IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
Worship: It is Well by Kristene DiMarco

 

Driving to school Monday morning, It Is Well came onto my Spotify. And to be honest my soul began to ache and my eyes began to tear up, not because of utter brokenness for the song but because the lyrics of this beautiful piece explains the depths of a person’s soul. A soul who is hurting but still trusts the Lord’s goodness. 

I want to encourage you this week with constantly reminding yourself that no matter what It is well with your soul!

Through it all our eyes are on HIM

Have you ever felt that sorrow, Sister? Have you ever found yourself standing, lost and suddenly alone, in the wreckage of what was or what might have been? -She Reads Truth 

Sometimes we can get into the expectation that parts of our lives cannot be overcome by anything and therefore we are overcome by fear and anxiety. I have had this overwhelming feeling before and whenever I finally take a step back and take my eyes off of the mountain to look towards Jesus, everything becomes so small compared to how eternal God is!

//And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea//

Trust today sisters that the Lord has you. If you place your eyes on Him, he can settle your soul and throw any mountain into the sea.

 

It is well with our Soul

The writer of the original It is Well hymn was an amazing man. He wrote this after losing his family in a storm. He so trust that the Lord was faithful and went back to the place where his family passed. 

She Reads Truth puts is so perfectly by saying:

When a broken Chicago businessman named Horatio Spafford sailed past the very spot on the Atlantic where his baby girls breathed their last, he offered up these words of worship to the God who presides over all the sorrows and the seas, to the One who has borne the whole of our grief and our sin:

Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Believe today that no matter what circumstances you find yourself, you can say it is well because of the hope we have in God.

 

The waves and wind still know HIS name

One of the best pictures of the waves and winds knowing His name was when Peter stepped out onto the water to trust the Lord. He found himself taking his eyes off of Jesus beginning to be crippled by fear and falling among the waves. But in an instant Jesus calmed the wind and waves. WOW! Sisters that is how POWERFUL our God is! The Lord is with you even in the midst of the highest storms but the beauty of deep waters is; it isn’t until you are among the water, almost completely under that the Lord pulls you from the depths.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you//Isaiah 43.2

We can trust today that God will redeem even the most fearful overwhelming times and will bless you through your every season!

 

Praying for strength and peace over you this week,

Your Chaplain
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Coffee with Jesus

Coffee with Jesus

worship: Steady Heart by Steffany Gretzinger and Amanda Cook

As we start to get into a rhythm of this semester, it is so important to continue in your walk with God. This past week the Lord has hit me hard with my morning routine. I confess that I am not a perfect Christian. Sometimes I run short in the morning and forget to get into the Word before my day begins and I realize how much harm that does when I feel overwhelmed the rest of the day. I have been convicted this week to get up before 6 ( yes I know, what? that is crazy!) to have coffee with my creator. It is so easy to start the business of life and put Jesus to the side but I would love to encourage you this week in your walk with looking at meeting with Him daily.

 

{Meditate Daily}

The one who made you wants to meet with you! How you begin each day is so important when it come to our walk with Jesus. I have noticed that in my own walk, when I do not spend the morning in the Word or worship and praying, my heart’s posture is not of love and concern for anyone but myself. Starting your morning meditating on God’s vision for your day will shift your perspective from worldly worries to Godly grace. We see people out of love that is unconditional and we have a sober mindedness about the day, knowing that no matter what comes up the promises we read that morning still stand true.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. -Romans 10.17

 

{Find Jesus in Every Part of Your Day}

Once you have spent time in the Word, find every moment as an opportunity to live out what you have read. There is such power in letting your life be a living testament of what you learned from Jesus that morning. In college it is so easy to get caught up in our own world but if people on Auburn’s campus see us reaching out and loving people who we might not even know, who knows you might shape the whole course of the rest of that person’s day. It is so important when stress and anxiety starts to enter our lives to pour into others because without realizing it filling others up with the love and peace of Jesus will fill yourself up too.

 

and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. -Ephesians 3.19

 

{The Lord is Constant even when we are not}

The best part about our walk with the Lord is there is GRACE upon GRACE upon GRACE. Some days might be harder than others to wake up with Jesus but trust me it is so worth it. The awesome part of being in relationship with God though is he gives us unconditional grace for when we don’t meet with Him in the morning. Even if there is a day where your morning isn’t working out how you planned, the Lord is still with you, meeting with you through each step of the day so be confident in that good good truth friends! 

My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. -2 Corinthians 12

Cherish love

Cherish grace

Cherish meeting with Jesus daily


Go out into your day knowing that you are a LOVED child of the most HIGH!

Praying for your growth this year,

Your Chaplain

NEW BEGINNINGS

Worship: Mountain by Bryan and Katie Torwalt

Coming close to the end of my time in this college season, the Lord has really put on my heart to start this semester encouraging you on new beginnings. Life is always changing, we are always moving into new seasons, leaving old seasons and starting new beginnings. Here are a couple encouraging thoughts to go into the rest of your week and the time you spend in college. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. -2 Corinthians 5.17

Whether you are in your first year of college, last year or somewhere in between, college is full of so many beginnings. From changing your major and starting a new journey with your education to meeting new friends and forming lifelong relationships, we make new beginnings without even realizing it. 

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. -Psalm 90.2

The hard part is starting the new beginnings and the inevitable change that occurs, but the comforting part of beginning a new chapter in your life is that there is one who is constant. The Lord is never changing, always present, knows your life from before you were born to the day you will take your last breath. He knows this new chapter in your life, he knows the end of this chapter into the next! That is something to celebrate because even in this season we call college that is so uncertain, God knows how your journey will turn out. 

Lord, you have searched me and known me!                             You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it. -Psalm 139

Sometime when we start something new, what is hard to be certain of is our identity. A new beginning can mean a fresh start and where we can be whoever we want to be. The cool thing is though, the Lord knows our hearts so well, so when you are going into place where you may be tested on who you really are, look to the Lord because he knew you before you were born and know who you are for the rest of your life!

 

 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. -Ezekiel 36.26

Finally I just want to encourage each of you that no matter your past you can have a new spirit. The Lord is waiting for you to say yes to following him. Sisters! He is peace, grace and mercy for each one of us, just call out his name and he will remove a heavy heart and give you a new heart!! 

 

Praying many blessing and newness over you this week,

Your Chaplain

Recruitment Encouragement

Recruitment Encouragement
HI SISTERS!!!

I am so excited to be back with you all and so thrilled to be your encourager for another semester. First off I want to say that if you need anything throughout recruitment please come talk to me. I love recruitment and I know it can get tough sometime so I would love to get to encourage you throughout the week.

As I have been watching recruitment so far, the Lord has really put on my heart to write you all encouragement. I want each of you to know how important you are, how special recruitment is, and how special you are in this recruitment process through writing this blog for you.

Here are some encouraging tips for the rest of recruitment that will help you when you feel like you are getting lost through the long days and need to be lifted up!

1. your time and place is important

And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4.14

One of the most exciting parts about recruitment is that you all get to talk to tons and tons of great girls that you normally wouldn’t get the chance to talk to. So my first recruitment tip is to make the most of the time you have. You are placed in this specific spot for a reason. The Lord knows exactly how this next week is going to go and who you will end up talking to. He has specifically designed you to be in the position you are in, talking to a specific girl for a reason. So before you begin each day, say the question to your self; “who knows? maybe the Lord has placed me in Delta Gamma, talking to these specific girls for such a time as this?”

2. you are reflections of the Lord

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in 
love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5.1-2

My second tip is to make sure you go into each day knowing the end goal, to be imitators. In life you can imitate a lot of different things like the perfect sorority girl, the athelete, the smart one, the sad one, the happy one but the most important reflection is to imitate Jesus. We can love others, serve them, respect each other, compliment everyone and be the most encouraging person. When women in Delta Gamma and throughout parties talk to you this week you want them to look at you and say, “wow there is something different about her, she must be imitating something special”. Be the person who walks in love imitating how Christ has loved you.

3. you can hope in an unshakeable foundation

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing 
move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, 
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 
1 Corinthians 15.58

It is so easy to get caught up in this week and lets be honest, with this many girls in one place it is so easy to lose hope  that there is good, but remember the hope we have in the Lord. Like Paul said to the people in Corinth, stand firm, let nothing move you. If your foundation is God sisters, there is nothing that can move you or harm you, you are in His hands. Make sure you are serving God every day and be confident that your servant heart is not taken for granted. I am already so proud of y’all and all the work you have put into Ice Water Teas. Take this unconditional, unfailing, ever present hope into the rest of the week.

4. you can be a part in lifting someone up

And make sure at the end of the day you have peace knowing that you lifted others up and you were lifted up also. Love one another the same way that the Lord has loved you, with a love that is so unconditional that no matter the circumstance you show a grateful heart to everyone!!

"the Lord measures the faithfulness of our labor, not our success"
John Piper

I am praying for you all and I am so unbelievable proud of the women you are.

Love,

Your chaplain 

 

song of the week: Hard Love by NeedToBreathe 

4.18.16|COMPLETE SURRENDER|

4.18.16|COMPLETE SURRENDER|

|You can have it all, Lord. Every part of my world.|

Song of the Week: Have it All by Bethel

 

//Take a moment to watch this video if you have time. It will set up what this encouragement will be about and it such a beautiful picture of the Lord shaping our hearts.// 

 

Oh the joy I’ve found, surrendering my crowns

Are you the kind of person that has your week already planned out. Not like “I plan to go to class andI plan to eat” but “I have my todo list already ready to go and have every hour mapped out so hopefully nothing goes wrong or nothing changes because I have zero room for a mistake”. Well that is usually me. I have to know the plans of everything I am doing or I am so scared I will not be prepared for anything. I seldom let the Lord lead the minute by minute and I get caught up in making all of my decisions myself. My heart’s posture of go, go, go and do, do, do has led me to wonder what would happen if I stopped? What would happen if everything I do on a daily basis didn’t drive my whole life and instead the Lord was the sole guide in a world that wants us to take charge of our own life. Friends, surrender those crowns.

 

Oh the peace that comes when I’m broken and undone by Your unfailing grace

This past weekend I was brought to a place of retreat and rest. Sitting in the woods for hours with nothing but my thoughts and beautiful nature. It made me realize the beauty in completely surrendering. I was with all of the interns and we split up for a time of silence and rest to see what the Lord was speaking to us. I was restless to say the least. I didn’t know how to just sit and rest in his presence and peace. So I began to pace and walk around, this is when I walked through a huge pile of mud and if you know me that was a comical moment. I looked down and saw a pile of clovers. I knew right then the Lord was pushing me to stop, be completely vulnerable, broken and undone. So I sat in the mud and looked for a four leaf clover, I danced around like a little child just letting go of everything I was holding in and worrying about. Getting to stop and look at the Lord’s creation is a wonder in itself. The clovers are living and they sit still, with no worries, bugs were flying around landing on the petals and going through their natural day with no fear. Friends, we should go throughout our days with peace that comes by the Lord’s unfailing grace.

See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin…But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.//Matthew 6//

 

One thing that the Lord has been placing on my heart is to give him everything that hinders me from reaching his full presence. There is a lot that we can worry about and struggle with in this life but I encourage you to give everything to Him.

//We live under the mercy. God does not treat us as alien others, lining us up so that he can evaluate our competence or our usefulness or our worth. He rules, guides, commands, loves us as children whose destinies he carries in his heart.//Eugene Peterson//

 He cares for you and if you have the beautiful realization that he is not the God that treats us like we deserve but treats us with an unconditional love where he carries our destinies in his heart. You will be so amazed at how He will provide, guide and love you in every crevice of your being. He wants you to go after him because he is for you sister! He is your biggest fan if you completely surrender. What a crazy cool thought and reality that HE CARRIES OUR DESTINIES IN HIS HEART.

 

There is no greater call than giving You my all, I lay it all down

I hope this is your hearts cry this week and every week. Sisters, there is no greater call than to give the Lord your all! Lay everything at His feet. 

Praying for surrender this week. Text/call me if you have any prayer requests! 

love always,

Your Chaplain

4.11.16|When You Feel Stuck|

4.11.16|When You Feel Stuck|

Song of the week: Not Yet, Young Heart, Chris Renzema & the New Nature Choir

 

Something that has been placed on my heart this past week is the time when you feel like there is no way, when you feel stuck. We all have the seasons where life gets hard, something bad happens to you directly or you hear of a situation someone close to you is going through. We all have those hard times and most of the time, because we are human, we look only toward the situation and wonder WHY? But the most important part about the hard times and sometimes the only good news that comes from these moments are how we look at the situation. If you feel stuck/trapped in a season that is hard or know someone who is, I would like to offer you encouraging thoughts to guide and set your gaze beyond the situation.

3 Truths when you feel stuck:

1. The Lord will meet you WHERE YOU ARE 

Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”//John 4.6-15//

It’s so easy to feel like you have to fix your life before coming to the Lord. This is not what He wants from you at all. Think about the lady at the well. He didn’t wait for her to become perfect or to let her stop her sin for him to come to her at the well. He is with you today, where you are, telling you that you can come to him how you are. Let me let you in on a little secret: we are all broken people, even the best of the best or the worst of the worst we are all the same, broken, hurt, unworthy no matter saved or not, but the Lord wants you to live in His FREEDOM! With Him, as you are. Come as you are and He will be your living water through anything.

“lay down your burdens, lay down your shame. all who are broken lift up your face. oh wanderer come home, you’re not too far. lay down your hurt, come as you are” -crowder

2. This is not your IDENTITY

He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.//Ephesians 2.5-8//

We so easily get wrapped up in what we think our identity should be, we should have the best grades, the best relationship with a guy, the perfect life, perfect family, best friend group. As we strive for all of these different things, they come up short and something always disappoints us. This disappointment can make us feel stuck in a situation we don’t want to necessarily be in. This is because, friends all of these things are not meant to be your identity. Yes we are meant to be in community and to do great things for the Lord’s kingdom but your identity is a child of the most high King. If this is something you are going through right now I want to be here and encourage you (text or call me let’s get coffee!). To tell you the truth I struggle with this, others struggle with this too, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! and that is good good news!!! When you shift your identity from where you were in life to the Lord, it becomes a sweet story to be able to share to others and trust me, the Lord will use your past identity to encourage others. I know it’s true for my life. Friends remember such truth.

“God is able to take the mess of our past and turn it into a message. He takes the trials and tests and turns them into a testimony.”-Christine Caine

3. Life is Hard, the Lord is GOOD!

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.//Lamentations 3.21-25//

My heart’s cry to the Lord recently is where are you? where is your goodness?//When life gets hard and when you feel stuck, remember that God is with you. He is the one who will never forsake you or leave your side. Even when hope seems lost, you can still find a glimpse of hope in Him who cares so deeply for you. Like Lamentations mentions, God is faithful. He is always good to those who wait for him. He is good for those who wait on His timing, on His gifts, His provision, or His will. Whatever that means for you whether in be a major, a relationship, healing, truth, strength or anything else, know that you can call on him and He will be there. 

“Each step we walk, each breath we breathe, we know we are preserved by God, we know we are accompanied by God, we know we are ruled by God; and therefore no matter what doubts we endure or what accidents we experience, the Lord will guard us from every evil, he guards our very life.” -Eugene Peterson

 

Thankful for each one of you and constantly praying for endurance to finish this semester strong!

love always,

your chaplain

3.21.16|It’s a JOURNEY|

3.21.16|It’s a JOURNEY|
Song of the week: Climb by Will Reagan & United Pursuit

 

As we head into the last part of spring semester I want to encourage y’all about your JOURNEY.

“Pilgrim (parepidemos) tells us we are people who spend our lives going someplace, going to God, and whose path for getting there is the way, Jesus Christ. We realize that ‘this world is not my home’ and set out for ‘the Father’s house.'” -Eugene H Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

This has been placed on my heart a lot this year. As some of you know my word that I have been praying over is Pilgrim. This word to me is knowing that I am on a constant pilgrimage/journey to one day be home. I know every day leads me closer to see a big beautiful picture that the Lord is painting. We are in a season of figuring out our calling and although this seem far away right now while we are so young, I would like to paint truths for you on what your picture looks like even today.

So easily we get wrapped up in the day to day living and forget that college is not the end. I want to encourage you that wherever you are, whatever season you are in, this is not the final calling in your life. I know some of you may feel like this semester is doomed, or you have been working so hard to fail at something you thought you were meant to do. Maybe you are one step closer or about to graduate but still have seldom idea of what is to come. Friends, take heart!

I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.//John 16.31-33//

What the Lord says about your JOURNEY through John 16:31-33

1. He’s told you

It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.//Matthew 4.4//

What an awesome reminder that we are given a guide, the Lord’s words, to help us through this life. He has told you through His Word what your life should look like today, tomorrow and far beyond next semester. Turn to His truth to unfold the picture for your life.

2. Trust Him

“We don’t trust God simply because someone tells us to. We trust God because he is God. He is holy and awesome and righteous in every way. We can trust God because we don’t serve a God who is only sovereign and wise. He is alsoinfinitely loving.”//John Piper//

Friends, the Lord can be trusted! I can tell you from experience that sometimes life won’t go the way you thought it should play out, but that doesn’t mean that God isn’t working in your life. I have had the craziest year of changes but with that my trust has grown so much more because I have learned that no matter the circumstance in life, the Lord is my constant! Get to a place where you can say “I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open” where there is “nothing you hold on to” (Climb, Will Reagan)

3. Be unshakable and assured

“And Paul. His life recklessly caromed from adversity to persecution…none of that had the power to push Paul off his path. None of it convinced him that he was on the wrong way. None of it persuaded him that he made the wrong choice years earlier on the Damascus Road”//Eugene H. Peterson//

Sometimes we can get to a place where we question everything, I definitely have those days. When you start to wonder if you are on the right path whether that be in a relationship or with your major  remember to stand unshakable and be sure in the Lord. I promise you if you do this, not even the slightest change in your life will shake your confidence.

4. We will experience difficulties

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.//James 1:2-3//

We are never promised a perfect easy life, if so there would be no point of a journey. We are meant to be met with challenges along the way because through difficult times we learn to trust more on God and find who we are through Him. I am so glad Jesus didn’t finish his thought by saying oh you will have difficult times, good luck! No friends, he continued it by saying TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME!

5. He is our Conquerer

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.//Exodus 14:14//

The BEST PART of our lives is the amazing truth that Jesus is our conquerer. We don’t have to fight the battle because we can live in the freedom that the battle is already won. All of the striving, brokenness, anxiety, stress, loneliness, perfection, and anything else you battle with is already wiped away. This is GOOD news! This means our picture can become one of love, faith, hope, dreaming, joy and life!

“I lean not on my own understanding My life is in the hands of the Maker of heaven I give it all to You God trusting that you’ll make something beautiful out of me” Climb, Will Reagan 

Praying for strength and endurance over each of you this week,

Your Chaplain