I’ve been going through some heart changes over the past few weeks. It’s been both challenging and good. I’m thankful when I am humbled and brought back to a place of realizing my great need for Jesus. While past blog posts haven’t touched as much on my faith (for a lot of reasons, including the country I used to live in), I feel a need to be transparent and share what God has been teaching me.
As a follower of Christ, I aim to live my life sold out for my savior. I want to be all in on this walk with the Lord. However, I’ve realized time and time again how hard it is to do it on my own strength. It’s impossible, really. That’s where trusting that God will guide me comes into play.
There have been times where I undervalued the role God was playing in my life. One example of this is through life changes. I believe that we have to make choices and take responsibility for our actions. That being said, I know God answers prayers and stirs our hearts toward good living.
I’ve struggled with how to convey faith in a self-improvement blog setting. Essentially, the tips I share are things you can start doing right away. You must make the decision to do them. They are a form of practical application. There’s something powerful that happens, when you seek to do God’s will instead of your own, though. Pieces begin to come together.
So, what I think I’m trying to say is that in everything I do, I aim to make Christ the center. That doesn’t take the responsibility off of me to live well, take care of myself, and be happy, but it means seeking the Lord in all things. I believe that by making God the center, I will be happier knowing I’m living with purpose.
As my heart and vision for this blog begins to change, so will the posts. Don’t worry, though, there will still be a lot of practical advice and stories for simple, happy living… I might just tie in how faith played a role.
Something else I want to point out is that it’s easy to put God into the equation. It’s easy to add God to the list of things you need in order to be happy. However, God doesn’t want us to just add him to the list. He wants to be THE LIST.
I’m currently reading Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. Here’s a quote from the book that really had me thinking about my level of commitment.
“There is no forgiveness without repentance. There is no salvation without surrender. There is no life without death. There is no believing without committing.”
In my life, I’m committed to following Christ.
It’s not another thing on the to-do list to have a better life, it is the way I live my life.
I’m excited about the future of this blog as I use it to write about ways to be your best in a way that allows me to share my heart.
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