Overcome The Giant

We all have giants that we face. For some of us, that may be a mental issue that we face, anxiety, addiction, depression, etc. For others, that could be a physical issue such as, cancer, eating disorders, heart problems, etc. It could even be situations that have hurt us, a hard break up, the death of a love one, a friend who betrayed us, or rejection from others.

No matter what it may be, some of us have something that makes life a little harder than it should be. Something that keeps us up at night. Something that is hard to overcome, and sometimes, we wonder “Maybe we should just give up”.

Well today, I want you to find that giant, whatever it may be. Find it inside of you.

Do you have it?

Now, be thinking about it while you read this next part.

Jesus has won the victory. He has defeated your giant when he died on the cross.

“God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient. And you will joyfully give thanks to the Father who has made you able to have a share in all that he has prepared for his people in the kingdom of light. God has freed us from the power of darkness, and he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son. The Son paid for our sins, and in him we have forgiveness. No one can see God, but Jesus Christ is exactly like him. He ranks higher than everything that has been made. Through his power all things were made — things in heaven and on earth, things seen and unseen, all powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. He was there before anything was made, and all things continue because of him. He is the head of the body, which is the church. Everything comes from him. He is the first one who was raised from the dead. So in all things Jesus has first place. God was pleased for all of himself to live in Christ. And through Christ, God has brought all things back to himself again — things on earth and things in heaven. God made peace through the blood of Christ’s death on the cross.” -Colossians 1:11-20

It says it all right there. He has won the victory FOR YOU. He has defeated sin FOR YOU. He has given YOU a new life in Him. ISN’T THAT AMAZING??

However, even through the death of Jesus Christ, that does not mean we will not face trials. You giant can still hurt you. It can haunt you, hurt you, whisper lies to you, and even more. BUT Jesus has won the victory for you, so that you can have life with Him and overcome your giant.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13

Believe that verse and hold on to it. You cannot conquer your giant alone, but with God, anything is possible. He will strengthen you and help you. It may be difficult. It may take a lot of strength in you, and it also may take time. BUT it’s not impossible. Remember that.

Love always,

Claire

The Reality Behind The Screen

Social media really stinks sometimes. Our pictures that we post can make people believe that everything is perfect (aka we’re living our best life), which is kind of what we want them to do. We don’t want others knowing the pain we are going through. We want to hide it all underneath and pretend that everything is fine.

My Instagram could show you a lot of things. It shows you that I’ve been on a few trips in the past few months, been with friends and family, and have an obsession with photography (LOL). But it doesn’t show you everything. It doesn’t show you the stressful, late nights spent cramming for tests. It doesn’t show you how tired I am, and how I want to just sleep all day. It doesn’t show you how insecure I am about certain things. It doesn’t show you the times I have cried over being hurt. It doesn’t show you everything.

But one thing, I do really love about social media is that it gives you the chance to be vulnerable and to be real. It allows you to relate with others on so many different topics, whether that’s dogs, coffee, or Jesus. It’s a way to connect and love on others all over the world. It’s a chance to spread God’s word and love globally.

So I want to challenge you (and myself) to be real, whether that’s on a phone, behind a computer screen, or just in your daily life. Show the love of Jesus to others and meet them where they are. It’s a little thing that makes a big difference.

Love always,

Claire

 

Think Eternal, Not Earthly

I feel like most of the time, we get so caught up in society. We get attached to social media, school, money, what people think, how we look, etc. We end up stressed so easily, and at the end of the day, we feel weak. We spend so much time focused on all the earthly things of this world, but we forget to pay attention to the Heavenly things that Jesus wants us to strive for. We spend all this time trying to strive for earthly desires, but it’s never enough for us, only Jesus is.

Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:1-2

Lately, I get the feeling when I am in a group of friends, that I am always the one who is not glued to their phone. Honestly, I hate looking at my phone. I only get on it now for a few minutes, and it’s normally to respond to a text message. I am a people person, which means I want to sit down with you and talk, not text. However, most people now are glued to how many people liked their post or who’s laughing at something that put in a group chat.

Here’s the thing: Earthly things are great. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching youtube videos that stupid yet funny. I love going on social media. I love seeing celebrity drama every now and then. I love a lot of things this Earth offers. But Jesus doesn’t want us to be soaked up into all the worldly things.

Let’s change our view to eternal, not earthly!

It doesn’t matter what you made on that one test, or if that guy/girl likes you back. Jesus didn’t tell us to get 2,000 followers on Instagram. He didn’t say you have to go to college. He didn’t say that being a Christian is easy. Life is rough. We get stressed, frustrated, hurt, and the list goes on and on. The world we live in is messed up, so let’s fix it. Let’s change the social norm of be on your phone 24/7. Let’s change our addiction to social media to an addiction of Jesus.

Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most out of every opportunity. Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:5-6

In the end, all that matters is how you loved others, how you served God, and your relationship with Our Savior. God has your life planned for you. Your life is in His hands. He loves you and wants the best for you. He isn’t going to let it all fall apart. Trust Him and don’t stress yourself about the worldly things.

Love always,

Claire

Study. Work. Plan. Repeat.

Does life ever feel overwhelming some times?  Like there are so many things you have to do all in one day and you have to have like five cups of coffee to get through it all. Or you have like three tests all in one week and you study and study for them but you still don’t feel confident about any of it. Life sometimes seems to come at us all of the sudden. We get so caught up in our worldly events that go on throughout our lives and we lean on our friends, family, and even ourselves for help when really we need to cast it all on God. No, I’m not saying you can’t talk to your friends and family about your problems or your life, but we seem to forget that we need talk to God about it too.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:17.

We sometimes forget that He is there and He wants to talk to you about your life and what all is going on in it. He wants you to go to Him when you are stressed or overwhelmed or discouraged because He wants to have an open relationship with you.

In Philippians 4:6, it says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

In this verse it says “in every situation” meaning in every situation when you are worried, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, etc., go to Him through prayer. Let Him help you. Let Him show you that you can find peace in the trouble times and that in the end, it is all going to work out the way He wants it to. We have to keep in mind that the Lord has so much more for us in store. He has a plan and He always has that plan for us in constant motion. Every decision and every moment you make in your life is leading to that plan. We have to have faith in Him and not get discouraged by what happens in this life. And that is so much easier said than done. Some days the littlest things can get you down, but you have to rely and lean on Him because He should be the most important role model and person in your life.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27