Happy Tell me bout it Tuesday, sisters!
Today's episode wraps up our relationship series (we are SO sad!) with our special guests Alexis and Carson! You may remember Alexis from her previous two Chosen Girl Pod debuts talking Spiritual rest and her song "Famous For," and today she brings her husband, Carson, on the pod to talk MARRIAGE!
YALL- this couple is so near and dear to our hearts. They blessed our socks off with the most wise and practical relationship advice that I am positive you dont want to miss!
No matter what stage or season of relationship you are in, you can gain SO MUCH from this episode!
HEY HEY FAM!
We are BACK with week two of relationships, talking DATING! Meet our dear friends, Riley and Mykaela!
Riley and Mykaela grew up as best friends to Liz, and have been friends of both Sarah and Liz for years. This dynamic duo are youth leaders in Smithville, TN and NEWLYWEDS! Ah! (we love!) Today we are picking their brains about all things dating: boundaries, waiting, the "list," different opinions in dating, and more. No matter if you are single, dating, or married, this episode is a breath of fresh air for ANY type of relationship!
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HEY HEY SISTERS! Its time for another RELATIONSHIP SERIES with the Tell me bout it pod!
This year we are separating each stage and season of relationships into a 3 part series: SINGLE, DATING/ENGAGED, AND MARRIED! AH! AND we are treating you to a special guest with each episode!
Today, welcome back little miss GEORGIA BROWN to the pod as we talk singleness, identity in Christ, priorities in life, and so much more! Make sure to follow her at @iamgeorgiabrown and subscribe to her pod FAITH AND FRIENDS!
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Its TELL ME BOUT IT TUESDAY, again, fam! Today we have the second interview of Season three, and let us tell you, its a true TREAT! We cant WAIT to introduce you to our dear friend, Alexis Butcher! You will love her heart for God and for people. So much wisdom in this chat!
Alexis shares her heart with us on her songwriting journey, the waiting, and the harvest. Jesus never promises us the road will be easy, but we can SO trust Him. He is Faithful when we just say "yes." Even when we cannot see the final outcome, He does. We are so inspired by and proud of Alexis for her faithfulness and obedience and we know God is, too.
Make sure you download her song "Famous For" from her own EP album anywhere you listen, or the version picked up by Tauren Wells and Jen Johnson (Yes, you read that correctly! God is GOOD!)
WELCOME BACK FAM! We are always happy when its TUESDAY! Today we are discussing a word often used in conversation of our Faith that may need a reminder in how we put it into practice: GRACE!
We need it for ourselves. We need it from God. We need to GIVE it to others. Our speech, our actions, are response...all need to be sifted through the filter of Grace. We couldn't earn it. We definitely don't deserve it, but JESUS makes it possible with His loving free gift for us that enables us, no, PROPELS us into giving this gift freely to our neighbors. Grace upon grace.
May this message encourage your to be kind to yourself, to others, and to give such praise and thanks to God for this amazing gift of Grace!
HEY-O, Chosen sisters! Its TELL ME BOUT IT TUESDAY!
Welcome back for another week of REAL TALK about a sometimes difficult subject to discuss, and an even more difficult subject to carry out: WITNESSING! We have had SO much mail about how to represent Jesus right where you are, so lets chat about it! Today we dive into who we are in Christ and the kind of person we can be through his Holy Spirit. Yes, we may be the "only Bible someone ever reads," with our actions and attitude, but also, when do we know to specifically to reach out and deliver the Gospel to someone?
WELCOME BACK CHOSEN SISTERS! Today, we are getting down to the nitty gritty of ADULTING (ew, lol). 😬
Seriously, though, change and seasons are hard. How do we navigate the changes? Relationships, work, school, stress...its heavy. Our kind God wants to lighten the load. Tune in as we talk what hardships have been personally challenging for us and how we can overcome these challenges in HIM! No matter your age, this episode is a breath of fresh air.
WELCOME BACK chosen sisters, and happy Tell me bout it Tuesday!!!
Today we are so excited to talk about what the Lord has laid on our hearts, and that is AFFIRMATIONS...what do you need to have spoken into your life, soul, mind and heart today? Thats exactly what we are talking about in this episode. Liz and I literally wrote down like 50 bullet points of truths that we need to cover ourselves with, and we are sharing a few with you today!
FRIENDS! We are SO excited to start the first of many interviews that will air the last episode of each month! We have our dear friend, Annie Moss, with The Vintage Sparrow Jewelry on the show today to talk ANXIETY: her testimony, God's word on this topic, and also some tools to help us overcome! Use code TVS20 for 20% off at thevintagesparrowjewelry.com
Hey hey, friends! We are BACK for another week of real talk, and this week hits hard. Spiritual Warfare: THIS IS WAR! This episode is in no way to instill fear, but to be a reminder to armor up with our great God who we know from the truth of Scripture that He has the LAST WORD! We are on the winning side! Dive into some scripture with us today to seek truth on this taboo topic.
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y'all-who's ready to get out of this 2020 FUNK?! Today, we discuss "The Christian 2020 needs."
What has God called us to be for our inner circles this year?
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HEY FAM! We are BACK for season three! Today we thought we'd catch up...with YOU! We have so enjoyed our summer break but are ready to get BACK AT IT with our Chosen Fam! We picked three of your questions you submitted to discuss for today's episode, and always feel free to DM us more! Find full show notes and more at thechosengirl.com :)
Welcome to Episode TWO of the Together For Good Series with Manna Ko and Sarah Collins! Today we continue the amazing story of what God is unfolding with AMAZING things coming out of a potential trademark infringement! LOL
Hey hey, Chosen fam! We cannot believe it, but this is the second to last episode of SEASON 2 of the pod! Thank you SO MUCH for sticking with us and being a part of our Chosen family.Today we are getting real with an inevitable part of life: grief. We are answering the important questions:What is grief?What does it look/feel like?What should I do?What should I do if a friend is grieving?What does the Bible say about grief?What are examples in the Bible of people grieving?What lies will the enemy throw at me about grief? Grief is a very real thing and doesn't necessarily have to do with death alone. It can be loss of any kind, big or small, and, sister...God sees your heart no matter how big or small the loss is. There is no concern of your heart too insignificant for our loving and compassionate God. So friends, if you have endured trauma and are experiencing grief from the terrors of losing a family member, child, or even something personal like a breakup, job-loss, or loss of a friendship...God sees you and is HERE FOR YOU! He is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18) and wants to help you with your burdens and cares (Psalm 55:22). You are not alone. You are not bothering God. Your cares mean something to God...and He is coming to help you!Y'all can find this week's recording on our Chosen Girl app, or click here to stream our podcast directly from our site, or subscribe to our podcast here on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play.
WELCOME BACK to what we cannot believe is the 5th week of SURVIVING QUARANTINE! This week is completely dedicated to YOU. We asked you all to tell us something good and you DELIVERED! SO- lets dive into God's goodness during this time! :) Y'all can find this week's recording on our Chosen Girl app, or click here to stream our podcast directly from our site, or subscribe to our podcast here on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play.
Hey, friends! We are debuting a special mini series "together for good" telling the amazing story of what God is doing with Chosen Girl and our dear friend, Manna Ko. Find her at mannaforlife.com and @mannaforlife Romans 8:28 couldn't be more true, and this story is proof!
Hey, Chosen Girl FAM!! Welcome back to another week of evaluating allllllllllll the feelings for our SURVIVING QUARANTINE series, part four! We are in the homestretch of stay home, but we are continuing the prayers for this horrible and destructive virus. Today we are diving into a topic that has been on our hearts: the prodigal son. Join us in the book of Luke as we dive into why our hearts always long for more...and take an interesting perspective look at the other brother! We love you guys and we are here for you! Make sure to join us for 30 days of prayer on our Facebook and Instagram pages and send us your testimonies and stories of what God has brought you through for next week's pod: TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD! Y'all can find this week's recording on our Chosen Girl app, or click here to stream our podcast directly from our site, or subscribe to our podcast here on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play.
Hey, (all you cool cats and kittens) lol! Welcome back to another week of evaluating allllllllllll the feelings for our SURVIVING QUARANTINE series, part THREE! How have we done this for three weeks?! Today we are diving into what in the world God must be doing in this. We are looking into the waiting. the wilderness. the unknown. What can God do with my spirit during this time? Am I aware of heavenly things or only focused on myself?We love you guys and we are here for you! Make sure to join us for 30 days of prayer on our Facebook and Instagram pages! Y'all can find this week's recording on our Chosen Girl app, or click here to stream our podcast directly from our site, or subscribe to our podcast here on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play.
Howdy chosen fam! Thank you for logging on for another week of TELL ME BOUT IT! Last week we had the honor of hearing Liz's testimony, and this week we are discovering Sarah's story of how Chosen came to be! Why CHOSEN? What does it mean? What do you tell your friends when they compliment your shirts/merch? Lets dive right in to what being "chosen" really means! Y'all can find this week's recording on our YouTube channel, or click here to stream our podcast directly from our site, or subscribe to our podcast here on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play.
Hey hey, Chosen Sisters! This week we wanted to treat you to part ONE of a two part treat we have for you! We truly believe that we overcome by the Word of our Testimony and what God has done for us. Our stories and lives tell of God's faithfulness of what He has brought us through, then it helps others and continues as a domino affect. Praise! This week, we start with a testimony from our very own, Liz! We are so encouraged by her story and how she proclaims that you don't have to go through what the world considers "tragic" in order to have an amazing song and story to sing for the Lord and what He has done for you!Y'all can find this week's recording on our YouTube channel, or click here to stream our podcast directly from our site, or subscribe to our podcast here on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play.
5 tips for your daily walk with God:DISCLAIMER: You may not see transformation right away! Be patient, God has been patient with you!1. Make It AttractiveFind a translation that you understand!Find a Bible you LOVE! Make it fun! Love to journal or note-take? Get you a cute notebook, girl! No shame! Have a quiet time designated with God that works for you! Not a morning person? Make your time with God before bed! Don't make it hard on yourself.Having a relationship with God isn't just reading your Bible and praying (even though those are HUGE aspects), but listen to worship, podcasts, or a sermon during the day! 2. Make it ActiveHighlighter and pen in hand, girl! Whats your learning style? Do what works for you so that you truly take in the word! Write scripture where you will see it! On a notecard, on your mirror...its there for us to help and transform us! 3. Find a FriendStarting any habit is always better with a friend!We all need ACCOUNTABILITY! You may need that friend to lovingly spur you...you may BE that friend! 4. Remember the GoalStart with the end in mind!Think of what kind of person you want to be when you enter into your quiet time!You will never know about our great God if you don't spend time with Him and in His word!We can never spread the love of Jesus if we don't have the love of Jesus ourselves!What goals do you have for the KINGDOM? Who do you want to be? Each day you spend with God is constructing who you are in HIM.If you're not suiting up, you're gonna loose the war!Don't think of the what, think of the why.5. Supplemental ResourcesUse what we have to our disposal! FREE Bible app online (linked here)Worship music (find our free playlists here)Podcasts and sermons on youtubeannnnddddd...the new CHOSEN GIRL APP! So many free resources on this app we have made just for you! Devotionals, prayers, q&a, tell me bout it recordings and study notes, and so much more! Download HERE!
Forgiveness Defined: stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake. What is the purpose of forgiveness? To move past something that has hurt us. Why forgive? Lack of forgiveness is like a bad apple in your soul: it affects EVERYTHING. Lack of forgiveness is like a splinter that isn't dealt with. It's infected, annoying, and festering. We forgive for US to be free, not others. We are representatives of CHRIST and He set the HIGHEST example of forgiveness! He freely gives it, so should we. Forgiveness is a part of our KINGDOM identity! WHO do you want to be? Why do we NOT forgive? Built up pride Remaining offense Human nature, selfishness HOW do we forgive? A LOT of prayer Forgiveness is a CHOICE Be honest with yourself and seek truth Get to the source of the pain and take it to the Lord Create healthy boundaries if needed Pray for patience, it doesn't always happen overnight! There is a difference between forgiveness and justice! Why would we wish bad judgment on someone else? That makes us just as bad and in need of forgiveness! It's GOD's job to judge and serve justice, not ours. It's our job to just forgive. There's a difference in forgiveness and being passive: Don't be foolish; you can forgive but separate yourself from a situation. Forgiveness is not "soft" Pray about if God is using a forgiving situation to close a door or separate you from a toxic person/situation in your life!
Why do we get offended? (ask yourself this question!) We are built up on our own pride We have a false expectation of someone else not being met We have a false perception of someone's intent towards us We have a false perception of someone or their words/actions "You're not doing what I think you should." What does it mean to be offended? to be resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult. Greek word: Skandalon, Meaning: Trapped How do we deal with being offended? Ask yourself WHY you are offended! Once you know why, you can better handle how to overcome. Check yourself before you wreck yourself! be honest with yourself and see if this offense is because of an insecurity you have, not due to someone else. Deal with it ASAP! This doesn't mean "going off." This means praying and forgiving quickly. It's who we are as a new creation. Its our Kingdom DNA in becoming more like Jesus. (this takes practice) Pray about your actions and for wisdom, and seek counsel from the Holy Spirit about healthy confrontation. DON'T TELL EVERYBODY AND THEIR BROTHER ABOUT WHO OFFENDED YOU! How do we deal with being offended by the actions of a fellow believer? We have to remember that WE ARE HUMAN. We all make mistakes and have sinned. Shed your pride! Who are we do be offended? Again, self examination. PRAY for that person and how to handle it. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom! If you are going to confront it, do it in a timely manner and in a healthy, non-accusatory way. Don't let your feelings lie to you! Offense is a feeling and feelings will lie. Always seek TRUTH! Don't be passive agressive in your actions and stay in offense. Why should we NOT want to be offended? "I don't want to be trapped!" -Elizabeth Sanders (lol) Jesus had every reason to be offended, and He wasn't. Its our goal to be more like Him every day. We cannot be fully in God's will if we are living in offense. To be forgiven, we must forgive. If we have something against someone, it hinders our prayer life. Mark 11:25 Staying in offense keeps us trapped and hinders us from moving forward in God's full plan for us. If you're trapped, you can't walk!
How are you treating expectations? Do you put them on God? Others? Yourself? How do you feel pressure from expectations placed on you? How do you experience stress because of the expectations you put on others, or even God? Here's some DON'Ts with expectations to get you started on the right track: Don't put expectations on other people that they didn't agree to! This only leads to offense! Don't let your concept of God change due to expectations that YOU have for Him to do/come through on. This only makes us bitter toward a God who's timing is perfect and ways are higher. Don't expect God to bring you something that's not yours! Don't mistake God saying "wait" for God saying "no." Don't mistake taking expectations off of God for not trusting God. Fully trusting Him breaks down the chains of our own agenda we have in mind and how we think God should show up. Its all about HIS way and plan. Don't compare yourself with the world and it's expectations! Its time for the aimless striving to stop. What can we expect from God? He wants to carry our burdens! Matthew 11:28-30 We don't have to worry! Matthew 6:25-27 He freely gives grace and mercy! Psalm 86:15 We are forgiven! Matthew 6:14-15 He has plans to prosper us! Jeremiah 29:11 He wants to guide our steps! Proverbs 3:5-6 He always wants to do good by us! James 1:17 and sooooo many more! Girl, read your Bible! (LOL) TRADE your toxic expectations for God's beautiful plan. His ways are higher. His thoughts are higher. Let Him replace your ashes from the pressure of expectations for His BEAUTY of trusting and dwelling in Him. Ephesians 3:20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Hey hey, sweet friends! Welcome to another week of TELL ME BOUT IT! If you're new to Chosen Girl, "tell me bout it" is where we dive into God's word and wisdom for guidance on everyday struggles we all face. We've covered so many real topics with truly real talks on topics like dating, fear, anxiety, waiting, and more. Do you ever say "yes" to not let others down? Are you spread too thin due to overcommitment? Does your skin crawl when you don't have a hand in every little thing around you? We got you sis. This week we are diving into an issue we all face...saying "yes" all too often and a major contributing factor, "FOMO" (fear of missing out). Yes, its time to have this conversation! When is "yes" the right thing to say? When is it wrong or unhealthy? And most importantly, what does the Word say? Face it, sister, you've spread yourself too thin on the wrong "yes'." We know because we have lived it, and are still living it... who's ready to OVERCOME?!? Its time to redirect our FOMO from other's expectations to God's plan. I don't wanna miss out on what He has for me, y'all. Disclaimer: This talk isn't a "never say yes" talk...its a "seek God in ALL" talk! YES, God has assignments for you to say "yes" to! NO, not all assignments are for you! This is a priority talk, sisters. A choice talk...and we are preaching to ourselves more than anything! Y'all can find this week's recording on our YouTube channel, or click here to stream our podcast directly from our site, or subscribe to our podcast here on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Play. Here's some high points you DON'T want to miss or forget: Colossians 3:23If we are giving into everyone else but God, then that's when everything else becomes an idol. Are you spreading yourself too thin to please someone else?The 2 most important words in the English language are "yes" and "no."How we spend time is like currency. What is how you're spending your time worth to you? We are only given 168 hours in a week. How are we budgeting our time? Once its spent, you can't get it back!Don't justify what God is calling you to! What is more important...His way or yours?There's ALWAYS a tradeoff with how we spend our time. No prayer, no peace. No Bible, no wisdom. How are you spending your soul?"Yes" may be "less" sometimes, but trust that God is always positioning you for MORE with your "yes" for HIM. Don't mistake God saying "wait" for God saying "no." The "wait" command from God is always for your good. God will not tell you to wait unless the wait is worth it. God will not tell you to stop or say no unless He is protecting you. Trust Him. When you know who you are in CHRIST, decisions come SO much easier. The Holy Spirit is here to HELP you! Do you truly believe that God has the BEST yes and intentions for your life?
What does faith in God look like vs. faith in yourself? We screw up where God doesn't! Biblical Faith Defined: Hebrews 11 Having faith in GOD is taking one more step past HOPE, and thats taking ACTION in our faith... Putting weight on something. Its so easy to put your faith in what you can physically see and physically put your weight on. BUT, faith isn't faith if you can see it. Its jumping when God says jump and not refusing to jump because of the circumstances around you...but because of the God who told you to jump! What does it look like to have faith when everything isn't going the way you planned? Start with an attitude of gratitude! When you cant see the end in sight, remind yourself of WHO is in control. HE is the only one who can fix your situation. Whats the difference between CAN and WILL? Do you believe that God CAN do it, or that He WILL do it? We limit God by limiting our prayers. Don't put God is a box! He wants you to put your full weight in Him. Remember that whatever He does...it is good. Trust His ways, even if you don't understand right now! Its all about being in His will! Here's some high points you DON'T want to miss or forget: If you don't have it, you can't spend it! Putting your FAITH in GOD is a fountain that will never run dry. Faith is just like a muscle...we have all been given muscle but their strength depends on how much you exercise it! Are we a church operating on demon level faith? Even the demons believe in who God is and what He is capable of! FAITH IS IRRELEVANT TO OUR CIRCUMSTANCES! Thats what faith is...believing in what you cant see! I would rather have prayed and not get what I prayed for and trust that God's answer is best, than never to pray and not display faith. Don't have "passive aggressive" faith! Don't pray without belief behind it. There's no use in praying if there's not belief! Train your tongue to SPEAK LIFE! Be around others who speak life into you! Don't crack the door of your life for Satan to slip his foot right in! CLOSE THAT DOOR WITH FAITH SISTER! Having faith on DEBIT means there is a SUPPLY behind the action. Thats having faith in GOD! Are you treating your faith like used gift card? "Hopefully this works?!"
Why should we honor others? Its a command! Jesus tells us to honor our Mother, Father, and leaders. YOU WILL BE BLESSED when you honor others. 1 Peter 3: 8 MSG Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. Here's some high points you DON'T want to miss or forget: They will know we are Christians by our LOVE. There's a HUGE difference between being agreeable and agreeing with someone! You do NOT have to agree with someone to honor them. OUR ONLY JOB IS TO LOVE AND BLESS! No matter how we feel, we are called to honor. Honoring goes against EVERYTHING our flesh wants to do. Thats why we need to feed our spirit. There's a huge difference in being condemning and holding a friend in faith accountable with love and the Word. Just because grace abounds, does that mean sin should abound as well? NO, of course not! Thats taking advantage of God's grace! But its NOT our job to fix someone's sin. That's GOD's job. Its OUR job to love and point to God. 1 Peter 4:8 Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.
So, what's the deal with our concept of God? What is His reputation to us? When bad news hits, it's so easy to blame God. This stems DIRECTLY from our personal opinion of God, our relationship with Him, and what we think His reputation is to us. What is reputation? The beliefs or opinions that are generally held about someone or something. The important starting disclaimer here is that reputation is often an OPINION! They are a belief. Though They aren't necessarily a fact, a reputation can be backed up with truth or facts, but let the record show that they also can be opinion. When you think of the God of the universe, what comes to mind? A holy gothic photo of Jesus? A huge man on a throne with a long white beard pointing his finger? Come on now, be honest with yourself. What’s your concept of God? What kind of reputation does He hold with you? Do you like what you’re thinking? This week, I have been faced with many trials from all sides. You can say that the enemy definitely knows how to press my buttons and get me where I'm weakest. God has been my only hope. But, if I’m honest, I’ve also questioned God so much through this valley. Lots of why’s, how’s, and when’s. The thing is, not exalting myself whatsoever, I’ve finally become somewhat accustomed to spending time with God. I’ve gotten to know Him. We talk! I read His word (not everyday, but give your girl some slack on that!). It was amazing that as soon as some questions to God and for God started forming in my mind, I felt the Holy Spirit helping me with the answers. I’ve read in His word that He is GOOD. He has GOOD for me. He has a plan. He knows best. His timing is best. He LOVES me. Enough to make a way to spend eternity for me.I’ve read that He is our HEALER. I’ve looked closely at the life of Jesus, and he went around healing and doing Good! Performing miracles and being completely honest, nothing to hide. I’ve read that He wants to give us WISDOM, peace, and understanding, and that the enemy is literally called the father of CONFUSION. The thing is, I still have questions. There are still so many corrupt and backwards things that are happening on this side of heaven. But, friends, I think I’ve got it all wrong. I think we have gotten things so wrong. I have lived so much of my life treating God unfairly, misunderstood. I have spent so much time looking for clarity of this world instead of clarity from the Word. His word clearly says that His ways and thoughts are higher. The word CLEARLY says that in this world we WILL have trouble, but praise the LORD that we can take heart but GOD HAS OVERCOME DEATH FOR US! He has overcome the WHOLE world. On this side of heaven, we will see things through a glass that is dimly lit, but let me tell you. We serve a God that wants GOOD. ONLY GOOD for His children. He’s a GOOD father. A good father doesn't punish his children with deadly disease. A good father doesn't cause confusion amongst his children. A good father sometimes withholds the good so that eventually there is a BEST option for His children. We serve a Good father. We need to change how we feel about our God (feelings will screw you up, girl). The enemy would have us so wrapped up in ourselves and our own twisted emotions so that God ends up being the enemy, when really he is the only rescuer. Whether it be from your family, church, society, whatever...we all have a molded view of WHO God is. The thing is, our God loves us so much that He not only gave us his WORD to show who He is, but He LITERALLY sent Himself down in human form so we could have the perfect example and reference of His heart. His huge, unfailing love lived out in action for us.
Relationship advice from Hunter and Sarah: A successful relationship is founded on GOD! Everything else in a relationship builds upon that solid foundation. Have a relationship with GOD before anyone else! Wait on HIS timing if you want His plan. Its a package deal! PRAY with your partner! Set boundaries and be on the same page with your boundaries! Boundaries are not a game and should be communicated and agreed upon! This can truly save a relationship and prevent regret. You attract who you are! What are you putting out there? KNOW YOUR WORTH, and know who you are in CHRIST. This should come first before a serious relationship! Don't settle for anything less than God's best for you. Will you choose your plan or His? When you know who you are and you know your worth, it changes how you let people treat you! Relationships take WORK! Your needs are #1, you have to take a heart of a servant and love them the way that feeds their soul. Relationships need to be INTENTIONAL, no matter the stage you're in! Dating is a pre-requisite to marriage. Marriage take intentionality. If you aren't living on purpose, you aren't going to live in your purpose!
In this episode we dive into Biblical advice about the past, God's timing, disagreements, and so much more as we continue answering follower's questions! No matter what, remember that the NUMBER ONE relationship you ever need to have is with our Creator and the author of your story. Whatever season of relationships you are in, be encouraged with the fact that God has a plan for you and He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us everyday to that plan. Praise the Lord...the pressure if OFF! He has you (and your relationships!) in His hand if we just GIVE it over to Him! Here's some high points you DON'T want to miss or forget: PRAY. God will help the past be your past! Time heals, but nothing heals more that God. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight! ALL means ALL and that's ALL, ALL means! You can't fix others, but you CAN fix yourself! God is CLOSE to the brokenhearted. Ask God to help you with your heart condition! GOD needs to be your everything. Not a person. Only God can sufficiently fill the void in your life! We have it ALL within GOD! (you NEED to listen to 16:42!) Who are we putting our identity in? Conversation doesn't always need a perfect answer. Sometimes someone just needs to be heard and know someone is there for them and listening
Here's some high points you DON'T want to miss or forget: Trust the Holy Spirit! The way you get to know that voice is to spend time with God and His Word! Don't mistake God's will for your OWN feelings! GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER, rather than each other's BODY (LOL). God will bring you the BEST plan in the BEST season! "God is trying to spice up yo life!" Don't be blinded by "being in LOVE with LOVE." If you are looking for someone to fill the void other than GOD...it will never work! WORK ON YOURSELF FIRST! If your foundation is strong in the LORD, then you are set up for success. You can't fix someone else, but you can fix yourself! CHALLENGE! If you are single or dating, MAKE A LIST! These are character traits that are NON-NEGOTIABLE! These things cannot be justified. Our #1 is a man running after GOD! Making a list is NOT being judgmental. It is a wise way to keep your focus on what matters. You will not find someone who agrees with you on everything, but there are important things that a couple needs to agree on to truly thrive and last.
WASSUP Chosen fam! Welcome to another week of TELL ME BOUT IT! This week we pray your heart is encouraged by this amazing testimony of obedience to God's call on your life. Meet Alexis, a strong sister in Christ who we are so excited to introduce her and her story to our Chosen fam! Its amazing what happens when we surrender our plans and follow God's...He is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine than we could ever do on our own! God knows you better than you know yourself! Being obedience is our responsibility and God carries us the rest of the way. ask God: "What is today supposed to look like?" If you aren't honest with yourself, you're lying to yourself. Obedience will remain scary until you take the leap! Genesis 14:22 - INTEGRITY God knows better than we do! We just have to trust and surrender! JUST DO IT...because its worth it! You will learn more in just one step of obedience than just sitting still. Obedience only results in rewards and blessings! Study Questions/Challenges: Is there an area of your life where you feel no sense of direction? Relationships? Career? Write how you feel! How can you be obedient to God in the day to day during this season? Write down a time where God was faithful to you or a friend. Remember this every time you doubt in your season of waiting in obedience! TheChosenGirl.com
In the waiting... Waiting doesn't mean being stagnate. There's a difference between fighting your battle FOR God and fighting your battle alongside God as your guide and Lord. If we are CONSUMED with wanting GOD's best, that means His timing, too! It's a package deal! LEAD IN YOUR LANE! Do what God has called you to do to the BEST of your ability! COMPARISON is the thief of JOY. Their season is not your season. God's timing with them is not God's timing with you! Instead of looking at someone else's grass...water your own! Have you PRAYED about it as much as you have talked about it? Everyone else's path is IRRELEVANT to yours! STOP comparing yourself and giving into that crippling distraction! God is worth the wait. His plan is perfect and His timing is perfect! God waits on US all of the time. God is not only with us DURING the wait...but He is also on the other side of the wait! The 4 Lepers 2 Kings 6 & 7 God loves to use the most unlikely candidates to carry out his will! THANK YOU JESUS! Our circumstances around us have NO reflection or affect on the strength of God's promises! The lepers ACTED despite of not knowing what God was going to do! Be obedient in the wait and act on what God has called you to do! If our lives are fully surrendered to God, what do we have to loose? The God of the universe holds our future in His hands! You have no idea what God is doing on your behalf in the waiting! Study Questions/Challenges: If you are in a season of waiting...how can you be grateful and keep perspective in the wait? How can you encourage a friend who is in a season of waiting? Are you truly convinced that God's plan is worth waiting on? Challenge: look up bible stories/verses on waiting to increase your FAITH in the wait! (examples: Abraham & Sarah, Noah, Hannah) Find more tell me bout it topics here: https://thechosengirl.com/blogs/news
Find more FREE resources HERE Three things to remember in the Storm: We are not alone! He will NEVER leave us! Jesus will come when we call! We cannot make it without Him! Peter Walking on Water: In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Beginning in Matthew 14:25 When we are fearful, we need to seek the Lord! HE will guide our steps! The WIND: So often, it's our circumstances that spark our fear! We can't always control our circumstances, but we can control how we respond. Notice that Peter “started” to sink. He was sinking slowly...which does not happen under the law of Gravity! Jesus had no intention of letting him fail. All we have to do is CALL ON JESUS! DOUBT: We so often put expectations on God for when, where, and how we want our breakthrough to happen. TRUST, don't doubt, that His was is best and He will rescue! Mark’s Account: Even in the storm, Jesus was there! He didn't cause the storm, but he was there for them in the midst of it. The Story of Moses: Exodus 3: God is calling Moses to lead the Isralieite people out of Slavery “God, can you pick someone else??” For every excuse we have, God has an answer. Moses’ fear was greater than the mission God was giving him at first. God prepared Him along the way and never left His side! You don’t have to be qualified to fulfill God’s will...He will prepare you! Just say YES to the call! The SOLUTION for a heart of Fear: Transform your mind! We OVERCOME by Jesus’ blood given for us and by our TESTIMONY! Line up your actions with God’s word! Find Study Questions for this topic HERE
Real Life Bible Goodness on Purpose David being Anointed as king of Israel: 1 Samuel 16:7-13God looks on the HEART!David knows he will be king, but he goes back to being a shepherd. He was a servant before he was a leader!Sometimes God has us positioned in a particular season for PREPARATION!Success and fulfillment happens where preparation meets opportunity. The Story of Joseph: Genesis 37-47God fulfilled the dream that Joseph had YEARS ago!OBEDIENCE is such a huge factor when it comes to walking in our purpose!Joseph waited and trusted God’s timing and was obedient in the everyday, small steps.Do you trust God, or are your distracted by what's happening around you?God will NOT bless what is not His...when you are serving HIM you will see blessings reaped! The Body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12:10Our purpose is to show who God is!Everything that we are is because of Christ...we are a part of His whole body! (His plan!)This gives us significance and purpose!God wants to use us for HIS greater glory and purpose! He has assignment for your life!This gives us no right to compare ourselves or think too much of ourselves...its ALL God’s glory!
For Episode 2, we wanted to talk about an ever so vital part of living a chosen life...IDENTITY in CHRIST! For Full show notes, other FREE resources and the study questions for this episode click HERE. Identity is such a crucial part of our walk with Christ! Remember to DIP Daily pursuit of Christ Identity in Christ Purpose in HIM With Identity, we wear SO many labels: daughter, wife, professional, singer, etc. and then there’s “Christian.” It's almost like a name tag we pick up depending on our activity or who we are with. BUT Christianity isn't just another title...it's a lifestyle that changes EVERY other title in our life. "a pile of chocolate chips isn't a cookie!" It's not until your walk becomes MORE than a title that Christianity truly changes your life. God can’t bless what isn't his. Have you given him your other “name tags?” The big question: Who am I? We are all looking for an answer to fill the void. Until we find our FULL identity in Him that the other titles start to make sense. If the first thing you have found is Jesus then the search is over. We will always be thirsty unless we nourish with LIVING water... CHRIST! The world says one thing about us...but the WORD says another! Ephesians 6:14-18: Armor of God We are warriors! It's who we are! We have been given what we need to be protected and to carry out the mission that God has for us! ARMOR UP DAILY or you will be exposed to the enemy’s attacks Its all about daily pursuit! Belt of TRUTH: His word is TRUTH! Turn to God’s word to know who you are. Breastplate of Righteousness: Satan will try to slander our hearts with sin and shame. God has made us RIGHTEOUS through HIM! A breastplate protects the heart...make sure to guard your heart with that! Don't discount the price God paid for your sin by bringing back old sin and guilt into your life! Shoes of Peace and Readiness of the Gospel: When you walk with God, you can walk in peace! There is nothing worse than having your peace stripped from you. God is simply saying to put on HIS armor and walk in PEACE. Helmet of Salvation: you have to protect your mind because the Enemy will attack with thoughts of doubt and second-guessing our faith! Sword of the Spirit: the word of GOD! What are you a professional in? What do you know and put into practice? We need to become a professional in the Word every day! Shield of Faith: knowing what you stand for and letting that be your shield. Our faith is what will guard us from Satan’s darts! Its the first thing the darts will hit...try to get past my faith!
What does it mean to be CHOSEN?Even though in this world we will have trouble, JESUS has overcome. John 16:33We (Sarah and Hunter) found ourselves living in unnecessary small, everyday struggles because we were not choosing the way God had made for us! (example: dwelling in worry instead of praying, letting the enemy’s lies mold the view of ourselves, etc.) Our daily lives simply were not lining up with God’s promises and direction in His word.Living CHOSEN is a CHOICE! God has given us FREE WILL to choose our lifestyle. Will we live in anxiety rather than worry? Insecurity rather than confidence? Fearful rather than victorious?The journey only BEGINS at Salvation! WOW! Our relationship with God is a DAILY walk. Step by step.GOD CHOOSES YOU! Just think about going purse shopping! (time mark 4:27). You are treasured and loved by HIM!God is NOT afraid of your mess. He wants to make you BRAND NEW!We live out our purpose one day at a time! No stress, no fear, just trust him!God pays SUCH attention to detail! He created you uniquely for a special greater purpose and assignment.There’s no use in worrying about tomorrow! Just take today. Matthew 6:34If life is a painting, everyday is a brushstroke. One stroke at a time! It will all come together in the end.Just remember to DIP!Daily PursuitIdentity in ChristPurpose in HimGod’s promises vs. our strugglesLoneliness: Being alone and being lonely are two completely different things. Loneliness is a feeling: no one sees, cares, or notices. BUT: Christ says we will NEVER be alone! He knows you, created you, and will be with you until the end of time.Fear: 2 Timothy 1:7 We have not been given a spirit of FEAR! God tells us to not fear in His word continuously. God is not afraid of our fear. He has it more than handled.Purpose: Do you ever wonder, “What is my purpose? What is my specialty?” This can get you down! You have to hand this over to God. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. He has a purpose especially for YOU! When you are living in God’s will, you will be PEACE FILLED! God cannot bless anything that is not His, Are you living out YOUR purpose, or HIS purpose for you?Anxiety/Worry: We are given such straight forward instruction: instead of worrying, PRAY! It seems so simple but so many times I am not proactive in praying and remain in worry. Then Philipians goes on to say (chapter 6 verse 7) that God’s peace will guard your heart when you pray! WOW! Its an intentional decision to pray and dwell on the GOOD.Insecurity/Comparison: Ephesians 2 says we are Christ’s workmanship! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, so that means any condemnation is from ourselves, our world, or the enemy!Approval: Who is your priority to please? God or man? Don't spread yourself so thin trying to please others that you don't please God! We are here for GOD, not ourselves. Test yourselves on your actions: are your actions self-serving or GOD-serving?Guess what?!? All of these struggles listed, God provided a solution for in His word! He bought the solutions with the price of the cross! TAKE HEART!Find more free resources at thechosengirl.com