Weekly Inspiration

I’ve decided I want to start posting weekly verses, inspirational quotes, or lyrics from a song that are uplifting and mean something to me. I hope that they will mean something to you, too :)

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”

~Hebrews 2:9~

If you’d like to discuss this verse further, please let me know in the comments below :)

~Jaclynn~

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Follow His Star

Merry Christmas everyone!! Can you even believe that it’s actually here? Because I certainly can’t!

We all know what Christmas is truly about – not the presents, not the food, not Santa – it’s about Jesus. It’s the day that we recognize His birth and thank God for sending Him to us so that we could be saved from our sins and have everlasting life in Heaven.

In Matthew 2:9-10 it says,

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.

The wise men followed the star in the sky to find Jesus so they could worship him and bring him gifts fit for a king.

Are you following the star, too?

The Lord is like a shining star that is always constant. He is a light that never burns out and is always there for us, shining the light on the right path that is narrow and headed straight towards Him.
God wants us to choose this path, but sometimes we get lost along the way and start following another star that seems to be calling to us. It leads us astray from the one TRUE star.

You can be a Wise Girl by keeping your eyes fixed on the Lord’s star. When you do that, you will find yourself moving closer and closer to a more intimate relationship with your Lord and Savior. :)

Don’t lose sight of the greatest gift of all this Christmas – God sending His only Son down to earth. He became flesh so that we might become His righteousness.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! <3

~Jaclynn

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Joy Will Come

I think all of you know that my brother just got married – it was actually one month ago today!

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I’m not sure if all of you know that he and his wife are leaving us next Saturday. They are transferring jobs and have to move over 6 hours away from us.

This whole month has been really hard on us all. I’ve been crying a lot and just getting sad. I’m so close to Jordan and I know we are hardly ever going to see each other and it’s breaking my heart. The day of their departure is coming up too soon – I’m not ready to say goodbye. I’m just not.

We will see them again for Christmas which is good and then again for my birthday in February, but after that I have no idea when I’ll see them again. They said they’ll only be able to come down about 3-4 times a year and that’s including for Christmas and Thanksgiving… :(

I just feel so much pain. Such loss and heartache. And last night I realized just how much Jordan is struggling too. He has it worse than us – we’re all losing them, but he’s losing all of us. I know he’s also excited for this new chapter of his life and I’m excited for him, too, but we’re all feeling the same pain.

I know that God works everything out for good and I’ve been trying to think – what good is going to come out of this? Because right now I only see pain.

We have one of those calendar devotional things and this is what today said:

Joy will come, of this I am certain. Even though in these moments I can’t see beyond my pain, I believe that joy will come. It will because You promised. “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5)

You might be going through a similar time right now. Where all you see is pain and you don’t know how any good is going to come out of this situation, but God does make all things work out for our good. Even though we can’t see it and we don’t understand how, we have hope and trust that things will get better. Joy will come.

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Jordan and Aaryn are leaving us on the 26th – the second day of the craft fair my mom and I do. The last time we will see them is the night before, when we will say our goodbyes. I would appreciate it so much if you would keep Jordan, Aaryn, and my entire family in your prayers during this time. We’re all having a really hard time with this… :(

“Your ways are always higher, Your plans are always good, there’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood.”

~Jaclynn~

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Seek Him First

You know… I have been realizing lately just how obsessed I am with the things of this world. I die over everything. I obsess over every new POP!, Tsum Tsum, movie trailer, etc.

And I also have been realizing that I’ve become selfish, though I hate to admit it. I’m always wanting or “needing” more and needing it now before my brain explodes and I crumble into hopelessness of never being able to buy what I want.

Last night I had a talk with my mom that I was “frustrated with my faith.” Though that was a bad word choice, so I quickly corrected to – “I’m frustrated with myself.”

For so long now I’ve found myself going up and down, up and down with my relationship with God. I’ll be going on the right track for a while and then – BAM! “AAAAH THAT TRAILER WAS SO AMAZING OH MY GOSH!!!” Or “Oh. My. Gosh. I need those POP!s. WHEN DO THEY COME OUT?!”
The things of this world can draw me away from God within the blink of an eye. My life that was striving towards being consumed by God instantly reverts into a life consumed of worldly things that in the end will only pass away and will never satisfy.

After having a long talk with my mom last night about all of this, I went into bed and read a devotion. I was completely blown away by how relevant it was to me at that time.

This morning I read another devotion and a chapter of Luke and again was blown away by the relevance to my situation.

God is speaking to me. He’s helping me to realize just how far I’ve strayed. Just how much I have put the things of this world before Him. How I’ve worshiped and idolized them and have only fallen deeper into the obsessions.

I do see and know that I’ve been doing wrong. And I really, really want to fix this. I know I can’t do it alone, though – God has to help me through this. He provides the strength I need to turn away and once I turn, I know I will be ever so much more satisfied and joyful.

Worldly things do make me happy, yes. But for how long? A little bit? And then immediately after I need something more? I may think that I am satisfied, but really, I’m not. I’m always wanting more.

I’m going to share with you now a few excerpts from my devotional book and a few verses that stood out to me:

“God wants his people to live in the light. He wants the light to keep burning continually. There was a time when we lived in darkness, but when we met Jesus the lights were turned on and everything that was hidden was seen. As a God Girl you can’t let yourself go back into darkness….. Sin hides in the dark, but when we shine the light on our lives, it can no longer hide.”

“No more ‘lights out’ moments where you do what you would never do if the lights were on. Encourage the light by praying, studying, and looking for opportunities to bring your own sins into the light.”

“Now a certain young ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”…..So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:18,22,24-25

Honestly, I feel a bit like the rich young ruler. He was sorrowful that Jesus was asking him to give up his riches because he was very rich. That’s a bit how I feel knowing that in order to fix my problem, I’m going to have to give something up that I love. But I know that in the end, it will be worth it.

When something you own becomes the most important thing in your life, it teeters on idolatry. An idol is anything that you obsess about, that you need, that you can’t live without. The only thing that you truly can’t live without, other than food and water, is the presence of God in your life. And when things overshadow that need or even try to fill it, danger is in the air.”

That section right there. It’s really speaking to me. I obsess, I “need” things, I can’t live without things. That just shows me how messed up I am.

And girls, I want to take a moment to apologize. Over the years I know I have encouraged a lot of you to fangirl, to obsess. I’ve brought a lot of you into fandoms that I know are hard to let go of. Honestly, I regret that so much. I’ve influenced you in a wrong way – in a worldly way – when I should have been shining the light of God to all of you. Instead, I think I may have steered some of you away from Him. And I’m so sorry for that.

Now, it is okay to like things. I’m not saying you can’t like anything. What’s wrong is the obsession. The need. That’s when we idolize things and that is wrong. When God said, “You shall not have any other gods before Me.”, He wasn’t only speaking about the other religious gods people have created – He’s also talking about the gods that we create in our everyday lives. We idolize so much and we don’t even realize it. God – our one, true, Lord and Savior – is the only God that we should be worshiping.

From now on I am striving to change. I want to let go of things and be the person that God wants me to be. I want to get on track with God and have Him be the center of my life instead of allowing the things of this world to rule over my life.

“You are my treasure and my reward. Let nothing ever come before.”
Lauren Daigle

~Jaclynn~

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Thoughts About the Future…

I’ve been thinking a lot about my future lately. As a 17 year-old, that’s only natural. I’ll be turning 18, graduating, and then what? Will I get a permit? Will I get a job? Will nothing change right away? Or will changes suddenly be thrust upon me?

To be honest, I’m scared. It’s scary to turn 18. After all, that’s when you’re considered an adult! You’ll start to take on more responsibilities and more will be expected of you.
Graduating? Oh, I’m super excited for that! No more school!!! *toots horn*

But…. Then what? With my brother’s wedding quickly approaching, I realize how fast time flies. He started dating his bride-to-be 2 years ago? What?! And didn’t he just get a job and his licence? Nope. That was years ago, but the memories are still so fresh in my mind, that it seems like just yesterday. And now he’s going to be a husband in just a month!

I think that’s partly what’s making me so scared. Seeing how quickly his life changed and wondering if it’s going to be that way for me. What if I do get married in a few years? That’s impossible for me to even comprehend. I don’t even know who my future husband is yet!

Where will I meet him; and how? Will it be love at first sight, or will it gradually grow?

And getting a job?! I admit, there is a part of me that’s anxious to get a job, but another part of me that’s completely terrified. I don’t do well under pressure and I’m a slow learner. I’m worried I’ll be a complete failure. But still, there’s this part of it that seems so fun! And who wouldn’t love to make some money on a regular basis, right?

The future is a scary thing. You don’t know what it holds for you. To us, the future is a blank page.

But here’s something I’m trying to focus on – God already knows what the future holds for me. He sees my whole life laid out before Him. And though my flesh is terrified, I need to work on changing that fear into trust. I need to trust that God has the perfect life planned out for me and know that He will never give me more than I can handle.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says The Lord, “Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Are you afraid of the future? Does it seem to be coming too quickly for you, too?

I encourage you, do not be afraid. God’s got this all in His hands. In the meantime, you can pray about it. Pray for guidance on where you should work. Pray for your future husband daily. And, above all, pray for peace, strength, and wisdom to help you overcome your fear and to make wise choices when your future suddenly becomes your present. :)

~Jaclynn~

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