FOMO vs. Me

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A few months back I wrote a post called FOMO vs. Jesus. You can catch it here if you missed it.

In it, I spoke about how as Christians we shouldn’t have a Fear of Missing Out.

And, I truly believe that. God will not let us miss out on anything we are planned to do if we are following Him. Let me reiterate – if we are following Him.

But, since I’ve written that post, I’ve had a problem.

I discovered I have FOMO.

A severe case, in fact.

So today I want to address it. Embrace it.

And, release it to God.

You see…

I like to be busy. Or, at least I thought I did. I had to be at all the parties, be in all the groups, attend all the online chats, and be at every gathering, get-together, function, party, meeting and event I could handle, which turns out to be a lot.

But, I noticed something…

I wasn’t happy.

I was sick all the time.

I was really stressed out.

Can you feel me?

I had FOMO. I still have FOMO. But, today I will let it go.

The Bible says to not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough troubles of its own. (My paraphrase of Matthew 6:34)

Tomorrow has enough troubles of its own.

I need to be in today, in this moment, in this very second. So now, I wake up not looking at my planner, but first asking God, “What do you have for me to do today?” And, I do it. And, I take a deep breath in knowing that whatever God wants of me – it will happen.

Wherever He has me placed.

Whatever He wants me to do.

Whoever He wants me to chat with.

It will happen. In His timing.

I’ve noticed I don’t miss the important things. I don’t miss important meetings and events that are on my calendar. I noticed I am more interested in developing my time. And, I’ve noticed I have a lot more of it! 

Today, will you stand in prayer with me that my FOMO be released to Dad? I no longer wish to worry about what I’m missing out on, because in the arms of Jesus, I won’t miss a thing.

For Him,

~Chelle

Are you a light?

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  Hey, Sweet Friend!

Today, I want to talk about light with you. 
 
There are so many references to it in the Word of God.

To me, there are two parts to this light: The Following and The Drawing.

The Following

In the Old Testament, we follow the light. A lot.

“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.” Exodus 13:21 (ESV)

In the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, the Israelites followed a pillar of fire every night. When it moved, they moved. When it stopped, they camped.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had signs in the sky like that today?!?

When God spoke us all into existence, His first words were, “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3)
 
And, there was.

Light is synonymous with good. Isaiah 2:5 says, “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” 

God wants us to follow His light. To walk in His ways. To be in His will. His light is the road sign that leads us there.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
 
The Drawing

Jesus says in John 9:5, While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
John 1:9 says, “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
 
God gave us His light so we can be a light. As beacons, we draw others to the truths of God.
 
“Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” (John 12:36)
 
God wants His will to be on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6) He wants His light to shine on earth as it does in the heavenlies.

Be that light.
 
One of my favorite scriptures that I use as a prayer is Matthew 6:15. It says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
 
“Let your light shine.”

Send an encouraging email, shoot someone a text, post something inspirational to your social media, or even start a blog. God designed you to be His light in this world. Just think of it! His light is shooting out your eyeballs!

What are some others way you can be a light? Let me know below in the comments.



Why are you on this planet? 🌏

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Why are you here?

Seriously.

Why are you on this planet? Why did God put you here?

What does your heart YEARN to do?

I want to know. I want to help you succeed. I want you to see ALL of your dreams become realities.

And, so does God.

God put us here to make Him the complete and total center of our lives. Once we do that, He has great and powerful things for us to do in His Kingdom.

Think of it this way…

We are employed by God. As Paul said he was an “ambassador in chains,” we as God’s employees/ambassadors are the face of the brand. We are the frontline — the very person people see when they think or hear or talk about God.

What kind of ambassador are you being? Would you get a pay raise? A good review?

Are you living the life God created you to live?

It’s not too late. It’s NEVER too late. Let’s do this! What are your dreams today? What do YOU want to do?

My dreams? I’m praying about them. The feel so far fetched and out there. And, I’m realizing through prayer today and time with God that my initial dreams may not be what I think.

I want to know yours! What were put here for? Don’t know yet? I want to know that, too!

Love Your Enemies?

I just want to love people. 🥰

But, sometimes people are so hard to love. 😔

I guess that’s why Jesus made it a point to tell us to “love our enemies.”

He knew.

He knows how grumpy and selfish we can all be. Please tell me I’m not the only one? Lol

God gives us a lot of instructing on how to treat others. 

Romans 15:7 says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

And, in the 10 Commandments, God taught us to:

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:12-17)

And, in this passage in Matthew 5, Jesus tells us like it is:

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Love. It’s an imperfect and hard thing for us, but for our Father in Heaven, it is what HE is. He is love. And, he gave us the examples and encouragement we need to be just like Him. 

Is there someone who God is telling you to love today? Trust God in it, and tell me how he blessed you below in the comments.

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“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” ~Hebrews 13:16 NIV

“God is pleased.” I really like these words. Do you? 

In a world that seems so selfish at times, God wants us to “do good and share.” Can you do it? Do you do it? 

I do. 

Haha. Not really. I’m finding at times these days, I’m extremely selfish. I want what I want. I want self love and self care and all the things that make me muy happy. 

Don’t we all want to be muy happy? And, self love is a good thing. Trust me. Self love, to me, is so important. It means time with God, and time with myself. I share myself with Him. And, I can share myself more with my family and friends when I take the time to share time with God. 

I am a better human. I am calmer; more at peace. I can share myself better with the world. 

One thing I’ve noticed in all this sharing is that God certainly wants me to share more of myself with you. More of my story. More of testimony. 

All the things I don’t want to share. 

But, sharing is caring so here I am.  In the coming months, I feel like I am to tell you so many things. I’m not ready yet. I will be obedient to God though, so get ready. There may be some things you don’t want to read. 😉 

Don’t worry. He’ll get me ready to share. And, it may truly be a sacrifice.