For too long I’ve been concerned about the desire to be in a relationship. When I start to think about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, quite quickly, my mood can flip, on the verge of becoming completely obsessed with the idea. So why is it bad for me to make these things at the forefront of my mind? Why is it an issue for me to long after something that God has wired us to desire? It is an issue because without even realizing it, my desire has not become a desire of the Lord, but an idol. We must be cautious not to warp the intention of the things that God has designed for us. The Father knows best, I’ve trusted Him this far with my life, why would I doubt now that He will not take care of this area in my life?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.” Psalm 3:5-6
My mind is always blown when I take time to think about God’s declaration over each of our lives. He knew us before we were even born. God took time to create us, in His image, to dwell in the world, and live a life of adventure, creativity, and purpose. He knows the number of hairs on our head and even before we can decipher what our inner most thoughts and desires, He already knows them. So why don’t we give Him more of ourselves? Why do we think we know what is best for ourselves, when He is our God, all powerful and omniscient? Our arrogance tends to get in the way and we often think we know best, but if we can be truly honest with ourselves, we don’t. God has made a promise for us that reigns true. He offers us a life of grace and hope. We have the gift to live a life of freedom, full of surprise and surrender.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do Ephesians 2:10
To be completely candid, it has been a battle to live a life full of complete surrender and trust. Too often, I find myself finding reason to justify that I know more than my Creator and Savior. That is when I know the enemy is trying to distract me from the Lord’s voice. Even in the silence, His sweet, soft whisper is just what I need to pull me out of the lies and temptation to do wrong. It is His word that I need to run to, not the craving to emotionally eat my feelings away, worry until I drive myself crazy, or seek out attention that really I do not desire. He reassures us we have nothing to worry about. The more I dive into the truth, the closer I find myself to the living Father, who wants to be in deep relationship with each of us. We are His handiwork and he is our strength. We are His handiwork. Designed to further his Kingdom. What an incredible responsibility and opportunity we are entrusted with! God can work in you, no matter where you are in life. God can use you for His glory. When we are weak, we are instead stronger because of Him. Isn’t that amazing?!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will not boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
No doubt about it my prince will come, but for now, I have been given this time to be in complete devotion to the Father. This is something I need, and most of us need to take advantage of! It is a blessing to have this time to invest in other girls, encouraging them, and building them up. My pursuit after Jesus’ heart continues to grow more and more each day. More and more I fix my eyes on Christ and His most precious and perfect word. I am working more to give Him complete control. He knows my thoughts, and all of his thoughts, trust his timing. This reigns true, Father knows best.
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Kelsey Lynn Alexander is an artist at heart. Whether is it through choreography, latte art, or conversation, Kelsey seeks to create and appreciate beauty wherever she goes. She has a passion for helping girls know and understand their value and worth as precious daughters of the most high King. instagram & twitter: @kelsshie_lynn