What happens when we fall?
Hello Sweet Friends,
I have a little treat for you today, and so delighted to share this one with you:) One of the young ladies in our youth group has been writing devotionals, and today I thought I would share one, because though the message is simple, it is so very true for all of us. This is from Kelsi who is in the 9th grade.
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
Today, I was cleaning my room, and whenever I clean my room, I usually have music on. Well, today I was listening to Christian music and praising and worshiping as I cleaned. As I was walking back toward my bed to get more clothes to hang up, I tripped over one of my many hair accessories and almost fell. It immediately brought something to my mind....as I was praising God and worshiping His name, I stumbled on something and almost fell. It reminded me that this is what the enemy does to us sometimes; he tries to trip us up when we're at a good point in life or when we're content or happy. When you stumble and almost fall, just remember to move the cord out of the way, and get back up and keep worshiping. Your praise will confuse the enemy. Proverbs 24:16
By Kelsi Goudeau
What Kelsi speaks is so very true, and many of us can say with conviction that we have been there........the second we get to the top of the mountain, the enemy tries veraciously to move our footing. What I love about what she spoke was not just to rise again like Proverbs speaks, but to rise up and worship. It is praise that connects our hearts to His, and praise that fills us as with the richest fair (Psalm 63), and praise that brings the kingdom upon us (Psalm 22), and praise that exchanges anxious thoughts and worry for peace (Philippians 4). So don't just rise up, but rise up with a heart of worship and confuse the enemy as Kelsi encourages us.
What I also love about her message is that she teaches you a good way to seek to commit your works to the Lord....yes, we must clean, but turning cleaning into worship is certainly more enjoyable and even will help you to establish that mind of Christ that we so desperately desire.
Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
Thank you Kelsi for your words of wisdom this day:)
Sweet friends, I so encourage you to find children to pour into. I can not tell you the joy that has come from seeing our youth stepping up and speaking and writing and leading worship. It is when we decide that it is less about us, and more about rising up a new generation that will change the way for our children and grandchildren and those we will never see, and then commit to having a role in that revolution that the kingdom comes. When we humble ourselves, He will lift us up!
This is so far from where I saw myself a year ago. My heart has solely been with rising up women, and I never set out to stir up or fan the flame of youth, but that makes it all the better, because we take no glory but give it all to Him. He is moving in children, and I have seen it in our school and in my yard, and in Redding, Ca, and in Birmingham last night as we visited the Church of the Highlands. I can't wait for what tonight brings at the Forward Conference in Atlanta. Our youth are being rallied and we desperately need men and women to rise up with a heart for the cause to see revival sweep our nation. I challenge you, if you only have prayer to offer, then devote yourself to praying for revival!
And my prayer is that it begins in you!
Papa, don't miss a one... set a fire in our souls that we can't contain or control. We want more of You!
Seek. Love. Follow. In His Wings, Ro