Friday, September 19, 2014

Preparing For Our Future (Week 1)

Hey Friends!!
I posted a picture on Instagram a couple weeks ago asking what you guys wanted me to post on my blog!  And I had an awesome suggestion from a friend that gave me a great idea!
So, thank you (you know who you are ;))!!

This is going to be a series of blogs on The Future.  One will come out about every week for a few weeks depending on feedback.

It's Coming sooner than we think and little do we know that preparing for it can help us in the long run.  I want to ask what you are doing to prepare yourself for the day that you leave the house?, fly the coop?, or whatever expression you would like to use.
We need to be prepared for life because it is prepared for us.  If we don't have the proper tools while living life, it can very quickly overwhelm and overrule us.
FOUNDATIONS are so important...and we have the opportunity to establish firm foundations while we are young.  
USE YOUR YOUTH!!

A great book by John Piper is called "Don't Waste Your Life."  In our day and age, there are billboards for this, apps for that, new games, new tunes, new dude at school and temptations galore, BUT these are the days to build.  Don't waste your time on the things that contribute nothing to your life...actually, they are ROBBING you of your precious youth.  Time that God has given you to prepare for your future.
1 Timothy 4:12
"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

So let's get started!

Week 1
Our Walk with God.

Psalm 119:9
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word."


Our walk with God is THE MOST important thing we could ever do in order to establish a foundation for a good future.  If we are active with God at home (especially willingly...and if you do not desire this, PRAY that God would give you a hunger!), then we will more than likely succeed in keeping this relationship up when we are in the world by ourselves.
So here are a few easy tips to help maintain a steady pace on the narrow road.

1. Make sure that your walk with God is stable.
Many will tell you that Doctrine, Theology and Apologetics are outdated, unimportant or that you need a degree in order to understand any of it.  NOT TRUE!!

Theology: The study of God's Word (What is your theology?)
Doctrine: What we believe concering God  (What is your doctrine?)
Apologetics: Defending what we believe  (What is your defense?)

They all sound pretty important to me!

This is the most important choice you could ever make in your entire life!!  If you are looking to God in everything, you will always be content with whatever He puts you through...in your future.  If you seek Him through His Word and prayer you will never be steered in the wrong direction.  It may not be what we "want" or what we think is "fair", but the will of God is the desire of His children.
Scripture tells us:
 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33
SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
That means...START HERE!!

I , like many people, have a hard time with just sitting down and studying scripture, but technology has done me wonders!!
Here are some easy tricks that I use on my IPhone:

1. Studying the Bible.  It is very easy to not study/read the Bible.  What I found out is that if you have a good setup, then it almost seems easier to study the Scriptures!
First things first, download an app that has the bible on it.  My favorite is the Bible App.  Then set out a time which most convenient (mine is lunchtime) and set a reminder for that period of time, I love the Bible App because it has that setting built in.  It's awesome!  You can take 30 minutes out of your day and READ, get to know God.  It is hard, you might stumble and forget a day, or even a week, but brush it off and start over you won't regret it.  At the same time, you should not be bound to this ritual...you have a relationship after all.  Open communication with God.  Anytime is a good time...we are also called to "pray without ceasing." "Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving in your hearts, make your requests known to God."  Do more, seek more, strive to know your God.

2. Verse memorization.  I try to memorize as many verses as I can, usually one per week.  Most of the time I just write them down in a designated journal, but I lose it...  and lose it... and lose it again...  Only to find that I cannot remember what verse I was memorizing!  So I will set a reminder on my phone (with the whole verse inside) for a few times a day, then when that it pops up I'll  say it a couple of times and go on with my day...  Then when I have it down, I will just set a reminder with the scripture reference in it for once a day.  And so on and so forth!
Writing down scripture is ALWAYS good too, I try to do both...anything and everything to help me write His Word on my heart forever.  My mom writes scripture with dry erase markers everywhere, and on notecards used as bookmarks...always bringing to mind a visual reminder of a verse as well.

And

3.  PRAYING.   Praying is a must.  It opens our heart up to God.  And we can tell Him anything.  Unlike parents, friends,teachers, acquaintances, you could tell Him your DEEPEST DARKEST SECRET right now and He wouldn't budge.  You know why?  He already knows, He knew you before you even had that secret,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." Jer. 1:5
"Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began" 2 Tim. 1:9

So prayer isn't telling God something He doesn't know, like it would a human being, but it is opening you up to your Heavenly Father.  Prayer is not manipulation...it is communication.  I have found also, that if you pray more, the more you want to pray!  I heard a great quote the other day, but can't remember who said it..  So I will just give you this.
"One does not need to pray long, just don't go long without praying."
-Unknown (Brain fart)

A few GREAT books:
The BIBLE
Timothy was young, Mary was young, David was young, Joseph was young (to name a few) and their futures helped shape ours!
Do Hard Things
Preparing to be a Helpmeet
Joyfully at Home
We Became Men, A Journey into Manhood



Preparing for our future means seeking, moving and being active....always remembering that "The man's heart plans his ways but the Lord directs his steps."
It doesn't tell us NOT to plan, it just reminds us that God is sovereign over those plans. He is always leading us...

BE A BUREAN!!
Don't accept a common knowledge of scripture, don't rely on someone's else's study, doctrine, theology or beliefs...YOU study, YOU memorize, YOU get to know God!
Build a solid foundation for your future!

Seeking God together,
Gabrielle

2 comments:

  1. Wonderfully said Gabrielle! I am going to have Kai start following your blog;-)

    ReplyDelete