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Where is God When Everything is Falling…

Where is God When Everything is Falling…

Most people would finish that statement with: “…apart.” We often turn to God and question where He is in the midst of chaos, stress, fear and uncertainty. In fact, so often, one of the only points in an individual’s life where they will actually turn to a god or higher being, regardless of faith tradition, seems to be when the world around them is crumbling.

I’ll admit, even as a Christ-follower I will be very quick to ask God where He is when things don’t seem to be going my way. Recently I have been convicted of the idea that we (Christians) often ask God where he is only when we are failing, flailing and falling.

A New Question

So I want to ask you a new question, a question to challenge you: “Where is God when everything is falling into place?

If you are an individual who says that you have put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, I want to challenge you for a minute. This post is different than my typical post, but I think it extremely important. When things are going right in our lives, it would be logical to assume that God has his hands in our successes. It would seem that he is showering his blessings on us. Yet, we rarely take the time to count those blessings when our world is thriving.

Why? Because we are selfish and prideful people. It really is that simple.

If life is going our way, we think we are doing a good job. We pat our own backs and sing our own praises because everything that we are doing amounts to our success. Sound familiar? God seems to disappear when we are doing well because so many Christians today are in the habit of running to God only when we are in crisis-mode. Sadly, we’ve put God into this box. We can call on him when we need him, but forget he is there when we may not be in dyer need His help.

Getting us to Look: Trials and Blessings

This summer, I led a study in the book of James. We talked about trials and tribulations and how God uses those to grow us in and catch our attention. The question I have been plagued with recently is this: Why do we have to hit rock bottom to realize that we are incapable of controlling our own lives?

God uses trials to grow us, not to punish or hurt us (James 1:3). Sometimes he is just jealous for our attention and the only way he can get us to stop focussing on ourselves is to throw a monkey-wrench into our life plan.

I’ll confess, this post is more for more than for anyone else. What I have come to realize is that God is much more in the business of getting our attention by showering us with blessings (James 1:17) than by putting us through tough circumstances that force us to turn our heads towards him.

When Everything is Going Right…

When things are going right in your life, stop praising yourself. Stop patting your own back. Stop bragging about your accomplishments and exalting your own achievements. Instead we need to boast in the Lord our God and the great things he has done and the countless ways he has blessed us (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

God is at the center of everything. He is there when we are are at our highest points and in our lowest valleys. Instead of waiting to beg God for mercy when things seem to be difficult, I challenge you to praise God every time things are going right and you find yourself showered with successes. It is in those moments God is calling out to us saying, “Hey friend, I love you more than you know and I am willing to do anything for you! After all, I gave my one and only Son for you so we could spend the rest of eternity together. But until that day comes when we meet face-to-face, I want to shower you with blessing because you are my child and I love you so much.”

So, let’s start changing where we look for God and ask this new question: Where is God when everything is falling into place?

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Christian Dating Devotional – Second Edition

Thank you for all of your support over the past few months. In February I released my new book, Whatever Is, a Christian Dating Devotional. Due to a tight deadline, the book was lacking a few bells and whistles in its first debut. However, the second edition full with new questions, more thought provoking studies and less typos is out an available on Amazon today!

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New Book: A Christian Dating Devotional

Yesterday, for Valentine’s Day, I released my brand new book, “Whatever Is…” A Couple's Devotional for Christian Dating in a Secular World

After spending countless hours researching devotionals for Christian dating devotionals for young couples looking to pursue godly relationship, I became extremely discouraged. It was difficult to find a book that really captured God’s standards for dating in a secular world. Out of my frustration and out of my need for a meaningful Valentine’s Day gift, this dating devotional book was born.

Inspired by the seven “Whatevers” found in Philippians 4:8, I began to formulate ideas for a study that could be used by young couples involved in dating relationships. This study is broken down to allow couples to grow independently closer to God and become more grounded in their Walk with Christ as well as grow closer spiritually to one another ultimately ensuring Christ is center of their dating relationship.

This eight week study tackles big issues from purity to the true meaning of love in accordance with God’s Word. Instead of enforcing viewpoints on dating, this study is very open-minded, using Scripture as a sole guide in an effort to allow couples to develop their own opinions and stances based on the truths found in the Word of God.

The Backstory

Now, this book was written as a Valentine’s Day gift for a girl who has taught me the true rewarding joy that is found from being involved in a relationship that is honoring and pleasing to God. Due to the fact that this Bible study for Christian dating couples had a very hard deadline of Valentine’s Day, it was unable to go through all of the final stages of editing and formatting. That being said, a second edition will be released within about two months that has gone through the complete editing process. However, that does not mean that the devotional has any less power or impact in its current edition.

So after cooking a nice dinner, I handed her a bag with the book inside. Over my name on the cover was a pink sticky note telling her to turn to page two, the page with the dedication to her. On that page, there was another sticky note telling her to turn to the back of the book where I had written her a note on the blank pages. It wasn’t until halfway through reading that note that she realized that this was inspired by her and created for her. And that was my Valentine’s Day for her…
Now she surprised me, snuck my car keys, and totally decorated the inside of my car with balloons and a beautiful handmade sign. On my seat was a great gift compiled of a bunch of items that all had something to do with our relationship and memories throughout the time we had been dating along with an extremely thoughtful (and very artistic) note. All around, it was an incredible Valentine’s Day.

Devotional for Christian Dating Relationships

So, if you are in a relationship, or know someone that is and you realize the importance of dating within the freedoms of God’s boundaries, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of this Christian dating devotional. This study can be used for couples that have just started dating or couples that have been dating for quite some time. It is very versatile and flexible and hopefully will challenge you to change your thought pattern in your dating relationship to put God first and center.

Buy “Whatever Is… A Couple’s Devotional for Christian Dating in a Secular World” on Amazon