Chase The Lion: Day Seven

Hello Darlings, 

We have reached the end of our journey with Mark Batterson's Chase The Lion, and he truly goes out with a bang. In this devotion he reminds us that our life has a purpose and that our destiny precedes us. 

Your destiny predates you. Before you were conceived, God had a script for your life.
— Mark Batterson, Chase The Lion

The most important thing to realize here is whether you believe it or not your life has a purpose. The desires you have, the things you do they all mean something. God will always work out your decisions for the good of His Glory. It's so easy to get caught up in the bewilderment of not "being where I want to be" but it doesn't matter where you want to be, it matters where God wants you to be. That's not to say you won't get to where you're trying to go, but we have to get there on Gods path and his timing. 

We must realize that we may never know the extent of our destiny, because even as it predates us, it also outlasts us. What we do today affects our tomorrow, not only for us but those around us. What kind of legacy are you trying to leave? As long as we continuously align ourselves with Gods will, we can never go wrong. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

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Chase The Lion: Day Six

E B E N E Z E R. 

Nope, not scrooge. An altar made unto the Lord to celebrate what he had done and what he was going to do. 

September 2011, I landed in San Diego. I didn't have a job, I didn't have a car, I didn't have friends and I didn't have family, but I did have God. Everything God had done lead up to that defining moment when my feet touched the sun-soaked pavement. The next 11 months I spent looking for a job that didn't seem to come. I was riddled with what had gone wrong while chasing a dream that I knew was given to me. I was ill with worry and frustration, I had so many doubts about being here I almost threw in the towel. 

The God who did it before can do it again.
— Mark Batterson, Chase The Lion

I was so focused on what was right in front of me that I couldn't remember how faithful God had been to get me there. I knew what I wanted, and what I was chasing but I couldn't get there without appreciating how far I had come by God's grace. I felt as though getting what I needed in order to stay in San Diego was impossible, but it was just as "impossible" to get from Michigan to San Diego and God still did it. I needed to celebrate that, that should have been my focus all along. 

When we celebrate Gods victories in our life and remember all the times God came through, it's a lot easier to have faith that He will continue to work for those who love him. It becomes harder for satan to whisper doubts in our ear if we put our foundation in Christ and take the time to reflect. 

Think back to a moment when you knew God nudged your heart to do something, and now think about how it happened, when God made that moment a reality. God said, and God did, it's that simple. It always has been and it always will be, we just have to believe. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

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Chase The Lion: Day Five

  

Hello Darlings, 

It’s week five, and todays devotion sits well with my soul. Talking about the story of Joseph, one of the most hopeful men in the bible, and one of my personal favorites. He had a dream, and from a very young age knew what God had for him. From the beginning, his own family hated him and never believed in him. His own brothers sold him into slavery and Joseph didn't enter into his calling until 13 years later. The one thing I take away from Josephs story is, he never gave up hope, nor did he put his dream to rest. He waited on God, and like God always does, He delivered. 

Don’t let the arrow of criticism pierce your heart unless it first passes through the filter of scripture.
— Mark Batterson, Chase The Lion

Today, we would refer to Josephs family as #haters and we wouldn't be wrong. People don't like to see other people succeed, and that is the sad, ugly, disturbing truth. What’s even worse is, it’s usually the people closest to us that are the biggest haters. They want the best for us, until the best for us actually happens. But how do we know when someone is straight hating verses constructive criticism? Mark Batterson says it best: 

“Don’t let the arrow of criticism pierce your heart unless it first passes through the filter of scripture.” 

In other words: Good Vibes Only. It doesn’t matter what people say to you, it matters what God says to you. God will always use people, believer or nonbeliever, but you have to make sure that what they say lines up with scripture. At the end of the day we’re not here to please people we’re here to please the Lord. Never live your life within the boundary of another persons discretion.

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

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Chase The Lion: Day Four

Hello Darlings, 

This weeks devo has probably been my favorite so far. Emphasizing Gods promise “What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.” Mark states that you cannot take one half of the promise without the other, what a pill to swallow…. 

This verse resonates with me in such a nostalgic way, looking back on my life, I have never been more grateful for closed doors

When I left my small town in Michigan six years ago to move to San Diego, I stepped out on faith. With that being said, I had a vision but I didn't have a clear path, I had a plan but I didn't have a job. I struggled to find a steady job for 11 months. When I finally found one that I loved, I got fired after a short time. When that door closed, I was devastated:

“Why am I still in San Diego?”

“What am I supposed to do, I need that money.”

“Was I even supposed to leave Michigan in the first place?”

“Why is this so hard?”

I stared at that heavy solid door in my face, I realized that I was settling for the comfortability of the job position but I wasn't doing what God called me to do. Just like a baby eagle in the comfort of their nest, they must be pushed out to fly. God knew I was ready to fly, when all I could think about was how I was falling. When I understood where God was leading me, I let go and let God and He always delivers.

It’s a daily struggle for us, but we must choose to trust the process and let God lead. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

Have a prayer request? Please email me, I’d love to pray for you. 

 

Chase The Lion: Day Three

Hello Darlings, 

Lets talk about Pride. 
Mark tells us a memorable story of Benjamin Franklin this week proving that sometimes the most silly moments can be pillar life lessons. I’m sure we’ve all experienced something like this in our lives. We all know Pride is a destroyer of all things, but what we sometimes forget is how it can manifest: 

Usually when I think of Pride, it’s the snide guy in the room wearing a suit and tie carrying a brief case, with a bank account full of money and a honey on his arm. He’s the obnoxious voice that no one will challenge for fear of their jobs and he has an opinion… an opinion that is “always” right. But sometimes Pride is the quiet assistant that comes in to serve coffee in the back of the board meeting, slipping in and out so quickly we barely even notice.

I can honestly say most fights I’ve had with my spouse, family, or friends have been because of a prideful spirit. The need to be right or to always have the last word in an argument. Its a vicious cycle of pointless and hurtful words until we apologize and move on.  

Pride can also keep us from taking risks in our careers or decision-making. We’re afraid of going out on a limb because of what may happen. How will it look if we fail?  That’s pride stealing Gods destiny from us. 

The important thing to take away from this is pride doesn't always look the same, but the results do. Let’s ask God to show us how we can open our eyes to the way Pride is stealing from us. How can we humble ourselves to the path God is calling us to. Like Mark said there are two ways to get humility, you can let God humble you or you can humble yourself, I prefer the latter.   

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

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Chase The Lion: Day Two

Hello Darlings, 

We’re entering day two of Chase the Lion, strong conviction set in when Mark makes the valid point that God does not say “well thought-out good and faithful servant” but He does say “well DONE good and faithful servant.” Being challenged to take your dreams and make them obedient to Christ. I must say I have never thought of it that way and was forced to think about it how this looks in my own life:

When God called me one step closer to my destiny I had to make a choice; Think or Do. I decided to Do something. It required me to walk off the ledge and trust that God would bring the ground beneath my feet, and did He deliver? more than I could ever ask for. It was scary, it was hard and I questioned a million times whether I had done the right thing, but every time I was ready to give up, God gave me confirmation that I was walking in His will for my life. He dropped bread crumbs to let me know that He was still leading my path and had not forgotten about me. But the first part of this whole process started with me, putting my faith in Christ alone, and not letting anyone… not even my family deter me from what I knew in my heart was the right thing to DO.

The truth is God can’t radically move in our lives unless we let Him. It’s something we always pray about and ask for but when rubber meets the road we shy away. This is what happens when we put more faith in what we see rather than putting our faith in what is unseen. We easily believe He created the heavens, the earth, and all the living things, but when it comes to believing in His destiny for us we easily make excuses as to why "it can't be". 

Let's cast doubt aside and put our full faith in Christ, lets see what our God can truly do. He marvels at the chance to impress His children and bless us beyond comprehension, showing us the true purpose and meaning to this beautiful life. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

Have a prayer request? Please email me, I’d love to pray for you. 

 

INTRO: Chase The Lion - Mark Batterson

Hello Darlings, 

I first want to say, thank you for visiting my devotional page! I want this to be a place of hope, encouragement and prayerfulness. To be frank, if there is one thing I’m truly passionate about it is my God. He has blessed me in countless ways and has shown amazing grace continuously in my life, there is nothing I’d rather do than to share His goodness with others.

This month we will be going through Chase The Lion by Mark Batterson, if you’d like to follow along you can find it on the YouVersion Bible App, a free download from the App Store. It’s a seven day devotion, but every Monday I will be covering one day (devotion) at a time. 

Be sure to join us here every week, because as much as I love writing… I want to hear from you! I need encouragement as much as the next woman. 

Please feel free to comment on these pages with questions or testimonies of things God has done in your life. I want to hear your feedback on the devotional content too!

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1-2

Have a prayer request? Please email me, I’d love to pray for you. 

Chase The Lion: Day One

Hello Darlings, 

Let’s dive into day one of Chase the Lion devotional:

Mark starts the devotion by painting the picture of when the old testament warrior, Benaiah faces a lion in the snowy wilderness and defeats the lion in battle. Mark then parallels this scenario with our lives. He tells us that at some point we have to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. How do we take on this challenge?

When I was 19 I was faced with my very first lion, funny enough it was a snowy Michigan night. In that moment I felt God tell me Change was coming… and that itself Change was my lion. I looked at Change and I didn't know how I was going to overcome the fear inside my bones when facing it, but like anything else when God allows Change to come, He also gives you the strength to overcome it. I knew on the other side of Change was Destiny, I couldn't stay where I was or Change would take Destiny from me. So I fought it, and killed Change in order to arrive at Destiny.

You see when I stopped letting fear be my motivation and started letting God, doors opened and my life began to unfold in ways that I couldn’t even dream up myself. I’m not saying it was easy but it was worth it. 

I encourage you to let God be the motivation, lead you to your lion, and slay. 

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 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2

Have a prayer request? Please email me, I’d love to pray for you.