31 Days of Anything

The Exact Times and Places of Your Dwelling {31 Days of Anything – Day 11}

Over the last month or two I have been searching and praying for a place to live come May. My house here next to church has been a huge blessing over the past two years. God has used it to renew and refresh me and has allowed me opportunities to share it in various ways with others. It has placed me close to some of the best neighbors a girl could ask for who have truly become family. And if I’m being honest, the thought of having to leave this place I’ve called home the past few years was tough.

But in the words of a kids game “ready or not” the time has come. So, instead of becoming sad or bitter I turned instead to these passage, claiming the promises, telling God I fully expected Him to answer:

“…He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:26-27)

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.” (Psalm 90:1)

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” (Psalm 91:1-2)

Day after day after day, in the midst of Craigslist searching, waiting list, doing and redoing budgets, questions, applications, driving around town, and more, I kept coming back to these verses. Some days it was with excitement, dreaming of the place God would have for me. Other days I perhaps had an attitude with God, praying these passages simply so I could hear the truth that no matter where I lived, God would truly be my dwelling place and refuge, not the 4 walls that would surround me.

These verses helped me pray “anything”. Despite people’s opinions on 1 bedroom or 2, how far away it should be or what process or timing I should use to find an apartment, over time, my heart truly got to a point of being able to say “Anything, God! I’ll go anywhere, just lead the way.”

Thankfully, after months of searching, God has indeed led the way. A lease is signed and I can’t wait to see how He uses this place, at this time, so that people might reach out and find Him. Already I see Him using me in the lives of my future landlord and neighbors. I’m dreaming of the ways I can use the space He’s given me to serve others. I reflect on the years in my current house and am amazed. I trust that I’ll have just as many amazing stories of God’s grace and love in the new apartment.

Here’s to the next adventure! Anything!

Lord, give me enough faith for the stories my life will hold!

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31 Days of Anything

Open Eyes Open Hearts {31 Days of Anything – Day 6}

A short one for today that perhaps will be built upon as the month continues. Just simply this thought…

It so neat how the simple perspective shift of handing everything over to God has opened my eyes and heart to stuff He was already doing all around, in and through me, but perhaps I was too busy and caught up in my own world to notice.

Don’t stop amazing me GOD!

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31 Days of Anything, Bekah's Heart

A Real Life “Science Experiment” {31 Days of Anything}

I’ve decided to do a “science experiment”
… with my life.

And it’s one in which I hope the rest of my life will be spent proving my hypothesis correct.

What is my hypothesis you ask?

Simply this: God can write a better story with my life than I can!

Okay, so maybe it’s a little more than an “educated guess.” More like flat out truth. Yet, how often do I find myself second guessing it’s validity?!?

Somehow in this somewhat ridiculous mind of mine I find myself believing at times that I know more than the God of Universe… the God who created me, saved me, and sustains me each and every day. I get tricked into believing that somehow I can write a better story with my life than the Author of everything.

Really, Bekah?!?

I’ve tried life that way.
It doesn’t work.
Now it’s time to shift the methods to focus on the other half of the hypothesis and hand the pen over to the TRUE author of my life. Thankfully, I already know the results will be more amazing than I can imagine.

I’ve got proof:

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT)

“God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.” (Psalms 18:30-32 NLT)

“…Remain in me, and I in you and you will bear much fruit. Apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged consistently and even longer since I focused in on a specific topic. But when I do, I’m always blessed. So, for the next 31 days, join me as I journey through anything and everything God has planned for me with eyes and heart wide open to whatever twists and turns may come my way! Join me for 31 days of ANYTHING!

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