There is Always More

 

44435778_2001954873226305_3958156931310288896_n“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21 

Recently my family went through a lot. About three months ago my grandmother lost her voice and she then had a CAT SCAN and it showed a mass in her throat.  From there it went down hill she was in Cabell Huntington and then the University Kentucky Hospital because they thought that they could remove the mass from her throat but they couldn’t so she ended up coming back here to a Hospice House and she was there for 2 days and she ended passing away.

When all of this started I thought ‘oh no it couldn’t get any worse” because I still had hope that she could make it through it and have a story to tell but she didn’t but I have my story of how I have grown in Christ and have realized there is ALWAYS MORE through Jesus Christ.  There is ALWAYS MORE to look forward to,MORE to be thankful for, MORE to give, MORE to learn, MORE blessings to receive, MORE growth in faith, MORE peace to experience, MORE wisdom to gain, and MORE reason to love.  Through God’s Love he helped me realize all this in a little time and I am truly grateful that he did.

When the doctors were sending my grandma to University of Kentucky my mom asked me if I could stay at their house and take care of their Dog Cody and I said ‘yes mom of course it helps me out with my homework and my online class since they have WiFi.” So to me it was a win-win I was helping them out all while being able to do my assignments without having to drive to the library to do them. So I moved into my grandparents house and it was my first time really living on my own and it really gave me of sense of what being an adult is like. During this time I read my Bible, prayed, worshiped 4 to 6 times a day because I knew if I didn’t I would have a breakdown. There was one evening that I was laying in my bed praying and crying during my prayer I got to the point where I couldn’t breathe because I was so worried and scared; my grandma that I lost was my best friend.

I talked to a lady at my church about how I was feeling and what I was going through because there were times that I felt like I HAD to be strong for my grandpa, mom, aunt, and dad, and brother. She said this to me ‘you don’t need to be strong for anyone don’t feel like you need to be. Your feelings are just as valid as your mom’s and grandpa’s.’ When Staci said this to me it really opened my eyes because it is true. I had no reason to feel like that I had to be strong for them. I just did and by feeling like that it put that much more stress on me. When this was going on I was living at their house, going to school, and working. So I was pretty stressed so once I accepted that I didn’t need to be strong for my family I felt a load come off my shoulders. Through all of this I was getting God winks left and right. My friends at school were always encouraging me and telling me that I could talk about anything with them.  So that was God showing me THERE IS ALWAYS MORE KINDNESS.

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I knew during this time that I couldn’t lose my faith and how I trust in God. I went to Church one Sunday and when I walked in my pastor was surprised to see me and he asked me why I was there and I said This is the place I need to be right now.’ I needed to be there because I feel so much love and support at my church and being there really helped me even though I had tears running down my face pretty much the whole time.

When it was it was getting closer to the end of my grandmother’s life I came to understand that as MUCH as I want her to live and be here with us that God wants her to be with him in HEAVEN; that there is not a better place for her to be in. I have an angel watching over me always. As much as I will miss her and her hugs I am so thankful that she is with JESUS!

I came across Ephesians 3:20-21 during one of my many “quiet times” when all of this was going on. It was like God hit me in the head with a 2 by 4.  This is what it says:“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” As I read through this I realized that through Jesus Christ that we can do and have MORE! MORE JOY, MORE PEACE, MORE STRENGTH, MORE COMPASSION, MORE TO BE THANKFUL FOR, MORE TO GIVE, MORE TO LEARN, MORE BLESSINGS, MORE GROWTH IN FAITH, MORE WISDOM TO GAIN, AND MORE REASON TO LOVE THERE IS ALWAYS MORE THROUGH THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST.

If we know Jesus and live a life for Jesus he will give you everything you need. He will make ME realize that even though my Grandmother passed away that there was ALWAYS MORE JOY, MORE PEACE, MORE STRENGTH, AND MORE FAITH AND ALWAYS MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO. The morning that my grandmother passed away I was asleep and I got a phone call from my dad and he told me that she passed away. When I got off the phone with him I layed there frozen unsure what to do. I didn’t cry I was just frozen. It was like God let me accept that she was going to pass away before she did and that helped a lot. It also helped that I was able to read something I wrote for her at her funeral. 

Since then I have been on a youth trip and continuing to meditate in God’s Word, prayer and in worshiping in songs him and I feel closer to him than I ever have been before. He is helping me realize who he wants me to be through him. God has given MORE JOY, MORE PEACE, MORE STRENGTH, MORE COMPASSION, MORE TO BE THANKFUL FOR, MORE TO GIVE, MORE TO LEARN, MORE BLESSINGS, MORE GROWTH IN FAITH, MORE WISDOM TO GAIN, AND MORE REASON TO LOVE THERE IS ALWAYS MORE THROUGH THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST.

As I bring this to a close remember that in every situation THERE IS ALWAYS MORE!!!MORE JOY, MORE PEACE, MORE STRENGTH, MORE COMPASSION, MORE TO BE THANKFUL FOR, MORE TO GIVE, MORE TO LEARN, MORE BLESSINGS, MORE GROWTH IN FAITH, MORE WISDOM TO GAIN, AND MORE REASON TO LOVE THERE IS ALWAYS MORE THROUGH THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

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❤ Elena Grace

 

 

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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

The Narrow Road

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“Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” (Psalm 25:4-5)

Do you know what road you are on?

There are many paths you can walk on but the Bible talks about two paths. The path of hope, grace, and blessings and the path of loss and destruction. Which road are you currently on? 

There are a series of choices you take when you are on your path. If you take a wrong turn, think a poor thought, or on negative act. Those are all steps you choose to take.  One misstep can not cause much damage but a series of them can cause you a multitude of trouble. Another way to look at it is that one good act, one good choice or thought is a step on the right path. If you continue on the right road God will take you to High Places.

Every day I make choices. Sometimes I make good choices and bad choices. Many go in circles, they make a good choice and then they make a bad choice which makes them go in circles. The choices you make will either take you down the right path or the wrong path. It’s your choice which road you want to go down.

 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” -Matthew 7:13-14

Jesus talks about the “narrow road” and the “Wide road.” The wide road is normally easier to follow but leads to hard times or places you don’t want to be.  For us it is easier to go along with the crowd especially if you are in school. If you ‘friends’ are doing something you will go along with it because you want to ‘impress’ them and not be made fun of or lose your friends. If your friends break the rules. you will follow them.

The narrow road leads to a life of happiness and blessings. It is harder because you make good choices. When your on the narrow road and you are school and have friends then they will normally help you make good choices because they are good friends. They won’t try and make you break the rules. Although it is easier to hold grudges than to forgive. It is easier to be mean than to be nice.

The good news is that the narrow road is the better road to be on. If you are on the narrow road you don’t have to walk it alone. Jesus will walk the road with you and help you make good choices. If you follow him and listen to him, he will lead you on the road to greatness and high places.

In Psalm 25:4-5 it says “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”

When I put my trust and hope in the Lord he will lead me. When I come across a problem he will help me with it. He will show you the right steps to take so you can have a life full of happiness and blessings. If you have a hard choice he will guide you through it. He will be there through all of the choices you have to make. If you put your hope in him he will be there every step of the way. When you put your trust in him he will carry you when you fall. All you have to do is ask him and follow him.

I would not be the person I am today if I followed the world. I would be heading down the wrong road. When I made the choice to follow Jesus he began to bless me. He helps me through every choice I have to make. He has and still is helping me take the steps toward the high places he has planned for me with him. He helps me make the harder choice. He gives me the strength and endurance to make it through hard choices I make. Will you put your hope in him and let him guide you?

 

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“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield.” – Psalm 33:20

 

Elena

Trust in the Lord

 

“Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Have you ever stopped and looked around you and given thanks to God for what he has blessed you with? I know for a fact that I sometimes fail at this, I get caught up in my own life, my school work, and things like applying for colleges and scholarships that I forget to take the time to give thanks to God for all that he has blessed me with.  God has blessed me with so much in my life; I have great parents, a great brother, an awesome and supportive youth group, and an fantastic and supportive pastor. Those are just a few things that I have been blessed  with in my  life.

One of my goals for this year is to give thanks to God through everything that I am going through and I can tell you that it is really hard but it is worth it because God has a great plan for me and all of the bumps,curves, and turns are part of his plan if I keep my eyes on him, keep him in the driver’s seat, and rely on his unconditional love he will show me his amazing and awesome plan for my life that I could have not imagined in my mind. This is the year for change and while I was at Flame on I made the commitment to God to be joyful in everything even the horrible and the sad things in my life. Having joy in everything I do has change my life so far for the better. My friends think I’m crazier now but it’s okay because the joy I have is from God

As we were on the road on the way to Flame On in Arkansas I thought a lot about this and being thankful. It seems like my life is flashing before my eyes and it keeps getting faster and faster. As a soon to be graduating senior in high school it is easy to “see” my life flashing before my eyes. I have been applying to colleges and scholarships and taking and retaking the ACT and SAT and it’s a lot. I have to remind myself to BREATHE and pray and give it to God sometimes when I am looking into colleges or working on my Portfolio, college stuff, and scholarships. As I am looking for a college to go to I don’t want it to be just my decision and where I want to go;  I want God to help me pick the right college.

I want God to lead me to the college that is perfect for me and that will fit me. I am constantly praying and asking him to give me the strength and patience to follow him and his plan for my life. It is very is to get distracted from following what and what God wants me to do when I graduate especially when my parents are breathing down my neck to just pick a college and a career. I sometimes wish that I could ‘just pick a college and a career’ but I can’t I find myself constantly praying and asking God for the right words to say to my parents when we talk about college. I constantly ask him for guidance in my life in what I’m supposed to do after I graduate because if I’m being completely honest I have no I idea what I’m going to do or where I’m going to go to college. The thought kinda frightens me.

As I kept praying about this and asking God to lead me to where he wanted me to go. I figured out that I could either start college right out of high school or apply for a six month school with a mission organization called Youth with a Mission. I don’t want to go off on a wrong path and not follow God. I could choose the safe option and start college right after I graduate or I could take a leap and follow God and let him take me to high places and apply for a six month mission school.  I don’t know which one I am going to choose but I am still praying about it.

I finally shared what I was thinking and still thinking with a friend and you want to know what she said?

God can use me wherever I am, whether it’s the “right” place or not.  When it comes to a decision like this, there is no right or wrong path with God. Where ever you land is where God will use you.

In the mist of all the craziness of being a senior I figured out something great. As I keep thinking about this it seems so self-explanatory. Of course God will use me wherever I am. Why didn’t I see that before? If we follow God and listen to him he will provide us with the answers to our crazy lives. If we trust in him and follow he will take us to high places.

Are you at a fork in the road wondering which path is the “right path” to choose? Take a leap and choose one there is no right or wrong path. God will use you where ever you land.

Follow him and let him take you to high places. No matter where you go God will use you. 

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

 

Trust in his ability to take you to high places and go for it! 

Elena

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” -Proverbs 3:5-6