Steps to new beginnings

nye_2019Happy 2019! It is a brand new year! This year you can do anything or be anyone you want to be. If you are like me the year crept up on you. Have you made any New Year Resolutions? I have made many. If you haven’t there is still time, I know that it is the middle of January but you can always have dreams and goals that you want succeed in.

If you did, how it is going? Did you make it through the first hour, day, or week? Sometimes our goals are short lived, aren’t they? We have the best intentions. We tell ourselves we can do it. We are committed but when the day comes we fail miserably. Or sometimes we make it a few days, weeks, or months, but somewhere along the way we lose our momentum, and before we know it our progress and fall back into our bad habits. I know it happens to me.

heidi-sandstrom-259886-unsplashI think the problem we all have with having goals and dreams is they require more than positive thoughts and good intentions to complete them. They require action. They require tough choices, faith, determination, and endurance. They won’t come easy we have to work for them. In the end it will be worth it depending on how much we wanted it, and what we wanted for the outcome.

I was reading the Old Testament the other day about how God’s people had a huge goal that they had to accomplish. After they were driven from their homeland because of their friends’, parents’ and grandparents’ disobedience to God, they were free to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple of God that had been destroyed.  They were committed to completing the task and had the resources to accomplish it. They successfully rebuilt the altar and set the foundation for the Temple just as they set out to do. But they weren’t finished. 

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Two things happened between them completing the foundation and reaching their ultimate goal: discouragement and fear. Some of those who remembered what the old temple had been like were disappointed and afraid that it couldn’t be as grand as the one that they once had, so they gave up trying or brought to much negativity to the project that caused others to lose heart. (I have been around people like that, especially at college. Have you?) Many also gave into their fear of their enemies who were threatening them and frustrating their plans, and fear for their own livelihood. They became concerned with meeting their own needs instead of trusting God to provide them the resources to finish their ultimate goal. 

“Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.” – Psalm 37:4 

One of the biggest obstacles I face is discouragement. If I let those people at school discourage me then I wouldn’t be able to finish my ultimate goal of working in the school systems interpreting for deaf children. I want to help them reach their full potential but I won’t be able to complete that if I let people that discourage me have power of me so I don’t let them. I let them motivate me to do better and study harder. When the results aren’t coming fast enough or if I make a mistake signing in class sometimes it can be easy to give up. Sometimes when others don’t understand what I’m doing or why I’m doing it their words can easily derail me if I chose to let it. It has the opposite effect on me, instead of having a negative affect on me it has a positive affect on me. It motivates me to do better and explain my ultimate goal.

templeAfter the progress stopped on the temple, God sent one of his messengers to speak to those who set the work aside. He encouraged them to keep going but he rebuked them from their fear and lack of obedience. They were reminded that they weren’t alone and that their work was important. He would be there with them, help them, and provide for them. There was still a lot to do, and it wasn’t going to be easy but with God’s help they knew they could complete their ultimate goal. They also knew that it wasn’t so much about accomplishing the goal but about what they were called to do. While I was reading I came across a verse that really stuck out to me and went along with this blog post. It is from Zechariah 4.

“Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” – Zechariah 4:6

We are all precious to God no matter what he has called us to do. Start with that belief that you are precious to him and see where it takes you. I know my ultimate BIG goal for 2019 is to let others see his light through my actions whether I am at home with my family or at work with my work family. I want them to Jesus through me. God can help me accomplish my dreams and that is amazing and that changes my perspective on everything. Often times when I try to accomplish things in my own strength, time, willpower, and resources it doesn’t work. I fail and fall short into discouragement and frustration.  When I live in his unfailing love, mercy, grace, and believe that I am precious to him the outcome changes. I succeed in my plans and people who try to distract me a discourage me don’t get to me. His unfailing love, mercy, and grace keeps me going. All those things keeps me on the path to high places with him.

step.jpgThis year I have decided that to complete my new year resolutions I need to focus on the next step. I have to realize that Goals and dreams take time to come together and that they don’t come together overnight, in a week or even in a month. If I expect it to come together in that amount of time then it will lead to frustration and discouragement. If I focus on each step I will be happier and will feel like I am accomplished even if I have a long way to go. For example one of my goals is to sign more everyday when my last semester of college starts so I will be ready for the final project. The first goal I will focus on is reviewing the signs that I am not familiar with and do not know that well. I can also ask God to help me stick with it.

What’s the next step to where God is leading you? Take the leap and let him guide you in this beautiful new year. That leap of faith can take you to places you never imagined to high places even. You just have to trust in God to take you there. Let him guide this new step to new beginnings. 

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” – Colossians 3:1

 

❤ Elena Grace

Pure Gold

noah-silliman-107988“So be content with who you are and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you, he will promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God, for he is most careful with you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7

When you live your life for God and you want to serve him and bring him all the glory. You need to live carefree and not care about what others think about you because all that matters is what you are doing for the glory of God. You do not need to act a certain way to impress or make God see you. He already sees you! HE LOVES YOU! He wants you to live for him and be a disciple for him. He is walking beside you and has his hand on you and will GUIDE you always all you have to do is follow him and let him lead you and be in the “driver’s seat” of your car.

I chose this verse because it is so true. When you live your life for him and let him guide you he promote you at the right time. He has plans for everyone. We might not always understand or like his plans he has a plan for each and every one of you. He has a plan for me. I am living my life to the fullest because I am living for him and letting him guide me. Sometimes I might like what happens in my life and I might feel like it’s the end of the world but it’s not. He is teaching me through each experience I have whether it is good, bad, or sometimes ugly I learn through all of it. He puts me through a lot of things to make me stronger and to help me build my confidence and bring me out of my shell.

We all need to leave carefree because God is careful with us. When we live a carefree life we are more careful than if we do not live a carefree life. When we are carefree we are more likely to hear God’s voice than if we are focus on ourselves and making us happy. IF we focus on others and live a life for God he will bless us in more ways than we can count.  He will give us our hearts desires.

“Take Delight in the Lord and he will give you your hearts desires.” ~ Psalm 37:4

When we focus on living a life for God and are content with who we are in him he will bless us and listen to our hearts desires and give them to us. When we live like this we are pure Gold. We are radiating God’s light to others and sharing the Gospel with them.

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❤ Elena

YOU ARE PURE GOLD

Spirit Led Generation

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! How was everyone’s new year? How did you ring it in? I know I rang in the new year in the best possible way!  I went to a youth conference/rally in Arkansas and it was amazing! It was such an eye opening experience from the Silent slam to the Big Slam to the games we played it was an overall amazing trip.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.” ~Isaiah 61:1-2

This verse really hit me hard when I was at Flame On in a good way. I have always felt like that God wants me start a ministry but I haven’t ever started one because my parents have been afraid of me to do it or I just haven’t done it. Instead of waiting to start it I need to start it now. I need to build my faith and do it instead of waiting. God will use me to touch me in ways that only he and the people being touched will understand.

We need to stand together and become a Spirit Led Generation. I believe that the Holy Spirit will guide me to do what he wants me to do. God will lead me to reach the unreachable and take me places that are out of my comfort zone but in all of it I will be growing closer to him. There’s a fire in me that I don’t want to burn out.  I want to go to all the high places with Jesus.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” ~Philippians 2:13

I know that God will give me the power to do what he wants me to do and he will be with me every step of the way. We need to give our lives to God and live in wild abandonment for him and he will send us something that we never expected, and never would have found without him, and he knows we need it.  This year is going to be a great year.

Happy New Year!

❤ Elena