Category Archives: Exodus

Getting Through Growing Pains

Joy of Life

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I was in the middle of a very intense conversation with God. When I say intense I mean I pointed my finger up to heaven and said some pretty mean words. To sum up my 30 minute rant, I pretty much got on to God because I felt like He wasn’t doing anything.

It’s horrible, I know but hey, He knew what I was thinking anyway so why not shout about it as I was attempting clean my house. My house is a spot on reflection of my life, it’s a hot mess.

I was sick of waiting. I was sick of confusion and I wanted answers. Like a teenager who thinks she knows everything, I was trying to tell God what I needed even though God already knows me better than I know myself.

I was impatient and rude. The funny thing about wilderness moments is that they put us in a situation where we are forced to depend on God in a way we haven’t previously.

I may have complained but I know God was glad that I wasn’t trying to do things on my own. I may be somewhat of a control freak but I am not one to give up on God’s promises. I have seen God perform so many miracles in my life.

I’ve seen Him provide a home on two different occasions when I was homeless and I’ve seen Him provide finances when I didn’t have anything. I will wait for God to do His work and I will follow His lead, even if that means I have to have some very real conversations with Him.

After my crying session where I literally cried all the makeup off my face I was okay and you know what? God was gracious and patient with me because that’s the kind of God we serve.

Like a parent, He takes us kicking and screaming into some hard situations. He understands our confusion and is there guiding us the whole time, even if we don’t feel or see Him. 

Are you going through growing pains? Are you being molded by God in a way that kind of hurts? Do you feel like screaming at the top of your lungs?

Can I just take a second to say that God’s got this? He doesn’t waste anything and I promise you, it’s going to be okay. When it comes down to it, we find our joy in God. He knows just what we need.

~ Lovelle ❤

God Knows When We Don’t

 

Wilderness Moments

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Have you ever had one of those seasons where you just don’t know what to do? You know, when you don’t feel like the Lord is directing your path and you are just waiting in limbo for Him to respond so you can move? Well that’s been me for the last six months.

I am about to graduate college with a broad degree, and I have a background in every single job you can imagine. I knew that God had a specific plan for me that aligned with my past and my passions but I just couldn’t figure out what that was.

I felt like I was in a box. I was in a situation where I literally had to take it one day at a time and wait on the Lord to tell me what to do. In what seemed like a million years and some, He did! Kind of…

I thought to myself, “Yea! no more wilderness for me! This season is FINALLY over.” Well…  I was wrong. Now I know what to do I just have to wait. My wilderness season involves me knowing His plans, but being patient and trusting that God will work everything out.

I am learning that life is full of wilderness moments. In Exodus we see  the  Israelite’s wandering in the wilderness and I tend to think of that as a one-time thing but as I am relating it to my life I am noticing they actually experienced quite a few.

They were in a wilderness when they were slaves. They were in a wilderness when they were leaving Egypt and escaping, not knowing if they were going to get out alive. Every day they had to trust that God had a plan and that He would provide for them.

They had some up’s and down’s but God was with them the whole time and HE DID lead them to their promised land.

It’s the same way with us too. I’m holding on to the promise that God doesn’t waste anything. Will you join me by remembering that promise for your life as well?

His plans for your life are good. A God that knows the number of every hair on our head certainly knows the outcome of our situation.

~ Lovelle ❤

 

Video: The Purpose in Our Wilderness Moments

I’m finally back to posting videos! This week I am going to expand on my last blog post which highlights this verse:

“So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle”
~ Exodus 13:18

In this video I am going to talk about:
* Exodus 13:18
* The Israelites
* How God provided for them in their wilderness
*How we can learn from our struggles
*How their is hope in your current wilderness

~ Lovelle ❤

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P.S. If you need a speaker for the upcoming year I would love to chat with you about it. You can find me here. I hope to hear from you soon!

The Purpose to Our Journey

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I stared at my computer screen in disbelief with tears rolling down my cheeks. I got an email telling me that I got turned down from a job I really wanted for what seemed like the millionth time. With this many devastating blows, the rejection seemed almost unbearable.

I was so confused. It seemed the more I tried, the more the world told me I wasn’t good enough.  I have had a job (or two) since I was 16 years old. How can it be this hard to get one now. Especially when I have a degree? 

In that moment I was very real with God. By that I mean, I cried and yelled at Him for the confusion and another closed-door. I then began to  cry some more and once I pulled my emotional self together, I apologized for being a know it all when really, God’s ways aren’t mine (Isaiah 55:8).

 After some TLC from my amazing husband, chocolate, and a call to my wonderful parents who prayed for me and filled me with tons of encouragement, I hopped into bed and forced myself to open my bible. My eyes immediately found this verse:

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the promised land… God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle.
~ Exodus 13: 17-18

 Windy roads and closed doors are sometimes part of journey. If it was easy then how would we grow? I can be irritated and upset or I can be thankful that God is putting me in a position of growth where I am forced to depend on Him.

Sometimes, it’s not about where we are going. It’s about how we get there.

I am writing this today to hopefully encourage anyone who is going through a wilderness. Is it a job situation? Girl, I feel you. waiting is always the hardest. An adoption process? Salvation for a family member? Maybe even an illness that won’t go away or doesn’t have a good prognosis…

Waiting is difficult and walking a roundabout way is sometimes hard too. I don’t know about you, but I am going to try to embrace the journey because God is going to grow me. I know that I will come out on the other side as an overcomer and you will too.

~ Lovelle ❤

Believing God is Not Limited

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I remember it like it was yesterday… Two years ago on this day I was holding a giant birthday cake at my local Boys and Girls club. I had given a speech to some kiddos and because it was my 21st birthday, they decided to celebrate with me.

This woman I had grown close to attended my speech. I didn’t really understand why she came, because no one ever came to my events but I didn’t object. As I sat there holding a cake that said, “happy birthday Lovelle” this woman with the most gentle spirit and beautiful smile looked at me and said, “Mark and I want to be your parents.” 

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In that moment, I felt worthy and wanted for the first time. To this day, I still think it’s the greatest birthday present God has ever given me. What can I say, It’s pretty hard to top getting parents. 

Every year, I look back at that moment and I am reminded that we serve a God who knows no limits. If you have read any of my posts lately, you will see that I am in sort of a wilderness and i’ve been tempted to just give up and settle on the dreams God has laid on my heart.

At times it’s hard to see Him working in the background but today I want to encourage you to keep pressing forward because God doesn’t waste anything. If He puts a dream on your heart, it will come to pass. It may take over ten years like it did for my parents, or 21 years like it did for me but the wait will be worth it.

~ Lovelle ❤

God: The Ultimate Fixer-Upper

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“… Aaron raised his staff and struck the water of the Nile. Suddenly, the whole river turned to blood! The fish in the river died, and the water became so foul that the Egyptians couldn’t drink it. There was blood everywhere throughout the land of Egypt. But again the magicians of Egypt used their magic, and they, too, turned water into blood…”
~ Exodus 7: 20-22

Aaron an Moses did what they were supposed to and God fulfilled His promise to them. He performed a miracle right in front of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. As all situations go, it seemed as though the Egyptians one-upped them because they could turn the sea into blood as well.

I can picture Moses and Aaron walking away embarrassed. Had God really come through? It seemed like the power God had given them was not effective because everything they did the Egyptians could do too.

God doesn’t waste anything. He had Moses and Aaron perform that miracle knowing what would happen because ultimately, the Egyptians would have to let down their pride and ask for help. Their hearts may have still been hard but the glory would still go to God.

Deep down they would know that God was the only one that can fix their situation. 

I have to admit that sometimes I tend to be like the magicians. I am a fixer. I tend to be a bit of a mother to my friends and family with a get-er-done personality but as I am studying the book of Exodus I see how dangerous that can be. 

The bible says that the Lord delights in EVERY detail of our lives. How sad is it that I forget to let Him get involved… 

As I was studying and asking the Lord what steps I should take in order to make sure that I don’t try to fix things on my own He showed me a three step process from Matthew 7:7 and I will discuss this next week. Let’s just say my mind was pretty blown so stay tuned.

~ Lovelle ❤

 

Looking To God In The Wilderness

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“Get out!” Pharaoh ordered. “Leave my people- and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the Lord as you have requested.”
~ Exodus 12: 31

Finally, Pharaoh gave up. In this moment we see him demanding that Moses take the Israelites out of Egypt but it didn’t come easy. Right before this verse the land of Egypt went through 8 different plagues; one of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, livestock, festering boils, hail, and locusts.

On top of that the Egyptians endured the deaths of all the first born males and it was all because of one man who refused to submit to God’s authority. As the Egyptians packed only the necessities I can only imagine the fear they must have felt and the many questions that must have running through their minds.

What will happen to me in the wilderness?
Will I survive?
Where are we even going?

They had been in captivity for so long. Could there really be a light at the end of the tunnel? For forty years as they wandered in the wilderness after this, I bet they asked God that same thing every single day.

Life is full of wilderness moments. We get confused, suffer hardship, and sometimes the only thing that gets us up in the morning is the assurance, that even though we can’t see it God is leading us to our promised land (at least it’s that way for me).

Exodus 12: 36 says, “The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites.” After all, that is how they got out and managed to get everything they needed for their long journey ahead.

God is looking at our situation right now and although it may not be going our way, it’s going His way. 

Are you going through a wilderness moment? Are you confused and uncertain of your future? I am too.

Can I tell you a little secret? The land overflowing with milk and honey isn’t a story just to make us feel better.. It’s real and in God’s time, WE WILL arrive there. I am holding on to that promise in the wilderness season I am in and my prayer is that you do as well.

Is there anything I can pray for, regarding your wilderness moment this week? Feel free to comment below and I will add it to my prayer list.

~ Lovelle ❤