Let all proclaim You reign victorious.

I remembered something today that we talked about in bible study last week. The question was “What distractions pull you or block you from the Lord?” One of the ladies answered simply, “I am. I am the distraction.” I knew it was true when she said it, but thinking about it more today reminded me exactly how true it was. About a month ago, I decided to give up social media and my Netflix and Hulu and all the extra stuff. Well, I wasn’t very successful. I failed actually. Yes, those things are distractions sometimes, but they weren’t the main issue. I was. I was the distraction.

I wanted to find time in my day to spend with You. I wanted to spend more time with You. I wanted to find time to really study Your word. While I failed at giving up Facebook and Hulu, I did do that. I like that I end my day with a prayer. I think about that prayer and continue to pray that prayer the whole next day. It helps me live more intentionally and on purpose. In walking with You, I found out how truly victorious You are. It was never about Facebook or Twitter. It was about me. I was the broken one and You were always the victorious one. In the bible study, we talked about how our lives had to be an active pursuit towards You. I started this journey last year and You keep showing me that no matter how broken I am, You remain victorious.

Third Day posted: “I heard a sermon one time about God being victorious in battle. Whether it’s battles on a battlefield in old testament kind of times or whether it’s battles with our inner selves, and feelings and emotions and sin… That God is always victorious. He can help us to be victorious through those struggles that we have. – Mac”

Mercy Me has a song too that says: “There’ll be days I lose the battle. Grace says that it doesn’t matter. Cause the cross already won the war.”

So, that is my prayer today. Lord, you keep reminding me that you already won the war. I pray that you are victorious. I pray that you are victorious in me. I pray that I take all that Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl taught me. I pray that you are victorious in my heart. I pray that you are victorious in my walk with you. I pray that you are victorious in my relationships. I pray that you are victorious in my struggles. I pray that you are victorious in my thoughts. I pray that you are victorious in my calling. I pray that you continue to teach me. I pray that I remember Third Day’s lyrics today. I pray that you are victorious over sin. I pray that you are victorious over death. I pray that you are victorious over all. I pray that you are victorious over us. Lord, I know you are victorious over all these things and so much more. I pray that I put my trust in you and give it all to you. I pray that I keep reaching for you. I pray that I keep following you. I pray that you keep leading me. Thank you for putting those women in my life. I pray for them today. Lord, I lift them up to you. I pray that you lay your hands on them this week. I pray that I share what you’ve taught me. I pray that I share your light. I pray that you use me. I pray that others can see your work in me. I pray that I learn to reflect your light. I pray that you keep working on me. I pray that you keep preparing me heart. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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He’ll meet you wherever you are.

Music heals. I hear that said all the time and I believe that. I mean, I use songs to understand what I’m going through every single day. Turning on the radio some days though can be rough. I start singing songs that I absolutely love without even realizing what I’m singing. So, lately, I’ve been listening to the words more. I know we live in a broken world that needs You, but to be honest, sometimes I don’t realize how much people are screaming out for You.

I heard some host on the radio today say something about how the world is broken because rock stars and people are wearing crosses as fashion statements and forgot what the cross stood for. I think that the host forgot. The cross, for me anyways, is a reminder that we are broken and saved. The church is a hospital for the broken. We need You, Jesus and I think if we paid attention more we would see that everyone around us needs you too. Some are literally begging for You and don’t even know it.

In Breakeven by The Script, the lyrics literally say “I’m praying to a God I don’t believe in.” I’ve heard that song 152 times and every time I hear that line, I’m stopped dead in my tracks. It breaks my heart. I think it’s the opposite. The more I hear that line, the more I think they are reaching for You. I think they are lost and are crying out for You. In If You Could See Me Now by The Script, it’s just a boy wanting a father’s approval even though he’s gone. In Demons by Imagine Dragons, they sing “Don’t get too close. It’s dark inside. It’s where my demons hide.” They just need someone to show them the light. “I wanna save that light. I can’t escape this now. Unless you show me how.” Maybe, all these people need is just a little love. Maybe, if we weren’t so quick to judge and we tried to understand people more, we could show them Your love. I think they realize they are missing something, they just don’t realize what that is yet. I think they are searching for You as much as You are searching for them.

Sunday night at church, the discussion was brought up about they couldn’t understand how when You sent Your son that it was the broken people that followed him. It was the murders, the cheaters, the criminals, and the sinners. I hadn’t really realized it before. How He was so perfect and free from sin, but it was the people completely full of sin that listened to Him and spent time with Him. I mean, His very own disciples were far from saints. I’ve been thinking about this all week. You sent Your son to save the broken. He used love and kindness in every move he made, even when people literally hung Him on a cross. He died for the very people that put Him there. I think maybe, that’s the point. I think it’s love that brought people to Jesus. I think it’s the love He showed them, Your love. I think it was that You knew all of their sins, their demons, their weaknesses, their burdens and You loved them anyways. You met them where they are and completely accepted them. You cared for them. You took them in Your arms and gave them exactly what they were missing.

So, this is my prayer. I pray for the broken. I pray for the lonely. I pray for the suffering. I pray for the pain. I pray they see that you have been here for the whole time. I pray they see that you are holding your arms wide open on that cross for them. I pray they see just how much you love them. I pray that I start sharing more of your love. I pray that I share more of your grace and kindness. I pray that you keep guiding me. I pray that you lay your hand on the broken. I pray they find healing in you. I pray someone shows them your grace and forgiveness. I pray they see your light through the darkness. I pray that I share your light with those around me. I pray that I keep crying out to you and thank you for always listening. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I want to sing a song for You, Lord.

I stumbled upon this How to be awesome video by Alison Faulkner. It was just there on Pinterest like it was waiting for me to watch. The first video says “Get Started.” She talks about how if you like something “just do it.” She even specifically talked about blogs. I have always wanted to write for as long as I can remember. I tried to start in like middle school but that’s a rough age, to be honest. I would always give up because it wasn’t good enough. But in this video she says that the best way to learn is through the school of hard knocks and experience. The messages in her video were so basic. I completely related and understood. I kept thinking, where has this been my whole life? So thank you Alison, for reminding of the importance to just try. Plus her positive energy was just absolutely contagious. I love that all of the things she tried led her to one thing that finally clicked. Like each thing she tried taught her something new that eventually led to the thing she was successful at. Like it’s totally ok to fail because it teaches you something.

The video totally had me thinking. Then once again music started playing in my head. (Because what is life without a soundtrack?) It’s like my brain has this master playlist and it just plays exactly what I am thinking.

I want to sing a song for You, Lord
Lord, for You I want to sing a song
And I want to lift my voice to Heaven
And listen to the angels sing along

A song of Your faithfulness
A song of Your grace
And of Your loving kindness
To the glory of Your name
With everything that’s in me, Lord
Listen to me say
I want to sing a song for You
I want to sing a song

I want to live my life for You, Lord
Lord, for You I want to live my life
And I want to praise the name of Jesus
And Pray above all things You’re glorified

So this is my prayer today. I pray that I continue to just do it. I pray that I continue to pour my heart out to you. I pray that while I can’t sing a song for you like Third Day, I can write. I pray that I use the gifts you gave me. I pray that everything I do points only to you. I pray that while I stumble and fall and make mistakes, I keep writing for you. I keep going for you. I thank you for the courage to get started. I thank you for listening to me when I was scared to try. Thank you for making sure I was ready. Thank you for creating me. I pray that you keep pulling on my heart. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.