I have decided to start a blog. The main purpose is for me to write down what I've been doing, and how God has been working in my life, so that I can have it to look back on. If others choose to read it, great. =) Though, I can not guarantee that it will be all that interesting, as I am using it more for a journal than anything else. ;)
The main thing that the Lord has been teaching me lately is the importance of doing everything for the glory of God. I should be putting Him first in everything I do, say and think. My heart's desire is to live my life to please the Lord. To praise Him in the very way I live my life. This has been my heart's desire for as long as I can remember. And for as long as I can remember, I have struggled to make it so. God is so faithful and patient with me as I continually stumble and slide back. Only through His power and grace have I been able to move forward.
When I begin trying in my own strength, I stumble. Yet at the same time, if I think to myself "Oh, I need to let God change me.", and then sit back and do nothing, then I slide back. But the wonderful and faithful God I serve is always there to pick me back up when I stumble. He is always just holding out His hand, waiting for me to take it, trust His leading and follow Him.
It is when I let go and try to find my own way that I stray from my savior. No matter how hard it may seem at the time, holding tight to Jesus and following Him wherever He leads is always the best way. The only way to follow Him. I must cast myself into the arms of my savior and follow Him with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength!
Last night, when I was at bible study at the Tiemann's, something Briana said really encouraged me. She said that we always think of people in the bible as being so perfect, and often we can become discouraged because of how often we stumble, but when you think about it, David, who was a "man after God's own heart", stumbled all the time. The reason God considered him a "man after His own heart" was not because he was perfect, because he wasn't, it was because, no matter how many times he stumbled, he loved the Lord so much that he always got back up and kept going. This has been so encouraging for me to hear!