God’s Fantastic Plan For Your Life!

God has a fantastic plan for your life!

You are a unique and beautiful creation, handcrafted by the father of the universe in HIS OWN image. He has a distinct work for you to live out

1 Corinthians 12:28 “God arranged the member in the body, each one of them, as he chose.”

Acts 17:26 “God made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”

God has specifically arranged the times and places where we are born, as well as, our positions in the body of Christ. It’s a privilege to know that our existence, where we live, our country of origin…none of it is random or meaningless. It’s all for the glory of God and the edification of the body.

Esther 4:14b says, “Perhaps you have been brought to this royal position for such a time as this.”

In that verse, you can replace “royal position” with almost anything ie; city, ministerial position, period of loneliness…

Your identity is in Christ, and he has given you your life and your platform “for such a time as this.”

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Not only has God given us a plan, but He will provide us with all we need to live it out.

We worship a God who is alive, who is not silent, and who is not distant from us. The Holy Spirit of the living God resides inside the hearts of all who believe. This same Holy Spirit that lives in you wants to guide you into the Father’s plan. If we pray and earnestly seek the Lord, He will show us the way. We need to prayerfully discern every step we take in this life.

Jesus said that his sheep know his voice and follow him. So, let’s listen in our lives for the voice of the perfect shepherd.

Nothing compares to the joy that comes with living out the plan the creator of the universe has custom designed with YOU in mind.

Prayer

Dear Lord,

Thank you for creating me with a unique plan in mind. I pray that you would reveal and make this plan clear to me. Give me wisdom and discernment in all my decisions. Help me walk worthy of the calling you’ve bestowed upon me.
In Jesus’ name I pray, 

Amen.
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God Bless,

-m

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Exciting News! Blog Revamp!

Hello Friends! I’ve got some exciting news. I have revamped GirlGoneCrunchy, and am in the process of consolidating it with my other blog. 

For about a year now, I have been running this blog and another one dedicated to topics of a more spiritual, religious nature. 

Recently, I have realized that health is not limited to the physical. I want this blog to be a resource and community for people on the journey to becoming their healthiest selves: physically, mentally, and spiritually.

I have divided this site into three sections: body, mind, & soul, because I understand that being truly healthy involves so much more than our physical bodies.

In the BODY section of the site, you can expect all of the same wonderful GirlGoneCrunchy content. Delicious healthy recipes, nutrition tips, product reviews etc…

But, I know what you’re thinking. What about the two new portions of the site? Well, you can expect content similar to the following:  MIND: Tips for Managing Stress, Creative Expression, Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food. SOUL: Devotionals, Book Reviews, Bible Summaries.


I’m hoping that this revamp and consolidation will help me, and, more importantly help you, view health in a broader, more holistic way.

And, if you haven’t noticed yet, I took this revamp as an opportunity to “spruce up” the site with a new theme and design aesthetic. 

How do you feel about the additional focuses of the blog? What do you think of the new look?
Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

I’m excited to start this new journey with all of you lovely people.

-m

HOPE {Devotional}

Hope! What is it? How do we get it? How do we give it? 

The Bible has this to say:
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

1 Peter 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

As some of you may know, I help lead worship at a church for adults with special needs. A few weeks ago, one of our church members defined hope in this way. “Hope is where we find our God in our lives.” Isn’t that profound?

In reading those passages, we can see that hope gives us power, hope is something we can cling to, and, most importantly, our hope comes through the sacrifice of Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

While we have plenty of hope for our lives here on earth, our greatest hope is in eternity.

Romans 8:18-25 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

The Greek word for hope used in this passage is “elpis.” This word is translated as, “to expect with pleasure, or to be confident in.”

Once we accept Christ as Lord and allow him to rule and reign in our hearts and lives, we can both expect with pleasure and be confident in eternal life.

Believers have an amazing, beautiful hope of heaven. We can look forward to a place where we can be in eternal communion with the one who loves us with an unending love, and who is worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. If we have such a hope, we are obliged to share it with our fellow man.

1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

True hope is something that bursts from within you and is noticeable to everyone that you come across. Boldly proclaim that Christ alone is the reason for this hope!

Prayer

Dear Lord, 

I place my hope in you alone. Help me to always keep my eyes on the place you have prepared for me in heaven. Aid me in living out your great commission, and prepare within me an answer to give whenever I am asked about the hope I have. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

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