Wednesday, June 15, 2011

brought to you by the letter P

inspiration: practical advice from a practical letter.

so i am possibly quite biased in this, but i really think my alma mater has the best cheer ever:

"Let's Go Peay!"


i mean, really, who doesn't love shouting that at sporting events...or in public...or in the bathroom...but i digress...

but there are some important "faith" words that begin with the glorious letter "P".
these words have been on my mind a lot lately and i just wanted to encourage you to keep them in mind in our daily lives.

1. provision

"“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:25-33)

this is something i definitely struggle with!
yes, i have a "big girl" job with a "big girl" paycheck, but i also have "big girl" bills and i'm always wondering how i'm going to make ends meet.
God promises to provide for me always. He provides for the birds of the air and lilies of the ground, He will definitely do the same for me.

Praise Report: i recently applied for an online blogging job (since i kind of do that already) and i got an e-mail earlier this afternoon! i am a new Charleston Restaurant Reviewer over on examiner.com. i started work earlier on a couple blogs already that will be posted, hopefully, really soon!

(this job will *hopefully* provide a little extra income - at least i'm hoping it will at least perpetuate my blogging topics - restaurants!)

i always hear of amazing stories of God's provision (not only monetary, but jobs, cars, etc) and as much as i want to believe "that will never happen for me", i can never forget the fact that i serve the Creator of the Universe, there is nothing He cannot do!


2. plans/purpose

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed." (Proverbs 16:9)

God promises that He has a plan for my life.
in all things, He is working for my good (Romans 8:28).
even when it seems like everything is going wrong around me, i have to know that God has a plan and purpose for everything. i can think of several times where something seemingly bad has actually turned out to be blessings in disguise.

also, following God's will for my life has become huge in my daily walk.
knowing that i am here for a reason and that i am living out God's will helps me feel like i have a sense of purpose. i know that there is nothing God cannot do in and through me for His kingdom!

3. peace

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:4-7)

learning to rejoice in the midst of suffering is one of the hardest leaps of faith we must make as Christians, but with rejoicing in all circumstances as Paul commands us to do, we can find peace.

when we are willing to lay down our agendas and surrender to the plans God has for us, we find that the troubles we face are only "light and momentary" (2 Corinthians 5:17) reminders that the world is not our home - Heaven is - and one day we will experience the greatest peace and glory of all when we are united with Him.


so, to bring this full circle, i have to end with another "Peay" chant.

who you rootin' for? A--P-S-U!


but God is constantly rooting for us.
and once we step out in faith, knowing He will provide for us, being bold and confident in his plans and purposes for us, we will be at peace with Him knowing that He works all things out for our good and His glory :)

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