3.26.2015

The Greatest Assurance

Hello there, beautiful people!

   Life's been so chaotic lately that it's like I can't find time to do everything I need to do. I almost need more hours in a day, but I don't really. Because the Lord knew what He was doing with twenty-four of them, and I just need to suck it up, and prioritize. 
   
   That is not what I wanted to talk about, though. After a lot of thought about all of the changes going on in my life (more details on that later, hopefully!), I had to just take a breath and remember that He has still got it under control. And if there's no other assurance that I need to remember but one, this is it:

                                                   He loves me.

     Those three words seem so easy for us to remember at first glance, but do we live like it? Do we live like we're loved by an all-powerful God, or do we live like we have no idea what we're doing?

   The Lord's greatest assurance to us, is that He loves us. That's what it boils down to, really. At times, it seems like God isn't there, and we even delude ourselves into believing that He doesn't care. But when you come to the root of it all, He loves us. Isn't that why He sent His Son to die? Isn't that why Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us? Isn't that why He continuously blesses us, even when it doesn't seem like it at first? 

  I think the issue is when things don't go our way, we automatically gravitate toward, "Well God mustn't care, because things aren't working out exactly how I asked Him. I mean, come on, I prayed in detail for it. He should know! He doesn't care!" But, oh, He does. 
   I think the realization that not everything will go my way all the time, is probably one of the greatest lessons I've ever learned. Because life won't always go my way. I won't always get what I want; but He will always, always give me what I need. There's a bigger picture, and this life isn't about me. So it's time to suck it up, realize He's got my best interest at heart (with the bigger picture still in mind), and He loves me. It's as simple as that.

                                                    Love,
                                                  Kelsey 


3.10.2015

God is Good...So, so Good!

Hello!!

  Life, it seems, is getting more interesting day by day, and it's almost as if I can't keep up with it. The days are seeming longer since we've sprung ourselves forward, and the longer the days are, the busier they seem. It's like there's only so many hours in a day, and not enough of them to fit every little thing I need to do. In the midst of it all, God is still there, continuously whispering the things I need to hear to my heart.

  We have something big coming. At this particular time, I'm not quite ready to talk about it, and I don't know if I even should, but big things are happening. Life is changing. 

                                     (found on the Project Inspired Facebook page)

          I'm so incredibly excited for what the future holds. I'm torn because it hurts, but there's so much wonderful potential too and it's just craziness. 

       Hopefully I can share more later. All I can say now is that God is good. Still so so good. Regardless of what happens.

                                                   Love,
                                               Kelsey :)

    

3.02.2015

When Things Aren't Looking Up

Hello there,

   I was thinking today about the phrase, "things are looking up." Mostly because I wrote it down to remind myself that things, in fact, are looking up. Then, I got to thinking about it a little deeper, and what if I'm wrong? 

  What if things aren't looking up? What if things are never looking up or down, but it all depends on the view I have? What if it's not a matter of waiting for things to be seemingly good at all, but a matter of fixing our eyes toward heaven and realizing that we should be looking up. We shouldn't be waiting for things to get better, or for life to "work itself out." We should be fixin' our eyes on Jesus, to realize that the only real, consistent good in our lives is this Lord and Savior of ours. 

  Sure, life can be good. Life can be really good, yet, at the same time, bad things do still happen. We don't always get what we want; nothing ever happens exactly as we wish. That sounds cynical and negative and like a bad view to have on life, but if you think about it, what good is there in the world if the One who created good itself isn't our focus? 

  



   I'm a firm believer that the quality of your life isn't determined by what's going on in it, because, like it or not, life isn't 100% butterflies and rainbows. Your quality of life is determined by the perspective you have. If your gaze is fixed on this world, sure life is always going to be bad. There will always be a financial problem, or a family problem, or a work problem, or some disease going around, or war, or famine, or poverty. Yet, if you fix your gaze on Jesus, and look skyward (because that's about as close to heaven as I feel we can get on this earth), you see life through an almost different set of eyes. You still understand that life is hard. You know that you won't always be fine, you won't always be fantastic, and you won't always have the most joyful seasons, but in the midst of all of that, there's a Savior, who came to save. There's a God out there who has yours and my best interest at heart, and even if life seems perfectly miserable; His goodness still abounds in the brokenness. His goodness doesn't falter, regardless of your circumstances.

  I've come to the conclusion that life won't ever be perfect, there will always be problems, always be challenges, but if we turn our gaze upward, heavenward... we might just find the goodness in the midst of the craziness. 

 Usually when things are looking up, it's because you are looking up. If something feels impossibly difficult, just lift your gaze a little higher. And when you're too weak to fix your eyes on Him, He's there to gently lift your chin just a bit higher til your gaze it right where it always should be; fixed on Jesus. 

                                                       Love,
                                                    Kelsey :)