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Discovering Your Vision.

   Do you know what God's will is for you? Do you have a vision? Do you know what you are going to do with your life? You should! Having a vision for your life is very important as God's Word declares in Habakkuk 2:2-3

   When young people start out in life, they may not know what their futures are going to hold. There is nothing wrong with that because many times God unfolds His plans as we start to move in a direction and trust Him to lead. What young people need to do is seek God's plans for their lives and then write down what they believe God is saying to them. As they begin to move in a certain direction, what they are supposed to do with their lives will become increasingly clear.

   People who are older should have figured out their purposes in life. However many of them still do not know what they want to be when they "grow up" because issues in their lives have blocked the formation of their vision.

   Too many people concentrate on what they cannot do. They focus on everything they do wrong and never on what they do right. They get so caught up in their mistakes and inabilities that they lose sight of the fact that we serve a great God. If this is you, I encourage you to study Hebrews 12:2. This verse tells you to look away from the things that distract you and focus on Jesus. Even if you are being sidetracked by your own inabilities and weaknesses, stop looking at those things and start looking up to Jesus. If you believe you can do only one thing, make up your mind that you are going to do that one thing well. Decide that you were going to be the best you can be at that one thing.

   Take an inventory of your life and decide what you have that you can use to fulfill God's purpose for you. What are you doing with your time, your energy, and your abilities? Stop looking at what you do not have and begin using what you do have.

   Become a person of purpose. Know why you are doing what you are doing. Make sure you do not lose sight of your goals. In order to do that, you may need to heed the advice of Habakkuk: write your vision and make it plain!

 

(Excerpt from The Everyday Life Bible: Joyce Meyer Commentary.)

You Are Loved!

Is It Possible To Stay Pure While Dating?

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We all know the struggle is real, but staying pure IS possible. My husband and I managed to stay pure (celebrant to honor God) while dating & I know you can too. I pray this blog encourages you and inspires you to wait upon the Lord. 🙏🏼

Here's what we did....


1. We reminded ourselves of what we were fighting for.


2. We reminded ourselves that momentary satisfaction could potentially destroy our destiny.


3. We prayed together & read the bible together consistently. It is Only God who can give you the strength & grace to stay pure, so keep Him as the focal point of your relationship.

4. We reminded ourselves that our relationship is meant to honor God, not our flesh.


5. We reminded ourselves of how bad our lives were before we knew God. This helped us to stay thankful for what He had done in our lives and helped us stay on track.


6. If there was a place where we felt tempted, then we stayed away from it. Why put yourself in a position that's difficult to resist temptation? It's not worth it.
I love what Pastor Rich Wilkerson says, "Keep it Vertical. If you're dating you don't need to get horizontal." 😂
Remember, pre-marriage is JUST A SEASON of life. Once you're married you may do as you please with your spouse. So remind yourself that the blessing is coming. 🙌🏼🙌🏼

7. We stayed accountable to our friends. I had a friend check up on me almost daily and so did my husband.  This really helped because God gave me someone to check in with. Great stability comes from accountability. So be honest with someone you trust so they can pray for you and encourage you in the ways of the Lord. Don't try to do this walk alone.

8. We watched sermons on purity. This allowed us to welcome in the conviction of the Holy Spirit. If your purity is important to you then you'll do whatever it takes to keep it.


9. Last but certainly not least.... We reminded ourselves that the wait is Always worth it. Because honoring God is Always worth it. We knew that there would be blessings behind our obedience because that is what the book of Deuteronomy teaches us.

If you're in a relationship and you're not yet married, I want you to know that the wait is worth it. It is only a matter of time before you'll get to be intimate with you husband or wife. So I want to encourage you to continue to be patient. God's blessings that come with obedience are far greater than momentary satisfaction. Remember that You Are Worth The Wait - and so is your future husband or wife. Honor them and God will honor you.

My Favorite Marriage Advice... ❤️

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I've only been married for 4 months but I've asked many couples whom have been married for 20 + years what their secret to success has been. Here are some of my favorite answers...

 

1. Never lose your try. When you dated your spouse, you went out of your way for them and Always tried your best. Be careful to never lose that. Never grow comfortable.

 

2. R.E.S.P.E.C.T - always respect your spouse. Place them in high honor. Don't ever call them out in public either. Correct them privately.

 

3. Keep God at the center of your marriage and it will go well for you.

 

4. Make Lots of Love - Sex is not just an act of pleasure . It is an act that brings an intimate bond between a husband and wife every time they have sex. Sex in its purist form will give you a connection in your relationship that will be incomparable to any other relationships you have. So husbands, wives, enjoy each other..... A LOT.