire? He must not care about my mother who is ill. Does He even exist? Is Jesus really the Son of God who has power to do anything? Then why am I not gaining victory in this area of life?

    Sometimes the person searching for hope is the coworker, the friend, the family member: Why is there evil in the world? How can your religion claim to be the only way? How does your religion make a difference in your life? If Christianity is true, why are there so many hypocrites in church?

    Being a woman who is prepared to give an answer requires reading, praying, and seeking. Recently, I picked up the book The Logic of God by Ravi Zacharias. This book contains fifty-two short but densely packed readings filled with scripture, quotes, and easy to understand logic. Each reading ends with reflection questions and personal applications from the lesson. These are challenging questions that will provoke much thought so I, along with the author, recommend spending a week or a few days meditating on the Truths presented or in conversation with others.  

    I love the previously mentioned verse - 1 Peter 3:15. The season of singleness can be one of loneliness and darkness. If you live in light of the Truth, your singleness can actually be one that leads others into Gospel discussion. How are you so happy being single? Don’t you question whether God cares or not? You actually believe in a God who doesn’t give you what you want? And then you can give the reason for your joy. Rodney “Gipsy” Smith says, “There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, but most people will never read the first four.” In your singleness, you have the opportunity to be an example of the Gospel to those who may never even open a Bible.

    The Logic of God gives answers to many questions of the heart and mind - for everything from the exclusivity of Christianity, the problem of pain, the effectiveness of prayer, the lack of morality, addressing the evil within, and so much more. If you are looking for answers to your questions, probing questions for others, or thought-provoking topics to wrestle with, Ravi Zacharias provides a great resource to get started with.

    The Logic of God Book Description:Jesus Christ alone answers our deepest questions. We all have doubts that challenge our faith. We wonder whether the Bible still matters, or whether God is truly as loving and personal as we hope. In his first ever devotional, The Logic of God, apologist Ravi Zacharias offers 52 readings that explain how and why Christianity, the Bible, and God are still relevant, vital, and life-changing for us today. To all our dilemmas Ravi says, "I am convinced that Jesus Christ alone uniquely answers the deepest questions of our hearts and minds." With a remarkable grasp of biblical facts and a deep understanding of the questions that trouble our hearts, Ravi tackles the most difficult topics with ease and understanding. But The Logic of God is more than intellectual; it is also personal, offering thoughtful wisdom on: - when Jesus draws especially near you.- the deep ray of hope found in God's Word.- how God transforms disappointments.- why prayer matters.- how genuine peace is possible.- making sense of suffering. ​Ravi makes profound biblical truth easy to understand. And if your life is busy, this book is designed for you! It addresses 52 topics that you can read over the course of one year or slowly digest at your own pace. Each entry includes a Scripture, questions for reflection, and some practical application steps. When you're struggling with questions and doubts, confused, curious, or just want a clearer way to express your faith The Logic of God has answers that satisfy the heart and the mind.

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    In All Your Ways

    Friday, May 3, 2019

    I was meditating on the popular passage Proverbs 3:5-6 this morning and the beginning of verse 6 jumped out at me. "Think about Him in all your ways."

    I like to categorize and put things in different boxes in my life: faith, work, fitness, personal life, family time, church, etc. While these are all different components of my life, faith is not one that should be separate from the others. Faith should be the foundation of each area. It should permeate all aspects of my life. It is not something that we pull out on Sundays and place back on the shelf until the following week or until life gets hard. It is every day, every situation, every breath.

    I live in the South where basically everyone goes to church. It’s a social event. But sometimes you can’t tell the difference between those who go to church and those who don’t. During the week, compartmentalizing church go-ers don’t live like they love Jesus. They live like they love themselves and they only let God have the Sunday box in their life.

    It's like a house - faith and your relationship with Jesus is the understructure upon which all the "rooms" stand upon. Faith isn’t a bonus room. Jesus should be the bedrock, the base of all you do.

    One way I try to be intentional about having foundational faith is by selecting a verse to pray over each area of my life. This verse is my "purpose statement" for that area.

    I have a high calling with my job and so do you. So for work (ESL teacher here!), I have a verse about loving the sojourner and speaking kindness. God has called us to honor Him in what we spend our money on and to live a life of monetary discipline. Therefore, with finances, I have a verse about discipline. (This has helped me so much as I love to buy a new outfit on an emotionally difficult day). Even our singleness has purpose for His kingdom. I pray 1 Corinthians 7:34b, asking that I, as an unmarried woman, stay devoted to the Lord during this season. Regarding ongoing struggles, I pray encouragement that God is not done with me and will complete me when Jesus comes back (Philippians 1:6).

    Jesus is the foundation of all aspects of our lives. Don't make Him a "church box" or a "Sunday room." Maybe you need to tear down your house, set a firm foundation, and rebuild.

    I challenge you to list important areas in your life and search for verses that speak into that area. Then start reading them aloud and praying them every day.

    Acknowledge Him in all your ways today.

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