What Disney’s “Frozen” song ‘Let It Go’ can teach us

Disney has done it again with another hit movie called “Frozen”.  It’s about two sisters, one who has magical powers to create snow and ice (Elsa), and the other who is unaware of her sister’s secret (Anna).  Out of fear of hurting her sister with her powers, Elsa secludes herself behind her closed bedroom door most of her life while neglecting the relationship with Anna.  She has been taught to “conceal, don’t feel”….”be the good girl you know you have to be”…”don’t let them in, don’t let them see”.  In the end of the movie, Elsa realizes the power of LOVE is greater than the power of FEAR and goodness wins in the end:)

The hit song “Let it Go” is taking off with young girls.  My 4 year old Avery watches this clip below every day.  I know the words and the motions.  If you have no clue about this movie or this special song, please watch this 3 minute Disney masterpiece.

There’s something more behind the cool effects, pretty turquoise gown, and amazing snow castle.  There’s truth.  Truth to be told.  Truth for us GROWN UP WOMEN to hear and get in our souls.

Let it Go

Elsa sings:

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

Let it Go

She’s letting go of the past.  She’s letting go of her fears.  She’s letting go of people’s opinions.

What is God telling you to let go of in your life?

Let it Go

CONTROL? Let go of control to run everything in your life.  Let go of your efforts to control people. You can’t do it.  You AREN’T in control.  God is.  Let HIM do his job.  Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

THE RIGHT TO BE ‘RIGHT’? Let go of getting in that last word.  Let go of the need to win the argument every time.  Hand over your rights to be the one who is “right”. Proverbs 21:9  “Better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a home with a quarreling wife.”

THE IMAGE? Let go of this image you are trying to portray to the world. Elsa sings “Don’t let them in, don’t let them see.  Be the good girl you always have to be.” Just stop it.  Seriously.  We all have junk.  It’s really exhausting constantly trying to keep a smile on when you really need to open up and share your heart.  People like real people.  God uses real people.  Be real. Galatians 1:10 “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man?  If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Let it Go

THE PAST? Let go of your past.  Your past regrets.  The devil wants you to replay those bad choices over and over in your head.  He wants you to believe you’ll never move on.  It’s a lie.  YOU WILL IN CHRIST.  Pray and ask God to help you focus on him, not your past.  Philippians 3:13-14 “No dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing.  Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

PAIN, SHAME, AND GUILT? Let go of your pain, shame, and guilt.  God will take it from you and replace it with love, joy, and peace.  Jesus didn’t die for your sins so you could continue to live in guilt your entire life concerning them.  He came to give you LIFE, to the fullest.  John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

UNFORGIVENESS? Let go of unforgiveness. It harbors bitterness and eats away at you.  Relationships cannot be rebuilt without forgiveness.  Do it today.  Ask for God’s help.  Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Let it Go

STRIVING TO ARRIVE? Let go of never feeling like you are where you need to be.  You may never “arrive” to where you envisioned.  There will always be more work to do, more things to take care of, and more to improve.  Find contentment in the journey.  Life is THERE…in the process.  It’s not up ahead, it’s where you are RIGHT NOW.  Live in the moment and be content with your place in life NOW.  Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

UNDERSTANDING? Let go of the need to understand the “Why?”.  God doesn’t promise to explain why he does what he does.  He promises to give you peace regardless if understanding ever comes. Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”.

What’s that cheesy saying Christians like? Let go and Let God?

Yes.  LET IT GO.  LET GOD HANDLE IT.

White as Snow

Snow days are not guaranteed every winter in Georgia. So when we do get one…Lord have mercy…it’s a state of emergency.  North Georgians were stranded on the roads trying to get home, so we prayed for their safety and quick return to their children.

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On a more positive note, we got to enjoy the snow at our house.  It was Avery’s first time that she will be able to remember playing in the snow and Charlotte’s first snow ever!

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Our backyard was beautiful.  I don’t say that often, because there is no grass, pretty shrubs, or flower beds in it.  It’s actually quite bland…and stark…and depressing.  When it was all covered in a beautiful white blanket of snow, I couldn’t stop staring at it.

While I was waiting on the top of the hill for my audience (I mean Michael and Avery) to return from an extremely long potty break so they could watch me sled down the hill into the bushes, it occurred to me that snow makes everybody’s yard look EXACTLY THE SAME.

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It doesn’t matter if you spent thousands of dollars on landscaping, or if your yard has no grass and dog poop covering it…the snow covers it all and makes it equally as beautiful.  We see the snow, nothing else.

Our life is like that with God. Our sins are ugly, depressing, an eye-sore…full of poop.  When we accept Christ as Savior and repent of our sins, God sees them no more!

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Isaiah 1:18 ” ‘Come now, let us settle the matter’, says the Lord.  ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

Don’t forget that we ALL have sinned and ALL have fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) No matter how much we try to dress ourselves up to look pretty on the outside, God sees our heart.

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We need a covering.  We need snow.  We need a savior.  ENTER JESUS.

1 Corinthians 1:30 “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.  The old has gone, the new is here!”

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It was the blood of Jesus that washed away our sins.  His red blood covers us in white snow.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are HIDDEN IN HIM.  We are ‘in Christ’.  He is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

God sees JESUS when he sees us.  He sees a beautiful yard, covered in white snow, and he is pleased.  Stop ‘trying’…’trying’ to pretty yourself up, and ‘trying’ to outweigh your bad acts with good ones.  Just accept Jesus…his forgiveness…his righteousness…his glory.  HE is all you need to be made white as snow.

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What does it really mean to “BEAR FRUIT”?

John 15:1-8 THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must be in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

Galatians 5:16-18 LIFE BY THE SPIRIT

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

Galatians 5:22- 25 FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

THE MESSAGE VERSION OF GALATIANS 5:22-25:

- But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others (LOVE), exuberance about life (JOY), serenity (PEACE). We develop a willingness to stick with things (PATIENCE), a sense of compassion in the heart (KINDNESS), and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people (GOODNESS). We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments (FAITHFULNESS), not needing to force our way in life (GENTLENESS), able to marshal and direct our energies wisely (SELF-CONTROL).

 23-24 Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.

Galatians 6: 7-9 REAP WHAT YOU SOW

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

LET’S BREAK IT DOWN:

So many times I hear people say (myself included)…”I need more patience. I wish I had better self-control.  I’m so stressed, where’s the peace?  I’m depressed, I need to be more joyful.”  The misconception about possessing these traits is that we can attain them on our own, if we just tried harder.  News flash:  no matter how hard you try, YOU will never develop these traits on your own.  They are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and are produced only as a result of living a life connected to Christ.

John 15 says, “…Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must be in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing….”

Our true nature is a sinful nature.  Galatians 5 says, “… For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want…”

How many times have you gotten so frustrated at yourself because you continue doing the same thing over and over again that you don’t want to be doing??  You keep trying, out of your own fleshly attempts, to change…and just can’t!  It is not you who will produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self-control.  It is the Holy Spirit living and working in you that will manifest these fruits.

Jesus tells us that he is the TRUE VINE, and his Father is the GARDENER.  We are the branches.  A branch will not produce apples, or blueberries, or peaches, just stuck in the mud all by itself.  It if is cut away from it’s life source, the vine, it stops producing fruits and ultimately withers up.  When we are no longer connected to Jesus and stop going to him for our life source, we aren’t able to produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  That branch, apart from the vine, can do nothing.  Just like us, when we aren’t ‘abiding’ (living) in Christ, we can do nothing.

My favorite part about this comparison is that God the Father is the gardener.  A gardener tends to his garden, helping it grow by watering it, fertilizing it, and pruning it.  If weeds are growing around the garden, he pulls them up and throws them out.  If branches aren’t producing fruit and just taking up space, he cuts them off and then prunes the ones that are bearing fruit….so that branch will produce more.  You see, God wants us to be the branch that produces fruit.  He wants us to continue growing and produce more and more and more fruit.  In order for that to happen, he prunes us by cutting off and trimming back areas in our life that are interfering with our production of more fruit.  These areas could be things like time spent on the internet, hours spent on our job, friendships that aren’t helping but hurting, selfishness in our heart, and pride, etc.

LET’S SUM IT UP:

I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must be in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

Encouragement from Psalm 139

PSALM 139:

1 O Lord, you have searched me and you know me

2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord

5 You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light will become night around me.”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the   

    depths of the earth

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them  

    came to be.

17 How precious are your thoughts , O God! How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.  When I am awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead in the way everlasting.

LET’S BREAK IT DOWN:

Omniscient = means “all knowing”.  David, the writer of this Psalm, is fully aware that God is “all knowing” or “omniscient”.  God sees all, knows all, understands all, creates all, and is everywhere.  I like how this chapter can be broken up into a few different segments and applied to different situations in our life. 

Verses 1-6:

1 O Lord , you have searched me and you know me

2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord

5 You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; too lofty for me to attain.

These verses set the scene for the chapter by David acknowledging God’s omniscience and ability to KNOW ALL.  David is not asking anything in prayer from God, but he is praising his powerful works and again acknowledging what God is capable of doing.  God searches our inside and out.  He knows everything our heart feels, our mind thinks, and our tongue says.  This is a scary thought because we don’t always think and say godly things!  However, I don’t think David was writing this as a warning for others to watch their thoughts, he was writing as a form of comfort for himself that he has a God who knows him so well, who loves him so much, and who is there for him to protect, guide, teach, and comfort.  These six verses could be applied as reminder of what a powerful God we have, but also how much he cares specifically for us.  He wants fellowship with us, he wants an intimate relationship with us, and he seeks us, searches us, and knows everything about us.  We are that important to him, he knows everything about us. This is a comforting scripture for those who feel alone.

Verses 7-12

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light will become night around me.”

12 Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

These verses make me think of those who are moving, going into uncharted territory, starting new adventures in life, and may be fearful of what’s ahead.  No matter we go, God’s Spirit and presence will always be there with us and guiding us.  I like the verse “…if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there you hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”  I think of my friends who are moving across the world for missionary work, and how God’s hand will be there guiding them and holding onto them.  There’s nowhere on this earth or in heaven that God cannot find you, or go with you, or even go before you and prepare the way ahead.  You are never alone when you have God on your side:)

Verses 13-18

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the  

    depths of the earth

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them 

    came to be.

17 How precious are your thoughts , O God! How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.  When I am awake, I am still with you.

Love, love, love these verses here.  It is a very commonly used scripture for babies since it is talking about God creating us in our mother’s womb. Really, it serves as a reminder of how wonderful and beautiful we are to God. These verses can serve as an encouragement to someone who is lacking self-esteem and self-worth.  Someone who feels unloved, not special, left out, or unworthy of more to life can read these verses and be lifted up.  Because God created us from the very beginning of life…he ‘knit’ us together, carefully creating us with each little detailed step…that automatically makes us wonderful!!  David says, “…your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  He knows that anything God creates is wonderful! That means us!  We were never hidden from God’s sight, he saw our unformed body and he already ordained all of our days ahead of us….before we even entered this world.  No one cannot feel unloved or unworthy after reading that.  He thinks about us ALL OF THE TIME.  His precious thoughts toward us are more than the grains of sand on the earth.  Wow!! No one on earth , no matter how much they love you, can beat that.  

Verses 19-22

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

David is under attack and angry at the evil men who want to kill him.  He asks God, “Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?” He knows he shouldn’t hate, but he does.  He has hatred in his heart because they hate the Lord.  In these next verses…he works it out with God.

Verses 23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead in the way everlasting.

David asks God, knowing that he can do this, to search his heart for anything impure, unholy, unrighteous, and for God to show him any offensive way in him.  He wants God to bring to his attention anything that is in his heart that stands in the way of him walking the narrow path, and living a life of righteousness in Christ.  We all have ‘junk’ in our hearts that isn’t from God.  We were born into sin, and our human nature is to sin.  God’s shown me many offensive things that are in my heart.  When he does, it’s not fun, and hurts a lot, and makes you feel awful.  But he shows you those things to tell you…”Get rid of what’s blocking you from living a fuller life in Me.”  Pray and ask God to search your heart and see if there is any offensive way in you.  He will refine you like gold to get rid of the impurities, so you can be a better reflection of Him!

LET’S SUM IT UP:

These scriptures tell us how fearfully and wonderfully made we are.  They remind us that God is always thinking about us, loving us, and guiding us.  He is with us wherever we go.

If you spend too much time trying to see yourself through the eyes of other people, you miss out on seeing yourself through the eyes of God and how he truly sees you.  You miss out on moving forward with who God wants you to be.  You get caught up in “who you are in people” and spend too much energy in performing, acting, hiding, and trying to keep up.  It’s exhausting and usually disappointing. God knows what’s in your heart, you can’t fool him.  He sees the deepest, darkest parts of you and still LOVES YOU!! The precious thoughts he has towards you outnumber the grains of sand.  He can and wants to reveal to us what’s in our hearts that is standing in the way of walking a faithful path of righteousness with him.  When we start to live by “who we are in God”, we are free from the burdens and chains of performing, impressing, and caring about what others’ opinions of us are.  When we know our worth and value in Christ, we don’t need to create our worth and value through our jobs, status, titles, or positions.  We aren’t seeking praise from other people to remind us we are wonderful….we already know we are wonderful because we are created by the MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH :) !!!

 

When God is only “CONVENIENT” to me

A few years ago, I was getting very frustrated when Avery was waking up every morning one week and interrupting my quiet time. She seemed to be waking up unusually early from her normal routine and I was getting hardly anything accomplished with my study. I felt agitated, annoyed, almost angry at times.

The final day of the week, I decided to stay in the bed with her and do my study, so she would feel me next to her and would sleep longer. As soon as I opened my laptop, she woke up. Ugghh! How annoyed I was. I closed my computer and talked to God about my frustration that I was continually being interrupted during my time with him. I heard him respond, “I am not a God of convenience”. Ok God….tell me more. What does this mean? If you’re not a God of convenience, the opposite is “inconvenient”. That’s not who you are either. He said, “I am a God of sacrifice”. Here’s what I felt him telling me….

“Paige, I don’t want to be a God that just “fits” into your life when it’s convenient for you. I didn’t just “fit” you into mine when time was available. I gave my one and only son to DIE for you on the cross. I sacrificed my son so you could be with me in heaven. What are you sacrificing for me?”

- JOHN 3:16 “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.”

Ouch…Ok God. I get it. I’m going to have to WORK at studying your word. I’m going to have to WORK at following your commands. I can’t be a follower of Christ in just the convenient times in my life when it’s beneficial and easy. I have to be a follower of Christ in the hard times, too…when it will require sacrifice on my part….even if that means getting up at 6:00 a.m. every morning to have quiet time.

- 1 Chronicles 28:20 “David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and DO THE WORK. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.

- LUKE 9:23 ” THEN HE SAID TO THEM ALL: “WHOEVER WANTS TO BE MY DISCIPLE MUST DENY THEMSELVES AND TAKE UP THEIR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME”.

I looked up the definition of the two words and here’s what I found:

CONVENIENT:

Adjective: Fitting in well with a person’s needs, activities, and plans. Involving little trouble or effort.

Wow…I can totally see how my quiet time in the morning was only out of convenience. I got out of bed when I woke up and was ready…it involved little trouble or effort… and if I just happened to sleep later one morning…I missed my quiet time. If Avery woke up and interrupted me, I missed my quiet time. How “convenient” was my quiet time for me? Very. I wasn’t sacrificing much…maybe 20 more minutes of sleep.

SACRIFICE:

noun: the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.

verb: to surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to,for the sake of something else.

God said he is a God of Sacrifice…he surrendered and destroyed HIS SON (something prized or desirable) for LIFE WITH US (the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim).

Wow….he considered fellowship and life with us more important and of more value than allowing his son Jesus to continue living life on earth.

I should be able to sacrifice SLEEP to spend time with my Lord, my God every morning. If I want adequate time to spend with him in the morning, I need to make some sacrifices and stop doing it just when it’s convenient. What other areas of my life am I compromising my walk with God just because it’s convenient to do something else? Every decision and choice I make should be a conscious effort to line it up with God’s word and live by the Spirit, not by the flesh. Some sacrifices will have to be made for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim. The result…LIFE AND LIFE MORE ABUNDANT. BLESSINGS….LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL:)

- GALATIANS 6:7-9

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”