Swallowing Acceptance

Swallowing Acceptance

Accepting that our future is already written

I recently read a verse that stuck out to me: Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding."

I think one of the most difficult things to swallow in a world where anything is possible is acceptance. Accepting that we are only capable of so much. We can only do what we have been given the ability to. I can't fly a plane because I haven't been taught how to, I haven't learned. This is the idea that I am trying to explain. Unless we are taught to accept things, we will never be able to.

When I speak of acceptance, I don't mean accepting that you can't do something, so you never try to do it. I mean that we have to accept that we can only change so much. We have to accept that we can't change the future because it has already been decided for us. Each of us have a plan that has been designed specifically for us so that we are successful in our life and fulfill the purpose of our life. Many times have I fallen to my knees begging for God to tell me my future, even though I knew that he wouldn't.

There isn't anything in our life that we can predict. When we wake up in the morning, we make to-do lists of all the things we want to get done that day, but somehow there is always something that we can't or don't get done. I believe that everything we do gets done at a certain time for a reason. Every action that I perform and every word I say has a meaning that I may never know. An important thing to remember is that you should live each day like it is your last. You don't know what lies in your future, something great may be coming.

It can be terrifying to go forwards and not know what's coming next, but that is one of the greatest things about God's plan. I have to trust Him each day that he knows what he's doing and that I am doing everything that he would want me to. I find it difficult to accept each day that I don't know what that day might hold. I have a new mantra "Live each day like you're floating down a river. Who knows if you'll see some fish or some rocks or what." It's one thing to tell other people to completely accept that God knows what he's doing and that you couldn't do it any better. It's another thing to believe it yourself.

I know that I doubt the Lord sometimes when I don't like the way that something has been done or when I think that I could have done it better. When I do doubt, I have to remember that my own understanding compared to His is so small and so pointless. He knows everything and he knows how it is all going to turn out. It's crazy to think that he has already seen who we marry, if we have children, what job we'll have. It's crazy that he has already seen our whole life and we've only seen such a small piece of it.

A song that has been helping me with acceptance and trust is "I Am Found" - Brad and Rebekah. It speaks about how there is only one person truly in charge of us and our lives and the decisions we make. It speaks about how His presence is always there and is always surrounding us. He never leaves our sides even when we think that He has. It's so easy to forget that he's there when something bad happens or we don't get something that we really wanted. There is a reason that it happened.

To go through life without the knowledge that our future has already been written and that we just have to live it all out, would be impossible for me. I have to accept that I can only do what I have given the ability to. My life has already been figured out for me. All of the bad days and good days have reason and purpose. As you go through life with its struggles, remember that as soon as you accept that you have to go through it to get to the other side, the easier it will all seem and become.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit


1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay


Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible


Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit


God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others


We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop


Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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