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Setting Aside Your Dream

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One year ago my life changed forever when I saw the faint pink line on the pregnancy test. Since I had graduated college only 6 months earlier, being a stay at home mom had never even crossed my mind. I’d worked 5 years to obtain that expensive piece of paper. Surely, I’d use it right? Wrong.

I’m hanging out with my friends at God-Sized Dreams today. I’d love it if you would join me.

 

Our Differences Make Us Stronger

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“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well…”
~ Romans 12:6 NLT

I had just started leading a small group for a group of teens. This particular group had another leader who had been investing for 3 years. Going in, I was determined to be the best that I could be. I had all these plans and ideas that I was ready to put into place (notice the amount of “I’s” in that sentence?).

I’m hanging out with my God Sized Dreams friends today! Click here to read how I learned why our differences can make us stronger.

~ Lovelle ❤

Video: Why We Should Invest in Our Youth

Today I am going to talk about something that is a little off topic, but it’s a subject that is dear to my heart.

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.
~ 1 Timothy 4:12

In this video I am going to talk about:
*why I think everyone should think and pray about investing in our youth in some way, shape, or form.

Remember, the Lord has many different ways a person can invest. You can help financially, prayerfully, or volunteer some time for a non-profit like I do.

No amount of time is to little. Every minute counts. If there is anything I can do to help you figure out how you  can get involved in your community feel free to comment below. I would love to try and help. 🙂

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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!

~ Lovelle ❤

My New Three Step Process

Knock, Seek, Find

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Last week I talked about the Egyptians and some character flaws I tend to have that make me similar to them. I learned the importance of consulting God before acting on anything but most importantly, I truly understood the importance of Mathew 7:7 for the first time.

In this verse God showed me a three step process that I can go through to seek His guidance in any situation. It has helped me so much I want to share it with you too!

The first step is to ask. Simple enough right? Well that’s what I thought until I looked up the definition.  Asking is defined as saying something in order to obtain an answer or some information. The key here is to ask and not do anything until I get a clear answer from God. Let’s just say it’s easier said than done because sometimes it means waiting a really long time.

The second step is to seek. This step is different because it involves actually stepping out and doing something. This means acting out on what the Lord has asked me to do whether it’s through active prayer or putting a staff in the nile river and turning the river into blood- highly unlikely but hey, you get the point 😉

The third and final step is to knock. This means making a loud noise or doing something to get your point across. It means being bold and letting someone know you are there. As I look back on the word “knock” I understand why God used that specific word in this bible verse for the first time. When Moses struck the water in the Nile I doubt it was quiet. I bet you it involved a pretty big bang that got the Egyptians attention- even if it was just for a second.

As I look back at all the stories in the bible, I don’t see a single miracle that occurred quietly. Daniel got thrown into a pit with some pretty scary and loud lions, Elijah called down fire, and Jesus was crucified on a cross where people were yelling at Him the whole time.

The most important thing I will take away from this lesson the Lord has taught me is this:
If Moses hadn’t asked and sought God then he would not have had the confidence to stand before Pharaoh and perform that miracle.

In the same way I must follow this three step process in order to truly allow God to be in control and to make sure I am making the right decisions.

~ 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 ❤

 

You Are God’s and so is Your Career

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I once had a friend who wanted to be a police officer. He did all the right things, worked jobs to gain experience, and even got a bachelors in Criminal Justice with hopes that he would be able to have his police officer training paid for.

His heart was great, and the job he desired to do was needed but whenever the testing or application process came up, something else that was way more important came up on that exact same day at the exact same time he was supposed to go in.

After months of being stuck and no where close to his career he said to me, “Nothing is going right. It never seems to ever go my way”  I looked at him intently and gently said, “It’s going God’s way though.”

This world seems to hold this stigma that if we do the “right” things and take the “right” steps then we will get to where WE want to go but it’s never about us.

Our life is Gods. It’s as simple as that.

It’s okay to have dreams and goals. The desire my friend had wasn’t wrong. It was a very sacrificial and honorable career he wanted but obviously God had a different one in mind.

If something isn’t going right, ask God what you are doing wrong. God guides the steps of the righteous {Psalm 37:23} and He will guide you too. You just have to step out and let Him.

~ Lovelle ❤

Walking Out Love

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Recently, my husband and I sat down and watched the movie, The Cobbler. The theme of the movie is walking in other people’s shoes. The plot begins with a group of Jewish men in the Cobbler’s shop. They had a problem with a man named Gergerman who was bothering their families and businesses.

They handed the cobbler the shoes of the man because the cobbler had a magic stitching machine that gave him the ability to live the life of the owner of the shoes. He used those shoes to better understand Gergerman’s actions  and prevent him from bothering their families any further. Although I never found out the reason why the mean man did what he did to the Jewish men, it really made me think about others and the importance of choosing love in all circumstances. 

The truth is that every single person is fighting a personal battle and sometimes, choosing joy may be harder than we think. What if every single one of us took a step back and chose to walk in other people’s shoes? What if we tried to be intentional and understand how the person is feeling instead of assuming their actions were only directed towards us and responding in a negative way?

What if we replaced being short with being intentional? Did you know that a simple smile in a hard situation can make a HUGE difference? My grandma always said that it’s not one big thing that will change the world. It’s about all the little things you do that add up.

She is so right! So never be afraid to choose love because it covers a multitude of sins {1 Peter 4:8}.

I love this graphic by Jennifer Ueckert because it is a tangible reminder of the importance of love. Do you love this graphic as much as I do? Well then you are in for a treat. If you hit up Jennifer on her new website studiojru you can find this graphic and many more. If you enter the promo code: newshop then you will even get 20% off your order. 

~ Lovelle ❤