Tag: Chosen

Dear Future Husband

22

This is my letter to my future husband:

I want you to know that I’ve prayed for you since I was a little girl playing dress up and dreaming of the guy I would marry.  I have no idea where, when, or how we’ll meet, but it’ll be in God’s perfect timing.  I’m so grateful for you.  For the man of God you are.  Most of all, I’m grateful to God for bringing us together in the way only He could.  Thanks for loving, caring, guiding me through this thing called life.  There’s no doubt you’re the one God created just for me!  You are truly the answer to my prayers and my tender heart.

Love,

Your Future Wife


This past week has been all kinds of crazy.   And this sporadic post is evidence of the craziness yet again.

More importantly, I recently finished reading “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst and I cannot even begin to explain to you how much that book has meant to me and what a profound impact it’s had on my relationship with Jesus.  The book deals specifically with rejection.  The subtitle will always ring loud and clear in the deepest parts of my soul: ”Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely.”  I’ll never forget how much the word lonely resonated with me the day I received my copy of the book.

We’ve all been there, haven’t we?  In a lonely place.  Or perhaps we have lived through a season of loneliness.  In His infinite grace and compassion the Lord has been dealing with and walking me through this issue of feeling alone.

When in the midst of a lonely season, we must remember these three things:

  1. We Aren’t Alone (Isaiah 41:10)
  2. Loneliness Doesn’t Define Us (1 Samuel 12:22)
  3. He is Truly Everything We Need (2 Peter 1:3)

Several months ago, I wrote about God’s perspective of being single. That post was such a healing message from God to me that I so desperately needed.  (Spoiler alert: this message will be similar, yet altogether different.  Hang in there with me and I promise you’ll gain a fresh perspective.)  First, let me clarify by saying and acknowledging that I’m certainly not an expert on loneliness. That being said, I write about what I struggle with and this just happens to be my current struggle.  Second, I believe with every fiber of my being that God’s word offers such healing and resurrection to the raw and vulnerable chapters of our story. But, we have to allow God to change and mold our hearts to be more like His.

Lastly, I want to give us the opportunity to consult Scripture as it deals with loneliness.

Isaiah 41 starts out with God reminding the people exactly who He is, yet again. As I was reading I couldn’t help but put myself in the shoes of Israel’s people.  They knew God.  Believed God.  And they even trusted Him.  Until they would get discontented and disillusioned by the chaos going on around them.  (Sound familiar?)  What I love most about Isaiah (and God) is the fact is that they don’t leave us hanging on the edge of harsh words.  When we get to verse ten, we hear God’s sweet promise:

 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NLT

Essentially, this verse has become my mantra here recently. Just like the Israelites knew, believed and even trusted Him, they needed a swift reminder.  And so do That’s exactly what God’s promises are: Reminders of who He truly is for us to grab hold of and proclaim over our lives every single day.


When you’re in the midst of a lonely season it can be very easy to get distracted and disillusioned by the lies of the Enemy. That’s what was happening to God’s people in Isaiah 41 and it happens to you and I today.  Personally, for me Satan loves to allow me to doubt and question God’s unfailing love for me.  This is especially true for my present and future relationships. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Satan whisper “If God really loved you, you would have a boyfriend right now.” Or worse “You’re so stupid for thinking anyone would ever want to marry a girl in a wheelchair.”  

Oh friend, how badly these lies sting my soul. They make everything within in me scream out in pain. The whispers you hear are probably different from mine, but they are there.  Let me reach out, grab your hand, and proclaim 1 Samuel 12:22 over you:

The Lord will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the Lord to make you his very own people.

1 Samuel 12:22 NLT


God is truly all we need. I know, I know the world thinks that statement is so cliché.  They’re wrong.  We are created in the image of the God who spoke the planet into existence, so why do we doubt Him? As a matter of fact, God knows what we need before we do.  We are reminded of that in Matthew 6:8. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! (NLT)  God knows everything about me.  He knows who I will marry and how many kids we’ll have.  I don’t know for sure, but I’m fairly confident my future husband will be just as passionate about Jesus as I am.   We will grow in our love for God and each other.

When I think about the fact that God will pick my husband for me it frees me.  I’m free from the doubt and fear of the future.  It’s not my responsibility to worry about him, it’s my responsibility to pray for him daily.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

2 Peter 1:3 NLT

Don’t Underestimate Your God Given Potential

Gideon Blog

It’s one thing to speak an encouraging word to someone in passing, but it’s another to call their God given potential out before they can see it in themselves.  I’m so grateful for the people in my life who have called me to courage before I even knew what was coming.  They saw the potential God has for me and were brave enough to tell me about it.

I think we can start calling others to courage by not underestimating the potential God has given us.


Growing up in church I had always known that God had a plan for my life even though I couldn’t exactly bring myself to trust His word and believe what God says about me.

Gideon was someone who witnessed God’s courageous calling for his life firsthand.  In Judges 6:11-16, we see Gideon’s story begin to unfold.

Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”    

Judges 6:11-16 NLT

I love Gideon because I see so much of myself in him.  He was taken by surprise when the angel appeared in verse twelve calling him a “mighty hero.”  As I was praying in preparation to write this message I couldn’t help but think of all the times where I’ve been surprised by what God has called me to do.  I can totally relate to Gideon’s current perspective of the situation.  We’ve all had times where we feel weak and unequipped to fulfill the calling God has given us.

God knew Gideon was going to be a bit surprised by his calling that’s why He sent the angel to declare that truth over him.  God does the same thing for you and I.


I’ve walked through many seasons of life where I have known and sensed the Sprit pulling me in a certain direction.  As much as I trusted Him there was still a  tiny part of me that was doubtful.  Feelings of insecurity and insignificance flourish in our moments of self-doubt.  Satan adores our weakest moments.  I don’t want to assign false thoughts to Gideon in any way, but I can just imagine those feelings of doubt were starting to weave their way into Gideon’s mind when he replies with Judges 6:15:

“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”

I can’t even tell you how many times I have told God this same thing.  It starts when those feelings of insecurity and insignificance flourish in self-doubt.

In verse sixteen, the Lord says to Gideon:

The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”  I just LOVE that this was God’s response to Gideon because that’s His response to me in the midst of my self-doubt.

P.S. The rest of Gideon’s story is amazing in the way he trusts God to defend his army against the Midianites!  Check it out in Judges 7!

I want to close by reminding you of three key points we can learn from Gideon’s story:

  1. We must not underestimate the powerful potential God has given us.
  2. Trust His calling in your life even when it catches you by surprise.
  3. Feelings of doubt and insecurity flourish in moments of self-doubt.

The Comparison Struggle

Comparison Blog

Comparison is something that has plagued humanity since before the world began.  The lie that we must compare ourselves to others in order to feel significant is from Satan himself and not God.  God created every person on this planet different for a reason.  We’re unique and those imperfections are what make us beautiful.  It’s in our moments of weakness that God’s glory becomes even more radiant!

I wanted to look at three realities in Scripture that deal with the comparison struggle:

  • Adam and Eve
  • Abram and Sarai
  • Satan wanting to be better than God

Adam and Eve was the first people to ever face the comparison struggle. We watch as she is the first to fall victim to the the lies from Satan. (Genesis 3:1-24)  In verses 4 through 6, she becomes convinced by Satan to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  She thinks she will be like God by eating the fruit in verse six.

4You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

6The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.

Genesis 3:4-6 NLT


Can you identify with the comparison struggle?

It’s no coincidence that the comparison struggle can be traced all the way back to Genesis. God put it there to remind us that He knows what a battle comparison can be in our lives.  Since I’m being brutally honest with you here, there have been times where I have faced the very same struggle with comparing myself to those around me.  It can start out so subtly until I feel God speaking to my heart saying, “Andrea, stop comparing yourself to her.  I created you to be yourself and no one else.  If I would’ve wanted everyone to be the same, you would be that way.”

In those moments that I stop and fall to my knees.  I’ve read the story of Adam and Eve a thousand times, but not until recently did I realize that both of them were facing the comparison struggle long before you and I existed.  They bought into Satan’s lie that by eating that piece of fruit, they could be like God. (v. 6)


I’ve always learned so much from Abram and Sarai. (who later becomes Sarah in Genesis 17) They loved God and wanted to follow Him, yet they had a tendency to get very impatient with God.  Ever been there? It’s a REAL battle.

The lives of Abram and Sarai is a prime example of comparison leading to pride. Sarai knew that God would be faithful to His promise of numerous descendants. (Genesis 15:1-6) However, she was growing impatient with God again. How do we know this? Sarah started comparing herself to Hagar because she was jealous of her.

We see this coming to fruition Genesis 16 through “The Birth of Ishmael” as it’s entitled in my Bible. Looking back on Abram and Sarai’s story along with Adam and Eve, it shouldn’t be surprising that comparison will always lead to jealousy in our hearts.  I think what I love most about Abram and Sarai’s story is that despite all their mistakes, God kept His word and remained faithful to the promises He had made. We need to be reminded of that very truth on a daily basis.

The grass withers and the flowers fade,
    but the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:8 NLT


I had always heard that Satan had been thrown out of Heaven because he wanted to be greater than God. However, I’ve recently realized that Satan not only wanted to be like God, but he wanted to be greater than God himself! This conclusion astounds me.  No wonder Satan uses the comparison trap on us because he’s just hoping we’ll bite the bait of being jealous of others.

  
12 
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O shining star, son of the morning!
You have been thrown down to the earth,
you who destroyed the nations of the world.
13 For you said to yourself,
‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.
I will preside on the mountain of the gods
far away in the north.[e]
14 I will climb to the highest heavens
and be like the Most High.’

Isaiah 14:12-14 NLT

These words in Isaiah are evidence that comparison and jealousy always come as a package deal. Make no mistake that comparing ourselves to others is a sin, whether we realize it at the time or not.

Although comparison may appear subtle at first, we’re essentially telling God that we aren’t content with the way He created us. Talk about a fresh perspective on the struggle of comparison! I felt such a deep desire from the Spirit to write about comparison this week because it’s something that He has really been convicting me of and speaking to me about.


The good news is that with Jesus we have HOPE. He knows we are going to struggle and sin while in the flesh.  Of this we can be sure: God loves us through it all, just as He did for the people in Scripture.  His love for us never changes and He is always faithful.

© Andrea Pierce. 2016. All Rights Reserved.

God is LOVE

God is LOVE

The statement “Jesus Loves Me” is oh so simple, yet so incredibly profound.  Love is written all over the Bible and that’s because love is the very nature and character of our God.  It’s who He is.  I think it’s also important to recognize that there comes a point in each of our lives where we desire to fall in love with God all over again. (I know I’ve felt that way before even though I’m not a parent yet.)  It ultimately boils back down to human nature and we all desire to feel love and be loved.  Think about it: God created Eve from Adam so he wouldn’t be alone.  And because He LOVES us more than we could ever imagine!  I believe John 3:16 says it all: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (New Living Translation)

The love God has for myself and everyone else on the face of this planet is so far beyond our comprehension that it’s impossible for us to understand.  Quick sidebar:  I’m not married yet, but I hope and pray I will be someday.  Within the last several months I have had the AMAZING privilege of witnessing two of my very best friends marry and become one in Christ with the men that God created just for them.  As I stood there watching the faces of their grooms light up when they saw their bride; I was completely in awe of God’s love for us.  His face lights up in that very same way when He sees us walking toward Him.  1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.”The more time we spend with Him, the more we can understand His love for us. I look at it like this: In order to get to know someone as a friend you have to spend quality time with that person.  The same is true in our relationship with God and He desires to spend time with you.  I love David’s Psalms because they are so easy to read, but are also so heartfelt.  Which, reflects God’s character and nature.    “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.” Psalm 52:8 (ESV)

God sent Jesus as another exemplification of His love for humanity.  I don’t know about you, but I cannot think of a greater way to show the world.  God sent Jesus into this world to not only show us His love, but to also die the horrific death that we deserve because of this nasty thing called sin.  (References: John 3:16, Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:1-7)  When Jesus had fulfilled what God had called him to, Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.  The Holy Spirit is essentially God living in us at all times.  Pretty sweet, right?  (References: Acts 2:1-13, John 14:15-27)  The thing I love most about the Spirit is that it is God speaking to my heart with and convicting my heart in love as well. He is always speaking to us even when we fail to realize it.  From my personal experience when He speaks, more often than not it can get quite LOUD until I follow through in obedience!

Lastly, the message is simple:

Jesus loves me.

And you.

Always.

©Andrea Pierce. 2016. All Rights Reserved.

The Promises Outweigh the Problems

The Promises

Have you ever wondered how God looks at the reality of time?  I know I have.  When I was younger I just had the understanding in my head that He sees time as we do.  Truthfully, God sees time in a different light and this shouldn’t be surprising considering that He spoke the entire universe into existence.  (Genesis 1:1-31) Although I’ll never fully understand God’s concept of time until I meet Him one day, there are two (upon many) promises from His word that I cling to down here while living in my temporary home:

  1. “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.  So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 NLT

  1. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

 

I can look back on my life over these past twenty years and see where each of these faithful promises have proven themselves to be true time and time again.  I promise you you’ll be able to see it in your life, too.  All we have to is “trace his hand of faithfulness” as Lysa Terkeurst says.  All the while it has taken me these last twenty years to understand that I needed to be clinging to the promises of His word rather than the “problems” of this world.  Don’t misunderstand me here.  I’m not trying to make light of the things we face here in the flesh. They are real. The years of pain, frustration and anger they cause is even more real.

Let me step out into a moment of personal confession with you.

Being born with a physical disability is far from easy.  It comes with its own set of challenges, or “overgrowth” as I’ve heard it called just like anything else we are given in this life.  The older I get the more God is showing me that it’s less about the overgrowth, as it the promises I’m using to hack away at the thick weeds of doubt, insecurity, anger, depression, anxiety and selflessness that the Enemy has built up around me for years in seasons of my life as a way to keep me defeated in my relationship with Jesus.

Now, I’ll be brave with you and ask, What problems have you clung to instead of promises?  Has the overgrowth started to creep its way into your life?  Trust me.  I know the feeling.  I know what it feels like to have to sacrifice some elements of independence just to make it day. by. day.  It’s so tiring and sometimes it takes every ounce of strength I have to send the “I’m ready to get up” text to my girls every morning.

What I love about my weakest moments is that’s when I feel God’s strength the most.  When I don’t have any left and I can’t see past the overgrowth covering my eyes.  The same is true for you.  There are promises written in His word just. for. you.  Just as Ecclesiastes tells us, “…God has made everything beautiful for its own time…”  You may not be able to fully comprehend His promises right away, or peek through the overgrowth, but in His timing you will.

It’s up to you: What will you be clinging to?  The promises or the problems?

I hope it’s the promises.

 

©Andrea Pierce. 2016. All Rights Reserved.

True Repentance and Gracious Forgiveness!

Fervent Prayer I came across the passage in Isaiah 59 that talks about God’s Warnings against Sin.  What struck me the most about this passage was how accurately it depicts the world we live in today.  Isaiah begins by explaining that God is still willing and infinitely able to save the people, but it is their sins that have “cut them off from God.”  In fact, it’s “because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.” (v. 1-2)  Tell me this doesn’t describe the direction our country is headed?!   The reason for this is simple- in the same way light and darkness can’t coexist, good and evil cannot either because God himself despises sin! (Proverbs 28:13) Continuing on in the passage verses 9-20 deeply resonated with me in terms of the state our society is in these days:

“So there is no justice among us, and we know nothing about right living.  We look for light but only find darkness.  We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.  We grope around like the blind along a wall, feeling our way like people without eyes.  Even at brightest noontime, we stumble as though it were dark.  Among the living, we are like the dead.  We growl like hungry bears; we moan like mournful doves.  We look for justice, but it never comes.  We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.  For our sins are piled up before God and testify against us.  Yes, we know what sinners we are.  We know that we have rebelled and have denied the LORD, We have turned our backs on our God.  We know how unfair and oppressive we have been, carefully planning our deceitful lies.  Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found.  Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed.  Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.  The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice.  He was amazed to see that no one had intervened for the oppressed.  So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him.  He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head.  He clothed himself in a robe of vengeance and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.  He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds.  His fury will fall on his foes.  He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.  In the west, people will respect the name of the LORD; in the east they will glorify him.  For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the LORD.  “The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins.” says the LORD.” -Isaiah 59:9-20 (New Living Translation)

It is astounding to me that even back in Bible times, people were sinning just as we do today and God’s love for His people never changes because the same is true for you and I.  In the words of Lysa Terkeurst, “God is good.  God is good at being God.  Our job is to obey.  His job is everything else!”  This was the case with the people of Israel at the time:  All they could do was be obedient to Him by turning from their sins and he took care of them.  Earlier today when I read this I found it as no coincidence that it matches so precisely with our society today.  We, as a country, need to be admitting our sins to the Lord just as the people of Israel did in this passage from Isaiah.  Will you join in fervent prayer for our country?  Lastly, as I praying and prepping to write this, the Lord brought 1 John 1:9 to my mind, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us all wickedness.”  (New Living Translation)

 

©Andrea Pierce. 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Prayer for the Future

Prayer for the Future

Sweet Heavenly dad,

As I sit here at your feet on Valentine’s Day, I’m simply at a loss for words when I think about everything you’ve done for me and everyone else who believes in You.  Thank you will never be enough.  I am beyond grateful to call you dad and to have the privilege of telling people about you.  Honestly, you know how much I would love to have a boyfriend right now, but I’m trusting and believing that in Your perfect timing you will bring a Godly man in my life who loves you and desires you just as much as I do!  I want my future marriage and family to acknowledge and put you first in everything we do.  Help my husband to love me with Your love, so that it will never lose faith just as you say in 1 Corinthians 13:7.  Let him love his children in the same way along with myself.  I’m not asking any less of you because I know that you will bless me beyond anything I could ever imagine.  Lastly, thank you for blessing me with an earthly dad who has been a great example of what a Godly husband and father looks like. I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I’m so glad you have it all in Your hands!  I never want a day to go by without telling others about you because that’s what we are called to do as Your children.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

1 Corinthians 13:7 (New Living Translation)

I love you SO MUCH!

Andrea

 

©Andrea Pierce. 2016. All Rights Reserved.


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