Take Heart…He Knows.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

There is so much comfort in this verse. I know I have personally been resting in this verse recently. There have been lots of changes recently in my life and the lives of those closest to me and it can easily start to become overwhelming if I  don’t continually build  myself up with Scripture.

Let this verse be a comfort to you as well.

If you are wondering what the next step is in your life…take heart. If you are feeling a little lost and not sure what which path to take…take heart. Or if you thought you knew what the plans for your life were supposed to be and life threw a little curve ball, fear not…take heart. He has specific plans for your life. He has got it all under control. He will come through for you. Trust Him. Seriously trust Him.

Live without worry and fear. Live with the confidence that our personal Savior is working behind the scenes on our behalf every second of the day. Fear and worry are things that the enemy will use to take our focus off of God and back on us and our circumstances. They are false. They are merely distractions. Do not buy into the lies.

Even when life seems most confusing…take heart. He knows.

And he has a plan for you.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Are you in a season where you want to know God’s plan for your life more than ever?

He Understands How You Feel…

Have you ever had an experience that seemed so strange, or so painful, or so traumatic that you thought, “No one can understand what I’m going through?” I’ve had that thought many times in my life. The absolute truth is that sometimes our friends and family won’t understand the pain that we have experienced, but Jesus will.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16

Jesus, who was made fully man, experienced all and even more than you or I will ever experience. He can identify with ever human emotion, temptation, trial, struggle, hurt, pain, etc. He went through it all and took it all upon himself on the cross.

I know life can sometimes throw unexplainable trials and hurts our way, and in these moments it is so easy to feel completely alone. But I am here to give you some hope. You don’t have to feel alone.

Jesus understands how you feel.

You have someone to run to. You can vent to Christ. You can ask for help, guidance, healing, freedom, and relief. 1Peter 5: 7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” He wants us to go to Him with our hurts, pains, shortcomings…because he understands what we are going through.

Joseph Prince said:

There is no trial, difficulty, challenge, or temptation that you face that Jesus cannot identify with. My friend, the moment you go through it, right there and then, He feels it too. That is the kind of representative you have in Jesus! That is the love of God so that you will draw near to His throne of grace (not judgment) to find mercy and grace in time of need!

Whatever hurt or pain that you may be going through today, just know that you are not alone. Jesus is right there with you and He understands how you feel. And He will help you through it all.

I need this reminder, do you?

Are You Setting Goals?…

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Unknown

With 2011 behind us and 2012 under way, what are your goals for this year? Have you set any yet?

Every new year seems to be a great time to press reset and set goals. Even though nothing but the date changes, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that has passed and give some thought to what you want to accomplish in the year that is to come.

The truth is, goal setting is extremely important and something I really believe we should all do. If we do not set goals we are far less likely to accomplish what we want and have to accomplish.

I want to encourage you today, if you have not done so already, to set goals for this year. Pray about them, write them down, and then put them in a place where you can see them often. Writing your goals down makes them far more concrete in your mind.

“The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord shows him what to do.” Proverbs 16:9

Don’t be afraid to dream big. Have both large and small goals. Don’t be intimidated by what you want to write down. The awesome thing about spending some time in prayer about your goals is that chances are your goals are desires that the Lord has placed inside you. The Lord would not give you a desire and not provide you a way to accomplish it.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust the Lord with the goals that you set this year. Be bold and set ambitious ones. Let this year be different. Be faithful and work hard at them. Do your part and trust God to do his. Make 2012 be your best year yet!

Have you set any goals for this year?

No Matter What, God Is Faithful…

“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.” 2 Timothy 2:13

Not matter what, God is faithful. It is his very nature. He cannot not be faithful.

Life is not reliable to lean on. Your friends will not always be reliable to lean on. The only person who we can have full confidence and faith in, 100 % of the time, is God.

I need this reminder all the time. It is so easy, when life knocks you down and nothing seems to go your way, to just give up and focus on all the negative around you. I believe this is the wrong mindset. This is exactly how the enemy can get in our heads and knock us out of the game.

We can choose to see hardship as an opportunity for growth. When we ask God to increase our capacity for love, He will probably put us in situations with those who seem unloveable. When we ask for patience, we will probably be put in situations that will test our patience.

I’m not saying that bad things are necessarily from God, but I do believe that he will allow certain situations to happen to help us grow. The great part is that, whatever situation we may be in, God is faithful. He is there for you always and will never leave you alone.

Just remember, not matter what, God is faithful.

Anyone else need that reminder?

Will You Fold or Fight? (repost)

Life definitely has its challenges. I have been through or witnessed so many setbacks, either physical, financial, logistical, or some combo of the three. It has seemed like for no reason, problems have come out of nowhere. Not everything has necessary happened to me personally but honestly, when it happens to the people you love, it pretty much happens to you too. And I wish I could trade places with many of them so they could find some relief. I feel like I have said all I can say to help encourage my self and others during these difficult times.

It has seemed like one wave of hardship after the next. Just when we come up for air, we get smacked in the face with something else and pulled back down. I don’t have much left to say. It’s has been a stressful and trying few months.

But in these moments, I have two choices: I can fold or I can fight!

I can easily give into fear and let my circumstances determine my actions, reactions, and response. I can see all these bleak situations around me and say, Fear you win. This is awful, it’s the worst thing in the world and I’m never going to recover from this. I might as well just give up trying.

It is too easy to look at the mountain in front of us and say that it is just too big an obstacle to climb. Or my setback is just too much, I don’t know how I am going to get through this.

But I won’t do that!

I choose to fight!


Cause I don’t fight alone.

It’s not a fair fight. The odds are stacked in my favor.

We can choose to tell God how big our problem is or we can tell our problem how big our God is!

I choose to fight! To stand up and face the mountain, obstacle, or setback.

I’m making a stand to choose joy no matter what the circumstance. Will there be pain? yes. Will there be tears? yes. Will it be hard? yes. But joy isn’t based on circumstance. My hope, my peace, and my joy comes from God and God alone. He is my rock, my fortress, and my strong tower. He is my deliverer. He is my protector, preserver, and provider. He is my strength when I am weak. He has good plans for me. A future. He has got my back. He is my healer, my portion, my friend, my father, my God. From now until forever, that will never change!

So what do you do when you have nothing left to say because you are so drained from what life is throwing at you?

You say nothing!

You believe!

“The Lord WILL fight for you; you need only to be still!” Exodus 14:14

I choose to believe!

I choose to fight!

Loving My New Wife…

“When you are in love you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss

I love being married. I love my wife. She is amazing and I’m so blessed to have her in my life. I am so excited for this new chapter in my life. I can’t wait to share all the new excitement with you all. Have a blessed week.

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” Sam Keen

Here is to our future life together. :)

“I love you; not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” Roy Croft

Who or what are you loving on lately? 

A NEW Season…

Hello everyone!

It has been awhile since I have posted but I thought I would update everyone. I have had big changes in my life lately and am entering a new season of life that I am very excited about.

I was married on Christmas Eve to a beautiful lady, Abigail Stoutimore (now Wallace)

Abby got terribly sick right before the wedding and wasn’t even able to come to the setup/rehearsal the night before. We prayed hard and she felt good enough to get married. Then two days later, when we were supposed to leave for our honeymoon, I got terribly sick. We couldn’t go on our cruise. My parents were kind enough to send us out to the coast for a mini-moon for two days, but it definitely wasn’t what we originally planned. But we continued to choose joy. Nothing was gonna down our spirits during this season.

Now, we are finally back in Nashville excited to start our lives together. Here is to the exciting, brand new, uncharted season of my life.

Many more posts about the wedding and our life to come…stay tuned!

Refresh. Renew. Repeat.