Flexible + I Need Your Help!

Part 1 – Release

Part 2 – Flexible

Sorry this is late! I had ballet and school yesterday, and on Wednesday I was super busy with schoolwork and more dance!

Hey guys! Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone for your support for the giveaway! We’ve gotten a lot of entries and I’m super excited! I’m so impatient to find out who wins, I don’t think I can wait until February 3! We also are also at 60 followers now, so thank you so much!!

I mentioned in my post Release that my personal word of the year is Flexible, and I’m going to share with you today what that means to me!


flexible [flek-suh-buhl]
adjective

-capable of bending easily without breaking
-able to be easily modified to respond to altered circumstances or conditions.
-(of a person) ready and able to change so as to adapt to different circumstances.

Google Dictionary

I’m a dancer, so being flexible is important. If you can do the splits on the ground, you’ll be able to leap into the air beautifully onstage. You can bend your body to perform better, and strengthen your muscles to help you hold flexible positions longer.

But the word flexible doesn’t only apply to dancers, contortionists, gymnasts, and more, it also applies to personality!

12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

I like things to be nice, even, clear. I set a lot of deadlines for myself, and get really stressed out if I don’t finish them. (I thought I was going to be able to film my Christmas AGSM by December 21, but I only finished it on New Years’ Day!)

So, this year, I’m trying to be more flexible with my schedule, “deadlines”, and accept changes in my life as part of God’s plan.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 ESV

Last year I faced a lot of changes and a lot of new things, and this year might not bring such drastic alterations to my life. But it surely will bring changes.

In a way, being flexible kind of means being strong, too: “capable of bending easily without breaking.” Even though this definition is probably more for material things, I think it can also apply to life! If you are flexible, you’ll be able to stand more firm in your faith.

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To keep this series going, I need your help! What’s YOUR word of the year? If you share it in the comments, it might be featured in the next part of the series! Thank you so much for your help, guys! God bless!

PS: We’re no longer accepting guest posts and new authors for the time being, but submissions will reopen in spring.

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What’s your word of the year? Do you like this series?

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Release

Every year, my family picks a word for the new year. This year, we picked a word that has a lot of meaning and I really want to strive towards this year: release.

 Release [ri-leese]
verb (used with object),re·leased, re·leas·ing.
    1. to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; let go
    2. to free from anything that restrains, fastens, etc.
Last year, was full of many hardships and pain. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes, my grandfather died, and I had a lot of anxiety. So this year, my family is making a resolution to let go from the pain and hurt and worry, let go of old problems and arguments, and let go of 2018.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 

Letting go makes room for new things. Sometimes those new things can be hard, but sometimes they can be the most abundant blessings that you never dared dream of. In 2019, ask God to help you Take the Plunge and release your old self.

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Ecclesiastes 3:6 (MSG)

When we become Christians, the blood of Jesus washes away our sins. We are made new in the eyes of Jesus! All you have to do to become a Christian is say this prayer aloud with me:

Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Wash me and cleanse me. Set me free. Release me, Jesus. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that You have risen from the dead and that You’re coming back again for me. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. Give me a passion for the lost, a hunger for the things of God and a holy boldness to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m saved; I’m born again, I’m forgiven and I’m on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

-Romans 10:9-10

Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day! God is on your side in 2019! Stay tuned for a post on my personal word of the year, flexible. This trusting God in 2019 has become sort of a series!

PS Thank you for 50 followers! It means so much to me that you all like my devotionals. I’m working on something awesome for our 1-year blogaversiary + 50 followers celebration! Make sure to check back on Monday, the 21st of January, because that’s when SFMF will be turning 1!

PPS Thank you to Bigskybuckeye for the inspiration for this post! In the comments, your shared your words for 2019 and that prompted me to write about mine!

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What does the word release mean to you? What’s you or your family’s word of the year? What does that word mean to you?

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Rest in His Presence

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.  Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7

Have you ever lay on your bed, on the verge of tears? Have you ever chased rest, but it slipped away from you the moment you thought sleep was finally going to come?

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

-Matthew 11:28-30

The dictionary says a yoke is ‘a frame fitting the neck and shoulders of a person, for carrying a pair of buckets or the like, one at each end.’

A yoke is a heavy thing to carry; it takes extreme strength and perseverance to simply lift it on to your shoulders. If we lived our lives carrying a burden such as this, we would eventually give out or give up.

But we no longer have to carry this yoke, for God says that we can give all of our troubles and burdens to Him! He will take them away or use them for our good. He loves us, even at 2:00 a.m. when our eyes can’t seem to close.

Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

-1 Peter 5:7 ESV

 

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

– Romans 8:28 MSG*

The next time you just can’t sleep, don’t worry. God is there by your side, no matter what. Every storm eventually passes.

God will give you rest!

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*The Message (MSG) is a modern Bible translation. It doesn’t add to the Bible, for God’s Word speaks for itself, but offers modern wording to help aid the ordinary reader’s understanding.


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What is Love?

What is love? For some people, love is holding hands, a kiss on the cheek, a thoughtful gift from a friend. Love comes in all shapes and sizes. But God has a specific kind of love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us exactly what love is.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

As humans, we are perfectly imperfect:

23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

So even our love is sinful. We say we love the thoughtful gift our friend gave us, but really we envy the gifts that belong to others. Or, we brag about our gift to others to try to put ourselves on top. Being a Christian means putting others before yourself, and that’s what love is.

So this Valentine’s Day, instead of focusing on pink and candy, focus on spreading love to others. Not proud love, not dishonoring love, not envying love, but protecting, trusting, hoping, preserving love.

God IS love. His love is deeper than a thousand oceans, bigger than a million universes. Today, share His Great Love with others.

Emmie