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Return Home…

Hello everybody! Hope you all have been doing wonderful. For this blog post I collaborated with another blogger! Which you should totally check out his other post, they are awesome! I will leave his info down below! Hope this will touch and speak to you, as much as it did me. Blake’s Blog

Home is where you go to rest. Home is where your bed is, home is where your toilet is. Home is where you can go and be comfortable, relax and be at peace. I think what we enjoy the most about home is that it’s safe to us. We live in a culture where so many people have insecurities and are self-conscious of themselves. The world we live in and the culture in our world tells so many people to be yourself and be who you think were meant to be. But what has occurred within this idea is that in a search for self-identity so many people have become lost and confused as to who they are meant to be and where their true identity can be found. What is important to understand is that when we try to find our identity, we also seek to find a place for our souls to rest, a place for our souls to have identity and a place for our souls to call a home.

In Luke 15 there is a story about a man who had two sons. This story is titled “The Prodigal Son.” In the story, the younger of the sons asks his father to give him his share of his inheritance that would usually come after the father’s death. The father then divided his property between the two sons and gave the younger son his half of the inheritance. It was not many days later that the younger son gathered all that he had and took a journey into a far country. Here the son began to live a life of fun and excitement spending his inheritance on a wild life of partying and women. But eventually, the son had spent all that he had and found himself homeless and needy. With no source of income, the son hired himself out as a servant. As the son was working and feeding the pigs that belonged to his employer, he was filled with hunger, a hunger so strong that caused him to yearn for the slop that the pigs ate. At this moment the son realized that he could go HOME and try to hire himself out to his father as a worker, for he knew even his father’s servants had it better than he did currently. So he decided to come up with a speech that he would tell his father and tell his father that he knew that he was not worthy to be his son anymore. As the son was making his way home, the father saw his son off into the distance. Feeling compassion for his son he ran out to him and embraced him and kissed him. As the son attempted to give his speech to his father as to why he was no longer worthy to be his son the father called out to his servants to bring the best robe and put it on him and to kill a fattened calf to eat for they were to celebrate the return of the son. The father with great proclamation stated: “For this, my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”

What’s so intriguing about this story is that for us as readers it is easy to question the younger son and ask how he could do such things? How could he leave his father, his home and waste the inheritance he was given? It’s simple really. The son was looking to find his own identity away from home. He was looking and searching for something other than what was the better option. He was looking to be his own person, to be who he wanted to be. He was looking for a place where his soul could find identity. We read this story and question it, but I think we often forget that we are the prodigal son. In life often times our souls will begin to want something other than what has always been there. When this occurs, we begin to allow our souls to wander off and waste the gift we have been given. We start to search and seek after all the “homes” that the world has to offer only to find out they are temporary and more like hotel rooms than real homes.

It took the son to reach rock bottom to realize that he had wandered away from his real home where his father was. It would make sense in this story for the father to tell his son what a fool he was for wasting his inheritance and for returning, but the father ran out to the son embracing him with arms open wide. The father in this story shows us who Jesus is to us. In the times where we wander and we seek out self-identity in the offers of the world Jesus waits for us and embraces us when we return home, though time and time again we find ourselves with the pigs.  Christ embraces us with arms stretched wide, just as they were on the cross showing the widths of his grace, mercy, and love for us.

Home is safe. Home is where we go when we have nowhere else to go. As our souls will often wander I ask the question are you letting your soul rest in its real home? Or are you continually searching for your own identity in the world? Jesus is the home where the soul rests. Is your soul resting in Jesus? Is your soul’s identity found in the saving grace of Christ? Your identity cannot be found in what you want for yourself, and what the world has to offer, but only in the home of who Christ is. So return home sons and daughters. Return home to a Father that embraces us with arms wide, return home to where your true identity is found in something greater than yourself.

-Blake

I couldn’t have said what Blake was saying better myself! I think for most of us out there at least for me and as Blake mentioned, the safest and most comfortable place to be is home sweet home. It is where I can sing to the top of my lungs off pitch, and try to come up with cool dance moves in front of my bathroom mirror (Don’t laugh at me, you know you do that too…) without anyone hearing or seeing. After a trip or vacation, there is no greater feeling than coming back and getting into your OWN bed! The historic famous saying of “home is where the heart is” is still a very true statement in my own life. I love hanging out with my friends more than anything, but man it sure nice to just chill at home sometimes and do absolutely nothing but just eat because of pure boredom (anyone with me on that??). Home is where we can fully let our guards down, and can completely be who we truly are. Like Blake said, we live in a society where people are full of insecurities and are afraid to be themselves in the outside world due to fear of rejection. So, because of this they try to be someone else which only leads to a life of confusion and soul-searching as some people may call it. You began to feel like you have lost your identity and your souls purpose. You try to cover up what your feeling on the inside by maybe living a luxurious lifestyle like the Prodigal Son, or other un-fulfilling and temporary things. Then you hit rock bottom and feel like all hope is lost. Well friends, what if I told you that there is someone who can give you your authentic identity and purpose back. Someone who can give you an eternal home for your soul, whose name is Jesus. In him we find our soul’s purpose. He is the one who can restore you from the inside-out, no matter what you have done in the past. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”. Through Jesus your identity and soul are made new. That is so refreshing to know that when we give our lives to Jesus, our past mistakes and regrets are washed away. Not only is the statement “Home is where the heart is” true in a physical sense in my life, but in a spiritual sense too. There is nothing in this world that compares to my heart (soul) resting in Jesus loving arms. No matter where you may be in life or your walk with Jesus, He is always standing right there just like Prodigal Sons father was waiting for us to come running back home to Him.

-Lindsey

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Be the Light…

Hello everyone, I hope everyone has had an amazing Monday and first day of spring!!!

For this blog,  I thought I would talk about what happened today. So my friends and I went to this nature trail that we love to visit, and without thinking, we all left our purses in the car (it was locked). In the past, we have always left our stuff in the car so we really didn’t give it a second thought. Well, this time we should have given it a second thought…When we came back we noticed that one of the car’s windows had been shattered, and sure enough, my friends and my purses were gone…This purse contained a lot a valuables, which all in all is going to add up to a LOT of money to be replaced. You could say, I was pretty shocked to say the least…My first thought was “What petty person could do this?”, but then I started thinking…Who knows what the person (people) who did it is going through at this time…Not that it makes it right, because yes it was wrong, but who am I to judge them  (whoever it may be). I don’t mean to sound cliche, but instead of judging them, I needed to be praying for them. I believe that prayer can change things, even people’s lives…

This reminded me of a story in the Bible (Luke 19:1-10) that I am sure you have heard of. “Zacchaeus was wee little man, and a wee little man was he”…sound familiar?  Zacchaeus was a straight up gangsta! He was a chief tax collector in Jericho, and would often cheat some people out of their money… He was also very short and could not see over large crowds, so one day as Jesus was visiting and walking through the city, Zacchaeus climbed a tree in order to be able to see Him. When Jesus saw him up there, (verse 5) He said, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”… LIKE WHAT, Jesus wants to stay in the same house with a gansta??? Lol… As Jesus walked with him, the townspeople began to whisper stuff like how could He stay with a such a sinner like Zacchaeus? They began to judge the situation before they even knew the whole story. You see, by Jesus showing love and not judging Zacchaeus for his sins, he realized that he must turn away from his sins and follow Jesus. After he gave his life to Him, he gave back to the people he had cheated to in the past. In verse 10 it says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” You see so many times we as Christians can be like those townspeople…We judge others for their sinful actions, when we should be loving and reaching out to them like Jesus did with Zacchaeus. You never know when your actions could be the deciding factor on whether someone decides to follow Jesus or not. So today, and every other day be the light that Jesus has called YOU to be. Instead of judging someone, pray for them because like I said, prayer can change things!

-Lindsey

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When I Wake Up, Give Me Jesus

Do you catch yourself in the morning grabbing your phone as soon as you wake up and scroll through Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest, ext. ? Do you look on social media to see what you missed out on while you slept and read tweets about celebrities and what’s going on in this world? We wake up with the world on our minds, when this should not be. This is a struggle for me because as soon as I wake up, I grab my phone and see if anyone snapchatted me or see what people posted on Instagram. I read this in my devotion yesterday and it really made me think and convicted me. When we wake up, Jesus should be on our mind. We should thank Him for giving us another day and ask Him to help us glorify Him throughout the day. The verse my devotion used was John 15:5 and it made a whole lot of sense. I’ve read this verse many times before, but when I read it yesterday it hit me and all made sense. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” This verse reminds us that we aren’t the vine; Jesus is. We are the branches. We have to be connected to the vine (Jesus) so we can bear fruit.

At the end of our day, we look at the day we had and think that we didn’t feel where God was during our day, and that is because our focus wasn’t on Him, it was on the world and we were seeking ourselves and not Jesus. My dear friends, are you catching yourself spending more time with social media than Jesus? I am asking you this because I’m asking myself the same question. I wouldn’t be telling you this if I’m not learning anything from this.

CHALLENGE: I want you to do something with me and it’s going to be a challenge. For a week lets not grab our phone when we wake up. When you wake up go grab you some coffee (if you’re a coffee drinker like me) and spend time talking to Jesus and reading His word. It’s going to be a challenge, I know. But we can do it! Just try spending about 10-15 minutes in prayer and reading a devotion. What I’ve been doing lately is reading devotions on my Bible app and they have been great! You can follow me on there and see what plans I’m doing and you can do them with me! So, wake up dear Christian friend! Don’t let social media be the first thing on your mind, let it be Jesus!

Love, Capri

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My Champion…

Hi, beautiful people! I hope you all are having a lovely weekend. Now it is time to conquer the week coming up! I am hoping that this post will give you the willpower to do so.

Have you ever felt so weak, exhausted, or emotionally drained that you feel like you can’t take this crazy thing called life anymore? I think we all have been there…life sometimes can get pretty unbearable and reckless at times. It is at these points that we most desperately need someone greater than ourselves to hold us, to be our fortress, and our anchor. This someone for me is the creator of the universe, Jesus. He is the only one that can truly keep us from drifting away during the stormy times of life. He fights all of life’s battles for us if you let him, and believe me, Jesus always comes out the CHAMPION. Through Him we have the victory to conquer literally ANYTHING (I can’t say it enough). Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

I want to tell you a little bit about the time that God became my CHAMPION. I was debating on whether to put this up, but I feel like someone out there needs to hear it. You see,  I once suffered from deep depression, and to say the least, I felt the weakest I had ever felt in all my life. It was like my whole purpose and reason for living was not worth anything anymore. My whole world at the time felt broken, and I was letting the lies of the enemy creep into my mind. The devil, to say the least, was trying his hardest win this battle, which is a very horrifying place to be. It was very painful, and somewhere I NEVER want to be again. It is not until one night I was crying on my knees in full desperation for a change that I told Jesus to take over and fight for me, because I physically and mentally could not handle it anymore. When I said that prayer, Jesus immediately began fighting. Jesus kicked the devil right back to hell where he belongs. I could see the change day by day, and because of JESUS I was able to be an OVERCOMER of depression. Oh my… writing that just now puts joy in my heart, because you guys don’t understand how happy I was to be myself again. I don’t know what battles you all might be facing, but whether it be depression, negative thoughts, insecurities, drugs, alcohol, lust, etc., know that Jesus wants fight whatever it may be for YOU. He wants to be your CHAMPION.

-Lindsey

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Intentional Pursuit…

About a week ago I had to ask myself if I was truly being intentional about having relationships with others around me, or if I was just doing the typical day-to-day “Hey! how are ya?”. Of course, I am not like that with everyone, but why be like that with anyone? The reason why this question came about is, sadly, because of two students (ages 15 and 16) that came to my youth group where I am a leader, died in car accident on their way to service last Wednesday night. Unfortunately,  I can’t say I ever talked to them when they came to youth group. For this reason, I am making it a TOP priority to intentionally pursue people when they walk through the doors of youth service, or just anyone I come in contact with in general.

I want to intentionally pursue people not only to get to know them, but for Jesus’ sake. Isaiah 61:1 says, “The spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because of the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…” This verse is so powerful to me as a Christian, to know that God has given me the ability to mend broken hearts with His anointing is absolutely remarkable in every way possible. Also, by this verse, I know as a Christian it is one of my responsibilities to have a purposeful relationship with others, and not just basic day-to-day conversations. This is imperative to do as a Christian, because you never know how much of an impact you could have on someone’s life by just showing them Jesus’ love and that you care. Not only do I want to have meaningful relationships with others, but I want to be a Godly leader and mentor. Of course, I know that I cannot lead and be a mentor to everyone, but I can pray and seek God about who I should pursue. We never know how much time we have to make a difference in someone’s life, so the time is now. You heard me, the time is NOW to start intentional pursuits with your relationships, and with whom God wants you to be a mentor. Do NOT let anything hold you back, and be the LEADER that Jesus has called YOU to be.

I am dedicating this blog post to Kay and Travis. You will be missed, but I find in peace in knowing that on a Wednesday night in January you both gave your hearts to Jesus and you are now walking down streets of gold.

Yours truly,

Lindsey