“Wobbly Leg” Prayers

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Let us pray. Let us come to God and pour our mind out to Him, so He can fill it up with Him.

Let us give all of ourselves to Jesus, so He can turn us into something useful-

and better-

and lovely-

and spectacular-

and loving-

and giving-

and make us adventurous.

Let us pray. Let God guide us down the trail and show us how to explore. Let us stack the fire wood, while God helps us light the campfire. 

Let the motivation come. Let us be inspired. Let us be active and put all of this to work. Let us create. Let us build something utterly beautiful. Let us build a prayer life.

That’s why prayer is spectacular. Prayer is life. When we pray, it’s like drinking from the fountain of life. Our body is refreshed and our soul becomes alive. We feel healthy in our mind and we’re ready to face the future. With fearless eyes, we look at the unknown and know that we are able to overcome the fear that comes with it.

We’ve all  got those big ideas. Those dreams that we can’t quite put words to, but we know it’s what we must pursue. Robert Frost explained poetry the same way I’d explain a dream; it starts as a lump in your throat. If “poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words”, then a Dream is when the emotion or conviction has found its thought and the thought has found its action. The action turns it into reality and it all becomes something bigger than ourselves.

Dreams are lifeless without our intentional actions toward them. That’s why we must begin with prayer. Prayer is turning the dream into a goal, and sticking a plan to that goal. It is the biggest step you can possibly take toward your dreams; but prayer is not one big step. It’s a bunch of baby steps that grow you. 

Your “wobbly leg” prayers turn into “strong walking” prayers. With those prayers, your leg span grows and the strength in your muscles becomes greater. Eventually, your praying “quick running” prayers; you get even further with each one. Finally, after much learning and growing in your prayer life, you look back at the little steps. You look at the times it felt like you were dragging yourself across the floor and the times you were sprinting wide open in your prayers. When you look at all of that in the whole of the journey you’ve taken, you see that it was prayer that took you miles farther than you thought you could go in a life time. All of those steps, large and small, stretched across a nation. They pulled you from wondering how this dream could happen to the living your dream. Prayer is what kept you faithful to the work. It’s what will continue to keep you committed and keep you trusting in God. 

Prayer is worth the struggle it takes to begin. It is worth it. Stay faithful. Be committed to prayer and the rest will come. Begin today. 

Praying for you,

Olivia

The Crisis of Our Prayer Life…

“The crisis of our prayer life is that our minds may be filled with ideas of God while our hearts remain far from Him.” -Henri Nouwen-

 

This must be true, because even Jesus speaks of it in His walk on the earth. His words in Matthew 15:8 were, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”

 

So we must get our hearts to God. 

Let’s build a relationship- a real love relationship with God.

 

The other day, I was reading though some of the first things I posted on this blog; and this post seemed to fit right in to this month of prayer. So, today, I’m pulling out an old one. 

 

 

What’s this life all about anyway?

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Maybe to some it’s about success in the world.

“One day I’ll be rich and famous,” or “Someday I’ll live out my dream.” Well life is not about anything in this world. We live this life to purchase our ticket to the next.

The life we are living right now is determining our future. Our goal is to know God. Without knowing Him and Him knowing us, without a mutual love relationship with God, how can we enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”                                                                                                                   Matthew 7:21-23

So, if knowing God and God knowing us is what it takes to get to Heaven, how do we accomplish this? How do we get God to know us?

What do we do when we want to get to know someone?

First, we introduce ourselves. A short chat might follow introduction and you’ll be on your way. That’s not a deep relationship though. To really become someones friend you’ll talk to them again and again, all the while finding out what they like, common interests, and growing to like the things that they like. If you grow to love them you will want to please them and give them what they desire, their will.

will

noun \ˈwil\

:  a particular person’s decision or choice <It’s the king’s will that he be jailed.>
 
Verse 21 says, he who does the will of God shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but a prayer or just a calling on God is not enough.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 7:21)

Now that we know we must have an intimate relationship with God, we know how to get Him to know us, and we know that we must do His will above all else, we need to know what God’s will is for us.

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.                                                                                                                                       And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:38-40

 
God wants you to be saved and to know Him. Just fall in love. Don’t be afraid. What if you love it?
 

1 John 2:3-4 says, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Do God’s will.

He is what’s important.

Don’t fall for the tricks of evil.

This thing does matter.

 1 Peter 3:17, “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”

 

Let’s build relationship with Him through communication of reading the Word of God and through prayer. Our hearts will grow nearer to Him. It takes discipline but we can do it.

-Olivia-

The Blog Turns One

If I could give you one thing, it would be the ability light a fire inside yourself. To fill yourself with the motivation and enthusiasm needed to take on this life. That has got to be one of the greatest gifts. 

I don’t want people to look at my life and say “Look at that girl. She’s got the fire inside of her”. I want them to never see me but for themselves to learn to start a fire inside. I don’t want to be the only one who’s been set on fire; I want to set the world on fire as I go.

 

To set the world ablaze would begin with one… right?

If I could show one person the truth, then they would speak it to someone else, until we were all consumed. 

 

But what if I set that one persons soul on fire and the world showed up at their doorstep and blew with its mighty gust until their flame was gone. They’d just keep returning for more fire. That’s why giving the flame is not enough. You’ve go to know how to start your own fire.

 

So, I’m committing my writing on this blog to this: learning to stand when the wind is blowing at record breaking speeds. Learning to find the truth when the only thing you can here is lies. Learning how to be committed when staying feels like the walls are closing in around you. Learning to remain steadfast. Learning to create. Learning to pray. Learning communication- communication with God and with people. Learning what matters and why. Learning how to start your own fires. 

 

When the world blows and gusts we can stand strong, because we know how to start this fire again. We’ve learned to build this flaming blaze so strong that the winds can’t blow us out anymore. 

 

Once you know how to start a fire, you can teach the next person. And the flames keep growing. They all become one. We will be a united flame on fire for the glory of God and no one will be able to put that out. 

 

So if you’re in, ready to start a spark that grows into a blazing fire, follow me on this journey. Follow me in seeking a soul on fire for the Creator, because I have a desperate heart. I am desperate to be consumed with Him.

 


 

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Our trip to New York City last month.

 

Fall Mornings

When I took my first step onto the front porch this morning, I felt the cool concrete on the bottoms of my feet, and that fall feeling was in the air.

 
The breeze was crisp.

 
I slipped back into the house, wrapped up in a flannel blanket, and rushed out, into the morning air.
These are the mornings we never want to end. 55 degree air brushing against our cheeks; our favorite, leather bound Bible, and vintage coffee mugs filled to the brim.

These are the days we spend listening to God. When it’s still and the Word of God is there for us to dig deep into. His words keep us in Love with Him. Every word He’s saying keeps us coming back to Him, and that’s exactly how it should be.
This love, between Father and daughter, is mutual. Forever will His praise be on my lips.

-Olivia-

 

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It’s Pentecost, People!

In case you didn’t know, today is Pentecost Sunday.

As Jesus rose into the sky, He told us not to worry, because He said He would send us a comforter. So fifty days later, that comforter came.

In the book of Acts, chapeter 2, there were 120 people who met in the upstairs of a building and waited. They waited and prayed and everybody had their mind on one thing. They were all anxiously looking forward to the gift, that comforter that Jesus was sending. He’d told them when and where. Now they were ready and waiting.

“What could it be? How will it come?”, I’m sure these questions rolled through their minds.

And then, all at once a loud rushing wind blew through that upstairs room and fire appeared on the heads of every person there. Each person spoke in and unknown tongue. They were all speaking in different languages that they did not know. What was happening?

The Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost, had come into that place and the people welcomed it into them. It was the comforter. This is what they’d been waiting for. Finally. Fifty days without their savior and they’d finally received what He’d promised He would send them.

It was the best feeling they’d ever had and I know it was the best things that ever happened to them.

When they walked out into the street, they were all still speaking in other languages that they didn’t know. It was God’s spirit speaking in them. When the people in town saw them, they thought they were drunk, because there were people of many different cultures and many different languages that understood what they were saying. But the preacher, Peter, told the people that these men and women are not drunk as you think they are. It’s still early in the day. This is what was prophesied of old. God has poured out His spirit upon these people.

Peter preached a small sermon to these people. He just spoke truth, and it pricked the hearts of the men who had sinned. They asked Peter what they should do about this sin they’d done. They’d killed their savior. How could the make this wrong go away?

So Peter told them the only thing they could do to find their savior and get forgiveness.

Act 2:37-40

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”
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1: Repent.

Tell God you really are sorry for those sins. Ask for forgiveness, and don’t do them anymore.

2: Be Baptized

Be buried in water, being baptized in the name of Jesus, so your sins will be washed off of you.

3: Receive the Holy Spirit

You’ve been promised the gift which is the comforter of the Holy Ghost. Just accept it and receive it.

There it is. Now let’s go serve God with our entire lives. Let’s submit ourselves to Him and see the greatness that will be revealed in us.

~Olivia~

In Route

Today, when we were all packed up and ready to move to our next destination, our camper jacks stopped working. So needless to say, we were stuck. We couldn’t go forward. We had to stay in the same place we’d been, with no way to keep going. You know what we did? We worked and prayed until there was a way.

Sometimes the same thing happens in our journey with God. We get broken. There seems like no way out. No way to move forward. No way to the next destination in our journey. But we must keep going. Nothing is wrong with where we’re at. In fact, it was necessary for us to be there, but everything has a season. Eventually, you must move forward. Eventually, change is a necessity. So we must work and pray until God makes a way. We are meant to keep moving forward and so we must. If you’re in the same place you’ve been for just a little too long, keep praying, keep working to fix what’s holding you in the same position you’ve been in. It’s time for you to make it to the next destination because you will do great things there. You were meant to go there and you were meant to leave here. So let’s Keep Moving Forward.

                        ~Olivia~

Fear Can’t Hold Me Down!

imageWe’re one week into this new year. How have your resolutions been going? Have you already given up or are you still at it strong?  Are you fighting to achieve your goal?

It’s not to late! Whatever’s been tugging at your heart, open up to it. Chase after it.

Maybe God is trying to speak into your heart but you’re afraid. Change is huge…. but what if it’s going to put you somewhere better than you are now? Wouldn’t you rather be in a better place, position, location, etc. (no matter how good of a place you’re in right now). Let’s strive for Better. It’s ok to be afraid ( I mean, we are human). But let’s not let it control and bind us. Fear cannot control our lives. If we let it, we’ll always stay the same. No chance of getting better and no chance of success.

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

Take off the coat of fear that is weighing you down. In Isaiah 43:5 God says “Fear not, for I am with thee…. “. The Lord our God is above all. He knows what He’s doing. He’s got this thing all planned out. Everything will be great if we let God control it. Submit to Jesus. You’ll only regret NOT doing it. This is hard but it’s a necessity to life. Join me in this challenge of submitting to what is bigger than all of this.

Isaiah 43:2 

-Together we can!-

                     ~Olivia~

 

This Life

FullSizeRenderWhat’s this life all about anyway?

Maybe to some it’s about success in the world.

“One day I’ll be rich and famous”, or “Someday I’ll live out my dream”. Well life is not about anything in this world. We live this life to purchase our ticket to the next.

The life you are living right now is determining your future. Our goal is to know God. Without knowing Him and Him knowing us, without a mutual love relationship with God, how can we enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.                                 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?                                                                                                                                        And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”.                                                                                                                    Matthew 7:21-23

So, if knowing God and God knowing us is what it takes to get to Heaven, how do we accomplish this? How do we get God to know us?

What do we do when we want to get to know someone? First, we introduce ourselves. A short chat might follow introduction and you’ll be on your way. That’s not a deep relationship though. To really become someones friend you’ll talk to them again and again, all the while finding out what they like, common interests, and growing to like the things that they like. If you grow to love them you will want to please them and give them what they desire, their will.

will

noun \ˈwil\

:  a particular person’s decision or choice <It’s the king’s will that he be jailed.>
Verse 21 says he who does the will of God shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but a prayer or just a calling on God is not enough.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 7:21)

Now that we know we must have an intimate relationship with God, how to get Him to know us, and that we must do His will above all else, we need to know what God’s will is for us.

 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.                                                                                                                                       And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.                                     And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.                                                                                                                                                 John 6:38-40
God wants you to be saved and know Him. Just fall in love. Don’t be afraid. What if you love it?

Also, 1 John 2:3-4 says:                                                                                               And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.             He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Do God’s will. He is what’s important. Don’t fall for the tricks of evil. This thing does matter.

 1 Peter 3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

                                                  -Olivia-