2 Truths and a Lie

I’m not here to play the game that the title of this post might suggest, but rather reveal both the lies Satan feeds us, and some truths that God has for us to fight those lies with.. I’m just going to get into it, not much need for an introduction, I don’t think

Lie #1- Because of your sin, God is mad at you

Truth #1- Psalm 103:12- He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

God doesn’t hold a grudge against your sins, he desires to remove that sin from us, as far as the east is from the west.. A phrase that is used so often in the church that it almost sounds cliche, but it is God’s promise to us, and true. Satan wants you to hold on to the guilt and burden of your sins, but God can take it away.

Daniel 9:9- But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.

When we ask him, God is quick to forgive. He doesn’t stay “mad” at us for our sins, and he always shows us his mercy. The enemy wants you to believe that your sins are not forgiven, but that is one of his lies. God wants you to give him your sins, and he wants to forgive you, despite the sins you have committed, big or small. We all sin, and God desires for every person to turn to him with our sins and rest in the truth of his great forgiveness.

Lie #2- You are alone

Truth #2- Psalm 34:18- The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit

Psalm 145:18- The Lord is near to all who call out to him, to everyone who calls out to him sincerely 

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you

Time and time again in the Bible we are reminded that God is with us always, and will always answer when we call to him. No matter whether we are depressed or joyful, tired or energized, God is there. When we feel lonely, he is our comfort. The devil pushes these feelings on us, he feeds us the lie of loneliness. But God is always near, we are never alone.

Lie #3- You don’t matter

Truth #3- Matthew 6:30- And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

1 John 3:1- See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are

The Bible tells us that God cares for everything- a common passage reference is the sparrow, found in Matthew 10. In Matthew 6 God also talks about the flowers and how he cares for them. If he has love for the flowers, his love for us as his children is obviously there, too, as we matter much more than a flower to God. He cares for us immensely, we matter to him. He loves us with a Father’s heart- and not an earthly father, who can make mistakes and sin and love imperfectly, but with a perfect Father’s heart. We are children of God, the apple of his eye, and we most certainly matter!

These are just a few of the many truths God has for you, and his Word, the Bible, is full of many more. Take these truths and hold them in your heart. Do not believe the lies of the devil, for he desires destruction of your life, but rather trust in the Lord and seek to understand his truth

I’m hoping this will bless your heart today! 

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Bolivia 2014!

Hey guys!

I haven’t been on here in far too long, I am aware.. but I thought I’d update now!

I am currently sitting in good old YYZ, Pearson International Airport. In an hour and 45 minutes our plane will depart for Panama City, Panama, and then after that to Bolivia. We will be in Santa Cruz for a day before heading on a 45 minute plane ride to Cochabamba, a beautiful little city in the mountains. 

Myself and 22 other people are going to be working with Niños Con Valor, an organization that has 3 homes for orphaned/neglected children. We will also be going to Mizque, a mountain town, to deliver “Christmas” food hampers to other remote villages in the area. 

I am SO excited to see what God does in the 2 weeks we are gone. I can’t wait to see how He is going to work through us and in us. Keep us in your prayers, we will be needing them!

I will hopefully be doing some updates on here every so often. And HOPEFULLY doing some vlogs, too, going up on my YouTube channel once I’m home! As long as I remember to film that will happen 😉

Anyways, I am going to go bond with the AMAZING people I am with now! Have an amazing day 🙂

Be blessed!

Divine Dance- Setting the Stage

Hey guys!
Chloe and Lacey here, finally, with our first part of our study of the Divine Dance by Shannon Kubiak Primiciero! Sorry this took so long, we had a LOT of technical difficulties but better late than never 🙂

Today we talk about the introduction to the book, Setting the Stage
We’d love to hear your thoughts on both this section of the book and our thoughts! Let us know what you thought in the comments below

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Chloe and Lacey

Hide It Under A Bushel? No!

I’m sure we’re all quite familiar with the children’s song that makes up my title, even without the rest of the lyrics. I grew up singing This Little Light of Mine at camp, VBS, and church, but who knew that as a young adult, it would still teach me an important truth?

Mark 16:15- He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”

Matthew 28:19- Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 2:14- But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

All of those verses have something in common- they all talk about Christians sharing their faith to others. We aren’t made to hear God’s Word and keep it inside us, we are made to spread all we learn about God to everyone in every nation! (This is exactly what the children’s song is talking about!)

I am so guilty of this, though. I am the type of person who never wants to make anyone feel uncomfortable, and so I am never pushy about anything. If somebody has a differing opinion from me, chances are I won’t try and convince them that I have a valid opinion (unless, of course, I am quite friendly with the person, then I can argue their ear off ;)) But that’s just how I am. So when it comes to something as.. almost taboo, as religion and God, it’s no surprise that I really don’t try to spread God’s word to people who don’t want to receive it. I am not good at it at all. But I am really trying to change that part of me.

That being said, it is also quite true (and cliche, I know) that actions speak louder than words. By truly striving to live and love like Jesus, I know that non-believers will be drawn to that and notice a difference in me. I pray that He will use those times to allow me to be a witness to those people.

What about you? What do you find hardest about spreading God’s love? Do you hide it under a bushel, or let it shine?

I Am Undeserving

Wanna know something that I find really cool about God’s love? We didn’t do a single thing to deserve it. He doesn’t love us because we are kind to others, or get good grades, or memorize scriptures. He has loved us since the beginning of time. He loves us despite the times we are cruel to others, or don’t put an effort into our studies, or fall away from Him. 

I like how Romans 5:8 sums it up- But God shows his love for us, because while we were still sinners Christ died for us

Christ didn’t show God’s great love for us AFTER we repented our sins. Christ died, the biggest display of love in history, while we were sinners. While there was a separation between us and God. 

I did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to warrant love from the Creator, yet He loves me more than anyone else ever could. And I mean, there’s been some times that I’ve felt super loved from friends and family. But His love exponentially exceeds the greatest feeling of humanly love.. No matter how many times I say that, I just can’t understand that.

But it’s just because of how He is. He is so great, His love is so great (great in reference to size). I know that I’m not always worthy of an unconditional love- I fail God on a daily basis. But he loves me DESPITE those times- and He always will. And I thank Him for that every day

Be blessed!

Thankful

Tonight I got to catch up with some old friends and I had an amazing night 🙂 a college and careers age group is starting up at my church for those of us who have grown and moved on from youth, and it’s so exciting to me that I will get to have a group to relate to and grow with again!
That being said, there was a part of tonight that had me really frustrated- I was actually going to do a rant post until God changed my heart
As I was driving Chloe home, it started off as a rant about the thing that I was frustrated about, but then we got talking about how we don’t want to be like that (like gossiping etc) and how we really want to be passionate about glorifying God and stuff.. And well we decided to hold each other accountable, especially in the area of gossip. It’s something that’s just so unnecessary but an easy thing to do. I don’t want to just take the easy road anymore, I want to be like Christ!
I’m so excited for the sister I have in Chloe 🙂 we had such an amazing talk on the ride home and I’m so glad to have her in my life! She challenges me every day and helps me grow so much and I am just so blessed by her presence in my life! God is truly so good to us
Be blessed!

Frustrated..

I just realized that yesterday’s post wasn’t published, I only saved it as a draft. I’m really frustrated.. I said I’d stick to writing every day but because I was being dumb I didn’t stick to it…
Also my cat, Richard Parker, scratched me right on the cheek today. And that really frustrated me too for some reason
But on a good note, I’ve memorized the 20 produce codes I’m supposed to for tomorrow, plus a few extra. So that’s good. I have another 5 hour training shift tomorrow and I’m just praying that I don’t have to serve real customers because I’m not feeling ready for that at all… But we’ll see what happens, I guess!
Moral of today’s post: in every day, no matter how frustrating, there is something good. If you’re going to bed in a negative mood in any way, just try to think of one good thing that happened, no matter how small or insignificant it seems. There will always be something
Be blessed!

Moving On Ain’t So Bad

Tonight I went to my youth group for the first time in quite a while, and it’s so different now. I don’t have my friends there anymore.. They’ve all moved on. Since I’m out of high school, youth just seems so strange to me. I don’t feel like I relate to them at all. Luckily my brother and his girlfriend are there, at least I have a place with them

A college and careers group is starting, and I’m just super pumped for that. I’m excited to be able to hang out with people my age, not people 4 years younger. The maturity level is just so much lower than I’m used to when I go back to youth, I’m pretty excited to get away from that. I think this group will be so good for the people my age, people who are trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. I’m glad that I’ll be hanging out with people who can actually relate to me and understand how I’m feeling

Plus I miss my old youth friends so badly (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) and I hope that some of them decide to come out to the group so we can reconnect. Some of them were such good friends before, and now I only see them once in a blue moon. It makes me sad, but I guess that’s just a part of growing up, isn’t it? I do hope that I get to be able to rebuild at least some of those amazing friendships I used to have, though. There are some great people that used to come to my youth group that I really look up to, and I miss having them around

I feel like I’m rambling….

But ANYWAYS. I’m looking forward to moving on from youth to the college and careers group, growing more spiritually, and also just diving into this new part of my life, which will be university in several short months, with some people around to support me who can actually understand what I’m going through

Sorry for the all over the place rambling post….. My brain feels scattered tonight

Be blessed!

Busy Week Ahead..

So I officially begin my new job with training this coming week- I’m actually really looking forward to it! I have a total of 23 hours of training this coming week, which isn’t too much, but the rest of my time is quickly filling up, too! Life in North America can be so busy and crazy, people never take time to just be. I really want to still give myself time every day to not have to do anything. Time to talk to God, worship Him. It’s such an important thing to do. If I never spend time with God, how will I know Him? Because I love Him so much, I have made Him a priority in my life. Days just go so much better if I include God, if I invite Him into every part of my life. I challenge you to do the same and see how your life changes. 

A short post today, my apologies. I want to get a good night’s sleep before my first day, and i’m already up far too late!

Be blessed 🙂

A Jantzi Wedding NEXT SUMMA

You guys I’m so super excited to tell you that my big brother, Jarris, is getting married next summer, and I couldn’t be any more excited right now! He proposed to his beautiful bride-to-be, Amanda, this afternoon, on the very spot that they will live together, raise their kids, and grow old. How romantic is that? Didn’t think he had it in him 😉

They’re planning to get married in August, and then they will live together in a mobile home on the site of their house that they will build together. This just seems like its right out of a movie!

Weddings always make me so happy (and emotional), I just love being somewhere where you can see SO much love everywhere. I’m very blessed to have two very amazing older siblings with such great relationships. They’re awesome role models to me, and I love and appreciate them, and their significant others, so very much 🙂

So this isn’t a very on-topic post today, but this news was too exciting not to dedicate a post to 🙂 Join me over the next 8 ½ months covering these two in your prayers as they lead up to their big day!

Be blessed!