Wednesday, January 26, 2011

To Let Go or Not To Let Go.

Have you ever played the trust game? You know that game! The game where one person stands in front while the other stands behind to catch their fall. The person in front has to have total trust in the person catching them, they souly depend on that person to break their fall! Having faith in God is this exact game, exchange yourself with the person in front and God to be your catcher, He is there to break our just have to what? TRUST HIM!

Faith requires one to trust, have sensitivity to God, and believe.

One person who let go and put their faith in God was Mary. You know Mary? Jesus' mother. Mary was engaged to Joseph, she had a relative named Elizabeth who was married to Zacharias. Got the family tree? Gabriel, the angel, came to Mary and told her to not be scared and she will have a baby and will name him Jesus. Mary was puzzled by what the angel had told her because she was a virgin. The angel reassured her that this was from God and that her sweet baby boy would be the son of God. With total faith, Mary heard what the angel said, believed it to be true, and let go!

Let me tell you a story about a man who didn't let go and didn't put his faith in God.

If you read the family tree correctly up top you will see that Zacharias was married to Elizabeth, now Zacharias he was old and well...Elizabeth was advanced in years and barren (AKA not able to have children.) They both had prayed for children but knew it was impossible. Zacharias was preparing to preach and Gabriel the angel appeared and Zacharias was gripped with fear! Gabriel said to him do not be scared for God has heard your prayer, you and Elizabeth will conceive a son. Zacharias questioned God because he thought it was impossible for them to have children.Gabriel pretty much told Zacharias, "look man this is real, Jesus don't play, and because of your lack of faith you shall become mute until the day your baby is born." Okay lets take a step back, have you ever lost your voice? It is pretty annoying when no one can hear you when you try to speak, now imagine not being able to speak for 9 months!! 9 months! that's almost a year!! That was the case for Zacharias BECAUSE he was not willing to let go and put his total faith in God.

Lets fast forward to today!

Just like in school where you have to be tested on the knowledge you are taught, God test us on our faith and trust in Him. Some tests that God gives us prepares us for what is down the road. Often times we don't understand why, that is when faith and trust in Him comes into play. If you feel that you are lacking in faith...pray for FAITH!!

We are going to leave you with this verse from Proverbs chapter 3 verse 5 and 6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths."

The story that you read above came from the bible and the book of Luke chapter 1.

So whatcha gonna do??Let go or not let go??

Love in Christ,
Alicia & Jana

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Heart of Courage

Courage-To act in accordance with one's beliefs in spite of criticism.
Noun: Bravery

A woman of the Bible that is often thought of as being courageous is Esther. Esther was chosen to be the queen to King Xerxes. Another ruler in the kingdom was Haman, who was evil and hated the Jews and wanted them killed. Esther courageously stood up for herself and her people and what she believed in. Haman's plot to kill the Jews was revealed by Esther and he was hung. Because Esther was courageous and stood up for herself and what was right, her and her people were saved.

As women and young girls in this society we are often ridiculed for our looks, beliefs, and actions. Although it is sometimes challenging and fearful the act of being courageous is very rewarding. Our lives and others lives are most often not on the line but our mental and spiritual health is. EVERYONE has courage, it is just a matter of finding it. Leaning on God can help you, time and time again God speaks in the Bible of finding courage through him. One of our favorite verses is in Deuteronomy chapter 31 verse 6: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes withyou; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Noone ever said that standing up for yourself or what you believe in is easy but calling upon God and finding hope in Him will help you find your heart of courage.

"Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD." -Psalms 31:24

Love in Christ,

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!!

We just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  We are very excited about this upcoming year and what God has in store for this ministry.  This ministry is still in the works as is this blog, but it is coming together and we couldn't be more excited!!  So continue to check the blog as we post new ideas and thoughts about the ministry!

Love in Christ,

Alicia and Jana