From Worrier to Warrior

From Worrier to Warrior

Just a human who overcomplicates life because I try to make things work on my own.

Hanging above my bed is a sign that reads ‘my worries are few because my blessings are many.’ However, this is not always the case. You see, the truth is that sometimes I can’t even see past worries to realize the blessings that I do have. Seriously, no matter how many blessings the good Lord gives me I still find myself focusing in on my smallest worries to fixate on. Literally, I am the person who could worry about worry – it’s really that bad. My worry, doubt and anxiety sometimes truly gets the best of me and I struggle to overcome it.

And the solution is super simple right? Pray about it. I mean, duh.

But I’m human. A human who over complicates life because I try to make things work on my own. So, why exactly do I do this when I know that I should just give all things to God? Well, I don’t know, but probably because I’m a total control freak who lives 100% by my planner and who would love to have my life completely laid out using dates, times and color coordinations. But the honest truth is, no matter how much I plan for my life – I’m not in control of it.

I’m not in control of a single second within a day and with this realization all of my worry, doubt and anxiety leave – every single time.

God is bigger than all of our worries. But, we have to surrender. We have to surrender every single thing, every single day. Whether it be homework, a unfulfilling job, relationship issues, car problems, family drama, or maybe your day just flat out stinks – surrender. He will sustain you. Our God is present in all situations and He will provide us with the power we need for completing any task that we are called to because He is always faithful.

The Bible actually gives us a direct look into the ways that The Lord will sustain us and I want to share them with you. Psalm 55:22 states: “Cast your cares on The Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” Within this verse, God is literally telling us to give Him our problems because He can handle the burdens which are too heavy for us to carry. I mean, wow, it is that simple and direct. Now, Isaiah 46:4 also states: “I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Again, this is God telling us just how much He loves us. He clearly tells us that if we just surrender to Him – He will rescue us, He will protect us, and He will care for us. I mean, the love that He has for us is just so beautiful.

So, instead of worrying about every single detail of your life simply rejoice! Walk in the freedom that only God can offer. Focus in your blessings because they are many. Make a point to become more faithful in your prayer life and trade being a worrier for being a warrior and God will equip you. Life is fuller with more prayers and fewer worries anyways.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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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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